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A bad movie

Posted : 2 months, 2 weeks ago on 27 September 2018 09:03 (A review of Glitter (2001))

Of course, since this movie has such a lame reputation, I wasn't expecting much but, after all these years, I still wanted to check if it was really so bad. And, indeed, I have to agree, it was just really weak. To be honest, I don't think that Mariah Carey was so bad though. I mean, sure, by playing a singer, she didn't take any risk but, even though I have never been a fan, she does have an impressive voice and, at the time, she never looked sexier. Unfortunately, pretty much everything else was just so tedious and borderline pathetic. Indeed, first of all, they used pretty much all the clichés involved in such stories about a rising singer and, to make things worse, there was absolutely no edge whatsoever. I mean, for half of the duration, there was no conflict at all and the best thing they could come up with was to have her breaking up with her boyfriend who was becoming a jealous douchebag. To conclude, I actually don't think that it is one of the worst movies ever made but there is no doubt that it is still seriously weak and you shouldn't waste your time like I did watching the damned thing.


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A good movie

Posted : 2 months, 2 weeks ago on 26 September 2018 08:29 (A review of Juice)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this movie but since it has a decent reputation, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, even though it was nothing really groundbreaking, it still turned out to be a decent watch. To be honest, I wasn’t not sure about the beginning. I mean, it did feel realistic but it was also rather whimsical, probably too much. Then, the plot was rather thin as it was about 4 guys messing up with a gun but not much else. Eventually, what made this movie really stand out was the character Roland Bishop. Indeed, it was such a dark and complex character thanks to a strong performance by Tupac Shakur. Thanks to this character, the apparent frivoulousness displayed at the beginning disappeared and was replaced slowly by a violent and grim reality. Of course, you might criticize this character as being just nother average psychopath, which wouldn’t be completely false, but he might have been the only one correctly assessing their bleak future. Concerning Tupac Shakur, not only the guy was was regarded as one of the best rappers ever but he was also terribly charismatic and actually a pretty good actor. Anyway, coming back to our main feature, to conclude, even though it was not a masterpiece, it was still an interesting watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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A good movie

Posted : 2 months, 2 weeks ago on 24 September 2018 08:38 (A review of War Dogs)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was the last movie directed by Todd Phillips that I haven’t seen so far, I thought I might as well check it out. To be honest, I have to admit that I really have a weak spot for this kind of stories and, while the whole thing was nothing really groundbreaking, this tale was pretty wild, awesome and entertaining to behold. Obviously, a lot of it was made up (for example, these guys never went to Irak to deliver some weapons) but it didn’t bother me. Something more disappointing was the relationship between Miles Teller’s character with his girlfriend played by Ana de Armas. Indeed, it is such an old trick to have the girlfriend complaining about the fact that the main character didn’t tell her the truth. Not only it has been done to death before but, above all, it is such a drag. Another issue was that the character played by Jonah Hill, Efraim, was such an unreliable loose canon which was just so predictable. I mean, even though it was supposed to be funny, it was rather annoying that they got busted apparently because Efraim didn’t pay a simple bill. Anyway, to conclude, even though it was nothing really original, I thought it was quite entertaining and it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre.



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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 23 September 2018 05:18 (A review of Catch Me If You Can)

Not to be confused with the great movie directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the only reason I wanted to watch this flick was because it was Stephen Sommers's directing debut but, to be honest, I had some rather low expectations. Well, it turned out of be some kind of mix of a vintage version of 'The Fast and The Furious' and a 80's high school comedy and this mix was as weird and misguided as it sounds. The message was also that gambling is not something to really worry about, at least, as long as you keep winning. In fact, the whole thing was just so daft that it could have actually worked if they had chosen a much darker tone. But, unfortunately, the damned thing was just so cheerful that it became pretty much impossible to swallow all these ridiculous scenes. The ending was a good example. Let me sum it up: the school wins the football game, the main character wins the final race, the school is saved, he wins a scholarship and gets the girl. I mean, seriously? Anyway, to conclude, the whole thing was really weak and I don't think it is worth a look at all.


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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 22 September 2018 09:15 (A review of Brick Mansions)

I wasn't expecting much from this flick but since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. I have to admit that I haven't seen the original version, 'Banlieue 13', and since it has a decent reputation, I might check it out at some point but, to be honest, I didn't care much for this remake. Indeed, as usual with a Luc Besson production, the damned was pretty weak and boring. I mean, there was a few good ideas and some of the action scenes using parkour were actually pretty neat. In fact, I discovered afterwards that David Belle actually invented the disciple known as Parkour which was pretty cool so no wonder that the guy was so impressive during those scenes. Unfortunately, Besson remains a rather weak writer who keeps lifting some obvious elements from other movies. Of course, you could argue that Quentin Tarantino does exactly the same thing but, with Besson, it makes his movies so generic and tedious to watch. To make things worse, will all respect to the late Paul Walker, the guy was just a rather boring actor and he played here the same character he kept playing through most of his career. Anyway, to conclude, it was all rather boring and I don't think it is really worth a look. 


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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 22 September 2018 06:42 (A review of Caddyshack (1980))

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this flick but since it is considered as a classic comedy, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, to be honest, pretty much like some other classic comedies made at the time like 'Animal House' or 'Vacation', I really struggled to care about the damned thing, I'm afraid. I mean, I didn't really mind that there was no plot and that the whole thing was just completely random. First of all, I didn't care for any of the characters involved but, above all, the biggest issue I had is that I never thought that it was really funny. The reason why was there was no plot was due to the fact that the actors were constantly improvising and, at some point, the running time was over 4 hours so they had to cut more than 2 hours of material and the majority of the plot was lost during the editing. I don't know, maybe I should rewatch it at some point while I'm aware of the fact that the actors are actually improvising the whole thing. Anyway, to conclude, even if it didn't really work for me, I still think it is worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 21 September 2018 08:33 (A review of Underworld: Blood Wars)

To be honest, I wasn’t interested in this movie but from all the movies I suggested to watch with Nick, my step-son, it was the only one he was really eager to see. Well, once again, I was just terribly bored by this damned franchise. First of all, even though they spend the first minutes reminding us what happened in the previous instalments, I was really struggling to remember what the hell happened in the previous movie which I saw about 6 years ago. Wasn't it taking place in the future?  I also completely forgot that Theo James was also involved. Anyway, it was pretty much the same story, there is this big war between the Vampires and the Lycans and you have the super warrior Selene stuck in the middle. Seriously, how they manage to release 5 movies with this material is really beyond me. On top of that, all the new characters added this time around were not interesting or entertaining whatsoever. At least, Kate Beckinsale has recently claimed that she won’t be returning for yet another instalment so maybe we are finally done with this franchise. Anyway, to conclude, my rating was really generous for this movie, the damned thing was just so tedious and I don’t think it is really worth a look.



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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 19 September 2018 09:07 (A review of Sabotage )

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for David Ayer's work, I was quite eager to check it out. Well, after  watching this movie, I understand why he had been chosen to direct 'Suicide Squad' and why it turned out to be a failure. Indeed, pretty much like in 'Suicide Squad', it was dealing with a really badass team of lethal misfits but, also just like in 'Suicide Squad', the story was just a huge mess. Apparently, David Ayer argued that the movie had been heavily cut by the studio but I wonder if a longer running time would have been such an improvement. I mean, I was still able to follow what was going on, it's not that it was so confusing, it's just that it was just really poorly put together. It was basically one of those movies that keep throwing some twists at the viewers hoping that we won't notice how weak the story actually is. It's too bad because this elite DEA squad team was pretty awesome and Arnold Schwarzenegger gave here easily one of his best performances as he had the opportunity to play a much interesting character than in his usual action flicks. Anyway, to conclude, I think I might have been rather generous with my rating here but I guess it might still be worth a look, if only to see Arnold Schwarzenegger playing an intriguing character for once.


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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 19 September 2018 08:07 (A review of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016))

To be honest, I was rather surprised that they would come up with a sequel for ‘Jack Reacher’. I mean, sure, it was actually a decent action flick but it was still nothing groundbreaking and, above all, it didn’t turn out to be a huge success at the  box-office. However, it seems that Tom Cruise didn’t accept this semi-failure and he still pushed to make this sequel. Well, to be honest, even though it was watchable, it wasn’t really good, I’m afraid. I mean, the intro was not bad and the story was entertaining enough until Reacher managed to get Turner out of jail but, from the moment they started to work together, the whole thing became terribly generic and bairly entertaining. Another thing that bothered me was that, even though they keep hammering the fact that Jack Reacher always works alone, in both movies in this franchise, he ends up with a hot female partner. It was also a huge mistake to give Jack Reacher a daughter and it didn’t help that this character was just poorly written and poorly played by Danika Yarosh. Eventually, the only thing that saved this movie from becoming really average was Tom Cruise’s charisma and the fact that Jack Reacher remains a pretty cool character. Anyway, to conclude, I think I was rather generous with my rating here but I guess it might still be worth a look, at least, if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 17 September 2018 09:27 (A review of A Wrinkle in Time)

Even though this movie turned out to be a massive critical and commercial flop, I was still curious to see if it was really so bad. Well, I have to agree that the damned thing was indeed pretty weak. Basically, it was supposed to be some kind of cute, whimsical and perhaps even inspiring tale but it just never worked. Indeed, it turned out to be  a mix of really random and weird scenes. To make things worse, most of the dialogues was filled with some incomprehensible mambo-jambo involving some Camazotz, some tesseract and three mysterious misses who really came from nowhere. Seriously, after 15 minutes, I pretty much gave up trying to understand what the hell was going on and I hope the book made more sense. At least, I hoped it would be visually appealing and the first scenes were promising but, even in this area, it was still a failure and it has been a while since I have seen such an underwhelming overdose of CGI. At least, Storm Reid had some charisma and displayed some potential in spite of this poor material. But, above all, I felt bad for Ava DuVernay. Indeed, it was such a historical event that a black woman had the opportunity to direct such a big budget feature but she completely failed and I really hope she will get another chance in the future since she is so talented. Anyway, to conclude, I was just bored by the damned thing and I don't think it is really worth a look.


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