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An average movie

Posted : 9 years, 12 months ago on 9 December 2011 09:26 (A review of The Craft)

For some rather obscure reasons, I have always been intrigued by this movie. Indeed, I remember it very well when it came out in 1996, the critics seemed to decent enough. Anyway, somehow, it took me about 16 years to finally watch the damned thing and, eventually, I thought it was not bad at all. First of all, it was featuring 4 promising actors at the time (Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich) but, eventually, none of them really ever managed to make it big after all. The movie itself was basically an interesting mix of teenage anxiety and witchcraft. However, even though the whole thing was rather spooky, it never became really scary but I guess it wasn't what they were trying to achieve here. Unfortunately, above all during the last 30 minutes, they competely lost their focus and it became a rather generic and boring fantastic horror flick. Still, there was some interesting stuff, especially Fairuza Balk who gave a very nice performance here and I wish I would see her more often as she seemed to be really talented. Anyway, to conclude, even though it was a rather flawed feature, it was still fairly entertaining and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre.



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A good movie

Posted : 9 years, 12 months ago on 8 December 2011 12:44 (A review of The Return)

I was not really familiar with this movie of its director but since it won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film festival, I thought I should give it a try. Basically, it is one of those movies where there is no action scenes, barely any dialogs but loads and loads of symbolism. So, it is an aquired taste and you either dig this style or you don't. I must say the whole thing, especially the directing, had some spellbinding qualities but, still, during the whole duration, nothing much happens on the screen (I know! It is all symbolic but still...) and, as a result, I can't say I was blown away by the whole thing. Still, it is an interesting and beautiful movie to watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you don't mind when a movie has no action scenes and almost no dialogs whatsoever.


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An average movie

Posted : 9 years, 12 months ago on 8 December 2011 11:04 (A review of The 6th Day)

To be honest, I didn’t expect much from this flick. Indeed, during those last few years, I kept watching Schwarzenegger's movies even though most of them were seriously pretty crappy. But now and then, some of them were actually not that bad and this movie is a perfect example. Indeed, at first, I thought it would be really lame but it was actually pretty entertaining. Obviously, any movie starring Robert Duvall is always watchable, in my book. Furthermore, even though it never reaches the level of other SF classics like 'Total Recall' for example, this plot about cloning was actually pretty cool and it did work for me. Of course, it remains an Arnie flick so you have the usual action scenes, completely predictable and rather boring, if you ask me, but it is inherent to the genre so they didn’t bother me much. At the end of the day, it is a flick which never had much ambition except providing some pop-corn entertainment but, in this optic, it was actually quite successful. To conclude, to my surprise, I think it is actually a well made and entertaining SF flick, an underrated movie and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are a fan of Schwarzenegger’s work.


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An average movie

Posted : 9 years, 12 months ago on 8 December 2011 10:32 (A review of Predators)

I already saw this movie but since it was a while back and since I have it on DVD, I thought I might as well check it out again. To be honest, the first time around, after hearing loads of good things about this flick, I was really eager to watch it but, honestly, I thought the whole thing was rather disappointing. Indeed, the plot was way too similar to the first movie and I thought the story was rather weak. I mean, they added some interesting elements like an alien planet and an unexpected cast (Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga) but it was not enough for me. For example, the character portrayed by Brody was way too omnipotent and found the right answers way too fast and too easily. Like the 'Alien' franchise, after a promising first installment, it seems that they never managed to make a new and original story around those awesome creatures and, as a result, you end up more or less, each time, with a remake of the first movie. On the positive side, the predator remains badass and the whole thing was well made and still enternaing enough to watch. To conclude, after 20 years(!), the predator finally makes a most welcome come back and it is still worth a look, especially if you are fan of the genre but don't expect anything mindblowing.


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An average movie

Posted : 9 years, 12 months ago on 7 December 2011 03:16 (A review of Phenomenon)

Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from this movie but since I have a weak spot for John Travolta, I thought I should give it a try anyway. Honestly, to my surprise, I thought it was not bad at all. First of all, even though John Travolta often shows up in some rather lame movies, I still think he is actually a pretty good actor. Indeed, he has an indeniable charm and he gave here again a rather decent performance. I must say that the rest of the cast (Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, Robert Duvall) was pretty good as well. Furthermore, the story may not be really original and the whole thing was obviously rather preposterous but they managed to make it entertaining enough and they managed somehow to make me care about the characters involved. To conclude, it is a standard but well made supernatural drama and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are a fan of John Travola's work.


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A good movie

Posted : 9 years, 12 months ago on 7 December 2011 12:52 (A review of Monster House)

Disney used to rule the animation market but, ever since ‘Toy Story’ has been released, virtually everyone turned to CGI animation and the competition is pretty ruthless. The big giants in this new market are obviously Pixar and Dreamworks but some other studios have played with this genre as well and there are some pretty interesting features like this one definitely standing out from the rest. Anyway, I saw this flick a while back and I saw this movie again yesterday and I thought it was still pretty good. First of all, the whole concept was actually pretty neat. I mean, we always have those stories when we were kids about a creepy house around the corner. Here, they pushed it to the next level and made the house really haunted! Obviously, compared to the current animated productions, the animation is nowadays rather outdated but I think it still has its charms and it was effective enough. Above all, I really liked how the story and the characters were written. Indeed, they were just really funny and their reactions were quite believable. At the end of the day, it remains a rather simple story but I thought it was very well made, entertaining and it really captures the Halloween atmosphere (not that I am an expert though since I'm European). To conclude, it is an original animated flick, aimed to the teenagers, I really enjoyed it and it is definitely worth a look.


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A very good movie

Posted : 9 years, 12 months ago on 7 December 2011 06:26 (A review of Hunger)

The war between the British government and the IRA was at the end of the 70's quite ruthless and this movie managed to display how far both sides would go to reach their goals. It was indeed a merciless movie which didn't take any side but neutrally displayed the facts. For a directing début, I thought it was pretty impressive. Indeed, you could see that McQueen was originally an artist as, in the midst of the horror and filfth, he managed to shot some visually beautiful scenes. During most of the duration, there was barely any dialogues, except for an outstanding scene between Michael Fassender and Liam Cunningham which lasted more than 15 minutes without any cuts. Indeed, it was not a movie about words and ideology, it was more a visual punch in your face. Obviously, Michael Fassbender gave her a star-making performance and he finally got his deserved breakthrough. Of course, when the hunger strike began, I was strongly reminded by 'The Machinist'. I don't know which one between Fassbender in this movie and Bale in 'The Machinist' looked more horrible but you definitely need a strong stomach to watch these flicks. Anyway, to conclude, it was not an easy movie to watch but I thought it was really impressive and it is definitely worth a look.



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A good movie

Posted : 9 years, 12 months ago on 6 December 2011 04:59 (A review of Knife in the Water)

Since I have always been a huge of Roman Polanski’s work, of course, I had to watch his directing debut at some point. At the time, Polanski was not even 30 years old when he directed this first feature-length film and, surprisingly, it would be the only film he would make in Polish. Seriously, the guy was actually even younger than me! The thing I probably enjoyed the most about this movie was the fact that it was already displaying many of his trademarks that we will witness in his following masterpieces. I mean, sure, the story was rather generic but I really enjoyed the tone which was rather dark and bleak, unsettling and filled with sexual tension. As usual with Polanski, he gave here a rather pessimistic view of men in general, displaying our darkest corners which would be also something recurring in his work. On top of that, even though it was a directing debut, Polanski was back then already a cinematic master and the whole thing was quite spellbinding to watch. To conclude, in spite of its flaws, it remains a fascinating and rather well made thriller and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Roman Polanski's work.



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An average movie

Posted : 9 years, 12 months ago on 6 December 2011 04:45 (A review of Eternity and a Day)

I saw this movie so long ago, something like 15 years ago when it was released in the movie theaters, so, to be honest,  I don't really remember the whole thing in detail. Back then, I remember that Theo Angelopoulos was ( and he still is) a highly regarded movie director and since this movie won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film festival, I thought I should check this one out. Indeed, since Angelopoulos had quite a stellar reputation, I was really eager to discover his work and this was his first (and so far only) movie I have seen so far. Unfortunately, I ‘m afraid I was just too young to get all the symbolism involved but, honestly, I thought it was rather disappointing. Indeed, there was not much going on and I thought the whole thing was rather boring to watch. Still, Angelopoulos knows a how to direct a movie and Bruno Ganz is always a fascinating actor to watch. Maybe I'll give it another try in the future. Anyway, even though I didn't really like it, it is definitely not a bad movie at all and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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A good movie

Posted : 9 years, 12 months ago on 6 December 2011 04:35 (A review of Destiny)

I saw this movie a really long time ago, almost 20 years ago, in the movie theater, so, to be honest, I don't really remember it in quite in detail. Back then, Youssef Chahine was a highly regarded movie director in France and since this movie was nominated for the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film festival, I thought I should check this one out. To be honest, it wasn’t really an easy film to follow and, bascially, I guess I was too young to get all the symbolism but I still thought it was pretty good though. It also interesting to point out they mixed up a real life figure (Averroes who was apparently a 12th-century philosopher known as the most important commentator on Aristotle) with a fictional tale. Anyway, I thought it was a really deep and smart movie with some decent good acting and some pretty good directing. Since then, I have never seen another movie directed by Chahine but maybe I will if I ever get the opportunity. To conclude, even though I don’t think it is really a masterpiece, it is still a a pretty good flick and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interesting in something else than US or European cinema.


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