Dude Rates Movies

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Charlie's Angels
D
McG — 2000
Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu
Sunday 20 June 2021 AD

This was one of my favorite movies when I was a child. I love the rythm from the first act, everything is so fast. The second half (starting when we see the ladies with their respective date) is less fast and I got a bit bored.

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C'est la vie!
A
Le sens de la fête
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano — 2017
Jean-Pierre Bacri, Jean-Paul Rouve, Gilles Lellouche
Sunday 13 June 2021 AD

I spent the whole movie shaking with laughter. Jean-Pierre Bacri is an absolute unit of a comedian. This bought me joy and happiness.

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Warrior
B
Gavin O'Connor — 2011
Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Joel Edgerton
Saturday 12 June 2021 AD

Wowowow Tom Hardy be like a mad dog really to kick ass.

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Hotel Rwanda
C
Terry George — 2004
Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix
Friday 11 June 2021 AD

It does a good job of explaining this part of history I was ignorant about (I hope I'm a bit less now), but damn those dialogues are as plain as the nose on one's face.

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Minari
E
Lee Isaac Chung — 2020
Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Alan S. Kim
Saturday 5 June 2021 AD

Sedentaryland.

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Cruella
D
Craig Gillespie — 2021
Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry
Friday 4 June 2021 AD

Anything that happens anywhere near that cliff is definitely grotesque.

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Ghost in the Shell
E
Kôkaku Kidôtai
Mamoru Oshii — 1995
Atsuko Tanaka, Iemasa Kayumi, Akio Ôtsuka
Tuesday 1 June 2021 AD

For some reason animes are triggering my attention deficit disorder. I just can't.

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The Nightingale
C
Jennifer Kent — 2018
Aisling Franciosi, Michael Sheasby, Maya Christie
Sunday 30 May 2021 AD

The acting is meh. The woman is like LOOK AT ME HOW MAD I AM OH I AM VERY MAD. I liked the native.

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Synecdoche, New York
D
Charlie Kaufman — 2008
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams
Saturday 29 May 2021 AD

Incomprehensible pile of philosophical crap barely saved by some clever tidbits of meta-humor.

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A Man Escaped
D
Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut
Robert Bresson — 1956
François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock
Tuesday 25 May 2021 AD

Indeed he did. He factually escaped. And we watched him escape for 100 minutes.

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Stalker
E
Andrei Tarkovsky — 1979
Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn
Monday 24 May 2021 AD

Life, death, existence, desires, consciousness, the meaning of life, yada yada yada.

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The Woman in the Window
D
Joe Wright — 2021
Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie
Saturday 22 May 2021 AD

Netflix is doing TV movies with A-list actors.

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Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
A
Quentin Tarantino — 2019
Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie
Sunday 16 May 2021 AD

After my third viewing I start to understand what people complain about when they say that the movie goes nowhere. Not that it isn't entertaining anyway, but the structure feels a bit off. There is one day of storytelling occupying the first 2 hours, followed by a night of storytelling happening months later. I would have preferred if the fateful night would have happened at the end of the day that is presented in the first 2 hours. Could have been "One day at Hollywood".

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The Hateful Eight
A
Quentin Tarantino — 2015
Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Saturday 15 May 2021 AD

I remember liking it, but not that is was that good. Please Tarantino delight us with more closed, real-time action. Such an incredible screenwriter.

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Django Unchained
B
Quentin Tarantino — 2012
Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio
Friday 14 May 2021 AD

Good guy Christoph Waltz after all.

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Inglourious Basterds
A
Quentin Tarantino — 2009
Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth
Thursday 13 May 2021 AD

Fassbender worst spy ever.

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Death Proof
B
Quentin Tarantino — 2007
Kurt Russell, Zoë Bell, Rosario Dawson
Tuesday 11 May 2021 AD

The dialogs sometimes feel a bit "meh". Girls talking about boys and shit. What do I care. Still a nice entertainment.

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Kill Bill: Vol. 2
A
Quentin Tarantino — 2004
Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Michael Madsen
Monday 10 May 2021 AD

Inseparable from Kill Bill: Vol. 1. The 2 volumes were written as a single screenplay, shot in a single production, and are intended to be appreciated as a single movie.

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Kill Bill: Vol. 1
A
Quentin Tarantino — 2003
Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah
Sunday 9 May 2021 AD

Damn this shit is on fire. Pure joy.

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Jackie Brown
B
Quentin Tarantino — 1997
Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
Saturday 8 May 2021 AD

I want someone listening to my music the way Robert Forster listens to the Delfonics. I love how Tarantino slips in a compelling low-key love story in a crime genre movie.

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Pulp Fiction
A
Quentin Tarantino — 1994
John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson
Friday 7 May 2021 AD

Tarantino is just pure joy. Like a child improvising a story "oh and then he ends up in a store where the manager tie and gag them" "oh and then...", but for some reason it's compelling and you can't stop being entertained. It's a demonstration that cinema can be elegant without having to be some sort of high level art, and yet it's surely not an easy thing to imitate. Truly a work of wonder.

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Nobody
B
Ilya Naishuller — 2021
Bob Odenkirk, Aleksey Serebryakov, Connie Nielsen
Saturday 24 April 2021 AD

The good thing about this movie is that although the main characters always leaves peace on the table as an option, he actually prefers if violence is chosen. This completely undermines the usual "oh no the good guy is in danger" emotion that you feel when bad guys attack the hero. It becomes "oh yes the good guy is in danger and he likes it". A feel-good movie in some sense?

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Time
C
Garrett Bradley — 2020
Rob Rich II, Fox Rich, Laurence M. Rich
Saturday 17 April 2021 AD

I'm impressed by the amount of work and dedication that it must take to raise six kids while trying to get your husband out of jail while building your career. However I admit that I have a bit of trouble with the general attitude of the narration towards the goal of reducing the sentence. Justice is not a transactional system between a some amount of crime and some amount of jail; crimes are not supposed to happen in a first place. The result is that even if your punishment is out of proportion for your acts (for unfair reasons), if you did fuck up, then you're in a difficult position to inquiry about reducing your sentence as if it should be obviously granted.

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The Count of Monte Cristo
F
Kevin Reynolds — 2002
Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Christopher Adamson
Friday 16 April 2021 AD

I'm going the one boring guy who read the book and couldn't stand the movie as a result. I can understand simplifying events and removing some characters because they don't fit into an adaptation, but I don't accept altering character development and changing important parts of the spirit of the original story.

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The Father
A
Florian Zeller — 2020
Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss
Friday 9 April 2021 AD

This movie is soul-crushing. I was hesitating to give it an A, because it's actually a difficult viewing, and definitely not a movie I will rewatch anytime soon, but its sheer empathetic force is simply on its own league. The editing is made in such a way that you get an idea of how dementia gets your mind confused, and how the resulting nonsense compounds until one gets completely lost. This concept makes the narrative disturbingly effective. The devastating acting from Anthony Hopkins eventually brought me to the tipping point of losing it in tears.

This one is gonna leave its mark on my mind for a while I think.

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The White Ribbon
D
Das weiße Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte
Michael Haneke — 2009
Christian Friedel, Ernst Jacobi, Leonie Benesch
Tuesday 6 April 2021 AD

Sorry, too much Haneke for me. It's really consistent with the rest of the filmography, directing-wise, but it's just too long, and too much without a clear point. Just out of the bounds of my Haneke-compatibility area.

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Godzilla vs. Kong
E
Adam Wingard — 2021
Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall
Monday 5 April 2021 AD

Lots of pretty images to watch in 4K.

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Another Round
B
Druk
Thomas Vinterberg — 2020
Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang
Sunday 4 April 2021 AD

I find the base concept a bit stupid (do you really need to make a "study" to understand what will go wrong?), but I nonetheless appreciated the way to movie unrolls, as well as its morale (<spoiler>You can celebrate good things that happen in life with alcohol, but trying to make good things happen thanks to alcohol will definitely not work</spoiler>). More especially, I find the ending really sweet, as it shows how <spoiler>your own emotional response to a really good news can unleash way more energy than alcohol will ever be able to do</spoiler>. There might also be an interesting subtext in the story concerning the character of Tommy, <spoiler>who is the one who falls the most easily into full-on alcoholism, even though he didn't appear to be the most unstable of the bunch. The story focuses on Martin and his problems because we are seeing things from his point of view, but maybe Tommy was hiding a deeper depressive state about his own life, which simply went unnoticed.</spoiler>

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Caché
B
Michael Haneke — 2005
Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Maurice Bénichou
Saturday 3 April 2021 AD

Love Haneke's directing as usual. Very good mystery. The scene got me completely shocked.

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Promising Young Woman
B
Emerald Fennell — 2020
Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie
Friday 26 March 2021 AD

Very interesting. Nicely shot. Great acting. Perfectly consistent.

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Lost Highway
E
David Lynch — 1997
Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, John Roselius
Monday 15 March 2021 AD

Sorry what the fuck.

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Happy End
B
Michael Haneke — 2017
Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz
Sunday 14 March 2021 AD

I completely love Michael Hanneke's style of directing based on mostly static shots ; it's so calm and discrete. I like the lack of proper exposition and the fact that you need to be attentive to all pieces of the puzzle to understand the whereabouts of each characters. I'm not sure I get everything the movie has to say about the themes it deals with (seems heavy), but this is not requirement to enjoy it.

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Night Shift
B
Police
Anne Fontaine — 2020
Virginie Efira, Omar Sy, Grégory Gadebois
Saturday 13 March 2021 AD

Good actors.

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Some Like It Hot
D
Billy Wilder — 1959
Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon
Saturday 13 March 2021 AD

Meh.

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Pocahontas
F
Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg — 1995
Mel Gibson, Linda Hunt, Christian Bale
Monday 1 March 2021 AD

I prefer James Cameron's live action remake.

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Sound of Metal
C
Darius Marder — 2019
Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci
Sunday 28 February 2021 AD

I sometimes listen to music to levels I think are too high, and this sent chills down my spine. Protect your ears boys and girls.

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Nomadland
E
Chloé Zhao — 2020
Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May
Friday 26 February 2021 AD

I should be able to program some sort of artificial intelligece that parses a screenplay and knows whether something happens in the movie or not.

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Oldboy
E
Oldeuboi
Chan-wook Park — 2003
Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-Tae, Kang Hye-jeong
Monday 22 February 2021 AD

I find it a bit easy to engineer a revelation out of such disturbing concepts, it gives the impression that the author needs to go to a great extent into the bizarre to make it work, by lack of cleverness to create surprise out of something more familiar. The problem is that even if you don't guess the story, the movie still informs you pretty clearly that some sort of conspiration is going on, which completely undermines the free will of the main character, such that you're basically looking at a mice lab trying to find the exit of a labyrinth, without much dramatic tension since the path has been determined from the beginning. A character who is presented at times completely badass and at times completely desperate, you don't really know what character development the movie is trying to go with. Add to that a frenetic editing which makes the whole thing look like a collection of video game cinematics, and this concludes the recipe for a movie I don't like.

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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
D
Ang Lee — 2016
Joe Alwyn, Garrett Hedlund, Arturo Castro
Sunday 21 February 2021 AD

There were like 6000 images per seconds.

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The Insider
A
Michael Mann — 1999
Russell Crowe, Al Pacino, Christopher Plummer
Friday 19 February 2021 AD

It's a really good movie, but not up to the A+ club.

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News of the World
D
Paul Greengrass — 2020
Tom Hanks, Helena Zengel, Tom Astor
Saturday 13 February 2021 AD

Not bad but completely forgettable.

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King of New York
D
Abel Ferrara — 1990
Christopher Walken, David Caruso, Laurence Fishburne
Monday 8 February 2021 AD

pew pew pew.

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The Little Things
D
John Lee Hancock — 2021
Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Jared Leto
Sunday 7 February 2021 AD

I thought I didn't understand some of it, but then I thought maybe it just doesn't make any sense.

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Forbidden Games
C
Jeux interdits
René Clément — 1952
Georges Poujouly, Brigitte Fossey, Amédée
Friday 5 February 2021 AD

It's not clear how much it's intended for some lines of dialogs to be hilarious. Pretty cute overall.

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The Raid: Redemption
E
Serbuan maut
Gareth Evans — 2011
Iko Uwais, Ananda George, Ray Sahetapy
Monday 1 February 2021 AD

Boring alternation between fight scenes and talking scenes.

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Click
E
Frank Coraci — 2006
Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken
Thursday 28 January 2021 AD

This is the kind of movie that wants to tell a morale, but which doesn't know how to do it seriously out of fear of being cheesy, so it does it parodically. It's crap.

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Look at Me
D
Comme une image
Agnès Jaoui — 2004
Marilou Berry, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Agnès Jaoui
Sunday 24 January 2021 AD

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A Housekeeper
D
Une femme de ménage
Claude Berri — 2002
Jean-Pierre Bacri, Émilie Dequenne, Brigitte Catillon
Saturday 23 January 2021 AD

On est dans le summum du film français là. Pas mal la scène où il achète de l'Ajax pour nettoyer les vitres.

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The Taste of Others
B
Le goût des autres
Agnès Jaoui — 2000
Anne Alvaro, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Alain Chabat
Wednesday 20 January 2021 AD

Le film montre ses personnages dans des circonstances pathétiques, mais ne porte jamais de jugement sur eux, et au contraire suscite la tendresse. C'est une belle chose. Le développement du personnage de Castella est exceptionnel, porté par un Jean-Pierre Bacri excellent.

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Perfect Strangers
B
Perfetti sconosciuti
Paolo Genovese — 2016
Giuseppe Battiston, Anna Foglietta, Marco Giallini
Tuesday 19 January 2021 AD

Stupid friends play stupid games. Quite enjoyable in fact.

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Ammonite
E
Francis Lee — 2020
Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Jones
Sunday 17 January 2021 AD

Portrait of a middle-aged lady cold as ice. Would she ever smile was the only element of suspense in this tedious bore.

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Grave of the Fireflies
C
Hotaru no haka
Isao Takahata — 1988
Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Akemi Yamaguchi
Saturday 16 January 2021 AD

Damn.

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Pawn Sacrifice
C
Edward Zwick — 2014
Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard
Tuesday 12 January 2021 AD

Nice TV movie.

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Marty
C
Delbert Mann — 1955
Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Esther Minciotti
Monday 11 January 2021 AD

Cute.

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A Royal Affair
D
En kongelig affære
Nikolaj Arcel — 2012
Alicia Vikander, Mads Mikkelsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
Saturday 9 January 2021 AD

This was interesting from a history standpoint, but it's all told in a rather bland way. I wasn't really attached to the characters and their fates left me rather stoic.

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Bad Education
B
Cory Finley — 2019
Hugh Jackman, Ray Romano, Welker White
Tuesday 5 January 2021 AD

The beauty of a house of cards collapsing, with a great performance by Hugh Jackman.

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Honey Boy
B
Alma Har'el — 2019
Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe
Monday 4 January 2021 AD

Dude writes a movie about himself and his father where he plays his own father and shows his young self being groomed by a lady whose actress he then dates in real life but she sues him for beating her, in ways that looks like how he described his father beating his mother. That's some next-level meta shit right there. Apart from that, he's a damn talented actor.

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire
A
Portrait de la jeune fille en feu
Céline Sciamma — 2019
Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami
Sunday 3 January 2021 AD

Cette tension, cette délicatesse, cette hésitation puis cette flamboyance. Ce jeu de regards, ce vouvoiement même dans l'intiminé. Cette photographie sublime, où chaque plan est un tableau. Cette absence de musique si ce n'est pendant ce plan final absolument frappant. Me voilà prohibé de médire le cinéma français, car on a là une sacrée démonstration de ce dont il est capable. Je suis tout renversé.

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Soul
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D
Pete Docter, Kemp Powers — 2020
Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton
Wednesday 30 December 2020 AD

Opium for the underprivileged

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The movie threw me off-guard when it switched from the New York City narrative to the Philosophical-landscape-with-weird-characters narrative. I was just getting comfy and ready for a nice story about some jazz, but instead I was catapulted into some philosophical discourse about life and death, with a catalog of cute visuals to represent various ideas, just as in Inside Out and its brain tour (which already bored me at the time).

The storytelling isn't particularly convincing, because instead of trying to tell a compelling story, the movie tries to build a compelling moral. From there I understood that appreciating the movie would be complex, as when a story explores existential concepts in such a didactic way, whether you like it or not depends a lot on whether you adhere to its philosophical stance or not. I do not.

For me, the key moment of the movie is when Joe has finished his first gig as a pianist of a jazz band, and is underwhelmed about it, in spite of having hoped for this moment for so long. He expected to be moved into some next-level dimension of life, and is disappointed to realize that he's still just a earthling in a world that is still material in a time where days are still made of 24 hours. My reaction was that he is such a spoiled ungrateful little brat. He must have trained for thousands of hours to acquire the skills he has at the piano, he must have networked to be able to grab this opportunity, and he had the luck of being able to play at the last moment in spite of his weird behavior in the afternoon. So many things had to come alright for this moment to happen, and yet he is underwhelmed because he expected more. Damn, boy!

I thought this was a weird choice of behavior to showcase, because I think most people are wiser than Joe and aren't underwhelmed like that about their successes, so I didn't quite know where the movie was going, and so far the morale looked very simple: be grateful about your achievements. But to my surprise, the movie went to another direction: be grateful about the banality of life. The singer he has performed with tells him the parable of a fish who wants to go to ocean because he is disappointed to "only be in water" (the point being: the ocean is nothing more than water). How ironic that such a parable comes from the creators of Finding Nemo about a father fish over-protecting his child fish from the ocean, but who eventually has the adventure of its lifetime by exploring the ocean.

Then unrolls a montage of Joe's life with beautiful images of New York City and trees and sunsets and pie eating and whatnots. How beautiful life actually is! Yeah, now try replacing sunsets with grayness, NYC with sovietic-era buildings, pie eating with a slice of stale bread, and let's see how that works. It doesn't, and yet those circumstance are experienced by various people around the world, who arguably shouldn't be excluded from the philosophical discourse about life. How to avoid such fatality? Well, simply by putting the emphasis on improvement rather than on state. No matter your situation in life regarding money or health or simply fulfillment, there is always hope for better, by trying to progress, and by being grateful about each little victory on the way. There is no guaranty that state will look good, but improvement always looks good.

That's not what the movie is about. According to the movie, improvement is overrated, because there is no higher plane of existence. State is underrated, because life is already beautiful in what it has to offer right now. So we never get to see Joe being grateful about his gig, but we get to see him having his mind blown by a leaf falling off a tree. I guess it's true to some degree (one must not fall into the extremes of self-improvement motivational madness), but I don't see how this can be a philosophy in and of itself. It seems to me that this philosophy only works for those who have it easy, for whom motivation and success are so natural they have become bored by it, and they need to fall back to liking trees. For the rest of us mere mortals who are thriving for betterment, enjoying the moment is simply a good medicine against stress and anxiety, but there is always the possibility for life to be a triumph. And may it only be a delusion, please let us believe.

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Kajillionaire
C
Miranda July — 2020
Evan Rachel Wood, Patricia Belcher, Kim Estes
Tuesday 29 December 2020 AD

Me reading "Evan Rachel Wood" at the end credits: "wait what". I enjoyed the movie with all its weirdness, but especially with empathy for the main character. Also Richard Jenkins is just naturally hilarious.

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The Midnight Sky
D
George Clooney — 2020
George Clooney, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo
Tuesday 29 December 2020 AD

I really dig the solitary-scientist-on-an-Arctic-base vibe, especially when it's overlayed with the solitary-scientists-on-a-spaceship vibe, but unfortunately the movie doesn't make much of it and it ends up vibing flat.

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Shithouse
B
Cooper Raiff — 2020
Cooper Raiff, Dylan Gelula, Amy Landecker
Monday 28 December 2020 AD

The photography is sometimes amateur-ish which makes some scenes almost look like a collection of tik toks, but one can get used to it. The movie really excels thanks to the alchemy between the two leads and their long discussions, which are reminiscent of the Before trilogy. I never saw a coming-of-age themed movie dealing with the subject at such an existential level. Many other such movies tend to be more focused on new experiences (with funny gags and whatnots), quirky personalities, and random college drama, but the characters are usually solid. Shithouse features fragile characters, for whom even anything quickly moves into the existential range, and they become heroes of they own story by simply dealing with it. Really sweet movie overall. Solid directorial debut for director-writer-actor Cooper Raiff.

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Nightcrawler
B
Dan Gilroy — 2014
Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton
Monday 28 December 2020 AD

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Spartacus
D
Stanley Kubrick — 1960
Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons
Monday 21 December 2020 AD

I liked every shot with people moving around in a landscape; very impressive. I also liked every scene with Peter Ustinov because he's a good actor with good lines. I found everything else utterly boring.

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QT8: The First Eight
C
21 Years: Quentin Tarantino
Tara Wood — 2019
Zoë Bell, Louis Black, Bruce Dern
Saturday 19 December 2020 AD

Rather interesting.

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Emma.
B
Autumn de Wilde — 2020
Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Mia Goth
Saturday 12 December 2020 AD

I like stories which provoke empathy for flawed characters, and this movie excels at it. Christopher Blauvelt is one cinematographer to keep an eye on because the cinematography in this is LIT.

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Burning
C
Beoning
Chang-dong Lee — 2018
Ah-In Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-seo Jun
Friday 11 December 2020 AD

What a bamboozle. So much potential.

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Filth
D
Jon S. Baird — 2013
James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan
Wednesday 9 December 2020 AD

I'm having a hard time with movies that go nowhere. James McAvoy is really really good, but I just don't know what to make of the movie.

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Heat
A+
Michael Mann — 1995
Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer
Sunday 6 December 2020 AD

What a beast of a movie. Consistently grand.

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Mank
D
David Fincher — 2020
Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins
Saturday 5 December 2020 AD

I don't know how much of my misunderstanding comes from me having trouble to focus during the movie or just the movie being hard to follow, but there is much of it I didn't get. Are we supposed to be Hollywood scholars and know about all those characters in advance? I feel like those people complaining about not understanding the references in Once upon a time in Hollywood, except with this one you actually need the references to understand what the hell is going on. Just one of those movies which completely went over my head. Who knows, maybe it's good.

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Passengers
C
Morten Tyldum — 2016
Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen
Monday 30 November 2020 AD

— We have no secrets!
— Is that so?
— You heard the lady.

Those three lines are the most accurate demonstration of the danger of AI I've ever heard in a movie. Elegant story structure as well. The pace could just have been a little bit faster, although I get the idea that it's supposed to be long.

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Falling
E
Viggo Mortensen — 2020
Viggo Mortensen, Lance Henriksen, Sverrir Gudnason
Sunday 29 November 2020 AD

Watched this because this is directed by Viggo Mortensen. It's trying too hard to be melodramatic and falling flat.

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The Witches
C
Robert Zemeckis — 2020
Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci
Saturday 28 November 2020 AD

Holly shit those close-ups to the master witch's extended mouth is the stuff of nightmares.

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Trance
C
Danny Boyle — 2013
James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel
Friday 27 November 2020 AD

It's one of those psychological thriller where there are lots of stuff you don't understand and you wait for all the moving pieces to fall in place together. Of course it's only worth it if the final picture of the puzzle is satisfying, and in this case I was underwhelmed by the resolution.

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Okja
C
Bong Joon Ho — 2017
Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Seo-hyun Ahn
Wednesday 25 November 2020 AD

Bong Joon-ho leitmotiv: shady stuff is happening in the basement.

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The Truman Show
A
Peter Weir — 1998
Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney
Sunday 22 November 2020 AD

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Greyhound
C
Aaron Schneider — 2020
Tom Hanks, Elisabeth Shue, Stephen Graham
Wednesday 18 November 2020 AD

The marine historian adviser on the movie said "You don't want to be so technically perfect that the audience has no idea what they're seeing, then you've lost them." (source). Well I wonder what would be the technically perfect version like, because this one already is an avalanche of technical orders which are impenetrable for the layman. Just 90 minutes of basically non-stop action where I was like "Yeah this guy surely looks like he knows what he's doing. BOOM TAKE THAT YOU NAUGHTY SUBMARINE." Interestingly, this is also written by Tom Hanks (adapted from a book). I didn't know he was a naval warfare nerd.

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Proxima
E
Alice Winocour — 2019
Eva Green, Zélie Boulant, Matt Dillon
Sunday 15 November 2020 AD

Grâce au cinéma français, l'exploration spatiale n'a jamais été aussi enjouée.

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Alice and the Mayor
D
Alice et le maire
Nicolas Pariser — 2019
Fabrice Luchini, Anaïs Demoustier, Nora Hamzawi
Saturday 14 November 2020 AD

L'incarnation du film français : quelques dialogues intéressants, mais une intrigue qui ère sans trop aller dans une direction donnée et des scènes chelous avec des gens qui se disent bonjour.

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The Untouchables
C
Brian De Palma — 1987
Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro
Friday 6 November 2020 AD

The hell is up with this stroller.

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The Rocketeer
C
Joe Johnston — 1991
Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin
Saturday 31 October 2020 AD

Cute.

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Green Book
A
Peter Farrelly — 2018
Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini
Wednesday 28 October 2020 AD

Another example of "it's not really as good as when I saw it in the theater". Still fine though.

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Requiem for a Dream
A
Darren Aronofsky — 2000
Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly
Tuesday 27 October 2020 AD

Don't do drugs kids.

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Rebecca
E
Ben Wheatley — 2020
Lily James, Armie Hammer, Kristin Scott Thomas
Sunday 25 October 2020 AD

This looked like an afternoon TV movie. The incessant dull soundtrack wouldn't ever stop for the love of god. Every single scene which had the potential to be interesting was wasted by the editing and the soundtrack which just sail through the story as if no event of it is actually worth watching.

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The Trial of the Chicago 7
A
Aaron Sorkin — 2020
Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, Sacha Baron Cohen
Saturday 24 October 2020 AD

This is some damn fine editing. Such a pleasure to watch. Very edifying story.

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The Social Network
A+
David Fincher — 2010
Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake
Tuesday 20 October 2020 AD

It's so fucking good.

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The Sixth Sense
B
M. Night Shyamalan — 1999
Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette
Monday 19 October 2020 AD

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The Visit
B
M. Night Shyamalan — 2015
Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan
Friday 16 October 2020 AD

The "twist" is guessable right at the begining, but there is still great value in the movie. That shit is scary as fuck.

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After Earth
D
M. Night Shyamalan — 2013
Jaden Smith, David Denman, Will Smith
Thursday 15 October 2020 AD

I've never been in long plane flights, but this corresponds to my imagination of what kind of movie you watch when you're in a long plane flight. It's not good but it's better than boredom.

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The Last Airbender
E
M. Night Shyamalan — 2010
Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone
Tuesday 13 October 2020 AD

I saw it as a regular boring blockbuster franchise movie for kids. It might happen that kids don't even like this one, but for me it's just another shade of boring.

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The Happening
C
M. Night Shyamalan — 2008
Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo
Monday 12 October 2020 AD

I don't know why people think it's a comedy or an homage to B movies. The directing and subject seem way too close to Shyamalan's usual directing and subjects to openly be a joke (or the man is joking about his entire filmography). The "What? Nooooo" is bad but I think it's just bad acting (which isn't that much far from what would have been proper acting). I rather enjoyed the movie for what it was. In find comfort in the fact that Roger Ebert took it seriously too.

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Lady in the Water
E
M. Night Shyamalan — 2006
Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeffrey Wright
Friday 9 October 2020 AD

I chose to believe that this is satire. If one day I meet Shyamalan in person and he explains to me in all seriousness that this was serious, I chose to believe that this is also part of the satire. You cannot prove me wrong.

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The Village
B
M. Night Shyamalan — 2004
Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Joaquin Phoenix
Thursday 8 October 2020 AD

I watch The Beach and The Village on a few days apart randomly, and they both play on a similar thematic. Strange coincidence. Am I in an M. Night Shyamalan movie?

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Ocean's Eleven
B
Steven Soderbergh — 2001
George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts
Sunday 4 October 2020 AD

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A Most Violent Year
A
J.C. Chandor — 2014
Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo
Saturday 3 October 2020 AD

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The Beach
C
Danny Boyle — 2000
Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel York, Patcharawan Patarakijjanon
Saturday 3 October 2020 AD

Some nice gifs of young DiCaprio to extract from there.

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Jurassic Park
A
Steven Spielberg — 1993
Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum
Friday 2 October 2020 AD

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Beautiful Boy
D
Felix van Groeningen — 2018
Steve Carell, Maura Tierney, Jack Dylan Grazer
Monday 28 September 2020 AD

Me at the begining of the movie: At least the father is loving and uncompromising, not like Jesse Pinkman's parents who abandoned him because he was deficient according to their expectations.

Me at the end of the movie: oh no

What a freaking bore anyway.

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Roma
A+
Alfonso Cuarón — 2018
Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey
Saturday 26 September 2020 AD

What is so good about this movie is that any action solely comes from the scene itself rather than from narrative tooling such as music or editing. The camera is either static or slowly moving, the shots are long, not aided by a piece of soundtrack. Yet the movie is intensively alive. It is so because of the many layers of stuff on the screen. The incredibly rich sets, the background noises of the neighborhood, the extras moving around in the background, the side characters doing their stuff to the side of the frame, and the profound, often silent, expressiveness of the main characters on the foreground. This whole beast of a movie is depicting life with a marvelous vividness, all that through a sequence of thoroughly designed frames.

Movie-making can sometimes feel like a sham in comparison to other arts. A 2-hours account of a story can hardly reach the intellectuel depth a book is able to contain, actors and their dialogs barely compete with the carefully crafted exchanges of theater plays, framing is just the successor of painting, and so on. But watching Roma is reassuring about the status of cinema, because you can't pull that shit up with anything else than a movie. It is cinema in its purest form, and an astounding achievement. One of the best film ever made.

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Sleeping Beauty
C
Julia Leigh — 2011
Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie
Tuesday 22 September 2020 AD

Of all ASMR this was the weirdest.