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An average movie

Posted : 1 week, 4 days ago on 11 February 2020 11:33 (A review of Point Break)

I wasn’t expecting much from this flick but since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Obviously, it seemed to be another terribly misguided remake showing how much Hollywood has become creatively bankrupt. I mean, the original ‘Point Break’ managed somehow to reach a cult status but I always wondered if it wasn’t giving this movie too much credit. Anyway, this story definitely didn’t need or deserve some kind of make-over. And, yet, I have to admit that this new version turned out to be actually watchable somehow. Maybe it had to with the fact that I had such low expectactions but I thought it wasn’t so bad after all. Indeed, above all, most of the action scenes actually looked pretty badass including obviously some surfing but also some wingsuits, snowboarding and some free solo rock climbing. However, it felt as if the whole movie had been taylor-made for all the youngsters who spend hours watching some extreme sports clips on YouTube and, to be honest, the movie didn’t have much else to offer. Above all, the plot was even more idiotic that the original version. I mean, the reason why an extreme sport athlete like Utah would join the FBI was not really convincing. Another issue was why on Earth the FBI would investigate crimes happening around the world? Finally, they turned Bodhi into some kind of ecoterrorist which was even more pathetic than the philosopher/robber played by Patrick Swayze. Anyway, to conclude, even though some scenes were pretty spectacular, it was still a rather pointless remake and it is obviously not really worth a look.



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An average movie

Posted : 1 week, 5 days ago on 10 February 2020 09:10 (A review of Soul Surfer)

It’s another movie that, for some rather obscure reasons, I really wanted to watch for quite some time. I guess I wanted to check it out mostly because I have a weak spot for AnnaSophia Robb and because it seemed to have a rather decent reputation. Well, to be honest, I was rather disappointed by the damned thing after all. First of all, everything before the shark attack was just so cheesy. Indeed, it made Hawaii look like some kind of Barbieland where everybody looked like some catalog model and nobody had an ounce of personality. The rather heavy-handed religious message didn’t help either. Then, there was the actual shark attack which happened in a split second so it felt rather anti-climatic. On the other hand, it might have been the most realistic scene since Bethany Hamilton herself has reported that everyone involved was actually calm during the incident. Afterwards, the whole thing finally did take off and became slightly better but only slightly, I’m afraid. I mean, it was actually a really strong story with a lot of potential but it was rather poorly developed and it doesn’t surprise me that a whopping 10 persons were involved in the writing process. At least, the lovely AnnaSophia Robb gave a solid performance and Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt were not bad either but the rest of the cast was rather weak though. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it is still a strong story and I think it is worth a look but there is no doubt that it could have been so much better.



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An average movie

Posted : 2 weeks ago on 8 February 2020 09:58 (A review of You're Next)

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this movie and, to be honest, I wonder how I actually ended up watching the damned thing. Anyway, it still turned out to be a decent watch after all but not much more than that, I'm afraid. I mean, it was rather well made and fairly entertaining but I think I have seen too many similar and above all vastly superior movies to really care. First of all, the cast was pretty much a bunch of rather unknown actors who all gave some rather weak performances. On the other hand, they never got the opportunity to get into their characters as the killings started too soon in my opinion. Indeed, I think it could have been interesting to see the relationships between these characters getting slightly more developed. Then, this kind of movies usually work better when the motivations of the killers remain unclear of even completely mysterious. In this case, they explained it all at some point and the explanation was not only predictable but, above all, not really interesting or entertaining. Anyway, to conclude, I think my rating might have been generous here but I guess it might be still worth a look but only if you really like the genre.


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An average movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 1 day ago on 7 February 2020 01:01 (A review of Miss Americana)

I’m not a huge fan of Taylor Swift but one of my colleagues told me this documentary was pretty good so, since it was available on Netflix, I though I might as well check it out. Well, to be honest, I really struggled to care about the damned thing. I have seen some similar documentaries on Netflix (‘Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé’ and ‘Gaga: Five Foot Two’) all about some artists I didn’t care much either but I’m afraid this movie was the least interesting of the bunch. I mean, sure, Taylor Swift is really cute and I have to admit that she seems to be really talented. However, even if the makers tried really hard to convince me, I still didn’t believe that she was such an interesting person after all. First of all, it had to do with her rather tedious clean-cut image and the fact that, for many years, she tried to make sure that she pleased pretty much everyone which, as a result, made her even more boring. A bigger issue was that they hammered the fact that she had to struggle so hard in her life but I just didn’t buy it. Seriously, her career was already launched when she was only 16 years, from then on, every single CD she released was a commercial success and it didn’t seem that she had to face some major tragedies (the closest thing was that the mother did get cancer but they spent only a few minutes on this matter). At least, the scenes during which you saw her writing her songs were pretty  good but that was pretty much the only interesting thing about this flick. Anyway, to conclude, even if I didn’t care much about this movie, I still think it might be worth a look but only if you are interested in this singer.



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A classic

Posted : 2 weeks, 2 days ago on 6 February 2020 12:07 (A review of King Kong)

Since this movie is a major classic, of course, I was really eager to check it out. Well, first of all, to be honest, it was after all a rather silly story (the fact that I had seen before so many remakes and rip-offs of course didn’t help). Another thing that slightly bothered me was that the damned thing turned out to be such a scream party. Seriously, from the moment Kong finally showed up, it was pretty much a non-stop screaming contest, especially from Fay Wray who basically spent half of the movie screaming her lungs out. Still, there is no denying that this movie was such a huge milestone in movie making history and the general silliness was compensated by some massive ambition. In fact, it might be one of the most ambitious movies I have seen. Especially visually speaking, I was expecting to see an old and clumsy movie but, eventually, I was just impressed by how awesome the whole thing actually looked, even 90 years after its release. Furthermore, as I mentioned before, this movie was also a huge milestone as it was obviously a precursor for all the monsters movies that came afterwards but it was also a huge inspiration for all the bombastic blockbusters that came decades later such as ‘Jurassic Park’ or even the ‘Tranformers’ franchise. Anyway, to conclude, it is quite fascinating that, even if this movie was basically a B monster with a rather silly plot, eventually, it still did end up being one of the most influential movies ever made and it is obviously pretty much a must-see for any decent movie buff.



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An average movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 3 days ago on 5 February 2020 09:54 (A review of Song for Marion (2012))

I wasn’t expecting much from this flick but since there was a decent cast involved, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, to be honest, I really struggled to care about this movie. Basically, I have to admit that the main reason I actually watched the damned thing was because I have a weak spot for the lovely Gemma Arterton but, eventually, she was the least interesting actors in an otherwise solid cast. Indeed, the rest of the cast (Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Eccleston) was fine, especially Redgrave who gave here a fine performance and she was cruelly missed later on. Unfortunately, everything else involving the choir was just so tedious and generic. Sure, I get that it was supposed to be heartwarming and all but I thought it was much more interesting to focus only on this interesting old couple. Indeed, there was something really genuine about them and, behind all the pain and sorrow, you could feel that they really cared for each other. However, for no good reason whatsoever, Arthur somehow did resent the choir when it was obvious that it was giving great joy to his wife during the final days of her life. Basically, his behaviour was just too much plot driven and the way they pushed the viewers to first resent him and finally root for him was barely entertaining. Anyway, to conclude, thanks to the cast involved, it was still a decent watch but I think it is worth a look only if you really like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 4 days ago on 4 February 2020 11:32 (A review of Hostiles)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since there was a decent cast involved and since it was available on Neftlix, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, even though Scott Cooper had so far a really nice track-record and even though this project definitely had some potential, to be honest, I can’t say I was really impressed though. I mean, to be fair, it wasn’t bad at all. Indeed, the whole thing looked really genuine and Cooper managed to deliver a nice dark mood (the first scene was especially really brutal). Basically, it seems that Cooper wanted with this movie to show that the war between the Indians and the White people was highly traumatizing for this country following some massive massacres done by both sides (however, back then, only the Indian people and culture did end up being completely wiped out in the process though). Anyway, even if this concept had potential, the whole thing was just too long and too slow. However, what bothered me the most was how the main characters evolved. Indeed, Rosamund Pike’s character went through the most awful experience and, as a result, she couldn’t stand Indians which was understandable. However, it did last for only 5 minutes and, afterwards, she seemed to get along fine with them rather too easily. An even bigger issue was the evolution displayed by Christian Bale’s character. Indeed, the guy was pretty much a butcher who hated the Indians with a vengeance and who despised his last mission to bring this Indian chief to his ancestral grounds. Of course, it was pretty obvious that he would get a change of heart but this process was never properly displayed. Seriously, it was rather weird to see this guy suddenly calling the Indian chief ‘my friend’ towards the end and it was even harder to swallow to see how they tried to turn this butcher into some kind of hero fighting for the Indian cause. Anyway, to conclude, even if I wasn’t completely sold, it was still a well made Western and it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 3 weeks, 1 day ago on 31 January 2020 09:52 (A review of The Do-Over)

I wasn't expecting much from the damned thing but, since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, eventually, it turned to be even weaker than I expected, I'm afraid. To be honest, I have to admit that I actually did like the intro with these two old friends getting back together after all these years. Unfortunately, pretty much everything else happening afterwards was just some total garbage. Above all, I was just amazed by how completely random the story was. Seriously, it seems that Sandler is becoming lazier with each movie. I mean, here, his character was switching agenda every 5 minutes, being a FBI agent, then a coroner, then a school counselor and finally a victim of cancer. Seriously, by the end, I still didn't who the hell this guy was supposed to be. And to throw the ultimate cure for cancer in the mix was just borderline offensive. At least, Paula Parton did look gorgeous as usual but it is just so sad to see her wasting her potential with such pathetic acting gigs. Anyway, to conclude, even it wasn't the worst movie delivered by Sandler so far, I still think I was actually generous with my rating here and you should pretty much avoid the damned thing. 


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A good movie

Posted : 3 weeks, 1 day ago on 31 January 2020 10:29 (A review of Halloween)

To be honest, when I heard that they were coming up with a new reboot/remake/sequel for this franchise, I can’t say I was really excited but since it had been rather well received (it was even the most successful Halloween movie ever released at the box-office), I thought I might as well check it out. Well, first of all, even if this movie was labelled as a direct sequel to the first ‘Halloween’ movie, I thought that most of it was still pretty much a remake though. I mean, sure, the intro with these 2 journalists was definitely something new and it was probably the most interesting part of this movie but, from the moment Jason managed to escape, it pretty much became a remake in my opinion. Still, it was fairly entertaining and it was especially nice that they used the iconic tune written by John Carpenter himself. Of course, it was also pretty neat to see Laurie Strode fighting against her nemesis 40 years later and, somehow, she reminded me of Sarah Connor in Terminator 2’. Indeed, both characters had some traumatizing experiences when they were younger and both characters spent several decades training just in case that their worst nightmare who showed up again. Anyway, to conclude, even if it was nothing really groundbreaking, it was still a decent watch and it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 3 weeks, 2 days ago on 30 January 2020 11:52 (A review of Colette)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Keira Knightley, I thought I might as well check it out. To be honest, even though I have obviously heard about Colette, especially since I’m French, I have to admit that I have never read one of her books. Still, there is no doubt that she was a fascinating woman and easily one of the most influtential French women that ever lived. So, the whole thing definitely had some potential and it was a decent biopic but, to be honest, it wasn’t really much more than that. I mean, the whole thing was quite beautiful to look at and they really did their best to recreate a convincing version of Paris at the beginning of the 20th. Furthermore, Keira Knightley was a very good choice to play the lead and it has been a while since she had delivered such a solid performance. However, the approach was just too generic, I’m afraid. Indeed, this journey of an incredibly creative woman being exploited by her husband has been done before and her relationship with Willy could have been better developed. I mean, why did she actually fall in love with him in the first place? Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre or if you interested in this writer.



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