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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 3 July 2019 08:11 (A review of Child 44 (2015))

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since there was a nice cast involved, I was quite eager to check it out. Unfortunately, I was surprised by how half-baked the damned thing actually turned out to be. I mean, it did have some potential but there was something slightly misguided about making a movie dealing with a Soviet story with a Swedish director and an international cast with not a single Russian actor involved. Eventually, the biggest issue was with the story though. For example, the introduction which was obviously to present the main character was just awkward. Basically, the whole idea was to introduce Leo Demidov as a surviving orphan and then as  a hero soldier so you get back-to-back 2 clumsy jumps in time but, when you think about it, wouldn’t it have made the character more interesting if we didn’t know this of if we discovered it later on? Then, it took me a while to understand where the damned thing was getting but, to be honest, I don’t think the makers really knew either. Indeed, they basically tried to mix a vintage thriller taking place in the Soviet Union with a drama dealing the Soviet dictatorship and how it destroyed so many lifes but the end-result was pretty much an overlong mess. Concerning the cast (Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent Cassel, Gary Oldman, Paddy Considine, Jason Clarke, Tara Fitzgerald), it was by far the best thing in this movie and they all did what they could with this material but most of their characters were rather poorly developed except for the main character played by Tom Hardy. Anyway, to conclude, even if it turned out to be rather disappointing, I still think it is worth a look but there is no doubt that it could and/or should have been so much better. 



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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 2 July 2019 09:18 (A review of The Double)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this movie since there was a decent cast involved, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, to be honest, I really struggled to get into this flick. First of all, I have to admit that I haven’t read this book from Dostoevsky (I probably should at some point) but the guy was a fascinating writer and the damned thing definitely had some potential. In fact, I discovered that Roman Polanski had tried to launch his own version in the 90’s but, after John Travolta dropped a week before starting to shoot, the project collapsed soon afterwards which is such a shame since it seemed to be some great material for the Polish material. Anyway, coming back to our main feature, it was not bad but this concept of a bleak dystopian bureaucratic society had already been done many times before, most famously in ‘Brazil’. Concerning Jesse Eisenberg, I thought he was pretty good playing these 2 characters but it was difficult to root for this main character who was such a pathetic loser. Furthermore, even though it was a nice surprise that the 2 lookalikes seemed to get along fine, unfortunately, very soon, the whole thing turned into some paranoid nightmare which was just generic and predictable. 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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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 27 June 2019 09:24 (A review of Suffragette (2015))

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but it seemed to be an interesting story and since there was a decent cast involved, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, even though it could have been a great movie with a really strong story about a very important subject, it turned out to be only a decent watch, I’m afraid. First of all, what was exactly the deal with Emmeline Pankhurst? In this case, it wasn’t really up to the makers since she was one of the very historical characters, but I didn’t really get why she was hiding when all the other women involved were taking so many risks. I mean, can you imagine if Martin Luther King Jr or Gandhi would have been hiding instead of being directly involved? Anyway, the movie was not bad about Pankhurst and, instead, they decided to focus on a random fictional woman but it didn’t really worked out. I won’t blame Carey Mulligan as she delivered another solid performance but her character was not really interesting, I’m afraid. Basically, she had been created to embody all what these women and what they were going through so she was more a basic archetype than an actual fully fledged human being. Concerning the other characters, it was actually even worse as they were even less developed and, everything they did or said, was only to move the plot forward. Anyway, to conclude, even if the whole thing turned to be slightly disappointing, it remains a very important story with a great historical value so I still think it is worth a look. 



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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 25 June 2019 07:59 (A review of Julieta)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was directed by Pedro Almodovar, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, to be honest, I’m not surprised that it didn’t make much waves when it was released. Indeed, it was a decent watch but there is no doubt that it was a minor effort for the Spanish master. The main issue I had was that, even though it was fairly short (not even 100 mins), it still felt seriously drawn-out. I mean, through the whole thing, you get to see some rather random scenes but, afterwards, I came to the conclusion that they didn’t have much to do with the plot or, at least, the connection was just very thin. Then, there was this final revelation but it was just so hard to swallow. Maybe it was because the whole thing was focusing solely on Julieta and never on Antía and it was as a result pretty much impossible to understand her choice. Seriously, to leave her mother like this without any explanation and without reaching out to her in more than a decade was just so cruel and, once again, fairly incomprehensible. Before that, we did spend quite some time with Julieta and her family but never anything really dramatic ever happened which might have explained Antía’s drastic decision. I mean, sure, it was very sad that her father died at sea but the guy was a fisherman, those things happen, and nobody could predict that he would end up in a storm like that. That’s probably the issue, the fact their family seemed to be so stable and harmonious and there was never enough drama explaining such a dramatic twist. Anyway, to conclude, even if it didn’t really work, it was still well directed and acted and it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in Almodovar’s work. 



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A very good movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 23 June 2019 06:45 (A review of Yuli)

To be honest, I have to admit that I had never heard of Carlos Acosta before watching this movie. Well, only to discover this incredible dancer, apparently one of the best in the world, it was already worth watching this flick but the whole thing went so much beyond your usual biopic. Indeed, what maybe even more fascinating than to discover his undeniable talent was to witness his intern struggle, something he apparently still has to deal with even nowadays. Basically, even if Acosta did enjoy doing some breakdancing in the streets with his buddies, he never actually had the ambition of becoming a ballet dancer. However, his father had some different plans for him and, eventually, Acosta loved but also despised the man. As a result, it is never clear if he actually really loved being a dancer which was surprising consider his status as one of the greatest dancers that ever lived. However, it made the whole thing so much more interesting than your average biopic because it makes you wonder about Art and the actual impact it might have on the artist's life. Furthermore, his father gave him a future, a life as a renown artist and, without him, Acosta would have struggled against poverty his whole life but, on the other hand, he had a life of solitude far from the people he loved. Anyway, to conclude, even if it might be a rather obscure movie, it turned out to be really interesting and it is definitely worth a look.


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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 4 weeks ago on 22 June 2019 12:20 (A review of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa)

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Steve Coogan, I thought I might as well check it out. To be honest, I have to admit that I wasn't really familiar with Alan Partridge, I think this character is probably famous only in the UK, but I was still able to enjoy the damned thing nonetheless. Indeed, it was really neat to see Coogan playing the lead for once and the guy was really entertaining playing Partridge, a character he has been playing apparently for many years. The rest of the cast was not bad but they were usually reduced to some one-note jokes. Concerning the story itself, well, it is always tricky to expand a popular character from 30 minutes sketches to a full length feature format and, in this case, they got away with it but only barely, to be honest. Indeed, the whole hostage situation was just rather silly, only slightly entertaining and the only reason why they stretched it for so long was so they could reach 90 mins of a running time. Anyway, to conclude, even if it was nothing really amazing, it was still a decent watch though and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like Steve Coogan's work.


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An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 4 weeks ago on 21 June 2019 09:56 (A review of Men in Black: International (2019))

After this movie had turned out to a commercial and critical flop, I had pretty much lost all interest in the damned thing but Nick, my step-son was still quite eager to check it out. Well, to be honest, I thought it was actually not so bad at all after all. I mean, sure, it was still a rather pointless sequel/reboot and the fact that I had such low expectations probably helped me appreciate more this flick than it actually deserved but, still, in my opinion, it was actually fairly entertaining. Indeed, while I was watching the damned thing, I remembered how much I had a weak spot for this franchise and they did a decent job to keep the same vibe. However, even if Chris Hemsworth was quite fun and made a solid duo with Tessa Thompson, they never reached the awesome chemistry displayed by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Furthermore, the makers are apparently stuck repeating over an over the same formula which is basically that our planet is facing some Alien threat and the Men In Black have to stop it somehow and, after 4 movies, it has become rather tiresome and repetitive. Anyway, in spite of its flaws and its rather lame reputation, I think it was a decent watch and you might want to check it out, at least, if you like the genre.


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An average movie

Posted : 2 months ago on 21 June 2019 08:43 (A review of The Predator (2018))

Even if this movie was a big commercial and critical flop, I still wanted to check it out though. It’s a shame because a Predator flick written and directed by Shane Black sounded so cool at first. However, it was indeed pretty weak, in fact, it turned out to be only slightly better than the terrible ‘Alien vs Predator’ movies. I mean, there were a couple of decent ideas but there were a whole bunch of bad ones as well. For example, I really have a weak spot for Olivia Munn and she tried really hard but to have a scientist trying to fight off such a skilled killing machine was lame. I mean, at some point, you get to see her running around with some toy gun after the predator which was just rather pathetic. Even worse, they decided to add some kid to the mix which was rather misguided. Indeed, as a result, you get to see some violent R rated action scenes with a young boy in the middle of the action. To make things worse, the kid was some autistic genius which has become such a lame and lazy gimmick. Finally, I don’t understand why they keep trying to turn the Predator into a good guy. Indeed, it’s such a tedious approach and it doesn’t make the character more entertaining at all. In this case, there was also just way too much explanation about the motivations of the Predators when this character has always been more interesting when he remained mysterious. Eventually, the only original idea I did like was the fact the team of soldiers facing the Predator was composed of mental patients but even this idea was poorly developed. Seriously, it was maybe fun for 5 minutes but it got old very fast. Indeed, it could have been really neat to see this team of crazy guys having no sense of what is going on, taking some incredible risks and actually succeeding but, instead, they turned out to be some cowards which was definitely not what this kind of movies needs. Anyway, to conclude, even if I have seen worse, the whole thing felt like another missed opportunity to finally do something interesting with this franchise and I don’t think it is really worth a look. 



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A very good movie

Posted : 2 months ago on 19 June 2019 09:24 (A review of Mid90s)

I wasn’t really sure what to  expect from this flick but since I kept hearing some pretty good things about this flick, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, following the already amazing ‘Minding the Gap’, it turned out to be another really solid feature dealing with skaters also released in 2018. Seriously, it definitely turned out to be a nice surprise, especially coming from Jonah Hill. I mean, I always thought the guy was a decent actor but, apparently, he could also become a really interesting director. Of course, it was pretty neat that I was about the same age of the main character while I was growing up in the 90’s but the whole thing went just way beyond some nostalgic trip. Indeed, the joy experienced by the main character after finally joining a motley crew of kindred spirits looking amazingly cool to him, even if it might be fuelling his destructive personality, was highly recognizable. Hell, even the way he met his first girl was pretty much EXACTLY how I met my first girl (indeed, when I was 14 years old, my big sister was throwing a party and I hooked up with one of her friends who was 18 years at the time). On top of that, the characters were very well written and so well played by a bunch of mostly first-timers. The only exception would be Lucas Edges who I saw already twice during the previous weeks (in ‘Lady Bird’ and in ‘Three Billboards…’ but also in ‘Manchester by the Sea’) and the guy is quickly turning into one of the most interesting actors of his generation. It’s too bad that the tension in his family was not more developed though. I mean, the mother made a huge scandal because her son was hanging out with some skaters but there was never a mention of the fact that her older son was beating the shit out of him on a regular basis. Anyway, a bigger issue was probably the fact that, at the end of day, the whole thing was fairly generic and predictable but I still think it was an impressive directing debut and the damned thing is definitely worth a look. 



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A good movie

Posted : 2 months ago on 18 June 2019 12:30 (A review of Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé)

To be honest, I’m not really a huge fan of Beyoncé but since I kept hearing some good things about this movie and since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, it turned to be a decent watch, even if a running time of almost 150 mins was a little too much for me. Still, I have to admit that the dancers were all pretty awesome and I also loved the full marching band. However, like I said before, I have never paid too much attention to Beyoncé’s career but, except for a few catchy tunes, to be honest, I didn’t care much for her songs. A small detail that bothered me was also the fact that they mixed both her Coachella shows which was at first rather confusing. I mean, seriously, within one single song, they might be switching 20 times between her yellow and pink outfits which was sometimes rather jarring. Furthermore, even if I did respect the ambition displayed and the hard work done from all the people involved, in my opinion, at the end of the day, she was still singing some pop tunes in some (very) sexy outfit. Of course, you might argue that her recent work is more social and political conscious but the focus on the way she looked rather clashed with this new approach. In the same way, during the rehearsal footage, they displayed how she basically starved herself after giving birth to her twins just to make sure she could show up at this concert as if it was such a great achievement but I had some doubts. Indeed, it might have been more powerful to show to the world that to be a mother and have the actual body of a mother instead of looking like a top model could be something she could be pride of and, in the process, giving a better example for all the girls and women looking up to her. Anyway, to conclude, even if it was probably not the best concert I have ever seen, it was still really interesting, the work done by Beyoncé and the 100s of people involved was quite impressive and it is definitely worth a look. 



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