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A good movie

Posted : 18 hours, 12 minutes ago on 18 January 2019 08:59 (A review of Kubo and the Two Strings (2016))

Since I kept hearing some really good things about this movie, I was really eager to check it out and I had some rather high expectations. Well, it turned out to be Laika’s most ambitious and most gorgeous movie so far. Indeed, the damned thing looked really amazing and only therefore it is worth watching this flick. Right now, you can only wonder if Laika will manage to top this with their future productions. And, yet, to be honest, I have to admit that I was somehow not completely sold by the whole thing. I guess it had to with the story which was actually quite original and full of magic. Unfortunately, even though this constant use of magic stuff might sound interesting, in my opinion, it made the whole thing actually rather random. Basically, pretty much anything could happen at any moment. On top of that, I thought it drastically lowered the stakes, the impact of what happened. For example, how many times during the movie did Kubo use his magic Japanese guitar to get out of trouble? Still, this Japanese feudal world was really cool and, in spite of its flaws, it was still the most interesting tale delivered by Laika so far. To conclude, even if it didn’t really blow me away, it was still an impressive animated feature and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 2 days, 16 hours ago on 16 January 2019 10:13 (A review of Het Verlangen)

To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from this flick but since my wife really like this kind of Dutch romantic-comedies, I thought we might as well check it out together. Well, unfortunately, it turned out to be indeed pretty weak and what bothered me the most was how predictable and lazy the damned thing turned out to be. Indeed, even though I knew nothing about the plot, within 5 minutes, I had already figured out what was going to happen, how it was going happen and how it would probably end. It's too bad because there were a couple of interesting ideas but, like I said before, it was just a lazy effort and, to choose the rom-com genre for this materical was pretty much the kiss of death. Indeed, I wonder if it would have worked better as a dark thriller. Anyway, the only thing I did enjoy was Chantal Janzen who looked just so stunning but, in fact, even her character was so poorly developed. I mean, it was just rather difficult to root for this girl as, during the first half, they constantly made fun of the fact that she was almost illiterate. But, then, during the 2nd half, they made a U turn and they tried to convince the viewers that she wasn't so dumb after all but the damages had already been done and this character had been pretty much ruined just to get some cheap laughs. Anyway, to conclude, even though the damned thing was rather harmless, I really didn't care for it and I don't think it is worth a look. 


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A good movie

Posted : 3 days, 16 hours ago on 15 January 2019 10:19 (A review of Mississippi Burning)

I already saw this movie but since it was since such a long time ago, I was quite eager to check it out again, especially since it has such a stellar reputation. Well, I’m glad I checked it out again because I didn’t remember much about it. Still, even though I really liked the damned thing, I’m not so sure if I would really consider it a masterpiece though. First of all, this movie has been since then criticized because there was no major black characters involved but that’s not what bothered me. Indeed, if the FBI agents would have been black, there is no way that they could have done their work or if the local black people would have been more active in this investigation, they would have been probably killed by the Klu Klux Klan and, above all, the whole thing would have been rather unrealistic. Eventually, what didn’t really work for me was that the fact that their investigation was actually slightly disappointing. I mean, seriously, for most of the duration, their investigation went nowhere, they had no clues whatsoever, nobody wanted to cooperate, and the only way they could manage to crack this case was apparently to have Gene Hackman seduce the deputy’s wife. However, what really worked with this movie was that Alan Parker really managed to create such a vivid time and place. Basically, the deep south in the 60’s was pretty much a wasted land where black people were poor and terrorized for their sheer existence. However, the white folks were not much better and it seems that the only way they could find to cope with their miserable existence was to torment a whole group of people just because of the color of their skin. I’m writing in the past tense but it is actually still pretty much going on nowadays, especially this culture based on hatred.  Anyway, to conclude, even though not everything really worked in this movie, it was still quite fascinating to behold and it is definitely worth a look. 



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An average movie

Posted : 4 days, 17 hours ago on 14 January 2019 09:52 (A review of A Walk Among the Tombstones)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Liam Neeson, I thought I might as well check it out, especially since it was available on Netflix. Well, eventually, I was surprised by how underwhelming the damned thing actually turned out to be. Sure, as expected, Liam Neeson delivered his usual tough guy act but, in fact, the other characters managed to be even less compelling. However, the main issue I had was mostly with the story though. Seriously, the damned thing was just rather boring and what was the deal with this title? Sure, it was a pretty cool title but what did it actually have to do with the plot? To make things worse, I thought the whole thing was rather lazy. For example, you never get a clear explanation about why these 2 guys were targeting drug dealers or, to be more specific, women linked to drug dealers. Furthermore, how come nobody seemed to be aware of these murders? Indeed, when Matt Scudder got involved, they had already killed a couple of women in a gruesome way which should have been all over the news but neither Scudder or anyone else seemed to notice that something had been going on for a while already. Anyway, to conclude, even though the directing was not bad, I thought it was still rather weak and I don’t think it is really worth a look. 



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An average movie

Posted : 5 days, 14 hours ago on 13 January 2019 12:59 (A review of Erased)

To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Aaron Eckhart and Olga Kurylenko, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, first of all, even though Kurylenko was displayed prominently on all the promotional material, she was maybe only 10 minutes in the whole thing and, even though she looked lovely as usual, she actually gave here a really weak performance. Concerning the movie itself, it was basically one of these typical Euro thrillers which had been Europacorp's speciality and it seems that the makers tried here to copy their formula. In fact, in my opinion, the genre exploded way before 'Taken', with 'The Bourne Identity' which is easily the best movie in this genre and probably the only one which is actually really good. Anyway, coming back to our main feature, there were some good ideas, here and there, but there was just so much non-sense that pretty much ruined the whole thing. For example, it was pretty neat that the main character was actually a tech guy and it would have been really interesting to see a smart but still rather average guy trying to survive in these circumstances. But, of course, he turned out to be a highly trained former CIA agent and, as a result, he managed to deal with every threat much too easily and this gimmick has been done to death by now. The whole thing was also seriously lazy. For example, at some point, they went to an hospital and the bad guys chasing them pretty much wiped out everyone in this hospital including staff and patients. I mean, were we supposed to believe that no one would notice such a blood bath? Anyway, eventually, even though it had some potential, it turned out to be a rather weak action-thriller and I don't think it is really worth a look.


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A good movie

Posted : 5 days, 14 hours ago on 13 January 2019 12:33 (A review of The House That Jack Built)

Even though I have never been a huge fan of Lars von Trier, he still remains one of the most interesting directors at work nowadays, so I was quite eager to watch his last directing effort. Well, first of all, since von Trier had decided to make a serial killer flick, I was expecting something seriously hardcore, especially after the critics described it as being really violent, but, to be honest, I thought the violence was pretty mild. Sure, there was a dozen of kills and even a mutilated duckling but I have seen much worse in this genre and even more so from this director. Not that I was disappointed, I mean, I have seen enough slasher flicks so I guess it was a relief that the Danish director didn't waste some of the running time with some torture scenes. Another very welcome surprise was that the damned thing was sometimes actually quite funny. Indeed, something similar happened with 'Nymphomaniac', von Trier has always been dealing with terribly dark, gloomy and vastly depressing, but with his last 2 projects, which were both still really bleak, there were some really unexpected humor which made the whole thing easily to swallow but also much more interesting to watch. I also enjoyed the fact that he pretty much dismantled the whole myth around serial killers. Indeed, even though Jack was supposed to be terribly smart, he constantly made some mistakes, left some huge clues, didn't care if there were some witness or not and he even admitted that he got luckyon various occasions. Eventually, the only issue I really had was that the running time was just too long. Indeed, the pacing for the 1st incident involving Uma Thurman was fine but everything else afterwards could and probably should have been handled somehow more quickly. For example, during the 2nd incicent, Jack had to talk on the front door with his next victim and it seemed to take forever before he finally got in. With this incident, the same thing happened when he was supposed to leave the scene of the crime, it took him forever to finally leave the damned place (at least, the pay-off was rather priceless though). Anyway, to conclude, even though it won't go down as one of his best movies, I thought it was still a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Lars von Trier's work. 


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A good movie

Posted : 1 week ago on 11 January 2019 08:53 (A review of 9)

It’s another movie that I wanted to watch for many years and since it had a solid reputation, I had some rather high expectations. Well, even if I did like it, to be honest, it turned out to be actually slightly disappointing. I mean, sure, the animation was really neat, even 10 years after this movie was released, and Shane Acker managed to create a rather fascinatin utopian future. Eventually, the material was quite spellbinding and they could have delivered an interesting thoughtful metaphysical SF feature. Unfortunately, after all, most of the duration  was dealing with some huge battles involving the characters and some elaborate monsters. Indeed, from the very first moment, I was wondering what 9 and his ‘siblings’ were thinking and feeling but, very soon, came the first robot-beast and, then, they never stopped to develop the characters who were constantly in survival mode which was eventually rather boring. For example, even though ‘Blade Runner’ had a few action scenes, it was above all fascinating because it was mostly dealing with the existential anxiety experienced by the replicants. With these weird dolls, there were even more possibilities, especially since there were no humans left to guide them but Shane Acker had decided instead to focus on some well made but seriously generic action scenes which was too bad. Anyway, to conclude, even if it could have been so much better, I still think it was an original animated feature and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 1 week, 1 day ago on 10 January 2019 11:44 (A review of Think Like a Man)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for romantic-comedies, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, it turned out to be based on a real self-help book which must be one of the most misguided gimmicks in the romantic-comedy genre. However, even if this movie should have been a complete failure, I have to admit that it was actually quite watchable and it mostly had to do with the characters and the cast involved (Kevin Hart, Meagan Good, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall). Indeed, I actually liked these characters who were fairly realistic and, basically, this stupid book was just a lame excuse to create some bogus conflicts between them. Eventually, if they would have removed this book, it would have been actually a much more entertaining movie dealing with 4 couples all starting up their relationships. Concerning Kevin Hart, I have noticed that I’m not really familiar with his work but, even though the guy was pretty funny, it’s too bad that this character wasn’t developed at all and the only thing he did was pretty much to deliver some oneliners from time to time. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch and I think it is worth a look but only if you really like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 1 week, 2 days ago on 9 January 2019 10:30 (A review of The Accountant )

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was apparently well received, I was quite eager to check it out. First of all, since my step-son is autist, I think I have a rather decent knowledge about this topic and it was interesting to see they how they would handle such a character. Well, unfortunately, as usual, they gave us an autist who was some kind of genius with numbers which must be of the most stereotypical trademarks regarding autism. However, they went so much further than that and turned this guy into some kind of lethal killing machine and, even though it might sound completely misguided,  I have to admit that I was actually quite intrigued by this autist version of Jason Bourne. Concerning the story itself, it was pretty much the same thing. Indeed, even though it was just serioulsy convoluted (I’m not sure if half of it really did make much sense), it was still actually quite entertaining. Concerning the cast (Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, Jon Bernthal), they all did a really fine job and, even if Ben Affleck didn’t completely nail it (for example, the way he blew in his hands felt off for me) , he was still pretty good and it’s rather funny to think that the guy was considered as the worst actor in the world less than 20 years ago. I was also quite impressed by Jon Bernthal who completely changed his character during the last 15 minutes and still remained completely convincing. Anyway, to conclude, even though this movie was sometimes really bonkers, I have to admit that I actually enjoyed it and it is definitely worth a look. 



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An average movie

Posted : 1 week, 5 days ago on 6 January 2019 01:13 (A review of Kingsman: The Golden Circle)

To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from this sequel but since I have seen all the other movies directed by Matthew Vaughn and since there was a nice cast involved, I thought I might as well check it out. First of all, even though I have to admit that I did like 'Kingsman: The Secret Service', I never thought it was really so amazing and I wasn't surprised that this sequel was rather poorly received. Well, eventually, I really struggled to get into this movie. In my opinion, the main issue was that the damned thing was just too long. In fact, while watching this flick, I was thinking about an article I read on the internet claiming that movies, especially action movies, have been become way too long nowadays. Well, even though I didn't completely agree with this assessment, it definitely applied for this movie though. I mean, the plot was pretty generic, which actually made sense since it was pretty much parodying the James Bond franchise, but there is no way that it required almost 140 mins of running time. In fact, the original cut was apparently a whopping 220 minutes long which would have been just ridiculous and so boring to watch. As a result, there were just too many characters involved and, in spite of the overlong running time, many of them were actually wasted and showed up only in a couple of scenes (Channing Tatum,  Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry). Furthermore, Eggsy had just way too many partners when it would have worked much better if he would have been on his own or maybe only with Harry, his mentor who was struggling to find back his game. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, at least, the action scenes did work and it was still watchable but, to be honest, by now, I'm pretty much done with this franchise. 


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A good movie

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“To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from this flick but since my wife really like this kind of Dutch romantic-comedies, I thought we might as well check it out together. Well, unfortunately, it turned out to be indeed pretty weak and what bothered me the most was how predictable and lazy the damne” read more

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Posted: 2 weeks, 4 days ago at Jan 1 2:26
Here's to a year full of hope, health, and good fortune and perhaps, devoid of the Sophomoric Adolescence of 2018!

Posted: 3 weeks, 3 days ago at Dec 25 6:57
Posted: 11 months, 3 weeks ago at Jan 30 1:31
Hi Jo
I've check your 100 movies to see before... You will have to work double shift to enter all the new votes on your list. :O
i'm curious to see if this year we will have some changement in the top 20.
: ))
Posted: 1 year ago at Jan 1 0:44
Have a fantastic 2018, Johan!
Posted: 1 year ago at Dec 24 12:23
Thanks so much for all of your votes this year. Merry Christmas for 2017, Johan!
Posted: 1 year, 11 months ago at Jan 30 8:20
Hi, my vote for L'amour fou in number 156 is wrong, I mean L'amour fou (1969)
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thank you
Posted: 1 year, 11 months ago at Jan 25 20:27
i've already voted for your list ;)

www.listal.com/list/listals-100-films-see-before-9773
Posted: 1 year, 11 months ago at Jan 25 7:50
Oh, I would help, but I don't think I'm capable of choosing 10, sorry!
Posted: 1 year, 12 months ago at Jan 23 21:57
Consider it done!
Posted: 2 years ago at Jan 5 18:07
You rock!
Posted: 2 years ago at Jan 2 11:38
Have a very Happy New Year for 2017, Johan! :)
Posted: 2 years ago at Jan 1 5:27
Peace, love and hope for a better year than you enjoyed in 2016!!



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Posted: 2 years ago at Dec 24 15:49
Heh, nice!:) Merry xmas!
Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Dec 15 5:33
Thanks for adding me to your list!
Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Dec 14 14:21
thank you for adding me to your fantastic list
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at May 8 2:07
I only saw The Exorcist once, back when it got re-released to theatres for whichever anniversary that was, and I too found it overrated. As many votes as it's racking up I'll find out very soon whether I still feel the same.

Hope all is well with you, my friend. :)
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 30 9:04
Yeah) Was glad to help with your new top 100 list.
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Feb 11 9:35
thanks for letting me know, friend :)
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Jan 27 0:21
USA or South Korea
Posted: 3 years, 12 months ago at Jan 24 17:57
i voted your list of 100 movies i will add my 10 movies later i have to choose the best :)