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An average movie

Posted : 4 weeks, 1 day ago on 14 November 2018 10:02 (A review of Red Sparrow (2018))

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Jennifer Lawrence, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, even if it was a decent watch, I still ended up with some mixed feelings. The first thing that bothered me was the fact that even though it did look and sound like a vintage Cold War thriller, it was actually taking place nowadays and it gave me the feeling that the makers therefore didn't really trust the material enough. Another thing that bothered me was that the accents were just completely random. Indeed, sometimes, the characters were actually speaking very little Russian, God knows why, and the rest of the time they would speak in English with a fake Russian accent but some actors like Jennifer Lawrence or Charlotte Rampling would sometimes revert to their normal accent. Still, they were some strong scenes and it could have been really awesome if the main character would  have been darker, more ambitious and, above all, more ambiguous. In my opinion, it would have been much more compelling if these 2 spies kept manipulating each other and, in the process, kept the viewers constantly in the dark about their true intentions. I mean, this movie did play around with this idea but it wasn't never really convincing enough. Anyway, to conclude, it turned out to be another rather half-baked project from Jennifer Lawrence but I still think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month ago on 12 November 2018 09:51 (A review of Abandon)

To be honest, since this movie has a rather lame reputation, I had some rather low expectations but since there was a really nice cast involved, I still wanted to check it out. Well, to my surprise, the beginning scenes were actually not bad at all. Indeed, Stephen Gaghan had started with a compelling view on college life with some believeable characters and the mood was also pretty neat.  Unfortunately, the whole thing never really took off and for at least one hour, nothing much really happened. Seriously, it has been a while since I have seen a movie going absolutely nowhere like this one. Basically, it was one of these thrillers focusing way too much on the mood instead of providing some substance. Then, at last, during the final act, this mystery was finally expained but it was just so predictable so it felt completely anticlimactic. To make things worse, I thought that Katie Holmes and Benjamin Bratt both some wooden performances. I mean, sure, they were both attractive but neither of them was convincing playing some supposedly broken souls and it was rather lame that they would fall for each other. Anyway, to conclude, even though it turned out to actually slightly better than I expected, it was still rather weak and I don't think it is really worth a look. 


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month ago on 11 November 2018 11:22 (A review of Nancy Drew)

I wasn't sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Emma Roberts, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, first of all, I have to admit that I never read a 'Nancy Drew' book when I was a kid so I was probably not the targeted audience. Still, it was fairly easy to understand what these Nancy Drew tales were supposed to be about and, in my opinion, Emma Roberts turned out to be a great choice to play the main character. Indeed, not only she totally looked the part but I thought she was quite convincing. Unfortunately, she was pretty much the only thing that I really worked in this movie. I mean, the murder mystery was nothing original but it was not bad but the biggest issue was with the time period. Indeed, even though Nancy Drew obviously belonged to the 50's, for some reasons, the makers felt that they chose to move her to a more contemporary time frame but that didn't work at all. I mean, basically, Nancy dressed and acted as if she was still living in the 50's while there was around her some modern cars, computers, cellphones,... It felt just jarring as as if she had been stuck in a time bubble, unaware of what was going on in the rest of the world. As a result, it made her look like an ignorant small town girl when she was supposed to be the exact opposite, actually really smart and clever. Anyway, even tough the damned thing was supposed to be rather harmless, I thought it was really weak and I don't think it is really worth a look. 


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month ago on 10 November 2018 04:53 (A review of BASEketball (1998))

To be honest, 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, I didn't care much for it, that's for sure. First of all, I have to admit that I have never been a huge fan of David Zucker's parodies or of South Park but, at least, the concept had some potential. Indeed, if you are not a huge sports fan and even if you are,  you should be aware of the fact that major professional sports have become some huge circuses with some ridiculous amounts of money involved and that the concepts of 'playing' and 'sportsmanship' don't matter that much anymore. Well, with this movie, they tried to play around with our current unhealthy obsession with sport and it could have worked but, unfortunately, they took the wrong approach. First of all, the two main characters were rather pathetic and boring. Then, even if I have to admit that some of the jokes were quite fun, most of them were just lame. Indeed, some of their 'best' running jokes was to say 'Dude!' all the time and call one of their teammates 'Bitch' constantly, that was pretty much the level of the humor displayed. It's too bad because, if it would have been slightly less moronic, it could have been actually pretty awesome. Anyway, to conclude, I really didn't like it but if you are into this kind of humor, you might give it a try.


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A good movie

Posted : 1 month ago on 9 November 2018 10:24 (A review of Gerald's Game (2017))

I wasn't exactly sure what to expect from this flick but it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, I'm glad didn't know much about it before watching the damned thing and it ended up being one of the best Stephen King adaptations I have seen in years. I mean, sure, the concept was not really original but it was so well done and it turned out to be so much more intense than I expected. Usually, I really have a hard time to care about King's stories when there is too much paranormal stuff involved and I'm so glad he went for a psychological thriller this time around which was just so much more effective. I was wondering how they would fill up the running time but the choice to focus on a childhood trauma was a strong idea and you could easily imagine that anyone in this situation might end up revisiting their darkest memories. Even Death's visits worked also really well. To be honest, even if the whole thing was definitely a terrible ordeal, I'm not so sure that someone would loose their mind after just 5 hours though. Furthermore, I wasn't so crazy about the ending, especially since they basically turned the main character into a strong woman who actually became a better person after going through this nightmare. And, of course, the way this ending tied some loose ends with a specific mysterious character was not really satisfying or even necessary at all. Anyway, all in all, it was still a really strong Stephen King adaptation 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 8 November 2018 10:04 (A review of Snow Angels)

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this flick but since there was a decent cast involved and since it was directed by David Gordon Green, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, to be honest, I was actually rather surprised by how little I cared about the damned thing after all. I mean, the directing was solid and the actors involved were pretty good and I was above all impressed by Kate Beckinsale who delivered here easily her best performance so far and, yet, the whole thing never grabbed me. The issue, I guess, was mostly with its story. Basically, I was dealing with a bunch of average characters living in an average town and, except for two really tragic events, nothing really noteworthy happened though the whole duration so I had a rather hard time to care about what these characters were going through. I mean, sure,  Michael Angarano and Olivia Thirlby made a cute couple together and I understand the parallel they made with the relationship of Sam Rockwell's and Kate Beckinsale's characters as their own relationship probably started the same way but, once again, it was never really interesting. Anyway, to conclude, I still struggle with David Gordon Green's work but even if this movie was rather disappointing, I still think it is worth a look. 


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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 6 November 2018 10:36 (A review of The Other Side of the Wind)

Since I have always been a big fan of Orson Welles, I was really eager to check his famous last directing effort which was finally released more than 30 years after his death. First of all, even though Netflix has been criticised for putting their money in some really dubious projects just to fill in their catalogue, at least, with their massive budget, they finally managed to release this movie from development hell. Well, I wish I could say that it was really worth waiting all these years but, to be honest, I really struggled to get into this flick. I mean, it was a decent watch but, at that point, Welles was really into this experimental directing style which was really an acquired taste. In this case, it felt sometimes like watching a Fellini picture, especially '8 1/2', with this famous director struggling to finish his last movie. Of course, there was also a nice connection with Welles who himself spent years working on this movie without actually ever finishing it. Still, the whole thing was rather long, sluggish and fairly repetitive and I can't say I cared much for any of the characters involved. Anyway, to conclude, even if it didn't turn out to be a masterpiece, it was still an interesting movie and it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in Orson Welles's work. 


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 4 November 2018 10:00 (A review of xXx: Return of Xander Cage)

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, I have to admit that I really enjoyed the first action scene and, for a while, I thought the damned thing might turn out to be a nice surprise after all. On top of that, Xander Cage is so much more fun and entertaining than Dominique Toretto's who is such a bore. Unfortunately, after this cool come-back scene with the main character, I was amazed by how long it took them to bring up another neat action scene like that. Basically, most of the movie was filled with some seriously boring scenes when the characters had the most tedious conversations. Another issue was also the number of characters involved. Indeed, while 'xXx' was basically a one-man show, this time around, there was about a dozen of characters involved which made the whole thing looked like a mix of 'The Fast and The Furious' with 'The Expendables'. As a result, instead of getting some badass action scenes, they gave us some endless interactions between all these characters which was just not really entertaining at all. Anyway, to conclude, even though it could have been a fun brainless action flick, it was just rather boring 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 4 November 2018 11:55 (A review of Pitch Perfect 2 (2015))

To be honest, I didn't expect much from this sequel but, somehow, I still ended up watching this movie. Well, I didn't care much for the damned thing, even if I did enjoy it slightly more than its predecessor but I think it mostly had to do with the fact that I had such low expectations this time around. Anyway, once again, they came up with such a derivative and predictable story and, once again, I was amazed about how fake the A-cappella singing did sound. At least, the singing battle was neat and their final performance was decent enough but but I was rather bored through the whole thing. It's too bad because those girls seem to be fun and entertaining but this movie or even whole franchise only managed to give each of them only 30 seconds at the time only to deliver a supposedly funny oneliner so none of them get enough attention. Take for example Becca, she gets maybe 3 scenes showing her new work as an intern, one showing her first day at work, a second one showing her demo being rejected and a third one during which she gets the respect of her new boss. Seriously, it was so poorly developed, they should have just dropped the whole idea. The biggest victim was probably Flo who could only make some awful jokes about being an illegal immigrant. Anyway, to conclude, once again, I think I was quite generous with my rating, I seriously don't understand why this franchise is/was so popular but I guess this movie might be worth a look if you like the genre. 


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 3 November 2018 10:04 (A review of Don't Breathe (2016))

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this flick but since it has a decent reputation and since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, it turned out to be a decent minimalist cat-and-mouse horror flick but, to be honest, I didn't really blow me away. I mean, the directing was really solid and Stephen Lang did deliver a pretty good performance but there were just too many elements that didn't really work for me. First of all, it was pretty much one of the most stupid burglaries I have seen but you could argue that the characters involved were no mastermind. Even more problematic was the whole deal with the abducted girl. Indeed, before she showed up, I wasn't sure if I was supposed to be really rooting for these thiefs since, after all, they were robbing an old blind man. Howevet, with this twist, the makers made clear who was actually the bad  guy which was rather disappointing. On top of that, it didn't make much sense. I mean, how would a blind man be able to kidnap a grown woman and bring her home against her will? It's like the ending, even though the only survivor was supposed to be scared shitless because the guy was still alive and free, how on earth would he be able to track her down and find her? Anyway, in spite of its flaws, I have to admit that it was still fairly entertaining and it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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