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An old classic

Posted : 7 years, 4 months ago on 22 March 2011 02:30 (A review of The Ten Commandments (1956))

Last year (2014), I saw ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ and since it was directed by Ridley Scott, I had some pretty high expectations but, unfortunately, it turned out to be one of the most disappointing movies released that year. The main reason was probably because this tale has been adapted so many times before and, above all, way better. This version directed by Cecil B. DeMille is already almost 60 years old but it still considered as one of the best. To be honest, from the same era, I actually prefer ‘Ben Hur’ which is truly an amazing picture. I mean, I don't mind an old movie from time to time, especially if it is well made like this one. Still, it is really over the top, lasts almost 4 hours and even though I find this subject interesting, I'm usually more interested by something more sober. At least, it was more fun than reading the actual Bible (I did try to read the damned thing but after a couple of 100s of pages, I got bored out of my mind and couldn’t finish it) and Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner were perfectly cast. To conclude, even though I’m not a huge fan, it is still a solid classic and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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A bad movie

Posted : 7 years, 4 months ago on 22 March 2011 02:08 (A review of Sydney White (2007))

Even though for at least 7 years, Lindsay Lohan seemed to be the poster child of a young star going a-wire, in the last couple of years, Amanda Bynes managed to show that, in fact, it could be even worse. It's a pity because, when Amanda Bynes started her career some time ago, you could see she had some potential. Anyway, I won’t go too much into details but the girl seems to have some major issues. Pretty much like Lohan, the whole thing is pretty sad. I mean, Amanda Bynes was never really a great actress, but at least, as she was popular and pretty charismatic. Unfortunately, before her meltdown, she was really chosing only the most worthless movies and this one was a very good example. Indeed, the story was just lame, predictable and not funny at all. Basically, the whole appeal was supposed to lie on Bynes’s charisma but even though she tried really hard, I was really bored by the whole thing. I mean, sure, she was playing the lead but, with such a lame concept, she should had rather focused on some more interesting parts like in ‘Hairspray’ or ‘Easy A’. Anyway, to conclude, the whole thing was a complete waste of time and you should just avoid it, even if you are a die-hard fan of Amanda Bynes.


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A good movie

Posted : 7 years, 4 months ago on 22 March 2011 02:00 (A review of Broadcast News (1987))

Basically, this movie is really a 80's classic and, therefore, I was really eager to check it out. Back then, William Hurt was a really hot actor, starring every year in the movies with the highest profile and this movie was definitely one of those. Apparently, Holly Hunter replaced Debra Winger at the last moment and got this part which pretty much launched her career. Basically, this tale is pretty much a rather straighforward love triangle and the whole thing therefore does sometimes sound like a soap opera but it does take place in a fascinating environment, in a network news department, and you can feel that that they did their best to create something realistic here. On top of that, the trio of actors involved, William Hurt, Albert Brooks and Holly Hunter all gave some really solid performances. For James L. Brooks, following ‘Terms of Endearment ‘, it was another big critical success and it was eventually nominated for 7 Academy Awards (ok, it didn’t win anything eventually but still). To conclude, I thought it was a really solid feature, probably one of the best dealing with this subject, and I think it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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An average movie

Posted : 7 years, 4 months ago on 22 March 2011 01:47 (A review of The Shaggy Dog)

Again, another very bad movie with Tim Allen... Honestly, beforehand I had some rather low expectations but it was even worse than what I thought it would be. I mean, I keep watching the movies starring Tim Allen but they are all worthless which is something quite impressive (of course, the Toy Story trilogy was awesome but even Allen with his bad karma couldn't mess up with those jewels). As a matter of fact, I'm not sure if it is really his fault, it seems rather that he just picks up the worse movies. Anyway, at least, it was a pleasure to see Robert Downey Jr though but it wasn't enough to save this disaster... I mean, the story was just terrible (is it remake? was the original version any good? Is it possible to make a good movie from such a tedious premise? Honestly, I really don't care...), the characters were not interesting whatsoever (expect of course, for the great Robert Downey Jr but he could play a living banana and still be great) and the whole thing just bored me to death. To conclude, I have seen worse movies but it is still a damned average familly feature and it is definitely not worth a look.


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An average movie

Posted : 7 years, 4 months ago on 22 March 2011 12:41 (A review of The Saint)

No matter what everybody says, I will always have a weak spot for Val Kilmer. Indeed, I think he has a lot of talent and his older movies are always worth watching. Alright, I have to admit that this career has been seriously disappointing for ar least 5 or even 10 years at least and most of his movies usually end up nowadays in the direct-to-dvd bin. However, in the mid-90's, his status was quite different and the guy was pretty much on the A list. Indeed, at the time, he just had a massive box-office success with 'Batman Forever' and he actually turned down the sequel to be in this movie. To be honest, I'm not really familiar with the TV-show but I thought that the whole thing had a nice premise so it could have been something. However, the execution was really poor and the final result was a predictable and very average flick. To conclude, even though it wasn't really awful, it was still a rather weak feature and I don't think it is really worth a look and it's too bad because it really had some potential but I don't think it is really worth a look.


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An average movie

Posted : 7 years, 4 months ago on 22 March 2011 10:01 (A review of The Women (2008))

Since this movie was a massive critical failure, of course, I didn’t expect much from the damned thing but since there was such a stellar cast involved, I still wanted to check it out. Well, I’m afraid, it really deserved its terrible reputation and it was indeed a rather lame movie. It’s too bad because It really had some potential though, especially with such a cast (Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Bette Midler, Carrie Fisher,...). The whole thing was basically some kind of cheap version of ‘Sex and the City’ and, indeed, this movie apparently got the green-light after the first ‘Sex and the City’ instalment turned out to be a box-office hit. As a result, you spent the whole duration with some  ‘old’ whining rich white women. Sure, there was one black woman but, honestly, she was just the equivalent of the token black guy in any action/comedy movies, she was even gay for crying out loud! To make things worse, there was also a latin girl but guess what? She was the bad girl/bitch/whore of the movie. Anyway, to conclude, it was a really average chick-flick and I don’t think it is worth your time at all. 



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An average movie

Posted : 7 years, 4 months ago on 21 March 2011 06:00 (A review of Raw Deal (1986))

When I was a kid and started to watch more movies on my own, I was at first interested by action movies (I was just 12 years old so that’s hardly surprising) and I wonder if I did watch this flick back in those days. Anyway, 20 years later, I watched the damned thing and, to be honest, I thought it was pretty weak. I know, you're not supposed to take that kind of movies too seriously but I thought it was seriously underwhelming. I mean, sure, the actions scenes were decent and Arnold Schwarzenegger was usual pretty badass but everything else was just terrribly weak. Indeed, the story was lame, the dialogs were lame, the acting was lame and the only thing which was not bad was the soundtrack which was quite surprising since most of the movies from the 80’s had usually some of the most awful soundtracks ever made. To conclude, even though it might not be a really bad movie, I still think it is a rather weak action flick and I think you should watch it only if you are a die hard fan of Anorld Schwarzenegger or a fan of those cheesy action flicks from the 80's.


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A good movie

Posted : 7 years, 4 months ago on 21 March 2011 04:40 (A review of In Which We Serve)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was David Lean’s directing debut, I was really eager to check it out. Indeed, it is very old, more than 70 years old as a matter of fact, and yet it is still pretty good even compared to more current movies. Basically, it follows a British Naval ship and you get to see the tale going from its construction to its sinking during action in World War II and you get to learn the survivors through some flashbacks. It was a rather straighforward approach but I thought it was really effective. Even though the whole thing was a Noel Coward project (he was directing, writing the damned thing and also playing the lead), this movie would be mostly remembered as David Lean's directing debut (Apparently, Coward was nervous about this directing debut and someone suggested him to work with David Lean who was considered at the time as the best editor in the UK) . After this picture, Lean would go on making some of the biggest classics in motion picture history. To conclude, even though it was nothing really amazing, I thought it was still a decent war feature and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in David Lean’s work.


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An average movie

Posted : 7 years, 4 months ago on 21 March 2011 04:29 (A review of Child's Play (1988))

Since this horror flick had a pretty good reputation, I was quite eager to check it out. Eventually, to be honest, I had some rather mix feelings about the whole thing. Indeed, in my opinion, it was not really scary and, above all, when you think about it for a minute, it has in fact a rather stupid premise which I found rather difficult to take seriously. Indeed, even though a doll can look pretty creepy, can it be a real threat? I’m not so sure. Still, I think they managed to get most of this rather preposterous concept, the whole thing had its charms and it remains one of the 80's classic horror movies. In fact, it is rather surprising that they have not come up with a reboot since most of those horror flicks have been rebooted by now. Apparently, Don Mancini, the creator of this franchise, was in fact actually planning to make a reboot but, somehow, they still ended up with another sequel which was a direct-to-dvd release (‘Curse of Chucky’). Anyway, to conclude, even though I wasn’t completely impressed, it remains a classic in this genre and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you're a horror fan.


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A good movie

Posted : 7 years, 4 months ago on 21 March 2011 02:04 (A review of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007))

Since I really loved ‘Chopper’ and since this movie was very well received, I was really eager to check it out and I had some really high expectations about the damned thing. Well, first of all, it was really a gorgeous movie and if only for this you should watch it. Then, Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck both gave some really good perfomances. So, I really liked this movie but, to be honest, it  didn't really blow me though. Why? First of all, the whole thing was rather long (2 h 30 min) and I have heard that the original version was even 4 hours! In fact, the running time was not really an issue but the main problem was more that nothing much really happened during this movie. I mean, they robbed a train at the beginning and that was it. After that, you just see them going somewhere, you don't know exactly where they go or why they go there but it didn't really matter. So, they get together and sometimes they eat. And of course, they speak to each other but they never have some straight dialogues and, instead, they always speak in riddles or stories... Eventually, you have a voice-over explaining  from time to time what was going on and what the characters were thinking... Anyway, as a result, I can’t say it was really amazed by this tale though. To conclude, even though it didn't completely worked for me, it was still a decent watch and I think it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.  



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