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An average movie

Posted : 1 week, 6 days ago on 5 January 2021 12:29 (A review of 47 Meters Down)

I wasn’t expecting much from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Mandy Moore, I thought I might as well check it out. I have to admit that I was also wondering how they would develop a whole movie solely on the concept of 2 girls in a shark cage. Well, the title was already a major spoiler which wasn’t really a good start. Still, I always had a weak spot for such minimalistic features with only 2 characters with only 1 location and the sharks looked quite awesome and were fairly convincing so the damned thing actually had some potential. However, there was one thing that pretty much ruined the whole movie for me. Indeed, even though Mandy Moore and Claire Holt were both quite charming (even though I heard of her before, it was in fact the very first time I saw Claire Holt in action), I really hard a hard time to care about their characters though. First of all, they could have paid more attention to the intro to properly introduce the 2 girls. It was not it was bad but it was seriously generic but I have to admit that it wasn’t a big deal. However, the big issue was how they kept screaming and, when they would finally settle down, they would be then talking all the time which was just so idiotic since they were supposed to be cautious about how much oxygen they used. Of course, you could argue that they were panicking but it did make their characters rather cringe-inducing to behold. I mean, can you imagine if their characters would have been slightly more cool-headed and completely silent for most of the duration? It would have been much more entertaining to behold. Finally, with their erratic and rather irresponsible behaviour, there is no way they could have lasted for so long under the water with their oxygen supply. Anyway, to conclude, because these 2 main characters were rather annoying, I didn’t care much for the damned thing after all and I don’t think it is really worth a look. 



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A bad movie

Posted : 2 weeks ago on 4 January 2021 11:29 (A review of London Fields)

Following the mess during the production of this movie, I wasn’t expecting much but, after being stuck for years in development hell, they still apparently managed to release this movie after all so I have to admit that I was still curious about the damned result. Well, unfortunately, the damned thing turned out to be pretty weak, I’m afraid. Eventually, the only positive thing about this flick was that it did provide some kind of (unintentional) metaphor about Amber Heard and Johnny Depp. Indeed, Heard was basically playing a gorgeous but eventually rather vapid and talentless girl whose only skill was to manipulate all the men around her. Concerning Depp, the once very talented actor was once again playing another character hiding being some massive layer of hideous makeup and some rather eccentric costumes meaning the guy didn’t really have to act at all. Eventually, they both played some rather ugly and destructive individuals who didn’t care much if their reckless behaviour had any impact on the people around them which had a rather hairy resemblance with how they seem to be for real. Anyway, they were not even the worst character/actor in this dreadful movie. Indeed, Jim Sturgess was indeed just awful delivering one of his worst performances so far. It was not all, there was also a narrator played Billy Bob Thornton who was stuck playing a talentless washed-up writer which is such an old and tired gimmick. Basically, the whole thing was filled with some seriously unlikeable and really uninteresting characters stuck into a very convoluted and rather tedious tale. Concerning the directing, it was the directorial debut of Mathew Cullen, a guy who sounded like he came from a ‘Twilight’ novel, and, even if he blamed the producers for trying to butcher his movie, his directing style was hardly convincing and even rather pretentious. Anyway, to conclude, the movie was borderline unwatchable and you should probably avoid it. 



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A good movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 2 days ago on 3 January 2021 08:30 (A review of Dragged Across Concrete)

Since it seemed to be a decent flick (I was actually already sold by the title), I thought I might as well check it out. Well, it turned out to be another really solid directorial effort from S. Craig Zahler after ‘Bone Tomahawk’ and ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99’ and you can only wonder what he will do next. It was also Zahler’s longest movie so far with a whopping running time of around 160 mins and while this aspect did slightly bother me with ‘Brawl...’, here, it worked like a charm though. Sure, it might seem to be slow but it was actually a very effective way to build up the suspense but, above all, it allowed the different characters to be properly developed as well as their motivation. Still, I’m not sure if the story really did make sense to me though. I mean, the reasons why Brett Ridgeman would go rogue as a cop were crystal clear but why did he choose such a hazardous job with eventually so little intel? Basically, he knew practically nothing about this job (or maybe I missed something) so it hardly seemed like a believable choice from such a seasoned policeman. Then, why did he drag his partner into this when the guy definitely had more options than he did? I mean, it was pretty obvious that Tony did it mostly out of loyalty for Brett but, from the moment he picked him up in the middle of the night, it was pretty obvious that he had no other choice than being involved until the very end. On the other hand, you could say that it did display Ridgeman as a really flawed man which made him even more interesting. Anyway, I was on the edge of my seat through the whole duration and I can’t remember the last time I saw Mel Gibson showing up in something so satisfying. Concerning Vince Vaughn, well, he should do something like McConaughey, drop his usual comedies, and make only this kind of movies from now on because he gave her another solid performance, just like he already did in ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99’. Anyway, to conclude, even if it wasn’t flawless, it was still a really solid action flick and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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An average movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 3 days ago on 2 January 2021 08:27 (A review of Saw IV)

I wasn’t expecting much from this flick but since it was available on the KPN pluspakket, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, if you would believe the other reviews for this movie on this website, it seems to have a decent reputation but, to be decent, I really struggled to care about the damned thing. At least, I have to admit that it wasn’t some complete garbage though. Indeed, the fact that I saw the previous installments during the last couple of weeks helped me to see the connection with all the movies and it was pretty neat to see all these returning characters (I did struggle to keep track of all these cops names though: Rigg, Hoffman, Strahm, Perez, Matthews, Kerry). It was also interesting to show John Kramer before he became Jigsaw but I’m not so sure if it was a great idea to give yet another explanation about why he had become a serial killer. I mean, the terminal cancer thingy was already intriguing enough and, since he had brain cancer, you could argue that his tumor was making him doing some crazy sh*t. However, by making him losing his child on top of that, it actually really changed how we view this character. Anyway, that was pretty much the only things that worked for me though. Indeed, in my opinion, the story was just a convoluted mess, even more than with the previous installments and I’m not sure I completely followed everything happening during the 3rd act. Eventually, the whole idea  of this franchise is to show incredible smart Jigsaw is. However, all his plans, tricks and booby traps are just way too far-fetched so nothing happening seem hardly believable and, as a result, I just didn’t care much about what happened to all these poor characters. Another thing that bothered me was how they brought a 2nd accomplice. Indeed, with ‘Saw II’, it did work fairly well with Amanda because they took their time to explain her backstory but, with this new sidekick, it was however completely random. Anyway, to conclude, even if it was still watchable, I thought it was still rather weak and I don’t think it is really worth a look.


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An average movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 5 days ago on 31 December 2020 07:07 (A review of Miss You Already)

To be honest, the title of this movie was a major spoiler which wasn’t really a great start but since there was a nice cast involved, I thought I might as well check it. Well, I have to admit that it actually turned out to be a decent surprise and it has been ages that Catherine Hardwicke had delivered a solid directorial effort like this one. Of course, you could argue that ‘Twilight’ had been a massive box-office success but it was also ridiculed by the rest of the planet. Above all, its commercial success never had the impact you might have expected on Hardwicke’s career. Anyway, coming back to our main feature, they did get many elements right. Indeed, the four characters were fairly well developed and the cast (Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominique Cooper, Paddy Considine) all delivered some solid performances. I also did appreciate that the tone was usually fine and thankfully it never became too light. But, I guess that it was the main issue with this movie, the fact that it was ‘fine’ but, to be honest, it never became really much more than that. Maybe it was too safe but, in the genre of ‘the terminally-ill-cancer-patient’, it definitely didn’t cover some new ground after all. I also believed that the conflict between Millie and Jess was probably not dramatic enough and also, hardly convincing. I mean, they spent the whole movie creating a great friendship and, yet, they would like us to believe that Jess would suddenly dump Milly while she was in the middle of a huge fight against cancer? Anyway, to conclude, even if it wasn’t a masterpiece after all, 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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An average movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 6 days ago on 30 December 2020 07:35 (A review of Criminal)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since there was a really nice cast involved, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, with such a generic title, I should have already lowered my expectations but, to be honest, I was actually surprised by how weak it turned out to be. Seriously, how did they manage to get such a cast (Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Michael Pitt, Alice Eve, Antje Traue, Scott Adkins) to show up in such a movie which was basically a B feature? Sure, the intro was promising but, very quickly, the plot turned out to be some huge nonsense and, very soon, I had lost any interest. Basically, it was some kind of mix of ‘Face/Off’ with ‘Self/Less’ but the only reason why John Woo’s movie was at least slightly entertaining, was because it didn’t take itself so damned seriously. Another missed opportunity was the fact that, in my opinion, they basically ruined Kevin Costner’s character. Indeed, it was probably the only interesting thing in this movie, the fact that Costner was playing a dangerous sociopath, unfortunately, his personality was changed almost right from the start and he became, well, just another terribly nice and decent guy, the kind of characters Costner has been playing for most of his career. Anyway, to conclude, the damned thing was really weak and I don’t think it is really worth a look.


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An average movie

Posted : 3 weeks ago on 29 December 2020 07:42 (A review of Glass)

Since this movie had been really poorly received, I wasn’t expecting much, but the idea of a movie mixing ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Split’ sounded really intrigued so I still wanted to check it out. Furthermore, I wondered how Shyamalan had managed to ruin so quickly his fresh new comeback. Well, to be honest, after watching the flick, I have to admit that I was actually positively surprised by the damned thing and I wonder why the reviews were so harsh. I mean, sure, it wasn’t a masterpiece whatsoever but I thought it was still a decent sequel in this franchise. Indeed, I really loved the idea of a movie reuniting Kevin Dunn with Elijah Price and Kevin Wendell Crumb and the set-up, to have them imprisoned all together fairly early on in a psychiatric hospital/jail was really neat as well. However, the fact that the security was just so low-key in his facility was just ridiculous and hardly convincing. I mean, one of these men was super strong and the other one was super dangerous so they might require something more then a few guards and some cameras. Concerning the characters, it was rather odd that, even though there were only 3 of them and the running time was over 2 hours, Shyamalan didn’t really manage to develop any of them. I mean, Bruce Willis was basically sleepwalking through his whole performance but I guess you shouldn’t expect more from him nowadays. Samuel L. Jackson was simply catatonic for one hour. James McAvoy was once again quite brilliant juggling no less than 20 characters but, for some reasons, this time around, they decided to make him switch characters every 10 seconds and, as a result, he became some kind of exhausting circus act. Finally, as usual with this director, there were a couple of twists at the end but, since it is his most infamous trademark, they were hardly surprising but, above all, they were rather pretentious and, eventually, hardly as fascinating as Shyamalan would like us to think. Anyway, to conclude, even though I would agree that this movie was flawed, I still believe that the concept was really neat and it turned to be a decent watch after all so I think it is worth a look.


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A very good movie

Posted : 3 weeks, 1 day ago on 28 December 2020 08:15 (A review of Soul)

Even though Pixar’s recent track-record has been rather patchy, this movie did sound really intriguing and it was really neat that it was released for free on Disney+ on Christmas. Well, the guys from Pixar have done it again. Indeed, they have produced yet another masterpiece. Of course, the animation was gorgeous, I wouldn’t expect less from them, and the jazz music was really sweet as well, but, above all, the depth of the story and the themes developed was just really impressive. You might argue that it might be too similar to ‘Inside Out’, Pete Docter’s previous directing effort, but I didn’t bother me. Basically, this movie was some kind of a mix of ‘Inside Out’ with ‘Coco’ and ‘Up’ with some body-switching as well. Regarding the body-switching thing, you can imagine that they could have made the whole movie about this (how many movies have been made around this concept?) and it would have been still fairly successful anyway. However, and that’s where the movie really stands out from the competition, they went just way beyond that. Basically, they tackled the biggest question ever which is ‘What is the meaning of life?’, even if both characters were not even aware of this quest and this journey was just quite spellbinding. I also really appreciate the fact that, even though the main character seemed to be a decent guy, he was also flawed which made him so much more human and identifiable. The only critic I might have was that I wasn’t completely convinced by the logic ruling the Great Before or Great Beyond. I mean, for example, how many times did Joe go back back and forth between our world and this other realm? It seemed slightly too simple. Still, in spite of this minor flaw, the damned thing was just fascinating to behold and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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A bad movie

Posted : 3 weeks, 4 days ago on 24 December 2020 12:45 (A review of Holmes & Watson)

Of course, I didn’t expect much from the damned thing but I guess I still wanted to check it if it was indeed so bad after all. Well, to be honest, I have to admit that some of the jokes were actually fairly clever and some others were so stupid that they turned out to be actually quite funny. Unfortunately, pretty much everything else in this movie was just terribly dreadful, I’m afraid. The first issue was that the whole concept was misguided from the very start. Indeed, during the last 10 years, there has been an overdose of Sherlock Holmes adaptations (according to IMDb, this was already the seventh iteration). As a result, it means that the genre has already become a parody of itself (see for example Guy Ritchie’s version), so, there was definitely no need to make such a parody which was just seriously redundant and felt like beating a dead horse. On top of that, even though it was maybe fun at first, the whole gimmick of Will Ferrell playing some arrogant idiot has outstayed its wecolme a long time ago, I’m afraid. Eventually, what you get was a Holmes who would say something impossibly clever and then, 10 seconds later, something incredibly stupid  so the character was never really consistent. And the fact that everyone around him thought that he was brilliant for no apparent reason made it even more cringe-inducing to behold. Concerning the plot, it was just terribly derivative and, at the same time, too convoluted to be actually at least somewhat entertaining. Anyway, to conclude, the damned thing was just a waste of time and you should probably avoid it.


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An average movie

Posted : 3 weeks, 5 days ago on 24 December 2020 08:08 (A review of Poulet aux prunes)

Since I really loved ‘Persepolis’, I was really eager to see this following directorial effort from Marjane Satrapi. Well, even though it turned out to be not bad at all, I’m afraid it still didn’t really work though. First of all, even though this movie was also an adaptation from another acclaimed graphic novel written and drawn by Satrapi, in contrary to ‘Persepolis’, she decided to make a live-action adaptation but, considering the material, it might have worked better in the animation genre. To put it bluntly, the story was quite a mess. In fact, somehow, I haven’t read the book, but I believe it could still work with a graphic novel but, when adapted this way, the visual realism just clashed with the inertia of the story. At least, I have to admit that the whole thing looked fine though. What to say about this tale? I guess it was supposed to be some kind of Persian fairytale and I did like the fact that the narrator was omnipotent and would tell anything from the past and the future completely randomly. Unfortunately, it was just rather difficult to get the whole thing started and, to be honest, it never really took off. Finally, Mathieu Amalric remains one of my favorite French actors and delivered here another solid performance but, eventually, his character was just so uncharismatic and rather unlikeable and, as a result, it was then difficult to care about what he was going through. The other characters were not much more interesting (except for Azrael) but, at least, they had the excuse that they were all barely developed. Anyway, to conclude, I really wonder if it would have worked better as an animated feature but, in spite of of its flaws, it was still a decent watch and I think it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in Marjane Satrapi’s work.


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