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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 16 May 2022 08:30 (A review of Grudge Match)

When I first heard of this movie, I thought the concept did sound really cool and, even if it turned out to be a flop at the box-office, I still wanted to check it out. Indeed, I loved the idea of Jake La Motta facing Rocky Balboa, even if they were both around 70 years old each. And, to my surprise, even though the critics completely dismissed this movie when it was released, I thought it actually was not so bad at all after all. Sure, the story was fairly generic and completely predictable but, in my opinion, these 2 boxers, their rivalry, how they ended up in this spot, all these elements were all fairly well developed and actually really entertaining. Even the minor characters such as the one played by Kim Basinger, Jon Bernthal, Alan Arkin and Kevin Hart worked fine. The only exception would be Frankie Brite played by [Link removed - login to see][Link removed - login to see] who had so very little impact on the story that he could and probably should have been removed. Eventually, the only thing that didn’t really work was the tone. Indeed, they went for some comedy and they even leaned towards parody which was a rather misguided choice. Eventually, it is hardly surprising since it was directed by Peter Segal, a guy with a not really impressive track-record (for example, he was behind 3 Adam Sandler features among other things). In fact, with such a director onboard, it could have been so much worse. Still, even without going for a dark gritty drama, with such intriguing characters, if they would have gone with a slightly more serious approach, it could have been actually pretty good. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it turned out to be actually a decent watch and I think it is actually worth a look, especially if you eager to see a confrontation between Jake La Motta and Rocky Balboa.



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A bad movie

Posted : 3 months ago on 10 May 2022 08:15 (A review of Air Strike)

I wasn’t expecting much from this flick but since it was starring Bruce Willis, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, for once, Willis didn’t show up for an awful cheap-ass action flick, this time, he got involved with an awful Chinese propaganda war film but, to be honest, the end-result wasn’t much better, I’m afraid. It’s too bad because the story of what happened in Chongqing during WWII was actually interesting but the whole approach was actually so misguided. Indeed, they gave us so many characters, all seriously underwhelming, and they were all involved in some random tedious sub-plots. At least, Bruce Willis did show up for more scenes than he usually do in his direct-to-VOD work (indeed, even if he is always displayed prominently on all the promotional material, he usually shows up for only a couple of scenes) but his performance was still pretty pathetic though. On the other hand, you might wonder why they did put Adrien Brody on the poster since he had only a couple of scenes. Maybe it had to with the fact that the original cut ran over 5 hours so many storylines were probably drastically shortened in the process (Bingbing Fan for example did end up with only with 9 seconds of screentime with a completely random scene at the beginning of this film). Anyway, the whole thing was pretty much an unwatchable mess. Indeed, it featured some of the least convincing and ugly CGI I have seen in a very long time (I have to admit that the numerous explosions were actually well done and quite horrifying to behold but that was pretty much the only thing working with this movie). Even the editing was borderline amateurish with no proper transition between many scenes. Anyway, to conclude, it was a poorly made and, above all, really boring Chinese propaganda feature and you should probably avoid it. 



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An average movie

Posted : 3 months ago on 9 May 2022 10:29 (A review of Ouija: Origin of Evil)

I didn’t care much about ‘Ouija’ but since this prequel was directed by Mike Flanagan and since it seemed to have a decent reputation, I was quite eager to check it out. To be honest, I didn’t remember much about ‘Ouija’, except that it was pretty lame. I was in fact pretty sure that there was basically no connection between the two movies. It’s only afterwards that I discovered that it was actually taking place in the same house and some of the characters were even actually returning. Anyway, Flanagan did a fine job here, even if he didn’t focus too much on the Ouija board after all. Indeed, in fact, it could have been easily removed and the whole story would still have worked. Anyway, the mood was neat, the end-result was actually pretty creepy and I have to admit that, even if I wasn’t scared sh*tless, I was definitely pretty spooked though. On top of that, even if the characters were not very developed, the Zanders were charismatic enough and I actually cared about what they were going through. Flanagan also uses very often the same actors with all his movies and miniseries (Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel) and they were all fine here. Even Annalise Basso, who wasn’t a Flanagan regular, did deliver a solid performance. Eventually, the only thing that didn’t really work out for me was when they tried to explain what was actually going on (which had eventually nothing to do with the Ouija board) which was rather convoluted and not really interesting. However, it was still rather impressive how much Flanagan managed to achieve with some seemingly hopeless material, especially if you would compare his work to the borderline abysmal previous instalment in this franchise. Anyway, to conclude, even if it was maybe not a homerun, it was still a solid horror feature and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 3 months ago on 8 May 2022 06:47 (A review of Think Like a Man Too)

I wasn’t expecting much from this flick but since there was a decent cast involved, I thought I might as well check it out anyway. To be honest, I have to admit that I didn’t remember much about ‘Think Like a Man’ (after checking my review for this movie, I was surprised to discover that it was probably not bad at all). Anyway, this sequel turned out to be rather lame after all, that’s for sure. I mean, sure, to have all the characters go to a wedding in Las Vegas was pretty generic and lazy but it wasn’t necessarily a bad idea though. Indeed, to see them going through a very wild night in Sin City could have been fun, as long as they didn’t have a blackout and forgot everything like in ‘The Hangover’. Unfortunately, nothing really crazy or particularly entertaining happened to both the bachelor and bachelorette parties. For example, at some point, the girls eat some marijuana thingy by accident but really nothing happens afterwards, except that they get the munchies later on. With the boys, in a similar fashion, at some point, for no real reason whatsoever, Adam Brody and and some other random white actor were added to the bachelor party because they were apparently supposed to be some ‘party animals’ but they didn’t have any impact at all after all. They also spent way too much time on Cedric’s money issues. On top of that, the fact that the guy didn’t know from the start how crazy expensive such a room would be made the plot line rather ridiculous. At least, they gave us once again a lovely group of ladies (Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, La La Anthony) but it was probably the only positive thing I could find regarding this movie. Anyway, to conclude, the damned thing was maybe harmless but it was still too lame and I don’t think it is really worth a look. 


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A good movie

Posted : 3 months, 1 week ago on 5 May 2022 08:40 (A review of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness)

Like every year, I went to see the 1st MCU installment with much excitement, especially with such a promising title. Unfortunately, to be honest, the whole thing turned out to be a rather overhyped and forgettable MCU feature running on auto-pilot, I’m afraid. Sure, it was still fairly entertaining but, in my opinion, it was actually a step down from Doctor Strange’s previous solo feature. Eventually, it was one of those rare blockbusters which could have been slightly longer. As a result, even worse than the dream introduction which was rather generic, how this monster suddenly showed up a block away from a wedding Strange was attending was narratively pretty weak. Above all, after all, there was not much ‘Multiverse’ and not enough ‘Madness’ for my taste. Indeed, they basically visited only 2 other multiverses and one of them was already on the brink of obliteration. The one they spent most of their time was eventually not explored whatsoever which felt like a missed opportunity but I wish they kept on going in this journey and  showed us some really wild places in the process. Eventually, you can only wonder what Scott Derrickson would have done if he would have stayed on board and it’s unfortunate that he wasn’t allowed to turn it into an actual horror film, the reason why he left this project. I thought it was also rather odd that there was basically no link whatsoever with the previous MCU movies, even with the last Spider-Man. Instead, they linked it with ‘What if…?’ and with ‘WandaVision’ which means that you basically HAVE to get Disney+, otherwise, good luck keeping track with the continuity in the MCU from now on. At least, I did appreciate that they gave us a villain who didn’t want to obliterate half of our population for once and Doctor Strange is still a pretty cool character. Anyway, to conclude, even though it turned out to be a rather disappointing MCU installment, it was still a decent watch though and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are fan of the MCU. 


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A good movie

Posted : 3 months, 1 week ago on 3 May 2022 07:49 (A review of Reinventing Marvin)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was directed by Anne Fontaine, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, it turned out to be a decent portrayal of a young boy (and man) struggling with his homosexuality within an intolerant and hostile environment. In fact, the impact was so huge that the poor guy was still pretty much lost, even after finding some kindred spirits. Eventually, it was a good reminder that, even if we are supposedly living a in a ‘modern’ and ‘progressive’ society, many gay kids still fall in a total vacuum with no support whatsoever which must be so heart-breaking and terrifying. Furthermore, Finnegan Oldfield and Jules Porier both gave some solid performances of the same character at different stages of his life. Still, the whole thing did remind me of a Dutch movie I saw recently during which a young woman was reminiscing about her tragic youth and both movies had basically the same issue. Indeed, to make it all more complicated or sophisticated than it actually was, they went for a mixed-up chronology which is such a lazy and overused gimmick. To make things worse, in this case, in the scenes when Marvin was older, the guy didn’t do much, except sulking by himself in the corner. As a result, you might wonder why so many people seem to be interested in him as he did nothing really fascinating. I mean, I have to admit you could sense that there was something boiling inside of him which did result in his successful play but, in my opinion, Anne Fontaine never really managed to really translate it to the screen. Anyway, to conclude, even if it was maybe not really ground-breaking, it was still a solid drama and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre or if you are interested in this subject. 



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A good movie

Posted : 3 months, 1 week ago on 1 May 2022 08:16 (A review of The Northman)

It was my turn to pick up a film for our filmclub and, as usual, I tried to go for a big gamble and went for a huge Viking epic saga, easily the most violent movie we have seen so far. Well, as far as I was concerned, I thought it was visually impressive and I really enjoyed the tense dark ominous mood. I have to admit that I was little concerned after I saw the trailer which, to be honest, didn’t really impress me as it made the whole thing look like a rather basic vengeance tale. Indeed, the biggest challenge for Robert Eggers was to turn this classic Scandinavian legend which had inspired countless other stories such as ‘Hamlet’ or even ‘The Lion King’ into something new and, if I have to be honest with myself, he didn’t really succeed. Sure, I loved the visuals and how was I completely immersed in this vintage Viking world but the whole thing was still too predictable. I have to admit that I didn’t see coming the scene when Amleth’s mother pretty much shattered his already fairly demented psychological state by revealing her true feelings about his father and even himself. However, it was probably the only surprising thing that occurred during more than 2 hours of mayhem. Still, the general madness and the bleakness of the whole endeavor was very much appreciated. Eventually, if you see the current state of our world, 1000 years later, our inclination for violence didn’t really change, the only thing which has evolved is that we don’t use such seemingly innocent axes anymore but missiles capable of wiping out a whole building. In the meantime, we still manage to fight for the most dubious reasons and we will keep doing it because that’s our tragic nature. Anyway, to conclude, even I’m still not a huge fan of Eggers’s work, I still enjoyed his Viking epic and it is definitely worth a look.  


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An average movie

Posted : 3 months, 1 week ago on 1 May 2022 07:02 (A review of Daddy's Home 2)

First of all, I have to admit that I didn’t really like ‘Daddy’s Home’ but since this sequel was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, I’m probably giving this movie way too much credit because I was expecting something so bad but, to be honest, I thought it was not bad at all. Of course, the damned thing was really generic and completely predictable but, at least, I thought it was much more enjoyable than the previous installment which completely bored me. Indeed, in ‘Daddy’s Home’, the huge mistake they made was to constantly focus on the annoying and tedious bickering between Brad and Dusty but, with this sequel, it was actually the other way around, they focused instead on how well they got along which was much more fun and enjoyable to watch. Of course, they had to bring someone else to mess up this harmony between them and poor Mel Gibson did end up with this rather thankless job. Seriously, I was constantly wondering what was this guy problem. I mean, in ‘Daddy’s Home’, Dusty’s behavior was just really annoying as well but he was acting this way because he was afraid he might loose his children. But why would a grand-father try to start a feud between his son and the stepfather of his grandchildren, especially since they seem to get along so well? Was he maybe jealous to see other people happy? Anyway, fortunately, there were so many characters and so many subplots involved this time around that everything attempted by Kurt never really had such an impact on the whole thing. Hell, even the jokes seemed to be slight better this time around and even the Christmas vibe actually worked. I don’t know why I’m being actually rather positive, it’s probably only because it didn’t turn out to be a complete disaster after all. Anyway, to conclude, I’m probably being way too generous here but I guess it might be actually worth a look, at least, if you really like the genre. 


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An average movie

Posted : 3 months, 1 week ago on 30 April 2022 06:38 (A review of Luizenmoeder - De film)

To be honest, I had no idea what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Jennifer Hoffman, I thought I might as well check it out with my wife. It was apparently based on a very successful Dutch  TV-show that we both didn’t see it but its success was the main reason why my wife was eager to see this movie. Well, eventually, even though she really liked it, to be honest, I didn’t care much about the damned thing. I mean, there was definitely some potential and it was definitely not awful but there were just too many things that didn’t work or even bothered me. Basically, the main issue was that there were just too many things going on, as if they tried to tell a whole season of the TV-show in 2 hours. Seriously, it has been a while since I have seen such an overstuffed movie. As a result, there were just so many characters involved and, to make things worse, some of them were borderline awful. Indeed, the teachers and kids were maybe not super interesting but they were not bad and at least they were harmless. On the other hand, I really had a hard time to stand the parents. Sure, I got the idea, it was supposed to be a quirky community but I didn’t think it was funny at all to have most of them making some racist jokes or comments through the whole duration. Then, another issue was I didn’t care much for the tone. Indeed, they went for something slightly realistic but they still mixed up some comedy elements to lighten up the proceedings which was a bad idea, at least, as far as I was concerned. Anyway, to conclude, I didn’t connect with this movie at all but I still think it can be worth a look though, at least, if you really like this kind of Dutch movies.


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A very good movie

Posted : 3 months, 2 weeks ago on 28 April 2022 08:13 (A review of Won't You Be My Neighbor?)

Less than 2 years ago, I saw ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’. Back then, I had never heard of Fred Rogers before but the guy turned out to be so interesting that I became quite eager to see this documentary, especially since it had been so well received when it was released. Well, even though there is no way that such a children TV program would appeal to me now or even when I was a kid, I was amazed by how Rogers managed to touch me. Eventually, it is usually slightly annoying when they keep praising someone in such documentaries but this movie is one of the very few exceptions as, in this case, it felt completely justified. Indeed, Rogers is probably one of the most inspiring guys I have ever seen and to hear him speaking is actually such a life-altering experience, at least, as far as I was concerned. Seriously, I was on the verge of tears by the end of this movie. One of the very few critics made towards him was the fact that he might have spoiled a whole generation of children with his gentle approach but it was hardly convincing. I mean, how can you ruin a child by telling he/she is a special at a very young age and by telling them that they deserve to be loved? What would be then a better alternative? Basically, it is all about the power of love and compassion, some concepts Fred Rogers managed to master very early on in his life. There was also some discussion about the fact he was actually a religious man but, even if I’m not religious myself, I still felt such a deep connection with him. Anyway, to conclude, the damned thing was just quite fascinating to behold and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Fred Rogers. 



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