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A good movie

Posted : 2 months ago on 29 August 2020 07:21 (A review of Tenet)

Like so many film buffs, I have been closely following Christopher Nolan's career for years and, once again, this new directing effort was my highest priority for 2020. On top of that, because of the Coronavirus, even though the movie was completed, it kept getting postponed increasing my expectations in the process but also for everyone else. Well, I wish I could say it was worth the wait, as it is usually the case with this director. Unfortunately, I'm afraid Nolan has delivered the first misfire in an otherwise pretty much flawless career so far. The saddest thing is that it was, according to Nolan, his most ambitious movie so far. Anyway, what went wrong? Well, for me, it felt like they gave permission to David Lynch to direct a blockbuster with a 200 million dollar budget. The difference would be that Lynch would probably deliver something just as weird, bonkers and nonsensical as Nolan did but, at least, it would be on purpose. I mean, it is not as if Nolan was working for the first time with a rather far out complex. However,  the question I keep asking myself is 'was it really such an awesome idea?'. Well, I'm not so sure. I mean, for more than 2 hours, the viewers and the characters struggle with the dammed idea but it never became really fascinating. To make things worse, every 5 mins, they would add another completely random piece of information making the damned thing even more confusing. For example, why would they need some oxigen? Of course, it was explained but what was the added value? Same thing with the inverted objects. Who cares and what did it actually have to do with the plot? Concerning the cast, this time, Nolan didn't have so many characters to deal with which was probably a good thing. However, if John David Washington and Robert Pattinson were both pretty good and had some good chemistry, unfortunately, their characters were barely developed whatsoever. Concerning Kenneth Branagh, it didn't work so well though as he was completely miscast and you might wonder why they didn't simply hire a Russian actor. Anyway, was it really some complete garbage? Of course, not. The time passed by very quickly, the soundtrack was badass, it was visually still impressive and it felt good to go back to the movie theatre after almost 6 months but there is no doubt that the damned thing was seriously disappointing. Anyway, to conclude, I actually think that my rating might be actually too high but I give Nolan a few extra points for at least trying to deliver something original but you should probably lower your expectations before watching the damned thing. 


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An average movie

Posted : 2 months ago on 28 August 2020 10:40 (A review of Project Power)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since there was a decent cast involved and since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, even though the concept was not bad, to be honest, it was nothing really mind-blowing either and it could have been better developed. Concerning the trio of main characters, they had some potential but I think it was a mistake to bring Jamie Foxx’s and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s characters together so late in the movie. As a result, there was not much time to develop their relationship and possible chemistry. Concerning Dominique Fishback, she was obviously the big revelation in this movie with tons of wit and charisma, however, I still had some trouble with her character. Indeed, even though Fishback is almost 30 years old, they made her play a high schooler and through the whole movie, I kept wondering what the hell this young girl was doing there. In fact, I can’t count how many times the two other characters told her to go home which made sense and which displayed how awkward the situation was with this girl. By making her a young adult instead of someone much younger, it would have worked much better in my opinion. Concerning the rest of the movie, well, I have nothing much to comment. Eventually, I think they spent too much time on showing so many ‘powers’ as possible which was probably supposed to be super awesome but I wish they spent instead more attention on developing the characters and the rest of the story. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, I have seen much worse on Netflix (I know, it is a low bar…) but I guess it might be worth a look if you have nothing else to watch. 



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A good movie

Posted : 2 months ago on 27 August 2020 10:59 (A review of The Invisible Man)

I didn't have some huge expectations concerning this movie but since I kept hearing some good things about it, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, following the huge flop of ‘The Mummy’, Universal cancelled their Dark Universe for the 2nd time (They had already failed with ‘Dracula Untold’ a few years before), so, instead of a big blockbuster starring Johnny Depp, they gave us something much smaller produced by Blumhouse and starring Elisabeth Moss instead. Well, it paid off since this movie was fairly successful at the box-office and it even managed to receive some decent reviews. To be honest, I still think the concept was really flimsy but there is no doubt that Leigh Whannell made the most of it. Indeed, in spite of its title which was there only for some marketing purposes, he basically made the ultimate stalker movie and the fact that the guy had the possibility of becoming invisible was eventually almost an afterthought. Well, I have never been a huge fan of the stalker genre but what made this movie still work was above all another fearless performance by Elisabeth Moss. Indeed, from the very beginning, her character was just so completely strung out and only became worse as the movie moved along. In this genre, they usually show the main character has being terribly strong and resilient but, here, they put much more focus on the psychological turmoil experienced by this woman and, combined with a strong performance from Moss, it was much more compelling to behold. However, this movie still followed the rules of the genre and, during the 3rd act, the main character completely changed and became some kind of super vigilante. Of course, it was not really surprising but not only it vastly contradicted the rest of the movie, it was above all hardly satisfying. Anyway, to conclude, even if it was not really ground-breaking after all, it was still a decent thriller 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 26 August 2020 10:57 (A review of The Blue Kite (1993))

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it seemed to have a decent reputation, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, to be honest, I did struggle to really connect with this movie. I mean, it did give an interesting and really bleak view on the life in China back in the 50’s and 60’s. In fact, while watching the damned thing, I was wondering how the director got away with making something like this in China. Well, he didn’t. Indeed, during the production, they apparently smuggled the movie out to Japan and then released the movie worldwide. Anyway, basically, it deals with some average people, living some average life and, apparently, they all went along fine in a rather peaceful community. However, following the drastic decisions of the Chinese Communist party, their lives were suddenly turned upside down and fear became suddenly a major factor in their everyday life. What stroke me was that you get to see them living for years under such a political system which was originally designed to be fair but, eventually, you didn’t see them experiencing any improvement on their living conditions at all. So, that was all quite interesting but the main issue I had was that, even though you spend more than 2 hours with the characters, you don’t get to know any of them after all. I guess it might be one of the virtues of this movie, the fact that you have to figure out on your own what these characters might be thinking or feeling. However, since I’m not Chinese and since I was born in the 80’s, it was rather difficult for me to relate with them. Anyway, to conclude, even if it didn’t really blow me away, it was still a very interesting movie 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 25 August 2020 11:57 (A review of Zombieland: Double Tap)

I never thought that ‘Zombieland’ was such a great movie but since this sequel was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, I have to admit that this 2nd sequel was actually quite fun. Indeed, the 4 original characters (Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita, Little Rock) all came back with the same cast and they had a really nice chemistry together. Still, I have to admit that I didn’t recall that Columbus and Wichita did hook up in the previous instalment but, to be honest, I thought it was pretty obvious that these 2 characters didn’t belong with each other. However, a bigger issue was with the new supporting characters though. I mean, it was a great idea to add some new faces, maybe even expand their group at some point, but, unfortunately, I didn’t care for any of them. The only one who might have had some potential was Rosario Dawson’s character but she was barely developed at all and was added in the mix just to make sure that Tallahassee would finally get some bedroom partner. However, ALL the other added characters were barely entertaining and, sometimes, even seriously annoying. Of course, I understand that it was the whole point for Madison, the character played by Zoey Deutch. Indeed, she was supposed to be cringe-inducing to behold but the end-result was hardly entertaining. First of all, there is absolutely no way that such a clueless brat could have survived for so long a zombie apocalypse but, above all, I think it would have been so much more interesting if this girl would have been pretty badass and an actual threat for Wichita. And yet, thanks to the original cast, the damned thing was still fairly entertaining with some seriously witty oneliners. Anyway, to conclude, even if the whole thing felt like another pointless and rather misguided sequel, I think it is still worth a look though, especially if you enjoyed the previous instalment. 



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An average movie

Posted : 2 months ago on 24 August 2020 08:31 (A review of Fighting with My Family)

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. I have to admit that I have never been a fan of Wrestling and, even though this movie was a decent attempt to legitimize this ‘sport’, to be honest, I wasn’t still not really convinced. Another thing that bothered me was that, even though Dwayne Johnson was displayed prominently on all the promotional material, he actually had only 2 small scenes (the 1st one was pretty cool though). Anyway, the movie itself was pretty much a generic sports feature faithfully following the rules of the genre. The end, even if it was fairly entertaining, didn’t make much sense to me though. Indeed, since all the fights in Wrestling are fixed from the beginning, if the fighters have a script to follow, how can you actually win a fight?!? Saraya/Paige should have known even before the fight started that she was going to win or maybe I completely misunderstood this ‘sport’ but, to be honest, I don’t think I really care. There is one thing that really worked though with this movie and it was Florence Pugh. Indeed, so far, I have seen her only in this movie and ‘Midsommar’ but she seriously impressed me and I can understand why she is considered as one of the most promising upcoming actresses working today. In this movie, she completely disappeared in her character, she was really convincing and seriously charismatic. In fact, it was rather annoying that it took the character the whole duration to figure how charismatic she was but I blamed more the script then Pugh’s strong performance. Anyway, to conclude, even if I still think that Wrestling is terribly tedious, I have to admit that this movie was still fairly entertaining and it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 2 months ago on 23 August 2020 06:25 (A review of Bumblebee)

To be honest, I lost hope in the Transformers franchise a long time ago but since this prequel had been fairly well received and since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, eventually, it turned out to be a decent watch but mostly because most of the movies directed by Michael Bay turned out to be so underwhelming, not because it was actually anything great. Still, there were a couple of major improvements though. First of all, they scaled down the whole thing. Indeed, there were only 3 or 4 transformers involved and only a handful of human characters. Then, I really liked the fact that they made Bumblebee vulnerable for most of the duration, it made the character much more interesting than the the usual badass robots destroying everything coming there way without a second thought. Hailee Steinfeld was also quite charismatic but, to be honest, her character was really generic and not as interesting as the makers tried to convince the viewers. And, unfortunately, that was pretty much what more or less worked in this movie. Indeed, the fights between the transformers were well made and spectacular but, after watching so many of them, I really didn't care anymore and they actually bored me. Furthermore, the plot was just so generic. I don't know, maybe the transformers were a fascinating concept when I was 12 years old but, nowadays, the whole thing seems rather idiotic, especially after some many dumb sequels. I guess they would have to come up in the future with something really original to pique my interest. At least, the movie was must shorter than the ridiculously long blockbusters delivered by Bay. Anyway, to conclude, even if it was nothing really amazing, it was still a rather harmless transformer installment and I think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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A bad movie

Posted : 2 months, 1 week ago on 21 August 2020 10:30 (A review of Momentum (2015))

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Olga Kurylenko, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, even though Kurylenko is extremely lovely, to be honest, she has spent at least half of her career showing up in some rather sh*tty movies and this one might be the worst of the bunch I have seen so far, I’m afraid. Indeed, not only the damned thing was terribly generic and tedious but most of it didn’t really work at all. For example, if it wasn’t necessarily a bad idea that these bank robbers would wear some high-tech suits, however, to give them some flashy coloured lights to recognize who was who was just lame and ridiculous. At least, it was neat to see Kurylenko playing a highly qualified robber but, to be honest, she wasn’t never really convincing. On top of that, even though the plot was seriously generic, some big chunks didn’t make much sense. For example, who the hell was this red-haired woman called Jessica?!? Why would an American senator hide a USB stick with sensitive information in a safe deposit box in South Africa? Was Kurylenko’s character actually hired to retrieve this precious USB stick? Coming back to this evil senator, it seems that Morgan Freeman apparently showed up for this movie as a favour for the director but I hope for him that he did get a nice pay check from this mess. Anyway, to conclude, the damned thing was a huge waste of time for myself and for all the people involved and you should pretty much avoid it. 



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A good movie

Posted : 2 months, 1 week ago on 20 August 2020 09:02 (A review of Opening Night)

Since I have always been intrigued by John Cassavetes's movies, I was quite eager to check out this movie. To be honest, I have to admit that it had been years, even decades, the last time I saw one of his directing efforts. Well, within the first 10 mins, I remembered how challenging his work can be. Indeed, with this movie, Cassavetes probably gave one of the less glamourous and definitely the bleakest look of what it can mean to be an actor. Still, as mentioned before, the damned thing was quite challenging, above all, because the main character was so destructive and also rather pathetic. As a result, I had a hard time to really care about what she was going through. Especially, at the end, when the actual opening night finally took place, I thought it was just infuriating to see her showing up very late, completely inebriated and even barely able to walk. I mean, I didn't really mind the money that could be lost or the fact that the audience maybe showed up for nothing, I was actually pissed off for her crew and colleagues. Indeed, so many people worked so hard so that this drunken diva could go on this stage and there might be 1000's of actresses who would do anything to be in her position but will never get such an opportunity. Still, there is no doubt that Gena Rowlands was just amazing and she gave here such a fearless and pretty much pitch-perfect performance. On top of that, I just love the way Cassavetes shot and edit his scenes, it gives his pictures such a raw and realistic feeling. Anyway, to conclude, even though it wasn't an easy watch, it was still pretty good and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Cassavetes's work.



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A good movie

Posted : 2 months, 1 week ago on 19 August 2020 10:02 (A review of Darkest Hour)

Since I kept hearing some pretty good things about this flick, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, the first tricky thing with this movie was that even though you see Winston Churchill struggling, we all know that he would eventually prevail and become one of the most famous British Prime Ministers. Eventually, somehow, even if we already knew the outcome, the makers still had to manage to make the story either entertaining or interesting enough. I have to admit that, since I’m half-French half-Dutch, I have always been intrigued by the history of Great Britain during WWII since this country had such a vastly different experience of this war than France and the Netherlands. Still, even though it might seem that the whole thing was historically accurate, actually, half of it was pretty much some fantasy to promote the glory of the famous Briton. The most obvious scene was when Churchill took a sudden trip with the London underground. I mean, you don’t need a PHD in British history to figure out that something like this never happened and I thought it was a rather heavy-handed trick to display that Churchill was actually really interested in what the average British folk was thinking and feeling about these dramatic events. However, if you dig a little further, you might discover that this movie was actually filled with other historical inaccuracies which was slightly disappointing. Above all, it would have been nice if they had delivered a more nuanced portrait of the British politician. Still, there is no doubt that Gary Oldman gave a stellar performance here and the guy was here quite spellbinding to behold. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a well-made historical biopic and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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