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An average movie

Posted : 2 months ago on 13 October 2017 09:10 (A review of Une femme française)

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this movie but since I have a weak spot for Emmanuelle Béart, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, even though it could have been an epic romantic drama, it didn't really work, I'm afraid. Even though I expected it to be an adaptation from a book, it was actually an original screenplay which was rather surprising. Indeed, while watching the damned thing, I very often had the feeling that they had cut out some bits which would have been better developed in a book. It was also a mistake to go for such a short running time (only 100 minutes) when they had so much to cover in time and space and I'm pretty sure it would have worked much better if they expanded it to at least 3 hours. Eventually, even though Emmanuelle Béart was as usual so gorgeous to look at, it was really difficult to understand her behavior since there was no room to develop her character,  and, as a result, it was rather impossible to root for this girl. It was the same thing with Daniel Auteuil's character and even though they both did what they could, they were not helped by this material. Anyway, to conclude, even though the damned thing had some potential, I had a hard time to really care for this story but I guess it is still worth a look, especially if you are interested in French movies.


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A good movie

Posted : 2 months, 1 week ago on 11 October 2017 09:02 (A review of 2 Days in Paris)

Since this movie was rather well received, I was quite eager to check it out. To be honest, at first, I was worried that Julie Delpy would go a for a weaker copy of the 'Before ...' trilogy and the rather poor introduction only increased this feeling. However, as soon as they sit at the dinner table with her parents, it turned out to be something really different and I was completely sold. It basically had to with my background. Indeed, I'm French and I have been living in the Netherlands for about 15 years and I have been married for 10 years to a Dutch woman. Every year, we would go to see my family in France and, of course, most of them don't speak Dutch or English and my wife doesn't speak French and, I can tell you, the contiunous look of bewilderment delivered Adam Goldberg was just really familiar, pitch-perfect and rather priceless. Furthermore, Delpy managed to avoid the usual annoying romanticised look of Paris that we usually get and she gave something much more realistic and interesting. Unfortunately, even though the whole thing was very often hilarious, she went so far in making her charactes flawed that it became rather difficult to care for them and the 3rd act turned out to be too random, so neurotic and, above all, not so much fun anymore. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a really solid romantic drama comedy and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 1 week ago on 10 October 2017 08:26 (A review of Playing It Cool )

I wasn't expecting much from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, even though Chris Evans was not bad at all and even though he had some pretty good chemistry with Monaghan, I still didn't care much  about the damned thing. I mean, sure, I have to admit that there were some good moments but most of it was just boring and generic. The biggest mistake they made was that they went for something slightly  meta by making some almost constant remarks about the rom-com genre. Well, it is a trick that almost never works, especially in this case when half of the movie was filled with some typical clichés from the genre. The group of friends was also seriously tedious and they should have kept only Topher Grace's character who was not bad and more than enough. It's too bad because Chris Evans definitely some potential and he deserved something better than such a generic and predictable feature. Anyway, to conclude, even if I have seen worse, it was still rather weak and I don't think it is worth a look, except maybe if you are a die-hard fan of the genre. 


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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 1 week ago on 9 October 2017 09:17 (A review of The Light Between Oceans)

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this movie but since I have a weak spot for Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, even though it was a very well made drama, especially visually speaking, with some really solid performances, I still had a hard time to really care about this story. I mean, Fassbender and Vikander had a very nice chemistry and they made a great couple together (it's not surprising that they have been together ever since they shot this movie) but, obviously, when you have already a perfect couple after only 20 minutes, you can be sure that it won't stay that way for very long. And, indeed, everything seemed to be ruined by a couple of miscarriages but, then, they miraculously find a baby on the shore so you might think that they will eventually get a break. Of course not. I mean, not only it was all rather predictable but it was also borderline mean-spirited. Basically, they gave us a very sweet couple who had to face some major tragedies and the only reason why was that there wouldn't be otherwise any juicy story to tell. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a solid drama and it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 1 week ago on 8 October 2017 07:36 (A review of The Driller Killer)

What the hell happened to Abel Ferrara? Back in the 90's, he was easily one of my favorite directors but it has been almost 20 years since he has released anything remotely interesting. Anyway, I was still eager to check this movie since it was his directing debut but, to be honest, it wasn't really good, I'm afraid. In fact, it was pretty much the worst movie I have seen from this director so far (I also didn't like 'Body Snatchers' but I saw it decades ago and I should check it out again at some point). Basically, it was some indie feature directed on a shoe-string budget and even though you have some other directors like David Lynch, Christopher Nolan or Kevin Smith who managed to deliver something amazing with some similar circumstances, unfortunately, Abel Ferrara gave us something terribly disjointed and messy. On top of that, it was also seriously pretentious. I mean, Ferrara gave himself the lead character who turned out to be a great misunderstood painter with not one but two hot girlfriends. At some point, somehow, the guy became a psychopath for no obvious reason and, as a result, half of the movie was also a really half-baked horror film. Anyway, to conclude, this movie was clearly a warm-up for Ferrara who had to play around before becoming a really solid director and I don't think it is really worth a look, except maybe if you are a die-hard fan of this director. 


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A very good movie

Posted : 2 months, 1 week ago on 6 October 2017 10:27 (A review of Blade Runner 2049)

Since I kept hearing some really amazing things about this movie and since I am a huge fan of the 1st movie, I became so excited about the damned thing and I was so eager to finally check it out. Well, eventually, even though it was indeed really good, I don't think it was really so great after all.  To be honest, I have a strong feeling that many critics and viewers have overpraised this movie because everybody pretty much dismissed its predecessor when it was released when it was in fact a masterpiece so, this time around, they didn't want to feel like some idiots. Anyway, coming back to our main feature, sure, it was visually really neat and it was quite amazing to come back to this fascinating futuristic world but it was not as groundbreaking as I expected. Same thing about the story, I mean, it was pretty neat to see a sequel coming so long after the previous installment with a really decent story but, once again, the story in 'Blade Runner' worked better for me and I didn't help that the damned thing was just so long. Even the soundtrack which was very nice was not present enough in my opinion. On the positive side, I really loved how they developed Ryan Gosling's character who was really complex and constantly interesting and entertaining. To conclude, don't believe the hype, it was a very good movie, no doubt about it, and Denis Villeneuve displayed once again that he is easily one of the best directors at work nowadays, but it is probably not a revolutionary masterpiece like its predecessor was and still is.


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A bad movie

Posted : 2 months, 1 week ago on 6 October 2017 07:53 (A review of Final Girl)

I wasn’t expecting much from the damned thing but since this movie was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, eventually, it turned out to be really lame. Seriously, pretty much nothing worked with this movie. I mean, the story was boring and barely made sense, it was poorly directed and the performances were all weak. Concerning the story, what the hell was with this introduction? Indeed, you get to see Wes Bentley grooming some very young girl to become a killer but you never get the opportunity to learn what the deal was with this man and this girl. Then, they decide to kill a group of young psychopaths but it was the same thing. How did he find them? What did they have to do with his vengeance plan? It was all seriously idiotic and just completely random. Concerning the directing, I can imagine that they had a limited budget but the whole thing looked so cheap and unconvincing. Finally, concerning the acting, even though I have a weak spot for Abigail Breslin, her deep blue eyes were one of the very few redeeming features in this movie, she wasn’t convinving at all. I mean, she was actually an interesting choice to play this character but, to make it work, she should have had at least 6 months or even 1 full year of intense fighting training. Obviously, it didn’t happen here and, as a result, she honestly looked rather pathetic and there was no way in real life that she would beat any of these guys. Anyway, to conclude, the whole thing was a big waste of time and you should probably avoid it. 



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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 1 week ago on 5 October 2017 09:19 (A review of The Gift)

Since I kept hearing some pretty good things about this movie, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, even though it was certainly a decent directing debut for [Link removed - login to see][Link removed - login to see][Link removed - login to see], to be honest, I wasn’t completely sold by the damned thing. I mean, the directing was really solid and Edgerton really displayed some potential in this area. Furthermore, the three actors involved (Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Joel Edgerton himself) were all really strong  but, eventually,  the story didn’t really work for me. Basically, they took the very generic formula of the stalker thriller and they tried to be clever by switching the roles (the stalker was in fact the victim and the victim was actually a major douchebag). However, such tricks usually don’t work because the characters becomes in the process usually seriously inconsistent. For example, Simon started out as a rather arrogant dude but he became suddenly quite despicable and it was rather unbelievable that Robyn would have never noticed it before. The half-baked plot about him getting ridd off another job candidate didn’t help either. Seriously, pretty much within 24 hours, this guy Danny claims that he had set him up, his boss finds out the truth and Simon gets fired which was all mighty fast. There was a similar same problem with Gordo. Of course, at some point, you feel sorry about the guy but he still did some seriously weird sh*t and the biggest victim was probably Robyn when she was actually completely innocent.  Another massively half-baked sub-plot was Robyns’s pill-popping past which should have probably been removed. Anyway, to conclude, even if it was too flawed for my taste, it was still a decent thriller and a really solid directing debut for Joel Edgerton and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 2 months, 2 weeks ago on 4 October 2017 08:03 (A review of Swiss Army Man)

[Link removed - login to see]Since I kept hearing some pretty good things about this movie, I was quite eager to check it out. Eventually, it turned out to be a seriously weird movie and, to be honest, I have to admit that it was rather tough to handle something so bizarre only 2 days after watching ‘mother!’. Anyway, in this case, they went for some kind of strange mix between a survival feature and a zombie flick and, even though this mix was very often completely preposterous, I was amazed about how well the damned thing actually worked. Basically, it started out with the main character using a corpse as a speedboat to get away from a deserted island so, at least, you have to admit that the makers were obviously trying to do something new with the genre . And, yet, even if all the super-power thing was actually more distracting than really entertaining, there was still some really interesting ideas about loneliness and how we interact with each other. Indeed, as a result, the main character manages to have his most meaningful relationship with a corpse which was at the same time so sad but also quite inspiring. Basically, we are so conscious and overthink everything that we often struggle to have a genuine contact with anyone but our mind is so complex and developed that we can manage to create the most intricate world and, in our mind, we are able to have the most incredible relationships. Anyway, to conclude, even if it wasn’t really a masterpiece, it was still pretty good and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in experimental movies. 



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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 2 weeks ago on 3 October 2017 08:53 (A review of Pitch Perfect)

Since this movie turned out be to quite successful, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, to be honest, I really struggled to care about the damned thing and I thought that most of it was actually rather lame. Indeed, the introduction was just so cringe-inducing and, and from that point, it never really managed to convince me. I mean, at some point, the main character says that college a cappella singing is actually lame and I couldn’t agree more with her. Of course, the whole point of the movie was to show how awesome it actually was and how she managed to finally have some great friends but, once again, I didn’t really buy it and the damned thing turned to be just so generic and predictable. It was also rather disappointing that none of the songs were recorded live. Indeed, the singing felt as a a result so fake and too polished and it would have worked so much better if they did sing live. Eventually, the only things that worked were Rebel Wilson who was pretty funny and Anna Kendrick who was really solid playing the lead. To conclude, I think my rating was actually rather generous here but I guess it is still worth a look if you like the genre. Still, there is no doubt that the damned thing is actually seriously overrated. 



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