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A good movie

Posted : 7 months, 1 week ago on 17 February 2023 10:22 (A review of Around the World in 80 Days)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it did win the Best Picture Academy Award back in those days, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, while this movie started, I suddenly remembered that I actually read this book maybe 30 years ago when I was a kid and I remembered how much I actually loved the damned thing at the time. Well, this movie is usually considered the best adaptation of this classic book and, indeed, they definitely got the tone right. Seriously, I was actually quite in awe during the flamenco scene and I thought the damned thing could turn out to be a seriously awesome adventure flick with so many exotic locations accurately depicted. Unfortunately, the very next scene with Passepartout involved with some bullfighting (Unsurprisingly, it wasn’t in the book) was already much less interesting, at least, I didn’t care much for it. Eventually, it was then hit-and-miss and another thing that did bother me with this movie was the fact that it was quite long. To be honest, it became rather exhausting at some point. Eventually, they really tried to make it look and feel authentic, which was especially tricky since so many countries and locations were involved, and they mostly succeeded but a glaring exception was Shirley MacLaine who was clearly miscast here (even MacLaine herself thought she was miscast). Indeed, it could have been the opportunity to hire a famous Bollywood actress. This movie is also famous for the countless cameos involved but even though these cameos were harmless, they were also all rather pointless. Anyway, to conclude, even if it was definitely not a masterpiece, it was still quite entertaining and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 7 months, 1 week ago on 16 February 2023 11:50 (A review of Ammonite)

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this flick but since there was a really strong cast involved, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, even if it definitely had some potential, to be honest, it didn’t really impress me after all. The first really bewildering thing about this movie was the fact that Francis Lee decided to take a historical figure like Mary Anning, apparently a famous paleontologist, and give her a lesbian affair with a married woman when there is actually no evidence whatsoever that she was actually lesbian at all. Eventually, even if I don’t think it was really shocking, it was still a rather weird artistic choice. The fact that their affair didn’t really sparkle probably didn’t help either. Basically, Francis Lee tried once again to depict here a sad and nostalgic gay romance but, while it worked fine with his intriguing directorial debut ‘God's Own Country’, to be honest, it all felt more dreary than really passionate this time around. I mean, when this two women met, you felt no connection whatsoever and they eventually ended up living in the same house in the most completely random way. Then, after Charlotte Murchison felt better, she started to act completely differently than at the beginning of the movie and this change of behavior was just too abrupt and never properly explained. Concerning Mary Anning, well, her behavior was more consistent through the whole duration but you might wonder why she actually fell in love with Charlotte Murchison. At least, the damned thing did look fine and I won’t blame Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, they both delivered some solid performances even if the material provided to them was not exactly stellar. Finally, the fact that the similar but far superior 'Portrait de la jeune fille en feu' was released only the year before probably made the flaws in this movie even more obvious. Anyway, to conclude, even though it turned out to be rather disappointing, 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 : 7 months, 1 week ago on 15 February 2023 08:42 (A review of Steamboat Willie)

Since this short was available on Disney+, I thought I might as well check it out. I thought I already saw the damned thing but it was apparently not the case. Anyway, even if Disney had already released other cartoons before, this one really stood out because it introduced Mickey Mouse, their most iconic character. Of course, after all these years, you could argue that the animation might seem crude and rudimentary but you have to keep in mind that it was made almost 100 years ago. In fact, the way the characters moved, all their motions, was already quite impressive and not so far from what more modern animated features would eventually display. Concerning the story, well, it was pretty obvious that it was one of their early efforts since this short barely had a plot and was seriously random. While watching the damned thing, I was also wondering if it was not borderline some animal abuse with Mickey using all of them as some kind of musical instruments but I have to admit that it was still fairly entertaining. Indeed, what was even more groundbreaking then the animation was the fact it used some synchronized sound for the first time ever and I think that Disney understood early on that sound and music would be some essential ingredients for their future animation features. Anyway, back then, it was a huge success  when it was released but still, who could have imagined that, from a cute cartoon lasting less than 10 mins, Disney would become this huge entertainment empire almost 100 years later?



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A good movie

Posted : 7 months, 1 week ago on 14 February 2023 11:35 (A review of Buladó)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it did win the Golden Calf for the Best Dutch movie of the year, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, even if it definitely had some potential, to be honest, I thought the damned thing was rather disappointing after all. First of all, even though I’m half-Dutch and spent the last 20 years living in the Netherlands, I’m rather oblivious about Curaçao which is a remote island in the Caribbean and yet it is still a member of the Netherlands. Still, since it was the first movie I saw taking place in this island, the possibility were pretty much endless and, yet, the end-result felt flat, empty and even rather pretentious. Seriously, even if it barely reached 80 mins, it still felt like it was lasting forever which is never a good sign. Eventually, you do get to see the main character going to school but it was dropped fairly quickly, you never get to see her father going to the police station or interact with his colleagues or doing any actual police work. Same thing with her grandfather who seemed to have more imaginary friends than actual human interactions. Eventually, it almost felt like a deserted island with only 3 people left which was probably not the intended effect. At least, it was visually pretty neat, there is no doubt that Curaçao is a beautiful and intriguing island and the makers definitely managed to make it not look like some pretty postcard. On top of that, all the 3 main actors delivered some really solid performance and I was above all impressed by Everon Jackson Hooi who has been famous in the Netherlands for almost 2 decades as a soap actor. Anyway, to conclude, I still gave this movie some extra points since it did try to tackle something completely new to me and I think it is worth a look, in spite of its flaws. 



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A good movie

Posted : 7 months, 2 weeks ago on 12 February 2023 12:58 (A review of Monkey Business)

I already saw this movie but it was ages ago and I didn’t remember it at all so I thought I might as well check it out again. Well, I’m glad I gave it a 2nd chance since I was much more able to enjoy this time around. Indeed, first of all, I have to admit that I have never been a huge fan of such classic screwball comedies, in fact, it was probably the first one I have ever saw almost 20 years ago which might explain why I didn’t connect with the damned thing at first. Anyway, sure, it is actually a really silly story but that’s why it’s actually quite fun because no one involved actually took the damned thing seriously. The cast was also pitch-perfect (Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe). Sure, you might argue that Grant was maybe not really convincing as a super smart scientist and, in fact, I think that Rogers actually stole the show here. Indeed, she was actually the most convincing of the two playing not only a caring housewife but also a hyperactive teenager and a mischievous young kid. Concerning Marilyn Monroe, she was not yet a super star but she was soon going to be and she was playing here her usual brainless pin-up but it was exactly what was needed here. Another thing that I enjoyed with this movie was that the fact that it was not dealing with a couple who was supposed to fall in love after the usual shenanigans, it was actually dealing with a strong stable couple which was just quite refreshing and I think that Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers had some really nice chemistry. Anyway, to conclude, even though it is not remembered as one of the best screwball comedies, I thought it was quite entertaining and it is definitely worth a look. 



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An average movie

Posted : 7 months, 2 weeks ago on 12 February 2023 07:54 (A review of Your Place or Mine)

To be honest, I didn't have some huge expectations regarding this movie but since there was a decent cast involved and since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Basically, it strongly reminded me of 'The Holiday', another romantic comedy with a decent reputation which already didn't impress me at the time. The tricky thing with this movie is that it needed to convince the viewers that the two leads were completely in love with each other without, first, showing how they actually fell in love and, second, without having them actually spending some time with each other except on the phone and face-timing. Well, in my opinion, it wasn't really convincing, that's for sure. I mean, I do believe that Ashton Kutcher's character was actually in love, they were enough hints, but I don't really know why. For Reese Witherspoon's character, it was even worse though. Indeed, through the whole thing, there was not a single moment during which she gave the impression that she was actually in love with her old friend. In fact, it was even worse, it seems that she was completely into another guy who was attractive, charming, rich and shared the same interests. However, suddenly, during the 3rd act, she dumped this other guy when she found out that Peter was actually in love with her and not because of her own feelings which was rather awkward. At least, even though Ashton Kutcher is still a terribly bland actor, Reese Witherspoon is still so charming and charismatic after all these years. I also love the fact that she looks so lovely and, yet, at the same, she still is convincing as a middle-aged woman without plastic surgery, heavy use of a personal trainer or starving herself. Anyway, to conclude, even if it is was rather harmless, I didn't care much about the damned thing and I don't think it is really worth a look, except maybe if you really like the genre.


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A very good movie

Posted : 7 months, 2 weeks ago on 10 February 2023 09:56 (A review of I Lost My Body)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it seemed to have a decent reputation, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, I think it’s pretty awesome that, in France, someone could manage to deliver such an edgy surreal and mature animated feature. Sure, the content might be too dark for some viewers but I thought it was actually extremely refreshing. On top of that, even though some might not be impressed by the quality of the animation, I thought it was really cool that they went for some hand-drawn animation. However, what was above all enjoyable was this really surreal story. Indeed, at first, I was wondering how they would tell a whole story over a severed hand and, eventually, it wasn’t really surprising that they would go for some flashback scenes but I was amazed by how efficient it turned out to be. The interesting thing is that this surreal tale was actually taking place in a hyper realistic setting. Indeed, they didn't give us the typical glamor version of Paris but a much more realistic version with some grey landscapes, dirty metros and people being generally unfriendly with each other (the first encounter between Naoufel and Gabrielle was such a fine example and the scene was so pitch-perfect).  Eventually, you don’t learn much about Naoufel which could be frustrating but I think you learned enough and this lack of information and context did make his character even more intriguing and it was pretty much the same thing with Gabrielle. Eventually, it has been a while since I have seen such a poetic movie with so many intricate layers. Anyway, to conclude, I really enjoyed the damned thing and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in more experimental animated features or experimental movies in general. 



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An average movie

Posted : 7 months, 2 weeks ago on 9 February 2023 12:07 (A review of Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway)

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from this sequel but since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, even if it was not a complete disaster, it was still seriously weak though, even more than its predecessor. I have to admit that I’m not really familiar with Beatrix Potter’s books but you don’t have to be a huge fan to see how much this franchise had deviated from its original source and it was even more blatant and annoying with this sequel. Sure, you could argue that they couldn’t stay forever in this garden and that they had to expand the scope somehow. However, that’s exactly what Peter Rabbit was actually all about, at least, that’s how Potter created the whole thing. Indeed, it was dealing with a small rabbit and his every day life in some small garden, it was never supposed to be some grand adventure taking place in a city with some chases involving a whole range of motorized vehicles. In this case, what was even more annoying was the fact they were arguing that Bea, basically Beatrix Potter’s alter-ego in this alternative version of ‘Peter Rabbit’, was compromising her creation to satisfy some big corporation but that’s exactly what they actually did with this whole franchise, and even more so with this sequel! I wonder if it was supposed to be some kind of meta comment but I thought it was more cringe-inducing and shameless than actually entertaining. Furthermore, the whole gimmick around Barnabas pulling a con was just so predictable and I already knew what was going on from the moment he said he knew Peter’s father. Anyway, to conclude, I guess it was rather harmless but, even so, I didn’t care at all about the damned thing, I don’t think it is worth a look and you should probably avoid it. 



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A good movie

Posted : 7 months, 2 weeks ago on 8 February 2023 08:55 (A review of Beavis and Butt-Head Do America)

First of all, I have to admit that I haven’t seen many episodes of ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ in the 90’s but it does make sense since I was living in France at the time and, back then, we didn’t have access to MTV. Eventually, I basically saw it a couple of times when I went to the US a few summers. Anyway, even if I wasn’t really familiar with this cartoon, I always thought that these characters were entertaining and I loved the dark cynical mood (it’s strange that I really never cared about ‘South Park’ though) so I was curious to see this full-length feature. Well, somehow, it took me more than 25 years to see the damned thing but it turned out to be worth the wait. Indeed, even though, in most cases, it is actually rather misguided to expand such stories from short episodes to a much longer running time, I have to admit that it actually worked here. Indeed, even with this format, these guys were still really funny which was even more surprising since I usually find moronic characters more cringe-inducing than actually entertaining. For once, they didn’t stay at home watching some TV, instead, they went on a road-trip which was some rather lazy writing but they had to expand the scope somehow to reach almost 90 mins of running time. Furthermore, the whole thing was seriously random but it was rather expected with this material and I was once again surprised that most of the jokes were actually quite funny. The weirdest thing was probably when they met their (possible) biological fathers in the middle of a desert but the way this random encounter was handled was actually really neat. Anyway, to conclude, even if it was maybe nothing groundbreaking, it was actually quite entertaining, much more than I anticipated, and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you enjoyed the cult MTV TV-show.



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A very good movie

Posted : 7 months, 2 weeks ago on 7 February 2023 10:11 (A review of Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016))

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it seemed to have a decent reputation (it was even included in the ‘1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die’ list at some point but it was removed fairly quickly afterwards). Well, I have to admit that I had no idea what this movie was about before watching the damned thing but it turned out to be so fascinating after all. Indeed, they went actually way beyond simply telling the tale of this astonishing discovery, they actually went all the way back to the foundation of the city itself. Well, while this approach might seem odd, in my opinion, it actually made sense and I think there was no other way to properly explain how all these ancient films could be found this way. The fact that the story of Dawson City was just so intriguing also helped and to see this story with no reconstruction but with some vintage pics and some ancient movies almost just as old the actual events that took place at the time was actually quite mesmerizing. It’s too bad that, on a few occasions, they did deviate too much from the main topic as they focused instead on some really random events which had, in my opinion, nothing to do with Dawson City and/or the discovery of these nitrate movies (WWI, the White Sox scandal, the deportation of Alexander Berkman,…). The other thing which was a little bit disappointing to me was the fact that, among the 100’s of movies they found out, it didn’t seem that they did find a real lost masterpiece but above all some really obscure movies. Anyway, to conclude, I thought it was a really mesmerizing documentary and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are a movie buff like me. 



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