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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 1 November 2018 10:49 (A review of Ocean's Eight)

Did we really need another sequel/spinoff from 'Ocean's Eleven'? Probably not but, at least, it was pretty neat that they came up this time with an all new female crew. Unfortunately, the damned thing still turned out to be terribly disappointing, I'm afraid. First of all, even if the cast was nice, I was still missing some other big names like Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon or Sigourney Weaver. To make things worse, the directing was terribly bland. Eventually, it's only after watching this movie that I understood how important was Steven Soderbergh for the success of the first installment. Indeed, it was full of energy, fun and witty and this new installment terribly missed all this. Another issue was that the story was rather boring and even if it was a nice idea to have them steal some jewels, the actual heist was still actually disappointing. Seriously, I never had the feeling that I was watching some seasoned con artists and it felt more watching some girls playing thiefs. Furthermore, why did Sarah Paulson pick up the fake necklace? It should have been someone else not involved in their scam and why wasn't she considered as a prime suspect by the insurance guy? Anyway, all in all, I didn't care much for the damned thing, I think I was actually rather generous with my rating here but I guess it might be worth a look if you are a real fan of the genre.


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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 1 November 2018 09:15 (A review of The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966))

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Norwan Jewison, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, eventually it did remind me of ‘Dr. Strangelove’ which was released a couple of years before and even though it didn’t reach the level of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, it still turned out to be a pretty good Cold War comedy.  What I enjoyed the most about this movie was probably the fact that, even though the concept was quite preposterous, it was actually handled quite reastically, except for the ending though. Indeed, I understood that they wanted to end with a climatic scene but it was a big mistake in my opinion, especially how they set aside decades of conflict to save a young boy and suddenly becoming big friends afterwards. Furthermore, even though the romance between this Russian soldier and this American girl was cute, it was also terribly cheesy. Still, some of the jokes were pretty good and I especially enjoyed Carl Reiner on his bike with this hat in a scene which might have been a homage to Jacques Tati. I was also impressed by Alan Arkin who I barely recognised in his first part. Still, there were probably too many characters so none of them was really developed but it wasn’t a big issue. Anyway, 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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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 29 October 2018 10:30 (A review of The Shallows (2016))

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. Well, even though it was nothing really original, it was still a decent shark flick mixed with a typical survival tale. What made this movie worked was, above all, the realistic minimalist approach that they chose. Indeed, I always had a weak spot for such movies dealing with one character trying to survive on thier own and most of the scenes were actually quite believable. The big exception was of course the ending which was quite over-the-top but it is understandable that the makers wanted to end with something climatic. I also enjoyed a lot the beginning surfing scenes which were really gorgeous and, while watching the damned thing, I wondering if Blake Lively actually did the surfing herself. Well, she didn't but it was so well filmed that I couldn't make the difference with her surfing stunt double. To be honest, everything involving the background of the main character was rather generic and tedious (those scenes with the smartphone screens were just a useless gimmick) but they needed some fillers and at least Blake Lively was quite charismatic in one of her very rare star billing parts. Anyway, to conclude, even if it was nothing really groundbreaking, it was still fairly entertaining and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 28 October 2018 11:11 (A review of Blended)

Of course, since I have never cared for Adam Sandler, I wasn't really expecting much from this flick but, somehow, I still ended up watching the damned thing. Well, even though it was nothing really amazing, it was still far from being his worst movie. Indeed, Sandler was working here with Drew Barrymore for the 3rd time around and while this movie never reached the level of 'The Wedding Singer' and '50 First Dates' (some very rare watchable flicks starring Sandler, by the way),  at least, they had once again some good chemistry together. Furthermore, I have to admit that the whole thing was rather harmless but, unfortunately, someone thought it would be really fun to send them to some resort in Africa which was just a terrible idea. Indeed, the way they all ended up going on this trip was just so convoluted and the movie never really recovered from this mistake. On top of that, to have Sandler going to Africa was asking for some trouble and many jokes were going from being misguided to being cringe-inducing or even borderline discriminating. Anyway, to conclude, even if I have seen worse from Adam Sandler, the damned thing was still pretty weak 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 28 October 2018 07:41 (A review of Bright (2017))

Since this movie has a rather lame reputation, I wasn't expecting much but I was still curious. Well, I have to agree with all the critics, this movie was just seriously weak. Basically, it turned out to be some kind of mix of 'End of Watch' with 'The Lord of the Rings'  and 'District 9' which was pretty weird but, except for some very poor jokes, it actually had some potential. However, from the moment they get their hands on this magic wand, the damned thing just became rather lame. Indeed, not only the plot was just a convoluted mess but, above all, the whole thing was just a succession of rather boring generic action scenes. I mean, sure, technically speaking, these action scenes were not bad but it became so tedious when the 2 main characters got stuck in a new shoot-out just after surviving one. Furthermore, I won't blame Will Smith and Joel Edgerton but their characters were rather boring. Indeed, even if there was a running time of 2 hours, since there was such a focus on the action stuff,  there was no room left to develop these 2 guys or any other character. For David Ayer who had impressed everyone with 'End of Watch', it was another disappointing directing effort and, for Netflix, well, I guess we will have to wait a little bit longer before they blow us away with an amazing blockbuster. Anyway, to conclude, even though I don't think it was the worst movie released in 2017, I have to admit that it was still pretty weak 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 26 October 2018 08:11 (A review of Great Balls of Fire!)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since I didn’t know much about Jerry Lee Lewis, except for the fact that he had been married with his 13 year old cousin, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, it was actually quite an incredible story and it could have been one of the darkest biopics I have ever seen. Unfortunately, they completely messed up the tone. First of all, I have to admit that I was quite impressed by Jerry Lee Lewis and the guy was not only a pretty good singer but also a great piano player. However, he also had a dark side as he was in fact a creepy pedophile but it was something that this movie completely failed to address properly. Indeed, like I said before,  the material was actually pretty dark and creepy and, yet, the makers insisted to keep a rather light tone which was completely misguided. To make things worse, Winona Ryder’s attempt to play a very young child was actually pretty pathetic which was above all due to the fact she was just way too old to play this character. I wonder how the whole thing would have been if they would have cast a really young girl for this part. Basically, it would have been as if Millie Bobby Brown (14 years old) would get married with Timothée Chalamet (22 years old). That would have been really creepy, right? Anyway, even though they turned a really dark tale into a run-of-the-mill biopic, I still think it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in Jerry Lee Lewis. 



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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 25 October 2018 07:56 (A review of Creepshow (1982))

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was directed by George A. Romero and since it has a decent reputation, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, even though I usually don’t care much about horror anthologies, this one was pretty good and probably the best one I have seen so far. Indeed, first of all, each story worked pretty well which is rather unique in an anthology like this one and I thought that it was rather well written by Stephen King who managed to give the same feeling that you might get when you would read one of these creepy comic-books. To be honest, I think it would have even better if they would have toned down the humor and instead would have made the whole thing even creepier but it was still quite entertaining. I mean, it was quite neat to see Stephen King playing in one of his stories but his Looney Tunes act was actually rather distracting from the rather dramatic predicament of his character. Same thing with Leslie Nielsen, even though he tried his best, it was rather difficult to take him seriously playing some kind of psychopathic jealous husband. Anyway, to conclude, even though it was maybe not a masterpiece, I thought it was still pretty good and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.  



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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 23 October 2018 09:39 (A review of The Skin I Live In)

Since it had been years the last time I saw a movie directed by Pedro Almodovar, I was really eager to see this one, especially since it had received some stellar reviews. Well, I wasn't disappointed as it was easily his best movie in years. Indeed, it was a fascinating tale and the Spanish master delivered here a really strong thriller. On top of that, after 20 long years, he was working again with Antonio Banderas who gave here one of his best performances. Unfortunately, even though the whole thing really had the potential to be a real masterpiece, it still didn't completely worked, I'm afraid. First of all, I was worried when this guy in tiger suit showed up. Seriously, this character came from nowhere and he was basically one of these typical obnoxious characters that are a trademark in Almodovar's work. Fortunately, he was killed off within the next 10 minutes. Then, I also struggled with the daugther. I mean, she was supposed to be a major drive behind the main character's actions but she was actually poorly developed and reduced to a rather pathetic mental case. Finally, even though the story was quite powerful and already pretty messed-up, which is rather usual with this director, they still felt the need to go for a really random structure which wasn't really interesting after all. In fact, it wasn't only the structure, the whole thing was actually pretty random. For example, the way Marilia tells that she is Zeca's mother but also Robert's mother came out from nowhere, it didn't add much to the whole thing and why on Earth would she tell this to Vera? Anyway, in spite of its flaws, it was still a fascinating thriller, a really original take on the Frankenstein tale, and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Almodovar's work. 


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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 23 October 2018 08:06 (A review of Raw (2016))

Since I kept hearing some interesting things about this flick, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, even though I was well aware of his notorious reputation and was expecting a rough watch, I still turned out to be one of the most disturbing and disgusting horror flicks I have seen and I have seen my fair share of really sick flicks. Obviously, it was unsettling because of its subject matter but, in my opinion, it also had to with the fact that first-time director Julia Ducournau went for such a realistic approach. Obviously, most of the duration was dealing with some really preposterous scenes but they were taking place in a believable world with some believable characters and this combination made the whole thing even more disturbing. I also appreciate how they displayed that the life in college can be just terribly bleak, despite what many US movies would like us to believe. The only issue I had was that, during most of the duration, I thought it was a mistake to have her sister having the same ‘craving’, even if it was eventually explained with a twist ending. Indeed, I started with the presumption that the main character was unique and that she was going through something exceptional but, by making her sister pretty much the same, it rather undermined the impact of this story. Anyway, to conclude, I don’t think I will ever watch this movie again but I will probably never forget it.



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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 21 October 2018 05:13 (A review of Burning)

Since it was the first Asian movie chosen for our film club, I was pretty excited, especially since it had received some stellar reviews. Well, to be honest, it turned out to be a really challenging movie, probably one of the most difficult we have watched so far. As far as I was concerned, I thought it was equally fascinating and frustrating to behold. It was indeed fascinating because, even hours later, I was still thinking about it, making up the wildest theories about what actually happened. But it was also frustrating and not only because the whole thing was very often random and obscure. From my side, the most frustration came from the main character who was just so slow, almost dimwitted, and either terribly passive or erratic, depending on the needs to move on the plot or lack of it. Eventually, I think this movie was above all about loneliness and alienation. Indeed, in their own way, these 3 characters were all lonely and alienated from the world around them. Still, even with this theory, I'm not sure if I understood half of this movie which was just terribly murky and it is definitely an acquired taste. Anyway, to conclude, even if the whole thing didn't completely work for me, it was still an intriguing thriller and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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