dimanche 30 octobre 2016

Truffe — Bizarre, simple et très bien monté — 7*/10

Un film de science-fiction légèrement surréaliste et imaginatif qui compte parmi ses figurants Roy Dupuis. Le petit budget ne parait pas trop et les situations sordides ou étranges ne font que nous attirer en plus profondément dans ce monde insolite.

Synopsis & informationhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt1031288/

jeudi 27 octobre 2016

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back — Action with just a little bit of soul — 6*/10

  • Overall: Entertaining, but certain things are straight cookie cutter stuff.
  • Who is it for? Those looking for action, but aren't worried too much about content.
  • Synopsis & informationhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt3393786/
  • Known actors: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders and Danika Yarosh.
  • Style: Action super spy assassin.
  • Intro: A bit corny.
  • Story: Sort of interesting with an intrigue that doesn't feel like an intrigue.
  • Ending: Weak.
  • Epilogue: Not too bad.
  • Dialogs: Some are good, others are deplorably over used standards.
  • Characters: The three good guys/gals are nicely done with good interaction between them, but the bad guys are ridiculously simple.
  • Afterthoughts: I was somewhat satisfied, but also a bit disappointed.

jeudi 20 octobre 2016

Hot Fuzz — Silly, witty, hilarious action comedy — 9*/10

  • Overall: You can't go wrong with this flick, it's tightly done and so funny.
  • Who is it for? Anyone looking for some witty silliness mixed with some nice action.
  • Synopsis & informationhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0425112/
  • Known actors: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent and Timothy Dalton.
  • Cameos: Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Cate Blanchett, Steve Coogan and Peter Jackson.
  • Setting: Sleepy country town, UK.
  • Style: Silly caper with serious cop action.
  • Pacing: Varies, lots of quiet moments cut with intrigue, some action and snappy repartee.
  • Intro: Love it! You really a solid grip on the main character.
  • Story: Its goal is to twist you around until you can't tell up from down, make you laugh with witty remarks and silly situations as well as captivate you with incongruous characters.
  • Ending: Very surprising. Hilarious. Totally out of the left field.
  • Epilogue: Nice and short. Well done.
  • Dialogs: Witty, silly, funny, plenty.
  • Characters: Lovable, quirky and well built.
  • Acting: Great in a very silly way.
  • Afterthoughts: Awesome entertainment. I highly recommend.

mercredi 19 octobre 2016

Star Trek — The best ever made and one accessible to all — 10*/10

  • Overall: The best production ever to come out of the franchise, and relatable enough that anyone can see it without even knowing what Star Trek is all about. Great way to get to know this world.
  • Who is it for? All sci-fi fans, but also anyone interested in a solid character based action flick.
  • Synopsis & informationhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0796366/
  • Known actors: Zoe Saldana, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, Eric Bana and Bruce Greenwood.
  • Cameos: Winona Ryder and Leonard Nimoy.
  • Setting: Far future. 
  • Style: Character based action sci-fi. 
  • Pacing: It almost never stops, a real roller coaster, except for a select few moments that are all character moments. 
  • Intro: It's a boom, right away. 
  • Story: Full of action with incredible levels of details. Gripping.
  • Ending: Just wow.
  • Dialogs: Witty, hilarious at times, or serious, never letting us down. 
  • Characters: Well developed, a certain departure from the originals, but realistically so.
  • Acting: Excellent. 
  • Visuals: Mind blowing, all the time. Awe inspiring.
  • Special Effects: Perfect. 
  • Afterthoughts: The first time, I was blown away. The second time, I couldn't believe how good I still thought it was. I was as riveted as the first time. I highly recommend it 

Vanilla Sky — A weird semi sci-fi that needs to be watched more than once — 8*/10

  • Overall: It's the kind of movie which is better when watched the second time around, it's only then that it really gets as good as it should. Great one by director Cameron Crowe.
  • Who is it for? Those who like mystery based on some science fiction, or those looking to explore a slow movie that will make you think in the end. 
  • Synopsis & informationhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0259711/
  • Known actors: Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Jason Lee, Kurt Russell and Timothy Spall.
  • Cameos: Tilda Swinton, Noah Taylor and Michael Shannon.
  • Setting: Rich American upper class. 
  • Style: Dramatic mind fuck.
  • Pacing: Slow, really slow, but not show much as not to capture your interest. 
  • Story: It's a look at youth, late 20s early 30s, its blindness and the long-term effects it can have on us and those we relate to. 
  • Ending: Philosophical. 
  • Dialogs: Almost schizophrenic, very intelligent and strongly emotional. 
  • Characters: Stark and solid, realistic in their own way. 
  • Acting: Amazing. 
  • Visuals: Solid.
  • Special Effects: Good. There are very few of them, but some are getting a bit old, although it's just at the end and they're still good.
  • Afterthoughts: The first time around, I was disappointed by the ending, the second time, I was ready to spend the time thinking it through and pondering the ins and outs. 

Tout en haut du monde — Un film d'animation pour les adultes au coeur d'enfant — 8*/10

Un film qui vous plongera de manière immersive dans une grande aventure. Son style de dessin particulier et très beau, ainsi que ces moments où on nous donne le temps de penser vous transporteront aisément. Les personnages sont attachants, l'histoire bien pensée et la fin courageuse.

Synopsis & informationhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt2262345/

mardi 18 octobre 2016

The Accountant — Great entertainment with a solid mix of characters and action — 8*/10

  • Overall: Much better than the preview let on. Solid action, great characters.
  • Who is it for? Anyone who doesn't mind action and some violence, it doesn't contain anything graphic really.
  • Synopsis & informationhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt2140479/
  • Known actors: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal
  • Cameos: Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow.
  • Style: An invigorating yet calm mix of crime and super spy.
  • Pacing: Excellent division between quiet, tense and adrenaline pumping.
  • Intro: Seamless.
  • Story: Very serious, cold and to the point. Lots of things aren't what they seem. Some surprises. Solid clockwork action. Nice little intrigue.
  • Ending: Surprising. Funny.
  • Epilogue: I would totally cut it, it ruins the great ending, even the movie itself. At least, I would cut it before you see him on the road.
  • Dialogs: Precise and full of details.
  • Characters: Well developed and nice depth for the most part. However, there are a few notable exceptions.
  • Acting: Excellent.
  • Visuals: Clean, sober and strong.
  • Score: Solid, except the epilogue song, very weak and not appropriate.
  • Afterthoughts: Surprised and really entertained. Loved my choice here.

lundi 17 octobre 2016

The Girl on the Train — No more than an intrigue — 6*/10

  • Overall: Solid intrigue, but mixed execution, at best.
  • Who is it for? Only those looking for a good intrigue, others should abstain.
  • Synopsis & informationhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt3631112/
  • Known actors: Emily Blunt and Allison Janney.
  • Cameos: Lisa Kudrow.
  • Setting: Suburban upper class.
  • Style: Investigation mystery based on infidelity and abusive relationships.
  • Pacing: Awkward. Could not hold focus of the audience well enough.
  • Story: Very interesting intrigue. Nicely dissected storyline. Uninspired backward story.
  • Ending: Well done.
  • Dialogs: Mixed result, at best.
  • Characters: Way too simple, especially the male roles.
  • Acting: Bad male acting, great female leads, especially for the main character, astounding.
  • Visuals: Nice.
  • Camera Work: Great.
  • Afterthoughts: Could have been much better. Disappointed.

mardi 11 octobre 2016

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life — Just for tweens — 5*/10

  • Overall: It could have been much better.
  • Who is it for? Tweens.
  • Synopsis & informationhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt4981636/
  • Known actors: Lauren Graham and Rob Riggle.
  • Cameos: Michael Rapaport.
  • Pacing: In many places, it went too fast, we couldn't feel it or it felt wrong.
  • Story: It had so many solid elements to make this a really poignant and funny story, yet it was rushed and crumpled under its own weight.
  • Characters: Too shallow, simple or archetypical.
  • Acting: Surprisingly good and some not so good.
  • Afterthoughts: Very disappointed, yet amazed at some excellent bits lost in the sum of all its parts.

Masterminds — Silly, yet not really as good as it could have been — 5*/10

  • Overall: It's really silly, but it lacks some finish to make it hilarious.
  • Synopsis & informationhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt2461150/
  • Known actors: Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Owen Wilson and Leslie Jones.
  • Style: Silly low IQ criminals.
  • Story: A succession of poor decisions that creates silly situations but never completely gel as a flick.
  • Characters: Unbelievable, but true.
  • Acting: Silly.
  • Costumes: Silly.
  • Afterthoughts: It didn't miss the mark by much. Just a little bit more care and you'd have something hilarious. I enjoyed it, but nothing more.

dimanche 9 octobre 2016

Song of the Sea — An extremely touching and soft story — 9*/10

  • Overall: A sad but marvelous faerie tale.
  • Who is it for? Anyone that doesn't mind a slow pace and a few tears.
  • Synopsis & informationhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt1865505/
  • Known actors: Brendan Gleeson.
  • Style: An old folk tale with magic.
  • Pacing: Slow. If you let yourself float on, by the end of the first act, you won't want to stop.
  • Story: No action, but full of meaning. Very touching. Beautiful.
  • Ending: Amazing. Be ready to shed a few tears.
  • Epilogue: It helps. Extremely short.
  • Dialogs: Simple, but just right.
  • Characters: Simple, but well developed.
  • Acting: Solid.
  • Visuals: Extremely beautiful. Very stylized.
  • Afterthoughts: It took me a while to get into it, but it touched me greatly. Loved it.

vendredi 7 octobre 2016

Storks — Interesting ideas, lots of colors and dense witty dialogs — 6*/10

  • Overall: Entertaining, colorful, silly and witty.
  • Who is it for? Mostly kids, but adults will have fun too, if not as much.
  • Synopsis & informationhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt4624424/
  • Known actors: Andy Samberg and Kelsey Grammer.
  • Cameos: Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell and Danny Trejo.
  • Pacing: Lots of action, it almost never stops.
  • Story: Very linear, but interesting.
  • Ending: Average at best.
  • Epilogue: Too much.
  • Dialogs: Fast, dense, witty, interesting, captivating. The flick gets its highest mark here.
  • Characters: Very variable quality. Some are great, some are too much, some are super, some are weak...
  • Acting: Nice.
  • Visuals: Colorful and beautiful.
  • Afterthoughts: A bit disappointed, but still entertained. Would have preferred to have paid less.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children — A good fantasy flick for all — 8*/10

  • Overall: A solid Tim Burton movie with a very interesting fantasy world.
  • Who is it for? Anyone looking for something fantastic and kids.
  • Synopsis & informationhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt1935859/
  • Known actors: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield and Samuel L. Jackson.
  • Cameos: Judi Dench, Chris O'Dowd and Terence Stamp.
  • Setting: An alternative fantasy world where people develop peculiar talents.
  • Style: Fantasy children story of good versus bad with some darkness.
  • Story: Lots of nice details, action, suspense, intrigue, magic, a burgeoning romance, some tragedy and multiple dark deeds, all very well handled. Excellent mix of light and dark.
  • Ending: Action intensive and clever.
  • Epilogue: A bit much, but still nicely done.
  • Characters: The bad guys are very simple, but so peculiar they are as interesting as the good guys who are a bit more developed, but still somewhat simple.
  • Acting: Very good.
  • Visuals: Astoundingly beautiful.
  • Special Effects: Almost perfect. Nothing to detract from the story.
  • Afterthoughts: Got out of the cinema very satisfied and well entertained.

samedi 1 octobre 2016

Snowden — A must for all and a great intellectual thriller — 8*/10

  • Overall: Oliver Stone turned something pretty dry, near boring, into an incredibly intense piece. He's a genius who excels at playing with emotions.
  • Who is it for? Everyone. First and foremost, we should all be familiar with that story, it's important for our future. We are going to increasingly be dependent on technology so we should know how it can expose us.
  • Synopsis & informationhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt3774114/
  • Known actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley and Rhys Ifans.
  • Cameos: Nicolas Cage, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Olyphant.
  • Setting: Behind the computer side of intelligence gathering.
  • Style: Suspense based biographical retelling of real events dramatized for the screen.
  • Story: I have no doubt that what is presented is accurate, even though it is obviously dramatized. That way, it makes for great entertainment as well as being an eye opener. It keeps you riveted from start to finish.
  • Ending: It is what it is since it's based on true events.
  • Epilogue: History is a never ending epilogue.
  • Dialogs: Solid.
  • Characters: Well built.
  • Acting: Excellent, although I'm surprised at Joseph Gordon-Levitt modifying his voice again.
  • Visuals: Great.
  • Special Effects: One of the few films where computer skills are represented correctly.
  • Afterthoughts: It's an important story to tell. I think whistleblowers do not get enough credit for their contribution to society, and his was huge. Thanks for helping, Oliver Stone.