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The Skin I Live In

3 weeks, 5 days ago
johanlefourbe posted a review of Creepshow (1982)

A good movie

“I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was directed by George A. Romero and since it has a decent reputation, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, even though I usually don’t care much about horror anthologies, this one was pretty good and probably the best one I ha” read more

3 weeks, 5 days ago
johanlefourbe added 2 items to My Queue list
Playing for Keeps
Ben-Hur (2016)

3 weeks, 5 days ago
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3 weeks, 6 days ago
Johnny Guitar (1954)
Notes: To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of such old Westerns and I believe that at least half of them could or should be removed from this otherwise really awesome list. Anyway, in this genre, I have to admit it, this movie was not bad at all and I definitely had a weak spot for the damned thing. Indeed, I thought it was especially neat to see a Western with a woman playing the lead and, even though Joan Crawford always thought that Mercedes McCambridge was stealing the show in this movie, I was above all impressed by Crawford after all. Eventually, the biggest issue with this movie (or biggest draw, depending on who you would ask) is that the story was rather over-the-top and, in my case, I thought it was rather difficult to take it really seriously. Anyway, even though this movie didn’t completely work for me, I still think it is probably one of the most interesting Westerns they made at the time and it is definitely worth a look.
3 weeks, 6 days ago
johanlefourbe added 1 item to My Queue list
The Skin I Live In

3 weeks, 6 days ago

A good movie

“Since it had been years the last time I saw a movie directed by Pedro Almodovar, I was really eager to see this one, especially since it had received some stellar reviews. Well, I wasn't disappointed as it was easily his best movie in years. Indeed, it was a fascinating tale and the Spanish master d” read more

3 weeks, 6 days ago
Salt of the Earth (1954)
Notes: I haven't seen this one yet...
4 weeks ago
johanlefourbe posted a review of Raw (2016)

A good movie

“Since I kept hearing some interesting things about this flick, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, even though I was well aware of his notorious reputation and was expecting a rough watch, I still turned out to be one of the most disturbing and disgusting horror flicks I have seen and I have se” read more

4 weeks ago
johanlefourbe added 4 items to their collection
4 weeks ago
Raw (2016)
directed by Julia Ducournau

4 weeks ago
Diabolique
Notes: Eventually, I was really impressed by this movie and I think it completely deserves its stellar reputation. Apparently, back in those days, the biggest rival to Alfred Hitchcock was the French director, Henri-George Clouzot. They were actually both competing to make this movie but, eventually, Clouzot was the one who had the honor to adapt this best-seller and he did it with great success as it became an instant classic. Indeed, some older movies didn’t grow old very well but this one is still pretty damned amazing, even after all these years. Basically, the directing was quite amazing and provided a mesmerizing eerie atmosphere. The cast included one of the biggest French stars Simone Signoret and also Vérat Clouzot and they both gave some impressive performances. In my opinion, this movie is the perfect example that you don't need any shootings, explosions or chases to make a fascinating thriller. The characters, the dialogues, the shots, creating this huge tension, that's it and that's more than enough.
4 weeks, 1 day ago
johanlefourbe posted 2 images

4 weeks, 1 day ago
johanlefourbe added 1 item to My Queue list
December Boys

4 weeks, 1 day ago
johanlefourbe added 1 item to My Queue list
Ocean

4 weeks, 1 day ago
johanlefourbe posted a review of Burning

A good movie

“Since it was the first Asian movie chosen for our film club, I was pretty excited, especially since it had received some stellar reviews. Well, to be honest, it turned out to be a really challenging movie, probably one of the most difficult we have watched so far. As far as I was concerned, I though” read more

1 month ago
Burning

1 month ago
Burning
Notes: Since it was the first Asian movie chosen for our film club, I was pretty excited, especially since it had received some stellar reviews. Well, to be honest, it turned out to be a really challenging movie, probably one of the most difficult we have watched so far. As far as I was concerned, I thought it was equally fascinating and frustrating to behold. It was indeed fascinating because, even hours later, I was still thinking about it, making up the wildest theories about what actually happened. But it was also frustrating and not only because the whole thing was very often random and obscure. From my side, the most frustration came from the main character who was just so slow, almost dimwitted, and either terribly passive or erratic, depending on the needs to move on the plot or lack of it. Eventually, I think this movie was above all about loneliness and alienation. Indeed, in their own way, these 3 characters were all lonely and alienated from the world around them. Still, even with this theory, I'm not sure if I understood half of this movie which was just terribly murky and it is definitely an acquired taste.
1 month ago
Burning
 Burning 7/10
1 month ago
johanlefourbe posted a image

1 month ago
johanlefourbe added 2 items to My Queue list
Ocean
Ocean

1 month ago
johanlefourbe added 1 item to My Queue list
28 Days Later

1 month ago
The Babysitter                                  (2017)
Notes: Well, unfortunately, it turned out to be another rather underwhelming directing effort from McG. First of all, most of the promotional material on Netflix was focusing on Bella Thorne and since it took forever before she showed up, I was wondering if I was maybe watching the wrong movie but she had after all a rather minor part so it was rather misleading. A bigger issue was that it took forever to really start which was even more problematic since it was actually a rather short movie. In my opinion, the concept was just too thin so almost all of the first half was some really slow and rather tedious introduction. Then, at last, the mayhem started but it was all rather generic and while this new set of characters was interesting, there was no time to properly develop them so all that was left was a succession of scenes supposedly gruesome and/or funny but it never became really entertaining. At least, I have to admit that I really liked the scene towards the end when the main character crashed his neighbour's car into his own house which was pretty awesome and completely unexpected but, unfortunately, that was pretty much the only scene that really worked for me.
1 month ago

An average movie

“I wasn't really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, unfortunately, it turned out to be another rather underwhelming directing effort from McG. First of all, most of the promotional material on Netflix was focusing on Bella Th” read more

1 month ago
Suburbicon
It was actually directed by George Clooney, the Coen brothers wrote the screenplay. Basically, they tried to deliver some kind of mix of a vintage suburban satire with a really half-baked Hitchcokian plot but the end-result was just completely tedious. To make things worse, there was another completely unnecessary and poorly developed sub-plot about some racial tension against a black family, apparently just to make sure that the viewers really understood that the US suburbs in the 50's were a really evil place to live. To be honest, nothing really worked in this movie. Sure, there was sometimes the usual quirkiness that you find in your typical Coen feature but it was never funny. Furthermore, the thriller part was just completely transparent and therefore really boring and, finally, none of the characters were remotely interesting and entertaining. For Clooney, a once really promising director, it was another failure and easily his weakest directing effort so far so you might wonder if the guy shouldn't think about going back to being a full-time actor again.
1 month ago
Suburbicon

1 month ago
johanlefourbe posted a review of Suburbicon

An average movie

“Even though this movie had been a big critical and commercial flop, I was still eager to check it out. Well, you have to admit that it did sound great on paper. I mean, it was directed by George Clooney, it was written by the Coen brothers and it was starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, so, it sh” read more

1 month ago
Suburbicon
Notes: At least, you have to admit that it did sound great on paper. I mean, it was directed by George Clooney, it was written by the Coen brothers and it was starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, so, it should have been a sure winner, right? I'm afraid not. Basically, they tried to deliver some kind of mix of a vintage suburban satire with a really half-baked Hitchcokian plot but the end-result was just completely tedious. To make things worse, there was another completely unnecessary and poorly developed sub-plot about some racial tension against a black family, apparently just to make sure that the viewers really understood that the US suburbs in the 50's were a really evil place to live. To be honest, nothing really worked in this movie. Sure, there was sometimes the usual quirkiness that you find in your typical Coen feature but it was never funny. Furthermore, the thriller part was just completely transparent and therefore really boring and, finally, none of the characters were remotely interesting or entertaining. For Clooney, a once really promising director, it was another failure and easily his weakest directing effort so far so you might wonder if the guy shouldn't think about going back to being a full-time actor again.
1 month ago
The Haunting of Hill House
What is it about? Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it. (NETFLIX)
1 month ago