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1 month, 1 week ago
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Notes: To be honest, I thought it was rather difficult to judge this movie because there is James Dean in it and everyone tends to overly praise his movies. I mean, by now, I have seen all 3 movies starring James Dean (see also ‘Giant’ and ‘East of Eden’) but, to be honest, I find it really weird that the guy became such a legend just after showing up in 3 movies. After watching this flick, I thought it became even more obvious. I mean, sure, I liked the damned thing and Dean gave a solid performance but I didn't think it was really a masterpiece. I don’t know, maybe, at the time, the teenagers thought it was fascinating as they were really able to identify themselves with the characters but, to be honest, I thought they were all rather whinny and even a little bit obnoxious. I mean, they are just really self-centered and I guess that’s what you are supposed to feel at this age but I thought they made it rather overly dramatic. Anyway, even though I wasn’t completely convinced by this feature, it was still a solid drama, James Dean was really charismatic, I have to admit it, and it is definitely worth a look.
1 month, 1 week ago
Shoplifters

1 month, 1 week ago

A very good movie

“Since I kept hearing some really good things about this flick (it even won the prestigious Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival), I was really eager to check it out. Well, I have been faithfully following Ken Loach for more than 20 years and, to be honest, I has been a while that the guy delivere” read more

1 month, 1 week ago
I, Daniel Blake                                  (2016)
Directed by: Ken Loach Plot: After having suffered a heart-attack, a 59-year-old carpenter must fight the bureaucratic forces of the system in order to receive Employment and Support Allowance. Note: Ken Loach managed to deliver one of his best movies which was rather unexpected as many including myself thought that his best movies were already behind him. Anyway, once again, he gave us another socially relevant and really powerful tale and, in this case, it was even more heartbreaking as it all felt terribly familiar. Indeed, in this movie, Ken Loach completely captured this social nightmare, the realism was just uncanny and it is not hard to believe that some women would choose to get into prostitution as ruthless gangsters and pimps might seem to be eventually more helpful than the so-called social welfare system.

1 month, 1 week ago
I, Daniel Blake                                  (2016)
Notes: Well, I have been faithfully following Ken Loach for more than 20 years and, to be honest, I has been a while that the guy delivered something so impressive. Indeed, Loach managed to deliver one of his best movies which was rather unexpected as many including myself thought that his best movies were already behind him. Anyway, once again, he gave us another socially relevant and really powerful tale and, in this case, it was even more heartbreaking as it all felt terribly familiar. Indeed, my wife has been terribly ill for already 8 years and, even though we live in the Netherlands and not UK, she had to face the same fight with the bureaucracy to have her invalid status acknowledged and approved. This battle lasted at least 4 years and what's so outrageous is that such organisations should be meant to help people but, in fact, there are in place to make sure the government's budget doesn't get red. As a result, you have some seriously sick people who spend hours, days, months dealing with this matter which eventually turns into a huge battle when they should be in fact focusing on their recovery. Well, in this movie, Ken Loach completely captured this social nightmare, the realism was just uncanny and it is not hard to believe that some women would choose to get into prostitution as ruthless gangsters and pimps might seem to be eventually more helpful than the so-called social welfare system.
1 month, 1 week ago
johanlefourbe added 2 items to My favorite TV shows list
Narcos (2015-2017)
Better Call Saul

1 month, 1 week ago
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1 month, 1 week ago
Les maîtres fous
Notes: I haven't seen this one yet...
1 month, 1 week ago
johanlefourbe added 1 item to My Queue list
Don Juan DeMarco

1 month, 1 week ago
Requiem for a Dream (2000)

1 month, 1 week ago
Hill 24 Doesn
Notes: I haven't seen this one yet...
1 month, 1 week ago
The Sea of Trees

1 month, 1 week ago
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1 month, 1 week ago

A good movie

“Even though this movie didn't really get much love when it was released, since I always had a weak spot for Gus Van Sant's work, I was quite eager to check it out. After the huge critical failure of 'The Sea of Trees' (It is even considered by many as his worst movie so far), Van Sant here made a ni” read more

1 month, 1 week ago
johanlefourbe added 1 item to My Queue list
A Street Cat Named Bob

1 month, 1 week ago
Don
Notes: After the huge critical failure of 'The Sea of Trees' (It is even considered by many as his worst movie so far), Gus Van Sant here made a nice come-back with and this flick was easily his best movie since 'Milk' released already 10 years ago. Still, even though it was indeed an entertaining biopic, it was nothing really amazing, to be honest. I mean, even though Van Sant went for a chaotic and random structure, the whole thing was actually fairly generic and predictable after all. Still, I had never heard of John Callahan before watching this movie, the guy was really interesting and I really appreciate the fact that they kept displaying his work through the whole duration. Eventually, I think I enjoyed mostly the cast involved. Indeed, once again, Joaquin Phoenix completely nailed it and displayed again that he is easily one of the best actors of his generation. On top of that, the rest of the cast (Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black) was also strong even if their characters were unfortunately barely developed. I was above all impressed by Jonah Hill who I didn't recognize at all and it was only by the sound of his voice that I was able to spot him. Anyway, even though it was nothing ground-breaking, it was still a decent biopic and it is definitely worth a look.
1 month, 1 week ago
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
Notes: I haven't seen this one yet...
1 month, 1 week ago
johanlefourbe posted a review of Purple Rain

An average movie

“I wasn't really sure what to expect from this flick but since it seems to have a decent reputation, I thought I might as well check it out. First of all, I have to admit that I have never been a huge fan of Prince above all because his style was just too over-the-top for my taste but, while watching” read more

1 month, 1 week ago
I

1 month, 1 week ago
Night and Fog
Notes: I haven't seen this one yet...
1 month, 1 week ago
johanlefourbe added 2 items to My Queue list
Goat                                  (2016)
The Wonders

1 month, 1 week ago

An average movie

“To be honest, I wasn't expect much from this flick but since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as wel check it out. I have to admit that I have never been a huge fan of such spoofs and, even though this one is considered by a many as a cult-classic, I really had a hard time to care abou” read more

1 month, 2 weeks ago
johanlefourbe posted a review of The Uninvited

An average movie

“To be honest, I wasn't really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as wel check it out. Well, even though I didn't have such huge expectations, the damned thing  still turned out to be seriously disappointing, First of all, I always hate it wh” read more

1 month, 2 weeks ago
johanlefourbe added 1 item to My Queue list
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates                                  (2016)

1 month, 2 weeks ago
johanlefourbe posted a review of Self/less (2015)

An average movie

“Even though this movie didn't get much love when it was released, since I have always been interested in Tarsem Singh's work, I still wanted to check it out. Well, unfortunately, it turned out to be another really disappointing effort from the once so promising director. I have to admit it though, e” read more

1 month, 2 weeks ago
The Phenix City Story
Notes: I haven't seen this one yet...
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Paris Blues                                  (1961)
How to Be Single (2016)

1 month, 2 weeks ago