mardi 30 juin 2015

Ted 2 — A worthy funny sequel in need of a bit more content — 6*/10

  • Scenario: The sequel to the hilarious first chapter (see my review here) is still funny, but it doesn't have as much content. It feels like the writers after dumping all their good ideas in the first one ran short here. Nonetheless, the entertainment value is great and worth the watch. Especially because all our favorite and most hated characters are back.
  • Dialogs: Clever, fast and funny.
  • Characters: More of the same, but with a few weird additions.
  • Actors: Good work on the part of everyone, even if they can easily act much more complex roles. Cast members include Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Morgan Freeman who seemed a bit out of place, Sam J. Jones, Patrick Warburton, Michael Dorn, John Slattery, John Carroll Lynch, Ron Canada and Liam Neeson.
  • Photography: Same.
  • Sound: Same.
  • Special effects: Same.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? Wahlberg or MacFarlane fans, those in need of an easy comedy and don't mind the juvenile, as well as those who are curious to know what happens next.

jeudi 25 juin 2015

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl — Laughters and tears that will make you think — 8*/10

  • Scenario: The story is told in an unusual way. Lots of plot choices are different from your run of the mill flick. There are a number of funny scenes, but just as many sad ones. It's simple and moving. It both entertains and makes you think.
  • Dialogs: Solid and quirky.
  • Characters: Unusual, well built.
  • Actors: Excellent acting for the main roles. Cast members include Olivia Cooke, Thomas Mann, Connie Britton, Nick Offerman, Molly Shannon, Jon Bernthal and Katherine C. Hughes.
  • Photography: Some excellent camera work, with great sets, decors and costumes.
  • Sound: Nice music and score.
  • Special effects: None.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? Those who want to see something different with both laughter and sadness.

Papa ou maman — Hilarant par moment mais avec quelques faiblesses — 6*/10

Très divertissant et très comique, ce film remplit bien sont rôle. Toutefois, l'intro est incongrue, mal faite et ne sert qu'à expliquer un dénouement qui ne fonctionne même. Entre ces deux points de l'histoire se situe la chaire de la production, ce qui est de plus juteux et intéressant. Après, c'est la chute, et tout devient morne. Non seulement ça, mais l'épine de la situation n'en est même pas une si on y pense et surtout en comparant avec la fin.

Pour un divertissement facile.

lundi 22 juin 2015

Inside Out — Another great entertaining hit from Pixar — 9*/10

  • Scenario: Great story, imaginative, full of details and color. Easily enjoyable for the grown ups, but there's enough sadness in it to make me wonder if the kids are liking it. Maybe it's subtle enough not affect them. Be forewarned, there are some very touching moments that will probably bring a tear or two to your eyes. That being said, high value entertainment guaranteed.
  • Dialogs: Fast and funny.
  • Characters: The inside characters are well done, the outside one are more simple, but the story isn't really about those, so it doesn't matter.
  • Actors: Great work by everyone. Cast members include Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Richard Kind, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader and Lewis Black.
  • Photography: Solid.
  • Sound: Solid music and score.
  • Special effects: The animation is without reproach.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? Anyone who likes animation features.

jeudi 18 juin 2015

Entourage — High entertainment value and lots happening — 9*/10

  • Scenario: Very fast pace story with something new always popping up, and there a few unexpected turns taken here and there. Plenty of laughs, many stories, lots of details. The best part is, it doesn't get too juvenile to achieve this. There's a lot of glitz, beautiful women and plenty of stars doing cameos, but it flows naturally. Captivating from one end to another, pure entertainment.
  • Dialogs: Interesting and funny.
  • Characters: Simple, yet you can really understand each and everyone of them.
  • Actors: Great performances all around. Cast includes Ronda Rousey, Jeremy Piven and Mark Wahlberg.
  • Photography: Beautiful sets and shots.
  • Sound: Solid music and score.
  • Special effects: None.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? Anyone looking for a solid comedy who doesn't mind a boat load of hot girls.

I didn't even know this was a sequel until I checked IMBd. It shows you don't need the first one to have fun watching this one.

Jurassic World — Great wow factor but tired story — 6*/10

  • Scenario: Beside featuring incredible and amazing dinosaures, the story is pretty banal, even borrowing many elements of the first, the best and the only good movie of the franchise. It might be better than the second or the third, but not by much.
  • Dialogs: Banal, predictable, with a few of lame one-liners.
  • Characters: Very simple.
  • Actors: My guess is they did what they could with what they were given. Their performances are honest, but not notable. Cast members include Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Jake Johnson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Irrfan Khan and Judy Greer.
  • Photography: Pretty spectacular.
  • Sound: Good music and score.
  • Special effects: Perfect and eye popping. The 3D wasn't necessary, as usual.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? The dinosaur or Jurassic franchise fans as well as anyone who likes action mixed with sci-fi but who's not to demanding on the story or the dialogs.

mardi 16 juin 2015

I'll See You in My Dreams — A good movie for a quiet evening — 8*/10

  • Scenario: It's a sweet story, sometimes touching, sometimes funny with a good dose of romance. A scenario that offers a non-dramatic, almost objective point of view of what life after work can be like for a woman. However, I wouldn't say realistic, because the condition she lives in are pretty awesome. The only negative point I'd have is pretty minor. I would have ended the movie, just a bit earlier, when he's signing. That would have made a perfect ending, leaving us on a high note, with out imagination geared up. The rest wasn't bad, but superfluous.
  • Dialogs: Very interesting and direct, often funny.
  • Characters: Very well made. Gotta love Bill.
  • Actors: Cast members include Blythe Danner, Mary Kay Place, Rhea Perlman, June Squibb, Malin Akerman, Aarti Mann, Martin Starr and Sam Elliott.
  • Photography: Beautiful sets.
  • Sound: Nice music and score.
  • Special effects: None.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? For those wanting to see a good romance, with a slow pace, a good number of laughs and a few tears.

Spy — A spy action comedy that delivers on the goods — 8*/10

  • Scenario: This is an obvious parody of spy movies, more specifically James Bond, but other super-spy flick also. Fortunately, it doesn't turn into a stupid joke fest and walks quite well the difficult line between serious but subtly funny and silly in a straight face kind of way. Even being a comedy, it still deliver solid action and an interesting story, giving us a high entertainment value film.
  • Dialogs: Solid, fast-fire exchanges.
  • Characters: Very interesting, not too complicated. The main character also has a nice depth to it, and, to a lesser extent, so does its nemesis.
  • Actors: Melissa McCarthy and Rose Byrne are a great duo, the true hilarity really only starts when their characters meet. Jason Statham is a surprising parody of his usual role and turns out quite funny. Cast members also include Morena Baccarin and Jude Law.
  • Photography: Very nice.
  • Sound: Very nice music and score, again a parody of Bond movies.
  • Special effects: Solid.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? Anyone looking for a good laugh and some spy action.

vendredi 12 juin 2015

San Andreas — Do not see this badly made disaster movie — 4*/10

Don't waste your money, Dwayne Johnson fans included. The script and the dialogs are horrible, even Paul Giamatti sounds ridiculous saying those lines. Its visually spectacular, but even the action is laughable. No redeeming values at all. More over, what was the 3D for? Ugh.

mardi 9 juin 2015

Wild Tales — Crazy, crazy, crazy... and imaginative! — 9*/10

  • Scenario: Wild indeed. Although some of the tales start in a very mundane manner in terms of scenario, it will never fail to take unexpected turns, and sometimes it just won't stop. The intro, before the initial credits, is something totally off the wall and gets you into the mood right away. The only thing I don't like is the ending of the last tale, to me, it doesn't work, but it keeps with the theme and I have to applaud that. Completely captivating.
  • Dialogs: Very interesting.
  • Characters: Nothing you've ever seen. Well built.
  • Actors: Great work on the part of everyone.
  • Photography: Solid and sometimes unexpected camera work. Good work with the sets and decors.
  • Sound: Nice music and score.
  • Special effects: None.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? Anyone who wants to see something different and doesn't mind crazy or, in two instances, violent.

lundi 8 juin 2015

Aloha — Entertaining romance without a good story or plot — 5*/10

  • Scenario: Broken. It tries to tell a story, but it doesn't know what kind of story it wants to tell. Yes, it's a romance, but without any direction or sense, it's worst than real life because in real life, you know what's happening. More over, the tech background story is a dud. Still it's entertaining if you don't think about it too much.
  • Dialogs: Also broken. The sentences make sense, but the overall conversation doesn't.
  • Characters: Too simple.
  • Actors: Nonetheless, good work on the part of everyone, it's probably its only saving grace. Cast members include Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, Bill Murray, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski.
  • Photography: Bad camera work.
  • Sound: Nice music and score.
  • Special effects: None.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? Those wanting some romance and willing to trade on almost everything else.

samedi 6 juin 2015

The Wedding Ringer — Hilarious at times but empty otherwise — 5*/10

  • Scenario: Juvenile but funny. It's major flaws are the age old oft repeated ideas about weddings and the awful ending.
  • Dialogs: Fast and funny if unrealistic.
  • Characters: Very simplistic with an unsuccessful attempt at making it more.
  • Actors: Kevin Hart for once doesn't over play it.
  • Photography: Acceptable.
  • Sound: Acceptable music and score.
  • Special effects: None
  • Synopsis & information
  • Who is it for? Hart fans, those with nothing to do or who believe in the cookie cutter reasons to get married.