Dude Rates Movies

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Coherence
8
James Ward Byrkit (2013)
Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon
Thursday 3 August 2017 AD

This filmed-with-no-budget-by-a-bunch-of-friends indie got me hooked quite efficiently

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Cinderella
9
Kenneth Branagh (2015)
Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden
Tuesday 1 August 2017 AD

My love for characters played by Lily James, such as Natasha in BBC’s War and Peace, turns my sensibility into this of a little girl. Cinderella is no exception, and I’m not even mad about it.

2019-05-05

This movie is one dependable ally when you’ve caught a nasty cold. Just slip in under the cover and let you be taken away in this beautiful tale. Relish watching the delightful direction of Kenneth Brannagh and listening to the sweet music of Patrick Doyle. Jubilate as Cinderella and the Prince meet for the first time in the forrest and flirt like two loving souls. Remind yourself that everything will be alright as long as you have courage and be kind. Oh boy this movie is close to perfection.

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Baby Driver
8
Edgar Wright (2017)
Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm
Sunday 30 July 2017 AD

The editing of car chases is, as usual, an endless source of frustration caused by each little stunt being cut right before its proper finish when it should have been shown in a single shot. Entertaining nonetheless, and also has Lily James.

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Dunkirk
9
Christopher Nolan (2017)
Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance
Friday 28 July 2017 AD

Nolan finally gets back down to Earth (and to Sea, and to Sky). The impersonal subject of war is a perfectly suited canvas for his absolutely masterful directing, and isn’t polluted by his usual i-am-very-smart ramblings. The result is a stubborn, simple, and efficient masterpiece.

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Hidden Figures
7
Theodore Melfi (2016)
Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe
Thursday 27 July 2017 AD

History Educative Package #24536, mixed with dramatic acting outbursts they will screen during the “Best actress in a leading/supporting role” video introduction at the Oscars.

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Logan
8
James Mangold (2017)
Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen
Sunday 23 July 2017 AD

At last a mature super-hero movie. A gold nugget in all this recent garbage.

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Once Upon a Time in the West
8
C'era una volta il West
Sergio Leone (1968)
Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale
Saturday 22 July 2017 AD

The way Sergio Leone distills a scene’s atmosphere is both the source of awe and sometimes of boredom, but overall the result is definitely something fascinating.

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The Station Agent
7
Tom McCarthy (2003)
Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, Bobby Cannavale
Friday 21 July 2017 AD

A totally average movie that interest lies in discovering the early roles of Peter Dinklage, Bobby Cannavale and Michelle Williams

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A Very Long Engagement
7
Un long dimanche de fiançailles
Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2004)
Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Jodie Foster
Sunday 16 July 2017 AD

Jean-Pierre Jeunet stills thinks his urine-colored Instagram filter is artistic, and reiterates the usual suite of gimmicks leading to a compromise ending

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John Wick: Chapter 2
9
Chad Stahelski (2017)
Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane
Wednesday 12 July 2017 AD

Absolutely.

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Get Out
8
Jordan Peele (2017)
Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford
Monday 10 July 2017 AD

No comment

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The BFG
7
Steven Spielberg (2016)
Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton
Monday 26 June 2017 AD

Casual Spielberg’ masterful directing on average concept and screenplay. The man needs to find the magic back.

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I Saw the Devil
8
Ang-ma-reul bo-at-da
Jee-woon Kim (2010)
Byung-Hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, Joon-Hyuk Lee
Sunday 25 June 2017 AD

That was very violent, maybe a bit too much. But its gut-wrenching narration is precisely what makes it captivating.

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Insomnia
8
Christopher Nolan (2002)
Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank
Saturday 17 June 2017 AD

So Nolan’s talent to film aesthetically pleasing planes flying is not new. He apparently also knows how to make really good thrillers when he doesn’t fool himself with philosophical bullshit.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark
6
Steven Spielberg (1981)
Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman
Sunday 11 June 2017 AD

My trouble with this movie (and the entire Indiana Jones franchise) is how it displays a sort of comical and light-weight atmosphere when the characters are always in imminent danger of death. Indiana Jones and his friends wouldn’t win the natural selection since their top priority in any situation is to joke about it. Public Service Announcement: in reality, you probably need to panick about the idea of being killed.

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Blood Simple.
5
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (1984)
John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya
Sunday 28 May 2017 AD

First movie of the Cohen brothers. I would say it’s totally forgettable, my proof being that at the time of writing this I saw it one year ago and I don’t remember what the hell it is about.

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Raw
8
Grave
Julia Ducournau (2016)
Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella
Saturday 27 May 2017 AD

As fresh and tasty as raw meat. Hmmm.

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The Great Wall
4
Yimou Zhang (2016)
Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Willem Dafoe
Friday 26 May 2017 AD

I mean that was shit.

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Letters from Iwo Jima
6
Clint Eastwood (2006)
Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara
Sunday 21 May 2017 AD

No comment

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Mommy
9
Xavier Dolan (2014)
Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément
Sunday 21 May 2017 AD

The director wants to stand out and desperately tries to be original, most notably with the unusual aspect ratio and the weirdly-fitting pop songs. His talent at directing is well enough in its own right, as it captures so well how the brutality of the main character affects the lives of people around him, and his own. This is beautiful and tragically breathtaking.

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Nocturnal Animals
8
Tom Ford (2016)
Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon
Sunday 14 May 2017 AD

It never is entirely satisfying, but the part on the road is one of the most gut-wrenching piece of thriller I’ve ever seen.

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
8
Guy Ritchie (2015)
Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander
Friday 12 May 2017 AD

Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer in the same movie. WTF I’m gay now.

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Margaret
6
Kenneth Lonergan (2011)
Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo
Sunday 7 May 2017 AD

No comment

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The Fighter
8
David O. Russell (2010)
Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams
Sunday 7 May 2017 AD

Made me discover The Heavy (with their song How you like me Now) so it’s definitely worth it. The movie is good also.

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Godzilla
3
Gareth Edwards (2014)
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston
Sunday 30 April 2017 AD

When they do the Kong vs. Godzilla movie, Kong will kick this stupid creature’s ass, and he betters destroys it into pieces as well so that they stop making movies about it.

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Camp X-Ray
6
Peter Sattler (2014)
Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi, Lane Garrison
Saturday 29 April 2017 AD

No comment

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The Founder
6
John Lee Hancock (2016)
Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch
Sunday 23 April 2017 AD

No comment

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Closer
8
Mike Nichols (2004)
Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Clive Owen
Sunday 9 April 2017 AD

With this movie I learned that Julia Roberts isn’t just a wide smile, she’s also an excellent actress. I must say that the rest of the rather talented cast makes for quite a delicious sentimental essay.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
5
David Yates (2016)
Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol
Friday 7 April 2017 AD

Why do I even watch Harry Potter shit. I don’t like Harry Potter.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
6
Rogue One
Gareth Edwards (2016)
Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk
Monday 3 April 2017 AD

First opus in the « side » narration separated from the mainline sequence of episodes, where Disney lets subpar directors demonstrate their incompetency and effectively steers the saga to shit, as if the story choices of the mainline weren’t efficient enough in doing that already.

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Street Kings
2
David Ayer (2008)
Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie
Friday 31 March 2017 AD

Exploring the early movies of David Ayer, director of the excellent Fury, and all I find is trash.

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Suicide Squad
4
David Ayer (2016)
Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie
Monday 27 March 2017 AD

Harley Quinn is the most interesting aspect of this movie, and that is a low upper bound.

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A Hologram for the King
6
Tom Tykwer (2016)
Tom Hanks, Omar Elba, Sarita Choudhury
Tuesday 14 March 2017 AD

I’ve called Interpol so that they could rescue Tom Hanks, who apparently got lost in the desert.

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It Happened One Night
6
Frank Capra (1934)
Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly
Tuesday 14 March 2017 AD

After the awesome It’s a Beautiful Life and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, I decided to explore more of Frank Capra, but this one is less approachable a bit more rooted in its time (understand: borderline sexist)

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Lord of War
8
Andrew Niccol (2005)
Nicolas Cage, Ethan Hawke, Jared Leto
Sunday 12 March 2017 AD

After his alarming vision of a world ruled by genetic perfection and his radical satire of reality TV, Andrew Niccol, the talented writer of (respectively) Gattaca and The Truman Show, still has things to say, about gun trade this time. His incessant need to remind us of how immoral it is is a bit heavy at times (compare that, for example, to how Martin Scorcese just goes full on with organized crimes epics, letting the spectators process the ethics in their own ways), but can we really reproach to Niccol to commit when that’s what he does best, especially when the result is otherwise an excellent movie.

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Hunger
9
Steve McQueen (2008)
Stuart Graham, Laine Megaw, Brian Milligan
Friday 10 March 2017 AD

Steve McQueen continues his one-word filmography, after the brilliant Shame. The usage of the long-take, including an unedited 15-minute dialogue on suicide, as well the glacial approach to violence and suffering, makes it, once again, an incredible cinematographic experience.

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You Can Count on Me
7
Kenneth Lonergan (2000)
Laura Linney, Matthew Broderick, Amy Ryan
Sunday 5 March 2017 AD

Kenneth Lonergan early work is a minor drama, but it’s nonetheless the occasion to witness a little known but impressive performance from Mark Ruffalo, and overall a good alchemy between a good cast.

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Allied
6
Robert Zemeckis (2016)
Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris
Saturday 4 March 2017 AD

After Flight and The Walk, Robert Zemeckis continues fucking around random themes and stories. I don’t mind him trying out stuff, but the quality is progressively dropping.

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Fences
7
Denzel Washington (2016)
Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson
Sunday 26 February 2017 AD

I’ve always felt that film is a somewhat arbitrary medium for a play, and this one really gave me this feeling hard. The way it’s done you can tell that it must be a play. So I’m kind of perplex as to the whole purpose of it, if not to showcase the stellar talent of Viola Davis.

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La La Land
9
Damien Chazelle (2016)
Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt
Sunday 26 February 2017 AD

So I was just thinking, if I was tasked to chose a song to send to an alien civilization, I would probably chose the raw City of Stars duo by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.

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Lion
8
Garth Davis (2016)
Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara
Monday 20 February 2017 AD

This suffers from the Oscar-targeted dramatic-acting-outburst syndrome, with Dev Patel going off the mark in the middle of the street to tell us about his existential crisis because of some random word the other character made the mistake of using. Fortunately most of the time the movie has a more subtle emotional approach, so it ends up pretty good.

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Hacksaw Ridge
8
Mel Gibson (2016)
Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey
Sunday 19 February 2017 AD

You can’t do more Hollywood, but that’s quality Hollywood.

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Moonlight
6
Barry Jenkins (2016)
Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes
Sunday 19 February 2017 AD

Those types of life chronicles simply aren’t my cup of tea. I see the point, this is touching and all, but there are just so many stories like this in the world, it’s quite random, and it doesn’t even pay off with a resolution.

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Manchester by the Sea
9
Kenneth Lonergan (2016)
Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler
Saturday 18 February 2017 AD

I like tragedy. This delivers.

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Hail, Caesar!
8
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen (2016)
Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich
Thursday 9 February 2017 AD

Typical Coen brothers doing typical Coen brothers stuff, earning typical Coen brothers rating.

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Arrival
8
Denis Villeneuve (2016)
Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
Tuesday 7 February 2017 AD

Denis Villeneuve commits the cardinal sin and adds a non-diegetic soundtrack over scenes where diegetic sounds are of paramount importance. I’M TRYING TO LISTEN TO WHAT IS GOING ON COULD YOU PLEASE CUT THE MUSIC GOD DAMMIT. To add to the crime, the music is a variation of the tripods’ siren in War of the World and has a tone similar to the diegetic sound we’re trying to listen to. The resolution might be a bit too mind-blowing for me as I can’t fully make sense of it without resorting to Laplace’s determinism, and the implications about free will aren’t satisfyingly resolved. Reaching this level of discussion in a first place sets the bar quite high.

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Bridge of Spies
9
Steven Spielberg (2015)
Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda
Monday 6 February 2017 AD

I've found spiritual guidance in the “would it help” philosophy.

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Ex Machina
7
Alex Garland (2014)
Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac
Monday 6 February 2017 AD

Oh this is way too didactic. Alex Garland uses dialogues as a way to broadcast his dissertation on AI. It’s cool that not a single innovative idea about AI has emerged in movies since decades. I guess we just have to wait for it to play out live in society.

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Mad Max: Fury Road
9
George Miller (2015)
Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
Monday 6 February 2017 AD

A 2 hours high-speed chase in the desert. Shut up and take my money.

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Room
9
Lenny Abrahamson (2015)
Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers
Monday 6 February 2017 AD

This movie tricked me with such power. Considering the mysterious setting of the first act, I assumed it belonged to an entirely different genre than it was, a more metaphorical one. The revelation came up to me with such sheer brutality, I felt weak in my inability to consider things through a rational eye. It’s absolutely brilliant.

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Spotlight
8
Tom McCarthy (2015)
Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams
Monday 6 February 2017 AD

Mark Ruffalo doing the good old acting outburst for the Oscars. Literally Hulk.

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The Big Short
None
Adam McKay (2015)
Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling
Monday 6 February 2017 AD

I don’t rate films I didn’t understand. I thought I would go back to it with more focus, but J.C. Chandor’s *Margin Call acted as a damn well substitute.

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The Danish Girl
6
Tom Hooper (2015)
Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard
Monday 6 February 2017 AD

This films is a rather dull platform for Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander to showcase their talent.

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The Hateful Eight
9
Quentin Tarantino (2015)
Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Monday 6 February 2017 AD

I always picture old people as sort of easily-shocked conservative ones, especially when they’re respected, classy, artists. So I wonder how the discussion between Tarantino and Ennio Morricone went when they discussed the score for the flashback where Samuel L. Jackson is nasty with the general's son, which I found to be too-much myself. Asking important questions.

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Maelstrom
6
Maelström
Denis Villeneuve (2000)
Marie-Josée Croze, Jean-Nicolas Verreault, Stephanie Morgenstern
Sunday 5 February 2017 AD

No comment

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The Ring
6
Gore Verbinski (2002)
Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox
Sunday 5 February 2017 AD

No comment

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Deepwater Horizon
7
Peter Berg (2016)
Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Douglas M. Griffin
Sunday 29 January 2017 AD

I usually like movies like that about trivia and events, but this one loses a point when he transforms a real-life disaster into a full-scale Hollywood spectacle. People died yo.

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I Love You Phillip Morris
7
Glenn Ficarra, John Requa (2009)
Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann
Saturday 28 January 2017 AD

No comment

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Sully
8
Clint Eastwood (2016)
Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney
Sunday 22 January 2017 AD

The movie is good. It’s just sad it’s entirely based on false drama. In real life the pilot had the support of the aviation and the investigation was a formality.

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In a Valley of Violence
8
Ti West (2016)
Ethan Hawke, John Travolta, Taissa Farmiga
Friday 20 January 2017 AD

This is literally the western version of John Wick. Like, literally. The tiny bits of story you can find in John Wick. Literally. As a western. Therefore a wonderful movie.

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Misery
8
Rob Reiner (1990)
James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth
Monday 9 January 2017 AD

No comment

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Snowden
7
Oliver Stone (2016)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo
Saturday 7 January 2017 AD

No comment

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Source Code
5
Duncan Jones (2011)
Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga
Friday 6 January 2017 AD

<spoiler>It looked to me that the movie didn’t realize the implications of the resolution. If each new try from Gyllenhall was happening in a new stand-alone parallel universe, then by trying again and again he just generated copies of the same bombing and added more and more victims across the multiverse. So if at the beginning of the movie there were 1000 people sad from having lost a family member, after 5 failed tries now there are 5000 people sad. The only procedure that minimize the loss is to succeed on the first try, or to stop.</spoiler>

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Steve Jobs
9
Danny Boyle (2015)
Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen
Wednesday 28 December 2016 AD

Journalist (pointing at a big poster on the wall): “Who is this one?”
Steve: “Alan Turing. Single handedly won World War II and for an encore invented the computer. He won’t be part of the campaign though.”
Journalist: “Why?”
Steve: “Because you just had to ask me who he was.”

When I was in college a guy in the class said that Steve Jobs was such an historical figure because he invented the computer. Since he was a Job fan I hope he went to watch this movie.

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Hell or High Water
8
David Mackenzie (2016)
Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges
Saturday 17 December 2016 AD

No comment

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The Good Neighbor
8
Kasra Farahani (2016)
James Caan, Logan Miller, Keir Gilchrist
Saturday 17 December 2016 AD

I don't know why this movie received such negative reviews. It’s not outstanding but it’s a nice little thriller.

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The Jungle Book
8
Jon Favreau (2016)
Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley
Saturday 17 December 2016 AD

I was blown away by the CGI. This is beyond anything that had been done so far. The adaptation is quite good overall.

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Jason Bourne
7
Paul Greengrass (2016)
Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander
Tuesday 29 November 2016 AD

Jason Bourne it’s Jesus Christ!

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Triple 9
7
John Hillcoat (2016)
Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie
Tuesday 29 November 2016 AD

I’ll spare you the movie with a simple Today I Learned: 999 is the police code for officer down. And the oscar for the most ridiculous casting goes to Kate Winslet’s role in this film.

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Finding Dory
8
Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane (2016)
Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill
Sunday 27 November 2016 AD

Exactly like Monsters University: good but unremarkable because it relies on the originality of the previous episode.

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The Passion of the Christ
5
Mel Gibson (2004)
Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern
Friday 11 November 2016 AD

No more no less than torture porn. It’s stylised enough so that it isn’t creepy, just utterly violent. I don’t know what to think of that. This is kind of films I rate 5 just in case. In case of what, I don’t know. But just in case.

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10 Cloverfield Lane
8
Dan Trachtenberg (2016)
John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr.
Thursday 27 October 2016 AD

Excellent discovery of The Exciters and their song Tell Him. Shake that ass, Goodman!

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John Wick
9
Chad Stahelski, David Leitch (2014)
Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen
Friday 21 October 2016 AD

Keanu Reeves guns down everybody that is linked to the murder of his poor cute dog. Shut up and take my money.

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Christine
8
John Carpenter (1983)
Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul
Tuesday 11 October 2016 AD

In one scene of this movie, we can witness how John Carpenter low-budget creative special effects gives better results than modern computer-based ones.

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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
7
Christopher McQuarrie (2015)
Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner
Tuesday 11 October 2016 AD

It's about the only heavy-action franchise that hasn’t self-alienated itself and that still delivers solid entertainment with decent directing and even some artistic attempts, like the mixing of Turandot opera main theme (the opera that takes place during an action scene in the first act) into the soundtrack. Tom Cruise seems to have this thing under control.

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Bad Lieutenant
8
Abel Ferrara (1992)
Harvey Keitel, Brian McElroy, Frank Acciarito
Sunday 9 October 2016 AD

Harvey Keitel performance is off the chart. I’m not especially a fan of the direction the plot was taking, but the dark and captivating atmosphere of the movie will make me dig more into Abel Ferrara filmography.

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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
8
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans
Werner Herzog (2009)
Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Russell M. Haeuser
Sunday 9 October 2016 AD

As it happens, this has nothing to do with the cult Bad Lieutenant, if not for the theme of corrupt police. I like to think of Nicolas Cage as as crazy in real life as he is in this movie.

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The Devil's Advocate
8
Taylor Hackford (1997)
Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron
Friday 7 October 2016 AD

No comment

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Zootopia
9
Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush (2016)
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba
Thursday 6 October 2016 AD

Disney definitely stepped up their animation movie game.

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Permanent Midnight
6
Abre los ojos
Alejandro Amenábar (1997)
Eduardo Noriega, Penélope Cruz, Chete Lera
Wednesday 5 October 2016 AD

I could spend the rest of my life listening to Penelope Cruz speaking to me in Spanish.

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Sorcerer
5
William Friedkin (1977)
Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal
Wednesday 5 October 2016 AD

What a fucking nightmare. Spending like 10 damn minutes waiting for them to cross that bridge with this horrible sound quality from the 70s.

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
7
Tobe Hooper (1974)
Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger
Wednesday 5 October 2016 AD

No comment

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The Descendants
7
Alexander Payne (2011)
George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller
Monday 12 September 2016 AD

No comment

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The Pursuit of Happyness
8
Gabriele Muccino (2006)
Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith
Friday 9 September 2016 AD

I never realized how the process of becoming homeless plays out before seeing this movie. Will Smith at his peak.

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Office Space
8
Mike Judge (1999)
Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman
Wednesday 7 September 2016 AD

Silicon Valley’s TV series creator first movie about office workers that piss code and change date formats in endless source code to prepare for the 2K bug. This is delicious and still curiously relevant.

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American Psycho
8
Mary Harron (2000)
Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas
Tuesday 30 August 2016 AD

This movie could have been a 10 if its ambiguous ending wasn’t that underwhelming. I KILLED A LOT OF PEOPLE.

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The Impossible
7
Lo imposible
J.A. Bayona (2012)
Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland
Sunday 28 August 2016 AD

No comment

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Before Sunrise
8
Richard Linklater (1995)
Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert
Saturday 27 August 2016 AD

First episode of the 30-years Before trilogy of Richard Linklater. The three films (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight), featuring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, are about a couple of strangers who briefly meet 3 times in their life, 10 years apart, everytime proving to be a love escape. Linklater being Linklater, the 3 movies were actually shot 10 years apart each. I’m sold.

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Nightcrawler
8
Dan Gilroy (2014)
Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton
Friday 26 August 2016 AD

Let’s take a minute to praise Jake Gyllenhaal’s agent, who is, in those recent years, finding him roles that rocks! This Dan Gilroy director is also to be kept an eye on! So many exclamation marks!

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The Guest
7
Adam Wingard (2014)
Dan Stevens, Sheila Kelley, Maika Monroe
Wednesday 24 August 2016 AD

No comment

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The Reader
7
Stephen Daldry (2008)
Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz
Sunday 21 August 2016 AD

No comment

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Eddie the Eagle
8
Dexter Fletcher (2015)
Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Tom Costello
Saturday 20 August 2016 AD

This is the perfect movie to watch when you’re sick in the middle of winter. At least it worked very well for me.

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Commando
6
Mark L. Lester (1985)
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Dan Hedaya
Saturday 6 August 2016 AD

No comment

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Midnight Special
6
Jeff Nichols (2016)
Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst
Tuesday 2 August 2016 AD

I’m not gonna denied that this was original, but this was weird as fuck. Mud, the previous movie from Jeff Nichols, already flirted with the fantastic, or at least with a tale-like storytelling. This one goes full-in, and I find the result quite awkward.

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Jurassic World
7
Colin Trevorrow (2015)
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins
Thursday 28 July 2016 AD

Once you accept the fact that this is nowhere near the elegance of the Steven Spielberg ones, but just a dummy blockbuster, it can be quite enjoyable.

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The Conjuring
8
James Wan (2013)
Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston
Wednesday 29 June 2016 AD

This is a poor reminiscence of The Exorcist but it still delivers a fair amount of chills.

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Polytechnique
9
Denis Villeneuve (2009)
Maxim Gaudette, Sébastien Huberdeau, Karine Vanasse
Monday 27 June 2016 AD

Not only did this taught me about this massacre I didn’t know about, but it’s also a very poignant depiction of it. Dennis Villeneuve is such an excellent director.

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The Hunt for Red October
7
John McTiernan (1990)
Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn
Saturday 25 June 2016 AD

Why is Sean Connery, from Scotland, playing a Russian officer? Why do the Russians even speak English. Alright I quibble. Actually, the first few dialogs of the movie are in Russian but then they switch to English on the word « Armageddon », which is the same in English and in Russian, and also a Michael Bay movie, although this has nothing to do with this trivia.

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The Hunt
9
Jagten
Thomas Vinterberg (2012)
Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp
Wednesday 22 June 2016 AD

This is probably the saddest movie I’ve ever seen. One of the peculiar aspect of it is that it’s a drama about people turning against an innocent man, but there is no one you can truly blame for this behavior. It’s just a human relationships total clusterfuck with heart-wrenching consequences. It conveys such strong emotions. This is what I look for in cinema.

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The Right Stuff
6
Philip Kaufman (1983)
Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris
Wednesday 22 June 2016 AD

I like the western vibes around the theme of space exploration, but this is sooooo looooong.