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A good movie

Posted : 10 years, 5 months ago on 11 March 2012 09:43 (A review of Everything Is Illuminated)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but, with its quirky poster and title, it seemed to be rather intriguing so I was quite eager to check it out. Basically, like many actors before him, Liev Schreiber decided to make his directing début and, eventually, I thought it turned out to be actually pretty good. Indeed, the directing was decent enough and, above all, I really loved the first half which was just hilarious with some great dialogues and some seriously weird and whimsical characters. But, then, during the second half, it became suddenly really deep and serious and the end was eventually even rather heartbreaking. To be honest, this rather brutal switch was a little bit hard to digest. Still, the story was really intriguing and the actors delivered some good performances. Indeed,  Elijah Wood was fine but I was also impressed by 2 unknowns actors called Eugene Hutz and Boris Leskin. It is interesting that even though Elijah Wood had reached some major stardom with the Lord of the Rings trilogy since then he has mostly showed up in such small and even rather obscure productions like this one. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its quirkiness, I thought it was a pretty good tale and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 10 years, 5 months ago on 10 March 2012 03:01 (A review of Motherhood)

In fact, Uma Thurman reminds me somehow of Nicolas Cage. Indeed, you would usually find her he in some forgettable, even worthless pictures (like 'The Accidental Husband') but, from time to time, she still manage to pick up some really amazing movies (like 'Pulp Fiction'). With this in mind, I wasn't expecting much from this flick. Indeed, the ratings were pretty bad, the poster just looked terrible and the premise didn’t really sound promising. Still, probably because my expectations were so low, the damned thing turned out to be not bad at all after all. It was above all thanks to Uma Thurman who was virtually in every single scene. Indeed, she delivered a really convincing performance. The main problem I had with this movie was that they tried too much to make it all sound quirky and clever but it didn't work very well. Furthermore, I think they messed the tone because I was never sure if I should feel sorry about the main character or laugh at her. Anyway, to conclude, even though this movie was rather flawed, I think it is underrated and it is actually definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Uma Thurman's work.



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An average movie

Posted : 10 years, 5 months ago on 10 March 2012 12:25 (A review of Promised Land)

I have actually never heard of this movie before and it is indeed pretty much unknown (it has been rated by only 3 listal users including me...) but since it was starring Rosamund Pike, I thought I should give it a try. First of all, I really liked the directing which was really realistic and it felt almost like a documentary. Honestly, Pike has a really small part and she didn´t add much to the whole thing but it didn´t bother me. Unfortunately, even though the whole thing was rather intriguing, I wasn´t exactly convinced. I mean, there is no real plot and they keep the whole thing under a thick cloak of mystery but, after a while, I thought this mysterious mood was getting more and more annoying. I mean, you had some rather weird scenes happening but, then, nothing was explained at all. And it was the same thing concerning the characters, there are all without much personality and you don´t really get the chance to know them so I didn´t care much about those women. Still, the directing was really good, this flick is not bad at all and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you want to watch something different.


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An average movie

Posted : 10 years, 5 months ago on 10 March 2012 11:40 (A review of John Carter)

Following Brad Bird's foosteps, Andrew Stanton, another big shot at Pixar, got the opportunity to direct a live action feature. Right way, they gave him a huge project which was no less than the most expensive movie produced by Disney so far. Well, first of all, the special effects were really awesome and they displayed some of the best CGI I have ever seen. Furtheremore, the story was also pretty cool so the whole thing really had some potential. Unfortunately, I thought it was eventually rather  poorly written after all. Indeed, the introduction and the ending were just too convoluted and I wish they skipped all this and focused more om the action which was pretty badass. It was the same thing concerning the dialogues, they were all rather weak, they tried way too much to explain what was going on but it was not necessary whatsoever and rather boring to watch. Still, I really liked this world and those awesome aliens and Taylor Kitsch was rather well cast. To conclude, a lot of people were predicting that it will be another flop for Disney (like 'Prince of Persia' a few years back), and it was indeed nothing mindblowing, but I thought it was actually pretty entertaining and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.



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An average movie

Posted : 10 years, 5 months ago on 9 March 2012 12:16 (A review of Jakob the Liar)

I have never heard of this movie before but since it was starring Robin Williams, I thought I could give it a try. I must say it was rather interesting to see Robin Williams doing something different for a change and the story was not bad at all but I can't say it was really mindblowing. The first issue is that it is obviously really similar to 'Life is beautiful' but it never reaches the level of this great movie. Since it is a actually a remake, I really wonder how is the original version. Anyway, I don't think Robin Williams should be blamed since he delivered a decent performance. Even though the story was actually not bad at all, it was just not intriguing enough. I mean, it was too straightforward and predictable for my taste. To conclude, it remains a decent WWII drama and it is definitely worth look, especially if you are interested in Robin Williams' work.


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An average movie

Posted : 10 years, 5 months ago on 9 March 2012 10:39 (A review of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief)

Ever since the huge success of the 'Harry Potter' movies, the major studios have tried to adapt many more Young Adult books hoping they will find their new cashcow. Well, in this genre, I think I have never seen a movie which was so similar to Harry Potter. Indeed, they hired the same director (Chris Columbus),  the young hero had some parental issues, he had 2 friends (a boy and a girl) and they all went to a paranormal school... Fortunately, they did switch the wizards and witches for the Greek gods, otherwise, it would have been pretty much a straight remake. Anyway, even though the whole thing had some potential, it still felt rather half-baked. Above all, while most of the Harry Potter movies lasted at least 150 mins, this one was not even 2 hours which was just way too short to deliver something that would really work. I mean, first, they had to introduce Percy in our world, then he had to discover his actual background, then he had to go to his 'special' school and finally he had to solve some quest. Seriously, that was just way too much to handle and everyhing felt really rushed. Still, if you don't analyze it too much, it was not bad, the second half was fairly entertaining (I especially enjoyed the casino thing) and Logan Lerman was quite charismatic. To conclude, it was nothing really mind-blowing whatsoever but it was still rather well made and fairly entertaining and I guess it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre.



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A good movie

Posted : 10 years, 5 months ago on 8 March 2012 10:04 (A review of The Last King of Scotland)

I already saw this movie but since it was a while back and since I have it on DVD, I was quite eager to check it out again. Well, to be honest, I always had some mixed feelings towards this movie. I mean, I did enjoy this flick but I can't say I was blown away and the main reason was that I didn't really appreciate this mix of historical facts with some complete fiction, especially the first time I saw the damned thing. Maybe you didn't know that before but the character played by James McAvoy, Dr. Nicholas Garrigan, is enterily fictional and has actually never existed and many of those events actually never took place. When I found this out afterwards, I felt rather cheated. Still, the directing is pretty good and efficient, James McAvoy gave a decent and convincing performance and, of course, Forest Whitaker completely rocked his performance and deservedly received an Academy award for his tremendous work. Honestly, I would rather have that they focused the story on him instead of focusing on this fake character but it wasn't meant to be, I guess. With this rewatch, I was this time more able to let go the fact that it was actually a fiction but it still didn't completely work for me though. I mean, the first half was fine but, again, they kept adding some rather improbable fictional events just to move on the plot and the second half was pretty much on auto-pilot. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it is still a good historical thriller, the actors were really awesome but, to be honest, I wish they didn't add all this fictitional stuff.


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A bad movie

Posted : 10 years, 5 months ago on 8 March 2012 09:13 (A review of George and the Dragon)

Nowadays, I have Netflix and Popcorn and not only I have since then an endless selection of movies to choose from but, as a result, I have become slightly more picky regarding the movies I watch. Before, I used to watch pretty much anything as long as it was starring one or two actors I was interested in and, as a result, I would sometimes end up watching some really obscure features. This movie was a perfect example and the only reason I watched it was because it was featuring Val Kimer. In fact, even though I wasn't expecting much from the damned thing, it was actually even worse than what I thought. First of all, I have never seen such a cheesy looking dragon, the introduction was really messy and the cast was made of B actors (James Purefoy, Piper Perabo, Patrick Swayze, Michael Clarke Duncan, Val Kilmer). Basically, James Purefoy was some kind of cheap version of Hugh Jackman and what on Earth happened to Val Kilmer?!? Since the beginning of the 2000's, he shows up mostly in some worthless movies and this movie was definitely not an exception. Basically, the whole thing was a really unoriginal and pretty boring medieval tale with the usual stuff like dragons, knights and a princess and I really couldn't care less about this tale. To conclude, it is a pretty bad movie and it is not worth a look whatsoever.


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An average movie

Posted : 10 years, 5 months ago on 7 March 2012 02:32 (A review of WiseGirls (2002))

Following her disastrous turn in 'Glitter' (which I haven't seen yet), Mariah Carey showed up in this rather unknown and forgotten flick. The main reason I watched it was not, in fact, Mariah Carey herself but I watched it above all for Mira Sorvino, even though she is unfortunately way past her prime. First of all, even though it is of no real importance, I thought it was a really lame title which doesn't really give you the feeling that you should watch this flick. Still, surprisingly, I thought that Carey was not bad at all. I mean, she wasn't mind-blowing either but her performance was decent enough, even the best performance in this movie. Unfortunately, it was a rather unoriginal and pedestrian plot and I didn't care about the characters and what they were going through. To conclude, even though it is not really bad, even though it seems much better than 'Glitter', it is still pretty average and eventually not realy worth, only maybe for the die-hard fans of Mariah Carey.


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An average movie

Posted : 10 years, 5 months ago on 7 March 2012 12:50 (A review of Tuya's Marriage)

I have never heard of this flick before but since it won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Festival, I thought I should check it out. Well, eventually, even though it was a decent watch, to be honest, I still had a hard time to really care about the damned thing. I mean, it wasn't bad at all but the damned thing was just so sad and depressing. Basically, it was taking place somewhere in Mongolia where there was no running water, electrity (pretty much how it used to be in West-Europa 200 years ago). But, apparently, it wasn’t enough hardship so the main character broke her back, her husband was handicapped and even though she loved her husband, she had to divorce him to marry someone else who would provide for the whole family... Seriously, even if I have seen my share of dark movies, it was still really gloomy and the ending was even more heartbreaking... Fortunately, the directing and acting were not bad and, above all, this movie gave an interesting look on a foreign culture which I didn't know before. Still, I can't say that this movie was really entertaining. Anyway, to conclude, even if I wasn’t really sold by this flick,  it was still an interesting movie and it is worth a look, especially if you want to see something really different.



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