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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 2 weeks ago on 2 July 2018 09:24 (A review of Carmen Jones)

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this movie but since it was included in the '1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die' list, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, to be honest, even though it was a decent watch, I actually had a hard time to really care about the damned thing. I don't know, maybe it was due to the fact that I saw it on the BBC without subtitles or maybe it was due to the fact that I have never been a huge fan of musicals. Furthermore, I couldn't shake the idea that the whole thing was trying to be too clever for its own good. I mean, they took a classic opera and they turned it into a modern musical with an African-American cast but did these changes really add something to this tale? Nothing really in my opinion. Still, the cast was pretty good and Harry Belafonte was fine, even if his character was rather thankless. Above all, Dorothy Dandridge was just so charismatic and really spellbinding to behold. Of course, I had heard of her but it was the first time I saw her in a movie and she was just downright amazing. Anyway, to conclude, even if it didn't really blow me away, it was still a decent musical and it is still definitely worth a look, especially to see Dorothy Dandridge shining on the screen.


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A good movie

Posted : 2 months, 2 weeks ago on 1 July 2018 06:53 (A review of Incredibles 2 (2018))

Even though I have always been a fan of Pixar (I actually saw 'Toy Story' in the movie theater when it came out and I saw most of their movies when they were released), it has been disappointing that most of their recent movies have been some sequels instead of something really original. To make things worse, all these recent sequels have been disappointing, even 'Toy Story 3' is probably Pixar's most overrated feature. However, if there was one movie that could work with a sequel, it was definitely 'The Incredibles' and, indeed, Brad Bird really nailed it. Indeed, it was really a strong sequel, it looked great and the humor was just spot-on. The only thing preventing this movie from becoming really amazing was the fact that the story was just way too similar to its predecessor's and, as a result, it turned to be too predictable. I'm rather surprised that it took so long for Brad Bird to come up with this movie because, allegedly, he was looking for a great story all these years when, in fact, he pretty much recycled the plot of the first movie. Anyway, even if it wasn't a complete home-run, it was still easily one of the best sequels delivered by Pixar so far and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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A bad movie

Posted : 2 months, 2 weeks ago on 30 June 2018 09:00 (A review of Lost in Space)

Even though this movie was a huge flop at the box-office, since there was a decent cast involved, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, eventually, it turned out to be even weaker than I expected. Basically, pretty much nothing worked in this flick. First of all, it seemed that the makers couldn't make up their minds if they should go for an ambitious sience-fiction blockbuster or for an old-fashioned cheezy B feature. As a result, the whole thing just looked just cheap and seriously ugly and it has been a while since I have seen such awful CGI effects. But it was not only the CGI, even the costumes and decors just looked terrible. Concerning the cast, except for William Hurt and Gary Oldman, it was composed of actors whose career never went anywhere (Mimi Rogers, Heather Graham, Lacey Chabert, Matt LeBlanc) and they were all rather pathetic but, on the other hand, they were not helped by the fact that their characters were all rather poorly developed. On top of that, even though the whole thing had some potential to become a thoughtful SF epic, instead, they went for some really boring action scenes. To make it even sillier, they even brought up some time-travelling which made the whole thing even more overloaded and half-baked. Anyway, to conclude, the damned thing really deserves its lame reputation and it is definitely not worth a look.


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A good movie

Posted : 2 months, 2 weeks ago on 29 June 2018 08:51 (A review of Tarnation)

The first time I heard about this movie was maybe 10 years ago. Back then, during a talk-show, a Dutch actress displayed a short sample and it seemed so disturbing that I became instantly seriously intrigued by the damned thing. Eventually, I'm surprised that it took me so long to see this flick but it was definitely worth it. To be honest, it didn't turn out to be so disturbing after all and, apparently, this damned Dutch actress had chosen to show the very worst scene. Anyway, even though I did like this movie, the main issue I had was that it did feel like a huge ego trip. I mean, 90% of the movie was about Caouette in movies and pictures and the fact that he referred to himself in the third person didn't help either. Still, from a collection of pictures and home-videos, Jonathan Caouette managed to deliver something at times jarring but most of the time visually quite impressive and, even if I was maybe not completely fascinated by this family, there was still something quite interesting about them. Eventually, the whole thing might seem like a way for Caouette to deal with his messed up background but, in my opinion, it was pretty obvious that, even though he obviously had some issues of his own (who doesn't?), he was after all far more stable than his poor mother. Anyway, to conclude, I thought it was a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in experimental movies. 


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A very good movie

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 28 June 2018 09:05 (A review of Starred Up (2013))

Since I kept hearing some really good things about this flick, I was really eager to check it out. Well, I wasn't disappointed, that's for sure. Sure, it was maybe not really groundbreaking but it was still one of the best movies I have seen in this genre for quite some time. I was wondering how Jack O'Connell managed to get his break in Hollywood but, after watching this movie, I understand why. Indeed, he gave here a really powerful performance channeling some kind of younger version of Bronson. Concerning Ben Mendelsohn, sure, like everyone else, I think he is a fine actor and he was pretty good here but the guy keeps playing such similar characters and I would like to see him doing something completely different for once. Anyway, the interesting thing about this movie was that it displayed how completely flawed the prison system actually is. Indeed, by putting all these violent men together to only make sure that they can't harm anyone outside, they only make sure that they will probably kill each other and, if they ever get out, they will probably be ten times worse than before they went to jail. To be honest, I have to admit that I did struggle with the 3rd act. Indeed, pretty much out of nowhere, the movie made a complete U-turn regarding the relationship between the Nevilles and it focused on their new found affection until the very end. Until then, the whole thing was pretty random but it made sense considering the wild behavior of the main character. I guess the makers wanted to reach some kind of closure at the end but I'm not sure if it was such a good idea. Anyway, to conclude, it was still a really strong prison drama and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the  genre.


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A classic

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 28 June 2018 08:47 (A review of Ikiru)

It had been ages since I saw a movie directed by Akira Kurosawa so I was really eager to check this flick, especially since it is considered as one of his best movies. Well, even though I did like it, in my opinion, it turned out to be one of his most difficult movies to grasp. It is not that it was really complicated, it was more that I’m not sure if I fully understood what Kurosawa was trying to achieve here. The best I can come up with was that we should all live as if today is going to be our last day on Earth but, eventually, very few people actually do it. Eventually, as a result, even though Takashi Shimura delivered a very strong performance, the other characters turned out to be actually more interesting. Indeed, even though we all wish to be like Kanji Watanabe, in fact, we act more like the other characters who are most of the time rather oblivious regarding Watanabe’s actions. The best example would be the final act taking place after his death during his wake. Eventually, it is one of these movies that I enjoyed more afterwards then when I was actually watching the damned thing but I should definitely re-watch it at some point. Anyway, to conclude, even though I didn’t completely blow me away, it was pretty good and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Akira Kurosawa’s work. 



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A classic

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 26 June 2018 09:49 (A review of The Earrings of Madame de...)

I really had no idea what to expect from this movie but since it was included in the '1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die' list, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, eventually, I really liked it and I thought it was much more enjoyable than 'Lola Montès', another classic from Max Ophüls which I saw already twice. The tricky thing with this director is that his movies are always visually so elaborate, they are always a marvel to look at, but, as a result, they might seem really superficial. In this case, the fact that it was dealing with the frivolous romances of the Aristocrats didn't help either. And, yet, even though I usually don't care much for this genre, this story did work very well. It mostly had to do with the stellar performances from Charles Boyer, Danielle Darrieux and Vittorio De Sica but their characters were also very well written. Indeed, they really evolved through this tale and I actually cared about what these characters were going through. I have to admit  that my rating might be slightly too harsh and I will probably re-watch it at some point. Anyway, to conclude, it really deserves its stellar reputation and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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A bad movie

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 25 June 2018 08:13 (A review of Jem and the Holograms (2015))

Obviously, I wasn't expecting much from this flick but since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, it turned out to be indeed pretty lame and completely misguided. First of all, who was actually the target audience for this movie? I mean, I actually watched the cartoon when I was a kid back in the 90's but it was hardly one of the most popular cartoons back then. Furthermore, the whole thing was apparently aimed towards the young girls but they obviously had never heard of this old TV show. To make it more modern, they added a social media angle which was just so annoying as you would get some YouTube videos popping randomly with absolutely no link with what was going on. Furthermore, the way the characters used social media themselves made the whole thing look like a very fake reality-TV show. Finally, what was the point with this robot? Seriously, I thought it would add something to their performance but it didn't have any impact after all. At least, some of the songs were not bad but it was obviously not enough to make this movie mildly entertaining. Anyway, to conclude, the damned thing was a big waste of time and it is not worth a look whatsoever. 


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A very good movie

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 24 June 2018 06:32 (A review of U: July 22)

When I heard that my uncle wanted to watch a movie about the tragedy in Utøya, I thought he meant the movie 'Norway' directed by Paul Greengrass also coming out this year. Anyway, it doesn't really matter since it was such a powerful movie and easily one of the best I have seen this year. In my opinion, the greatest success of this movie was to show not only that the guy shot more than 170 people but, above all, the impact on the 300 remaining survivors who will be psychologically traumatised maybe forever. Indeed, for more than an hour, they have nowhere to hide, they have no idea about what is really going on, who is attacking them and why, and if someone will finally show up to stop this nightmare. In the mean time, the shooting keeps going on and they do see other survivors running around scared shitless and they do hear other people screaming so it was a real nightmare and that's why the one-take gimmick really worked. Indeed, this way, there was no break to allow the viewers to breath for a moment and, this way, not only you're on the first line but you get eventually completely sucked in this tragedy. To be honest, I do think that the main character was slightly too heroic for my taste and I would have rather had an average teenager but I do understand that they needed someone  who was brave enough to do something otherwise the whole thing would have been about someone hiding behind a tree. Concerning the one-take approach, it did work but, at the end of the day, nothing much really happened and, in the same genre, I preferred 'Victoria' which was just quite mind blowing. Anyway, to conclude, the whole thing was just really heartbreaking and terrifying at the same time but I think it is definitely worth a look.


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A good movie

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 23 June 2018 09:09 (A review of Gummo (1997))

Since I kept hearing some interesting things about this movie , I was quite eager to check it out. Well, eventually, it wasn't an easy watch, in fact, it was sometimes downright unpleasant to behold but I still think it was pretty good. Basically, it could be described as some kind of trash poetry. I mean, following his acclaimed screenplay for 'Kids' (a film I actually saw when it was released and actually didn't like at all but I guess I should re-watch it at some point), Harmony Korine chose for his directing debut to not use a plot at all and, instead, he gave us a collection of completely random scenes almost never linked together involving a bunch of some white trash. Eventually, did I really care about these characters? Were they really interesting, even with such a stylised directing? To be honest, I wasn't completely convinced and, on top of that, the whole thing did feel sometimes rather pretentious with its soundtrack and voice-over and I'm not so sure if I understood what the guy was getting at but it still worked. Anyway, to conclude, it is definitely an acquired taste but I still think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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