samedi 29 novembre 2014

Dredd — Cheap entertainment, but good entertainment — 7*/10

Dredd, in its latest incarnation, is a simple flick and it doesn't try to do more than entertain. The story is linear without getting boring, it veers away from trying to tackle a larger issue, and is very single minded, much like the hero. Excellent settings, you can almost taste the futuristic crass, solid acting and nice action, with only a few dubious special effects that are easily overlooked. One thing though I just have to comment on, those motorcycles: ugly ass pieces of garbage.

For a good action fix.

vendredi 28 novembre 2014

Arthur Newman — Will vary depending on your tastes — 6*/10

Arthur Newman is a slow and uneventful flick. There's a bit of drama and intrigue coated with some good acting, but its real quality lies in the fact that it doesn't follow the conventional path of story writing.

If you want to see something different.

mardi 25 novembre 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 — Barely worth the time — 6*/10

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 doesn't let what is happening sink in. It pushes the feelings down the throat of the audience which makes the whole experience very mechanic. The action is interesting, if sparse. The story bland and linear.

Only for those who really want to know what happens next.

samedi 22 novembre 2014

Goats — offbeat, slow moving, low key and plain different — 7*/10

Goats is a no story movie. You catch a youngster at some point in his life, follow him for a while and then drop him off at another non-defining moment. This film has integrity and realism in a offbeat kind of way. The characters are funky, but they are all with a certain level of grey instead of black and white, with inaptitudes of real persons. The acting is good and the scenario takes unusual turns, going most of the time against the grain of standard Hollywood hacking. However, it's low key, without much happening. It's to be appreciated for its novelty and its touch of silliness.

If you're looking for something different.

vendredi 21 novembre 2014

Horloge Biologique — S'adresse à certaines personnes, sans plus — 6*/10

Horloge Biologique nous place dans une problématique opposant hommes et femmes dans le but de la procréation. Si l’on s'identifie à ces standards, c'est un film qui peut nous faire penser, sinon, on peut rire des personnages stéréotypés. Les jeux d'acteur sont bons, l'histoire est intéressante et le scénario a un bon rythme, mais sans plus.

Pour ceux qui veulent réfléchir à leur appartenance au standard.

jeudi 20 novembre 2014

Québec-Montréal — Assez simple, mais riche en dénouements — 8*/10

Québec-Montréal découd une série de relations qui font le trajet entre ces deux pôles québécois. Vous rirez, vous serez embarrassés, et même surpris. Ce film ne vous laissera pas de marbre. Chacune des situations comporte son lot de remise en question et de positionnement, à moins que vous ne décidiez de prendre le tout au premier degré. À votre choix.

Pour rire et peut-être même cogiter.

mardi 18 novembre 2014

Killing Bono — Acceptable silly piece of independent art — 6*/10

Killing Bono is silly with a touch of pathetic sadness to it. You'll laugh and be captivated against your will, but, mainly, you'll give yourself more than a few face palms. It's low budget, but still interesting.

For those not looking for too much.

lundi 17 novembre 2014

Adult World — Hilarious, low budget. yet excellent — 7*/10

Adult World really defines what clueless means through its main character. It's disarming and totally hilarious how clueless she is, even though she's intelligent. She's just very isolated from any real strife. Realistic, utterly funny, with solid acting. The content is a little light, but it's totally entertaining.

For those who don't need a big budget production.

vendredi 14 novembre 2014

Big Hero 6 — To add a splash of color, fun and action to your day — 8*/10

Big Hero 6 is colorful and imaginative. It's also very funny and entertaining with lots of action and a few touching moments. However, its story is a bit predictable, linear and takes many easy turns. Do not fear, though, the kids are going to love it and the adults are going to enjoy themselves. It will easily captivate your imagination, just make sure your expectations are set right before watching.

For the young at heart.

mardi 11 novembre 2014

Interstellar — A sublime masterpiece that will transport you — 10*/10

Interstellar is much better than the previews make us believe. Christopher Nolan proved once again that he is a master of his art. The IMAX price is more than worth it. A science-fiction film to cherish.


dimanche 9 novembre 2014

Familia — Une petite histoire de famille captivante et troublante — 8*/10

Familia touche des sujets assez durs, mais avec une certaine légèreté. Il y a peu à rire dans cette histoire et certaines scènes sont assez percutantes, mais la manière dont le tout est traité permet de voir ce film plus d'une fois et d'être touché.

Pas pour les âmes trop sensibles.

vendredi 7 novembre 2014

Laggies — Light, funny and touching story about finding yourself — 7*/10

Laggies is certainly funny and somewhat imaginative. The love story is touching, the acting nice, and the characters brilliant. It might not be a master piece but it's great entertainment.

For something light and a bit different from the usual.

jeudi 6 novembre 2014

Maps to the Stars — Self-centered people locked in the Hollywood clockwork — 8*/10

Maps to the Stars doesn't make it easy to understand the story and reveals it little by little. It's confusing at first, but becomes quickly engrossing. The plot is twisted and not just a little insane. The acting is great and the ending surprising, but it leaves you with a sense of something missing, as if it was too easy.

Well worth the watch if you don't mind psychotic.

Nightcrawler — Brilliant, scary and completely demented — 9*/10

Nightcrawler is creepy and insane. At first, things just seem a little off with the main character, but as the story progress and you get completely drawn in, you get to see how deep the rabbit hole goes. It's a brilliant film on many aspects, but it's definitively not be for everybody.

For those who like psychological flick with some action.

mardi 4 novembre 2014

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) — Insanity can make a great story — 10*/10

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is crazy. Well, naturally, since it's about a man who is lost in his own mind. It's an intricate triple juxtaposition of the real life of the actor, his role in the movie and the part he plays in the Broadway play within the film. All around superb acting, great camera work, and captivating scenario. The drums might get on your nerves, but they set the beat beautifully.

For those who don't mind the unusual or the psychotic.