vendredi 30 mai 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past - A nicely meshed story - 7*/10

X-Men: Days of Future Past is one of the good X-Men movies. The story is very involved and there are a lot of interesting elements as well as many new actors for the younger versions. The scenario might be a bit easy at time, but there are many captivating features to it. My biggest disappointment was the replacement  actress for Mystique. She's acceptable, but it's just not the same.

For super heroes fans and action fanatics.

jeudi 29 mai 2014

Fading Gigolo - Don't think you know what it is until you see it - 8*/10

Fading Gigolo is not what you'd think it is watching the preview reel. Yes, there's that, but the movie extends its view in a semi-satiric, semi-dramatic way. It seems to say that sex is not all that bad and that we need to open our eyes to the possibilities life can offer us. John Turturro as both a director and actor did a splendid job. Excellent acting and emotional setup.

For those who don't need to have their expectation fulfilled.

lundi 26 mai 2014

Blended - Not worth going to the theater to see it - 5*/10

Blended is a story that fails to capture your attention. The jokes are easy and some of the acting is very poor. You'll need to do more than just turn your brain off to enjoy it, you'll need to overlook a lot of flaws and lower your expectations dramatically.

Wait for it on Netflix.

Les invasions barbares - Soyez prêt à affronter la tristesse - 9*/10

Les invasions barbares dans cette suite au classique Le déclin de l'empire américain, bien peu de moments comiques et beaucoup de larmes à verser. La qualité est tout aussi grande, mais le ton est assez sombre.

À voir.

Le déclin de l'empire américain - Un grand classique à voir - 9*/10

Le déclin de l'empire américain est un classique du cinéma québécois. Il met à nu l'état, à un niveau individuel, de la société québécoise à la fin des années 80. C'est bien sûr à propos de sexe. Solide mélange de comique et de dramatique, on ne peut qu'être accroché par la narrative même au 21è siècle.

Film sans action ou effets spéciaux, mais parfait pour tout adulte pour qui ce n'est pas nécessaire.

jeudi 22 mai 2014

Belle - Romance, deceit and a sprinkling of history - 7*/10

Belle is a captivating story, even with the few predictable turns it throws at us, with strong romantic feelings and the inevitable evil marriage plotting that we always give that era. The end is mushy, however, the acting is good enough to make us forgive movie's failings.

For the romantics.

Foxfire - A little told, and harsh, story with a lot of heart - 7*/10

Foxfire is interesting for its depiction of a rarely talked about subject. The depiction is strong, poignant and, I think, true. Excellent acting.

For the curious.

jeudi 15 mai 2014

Locke - A strong dose of reality with a bitter taste - 8*/10

Locke is one of those movie where everything happens in a closed environment and with a minimal number of actors. It's always interesting to see a good one. Here's it's a car and a driver who spend his time on the phone. Good story, excellent tension, interesting scenario, great camera work and editing.

Not for those who need action.

Under the Skin - A psychological journey through the unknowable - 9*/10

Under the Skin is a surreal experience. Scarlett Johansson is brilliant as the main character of this piece that floats in between a Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch movie. You'll be captivated by the great visuals and the stupendous metaphors. Your brain will be transported by a rising tide of unanswered questions. Be ready for more than you can chew.

For those who don't mind interpreting a film for themselves as they watch it.

mardi 13 mai 2014

Neighbors - A tough mix to pull off, but very funny - 6*/10

Neighbors doesn't sink too far into the juvenile and the awkwardness of the beginning does go away at some point. It doesn't take itself too seriously, yet it brings some really funny spins even if they're not new to Seth Rogen's style. There are a few excellent moments in there.

If you want to turn you brain off and have a good laugh without compromising your soul.

samedi 10 mai 2014

Brick Mansions - Nothing good beside the acrobatics - 5*/10

Brick Mansions is a disappointment because the preview is all acrobatics and that's the only thing that's good in the movie. The scenario and story are beyond weak.


mardi 6 mai 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - The best one made yet - 8*/10

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 easily wins the palm of the best Spider-Man movie ever made. I have to admit that I didn't like the previous chapter, which was a reset of the franchise, and was still looking at the previous incarnation as the best version. Not anymore.

Spidey finally has it all: strong drama, solidly built villains, amazing action, stupendous special effects, humor that really resemble his comic book incarnation, a scenario that keeps you riveted, a story that stands to logic, and good acting. The only weakness is the romance, which is a tad too predictable. However, the ending totally saves it.

See it.

I've just rewatched it and I still think it's the best Spider-Man yet. However, the last third of the movie was so good, I forgot that some of the rest wasn't as amazing, pardon the pun. So, I have to lower the rating just a bit to be fair to other movies, especially, super heroes flick.

samedi 3 mai 2014

The Other Woman - Different and funny, a real keeper - 7*/10

The Other Woman is made to make us laugh and it does it well. You don't need to think too much and the scenario contains lots of little elements that steer it away from really bad clichés. However, it does stay within the chick flick mold, but it knows how to surprise you.

Have fun.

vendredi 2 mai 2014

The Princess Bride - Lots of silliness and adventure - 8*/10

The Princess Bride is a classic of comedic fantasy. It's witty, nicely paced with a very interesting story. Beyond the rats and eels, it has aged well. The key point is not to take it seriously and just enjoy the silliness.

For fantasy and comedy lovers.