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An average movie

Posted : 1 month ago on 11 July 2022 09:27 (A review of The Return of the Pink Panther)

So far, I haven’t been really impressed by the Pink Panther franchise but there was no way this instalment would be as awful as ‘Inspector Clouseau’ turned out to be so I thought I might as well check it out. Well, more than 10 years after ‘A Shot in the Dark’ was released, Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers were back on board with this franchise and it seems that it did pay off since they kept making other instalments, even after Sellers passed away. Well, to be honest, I actually struggled to care about the damned thing. Indeed, even though Sellers can be pretty funny playing his most iconic character, most of it was just too random for my taste. Half of the movie was also focusing on Sir Charles Litton (this time played by Christopher Plummer replacing David Niven) but even though Plummer was quite charismatic, his sub-plot felt unnecessary and, above all, terribly flat. Catherine Schell’s character was not much better but, at least, she did have a gorgeous smile and I loved the fact that she was constantly laughing at Sellers’s antics which was apparently completely unscripted. Her heist at the beginning was also pretty cool because it seemed fairly realistic but I wish they did use a stunt woman which was unfortunately obviously not the case. While watching this movie, I was also thinking that I might have enjoyed more these movies when I was a kid and I think most fans love this franchise mostly out of nostalgia. In fact, in my opinion, this character didn’t grow old well. Basically, the guy is supposed to be a complete idiot so it explains why he is a massive sexist and bigot (for example, he keeps calling Cato ‘my little yellow friend’) but while it doesn’t really bother me, I can’t say it’s really entertaining either. Anyway, to conclude, I think I was actually fairly generous with my rating here but it is still worth a look though, at least, if you really like the genre. 



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A classic

Posted : 1 month ago on 10 July 2022 07:23 (A review of The Ox-Bow Incident)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this movie but since it was included in the ‘1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die’, I was quite eager to check it out. To be honest, I’m usually not a huge fan of such vintage Westerns but this one actually really grabbed me. In fact, it might seem to be a short and simple Western without much action and lots of dialogues instead. It’s too bad I saw it on YouTube without subtitles and I did struggle to follow the dialogues so I will probably re-watch it at some point. Anyway, it turned out to be some kind of Western version of ‘12 Angry Men’ and even though it probably didn’t go so deep, it was still really effective and often quite fascinating to watch. Back then, it was actually quite a controversial movie, it was even a flop when it was released but I was amazed by how relevant it still is nowadays. Indeed, our digital world is dominated by fake news which did result, in the US, with the storming of the Capitol back in 2021. Sure, we don’t lynch people anymore (at least, I hope so) but, deep inside, we are apparently still the same. At least, in this movie, at the end, they all seemed to deeply regret their actions but I think, in reality, most people always find some excuse or some way to rationalize what they do or did. Concerning Henry Fonda, I should definitely watch more of his old movies because the guy was back then so charismatic and fascinating to behold. Unsurprisingly, it was one of his favorite movies. Anyway, to conclude, even though it might seem to be a rather simple Western, the content is actually quite fascinating and it the damned thing is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month ago on 9 July 2022 08:02 (A review of Dumplin')

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this movie but since it was starring Jennifer Anniston and since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. To be honest, during the first minutes, I thought it would be pretty lame.  Fortunately, I was soon won over by Danielle Macdonald. Indeed, even though she managed to look like a normal average girl (which was already quite refreshing), she was still terribly charismatic which is such a difficult balance to achieve. As a matter of fact, Jennifer Anniston, even though she was the big star in this movie and therefore the main draw, was much less convincing but I have to admit that she wasn’t helped by the fact that her character didn’t have much screen time. Concerning the rest of the movie, the concept actually had some potential but even though the end-result was eventually not bad at all, I think it was just too scattered. Indeed, they never did commit to a specific tone as it was too light for a drama and it was too dark for a comedy. There were also just too many characters orbiting around the main character. In my opinion, it seemed to be a no-brainer to focus on this mother obsessed with pageants and her daughter who definitely did not have a pageant figure but, for some weird reason, you didn’t see the mother for most of the duration and, instead, they gave us a whole bunch of a rather half-baked characters. For example, I have nothing against Odeya Rush but she is pretty much a cheaper version of Mila Kunis and there was really nothing interesting about her character. Eventually, it seemed that the makers had a solid basis but instead of digging deeper in this material, they pretty much chickened out and diluted the whole thing with some random uninteresting elements resulting in something maybe easier to swallow but also much more forgettable. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, I have to admit that it was a decent watch and it is actually worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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A good movie

Posted : 1 month ago on 8 July 2022 05:17 (A review of Thor: Love and Thunder)

Like everyone else, I was really eager to see this new Thor sequel directed by Taika Waititi. Well, to be honest, in my opinion, the damned thing turned out to be rather overhyped, which was in fact already the case with ‘Ragnarok’. I mean, there is no denying that it was still a lot of fun to see Waititi going nuts with so many wild ideas and many of them were just hilarious (I will probably never forget these screaming goats). It was also really neat to see Jane Foster making her great return and, at last, Natalie Portman was giving something interesting to do in this franchise. Indeed, her character was so badass and it was pretty awesome to see her fighting side by side with Thor. I also enjoyed that they focused so much on their romantic relationship. Unfortunately, the wild approach chosen by Waititi also had its downside, I’m afraid. Indeed, as a result, the whole thing was just so random. For example, at the end of ‘Endgame’, you see Thor leaving with the Guardians of the Galaxy so I expected them to have some awesome adventure together but it seemed that they dropped this idea at some point and the Guardians were reduced to some special guests who showed up just during the first 10 mins. However, a bigger issue was that the story was nothing really amazing. I mean, they made a big fuss that Christian Bale was entering the MCU but even though his character, Gorr the God Butcher, had an awesome name and even though they took their time to establish his motivations, this character was just not really interesting after all. Anyway, to conclude, even if it didn’t completely blow me away, it was still a really entertaining MCU instalment and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you enjoyed ‘Ragnarok and Taika Waititi’s work in general. 



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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 5 July 2022 09:05 (A review of Rapture-Palooza)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Anna Kendrick, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, it turned out to be pretty weak, I’m afraid. I mean, I did like the way they displayed that the Rapture itself is a rather weak concept. Indeed, basically, it seemed pretty lame that this cute innocent couple would be doomed, even though they didn’t do anything wrong and simply because they didn’t believe in God. In fact, as a result, not only evil folks would remain, a lot of decent people would stay as well. The idea of making a black comedy around this apocalyptic end of the world was not bad either but, unfortunately, most of the jokes were just terribly lame. Indeed, this movie was filled with some weird concepts such as zombies obsessing with lawn mowing, wraiths addicted to weed smoking, trash-talking crows, random meteorites, but none of these ideas was really funny. One of the (very few) good jokes was about the fact that the mother of the main character was sent back after a single day because she apparently kept complaining. Concerning Anna Kendrick, as usual, she was not bad but it was rather bewildering that her character, in fact, not only her, but pretty much all the characters involved seemed to be so unfazed by this dramatic turn of events. To make things worse, the whole idea of the anti-christ chasing Anna Kendrick’s character for some booty call might have sounded funny on paper but it turned out to be so tedious after all and it was above all so misguided to spend so much time on this. Anyway, to conclude, I don’t mind some really dark offensive anti-religious comedy but this one was barely entertaining and I don’t think it is really worth a look. 


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 3 July 2022 07:39 (A review of L'uomo del labirinto)

To be honest, I had no idea what to expect from this flick but since it was starring Dustin Hoffman and since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, the damned thing turned out to be pretty weak and it was probably the weakest mindf*ck I had seen in a very long time. In fact, it was probably the best example of when this genre stops being entertaining and becomes seriously messy and, above all, really boring to watch. Sure, I was pretty tired when I watched the damned thing but the fact that I dozed off a couple of times was definitely not a good sign. First of all, even if he wasn’t really bad, Hoffman was completely miscast. I mean, I was the only non-Italian actor, it was only during his scenes that the dialogues were in English so, right from the start, it was pretty obvious that there was something fishy about this character which then ruined the twist towards the end. The rest of the movie was about the investigation of some random guy who was neither a cop or a private detective played by the great Toni Servillo who did manage to do more than Hoffman with this material. However, while this investigation was more developed than anything involving Hoffman, it was still nothing really intriguing though. Indeed, they kept giving some uninteresting details about Genko’s private life which didn’t helpt. Above all, the biggest issue was that the plot was constantly fixating on some weird details and was most of the time rather nonsensical. I read somewhere that this movie was probably some kind of modern Giallo (a genre I’m very unfamiliar with) and, in this genre, it is rather common to have a vastly incoherent story as they focus more on the mood. Anyway, to conclude, it was still rather bewildering to see two great actors stuck in such a cheap and tedious thriller and I don’t think the damned thing was really worth a look. 


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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 2 July 2022 07:48 (A review of De Veroordeling)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it did win the Golden Calf for the Best Dutch movie of the year, I was quite eager to check it out. First of all, to be honest, even though I was already living in the Netherlands at the time, I have to admit that I had never heard of the Deventer murder case (it’s only years later, when I really mastered the language, that I started to watch/follow the Dutch news). Eventually, I have to admit that I did struggle a bit to follow all the details (I saw it in Dutch without subtitles) but, anyway, it was still quite a fascinating story and I really appreciated the realistic and sober approach. In fact, it did remind me of ‘Making a Murderer’, in fact, the damned thing actually made me wonder if Steven Avery might have been guilty all along after all. Eventually, the only thing that did bother me was how they manipulated the viewers to feel one way or another about Michael de Jong depending of the needs of the plot. Indeed, during the first half, you didn’t get a single real scene with the guy but instead, some short bits during which he was always presented as a rather dubious ominous figure. Of course, you could argue that it was how he was perceived by the general public but this argument didn’t work since they also gave a few scenes involving de Jong at home and these scenes also always made sure he did look suspicious. But then, during the second half, when the media and especially Maurice de Hond started to become completely obsessed with his possible involvement in this murder case, they suddenly completely flipped how de Jong was displayed in this movie as he suddenly became a soft-spoken mild-mannered man and this switch was just jarring. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of this awkward and manipulative approach, it was still a really solid thriller and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 30 June 2022 09:10 (A review of Can You Keep a Secret?)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Alexandra Daddario, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, to be honest, like most romantic comedies, the concept turned out to be rather weak. On top of that, even though Daddario tried very hard to portray an average girl, I’m afraid it was never really convincing. Once again, it had nothing to do with her performance, in fact, I think she was actually pretty good, it’s just that I’m pretty sure that such a gorgeous girl would be noticed by every single guy each time she would walk into a room. The other thing that bothered me was that many scenes felt very flat. For example, what was this animated intro?!? I guess it was supposed to be charming and/or quirky but, even though it wasn’t ugly, it didn’t have any added value whatsoever. And, yet, somehow, the damned thing was still fairly entertaining. I guess it might had to do with the fact that I have a weak spot for the genre. Furthermore, Alexandra Daddario and Tyler Hoechlin had a solid chemistry together. I wish they did let him open up sooner though. For example, I really liked the fact that the guy was actually terrified of flying which would mean that her weird intimate rambling actually made him relax and forget about his own fear which was a touching notion. Unfortunately, this interesting and actually quite romantic idea came completely towards the end so it was pretty much wasted. Anyway, to conclude, I think I might have been too generous with my rating here but it was a decent watch and I guess it is worth a look but probably only if you really like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 28 June 2022 04:58 (A review of Upgrade)

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. I have to admit that I knew so little about the movie before watching it that I didn’t even know that it was taking place in the future but since I have a weak spot for such SF movies, it was a nice surprise. Eventually, even if it was maybe nothing really original, I have to admit that I turned out to actually fairly entertaining after all. Indeed, by now, I have seen my share of slick futuristic features but it looked decent enough. And it was pretty much the same concerning this cybernetic upgrades, it was nothing really new but it didn’t bother me. Concerning Lorgan Marshall-Green, I have nothing against the guy but he always seemed to be some kind of cheap version of Tom Hardy. The comparison with Hardy gets even weirder when his new best friend in this movie turned out to be some kind of polite high-tech version of Venom. Anyway, in spite of my silly grudge against Marshall-Green, I have to admit that he was actually pretty good here. Indeed, he pretty much carried the whole thing on his shoulders and he was always quite convincing. Concerning the story itself, I wish that the whole attack at the beginning would have been random because the twist at the end was actually fairly predictable. However, I have to admit that it didn’t except such a seriously grim ending, Leigh Wannel definitely displayed some guts to end up this way and it was much appreciated. Anyway, to conclude, it turned out to to a really solid and entertaining B feature and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 26 June 2022 11:19 (A review of Dora and the Lost City of Gold)

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from this flick but since it was involving Benicio Del Toro and since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, even though the concept did seem terribly misguided, I have to admit that it was not bad or, at least, the end-result could have been much worse. Still, you might wonder who was the target audience for this movie though. Indeed, the Dora cartoon was aimed for very small children and the intro displayed how a real life action with this character should have actually looked like. However, you can’t really have some perilous adventure in the jungle with a 6 year old so they decided to show what Dora would look like if she would grow older which wasn’t a bad idea. As a result, she went to high-school which is, apparently, the biggest nightmare for any teenager but it was actually fun to see because, if this famous character would grow older, she would apparently be a seriously unadjusted teenager. However, at this point, the movie had completely drifted away from the original cartoon so they decided to bring her back to the jungle and this back-and-forth in the locations was rather awkward. I mean, at this point, guys, just take a decision and stick with it. Anyway, this final adventure in the jungle was decent enough, even if it was terribly derivative, especially the last bit which was completely lifted from ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’. Finally, Isabella Merced was just so cute and charismatic and she tried really hard to sell this character but, to be honest, I have some doubts that this movie was such a great career choice for her. To conclude, my rating might have been too generous here but I thought it was not bad and this movie could be a decent option if you want to entertain some young children. 


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