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A very good movie

Posted : 4 months, 2 weeks ago on 29 November 2023 03:05 (A review of Once)

Since I kept hearing some pretty good things about this flick, I thought I might finally check it out. Seriously, it is rather surprising that it took me so long to finally watch it. To be honest, the fact that it did sound like a really generic story was probably the main reason why I didn’t rush to see the damned thing. Anyway, after all these years, I have to admit that it certainly deserved its stellar reputation after all. Indeed, it’s actually hard to describe it, it’s basically about an average guy who meets an average girl and how they fall in love with each other, not much more. And, yet, the damned thing was one of these magical movies that you come across only once a while. To be honest, I don’t really understand why this movie is classified as a ‘musical drama’. I mean, sure, there is some music involved, even some great music, but the way this romance was handled was completely different than everything you will ever see in a musical. Anyway, it was maybe one of the most basic love stories I have ever seen but what was brilliant in this movie is that they actually displayed why this specific man and this specific woman were completely made for each other. Indeed, they both loved music, they both loved making music and, when they were making music together, they became some kind of unstoppable force which was just so awe-inspiring to behold. But, even beside the moments they were involved with music, they were something so genuine about their relationship. Sure, the guy made a mistake at first but it was understandable but, after that, none of them really dared to express their feelings for each other and, eventually, they didn’t end up together which might be frustrating for some viewers but I thought it was such a ballsy and strong way to end this movie. Anyway, to conclude, I really enjoyed the damned thing and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 4 months, 3 weeks ago on 28 November 2023 09:40 (A review of A Haunting in Venice)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was directed by [Link removed - login to see] and since it was available on Disney+, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, to be honest, I have to admit that I was actually pleasantly surprised by the damned thing. In my opinion, even if it was the least successful instalment at the box-office, it was actually the best Poirot feature directed by Branagh so far. Indeed, it was visually pretty neat and the ominous mood was quite pitch-perfect. The other thing that I enjoyed was the fact that, even though I kept reading on the internet that Hercule Poirot was this time involved in some kind of supernatural case, the supernatural aspect turned out to be much more downplayed than I expected which was a relief. Eventually, most of what was supposed to be paranormal was debunked by Poirot who displayed that with wits and common-sense, he could explained pretty much everything that did happen in this 'haunted' house which was pretty neat. Sure, some of it remained unclear and ambiguous but it was exactly the right amount and it never overshadowed Poirot’s cerebral process which should be the whole point of these movies. I have to admit that I figured out who was the murderer fairly early on and it seemed easier to spot on this time then in the previous movies (I have to admit that I have actually absolutely no recollection on who did it in ‘Death on the Nile’). It didn’t matter though because the mood was really neat and it was just nice to see Poirot debunking all these supposedly supernatural shenanigans while he was actually also hallucinating himself. Anyway, to conclude, it turned out to be a nice surprise and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 4 months, 3 weeks ago on 27 November 2023 09:40 (A review of Brad's Status)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was starring Ben Stiller, I thought I might as well check it out. Basically, most of the duration was some kind of inner dialogue but it did help that Ben Stiller was pretty good here. In fact, I can’t remember the last time that I actually saw him in a movie and, to be honest, he did spend most of his career playing some similar characters. Still, he was fine here and I did appreciate the realistic approach they took to tell this tale. Unfortunately, I’m afraid the damned thing still didn’t really work, at least, not for me. The main issue I had was that the main character was such a pathetic neurotic narcissist. I mean, sure, I get that he was going through some middle-life crisis but I really had a hard time to root for the guy or care about was he going through. I mean, it was especially annoying to hear him complain about his wife because she was, according to him, too ‘positive’ and ‘supportive’. Seriously, it would look great on some divorcing papers. There were some moments during which the guy would eventually snap out of it but it never did last for very long, I’m afraid. Coming back on the middle-life crisis thingy, it could have been helpful if there would have been some counterpoint, something displaying that Brad didn’t always feel this way. However, since it wasn’t there, I actually had the feeling that the guy had always been such an annoying whining entitled dude. At some point, he did pull some ‘American Beauty’ move and met some way-too-young-for-him college student but the way she described him as suffering some baseless privileged White Man complex was rather priceless and completely spot-on. The way he also rejected the criticism showed how clueless and borderline insufferable the guy actually was. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, I have to admit 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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An average movie

Posted : 4 months, 3 weeks ago on 25 November 2023 01:27 (A review of Poms)

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from the damned thing but since it was starring Diane Keaton, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, it was fairly abysmal, I'm afraid. And yet, Diane Keaton and Jacki Weaver are both such fine actresses, it was actually rather impressive how much they managed to get from such poor material. I mean, the whole approach was so misguided starting with the fact that the main character was dying of cancer or the fact that she couldn't stand her new neighbour at first. These were such tired old boring narrative tropes. I mean, I could imagine a completely different story during which Martha met this new gal who was having fun with some poker games and other more or less illicit affairs. Suddenly, she would discover that, even in the twilight years of her life, life could still be an adventure. Above all, instead of being lonely, she would have a great friend from now on. Unfortunately, instead of focusing on this great couple of friends, for some reason, they decided to have them start a geriatric cheerleading club because it was exactly what this movie needed at this point, a seriously tedious completely predictable gimmick. I mean, I have nothing against cheerleading, as a European, I have very little affinity with this 'sport' but I'm pretty sure it would have been more fun and/or more rewarding to see Martha and Sheryl running instead some illegal poker games in this retirement community. The other annoying thing with this approach was that all the other women were even less developed than the two leads, they had barely any personality whatsoever and were reduced to some caricatures just to get some cheap laughs. Anyway, to conclude, even though I have to admit that the damned thing was rather harmless, it was still pretty weak and you should probably avoid it.


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An average movie

Posted : 4 months, 3 weeks ago on 24 November 2023 09:32 (A review of Becky Sharp)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was available on YouTube, I thought I might as well check it out. It is usually considered as a major milestone in motion picture history because it was the very first movie shot in Technicolor. Well, the damned thing sure looked pretty good but I’m not sure if I really cared about the story though. In fact, it’s only when the movie started that I realized that Becky Sharp was actually the main character of ‘Vanity Fair’. Eventually, it turned out that this movie was in fact an adaptation of a play adapted from this book. Well, I’m not surprised that it was based on a play since the performances of all the actors were quite theatrical and the end-result was slightly jarring. Basically, instead of talking normally, they all seemed to be shouting their dialogues which might be appropriate for a play but it was a rather dubious choice for a movie like this one. Still, I have to admit that the cast was often quite entertaining to behold though. Concerning the story, it reminded me of ‘Barry Lyndon’ which is not surprising as Stanley Kubrick thought about for a while to adapt ‘Vanity Fair’ at some point but decided to do ‘Barry Lyndon’ instead after all. Indeed, the time period was similar and both stories were dealing with some rather selfish social climbers starting very low and reaching some improbable heights without caring much about the people around them. However, even in glorious Technicolor, there is no way this movie could compete with a Kubrick production, in any area or department you could think of. Anyway, to conclude, even though it didn’t really blow me away, I have to admit that it was still a decent watch and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 4 months, 3 weeks ago on 23 November 2023 11:05 (A review of Rye Lane)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was very well received and since it was available on Disney+, I thought I might as well check it out. I have to admit that I always had a weak spot for romantic comedies but, to be honest, it has been a while since I have seen a really good movie in this genre. Well, this movie was eventually the proof that you still can deliver something worthwhile in this genre. Indeed, even though it might seem simple, their masterstroke with this movie was not to go for a gimmick which is so often the case in this genre but, instead, to focus on the characters and what they were going through. As a result, there was something really genuine about this cute couple and I thought that they had such great chemistry from the very first moment they met each other in these toilets. Sure, during the 3rd act, there was a break-up and, at the end, they went back with each other which was quite generic but both events still made sense and it didn’t feel like some far-fetched occurrences led by a plot on auto-pilot. Still, I have to admit that it missed something to really dazzle me though. Maybe it had to with the fact that, even though the two actors who played the leads both delivered some solid performances and even though they made such a cute couple, they were maybe not charismatic enough. I guess it’s the tricky thing, if you deliver some identifiable but also average characters, you might miss the swagger that goes with hiring some genuine movie stars. After thinking about it, I think the issue was mostly with the story though. Since the action took during mostly one single day, it did remind me of ‘Before Sunrise’ and they could have used some worse inspiration. However, even though ‘Before Sunrise’ is a classic romantic feature, it is actually the least interesting movie in the fascinating ‘Before..’ trilogy because, in my opinion, the story is really generic which was also the case here. Anyway, to conclude, I really enjoyed the damned thing though and I think it is definitely worth, especially if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 4 months, 3 weeks ago on 22 November 2023 10:57 (A review of Ennio: The Maestro)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but I have always been intrigued by Ennio Morricone’s work and since this movie was directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, I thought I might as well check it out. To be honest, the first 10 minutes were rather slightly annoying. Sure, I get that Morricone was amazing but I didn’t need around 20 people to repeat this one after the another. Fortunately, after going on and on about this, they finally let it go at some point and started to tell his life from the very beginning which was maybe a conventional approach but it was efficient enough. I still think that they were too many talking heads telling about their admiration of Morricone but, even though it was nice, their testimony had most of the time very little added value after all. However, as long as they were focusing on Morricone himself, the damned thing was actually quite spellbinding to behold. Indeed, like everyone else who’s interested in movies, I grew up watching movies with his soundtrack (he worked on a staggering 500 movies) and I have to admit that I always took his work for granted. However, thanks to this movie, I finally understood that, beside being monstrously productive, the guy was actually a great composer and it was awesome to get more acquainted with him. Eventually, this movie really made me want to re-watch Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Western trilogy, if only to listen once again to Morricone’s amazing soundtracks. I mean, it might be a controversial statement but was the soundtrack maybe actually the best thing in these classic movies? Anyway, to conclude, even if it was nothing really ground-breaking, it was still a solid documentary and I think it is worth a look, especially if you have ever enjoyed one of the many soundtracks delivered by the maestro.       



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An average movie

Posted : 4 months, 4 weeks ago on 21 November 2023 12:32 (A review of Hypnotic)

To be honest, since this movie didn’t get much love when it was released, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from it but, since it was directed by Robert Rodriguez and was starring Ben Affleck, I thought I might as well check it out anyway. At least, it couldn’t possibly be worse than ‘Spy Kids: Armageddon’. Well, even though it was indeed not worse, it wasn’t really much better either, I’m afraid. It’s too bad because it was something Rodriguez had apparently been working on for about 20 years and I have to admit that it did have some potential. Indeed, there were some scenes which did feel sometimes like an episode of ‘The Twilight Zone’ which was neat. However, it was pretty obvious that such a vibe was never what they attempted to do with this movie. Furthermore, in spite of some decent effort from Affleck, pretty much everything else was rather underwhelming with this movie. The first thing that you have to let go while watching this movie is that it didn’t seem to make much sense that a ‘hypnotic’ could take control of someone pretty much instantly, with barely any contact whatsoever. Eventually, it was basically the logic in this movie and, even if it was never really convincing, it didn’t really bother me that much. However, the concept was still rather half-baked and there were also too many twists which were obviously added to make this movie more complex than it was. In fact, I read some comments from some guy on the internet who described this movie as some kind of B feature which tried to emulate Christophe Nolan’s style and I think that this description was indeed pretty accurate. Anyway, to conclude, even though it was rather harmless, the damned thing was still pretty weak and I don’t think it is really worth a look. 



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A very good movie

Posted : 4 months, 4 weeks ago on 20 November 2023 10:05 (A review of The Garage)

Recently, I have been focusing on older movies and, after watching Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, it was really time to finally watch something with Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle. Back then, Arbuckle was actually the biggest star of them all but he was hit by a scandal at the beginning of the 20’s which crippled his career until his untimely death in the 30’s. Anyway, after 5 mins, I understood why the guy was so popular at the time. Sure, the damned thing was really random, there was no plot whatsoever and, instead, it was pretty much a succession of sketches. However, the end-result was seriously hilarious, in fact, it has been a while since I saw such a funny vintage short silent comedy. Of course, it did help that Roscoe Arbuckle was assisted by Buster Keaton (in fact, Arbuckle was the one who discovered Keaton and pretty much launched his career) and the two masters were quite marvelous together. Hopefully, in the future, I will watch more movies with and directed by Arbuckle (indeed, he also directed most of his movies, something really new at the time). Anyway, to conclude, I really loved the damned thing and I think it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 5 months ago on 19 November 2023 07:38 (A review of Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre)

To be honest, I lost faith in Guy Ritchie a long time ago but I have to admit that the idea of him working again with Jason Statham after almost 20 years was pretty neat. I didn't get to watch 'Wrath of Man' yet which was their official reunion but, in spite of its rather convoluted title, this new movie did sound promising. Indeed, it could have been a really cool Mission Impossible-like action flick with Statham leading a team of expert spies with some awesome action scenes and some cracking signature dialogues by Ritchie. Well, eventually, I was surprised by how underwhelming this movie actually turned out to be. Above all, the damned thing was just so flat, seriously, there was barely no pulse whatsoever. It also felt and looked rather cheap. I mean, why were there only 2 agents in this spy team? At least, Aubrey Plaza was fine, even if she was not given enough to do but Bugzy Malone who apparently barely had any acting experience was rather dull. But, that was basically the whole issue, the action scenes, the characters, the story, the dialogues, everything was just so boring. Eventually, the only thing that stood out was the weird relationship between Danny Francesco (played by Josh Harnett) and Greg Simmonds (played by Hugh Grant who basically stole the show every time he was on the screen). Indeed, somehow, these two men got along so well, it was actually quite fun to watch but it was just a tiny bit in this movie which was supposed to be actually focusing on Jason Statham who gave here a completely forgettable performance. Compared to this movie, 'The Man from U.N.C.LE' was actually pretty much a masterpiece after all. Anyway, to conclude, even though it definitely had some potential, it turned out to be pretty weak and I don't think it is really worth a look. 


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