mardi 25 février 2014

The Lego Movie - Everything is awesome, well, not exactly, but almost - 9*/10

The Lego Movie is what every Lego fan has been wishing for, if only subconsciously. The jokes are hilarious, the action is almost non-stop, the animation is just superb, and the subtle second degree satire very educating. The only real misstep is how the break in the suspension of disbelief was introduced, it's a bit awkward. However, they picked it up very well and everything meshed in back nicely. Will Ferrell is perfect for his roles.

For Lego fans, but also anyone who likes a good off the wall funny animation flick.

dimanche 23 février 2014

One Day - Better than you might expect - 7*/10

One Day is a true romantic comedy and it has all the the valued trimmings of the genre, with some surprises to boot. The story and the scenario are rather weak at first, it takes some time to get into the real mood of it all, but you do get to finally enjoy its substance.

To discover if you like romantic comedy.

jeudi 20 février 2014

The Monuments Men - Enjoy those big name actors but not much else - 6*/10

The Monuments Men is interesting for its informational value, its jokes, and the acting. However, this flick is mostly devoid of content, an emptiness made glaring by a few easy speech that try to imprint us with a sense of purpose.

Just for the big names in the production.

lundi 17 février 2014

Stoker - Sterile brilliant meeting of psychopathic minds - 8*/10

Stoker is about attention to details. It plunges you in its world slowly, until it drowns or hypnotizes you. Great acting on the part of the main characters, excellent score, powerful scenes with very elaborate sets and sharp photography are its key ingredients.

Not for everyone.

mercredi 12 février 2014

Mona Lisa Smile - Very interesting characters and scenario - 8*/10

Mona Lisa Smile presents very interesting characters at a time when feminism had yet to be born. However its strong point, beyond excellent acting, is the story line that twists and turns in unpredictable ways. Captivating.

For everyone, especially those who like strong female voices.

mardi 11 février 2014

Vampire Academy - Good idea with a very lame execution - 5*/10

Vampire Academy is a much better trailer than movie. It's barely television quality on all levels: story, scenario, dialogs, characters, acting, settings, and special effects. Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 2 is on par with this flick, never mind the following seasons.

For teen vampire fans only.

jeudi 6 février 2014

That Awkward Moment - Average in more ways than one - 5*/10

That Awkward Moment makes a few attempt at being different, but fails with a miserable ending and feels like a weird mash up of a guy flick with girl flick. You'll have some laughs, you'll see some handsome people, however, don't hope for more.

If you're bored.

mardi 4 février 2014

Hesher - Raw, angry and touching family drama - 9*/10

Hesher is definitively not your average family drama. It's story has a strong sardonic undertone, some dark humor and is filled with irreverent behavior. The captivating plot constantly surprises the viewer because of the violent anarchist antics of the main character. Revulsion, frustration, anger, understanding and tears are on the menu.

Will not please everyone, but should touch almost anyone by the end. Don't expect glamour.

dimanche 2 février 2014

Bridesmaids - Crazy off the turf kind of offbeat girly comedy - 7*/10

Bridesmaids has many very embarrassing moments and it's a bit much for me, getting me to squirm in my seat. That being said, it's really well made. Good acting and a very interesting story with novel dialogs.

If you want to see a girly comedy where the claws are out and dysfunctionality is a character.

samedi 1 février 2014

Her - A fantastic vision of AI and its incipient singularity - 10*/10

Her is brilliant. Great acting, captivating characters, sweet and sad story that completely immerse you, a scenario with perfect pacing, amazingly ambitious vision, and beautiful photography. It's the perfect low key science-fiction flick.

Something everyone can enjoy.