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An average movie

Posted : 3 months ago on 23 June 2023 06:13 (A review of Les spécialistes)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was directed by Patrice Leconte and since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Apparently, it was a box-office success in France when it was released and, after watching the damned thing, I can fully understand why. Indeed, it was well made and quite entertaining and it was pretty neat to see a French action flick which didn't look cheap and which could easily compete with similar US productions. Eventually, it turned out to be some kind of French modern take on 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid', they even kept the homo-erotic undertones. Fortunately, this approach worked very well mostly because Bernard Giraudeau and Gérard Lanvin were both really charismatic and had some very nice chemistry together. Unfortunately, even though it was mostly entertaining, it's too bad that the story was just full of nonsense though. There were some details like the fact, that even though they were on the run and just jumped into a river, they were still able to light a fire and smoke a cigarette 5 mins later. It was also probably a mistake to make Giraudeau's character a cop as it made the story unnecessarily convoluted. I mean, did it really make sense that the police would come up with such a plan to get rid off some notorious gangster? Sure, you might argue that it was supposed to be some brainless popcorn entertainment and I guess it all depends what you expect from the movies you watch. Still, as far I was concerned, I wonder what would have been the end-result if they would have come up with a better script. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.


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A good movie

Posted : 3 months ago on 22 June 2023 03:34 (A review of Poor Cow)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was Ken Loach's directorial debut and since it was available on Netflix, I was quite eager to check it out. I have to admit that I had no idea what this movie was about before watching the damned thing. Anyway, eventually, it was pretty neat that, instead of focusing on the life of a small-time burglar, they told the story of the wife of such a thief which was a really neat approach. In fact, this marriage didn't last for long and, from the moment that her husband in jail ended, she then started a relationship with another thief which was provably not the best move but the fact this woman was flawed made her in fact even more interesting. I think this movie also gave a good idea how limited the options were for women at the time. Nowadays, people complain that so many marriages end in a divorce but, as correctly displayed in this movie, couples back then did stay together, not by choice, but above all because it was so complicated and socially not accepted to get out of a toxic or failed relationship. So, the material was definitely intriguing but, to be honest, it was pretty obvious that it was Loach's first movie and his directing was not really steady at the time, especially if you would compare it to his later work. Sure, you might argue that it was an artistic choice but the end-result was rather messy and disjointed. Still, Loach, at the beginning of his career, was already so good at displaying such a grey barren and convincing portrait of the British working class. Anyway, to conclude, even though it was definitely not one of his best movies, it was still an interesting debut and it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in Ken Loach's work.


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An average movie

Posted : 3 months ago on 21 June 2023 09:17 (A review of Les bronzés 3: amis pour la vie)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this movie but, even though it apparently didn’t get much love when it was released, since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out anyway. In fact, I just saw again ‘Les bronzés’ et ‘Les bronzés font du ski’ very recently and I have to admit that these movies were not as bas as I remembered, in fact, not at all. Unfortunately, even though it was a nice idea to bring back this group of characters almost 30 years later, the end-result turned out to be seriously disappointing though. Above all, even though this whole group of very famous French comedians was involved in the writing, the script was just terribly weak though. I mean, there were a couple of decent ideas but most of it didn’t really work and, on top of that, most of the jokes were more pathetic than really funny. To make things worse, all the characters involved were just so underwhelming this time around with the only exception of Jérôme played by Christian Clavier. Indeed, after all these years, Clavier still managed to find the right tone to play his character but, sadly, he was the only one of the bunch, I’m afraid. For example, it was a big mistake to have Gérard Jugnot’s character suffering some kind of stroke as it basically disabled this character for a good chunk of the running time which was not funny at all and felt like a waste. But, to be honest, what they did with the other characters was not much better either. Anyway, to conclude, even though I don’t think that it was such a bad idea to make another sequel after all the years, it was still pretty weak though and I don’t think it is really worth a look. 



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An average movie

Posted : 3 months ago on 20 June 2023 11:42 (A review of Unhinged)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was starring Russell Crowe, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, to be honest, I was surprised by how little I actually cared about this movie after all.  While watching the damned thing, I was thinking that it was some kind of mix of ‘Gladiator’ with ‘Falling Down’. Basically, it felt as if Maximus actually didn’t die, went to live in the suburbs, got divorced, became seriously depressed and even became pissed off at the whole world in the process. Sure, if you put it like this, it actually might sound more intriguing than it actually was but, eventually, the end-result was just nasty, unpleasant and even rather depressing to behold. I mean, I don’t blame Russell Crowe, it was actually pretty ballsy from him to play such a psychopath for once. Unfortunately, his character was not developed whatsoever. Seriously, they gave us an intro during which he killed someone who might have been his ex-wife and her lover but, that’s it, there was afterwards no more background information provided at all. Even more problematic was the fact that this character was just so one-note. At least, Caren Pistorius, who has always been an interesting actress above all because she is charismatic without looking like a top-model, was a perfect choice to play the main character. I also liked the fact that, during the 1st confrontation with Russell Crowe’s character, she did act like a really disrespectful b*tch but, unfortunately, the makers really did nothing with this. To make things worse, her character was barely more developed than the crazy guy chasing her. Basically, she was a complete random innocent victim who was chased by some random psycho in the most random way possible which was hardly entertaining. Anyway, to conclude, the damned thing was pretty weak and I don’t think it is really worth a look.



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A very good movie

Posted : 3 months, 1 week ago on 19 June 2023 09:19 (A review of A Fantasy)

If you are interested in film story, this movie is pretty much a must-see. Indeed, it’s usually considered as the very first animated feature and I have to admit that I was actually quite impressed by the damned thing. Sure, it might seem rather rudimentary with its black background and these simple stick figures drawn with some white lines but, in fact, I thought the animation was actually quite sophisticated, especially since it was such a precursor in this genre. The other really interesting aspect with this movie was how wild it was from a narrative point of view. Indeed, even though some viewers pointed out that there was some kind of plot, Émile Cohl, who probably made the whole thing himself on his own, certainly didn’t stick it to it. Instead, it goes from one random thing to another random thing every few seconds and the end-result was quite spellbinding to behold. Eventually, even though a running time of less than 2 mins might seem to be super short, it was actually perfect for this material and I don’t think it would really work if you would extend it. Anyway, it is really neat that, back in those days, they could come up with something so experimental and the damned thing is therefore definitely worth a look. 



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An average movie

Posted : 3 months, 1 week ago on 17 June 2023 04:38 (A review of Les bronzés font du ski)

I already saw this movie but since it was ages ago and since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out again. In fact, a week ago, I already rewatched 'Les bronzés' and I was quite impressed by how much better it was than I remembered so I was definitely less apprehensive to watch again this sequel. And, indeed, in spite the fact that I really despised the damned thing when I first watched it as a teenager, I have to admit that it was actually quite entertaining after all. Obviously, it was a no-brainer that, for this sequel, this group of friends would go to winter sport holidays. The fact that I'm not a huge fan of such holidays probably made me appreciate it even more (sure, the mountains are gorgeous and skiing is fun but it's also so much hassle and so damned expensive, I honestly rather stay at home). Once again, I was also impressed by the fact that so many jokes were actually really funny. The only thing that really didn't work for me was the idea of putting dental floss in some cheese fondue (seriously, some people really do that and think it's funny?!?) and the ski excursion going bad lasted for way too long (it was actually supposed to last even longer and this sequence was thankfully drastically shortened). Still, in general, it might agree with the general assessment that this sequel was actually better than its predecessor. Indeed, it was more focused. Anyway, it was quite entertaining to spend more time with this group of really average French people. What was also fun, this time around, was the fact that even though they had all become friends, in fact, they didn't really appreciate each other that much which is just exactly how it goes in real life. Anyway, to conclude, even if I still don't think it is a real masterpiece, I have to admit that it is actually a solid French comedy and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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An average movie

Posted : 3 months, 1 week ago on 16 June 2023 08:20 (A review of Hobson's Choice)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was directed by David Lean and since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. While watching this movie, it’s hard to imagine that David Lean would deliver ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’, his first great epic, only 3 years later, and, to be honest, I’m rather surprised that this movie turned out to be a box-office success when it was released in Great Britain. It’s not that it was bad, in fact, it was pretty neat to see such a great master like David Lean doing a comedy for the first time in his career, it’s just that I was never really impressed or dazzled by this movie. The main issue I had was that the whole thing felt rather disjointed. Indeed, who was actually the main character? The other thing that bothered me was the fact that they pushed their portrait of William Mossop too far my making him such a bumbling idiot. Sure, it was supposed to be funny, I get that, but, as far as I was concerned, it was rather odd that a bright and beautiful woman like Maggie Hobson would be interested in a guy who was almost retarded. At least, there is no doubt that I was once again seriously impressed by Charles Laughton who has definitely become one of my favorite actors, no less than that. Indeed, there was absolutely no redeeming qualities regarding this character and there was nothing really interesting about this guy either and, yet, Laughton managed to make him quite entertaining to behold, it was just quite masterful. Anyway, to conclude, even if I didn’t really care about this flick, I have to admit that it was still a decent comedy and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in David Lean’s work. 



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An average movie

Posted : 3 months, 1 week ago on 15 June 2023 10:25 (A review of Ivanhoe)

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but, since it seemed to have a decent reputation (it was nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award and it was apparently a big box-office success when it was released), I thought I might as well check it out. On top of that, when I was studying English in College, I read ‘Waverley’, another book written by Walter Scott but, to be honest, it was probably the most tedious book I had to read at the time. Still, I was always intrigued by this other story which was probably the most famous book written by Scott. Well, unfortunately, I really had a hard time to care about the damned thing after all. It’s funny that this movie is described as an epic swashbuckling action flick when, in fact, most of the movie was about the characters having some rather tedious conversations. The fact that I saw it on the BBC without subtitles probably didn’t help though. Sure, I have to admit that there we some action scenes and I guess they were fairly impressive for a movie which was produced at the beginning of the 50’s. However, the most intriguing thing was the love triangle involving Ivanhoe, Rowena and Rebecca. Indeed, Joan Fontaine and Elizabeth Taylor were both super charismatic back in those days but, even though it made more sense that Ivanhoe would choose Rowena, Rebecca, a Jewish girl, was actually much more mysterious and interesting. So, it was a rather intriguing situation but you might wonder why it was introduced in the first place since they didn’t do anything really interesting with it. The fact that Ivanhoe was such a perfect righteous boring hero was also a major issue. Anyway, to conclude, even though the damned thing didn’t really impress me, I have to admit that it is still worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 3 months, 1 week ago on 14 June 2023 02:41 (A review of Power Rangers)

I wasn’t expecting much from this flick but since it was starring Elizabeth Banks, I thought I might as well check it out. First of all, I have to admit that I have never watched the TV-show ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ but I did watch ‘Choudenshi Bioman’ even though, to be honest, it was never one of my favorite children TV-series when I was a kid. Anyway, coming back to our main feature, I have to admit that the damned thing turned out to be actually much more watchable than I expected, at least, during the first 30 mins. Indeed, they gave not one but two really unexpected and insane car crashes and the whole ‘Breakfast Club’ vibe was actually pretty neat. Unfortunately, this positive first impression didn’t last for very long, I’m afraid. The main issue was that it took them no less than 90 mins to finally become some freaking Power Rangers. Indeed, not only this movie lasting 2 hours was just way too long but, above all, it took them forever to finally get their damned suit on. Sure, I understand that it was an origin story, that they wanted to properly introduce this group of characters but, while the intention was fine, this approach just seriously backfired. The funny thing was that you don’t learn so much after all about them, instead, you see them getting involved over and over again in one of the most pathetic trainings I have ever seen. Eventually, it was pretty obvious that this movie was supposed to be the start of a new franchise (they even teased the upcoming addition of a Green Ranger) but I’m afraid this movie was not successful enough since no sequel was released afterwards. Anyway, to conclude, even though the beginning was promising, it turned out to pretty weak after all and I don’t think it is really worth a look, except maybe if you are a die-hard fan of the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 3 months, 1 week ago on 13 June 2023 10:11 (A review of Prénom Carmen)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was directed by Jean-Luc Godard and since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Even if it might not be one of the most famous movies directed by Godard, it did actually win the Golden Lion for the Best Film at the Venice Film Festival. Well, once again, it turned out to be another seriously challenging movie from the French master. Fortunately, since it was the 3rd movie I saw from this guy in a rather short period of time, it didn’t bother me so much this time and, in fact, I think I finally figured out what he was trying to do. Basically, you could compare it to the painting Art for example. Indeed, for centuries, they tried to deliver the most photo-realistic paintings possible but, at some point, they took their distance from this approach and the artists started to create some more and more abstract work. Well, it seems that Godard didn’t want to wait for so long and started, way before everyone else, to deliver some really abstract movies. However, in spite of what the French director might have thought, I’m not sure if movies can really work if you strip down so much of the narrative tissue. Anyway, the most striking thing with this movie was probably its sexuality though. Indeed, in spite of his reputation of being high-brow and hyper intellectual, I have noticed that Godard always have/had some very cute women and even young girls in his movies but, in this case, he pushed it even further though. Indeed, Maruschka Detmers, who was only slightly older than 20 years old and in her very first role, was displayed prominently naked (at least, Jacques Bonnaffé who played her romantic partner was very often naked as well) but I have to admit that she was not only quite gorgeous but also seriously charismatic. Anyway, to conclude, even though I have to admit that I didn’t really care much about the damned thing, I still think it is worth a look though, especially if you like the genre or if you are interested in Jean-Luc Godard’s work. 



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