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A very good movie

Posted : 7 years, 7 months ago on 15 April 2011 08:39 (A review of Milk)

I already saw this movie but since it was a while back and since I had this movie on DVD, I was quite eager to check it out again.To be honest, before watching this movie, I have to admit that, even though I had had heard about Harvey Milk, I didn’t know much about the guy so, only for this, it was an incredibly valuable picture that allowed me to get more acquainted with this fascinating man. Concerning the movie itself, sure, it turned to be a rather straightforward biopic but the material was so strong that it didn't bother me. As a result, it is probably one of the most accessible movies delivered by Gus Van Sant so far but, at least, it was miles better than the rather overrated 'Good Will Hunting' which is still considered by IMDb as his best movie. Back then, everybody was pretty much expecting Mickey Rourke to win the Academy Award for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his amazing performance in 'The Wrestler'  but Sean Penn eventually did win the damned thing. Well, even though some might think he robbed Rourke of a well deserved Academy award, I thought he was still impressive in this movie and he showed again that he was, at the time, one of the best actors around. Anyway, to conclude, it was a really strong biopic and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Harvey Milk. 



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An average movie

Posted : 7 years, 7 months ago on 13 April 2011 11:36 (A review of The Nanny Diaries (2007))

Even though I didn't have some really high expectations for this movie, unfortunately, it still turned out to be disappointing. In fact, it is only after watching the damned thing that I discovered that the directors (Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini) were also responsible for the awesome 'American Splendor'. Basically, 'American Splendor' was an original, gripping, spellbinding little indie gem whereas this second directing effort was just lazy, unimaginative and seriously tedious to watch. Indeed, in spite of the interesting cast (Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, Paul Giamatti, Alicia Keys), I was rather bored by the whole thing.  In fact, I thought that two characters  involved were just completely despicable (Mr X and Mrs X). I have noticed that Roger Ebert was slightly more more enthousiast about it than I was but I thought the whole thing was just downright average. Fortunately, after this movie, Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini would deliver 'The Extra man' which has been praised by  some of my favorite listal members so I will definitely check it out at some point. Anyway, to conclude, I still think this movie had some potential but, at the end of the day, it remains a really average flick and it is not really worth a look whatsoever.



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A very good movie

Posted : 7 years, 7 months ago on 13 April 2011 08:40 (A review of The King's Speech)

To be honest, even though I heard some pretty good things about this flick, I have to admit that I didn't have some very high expectations concerning this movie. Indeed, even he fact that it was chosen as the best movie of the year by the Academy of Motion Picture didn't mean, for me, that it was actually an actual masterpiece. In my opinion, the Academy voters have always been suckers for such historical true stories. Eventually, I have to admit that it was, indeed, a rather impressive movie. Basically, the directing was pretty good but most of all, I was blown away by the performance provided by Colin Firth and he definitely deserved his oscar. Geoffrey Rush was amazing as well and they both fascinated me throughout the whole thing. Of course, the plot was hardly original (they started with an issue which seemed unsolvable, they struggled a little bit, they found a solution, there were some complications but, at the end, everything was fine...) but it was very well told and it was quite efficient. To conclude, it is a very well made historical drama with a top cast and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.



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A very good movie

Posted : 7 years, 7 months ago on 12 April 2011 10:58 (A review of Grizzly Man)

Since I kept hearing some really good things about this flick, I was really eager to check it out. On top of that, I have noticed that Werner Herzog had built up a pretty good reputation as a documentary maker so I had some rather high expectations concerning this fim. Eventually, I wasn’t disappointed and, in fact, it must be one of the most peculiar documentaries I have ever seen. Indeed, the story it was based on was quite interesting but I believed that the movie about this tale was actually even more fascinating. Herzog succeeded in giving a fascinating muti-faceted portrait of this man, Timothy Treadwell, and the whole thing was quite an achievement. Indeed, Treadwell is shown sometimes as a heroic environmentalist but then also as a crazy paranoid megalomaniac. When watching this picture, you basically witness how he first loses contact with his own humanity and then literally loses his own life, gets his girlfriend killed and also the bears he was supposedly protecting. Eventually, you never really sure if you should pity or admire this man but there is no denying that there was something quite fascinating about him. To conclude, I thought it was a spellbinding picture and it is a definitely worth a look.


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An average movie

Posted : 7 years, 7 months ago on 12 April 2011 10:48 (A review of The Terrorists)

Honestly, it is quite an obscure movie (I was only the 3rd user to rate this flick and not even 10 listal members have seen it apparently) but since I always had a weak spot for Sean Connery, I was quite eager to check it out. You should not to mix it up with the movie of the same anme directed by Ron Howard and it is actually a rather well done thriller with a solid perfomance by Sean Connery. I have to admit it, it was rather weird to see this legendary actor playing someone from Scandinavia with his usual Scottish accent so Connery didn’t really convince but he compensated with his amazing charisma. Concerning the plot, it wasn't really original but it wasn't bad at all and I thought it was fairly entertaining. It was also funny to see Ian McShane almost 30 years before he finally got his big breakthrough with ‘Deadwood’ (that’s what I call a really late bloomer). To conclude, even though it was nothing really amazing and even though it is completely forgotten nowadays, I thought it was still a decent thriller and, if you're a fan of Sean Connery’s work, it is definitely worth a look.


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An average movie

Posted : 7 years, 7 months ago on 12 April 2011 07:36 (A review of Donkey Punch (2008))

At some point, I came across this movie, I had never heard of anything like a ‘Donkey Punch’ before and, as a result, probably because I’m a closeted pervert, I got really intrigued by this movie. So,  I really didn't know what to expect from this flick but the beginning turned out to be actually quite promising. Indeed, the general progression was not bad at all until the expected moment which was, after all, rather underwhelming. I mean, do you really believe that someone could die like this?!? I mean, if they picked up a huge guy maybe it would be more believable but, instead, they picked up the smallest boy from this group... Anyway, after this fatal scene,  the movie became just more and more tedious to watch and, very fast, I kind of lost all interest in the damned thing. On top of that, I didn’t help that the involved actors were not really good. It’s really too bad because the steamy tension at the beginning was rather well done actually but I really had a hard time to care about the rest of the movie. To conclude, in spite of a promising concept, it was unfortunately poorly developed and I don’t think it is really worth a look. 



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A nice little movie

Posted : 7 years, 7 months ago on 12 April 2011 07:16 (A review of Last Chance Harvey (2008))

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since I always had a weak spot for Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson, I was quite eager to check it out. Eventually, it was nothing really exceptional but it was just so nice to see Hoffman and Thompson finally playing leads, after being stuck for years playing some supporting roles. Well, they didn’t disappoint me as they both delivered some strong performances for this picture. Furthermore, I thought it was really neat to see a movie dealing with a couple a little bit older than your average couple. Indeed, even though our Western civilization is getting older and older, the average Hollywood movie always focuses on the same boring young attractive people and it is very rare that they tell a story about some elderly people so only for this, I thought it was a refreshing picture. It’s too bad that the story itself was not really strong and, in my opinion, this movie didn't give these fine actors much space to play around with their characters. Still, in spite of its flaws, I thought it was quite enjoyable and I think it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 7 years, 7 months ago on 11 April 2011 04:24 (A review of Narrow Margin)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Gene Hackman, I was quite eager to check it out. In fact, I had seen quite a few movies directed by Peter Hyams at the time and even though I always had a weak spot for his work, to be honest, most of them were actually pretty weak. However, even though this one is quite obscure, it was probably the most watchable movie he has made that I have seen so far. I mean, it was fairly generic and predictable but I thought it was actually rather well made and in fact quite entertaining. Indeed, Gene Hackman always delivered some solid performances while playing this kind of characters and he didn’t disappoint. Even though most of the action takes place on a train, Peter Hyams still managed to make it quite exciting but, unfortunately, like most of the work from this director, there is an obvious lack of ambition to produce something really remarkable. To conclude, even though it is nothing really amazing, I thought it was still a decent action thriller and it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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A very good movie

Posted : 7 years, 7 months ago on 11 April 2011 08:18 (A review of Rachel Getting Married (2008))

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this movie but since I always had a weak spot for Jonathan’s work, I was quite eager to check it out. Eventually, I was positively surprised by the damned thing, I thought it was really strong and I’m surprised it didn’t get more love when it was released. The first thing I enjoyed about this movie was the way they displayed this wedding. Indeed, it must have been the first time I ever saw such a realistic wedding in a movie. Seriously, it felt like a documentary and it was just really awesome. The other thing I loved was the way all the characters were very well written and nuanced. Indeed, they were sometimes nice but then later on they would be seriously annoying and, as a result, they always felt like some real human beings which was just very refreshing. Also, with this movie I finally saw Anne Hathaway showing some actual acting chops and, from that point,  I finally started to understand why Christopher Nolan picked her up for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. Anyway, to conclude, I thought it was a very good drama and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 7 years, 7 months ago on 10 April 2011 08:07 (A review of The Life and Death of Peter Sellers)

First, of all, I have to admit that I don’t have a huge knowledge about Peter Sellers’s work. Indeed,  I have seen just a couple of the movies starring this actor so it might seem weird but even though I didn’t know much about his work, since there was a pretty cool cast involved in this movie, I still wanted to check it out. Well, thanks to this movie,  I have to admit that I got really intrigued and I'm really anxious to see his movies. Eventually, the cast was indeed really neat (Geoffrey Rush, Charlize Theron, Emily Watson, John Lithgow, Stanley Tucci, Stephen Fry) and I was above all really impressed by Geoffrey Rush who delivered another strong performance here. Concerning the directing, it was decent but nothing really great, I’m afraid. Eventually, after watching a movie like this one, you wonder what was in fact the most important thing about this actor, his life or his movies? Well, I’m afraid, his work was actually more interesting but I still enjoyed this movie anyway. To conclude, even though it was nothing really groundbreaking, I thought it was still a decent biopic and I think it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Peter Sellers. 



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