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An average movie

Posted : 1 week, 5 days ago on 22 May 2023 09:18 (A review of Free Fire)

To be honest, 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. As usual, I didn’t know anything about this movie before watching it but I think it made the whole thing slightly more enjoyable this way. Anyway, it turned out to be an endless shoot-out, seriously, it took about 2/3 of the running time and, as a result, it is apparently the longest gunfight ever filmed. Basically, you get to see a bunch of shady figures gathering in some random warehouse and they start to shoot at each other for some random reason until the very end. Sure, you could argue that what’s John Wick has been doing for already 4 movies but the difference here was that it was taking place only at a single location, a location which wasn’t really fascinating, to be honest. By the way, I wonder if it was such a great idea to bring so many people to a weapon deal. I counted them, they were 10 people, without the couple of snipers, which is kind of ridiculous but I get that, without this number of people involved, how could they sustain such an extensive shoot-out? Anyway, even though I did like the mood and even though I do think that Ben Wheatley made the most of this material, it was still pretty damned repetitive. Eventually, it’s pretty obvious that Wheatley got inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s work, especially ‘Reservoir Dogs’ but in Tarantino’s classic, the characters were very well developed and the flashbacks were crucial. Wheatley’s commitment to show only what happened in this warehouse was commendable but, as a result, you learned pretty much nothing about the characters, except that most of them were apparently some lousy shot. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch though and I think it is worth a look, at least, if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 1 week, 5 days ago on 21 May 2023 04:35 (A review of The Quiet Girl)

To be honest, due to some personal issues, I have to admit that had some trouble to really focus on this movie. Eventually, it was probably a good thing that we didn’t see ‘Beau is Afraid’ (a movie I was more eager to watch), because it was lasting a whopping 3 hrs and I was already struggling to not fall asleep with this movie which did last around only 90 mins. Anyway, even if everyone else in my film club seemed to have really enjoyed it, as far as I was concerned, the story was just too simplistic and predictable. In the same fashion, all the characters involved were all rather one-note with not much depth whatsoever. It's interesting that, from a personal experience, I actually know that, if a child went through some tough situations during their childhood, to put them within the nicest environment possible might not result in a such a seemingly perfect outcome. Still, I have to admit that this movie was well made and very often quite beautiful to look at. On top of that, Catherine Clinch who played the lead character was just so charismatic and was quite pitch-perfect for her very first performance. Eventually, the whole thing only grabbed me when this poor little girl had to leave this very nice couple to go back to her dreadful family. As I mentioned earlier, I didn’t focus at all through the whole duration, as a result, I didn’t get that her moving to live with this couple was something only temporary and it really broke my heart when this seemingly perfect family unit had to be broken down. Anyway, to conclude, if  I had watched it under some better circumstances, maybe I would have been more able to really enjoy it but, even so, I still think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A very good movie

Posted : 2 weeks ago on 20 May 2023 11:54 (A review of The Raven)

I already saw this movie but, since it was ages ago and since it was available on Netflix, I was quite eager to check it out again. Well, following his directorial debut, 'L'assassin habite au 21', Clouzot didn't waste any time and delivered another classic film noir only a year later. In fact, the damned thing was so dark, it gave such a negative of French people, that the director was initially banned for life from directing in France after WWII (Fortunately, this ban was lifted a few years later). This ban also had to do with the fact that this movie was released during WWII by Continental Films, a German company. Anyway, because it was so dark, it was actually quite spellbinding to behold, especially for a Frenchman like me. Indeed, the fact that it was made right in the middle of the WWII and that it was dealing with denunciation, something which many French people were guilty of during WWII, made the whole thing even more intriguing to behold. Another funny thing, at least to me, was how Clouzot pretty much destroyed the idyllic idea that leaving in a small village where everyone pretty much knows everything about everybody might be such a wonderful thing. At least, in a big city, you can enjoy some anonymity, if you chose to. It was also impressive the fact that, even though there were so many characters involved, with only a few lines of dialogue, Clouzot was still able to give each one of them a fairly complex personality. To be honest, the ending did feel rather random but, fortunately, it didn't ruin the whole thing at all. Anyway, to conclude, even though it might not belong to the masterpieces delivered by this great director, it is still a really strong French film noir and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Henri-Georges Clouzot's work. 


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A good movie

Posted : 2 weeks ago on 20 May 2023 06:10 (A review of Lola)

I thought I already saw this movie but, since it was ages ago and since it was available on Netflix, I was quite eager to check it out again. Well, eventually, I'm pretty sure I never saw the damned thing before and I probably confused it with another movie directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. On top of that, it had been such a long time since I saw a movie from this German director and I have to admit that I’m not really familiar with his work. Anyway, in this case, he gave such a bleak view on Germany around 10 years after WWII. Basically, sure, the Nazis were all gone, in fact, they were barely mentioned, but, if you believe Fassbinder, the German society was still deeply corrupt, decadent and depraved back then. Obviously, I'm not sure if he wanted to give a realistic portrait but there was still something terribly rotten about all these characters. Even the only seemingly good character, the naive von Bohm basically gave up at the end and gave in to his carnal desire by marrying Lola and turned a blind eye towards all the corruption in this city. Some other characters were also rather bewildering. Indeed, what was the deal with Esslin who was working for the city council, politically active and yet also playing drums in the evening at a brothel?!?! Another intriguing character was Lola's mother who suddenly completely disappeared at some point. At least, there is no denying that Barbara Sukowa was just so charismatic and mesmerizing playing the title character, even though I still don't get what was exactly her goal with von Bohm. In fact, if Germany was doing economically so well, how come did she have to work as a prostitute? However, once again, Fassbinder never tried here to deliver a sensical tale, his focus was to show what he felt about Germany in general and, well, it wasn't really pretty, I'm afraid. Anyway, to conclude, even if it didn't really blow me away, it was still a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's work.


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A good movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 2 days ago on 18 May 2023 10:30 (A review of The Crime of Monsieur Lange)

To be honest, 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 Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, it turned out to be a decent watch, even if it was definitely a minor effort from Jean Renoir. The fact that I saw again very recently 'Le jour se lève' and that both movies were terribly similar probably didn’t help. While watching the damned thing, I was sure Renoir tried to copycat Carné's classic but, in fact, it was released a few years before so I was unfair and it might have been actually the other way around. The fact remains that this movie did lack an interesting lead character. In fact, I don't think there was a lead character at all but, instead many, probably too many, minor characters involved. Eventually, Amédée Lange, the title character, was maybe sweet and innocent but he was also rather spineless, at least, until the last act, and seriously gullible. The fact that René Lefèvre and Florelle didn't have much chemistry probably didn’t help. Eventually, even though the characters individually were not really interesting, as a group, they were actually quite fascinating and Renoir did manage to create here a convincing microcosm, some kind of time capsule which captured the blue collar people in France back in the 30's. I also did appreciate the Communist vibe when Batala was gone and his employees took over the company as a cooperative organization with some much better results than while Batala was running fine. Sure, it probably seemed to be too idyllic, too good to be true, but it was a nice fantasy. Anyway, to conclude, even it won't belong among Renoir's masterpieces, it was still pretty good and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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A good movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 2 days ago on 18 May 2023 06:56 (A review of The Other Side of Hope)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was directed by Aki Kaurismäki, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, it had been a while since I have seen a movie from this director, probably almost 10 years, but within a few mins, I immediately recognised his work. Indeed, Kaurismäki has a unique visual style, all his movies have the same dreary mood, as if Finland must be the most depressing country in the world and, of course, there is his deadpan humor, probably his most famous trademark. This time, his movie was focusing on the immigration crisis. Sure, you could say that his previous movie 'Le Havre' was also dealing with this topic but, in this case, you could see how it was handled in Finland which was quite interesting. Basically, like most countries such as France and Netherlands where I lived for a very long time, in Finland, they have apparently also no clue how to handle this issue. In their case, it seems that they have some super strict rules which are both ridiculous and inhuman. Fortunately, in Kaurismäki's fictional world, even though his characters might all seem to be pathetic, they also seem to have a good heart after all and, on their level, they try to help as much as they can. It's important to note that Sherwan Haji who played the Syrian immigrant was really good here and completely fit in Kaurismäki's deadpan style. To be honest, I'm not sure if mixing up this tale about an old Finnish guy buying a seemingly hopeless restaurant with the heartbreaking survival of a Syrian refugee really worked so well together, most of the time, it felt like watching two different movies at the same time. 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 Aki Kaurismäki's work.


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An average movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 3 days ago on 16 May 2023 12:07 (A review of Joe Bell)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was starring Mark Wahlberg and since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. I have to admit that I didn’t know the details about this true story and, at first, I was slightly confused that Jadin was actually involved since I was pretty sure that one of his sons actually died (was it then the little brother who actually died?). However, it turned out that they went for the gimmick of pretending for a while that Jadin actually didn’t die and was walking through the US with his father. Sure, it wasn’t really original and it wasn’t very well developed but it didn’t bother me that much. However, a much bigger issue was the use of a scrambled chronology though. Indeed, it is in general an overused and, above all, really useless gimmick which has no really added value and it was definitely the case with this movie. Still, the story was not bad at all and it was nice to see Wahlberg trying something more dramatic than his usual action flicks. Still, even though it was an decent effort from Wahlberg, at the end of the day, it felt as if he only scratched the surface on what could be done with such an interesting and complex character. On top of that, it didn’t help that he was often upstaged by Reid Miller who managed to make his character so strong and quite fascinating to behold even if he was not even actually the lead. Eventually, even though the movie was supposed to be about Joe Bell, you might wonder if a movie focusing instead on Jadin Bell would not have been more interesting after all. 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 : 2 weeks, 5 days ago on 14 May 2023 03:18 (A review of Playmobil: The Movie)

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Anya Taylor-Joy, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, when it was released, it was a commercial and critical flop and, indeed, I'm afraid it turned out to be really lame. Of course, it's pretty obvious that they got their inspiration from 'The Lego Movie' but the end-result with this rather shameless rip-off was even more disappointing than you could possibly imagine, that's for sure. I mean, where to start? At least, I have to admit it was neat that this world did combine all kinds of playmobil toys all together but it was probably the only thing that did work, I'm afraid. Indeed, they started with an intro in the real world which is such an overused and vastly ineffective gimmick but, in this case, it was even more cringe-inducing than usual. On top of that, to do like anyone else, they also had to add some songs but they were all so pathetic. The story was not much better though as the concept was just generic and tedious and the fact that none of the characters involved was actually entertaining whatsoever probably didn’t help. Concerning Anya Taylor-Joy, it was a rare misstep in an otherwise rather flawless career. Eventually, you can't blame her for getting involved in an animated feature like anyone else and, on top of that, a few years later, she would redeem herself with 'The Super Mario Bros. Movie' which was, at least, a huge box-office hit. Anyway, to conclude, I gave this movie a few extra points because I guess it might be slightly more enjoyable for young children but, eventually, the damned thing was just really weak and I think I was actually rather generous with my rating for this movie. 


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A good movie

Posted : 3 weeks ago on 13 May 2023 11:54 (A review of Hands Off the Loot)

I already saw this movie but since it was a while back and since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out again. Well, I have to admit that I barely remembered the damned thing so a rewatch was definitely worth it. Basically, it turned out to be a very solid French film noir. Sure, the plot was fairly generic and predictable but it was still quite entertaining. Indeed, Jacques Becker managed to create here such a vivid and convincing underworld. In fact, even though I’m French, I still had to turn on the subtitles from time to time because all the characters were using such a vintage slang with a vocabulary quite foreign for modern French speakers like me. Concerning Jean Gabin, this movie apparently revived his career at the time. Anyway, he was definitely one of the best French actors and, on top of that, with Steve McQueen and Samuel L. Jackson, he could easily compete for the title of coolest actor ever, especially after watching this movie. Basically, the guy really ruled here and I'm pretty sure his character was an inspiration for Danny Ocean in 'Ocean's Eleven', at least, for Soderbergh's version. The most awesome thing was to see him seducing every single girl, all at least 30 years younger than him, with such an ease and charisma. Another neat aspect was the fact was that, even though Max seemed to be on top of things at all time, he still didn't manage to prevent the tragic conclusion of this movie but this bittersweet ending was actually more than welcome. This movie was also the acting debut of Lino Ventura, a fairly famous actor in France who had a striking resemblance with Sylvester Stallone. Anyway, to conclude, even though it might not be a masterpiece, I really enjoyed it and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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An average movie

Posted : 3 weeks, 1 day ago on 12 May 2023 08:32 (A review of Stavisky...)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was directed by Alain Resnais and since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, after all these years, I have to admit that I’m still not familiar with this director’s work but, even though I have seen only 6 of his movies so far, I’m already impressed by his versatility as all his movies were so completely different from one and another. In this case, the material was interesting but, to be honest, the movie itself was not really impressive though. The main issue was that the story was rather disjointed. Serge Alexandre Stavisky was apparently a notorious con artist in France back in the 30’s who might have had some political connections. However, instead of showing these actual connections, they gave us some scenes involving Leon Trotsky’s exile in France where he lived for 2 years which was rather bewildering since Stavisky and Trotsky never had any contact for real or during this movie. Another issue was that, even though Anny Duperey and Charles Boyer were fine, they were given just too little to do. At least, Jean-Paul Belmondo was even better and a perfect choice to play the lead character. Eventually, Stavisky was basically displayed as a massive bipolar, it was mentioned a couple of times that he struggled with bouts of depression and the best moments where when he seemed to be doubting but this most interesting aspect of the character was barely developed after all. Instead, you get to see him going from one meeting to another, always playing the coolest cat in the room, which felt rather redundant at some point. Another even weaker narrative gimmick was when they gave us the supporting characters testifying about him during some commission. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch though and I think it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in Alain Resnais’s work. 



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