Dude Rates Movies

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Me Before You
E
Thea Sharrock — 2016
Emilia Clarke, Emilia Clarke's eyebrows, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer
Sunday 9 June 2024

Some girl who doesn't give a damn about her boyfriend, falls for a paralyzed guy because she succeeded in breaking his shell, is upset when he still wants to die in spite of her cheering him up.

There, spared you the trouble of watching this piece of crap.

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Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga
C
George Miller — 2024
Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Burke
Saturday 8 June 2024

A bit too many things wrong there:

  • The narrative arc is too ambitious, too big in scope, to fit into a movie with appropriate rhythm. Some parts end up rushed, and I think the whole thing should have been a miniseries. This is not as bad as Dune 2 though, because there are still some scenes taking the time to develop proper action.
  • Chris Hemsworth character doesn't work for me. Any important character of the universe is in one way or another charismatic or particularly recognizable, but he just looks pretty random; too young, notably.
  • Some parts of the seams of the plot are weak. <spoiler>Immortan Joe values Furiosa as part of a deal, but when she disappears this is a non-event?</spoiler> Some parts are just barely understand-able.
  • Although overall the action scenes are very impressive (and there certainly are a lot of incredible stunt craft), at times the image somehow looks fake-ish (CGI? The volume?)

I give it a rating in the "positive" side of the range because I didn't get bored and still had somewhat of a good time, but that's a weak prequel.

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Magnolia
C
Paul Thomas Anderson — 1999
Tom Cruise, Jason Robards, Julianne Moore
Saturday 1 June 2024

What a drag. I didn't expect for such movies to bore me more with age, but there we are.

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Volcano
B
Mick Jackson — 1997
Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche, Gaby Hoffmann
Tuesday 28 May 2024

This is Asylum-level badness wrapped up in high budget and famous actors. But there is one thing that makes it highly watchable, which is that it just never stops; there is no stupid chatter, no filler, no boredom, it just goes on and on always with an acute sense of urgency. So it becomes a spectacle in cinematic ridicule, and a highly entertaining one at that. Not sure that was the intended effect, but I take it!

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Mad Max: Fury Road
A
George Miller — 2015
Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
Sunday 26 May 2024

👍

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Twilight
F
Catherine Hardwicke — 2008
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke
Sunday 19 May 2024

There is absolutely nothing that works in this movie; a pure demonstration of film-making incompetence and bad taste.

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The Fall Guy
A
David Leitch — 2024
Ryan Gosling, Emily Blunt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Saturday 18 May 2024 📽️

It's hard to find anything bad to say about a movie that is well-made yet doesn't take itself seriously.

The movie opens with Kiss' I was made for loving you to a long-shot of Ryan Gosling getting prepared for a stunt which the character effectively does, and therefore makes you wonder whether this was actually Gosling that did it (since the shot is uninterrupted). I was made for loving you eventually comes back multiple times in the movie in various forms (orchestral, trailer-like cover, etc), and is just one example of the many fun artistic ideas that The Fall Guy has in store, including, for example, a meta-commentary on the usage of split screens, or how psychedelic a fight under influence looks like.

It is quite fun, and hinges on a solid story and solid performances from its leads, including what might surprisingly be the best role of Ryan Gosling, who succeeds in playing a quantum superposition of complete chill attitude and emotional vulnerability (culminating to a remarkably and bizarrely intense scene).

There is of course no lacking of action, with a complete stunt fest. The small bits of making-of shown during the credits offer a glimpse of the logistical challenge that the movie must have been, and proves the grand mastery of the art of crafting stunts from the Fall Guy crew. Bravo!

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Six Days Seven Nights
C
Ivan Reitman — 1998
Harrison Ford, Anne Heche, David Schwimmer
Sunday 12 May 2024

I remember when I was a little boy we watched this movie together some night. Twas fun! From an adult point of view it's not as fun as I remembered, but still okay 🙂

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Intolerable Cruelty
C
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen — 2003
George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Billy Bob Thornton
Sunday 12 May 2024

Moderately good and Coen-esque entertainment. Becomes sort of un-seriously goofy in the second half.

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Manhattan
D
Woody Allen — 1979
Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway
Thursday 9 May 2024

Woody Allen casually trying to expand the Overton window about banging 17 years-olds, ingeniously admitting a zest of guilt in dating a bit too young while the rest of his society doesn't bat an eye. I guess when building fantasy worlds one should follow the same principle as in "never commit more than one crime at a time": the world wasn't ready for teens gangbang, so you have one movie for the 17 years-old (Manhattan) and one movie for the gangbang (Vicky Cristina Barcelona).

Great cinematography by the way.

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Peeping Tom
C
Michael Powell — 1960
Karlheinz Böhm, Anna Massey, Moira Shearer
Tuesday 7 May 2024

Both the directing (e.g. the "POV" scenes from the camera) and the screenplay (relatively deep psychological thriller) feel very modern for a 1960 movie. I understand that putting the spectators in the bad guy's shoes could be quite shocking at the time, but I'm happy the movie eventually earned recognition.

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The Outfit
B
Graham Moore — 2022
Mark Rylance, Zoey Deutch, John Gumley-Mason
Monday 6 May 2024

Pretty clever, surely a bit too clever in the end. I like the vibe (and the soundtrack that contributes to it).

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Stranger Than Fiction
E
Marc Forster — 2006
Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman
Monday 6 May 2024

Feels like this should have been a short movie. Nothing really happens.

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Twister
D
Jan de Bont — 1996
Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes
Sunday 5 May 2024

I remember liking this movie when big bro and big sis were watching it. Not quite the same impact as an adult. WTF is this plot with the new fiance. He lets her there like she's a prop or something.

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Collateral
B
Michael Mann — 2004
Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith
Saturday 4 May 2024 📽️

Didn't remember it was that good. Really solid thriller.

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Scent of a Woman
C
Martin Brest — 1992
Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell, James Rebhorn
Friday 3 May 2024

Would have been a B is not unnecessarily so looooong. Story is good enough, Pacino is on point, final speech is FIRE.

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Infested
C
Vermines
Sébastien Vanicek — 2023
Théo Christine, Sofia Lesaffre, Jérôme Niel
Thursday 2 May 2024

Psychologists: progressive exposition therapy blablablah

Me: LET'S GO KAMIKAZE THERAPY


I guess the rather lame story helped limiting the immersion and mitigating the trauma. The constant aggressive speech from the characters to one another is very distracting (apart from serving the subtext, I guess).

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Sound of Freedom
E
Alejandro Monteverde — 2023
Jim Caviezel, Mira Sorvino, Bill Camp
Thursday 2 May 2024

I went into this blind since it had a good IMDb rating, disliked it, googled it, and wondered what can of worms I had opened.

TL;DR: it's a movie from a company doing "Christian movies" about a guy who fights child trafficking inspired from the true story of a guy who, in real-life, is accused of sexual misconduct by several women. Also, Jim Caviezel lectures you during the rolling credits about how important this movie is to fight child trafficking, and gives you a QR code so that you can donate money.

Anyway, if you like nonsensical editing (or nonsensical story, for that matter), the dullest soundtrack (or dullest everything, for that matter), and long shots of thousand-yard-stare-Jim-Caviezel, watch it!

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The Help
B
Tate Taylor — 2011
Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer
Wednesday 1 May 2024

It's good, but not A-level good.

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True Lies
A
James Cameron — 1994
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold
Sunday 28 April 2024 📽️

James Cameron be writing his screenplay like "so the fighter jet hovers under the crane, and he asks his daughter to jump onto the plane" and then he actually films it. Must be a nice job.

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The Celebration
C
Festen
Thomas Vinterberg — 1998
Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen
Saturday 27 April 2024

If Dogma 95 is supposed to be about authenticity, then it doesn't work because the tight constraints of its manifesto apparently forces directing towards hyper-stylized camera work and cinematography, which I found way less sober than well-equipped (but cleaner) productions.

Anyway, the story and actors are very good. <spoiler>Christian has only one friend, who is the cook. Those who rally once the tide has turned don't count.</spoiler>

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21 Bridges
D
Brian Kirk — 2019
Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, J.K. Simmons
Monday 22 April 2024

Late-night TV really broadcasts the randomest movies; never heard of this before.

The project was announced as 17 Bridges in July 2018

yo they can't actually count or what

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Civil War
B
Alex Garland — 2024
Kirsten Dunst, Wagner Moura, Cailee Spaeny
Sunday 21 April 2024 📽️

Beware, this joins the ranks of War of the Worlds in having a misleading marketing campaign about war when it's actually a more intimate and artsy movie — in this case a road movie. I re-calibrated my expectations quickly enough to enjoy it as what it is, which happens to be pretty good.

We get to see a roadshow of scenes ranging from somewhat mundane to highly stressful, but constantly accompanied by a backdrop of war. Those who expect an action movie will need to wait for all this US-under-war imagery to pass by to enjoy the finale — a very well-crafted depiction of urban warfare.

The story and character development is certainly not revolutionary, but just solid enough to hold this thing together.

Special props to the cinematography (quite beautiful, on point for the subject matter) and the incredible sound design.

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2012
C
Roland Emmerich — 2009
John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Monday 15 April 2024

It's okay entertainment but I didn't like the homage to Titanic when they decided to drag the movie by going to save people underwater. Also you're in desperate need of a globe if you think Hawaii is on the way of a flight from Vegas to China.

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Sense and Sensibility
C
Ang Lee — 1995
Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, James Fleet
Sunday 14 April 2024

I thoroughly enjoyed Pride & Prejudice (book and Wright's movie), but following another Jane Austen story just feels like you could produce an infinite amount of such stories by just randomly reconfiguring the gentry social graph and add some random twists and turns here and there. I guess in the gossip-centered world of unoccupied XIXth century women, every such combination is a story worth telling.

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Passengers
B
Morten Tyldum — 2016
Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen
Sunday 7 April 2024

Dunno why I rated it C first time. Holds solid even on a second viewing.

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The Report
E
Scott Z. Burns — 2019
Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm
Saturday 6 April 2024

Unless you consider Adam Driver's constant long face "character development", or watching sociopaths torture prisoners "entertainment", there is no value in this movie beyond being a filmed Wikipedia article that has traded depth for bad taste.

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Duel
B
Steven Spielberg — 1971
Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone
Monday 1 April 2024

I remember watching this as a teenager on the cathodic TV upstairs and being captivated by it. It was a time I had taken a pause on my teen-targeted blockbusters diet to dig a bit into "gems" from well-known directors, and this one certainly occupies a special place in my movie education.

Watching it again reveals to be dragging at times because much of the tension is especially relevant for a first viewing, but it's still a very solid flick.

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Ready Player One
A
Steven Spielberg — 2018
Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn
Sunday 31 March 2024

I remember being underwhelmed when seeing it in the theater, but when you expect nothing more than fun and a good story, it's actually real good.

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Zero Dark Thirty
A
Kathryn Bigelow — 2012
Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt
Monday 25 March 2024

The raid scene is rad as hell. Overall very solid espionage movie.

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The Great Gatsby
E
Baz Luhrmann — 2013
Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton
Sunday 24 March 2024

My mind was kind of lost in this festival of utterly ugly green screens and CGI, rendering more a dream-like world than anything tangible I could hold onto. It doesn't matter how great the actors are when they just deliver their phony lines in their phony world for their phony stakes. I guess it's possible to connect with this kind of narrative style, but I can't.

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The Teachers' Lounge
D
Das Lehrerzimmer
Ilker Çatak — 2023
Leonie Benesch, Anne-Kathrin Gummich, Rafael Stachowiak
Saturday 23 March 2024 📽️

I guess there is a metaphor in there about the powerful vs the people or whatever. But my rule is that you first need to have a compelling surface-level story if you want me to go deeper, and all I saw was teachers' drama at the school next door.

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Madame Web
F
S.J. Clarkson — 2024
Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney, Isabela Merced
Tuesday 19 March 2024

Somewhere there is a kid whose favorite movie is this one. Maybe the next S.J. Clarkson!

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One Life
B
James Hawes — 2023
Anthony Hopkins, Lena Olin, Johnny Flynn
Sunday 17 March 2024 📽️

I wonder whether Anthony Hopkins is playing rather passively or actively. Maybe this wise old man demeanor is just the way he's and he's naturally fit for the role, or maybe he's actually acting mindfully, in which case it's yet another display of his sheer talent.

Anyway don't forget your tissues, because this hits right in the feels. Beautiful story.

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Ferrari
D
Michael Mann — 2023
Adam Driver, Shailene Woodley, Giuseppe Festinese
Monday 11 March 2024

I don't really know why focusing on this specific segment of Ferrari's life and work. Seem pretty forgettable to me. As usual, rather weird seeing actors imitating an accent to compensate for the fact that they're non-native (this is more of a casting problem rather than an actor's problem, Adam Driver and Penelope Cruz are pretty fine anyway).

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American Fiction
B
Cord Jefferson — 2023
Jeffrey Wright, Tracee Ellis Ross, John Ortiz
Sunday 10 March 2024

First time I see Jeffrey Wright playing what seems to be a legitimate character and not a walking stereotype of a character as in Westworld or The Batman. Very refreshing! The story sometimes appear a bit disjointed with its different subjects (family drama, professional drama, love drama, etc), but it still lands on its two feet, with a clever take on its main storyline, and a few good laughs in there.

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Dune: Part Two
C
Denis Villeneuve — 2024
Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson
Sunday 3 March 2024 📽️

Two things that really bothered me were:

  1. Everything is rushed. The rythm of the narrative arc is not consistent with lil' Timothée growing from desert stranger to <spoiler>master of the Universe</spoiler>. The rushing is made pretty obvious by the number of little things that left unexplained (the spy who gets carbonized), that surely are well developed in the novel, but that the screen-writers decided to just have 20 seconds of. This should have been a mini-series.

  2. The power dynamics and war strategies are either inconsistent or not well-explained enough for me to understand. The Fremen are very well-armed and technologically advanced; this is not asymmetric warfare. They can even pretty much destroy everything by riding giant worms. Why are they acting as weak undercover resistant? Then suddenly a change in Harkonnen leadership makes the Harkonnen know where the Fremen are and bomb them? (The previous leader already wanted to go full genocide.) In retrospection, it makes me wonder why the Atreides could be defeated in one night if even the Fremen are that good. Or, for that matter, why battle on air, water, or desert, is relevant at all, since all those guys have giant spaceships all over the fucking planet. Why are we watching people fight with swords on the desert?

Anyway action sequences are nice and Denis Villeneuve succeeded in making a worm-riding scene compelling and spectacular (which, let's be honest, had a very high potential for ridiculous-ness). Zendaya could expand her range beyond the constipated face.

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How to Blow Up a Pipeline
B
Daniel Goldhaber — 2022
Ariela Barer, Kristine Froseth, Lukas Gage
Friday 23 February 2024

It's 2024 and we're having eco-thrillers now. And it's actually well done.

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Legends of the Fall
D
Edward Zwick — 1994
Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn
Sunday 18 February 2024

ain't nobody foolin ol anthony hopkins

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Rustin
D
George C. Wolfe — 2023
Colman Domingo, Chris Rock, Glynn Turman
Saturday 17 February 2024

The subject is pretty interesting, but this is a very poor movie on many aspect. Confusing directing and editing. Dubious casting choices (Chris Rock 😂). Colman Domingo acting is good though.

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May December
C
Todd Haynes — 2023
Natalie Portman, Chris Tenzis, Charles Melton
Saturday 10 February 2024 📽️

Pretty random movie, actually. Not sure what the point was, but Natalie Portman and Julian Moore's acting is on point.

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Titanic
A+
James Cameron — 1997
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane
Thursday 8 February 2024 📽️

Yup. Still incredible.

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The Zone of Interest
A
Jonathan Glazer — 2023
Sandra Hüller, Christian Friedel, Freya Kreutzkam
Saturday 3 February 2024 📽️

This movie has extraordinary qualities that definitely make up for the lack of plot: The sound design, which is basically a second movie inside the movie, and which sets up the terribly heavy atmosphere of the movie. The exploration of the psychology of the main characters, and especially Höss' wife, whose attachment to the home seems insane from an external point of view. The amount of research done by the crew ahead of filming.

Among the movies about the Holocaust I've seen so far (although I've not yet seen Claude Lanzmann' Shoah), it is the one that makes me wonder the most about the sheer magnitude and nonsensicality of the final solution. The constant low background noise constitutes the clearest signal of industrialization of death as anything I've seen in cinema before, while the mundanity of unbothered family affairs contrasting with the distant sounds of violence conveys how numb Nazis had became to their own disgusting enterprise.

A haunting piece of cinema that needs to be seen, once.

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The Holdovers
E
Alexander Payne — 2023
Paul Giamatti, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Dominic Sessa
Sunday 28 January 2024

This movie feels like a nostalgia I'm not a part of whatsoever.

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What's in a Name?
D
Alexandre de La Patellière, Matthieu Delaporte — 2012
Patrick Bruel, Valérie Benguigui, Charles Berling
Saturday 27 January 2024

The idea that the whole drama came from "a joke" doesn't really work, since those people just have problems to resolve anyway, starting with anger management as I don't understand why they go off so easily shouting and whatnot whenever some idea appears to be merely displeasing. It's also never really funny.

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Nyad
B
Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi — 2023
Annette Bening, Jodie Foster, Anne Marie Kempf
Friday 26 January 2024

Random movie with good actors about an interesting story.

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Poor Things
D
Yorgos Lanthimos — 2023
Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe
Saturday 20 January 2024 📽️

What could I expect with Yorgos Lanthimos. 🤷 Seems like it could have been better if it leaned more on the side of the entertaining Burtonian spectacle rather than auteurish whatever-metaphor-that-is-about-patriarchy. This movie drained me.

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Mystic River
C
Clint Eastwood — 2003
Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon
Thursday 4 January 2024

<spoiler> You are an upstanding police investigator, and one of your old friends basically confessed to you that he killed an innocent man.

A. Pass him the cuffs to put him in custody, inform your colleagues that you had an off-the-record murder confession, open an investigation into a potential murder case.

B. Do a finger gun to him at the city parade.
</spoiler>

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Priscilla
E
Sofia Coppola — 2023
Cailee Spaeny, Jacob Elordi, Ari Cohen
Thursday 4 January 2024

So when it comes to Elvis we have the choice between the feature length TikTok or the feature length unintelligible whisper ASMR.

What an utter and complete bore.

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Air
B
Ben Affleck — 2023
Matt Damon, Jason Bateman, Ben Affleck
Thursday 4 January 2024

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon be like yo this story is interesting let's make a movie about it I'll play the CEO you do the main character.

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Maestro
D
Bradley Cooper — 2023
Carey Mulligan, Bradley Cooper, Matt Bomer
Saturday 30 December 2023

Feels like Bradley Cooper just having a trip mimicking his idol from archive videos he saw of him. What really is the added value of seeing a concert that was performed for real, only by an imitator this time?

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Leave the World Behind
B
Sam Esmail — 2023
Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, Ethan Hawke
Saturday 23 December 2023

Sam Esmail clearly thinks his shots through; a delight for the eyes. He also knows how to hold tension, although it's often for not so much of a release. <spoiler>And that is unfortunately true for the overall story, whose very intriguing Shyamalesque setup ends up resolved with some Wikipedia trivia in a car.</spoiler> Still had a pretty good time overall.

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The Wedding Singer
D
Frank Coraci — 1998
Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor
Saturday 9 December 2023

Girlfriend likes it.

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Napoleon
C
Ridley Scott — 2023
Joaquin Phoenix, Vanessa Kirby, Tahar Rahim
Sunday 26 November 2023 📽️

It tries to be complete and ends up being good at nothing. In terms of screentime, it is faithful to the quote that appears at the end of the movie: "France, the army, Joséphine" (with "Joséphine" lasting a bit longer that the other two words): the whole love story with Joséphine takes a fair share of the movie; unfortunately it is really not compelling. The only compelling scene was the battle of Waterloo, which I can't even trust, considering the reputation for inaccuracy that the movie gets.

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The Killer
C
David Fincher — 2023
Michael Fassbender, Tilda Swinton, Charles Parnell
Wednesday 15 November 2023

The man oversells himself on monologue before revealing to be sloppy. Pretentious John Wick wannabe.

Planes on the Dominican Republic scene look like sloppy CGI, which seems problematic coming from Fincher the-guy-with-lots-of-unnoticeable-because-perfect-CGIs.

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Dream Scenario
C
Kristoffer Borgli — 2023
Lily Bird, Nicolas Cage, Julianne Nicholson
Monday 13 November 2023 📽️

Don't quite know what is the movie's point. Very Beau is Afraid-esque. Nick Cage is excellent, as usual.

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The Animal Kingdom
E
Le règne animal
Thomas Cailley — 2023
Romain Duris, Paul Kircher, Adèle Exarchopoulos
Thursday 9 November 2023 📽️

I went to a late night screening on the movie's sixth week, only to have a woman with some sort of vertical hairstyle to sit in front of me in the almost empty room. After I shifted one sit left to have an open view, a couple came up and sat directly next to me on my left. When I had made up my mind to shift 2 sits to the right, another couple came to the right to corner me.

After accepting that I was in the fucking Truman Show, I figured that at least I would enjoy the movie, but understood how wrong I was after 30 minutes of it. People transforming into animals and a teenager wandering in the hood to make friend with some bird guy. Even the Wright Brothers back in the day figured out that you need empennage to fly. This bird guy flying with his legs lose is ridiculous and non-believable because of this. How the hell are his legs supposed to be aligned with his body?? Is he the Concorde or something?

I guess there is some metaphor about the transformations of teenagehood in there, but I don't care.

The one shot of the hunters on stilts walking on the cornfield is really great.

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Host
B
Rob Savage — 2020
Haley Bishop, Jemma Moore, Emma Louise Webb
Thursday 2 November 2023

I feel that this has frightened me more that it should have, but what can I do?

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Killers of the Flower Moon
A
Martin Scorsese — 2023
Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone
Saturday 21 October 2023 📽️

The movie screams for being a mini-series, especially when some scenes feel rushed in spite of the already 3h30 runtime. I bet there is a 5-hours cut somewhere on Scorsese's shelves.

I enjoyed the minimalism of the movie, seldom using cinematic artifice to build up emotions, and depending on really great directing instead. Contrarily to recent long productions making heavy usage of soundtrack and editing whose result can sometimes feel like feature-length TikToks, Killers of the Flower Moon is all about restraint, and thoughtful dialogues, camera blocking, and acting.

The trio Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone works incredibly well.

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Demolition Man
B
Marco Brambilla — 1993
Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock
Wednesday 18 October 2023

Crappy-ass movie with a very original vision of the future. I guess I need to read Huxley's Brave New World.

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Broker
C
Beurokeo
Hirokazu Koreeda — 2022
Song Kang-ho, Gang Dong-won, Bae Doona
Sunday 15 October 2023

Does Koreeda have an obsession with parenthood? I have seen Like Father, Like Son, Shoplifters, and this one, and they all seem to be different flavors of discourse on filiation. So far Shoplifters was the only one that really had me hooked (and even overwhelmed).

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Traffic
B
Steven Soderbergh — 2000
Michael Douglas, Benicio Del Toro, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Saturday 14 October 2023

Incredible casting and acting. Story a bit sluggish at times. Clever point being made, not in your face. 👌

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The Hidden Face
C
La cara oculta
Andrés Baiz — 2011
Quim Gutiérrez, Martina García, María Soledad Rodríguez
Friday 13 October 2023

Guy looks like a complete douchebag.

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War Dogs
B
Todd Phillips — 2016
Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Steve Lantz
Tuesday 10 October 2023

Kind of a discount Scorsese saga, but clearly good enough to have a good time.

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8MM
B
Joel Schumacher — 1999
Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini
Monday 9 October 2023

Not a fan of <spoiler>the psychological downward spiral the PI is falling into, as it makes, in my opinion, the story less believable overall</spoiler>, but it's a good enough thriller.

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Men
D
Alex Garland — 2022
Jessie Buckley, Rory Kinnear, Paapa Essiedu
Sunday 8 October 2023

Second half should be projected at the MoMA.

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A Man Called Otto
C
Marc Forster — 2022
Tom Hanks, Mariana Treviño, Rachel Keller
Friday 6 October 2023

Tom Hanks hams it up. Mariana Treviño lights it up. Truman Hanks forgot charisma at the train station.

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Dumb Money
B
Craig Gillespie — 2023
Paul Dano, Pete Davidson, Vincent D'Onofrio
Thursday 5 October 2023 📽️

Kind of a random patchwork of characters, but interesting enough.

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Un homme heureux
D
Tristan Séguéla — 2023
Fabrice Luchini, Catherine Frot, Philippe Katerine
Monday 25 September 2023

The targeted public seems to be conservative old people having some embryo of openness and okay to be taught trans 101.

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Inside Man
D
Spike Lee — 2006
Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster
Sunday 17 September 2023

Movie for 12-years-olds.

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Now You See Me
D
Louis Leterrier — 2013
Jesse Eisenberg, Common, Mark Ruffalo
Monday 11 September 2023

<spoiler>They just fucking decided right at the end that they would twist it lol what a magic trick</spoiler>

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Anatomy of a Fall
B
Anatomie d'une chute
Justine Triet — 2023
Sandra Hüller, Swann Arlaud, Milo Machado Graner
Sunday 3 September 2023 📽️

Similar to La Nuit du 12 (which also won a significant award (César of the Best Movie)): I don't know what separates it from any random trial story, but it's good and somehow haunting.

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Batman
C
Tim Burton — 1989
Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger
Saturday 26 August 2023 📽️

Heath Ledger's Joker is all the hype, but Nicholson's one is frankly very good too. His craziness wins over his wit, contrarily to Ledger's one, who is so smart it almost feels like the whole Joker persona is an act.

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Primal Fear
B
Gregory Hoblit — 1996
Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton
Tuesday 15 August 2023

I can say, thanks to my expertise of the American legal system acquired by watching tiktoks of Depp v. Heard, that those lawyers are completely out of hands and not nearly enough interrupted by objections.

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Phantom Thread
A
Paul Thomas Anderson — 2017
Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville
Sunday 13 August 2023

Feels like the cinematic equivalent of the work from the great novelists. It is elegant, grand, subtle, wonderfully crafted, and most entertaining at times.

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Mean Girls
C
Mark Waters — 2004
Lindsay Lohan, Jonathan Bennett, Rachel McAdams
Sunday 13 August 2023

For some reason it looked like a modern adaptation of something like a Greek tragedy or something. Or is this just that high school is a vulgar and childish mirror of universal social dynamics.

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Gran Turismo
C
Neill Blomkamp — 2023
David Harbour, Orlando Bloom, Archie Madekwe
Saturday 12 August 2023

Good entertainment, but some of the racing shots somehow look fake-ish.

It lacks a scene where the old master shows a display of his skills.

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The Equalizer
D
Antoine Fuqua — 2014
Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz
Sunday 6 August 2023

This was the kind of movies I made in my head when I was 12.

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Notting Hill
C
Roger Michell — 1999
Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Richard McCabe
Saturday 5 August 2023

Final scene is nice!

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Talk to Me
C
Danny Philippou, Michael Philippou — 2022
Ari McCarthy, Hamish Phillips, Kit Erhart-Bruce
Saturday 5 August 2023 📽️

Don't do drugs kids.

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Barbie
D
Greta Gerwig — 2023
Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Issa Rae
Saturday 29 July 2023 📽️

It was all entertaining and interesting, culminating to a tear dropped at the moment Barbie realizes that the texture of the real world, including the unperfect complexity of mixed feelings, and the beauty of old age, makes life way more vivid and engaging than a smooth and ultimately dystopian Barbieland.

As I was having a laugh at Ken finding purpose in his discovery of patriarchy, my double steak bacon cheeseburger from Five Guy hit hard, and I soon fell into a coma after which I must have woken up in another, way less subtle movie, in which a women made a discourse about how hard it is to follow-up to the expectations of being a woman, apparently not to open her YouTube channel about feminism, but to make the plot progress in some direction.

The rest of the story, which I barely understood (probably because of my coma), does not put men characters (Kens) in a favorable light, as they're all represented as idiots who like to mansplain and who like the Godfather. I assume the movie is smart enough for this not to be sexist, but it didn't engage me enough to try to understand why (sleeping through surely didn't help). No matter the result of this ethical question, the whole shebang wasn't particularly captivating anyway.

I very much enjoyed the I'm just Ken clip though.

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The Covenant
C
Guy Ritchie's The Covenant
Guy Ritchie — 2023
Jake Gyllenhaal, Dar Salim, Sean Sagar
Friday 28 July 2023

Nice enough war movie. Scenes supposed to be intense don't really land.

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Oppenheimer
B
Christopher Nolan — 2023
Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon
Saturday 22 July 2023 📽️

Alright, good stuff.

What works very well 👏

  • Cillian "Now I am become Oppenheimer" Murphy.
  • The representation of guilt. Magnificent demonstration of "show, don't tell". The speech scene is brilliant; especially with the public thumping being a leitmotiv of anxiety before the actual scene.
  • As a science enthusiast, getting to see different scientists of this era as various characters is like watching new superheros being introduced in the Avengers; very exciting! Although my man Feynman could have been more than an extra. 😢
  • The accuracy of the screenplay in comparison to the biography I've read.
  • Me having tachycardia during the introduction the scene. Holly shit.
  • 3 hours passes by like a bang! 🤭

What works less well 🤨

  • First and final act being feature-length trailers. establishing shot of some city CUT TO oppenheimer in his bed thinking about the universe VOICE-OVER you should move to some other city to study whatever CUT TO establishing shot of other city CUT TO weird-ass shot of some sparkly universe stuff apparently made without CGI MUSIC GOES BRRR. Yo please let me breathe, what about you insert some actual scene in there.
  • <spoiler>The explosion itself gives no sense of scale whatsoever. All information I'm getting is that it was very bright; there was fire in the sky; light is faster than sound. Feynman's written report in Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman is more thrilling than the movie's depiction.</spoiler>
  • The whole atmosphere ignition shenanigans blown out of proportion.
  • Einstein just fucking spawning in some front-yard to deliver quick life advice. 😂
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Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One
B
Christopher McQuarrie — 2023
Tom Cruise, Hayley Atwell, Ving Rhames
Wednesday 12 July 2023 📽️

As good as any Mission Impossible. The jump is a bit over-teased ; seen this kind of shit done on YouTube for decades now.

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Falcon Lake
A
Charlotte Le Bon — 2022
Joseph Engel, Sara Montpetit, Monia Chokri
Tuesday 11 July 2023

One of the best coming-of-age movie out there, even though it stayed under the radar.

  • Neat cinematography.
  • Excellent acting from lead character.
  • Nice cinema references to the theme of immortality (Psycho and The Sixth Sense)
  • Nice blending of horror shots into a non-horror movie (or was it?)
    • Especially the playful shots that start hard-to-explain and then get explained.
  • Excellent sudden and unexpected anxiety-inducing scene.
  • Ballsy ending.

Great stuff.

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Extraction II
A
Extraction 2
Sam Hargrave — 2023
Chris Hemsworth, Golshifteh Farahani, Adam Bessa
Monday 10 July 2023

I like the movement of specialized filmmakers crafting video-game-like action scenes with an emphasis on spectacular choreography and tracking shots (The Raid franchise, John Wick franchise, Athena from last year, etc).

Extraction II is a prime example. Stunning craft.

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Highlander II: The Quickening
C
Russell Mulcahy — 1991
Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Virginia Madsen
Friday 7 July 2023

This movie is particularly bizarre, because in spite of its horrendous acting and childish tropes, it has quite a lot of production value (rich sets) and interesting camera work. I abandoned trying to like it, and just took what it had to offer, which miraculously worked to make the viewing non-dull and even funny. At some point I wondered whether I had just destroyed my ability to appreciate movies.

Greatest piece of shit I ever enjoyed.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark
D
Steven Spielberg — 1981
Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman
Sunday 2 July 2023

A story about getting over obstacles. Bim boom obstacle gone, next scene.

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Elemental
E
Peter Sohn — 2023
Leah Lewis, Mamoudou Athie, Ronnie Del Carmen
Sunday 25 June 2023 📽️

Pixar officially on my not-necessarily-watch list. So dull and forgettable.

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Minority Report
B
Steven Spielberg — 2002
Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton
Sunday 18 June 2023

Why not stopping the crime and let the would-be-perpetrator go (assuming he didn't cross any legal lines already)? They're not arresting them for crimes they didn't commit (but were predicted); they're arresting them for futures crimes they would commit (and aren't yet predicted). If you let them go, you can arrest them again the next time they want to act, since you will predict it again.

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Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie
B
Still
Davis Guggenheim — 2023
Tracy Pollan, Sam Fox, Aquinnah Fox
Friday 9 June 2023

Excellent editing matching the narration with bits of Fox's filmography. The man is very touching.

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The Three Musketeers: D'Artagnan
C
Les trois mousquetaires: D'Artagnan
Martin Bourboulon — 2023
François Civil, Vincent Cassel, Romain Duris
Saturday 27 May 2023 📽️

Not great, not terrible.

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The Son
D
Florian Zeller — 2022
Vanessa Kirby, Felix Goddard, Max Goddard
Sunday 21 May 2023

Well that was depressing.

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Erin Brockovich
C
Steven Soderbergh — 2000
Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, David Brisbin
Wednesday 17 May 2023

Interesting but doesn't quite take off beyond the factual.

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Taken
B
Pierre Morel — 2008
Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen
Monday 15 May 2023

Imagine the world if everyone has the productivity of Liam Neeson searching for his daughter. Maximum efficiency.

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The Innocents
D
De uskyldige
Eskil Vogt — 2021
Rakel Lenora Petersen Fløttum, Alva Brynsmo Ramstad, Sam Ashraf
Sunday 14 May 2023

Well that was creepy. Didn't get the point though.

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Singin' in the Rain
B
Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly — 1952
Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds
Sunday 7 May 2023

All neat and cute. People from the 50s had class and could danse for sure.

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The Thunder of God
B
Le tonnerre de Dieu
Denys de La Patellière — 1965
Jean Gabin, Michèle Mercier, Robert Hossein
Sunday 7 May 2023

Jean Gabin catchlines all the way.

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Pride & Prejudice
B
Joe Wright — 2005
Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn
Saturday 6 May 2023

I had originally planned to never watch this adaptation, considering how much I enjoyed the book (and didn't want to spoil it), but I have been forced. This is an excellent adaptation.

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The Bridges of Madison County
C
Clint Eastwood — 1995
Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Annie Corley
Monday 1 May 2023

Clint Eastwood be casually watching himself act. This is excellent as long as there is the tension. Once the tension is resolved it delves into sentimental afternoon TV movie.