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An average movie

Posted : 11 months, 3 weeks ago on 8 October 2022 07:37 (A review of Uncharted)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. To be honest, I have to admit that I actually never played the video-game but, at least, this movie actually made me want to give it a try at some point. Anyway, even though my rating might make you think otherwise, I actually really struggled to care about the damned thing. I mean, I do love adventure flicks, I’m a huge fan of Indiana Jones, and I always had a weak spot for heist movies so to combine both should have been awesome but, to be honest, the end-result was only mildly entertaining after all. Eventually, I think the biggest issue was with the story. Indeed, instead of telling an actual story, it felt like they were checking some boxes (Nate’s brother is leaving, Nate is meeting Sully, Nate has a face to face with Moncada,…). Most of it didn’t feel really organic or convincing or actually really entertaining. At least, I did like the fact that everyone was constantly backstabbing each other and, with a darker and more cynical approach, it could have been interesting. Concerning Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, on paper, it did sound like a really cool duo but, in my opinion, they didn’t have much chemistry after all. Concerning the action scenes, I have to admit that the opening scene was neat but it was also another problem, they gave the most spectacular scene right at the beginning and I can’t remember a single other memorable scene that occurred afterwards. Furthermore, they use so much CGI in action scenes nowadays, as a result, everything looks fake and underwhelming. Anyway, to conclude, I’m pretty sure I was too generous with my rating here but I guess this movie was still rather harmless, you should definitely lower your expectations before watching the damned thing though.


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An average movie

Posted : 11 months, 3 weeks ago on 7 October 2022 10:31 (A review of Oculus)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was directed by Mike Flanagan, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, even though it was a decent feature, you could see that, almost 10 years ago, Flanagan still had a long way to go before becoming one of the most interesting horror directors at work nowadays. The first thing that bothered was this major plot-hole about the fact that it seemed impossible that Kaylie would manage to get her hands on this mirror exactly when her brother Tim would get out of his psychiatric hospital. The other thing that bothered me, it’s not specific to this movie and it actually bugs me with many similar horror flicks, was that they developed some interesting ideas about the mental struggle faced by the main characters but, at some point, still decided to throw it all by the window for some paranormal stuff instead. Indeed, for once, you had a movie showing how messed up it was for this kid, but also his sister, to face such dramatic events at such a young age. Seriously, it took him 10 years to handle what happened and the message of this movie was basically that, not only it didn’t matter but what he learned in therapy was dealt with as if it was some major horsesh*t. I have to admit that I did like the approach chosen by Flanagan to mix up the timelines though, showing in the process what happened to Kaylie and Tim when they were kids and when they were older. In fact, it’s an approach he would further develop with ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ but it worked much better with this mini-series because he had more than 9 hours of running time at his disposal. Concerning Karen Gillan, sure, I have to admit that she was lovely as usual but I thought she was rather weak here and, in fact, except in comedies, I don’t think she is actually great in general (to be honest, Brenton Thwaites was probably even more underwhelming though). Anyway, to conclude, even though it was definitely a minor effort from Mike Flanagan, I have to admit that he did make the most of it though and it is worth a look, at least, if you really like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 11 months, 3 weeks ago on 6 October 2022 10:28 (A review of Outskirts)

To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this movie but since it was included in the ‘They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They?’ list, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, I have seen a few Soviet movies during the last months and they were usually all rather hard to digest. Indeed, with such Soviet propaganda features, the characters are not developed whatsoever, instead, they focus more on such concepts like, for example, the proletariat was/is a specific entity. However, this movie turned out to be even more difficult to decipher though. Seriously, even though I saw it just yesterday, I’m still not sure what it was all about. The best I can come up with was that they wanted to display the last years of the Russian empire and how WWI was basically the last drop launching the first revolts and basically the whole Russian revolution. As a result, you get a fairly negative view on WWI which was basically a useless war during which  the Russian soldiers were fighting some poor German soldiers who had more in common with them than with the Tsar and aristocrats who sent them to this bloodbath. There were also some interesting artistic choices. Indeed, even though there was some sound, it was never, let’s say, complete. For example, if someone would talk, that’s the only thing you would hear. Or when there would be some crowd scenes, you would hear only the clopping of the horses’ hooves. There were also some really unexpected funny moments when some characters would pull out their tongues or would wink at the camera. Anyway, to conclude, even though I didn’t feel much connection with the damned thing, it was still an interesting watch and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 11 months, 3 weeks ago on 5 October 2022 11:01 (A review of Light of My Life)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was starring Casey Affleck, I thought I might as well check it out. More than 10 years ago, Affleck’s directorial debut was the experimental and rather weird ‘I’m still Here’ starring his brother-in-law / best friend Joaquin Phoenix (I think they did loose contact since his divorce with Summer Phoenix though). Well, for his 2nd directorial effort, he delivered here a decent post-apocalyptic thriller but, to be honest, not much more than that. Sure, the mood was not bad and Affleck did deliver another solid performance but, eventually, he didn’t do anything really new or interesting with the genre. There was also the issue that this project did feel like a ego-trip. Indeed, not only Affleck played the lead but he also produced, wrote and directed the damned thing. To make things worse, it didn’t help that his character was basically competing for the award of ‘Father of the Year’. Seriously, not only he had some mighty survival success but he was leading some philosophical debates with his 10 year old daughter and he was also able to tell some really cool bedtime stories. The funny thing is that some viewers were bothered that this movie did start with a 12 minute uncut opening scene about some bedtime story actually cooked up by Affleck himself but I thought it was a nice way to introduce this father and his daughter. All in all, the whole thing felt slightly pretentious but, even so, I always had a weak spot for such minimalist post-apocalyptic features (seriously, I think half of the movie was with this man and this kid roaming around in some woods) and Affleck is always a charismatic actor. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch and it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A classic

Posted : 11 months, 3 weeks ago on 4 October 2022 09:29 (A review of Stagecoach)

I’m usually not a huge fan of such vintage Westerns but since this one has a really solid reputation, I was quite eager to check it out. This movie is mostly famous for finally launching John Wayne’s career. In fact, Wayne had been around for quite a while already (he was already in his 30’s) but it was only after this movie that he became a massive movie star. It was also the real start of his partnership with John Ford, even if he did play in some minor parts in other movies directed by Ford before. This movie was also apparently a major inspiration for Orson Welles before he made ‘Citizen Kane’. Well, even though this movie is usually considered as a perfect example of textbook filmmaking, to be honest, I actually really struggled with the beginning scenes. Indeed, at a quick tempo, all the 9 characters were introduced and, to be honest, I had a hard time to figure out who was who and what the hell they were doing on this damned coach. Maybe it had to do with the fact that the version I saw on YouTube had some poor subtitles and maybe I should check it out again at some point. Anyway, from all the characters involved, even though I have to admit that John Wayne was indeed quite charismatic, I enjoyed above all Doc Boone played by a pitch-perfect Thomas Mitchell. Indeed, not only he was the most entertaining of the bunch, he was probably the most complex character as well. The funny thing is that the usual major complaint regarding this movie, the way it handled the Native Americans, didn’t bother me at all. Indeed, they were not the focus at all in this movie and since you didn’t know the motivation behind their actions, I think this depiction was actually fairly neutral and therefore acceptable. Anyway, to conclude, even if it didn’t really blow me away, it was still a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 11 months, 3 weeks ago on 3 October 2022 09:24 (A review of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

I was wondering for how long this movie was in my queue. Well, apparently, I did add it more than 4 years ago so it was really time to watch the damned thing. Well, it was definitely an interesting watch and, at least, this movie was really educational. Indeed, I had seen already a couple of movies dealing with Nelson Mandela but it was actually the first one I saw which covered almost his whole life. So, only therefore, it was definitely worth watching. To be honest, I wish they did go deeper into who was Mandela really as a man though but I have to admit that I did appreciate how they displayed how his relationship evolved and was dissolved with Winnie Mandela. Indeed, in just a couple of scenes, they displayed that their relationship never stood a chance after living so long apart, even if they both shared the same beliefs and fighting spirit. Eventually, what I was mostly missing was that they never managed to explain how Mandela went to jail and, 27 years later, came out as one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century. Basically, the way it was displayed in this movie, it's that it just happened but I think it was a missed opportunity to go deeper in this process because, among all the great things achieved by this great man, it was probably the most fascinating aspect. As a result, you might wonder if spending all these years in prison was not the best thing that happened to him since he became so much wiser in the process. Of course, that’s not what the makers tried to tell us here but they didn’t give us much else to chew on. Anyway, to conclude, even if it was definitely not a masterpiece, it was still a decent watch and it is worth a look, especially if you want to learn more about Nelson Mandela. 



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A classic

Posted : 11 months, 3 weeks ago on 2 October 2022 09:53 (A review of Safety Last! (1923))

Since I really loved ‘The Kid Brother’, I was really eager to see this other classic starring Harold Lloyd. First of all, I was really surprised to discover that this movie was not included in some major movie lists such as ‘1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die’ or ‘They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They?’ (Roger Ebert did include it in his ‘Great Movies’ list though). Indeed, it is rather weird since this movie does include arguably the most iconic scene displayed in a silent comedy which was obviously when Harold Lloyd was dangling from a clock on a top of a building. This scene was and still is the stuff of legends, even if it was debunked years later by a stuntman. Indeed, there were actually some security measures, for example, they used a fake building front filmed in a way to capture the street below. Even so, Lloyd was still probably risking his life anyway and that’s the kind of stuff you don’t see anytime nowadays (even though you could say that Tom Cruise does indulge in some really hazardous stunts with his ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchise). Instead, nowadays, everything is done with some really fake CGI but should performers actually risk their life to entertain us? The weird thing is that I was never scared when Lloyd was doing his stunt which is a tribute to his mighty skills. Eventually, this scene was obviously amazing and quite unforgettable but, even though it tends to overshadow the rest of the movie, the whole thing was actually quite fun. Sure, the concept was pretty basic but Lloyd definitely made the most of it and most of the jokes were actually quite hilarious to behold. Anyway, to conclude, it was another really solid silent comedy from Harold Lloyd, it is definitely worth a look and it is even pretty much a must-see for any decent movie buff. 


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An average movie

Posted : 11 months, 4 weeks ago on 1 October 2022 07:41 (A review of The Secret Garden)

To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this movie but since it was starring Colin Firth, I thought I might as well check it out. In fact, the title did sound familiar and it’s because it’s from a famous book which has been adapted many times for the silver screen. Well, surprisingly, it was actually the first version I saw of this story but, apparently, I did end up watching the least heralded version released so far, I’m afraid. Sure, it was visually quite appealing and Dixie Egerickx (what a cool name, by the way) did deliver a solid performance, even if she wasn’t given enough to do which was too bad because her character was actually quite complex. Indeed, just during the first 10 mins, she went through so much and, yet, this little girl seemed rather unfazed, even after all what happened to her which seemed rather bewildering. However, I won’t blame Egerickx, she did what she could with what she was provided. Eventually, the biggest issue was with the tone as they tried to deliver a whimsical children tale when the material was actually much darker than that. Indeed, the story was dealing with massive trauma and loss but, instead of really developing these complex issues they constantly tried to smooth the edges and the end-result was therefore really flat. Concerning Colin Firth, eventually, he wasn’t given much to do in this movie after all but it wasn’t a big deal. Eventually, I wonder what Agnieszka Holland managed to do with her version of this story since it was much better received. Anyway, to conclude, even though the damned thing was rather harmless, as far as I was concerned, it was also quite boring and I don’t think it is really worth a look. 


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A classic

Posted : 11 months, 4 weeks ago on 30 September 2022 12:38 (A review of Beauty and the Beast)

To be honest, I wasn’t really dying to watch yet another version of the classic fairy tale but since this movie had a really strong reputation, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, even though I have to admit that it is indeed probably the best version I have seen, well, I still think that the story is/was rather boring though. Concerning the characters, it was pretty much the same. Sure, I have to admit that Jean Marais did manage to do a lot with the Beast but all the characters were, in my opinion, rather tedious. However, there is no denying that it was such a masterstroke to have a surrealist poet like Jean Cocteau to direct this classic fairy tale. Indeed, can you imagine if someone like David Lynch or Luis Buñuel would have been allowed to direct ‘Snow White’ or ‘Cinderella’? Well, it could have been brilliant but that’s actually what happened here. Indeed, instead of the usual sappy children story, here, Cocteau went for a completely  different vibe and the end-result was some kind of surreal gothic horror tale which was obviously really neat. Above all, the damned thing was visually quite amazing with some arms holding candelabras all over the place, some statues following you with their gaze and many other interesting visual stuff. Eventually, since everybody seemed to love the damned thing so much, I feel slightly bad that I didn’t care more about it, even if I really admired it. Maybe I should give it another try at some point, maybe I was too tired when I watched the damned thing. Anyway, to conclude, even though it didn’t completely blow me away, I still agree that it must be the most definite version of this fairy tale and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 12 months ago on 29 September 2022 12:16 (A review of Blonde)

Since there was really some buzz around this movie for quite a while, I was eager to check it out. Well, it wasn’t an easy watch, that’s for sure. Indeed, by  now, we all know that the life of Marilyn Monroe A.K.A. Norma Jeane Baker was probably not so great after all but Andrew Dominik pushed this idea even further and gave us the bleakest vision on her life that you could possibly imagine. Basically, according to this movie, everything in her life was heavily traumatic, her childhood, her career, her stardom, her pregnancies, her romantic relationships,… Seriously, the damned thing was just relentless. The end-result was basically some kind of feverish nightmare but, unfortunately, the movie didn’t have much else to offer and the fact that it did last almost 3 hours probably didn’t help. The funny thing is that, after all this time, you don’t actually learn much about Monroe, except that her life really sucked from the very beginning until the very end. And, yet, even though the approach chosen to tell the story of this legendary pop icon actually backfired, the damned thing was still fascinating somehow. Indeed, as usual with Dominik, the directing was strong as he constantly mixed up the aspect ratios and moved back and forth between black-and-white and color. And, of course, Ana de Armas gave here a really strong performance. Sure, there was a debate because de Armas is actually Cuban but I think she looked just stunning and it went beyond that as she completely disappeared in this character. Anyway, to conclude, even though I understand why this movie didn’t get much love when it was released and I have to admit that it was rather exhausting to watch, I still think it was quite intriguing but if you are a big fan of Marilyn Monroe, I would actually advise to avoid it. 



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