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A bad movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 2 January 2024 11:38 (A review of The Courier)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since there was a decent cast involved, I thought it might as well check it out. Well, even if it didn’t seem to be much, it turned out to be even worse than I expected though. In fact, there was actually some potential as it could have been cool to follow Jeffrey Dean Morgan delivering some mysterious package from one place to another. Unfortunately, for some reason, they went for something so completely convoluted and boring which had nothing to do with his job after all. The most surprising thing was that it was directed by Hany Abu-Assad. I figured this out only afterwards when the movie was over and I looked it up on IMDb. Eventually, I wonder how a director could go from ‘Paradise Now’ to such a cheap and above all weak direct-to-VOD action flick like this one. It seems that, after the critical success of ‘Paradise Now’, Abu-Assad went to live in the US to further develop his career but it seems that he struggled and this movie was the only thing he managed to do after 7 long years. Fortunately, it seems that his career afterwards didn’t suffer that much from this blow. Anyway, coming back on the movie itself, well, it was definitely a rather unwatchable mess, I’m afraid. Another weird thing was to see Lili Taylor and Miguel Ferrer, usually some solid actors, showing up to play some random killers but even they couldn’t do much with this rather abysmal material. Concerning Mickey Rourke, who was probably the main reason why I wanted to check this movie, he was rather weak here as it was obviously another paycheck gig for him. Seriously, it was rather pathetic to have him play a supposedly mysterious character shot from the back when his voice is actually so recognizable. Anyway, to conclude, the whole thing was a big waste of time and you should pretty much avoid it. 



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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 31 December 2023 03:43 (A review of Police)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick (the title did sound terribly generic) but since it was directed by Anne Fontaine and was starring [Link removed - login to see], I thought I might as well check it out. The first 30 mins turned out to be something similar to ‘Rashomon’ during which we saw a seemingly typical working day from the perspective of 3 street police agents. Sure, it was nothing really original but it was efficient enough. Above all, I was again impressed by Virginie Efira who is so charismatic but still completely convincing in everything she does and this movie was no exception. Concerning Omar Sy, I have nothing against him but, as far as I’m concerned, he pretty much plays the same character in all his movies. Anyway, when the trio of police agents was introduced in some rather grim way, the movie then started to focus on a transport of some political refugee being extradited to his home country and I thought it was quite interesting to behold. Indeed, I was born in France, lived there for 20 years and then lived for another 20 years in the Netherlands and in both countries, immigrants and refugees have always been a hot topic (in fact, it was the main topic of the last general election in the Netherlands). As displayed in this movie, what should we do with these people? On one hand, nobody (in France or in the Netherlands or anywhere else in Europe) wants to shelter them but they will keep coming anyway and, when they come, they are welcomed in such dreadful centers where the living conditions might be even worse than in a jail. So, what’s the alternative? Dropping them in a middle of a huge city like Paris or in the middle of nowhere like Virginie tried in this movie? It didn’t seem to be a much better solution for a poor guy who didn’t speak French or even English and it was fortunately well handled in this movie. To be honest, this mix of the two parts (the everyday life of these cops and the extradition) didn’t really work together and, eventually, it seemed that Virginie and Aristide will then just move on with their lives without thinking much again about this poor refugee or the 1000’s of other refugees facing a similar fate in France or anywhere else. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch though and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 30 December 2023 12:26 (A review of Easy Street)

By now, I have seen all the full-length features directed by Charles Chaplin but it had been a while since I saw one of his shorts. According to the IMDb ratings, it must be one of his very best so I thought I might as well check this one out. Well, to be honest, the damned thing didn’t really impress after all. Basically, the main idea was to have the Tramp becoming a police agent which was quite a huge contrast with what the guy was usually doing in Chaplin's movies. At least, I have to admit that the approach was rather original but I think they clearly struggled to get the character involved in an interesting story. I mean, if I understand correctly, he was assigned to work on Easy Street which was supposed to be a rough neighborhood. However, it turned out to be really only a single street, not even a whole block of houses. Even more problematic was the way they decided to show how rough it was by having a bunch of locals endlessly fighting with each other for no clear reason whatsoever. The end-result was, at least as far as I was concerned, more bewildering than really entertaining and I wish they did find some other way to show how difficult and hazardous it was to work in these parts. Fortunately, as usual, Charles Chaplin was really entertaining playing this great character and the damned thing is still definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.



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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 30 December 2023 07:43 (A review of The Boy and the Heron)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was Hayao Miyazaki's last directorial effort and since it was another critical success, I was really eager to check it out. Well, to be honest, even though I did like it, I'm afraid it didn't really impress me that much after all. In fact, when I think about it, except for 'Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi' which might be the best animated feature ever made, that's actually what I felt with all Miyazaki's movies after all. Sure, as expected, the hand-drawn animation was once again just amazing and only therefore it is worth watching the damned thing. My favorite part was when the main character was rushing through the fire trying to reach his mother which was just so evocative. Unfortunately, I'm afraid I never really cared enough about the story and/or the characters involved. I mean, as far as I was concerned, it all seemed to be some rather basic Miyazaki narrative tropes after all. Indeed, it was dealing with a young character moving to a new unknown place to live and this main character was apparently struggling with his parents negligence and/or absence but these are some recurring themes that keep coming back again and again in his work. As a result, this final movie didn't seem to tackle anything really new. Concerning this fantasy world in which the main character entered at some point, to be honest, I'm afraid I lost grip on it almost immediately. I mean, where did he end up to? Who were all these strange people and creatures? What the hell was going on? Above all, and that was the main issue, did I really care? Not really, I'm afraid. Anyway, to conclude, even if it didn't really work for me, it was still an intriguing animated feature and it is definitely worth a look though, especially if you are interested in Hayao Miyazaki's work.


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A very good movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 29 December 2023 08:33 (A review of May December)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was directed by Todd Haynes and since there was such a strong cast involved, I was quite eager to check it out. The fact that it had received some very good reviews made the damned thing even more attractive to me. To be honest, I have to admit that I had no idea what it was actually about before watching this movie and it took me a while to figure out what the hell was going on but it made the whole thing even more rewarding. Eventually, I was actually floored by the damned thing. I have noticed that it was described as a camp comedy by some reviewers but, even though I understand what they meant, that’s not how I experienced it, at least, not most of it. In fact, it did impact me on a very personal level, much more than I expected. Indeed, I’m currently in the middle of an ugly divorce, I was married for 20 years and it was apparently a very abusive relationship. When we met, she was 34 years old, married with 2 children, I was 23 years old and I recognized so many things in Gracie’s behavior and Joe’s behavior, it was actually quite heartbreaking. I can’t imagine going through this if I would have been 10 years younger. As a result, even though, like everyone else, I was impressed by Julianne Moore’s and Natalie Portman’s performances, I was also really impressed by Charles Melton. Indeed, with barely any dialogues, he played such a stunted man, he was quite pitch-perfect. I think it’s the first time that I really understood the extent of the damages, for a teenaged boy, to have a sexual relationship with a much older woman. In this case, it was even worse since he was only 12 years old. After all this, I have to admit that I had some trouble to focus on Natalie Portman’s fine work because, sure, this couple or whole family was pretty messed up, but this actress definitely had some major issues as well. As a result, this movie was probably the worst advertisement I have ever seen regarding the acting profession. Of course, you might argue that Elizabeth was a bad example but, as displayed by the such great actors like Daniel Day-Lewis or Joaquin Phoenix, it can’t be really healthy to dive into such traumatized and messed up characters time and time again. Anyway, to conclude, it was just a fascinating drama and I think it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A very good movie

Posted : 1 month, 3 weeks ago on 27 December 2023 01:19 (A review of Everything Everywhere All at Once)

Since I kept hearing some really good things about this flick, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, to be honest, during the first hour, I was actually slightly worried. Indeed, after watching so many movies and TV-shows, usually in the super-hero genre, dealing with some multiverses, I wasn’t exactly thrilled by this indie feature tackling a similar concept. Sure, compared to the Marvel productions, the Daniels had to work with a seemingly microscopic budget and the movie was full of cute and/or weird little ideas. However, eventually, it still seemed to be yet another movie about some evil guy coming from some other multiverse threatening all living things which was pretty much exactly the same thing I already saw time and time again in other recent super-hero features. Fortunately, during the second half, it finally became obvious that it was actually something entirely different after all. Indeed, at some point, it became obvious that playing with multiverses was not actually the endgame after all, it was just a cool messy playground but, what this movie had and all the other multiverse-related productions missed (except for the Spider-Man animated features), was a really strong emotional core. Even though the bad guy was called Jobu Tupaki, it was actually Joy all along, the main’s character daughter, something everyone else in the movie seemed to forget, except Evelyn herself. As a result, it went beyond the usual fight between Good and Evil but it turned out to be actually a deep and profound reflection on how messy, chaotic and unpredictable life can be and about all the relationships we have along the way. Eventually, we make a 1000 of decisions on a daily basis and all these decisions seem and are meaningless on some level and, yet, each decision shapes who we are on the long term. Anyway, to conclude, the damned thing really deserves its stellar reputation and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 1 month, 4 weeks ago on 26 December 2023 07:47 (A review of She Done Him Wrong)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was included in the '1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die' list, I was quite eager to check it out. It was also the very first movie I saw starring Mae West and, well, it turned out to be quite unforgettable, that's for sure. Still, to be honest, it's too bad the movie itself was rather clunky after all. Indeed, even though it was lasting only 1 hour, there were so many characters and so many sub-plots involved but, with such a short running time, there was no way that any of it could be fleshed out properly. To make it work, they should have either remove at least half of the characters or double the running time. Anyway, at least, there is no doubt that Mae West was fascinating to behold though. The funny thing was that she was not extraordinary gorgeous but she had such a charisma and her dialogues full of wits and innuendos were just awesome and such a contrast with what you would get only a few years later in your average Hollywood production. Indeed, that's another interesting with this movie, the fact that it was made just before they came up with some official moral rules and censorship, something that's still impacting movies today. As a result, sure, there was still no nudity and no sex at all but the character played by Mae West basically couldn't have a normal conversation with a man without turning him upside down with her words. In general, beside Mae West herself, the dialogues were the other asset in this movie but, unfortunately, the rest barely worked though. It was fun though to see Cary Grant when he was younger but he was rather wasted here playing the most boring character of the bunch. The fact that he did get the girl at the end after all was also really random and hardly convincing. Anyway, to conclude, it was still really awesome to discover Mae West and, only for her, the damned thing is definitely worth a look.


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An average movie

Posted : 2 months ago on 24 December 2023 07:55 (A review of Rogue Agent)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was starring Gemma Arterton, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, I had never heard of Robert Freegard before and it turned out to be quite an incredible story. Indeed, I usually have a weak spot for con artists but, in his case, it went so much further than that as he manipulated his victims sometimes for years. I think this story hit me even harder because I was stuck in a really manipulative relationship for 20 years (in fact, after 8 months, my divorce is still not finalised...). Anyway, the material was quite strong but I'm not sure if they took the right approach though. Indeed, for some reason, instead of focusing on Freegard himself, they decided to focus on one of his victims which wasn't necessarily a bad idea. However, it was a mistake to make her so instrumental in his capture. Seriously, there is no way that she would have helped the police like this and tag along with them to arrest him. Furthermore, I wish they better explained how a seemingly bright woman like her could fall for his schemes. I mean, I noticed that some people were amazed that he could fool so many people with his ridiculous stories but that was the whole point. Indeed, the guy always targeted people, usually women, who were psychologically maybe slightly weaker or at least more likely to be easily manipulated. At the end of the day, some people really want to believe that they can get involved in some adventurous spy world, even if it is actually seriously unlikely. There is also the fact that, when you are deeply in love, you usually trust your partner and believe or want to believe anything they tell you. Unfortunately, in this case, the red flags were so huge and the timeline was not really clear (were they together for a few months or already for a few years when she found out that his identity was fake?) so it didn't add up that she wouldn't drop on him on the spot. Anyway, to conclude, even if it didn't completely work, it was still a really strong story and it is definitely worth a look though, especially if you like the genre. 


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An average movie

Posted : 2 months ago on 22 December 2023 10:39 (A review of The Count of Monte Cristo)

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. First of all, I have to admit that I have never read Alexandre Dumas’s famous book. However, I did watch Kevin Reynold’s adaptation but it was years ago and, to be honest, I didn’t remember much about it. Anyway, it is definitely a classic tale and, from all the numerous adaptations that had been delivered so far, it is usually considered as the best one. Well, to be honest, I still had some mixed feelings about the damned thing though. I completely forgot that Napoleon’s return from exile and finale demise had something to do with Edmond Dantes’s tragic story but, all in all, it felt rather convoluted. Still, it does deserve its classic tale status though and, from the moment Dantes started to dig this tunnel, a task which took him a whopping 10 years, I have to admit that the damned thing did become quite entertaining after all. Concerning Robert Donat, I have noticed that the guy was praised for his work in this movie but it actually took me a while to warm up to his performance. Indeed, I thought he was terribly stiff when his character was still a naïve young man. However, it was pretty neat how he played the character differently when he became the Count of Monte Cristo. Sure, he was the good guy and everything ended up well for him and the people he loved but there was something slightly psychotic and sinister about his demeanor and it was all thanks to Donat’s subtle performance. Anyway, to conclude, even if it didn’t really impress me, I have to admit that it was still a decent watch though and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 2 months ago on 21 December 2023 10:30 (A review of Maestro)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but, ever since this movie was announced, there was some pretty good buzz about it and since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. First of all, I have to admit that I actually never heard of Leonard Bernstein before watching this movie but the guy was definitely fascinating. Furthermore, Bradley Cooper was quite spellbinding to behold here and the guy probably delivered here the best performance of his career. Unfortunately, even though the material was interesting, the movie itself was never really fascinating though. Indeed, even though it might have seemed to be a good idea to focus on his relationship with his wife, a relationship which did last 30 years, I think it was a mistake after all. I mean, there was nothing really wrong with either of them but, above all, the trajectory that their relationship took turned out to be rather underwhelming. Basically, they both completely fell in love with each other, she proclaimed she loved him as he was which was intriguing. However, fairly soon, he completely neglected her, she resented him for it but, of course, they patched things up before she died of cancer. Well, there was nothing really wrong with all that but it was never really thrilling though. At some point, when they just met, Cooper seemed to be hinting that he would go for a much wilder approach but it didn’t last very long. Eventually, the end-result was a rather generic biopic focusing on the (after all very basic) love life of an amazing artist instead of focusing on his amazing artistic achievements. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, I have to admit that it was still a decent watch though and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre or if you are interested in Bradley Cooper’s work. 



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