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A good movie

Posted : 5 hours, 53 minutes ago on 17 April 2024 09:15 (A review of Professor Marston & the Wonder Women)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it did sound intriguing, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, it turned out to be a fascinating story with some very strong characters. On top of that, who would have expected that Wonder Woman came from such a complex background? I had also no idea that the Wonder Woman comic-books were at first so kinky and subversive and it made the character so much more intriguing than she actually was, at least to me. In fact, it was apparently a known fact that William Moulton Marston did indeed live with 2 different women and had children with both of them but there was no record that they actually engaged in some kind of threesome like it was displayed in this movie. However, I think it made these 2 women and the whole agreement between the 3 of them even more intriguing. The main issue I had was probably the lack of context. I mean, to start this kind of relationship(s) today would be definitely challenging but they did it back in the 20’s until the end of the 40’s. Unfortunately, you never get a good idea of how bold and groundbreaking this choice actually was and, instead, they went for some romantic approach which was maybe easy to swallow but I think it did shortchange these characters and how complex they were on a psychological level. Furthermore, they spend too much time on this threesome and not enough on the creation of Wonder Woman as it came late during the 3rd act and I wish they did spend more time on this as well. Anyway, to conclude, even if it was maybe not a masterpiece, it was still pretty good though and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in this genre. 



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A bad movie

Posted : 1 day, 5 hours ago on 16 April 2024 09:12 (A review of Survive the Game)

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from this flick but, since it was starring Bruce Willis, I thought I might as well check it out. Unfortunately, from all these awful direct-to-VOD garbage Willis has done towards the end of his career, it was probably one of the worst I have seen so far, I’m afraid. Seriously, pretty much nothing worked with the damned thing and my mind was wandering off every 2 mins but I’m pretty sure that I didn’t miss anything important. It was probably the cheapest and weakest story I have seen so far in this genre. I mean, it started with a really pathetic shoot-out, then the bad guys escaped to some farm and one cop (who didn’t have a cellphone to call for back-up for some reason) chased them and, well, it was pretty much it. Indeed, the whole thing was basically some kind of really pathetic cat-and-mouse game between these thugs and this cop who was helped out by a local ‘farmer’ (possibly the least convincing farmer I have ever seen). Another issue was how terrible the cast was this time around, even worse than usual. It was also pretty weird that the 3 ladies involved all had some really botched plastic surgery which was so distracting, probably even more than their abysmal acting abilities. It was even more bewildering to discover afterwards that one of these ladies was actually Donna D'Errico who was barely recognizable (and, frankly, rather ugly) with all this misguided plastic surgery done on her face. Concerning Bruce Willis, well, it is actually difficult to judge his work because you can be sure that the guy was already struggling with aphasia at the time. Basically, even though he seemed to have more screen time than usual, he was barely acting at all and looked confused most of the time which was actually rather heartbreaking to see. Anyway, to conclude, the damned thing was a big waste of time and you should definitely avoid it. 



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A very good movie

Posted : 2 days, 6 hours ago on 15 April 2024 08:14 (A review of H2O)

Recently, I have been focusing on older movies and since this one seemed to have a decent reputation and since it was available on YouTube, I thought I might as well check it out. I have to admit that I had never heard of Ralph Steiner before but he was back then apparently a pioneer in experimental movies in the US. Eventually, this movie was actually his directorial debut and it would have quite an impact when it was released. Anyway, how much you will enjoy this movie will depend a lot on how much you like such abstract features. Well, I have always had a weak spot for the genre and, as far as I was concerned, the whole thing was quite beautiful and even rather mesmerizing to behold. At first, he gave us some rather basic shots of running water, which might seem too ordinary, but it actually worked for me and I think there was something rather soothing about these images. However, it became increasingly abstract and, at some point, what you were looking at was something really different than just water and the effect was quite otherworldly. Anyway, to conclude, the damned thing turned out to be quite fascinating and it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in such experimental features. 



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A good movie

Posted : 5 days, 6 hours ago on 12 April 2024 08:48 (A review of Old and New)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was the last movie directed by that Sergei Eisenstein I haven’t seen so far, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, it is probably his most obscure movie, it was also his last propaganda film as he would then focus after on historical epics for the rest of his career. Eventually, what was mostly interesting in this movie was that he focused this time only on the peasants living in the Soviet Union. Anyway, after watching all his movies, I came to the conclusion that they are so vastly different from your usual narrative features and it makes them therefore rather tricky to judge because you can’t really compare them to anything else that you have seen before and this movie was not an exception. Even if you might have some issues with the fact that it completely distorted what happened in Russia, I still think it is fascinating how Eisenstein pushed the propaganda genre to such heights that it became some kind of weird Art form. Indeed, there is no denying that some shots were quite beautiful, even though I’m not a huge fan of his excessive use of close-ups but even these shots were quite evocative. Eventually, they made some attempts to build up some kind of narrative (above all, you keep seeing this woman called Marfa) but, to be honest, the end-result did feel seriously disjointed. I mean, except for Marfa, it was rather difficult to keep track on who was who exactly and what was actually exactly going on. Finally, even though I’m well aware of all the atrocities that took place during the Soviet rule in Russia, I still think it was a beautiful theory and I actually think that this movie, as an utopian concept, was inspiring. Anyway, to conclude, even though it is definitely an acquired taste, I think it was actually pretty good and it is actually worth a look, especially if you are interested in Eisenstein’s work. 



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An average movie

Posted : 6 days, 7 hours ago on 11 April 2024 08:08 (A review of Matterhorn)

About 10 years ago, I joined a film club and this movie was one of the few that they had watched without me so I was quite eager to check it out. Well, to be honest, even if was not bad at all, it wasn’t really much more than that though. I mean, the directing was fine, at least, it was better than your average Dutch production, and the two leads (Ton Kas and René van 't Hof) definitely delivered some solid performances. Unfortunately, the whole thing felt rather empty though. Indeed, for a very long time, you just see these two men who seemed to be lost each their own way hanging out together for no clear reason whatsoever and how much you will enjoy all this will depend on how much you like this typical Dutch brand of dry absurdist humor (Alex van Warmerdam is probably the champion in this genre). Well, even though I have always respected the genre, I have to admit that I have never been a huge fan though. The weird thing with this movie was that they completely changed the approach during the last act. Indeed, at some point, Fred found out completely randomly the identity of this mysterious man and, from this point on, the movie completely changed. After that, so many things did happen (for example, they went through some kind of fake wedding) and this change of pace was just quite jarring. By the way, even though I noticed that the actress who played Trudy was really lovely, it was only afterwards that I discovered that she was actually played by [Link removed - login to see] and it was rather strange that I didn’t recognize her right away. Anyway, to conclude, even though it didn’t really work for me, I have to admit that was still a decent watch though and I think it is worth a look but probably only if you really like such little quirky Dutch movies. 



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An average movie

Posted : 1 week ago on 10 April 2024 11:13 (A review of Gully)

Since this movie had some really abysmal ratings on IMDb, I had some low expectations but, since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out anyway. Well, eventually, even though it was definitely rather weak, there is no way this movie deserved such a low rating (2.6). Indeed, the topic was maybe not original but it was interesting, the directing was decent enough and, above all, there was a solid cast involved (Kelvin Harrison Jr., Charlie Plummer, John Corbett, Jonathan Majors, Robin Givens, Amber Heard, Terrence Howard) so I wonder from where this hatred came from. Anyway, I have to admit that the damned thing still didn’t really work though. First of all, the concept of 3 disgruntled young men hanging aimlessly in the hood was not a bad idea but it was nothing new and it had already been done so many times before and, above all, much better than in this movie. For some reason, it did remind me of ‘La haine’, a huge French classic in this genre and, when if you would compare both movies, it then becomes pretty obvious what went wrong here. Indeed, the whole point was to show these guys hanging around which was the main focus. However, it should have been also the only focus but it was definitely not the case here and the whole thing felt so disjointed as a result. Indeed, instead, they gave each young man in this trio such a complex sub-plot that they could have ditched the 2 other guys and focus only on one of them. To make things worse, with barely 80 mins, there was obviously no enough time to develop any of this so it all felt really half-baked and it all barely made sense as well. For example, who was John Corbett’s character and what was exactly his relationship with Jesse? Same thing with Amber Heard (who was pretty bad here, by the way), who was she and what was exactly her relationship with Nicky? Anyway, to conclude, even if the IMDb users were really harsh on this movie, I have to admit that it was still not really worth a look and you should probably avoid it. 



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An average movie

Posted : 1 week, 1 day ago on 9 April 2024 09:29 (A review of Madeleine Collins)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but, since I have a weak spot for Virginie Efira, I thought I might as well check it out. We have all heard about these (true) stories about some men having 2 families at the same time over several decades. Well, this movie basically tackled the idea of how it would be if a woman would actually choose this ‘lifestyle’. Of course, for a woman, you have the issues of getting pregnant and giving birth so, in this case, half of the movie was some kind of mystery during which you wonder how the main character did end up in this situation. To be honest, I’m not sure that the explanation did make sense. I think I was above all bothered by the fact that, out of nowhere, this little girl somehow managed to figure this all out by herself which was, frankly, rather ridiculous. Indeed, kids don’t have some kind of magical instinct, they get attached to whoever takes care of them and even more to those who are kind to them and I can’t imagine how traumatizing this ‘arrangement’ could have been for her and the way they ‘solved’ this in this movie was actually rather pathetic and unconvincing. There was also the fact that, considering how old Ninon was, they had been apparently doing this for several years already which just seemed unthinkable and even grotesque. So, the concept was at first intriguing but it became rather shaky when it became clear what was actually going on. However, what really worked was Efira though. Indeed, she impressed me once again playing such a complex character who was pretty messed up and, yet, she was always so convincing and quite spellbinding to behold. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still 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 : 1 week, 2 days ago on 8 April 2024 08:47 (A review of Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but Nick, my step-son, is a big fan of such monsters movie so we still ended up watching it in the movie theater when it was released. In fact, ever since ‘Godzilla’ was released 10 years ago, we have seen all the movies in this franchise when they were released but, to be honest, I barely remember any of them though. Eventually, the only real issue was the fact that, to keep this franchise going, the mythology is becoming increasingly convoluted but, even if this new installment was nothing really amazing, it might actually be the best of the bunch so far though, no less than that. Indeed, I did appreciate the fact that they didn’t take themselves too seriously this time around and, above all, Brian Tyree Henry and Dan Stevens were actually quite fun together. Furthermore, their approach was to focus on only a smaller group of human characters which was definitely a wise choice as it was definitely an issue with the previous installments which very often had to deal with a dozen of really half-baked individuals. The other thing I enjoyed was the fact that all the massive fights involving these huge monsters were in broad daylight and not at night and/or under some heavy rain which is too often the case in this genre (it was something that really bothered me with ‘Pacific Rim’ for example). It is also pretty neat that Adam Wingard apparently understands that such brainless blockbusters never need to last more than 2 hrs. Still, it is rather weird that, even though Godzilla is one of the main draws, he does show up only for 10 mins in each film.  Anyway, to conclude, even if I will probably forget most about it within a few days, I have to admit that it was a decent watch and it is actually worth a look, at least, if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 1 week, 3 days ago on 7 April 2024 06:57 (A review of A Quiet Place: Part II)

To be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of 'A Quiet Place' but, since this sequel was available on Netflix l, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, even if it didn't blow me away, it was still a decent watch though. I think what bothered me the most with 'A Quiet Place' when I saw it was not the movie itself but the fact it was, at the time, seriously overhyped. Eventually, it was definitely not the case here so I didn’t have some huge expectations and it was probably a good thing. First of all, the intro was pretty neat. Sure, obviously, it was also a good excuse to still have John Krasinski's character turning back, even if he actually died in the previous movie. However, above all, it clearly displayed that they were going for a different approach with this sequel which was pretty neat. Indeed, while its predecessor was a silent minimalist affair, this sequel was more a classic monster horror feature with some bombastic action scenes. To be honest, the story did feel rather scattered though, especially when 3 group of characters got their own storyline at some point. As a result, even though most of the Abbott family was returning, none of them was developed at all this time around which did feel like a missed opportunity. They also added up Cillian Murphy to the mix and they were very lucky to have an actor of this caliber to play such a thankless role. Seriously, it was quite impressive how much he could do with the very little material he was actually provided. On the other hand, it was even worse with Scoot McNairy and Djimon Hounsou who played such completely half-baked characters. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, I have to admit that it was still fairly entertaining though and it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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A classic

Posted : 1 week, 5 days ago on 5 April 2024 08:31 (A review of Pandora's Box)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it seemed to have a decent reputation (it is included in the ‘1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die’ list, among other things), I was quite eager to check it out. Well, even though I did like the damned thing, to be honest, it didn’t completely win me over though. Above all, in my opinion, the whole thing was rather messy. The best example would be the very first scene. Indeed, it felt as if they skipped something as none of the characters were properly introduced. I mean, who was Lulu? Where did she come from? How did she end up in this apartment? Who were all these guys trying to get her attention? After that, a lot of things did happen to her (she even ended up in the arms of Jack the Ripper) but, at the same time, you learn so very little about Lulu after all. Indeed, what was she thinking or feeling during all this? And, yet, the damned thing was still quite spellbinding to behold, above all, because Louise Brooks had such a magnetic screen presence. After watching this movie, it is rather surprising that she didn’t have a great career afterwards (she did become super famous after this movie was released but it didn’t last). Anyway, from the first moment she showed up on the screen, I was just hooked and she was definitely one of the most mesmerizing women I ever saw. There was also something about her acting. At the time, it was apparently misunderstood because she was going for such a naturalistic acting, she was basically ahead of the game for several decades and the audience back then had no idea how to deal with it. Anyway, to conclude, even if the movie itself didn’t really work, it was still pretty good though and it is definitely worth a look if only to discover Louise Brooks.



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