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An average movie

Posted : 1 week, 5 days ago on 1 December 2018 02:03 (A review of The Warriors (1979))

Since this movie has a really strong reputation and since it is considered as major cult-classic, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, to be honest, even though it was indeed an interesting watch, I still had a hard time to really care about the damned thing. Basically, this movie was half-realistic and half-cartoonish and even though this mix might have been done on purpose, I'm afraid it did really work for me. For example, one thing that bothered me was that all these gangs looked rather ridiculous. Sure, someone might argue that that's what the outfits of the New York gangs looked like back in those days (I doubt it though) but, as a result, it was rather hard for me to take the whole thing seriously. And, of course, as pointed out by many critics at the time, most of these actors involved didn't remotely looked like some actual gang members. Eventually, even though they tried to make the whole thing seems gritty, it was never gritty enough for me. Still, I did like the simple structure of the story, the way these guys are stuck at the other side of the city and how they have to spend the whole night trying to get back home in one piece. In my opinion, hte main issue was this movie was that it tried to be, at the same time, realistic and entertaining but eventually it failed to be either. Anyway, to conclude, even though it didn't really work for me, 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 : 2 weeks, 2 days ago on 27 November 2018 09:24 (A review of Alex Cross)

Even though this movie has a lame reputation, somehow, I still ended much watching the damned thing. Well, even though I had some rather low expectations, it turned out to be even weaker than I expected. I mean, I don't think it was a bad idea to make a prequel involving Alex Cross and I do think that Tyler Perry was actually a decent choice to play a younger version of Morgan Freeman, at least, physically. However, pretty much nothing really worked with this movie. Where should I start? The opening scene was just so generic and tedious but the rest of the movie was never really much better. Then, when Morgan Freeman was playing this character, have you ever him seen running around and shooting at some bad guys? Well, that's what Tyler Perry kept on doing through the whole thing which was just so annoying. Indeed, Alex Cross was always meant to be some kind of modern Sherlock Holmes who's supposed to use his brain to solve crimes and not some weapon like any other average cop. At least, I have to admit that Matthew Fox did a pretty good job and his killer was quite charismatic and entertaining but even the only slightly interesting character was ruined by the fact that you get exactly zero information about his background. Anyway, I think I was actually rather generous with my rating here, 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 : 2 weeks, 2 days ago on 27 November 2018 09:01 (A review of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again)

I wasn’t really dying to see this flick but since my wife really loved the first installment, I thought we might as well watch it together. Well, they basically followed the same formula and if you didn’t like ‘Mamma Mia!’, you probably won’t like this flick either. For this new installment, they combined a sequel with a prequel which wasn’t really a bad idea but the end-result was not ‘The Godfather II’, that’s for sure. In fact, I really struggled to get into this flick and, for a while, I was thinking that the damned thing would turn out to be downright terrible. Eventually, as soon as Lily James was on screen, it finally started to become watchable. Indeed, it was a bold move to kill off Meryl Streep’s character since she was probably the major draw in the first movie but it actually paid off since Lily James really nailed it. Indeed, according to my wife, she was a pretty good singer but, as far as I was concerned, she really channelled the same energy displayed by Streep in the first movie and she was just really fun and charismatic. Unfortunately, she was pretty much the only thing that I enjoyed though. I mean, I have to admit that it was fun to see Cher showing up to play the grand-mother, even if she is in fact only a few years older than Meryl Streep. Anyway, to conclude, even though I didn’t care much for the damned thing, I have to admit that it was in fact a decent sequel and it is actually worth a look, at least, if you really enjoyed the first installment. 



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A good movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 4 days ago on 25 November 2018 01:08 (A review of Sicario: Day of the Soldado)

To be honest, even though I really enjoyed 'Sicario', I was surprised that they decided to make a sequel. Indeed, it seemed to be a rather self-contained story and it wasn't really what you could call a huge blockbuster. Anyway, I wanted to check if this sequel was any good, even if it wasn't directed by Denis Villeneuve but he did give his seal of approval so I was hoping it would be at least a decent watch. Well, at least, Stefano Sollima did manage to keep the same visual style and mood and both Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro once again gave some really solid performamces. Furthermore, it was also interesting that the focus was this time not on the war on Drugs but on human trafficking which apparently has become the biggest source of income for the Mexican cartels. However, the whole thing was still missing to become truly remarkable. First of all, coming back to 'Sicario', even though I did like this movie, I didn't think it was really so amazing and it was even slightly overrated in my opinion so while watching this sequel, I couldn't help thinking that the whole thing was rather unnecessary. Furthermore, I wasn't so sure about the story. For example, there was this major plot-hole about  why they kept going back and forth between the USA and Mexico. It was even pointed out by one of the characters and the best explanation they could come up with was that ' they didn't have there the necessary infrastructure' by it wasn't really convincing. Indeed, why didn't they kidnap the girl and brought her right away to her final destination? Furthermore, when they brought her back back to Mexico, why did they go by car which was pretty much the most dangerous option? Why didn't use again an helicopter? Anyway, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch and I still 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 24 November 2018 05:53 (A review of Meeting Evil)

To be honest, I had no idea what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Samuel L. Jackson, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, it wasn't really good, I'm afraid. The first issue I had was with Luke Wilson. Indeed, even if he did look the part, he gave a rather weak performance and he was never convincing. Another thing that bothered me was that the whole thing looked so fake, especially Luke Wilson's house. For a very long time, I was wondering if the general fakeness was by design, if it was some kind of Twilight Zone deal, but it was apparently giving this movie way too much credit. Indeed, the 3rd act finally gave some kind of resolution but it was a really weak conclusion to an already rather underwhelming movie. Eventually, the only thing that worked was Samuel L. Jackson. Indeed, it is not very often that he gets the opportunity to play a lead character and, in contrary to Wilson's really limp performance, he was pretty badass and really convincing. Anyway, to conclude, I think I was actually rather generous with my rating here, the damned thing was pretty much a waste of time and I don't think it is really worth a look.


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A good movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 6 days ago on 23 November 2018 10:41 (A review of Pawn Sacrifice)

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this flick but since the story was intriguing, I was really eager to check it out. Indeed, even though I'm a rather lousy chess player, I think it is a fascinating game so it was really neat to see a movie dealing with Bobby Fisher, probably one of the best chess players that ever lived and easily the most famous one. Well, Fisher turned out to quite a spellbinding character and, with this material, you could definitely make a great movie but, unfortunately, it turned out to be only decent but not much more than that, I'm afraid. I won't blame Tobey Maguire who gave here a really solid performance but, in my opinion, the biggest issue was with the directing. I mean, Edward Zwick is not really a bad director, in fact, he usually choses some interesting projects, but he is not what you would call a fascinating 'author' and it was unfortunately pretty obvious here. Indeed, Bobby Fisher was pretty much an icon back in those days, his game with Boris Spassky was a huge event followed by millions of people, and yet Zwick delivered such a safe uninspiring by-the-numbers biopic which was watchable but not really satisfying. You can only imagine what a director like David Fincher (who was actually attached to this project for several years) could have done with this fascinating material. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still an entertaining story though and I think it is worth a look, especially if you are interested by this subject. 


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An averag movie

Posted : 2 weeks, 6 days ago on 23 November 2018 10:04 (A review of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter)

I wasn’t expecting much from this flick but since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, to be honest, I have to admit that I was actually slightly better than the tedious previous installement. Indeed, it was actually pretty neat that Alice was going back to Racoon City and especially to the Hive, 16 years after the first instalment. Still, it doesn’t mean that it was a good movie, far from it I’m afraid. I mean, sure, after all these years, Milla Jovovich still looks really lovely and she still can kick some major ass but I wish I would see her doing something else after all these years. In fact, I was actually disappointed by the action scenes. It’s not that they were really bad, I was more bothered by the fact that they were rather poorly edited with some really annoying quick cuts. Seriously, as a result, some of the scenes were borderline unwatchable. Another thing that disappointed me was the supporting characters. For example, it was nice that Ruby Rose was added to the mix but her character was barely developed and the other characters were even less interesting. Anyway, to conclude, even if this movie was not as bad as I expected, it was still pretty weak and I don’t think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 3 weeks, 4 days ago on 18 November 2018 12:04 (A review of Mother's Day (2016))

To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from this flick but since there was a decent cast involved and since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, it is rather sad that Garry Marshall would end up a rather solid career with such a tedious trilogy around some holiday themed romantic-comedies and this movie was basically the weakest of the bunch. Indeed, right from the very first scene, you had a voice-over telling you how hard and exhausting it is to be a mother which must be one of the most annoying gimmicks in Hollywood comedies. On top of that, it is not even accurate. Seriously, if you would go back 60 or 70 years ago, mothers used to have 5 or 6 kids or even more but if you would believe these movies, to have 1 or 2 is apparently already a terrible and impossible ordeal. Anyway, as usual, the whole thing was just a bunch of terribly generic and predictable little stories and it was just rather boring from the beginning until the end. I mean, if they would take one of these stories and only focused on it, it might have worked better but even so, I'm not so sure. For example, Margo Martindale and Robert Pine basically played some hardcore Donald Trump fans and there was something interesting about how their daughters (one gay, the other married with some guy with an Indian background) were trying to reconnect with them in spite of their bigotry. But, of course, like everything else, this conflict was solved within 5 minutes so it was still terribly underwhelming. Anyway, to conclude, even though the damned thing was harmless, it was still a waste of time and I don't think it is really worth a look. 


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An average movie

Posted : 3 weeks, 5 days ago on 17 November 2018 07:32 (A review of Stay Hungry)

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. Well, to be honest, it didn't really work, I'm afraid, and the main reason why was because the whole thing was just so random. I mean, the plot was basically about a rich orphan who gets involved with some hoodlums pushing him to buy a gym so they can tear it down to build something else. However, after maybe 5 minutes, the main character, who seemed completely aimless, apparently completely forgot what he was actually supposed to do and actually became friends with the people working at this gym. Somehow, I have to admit that the whole thing was actually so absurd that it could have been actually awesome. For example, I was actually really impressed by Arnold Schwarzenegger who was playing such a complex and actually fairly deep character. He actually delivered here one of his best performances and you can only wonder what would have happened with his career if he had focused more on dramas instead than on all these action flicks. So, the characters were actually interesting but I get the feeling that Bob Rafelson had no idea what to do with them and the whole thing felt terribly half-baked after all. Anyway, to conclude, it turned out to be one of the most random films I have ever seen, it just didn't work and I don't think it is really worth a look.


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A good movie

Posted : 3 weeks, 5 days ago on 17 November 2018 08:42 (A review of The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018))

Since I have always been a huge fan of the Coen brothers, of course, I was really eager to check this flick. Well, even if it won't go down as one of their best movies, I thought it was fairly enjoyable and, at least, it was a slight improvement on 'Hail, Caesar!' which was, in my opinion, one of their weakest movies so far. First of all, even though some hard-core movie fans might prefer the good old celluloid, the digital photography displayed in this movie was beautiful and, in my opinion, it was the most gorgeous movie delivered by the Coen brothers so far. Concerning the little stories they gave us, to be honest, even though they were not bad, none of them really impressed me. The first one dealing with Buster Scruggs himself was by far the best one but all the others were going from just decent to actually almost weak. Eventually, the whole thing gave the feeling that the brothers couldn't come up with one really good story so they compiled a bunch of rather half-baked tales together. The best example would be the segment 'Meal Ticket'. I mean, it wasn't really bad but the outcome was rather predictable and it didn't seem to be a really smart choice to have half of the running time with Harrison repeating again and again his text. Eventually, it's a good example showing that most of these tales were never really about the plot but about mixing the Western genre with the typical Coen mood and quirkyness. 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 the Coen brothers's work.


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