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An average movie

Posted : 8 years, 7 months ago on 20 July 2011 08:27 (A review of Outlander)

Not to be confused with the current popular TV-show, to be honest, I wasn’t really expecting much from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Jim Caviezel, I thought I might as well check it out. Like everyone else, the first time I saw Jim Caviezel was in ‘The Thin Red Line’ and, like everyone else, including Terrence Malick, I was quite mesmerized by this really charismatic actor. Eventually, the guy unfortunately never really managed to have a really impressive career and even though he himself blamed the fact that he was supposedly ‘punished’ for his involvement in ‘The Passion of the Christ ‘, in my opinion, the biggest problem was that he spent too much with some rather dubious B features. This movie was a perfect example. I mean, there was something intriguing about this mix between Sci-Fi and Viking periode piece but the end-result was unfortunately rather underwhelming. Indeed, it was simply a rather tricky mix and the makers never managed to make it really work. To conclude, even though the concept had some potential, I thought it was a rather weak B feature and I don’t think it is really worth a look, except maybe if you are a die-hard fan of the genre. 


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A good movie

Posted : 8 years, 7 months ago on 20 July 2011 12:14 (A review of The Baader Meinhof Complex)

Since I have always been interested in politics, especially left-wing politics, this flick was pretty much a must see for me. First of all, I thought it was dealing with a really fascinating story, on top of that, the directing was decent enough and all the actors involved gave some solid performances. Unfortunately, even though it seemed that all the ingredients were present to deliver a masterpiece, the end-result was pretty good but not really mind-blowing, I’m afraid. Basically, the main issue, in my opinion, was that there were just too many characters and too many sub-plots involved and most of them were not propely developed. For example, Baader seemed to be a jealous guy and I was expecting that the makers would show more about this subject but, after 5 minutes, they just dropped this. It was the same thing with Meinhof who seemed to be worried a lot about her kids but, then, her children suddenly disappeared and you didn’t hear from them anymore afterwards. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was dealing with a really interesting subject, I thought it was a solid political thriller and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.



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A good movie

Posted : 8 years, 7 months ago on 18 July 2011 08:52 (A review of Hustle & Flow (2005))

Since I kept hearing many good things about this flick, I was quite curious and I really wanted to check it out. To be honest, I was at first rather skeptical about the whole thing because, in my opinion, being a pimp must be of one the worst jobs either but you have to give some credits to the people involved in this movie as they still managed to make me sorry for the poor bastard. Furthermore, I have to congratulate Terrence Howard who gave here a really impressive performance. It was thanks to this flick that his career took off (what happened to him actually?!? After he got kicked off from the MCU after 'Iron Man', he had been struggling for quite some time but, apparently, he recently finally had some success with the TV-show ‘Empire’). On top of that, the directing was also very good as they succeeded in creating a whole environment which was very raw and realistic. Still, the whole thing was not flawless, even though it was very well done, it was still slightly stereotypical. Furthermore, the guy was still a pimp, exploiting women and such but the movie was actually never really critical about him. Anyway, even so, it was still a good flick and it is definitely worth a look.


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A bad movie

Posted : 8 years, 7 months ago on 18 July 2011 08:41 (A review of The Magic Roundabout)

This movie seemed to be really lame and, to be honest, I wonder how I actually ended up watching the damned thing. Anyway, when I was a kid, there was this show called ‘Le manège enchanté’ on TV but even though I have to admit that it was a pretty cute and harmless puppet show, it was aimed obviously towards the very small children. For this movie, they tried to modernize the whole thing with some computer animation but the end-result was just terrible. Seriously, it is not very often that I came across such an ugly animated feature. To make things worse, they also changed its traditional whimsical tone but the whole thing was eventually just way too sophisticated and scary for young kids and still too boring and childish for grown-ups. Basically, nothing worked with this movie. If you check online, you will see that they are 2 different versions around, this one voiced by the UK voice-cast and another called ‘Doogal’ with a US voice-cast and, to be honest, I’m not even sure which version I saw but I don’t really care at all.  Anyway, to conclude, the whole thing was just a huge failure and it is not worth a look at all. 



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A good movie

Posted : 8 years, 7 months ago on 17 July 2011 10:52 (A review of The Boys from Brazil (1978))

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since there was a really nice cast involved, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, I thought it was actually pretty good. I mean, on one hand, the story was completely preposterous and, to be honest, it didn't make much sense but, on the other hand, during WWII, the Nazis did many things which didn't much make sense at all with the terrible consequences that we all know. Thus, what happened in the movie somehow actually followed their neurotic and psychotic way of thinking. However, even with this analysis, there were still a few annoying scenes (like, for example, the scene involving confrontation between Mengele and Lieberman really didn’t work in my opinion). Anyway, all in all, it was a good flick thanks to some competent directing, some awesome actors who delivered some really decent performances (Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier and James Mason) and the story was maybe horrifying but also rather fascinating. To conclude, even though the whole thing never reached the level of a masterpiece, it was still a decent historical thriller and I think it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An underrated movie

Posted : 8 years, 7 months ago on 16 July 2011 06:47 (A review of Turbulence)

To be honest, I had some rather low expectations but since I have a weak spot for Ray Liotta, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, even though I was expecting the damned thing to be seriously lame, I thought it was actually a really fun flick. Indeed, I can't remember the last time I saw such a preposterous, hysterical and rather insane action movie but it was actually pretty damned entertaining. On top of that, in my opinion, Ray Liotta was just pitch-perfect to play the main character and I don't think another actor could have played his part. The movie was actually full of dark humor and I was seriously laughing my ass off throughout the whole thing. In fact, I’m apparently in the minority as my wife thought  it was a really weird that I was laughing during this movie and Roger Ebert thought it was a piece of garbage so I guess it is an acquired taste. Anyway, to conclude, I have to admit it, the whole thing was still nothing great but I thought it was an entertaining action flick and if you don’t take it too seriously, you might actually end up enjoying the damned thing. 



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An average movie

Posted : 8 years, 7 months ago on 15 July 2011 08:08 (A review of In the Electric Mist)

I’m pretty sure that probably nobody knows who the hell is Bertrand Tavernier here on Listal but he is actually one of the best French directors. In fact, I used to closely follow his work back in the 90's but I kinda lost track of him since I moved to the Netherlands. Anyway, I had once again the opportunity to watch one of his last flicks and this time, it was a movie set in the USA with a very interesting cast so the damned thing really had some potential. Eventually, I though it was a well made movie with a very nice mood. Tommy Lee Jones gave his usual no-nonsense tough guy act but he does it so well, it didn't bother me and John Goodman really shined as a badass gangster. Unfortunately, the story was rather weak. Indeed, it was a rather generic detective story to which they added some ghosts visions but the paranormal stuff really never worked. Also, for most of the duration of the movie, this case didn't seem to go anywhere when suddenly, they found some clue and the whole thing was pretty much wrapped up during the last 10 minutes. To conclude, even though the whole thing was slightly disappointing, I thought it was still a decent thriller though and I think it is worth a look.



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A good movie

Posted : 8 years, 7 months ago on 14 July 2011 01:53 (A review of Source Code)

After hearing here and there that this flick was the best of 2011, I thought I should give it a try. Honestly, even though I liked it and I genuinely thought it was good, I still think it is a little bit overrated. The first issue was that I knew too much about the story before watching the damned thing so the first 20 minutes were rather laborious when the main character kept asking 'what the hell is going on? what am I doing here?' since you already had the answers to these questions. I think I would have enjoyed more the beginning if I didn't know anything about the plot beforehand. The second issue was that, each time the main character tried to solve this situation, you already know it is not going to work out since there is either one hour of running time or even 30 minutes. But, in spite of these flaws, I still think it was a good flick. Indeed, the directing was very well done and I think Duncan Jones definitely has a bright future as a director. Furthermore, even though the special effects were pretty neat, they were not the main focus here. The main focus was on the characters and their emotional state and it was greatly appreciated. Furthermore, I really enjoyed Jake Gyllenhaal's performance who managed to keep you excited by the action but he also managed tot make you care about his character and about what he was going through. To conclude, even though it was not a great flick,  it was still a solid Science-Fiction feature and it is definitely worth a look.


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A good movie

Posted : 8 years, 7 months ago on 14 July 2011 09:35 (A review of The Lookout)

I wasn’t really what to expect from this movie but since there was a decent cast involved, I thought I might as well check it out. Eventually, it turned out to be a decent watch. As a matter of fact, you had here pretty much two movies in one. Indeed, at first, it was an interesting drama about a guy who suffered some severe brain damage after a terrible car crash and you got to see how he had to learn to deal with it. The second half of the movie then completely switched the genre and it became suddenly a rather standard heist movie. To be honest, I'm not really sure if this combination was even really interesting. I mean, for example, did his handicap really have an impact on the heist? I don’t think so, so what was the point of combining both styles? In spite of these flaws, the movie was very well directed and the actors were really good (especially Joseph Gordon-Levitt who has become one of the most dependable actors right now) and I remained entertained throughout the whole thing. To conclude, even though it was exactly a masterpiece, it was still a solid thriller and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 8 years, 7 months ago on 14 July 2011 08:10 (A review of Son of Rambow)

Since I kept hearing some interesting things about this flick, I was really curious about the damned thing and I was quite eager to check it out. Well, even though it was nothing really mind-blowing, I thought it was still pretty good. Indeed, the directing was decent enough and, above all, I really enjoyed the performances delivered by the children involved. In particular, Will Poulter was just hilarious. It is probably thanks to this flick that he got his part in the third Chronicles of Narnia movie and, since then, he has managed to keep up a really decent career. It’s too bad that, towards the end, the whole thing was getting a little bit too melodramatic for my taste but it was not a big deal. Surprisingly, it would take Garth Jennings almost a decade to come up with a new directing effort and, even more surprising, his next directing effort would be ‘Sing’, an animated feature produced by Illumination studios (even though my daughter really loved this flick, I still have to see it but I’m not really convinced). Anyway, coming back to our main feature, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, the whole thing was really enjoyable and entertaining and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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