Dude Rates Movies

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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.

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Beau Is Afraid
D
Ari Aster — 2023
Joaquin Phoenix, Patti LuPone, Amy Ryan
Sunday 30 April 2023 📽️

What the actual fuck now. Joaquin Phoenix is so candid lol.

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Oculus
D
Mike Flanagan — 2013
Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff
Wednesday 19 April 2023

<spoiler>I don't understand how one could hope to stand any chance against something that can alter your senses and consciousness.</spoiler>

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John Wick: Chapter 4
B
Chad Stahelski — 2023
Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, George Georgiou
Sunday 16 April 2023 📽️

Two things are unstoppable in this world: German clubbers, and Parisian traffic.

This might have been a very very good movie, had they reduced the runtime by cutting all the theatricals for the simple plot.

The whole Paris arc is bonkers.

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Everything Everywhere All at Once
D
Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert — 2022
Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Jamie Lee Curtis
Friday 14 April 2023

It's really simple, context commutations produces superficial level of focus. Same reason why I couldn't handle Cloud Atlas. I cannot be in the movie, if the movie is constantly slipping through the fingers of my mind.

I liked the rocks.

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The Crime Is Mine
D
Mon crime
François Ozon — 2023
Nadia Tereszkiewicz, Rebecca Marder, Isabelle Huppert
Monday 10 April 2023 📽️

Filmed plays are weird.

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The American President
B
Rob Reiner — 1995
Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen
Sunday 2 April 2023

Perfect feel-good lighthearted yet clever romance for a Sunday night.

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Se7en
A
David Fincher — 1995
Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey
Saturday 1 April 2023

Fincher's attention to detail in on another level.

In the dinner scene, when the subway is passing through and shaking the flat, we can hear what might be a ball falling to the ground and maybe bouncing a bit. Later that night, when Mills is discussing the case with Somerset, he casually picks up a basketball to put it back on some furniture.

In the same scene, Mills offers a beer to Somerset, which states his preference for wine. While they're chatting, Mills fills up a regular glass with wine (instead of using an actual glass for wine). When served, Somerset is too focused on his documents to notice the glass. But when the subway passes through again, Somerset goes for a sip and gives a weird look at the non-wine glass containing wine.

I love it.

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Money Shot: The Pornhub Story
C
Suzanne Hillinger — 2023
Suzanne Hillinger
Saturday 25 March 2023

Pornstars don't sound like the smartest ones of the bunch.

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The Whale
C
Darren Aronofsky — 2022
Brendan Fraser, Sadie Sink, Ty Simpkins
Saturday 18 March 2023 📽️

Brendan Fraser looks so kind. The depiction of the physical and mental issue is oddly fascinating, but the melodrama seemed out of place to me.

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Gato con botas: El último deseo
C
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
Joel Crawford, Januel Mercado — 2022
Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Harvey Guillén
Saturday 11 March 2023 📽️

Forgot to take my nap before the screening.

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Coach Carter
C
Thomas Carter — 2005
Samuel L. Jackson, Rick Gonzalez, Robert Ri'chard
Sunday 5 March 2023

Samuel L. Jackson is a force of nature. Give this man all the catchlines.

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Empire of Light
B
Sam Mendes — 2022
Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward, Colin Firth
Saturday 4 March 2023 📽️

This is the second movie I see in a week in which a character explains the principle of moving pictures (The Fabelmans) and in 2023 which celebrates the virtue of movie-going as an escape (Babylon). And to be fair, the scene-as-tribute to cinema in Empire of Light makes the similar one in Babylon look ridiculous.

Roger Deakins doesn't miss. Olivia Colman is a SUPERSTAR.

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The Fabelmans
B
Steven Spielberg — 2022
Michelle Williams, Gabriel LaBelle, Paul Dano
Saturday 25 February 2023 📽️

A diary of Spielberg's coming of age from the man himself is going to be intriguing for any Spielberg fan, so this automatically got my undivided attention, and appreciation. Still, the movie is a bizarre thing, firstly because it contains anecdotes which, as significant as they might be for the director, can seem out of place for an external spectator. Secondly because Michelle Williams and Paul Dano's acting oscillates between some weird phony play and actual great acting, and, in my opinion, just awkwardly personifies the sensibility that Spielberg tries to convey about his parents (which I obviously never met, so I'm completely talking out of my ass here).

It is said that decent writers write for themselves, but great writers write for the reader. Spielberg spent his career making movies for moviegoers, I guess it's fair enough to cut him some slack when he's making a movie for himself. Good of him to let us peek. (Especially the scene with his high school crush, which gave my packed theater a pretty good laugh.)

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Titanic
A+
James Cameron — 1997
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane
Monday 13 February 2023 📽️

Absolute beast of a movie.

Gen Z and Millenials at my screening, giggling when Jack is drawing Rose, and clapping when the credits come. This movie is just cruising through generations like fine wine. James Cameron pulled out some sort of magic formula.

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Dead Poets Society
D
Peter Weir — 1989
Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke
Sunday 12 February 2023

Nice TV movie.

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Le chant du loup
B
Antonin Baudry — 2019
François Civil, Omar Sy, Mathieu Kassovitz
Saturday 11 February 2023

Fascinating stuff and great tension!

<spoiler>Internet says that actual nuclear protocoles are top secret. What makes me believe they're better than what is shown in the movie is that if you have the ability to authenticate orders but wouldn't trust a cancellation, why would you trust the original order in a first place (which is by far the gravest).</spoiler>

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The Truman Show
A
Peter Weir — 1998
Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney
Saturday 4 February 2023

Back when Andrew Niccol was a killer screenwriter.

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Knock at the Cabin
D
M. Night Shyamalan — 2023
Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Rupert Grint
Saturday 4 February 2023 📽️

Could Shyamalan just make good movies again?

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Spider-Man: No Way Home
C
Jon Watts — 2021
Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch
Sunday 29 January 2023

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Spider-Man: Far from Home
C
Jon Watts — 2019
Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal
Sunday 29 January 2023

Me at the middle of the movie: so the morale of the story is that telling the truth and being authentic to people makes your life easier.

Me at the end: wait.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming
C
Jon Watts — 2017
Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr.
Sunday 29 January 2023

How things evolve at each Spider-Man reboot:

  • Dumbness: ↗️
  • Feel-Good Vibes: ↗️
  • Aunt May's age: ↘️
  • Suspension of disbelief regarding Spider-Man going on with his shenanigans in public places (sometimes carelessly removing his mask) in spite of the growing ubiquity of video: ↗️

Tony Stark saying to Peter that if he's nothing without his suit, then he doesn't deserve it, and the callback to that being Peter using his BIG STRONG MUSCLES to lift a bunch of rocks is the dumbest thing. Are the screenwriters 8 years-old?

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Tár
B
Todd Field — 2022
Cate Blanchett, Noémie Merlant, Nina Hoss
Friday 27 January 2023 📽️

This movie felt like it had infinite duration; but I wasn't even mad about it. I just sat back end enjoyed the stroll with a curious eye. The view from inside the classical music industry is particularly interesting, assuming it is accurate enough.

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Athena
A
Romain Gavras — 2022
Dali Benssalah, Sami Slimane, Anthony Bajon
Sunday 22 January 2023

Ce film peut être interprété comme étant de droite, de gauche, ou neutre.

De droite car le scénario catastrophe qu'il explore le contraint à associer pendant toute sa durée l'imagerie de la cité avec l'imagerie de la violence.

De gauche car son utilisation des codes du film de guerre mythologique lui fait esthétiser les deux camps qui s'affrontent, qui ont chacune leurs raisons et leur cause à défendre suite à un casus belli, atténuant ainsi l’asymétrie des rôles de la délinquance d'un côté, et de l'ordre républicain de l'autre.

Neutre, car il se refuse effrontément à toute tentative de rationalisation, ou d'aide à l'interprétation de ce qu'il montre.

Il faut embrasser l'interprétation de la neutralité pour pouvoir apprécier le spectacle cinématographique sidérant, qui a de quoi rendre fier le cinéma français quant à sa capacité technique et esthétique.

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Watcher
B
Chloe Okuno — 2022
Maika Monroe, Karl Glusman, Burn Gorman
Saturday 21 January 2023

Homo Sapiens: Trained for 300,000 years to detect threats and predators.

Men: don't you think you're a bit stressed out darling lemme tell you about rationality

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Babylon
A
Damien Chazelle — 2022
Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Jean Smart
Thursday 19 January 2023 📽️

This movie feels like the aftermath of a solid movie that decided to do cocaine. It has the size of a Scorcese saga, the punch of Mad Max: Fury Road, the excessiveness of The Wolf of Wall Street, and the overwhelming anxiety of Mother! It's a disjointed mess that fires all cylinders in all directions, with bodily fluids and evil Tobey McGuire and jazz and a love of cinema. It's a massive beast that moves with weird gesticulation, grand directing, deliciously outrageous scenes, and kind of lands on its feet, like a cat that just panicked after having set a kitchen on fire.

I had a great time watching it.

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A World Without Women
B
Un monde sans femmes
Guillaume Brac — 2011
Vincent Macaigne, Laure Calamy, Constance Rousseau
Thursday 12 January 2023

Medium-length is a cool movie format. No scene is unnecessary. All dialogues are well-written. Acting is excellent. Good movie.

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M3GAN
C
Gerard Johnstone — 2022
Allison Williams, Violet McGraw, Ronny Chieng
Sunday 8 January 2023 📽️

Could have benefited from taking itself even less seriously, and cut the afternoon-TV-movie psycho drama.

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Demolition
C
Jean-Marc Vallée — 2015
Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper
Monday 2 January 2023

When you look at it, Jake Gyllenhaal has played about the entire psychological range in his career. Discrete but solid performances.

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Midsommar
B
Ari Aster — 2019
Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren
Friday 30 December 2022

"I don't know anything about anthropology" seems like an appropriate response to witnessing murder. How many red flags do you need god dammit.

Anyway great directing, and stellar acting from Florence Pugh.

<spoiler>The movie burns the doubt card too fast to hold any tension, which was kind of a disappointment, then decides that it wouldn't be a survival but a slasher, which was another disappointment, and ultimately chose to be cynical, which was a final disappointment (I'm sorry but building such an empathy-inducing character so that she can become the queen of psycho-swedish barbarian dickheads is beyond my threshold of tolerability). It still has value in its study of the mechanics of a cult, all wrapped up in a bizarre but captivating atmosphere. It is, in fact, this atmosphere that makes me like the movie in hindsight. Rarely a movie has left such a striking aftertaste in my mind.</spoiler>

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The Black Phone
C
Scott Derrickson — 2021
Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Ethan Hawke
Friday 30 December 2022

No comment

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Glass Onion
B
Rian Johnson — 2022
Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Kate Hudson
Thursday 29 December 2022

Conclusion is less satisfactory than the first one, but still great intertainment.

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The Banshees of Inisherin
D
Martin McDonagh — 2022
Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon
Thursday 29 December 2022 📽️

Some nice dialogues away from being a complete bore.

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Possession
E
Andrzej Zulawski — 1981
Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill, Margit Carstensen
Wednesday 28 December 2022

Crazy ass shit right there.

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Barbarian
B
Zach Cregger — 2022
Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgård, Justin Long
Tuesday 27 December 2022

I liked the wide range of settings: connecting 1980s neighborhoody Detroit to the 2020s #MeToo era. Main character is a bit too adventurous at times (I would have noped out at the speed of light at multiple occasions) but it's okay. Story is nicely plotted out. Right amount of creepy and frightening. Good horror movie.

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Avatar: The Way of Water
B
James Cameron — 2022
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver
Thursday 22 December 2022 📽️

This movie is weird 🤔

  • It feels like it should be part of a TV show. Story-wise, it doesn't contain that much, and is definitely designed as a component of a franchise. Doesn't have a narrative arc solid enough to stand on its own.
  • Uneven structure. The beginning is very fast-paced and looks like they had 5 hours of stuff they needed to compress in 30 minutes. Then there is a long section about summer camp by the sea where nothing happens.
  • Almost only Na'vis. Teenage Na'vis, children Na'vis, babies Na'vis, crowds of Na'vis, bad guys Na'vis. Gotta get used to this surreal dreamy ass shit.
  • Doubled down on the hippie Pandora-is-alive stuff. The 1st movie was like "nature is cool", now we are remote-controlling algae and whatnots.
  • Jake and Neytiri relegated to side-characters as the children take the spotlight.

What works 👏

  • The visuals are GORGEOUS. Better than Avatar 1. You are paying to see an attraction. 3D is like fine culinary work.
  • Action scenes. James Cameron knows his craft, and seems to be playing with infinite budget.
  • The "Sullys stick together" narrative theme works fairly well.
  • Big fish is best bro forever.
  • Kiri and Tuk so cute and endearing.
  • Definitely going to see Avatar 3. The universe has potential.

What doesn't work 🤨

  • The human Tarzan kid acting like he belongs. Ridiculous costume and stance.
  • Please stop hissing.
  • You can assess how unimportant a character is by how late in the movie you get to catch and remember his/her name (if at all).
  • Jake Sully making his children call him "Sir" and being all serious. Didn't smoke enough Pandora grass to chill down.
  • Boomer James Cameron "back in my days if we had a problem we sorted it out like grown men", trying to make a scene where kids are throwing punhes at each other comical.
  • Kiri is played (and voiced) by Sigourney Weaver, who doesn't really have a teenager's voice.
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The Menu
B
Mark Mylod — 2022
Ralph Fiennes, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult
Sunday 18 December 2022 📽️

Rich uptight people are apparently very quiet under duress.

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Pearl
B
Ti West — 2022
Mia Goth, David Corenswet, Tandi Wright
Saturday 10 December 2022

Batshit crazy.

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Bones and All
E
Luca Guadagnino — 2022
Timothée Chalamet, Taylor Russell, Mark Rylance
Saturday 3 December 2022 📽️

How boring.

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The Father
A
Florian Zeller — 2020
Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss
Saturday 26 November 2022

Nonsense 😭

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She Said
C
Maria Schrader — 2022
Carey Mulligan, Zoe Kazan, Patricia Clarkson
Saturday 26 November 2022 📽️

Props to the reporters for squizing facts out of stones. Weinstein really did have an entire system to shut every victim up. Fortunately it collapsed.

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November
C
Novembre
Cédric Jimenez — 2022
Jean Dujardin, Anaïs Demoustier, Sandrine Kiberlain
Saturday 19 November 2022 📽️

Acting is a bit too much, but ok.

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Armageddon Time
D
James Gray — 2022
Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong, Banks Repeta
Saturday 12 November 2022 📽️

Lacks a plot.

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El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
B
Vince Gilligan — 2019
Aaron Paul, Jonathan Banks, Matt Jones
Friday 11 November 2022

Hard to assess independently of the show (especially when you watch it just after a rewatch of the entire show). Had a good time.

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The Good Nurse
C
Tobias Lindholm — 2022
Eddie Redmayne, Jessica Chastain, Denise Pillott
Sunday 6 November 2022

It lacks some vibe somewhere to make it pop, but it's watchable. Eddie Redmayne is out of his usual typecast, and that works very well.

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X
B
Ti West — 2022
Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Brittany Snow
Saturday 5 November 2022 📽️

Damn fine horror movie.

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CODA
D
Sian Heder — 2021
Emilia Jones, Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur
Tuesday 1 November 2022

I thought Americans needed remakes because they're not used to dubbing and are too lazy reading subtitles. This theory appears to be incorrect with a remake of a movie in which people speak with their hands. The fallback theory is that they need remakes because they're bored with the way Europe makes movies, which I can certainly understand, although this specific remake doesn't bring much new to the table.

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Smile
B
Parker Finn — 2022
Sosie Bacon, Jessie T. Usher, Kyle Gallner
Saturday 29 October 2022 📽️

Nice balance between the realism and the paranormal. Depends much on jumpscares but it's okay. Some clever tidbits in the story. Some striking visual horror. <spoiler>Ballsy ending.</spoiler>

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The Innocent
B
L'innocent
Louis Garrel — 2022
Louis Garrel, Roschdy Zem, Noémie Merlant
Saturday 15 October 2022 📽️

A French comedy based on a story for a change. Actors are excellent.

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Triangle of Sadness
B
Ruben Östlund — 2022
Thobias Thorwid, Harris Dickinson, Charlbi Dean
Sunday 9 October 2022 📽️

Chapter 2 is fire.

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Lost Illusions
C
Illusions perdues
Xavier Giannoli — 2021
Benjamin Voisin, Cécile de France, Vincent Lacoste
Saturday 8 October 2022

So apparently Fake News aren't modern.

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Avatar
A
James Cameron — 2009
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver
Thursday 29 September 2022

The whole final war arc is damn visually good.

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Don't Worry Darling
B
Olivia Wilde — 2022
Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Chris Pine
Sunday 25 September 2022 📽️

Very nice episode of Black Mirror.

<spoiler>The revelation feels a bit underwhelming and unoriginal, although I guess that's just the final form of the Metaverse.</spoiler>

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Tora! Tora! Tora!
D
Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, Toshio Masuda — 1970
Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Jason Robards
Wednesday 21 September 2022

Factual.

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The Worst Person in the World
E
Verdens verste menneske
Joachim Trier — 2021
Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, Herbert Nordrum
Tuesday 20 September 2022

Pseudo-profound people distilling complexity out of their simple lives.

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Atonement
C
Joe Wright — 2007
Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Brenda Blethyn
Monday 19 September 2022

A movie from a book about a book about a story whose ending has been altered in the book but revealed at the end of the book.

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Prey
C
Dan Trachtenberg — 2022
Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Dane DiLiegro
Monday 19 September 2022

The predator is a bit too strong for a fair fight against its preys, which results in most fights being phoned-in.

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Notorious
B
Alfred Hitchcock — 1946
Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains
Saturday 20 August 2022

Hitchcock really was a great director, notably camera-work wise.

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Frances Ha
C
Noah Baumbach — 2012
Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver
Friday 19 August 2022

Interesting character study about entering adulthood. Dialogues oscillate between meh and great. Dinner scene with the fancy lawyers is great.

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Zaï Zaï Zaï Zaï
C
François Desagnat — 2020
Jean-Paul Rouve, Julie Depardieu, Ramzy Bedia
Monday 15 August 2022

Brute-forcing humor, one line at a time. Some of them are funny.

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Elvis
C
Baz Luhrmann — 2022
Tom Hanks, Austin Butler, Olivia DeJonge
Sunday 14 August 2022 📽️

The editing is so frenetic it felt like watching a feature-length TikTok. The only time we get to breathe is to transmit non-sexy information about contracts and whatnot. Not a single scene with a beginning, middle and end. Troubled me.

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Nope
B
Jordan Peele — 2022
Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Brandon Perea
Saturday 13 August 2022 📽️

Strengths:

  • Original and refreshing.
  • Some really scary stuff from suspense craftsman Jordan Peele.
  • Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer have a nice brother-sister alchemy.
  • Terrific sound effects and mixing.

Weaknesses:

  • Lacks some appropriate exposition about the setting. What is this theme park? Oh it's just near the ranch?
  • Angel and Antlers are mehh side characters.
  • Character development not so great.
  • Not very clear ending (<spoiler>yo is this normal shape for the beast?</spoiler>)

Fine movie overall.

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Bullet Train
D
David Leitch — 2022
Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Sunday 7 August 2022 📽️

The convoluted story got me confused at some point. Even though I liked Brad Pitt's character, his laid back attitude and jokes don't always hit the spot.

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Hush
C
Mike Flanagan — 2016
John Gallagher Jr., Kate Siegel, Michael Trucco
Wednesday 3 August 2022

Nice slasher.

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Mientras duermes
C
Jaume Balagueró — 2011
Luis Tosar, Marta Etura, Alberto San Juan
Monday 1 August 2022

creepy ass shit, making us identify with the crazy weirdo as in The House that Jack Built.

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Sundown
B
Michel Franco — 2021
Tim Roth, Albertine Kotting McMillan, Samuel Bottomley
Sunday 31 July 2022 📽️

Character study of a man who entirely surrendered and stopped giving any sort of fuck. It's the genre of movies which usually bore me to hell, but for some reason this time I was fully in it. Maybe I slept well the night before. Maybe Tim Roth was sufficiently perfect for the role. I don't know, but I liked the experience so let's have a good rating. I will surely never watch it again.

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Thelma
B
Joachim Trier — 2017
Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen
Saturday 30 July 2022

Very Shyamalanesque. In the best way.

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Ringu
B
Hideo Nakata — 1998
Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yûko Takeuchi
Thursday 28 July 2022

Scary shit.

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The Night of the 12th
B
La nuit du 12
Dominik Moll — 2022
Bastien Bouillon, Bouli Lanners, Théo Cholbi
Sunday 24 July 2022 📽️

I don't what separates it from any random crime story, but it's good and somehow haunting.

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Lightyear
E
Angus MacLane — 2022
Chris Evans, Keke Palmer, Peter Sohn
Saturday 16 July 2022

I fell asleep.

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[Rec]
C
Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza — 2007
Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano
Saturday 9 July 2022

This shit had me scared shitless when I was a teenager. It's fine but not that good.

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1917
A+
Sam Mendes — 2019
Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Daniel Mays
Thursday 7 July 2022

Outstanding experience. Beyond the technical achievement, it's a powerhouse of sheer intensity and beauty.

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The Great Dictator
E
Charles Chaplin — 1940
Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie
Sunday 3 July 2022

That's a lot of goofiness to endure for a great monologue.

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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
B
Irvin Kershner — 1980
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
Saturday 25 June 2022

Entertaining stuff.

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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
B
Star Wars
George Lucas — 1977
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
Saturday 25 June 2022

It's actually a cool flick.

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Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood
C
Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Adventure
Richard Linklater — 2022
Milo Coy, Jack Black, Lee Eddy
Monday 20 June 2022

Low-key chill nostalgia movie with a nice playlist.

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Cha Cha Real Smooth
D
Cooper Raiff — 2022
Cooper Raiff, Dakota Johnson, Evan Assante
Sunday 19 June 2022

Second movie from the guy who made Shithouse. This one is rather weird.

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Jerry and Marge Go Large
C
Jerry & Marge Go Large
David Frankel — 2022
Bryan Cranston, Annette Bening, Rainn Wilson
Sunday 19 June 2022

Interesting story but gosh is it possible to make eveything more cliché than that. The music I swear.

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Jurassic World Dominion
D
Colin Trevorrow — 2022
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern
Saturday 11 June 2022 📽️

I liked all the scenes with dinosaurs. I disliked all the scenes without dinosaurs.

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Top Gun: Maverick
C
Joseph Kosinski — 2022
Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller
Sunday 29 May 2022 📽️

The training part is a boring advertisement for the Navy. The mission part is spectacular.

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The Northman
C
Robert Eggers — 2022
Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang
Saturday 21 May 2022 📽️

I don't know if it was due to my tiredness or just how the movie was made, but I didn't manage to be connected with the movie; I was a distant and uninvolved spectator. I liked the battle scene when they invade the village; extremely gritty and intense. I liked the music and its percussions, although it sometimes sounded muffled, lacking clarity. The story was okay, but the middle was a bit slow, and I think some of it could have been cut to enrich the exposition, and give Ethan Hawke more screentime.

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Bullit & Riper
E
Mais qui a tué Pamela Rose?
Éric Lartigau — 2003
Kad Merad, Olivier Baroux, Gérard Darmon
Monday 9 May 2022

Idiotic.

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
A
Martin McDonagh — 2017
Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell
Sunday 8 May 2022

No comment

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Being the Ricardos
D
Aaron Sorkin — 2021
Nicole Kidman, Javier Bardem, J.K. Simmons
Saturday 7 May 2022

Nicole Kidman looks like she's made of plastic.

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War of the Worlds
A
Steven Spielberg — 2005
Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins
Saturday 30 April 2022

No comment

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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
E
Tom Gormican — 2022
Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Tiffany Haddish
Monday 25 April 2022 📽️

The editing is a bit frenetic, and I felt like I didn't see any proper exposition to the character of Nick Cage. It's like 30 seconds into the movie he's already discussing his role with some director/producer, and the next 10 seconds he's at his daughter's birthday. What the hell is going on here. Then the whole CIA act is so generically boring I literally fell asleep as if I was the one having taken a drop of acid.

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Face/Off
D
John Woo — 1997
John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen
Monday 25 April 2022

Interesting acting idea. Ridiculous story. John Woo's action be like pew pew boom I have on idea what's happening boom pew boom look slow motion pewpew bam.

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The Lion King
A+
Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff — 1994
Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones
Wednesday 20 April 2022

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Bringing Out the Dead
D
Martin Scorsese — 1999
Nicolas Cage, Patricia Arquette, John Goodman
Sunday 17 April 2022

Interesting yet depressing, ultimately tedious, Nicolas Cage's character study #2.

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Leaving Las Vegas
C
Mike Figgis — 1995
Nicolas Cage, Elisabeth Shue, Julian Sands
Saturday 16 April 2022

Interesting yet depressing, ultimately tedious, Nicolas Cage's character study #1.

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The Boat
C
Das Boot
Wolfgang Petersen — 1981
Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann
Saturday 2 April 2022

Tooooo long. Also didn't really explain how destroyers manage to get to them when they're so deep.

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Notre Dame on Fire
B
Notre-Dame brûle
Jean-Jacques Annaud — 2022
Samuel Labarthe, Jean-Paul Bordes, Mickaël Chirinian
Friday 1 April 2022 📽️

Great concept (step by step, factual depiction of the event), moderately good execution (some cheesy parts).

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Petite Maman
D
Petite maman
Céline Sciamma — 2021
Joséphine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz, Nina Meurisse
Monday 28 March 2022

I watched it because it's from the director of Portrait of a Lady on Fire, which I love. But this one didn't quite got my attention as much.

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Pleasure
B
Ninja Thyberg — 2021
Sofia Kappel, Zelda Morrison, Evelyn Claire
Sunday 27 March 2022

😯⚠️ Very explicit movie (basically porn). This is an almost-documentary (fictitious story with fictitious characters, but it looks very real) about a Swedish girl who goes to LA to become a pornstar. We get to see the inside of this industry (assuming the movie is accurate), including some very shocking aspects. The movie is explicit, but not unnecessarily so: it shows what it needs to show to hold to its goal of pure realism, and hides the rest. This is really an interesting take on the subject.

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Ambulance
F
Michael Bay — 2022
Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eiza González
Saturday 26 March 2022 📽️

This looks like it was synthesized by a cocaine-powered artificial intelligence who just took control of drones.

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The Batman
B
Matt Reeves — 2022
Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright
Monday 14 March 2022 📽️

So this is actually a pretty good flick. I always had difficulty with Batman as a super-hero since this guy is a strong karate man in a strong suit, like how the hell you're going to save a city because you know kung-fu or whatever. But this opus strikes a good balance between a simple vigilante and a full-fledged super-hero, playing on the theme of fear (through the bat symbol), making him a skilled investigator, and of course showcasing the extent of his equipment and skills with impressive action scenes. I also enjoyed the fact that Bruce Wayne has close to no screen time, to the opposite of Batman, who is often expressive through gestures and glances rather than words. This is truly a movie about The Batman.

This is a well-directed movie, with many pretty nice shots and directing ideas (this scene in the hallway, wow). The music uses a simple haunting theme whose creshendo I can't get enough of, damn this is strong shit.

The movie has some weaknesses. The character of Selina Kyle (Catwoman) is not strong enough in my opinion; Batman always has the upper hand over her, physically and psychologically, she's like an intern to him instead of a sidekick. The cast is weak; Robert Pattinson is like an emo teen with mascara falling off his eyes when he get out of his mask (fortunately this rarely happens); Andy Serkis as Alfred suffers from the comparison with Michael Caine; Jeffrey Wright "this guy from Westworld" lacks charisma as Officier Gordon; Paul Dano is the only cast good call.

This is not a great movie, but this is a good movie. Well played, DC. The 3 hours (!) pass rapidly.

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Turning Red
E
Domee Shi — 2022
Rosalie Chiang, Sandra Oh, Ava Morse
Sunday 13 March 2022

So what the hell is Pixar doing. Are we at the point we must just assume that some of their movies are some corporate factory output, and we can ignore them?