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An average movie

Posted : 7 months, 2 weeks ago on 4 January 2019 10:18 (A review of W.E.)

For many years, Madonna had a rather pathetic acting career, her last lead role was almost 20 years ago in the godawful ‘Swept Away’ and it seems that she has pretty much retired. However, since then, she did shoot 2 movies very discretly so I was actually a little bit curious to see her directing skills (or lack of it). Well, eventually, even if the damned thing was rather misguided, at least, it was quite ambitious and I don’t think it was really bad at all. Indeed, there was definitely some potential in focusing on the relationship between Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII. However, it was a huge gamble to try to transform the biggest scandal of the 20th century into, supposedly, one of the greatest love stories and, to be honest, it was never really convincing. Indeed, Madonna spent too much time and effort to make sure that everything looked fine (it did) but not enough on the characters. Also, for some reason, it was combined with a fictional character who was obsessing with this couple but the link between these 2 stories was just too thin and even though Abbie Cornish was as usual extremely lovely, her romantic life was just too generic, predictable and rather boring. In fact, even her romance with Oscar Isaac didn’t really work because, in my opinion, the guy pretty much acted like a creepy stalker. Anyway, eventually, the biggest mistake made by Madonna was to assume that the viewers would automatically share her fascination with this notorious couple but, in spite of its flaws, I still think this movie is worth a look.  



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An average movie

Posted : 7 months, 2 weeks ago on 3 January 2019 09:53 (A review of The Land Girls)

Even though this movie seemed to be a rather obscure, since there was a decent cast involved, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, eventually, even though the material was actually quite interesting, I was actually surprised by how [Link removed - login to see][Link removed - login to see]rivolous the damned thing turned out to be. Indeed, at least 90% of the movie was dealing with the romantic life of these 3 girls, especially with Joe, a local farm boy. The worst thing was that even the romantic elements were actually poorly developed in this movie. I mean, that Prue would want to have some quick sex with Joe and that Ag would like to experiment sex with him, why not? But by having also Stella completely fall in love with him was really pushing it too far. I mean, if the guy would have been incredibly handsome and/or charismatic, I could have been more believable but he seems rather unremarkable to me. Eventually, their obsession with Joe was apparently not enough and two of them also managed to find the man of their life the very first time they went out to a dancehall.  Seriously, this movie eventually pretty much reduced the whole WWII to a series of romantic encounters which was rather pathetic. It was too bad because the damned thing had some potential and these 3 talented actresses (Catherine McCormack, Rachel Weisz, Anna Friel) actually deserverd a better story.  Anyway, to conclude, I think my rating was rather generous here but the whole thing was rather harmless and I guess it might be worth a look but only if you really like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 7 months, 2 weeks ago on 2 January 2019 12:15 (A review of The Ballad of Buster Scruggs)

Since I have always been a huge fan of the Coen brothers, of course, I was really eager to check this flick. Well, even if it won't go down as one of their best movies, I thought it was fairly enjoyable and, at least, it was a slight improvement on 'Hail, Caesar!' which was, in my opinion, one of their weakest movies so far. First of all, even though some hard-core movie fans might prefer the good old celluloid, the digital photography displayed in this movie was beautiful and, in my opinion, it was the most gorgeous movie delivered by the Coen brothers so far. Concerning the little stories they gave us, to be honest, even though they were not bad, none of them really impressed me. The first one dealing with Buster Scruggs himself was by far the best one but all the others were going from just decent to actually rather weak. Eventually, the whole thing gave the feeling that the brothers couldn't come up with one really good story so they compiled a bunch of rather half-baked tales together. The best example would be the segment 'Meal Ticket'. I mean, it wasn't really bad but the outcome was rather predictable and it didn't seem to be a really smart choice to have half of the running time with Harrison repeating again and again his text. Eventually, it's a good example showing that most of these tales were never really about the plot but about mixing the Western genre with the typical Coen mood and quirkyness. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in the Coen brothers's work.


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An average movie

Posted : 7 months, 2 weeks ago on 1 January 2019 01:54 (A review of The Great Wall (2016))

To be honest, I wasn't really expecting much from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Matt Damon, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, unfortunately, it turned out to be indeed pretty weak, I'm afraid. Basically, the whole thing was a rather pathetic attempt to deliver a movie that could be a major blockbuster in China but also in the rest of the world. Eventually, nobody cared much for the damned thing. I mean, it was a pretty cool idea to have Zhang Yimou, one of the most famous Chinese directors, working on a huge epic with Matt Damon, after all, the guy had made 'Hero' and 'House of Flying Daggers' which were pretty awesome. However, the fact that the damned thing had been written by 6 American guys was not really a good omen though. And, indeed, the writting was probably the weakest point in this flick. As long as they focused on the Chinese characters, it was nothing really amazing but, at least, it was watchable and the costumes and set design were also pretty awesome. However, each time they focused on Matt Damon's character, it never really worked. Indeed, as usual with Yimou, the Chinese characters didn't elaborate much about themselves or anything in general which made them intriguing but, every 30 secondes, you would have either Matt Damon or Pedro Pascal giving their analysis as if they were commenting a football game which was just so annoying. The fact that Damon gave here one of his weakest performances didn't help either. Seriously, if they would have made this movie without the Western characters, the whole thing would have been vastly improved. Anyway, I guess my rating might be rather generous here, somehow, I still think the damned thing had some potential but there is no doubt that it was a failure. 


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An average movie

Posted : 7 months, 3 weeks ago on 31 December 2018 09:45 (A review of Murder on the Orient Express (2017))

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have always had a weak spot for Kenneth Branagh’s work, I thought I might as well check it out. First of all, I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of this story. Indeed, in my opinion, there are too many characters involved and I always thought that the twist ending was rather disappointing. Well, with this new version, even though it was not bad at all, Branagh didn’t really manage to make it really spellbinding to me, I’m afraid. At least, the damned thing really looked gorgeous and there was once again a stellar cast involved (Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Penélope Cruz, Derek Jacobi, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Olivia Colman, Willem Dafoe) . Unfortunately, I still think that there are too many characters and, as a result, none of them was really developed. Furthermore, since there were so many characters, it seems that Poirot had to make his deductions out of thin air just because there is simply not enough time. To make things worse, Branagh didn’t really nail Hercule Poirot in my opinion. Indeed, the tricky thing with this character is that he has to be funny but not completely ridiculous but, in this case, even if he wasn’t as pathetic as inspecteur Clouzot, it wasn’t far from it, to be honest. Anyway, to conclude, I’m actually rather surprised that this movie did so well at the box-office but I have to admit that it was still watchable, even if it still felt like a rather useless remake. 



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A good movie

Posted : 7 months, 3 weeks ago on 29 December 2018 08:56 (A review of Aquaman)

With the DC, with their next movie, you are never sure if they will have another flop but it seems that, this time around, they delivered a box-office hit so there is maybe still some hope for the DCCEU. Indeed, James Wan came up here with a really solid super-hero flick. First of all, the damned thing was just so gorgeous, easily the most beautiful movie delivered by DC so far and even one of the most beautiful super-hero movies I have seen. On top of that, it is one of the very few movies for which the usual dreadful 3D actually had some added value. Concerning Arthur Curry/Aquaman, I thought he was a pretty cool character and, even if Jason Momoa might not be the best actor in the world, his performance was decent enough. Eventually, the only issue with this flick was probably with its story. I mean, it's not that it was very bad, it's just that it was very classic and therefore rather generic and completely predictable. On top of that, while 'Justice League' might have been too short, this movie was slightly too long. I mean, after 2 hours of 3D CGI, even if it was gorgeous, it started to become rather overwhelming and I was waiting for them to finally wrap it up. To be honest, when Marvel started their MCU, except for 'Iron Man', none of their first features were really mind-blowing ('The Incredible Hulk', 'Captain America: The First Avenger', 'Thor'), so it is rather unfair to expect from DC to change the whole game right from the start. Anyway, to conclude, even if it was nothing really groundbreaking, it was still quite entertaining and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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A very good movie

Posted : 7 months, 3 weeks ago on 28 December 2018 10:12 (A review of Lion)

To be honest, I had no clue what this movie was about so I wasn’t really sure what to expect but since it had been well received, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, eventually, it turned out to be such a powerful and heartbreaking tale. Of course, you might argue that the whole thing was rather predictable but it was so well done, I thought it was just quite spellbinding and, to be honest, I was actually really emotional towards the end. First of all, I really appreciate the fact that they went for a linear structure instead of the usual flashback which has been so overused in this genre. Basically, the movie was split into 2 parts. First, you had Saroo getting lost in Calcutta when he was only 5 years old and this part was pretty much the worst nightmare for any kid of this age, but also for their family. Then, in the second part, you got to see Saroo years later living a seemingly happy life in Australia forgetting all his trouble in India. But, then, at some point, it all comes back to him and what follows was a mix of loss, guilt and sorrow which was just so heartbreaking to behold. Of course, my life was nothing like what Saroo had to face but since I’m half-French half-Dutch, I have always been torn apart between 2 cultures so this tale somehow really touched me personally. Anyway, to conclude, I really liked this movie a lot and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 7 months, 3 weeks ago on 26 December 2018 10:47 (A review of Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster)

Since I really enjoyed 'Yip Man' and since this sequel was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, even though it wasn't an improvement, it was still a decent follow-up though. Indeed, it remains such an interesting character and Donnie Yen delivered once again such a strong performance. Concerning the fighting scenes, obviously, they were as expected really impressive. Still, you could see that they used some hanging ropes especially when they were fighting on some table and while it was still spectacular, it felt a little bit fake and therefore it kind of lost some of its visceral impact. Concerning the story itself, to be honest, it has been a couple of years since I saw 'Yip Man', I have to admit that I was a little bit confused about the chronology and I kept wondering if the whole thing might be taking place before (it does take place after the first movie after all). Anyway, it didn't really matter and you could easily watch this movie on its own. Eventually, the plot was entertaining enough but it was more interesting in the previous installment though and to be honest, it felt rather generic this time around. Anyway, to conclude, even if it wasn't really a masterpiece, it was still a really solid martial-arts flick and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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A good movie

Posted : 7 months, 3 weeks ago on 26 December 2018 08:11 (A review of American Made (2017))

Following 'The Mummy' which turned out to be a huge failure, back in 2017, Tom Cruise released afterwards this movie and since it was directed by Doug Liman, I was quite eager to check it out. Eventually, it will probably not become a cult-classic like 'Edge of Tomorrow', also directed by Liman and starring Cruise, but it was still quite enjoyable. In my case, I actually just saw recently 'Narcos' so it was pretty neat to see a movie focusing on Barry Seal, a American CIA agent involved in the Medellin cartel. The first interesting thing was that, in 'Narcos', Barry Seal only showed up in 1 episode  so he was apparently not considered as a major figure in this drug cartel but, if you would believe this movie, he actually had a huge impact. On the other hand, you could arhuge this cartel was huge and this movie decided to focus on this American guy while the Neflix focused on Pablo Escobar. Anyway, the damned thing was well made and quite entertaining but, to be honest, it was nothing really groundbreaking. At least, it was pretty neat that to see Tom Cruise tackling something a little more risky than his usual work  but i was still too shallow for my taste. Indeed, what was Barry Seal's drive behing his actions? The taste of adventure? Greed? It was never clear to me. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Tom Cruise's or Doug Liman's work. 


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An average movie

Posted : 7 months, 4 weeks ago on 24 December 2018 10:46 (A review of The Brand New Testament)

I didn't really know what to expect from this flick but since I always had a weak spot for Jaco Van Dormael's work, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, once again, Van Dormael came up with something completely different than his previous work but, to be honest, even if it was an interesting watch, I didn't work for me, I'm afraid. Basically, it was some kind of quirky arthouse comedy but even though I guess it was supposed to be funny, this depiction of God was so dark and cynical, it was actually more depressing than anything else. Maybe they should have focused more on God played by Benoît Poelvoorde which was definitely a great idea but, then, the movie focused on this little girl playing his daughter which didn't pan out very well since her character was not developed enough. On top of that, the whole thing was just so wild and chaotic with some completely random ideas, some of them rather neat but some others rather uninteresting. Above all, the end-result felt rather half-baked. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was just too original for me to completely dismiss it and I still think it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in this director. 


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