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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 1 week ago on 15 March 2018 10:32 (A review of Magic Mike XXL (2015))

I can't say I was really dying to see this flick but since the previous installment turned out to be so much more enjoyable than I expected, I thought I might as well check out this sequel. Well, it is the perfect example why, even if a movie becomes a box-office success,  you don't always need a sequel. I mean, it was not awful and it was pretty obvious that they just wanted to have fun this time around but, as a result, the dark edge displayed in 'Magic Mike' was completely gone but it was exactly what made this movie interesting in the first place. To make things worse, they went for a road trip which much be the laziest gimmick ever in screenwriting. To hide the weakness of the whole story (or total lack of it), they added a whole bunch of famous actresses in some very small parts but all their characters were just really poorly developed and it felt like a wasted opportunity. At least, most of the dances were really quite impressive but pretty much everything else was rather tedious to behold.  Anyway, to conclude, even though I have seen worse, it was still a rather useless sequel and I don't think it is really worth a look, except if you are a die-hard fan or the genre. 


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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 1 week ago on 14 March 2018 10:39 (A review of Friday the 13th (2009))

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 was certainly a weak reboot of this franchise and, even though it apparently had a strong opening weekend at the box-office, I'm not surprised that they scrapped their plans for any future sequel. I mean, what should you expect from a movie like this one? Still, I actually really enjoyed the very first 'Friday the 13th' and it must be my one of favorite slashers but one of the main reasons this movie worked so well was because Jason's mother was actually the killer but since Jason Voorhees has always been iconic to this franchise, they decided to focus on him instead. What bothered me even more with this movie was the fact that, even though it was not even 100 mins, it still felt so damned long which was definitely not a good sign. The fact that they butchered 2 different groups of kids didn't help either since they had to restart the story a second time around. I was also surprised by the amount of nudity which belongs to the genre but they pushed it even further with this movie but you won't hear me complaining about this aspect. Anyway, to conclude, I think I was actually rather generous with my rating here, the damned thing was seriously weak and I don't think it is really worth a look.


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A good movie

Posted : 2 months, 1 week ago on 13 March 2018 10:30 (A review of The Conjuring)

To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the haunted house genre but since this movie had a decent reputation, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, I have to admit that I actually really enjoyed it and I thought it was actually better than 'Insidious' also from the same director. To be fair, it is actually a really staightforward flick and, if you are familiar with the genre, you won't see anything really surprising but that's probably why it actually worked. Indeed, what slightly bothered me with 'Insidious' was that it was still too over-the-top for my taste. Here, they simply followed the rules of the genre but, even though you might think that it would make the whole thing rather boring, it was actually quite effective. On top of that, the directing was really solid and I really liked the way they delivered some spooky scenes without showing actually really anything. In fact, the scenes were you would actually see a ghost were less interesting in my opinion. It did also help that they had a much better cast than in your usual horror flick and all the actors involved delivered some solid performances, especially Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga who made a convincing couple of paranormal experts. To conclude, even though I still don't think it was anything really groundbreaking, it was still a really solid and spooky horror flick 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 11 March 2018 11:04 (A review of Take Me Home Tonight)

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this movie but since there was a decent cast involved, I thought I might as well check it out. Apparently, this movie was shelved for 4 long years before it finally got released and I wish I could say it was worth the wait. Unfortunately, I didn't care much for it after all. First of all, the damned thing was just so generic and, by now, I think I have seen enough movies dealing with some loser who still manages to finally get some action with his high-school crush during some wild night/party. Furthermore, the whole 80's angle didn't really add much to the proceedings, except that the soundtrack was pretty neat. I mean, what would have been the difference if they would have set it up today? I mean, at least, in 'That 70's show', Topher Grace really looked like as if he was coming from this era but, in this movie, he didn't look any different than in his contemporary work. Concerning the jokes, it was just really hit and miss but mostly miss and sometimes even rather cringe-inducing to behold. Anyway, to conclude, I have seen worse but it was still a rather weak comedy and I don't think it is really worth a look.


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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 1 week ago on 11 March 2018 08:44 (A review of Concussion (2015))

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this movie but since I have a weak spot for Will Smith, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, to be honest, even though it turned out to be a decent watch, I can't say I was really blown away by the damned thing. Basically, the main problem with this movie is that the makers tried to convince the viewers that it was dealing with a major discovery but, seriously, you don't need to be a fancy brain surgeon to come to the conclusion that (American) football is a violent and dangerous sport and that many of its players will end up, during or after their career, with some major brain damage. The other supposedly big revelation was that the NFL had been denying these scientific facts for many years or even decades was not surprising at all either. As a result, you end up with a historical drama which keeps pushing some open doors and it never really grabbed me. Another thing that bothered me was that they kept hammering the fact that football was still in spite of all this a great game but I was really not convinced at all. Seriously, after watching this, would you let you kid play this sport or rather baseball and basketball? Concerning Will Smith, even though I'm not sure if an American actor was the best choice to play this character, he delivered a solid performance. On the other hand, the lovely Gugu Mbatha-Raw was completely wasted playing a poorly developed and boring character. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was not bad and it is still worth a look, especially if you are interested in this subject.


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A good movie

Posted : 2 months, 1 week ago on 10 March 2018 08:49 (A review of Bullets Over Broadway (1994))

I already saw this movie but since it was such a long time ago and since I had it on DVD, I was really eager to check it out again. In fact, I first saw it when it was released but, to be honest, at the time, I didn't care much for it and I never really understood why it was such a critical hit back then but maybe I was just too young (14-15 years old) to really appreciate it. Well, I'm really glad I gave it a 2nd chance since it turned to be really enjoyable this time around. Indeed, even though I still don't think it was Woody Allen's deepest movie, it was still really funny and entertaining. Basically, even though the premise was actually rather straightforward and predictable, the dialogues were really good and some of the supporting characters were quite hilarious. I still wasn't really impressed by the main character but I won't blame John Cusack who gave a decent performance, it's just that the other characters around him were always more entertaining and interesting than him. Still, I really liked that, at the end, he came to the conclusion that he was not so talented and that he didn't care about the show business world after all, when in fact he finally just had his very first hit. Anyway, to conclude, this movie was much more enjoyable that I remembered and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Woody Allen's work.



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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 1 week ago on 9 March 2018 10:48 (A review of The Fifth Estate)

Even though this movie has a rather lame reputation, since it was dealing with an interesting story, I was still eager to check it out. Well, eventually, it turned out to be indeed a fascinating story but, unfortunately, they didn't manage to turn into a great movie. I mean, it shows that David Fincher is a great director to have managed to make such a fascinating movie about the creation of Facebook but I'm afraid Bill Condon is only a decent director and he really struggled with this material. Indeed, it seemed rather tricky to translate the digital world of hackers to the silver screen and the end-result was never really convincing or intriguing enough. In fact, it was downright annoying during some scenes. Another issue was that they never seemed to be able to choose how to represent the two main characters. Indeed, sometimes, they made them quite harismatic and then suddenly really nerdy. Even more problematic were the secondary characters who were so poorly developed that I couldn't keep track on who they actually were. The biggest victims were such fine actresses like Carice van Houten (I still don't know who she was actually playing) and the lovely Alicia Vikander who were completely wasted here. So, the damned thing felt like a huge missed opportunity but, since it was such a terrific story, I still think it is worth a look.


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A good movie

Posted : 2 months, 2 weeks ago on 8 March 2018 10:45 (A review of High Tension)

Since I kept hearing some pretty good things about this movie, I was really eager to check it out. On top of that, since it was Alexandre Aja's breakthrough directing effort, it was definitely interesting. Well, eventually, I wasn't disappointed and this movie was easily Aja's best movie so far. Indeed, even though the story was nothing amazing, it was entertaining enough, the directing was really effective and Philippe Nahon was a solid bad guy. Above all, I was really impressed by Cécile de France. Indeed, she carried the whole thing on her shoulders and she was just quite spellbinding to behold. Basically, it shows that a horror movie works so much better with some strong performances delivered by some skilled actors. Concerning the twist at the end, I understand that the makers made this choice otherwise the whole thing would have been just too straightforward but, even if it didn't really bother me, I didn't care much for it. Indeed, because of this, it means that at least half of the movie never actually happened which is usually not really rewarding and I won't mention all the plot-holes that it implied. Anyway, to conclude,  in spite of its flaws, it was still a solid horror flick and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 2 weeks ago on 7 March 2018 10:26 (A review of Rising Sun)

I already saw this movie but since it was a while back, I thought I might as well check it out again. Well, the damned thing definitely had some potential. Indeed, I really liked the concept of mixing a neo-noir detective tale with a culture clash between Japan and the USA and the addition of a corporate war was also really neat. So, they seemed to have some very interesting ingredients to deliver a really solid thriller but, unfortunately, it all fell apart fairly quickly, I'm afraid. First of all, while most of the cast was good enough, Sean Connery was rather miscast in my opinion. Indeed, even though I always had a weak spot for this actor, he was never convincing as a supposedly expert in Japanese culture. It was also a mistake to add the private lives of the two main characters in the mix. Finally, they pretty much messed up the tone as it was obvious that it should have been gritty and realistic but they kept on throwing some lame jokes every two minutes which was just rather misguided. Anyway, to conclude, even though it could have been a really original and terribly entertaining thriller, it turned out to be rather half-baked after all and I don't think it is really worth a look.



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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 2 weeks ago on 6 March 2018 09:47 (A review of The Last Witch Hunter)

To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from this flick but since there was a decent cast involved, I thought I might as well check it out. First of all, it is not very often that you get to see Vin Diesel in something really new since he nowadays he only shows up in some sequels. Anyway, even though the guy was supposed to become the biggest action star in the world at the beginning of his career, he actually never fulfilled these expectations and he has always been a rather limited and boring actor. This movie was a perfect example. Indeed, Diesel was supposed to play a character who was cursed, an immotal who had lived already more than 800 years and, yet, he played this character without showing any mark of inner struggle whatsoever as if Dominic Toretto showed up on the wrong movie set. Still, I have to admit that the concept for this movie had some potential, the mythology displayed was not bad and, even though it was never really mind blowing, I was actually fairly entertained. Unfortunately, the last act turned to be so tedious and generic, it pretty ruined the whole thing for me. To conclude, even though I have seen worse, I don't think it is really worth a look, except maybe if you are a die-hard fan of the genre. 


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