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A very good movie

Posted : 6 years, 10 months ago on 6 February 2011 10:25 (A review of Black Swan)

Before this movie was released, there was a huge buzz about it and since I'm a huge fan of Darren Aronofosky's work, I was really eager to check this flick. Eventually, I really loved it and even watched it twice in the movie theater which is something I haven't done for many years. Basically, Aronofosky displayed once again his versatility and after making an amazing movie about the wrestling world, he has now made an amazing movie about the ballet world. Seriously, it was just very impressive. The directing was indeed very good, Natalie Portman gave the best performance of her career and she definitely deserved her Academy Award. Eventually, in my opinion, it was just a fascinating picture which shares my views about Art. Indeed, in my opinion,  Art always goes with excess, violence, sex, it should push the boundaries and it can be highly destructive. My only complains with this movie would be that 'The Swan Lake', the actual ballet, is actually rather dull. Furthermore, since it was only 90 minutes, none of the supporting characters were really developed and I wish I had the chance to get to know them a little bit more. Still, it is and remains a fascinating picture and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Aronofosky's work.


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An average movie

Posted : 6 years, 10 months ago on 4 February 2011 11:29 (A review of He's Just Not That Into You)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since I always had a weak spot for the romantic-comedies, I was quite eager to check it out. First of all, the main asset with this movie was its impressive cast. Eventually, it turned out to be fairly entertaining  with a few nice scenes. Still, to make a fiction out of a self-help book seemed to be a rather misguided idea, even if this book was apparently a best-seller, but I thin the whole thing actually had some potential. Eventually, the main issue was that there were just way too many story-lines and, as a result, none of them was actually properly developed. In my opinion, it would have worked much better if they would focused the whole thing on 2 or 3 stories. In fact, it is gimmick that they have been using a lot lately in rom-coms, which is basically to have a whole bunch of sub-plots loosely linked with each other (see ‘What to Expect When You're Expecting’ also based on some self-help book, ‘Valentine’s day’, ‘Mother’s Day’, ‘New Year’s Eve’, ‘Think Like a Man’, …). I think this trend actually started with ‘Love Actually’ which must probably be one of the most overrated romantic-comedies ever made. Anyway, coming back to our main feature, in spite of its flaws, I thought it was a decent watch and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 6 years, 10 months ago on 4 February 2011 10:03 (A review of Corrina, Corrina)

Even though I didn't expect much from this flick, since I have a weak spot for Ray Liotta, I thought I should give it a try. At least, on the positive side, I must say it was pretty nice to see him doing something else than his usual psychos but, a part from that, I can't say I really enjoyed this movie though. Indeed, above all, the whole thing was just way too sentimental and predictable for me. I mean, they did try to develop an interracial love relationship and that's a noble cause but there was absolutely no depth concerning the characters and it made the whole thing rather tedious to watch. It’s too bad because the material was interesting but the serious lack of passion between these characters who were supposedly in love terribly hurt this picture. Concerning Whoopy Goldberg, it seems that she used to only show up in either some obnoxious comedies or some over-sentimental dramas like this one but, unsurprisingly, we don’t hear much from her anymore. Anyway, to conclude, I was kind of bored during the whole thing and I don’t think it is  really worth a look, except maybe if you want to see Ray Liotta doing something completely different than his usual stuff.



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An average movie

Posted : 6 years, 10 months ago on 3 February 2011 05:10 (A review of The Musketeer)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since I always had a weak spot for Peter Hyams’s movies, I thought I might as well check this one out. Eventually, the whole thing turned out to be a huge waste of time. I mean, seriously, this movie had barely anything to offer... The biggest mistake they made was giving the lead role to Justin Chambers. I mean, seriously, who was this guy?!? It’s actually pretty funny. Indeed, for the last 7 months, I have been binge-watching ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ with my wife and, in the mean time, I got used to see Justin Chambers a lot but, about 4 years ago, when I saw this movie, I had no idea who the hell this guy was. Since this movie was a massive flop, it seems that his career was pretty much doomed but he still managed to find something else to do apparently. Anyway, coming back to our main feature, there were 2 positive points though: first, Tim Roth was, as usual, very good as a bad guy. I feel sorry for him... The other good thing was the awesome fight on ladders at the end. Are those 2 things enough reasons to watch this movie ? I'm not so sure...


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A lame movie

Posted : 6 years, 10 months ago on 3 February 2011 04:58 (A review of Inspector Gadget)

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from this flick but, somehow, I still ended up watching it. When I was a kid, I thought the cartoon was pretty cool and, in fact, I didn’t even know what it was partially created by Jean Chalopin, a french guy who was responsible for some of the coolest cartoons released in the 80’s (The Mysterious Cities of Gold, Ulysses 31, The Littles, The Care Bears, Heathcliff, Jayce and The Wheeled Warriors, Dennis the Menace, MASK). Eventually, the cartoon was not really one of the my favorites anyway but , compared to this live-action version, it was actually pretty damned amazing. Indeed, this movie really bored me to death and you might wonder if live-action was actually the best format for this concept since it made the whole thing looked completely lame and stupid. I mean, even the always dependable Rupert Everett was able to save this and the whole thing about his character (Dr. Claw) is that you never see his face but just his arm, pretty much a trademark of the cartoon, but they just really ruined this. Anyway, the whole thing was just terribly underwhelming and it is really not worth a look whatsoever.


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A missed oportunity

Posted : 6 years, 10 months ago on 3 February 2011 04:52 (A review of Unknown)

Even though it has been a while since I have seen this flick, I still remember it very well. Indeed, back in those days, I was watching quite a lot of very cheap DVDs that I would buy in bundles and, while most of them were rather weak and completely forgettable, this one actually clearly stood out from the rest. Indeed, I just loved the set-up, I would go even further, I thought it was one the best set-ups I have ever seen and the whole thing was just really fascinating to behold, at least during the first half. Indeed, I thought it was just awesome to have all these characters dropped in some warehouse without any knowledge of who they are and how they ended up here. Unfortunately, like any other thriller, they had to explain what the hell was going on and that’s when the whole thing started to become rather underwhelming. Above all, I thought that the end was just terrible and it pretty much really ruined it for me. Indeed, seriously, there were something like 3 different lame and stupid twists which was too bad because it really had some potential. To conclude, in spite of its flaws, I still think it was an intriguing thriller and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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A very good movie

Posted : 6 years, 10 months ago on 3 February 2011 04:31 (A review of The Candidate)

To be honest, since it is a rather obscure feature, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from it but since I always had a weak spot for Robert Redford, I was quite eager to check it out. On top of that, I have always been a big fan of movies dealing with politics so I was definitely intrigued by the whole thing. Eventually, I thought that Robert Redford gave a very good performance and the whole movie was rather fascinating. Basically, it is some kind of mockumentary but it never goes over-the-top and I really enjoyed the realistic approach their took. What was also uncanny was that even though this flick is already more than 40 years old, the mood around a political campaign and the rather dirty tactics are still pretty much the same nowadays. On top of that, also something quite brilliant displayed here, is the fact that no matter if someone shows up with some fresh new interesting ideas, someone radical pretty much doesn’t stand a chance and, to have a shot at winning, you always have to moderate your message, you always have to avoid any possible controversy and therefore, as a result, give a really bland and generic message that can be easily swallowed by the lowest common denominator. To conclude, even though it was not a masterpiece, I thought it was a really good political satire and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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An average movie

Posted : 6 years, 10 months ago on 3 February 2011 04:26 (A review of Liberty Stands Still)

To be honest, since it is a rather obscure movie, I wasn’t expecting much from it but since I have a weak spot for Wesley Snipes and Linda Fiorentino, I thought I might as well check it out. Eventually, I have to admit it, I was rather positively surprised by the whole thing. Of course, it was not really ground-breaking but I thought it was actually better than most of the other average action movies starring Wesley Snipes. Indeed, the set-up was decent ande the whole thing was entertaining enough. Concerning Linda Fiorentino, unfortunately, this would be her very last movie (I don’t count the very obscure ‘Once More with Feeling’ which was barely seen by anyone) and I think it’s a shame we don’t see her anymore. Obviously, she was no Meryl Streep but she was really charming and she definitely had some skills. Concerning Wesley Snipes, the situation is not much better, I’m afraid, and it must be 15 years since he has released something really significant commercially or critically. To conclude, even though it was nothing really amazing, I thought it was a decent mix thriller and action and I think it is actually worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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An interesting movie

Posted : 6 years, 10 months ago on 3 February 2011 04:21 (A review of The Last Mitterrand)

Basically, it was another really obscure French movie that almost nobody saw on Listal (I was even the only 3rd user who has rated this movie). First of all, even though Robert Guédiguian doesn’t seem to be very well known abroad, he always had a stellar reputation in France but, to be honest, I always had a hard time to connect with his work. However, the theme of this movie sounded really intriguing and I thought I might as well check it out. Eventually, it reminded me of ‘W.’ in the way that this movie tried to focus on a famous French president who had also a controversial history but, just like with ‘W.’, the makers were so careful to prevent offending anyone that nothing really shocking or fascinating really happened during the whole thing. Another issue was that everything involving Jalil Lespert’s character had nothing to do with Mitterand and was therefore uninteresting and rather pointless. The whole thing was still quite intriguing to behold though and I was really impressed by Michel Bouquet who gave a very good performance. To conclude, I thought it was a very interesting flick and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you care about contemporary French history.


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An average movie

Posted : 6 years, 10 months ago on 3 February 2011 04:14 (A review of Guarding Tess)

During the last decade, Nicolas Cage’s work has become increasingly disappointing and, even though I have been defending him for many years, I have to admit that his movies are nowadays terribly underwhelming. As a result, some of his older movies which seemed pretty weak when they were released now seem actually to be pretty decent after all. This movie is a perfect example. Indeed, basically, it was a rather predictable comedy but it was still fairly enjoyable and Shirley Maclaine and Nicolas Cage were both pretty good in this. Especially Cage, back in those days, not matter how lousy or dubious the material was, the guy would always deliver a bad-ass, sometime over-the-top but quite often hilarious performance. In the same genre, you have also ‘’ Honeymoon in Vegas’ with an ever more ridiculous premise but it didn’t stop Nicolas Cage to give a really compelling act anyway. Gosh, I really miss those days and, hopefully, some day, this fine thespian will finally wake up and get his act back together but I highly doubt it will happen anytime soon. Coming back to our main feature, even though it was nothing really ground-breaking, I thought it was a decent comedy and it is still worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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