Explore
 Lists  Reviews  Images  Update feed
Categories
MoviesTV ShowsMusicBooksGamesDVDs/Blu-RayPeopleArt & DesignPlacesWeb TV & PodcastsToys & CollectiblesComic Book SeriesBeautyAnimals   View more categories »
Listal logo
All reviews - Movies (7473) - TV Shows (9)

A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 14 January 2024 05:42 (A review of Perfect Days)

Ever since I saw ‘Paris Texas’ almost 30 years ago, I became instantly a huge fan of Wim Wenders but, to be honest, it had been a while since I saw one of his movies so it was really cool to see his last directorial effort with my film club. Well, it turned out to be at the same time such a simple but also such a complex movie after all. Indeed, at the end of the day, most of the running time is about some average guy cleaning some toilets in Tokyo (by the way, the public toilets there are actually quite impressive), listening to some vintage cassettes and reading some cheap books and that’s pretty much it. You don’t get to know him that much. How did he end up living like this? Who was he actually? Above all, the question I kept repeating myself was, was he actually happy? Indeed, he had created his own bubble and I have to admit that he seems to be quite content but setting such strict constraints to yourself and cutting all bridges with any people who knew you, is it really the answer? But then, and that’s probably the genius of this movie, are we much happier in our more conventional way of life, full of consumerism, meaningless chats and technological noise? I probably had a hard time to accept his choice because a part of myself is really inclined to follow a similar path but I wouldn’t last for long because another part of myself forces me to stay in touch with other people. Eventually, I strongly believed that the main character was the happiest not when he managed to strictly follow his Zen lifestyle but when some outsider did manage to actually disrupt it. Anyway, to conclude, the damned thing was definitely pretty good though and it is worth a look, especially if you are interested to see Win Wenders making a nice come-back. 



0 comments, Reply to this entry

An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 13 January 2024 01:07 (A review of The Happytime Murders)

Since this movie had a very weak reputation, I wasn’t expecting much but, since I have a weak spot for Elizabeth Banks, I thought I might as well check it out anyway. To be honest, I don’t think the damned thing was as original as it might seem. Indeed, Peter Jackson already did deliver with ‘Meet the Feebles’ a messed-up puppet feature oriented to the adult audience almost 30 years before this movie was made. Anyway, I still think that the concept had potential though but, unfortunately, pretty much nothing did worked in this movie after all. First of all, even though the story was not bad, it didn’t help that it felt like a terrible rip-off of ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’. Indeed, it was featuring a puppet and a human character (one of them was a private detective like Eddie Valiant was) investigating someone murdering some puppets and the puppet was involved with a femme fatale puppet called Sandra White. Sounds familiar, right? Another issue was that the 2 main characters were just terribly underwhelming. Phil Philips was voiced by Bill Barretta who apparently had a prolific careers voicing various muppets but, with all respect, his performance was rather flat here and someone with a more distinctive voice like Mickey Rourke for example would have been more suitable. Concerning Melissa McCarthy, it was even worse though. Indeed, she has spent pretty much a whole career playing such characters and this schtick has grown old a very long time ago. Finally, even though I didn’t mind the R rated tone, in the contrary, most of the jokes were more pathetic than really funny and/or entertaining. Anyway, to conclude, even though I don’t think it was such a misguided idea, it turned out to be really half-baked, I’m afraid it does it deserves its lame reputation and it is not really worth a look.    



0 comments, Reply to this entry

A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 12 January 2024 09:40 (A review of The Private Life of Henry VIII)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it seemed to have a decent reputation (it is included in the ‘The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made’ list selected by the New York Times, among other things), I thought I might as well check it out. Well, to be honest, I thought the damned thing was rather messy. In my opinion, it seemed rather foolish to try to cover 5 of his 6 marriages in just 90 minutes of running time. The fact that I saw this movie without subtitles probably didn’t help though. It’s weird because I actually saw every single episodes of ‘The Tudors’ so I was actually quite familiar with the material. It’s too bad because there has always been something quite fascinating about Henry VIII’s convoluted love life. Indeed, it did lead to England breaking from the Roman Catholic Church and the establishment of the Church of England and it’s complete separation from this Church which was something huge at the time. However, it didn’t care much for the approach they chose for this movie. Fortunately, Charles Laughton was so awesome though. I have to admit that I discovered Laughton only recently but the guy keeps impressing me each time I see him. Seriously, he has become one of my favorite actors, no less than that. In this case, he actually really looked like Henry VIII which was definitely not the case when Jonathan Rhys Meyers was playing the same character in ‘The Tudors’. But, above all, he once again completely disappeared in this character and he even won an Academy Award for this performance at the time. Even though none of the wives were really developed, Henry did go through a whole range of feelings, Laughton was definitely up to the task and the guy was quite spellbinding to behold. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch and I think it is worth a look, if only for Charles Laughton’s fine work.



0 comments, Reply to this entry

A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 1 week ago on 11 January 2024 09:40 (A review of Bombshell)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since there was a stellar cast involved, I was quite eager to check it out. To be honest, even though I have obviously heard of Fox News, I have actually never watched it, I’m not even sure if I have access to his channel. Anyway, the reputation of Fox News in Europe might be even worse than it is in the US. On top of that, even though I had heard of some of the names involved before, I have to admit I didn’t know most of them at all and, as a result, I did struggle to get a good grip on the whole thing. Still, it was a really interesting story and, while watching this movie, I was rather surprised that they never mentioned the #MeToo campaign but it was because Roger Ailes got fired following the sexual harassment cases about a year before the Weinstein scandal actually started. Jay Roach also managed to get such a strong cast (Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon and many more) and they all gave some really solid performances. Still, I found out later on that the character played by Margot Robbie was actually fictional and it was, in my opinion, a rather bewildering artistical choice. I mean, most of the people involved were real and it felt weird and rather awkward that the only victim being actively harassed by Ailes at the time was actually fake. Anyway, even if I can understand the appeal to work in the television business, it was such a vile and toxic environment where the objectification of women was basically a business-model though. The fact that I don’t share the values of this network at all probably made it even harder for me to understand why all these women would choose to undergo so much abuse. To conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a strong story with solid performances though and I think it is worth a look.



0 comments, Reply to this entry

An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 10 January 2024 10:23 (A review of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom)

Since this movie didn’t turn out to be a huge box-office success, I did lower my expectations but I still ended up watching this sequel in the movie theater after all. Unfortunately for DC, right now, everybody (myself included) are kind of fed up with the super-hero genre and it was probably not a great idea to release this sequel 5 years after its predecessor. To be honest, I have to admit that I  didn’t remember much ‘Aquaman’ but, apparently, it did like the damned thing at the time. Unfortunately, the only fun thing in this movie was the banter between Arthur Curry AKA Aquaman and his half-brother Orm AKA Ocean Master, everything else was just barely entertaining. Of course, there was the awkward fact that they clearly didn’t know what to do this time with Amber Heard. Sure, she wasn’t kicked out from the franchise like her ex- Johnny Depp was with ‘Fantastic Beasts’ but it seems as if they gave her so little as possible and, as a result, her character was seriously half-baked this time around. Visually speaking, it was probably one of the most interesting aspects with ‘Aquaman’, at the time, but, afterwards, we did get ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ which was from such a different level regarding under water footage. Anyway, this sequel was maybe not really ugly but, to be honest, almost. Concerning the story itself, well, it was again about some random villain with a plan to destroy the whole world which was just so generic. Seriously, they really need to do something else with the genre, that’s for sure, but since many super-hero movies failed at the box office in 2024, even from Marvel, I think it’s inevitable, at least, I hope so. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch and I think it is actually worth a look but probably only if you really like the genre though. 



0 comments, Reply to this entry

A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 9 January 2024 08:10 (A review of The Bell Boy)

To be honest, I have to admit that I don’t know much about Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle’s work so I was quite glad to discover his work after all these years. In fact, Arbuckle was quite a huge star at the time but his career was completely derailed by some scandal at the beginning of the 20’s. Anyway, it was in fact the 2nd short I saw with this guy and, even though I enjoyed more ‘The Garage’, it was pretty good as well though. Above all, it was pretty cool to see Arbuckle working again with Buster Keaton. Indeed, Arbuckle was actually the one who helped Keaton launching his career and this short was one of the earliest movies starring Keaton which was of course really neat. Coming back on the movie itself, sure, it was pretty entertaining and some of the gags were really funny but the damned thing was still too messy and random, I’m afraid. Sure, you can argue that it was inherent to the genre but, in this case, it was even more chaotic than usual. There was also a 3rd guy in this movie who was involved in some rather acrobatic stunts but I guess he never managed to become as famous as Arbuckle and Keaton were. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



0 comments, Reply to this entry

An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 8 January 2024 10:09 (A review of What Men Want)

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. I have to admit that it has been a while since I saw ‘What Women Want’ but, if I recall it correctly, I thought it was a decent comedy and it seemed to be a no-brainer to make a sequel swapping the gender of the main character. Well, somehow, it took them almost 20 years and, to be honest, I did ended up with some mixed feelings about the damned thing. First of all, there was the issue that the thoughts of most men are just disgusting. Sure, you might argue I might be too negative or pessimistic but, being a guy myself, I think I know what I’m talking about. I also think that they kind of ‘cheated’ with the concept. Indeed, there were too many times that she suddenly either didn’t hear anymore their thoughts or only from some specific men. The best example would be the church scene during she should hear at least 20 men but, somehow, it was limited to only the boyfriends of her BFFs. And, yet, Taraji P. Henson is such a charismatic actress and it was really cool that she was playing the lead for once. By the way, Pete Davidson had also a small part and, while I was watching him in this movie playing a rather pathetic closeted gay guy, I was wondering how, during the following 4 years, the same guy did manage to date some of the most gorgeous women in show business (Ariana Grande, Kate Beckinsale, Kaia Gerber, Kim Kardashian). Anyway, to conclude, even if I have to admit that the damned thing was rather harmless, it was still a rather useless sequel and I don’t think it is really worth a look.



0 comments, Reply to this entry

An average movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 6 January 2024 12:31 (A review of Breaking In)

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from this movie but, since it was starring Gabrielle Union, I thought it might as well check it out. Well, I’m afraid the damned thing was just as lame as I expected. Indeed, right from the start, the story was just so generic and boring and, to make it worse, the makers didn’t do anything new or interesting with this tired old concept. Eventually, the only redeeming feature was Gabrielle Union who was, as usual, really charismatic but she was also actually quite convincing as an average mother with some mighty survival skills. It’s too bad all the other characters (the thugs and her kids) were just so poorly developed and even rather cringe-inducing to behold. Seriously, I don’t think there was a single line of dialogues uttered by her kids which did sound true and/or entertaining. Concerning the bad guys, they were even more pathetic and the worst cardboard villains I have seen in quite some time. Concerning James McTeigue, it seems hard to believe that his directorial debut was actually the huge cult classic ‘V for Vendetta’. Unfortunately, the only impressive thing about his directing career after all is that each new movie he has delivered afterwards managed to be weaker than the previous one and this last directorial effort is definitely the worst of the bunch so far. Coming back on Gabrielle Union, who also produced this movie, I can actually understand the appeal for her to play in this movie. Indeed, this way, she was playing the lead which was also a resourceful and strong character but it’s just too bad that she had to pick such an underwhelming feature to showcase her potential. Anyway, to conclude, even if I have seen worse, the damned thing was still really weak and you should probably avoid it. 



0 comments, Reply to this entry

A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 5 January 2024 09:29 (A review of The Cat's-Paw)

In contrary to Charles Chaplin or Buster Keaton, I haven’t watched so many movies with Harold Lloyd so I thought I might as well check this one out. Well, the first interesting thing with this movie was how much it clearly stood out from the comedies they made at the time, by Harold Lloyd himself but also by all his other colleague comedians. Indeed, there was in fact no visual gags, no slapstick, no elaborate seemingly hazardous stunts involved and, instead, they went for something dialogue-heavy. Fortunately, I thought that Lloyd did pull it off rather nicely. On the other hand, it was rather cringe-inducing to keep hearing Jake Mayo mentioning these ‘Chinks’ but, since the character was supposed to be a corrupt ignorant moron, I guess it was acceptable. Una Merkel was also pretty good as she had some of the best lines, even though I thought it was rather unlikely that Pet Pratt would decide to get married with Ezekiel Cobb. Eventually, even though I do believe that Harold Lloyd made the most of this material, the concept was still pretty thin and I wish it would have been slightly shorter. Concerning this satire of the politics in a small town in the US, sure, it was exaggerated but, on the other hand, I always thought that there was something bothering me about this country where you can vote only for 2 parties and 2 parties which are vastly similar after all on top of that. Obviously, it is not the same as the corruption displayed in this movie but the lack of choices between candidates did feel similar and hardly democratic. Anyway, to conclude, even if it was nothing really groundbreaking, I thought it was a decent watch though and it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in Harold Lloyd’s work. 



0 comments, Reply to this entry

A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 4 January 2024 09:44 (A review of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit)

Since I’m a huge fan of ‘Borat’, of course, I was quite eager to check this sequel. Eventually, it obviously didn’t turn out to be such a pop-culture phenomenon like its predecessor was but it was to be expected. It’s too bad because the context when this movie was made and released was really neat though. Indeed, it was released when Donald Trump was still President of the United States and it seems that it was shot right in the middle of the Covid pandemic so the potential was huge. In fact, shooting this movie was apparently much more dangerous than when they made the first one but I don’t think it is really surprising considering the fact that the US became even more polarized when Trump was in office. Unfortunately, Cohen didn’t do much with this after all and, instead, he got too much involved in pranking some average clerks in some shops but such clerks were/are a rather lame target. Sure, some of them might get into an argument with some weird/insensitive/inappropriate customers but most of them will just play along with whatever they are doing because that’s their job. Indeed, they are supposed to serve their customers and not judge or criticize them and to play against this concept was, as far as I’m concerned, not only disingenuous but, above all, not interesting whatsoever. Unfortunately, such tricks were basically half of the running time. Concerning the addition of Borat’s daughter in the mix, it was a pretty cool idea and I’m not surprised that Maria Bakalova got so much praise for her work in this movie. I also liked the idea that Borat had become so famous that he had to disguise himself in order to be able do his ‘work’. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, I still think it was a decent watch though and it is worth a look, especially if you like this character. 



0 comments, Reply to this entry