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An average movie

Posted : 7 years, 2 months ago on 14 March 2011 10:47 (A review of The Big White)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this movie but since there was a nice cast, I was quite eager to check it out. Indeed, I have a weak spot for all the actors involved (Holly Hunter, Robin Williams, Woody Harrelson, Alison Lohman, Giovanni Ribisi, Tim Blake Nelson) and they all did a good job but the story was not amazing and it was just too predictable in my opinion. Above all, it was really obvious that they tried just too hard to be as brilliant as 'Fargo' but they never reached this level of greatness. Still, any comedy involving Robin Williams and Woody Harrelson can't be boring and they made the whole thing quite entertaining to behold. Concerning Holly Hunter, after this movie, it would take 7 long years before she would show up in another theatrical feature (some really obscure and rather disappointing Dutch feature called ‘Jackie’) which is too bad because she is definitely a fine actress. Concerning Robin Williams who passed away not so long and who was apparently struggling with some drinking issues while shooting this picture, it’s just sad to look back at his work with all this in mind. To conclude, in spite of its flaws, I still think it is a decent dark comedy and it is worth a look, especially if you lik the genre.


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A bad movie

Posted : 7 years, 2 months ago on 14 March 2011 10:44 (A review of Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed)

Obviously, I didn’t expect much from this flick. Indeed, I didn’t like at all the first installment but I still ended up watching this sequel, probably with my kids. First of all, I have to admit it, I have never really been a fan of the cartoon. I mean, when I was a kid, I saw it from time to time and I thought it was all right but it never blew my mind whatsoever. Even so, I thought that the first movie was just terribly lame but, for some reason beyond me, it was a big box-office success, so, of course, they had to come up with a new installment. Well, at least, it wasn’t worse, I’ll give you that, but it wasn’t better either, I’m afraid. Indeed, the same underwhelming cast (Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini) was brought back, the whole thing looked terrible and, above all, it was not funny at all. Apparently, even though this movie did fairly well at the box-office, it was still less than expected and, therefore, a planned third film was cancelled. To conclude, I don’t see any reason why you should watch this flick, it is just lame and you should pretty much avoid it.


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An average movie

Posted : 7 years, 2 months ago on 14 March 2011 10:31 (A review of The Whole Shebang)

I didn’t realize this when watching this flick but it is in fact a seriously obscure feature, probably one of the most obscure US features I have ever seen. Indeed, I was the very first listal member who has rated the damned thing and, apparently, only 3 other members have seen it so far. Anyway, the main reason I wanted to see it is because the lovely Bridget Fonda was involved. Indeed, I always had a weak spot for her and, unfortunately, it would be her final feature film role before retiring from acting in 2002. Anyway, coming back to our main feature, it is a rather harmless picture but, to be honest, it wasn’t really entertaining and I really had a hard time to care for the damned thing. Sure, Stanley Tucci and Bridget Fonda did their best with this material but it was just really forgettable and rather boring. Concerning Fonda, it is really sad that she would be in a great movie like ‘Jackie Brown’ and, only 4 years later, would show up in this to end her career on such a low note. Anyway, to conclude, I have seen worse but even though it tried to be whimsical and charming, it didn’t work very well, I’m afraid, and I don’t think it is worth a look.


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A very good movie

Posted : 7 years, 2 months ago on 14 March 2011 10:30 (A review of Beyond the Gates)

Honestly, it is quite an obscure feature and I had no idea what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Michael Caton-Jones’s work, I thought I might as well give it a try. Eventually, I was really impressed by the whole thing. Indeed, it is basically a very good and heartbreaking picture and easily the best movie ever directed by Caton-Jones . Basically, it can be compared to ‘Hotel Rwanda’ since they both deal with the same subject but even though this movie didn’t get much love, I thought it was almost as good. The only minor issue I had is that, like many other movies taking in Africa or any third world countries, the whole thing is focusing on 2 white guys instead of the Rwandese characters. It is a very typical gimmick that usually really annoys me but, here, it was actually working fine here. Eventually, only a year later, Michael Caton-Jones will make something completely different, ‘Basic Instinct 2’ which would turn out to be one of the most misguided and disappointing sequel ever made. Anyway, coming back to our main feature, I thought it was a really strong historical drama and it is definitely worth a look.


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A good movie

Posted : 7 years, 2 months ago on 14 March 2011 09:38 (A review of Reign Over Me (2007))

By now, I have actually managed to watch most of the movies starring Adam Sandler and I came to the conclusion that he must be one of the most underwhelming actors at work nowadays. The saddest thing with this actor is that, from time to time, he actually does try something else than his usual moronic comedies but those movies always turn out to be some massive flop and this movie was not an exception.  To be honest, I wasn't really sold by ‘Punch Drunk Love’ (I should definitely re-watch it at some point though) but this one was actually pretty good. Indeed, I must admit that Sandler was actually very good and so was Don Cheadle but that's not a surprise. I was also surprised by Liv Tyler who was quite convincing as a psychiatric. Still, it wasn't really a great movie because some parts of the story just didn't work really well. For example, the character played by Saffron Burrows was rather annoying, she didn't add much to the story and I thought it was rather unconvincing that a shrink will hook up 2 patients, still in therapy, to get romantically involved like this. Anyway, in spite of its flaws,  I thought it was a good movie with an interesting reflection on death and loss and I think it is definitely worth a look.



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An average movie

Posted : 7 years, 2 months ago on 13 March 2011 06:01 (A review of Shoot 'Em Up (2007))

I remember it quite well, when this movie was released, there was quite some buzz about it. Indeed, apparently, it was an amazing action flick so I had some rather high expectations concerning this flick but, to be honest, I wasn’t really blown away by the whole thing. I mean, sure, All 3 leads did a good job, the directing was fine and the action scenes were pretty good, so what was the problem then ? The main issue I had is that the whole thing was jsut so preposterous and senseless that I never really cared about the characters or what they were going through. I mean, basically, I was looking at the whole thing and I was thinking "Wow! That looks good!!" but that was about it, I’m afraid. Concerning Monica Bellucci, I always had a weak spot for this actress but, unfortunately, most of her US productions have been rather disappointing and her career never really took off there. Anyway, to conclude, even though I had a really hard time to understand what was supposedly so great about this flick, I have to admit that it was still fairly entertaining and it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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An average movie

Posted : 7 years, 2 months ago on 13 March 2011 05:55 (A review of My Cousin Vinny (1992))

I have noticed that this movie usually gets some mixed reviews. Indeed, even though many praised Marisa Tomei for her performance, some thought she actually didn’t deserve to win an Academy Award and afterwards, for at least a decade, Tomei would have a rather unerwhelming career. Also, apparently, this movie was also praised by lawyers as being one of the most accurate movies dealing with a courtroom procedure. To be honest, when I saw it, it didn’t really strike me as something really realistic but I may have missed something here. Anyway, I thought it was not bad but it was not great either. On top of that, Joe Pesci is usually pretty awesome but, at the end of the day, he basically always plays the very same character in all his movies and this flick was definitely not an exception. Concerning Marisa Tomei, I thought she gave a decent performance as well but I have seen her giving much better perfomances later on in her career (for example, in ‘The Wrestler’, ‘Before the Devil Knows You're Dead’ or in 'In the Bedroom’). To conclude, all in all, I have to admit that the whole thing was still fairly entertaining and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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A bad movie

Posted : 7 years, 2 months ago on 13 March 2011 05:39 (A review of The Brave)

Being a huge fan of Johnny Depp (even way before his antics with Captain Jake Sparrow), my expectations were huge with this movie and I have went to watch the damned thing in the movie theater when it was released. Eventually, it was probably one of the most disappointing movies I have ever seen. I mean, it was so bad, it is even the worst movie starring Johnny Depp. I mean, the guy is a great actor, no doubt, but he seems to have no talent for directing, I'm sorry. Indeed, the whole thing was just really condenscending and completely boring to watch, I couldn't believe I was witnessing such a train wreck. Depp gave himself the lead part and he was supposed to be some kind of righteous martyr but I thought it was pretty arrogant and egocentric. The great Marlon Brando shows up in a small part but didn't impress me either. In short, the story was average and the directing was just not up to it. To conclude, the whole project had some potential, it was his first directing gig and it was real mess (it wasn't even release in the US back then), since then, Johnny Depp hasn't direct anything else and maybe it is better that way.


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An average movie

Posted : 7 years, 2 months ago on 13 March 2011 05:33 (A review of Tango & Cash)

I always liked the sound of the title of this movie. Indeed, I always thought it sounded quite catchy and, in my mind, it was the promise of a good old badass action flick. On top of that, it seemed to be a really nice idea to put together Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russel together in one action movie but, unfortunately, the result was not really convincing, I’m afraid. Indeed, even though it was still fairly watchable, it was just a really predictable and actually rather boring action feature. Apparently, the production was pretty chaotic as they started to shoot without a completed script and eventually Andrey Konchalovskiy was replaced towards the end of principal photography by Albert Magnoli. It seems that Konchalovskiy was aiming for a more serious tone resulting in a major clash with the producers. Eventually, they even struggled with the editing and the movie ended up being shipped to theaters only a week after its original release date as 'wet prints' (an industry term meaning that the movie was just barely completed before its release date). To conclude, even though the whole thing had some potential, I thought it was rather half-baked and I don’t think it is really worth a look.


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A bad movie

Posted : 7 years, 2 months ago on 13 March 2011 04:58 (A review of Night Wind)

Honestly, it has been a while since I have seen this movie but I actually remember it very well when I saw it. Indeed, I think it was the only time in my whole life that I got some free tickets to see a specific movie and, unfortunately, it turned out to be terribly lame. Seriously, I can't believe it was so bad... I mean, I think that Catherine Deneuve is a great actress but even she couldn't save this disaster. Basically, the whole thing was supposed to be deep but it didn't make much sense whatsoever and, above all, it was just so damned boring. I couldn't believe how pointless and pretentious it was. It was quite unbelievable. Eventually, I gave it a few points because the camera shots were ok and Deneuve cannot deliver a bad performance but that's about it. The story (if there was a story at all...) was just terrible, the dialogues were ridiculous and the characters were annoying to death. To conclude, it was pretty much just some artsy garbage, it is definitely not worth a look at all and, as a matter of fact, it should be avoided, even if you are interested in French movies.


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