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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 27 April 2023 05:42 (A review of Forces spéciales)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since there was a decent cast involved 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 lame the damned thing turned out to be. It's too bad because, even if the story was nothing original, it still had some potential and I really liked the idea of a French movie trying to compete with the usual US action flicks. Unfortunately, well, pretty much nothing really worked here. Eventually, it would be rather difficult to pinpoint what was exactly the biggest issue. Was it the writing? The dialogues? The characters? The acting? The directing? It’s the kind of movie which constantly gives some text (at least, during the first 30 mins) not only to inform you about the various locations but also about the names of the characters. Seriously, I have never seen a movie relying so much on text but it displayed how lazy and weak the damned thing was. I mean, cinema is a visual Art and if you start to tell a good chunk of your story with some captions, then you should know you are in trouble. Concerning the actors involved (Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou, Benoit Magimel, Tchéky Karyo), they are usually pretty good but there was not much they could do with this material, there are not many actors who can still deliver a strong performance in such circumstances and I'm afraid they are not one of them. Even the action scenes were disappointing and most of them felt more like a paintball game than some actual warfare. Eventually, the damned thing was almost a commercial for the French special forces and the end-result was just seriously boring. Anyway, to conclude, it turned out to be so much weaker than I expected and I think you should pretty much avoid it, except maybe if you are a die-hard fan of the genre.


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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 25 April 2023 08:28 (A review of The Suspect)

To be honest, I wonder how I actually ended up watching this movie. Indeed, I constantly add movies to my queue. Right now, I’m focusing on older movies released during or before the 40’s and I think I came across this one more or less by accident on YouTube. Anyway, basically, it turned out to be a decent film noir. The funny thing (depending on your sense of humor, I guess) is that I have just been recently separated from my wife and I certainly could identify with what happened to Philip Marshall. Indeed, getting stuck in a really toxic relationship within which the only option is to avoid any confrontation at all costs was terribly familiar. What’s even more eerie is that I also met a wonderful young woman and we are both seriously in love so the similarities with this story were just really striking. However, I was already separated from my wife when I met her so, fortunately, there was no need to murder anyone. But, that’s the interesting approach with this movie, the fact that even though Philip Marshall was really a murderer, he was also a really nice and decent guy who killed his wife not because he really wanted to get rid off her but because he wanted to protect an innocent young woman. On top of that, it was really neat to see Charles Laughton playing the lead for once and, even though I haven’t seen many movies starring this guy, I’m already pretty much sure he was one of the best actors that ever lived. Concerning the story itself, well, even if it was fairly entertaining, it was not really great though and, eventually, it felt like a rather average Hitchcockian thriller. The fact that Charles Laughton and Ella Raines didn’t have much chemistry probably didn’t help either. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, thanks to Laughton at the top of his game, it was still a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A very good movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 23 April 2023 08:54 (A review of Return to Seoul)

Since I kept hearing some pretty good things about this movie, I was quite eager to check it out. Right away, it reminded me of her girl I used to know back in France who was also born in South-Corea and was adopted as a baby. We always got along very well and I wonder if her journey to self-discovery was similar to what happened in this movie (it was probably not so messy though). On top of that, because I'm half-French and half-Dutch, I could easily identify with the main character, even if her struggle was so much heavier for her than it was for me. As a result, this whole tale of conflicted cultural identities deeply appealed to me and it was handled in such a subtle way. The fact that it was dealing with a complex and flawed character made the whole thing even more fascinating to behold. Park Ji-Min, who was not even an actress before this movie, should also be praised for her performance which was pretty much pitch-perfect. Eventually, the only aspect that slightly dragged down the whole thing was possibly the fact that the structure was quite chaotic. Indeed, the main character kept making some drastic decisions and it was sometimes a little bit difficult to keep track of what was actually going on in her life. On the other hand, this approach actually made sense as it actually displayed how confused she was most of the time. Eventually, you might wonder if she eventually managed to find some peace of mind at some point but there is a fair chance that she will always have to deal with her inner struggle some way or another. Anyway, to conclude, it turned out to be quite fascinating 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 21 April 2023 10:12 (A review of The Bells of St. Mary's)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it seemed to have a decent reputation, I thought I might as well check it out. I have to admit that I didn’t know it before watching this movie but it was actually a  sequel to ‘Going My Way’ which I haven’t seen. Apparently, this sequel was a big box-office success when it was released. Anyway, I really had a hard time to care about the damned thing, to be honest. Of course, the fact that I’m not a religious man probably didn’t help but I actually find religious movies in fact often quite interesting, at least, when they turn out to be slightly challenging but it was definitely not the case here. I won’t blame Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman though. Indeed, Bergman was so lovely and delivered here another solid performance. Concerning Bing Crosby, it was actually the first movie I have ever seen with this guy, I have to admit that he was quite charismatic and I’m not surprised that he was quite popular back then. So, the lead actors were fine but, well, pretty much everything else felt rather flat, I’m afraid. Sure, it was all rather cute and harmless but it was also really episodic without an actual plot. The tone also kept bothering me. Indeed, it is usually considered as a comedy but I’m not sure if this genre really fit this movie. On the other hand, nothing seriously dramatic really happened through the whole duration. Eventually, it was basically a really bland feel-good movie but not much more than that, I’m afraid. Anyway, to conclude, even if it didn’t really work for me, I have to admit that it was still a decent watch and I think it is worth a look, at least, if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 20 April 2023 10:54 (A review of The Current War)

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, even though it was definitely dealing with a super interesting story, the movie itself was not really great, I’m afraid. First of all, I thought this movie would be about the conflict between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla and, in fact, I have to admit that I had never heard of George Westinghouse before. It’s weird because I saw ‘Tesla’ starring Ethan Hawke less than 2 years ago and I couldn’t remember that he did work for both men. Anyway, in spite of his legendary status, Tesla was never really successful after all but that’s not what this movie was about. However, even though you might expect the whole thing to be a duel between these 2 great men, you still had Tesla who kept popping up with his own narrative and, as a result, this movie always felt rather unbalanced. Another thing that bothered me was the way they tried to conjure some kind of excitement through some slightly annoying score. I mean, the story itself should have been fascinating enough without resorting to such artifice. Another mistake they made was to try to focus as well on the wives of Edison and Westinghouse which was not necessarily a bad idea. Unfortunately, both women had simply not enough impact on the career of their respective husbands so it all felt like a rather useless distraction. At least, the cast was really neat (Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfadyen, Katherine Waterston), except maybe Tom Holland who was rather unconvincing and probably miscast here. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 18 April 2023 09:36 (A review of Rhythmus 21)

A couple of days ago, I saw ‘Rhythmus 23’ but I didn’t know it was actually a follow-up to this movie so I thought I might as well check it out as well. I have to admit that I had never heard of Hans Richter before but, apparently, he was a major German artist who was one of the first who dabbed into abstract film making. Even though this movie might not seem to be much (you have to keep in mind that it was made already more than 100 years ago), it is actually considered as one of the very first abstract film and had therefore a huge impact. With ‘Rhythmus 23’, the guy who uploaded the video on YouTube did also add his own music but, while it was a decent effort, to be honest, it wasn’t really a great combination. In this case, I watched it without sound as it was intended and, even though I usually don’t care much about movies which are completely silent, it actually worked fine here. Eventually, even though the whole thing looked rather rudimentary, it was still pretty neat and I wonder how it was done. Anyway, to conclude, I thought it was an intriguing watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in experimental movies.



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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 17 April 2023 09:01 (A review of Rhythmus 23)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick and, to be honest, I actually wonder how I actually ended up watching the damned thing. On top of that, I have to admit that I had never heard of Hans Richter before but, apparently, he was a major German artist who was one of the first who dabbed into abstract film making. Apparently, this movie was a follow-up to ‘Rhythmus 21’ which is considered as one of the very first abstract film and had therefore a huge impact. For some reason, I saw this one first but I will probably check ‘Rhythmus 21’ also at some point. Anyway, how was the movie itself? Well, even though it looked rather rudimentary (you have to keep in mind that it was made already 100 years ago though), it was still pretty neat and I wonder how it was done. The guy who uploaded the video on YouTube did also add his own music apparently but, while it was a decent effort, to be honest, it wasn’t really great though. Anyway, to conclude, I thought it was an intriguing watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in more experimental movies. 



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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 16 April 2023 02:23 (A review of The Clapper)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was starring Amanda Seyfried and since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. To be honest, I really had no idea what this movie was about and, for some reason, I thought it might be about some kind of STD. Well, it turned out be something completely different after all. Indeed, instead, it was dealing with one of these guys who actually get paid to clap and to cheer during your average TV show and, right from the start, I thought it was such a misguided idea. At least, I do think that the romance between Eddie Krumble and Judy was actually really sweet and, thanks for them, I don't think it was a total disaster but everything else was rather lame, I'm afraid. I mean, it was not a bad idea to show how such shows actually can make fun of pretty much anyone just to entertain their audience and how cruel and mean-spirited it can be. However, you might wonder why Eddie was so distressed by the fact that he became overnight a celebrity. Sure, he probably lost his job but he could probably fairly easily find something else. Even more ridiculous was that, after they finally got their hands on Eddie, they started to search for Judy as well which was even more convoluted. Indeed, to make it work somehow, they had to create the only girl living in Los Angeles who had no (functioning) TV, no smartphone, no access to internet and apparently no social life whatsoever. Indeed, it was the only way to make sure that she completely misunderstood Eddy's intentions which was some seriously weak writing. Anyway, to conclude, even though I had a weak spot for this couple, the damned thing never really worked and I don't think it is really worth a look. 


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 14 April 2023 11:49 (A review of Bad Country)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since there was a decent cast involved and since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, the beginning was not bad at all. Sure, it was nothing original but it was gritty enough and Matt Dillon and Willem Dafoe were convincing. Especially Dafoe, arguably one of the best character actors that ever lived, never disappoints and it was impressive how much he managed to achieve once again with such material. Unfortunately, from the moment Jesse Weiland started to work with the police, the whole thing completely went off the rails. It’s not that it didn’t make sense anymore, the issue was that it became completely uncompelling, seriously generic and not much better than your average direct-to-VOD action flick from that point on. In fact, as soon as I saw that Tom Berenger was involved, I guess I should have been worried. Concerning the lovely Amy Smart, it had been a while since I saw her but, unfortunately, even if she was displayed prominently on all the promotional material, she was actually giving nothing interesting to do at all. While I was watching this movie and was bored out of my wits by the damned thing, I was wondering how a cute and seemingly nice girl like her could end up with such a thug covered with some Nazi tattoos. That would have been a really interesting and complex story but, of course, this movie didn’t care at all about pushing the envelop one way or another and focused instead on delivering the most generic undercover informant thriller that you could possible imagine. Anyway, to conclude, even if it might have had some potential, the damned thing turned out to be rather weak after all and I don’t think it is really worth a look. 



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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 13 April 2023 08:42 (A review of The Super Mario Bros. Movie)

To be honest, I didn’t have some really huge expectations regarding this movie but I still went to see it with my kids in the movie theater. Well, after all these years, exactly 30 years after the first Mario Bros movie was released and became a huge flop, we finally have a massive blockbuster adapted from a video-game. Indeed, the damned thing is just out and it is already a big box-office success. Basically, they were really faithful to the Mario games which might not seem to be some rocket science but they really nailed it this time. Sure, I have to admit that I didn’t play much or at all the new games on the Nintendo Switch but I certainly extensively played the very first Mario games on the Nintendo and the Super Nintendo back in the 90’s (Yes, I’m THAT old). The thing I enjoyed the most was to see Mario trying again and again to complete this training which is basically how such platform games work. Indeed, you keep repeating the same level over and over again, failing miserably at first, until you finally know the damned thing by heart. On top of that, as usual with Illumination, the animation was really neat. Still, was it really a great movie though? They probably made the best possible movie you could deliver with this material but, at the end of the day, the whole storyline and concepts linked to the Mario games were always, at best, nothing great and, at worst, rather lame and even quite ridiculous. Anyway, to conclude, since they finally cracked the code, we will now probably get a flood of Nintendo related films in the coming years but I have to admit that this one was not bad at all and it is worth a look, especially if you have some young kids to entertain. 



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