Dude Rates Movies

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Happening
A
L'événement
Audrey Diwan — 2021
Anamaria Vartolomei, Kacey Mottet Klein, Luàna Bajrami
Saturday 27 November 2021 AD

I didn't realize how it was back then. It's insane. Makes you wonder what sort of crap is going on today and I hope I'm on the good side.

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Up
A
Pete Docter, Bob Peterson — 2009
Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger
Monday 22 November 2021 AD

I completely underestimated this movie. I'm awaken now.

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Doctor Sleep
E
Mike Flanagan — 2019
Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran
Sunday 21 November 2021 AD

Basically, Kubrick Shyamalaned the original Shining by making the supernatural blend into the natural, observing it through phenomenological manifestations rather than subjective ones, which maximize suspense and tension. Doctor Sleep does the opposite, with full-fledged telekinesis super-power stuff, which completely undermines the mystery. Also the movie is tasteless, starting with Rebecca Ferguson's ridiculous hat.

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The Shining
A
Stanley Kubrick — 1980
Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd
Saturday 20 November 2021 AD

I underestimated this movie so much. I was too young.

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The Cranes Are Flying
A
Letyat zhuravli
Mikhail Kalatozov — 1957
Tatyana Samoylova, Aleksey Batalov, Vasiliy Merkurev
Monday 15 November 2021 AD

As a modern spectator, you just need a bit a re-calibration to get past the absence of proper sound effects as well as the native doubling (or whatever sound capture system is making the dialogues sound so unnatural). Once that is unlocked, that is just an absolute unit of camera work, stunning cinematography, poetic storytelling, and subtle acting, which all work together to capture the breadth of human emotions in resplendent and contemplative poetry.

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The French Dispatch
D
Wes Anderson — 2021
Benicio Del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton
Sunday 14 November 2021 AD

Wes Anderson doing Wes Anderson things.

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Cry Macho
F
Clint Eastwood — 2021
Clint Eastwood, Dwight Yoakam, Daniel V. Graulau
Friday 12 November 2021 AD

Freedom is on the other side of that hill son.

Thank heavens! Let's get out of this theater.

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Eiffel
C
Martin Bourboulon — 2021
Romain Duris, Emma Mackey, Pierre Deladonchamps
Saturday 6 November 2021 AD

Neat and clean historical stuff. Didn't make me feel much.

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Paris, 13th District
C
Les Olympiades, Paris 13e
Jacques Audiard — 2021
Lucie Zhang, Makita Samba, Noémie Merlant
Friday 5 November 2021 AD

I liked the atmosphere. Characters were interesting. Story is a bit trivial.

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Pig
C
Michael Sarnoski — 2021
Nicolas Cage, Alex Wolff, Adam Arkin
Saturday 30 October 2021 AD

The movie is underexposed and it must have triggered a melatonin release, because I fell asleep for some 5 minutes in the middle (not missing much as far as I could tell). Interesting for pretty forgettable stuff. Nicolas Cage as fascinating as ever.

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Last Night in Soho
D
Edgar Wright — 2021
Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith
Friday 29 October 2021 AD

Very nice surround sound transition. I genuinely though something was wrong with my theater for the first 15 minutes. High-potential concept, which unfortunately didn't went a way I saw fit.

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Halloween Kills
E
David Gordon Green — 2021
Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak
Sunday 24 October 2021 AD

There is no directing idea. It's all rampage and blood.

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The Last Duel
B
Ridley Scott — 2021
Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer
Saturday 23 October 2021 AD

It needs 45 minutes to get started before you understand what the hell it's all about, then it's damn interesting. The last duel is indeed delivered, and because of the overall brutality of the movie, it's hard to predict its outcome. Dialogues are off for some reason.

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No Time to Die
D
Cary Joji Fukunaga — 2021
Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Rami Malek
Tuesday 5 October 2021 AD

I went without any expectation, then built expectations out of the first 30 minutes, then was disappointed by the rest of the movie.

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Brimstone
B
Martin Koolhoven — 2016
Guy Pearce, Dakota Fanning, Emilia Jones
Wednesday 22 September 2021 AD

Fantastic cinematography. Good story.

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Dune
A
Denis Villeneuve — 2021
Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya
Thursday 16 September 2021 AD

On one hand I was never bored and I wanted to see what would happen next at all times. On the other hand I never felt any particular emotion. This is a large scale story about planet-wide civilizations, and the movie carry us on a ride of this scale, with very impressive visuals and big fucking things (ships, battles, creatures, anything). All of this is pleasing to watch, and made with an elegance that gives it an impression of grandeur. This is where the movie gets my A-rating. You can corrupt me with any about a story big enough to make it look like it's playing on the "Significant" league, and well-crafted enough so that I don't spot the fraud.

There is a bit of awkwardness in the way the story blends human-scale events together with civilization-scale events; at some point I asked myself "Why am I watching this particular scene involving those persons, which seems like an anecdote in comparison to all those big-scale things happening in the story". I think this problem of integration between the important and the detail is at the heart of the movie's weakness, which is its inability to convey strong emotions.

A note on the music: the movie is fucking LOUD, and extensively uses modulation of the volume of Hans Zimmer's soundtrack in order to make everything ultra-giga-epic. This is a trick that has been used for the last two Nolan's movies (Dunkirk and Tenet). Nolan defends the "sonic" quality of his soundscapes and says it's entirely intentional for it to be so loud. I guess Denis Villeneuve thinks the same. I think it's easy.

Anyway, the 155 minutes passed by like a flash, and since the ending is actually an opening, I'm all set for Part II.

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The Specials
C
Hors normes
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano — 2019
Vincent Cassel, Reda Kateb, Hélène Vincent
Sunday 12 September 2021 AD

Interesting spotlight into a not well known social issue.

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Respect
C
Liesl Tommy — 2021
Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans
Saturday 11 September 2021 AD

Biopic #647364 from the biopic factory.

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Big Fish
E
Tim Burton — 2003
Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup
Saturday 4 September 2021 AD

Well that was boring.

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Do the Right Thing
C
Spike Lee — 1989
Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
Friday 3 September 2021 AD

So, nothing has been learnt.

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Roman Holiday
C
William Wyler — 1953
Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert
Wednesday 1 September 2021 AD

A movie that lets its scenes breathe.

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Amistad
C
Steven Spielberg — 1997
Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Anthony Hopkins
Sunday 29 August 2021 AD

Above the law is Jesus, above Jesus are the founding fathers of Freedom Land.

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Monsieur Hulot's Holiday
E
Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot
Jacques Tati — 1953
Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud, Micheline Rolla
Saturday 28 August 2021 AD

I reckon there has been many attempts at making me laugh.

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Riders of Justice
B
Retfærdighedens ryttere
Anders Thomas Jensen — 2020
Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Andrea Heick Gadeberg
Friday 27 August 2021 AD

Quite the balancing act between drama, comedy, and thriller. It's actually rather well done. Mads Mikkelsen as an intense badass will always be a pleasure to watch.

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Idiocracy
C
Mike Judge — 2006
Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard
Sunday 22 August 2021 AD

It's like a long episode of a sitcom that would be rather funny.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame
C
Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise — 1996
Demi Moore, Jason Alexander, Mary Kay Bergman
Saturday 21 August 2021 AD

Late 90s Disney traditional animation was top-tier quality. The story is alright.

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The Fly
B
David Cronenberg — 1986
Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz
Friday 20 August 2021 AD

Somehow this movie feels "simple". No non-sense, no side scheme, just one straight scene after another and a steady progression. I like it. Also it's disgusting.

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Hackers
F
Iain Softley — 1995
Jonny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie, Jesse Bradford
Wednesday 18 August 2021 AD

This is so incredibly bad.

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The Age of Innocence
D
Martin Scorsese — 1993
Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder
Sunday 15 August 2021 AD

Meh.

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Contagion
B
Steven Soderbergh — 2011
Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law
Saturday 14 August 2021 AD

This could come out in a few years and be "inspired by real events". Except it came out 10 years ago. The movie is not particularly great in a void, but boy is it clear-sighted.

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King Kong
B
Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack — 1933
Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot
Friday 13 August 2021 AD

Very interesting to watch as a fan of the Peter Jackson remake. Various thoughts:

  • Surprisingly, the original contains more action scenes than the remake (even though those in the remake last longer, so it may have more in duration). Encounters between the boat crew and the first dinosaur, and the water monster are scenes which are only present in the extended version of the 2005 remake. To be frank I prefer the theatrical version from 2005 rather than the extended one, because I think those 2 scenes bring nothing to the story; at least now I know where they come from. The original movie really rushes those action scenes, one after another, like a Disneyland ride, whereas the remake intertwine action with character development, which makes for a slower rhythm, and therefore a smaller need for raw action.
  • On one hand, I found the love story from the original between Ann and Jack to be more interesting, because she's isn't pre-disposed to woo him, and because of his tough-guy-not-falling-in-love style (which is consistent with the overall "Beauty and the Beast" theme). On the other hand, Ann is such a stronger and richer character in the remake, so I guess they had to find a more interesting plot than just her falling in love with the random sailor.
  • The remake explicitly makes Carl Denham a bastard whereas he's a nice guy in the original (although a bit crazy). We could say that the character from the original is a more nuanced one, but maybe Peter Jackson was trying to tell us something about the brutality of the Hollywood industry.
  • I burst out laughing in the scene where Kong look at the window of Ann's apartment, because this shit looks like straight out of a TikTok.
  • There is one little detail in the remake which bothers me, which is that when Kong takes Ann for the first during her sacrifice by the natives, he grabs her entirely and pulls her body, breaking the ropes which tie her arms. It really looks like this would only break her arms if it was real. In the original, Kong is way more diligent, and carefully use his finger on a little device to untie the ropes manually; this is ridiculous. In the end I'm happy of the trade-off they made for the remake.

Overall this only enhance my admiration for the 2005 remake, which is faithful to the original but develops what needs to be developed (Ann, Kong, and their relationship), and of course with modern, vivid action.

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Out of Africa
D
Sydney Pollack — 1985
Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer
Monday 9 August 2021 AD

Robert Redford's avoidant attachment style was the only interesting thing in this stay-on-your-couch safari for middle-aged housewives in lack of love and soft sensations. I also liked the lions.

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So Long, My Son
B
Di jiu tianchang
Xiaoshuai Wang — 2019
Jingchun Wang, Mei Yong, Xi Qi
Sunday 1 August 2021 AD

The transitions between eras in the non-linear narration were really subtle and I felt that I needed to put the pieces of the puzzle together to understand what the hell was going on. Overall I liked the tenderness and delicacy of the narration. The only issue is that it's quite long (3h) and slow, and I wasn't absorbed 100% in it, so my focus had ups and downs. Fortunately the final act (when the parents return visiting their old city) is really poignant, especially because of all the plot points achieving a resolution, which ends the watching with a warm sense of contentment.

One interesting aspect of this movie is that it was validated by China's propaganda department (and even won awards from China), even through it doesn't exactly shed a favorable light to China's policies, most notably the one-child policy. One explanation I can imagine is that the movie focuses on the human impact of such policies rather than on the ideological side of things; those circumstances are seen as rules that shape the lives of individuals, which can be lamented, but which aren't really meant to be questioned, as rebellion against them will only bring more drama.

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Sideways
B
Alexander Payne — 2004
Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen
Saturday 31 July 2021 AD

Low-key chill movie.

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Inside Llewyn Davis
A
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen — 2013
Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman
Friday 30 July 2021 AD

Wow Oscaar Issac can actually sing. The Coen brothers are one of the few writers/directors who know how to make a good movie with no plot. Mostly thanks to character development.

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The Elephant Man
C
David Lynch — 1980
Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft
Sunday 25 July 2021 AD

I liked the way to movie makes us empathize with M. Merrick. I liked the way the characters are communicating clearly and without mischief (especially between the doctor and the hospital governor). I didn't quite get the point the movie was trying to make, or if it was trying to make a point at all. I guess sometimes some stories are just meant to be told.

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Old
D
M. Night Shyamalan — 2021
Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell
Saturday 24 July 2021 AD

Shyamalan could hire a screenwriter. Some of the dialogues are off, the way the sequence of scenes is laid out feels awkward, and character development is... well... rushed. The result is that it's never far off looking like a dud. I also feel like there is too much fatality in the concept: we're invited to watch how the whole thing unrolls, without thinking there is anything characters can do about it. So, what's the point? I liked the creepy scenes, because that's what Shyamalan is very good at.

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A Quiet Place Part II
B
John Krasinski — 2020
Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy
Friday 23 July 2021 AD

A lot of questionable decisions and behaviors. Efficient scary shit nonetheless. Nice superposition of dramatic tension over multiple storylines. Great opening scene (although John Krasinski likes to watch himself a bit too much).

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Contact
B
Robert Zemeckis — 1997
Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt
Sunday 18 July 2021 AD

It would be an A without this ending.

<spoiler>The movie puts us in a position where we know that Ellie actually went through a wormhole and met aliens (assuming reliable narration). Then the public has no proof of this fact, but she's urging them to believe her nonetheless. So this is a situation where 1. There is some truth. 2. There is no proof of this truth. 3. The only way to access this truth is through faith. This is a very religious and non-scientific message! Don't urge anyone to believe in some stuff you say if you have no proof! What happened to "make me a liar" when she discovers the first signal? I ain't even mad at her for this moment of weakness, because she's visibly emotionally overwhelmed, and the morale might as well be that scientists are bad at keeping their emotions in touch, but clearly this is just a "lol sometimes you need faith to be true" kind of morale. Imagine for a second the same ending, except we don't see the wormhole scene from her point of view, we just see the ball falling through the machine from the external point of view.</spoiler>

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Titane
C
Julia Ducournau — 2021
Vincent Lindon, Agathe Rousselle, Garance Marillier
Saturday 17 July 2021 AD

I went to a Saturday night screening, during the closing ceremony of the Cannes Festival, which I didn't even realize. When the movie was over and I was checking out my phone, I read that it had won the Palme d'Or. My reaction was one of surprise.

The first act has so much potential, and can go in so many directions. Out of all the possibilities, it chooses a very arbitrary and plain one. A firefighter station. Like, why. The movie becomes quite weak from then on, much because of the passivity of the main character who was first introduced to us as badass.

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
A
Steven Spielberg — 1982
Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote
Sunday 11 July 2021 AD

A masterpiece of storytelling. E.T. is such a peculiar and interesting creature.

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Benedetta
D
Paul Verhoeven — 2021
Charlotte Rampling, Virginie Efira, Daphne Patakia
Saturday 10 July 2021 AD

Everybody talking about whether she's faking it or not, nobody talking about the fact she speaks with the fucking deamon voice.

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The Way of the Dragon
C
Meng long guo jiang
Bruce Lee — 1972
Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Nora Miao
Friday 9 July 2021 AD

The body of this man is surreal.

Chuck Norris looks like a parody of himself before he could even be parodied.

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Inherent Vice
E
Paul Thomas Anderson — 2014
Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson
Sunday 27 June 2021 AD

This movie got me as stoned as the character in it. What the hell did I just watch.

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Mother
B
Madeo
Bong Joon Ho — 2009
Hye-ja Kim, Won Bin, Jin Goo
Saturday 26 June 2021 AD

There I finish the filmography of Bong Joon Ho. This is my second favorite movie of his after Parasite. Very clever movie. Nice shot composition. Interesting mixing of dark humor into dramatic elements.

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Luca
A
Enrico Casarosa — 2021
Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Emma Berman
Friday 25 June 2021 AD

Cuteness in all simplicity. Made me smile.

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Paris, Texas
C
Wim Wenders — 1984
Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell
Monday 21 June 2021 AD

2h hours of hard patience, hoping that the movie will resolve its plot and not let us on the side (like many such movies do), and a final half-hour of pay-off with an incredible, sublime, touching scene. Not sure that it was worth it, but I ain't even mad.

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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

No comment

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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.