mardi 30 août 2016

The Infiltrator — A tense yet human investigation in the 1980s cocaine trade — 8*/10

  • Overall: A great undercover story done on a personal level that makes it really relatable.
  • Who is it for? A must see, if you like criminal cases.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo and Benjamin Bratt.
  • Setting: 1980s Miami.
  • Style: Tough suspenseful police drama.
  • Intro: Well done. A typical end of one mission before the next.
  • Story: You see them craft their way in and build their identity. You witness the successes, the lucky deals and the mistakes. However, what is special is that you get to know them, cops and criminals, on a personal level. That way, it's really easy to understand what is happening on a human level.
  • Ending: Solid, but with a flaw. Also, since it's based on real events, it's nothing spectacular, just the closing of a case.
  • Dialogs: Great. On the spot.
  • Characters: Well developed. You can really understand them.
  • Acting: Superb.
  • Afterthoughts: I was glad I was part of that mission. I understood what had happened, but also how they felt.

Little Men — A soft family film that will put things in perspective — 9*/10

  • Overall: It's a soft and very impactful conflict between family values and capitalism. It's a quiet fight between unequal pressures with the kids as collateral.
  • Who is it for? Those looking for something that feels real and that's about families without heavy drama.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Jennifer Ehle and Greg Kinnear.
  • Cameos: Alfred Molina.
  • Setting: Brooklyn, New York City, middle-class families, low and high.
  • Style: Very realistic quiet drama.
  • Pacing: Not too slow, not too quick. Things develop at their own pace without creating any dead air.
  • Intro: You jump in just at the right place, the stage is cleverly set, you immediately know what stuff each of the characters are made of and the rest goes pretty smoothly.
  • Story: Very realistic, easy to immerse yourself into and relate. It is a fact of life, things don't always go as you'd wish, but you try your best even though you could have done better. You know what's the right thing to do. The thing is, can you do it? You can't simply bury your head in the sand. That being said, the just of it is pretty basic, but it's all about how each character deals with it. Central is the relationship between the two boys.
  • Ending: Perfect. Just like life.
  • Epilogue: The end is the epilogue.
  • Dialogs: Very realistic and well built.
  • Characters: Great depth and realism.
  • Acting: Superb. Just.
  • Visuals: Very solid.
  • Afterthoughts: This is a movie that leaves you with a bit of introspection, a few flashbacks from your childhood and a sense of sadness even though it is not sad. It is life, after all.

samedi 27 août 2016

Men in Black — Still extremely entertaining sci-fi even after all these years — 8*/10

  • Overall: Great entertainment, very original with lots of fun and action. Just a few CGIs that are getting a bit old.
  • Who is it for? Anyone looking for some really interesting sci-fi who don't mind a few shots that look their age.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Vincent D'Onofrio, Linda Fiorentino and Rip Torn.
  • Setting: 1997, New York City.
  • Style: High action sci-fi comedy.
  • Pacing: Fast with a few very short breathers.
  • Intro: The bug flight is annoying after the first time, but the rest is great and gets you right in and very intrigued without giving away too much. Don't like the in-studio look, but it's a style.
  • Story: You settle in this weird unknown parallel universe with style and fun, then the action starts and it gets even funnier with a lot of action. Very stylish. Nice intrigue.
  • Ending: Solid. Loved it. Special effects getting a bit old here and there.
  • Epilogue: Funny. Like it.
  • Dialogs: Very funny with lots of words.
  • Characters: Very well done, nice depth, if simple.
  • Acting: Great, if a bit too slick for Smith, but it's a solid style and funny. D'Onofrio is amazing.
  • Special Effects: Most hold the road still, while others show their age. Can be appreciated anyway.
  • Score: Nice and weirdly nice, by the great Danny Elfman.
  • Afterthoughts: In the years following its debut, it was always a great watch, extremely entertaining. It was a hit. Now, it's still nice to watch, because it's a good movie, but the CGIs do get a bit old. 

vendredi 26 août 2016

Jurassic Park — A classic wonderland movie adventure by Steven Spielberg — 8*/10

  • Overall: Even if the CGIs are a bit old, it still holds good and the story is full of adventure that easily transports the audience.
  • Who is it for? Anyone who loves dinosaurs and wants to see the original, which is still the best of the franchise.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson and Wayne Knight.
  • Cameos
  • Setting: 1993, a remote South American island.
  • Style: A modern adventure sci-fi for the whole family.
  • Pacing: Nice smooth rides made of a mix of action and character moments.
  • Intro: Great. Starts in the thick of it without revealing anything, then calms down to build up to the real action.
  • Story: It's the kind of adventure any kid would wish for and the kind of danger any sane person would want to avoid. Some humor, tons of action, many tense moments, nice character interactions and a lot of science.
  • Ending: Solid.
  • Dialogs: Very interesting, even captivating, funny at times.
  • Characters: Extremely well built, archetypical stuff, except for the lawyer and even then, there's something to appreciate. The only weak one is the head of security, rather simple.
  • Acting: Solid, even excellent for some, except the head of security.
  • Special Effects: Were astounding, but still quite good.
  • Score: Superb work by the great master, John Williams.
  • Afterthoughts: In 1993, I had been completely blown away, as was anyone else who saw it. State-of-the-art computer graphics that felt totally real to us, because we only had animatronics before. Also, there was great scientific pains taken to make them as realistic as possible in every way.
    Now, 23 years later, anyone new to the movie wouldn't feel the magic, because its computer graphics do not equal those we have today, but the story, characters and adventure still feel great.

jeudi 25 août 2016

War Dogs — A very special experience that will probably captivate you — 8*/10

  • Overall: Very interesting, unusual and entertaining.
  • Who is it for? Those who like to see the dirty tricks of this world.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Jonah Hill and Miles Teller.
  • Setting: The seedy underbelly of the gun trade.
  • Style: Dramatic character conflict and double-crossing business deals.
  • Intro: Bad use of future events. It's an overused trick.
  • Story: Very interesting ideas and you could really feel the sense of power. You easily get gripped and reeled in. However, the love story didn't feel real. There's also an overall sense of the pathetic which is kind of bizarre, but maybe that was the point.
  • Ending: Nicely done. Unusual. Frank.
  • Epilogue: Unexpected turn of events, but it feels a bit too good.
  • Dialogs: Excellent. It is all about the dialogs and the narration.
  • Characters: Well felt.
  • Acting: Great, you could really feel what was happening.
  • Visuals: Perfectly tied to the story.
  • Score: Great.
  • Afterthoughts: Mostly loved seeing it.

Ben-Hur — Roman versus Jews through the life of two men — 6*/10

  • Overall: A very solid and entertaining piece. Nothing too harsh, nothing too pretty. However, something always felt missing.
  • Who is it for? Anyone interested in a story set in the ancient Mediterranean world or related to Jesus.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Morgan Freeman.
  • Setting: Ancient Rome.
  • Style: Gritty, with a bit of violence.
  • Pacing: Some parts felt rushed, not letting the audience take in the moment or the meaning.
  • Story: Good overall, but not great. Some part didn't gel really well. Maybe it's because they tried to redo the original too much. Best part was the time as a rower. The mood and the ambiance was perfect.
  • Ending: I really didn't expect this, but it's way too rosy.
  • Characters: Surprisingly, with how much back story we had, they didn't seem to have much depth to any of them.
  • Acting: Good, but missing the spark to make it great.
  • Visuals: Very nice.
  • Special Effects: Good scenery, bad horse in the stand.
  • Camera Work: Some nice things.
  • Costumes: In some cases, it looked too modern. Love the Roman garbs, though.
  • Music: Bad choice for the end credits, too modern.
  • Afterthoughts: It all felt empty, as if they going through the motion of making a movie about that particular subject, or recreating what had been done before.

mercredi 24 août 2016

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade — Great sequel full of adventure — 8*/10

  • Overall: This one is up to par with the first chapter (read my review here) and since it's newer, its special effects are still looking. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas took good care this time to honor their original work.
  • Who is it for? Anyone looking for some solid adventure.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Harrison Ford and Sean Connery.
  • Cameos: John Rhys-Davies.
  • Setting: Around the world in 1938, mostly Europe and the Middle East.
  • Style: Same action fueled adventure with jokes and a bit of fantasy. This time, the intrigue is more fleshed out which makes for a great flick.
  • Pacing: Riveting, with a few quiet times.
  • Intro: Again with some juicy morsels from the past to the present.
  • Story: Going from one clue to another, following trail full of danger and obstacle, fighting bad guys.
  • Ending: Great.
  • Dialogs: Funny, but in a frank and, at times, almost scholarly way.
  • Characters: Very solid, except for the bad guys who are, as usual, very archetypical.
  • Acting: Excellent, all around, which makes it the best Indiana Jones film on this aspect.
  • Visuals: Beautiful.
  • Special Effects: Good. Aged really well, considering they're close to three decades old.
  • Costumes: Excellent.
  • Score: Same lively masterful work by the great John Williams.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom — Nice sequel that's getting too old — 6*/10

  • Overall: On almost all levels, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas just did not do as good a job as they did on the original (read my review here). However, you do get the same nice feeling of adventure, which is what the audience originally wanted.
  • Who is it for? Indiana Jones fans.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Harrison Ford.
  • Setting: Pre-World War II, mostly in India.
  • Style: Adventurous swashbuckling.
  • Pacing: Quick.
  • Intro: Same get right to it feeling as the original.
  • Story: This, no traveling around the world, more silliness, more fantasy, more side character interest, but still lots of action and high adventure.
  • Ending: Well done.
  • Epilogue: One part good, one part bad.
  • Dialogs: Funny and interesting.
  • Characters: The female lead is weaker. The sidekick is lively if caricatural. The bad guys are pathetically underdeveloped.
  • Acting: Nice.
  • Visuals: Nice.
  • Special Effects: They are just too old. Done with less care than the original or maybe they just went beyond what they could do.
  • Score: Same catchy and adventurous work by the great John Williams.

mardi 23 août 2016

Blood Father — Strap yourself in for a gritty action film — 6*/10

  • Overall: Solid action flick, but not much more than that. Great role for Mel Gibson.
  • Who is it for? Those looking for action or Mel Gibson fans.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Mel Gibson. 
  • Cameos: William H. Macy.
  • Setting: Seedy.
  • Style: Good guys versus bad guys. Father protecting his daughter. Drug, organized crime and lots violence.
  • Pacing: Great. Keeps you riveted.
  • Intro: You get into it, the father bit is pretty solid, but the daughter bit isn't so much.
  • Story: Very tense, and well made, with solid gritty action. A bit of suspense, a bit of intrigue.
  • Ending: In a way, it's sort of courageous, but at the same time it's easy.
  • Epilogue: Really bad. Didn't need this pathetic little tidying up.
  • Characters: Pretty simple for the most part, except for the father where you really feel some depth.
  • Acting: Not bad, but the only one that really works it is the father and to a lesser degree the daughter.
  • Visuals: Nice and gritty.

Equity — Take a moment to sit and feel their shoes and know their challenges — 7*/10

  • Overall: It's not like its preview, it's better. It's an interesting angle and a new viewpoint well worth taking the time to appreciate, plus you get some good real main female roles.
  • Who is it for? Those looking for introspection or anyone looking for some financial drama.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actress: Alysia Reiner.
  • Style: A financial intrigue with some drama and suspense.
  • Pacing: Slow.
  • Story: What does it take to make it in this world? What does it mean to be a woman in finance? This movie doesn't really answer those questions, but it does show what it means for some. It's a dramatic slice of their lives.
  • Ending: What ending? It's too much like real life, it's inconclusive. I got out of there with an incredible sense of frustration for those women. I was in their skin, screaming to get out. I like an ending that doesn't go the usual route, but this is a bit frustrating. It feels like we need to wait for next week to know what happens after the last word.
  • Dialogs: Solid and very realistic.
  • Characters: Well defined and with nice depth, except for the men.
  • Acting: Great.

Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark — Fabulous adventure film that's still good — 8*/10

  • Overall: An incredible and fantastic adventure movie by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas that has aged well.
  • Who is it for? Anyone looking for adventure who doesn't mind a flick that dates a bit, but can still look good.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Harrison Ford and John Rhys-Davies.
  • Setting: 1936.
  • Style: Slightly humorous archeological adventure with bad guys, action, danger all around and a certain dose of the fantastic.
  • Pacing: Excellent, you will never get bored.
  • Intro: Perfect setup for the rest with some good action full of suspense.
  • Story: Great details, riveting, interesting, never dull with some travel around the world.
  • Ending: Excellent. Very climactic.
  • Epilogue: Funny.
  • Dialogs: Simple, but well put together.
  • Characters: Very interesting. They have defined new movie archetypes.
  • Acting: Very good, if not excellent.
  • Visuals: Captivating.
  • Special Effects: Getting older, but they are done well enough not to bother us much, even now.
  • Camera Work: The focus of some of the minor shots is a bit off, something we wouldn't see now.
  • Costumes: Perfect.
  • Score: Now legendary, by the unforgettable John Williams. Absolutely perfect for the film.

jeudi 18 août 2016

Sausage Party — Absolutely delirious animated comedy — 6*/10

  • Overall: Laughter inducing. Crazy. Foul language and dirty humor for all, all the time.
  • Who is it for? Anyone looking for irreverent stuff, an extremely imaginative film or those who are simply high.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, Paul Rudd, Bill Hader, David Krumholtz
  • Cameos: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson
  • Setting: It's crazy and juvenile, but pushed to the next level, it's like taking everything that's juvenile and making a real world out of it.
  • Style: Don't look for anything highbrow, it's all below the belt. 
  • Story: Full of action, laughter, and very stupid stuff. You need to turn your brain off to enjoy it, although, if you do so, you might miss some not so subtle pokes at society and world affairs. If you stop to think about what is actually happening in some of the scenes, it's hair-raising and totally ghoulish. However, since it's ridiculous from one end to another, it's impossible to take them that seriously.
  • Ending: So funny. Mind-blowing. Completely out there and absurd.
  • Epilogue: They went one better with the story arc. Not sure if I like it, it was already surreal enough as is, but I have to give them props for it.
  • Dialogs: Extremely funny and totally irreverent. All the innuendos you can make about sausage and buns, well, they're doing them and then some, very explicitly. It's hilarious, mostly because you can't believe they just said that.
  • Characters: Very simple.
  • Acting: Simple.
  • Visuals: Simple

lundi 15 août 2016

Fight Club — A crazy fucking psychological masterpiece — 10*/10

  • Overall: This is very different from most of what you have seen before. It's a great mix of psychotic, fighting and socio-philosophical revolution.
  • Who is it for? Everyone, unless you don't like violence or some blood.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter and Meat Loaf.
  • Style: Violent psychological drama.
  • Story: You get dragged in the dredge of this pathetic life and then up through the muck to finally stand in the shadow of mayhem and revolution. It's full of gripping events, confusing situations, fighting and psychotic behaviors.
  • Ending: The big reveal is just as interesting the tenth time you see it as the first time, but the first time is quite the ride.
  • Dialogs: Gripping, sincere.
  • Characters: Incredibly well developed and extremely interesting.
  • Acting: Astounding.
  • Visuals: A sickly green which envelops you and sink you deep in the story. It's dirty. It's crude. It's perfect.
  • Special Effects: The effects on the buildings at the end are getting a bit old, but by then, you don't care, because you're totally in it.
  • Camera Work: Superb.

samedi 13 août 2016

Eyes Wide Shut — Another dramatic masterpiece by Stanley Kubrick — 10*/10

  • Overall: To most, it will look like an erotic drama when in reality it's a critique of the rampant conservative ideologies that everyone is running after.
  • Who is it for? Those ready to be catapulted, slowly. Everyone should at least give it a try.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack, Rade Serbedzija, Vinessa Shaw and Leelee Sobieski.
  • Setting: Opulent society.
  • Style: Dramatic and stark with a slow-developing intrigue and a simmering suspense.
  • Pacing: Slow. It feels like pulling out a strong and healthy tooth while under local anesthesia.
  • Intro: Very smooth and with a solid dose of reality within a posh environment.
  • Story: It's like going down the rabbit hole with Alice, things get crazier and crazier and only a good slap in the face can end it all. Reality can be scary to those who keep their eyes shut so tightly and Stanley Kubrick proves it here.
  • Ending: What better ending is there than 'fuck'? Genius.
  • Dialogs: Strong, realistic.
  • Characters: Deep and well thought out.
  • Acting: Superb. Perfect.
  • Visuals: Beautiful.
  • Score: Somber and mood enhancing.

mercredi 10 août 2016

Suicide Squad — Entertaining super hero movie but nothing more — 7*/10

  • Overall: It's enjoyable, it's funny, but it's not satisfying. They had something great and they messed it up.
  • Who is it for? Super hero fans or those in need of an action fix.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis and Jared Leto.
  • Cameos: Ben Affleck.
  • Style: Super hero action flick.
  • Intro: Felt too rushed.
  • Story: Very simple. If it wasn't for all the trimmings, it would have been boring, because a few scenes even fall totally flat. That being said, lots of good character moments and great action.
  • Ending: Some things are really cool, while others really aren't.
  • Epilogue: Nice. Predictable, though.
  • Dialogs: Funny, but some bits aren't really audible.
  • Characters: I love Harley Quinn and that version of the Joker is pretty good too, even if it's not the best one. Worst one is the Australian. How boring is he? Deadshot, not sure about him. Maybe too good to be bad. Diablo? Very surprising! Bad guy? Uninteresting and visually weak. Bad girl? Interesting in the first half, but pretty boring in the last half.
  • Acting: Good, except for Flag who didn't even make par.
  • Visuals: Astounding. 3D totally NOT worth it, but didn't interfere with the experience.
  • Special Effects: Solid.
  • Costumes: Love them!
  • Sound: IMAX was amazing.

mardi 9 août 2016

Cyrano de Bergerac — D'une justesse et d'une beauté pratiquement irréprochable — 10*/10

Si vous aimez le texte originel d'Edmond Rostand, il n'y a pas de raison de ne pas adorer ce film. Cela fait maintenant plusieurs années que j'apprécie ce film et il est difficile pour moi d'imaginer une interprétation différente.

Le visuel est parfait et vieilli très bien. Les mots sont portés avec une précision émotionnelle et intellectuelle impressionnante. Je n'ai presque rien à redire de cette production.

À voir.

Synopsis & information

Nerve — A great idea that completely fell apart — 5*/10

vendredi 5 août 2016

Guess Who — A very funny romantic comedy but don't expect too much — 6*/10

  • Overall: Very funny, but with a lot of very limiting relationship values being upheld.
  • Who is it for? Those who want to laugh watching something romantic that fits well within preordained ideas.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Ashton Kutcher, Zoe Saldana and Bernie Mac.
  • Setting: Upper class.
  • Story: Lots of funny goofy jokes that try to lightly talk about the sensitive subject of racism. Unfortunately, it completely sidesteps the issue and then goes right on condoning a very rigid relationship code of conduct that. Two miss with one stone.
  • Dialogs: Hilarious.
  • Characters: Well built if very stereotypical.
  • Acting: Good.

jeudi 4 août 2016

Get Over It — A light teen romantic comedy for everyone — 6*/10

  • Overall: If you close your eyes and stop thinking a little bit, this is quite enjoyable.
  • Who is it for? Those looking for something light.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Kirsten Dunst, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Martin Short, Swoosie Kurtz, Ed Begley Jr. and Sisqó.
  • Cameos: Carmen Electra.
  • Setting: Average high school, well-off families.
  • Style: Your basic teen romantic comedy.
  • Story: A love triangle, can't get a simpler romantic script. However, it is presented in such silly and goofy way that it gets a certain shine. Don't take it seriously.
  • Characters: Simple.
  • Acting: Some are pretty good, others are just adequate.
  • Visuals: Getting a bit old, but not enough to stop anyone from enjoying it.

Jason Bourne — Solid entertainment but not as good as it could be — 7*/10

  • Overall: Solid action and all around very entertaining movie.
  • Who is it for? The fans of the series or anyone looking for action.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel and Julia Stiles.
  • Style: Super spy assassin adrenaline-pumping flick.
  • Pacing: Fast with a few quiet moments.
  • Intro: Not very strong, but gets you right into it.
  • Story: Again, many elements are discovered along the way in this little intrigue with some nice bits of suspense. The background story and the action really make this movie, because the rest is somewhat simple.
  • Ending: Predictable and a bit weak.
  • Epilogue: Should definitely have done without because it's really weak.
  • Dialogs: Strong, interesting.
  • Characters: They're getting shallower and shallower.
  • Acting: Very good. Disappointed in Julia Stiles, she's usually better than this, maybe it's just the lackluster role.
  • Visuals: Nice.

Read my reviews of the others here (first), here (second) and here (fourth). The third was the worst one and I didn't review it. I think it broke the first two.

mercredi 3 août 2016

Envy — A silly buddy comedy that's turned on its head — 6*/10

  • Overall: Hilarious, ridiculous, over the top, completely offbeat, totally enjoyable and full of surprises.
  • Who is it for? Those looking for something silly. Must tolerate ridicule. Not for everyone.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Rachel Weisz, Amy Poehler and Christopher Walken.
  • Style: It's like a buddy comedy, but where the envy creates a rift. So, it's like the opposite of one.
  • Story: Many silly scenes that are ridiculous enough to make you squirm a little and they rarely go in the direction you think. The friendship represents everything here and really comes out. It's almost touching, uplifting. The more you watch and re-watch the film, the better it gets.
  • Ending: A bit surprising.
  • Epilogue: Too easy, but it's part of the ridicule.
  • Dialogs: Silly and quick.
  • Characters: Simple, yet very endearing in some way.
  • Acting: Good.

mardi 2 août 2016

Café Society — An enjoyable moment just short of great — 8*/10

  • Overall: Lives lived in the fast lanes, interesting and full of details, but the film fails to really be special.
  • Who is it for? Fans of Woody Allen.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Steve Carell.
  • Setting: Hollywood and New York jet-set crowd and venues in the 1930s.
  • Story: Although it is very interesting, full of details and different things, including family lives, Jewish humor, romance and some anecdotal violence, it fails at greatness. Short of that lofty goal, you still get captivated by all the interweaving lives.
  • Ending: It ends as life does, on a suspended note. A bit unsatisfying, but realistic.
  • Dialogs: Witty. Quick.
  • Characters: Full of life and details.
  • Acting: Solid.
  • Visuals: Rich and vibrant with well-chosen color palettes.
  • Costumes: Beautiful and on the spot.

Bad Moms — A bad bad bad movie unless you're just looking to laugh — 5*/10

  • Overall: It's very funny, but it still continues to put the same pressure on mothers to do it all.
  • Who is it for? I think moms will get a kick out of if in some ways.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith and Clark Duke.
  • Setting: Suburban higher-income families.
  • Story: Lots of goofy and funny stuff. Easily enjoyable.
  • Ending: Bad, bad, bad. Ruins the whole thing. Everything turns out perfect, every little thing fixing itself miraculously.
  • Dialogs: Funny. However, the kids' parts were unrealistic. Most of it wouldn't have been uttered by any real children. More over, throwing in that speech and making her mom feel selfish just wasn't right and is a very bad idea to promote.
  • Characters: Goofy and interesting.
  • Acting: Good. Kathryn Hahn was equal to herself, Kristen Bell was very believable showing a new side to herself, but Mila Kunis could have done much better. I blame the script and the directorial notes because she's a great actress and just wasn't believable here.
  • Music: Party set.

Love the end credits interview. Really cool.

Casualties of War — A poignant war crime movie set in Vietnam — 8*/10

  • Overall:  A great gripping dramatic movie by Brian De Palma that aged perfectly well. 
  • Who is it for? Anyone looking for a drama or something about war. Highly recommended.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn, John C. Reilly, John Leguizamo, Ving Rhames and Dale Dye.
  • Setting: The infamous Vietnam War.
  • Style: Psychological meltdown. It's not about the fighting, but a narrow and dramatic set of its impacts.
  • Pacing: Well divided in its basic parts.
  • Intro: You really get a feeling for the original squad, and it quickly goes to shit, maybe a bit too quickly.
  • Story: You can't help but feel the misery, anguish, and tension, even the psychosis, the unfolding events are causing.
  • Ending: Solid.
  • Dialogs: Great, but in some cases, when the main character is looking for meaning, they're not realistic and feel a bit scripted when viewed multiple times.
  • Characters: You can really see what makes them tick. They're well built, even if some are a bit stereotypical.
  • Acting: Mesmerizing.
  • Score: Powerful and high flying.