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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 15 January 2020 11:34 (A review of The Square)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it had won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival, I was really eager to check it out. First of all, I have to admit that I was expecting the actual square to have much more impact on this story but it turned out to be actually another rather shallow and pointless piece of modern art after all. Eventually, the whole thing went just way beyond modern art and tackled so many subjects such as political correctness, marketing, social clashes, the impact of social media, how - in spite of modern technology such as smarthphones - we seem to be even more disconnected from each other than before… The makers did manage to provide some compelling arguments on each one of these subjects but, to be honest, it was probably too much to handle. As a result, it was rather difficult to get what the makers were trying to achieve but, on the other hand, it did make the whole thing completely impredictable and therefore always compelling to watch. Another thing that didn’t really work in my opinion was the fact that, even though Claes Bang was rather charismatic, his character was never really entertaining or interesting. In fact, it was even worse with the other characters who were even less developed. However, if the whole thing might seem to be a rather highbrow feature, it was actually really fun to watch. Anyway, to conclude, even if it was sometimes rather difficult to grasp, the damned thing was still so original 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 14 January 2020 11:57 (A review of Gold)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this movie but since I have a weak spot for Matthew McConaughey, I was quite eager to check it out. Basically, it turned out to be some kind of mix of ‘The Wolf of Wall Street', with ‘The Hoax’ and some gold digging. Well, even if this mix was pretty wild and fairly entertaining, to be honest, I can’t say I was really sold though. Eventually, after the movie was over, even if it was based on a true story, I was wondering what they actually made up. Indeed, there were just too many twists to make it really believable. Seriously, at least 5 times during the whole duration, the main character managed to get filthy rich and then to lose it all over again. As a result, even though McConaughey delivered here another solid performance, his character constantly switched between being a pathetic loser and being a visionary gambler and it was rather jarring. Eventually, I wish Michael Acosta who would have been more developed. I mean, how do you go from being an experienced geologist to become a master con artist? At what point did he decide to fool the whole world including Kenny Wells? It was a rather dubious decision from the makers since it is pretty obvious that, when the actual scandal took place, it wasn’t the work of one single man. Furthermore, it also pretty much ruined the relationship between these two men which was one of the most interesting things in this movie. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch though and it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 13 January 2020 10:01 (A review of Le dernier loup (2015))

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Jean-Jacques Annaud, I was quite eager to check his last directing effort. First of all, it was rather surprising that, almost 20 years after ‘Seven Years in Tibet’ had been severely criticized and eventually completely banned in China, the guy would eventually make a movie in China which was even financed by the Chinese state. Anyway, after ‘L’ours’ and ‘Two Brothers’, Annaud tried once again to deliver a drama involving some seemingly wild animals which was, at least in ‘L’ours’, such a fascinating process. Unfortunately, even if the scenes involving the wolves were indeed really neat, the rest of the movie turned out to be rather tedious, I’m afraid. I mean, somehow, they had to end up with the titular last wolf and they had to make sure that the fate of this last wolf was linked to the main character but the journey to get there was rather convoluted and not hardly interesting or entertaining. On top of that, it didn’t help that the characters were not really charismatic but they were not helped with the rather lame dialogues. There was also the usual critic about the fact that  our modern way of life is greatly disturbing most ecosystems but it has been done before and better than here. Anyway, to conclude, I think I was actually rather generous with my rating here but there is always something awesome about watching Annaud messing around with such wild animals so I guess it is still worth a look but only if you really like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 12 January 2020 08:15 (A review of Frat House)

To be honest, I wasn't really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have seen all the other movies from Todd Phillips, I thought I might as well check it out. Apparently, it was supposed to be released by HBO but it was banned because it was supposedly fake or, at least, some part of it. My guess was that the first part was genuine but,  when Phillips got stuck half way through, they faked the rest as it seemed rather unlikely that the filmmaker would get involved himself with the pledges. Anyway, eventually, it doesn't really matter, at least, not to me. Indeed, I have to admit that I was expecting a movie dealing more with the everyday life in a frat house, especially the wild parties. Instead, it was more about the pledges and hazing you have to go through to get accepted in a fraternity. Well, while this process was interesting and, I'm afraid, fairly realistically depicted, it was also rather repetitive and barely entertaining. Basically, you get to see a bunch of stupid grown-ups doing something awful things to another bunch of equally ignorant grown-ups just because, well, they can. And after that, you are supposed to believe that College is/was the best part in the average life of most American men. Anyway, to conclude, even if it might be fake, I still think it was a decent watch though, even if it could have been so much more entertaining. 


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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 9 January 2020 10:31 (A review of The Two Popes)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this movie since I have a weak spot for Fernando Meirelles’s work and since it was available on Netflix, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, I really liked the damned thing and it has been a while since Meirelles had released such an enjoyable movie. First of all, even though I’m not a religious man, I think that religion is a fascinating subject but I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of the Pope though. However, this movie gave not one but two fascinating portraits of two completely different Popes. Above all, the conversation these two characters had were just really spellbinding, also thanks to Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce who gave some of their best performances for this movie. Of course, at first, you would probably be rooting for Jorge Bergoglio who was such a humble man, opened to the world and eager to reform the Catholic church but I was surprised by how much depth was also given to Ratzinger. Eventually, the success of the movie was to display these 2 men not only as spiritual leaders but also as full fledged human beings. The only issue I had was that the whole thing was probably too long. Indeed, in my opinion, the material didn’t require more than 2 hours of running time but it wasn’t a major issue though. Anyway, to conclude, it was easily one of the best movies I have seen dealing with this subject and  it is definitely worth a look. 



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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 8 January 2020 11:54 (A review of The Captive (2014))

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Atom Egoyan’s work, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, it is usually considered as a low point in Egoyan’s career and, unfortunately, I’m afraid I will have to agree on this. Seriously, it has been a while since I have seen such a convoluted thriller. The first issue was that they went for a random chronology which is usually a rather useless gimmick to make a movie look edgier than it actually is. On top of that, there was just so much stuff that didn’t make much sense. For example, why would this pedophile ring would go through so much trouble just to spy this mother? Why would this creepy guy have this poor girl act/read some cryptic text? Why would they allow her to see her father for a few minutes? To make things worse, the main plot was completely side-tracked by what happened to Rosia Dawson’s character. It’s too bad because the damned thing had some potential and it could have worked if they had chosen a more straightforward approach but, instead, the end-result was basically some lame mix of ‘Trust’ with ‘Room’. Anyway, to conclude, even if I have seen worse, the damned thing was still pretty weak and I don’t think it is really worth a look, even if you are interested in Atom Egoyan’s work like me. 



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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 7 January 2020 11:14 (A review of A Star Is Born)

To be honest, when I heard they were coming up with a 4th version of this story, I can’t say I was really excited by this idea. However, since it had been very well received, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, I was still not blown away by the story. Indeed, it was still rather generic and, above all, they could have removed the ‘evil’ producer who was just lame and unnecessary. Still, I have to admit that I still did enjoy the damned thing, in fact, I liked it even more than the classic version starring Judy Garland. Indeed, what made this movie really worked were the really strong performances from both Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga who had some great chemistry together. Concerning Bradley Cooper, I wasn’t really surprised as the guy has slowly became one of the most interesting actors at work nowadays, something I didn’t expect following his breakthrough with ‘The Hangover’. Above all, I was quite impressed by Lady Gaga. Of course, you might argue that to play a singer was not such a huge stretch for her but many singers tried something similar before and failed miserably (Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey,…). Eventually, I thought she was terribly convincing as Ally who was in fact nothing like Lady Gaga herself and, as I mentioned before, her chemistry with Bradley Cooper was really neat. Finally, I really loved many of the songs played during this movie which was a rare thing for me. While watching this flick, I couldn’t help thinking that it was a pity that Lady Gaga had spent much of her career with some rather annoying pop songs when she is in fact a really strong singer. Anyway, to conclude, even I still think it was nothing original, I have to admit that it was actually a really decent watch 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 6 January 2020 09:41 (A review of A Cure for Wellness)

Since I have seen all the other movies directed by Gore Verbinski, I thought I might as well check his last directing effort. Well, from an aesthetic point of view, it was probably Verbinski’s most beautiful movie to look at with some really intriguing scenes and awesome camera set-up. Unfortunately, even though the story was fairly entertaining, it wasn’t really amazing though. Above all, the biggest mistake they made was that the damned thing was just too long. Indeed, 150 minutes for after all a rather basic thriller taking place in a spa was really way too much. As a result, there were a bunch of random and rather pointless scenes during which the movie was flirting with the mindf*ck genre (the best example would be when, out of nowhere, a female employee gets topless and her male co-worker starts to whack off in front of her). Unfortunately, Verbinski is no David Lynch and it was never really convincing.  So, in my opinion, they could have easily removed 1 hour of running time instead of getting lost on the way and creating some massive plot-holes. Concerning Dane DeHaan, he was a fine choice but it’s too bad that there was not much consistency in his character’s behaviour. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch, especially visually speaking, 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 4 January 2020 01:33 (A review of Hated: GG Allin the Murder Junkies)

When I heard about this movie, it sounded really interesting so I was quite eager to check it out. The fact that it was Todd Phillips's directing debut and the fact that it was miles away from his usual raunchy comedies made the damned thing even more intriguing to me. Well, even though GG Allin had quite a notorious reputation, I was expecting him to be a grotesque and pathetic guy ready to do any stunts just to get some attention but I thought he was actually quite charismatic and, in my opinion, he was a real and genuine punk rocker. I have to admit that I never really cared much about real Punk from a musical point of view but I always admired the attitude and way of thinking of Punk fans. The other advantage of watching this movie was that you could experience his live shows without actually being physically present  because I don't think I would have dared to go to one of his concerts as the outcome was always so unpredictable and seriously hazardous. Anyway, to conclude, it turned out to be a decent watch and I think it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in this suject. 


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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 31 December 2019 10:43 (A review of Kill the Messenger)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since there was a nice cast involved, I thought I might as well check it out. Eventually, even if the movie itself was not really amazing, I’m afraid, it still turned out to be a fascinating story though . Basically, as long as they were focusing on Gary Webb’s investigation, the whole thing was slightly difficult to follow because of the rapid-fire dialogues and the number of characters involved but it was ultimately quite spellbinding to behold. However, at least half of the movie was about vindicating Gary Webb’s name who definitely deserved it but, to be honest, it was not as interesting as what he had discovered which was truly quite mind-blowing. The main issue, as far as I was concerned, was that Webb himself complained that suddenly the focus was put on him instead of his investigation but that was in fact what this movie exactly did as well. Indeed, in the second half, it was only about how Webb had been mistreated and his actual investigation fell into the background which was too bad in my opinion. Still, I really liked the realistic approach they took and even if it never reached the level of ‘All the President's Men’, it was still probably one of the best movies I have seen in this genre. Anyway, to conclude, it was a really solid thriller dealing with investigative journalism and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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