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A great movie

Posted : 6 years, 6 months ago on 30 January 2011 06:05 (A review of Closer)

I have noticed that this movie doesn’t really get much love but I thought it was actually quite amazing. Indeed, by now, I have seen many films with Julia Roberts (as a matter of fact, more than any other actresses) but the vast majority is not really remarkable. This movie is the exception though. In fact, it was not really thanks to her because she was, in my opinion, the least interesting of the 4 leads but it probably had nothing to do with her perfromance but more with the character itself. Anyway, I thought that the story was riveting, the directing was very good and the cast (Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen) was great. It is not very often that you come across such conflicted and 3 dimensional characters and it was really refreshing compared to the boring stereotypes provided in your usual Hollywood productions. It was again another great picture directed by Mike Nichols and I even think it is his best movie, even better than ‘The Graduate’ (even though ‘Angels in America’ might be his best work after all but since it is a TV mini-serie, it is something rather different). To conclude, I really loved this flick and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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A great movie

Posted : 6 years, 6 months ago on 30 January 2011 05:59 (A review of The Aviator)

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A great movie

Posted : 6 years, 6 months ago on 30 January 2011 05:51 (A review of Downfall)

Since I kept hearing good things about this flick, I was really eager to check it out. Eventually, I wasn't disappointed. Indeed, I thought it was really amazing and I would go even further by saying that it is probably the last great war movie in my opinion. Yeah, it is that good. I remember, after watching it, I discussed it with my wife and she argued that the makers could have never known how the whole thing exactly happened. Personally, I think it is totally irrelevant though but it still seemed pretty convincing in my opinion. Basically, it is a fascinating study giving us the magnitude of the sheer madness of those guys. 70 years later, it remains difficult to comprehend that literally millions of people believed this guy and his ideology. That's also the other great thing about this flick, the impressive performance given by Bruno Ganz. Indeed, up to that point, the general perception I had of Adolf Hilter was one of a barking man during his distressing speeches. Here, Ganz managed to give him another dimension. I mean, the madness, the megalomania, it is all there but, and that's the most controversial aspect of this movie, they gave him some more human features because, after all, he was also a human being with actual feelings (I know it is hard to believe and/or accept...). Bruno Ganz was brilliant and he must be one of the most underrated actors ever. Anyway, to conclude, I think it is a great achievement, an incredibly valuable picture and a must see.


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A very good movie

Posted : 6 years, 6 months ago on 30 January 2011 01:44 (A review of Pan's Labyrinth)

Since it was a huge critical success, I was really dying to watch this flick. Eventually, I had 2 issues with this movie. First, it was very overhyped when I watched it the first time so my expectations were too high. Second, I was expecting a fantasy picture and the fantasy is only half of the movie, the other half being a war drama. Basically, I didn't get what I expected. In spite of all this, I really liked it as there was some very good directing and a fascinating story. Some years later, I watched it again to make up my mind for good and, honestly, the second time around, it gave me about the same feeling. I mean, the directing was indeed very good, the special effects were quite awesome, the story was intriguing and entertaining enough but, honestly, I never really felt swept away by this fantasy world. In my opinion it is a very well made and interesting dark fairy tale but it is not much more than that. Sometimes, you connect with a movie and sometimes, you don’t. Apparently, this movie was not really my thing but it doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. To conclude, even though I was expecting more, it still remain a very good picture and it is definitely worth, especially if you are interested in Guillermo del Toro's work.


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A good movie

Posted : 6 years, 6 months ago on 30 January 2011 01:39 (A review of Little Children)

Nowadays, this movie is pretty much forgotten but when it was released, it gained mostly positive reviews. It was the 2nd (and so far) last directing effort by Todd Field, an obscure actor who happened to be a terrific director. Personally, I thought this movie was really good. Indeed, the actors (Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Connelly, Jackie Earle Haley, Noah Emmerich) were all really good and, above all, I thought the story was quite spellbinding. I can understand that some people were not so found of this story but I really liked it. Indeed, most of those characters were really unlikeable, like obviously the pedophile played by Jackie Earle Haley but also the adultrous couple played by Kate Winslet and Patrick Wilson was also just some whining and above all terribly egoistical persons. I mean, they both have kids but there is not a single moment during the whole thing when I felt that they really cared for their offsprings. Basically, the only thing that mattered for them was their immediate short-term pleasure, that's it. I know, when you read this, I don't make it sound really appealing but I thought that those characters were really flawed, messed up and therefore really interesting, way more than the usual stereotypes you get in your typical hollywood productions. Also, the way they handled the pedophilia was also rather subtle and really interesting as well. To conclude, even though it is definitely an acquired taste, I thought it was really good and I think it is worth a look.


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An hilarious movie

Posted : 6 years, 6 months ago on 30 January 2011 01:34 (A review of Borat)

Back then, when it came out, it was a huge success which was quite surprising so right away I was rather curious to check it out. Eventually, I didn't expect it to be so funny and so good... In my opinion, it is one of the best comedies from the last 10 years (it lost the top spot when I watched 'In the loop' which is the best comedy I have seen recently). The best thing about this flick was that Sacha Baron Cohen manages to create a character who is obviously rather stupid and despicable but, in a weird way, after a while you can't help feeling sympathy for him... And quite often, that's the other great asset in this movie, the 'real' people around Borat were even funnier and more despicable than Borat himself. Many people think it is a comedy based on a stupid character with some stupid jokes, but I think they are wrong, I think it is actually some very smart humor. Like the Tramp who wasn't really bright created by Charlie Chaplin, Sacha Baron Cohen has created quite something here. Of course, instead of poetry, you have vulgarity but in both cases, you are dealing with simple minded character but it is still smart comedy, at least, that's what I think. It's too bad that Cohen's following features ('The Dictator' and 'Bruno') weren't that good. I mean, I haven't seen 'The Dictator' yet but it seems rather obvious it is not as good as this flick and 'Bruno' was downright disappointing. Anyway, to conclude, I really liked it and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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A very good movie

Posted : 6 years, 6 months ago on 30 January 2011 01:26 (A review of Stranger Than Fiction)

Right now, it seems that Marc Forster is having a rough patch in his career. Indeed, 'Quantum of Solace' was destroyed by the critics and mostly hated by the viewers, 'Machine Gun Preacher' was barely seen and really disappointing, and his next flick', 'World War Z' seems to be have some major production issues and I really wonder if it is not going be another flop. Anyway, there was a time when everything he virtually did was quite amazing and this movie was one of those. I know, a really good movie starring Will Ferrel sounds nowadays impossible and even though he had some major success, none of his movies really impressed me so far. However, this flick is the one exception. Indeed, it is an interesting satire mixing Ferrel's humor with some metaphysical elements and it worked very well as the whole thing was really funny, thoughtfull and not as shallow as any other Ferrell's comedy. I have been following Marc Forster for quite a while now and it was yet another amazing feature under his résumé. Furthermore, there was an impressive cast (Will Ferrel, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah) and they all gave some really good performances. To conclude, I really enjoyed this flick, it is easily the best movie starring  Will Ferrel and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are getting tired of his usual moronic comedies.


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A very good movie

Posted : 6 years, 6 months ago on 30 January 2011 01:22 (A review of Children of Men)

I really liked this movie but the only low point for me was that it was very over-hyped before I watched it for the first time and my expectations were kind of huge. So, it wasn't as great as I hoped but it still quite impressive. Furthermore, there was some great directing, some very good acting and a very interesting story. At some point, I watched it again to make up my mind for good but, basically, I had the same feeling as the first time around. Above all, there are indeed some visually truly amazing scenes and just for them, you should check this flick. Furthermore, I really enjoyed the acting, especially by Michael Caine who was just awesome as usual. But the rest of the cast (Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julianne Moore, Danny Huston) was very good as well. Basically, they followed the current trend of showing the near future without too many fancy gadgets but with more similarity to our current world. In my opinion, it worked very well and the tone was very well set. Unfortunately, even though the story was intriguing, I was still not completely blown away, especially by this rather disappointing ending. It feels as if they spent loads of time creating this fascinating vision of the future but eventually they didn't know what to do with it. Still, it is a visually impressive SF flick and it is definitely worth a look.


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A very good movie

Posted : 6 years, 6 months ago on 30 January 2011 01:17 (A review of The Fountain)

Following his masterpiece 'Requiem for a dream', it took Darren Aronofsky 6 years to come out with another directing effort and it must be his most ambitious project so far. Actually, it was supposed to come out much earlier. Indeed, in early 2002, Darren Aronofsky cast Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in the central leads of Tom and Izzi with a budget of $75 million. During pre-production, Pitt and Aronofsky were having major creative differences, so Pitt left to film 'Troy' instead and the film was shut down. In early 2004, with a smaller budget of $35 million, Aronofsky cast Hugh Jackman as Tom and Rachel Weisz replaced Blanchett as Izzi. On the casting choice, I must say that Hugh Jackman is an interesting actor but a part from "The Prestige", I have never seen him acting in a very interesting movie. Now, I guess this will be his second amazing movie then. This flick is really an acquired taste, many people thought it was rather disappointing but I really liked it. Personally, I thought the story was really fascinating. Furthermore, Darron Arnofosky is an amazing director and as a result, the directing was really breathtaking with some amazing visuals. To conclude, I think it is a very unique and poetic experience and it is definitely worth a look.


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A very good movie

Posted : 6 years, 6 months ago on 30 January 2011 01:14 (A review of Babel)

Since 'Amores Perros' (which is one of my all-time favorites) , I try to catch every movie directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. I had some rather high expectations for this one and, fortunately, it didn't disappoint me. It is rather interesting that out of the 3 major Mexican releases coming out in 2006 (this movie, 'Children of Men' and 'El laberinto del fauno'), Inarritu's movie turned out to be my favorite one whereas 'Children' and 'Labyrinth' got more love from the rest of the world. Basically, it is once again another hyperlink tale (multiple & parallel story lines are linked with each other) written by Guillermo Arriaga (who also wrote 'Amores Perros' and '21 grams' which were also hyperlink tales). You could fear that the gimmick is getting a little tiresome by now, but it wasn't, at least, not for me. Indeed, the directing was awesome, the cast (including Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in top shape) was really good and, above all, the story was just fascinating to behold. In the contrary to many other hyperlink movies, there were only 4 storylines, they were all very well developed and they all worked very well. To conclude, I really loved it and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are fan of Inarritu's work like me.


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