vendredi 30 septembre 2016

The Magnificent Seven — A great wild west action flick — 8*/10

  • Overall: An exciting western done with modern flair for high entertainment value.
  • Who is it for? Anyone looking for action with a good story and solid acting.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Haley Bennett and Peter Sarsgaard.
  • Setting: Wild West.
  • Style: Action western done in a vengeance and good guys versus bad guys way.
  • Pacing: Grabs your attention and keeps it riveted to the screen.
  • Intro: Solid.
  • Story: Nothing new to the vengeance justice plot, but it's done right and full of action.
  • Ending: Predictable, but with nice bold risks.
  • Dialogs: Fun, if simple.
  • Characters: Not much to them, just a bunch of archetypes.
  • Acting: Great. Even though their role was really simple, they shone really bright.
  • Visuals: Beautifully set.
  • Afterthoughts: I was surprised at some ending choices and I was totally entertained. I enjoyed myself greatly.

mardi 27 septembre 2016

The Dressmaker — An incredible movie that will fill your emotional cup — 9*/10

  • Overall: Beautiful touching story with strong female roles. Very interesting and entertaining, full of surprises.
  • Who is it for? Anyone, unless you require pervasive action.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Kate Winslet, Hugo Weaving and Liam Hemsworth.
  • Setting: 1950s rural Australia.
  • Style: It's going back to where you came from to show off mixed with the discovering the past.
  • Pacing: A very human scale. You slowly get more and more interested until by the end you're completely engrossed.
  • Intro: Excellent patchwork of scenes until you get the proper introduction.
  • Story: This is more than just a homecoming, there are several secrets to discover and the script is full of surprises and very unusual turns. Incredible emotional realism.
  • Ending: Fitting. Excellent. Loved it.
  • Dialogs: Build with great care.
  • Characters: Great depth and color. The leading man is the only present stereotype.
  • Acting: Powerful. Loved Kate Winslet, but was really impressed by Hugo Weaving.
  • Visuals: Beautiful and complex, full of details.
  • Costumes: Incredible. Loved them.
  • Afterthoughts: Great movie. Extremely satisfied with my choice. I recommend it to everyone. I can't believe it took it a year to get from Australia to our theaters.

vendredi 23 septembre 2016

Mr. Nobody — Be ready for a quiet surreal sci-fi ride — 8*/10

  • Overall: This is the kind of movie that feels very exploratory.
  • Who is it for? Only a few, those who like sci-fi and films that mess with time in a surreal way.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Jared Leto and Rhys Ifans.
  • Style: Almost surreal sci-fi.
  • Story: It's about choices, building time and deconstructing it. A very different sci-fi with romance, sadness, hopes and illusions. You get lost, but you explore so many possibilities.
  • Ending: Could have been stronger. Kinda weak compared to the rest.
  • Characters: You get an excellent feel for those characters that do not fit into your standard stereotypes.
  • Acting: Excellent.
  • Visuals: Strong.
  • Special Effects: Solid, if not perfect.
  • Camera Work: Excellent. Makes the story telling work.
  • Afterthoughts: I thought it was weird, my kind of weird and few others. I loved it because it was so bold in what it tried to convey. My mind felt at ease with the script going in every direction, because it works the same way. I just wished for a different ending.

jeudi 22 septembre 2016

The Fundamentals of Caring — As sweet touching comedy about some serious stuff — 8*/10

  • Overall: A sweet, touching, funny and unexpected Netflix original that lightly goes where humanity's drama waits.
  • Who is it for? Anyone wanting to watch something very humane with a touch of comedy.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Craig Roberts, Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez.
  • Cameos: Bobby Cannavale.
  • Setting: Simple.
  • Intro: It feels like a massive weight is dropped on you, but it gives exactly the right feel the flick.
  • Story: No heavy drama, just really twisted jokes and many funny character moments. Many unexpected turns, a few predictable ones.
  • Epilogue: Short and funny.
  • Dialogs: Very witty, funny and well built. This is one of its major strengths.
  • Characters: Nice depth and extremely well developed.
  • Acting: Great, almost flawless.
  • Afterthoughts: I was pleasantly surprised, had been nicely entertained and was satisfied with my choice.

mardi 20 septembre 2016

Bridget Jones's Baby — The best one of the series yet — 7*/10

  • Overall: I was pleasantly surprised and nicely entertained for the most part. Still, it came up short on some points.
  • Who is it for? The fans of the series or anyone curious enough about the idiosyncrasies of such a character.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey and Emma Thompson.
  • Cameos: Jim Broadbent.
  • Setting: Well off English individuals.
  • Style: Standard romantic comedy.
  • Story: Interesting, very funny, not pathetic as some of the previous chapters were, and some excellent decisions as far as how events unfolded. However, the fighting between the men, even though I've seen worst, was a bit too rom-com. That's now how it happens in real life. More over, I would have been very happy without all the flashbacks of passed movies.
  • Ending: This is where they dropped the ball. Predictable and way too easy.
  • Dialogs: Funny, if simple. Loved the narration as always.
  • Characters: Simple.
  • Score: Great. Nice modern twist in some places.
  • Afterthoughts: I was disappointed by the end, but I still enjoyed myself. Hopefully, there won't be another one after this.

jeudi 15 septembre 2016

Sully — This is a great flick to watch — 9*/10

  • Overall: Excellent movie that captures the essence of an event the way we all imagined it. Superb work by director Clint Eastwood, if a tiny bit biased.
  • Who is it for? Everyone. It's a must (almost).
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney and Anna Gunn.
  • Cameos: Michael Rapaport.
  • Style: Quiet drama with a few very tense events.
  • Pacing: Great back and forth.
  • Intro: Excellent idea. 
  • Story: Loved the way it’s told, makes those 208 seconds very interesting.
  • Ending: Considering it's based on real events, it's pretty solid. The speech by the woman, however, was a bit, just a bit, much for me.
  • Dialogs: Great, very realistic in some places but maybe a bit too perfect in others.
  • Characters: The bad guys weren't gray enough, I am doubtful they were correctly portrayed, which has been a controversy surrounding the film.
  • Acting: Beyond reproach.
  • Special Effects: Seamless.
  • Score: Seamless, except for the light music when the ferries are assisting which seemed odd.
  • Afterthoughts: Great satisfaction, but I wasn't surprised to read about the controversy. Makes for a nice movie, though.

The Wild Life (Robinson Crusoe) — Just terrible — 3*/10

mardi 13 septembre 2016

Mechanic: Resurrection — A bad action flick with bad special effects — 4*/10

  • Overall: I was bored and disappointed after 15 minutes. 
  • Synopsis & information
  • Acting: Tommy Lee Jones was great. He was the only thing good in this film and the main reason why I went to see it. I love Jessica Alba, but she wasn't given much to work with.
  • Special Effects: There weren't terrible, but you could see they were special effects without even trying.
  • Camera Work: Some parts didn't even have focus.
  • Afterthoughts: Wasted my time. Learn from my mistake, please.

jeudi 8 septembre 2016

Morgan — A nice low key moody tense science-fiction film — 8*/10

  • Overall: Interesting intrigue and suspense based sci-fi with a bit of action.
  • Who is it for? Anyone looking for some low-key but tense sci-fi just a bit of violence.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Kate Mara, Michelle Yeoh and Paul Giamatti.
  • Cameos: Brian Cox.
  • Setting: Isolated research center deep in the wood.
  • Style: Moody, tense sci-fi.
  • Intro: A shock, then the long quiet. Slightly unsettling. You get into the mood right away.
  • Story: The science-fiction part is intellectual, because there are no visible signs of it. The mood is tense throughout. You don't know what's what and who's who. There's a palpable intrigue, but it's sort of hidden. There's violence, sometimes action. It's very moody.
  • Ending: Great. Surprising. Loved it.
  • Epilogue: It makes the movie. Perfect.
  • Dialogs: Realistic, intense.
  • Characters: Each character is extremely well developed and with nice depth. If we could feel them as much as we do, there would be no movie or it would be really bad. More over, there's no real presence of archetypes. Very well done.
  • Acting: Excellent. Across the board.
  • Visuals: Beautiful, haunting.
  • Afterthoughts: Very satisfied. I thought for a while just as the conclusion was getting underway that it would fall apart and lose the mood it had built all along, but no. Really nice.

Interestingly enough, this flick passes the Bechdel test.

mardi 6 septembre 2016

Hell or High Water — It's a solid ride but it will also make you think — 9*/10

  • Overall: A gritty dirty modern far west movie, but on a very personal level. Quiet, almost.
  • Who is it for? I think everyone should take a good look at it, but I know not everybody is going to like it. Those looking for action might get bored. Those looking for introspection might not like the bit of violence there is. There's more to it than the preview lets you imagine.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Ben Foster, Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges.
  • Setting: Poor dirty grimy Texan rural counties.
  • Style: Crime done for the right reason trying to avoid the consequences.
  • Pacing: A few actions sequence with many quiet reflective lull.
  • Intro: Not wasting a second and getting right where we want to be. Grabs the attention quick before the credits. Perfect.
  • Story: Yes, it's about robbing banks, but it's not so much about how. It's more about whom. Whom does it, who's looking for them and who's around. It's about a place, a time and a multitude of reasons. It's about making up your mind and pushing an idea to its ultimate conclusion.
  • Ending: It's more like an epilogue, but without it, the film would have less of a character pull. It's great as it is.
  • Dialogs: Not always perfect, but they make the audience really feel what's happening.
  • Characters: Great. Well developed. Can't ask for more. You even get to like the little characters. It's a character flick first and foremost.
  • Acting: Excellent, even for Jeff Bridges who still mumble his lines with that thick accent he's been using these past few years. At least, here, it makes sense.
  • Visuals: Grimy. Perfect.
  • Costumes: Perfect.
  • Afterthoughts: You know they're playing with our sense of just and right, as opposed to justice, and the financial events of the last decades, and it makes you think.

The 9th Life of Louis Drax — Too many flaws and mistakes — 5*/10

  • Overall: Lots of good ideas and a great packaging, unfortunately, the script was poorly thought through.
  • Who is it for?
  • Afterthoughts: Disappointed.

jeudi 1 septembre 2016

Kubo and the Two Strings — A very magical story that will transport you — 8*/10

  • Overall: A fascinating story, incredibly well told. Beautiful and magical.
  • Who is it for? Everyone and anyone. I totally recommend it.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey and Ralph Fiennes.
  • Cameos: George Takei.
  • Setting: Imaginary medieval Japan.
  • Style: Stop-motion animation for both children and adults.
  • Pacing: Excellent mix that keeps you riveted to the screen.
  • Intro: Solid. The mystery is complete.
  • Story: Partly sad, party funny, full of details, magic and action, it's the kind of story that transports you where it wants with incredible ease. It's simple, yet you navigate the mysteries always waiting for the next morsel of truth and that's breathtakingly captivating.
  • Ending: Some very imaginative and courageous elements, but it's still a bit weak.
  • Dialogs: Solid.
  • Characters: Well built, if a bit simple.
  • Acting: Good.
  • Visuals: Gorgeous!
  • Music: Love the end credits song.
  • Score: Great.
  • Afterthoughts: It easily mesmerizes, but the ending is not as filling as the rest and left me wanting. That being said, I did not regret paying full price to see it, because it's a great film.