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My mother is French and my father is Dutch. I have spent all my life in France but now I have been living in Holland for quite a while.

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An average movie

Posted : 13 hours, 39 minutes ago on 11 August 2022 11:17 (A review of Stan & Ollie)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since there was a decent cast involved, I thought I might as well check it out. When I was a kid, I really loved Laurel and Hardy but I have to admit that, for a couple of decades, I hadn’t watch any of their movies. However, about 6 months ago, after all these years, I finally saw once again one of their movies, the classic ‘Sons of the Desert’, and, to be honest, I think their antics were actually much more enjoyable when I was a kid. Still, there is no denying that they were one of the greatest comedy duos ever so it was pretty neat to see a biographical movie focusing on them. However, even if this movie was fairly well received when it was released, to be honest, it didn’t really grab me though. The tricky thing with such biographical movies dealing with a specific time period is that you might wonder if the chosen time period was really so interesting. I mean, the intro was fine and both sides were actually fairly well developed but, then, they completely skipped how these two guys got back together after their falling out. Then, focusing on their tour in Great Britain was not a bad idea but, for too long, not much or not enough was actually going on. Eventually, it was only when they had their argument towards the end that this tale started to get really intriguing. Still, there is no denying that Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly were really good, especially Coogan whose resemblance with Stan Laurel was just uncanny. Anyway, to conclude, even if I wasn’t completely sold, it was still a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in this hilarious comedy duo. 



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A good movie

Posted : 2 days, 18 hours ago on 9 August 2022 06:40 (A review of The Midwife)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was starring Catherine Deneuve, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, I thought it was not bad at all, even if it never really became much more than that. In my opinion, the main issue was that, even though most of it was fairly interesting, there were just too many ideas and sub-plots involved and most of them were as a result really half-baked. Let’s take Claire, the main character, for example. She is a midwife, the clinic she was working for is closing, her son is dropping medical school and is having a baby, his father is unknown and she just met a guy. And I shouldn’t forget that we never see her mother and that her father killed himself. Then, you had Béatrice whose incredible life could be developed in a whole mini-series. Seriously, by dropping off half of all these ideas, the whole thing would have been more much efficient and interesting to watch. In fact, when you think about it, the story was actually pretty basic and even seriously predictable and the makers probably tried to cover this up with all this stuff. Still, the two Catherine’s (Frot and Deneuve) were at the top of their game and they both delivered some really solid performances. Indeed, it was a hard sale to make us believe that, after all what happened between them, after all these years, that Claire would still welcome Béatrice in her life but both women really made it work though. Indeed, you can sense that back then and again in the present day, they both felt a connection, a connection Claire never felt with her mother or even pretty much anyone else in her life. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a solid drama and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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A classic

Posted : 1 week, 6 days ago on 29 July 2022 10:13 (A review of Man of Aran)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was included in the ‘They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They?’ list, I was quite eager to check it out. I have to admit that I had never heard of the Aran islands before but it definitely didn’t seem to be the most welcoming place to live. On the other hand, I already saw a couple of movies directed by Robert J. Flaherty, especially the impressive ‘Nanook of the North’. Eventually, the guy was rightfully considered as the precursor of the modern documentaries, even if there was always something fake in pretty much all his movies. For example, in this case, even though the shark hunting was quite spectacular, it was apparently something they haven’t done for many years, even decades. However, there was one thing that wasn’t fake and it was the sea itself. Indeed, I can’t remember the last time I saw such incredible sea footage showing how the sea can be and, apparently, always is raging at these remote Irish islands. Especially at the beginning, you get to see this family of fishermen going back and forth trying to retrieve some net and this scene was just so weird and yet quite mesmerizing at the same time. It’s too bad the copy I saw on YouTube was pretty weak (on the other hand, I should have maybe lower my expectations since this movie is almost 100 years old). However, even so, the damned thing was still visually quite impressive. To be honest, you don’t get the opportunity to really get to know the people involved in this movie but it was rather impressive how cheerful and seemingly happy they seemed to be. Anyway, to conclude, as usual with Flaherty, I really enjoyed this vintage documentary and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 2 weeks ago on 28 July 2022 10:18 (A review of The Workshop)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was directed by Laurent Cantet, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, it seems that Cantet tried this time to mix ‘Entre les murs’ with ‘Swimming Pool’ but even though this mix did have some potential, it never really worked though. Indeed, it did lean towards the hyperrealism displayed in ‘Entre les murs’ but, eventually, they didn’t spend enough time with any of the characters, even with Antoine and Olivia, to really get to know them. There was also the issue that I didn’t care much about any of the characters involved. I mean, there was definitely something intriguing about Antoine but, eventually, it turned out to be a bored and boring teenager and not much more than that. Concerning Marina Foïs, I remember her when she was part of ‘Les Robins des Bois’, a really funny comedic group on French TV at the end of the 90’s, and it was rather impressive to see her heading such a drama more than 20 years later. However, even though Foïs was not bad, to be honest, she never managed to make this writer really interesting though but she wasn’t helped by the fact that her character was barely developed whatsoever. Concerning the workshop itself, even if the concept was interesting, I wasn’t really convinced but it was mostly because they focused instead so much on the relationship between Olivia Dejazet and Antoine, a relationship which didn't lead to anything after all. Finally, regarding the comparison with ‘Swimming Pool’, it seemed that the whole thing could become something sleazy which was maybe a really misguided idea or maybe something that could make the whole thing much more spellbinding but, like pretty much everything else in this movie, it was never really explored. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, I have to admit that it was still a decent watch though and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A classic

Posted : 2 weeks, 1 day ago on 27 July 2022 08:47 (A review of A Special Day)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it seemed to have a really solid reputation, I was quite eager to check it out. First of all, I have noticed that, even though I have seen tons of movies dealing with Nazi Germany, I have actually seen very little movies dealing with Fascist Italy. Well, this movie did give a pretty good idea on how intoxicating the Fascist propaganda was on the masses. Sure, it might seem appalling almost 80 years later but, back then, as displayed in this movie, pretty much everyone swallowed it and actually even enjoyed it. Concerning the movie itself, it was one of the favorite movies Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni made and it makes sense since they both delivered some of their best performances here. Eventually, even though it might seem to be a rather simple movie with only 2 characters and only 1 location, it turned out to be rather complex after all. Indeed, they basically gave us two complete opposite views on the political spectrum back then in Italy with, on one side, a Fascist housewife with 6 children and an anti-Fascist homosexual living by himself. What stroke me was how lonely these 2 characters were. Indeed, even though they were quite convinced about their personal political views, it didn’t bring them much happiness after all. It was probably even more even surprising that they got along so well and that’s probably where the movie probably slightly lost me. The fact that they pushed it even further than being unlikely friends probably didn’t help. Indeed, it was actually quite refreshing that there wouldn’t be anything sexual between these two characters, that their connection would be on a complete different level, so it felt rather misguided that they still had to have sex anyway. Eventually, I think I might have to re-watch this movie at some point to make up my mind about it. Anyway, to conclude, it really deserves its strong reputation and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A classic

Posted : 2 weeks, 3 days ago on 25 July 2022 07:56 (A review of The Docks of New York)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was included in the ‘1001 Movies You Must Before You Die’ list, I was really eager to check it out. It’s only when I started to watch this movie that I discovered that it was actually directed by Josef von Sternberg and I’m pretty sure it was the first movie I saw from the famous director. It is interesting to note that, even though this movie is nowadays highly regarded, it was actually barely noticed when it was released because was it was one of the last films of the silent era and, at the time, everyone was more obsessed about the first talkies coming out, even if they were not really that good. Concerning George Bancroft, he was some kind of combination of Jean Gabin with John C. Reilly and I wonder if I have ever saw him before. Anyway, I thought he was pretty good. Concerning the movie itself, it turned out to be an interesting combination of dark and grim realism with an almost fairy-tale like romance. The best example would be the wedding which is often considered as the most famous scene in this movie. Indeed, on one hand, it might seem pretty sordid and it was rather obvious that Bill Roberts wouldn’t keep his vows and, and yet, Mae actually believed in this ceremony while  the crowd around them was not exactly sweet and gentle and these strong contrasts were really interesting. It’s too bad they didn’t develop more the characters though but, on the other, the fact that we knew so very little about them automatically made them more mysterious and intriguing. Anyway, to conclude, even if it didn’t really blow me away, it was still a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 4 days ago on 24 July 2022 11:20 (A review of Brewster's Millions)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was directed by Walter Hill, I thought I might as well check it out. When I think of Walter Hill, I think of some rather badass action flicks so I was not really convinced by the idea of this guy directing a comedy, especially with a rather seemingly lame concept. Basically, I was pretty sure it would be pretty weak. Well, to my surprise, I have to admit that the damned thing was not so bad at all after all. Indeed, it worked most of all because it was a wacky comedy which was fully aware of its wacky concept. On top of that, it had been years since I saw a movie starring Richard Pryor and the guy was a perfect choice to play the main character. To be honest, John Candy didn’t get much to do but he was also pretty much pitch-perfect as the sidekick (the name of his character, Spike Nolan, was also pure gold and, for some reasons, made me think of what the illegitimate son of Spike Lee and Christophe Nolan would look like). Coming back to the movie itself, to be honest, losing 30 millions of dollars is not that hard actually. I mean, just buying this rare stamp (and using it) cost him already more than 1 million and it took him only 5 mins. However, it wasn’t the point of this movie. As pointed out by Brewster himself, the point was just to see if he could do it and, above all, have some fun in the process and I think it was pretty neat to see that, after all that happened to him, Brewster remained the same man. Anyway, to conclude, even if it was definitely not a masterpiece whatsoever, it was still a decent comedy and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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An average movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 5 days ago on 23 July 2022 06:57 (A review of The Gray Man (2022))

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since there was a decent cast involved and since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, every year, Netflix comes up with a big blockbuster action flick and, every year, it turns out to be a dud and I’m afraid this movie won’t be an exception. It’s rather surprising because, this time around, they did seem to have the rights ingredients. They had the biggest budget for a Netflix movie so far, the Russo brothers, the same writers who worked with them on some of the best MCU instalments and they had Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans on board. Still, I would have to admit that it wasn’t a complete failure though. Indeed, most of the action scenes were quite impressive, even if they didn’t become too much at some point. For example, the scene in Vienna with the tram lasted for so long and there were just so many goons and cops killed in the process, it was just relentless and, to be honest, rather tiresome. Gosling and Evans were also really good in this but I wish Evans would have been working solo, instead of having a full army of thugs doing most of the dirty job for him. Eventually, I think it was probably the biggest issue in this movie, the fact that a private contractor like Lloyd Hansen would have a complete army at his disposal was hardly convincing. Sure, a dozen of guys why not? But there were just way too many of them and then you had also all the equipments they used. Of course, he mentioned he wanted an unlimited budget but, first, he would need to get the money from the government, then, he would need to order all this stuff which would take weeks which obviously didn’t really work since he was involved in a time-sensitive man hunting. It’s too bad and I think if they would focused only on Sierra Six and Lloyd Hansen chasing and fighting each other, the damned thing would have been actually much better. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch though and I have to admit that it is actually worth a look. 


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An average movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 6 days ago on 22 July 2022 11:18 (A review of Underwater)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Kristen Stewart and since it was available on Disney+, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, even if the damned thing was seriously derivative, it was actually not bad at all. Basically, it was very similar to ‘Alien’ except that it was taking place at the bottom of the ocean, not really much more than that, but I thought it was actually quite effective. First of all, I have to admit that I was rather surprised that the mayhem did start right away. Indeed, I was pretty sure that the main character had some kind of premonitory dream and that they would introduce this drill station under normal circumstances but their approach was actually rather refreshing. Concerning Kristen Stewart, I wonder if it was really necessary to have her running around in a sport bra for so long but it wasn’t a big deal and I thought she was fairly convincing. Concerning the rest of the cast, if Vincent Cassel and T.J. Miller were solid, the other actors were not really charismatic but I have to admit that they were not helped by the fact their characters were barely developed. However, it was obviously not the point of this movie. Indeed, the point was to create a claustrophobic atmosphere with a group of characters trying to survive at the bottom of the ocean, first in some soon-to-explode drilling station and then walking in the dark wearing some diving suits which were far from being indestructible and it was all quite entertaining to behold. I’m not sure if I really needed all these weird creatures obviously inspired not only by ‘Alien’ but also by H.P. Lovecraft but it was definitely not a deal-breaker. Anyway, to conclude, even it was nothing really ground-breaking, it was actually a decent watch and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 6 days ago on 22 July 2022 07:37 (A review of Drunk Parents)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since there was a decent cast involved, I thought I might as well check it out. Unfortunately, it turned out to be terribly lame, I’m afraid, and I’m not surprised that it was released 3 years after it was actually made. It’s too bad because Alex Baldwin and Salma Hayek are both really charismatic and they had some solid chemistry together. On top of that, I think the concept actually had some potential. Indeed, how do you turn into a comedy the story of an upper-class couple who decides to get drunk instead of staying focused in order to get out of their financial problems? It wasn’t an easy thing to do and it’s clear that the makers completely failed. Their first move was to dump a whole bunch of stuff in their front yard which seemed like a very dramatic move but, sure, if you need some money, why not? However, what was rather bewildering was that, instead of actually trying to sale anything, they actually antagonized anyone who actually approached them. Seriously, what was that all about? Was it really supposed to be funny? Anyway, eventually, pretty much all the jokes were just flat or terrible or even seriously cringe-inducing. Seriously, to make one joke about child molesting was in really bad taste but to keep making such jokes was just so misguided and, obviously, not entertaining whatsoever. Coming back on the main characters, I won’t blame either Baldwin or Hayek, they both did what they could with this material, but their characters were just rather pathetic, if not even slightly annoying. However, the supporting characters were even worse though. Anyway, to conclude, the damned thing was just really lame and you should probably avoid it. 



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Posted: 3 months, 3 weeks ago at Apr 17 6:11
Easter blessings to you and your family!

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Posted: 7 months, 2 weeks ago at Dec 25 19:50
Thanks for help!

And Merry Christmas!
Posted: 7 months, 2 weeks ago at Dec 25 18:51
Posted: 1 year, 2 months ago at Jun 8 13:26
I need your help!

I'm making this list - www.listal.com/list/tomorrow-never-comes - with movies with a plot of reliving the same day over and over again. Could you please help me fill it if a movie comes in mind?
Posted: 1 year, 2 months ago at Jun 5 6:34
Like to echo comments from TrekMedic & Marek, great effort putting this together and its great to see what people vote for, even though strangely the No 1 & 2 positions are films I personally am not a fan of.
Posted: 1 year, 2 months ago at Jun 3 14:12
congrats Johan, awesome list result
Posted: 1 year, 2 months ago at May 26 11:04
you welcome, thanks to join my poll too
Posted: 1 year, 2 months ago at May 23 17:23
Hi johan
I'm voting the 10 movies of your list now,

would you like to join my new poll

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Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Mar 9 16:34
Haha yup you're right Johan. I knew it was a French director of course but for some reason I thought it was an American production, thank you, I'll get about correcting that error. And thanks for the vote too, always appreciated.
Posted: 1 year, 7 months ago at Jan 1 4:20
Happy New Year Johan. have a good time with your family. The movies you have seen and the reviews you have done are impressive.
Whenever I'm looking at a filmography, your opinion is always there haha. Thank you for contributing so much to Listal.com since 2010.
Posted: 1 year, 7 months ago at Dec 31 15:54


Hoping 2021 is a better year for all of us :)
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Posted: 1 year, 11 months ago at Aug 25 20:36
Hi there!

I just read my comment section, I'm sometimes not that much online, I just noticed you did ask for my ten favourite films.
I'm sorry I didn't react sooner. I don't know if my vote still counts. My apologies. It's an awesome list, btw!
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Jan 1 15:04

happy 20 new 20 year!!



Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Jan 1 1:00
Happy New Year, Johan!
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Dec 12 18:50
Merry Christmas, Johan!
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Apr 7 16:32
Hi,
I'll definitely vote my top 10.
Looking forward to the final List!
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at Mar 13 16:20
Congratulations, beautiful lists!! :) :)