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An average movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 5 days ago on 1 August 2019 08:23 (A review of Tulip Fever (2017))

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Alicia Vikander, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, to be honest, it wasn’t really good after all and I’m not surprised that they released the damned thing 3 years after the shooting was done (Eventually, it would even be the last movie released by the now infamous Weinstein Company). I mean, it’s not that it was awful, in fact, the whole thing looked really gorgeous but it was pretty much the only thing that really did work with this movie, I’m afraid. It’s too bad because it was neat that this historical drama was taking place in the Netherlands (I'm half-Dutch myself). Furthermore, even if this whole tulip rage taking place at the time was really interesting, unfortunately, it was squeezed between 2 terribly generic and tedious romances. To make things worse, even if the cast was decent, none of the characters involved were really interesting or entertaining and the story was just plain boring. Finally, the worst part was probably the ending though. I mean, after going through all this mess, Sophia changed her mind once again and went back to her convent which made her character even less likeable than she already was. Even worse, after finding out the truth, Cornelis decided to give up his house to Maria and left the Netherlands for India which was just completely ludicrous. Anyway, to conclude, the damned thing turned out to be pretty weak so the Weinstein Company definitely ended with a massive whimper but that’s probably what they deserved after all. 



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A very good movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 6 days ago on 31 July 2019 10:04 (A review of First Man)

Since I kept hearing some pretty good things about this flick, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, it’s a pity it turned out to be a flop at the box-office as it was, in my opinion, much more interesting and enjoyable than ‘La La Land’ (possibly one of the most overrated movies released during the last 5 years). To be honest, I wonder why they didn’t release this movie a year later as it came out just a year before the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing but, maybe, it would haven’t made a difference. Anyway, I thought it was a fascinating look on the race to the moon and I loved the scientific approach they took. It was also really neat to discover that Neil Armstrong was neither some cowboy or even a solider but a very accomplished engineer. In fact, all these astronauts and even pretty much everyone involved in this project turned out to be pretty damned smart. And, yet, as pointed out by Janet Armstrong, fairly often, you wonder if these guys really knew what the hell they were doing. Indeed, at least 3 times during the whole duration, Armstrong came close to loose his life and, yet, each time, he kept on going without much hesitation. To be honest, I had some doubts on how they played out the Apollo 11 mission though. I mean, it was, just as the rest of the movie, very well done but, after all what happened before, it felt actually slightly anti-climactic but I might need to re-watch this movie at some point to make up my mind on this final act. Anyway, to conclude, it was another fascinating movie from Damien Chazelle and I think it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 3 weeks ago on 30 July 2019 09:08 (A review of Murder Mystery)

Of course, since this movie was poorly received like most Adam Sandler’s features, it didn’t expect much from it but since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, even though it didn’t turn out to be one of Sandler’s worst movies, it still turned out to be one of his laziest. The best example would be how, out of the blue, the main character decided to go on a trip in Europe with his wife. I mean, sure, they didn’t seem to be poor but they definitely didn’t have the financial means to take such a sudden trip. Then, even if Adam Sandler and Jennifer Anniston have been friends apparently for years, they didn’t really have much chemistry as a couple. Furthermore, it didn’t help that if Sandler was rather believable as a loser police officer (not exactly a huge challenge for him though), Anniston was not convincing at all as a blue-collar hairdresser. Concerning the plot itself, well, like most movies involving Sandler, I don’t think it was such a bad concept but, unfortunately, it was again so poorly developed. Basically, it felt like some kind of weak mix of a Cluedo game and an Agatha Christie mystery novel. Indeed, to parody a genre which is already rather silly to start with like the mystery novel is rather tricky and the makers here just failed miserably. Seriously, all the characters were just rather tedious and most of the jokes were lame. Anyway, to conclude, even if I have seen worse, the damned thing was still a waste of time and I don’t think it is worth a look whatsoever. 



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A good movie

Posted : 3 weeks ago on 30 July 2019 07:43 (A review of All Together)

To be honest, it seemed to be a rather obscure movie but since my film-club saw it before I joined in, I was really eager to check it out. Well, first of all, it was definitely a perfect flick for our film-club and I had a big smile through the whole duration thinking about them. Then, the thing I enjoyed the most was to see this inspiring group of friends who had known each other for decades and, of course, the cast involved was pretty neat as well (Jane Fonda, Geraldine Chaplin, Guy Bedos, Pierre Richard, Claude Rich, Daniel Brühl). Still, there were a couple of things that didn’t really work though. Indeed, even though this concept of a group of friends deciding to live together to support each other was really interesting, unfortunately, the makers still felt it wasn’t enough and felt compelled to add some rather unnecessary sub-plots. I mean, as a result, even though Daniel Brühl was fine (I was really impressed by how well he spoke French), I didn’t care much for his character and, above all, his whole thesis project was just so tedious and really superfluous. There was also a rather half-baked sub-plot involving some infidelities in the group but I didn’t really see the added value except to show that one of the guys was definitely a real stud. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, I still really liked this movie and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 3 weeks, 4 days ago on 26 July 2019 08:19 (A review of Father of the Bride Part II)

I wasn’t expecting much from this flick but since it was starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton, I thought I might as well check it out. To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen ‘Father of the Bride’ so I don’t remember it very well but I don’t think it was a big deal since the concept was pretty basic. Anyway, to be honest, I didn’t care much for this sequel. I mean, it seemed to be a no-brainer that it would be about George Banks’s daughter having a baby this time but I thought this idea was rather poorly handled after all. Indeed, even though I think it should have been about how the main character handles the pregnancy, the childbirth of his daughter and the arrival of his first grandchild, the guy ended up eventually in some rather underwhelming middle-life crisis. To make things worse, they completely changed course half way through as, suddenly, his wife also got pregnant. I mean, the original concept was nothing really amazing but it was decent enough but, unfortunately, the end-result was just so scattered (for example, even the wedding planner played by Martin Short in the previous instalment suddenly became also a interior designer) . Anyway, to conclude, even though I didn’t like it much, it was still a rather harmless feelgood feature and if you like the genre, you will probably enjoy it more than I did. 



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A good movie

Posted : 4 weeks, 1 day ago on 22 July 2019 07:03 (A review of El reino)

Since I have always been fascinated by politics, this movie sounded really interesting to me. Well, the first thing that impressed me with this movie was how little politics these guys were involved in and how much time they spent instead running their little schemes. Eventually, in spite of a few far-fetched scenes (for example, would you open the door in the middle of the night to a perfect stranger only because he claims he is supposedly working with your father?), it was more much realistic than your average American thriller which made the whole thing much more spellbinding to behold. Concerning the main character, I never saw this actor before but he did deliver a really solid performance. I also liked the way this character was displayed as someone smart, charismatic who always gets what he wants and who has apparently no conscience whatsoever. Still, there was some major flaws in this plan though. I mean, it is pretty obvious that the guy was in full survival mode through most of the duration but his whole victim act, as pointed out in the final scene, became slowly slightly annoying and even rather pathetic. Finally, I thought it was actually rather depressing to find out that everybody at the top was apparently as corrupt as he was. Anyway, even if it was maybe not a masterpiece, it was still terribly entertaining and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 1 month ago on 20 July 2019 11:35 (A review of Suzy Q)

Even though this movie was rather obscure (I'm apparently the only one who saw it on Listal), since it was starring Carice van Houten, I still wanted to check it out. Well, it was definitely really neat to see a very young van Houten at the beginning of her career and, as a bonus, there was also an even younger Michiel Huisman, almost 20 years before they would reach an international audience thanks to 'Game of Thrones'. Concerning the movie itself, well, it was not bad and it was definitely better than your average Dutch production but, to be honest, it was still nothing really amazing though. First of all, I thought it was pretty obvious that Martin Koolhoven had been inspired by Alex van Warmerdam, probably the best Dutch film director after Paul Verhoeven. Indeed, the whole thing had the typical van Warmerdam quirky and absurd vibe but it is something tricky to handle as it gives a movie such a random feeling. In this case, even though it started with a rather light tone, it became increasingly darker. Seriously, they even threw in some incest for good measure. Eventually, what bother me the most was that I never really cared about the characters who were often rather tedious and even sometimes downright unlikeable. I mean, it is fine to focus on such ordinary characters but Koolhoven never managed to make them interesting or entertaining enough. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, I still think it is worth a look, if only to see the terribly talented and lovely Carice van Houten. 


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A good movie

Posted : 1 month ago on 19 July 2019 10:35 (A review of Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese)

Like anyone else who has a decent taste in movies, I have been anxiously waiting for ‘The Irishman’ but, suddenly, out of nowhere, Martin Scorsese released another movie and, of course, I had to watch it, especially since it was available on Netflix. To be honest, I have to admit that I did struggle a little bit to get into the damned thing. Indeed, even if I did grow up listening to his music thanks to my father, I have never been a huge fan of Bob Dylan and, to be honest, I find his aloof attitude actually slightly annoying. At least, the whole thing was really original as it was some kind of combination of a standard concert movie with a documentary but also a mockumentary. Indeed, there were apparently some fake stuff and it was slightly too bad that the whole thing with Sharon Stone properly never happened. That Jack Tanner guy also really looked familiar and that made sense because he was in fact he a fictive character played by actor Michael Murphy. As a result, everybody involved claimed that this project was something creatively amazing but, as far as I’m concerned, it did look like a mess and the mockumentary elements didn’t really help me to shake this feeling. Still, to conclude, even if I wasn’t completely blown away, it was still a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Bob Dylan or in Martin Scorsese’s work.



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An average movie

Posted : 1 month ago on 17 July 2019 08:57 (A review of The Lion King)

Before this movie was released, there was a nice buzz but after reading a massively negative review on Indiewire, I became rather cautious and even slightly worried. Well, eventually, maybe this review did lower my expectations but, to be honest, I don't think it was so bad as the guy from Indiewire claimed it to be. Of course, like 90% of this Disney  live-adaptations, it was still completely unnecessary and probably even more misguided than usual though. I mean, the animation looked amazing but to see some animated talking animals has always been rather annoying and when they are really photo-realistic like here, well, it is even more cringe-inducing. Concerning the story itself, I have to admit that, in spite of its massive reputation, I have never been a huge fan of the original version to start with and since this version was about 95% identical, well, I still didn't care much for it. At least, Timon and Pumbaa completely stole the show once again, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen were just pitch-perfect and I wish the whole thing would have been about them instead of these rather boring lions. Anyway, to conclude, it should turn out to be a massive hit at the box-office and I still think it is actually worth a look but don't expect anything really amazing from the damned thing. 


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month ago on 17 July 2019 08:52 (A review of The Wall)

To be honest, I really had no idea what to expect from this flick but since I was directed by Doug Liman, I was quite eager to check it out. Like I said before, I didn’t know what this movie was about and it actually turned out to be a very minimalistic war movie with only one location and three characters. In fact, out of these three characters, one was dead fairly early on and the other one was actually a voice-over so the whole thing was pretty much a one-man show from Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Well, even though I have a weak spot for the genre, I wasn’t really impressed by this movie though. I mean, I won’t blame Taylor-Johnson, the guy once again delivered a really solid performance and I was even fairly impressed by John Cena even if he had here a rather small part. However, the concept was not bad but not much more than that, I’m afraid. Indeed, the whole idea of this Iraqi sniper fooling the US army to get some extra kills might sound cool but, in my opinion, it was rather far-fetched. Furthermore, even if you would believe that such a thing was possible, it didn’t make much sense that he would try to talk endlessly with Isaac. Seriously, what was the point? Because he was bored? The first contact made sense because, this way, he could retrieve his details but, then, he could have just left him to die. 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 like the genre. 



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