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A good movie

Posted : 6 months, 3 weeks ago on 17 January 2022 12:26 (A review of The Suicide Squad)

Since I kept hearing some pretty good things about this flick, I was quite eager to check it out. First of all, I must be one of the very few people on Earth who didn’t think that ‘Suicide Squad’ was a complete disaster. On the other hand, I have to admit that I don’t remember much about it but I don’t think I’m really willing to check it again just to make sure it is indeed just as lame as everybody seems to think. Anyway, as a result, to be honest, even if I did enjoy this sequel/soft reboot by James Gunn, I didnt think it was such a massive improvement though. However, I have to admit that it is still such a neat concept though. Indeed, because all the characters involved are such low-lifes, they are not inhibited by any moral compass like your standard super-heroes. As a result, they actually can kill a whole bunch of people, resulting very often in some massive bloodbaths and, on top of that, they are actually much more fun than many righteous and, to be honest, rather boring, super-heroes like Superman for example. In this case, James Gunn came up with a really weird obscure but still entertaining set of characters. I also did appreciate the fact that he killed off so many of them usually in a really random way. Still, I wish that they did give Sylvester Stallone more dialogues as King Shark as the character, with such a specific voice, could have been pure gold. Unfortunately, eventually, it turned out to be basically a shark version of Groot which was rather disappointing. Anyway, it was all fairly entertaining but I guess my main issue was with the plot. Indeed, even if it was rather generic, with such a name, it was rather logical that they would be sent on some kind of suicide mission. However, after watching so many super-hero flicks during the last 15 years, its getting really tedious that every single one of these movies have to end up apparently with a huge battle against usually a huge monster which threatens every living thing on Earth. Anyway, to conclude, even if it didnt 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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A good movie

Posted : 6 months, 3 weeks ago on 16 January 2022 07:57 (A review of Berlin: Symphony of a Great City)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was included in the list ‘They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They’, I thought I might as well check it out. First of all, I saw a version for which the background music was a piano solo by some guy called Craig Michael Davis and his music was just really neat. Seriously, it was so soothing, I don’t think I ever felt so relaxed while watching a silent picture. Concerning the movie itself, it was quite intriguing as it gave a good look on Berlin, almost 100 years ago at such a specific time period, not even 10 years after the WWI ended and slightly more than 10 years before the WWII would start. It also gave the feeling that you were experiencing a single day in the city even if it was obviously shot during a much longer time period. To be honest, even if it was technically very well made, I thought the editing was actually rather dazzling. Indeed, there were so many quick cuts lasting a split second but what was even more problematic, at least, for me, was that the longest scene did last maybe 30 seconds. It means that sometimes they would film something really neat or surprising or incomprehensible but, instead of spending maybe 5 mins to fully exploit the potential of this moment, after a few seconds, they would cut to something else. As a result, it made the whole thing rather exhausting to behold and there were a couple of times during which my mind just wandered off as I was losing focus facing this endless cascade of quick cuts and very tiny little bits of scenes. Anyway, to conclude, from a historical point of view, it is still a really interesting movie and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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A bad movie

Posted : 6 months, 4 weeks ago on 14 January 2022 09:56 (A review of Line of Duty)

I wasn’t expecting much from this flick but since it was starring Aaron Eckhart and since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, to be honest, it turned out to be even worse than I expected. Basically, they took a very generic and boring action flick and they thought it would be so clever to mix it up with an internet streamer/journalist. Seriously, it has been a while since I have seen a movie with such a ridiculous concept (and, yesterday, I saw ‘Down’ which was about a killer elevator… but it actually worked better than this movie). First of all, there is absolutely no reason and no explanation whatsoever why this cop would accept that this girl would tag along while he is working on a case. Seriously, what was the upside for him? Then, it was just so annoying to hear this girl constantly hammering the fact that she was supposedly searching for ‘the unfiltered truth’ when, in fact, what she was doing was the worst kind of sensationalist journalism. Finally, there is absolutely no way that any network would broadcast this kind of live feed with people getting shot at and even getting killed live on the air. Even on the internet, after a while, they would have just shut this sh*t down. Concerning Aaron Eckhart, he was actually not bad and he did what he could with this abysmal material but its a pity that the guy is spending his time nowadays with such worthless action flicks. Seriously, it is quite a downfall 13 years after playing Harvey Dent in ‘The Dark Knight’. Anyway, to conclude, the damned thing was just pretty bad and you should probably avoid it. 



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An average movie

Posted : 7 months ago on 13 January 2022 05:36 (A review of Down)

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from the damned thing but since it was directed by Dick Maas, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, pretty much like ‘Do Not Disturb’, the other international production directed by Maas, it was back then a huge critical and commercial failure. I have to admit that it did turn out to be slightly better than I expected but it was probably due to the fact that I was expecting something so bad and also because his recent movies were all just terrible. In fact, I saw the original Dutch version, ‘De lift’, which was one of Maas’s first directorial efforts but, even if it is a cult-classic in the Netherlands, to be honest, I wasn’t really impressed (I have to admit that I saw it years ago though). Seriously, it is just a ridiculous concept and it turned out be even more lame with this US remake. Concerning the cast, at least, it was pretty neat to see a very young Naomi Watts just before she got her breakthrough with ‘Mulholland Dr. ’ but the rest of cast was actually rather worthless. On the other hand, they were not helped by the dialogues which were just so cheesy and I’m actually being rather generous here. And, yet, during the 3rd act, it seems as if they all woke up and the whole thing became completely wild and over-the-top which actually worked better with this material but it was just too late and, even then, I was still not impressed by the end-result. Anyway, to conclude, my rating was probably too generous here, the damned thing was really weak and there is really no reason why you should watch this flick, except maybe if you are curious to see Naomi Watts just before she became worldwide famous.


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A good movie

Posted : 7 months ago on 12 January 2022 11:09 (A review of Spies)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was included in the list ‘They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They’, I thought I might as well check it out. Furthermore, it was was directed by Fritz Lang and it seemed to have a solid reputation. Anyway, even if  ‘Metropolis’ would eventually turned out to be a timeless masterpiece, it also turned out to be seriously expansive, so Lang decided to make this following directorial effort on the cheap but it was apparently a big success when it was released. And, indeed, I have to admit that I really enjoyed this mix of romance, thriller and comedy with all these genres sometimes colliding in the very same scene. I also enjoyed the concept of a super spy falling in love with a femme fatale without noticing that she was also a spy even if it was actually pretty obvious. Still, even if it was a decent watch, the damned thing was still too long for my taste and, to be honest, the story was really rambling. Finally, the fact that the main Asian character was actually played by a guy from Romania was rather disappointing, even if it was something rather usual back in those days. Still, I really enjoyed the theatrical and expressionist acting and, even if there were properly too many characters involved, they were all so colorful and quite entertaining to behold. My favorite one was probably the character played by the lovely Gerda Maurus who was just so charismatic with her deep blue eyes. Anyway, to conclude, even if it didn’t completely blow me away, it was still a decent silent feature and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 7 months ago on 11 January 2022 09:57 (A review of Chappaquiddick)

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. To be honest, I have to admit that I didn’t know much about Ted Kennedy and what happened back then and only therefore I thought it was quite interesting. Still, I wish they did develop more the background around this story though. Seriously, it is rather bewildering that so many brainless blockbusters like Transformers or Pirates of Caribbean should last more than 150 mins but such historical drama would actually struggle to reach 90 mins. Anyway, they didn't give us much details about Ted Kennedy before the actual accident and even less about the other characters involved. Seriously, his wife was mentioned a couple of times and I don’t think they had a single conversation during this major scandal. Furthermore, I wasn’t so sure about the approach they took. Indeed, they decided to display Ted Kennedy as a rather spineless loser who was basically a coward. According to the makers, he was a coward for not trying harder (or not trying at all?) to save Mary Jo Kopechne, he was a coward for not resigning afterwards and he was a coward for not daring taking a position against the wishes of his family and the wishes of his father above all. I’m not saying that I don’t agree with them but I think that a more nuanced approach would have been more interesting. For example, they gave us a scene during which Mary Jo Kopechne tried to survive in the car but nobody, except maybe Ted Kennedy, knows if that really occurred. By not showing this scene, it would have made the whole thing more ambiguous in the sense that there was nothing else he could have done (except maybe not drive so recklessly). Still, there is no doubt that Jason Clarke delivered here one of his best performances so far. 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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A classic

Posted : 7 months ago on 10 January 2022 11:27 (A review of A Christmas Story)

Since this movie is a classic, I was quite eager to check it out. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of such Christmas flicks but I have to admit that this one was not bad at all. There has been some discussion about when the damned thing was actually taking place and I was myself struggling to figure it out but, apparently, it took place at some point in the 40’s. Well, the US audience has always been so fond about looking back on how everything was great back then in the 40’s-50’s-60’s but, to be honest, it’s not a fascination/obsession that I really share with them. Anyway, the damned thing didn’t really have a real plot, it was more a succession of small stories/anecdotes involving the main character and it was, as a result, rather episodic. Anyway, as far as I was concerned, the end-result was rather hit-and-miss. Still, I have to admit that some bits were actually quite pitch perfect. Indeed, they really captured the feverish obsession I used to have around the same age when I was thinking about my next Christmas present and the moment when this kid get to open the gift of his dreams was just pure gold. I also enjoyed the scene during which this young boy was convinced that his school essay would be rightfully judged as the next literary masterpiece, another situation that happened to me so many times when I was a kid. Concerning the cast, there is no doubt that Peter Billingsley was quite charismatic and the kid gave here a really solid performance. Anyway, to conclude, even if I didn’t really love the damned thing, I have to admit that it was still a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 7 months ago on 9 January 2022 07:39 (A review of Kubrick by Kubrick)

Since I have always been a huge fan of Stanley Kubrick, I was obviously quite eager to check out this movie. Well, it turned out to be one of these rare documentaries during which the director doesn’t give any comment at all but I actually did appreciate this approach. Above all, it was really awesome to have (at least, to hear) Kubrick himself discussing his own movies. The other people who had worked with Kubrick were also quite interesting but, to be honest, nothing they said was really new to me. Unfortunately, I’m afraid there was just too much ground to cover, especially with only 70 mins and maybe it would have worked better if they did double the running time. I mean, Michel Ciment managed to write a whole book following this interview with the master so there was probably more material available. Anyway, they basically rushed through most of his career, jumping randomly from one masterpiece to another. However, for some reasons, even though they keep hammering the fact that he did direct only 13 movies, in fact, they didn’t even mention 2 of his movies, ‘Killer’s Kiss’ and above all ‘The Killing’  which was actually pretty awesome. And, yet, somehow, they still spent some time on his awful directorial debut, ‘Fear and Desire’, a movie Kubrick himself despised and even considered as amateurish at best. Still, Kubrick was awesome as a filmmaker but even he didn’t seem to be a nice and warm guy, he did seem to be a genius in general and he told some rather fascinating stuff during this documentary. Anyway, to conclude, even if it could have been so much better, it was still really neat to get a glimpse on the best filmmaker that ever lived and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Stanley Kubrick’s work.


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An average movie

Posted : 7 months ago on 7 January 2022 12:01 (A review of Why Him?)

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from the damned thing but since there was a decent cast involved and since it was available on Disney+, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, as expected, the damned thing turned out to be pretty lame, I’m afraid. Basically, they took the concept of ‘Meet The Parents’, except that, this time, it was the other way around as the parents were visiting their future son-in-law. In fact, I didn’t know anything about this flick before watching the damned thing and, because of the poster, I actually expected James Franco’s character to be some kind of a bump or a stoner like in ‘Pineapple Express’. Anyway, it didn’t really matter because his character turned out to be seriously obnoxious. Of course, you could argue that it was done on purpose but, eventually, he was more cringe-inducing than actually entertaining to behold. At least, I have to admit that Franco did manage to make his character slowly likable and, eventually, the guy turned out to be actually pretty cool and sweet simply with some really poor (even borderline non-existent) social skills. Still, he never became really entertaining though. Another issue was that you never saw him with [Link removed - login to see][Link removed - login to see]s character really acting as a couple, at least, not long enough, so their couple was never convincing whatsoever. Concerning Bryan Cranston’s character, his character was maybe not so obnoxious but he was hardly entertaining either and they should have pushed it even further and make the guy seriously conservative. Then, you would have had a massive clash between the two characters which could have been slightly more entertaining than what they gave us. Anyway, to conclude, the damned thing was pretty lame and I don’t think it is really worth a look. 



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An average movie

Posted : 7 months, 1 week ago on 6 January 2022 10:25 (A review of Gifted)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it seemed to have a decent reputation and since it was available on Disney+, I thought I might as well check it out. Furthermore, I was curious to finally see Chris Evans outside the MCU after 10 years playing almost exclusively Captain America. Well, to be honest, I don’t really get why this movie did get such a high rating on IMDb (a rather whopping 7.6). I mean, sure, it was not bad at all but, eventually, it was not really much more than that though. Above all, the whole thing was generic and completely predictable. At least, Chris Evans and Mckenna Grace, especially Grace, were not bad at all and I have to admit that they had a pretty good chemistry together. Still, the scene during which they went to a hospital to witness some random strangers following a birth was just so damned cheesy, seriously, they actually barely lost me there. In fact, there was maybe a great story buried there somewhere and, eventually, I think the biggest mistake they made was that they didn’t go for a darker tone. For example, I did appreciate the fact that, after all, even if he was great guy, it wasn’t a sure deal that Frank would win Mary’s custody and, as a result, he had to go for a compromise. However, they eventually came up with a couple of rather lame twists afterwards which completely undid the only surprising element in this predictable drama. Anyway, to conclude, even if the damned thing seemed to be rather overrated, I have to admit that it was still a decent watch though and it is worth a look, at least, if you like the genre. 



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