jeudi 31 juillet 2014

Hercules — Could have been so much more than a brawn flick — 5*/10

Hercules will be a disappointment if you expect more than basic action. The production wants to present the demigod as just a normal human, yet keeps pushing its super-hero qualities all along the flick. The dialogs are weak, the scenario incredibly linear, the token female warrior uninteresting and unidimensional.

Just watch it for the action.

Lucy — A thrilling action packed sci-fi that easily entertains despite a few flaws — 8*/10

Lucy by Luc Besson is a great sci-fi. If you set aside a few glaring scientific flaws concerning the brain and evolution, it is quite captivating. The action and the special effects are spectacular. Scarlett Johansson is right on her best game. The scenario is solid, except towards the end where it becomes a bit soft. The ending itself, however, is just perfect.

A should watch, especially if you're a sci-fi, action or Johansson fan.

mercredi 30 juillet 2014

View from the Top — It can be entertaining if you're willing to suspend your disbelief — 6*/10

View from the Top is rather wacky romantic comedy. If you don't take it seriously you'll have fun. The only really bad thing about it, is the end. How emotionally dependent is that? Yuk.

For some silly fun.

lundi 28 juillet 2014

Bachelorette — Messy, upside-down, sideway, funny roller coaster — 8*/10

Bachelorette is the anti-thesis of your usual romantic comedy. The reason for that is that the main characters, good looking women who are popular, are depicted in a very realistic and mean fashion. Usually a flick tries to sell us the dream of beauty and popularity. Saying that this movie is a fat-shaming one, is like saying that Natural Born Killers glorifies and promotes violence. All the interactions between the characters a very off-kilter compared to the slick films we're used to. The dialogs and action have the messiness of real life.

If you wanna see something different and have a good laugh.

samedi 26 juillet 2014

Terminator Salvation — Forgetting the third instalment with something really decent — 7*/10

Terminator Salvation, the 4th Terminator, is not the best of the series, but after the dismally horrid third part, it's a balm to a fan of the first two. I'd even say that it's pretty good. It has all the action and special effects you can ask for, plus the story is interesting, the dialogs are nicely done and the acting is solid. My gripe is with the almost inexistent defence of Skynet central, and the lousy last scene.

For great entertainment.

jeudi 24 juillet 2014

Wish I Was Here — A realistic family drama well sugared with levity — 8*/10

Wish I Was Here, surprisingly co-written and directed by Zach Braff, who also plays the main role, is just great. The drama is wrapped in realism and sensibility then sprinkled with laughs and comedy to the point where you can't help but be riveted to the story. Braff went beyond is usual role as an actor and demonstrated that he had many more talents.

A very easy flick to watch.

jeudi 17 juillet 2014

Begin Again — A sentimental flick close to perfection — 9*/10

Begin Again only has a few easy plot artefact to blemish its perfection. It's very funny, has excellent main actors, captivating emotions, beautiful sets, a great story and the perfect ending. You can hardly ask for more.

Go see it, unless you think a movie is no good without action or special effects.

vendredi 4 juillet 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction — One of the best in the quadrilogy — 7*/10

Transformers: Age of Extinction is solid chapter in the series. Michael Bay gives one more of his signature action packed sci-fi with this new title. No complaints beside a few logical glitches and a simplistic storyline. A no brainer entertainment block-buster.

For Transformers, action and sci-fi fans. Others, abstain.

mardi 1 juillet 2014

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World — Great for a silly time in an uncharted parallel version of our world — 8*/10

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is silly ass movie of independent style with a great overarching metaphor that will greatly be appreciated by geeks everywhere. It's funny, with good acting and nicely done dialogs. It's drawback are not numerous, but I'll spell them out here. 1) It pushes the concept that nice guys are what girl should have but need to be convinced of and that bad boys are what they want and will always go to but should be protected from. 2) Girls don't have a say in the matter of who they should be with, that they can't make a decision for themselves. 3) While having surprising twist here and there in its scenario, the end sucks. It almost made it to the unexpected, but veered off at the last minute. Weak.

For geeks, super hero lovers, and those who love weird flicks.