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A good movie

Posted : 2 months ago on 3 April 2023 12:47 (A review of Easter Parade)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since there was a decent cast involved, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, even though I have never been a fan of such classic musicals, in fact, musicals in general must be the genre I care the least for, I have to admit that this one was actually not bad. Sure, the plot was just paper-thin and there was actually barely any link with Easter but I thought the damned thing was actually fairly entertaining. Indeed, the main attraction with this movie was obviously to see Judy Garland and Fred Astaire working together and it seems that they were at the top of their game back then. It had been a while since I saw Astaire delivering such cool dancing moves and, concerning Garland, even if she was maybe not the best dancer in the world, I think she was probably even more charismatic than Astaire was. It’s too bad they didn’t try to develop their relationship a little bit more though. Indeed, why did Hannah fall in love with Don? Only because he was such a great dancer or because he saw her potential when nobody else did? The second option might have some merit but, first, there was the fact that Don picked her up completely at random and not because he thought she had any talent but, above all, I never had the feeling that he actually really cared for her. The conflict with his former partner Nadine was also rather half-baked. Eventually, you can only wonder what would have been the end-result if they had spent slightly more time on the story and the characters instead of delivering so many elaborate dance sequences but, in my opinion, that’s something that could be said about most musicals. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it turned out to be a decent watch and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 2 months ago on 2 April 2023 11:57 (A review of Ballet Mécanique)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it seemed to have a decent reputation, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, to be honest, even though I had heard of Fernand Léger before, I have to admit that I didn’t know much about his work though. Anyway, he was mostly famous as an abstract painter, mostly cubism, but, at some point, he also delivered such experimental surrealist movies. Yesterday, I also watched ‘Anémic Cinéma’, another experimental short from the same time period made this time by Marcel Duchamp, and while I greatly admired Duchamp’s short, the only issue I had was that it was too repetitive. Well, with Léger’s short, it was actually exactly the opposite. Indeed, even though there was some repetition, most of it was just really random and chaotic and, combined with the rather hysterical score, the end-result felt like some feverish dream or nightmare, depending on your mood. As far as I was concerned, I thought the end-result was certainly original and intriguing but also stressful but I guess that’s the cool thing with such experimental features. Indeed, since there is no narrative to hang on to, the only thing left is to actually ‘feel’ the succession of images coming at you at a rather frenetic pace, even if this experience might be rather distressing.



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A good movie

Posted : 2 months ago on 1 April 2023 11:51 (A review of Anemic Cinema)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it seemed to have a decent reputation, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, to be honest, even though I heard of Marcel Duchamp, I have to admit that I didn’t know much about his work but the guy had actually an impressive career and he was even considered as one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Anyway, he was incredibly versatile and it is not surprising that, at some point, he would also make such experimental movies. Well, at first, I have to admit that I was just fascinated by these spiral designs. Indeed, it was so well made and actually quite hypnotizing. Then, he gave us another kind of spirals, this time, involving some French puns and, well, even though those were amusing, it wasn't much more than that, I'm afraid, and I wonder if none French speakers can actually enjoy this movie. Anyway, through 7 mins, you go back and forth between these 2 concepts and, to be honest, it became quickly rather repetitive and I wish he did try something else at some point. Still, there is no doubt that these turning spiral designs creating some kind of 3D effect were just mesmerizing to behold. 



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A good movie

Posted : 2 months ago on 31 March 2023 10:37 (A review of The Banshees of Inisherin)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it had been very well received, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, Martin McDonagh had a rather spotless track-record but it was easily his best most gorgeous movie so far. Indeed, the action was taking place on some remote island on the coast of Ireland and McDonagh definitely made the most of this beautiful location. On top of that, the whole cast gave some really top-notch performances (Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon, Barry Keoghan). I was especially impressed by Keoghan who is slowly becoming one of the most interesting character actors at work nowadays. My appreciation also had to do with the fact that I understood the point of view of both men. Indeed, I was actually much younger than Colm, around 16 years old, when I became seriously bored by the people around me and, like him, I had a strong desire to take my distance. Eventually, I even immigrated to a different country and nowadays I have barely any friends at all so, even though many people might find his change of attitude towards his best friend completely ridiculous, I completely understood it. On the other hand, Pádraic’s reaction to the sudden change of behavior of his best friend was also quite understandable and I get why he tried to get back this relationship because, according to him, there was nothing wrong with it in the first place. Another thing about this movie that really worked was how they perfectly managed to match some seemingly contradicting tones. Indeed, you had a lot of sweet quirky humor but also some dark period drama and it was really neat how McDonagh managed to make it all work together. Unfortunately, even though it all seemed to work out, in my opinion, the final act seriously derailed the whole thing. Indeed, towards the end, it became terribly bleak and, to be honest, well, they actually lost me there. To sum it up, Colm cut 5 of his fingers, Jenny the Donkey died by accident, Pádraic burned down Colm’s house and Dominic seemingly killed himself and, well, obviously, it was all serious dark. Anyway, to conclude, even if the ending did feel like a cold shower, it was still a solid movie and it is definitely worth a look. 



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An average movie

Posted : 2 months ago on 30 March 2023 11:54 (A review of The Paradine Case (1947))

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since I’m a huge fan of Alfred Hitchcock, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, to be honest, I wasn’t really impressed by the damned thing after all. Indeed, they took a very generic story and, to make things worse, they told it in the dullest way possible. Basically, it was dealing with a lawyer falling in love with his client even if she might be guilty after all which was obviously nothing original whatsoever but it was rather surprising that pretty much nothing interesting or surprising happened through the whole thing. Apparently, the first cut delivered by Hitchcock was almost 3 hrs and maybe this version might have better worked but, then, it was cut several times by David O. Selznick and it is clear that something was missing with the final version. It’s too bad because there was actually a solid cast involved. I was especially intrigued by Alida Valli who was such a perfect choice to play this character but, unfortunately, she was given so little to do after all. It's a shame because Valli had such a fascinating screen presence but her character was basically sulking through the whole duration and not much else. It was a similar issue with Gregory Peck who was also a perfect choice to play this lawyer but you might wonder why this guy fell in love so fast with this woman he barely knew. Sure, you could argue that it was maybe a case of love at first sight but they could have developed more their relationship. However, it was even worse with Louis Jourdan who played his character as if he was constantly constipated. At least, the characters played by Ann Todd, Charles Laughton and Joan Tetzel did work but they were all some rather minor characters. Anyway, to conclude, it was definitely a minor effort from the great master but I still think it is worth a look, at least, if you are really interested in Alfred Hitchcock's work.



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A good movie

Posted : 2 months ago on 29 March 2023 09:17 (A review of The Last Black Man in San Francisco)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it seemed to have a decent reputation, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, to be honest, I really had a hard time to get a good grip on this movie. The fact that I was really exhausted when I watched the damned thing probably didn’t help but that’s a different story. Basically, it was an intriguing story with some solid directing and acting but the fact that nothing was told in a straightforward way was, at best, challenging, and, at worst, slightly frustrating. For example, at first, I thought that Jimmie and Montgomery were brothers and that Danny Glover was their father. At least, it was definitely a beautiful friendship and Jimmie Fails and Jonathan Majors both delivered some strong performances here. Eventually, I think it is one of these movies which are more rewarding to reflect on afterwards than actually watching them (Andrei Tarkovsky was easily the undisputed champion in this genre). In this case, I think this movie was a reflection about the loneliness and hopelessness faced by most black men in the US (for some reason, this movie did focus very little on black women). As a result, many of them end up like this group of young men, hanging in the streets, doing nothing, except being mean or worse to each other and every one that might cross their path. The only way out of this negative behavior might be fantasy and creativity which were embodied by the two main characters. However, even if Jimmie and Montgomery did manage to find some positive outlet, the actual rewards for them will be very little after all. On top of that, it’s easy to preach this from your comfortable couch but it’s a complete different story when you have to face such obstacles on a daily basis from the day you were born. Anyway, to conclude, even I wasn’t completely sold, it was still a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 1 week ago on 28 March 2023 07:58 (A review of Escape Plan: The Extractors)

Since I really didn’t like ‘Escape Plan 2: Hades’ at all, I had some very low expectations regarding this sequel but since I have the bad habit of watching pretty much anything starring Sylvester Stallone, I still ended up watching this movie. Well, to be honest, I think it was actually a slight improvement on the previous instalment. However, it doesn’t mean much since its predecessor was just so abysmally bad and the damned thing was still really weak though. For starters, the intro was really clunky and you might wonder why something seemingly so simple narratively speaking could be so poorly written? For example, why did they bring 2 bodyguards? Sure, these guys were both some solid martial artists, I’ll give you that, but the whole thing would have probably worked better with only one of them. Concerning the jail, in contrary to the previous movies in this franchise, it wasn’t some fancy high-tech building but a good old and seemingly really dirty prison which wasn’t a bad idea at all. However, even though the building was supposed to be huge, it seemed to be rather empty with only a handful of inmates and even less guards so I'm afraid it was not convincing at all. Concerning Stallone, at least, he had more screen-time than what is usually the case with such direct-to-VOD hack jobs but, in my opinion, he did look either terribly bored and/or really tired through the whole duration. Eventually, at more than 70 years old, you might wonder if the guy shouldn’t stop playing the toughest guy in the room. Anyway, to conclude, there is a fair chance that I was actually too generous with my rating here, the damned thing was really weak and you should probably avoid it, except maybe if you are a die-hard fan of Sylvester Stallone’s work.



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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 1 week ago on 27 March 2023 12:50 (A review of Shazam!: Fury of the Gods)

Even before this sequel turned out to be a box-office flop, I was already not really dying to see it but Nick, my step-son, was really interested to check it out so we went to see it together at the movie theater. For some reasons, Nick was convinced that we saw the first instalment together which was definitely not the case. Anyway, to be honest, with this sequel, I was slightly worried during the first scenes. Indeed, right from the start, the whole concept already started to show its limitations. Basically, instead of one teenager getting some super powers, suddenly, it was a whole group of them and it got old very fast. The fact that none of these kids, except for Freddy Freeman, and none of these super-heroes, including Freddy Freeman’s super alter-ego, was interesting or really entertaining certainly didn’t help. Seriously, I was wondering if Asher Angel was actually the same actor who played Billy Batson in the previous instalment because he was so bland this time around. On the other hand, he wasn’t helped by the fact that he had maybe 5 mins of screen time. Eventually, I’m not surprised that they removed Freddy’s super powers early on because he was easily the best character of the bunch and he actually pretty much single-handedly managed to make the damned thing still fairly entertaining to watch (Djimon Hounsou was not bad as well though). The ending was also solid and the conclusion, that kids can be heroes just like adults as long they are willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater good, had an emotional punch. Anyway, to conclude, the end-result was rather harmless and I guess it is worth a look if you really like the genre but I still think the damned thing was quite forgettable and I’m pretty sure it will be the end of this franchise, especially with DC being under a new regime with James Gunn. 



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A good movie

Posted : 2 months, 1 week ago on 26 March 2023 11:51 (A review of Hearts and Flowers)

Recently, I have been focusing on watching older movies going from the 1950’s up to the 1900’s and I came across this really obscure stop-motion feature on YouTube by accident. It’s only afterwards that I discovered that the music had been added by the guy who put the video on YouTube but he did a nice job since the music did fit rather well with the rest. Anyway, the damned thing was pretty weird, that’s for sure, and to be honest, I’m not sure if I understood everything that what was going on. Basically, it centered on a love triangle which was fairly straightforward but all kind of inexplicable stuff constantly happened through the whole duration so I have to admit that I did struggle to get a good grip. Still, there was something quite mesmerizing about the damned thing and not only because the stop-motion itself was pretty good. Indeed, above all, it was so interesting that, back in those days, there was much less censorship and they would actually give money to film makers to be so creative which was quite inspiring. As a result, I can only wonder what creative wonders I will discover if I keep going back in time which is such an exciting thought. 



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A good movie

Posted : 2 months, 1 week ago on 24 March 2023 12:24 (A review of Clerks III)

Since I have always been a huge fan of ‘Clerks’, of course, I was really eager to check this 3rd instalment. Well, to be honest, for a while, I was actually really worried. Indeed, there were just so many things that really didn’t work. There were some details like the fact that Jay And Silent Bob looked really weird with Jay and his fake teeth and Silent Bob with his fake tan but it went much further than that, I'm afraid. Indeed, it seems that Kevin Smith’s writing and directing became actually weaker with each new instalment and, compared to how awesome ‘Clerks’ was, it was just rather disheartening that this sequel coming up almost 30 years later was so weak. Fortunately, even though the first act was indeed lame and really disappointing, the damned thing finally started to work from the moment that Randal decided to shoot his movie. Indeed, it was pretty meta but it made sense considering how this franchise started. On top of that, it was really awesome how they reproduced the same shots with the same actors almost 30 years later. If you are a die-hard ‘Clerks’ fan like me, you will definitely appreciate these scenes as well. Of course, if you’re familiar with Kevin Smith, you will be aware that he himself survived a massive heart attack back in 2018 so it’s not surprising that his beloved characters would have to face a similar fate, even if I’m not sure if it was such a great idea to have both of them having a heart attack. Still, it was a really solid approach because it displayed that these guys were getting older, it made them more vulnerable, more human, and as fascinating as they were 30 years ago. The ending was also quite unexpected, rather heartbreaking and a great way to finish up this franchise. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, I still enjoyed the damned thing and I think it is worth a look but probably only if you’re interested in Kevin Smith’s work. 



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