jeudi 26 février 2015

McFarland — Well made for the genre, but nothing new — 6*/10

  • Story: Your basic inspirational biographical sport flick, with a little bit of laughter thrown in.
  • Characters: Well done.
  • Dialogs: Realistic.
  • Scenario: Typical to the genre.
  • Actors: Very good work. The notable cast members are Kevin Costner and Maria Bello.
  • Photography: Nice.
  • Sound: Nice music and score.
  • Special effects: None.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? Those looking for a biographical flick with an unusual sport.

A Long Way Down — An interesting sad little piece with a positive spin — 6*/10

  • Story: Nice, a bit sad, touching at times, funny in a few rare moments. The intro is a bit clunky. The semi-intrigue makes you think of a crime investigation, but it's an emotional one. The notable things of this story are its novelty and the fact that they were able to give it a positive spin which is anything but novel.
  • Characters: Interesting.
  • Dialogs: Interesting.
  • Scenario: Nicely paced.
  • Actors: Good work for the most part. The notable cast members are Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Sam Neill and Aaron Paul.
  • Photography: Nice.
  • Sound: Unremarkable music and score.
  • Special effects: None.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? Those looking for something a little sad and a little different with a positive spin.

mardi 24 février 2015

The Fault in Our Stars — If you want a movie to cry on, this is it — 7*/10

  • Story: It is well told, it cannot fail to grab our attention and touch us. It contains many nice little details, but it is a tad easy. No big risks were taken, and the goal was obvious. They wanted us to cry, and they did it or will.
  • Characters: Interesting, not a lot of depth, maybe except for the male lead role.
  • Dialogs: Good, nothing more.
  • Scenario: Nice pacing with a good juxtaposition of events.
  • Actors: Great work on the part of everyone. The notable cast members are Willem Dafoe and Laura Dern.
  • Photography: Very pretty.
  • Sound: Nice music and score.
  • Special effects: None
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? If you're in need of a sentimental story or a good cry.

lundi 23 février 2015

The DUFF — One of the better high school teen movie done recently — 7*/10

  • Story: Even though it possesses all the trappings of a standard high school teen comedy, it does strive to bring a few new twists to the genre. It's nothing grossly surprising, but it shows the writers wanted to make it interesting. Nice ending. It's rosy, but well made.
  • Characters: Simple and funny.
  • Dialogs: Mostly funny and interesting.
  • Scenario: Well built, nice pace with good switches in tone and speed.
  • Actors: Acceptable work, if poor in a few rare cases. The notable cast members are Allison Janney, Ken Jeong and Romany Malco.
  • Photography: Nice.
  • Sound: Good music, nice score.
  • Special effects: None.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? If you need to see something very light, but still interesting, or you're a fan of teen flicks.

mercredi 18 février 2015

Kingsman: The Secret Service — The best spy action movie I've seen in a long time — 9*/10

  • Story: It's a spy film and it comes with a bunch concepts we are familiar with, however, it does take a few unexpected turns and has a number of nice details that are usually absent from this kind of flick. The good thing is that it doesn't take itself seriously. Excellent choice when it comes to the global threat.
  • Characters: Loved the super-vilain and his motivation. The rest are interesting if not novel. However, I thought that the evil female sidekick was a bit much.
  • Dialogs: Good, and at a number of time, even self-reflective on the genre.
  • Scenario: Tight and action gripped, loved it.
  • Actors: Love Colin Firth, perfect as the ultimate gentleman. Samuel L. Jackson showed us once again the range he's capable of. I thought Mark Hamill did a great work in his small role. The other notable cast members are Michael Caine and Mark Strong.
  • Photography: Very nice. The camera works are incredibly good in the fight scenes.
  • Sound: Nice music and score.
  • Special effects: Excellent.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? Anyone, unless you're not looking for action or you prefer only serious movies.

mardi 17 février 2015

What We Do in the Shadows — It's ridiculous, but don't judge, just enjoy — 6*/10

  • Story: A completely goofy false documentary comedy a hair's breath away from ridiculous.
  • Characters: Nicely unpredictable.
  • Dialogs: Funny, if simple and a bit overdone.
  • Scenario: Interesting.
  • Actors: Good work.
  • Photography: Simple.
  • Sound: Acceptable, but at time the score would get a bit on my nerve.
  • Special effects: Acceptable.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? Those who aren't afraid of ridicule, want to enjoy something off the wall and do not need a glamorous production. Not for vampire fans.

lundi 16 février 2015

Jupiter Ascending — Stupendous! An amazing sci-fi for all — 10*/10

  • Story: Great intrigue that grab your attention, you just wish it would keep on going, but at some point everything has been revealed and it's just a question of getting things done. It would have been better with a continuing intrigue. Still, it's some incredible entertainment even if you don't understand everything at first.
  • Characters: Not complicated, but well built with a bit of depth. Strong female lead.
  • Dialogs: Entertaining, sometimes funny.
  • Scenario: Totally engrossing. It's a basic Cinderella story in a sci-fi setting with a ton of action and some political intrigue.
  • Actors: Good work on the part of everyone. The notable cast members are  Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum and Sean Bean.
  • Photography: Breathtaking.
  • Sound: Nice music with a solid score and booming effects. Very loud!
  • Special effects: Amazing! Here, the 3D, even though I still think it's superfluous to a certain extent, is very well done.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? Everyone, unless you don't like sci-fi or action.

Another excellent movie by the The Wachowskis. This flick is totally underrated. I think it's because it's pretty complexe for most people, but this very complexity is what makes it so delectable. I just watched it for the second time and it's even better. I had to give it maximum rating.

dimanche 15 février 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey — Not as bad as most critic would have you believe — 6*/10

  • Story: Rather simple. Intro somewhat brusque. Interesting development. Perfect ending.
  • Characters: Acceptable, but we don't get to know them a lot, it's too short for that.
  • Dialogs: Piteous. They work for a book, but not a movie.
  • Scenario: Nicely paced, but there's not enough material to get anywhere.
  • Actors: Acceptable work. The only notable cast member is Marcia Gay Harden.
  • Photography: Very pleasing to the eye. Rich, and understandably so.
  • Sound: Great music, well scored soundtrack, but the ambient sounds were somewhat weirdly chosen, like some forest bird noise right downtown?
  • Special effects: None.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? Those looking for spicy erotic without having too much expectation. Think Harlequin in BDSM format.

There's been a competition on who's review would trash this little flick the most. I'm not sure why, but it's not that bad. Don't get me wrong, it's not a masterpiece, far from it, but it's nice entertainment. Contrary to complaints I heard, you might not see him as naked as her or as often, but you do see him well. Also, there might have been some better choice for Grey in Hollywood, but he's not bad looking.

vendredi 13 février 2015

Moonrise Kingdom — A starkly sweet story for those in need of nourishment — 10*/10

  • Story: Told in an incredibly unique and stark caricatural style that feels almost surreal, it is sweet and interesting, if plain at first. That being said, by the end, it is completely engrossing, culminating with an epic scene.
  • Characters: Captivating traits, each role nicely intertwined with the others. 
  • Dialogs: Simple, short, to the point and perfect.
  • Scenario: Excellent pacing. Takes you slowly from peaceable to, nearly, action packed.
  • Actors: Great work on the part of everyone. A surprisingly star studded cast. Its notable members are Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban, and Harvey Keitel.
  • Photography: Pretty with invigorating camera work.
  • Special effects: Well done.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? Everyone, except those who need their movies to be slick, fancy or violent.

jeudi 12 février 2015

Seventh Son — Only for your action fantasy fix — 6*/10

  • Story: Predictable if somewhat interesting. Great intro. Lots of weird storytelling choices.
  • Characters: One dimensional.
  • Dialogs: Mostly constructed sentences that do not convey emotions, but only ideas.
  • Scenario: Good pacing, excellent action.
  • Actors: Acceptable job for most. Great work on the part of Julianne Moore. Usually, I like Jeff Bridges a lot, but not this time, maybe it's just the directions he got that gave such caricatural result.
  • Photography: Very nice.
  • Special effects: Excellent. Seamless and beautiful.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? Those in need of action, adventure and fantasy, or for Moore fans.

mardi 10 février 2015

The Wedding Guest — Asinine start but very entertaining second half — 7*/10

  • Story: Simple. During the second half, it gets surprising, at times touching, very different, interesting, and even entertaining.
  • Characters: The leading female was very interesting. The leading male and his family are just a bit too stereotypical.
  • Dialogs: Nice, but tends to be predictable when the family of the leading man is concerned.
  • Scenario: Starts on the wrong foot by doing what everybody does, but finally gets into a different beat half way through.
  • Actors: Mostly nice work on the part of the cast. Its notable members are Evan Rachel Wood and J.K. Simmons.
  • Photography: Nice.
  • Special effects: None.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? Those who don't need too much to be satisfied.

Apparently, another title for it is "Barefoot".

dimanche 8 février 2015

Ocean's Thirteen — Better than the second but not as good as the first — 7*/10

  • Story: This third chapter concludes the trilogy pretty well. It was better than the second one (review here) with a smoother and more interesting story, but not as good as the first one (review here) simply because they tried to make it slicker and more complicated and failed by mostly confusing the audience.
  • Characters: Same as before.
  • Dialogs: Funny. However, they tried to make them feel more like inside chatter and just made it garbled most of the time. 
  • Scenario: A number of nice surprises making the whole thing very interesting, even if nothing was really out of the ordinary.
  • Actors: Solid work overall. The notable cast members are George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Al Pacino, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Elliott Gould, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, and Carl Reiner.
  • Photography: Beautiful.
  • Special effects: Solid.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? Those looking for a good flick with a star studded cast or a slick intrigue with a funny dialogs.

samedi 7 février 2015

Pitch Perfect — Very light, silly and totally appreciable comedy — 7*/10

  • Story: Light, silly and very entertaining comedy with a touch of romance.
  • Characters: Interesting. Not a lot of depth and a bit stereotypical without too shallow.
  • Dialogs: Funny.
  • Scenario: Good pacing, keeps your attention. I would have removed the last kiss, but beyond that the end was well done.
  • Actors: Overall nice performance. The notable cast members are Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson.
  • Photography: Nice.
  • Special effects: None.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? Those looking for light entertainment and don't mind singing.

vendredi 6 février 2015

Frequencies — A sci-fi with a solid intrigue and an endearing romance — 9*/10

  • Story: Brilliant! The novelty of it is incredible and the plot keeps on twisting. However, I would cut the last five seconds, not necessary.
  • Characters: Very interesting and well built.
  • Dialogs: Intelligent and solid.
  • Scenario: The different perspective told one after the other furthers the intrigue and creates quite a firework. The equation debate under government watch is a poorly done scene. However, it's the only one.
  • Actors: Very good work for the most part.
  • Photography: Well done.
  • Special effects: None.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? Those looking for a totally different type of sci-fi or alternate reality with a bit of romance or a nice intrigue. The budget is adequate, but you can't expect high level deployments.

Another title seems to be « OXV: The Manual ».

jeudi 5 février 2015

The Big Lebowski — The story and the characters are priceless — 7*/10

  • Story: Funny. The intrigue changes direction so often that it keeps you riveted.
  • Characters: They are as much an attraction as the intrigue.
  • Dialogs: Very funny.
  • Scenario: Great timing with a nice mix of scenes.
  • Actors: Jeff Bridges's performance is forever a classic for this stereotyped character. John Goodman is the hot spices to his mellow friend. I adore Julianne Moore, but this is a small role for her. Same goes for Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro. It was before they were well known. It's also true of Tara Reid, although to a lesser extent.
  • Photography: Acceptable.
  • Special effects: Very few, and mostly crap.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? Stoners and mellow dudes looking for an idol, or those looking for a simple movie where the intrigue keeps on giving.

Sometimes, you hear so much about a picture, revered in some circles as a classic, that you have to see it. This is one of them. I'm glad I saw it.

I gave it a lower rating than I would have liked, because the production was a little shitty compared to the quality of the story, the characters, or the performances of Bridges and Goodman.

mercredi 4 février 2015

Black or White — A family story with smile and a tear and a half — 8*/10

  • Story: Touching, interesting, entertaining with a laugh here and there.
  • Characters: Very real, with lots of shades of grey. Nobody's perfect.
  • Dialogs: Slick.
  • Scenario: Well done.
  • Actors: Good work on the part of Kevin Costner. The little girl, Jillian Estell, can't act sad or cry for the camera, but she was great for the rest.
  • Photography: Nice.
  • Special effects: None.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? Those looking for entertainment with a bit of sadness and a spark of laughter.

Strange Magic — A cartoon musical with fabulous graphics but atrociously boring — 4*/10

  • Story: What story? Seriously, a flick devoid of a story would have been more interesting than this crap.
  • Characters: So type-casted it's sickening.
  • Dialogs: Completely unimaginative. Can only satisfy very young children.
  • Scenario: What's with all the singing?
  • Actors: Even the best voice actor couldn't have done anything with this load of shit.
  • Photography: Nice.
  • Special effects: Beautiful graphics, very impressive.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? For small children, when you're tired of seeing everything else for the 1000th time.

mardi 3 février 2015

Short Term 12 — This is one of those little known great movie — 9*/10

  • Story: Interesting, easily captivates our attention. Touching. There's no super dramatisation of sad events. The end, though it seeks to tie a loose end, does it in a nice way, completely integrated within the character basis.
  • Characters: Very realistic with great depth.
  • Dialogs: Solid and realistic.
  • Scenario: Nice flow.
  • Actors: Excellent work on the part of everyone.
  • Photography: Nice.
  • Special effects: None.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? If you're looking for a drama that keeps it real and doesn't try to get tears flowing or fuck your brain.