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An average movie

Posted : 3 weeks, 2 days ago on 25 March 2024 02:45 (A review of Wander)

To be honest, 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, I'm afraid it turned out to be one of these movies that crashes and burns right away at the very beginning. Indeed, especially the acting and the dialogues were just so lame and my enthusiasm regarding the involvement of the lovely Katheryn Winnick dropped down pretty much right away as she was actually rather pathetic. So, I pretty much dreaded what would come next but, surprisingly enough, the following scene was actually not bad at all. That's the genius of such a fine actor like Tommy Lee Jones who just needs to show up, does his thing and then he manages to elevate the whole thing even if the material is actually rather worthless. It's too bad they didn't give him anything really interesting to do afterwards. Anyway, if you put aside the really lame intro, the concept (having a major batsh*t crazy conspiracy theorist investigating some possible conspiracy) actually had some potential. However, even if it was an intriguing starting point, which had been tackle by other movies before, how were they going to develop this? Well, even though it wasn’t a complete disaster, the end-result was never really convincing though. However, their biggest mistake was to reveal at the end that the main character was right after all, with some actual proofs on top of that. Indeed, the way they blurred the lines before this reveal was actually interesting and it seemed for a while more probable that the the guy had completely lost his sh*t and killed a bunch of innocent bystanders in the process. Unfortunately, by saying that he was right all along was such a misguided choice and, combined with the opening text, it was actually even slightly weird. Anyway, to conclude, I did give the damned thing some extra points because they came up with a decent concept but I'm afraid the end-result was still rather weak and I don't think it is really worth a look. 


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An average movie

Posted : 3 weeks, 4 days ago on 23 March 2024 12:49 (A review of Beast of Burden)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was starring Daniel Radcliffe, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, I have noticed that this movie had been poorly received and, indeed, I would have to agree, it is definitely the weakest movie I have seen so far starring Radcliffe. As usual, I didn’t know anything about this flick before watching it and, during the first minutes, I was thinking ‘God, I hope it won’t be taking place the whole time in this plane because it looks so unconvincing…’. Unfortunately, it was in fact the whole point of the movie, to follow this man spending a few hours in this plane but it was such a terrible idea which was, on top of that, so poorly executed. Eventually, it seems that the makers had watched ‘Locke’ and thought they could pull the same trick with a plane. Well, this movie clearly displayed that the gimmick used in ‘Locke’ was not as easy as it might seem. First of all, you never had the feeling that Radcliffe was really in this plane flying above the ground. The fact that it was during a cloudy night which means that you didn’t see anything didn’t help either. Another issue is that, either something goes terribly wrong with the concerned plan or, if nothing really happens, which was the case here, a plane fight is actually terribly uneventful and boring. What also never worked in this movie was that it didn’t make sense that the main character would have some phones conversation with various people literally every 2 mins, especially with his wife. On top of that, most of these conversations were not convincing whatsoever. Finally, they didn’t even really commit to their concept as they added some flashbacks and the (really lame) conclusion was also taking place on the ground. Anyway, to conclude, I think I was really generous with my rating here, I guess I gave it a few extra points because I felt sorry for Radcliffe but the damned thing was really pathetic and you should definitely avoid it.



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An average movie

Posted : 3 weeks, 4 days ago on 23 March 2024 08:43 (A review of Blinded by the Light)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it had been fairly well received and since it was starring Hayley Atwell, I thought I might as well check it out. By the way, what the hell happened to Atwell? She used to have such voluptuous curves but it seems that she went through some kind of diet or something which is a pity, even if she is still quite charismatic though. Anyway, she eventually had a small and rather thankless part in this movie which was even more disappointing. Concerning the movie itself, sure, it turned out to be a decent watch but,  to be honest, it wasn’t really much more than that. Basically, like all the other movies delivered by Gurinder Chadha, it was based on something real, the culture clash in the UK which is always interesting, at least, to me. However, she always approaches this subject with some stereotypes and clichés and this movie was not different, I’m afraid. The fact that I know every little about Bruce Springsteen and his work probably didn’t help either. On the other hand, this movie perfectly captured this moment in life when you are around 15-16 years old and you discover some major music artist who will have such an impact on your life that his/her music will become pretty much the soundtrack of your whole life. Another thing that did work was Viveik Kalra who gave here a pretty much pitch-perfect performance. Indeed, you can clearly see the before and after Springsteen and the actor was completely convincing during both phases. Unfortunately, it was the only character which was properly developed. Indeed, all the other characters, except the father who was terribly one-note though, had basically just one or two scenes during which they had to work really hard to give their respective characters some kind of identity. Anyway, to conclude, even if it didn’t really blow me away, it was not bad at all though and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 3 weeks, 5 days ago on 22 March 2024 10:25 (A review of That Night's Wife)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was directed by Ozu and since it was on YouTube, I thought I might as well check it out. Not so long ago, I saw also ‘Tôkyô no kôrasu’ from the same director but, to be honest, it was actually rather disappointing. Fortunately, this movie turned out to be much more satisfying. To be honest, the beginning was rather messy though. Indeed, I don’t really understand why they started to show these police officers in their precinct. Then, they suddenly switched to a rather unclear robbery. Fortunately, after that, the movie finally did settle with a basic structure which was, at least, easier to follow. Indeed, you then had two parts. During the first part, you basically followed the main character running around in the streets trying to escape from the police and I think there was some surrealist quality about this 1st half. Indeed, they gave at the time no intertitles and it was visually pretty neat as well which I didn’t expect from such a vintage Ozu feature. The second part was also quite interesting because it completely flipped your expectations concerning this man but also concerning the guy chasing him. In this case, this humanistic approach was much more some classic Ozu but he was definitely the master in this genre, giving time and time such seemingly simple and yet complex human characters and this movie was no exception. Eventually, I have to admit that the whole thing was nothing really mind-blowing though, the material was indeed a little bit slight and it is no wonder that the running time was around 60 mins. Anyway, to conclude, it was still a decent watch though and I think it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in [Link removed - login to see]’s work.



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An average movie

Posted : 3 weeks, 6 days ago on 21 March 2024 09:32 (A review of Love & Mercy)

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. To be honest, even though I obviously heard about Brian Wilson, his huge talent and his tragic life, I have to admit that I have never been a huge fan of the Beach Boys so it was pretty cool to see a movie focusing on him. However, even though the approach to go back-and-forth between two parts of his life was not bad, I’m afraid it never really worked though. I enjoyed above all Paul Dano’s performance who was a perfect choice but I have to admit that John Cusack was not bad at all though (in fact, I can’t remember the last time I saw Cusack in a decent movie like this one). Unfortunately, their performance didn't really match and it felt as if I was watching 2 interesting but unrelated movies at the same time. I mean, there is no way that Paul Dano’s autistic nerd genius would somehow become 20 years later John Cusack’s attractive and charismatic weirdo. The fact that Cusack ended up in a relationship with Elizabeth Banks made this issue even more obvious. Sure, they actually had a pretty good chemistry but is there any chance that Paul Dano’s character would eventually end up with such a gorgeous woman? It seemed really unlikely. Eventually, I wish that Dano would have played the character during both time periods (he was actually already around 10 years older than the character he played) but the other way around could have worked as well with Cusack. However, it could have been more problematic to have Cusack playing somehow 30 years younger than he actually was while the rest of the cast was actually much closer to the age of their respective characters. Anyway, to conclude, even if this approach didn’t really work for me, it was still a decent watch though and it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in Brian Wilson’s life and legacy.



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An average movie

Posted : 4 weeks ago on 20 March 2024 10:10 (A review of Lavender)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but, since I have a weak spot for Abbie Cornish and since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, to be honest, I was actually surprised by how boring the damned thing turned out to be. Basically, it is a typical slow-burn horror flick and, maybe I’m getting fed up with the genre but, even so, this movie didn’t bring anything interesting or new to the genre, that’s for sure. Seriously, instead of actually showing anything or telling anything, they just kept giving some ominous music which is such a cheap and weak approach. At least, I have to admit that it did look good though and many shots were pretty neat. Furthermore, it was nice that Abbie Cornish was playing the lead for once and she was quite gorgeous here but I’m afraid there was not much she could do with this material. On top of that, she had no chemistry whatsoever with Diego Klattenhoff and their domestic drama at the beginning was rather pathetic. Seriously, what was actually the added value for this story? In fact, I’m pretty sure it would have worked better if they would have displayed this couple as being perfectly happy but, on the other hand, I don’t think it would have really make a difference though. Of course, at the end, there was some twist but, even though it did make more or less sense, it was hardly surprising or entertaining just like the rest of this movie. Anyway, to conclude, even if I have to admit that it was rather harmless, it was also terribly tedious to watch and I don’t think it is worth a look, except maybe if you are a die-hard fan of the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 4 weeks, 1 day ago on 19 March 2024 10:11 (A review of The Woman King)

Since I kept hearing some pretty good things about this film, I was quite eager to check it out. Eventually, even if I’m not a huge fan of ‘Black Panther’, without the success of this Marvel installment, it is doubtful that this movie would have ever been greenlighted. Anyway, I thought the damned thing was incredibly inspiring and also terribly heartbreaking. Indeed, as pointed out in this movie, back then, the African nations seemed to be fairly prosperous but the slave trade completely crippled this whole continent and you might wonder if they will ever recover from it. Basically, the various tribes would wage war, make prisoners, sell these prisoners as slaves, buy more guns (of course, from the slave traders) and start all over again which was obviously a dark and vicious circle. What’s so hard to swallow, at least for me, is the fact that, in the mean time, the European countries and the US became so rich in the process and, basically, our current comfortable lifestyle is the results of this ‘business model’. Unfortunately, even though it was a nice touch that King Ghezo was displayed as a wise monarch who understood this problematic, it did seem to be too good to be true and it was indeed actually made up for this movie. Of course, the other uplifting thing was to see all these amazing black women kicking some major asses. Above all, it was just impressive how Viola Davis, at almost 60 years old, was so convincing playing this fearless leader. Eventually, the only real issue was that they kept adding so many sub-plots and, as result, the whole thing did feel unfocused and rather random but there is no doubt that it was always entertaining to behold. Anyway, to conclude, even if it was maybe not a masterpiece, it was still pretty neat and much more rewarding than most of the blockbusters delivered by Hollywood nowadays and it is definitely worth a look. 



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An average movie

Posted : 1 month ago on 18 March 2024 12:08 (A review of The Kitchen)

To be honest, since this movie had been poorly received, I didn’t expect much from it but, since there was a decent cast involved, I thought I might as well have check it out. Well, indeed, it turned out to pretty weak, I’m afraid. I mean, the story actually did sound interesting but the main issue was that their approach didn’t work at all. Above all, the damned thing was just completely tone-deaf. Sure, you could blame the casting of two famous comic actresses (Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish) but it seems that they never figured out if it should be some light romp or something rather gritty. Basically, every 2 mins, it seemed that either McCarthy or Haddish were going to pop-up some joke but, then, during the next 2 mins, there was someone getting violently killed on screen. I mean, there was even one of these housewives getting hooked up with a notorious psychopath who was back in town and who taught her how to chop off a body and how to get rid off it in the Hudson river. Eventually, neither McCarthy or Haddish was actually really funny here, in fact, they both delivered some rather weak performances but they were not helped by the fact that apparently nobody actually knew what kind of movie it was supposed to be. Concerning Elisabeth Moss, her character was just as half-baked as the two others were, however, it is obvious that she is a much better actress than her 2 colleagues and she was more convincing. It’s too bad because, exactly because McCarthy and Haddish were involved, they could have gone completely against type and deliver something really dark but it seems that nobody dared to make that move. Anyway, to conclude, even though it did have some potential, the end-result was actually rather disappointing and I don’t think it is really worth a look. 



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An average movie

Posted : 1 month ago on 17 March 2024 05:53 (A review of De Dans van Natasja)

Even though Jos Stelling is one of the most highly regarded directors from the Netherlands, I have to admit that I’m not really familiar with his work. Indeed, I have seen only his previous directorial effort, ‘Het Meisje en de Dood’ which did win the Golden Calf for the best Dutch film of the year but, to be honest, I didn’t care much for it. Well, even though the rest of the film club was really enthusiast, I have to admit that I had a hard time to really connect with this (probably) last movie from the Dutch master. I mean, I have to admit that it was visually really neat and definitely from another level than your average Dutch production, that’s for sure. Unfortunately, the movie itself was just too cryptic for my taste and I would have a really hard time to tell what Stelling was trying to tell or to achieve here. Another thing that bothered me was the gimmick of the mute main character. In my opinion, it is a rather cheap trick to make your character deep and mysterious by having him saying nothing but he felt more like an empty shell than an actual human-being. Above all, I don’t think he was really interesting and this Russian woman who he met half way through was actually much more intriguing. The other tricky thing with this movie was that it was so random and it’s as if Stelling created his own logic as he went along and, like the rest of the movie, I guess it is really a matter of taste if you’re going to appreciate this approach. Anyway, to conclude, even if it didn’t really work for me, I gave it a few extra points for being so artistic and challenging and I still think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 1 month ago on 16 March 2024 12:54 (A review of Le convoyeur)

About a week ago, I saw ‘Wrath of Man’ and since this French original version was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, even though I used to be a big fan of Guy Ritchie, to be honest, I really had a hard time to care about his remake and, unsurprisingly, the original version turned out to be more satisfying. Both movies were interesting to watch though because, even though the plot remained very similar, the approach was however drastically different. Indeed, in Ritchie’s version, this job and company looked so slick while, in the original version, all these money transporters looked rather old and chubby, they didn’t get any training whatsoever but this realistic and gritty approach was much more satisfying though. It was the same thing with the main character, Jason Statham played his usual seemingly invincible tough guy and Albert Dupontel played a similar mysterious character but he was actually much more interesting because he also displayed some vulnerability as this guy seemed really lost in some wild goose chase. To be honest, even with the original version, not everything did work though. Indeed, while all the characters were entertaining enough, there were probably too many of them for a movie running barely 90 mins. As a result, there were several half-baked sub-plots and the most bewildering and useless was the one involving Aure Atika playing a woman who was way too gorgeous to end up working as a cleaning lady in some crummy hotel. It was also fun to see Jean Dujardin before he became really famous and he was a perfect choice to play this character. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was actually a solid gritty French thriller and it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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