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A very good movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 12 October 2018 09:50 (A review of Mudbound)

Even though most of the Netflix original films have been terribly disappointing so far, since I kept hearing some positive things about this one, I was quite eager to check it out. To be honest, it is actually a rather slow movie and it took me a while to understand what the makers were really getting at. Eventually, it was only from the moment that Ronsel and Jamie came back from the war that the whole thing started to really get my attention. Indeed, from that point, it became a study of a forbidden friendship involving 2 broken men and it was quite fascinating and also rather heartbreaking to behold. Basically, for the first time of his life, Ronsel had left this place and discovered the horrors of the war but also the rest of the world and, suddenly, he was treated mostly decently by some total strangers. But then, when he had to get back to the bigotry and segregation in Mississippi, he couldn't make this step back. For Jamie, it was a more conventional form of PTSD but the guy was still pretty much a lost soul as well. So, they became friends and even though they could support each other, this friendship would also have some dramatic consequences for both of them. To be honest, I'm not sure if I really cared for any of the other characters but these two men were quite spellbinding to behold. Anyway, to conclude, it was a really strong drama 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 12 October 2018 08:03 (A review of I, Daniel Blake (2016))

Since I kept hearing some really good things about this flick (it even won the prestigious Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival), I was really eager to check it out. Well, I have been faithfully following Ken Loach for more than 20 years and, to be honest, I has been a while that the guy delivered something so impressive. Indeed, Loach managed to deliver one of his best movies which was rather unexpected as many including myself thought that his best movies were already behind him. Anyway, once again, he gave us another socially relevant  and really powerful tale and, in this case, it was even more heartbreaking as it all felt terribly familiar. Indeed, my wife has been terribly ill for already 8 years and, even though we live in the Netherlands and not UK, she had to face the same fight with the bureaucracy to have her invalid status acknowledged and approved. Like Daniel Blake, she had a similar interview with a so-called 'insurance specialist' who asked her if she could raise her arms and other ridiculous things like that and, just like Daniel Blake, their conclusion was that she was fit to work when at least 5 doctor specialists testified that she was in no condition to work. This battle lasted at least 4 years and what's so outrageous is that such organisations should be meant to help people but, in fact, there are in place to make sure the government's budget doesn't get red. As a result, you have some seriously sick people who spend hours, days, months dealing with this matter which eventually turns into a huge battle when they should be in fact focusing on their recovery. Well, in this movie, Ken Loach completely captured this social nightmare, the realism was just uncanny and it is not hard to believe that some women would choose to get into prostitution as ruthless gangsters and pimps might seem to be eventually more helpful than the so-called social welfare system. Anyway, to conclude, even though the damned thing was just so sad and rather depressing, it was still a really good drama and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 10 October 2018 07:19 (A review of Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot)

Even though this movie didn't really get much love when it was released, since I always had a weak spot for Gus Van Sant's work, I was quite eager to check it out. After the huge critical failure of 'The Sea of Trees' (It is even considered by many as his worst movie so far), Van Sant here made a nice come-back and this flick was easily his best movie since 'Milk' released already 10 years ago. Still, even though it was indeed an entertaining biopic, it was nothing really amazing, to be honest. I mean, even though Van Sant went for a chaotic and random structure, the whole thing was actually fairly generic and predictable after all. Still, I had never heard of John Callahan before watching this movie, the guy was really interesting and I really appreciate the fact that they kept displaying his work through the whole duration. Eventually, I think I enjoyed mostly the cast involved. Indeed, once again, Joaquin Phoenix completely nailed it and displayed again that he is easily one of the best actors of his generation. On top of that, the rest of the cast (Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black) was also strong even if their characters were unfortunately barely developed. I was above all impressed by Jonah Hill who I didn't recognize at all and it was only by the sound of his voice that I was able to spot him. Anyway, to conclude, even though it was nothing ground-breaking, it was still a decent biopic and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Gus Van Sant's work.


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 8 October 2018 09:55 (A review of Purple Rain)

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this flick but since it seems to have a decent reputation, I thought I might as well check it out. First of all, I have to admit that I have never been a huge fan of Prince above all because his style was just too over-the-top for my taste but, while watching this flick, I suddenly became aware that I knew only a couple of his songs. Well, in this movie, he definitely displayed so major skills and the music was really good, especially the title song. Still, was it really a good movie? Not really, I'm afraid. I mean, in the same genre, it actually had more or less a plot which was more than you can say about 'Moonwalker' from Michael Jackson and, at least, it wasn't exactly dealing with a rising star who would finally reach some mainstream success but it was about a musician who actually didn't really care much about fame or success which was rather refreshing. However, even though it was slightly more original, the whole thing was still too random and generic to become really remarkable. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, I actually think it is one of the better movies in this genre and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Prince. 


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 7 October 2018 06:00 (A review of Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood)

To be honest, I wasn't expect much from this flick but since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as wel check it out. I have to admit that I have never been a huge fan of such spoofs and, even though this one is considered by a many as a cult-classic, I really had a hard time to care about the damned thing. First of all, the tricky thing about this flick is that it was making fun of a genre which is actually dead serious, as these movies are dealing with the bleak reality of the black minority living in the ghettos in the USA so you wonder the whole time if it is actually really approriate. To make things worse, the whole thing was constantly using some huge racial stereotypes and, if this movie would have been made by some white folks, it would have been a huge scandal. At least, I have to admit that some of the jokes were quite funny but, still, most of it was eventually more cringe-inducing than really entertaining. Anyway, to conclude, I didn't really like the damned thing but I guess it might be a worth a look, at least, if you really like the genre. 


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 7 October 2018 08:19 (A review of The Uninvited)

To be honest, I wasn't really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as wel check it out. Well, even though I didn't have such huge expectations, the damned thing  still turned out to be seriously disappointing, First of all, I always hate it when, in a horror movie, even though they are dealing with a mental patient, there is no psychology whatsoever but some boring paranormal nonsense. Fortunately, there was a twist at the end which slightly recovered the damage but it was still really poorly handled. For example, all the scenes involing Elizabeth Banks should have been much more ambiguous. Instead, they gave us the good old trick it never happened like this, it happened like that only in her head' which is such a lame and lazy gimmick. Another thing that slightly bothered me why would they cast Emily Browning and Arielle Kebbel to play some sisters when they didn't look like each other at all. In fact, they could have cast Mandy Moore instead Browning since she looked some similar to Kebbel. Eventually, what pissed me off the most about this movie was that it pretty much ruined 'A Tale of Two Sisters' which sounded like a really solid Asian horror flick. Hopefully, I will forget about this lousy remake before I ever watch the original version. To conclude., I think I was actually rather generous with my rating here, I really didn't like the damned thing 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 5 October 2018 09:47 (A review of Self/less (2015))

Even though this movie didn't get much love when it was released, since I have always been interested in Tarsem Singh's work, I still wanted to check it out. Well, unfortunately, it turned out to be another really disappointing effort from the once so promising director. I have to admit it though, even though the concept was nothing original, it did have some potential but the biggest mistake they made was to take the most boring approach possible. Indeed, they could have developed the psychology of the main character by making him a selfish a-hole or they could have gone for a dark comedy and make this businessman with no fighting skills face some highly skills henchmen. Instead, they went for the usual generic conspiracy thriller which was just so tedious and the ending was just so damned predictable. Furthermore, after 'The Change-Up', it was another body switch movie in which Ryan Reynolds was not convincing at all. I mean, there was not one single moment that I believed that Reynolds was playing the same character as Ben Kingsley was only with a new body. On top of that, until that point, Tarsem Singh had always made some really beautiful movies, visually speaking, but even in this area, this movie was nothing really impressive at all. Anyway, to conclude, this damned thing was a major disappointment and I don't think it is really worth a look at all. 


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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 4 October 2018 09:47 (A review of Venom)

After years being stuck in production hell, Sony finally managed to release their movie on the famous Marvel character. Well, eventually,  even if the story was nothing really amazing, I have to admit that I actually enjoyed the damned thing thanks to a really solid performance from Tom Hardy and thanks to Venom himself. Indeed, once again, Hardy really nailed it and delivered one of the best performances I have seen in a super-hero flick in a very long time. In spite of the material, he managed to make the most of it and he gave us an average guy, in fact, even a loser according to Venom himself, and it was just so refreshing after years of being served over and over again the usual righteous main characters we always get in this genre. Concerning Venom, this character was also so much fun. Basically, they took pretty much the same concept used in the Hulk but they vastly improved it. I mean, imagine if the Hulk, instead of being silent, would be talking all the time and arguing with Bruce Branner. Well, that's basically what happened in this movie and the end-result was very often quite hilarious and seriously entertaining. Unfortunately, even though Eddie Brock and Venom were pretty awesome, the rest of the movie was pretty much a really generic, rather slow and boring origin tale which was too bad so I'm not sure if the whole thing will work as a franchise. Eventually, they definitely will have to take some risks with the next installment to make it really interesting. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, thanks mostly to Tom Hardy, it was a fun flick and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 3 October 2018 08:53 (A review of S.F.W. (1994))

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Reese Witherspoon, I thought I might as well check it out. To be honest, I have to admit that I had no clue what it was about before watching the damned thing so, for a while, I was wondering what the makers were getting at and that was probably the biggest issue with this movie. The best example would be with the main character. Indeed, on one hand, they were critical of the fact that anyone could become a celebrity for saying or doing the most stupid things but, on the other hand, they still wanted the viewers to think that the main character was such a really cool guy and this contrast never really worked. Eventually, even though he was supposed to be very cool,  he was also depicted as a loser who wasn't really interesting after all. The fact that he was just wandering around, going from one random scene to another didn't help either.  Furthermore, all these movies dealing with reality-TV before it became a huge TV phenomenon (see also 'EdTV' and 'The Truman Show') all made the same mistake. Indeed, according to these movies, if someone was on a such a TV show, they would become vastly famous. Well, eventually, it never happened and, in spite of the popularity of such TV-shows, the participants never became such influential celebrities after all. Anyway, coming back to our main feature, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, even if it was nothing really amazing, 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 very good movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 2 October 2018 09:46 (A review of Fences (2016))

Since I kept hearing some really good things about this movie, I was really eager to check it out. Well, eventually, I wasn't disappointed, that's for sure. Basically, it is the story of an ordinary man but it doesn't mean was not interesting, in the contrary. However, in spite of the fact that he was ordinary or because he was in fact ordinary, he was also really complex and therefore quite fascinating to behold. It would be easy to judge him and the decisions he made but you have keep in mind his background and, at the end of the day, he tried his best like we all should do and the end-result was a mix of pain, pleasure, anger, bliss and frustration which is basically what life is all about. Of course, Denzel Washington should be praised as, even though he gave himself the lead role, he removed all the glamour around his status, he completely disappeared in this character and delivered easily one of his best performances. With Viola Davis, he had a terrific partner, she was also very strong and displayed once again that she is one of the most interesting actresses at work nowadays. To conclude, it was a simple and yet fascinating movie and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Denzel Washington's work. 


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