Dude Rates Movies

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13 Hours
B
Michael Bay — 2016
John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale
Tuesday 31 May 2016

The second Michael Bay’s escape from his Transformers franchise jail happens to be a pretty effective action flick. As expected there is zero subtlety in the treatment of an actual event, to the point where defending a military base against terrorists looks like defending it against zombies. Very cool.

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Eden Lake
F
James Watkins — 2008
Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Tara Ellis
Saturday 28 May 2016

This was so violent it repulsed me. Looks like the kind of fucked up story you can hear about on the news bulletin. Nightmarish, not entertaining.

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Ruby Sparks
C
Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris — 2012
Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Annette Bening
Friday 27 May 2016

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The Lobster
D
Yorgos Lanthimos — 2015
Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden
Sunday 22 May 2016

?????? 5 just in case

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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
C
Brad Bird — 2011
Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
Sunday 22 May 2016

No comment

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Let the Right One In
C
Låt den rätte komma in
Tomas Alfredson — 2008
Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar
Monday 16 May 2016

No comment

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Mustang
B
Deniz Gamze Ergüven — 2015
Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu
Saturday 7 May 2016

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It Follows
A
David Robert Mitchell — 2014
Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi
Saturday 7 May 2016

One of the best recent horror movie. The concept is original, it goes directly against the traditional codes of the genre, and the director plays with our nerves by distilling such a frightening atmosphere even in normal scene.

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Creed
C
Ryan Coogler — 2015
Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson
Saturday 7 May 2016

No comment

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Battle Royale
E
Batoru rowaiaru
Kinji Fukasaku — 2000
Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto
Saturday 7 May 2016

No comment

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The Good Dinosaur
D
Peter Sohn — 2015
Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Maleah Nipay-Padilla
Thursday 5 May 2016

This is the worst Pixar movie, which means it’s an average animated movie. You couldn’t make the story any less dull in its themes and morale and some moments are particularly awkward. Apparently the production suffered big turmoil, with major story revisions, turn-over in the crew, and so on. It shows.

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Trumbo
B
Jay Roach — 2015
Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren
Tuesday 3 May 2016

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Moonrise Kingdom
C
Wes Anderson — 2012
Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis
Thursday 14 April 2016

No comment

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World War Z
D
Marc Forster — 2013
Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz
Thursday 14 April 2016

No comment

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The Way Back
C
Peter Weir — 2010
Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell
Tuesday 29 March 2016

No comment

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
C
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
J.J. Abrams — 2015
Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac
Sunday 27 March 2016

No comment

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Silent Hill
F
Christophe Gans — 2006
Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden, Sean Bean
Sunday 27 March 2016

No comment

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Being John Malkovich
D
Spike Jonze — 1999
John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener
Monday 21 March 2016

No comment

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Vertigo
D
Alfred Hitchcock — 1958
James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes
Monday 21 March 2016

No comment

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Harsh Times
B
David Ayer — 2005
Christian Bale, Freddy Rodríguez, Eva Longoria
Saturday 12 March 2016

No comment

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Carol
D
Todd Haynes — 2015
Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson
Sunday 28 February 2016

No comment

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
A
Frank Capra — 1939
James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains
Saturday 20 February 2016

No comment

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Short Term 12
B
Destin Daniel Cretton — 2013
Brie Larson, Frantz Turner, John Gallagher Jr.
Friday 19 February 2016

No comment

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The Holiday
E
Nancy Meyers — 2006
Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law
Thursday 18 February 2016

No comment

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Biutiful
D
Alejandro G. Iñárritu — 2010
Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib
Wednesday 17 February 2016

No comment

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It's a Wonderful Life
A
Frank Capra — 1946
James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore
Sunday 31 January 2016

No comment

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Sicario
A
Denis Villeneuve — 2015
Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro
Friday 22 January 2016

No comment

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Fury
A
David Ayer — 2014
Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman
Friday 22 January 2016

No comment

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The Princess Bride
D
Rob Reiner — 1987
Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright
Thursday 21 January 2016

No comment

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21 Grams
B
Alejandro G. Iñárritu — 2003
Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts
Sunday 10 January 2016

No comment

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A Christmas Carol
C
Robert Zemeckis — 2009
Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth
Sunday 27 December 2015

No comment

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Amores Perros
B
Amores perros
Alejandro G. Iñárritu — 2000
Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo
Sunday 27 December 2015

No comment

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The Walk
D
Robert Zemeckis — 2015
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon
Thursday 24 December 2015

No comment

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Carnage
A
Roman Polanski — 2011
Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz
Thursday 24 December 2015

No comment

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Before Sunset
B
Richard Linklater — 2004
Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff
Thursday 24 December 2015

No comment

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Goodfellas
B
Martin Scorsese — 1990
Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci
Sunday 22 November 2015

No comment

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The Martian
A
Ridley Scott — 2015
Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig
Saturday 14 November 2015

No comment

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Predestination
C
Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig — 2014
Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor
Wednesday 11 November 2015

No comment

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The Secret in Their Eyes
B
El secreto de sus ojos
Juan José Campanella — 2009
Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago
Wednesday 11 November 2015

No comment

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The Talented Mr. Ripley
C
Anthony Minghella — 1999
Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law
Wednesday 11 November 2015

No comment

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Planet of the Apes
D
Franklin J. Schaffner — 1968
Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter
Wednesday 11 November 2015

No comment

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Argo
A
Ben Affleck — 2012
Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman
Saturday 31 October 2015

No comment

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Cast Away
A
Robert Zemeckis — 2000
Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Paul Sanchez
Saturday 31 October 2015

I see that Wilson went for method acting. Too bad he got lost in the Pacific Ocean for real, we couldn’t give him the Oscar.

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Youth
B
Paolo Sorrentino — 2015
Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz
Wednesday 21 October 2015

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Wild
C
Jean-Marc Vallée — 2014
Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann
Wednesday 21 October 2015

No comment

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Dressed to Kill
D
Brian De Palma — 1980
Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen
Saturday 10 October 2015

No comment

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Used Cars
D
Robert Zemeckis — 1980
Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Gerrit Graham
Tuesday 29 September 2015

No comment

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I Wanna Hold Your Hand
D
Robert Zemeckis — 1978
Nancy Allen, Bobby Di Cicco, Marc McClure
Tuesday 29 September 2015

No comment

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Malice
C
Harold Becker — 1993
Alec Baldwin, Nicole Kidman, Bill Pullman
Wednesday 9 September 2015

No comment

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Good Kill
C
Andrew Niccol — 2014
Ethan Hawke, January Jones, Zoë Kravitz
Monday 7 September 2015

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Inside Out
C
Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen — 2015
Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black
Monday 7 September 2015

The fundamental problem is that the implementation doesn’t bring any more details than the abstraction. You have characters in the brain that are supposed to be the « internals » of the high-level emotional result and it just turns out that those characters are… emotions. Well thanks but this is useless, I can see the emotions directly by looking at the girl’s face and reactions. The movie gets it when Joy gets lost out of the headquarters which therefore creates a depressive state in Riley. Here we have a non-trivial low-level mechanism that creates a high-level emotion. I also just moderately liked the sort of catalog of the different brain places (memories, abstraction, etc). It’s like we’re on an educative attraction for kids about psychology in Disneyland.

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Volver
B
Pedro Almodóvar — 2006
Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas
Thursday 27 August 2015

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Braindead
B
Peter Jackson — 1992
Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver, Elizabeth Moody
Wednesday 26 August 2015

No comment

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Good Morning, Vietnam
C
Barry Levinson — 1987
Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran
Sunday 16 August 2015

No comment

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City of God
B
Cidade de Deus
Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund — 2002
Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele
Thursday 13 August 2015

No comment

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her
C
Ned Benson — 2013
Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Nina Arianda
Monday 10 August 2015

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him
C
Ned Benson — 2013
James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Nina Arianda
Monday 10 August 2015

No comment

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Death Becomes Her
D
Robert Zemeckis — 1992
Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn
Thursday 6 August 2015

No comment

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Still Alice
C
Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland — 2014
Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart
Wednesday 5 August 2015

No comment

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Paths of Glory
A
Stanley Kubrick — 1957
Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou
Tuesday 4 August 2015

I would have said that the legal approach to the facts, with the ruling and the defense from the officer, is too didactic. But this is actually written so well and acted so well that I accept it as it is. And it’s excellent.

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The Last of the Mohicans
B
Michael Mann — 1992
Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means
Saturday 1 August 2015

No comment

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The Judge
B
David Dobkin — 2014
Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga
Thursday 30 July 2015

No comment

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Zodiac
A
David Fincher — 2007
Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo
Tuesday 28 July 2015

No comment

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Citizenfour
B
Laura Poitras — 2014
Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney
Tuesday 30 June 2015

No comment

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We Bought a Zoo
C
Cameron Crowe — 2011
Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church
Tuesday 30 June 2015

No comment

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Broadway Rhythm
C
Roy Del Ruth — 1944
George Murphy, Ginny Simms, Charles Winninger
Thursday 4 June 2015

No comment

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Un plan parfait
D
Pascal Chaumeil — 2012
Diane Kruger, Dany Boon, Alice Pol
Monday 1 June 2015

No comment

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Tamara Drewe
D
Stephen Frears — 2010
Gemma Arterton, Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper
Sunday 31 May 2015

No comment

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La Haine
B
La haine
Mathieu Kassovitz — 1995
Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui
Sunday 31 May 2015

No comment

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Last Known Address
C
Dernier domicile connu
José Giovanni — 1970
Lino Ventura, Marlène Jobert, Michel Constantin
Sunday 31 May 2015

No comment

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The Bourne Ultimatum
A
Paul Greengrass — 2007
Matt Damon, Edgar Ramírez, Joan Allen
Saturday 9 May 2015

No comment

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Ted
D
Seth MacFarlane — 2012
Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane
Tuesday 21 April 2015

No comment

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Up in the Air
C
Jason Reitman — 2009
George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick
Tuesday 21 April 2015

No comment

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The Cabin in the Woods
B
Drew Goddard — 2012
Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison
Monday 20 April 2015

No comment

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Big Hero 6
B
Don Hall, Chris Williams — 2014
Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung
Friday 17 April 2015

No comment

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Edge of Tomorrow
B
Doug Liman — 2014
Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton
Thursday 16 April 2015

No comment

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Amadeus
B
Milos Forman — 1984
F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge
Tuesday 7 April 2015

No comment

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Big Eyes
B
Tim Burton — 2014
Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston
Monday 30 March 2015

No comment

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Hesher
D
Spencer Susser — 2010
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Devin Brochu, Natalie Portman
Thursday 26 March 2015

No comment

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12 Angry Men
A
Sidney Lumet — 1957
Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam
Wednesday 18 March 2015

No comment

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American Sniper
B
Clint Eastwood — 2014
Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner
Wednesday 4 March 2015

No comment

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The Mist
C
Frank Darabont — 2007
Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden
Tuesday 3 March 2015

No comment

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Speed
A
Jan de Bont — 1994
Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock
Friday 27 February 2015

No comment

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Blue Is the Warmest Color
A
La vie d'Adèle
Abdellatif Kechiche — 2013
Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche
Thursday 26 February 2015

No comment

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The Lego Movie
D
Phil Lord, Christopher Miller — 2014
Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks
Thursday 19 February 2015

No comment

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Whiplash
B
Damien Chazelle — 2014
Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist
Tuesday 17 February 2015

No comment

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Boyhood
C
Richard Linklater — 2014
Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke
Tuesday 17 February 2015

No comment

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The Theory of Everything
C
James Marsh — 2014
Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior
Monday 16 February 2015

No comment

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The Imitation Game
B
Morten Tyldum — 2014
Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode
Wednesday 11 February 2015

No comment

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Transformers: Age of Extinction
E
Michael Bay — 2014
Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor
Monday 9 February 2015

Mark Wahlberg edition of the bots fighting. There is a dinosaur. A DINOSAUR. YOU ARE TEARING ME APART, MICHAEL.

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Adieu Paris
C
Franziska Buch — 2013
Jessica Schwarz, Hans Werner Meyer, Sandrine Bonnaire
Friday 30 January 2015

No comment

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Two Days, One Night
D
Deux jours, une nuit
Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne — 2014
Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salée
Sunday 25 January 2015

No comment

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The Grand Budapest Hotel
B
Wes Anderson — 2014
Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric
Saturday 24 January 2015

No comment

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The Snowtown Murders
C
Snowtown
Justin Kurzel — 2011
Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris
Saturday 24 January 2015

No comment

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Contagion
B
Steven Soderbergh — 2011
Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law
Saturday 24 January 2015

No comment

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Unbreakable
A+
M. Night Shyamalan — 2000
Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright
Thursday 22 January 2015

No comment

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Buffalo '66
C
Vincent Gallo — 1998
Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, Ben Gazzara
Thursday 22 January 2015

No comment

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La Famille Bélier
C
La famille Bélier
Eric Lartigau — 2014
Karin Viard, François Damiens, Eric Elmosnino
Saturday 3 January 2015

No comment

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Serial (Bad) Weddings
E
Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu?
Philippe de Chauveron — 2014
Christian Clavier, Chantal Lauby, Ary Abittan
Sunday 28 December 2014

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Pacific Rim
E
Guillermo del Toro — 2013
Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi
Monday 22 December 2014

At the beginning of the movie, you have a montage that explains why the big robots were built, and why it must be piloted by a team of two. The explanation for the latter is that the machine’s power puts too big of a physical toll on a single pilot. The related exhibit is a piece of black-and-white, archive-like video, where a pilot bleeds from his nose after trying to pilot alone. This made me very mad. This is supposed to happen in the future. Why would the archives of the future be in black and white? The film deliberately decided to make it in black-and-white to gives a “archive-like” feeling to the spectator, without it making any sense since it’s supposed to be an archive in the future. This is the biggest bullshit ever.

Now, see, most of the time in the movie, the big robots defeat the bad creatures by launching missiles at them (with some sort of missile launchers above their shoulder). So why would you build giant robots when all you need are missiles that can be launched from planes or ground vehicles or boats? Well, because fuck you. This movie is the high-point of non-functional, nonsensical, stylish art. Everything about it is about resorting to clichés actions and visuals. Here is a black-and-white archive for no reason. Here are robots for no reason. It’s like children playing with toys and imitating whatever pieces of nebulous stylish thing they see on the TV without it making any sense at all. The robots are transported out of their hangar on crawlers like the crawler for the Saturn V rocket, that the director probably though was cool in Apollo 13. The point of exoskeletons is that they can fucking walk, why would you crawl them. God dammit.