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An average movie

Posted : 1 month ago on 16 July 2019 08:23 (A review of Extract (2009))

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since there was a decent cast involved, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, even though the damned thing really had some potential, to be honest, it didn’t really work though. It’s too bad because, once again after ‘Office Space’, Mike Judge delivered another believable work space environment and pretty much all the characters were realistic and entertaining. Above all, I was just seriously impressed by Ben Affleck. Indeed, even though Jason Bateman was fine, he basically played his usual character whereas Affleck really went really out of his comfort zone and completely nailed it. Seriously, I think the guy easily gave here one of his best performances. Eventually, the scenes involving Bateman and Affleck were by far the best in this movie but most of the other characters worked fine as well, except for Mila Kunis’s character though. Indeed, in my opinion, the only real issue with this movie was concerning this girl. I mean, I don’t blame Kunis, she was lovely as usual and she did what she could but her con artist didn’t belong in this tale at all and this character completely derailed the whole thing. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent comedy and it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 1 month ago on 14 July 2019 08:11 (A review of Vice)

To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Bruce Willis, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, even though this movie seems to have a rather lame reputation, at least, it had a rather decent concept, which is more than what you usual get with such dreadful direct-to-DVD  feature starring Bruce Willis. Still, it doesn't mean that it was actually good though. Indeed, beside a concept which was pretty much a mix of 'Blade Runner' with 'The Purge', this movie had really nothing else to offer, at least, nothing good. First of all, the tech looked cheap and unconvincing but that was hardly the biggest issue with this flick. Indeed, there wasn't really a main character but about 3 or 4 really half-baked characters and, to make things worse, all the actors involved gave some rather weak performances. Finally, even though the concept did have some potential, it wasn't properly developed at all. Indeed, as displayed most brilliantly in 'Blade Runner', the most interesting thing about such a movie dealing with such advanced AI is the reflection on what makes us human and the mental struggle going through such a conscious artificial being. Well, obviously, this movie didn't care about this at all and, instead, they gave us some really generic and boring action scenes. Anyway, to conclude, I think I was actually rather generous with my rating, the damned thing was actually rather weak 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 12 July 2019 10:12 (A review of A Dog's Purpose (2017))

To be honest, I didn’t expect much from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Lasse Hallström’s work, I thought I might as well check it out, especially since it was available on Netflix. First of all, seriously, when was the last time the Swedish director I delivered something really interesting? Anyway, even though this movie was apparently rather successful at the box-office, I didn’t really care about the damned thing, I’m afraid. Basically, it was a rather peculiar concept dealing with a dog going through 4 reincarnations which was already weird enough but, to make things even more convoluted, the dog actually remembered everything that happened in his previous lives. Eventually, it all depends if you will like this idea or not but, at least, it wasn’t dealing with some talking dogs which was a relief. In fact, if they would have focused only 2 dogs (Bailey and Buddy), it would have worked so much better because all the other lives/reincarnations were rather half-baked and uninteresting. To be honest, even this story was actually too bland but, a least, Ethan, especially as a boy and a teenager, had a really genuine touching bond with his dog and that’s when the movie displayed some potential. Anyway, to conclude, maybe if you are really into this kind of movies, you might end up enjoying it more than I did but, as far as I was concerned, the damned thing was not really worth a look. 



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A very good movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 11 July 2019 08:56 (A review of Shoplifters)

Since I kept hearing some really good things about this flick (it even won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival), I was really eager to check it out. Well, I wasn’t disappointed and the damned thing really deserves its stellar reputation. Apparently, Hirokazu Koreeda has the reputation of being the greatest humanist director at work nowadays and, after watching this movie, it is pretty easy to understand why. Basically, this time around, Koreeda focused on a group of people who has all been rejected and pretty much forgotten by the common society and who are now living in a marginal lifestyle with its own rules and moral code. Koreeda’s masterstroke was that he never judges or praises the characters and, for the first 90 minutes, you see how they cope living completely in the margin of our society. So, it was already quite interesting with some complex 3 dimensional character but, during the last act, they managed to push the whole concept even further. Basically, after a tragic even which was doomed to happen at some point, they completely get sucked back into our world and it all became seriously heart-breaking and even more powerful than it already was. I have to admit that I wish I learned a little bit more about Aki as she was the only character who didn’t really get a real closure in my opinion but it wasn't a big deal. Eventually, following ‘Like Father, Like Son’, this movie was even stronger argument from Koreeda that the strongest bond between the members in a family is not blood but love. Anyway, to conclude, it was a really strong drama 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 10 July 2019 08:36 (A review of M. Butterfly)

To be honest, I really had no idea what to expect from this flick but since it was directed by David Cronenberg, I still wanted to check it out. Well, at first, it seemed to be a rather odd project for Cronenberg, especially at this point of his career, but, apparently, he was a huge fan of the play and he was really eager to direct this movie. However, the whole thing eventually turned out to be after all about one of the most messed up romantic relationships I have ever seen and, then, it made sense that Cronenberg would be so attracted to it. However, in contrary to ‘The Crying Game’ which delivered one of the most shocking twists ever and in spite of a solid performance by John Lone, it was pretty obvious from the start that Song Liling was actually a man. As a result, it was rather difficult to get was the deal was with the main character. I mean, I don’t blame Jeremy Irons, he was a perfect choice to play this character and he was as usual pretty good but was this guy a complete idiot? Or was he actually aware of Song Liling's true nature and was he wrapped up into some kind of really weird sexual fantasy? Unfortunately, the makers never did confront this issue at any moment through the whole duration, even towards the end, when René Gallimard was asked point-blank what was going on during a trial. On top of that, as if this story was not complicated enough, Song Liling turned out to be a spy which was rather odd because, when she first got acquainted with Gallimard, the guy was only an accountant and therefore hardly an interesting target for a spy. Of course, he got a promotion but to give such a promotion to an accountant didn’t make much sense, without mentioning the fact that Gallimard was apparently vastly incompetent at his new position. Anyway, to conclude, even though the whole thing was seriously half-baked, there was still something quite fascinating about this weird romance and I think it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in David Cronenberg’s work. 



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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 9 July 2019 08:32 (A review of Throw Momma from the Train (1987))

Since I always had a weak spot for Danny De Vito, I was quite eager to check this flick. Well, even thought the damned thing was definitely fun, to be honest, it didn’t completely worked and I think it was mostly due to the fact that it was De Vito’s directing debut. Indeed, the whole thing felt rather unfocused and it took such a long time to finally take off. I mean, the concept definitely had some potential but the way to get there was just too convoluted and not really convincing and therefore the end-result not always really entertaining or, at least, not as entertaining as it could have been. However, I really enjoyed the tone though. Indeed, even if we have nowadays a lot of successful raunchy comedies, we don’t have so many dark comedies like this one and I have a huge weak spot for the genre. Furthermore, Danny De Vito and Billy Crystal both delivered some solid performances and there were some really hilarious scenes. Eventually, it was a promising a directing debut, a nice warm-up for De Vito, and his directing follow-up would be the much more focused and even more entertaining ‘The War of the Roses’, a movie I somehow watched about 30 years ago in the movie theatre when I was about 9 years old. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent comedy and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like Danny De Vito’s work. 



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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 7 July 2019 09:03 (A review of The Commune)

Since I'm a big fan of Thomas Vinterberg's work, of course, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, even though the damned thing really had some potential, especially since Vinterberg himself grew up in such a commune in Denmark, it still didn't really work, I'm afraid. Basically, instead of actually focusing on the commune itself and most of its residents, they focused only on a couple which was a mistake in my opinion. As a result, it became a rather typical tale of a couple struggling with adultery and, in fact, they could have completely removed the commune since the story would have been pretty much the same in an ordinary setting. To make things worse, Ulrich Thomsen, who's a fine actor, was stuck playing such a selfish douchebag but, at least, the guy was honest. Anyway, at some point, they still decided to live all together which was interesting and it seemed that it might all work out after all. However, his ex had then a massive breakdown which was understandable but also slightly annoying. Indeed, she was the one who had started the whole thing and who actually literally said that to live only with her husband was not enough for her. But then, was the commune the whole reason why he started an affair with a very young hot student? Eventually, this ordinary love triangle completely eclipsed the life in the commune which was reduced to a bunch of meetings during which people apparently drank a lot of beer. It's such a pity because they all seemed so interesting and charismatic and all the actors involved gave some solid performances. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch and I think it is still worth a look, especially if you are interested in Thomas Vinterberg's work but there is no doubt that it could and/or should have been much better.


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A bad movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 6 July 2019 12:56 (A review of Enemies Closer)

To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Peter Hyams, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, unfortunately, it turned out to be so much weaker than I expected and it was probably the weakest movie I have seen so far from this director (unsurprisingly, he hasn't directed anything else since then). I mean, of course, with such a direct-to-DVD release starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, I knew pretty much right from the start that it would be some B action flick. In fact, Van Damme was actually not bad, it was actually fun to see him playing some French Canadian gangster and he obviously had some fun with this part. Unfortunately, he was pretty much the only thing that did work though. Indeed, if Tom Everett Scott was fine playing a mild-mannered forest ranger, I was however not convincing at all as a seasoned ex-Navy SEAL soldier. To make things worse, the story was just terribly generic and tedious. On top of that, even if it was a rather short movie, nothing at all happened through some very long stretches of time making the damned thing even more boring than it already was. Anyway, to conclude, I usually try to avoid such lame action flicks starring Van Damme and I will probably keep to do so following this lame attempt. 


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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 5 July 2019 10:11 (A review of Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019))

Of course, like anyone else who has been faithfully following the MCU, I had to watch the final movie of the Phase 3. Well, unfortunately, even if it was still entertaining, it wasn't an improvement on the previous installment, I'm afraid. I mean, Tom Holland remains the best Spider-Man so far, he delivered once again a really solid performance and I really loved the vulnerability they brought to the character who, in spite of its great super powers, is just an average  teenager who wants to simply hang out with his friends during the summer break. I also loved the idea of sending him and his class to a school trip in Europe. However, to be honest, the rest of the movie wasn't really strong though. First of all, sure, some of the avengers died or disappeared but, as we have all seen in 'Endgame', there are maybe 50 other super-heros out there and it didn't make much sense that Nick Fury would ask the help of the youngest and least experienced one for such a seemingly dangerous mission. Then, the whole plot around Mysterio was actually rather lame and it was rather disappointing that a fine actor like Jake Gyllenhaal would end up playing such a generic and rather boring villain. Furthermore, it was pretty obvious right from the start that there was something rather fishy about the guy and even though it was understandable that Peter Parker would fall for his act, it didn't make sense at all that Nick Fury would put so much faith in him. Eventually, Fury's bewildering lack of judgement was actually explained with a post-credit scene (that Marvel keeps using this gimmick to deliver some major plot points has also become such a nuisance) but this explanation was actually pretty lame after all. Anyway, to conclude, once again, Marvel had decided to end the year with something really light which was acceptable since they had just delivered their biggest movie so far so, in spite of its flaws, it was still a fun movie but I hope the next time around they will come up with something more substantial for their most iconic character. 


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A very good movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 5 July 2019 08:28 (A review of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)

To be honest, when I first heard about this flick, I wasn’t really interested. Indeed, it felt like Sony was really trying to milk the famous character. Seriously, after giving us already 3 different iterations in just a decade, to go also for an animated version on top of it felt like some serious overload. However, it turned out to a big critical and commercial success so, obviously, I became quite curious about the damned thing. Well, it turned out to be such a nice surprise and the proof that even though we are close to get a super-hero overdose, there is actually still apparently quite some creativity in this genre. Indeed, even if it might not be the best super-hero flick ever made (it wasn’t far from it though), it still managed to become the best Spider-Man flick so far. I’m not surprised that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were involved (such a pity they got kicked out from ‘Solo’ which turned out to be a flop without them) as the whole thing turned out to be such a fun wild entertaining ride. On top of that, the animation was just really neat and I wish I had seen it in the movie theatre when it was released because it was visually quite spectacular. Furthermore, this movie displayed that, to move forward with Spider-Man, they shouldn’t keep focusing on only Peter Parker because, after getting 3 young white boys playing pretty much playing exactly the same character, it is getting seriously repetitive and rather boring. With finally giving the lead to Miles Morales, they opened so many doors and, hopefully, the mighty Marvel will notice it and try to tackle some even more original concepts in the future. Finally, it was such a breath of fresh air to see a super-hero flick which wasn’t linked to an intricate cinematic universe. Anyway, to conclude, I really loved the damned thing and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.



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