Dude Rates Movies

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Wild Strawberries
6
Smultronstället
Ingmar Bergman (1957)
Victor Sjöström, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin
Sunday 5 April 2020 AD

No comment

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Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker
6
J.J. Abrams (2019)
Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver
Saturday 4 April 2020 AD

No comment

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Road Games
6
Roadgames
Richard Franklin (1981)
Stacy Keach, Jamie Lee Curtis, Marion Edward
Saturday 28 March 2020 AD

No comment

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The Guilty
9
Den skyldige
Gustav Möller (2018)
Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi
Saturday 28 March 2020 AD

No comment

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La Belle Époque
5
Nicolas Bedos (2019)
Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet, Doria Tillier
Monday 23 March 2020 AD

No comment

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Frozen II
4
Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee (2019)
Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad
Sunday 22 March 2020 AD

I didn’t hooked to all the fantastic stuff, but the fire lizard frog is very cute.

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Les Misérables
9
Les misérables
Ladj Ly (2019)
Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Djebril Zonga
Sunday 22 March 2020 AD

No comment

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Teen Spirit
6
Max Minghella (2018)
Elle Fanning, Agnieszka Grochowska, Archie Madekwe
Sunday 22 March 2020 AD

Max Minghella’s directional debut looks like any good directional debut. Sensitive, great acting, some good ideas here and there, some awkward moments here and there, not very significant overall.

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Total Recall
7
Paul Verhoeven (1990)
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside
Sunday 22 March 2020 AD

The story is interesting, but the many action scenes are really outdated. Long shot of one character shooting pew pew pew. Long shot of the other character shooting pew pew pew. Damage and havoc created by vehicles boom boom.

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Zombieland: Double Tap
7
Ruben Fleischer (2019)
Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone
Sunday 22 March 2020 AD

Pretty consistent with the first one: I spent a good time!

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1917
9
Sam Mendes (2019)
Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Daniel Mays
Tuesday 11 February 2020 AD

Stop saying the movie is one long shot for fuck sake! (Not because it was actually filmed in multiple shots, I don’t care how the movie was made, but because:) There are 2 shots in the movie, with a clear, black-screen-for-multiple-seconds pause between the 2 scenes, and this transition is narratively significant, and the second scene starts with a visual and auditive moment of cinema that is out of this world. So this is the reaction of a director who just made a movie in 2 shots, who was the grand favorite for the Oscar for Best Director in all betting sites, and who just lost (to Parasite’s director).

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Avengers: Endgame
4
Anthony Russo, Joe Russo (2019)
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo
Tuesday 11 February 2020 AD

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Bombshell
6
Jay Roach (2019)
Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie
Tuesday 11 February 2020 AD

Margot Robbie was so hot in this! /s

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Jojo Rabbit
8
Taika Waititi (2019)
Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson
Tuesday 11 February 2020 AD

Finally a movie that offers a sensitive perspective of Hitler and not some cliché based on his few missteps that unfairly depicts him as some sort of devil /s

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Joker
9
Todd Phillips (2019)
Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz
Tuesday 11 February 2020 AD

Christopher Nolan: "Hey my Batman movies are realistic takes on the Gotham universe". Todd Phillips: "Hold my beer". This is a phenomenal telling of Arthur Fleck's (the Joker real name) fall into madness and violence. The movie starts so realistic and dark, it doesn't even feel like it is in any way connected to the DC universe. The connection to the universe is made as Arthur embraces his Joker persona, which is sort of an elegant progression. Pussies won't like the movie because they confuse ideological validation with the plausible depiction of an unfortunate mechanism (or they're condescending enough to think they're smart enough to make the difference, but others might not, and somehow this is the movie's responsibility). Instead of enjoying the irony of an “applause” sign blinking when the Joker is invited on a TV show, they would like a “this is bad” sign blinking at the screening of the movie.

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Judy
5
Rupert Goold (2019)
Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock
Tuesday 11 February 2020 AD

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Knives Out
9
Rian Johnson (2019)
Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas
Tuesday 11 February 2020 AD

Brilliant screenplay.

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Marriage Story
7
Noah Baumbach (2019)
Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Julia Greer
Tuesday 11 February 2020 AD

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The Lighthouse
5
Robert Eggers (2019)
Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe, Valeriia Karaman
Tuesday 11 February 2020 AD

A24 strikes again.

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The Two Popes
7
Fernando Meirelles (2019)
Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce, Juan Minujín
Tuesday 11 February 2020 AD

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Jean de Florette
9
Claude Berri (1986)
Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil
Tuesday 11 February 2020 AD

skycrapers

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Manon of the Spring
8
Manon des sources
Claude Berri (1986)
Yves Montand, Emmanuelle Béart, Daniel Auteuil
Tuesday 11 February 2020 AD

Such a strong and well-constructed story overall.

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6 Underground
6
Michael Bay (2019)
Ryan Reynolds, Mélanie Laurent, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo
Thursday 26 December 2019 AD

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8 Women
5
8 femmes
François Ozon (2002)
Fanny Ardant, Emmanuelle Béart, Danielle Darrieux
Thursday 26 December 2019 AD

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Anastasia
3
Don Bluth, Gary Goldman (1997)
Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Christopher Lloyd
Thursday 26 December 2019 AD

I continued on my animated spree with this non-Disney which I had heard about multiple times. I found it just really boring. The lead character, Anastasia, has no personality.

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Driven
6
Nick Hamm (2018)
Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace, Judy Greer
Thursday 26 December 2019 AD

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Ford v Ferrari
8
James Mangold (2019)
Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal
Thursday 26 December 2019 AD

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Pinocchio
9
Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen (1940)
Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Mel Blanc
Thursday 26 December 2019 AD

It is astounding that this is an animated movie from 1940 and that it is the second movie Disney made. The animation has nothing to shy about in comparison to modern classics. Talk about setting the bar high. Damn.

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Rio
5
Carlos Saldanha (2011)
Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez
Thursday 26 December 2019 AD

Berk.

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Tarzan
9
Chris Buck, Kevin Lima (1999)
Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Brian Blessed
Thursday 26 December 2019 AD

Still struck by Kuzco’s poor visuals, I rewatched one of my favorite Disney, that I hold dear ever since I saw it in theater when I was a child: Tarzan. It perfectly stood the test of time. It is visually brilliant, the music is great, the story is so well-paced, well-crafted.

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The Emperor's New Groove
3
Mark Dindal (2000)
David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt
Thursday 26 December 2019 AD

It had been sold to me as “The best Disney” or “not like the other Disneys”. Here’s a notice: if you usually like Disneys, and some people tell you about a Disney that is not like the others, well, you probably won’t like this specific one. Kuzco looks like it was written by some interns at Disney, with an entertaining voice-over sounding like some YouTuber, an endless flow of easy jokes, and an absolutely ridiculous plot where a dictator becomes (spoiler) a good guy because he took a stroll with a good daddy. Long gone the time where the morale of tales was pragmatic advice on how to make the best of real life in spite of its ruthlessness. The truth is that it wasn’t made by interns, but by artists in a hurry, which also explains why it’s visually so poor.

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The Irishman
9
Martin Scorsese (2019)
Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci
Thursday 26 December 2019 AD

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Lawrence of Arabia
9
David Lean (1962)
Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn
Sunday 15 December 2019 AD

Steven Spielberg says that he watches Lawrence of Arabia again before starting shooting any new movie. “It pulverized me”, he recollects when thinking of when he saw the movie at the theater. Even though the effect on a young spectator like me was not as intense as what Spielberg must have experienced back then, I can definitely understand what he’s talking about. A lot of it has to do with the sheer visual power of the movie. It is a cinematographic masterpiece on a massive level.

First, there is the desert, which is vast, which has beautiful sand dunes and giant sandstone buttes. The cinematography embraces this display of nature on a very impressive way. You can feel the weight of the frame. Then, there are battle scenes with hundreds (if not thousands?) of extras, charges with lots of horses, etc. All of this is of course done for real without digital effects, and is edited in long, well-composed shots. Finally, there are all the little details, either in cinematography or editing, which ices the cake. The mirage on the horizon in the incredible well scene, the cut from the matchstick to the sunrise. All those fundamentally visual elements is what I found really striking in the movie.

As for the story itself, I found it rather interesting and easy to follow, but not extraordinary. I was afraid of the runtime, 4 hours, but it turned out to be okay. There is an interesting take in the story, though, which is the delusion in which Lawrence falls as he progressively thinks of himself as a prophet. From a movie from the early 60s, I expected a proper display of the white-savior trope, but the story is smarter than that. In fact, I could have guessed right from the personality of the lead character, Lawrence, which is a sophisticated, a bit exuberant, academic lieutenant, and not your traditional big guy from the army. Now, in spite of the screenplay’s best effort at being smart, I wouldn’t be surprised if the depiction of Arabian tribes happened to be rather cliché and awkward. I’m not knowledgeable enough to say.

Lawrence of Arabia belongs to a kind of cinema that is now dead. No production company would actually shot in the desert in the green screen age, nor would they hire hundreds of extras now that we can use GCI. They wouldn't allow a charge scene to be edited in one long shot, because that would mean wasting the 5 other camera angles. A movie cannot last 4 hours anymore, because then it means you cannot screen it enough times in the day to win all the dollars. It is said that director David Lean only filmed master shots, so that he had indirect power over the editing (what else than the master shot are you going to use if there is no coverage), so in fact I think David Lean wouldn't be allowed to walk on a film set today. We have contemporary directors like Christopher Nolan who try to apply some recipe for epic films (no CGI, shooting in film instead of digital, etc), but seeing Lawrence of Arabia, it really doesn't come close. So even if the movie doesn't get to me as much as my favorite modern movies can, there is still this weird feeling that I'm watching some incredible, grand movie, that is basically untouchable.

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Seven Samurai
5
Shichinin no samurai
Akira Kurosawa (1954)
Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima
Sunday 15 December 2019 AD

All pumped up for epic classics after Lawrence of Arabia, I jumped in head-first into the three hours and a half of Seven Samourais and… well… I’m writing those lines a few weeks after having watching it, and, to be honest, not much have sticked with me.

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The Bridge on the River Kwai
8
David Lean (1957)
William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins
Sunday 15 December 2019 AD

Alec Guinness is the boss. End of story. What really blows my mind is that <spoiler>they actually built the bridge for the movie, but then at the end, they blew up the bridge for the movie.</spoiler>

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The Searchers
6
John Ford (1956)
John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles
Sunday 15 December 2019 AD

The movie that apparently was an inspiration for Lawrence of Arabia, as David Lean was fond of John Ford. Well, Lawrence is vastly superior at all levels.

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Gangs of New York
9
Martin Scorsese (2002)
Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis
Sunday 10 November 2019 AD

Scorcese makes movies so big and so rich it’s hard to get a handle on them and summarizes what was good. So here is a bit at random: the long take where Irish immigrants get enrolled in the army and go from one ship to another is brilliant.

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
3
Shane Black (2005)
Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan
Sunday 10 November 2019 AD

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Little Woods
3
Nia DaCosta (2018)
Tessa Thompson, Lily James, Luke Kirby
Sunday 10 November 2019 AD

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Monster
5
Patty Jenkins (2003)
Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern
Sunday 10 November 2019 AD

Charlize Theron / 10. She is unrecognizable, and incredible. Other than that, the movie looks like a TV movie and is equally boring.

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Ad Astra
4
James Gray (2019)
Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga
Monday 7 October 2019 AD

Brad Pitt plays an astronaut which is trained to be absolutely stoic in any situation. He does not panic. He does not fear. He analyses, reacts, overcomes™. As the movie progresses, cracks start appearing in this fortress of pragmatism, so we can peek at the emotions that lie beneath. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen to the movie itself, which is consistently cold and terribly distant to its main character, paradoxally to the fact that he occupies the screen most of the time.

I experienced exactly zero emotion while watching this movie. Pitt plays a silent and secretive character, a type of role that Ryan Gosling thrived in with Drive, Blade Runner 2049 or First Man, except that we don’t feel anything for Pitt. One reason for such disconnect is that many scenes are too pictorial and not immersive. Cinematography director Hoyte Van Hoytema (Dunkirk) produces many gorgeous shots, but they are edited in such a clip-esque way, along with the grandiose music of Max Richter, that many scenes felt like attempts at cinematic poetry rather than actual scenes you can follow the main character in and therefore identify with him. This kind of symbolic narration is clearly not my thing.

Overall I felt like the whole movie took itself way too seriously, as if its story, which is some illustration for Psychology 101, was particularly subtle or grand. The ridiculous physics at the end only confirmed my dislike for this mediocre sci-fi drama.

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Aladdin
7
Guy Ritchie (2019)
Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott
Monday 7 October 2019 AD

I was skeptic at first, but Will Smith comes out as such an awesome genius! So much in fact that I started liking the movie when he appeared, adding such a fanciful presence to compensate for the soppy romance between Aladdin and Jasmine.

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Shoplifters
9
Manbiki kazoku
Hirokazu Koreeda (2018)
Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kiki
Monday 7 October 2019 AD

What an incredible consistency on delicacy and gentleness, supported by brilliant directing and acting. In a narration without judgment, which seeks feelings and sensitivity in flawed characters, the line between good and bad becomes blurred, such that we feel torn between ethical concerns and sheer compassion. Very well deserved Palme d’Or from 2018.

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Booksmart
7
Olivia Wilde (2019)
Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams
Saturday 14 September 2019 AD

This is the directorial debut of Olivia Wilde. I like watching directional debuts. This is a teen movie, which, apart from a few particularly well-made scenes (the pool scene then the argument at the party), is a conventionally teen movie, although top of its league. Now here is a twist : Beanie Feldstein, on the right in the poster, is Jonah Hill’s little sister. You can’t unsee this.

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Hot Girls Wanted
8
Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus (2015)
Farrah Laurel Abraham, John Anthony, Rachel Bernard
Saturday 14 September 2019 AD

The documentary draws a line between “pro” porn actresses who, historically, played “girls next door” types of role, and new young actresses who are are actually girls next door who just decide to go into porn. Because maybe the latter category should be more “protected” than the former? Or remain pure? Interesting anyways.

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John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
8
Chad Stahelski (2019)
Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane
Saturday 14 September 2019 AD

pew pew pew

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Les Misérables
6
Tom Hooper (2012)
Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway
Saturday 14 September 2019 AD

The fact that characters are always singing feels so awkward. Especially since some of them appear not be great singers. Since I never read the book nor studied it at school, this movie provides an easy access to know the story of the novel. However, it is rather over-the-top and flamboyant, which I’m sure is consistent with Hugo’s style. The “I Dreamed a Dream” scene if by far the peak of the movie, providing solid ground for all the awards Anne Hathaway won for her role.

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Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
9
Quentin Tarantino (2019)
Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie
Saturday 14 September 2019 AD

What a delight to watch!
❤ The cinematography is wonderful. I keep reminding myself of this scene where Sharon Tate is waking up in her bed in a sunny morning. It feels retro yet so contemporary because of such warming light.
❤ Brad Pitt plays the coolest character in the world.
❤ The various locations in Los Angeles : Beverly Hills, downtown Los Angeles, the hippies’ scrapyard. When Cliff is fixing the antenna on top of the house, we’re overlooking Los Angeles, with an highway in the background. It feels eclectic and vibrant, makes you wanna play GTA V.
❤ The scene in the hippies scrapyard is masterful. It is creepy as fuck, you fear for Cliff’s life, it is straight from a horror movie. Yet no horror code is present : there is no suspenseful music, the main character is chill, it happens in broad daylight. This is brilliant.
❤ Leonardo DiCaprio skillfully plays a character who plays characters with varying talent. This is impressive. It’s like he has a setting on how good he must play.
❤ Awesome alchemy between the two main characters.
❤ The final pay-off.

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Starship Troopers
5
Paul Verhoeven (1997)
Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer
Saturday 14 September 2019 AD

Honestly I was bored for the most of it.

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The House That Jack Built
6
Lars von Trier (2018)
Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman
Saturday 14 September 2019 AD

Oh man… this is so fucked up. The movie makes you identify with the killer and at moments use suspense to make you fear for him getting arrested by the police. I can’t even say it’s bad because it is actually well-made. So weird.

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They Shall Not Grow Old
6
Peter Jackson (2018)
Saturday 14 September 2019 AD

There is actually not that much material, and most of the movie keeps rambling the same things thought testimonies of various veterans who basically lived the same hell.

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Us
9
Jordan Peele (2019)
Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss
Saturday 14 September 2019 AD

After Get Out, Jordan Peele continues proving he is one of the best contemporary director for horror and suspense. There really are lots of good, original, ideas, and it is actually scary. Excellent.

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Casablanca
6
Michael Curtiz (1942)
Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid
Friday 16 August 2019 AD

I liked the character of Rick Blain at the beginning: unfriendly and cynic, but with a lot of sensibility hiding behind. As the flashback told the tale of his love story, it all crumbled down to another middle-aged man going with a pretty girl in her mid-twenties and not being disturbed by her lack of maturity in comparison to him. <spoiler>The finale of the movie, where he makes a life-decision for her in her place, assuring her that this is the right thing to do, only shows again this difference in maturity and how infantilized she is. Why would a mind as strong as him have a love interest for such a young spirit, I don’t know</spoiler>

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Long Shot
7
Jonathan Levine (2019)
Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, June Diane Raphael
Friday 16 August 2019 AD

Cute.

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The Sisters Brothers
7
Les frères Sisters
Jacques Audiard (2018)
John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal
Friday 16 August 2019 AD

No comment

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The Host
4
Gwoemul
Joon-ho Bong (2006)
Kang-ho Song, Hee-Bong Byun, Hae-il Park
Friday 16 August 2019 AD

What I get from watching the movies of Joon-Ho Bong (Parasite): weird shit happens in the basement.

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Memories of Murder
5
Salinui chueok
Joon-ho Bong (2003)
Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim
Friday 16 August 2019 AD

No comment

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Barking Dogs Never Bite
5
Flandersui gae
Joon-ho Bong (2000)
Doona Bae, Sung-Jae Lee, Hee-Bong Byun
Friday 16 August 2019 AD

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Apollo 11
9⁺
Todd Douglas Miller (2019)
Buzz Aldrin, Joan Ann Archer, Janet Armstrong
Thursday 18 July 2019 AD

I was on the edge of my seat during the whole of it. I was so pleased with the absence of narration and interviews, which gives such a “raw” touch to it. Although this is clearly not optimized for conveying as much information as possible, it is the closest you can be from actually living the thing as it was happening. Image restoration is beautiful, sound editing and mixing are awesome, editing is magnificent, the music from Matt Morton is so exciting. The documentary sets his own style and rules, inside which it is basically perfect. I think it is rewatchable ad vitam eternam.

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Climax
Gaspar Noé (2018)
Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub
Thursday 18 July 2019 AD

As with other Gaspar Noé’s movies (I’ve only seen Irréversible but my predictions are set for the rest of the filmography), the characters already display a behavior I’ve trouble identifying with, to the point where the exercise of watching them evolve under extreme psychological pressure is of limited relevance (if you’re the kind of person who brings your child in such a setting, your decision-making process is already fucked up, of course I guess that under influence it’s gonna get worse).

The nightmare-ish aspect of it all reminded me of Darren Aronofsky’s Mother!, which, contrary to this one, I find wonderful, because I could identify with Jennifer Lawrence’s character.

In spite of my lack of identification and overall revulsion towards the experience, I must recognize the incredible cinematic performance, including the awesome opening, long shot, featuring a beautiful choreography. This movie is really unratable.

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Dumbo
6
Tim Burton (2019)
Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito
Thursday 18 July 2019 AD

So when Disneyland gets bloated it becomes Dreamland, and it is getting destroyed by failing to integrate icons from the former. Bravo Burton. This is actually a nice flick to watch, notably because Dumbo is sooooo cute with his big eyes (hmmm “Big Eyes”, another Burton) and all his giggling and reactions. It is, however, visually ugly, as any scene can be spotted from being filmed with a green screen, and at times very awkward, for example with the terrible daughter character, who behaves more like a cyborg than like a child.

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On the Basis of Sex
6
Mimi Leder (2018)
Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux
Thursday 18 July 2019 AD

History Educative Package #42187. Not great, not terrible.

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Prospect
8
Christopher Caldwell, Zeek Earl (2018)
Sophie Thatcher, Jay Duplass, Pedro Pascal
Thursday 18 July 2019 AD

You can somehow feels the lack of budget through the rather uneventful story and cheap costume design, but this little western-on-another-planet won my heart with thoughtful character development. I actually rooted for the main character to safely get through her adventure all along.

The lack of budget actually serves the movie. At the beginning, when the ship separates from the main vessel, everything is seen as from inside the ship, and it is very well made. Contrary to fat science-fiction movies which tend to show things from a vantage point in space, in this scene you get to see the action on a human scale.

There are also discussions where characters discuss their situation in the movie’s science-fiction society, and I thought it was impressive how, with a few lines of dialogs, the movie opens a tiny window to a universe that appears to be very rich. Again, there is no great exposition of such universe, but rather hints of it on a human scale, which I found very likable.

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The Kindergarten Teacher
3
Sara Colangelo (2018)
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gael García Bernal, Ato Blankson-Wood
Thursday 18 July 2019 AD

<spoiler>I was expecting a twist where we learn that the kid was stealing the poems from his nana, who the teacher considers to be a "nuisance". I don't want to brag, but this version would have been better by all accounts. Fucking psycho teacher kidnapping kids and patronizing lower social classes.</spoiler>

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The Past
4
Le passé
Asghar Farhadi (2013)
Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa
Thursday 18 July 2019 AD

Because I liked Everybody Knows very much, I decided to dig further into Asghar Farhadi’s filmography. Unfortunately, I was way less convinced by this one, where every character is more or less depressive or hurtful. I miss the Spanish upbeat mood at the beginning of Everybody Knows and the ensuing heart-wrenching events. I resent this French gloomy setting and the ensuing depressive revelations. My reading of the morale of the movie is that the character played by Bérénice Bejo is such an horrid person, it’s the reason any man she goes with eventually leaves her.

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Toy Story 4
6
Josh Cooley (2019)
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts
Thursday 18 July 2019 AD

I think Woody suffers from the sitcom syndrome where the main character is less interesting than the side characters. I didn’t like that the movie was so focused on Woody. I think Woody is boring. There is not as much team work and adventures as in the previous movies. The mood is too sentimentalistic and existential, and not as upbeat and funny as in the previous movies. It is rather enjoyable, but clearly not up to the franchise’s history.

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Yesterday
7
Danny Boyle (2019)
Himesh Patel, Lily James, Sophia Di Martino
Thursday 18 July 2019 AD

Props to Ed Sheeran for the self-deprecation. Nice little flick.

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Dikkenek
3
Olivier Van Hoofstadt (2006)
Marion Cotillard, Dominique Pinon, Jean-Luc Couchard
Sunday 23 June 2019 AD

I mean, yeah ok, that’s kind of funny. Ahah.

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Fahrenheit 11/9
6
Michael Moore (2018)
Jim Acosta, Roger Ailes, Brooke Baldwin
Sunday 23 June 2019 AD

I don’t trust Michael Moore. His documentaries are usually based on a pile of archive videos and interview pieces taken out of their context, which would require hours of homework to check whether I’m being bullshitted or not, which I don’t have the energy or time to do. Without even checking I can spot the moments where things that must be up to interpretation are presented as facts, which is bullshit already. I learned that there is a water crisis in Flint, so there is that.

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Parasite
8
Gisaengchung
Joon-ho Bong (2019)
Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo
Sunday 23 June 2019 AD

The movie goes in all sorts of directions, which kind of unhinged me, but it is overall interesting to watch, going from funny to thrilling in a very oddly way that has a fascinating touch to it.

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Rocketman
5
Dexter Fletcher (2019)
Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden
Sunday 23 June 2019 AD

The epic musical moments made me shiver with delight, but that wasn’t enough to compensate for the overall forgettable screenplay. The story’s structure is this of a very conventional biopic, and the character development is entirely based on the overused trope of substance abuse and lack of affection from a father figure. I’m pretty sure that Elton John holds a richer personality than just being the product of those circumstances.

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The Legend of Tarzan
2
David Yates (2016)
Alexander Skarsgård, Rory J. Saper, Christian Stevens
Sunday 23 June 2019 AD

That was some shitty editing and direction. I felt disconnected from the movie for the most of it.

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The Remains of the Day
5
James Ivory (1993)
Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, John Haycraft
Sunday 23 June 2019 AD

After the viewing I started tidying and cleaning my flat with calmness, dignity, and focus. This became boring as quickly as the movie.

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Anon
4
Andrew Niccol (2018)
Clive Owen, Afiya Bennett, Morgan Allen
Sunday 9 June 2019 AD

This is just like a rather bad episode of Black Mirror. Coming from Andrew Niccol, the man who wrote the masterpieces which contributed so much to the genre (The Truman Show, Gattaca), this is quite sad.

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Everybody Knows
8
Todos lo saben
Asghar Farhadi (2018)
Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Ricardo Darín
Sunday 9 June 2019 AD

This is the second movie I see from Asghar Farhadi (A Separation) and, well, I have a filmography to watch. He captures with so much intensity the characters’ emotions and psychological complexities. I like that he doesn’t use music. In front of the camera, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are brilliant. The reason so much talent makes for a just a “fairly good” movie is because the ending is narratively disappointing. I use “narratively” because it is actually very plausible and not badly written at all; it’s just that as a spectator you want something more exciting. I guess it’s the price to pay for such raw naturalism.

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Pan's Labyrinth
4
El laberinto del fauno
Guillermo del Toro (2006)
Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López
Sunday 9 June 2019 AD

The most-loved episode of “In fact the true monsters are men” by Guillermo Del Toro. I rather didn’t like it because I have trouble identifying with the sort of tale-like parallel world the action takes place in (the mill in the middle of the woods). As it happens, it is the exact same reason I didn’t like The Shape of Water (the secret military basement). I just don’t feel it is real and it makes me lose my bearings, such that I don’t feel much emotions. It’s like there is just too much distance between the story and me. Also I thought it was visually ugly; everything is orange-ish like in a Jean-Pierre Jeunet movie. What remains is the soundtrack of Javier Navarrete which is truly wonderful.

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Under the Silver Lake
8
David Robert Mitchell (2018)
Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace
Sunday 9 June 2019 AD

Like the person who recommended it to me said: it’s a movie you don’t understand yet you still like it for some reason. This is like Alice in Wonderland, except that the wonderland is Hollywood’s high society.

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Fifty Shades of Grey
1
Sam Taylor-Johnson (2015)
Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle
Sunday 26 May 2019 AD

There is quite a gap between the terms in which the contract is discussed and the practices that are then shown on-screen. The writers were like "oh boy this scene is only words so we can go WILD" but then for the scenes of actual sex, they realized they already had exhausted most of their allowed transgressiveness because the actress was naked anyway, and so they couldn't push it further than blindfolds and whatnots.

Christian Grey is cold, impersonal, unfunny, creepy, manipulative, and no matter how pretty his face is, he constantly looks like an overall douchebag. So I can definitely believe the part where he finds women (most likely hires them) and make them sign a contract to do weird shit with him in his basement; but I definitely DON'T believe the part where a young normal woman finds he has any appeal.

Absolutely crappy shit anyway.

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Mary Queen of Scots
6
Josie Rourke (2018)
Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden
Sunday 26 May 2019 AD

The story lost me near the end. I was moved by Margot Robbie as Queen of England. Max Richter delivers a solid soundtrack; the Finale has been on my heavy rotation playlist for quite some time now.

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The Girl in the Spider's Web
6
Fede Alvarez (2018)
Claire Foy, Beau Gadsdon, Sverrir Gudnason
Sunday 26 May 2019 AD

The directing is very clean, camera-work-wise, but the movie contains a lot of clichés which makes it not up what David Fincher was able to deliver in the previous installment. Claire Foy, who has my full esteem after The Crown and Unsane happens to be less suited for the role than Rooney Mara was. It’s no more than nice flick that is easily forgotten.

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Deadpool
7
Tim Miller (2016)
Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller
Sunday 5 May 2019 AD

The humor tells me this a movie for children; the language tells me this a movie for adults. Somehow in this void it is vaguely enjoyable and is apparently the best Marvel can deliver nowadays – that is a low upper bound.

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Free Solo
Review
9
Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (2018)
Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin
Sunday 5 May 2019 AD

Free soloing is the act of climbing a wall, alone, without artificial holds, and without safety ropes. For big walls, falling means dying. This documentary is about Alex Honnold's project to free solo El Capitan, the famous gigantic rock formation in California that you might know for being the default background image of MacOS X Yosemite edition. El Capitan is 914 meters in height.

Although I didn't know that it was called free solo, I knew about the practice, and always have found it stupid. From my ignorant perspective, I saw no difference between succeeding a free solo climb and succeeding a safe climb when you just happened to never fall and be saved by the ropes. I guessed that the statistics of success for free solo climbs were about the same than the statistics for safe climbs without any fall. For good climbers, such statistics is generous enough to allow free soloers to achieve a fair amount of climbs in their career, before they fall and die.

This documentary showed me why I was wrong. It does so by exposing the intricate psychology of the climber, Alex Honnold.


1. Free soloing is stupid

For something to be stupid or not it needs to be measured against a goal. Nothing is clever or stupid in a void. Free solo is stupid when your goal is survival. There is no doubt about that. However, Alex Honnold literally says in the documentary (while his horrified girlfriend is listening) that his goal is not to optimize lifespan. For him, free soloing is an achievement of epic proportions. It's what he thrives for. His mother explains that she basically abandoned trying to reason him when she realized free soloing is when he lives the most. Forbidding him free soloing would be like taking back his freedom. What would be the point of survival in those conditions.

The documentary hints at something deeper about Alex's psychology. The climber says that anybody can spend one's life having good times with friends and laughs, but that it doesn't accomplish anything. Free solo does. This is, of course, a pretty hypocritical statement, since such a life is not a given, and to have it, one must first have some degree of prosperity (financially, socially, psychologically, etc). We could say that by saying that, he gives away the fact that he has a privileged life anyway. But that is not the case.

From what the documentary shows, he's a rather melancholic, barely sociable, quirky, person. He lives in his van. When he's filling a psychological evaluation form, he freezes over the question "Are you depressive?". The movie has great compassion for Alex's girlfriend, and shows multiple times that he's not quite fit to be a good boyfriend. Alex admits that having her makes his life better by any measure, which is quite a confession from a dork like him, and makes his lack of devotion towards her irrational.

But when he free solos, everything lightens up. He's having the time of his life. The emotions kicks in. After a successful climb he calls his girlfriend, thank her, cry almost. He becomes human.


2. Statistics of success for free solos must be the same as statistics of rope-backed climbs without any fall

This was very naive of me to think that. Climbers use safe climbs to train themselves until they feel ready for the free solo, so of course free solos have way better statistics than rope-backed climbs. Broadly speaking, when there are ropes the climber is willing to take more risks and be less careful; whereas the climber knows there is no room for error in the free solo climb.

The documentary explains that Alex Honnold climbed El Capitan about 40 times with ropes before doing it in free solo. In the weeks before the climb, we are shown him training on the most difficult passes of the climb, with ropes. It becomes quite technical, and is very interesting because it then creates dramatic tension for the moments when he will reach those specific point when he will climb freely.


TL;DR: You must approach this documentary with compassion and openness if you want to see beyond a crazed weirdo who eats vegan meals before risking his life for nothing. If you roll with it, then you're in for a very interesting exposé on climbing and a thrilling finale.

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Mr. Nobody
3
Jaco Van Dormael (2009)
Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger
Sunday 5 May 2019 AD

You know what is a distinguishing feature of good character development? Characters should be predictable. Like an acquaintance, you should be able to tell what their reaction would be to some situation. How they would think about it, what they would say, and what they would do. Each moment when you don’t really know how they will react is an opportunity to learn more about them. If you never know, if you can’t predict anything, then it means there is no character development; the character is just a tool.

Mr Nobody, like the equally crappy Butterfly Effect from 2004, uses lack of character development to try to convince us that life is chaotic and can be totally altered by ridiculous details generating grandiose consequences. Characters end up in totally different lives, and totally different mindsets, in the tree of possible storylines. Characters are just set pieces enduring the circumstances of their storylines. I won’t take a philosophical stance on the butterfly effect philosophically speaking, but I can say for sure that I find this approach of chaos awful to watch, narratively speaking. What can you hold on to if characters are just tools? This is useless.

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The Spanish Prisoner
5
David Mamet (1997)
Steve Martin, Ben Gazzara, Campbell Scott
Sunday 5 May 2019 AD

OH THE U.S. MARSHALLS KNEW ABOUT IT ALL ALONG AND SO THE PLOT IS SOLVED AND THIS IS POINTLESS BECAUSE WE HAD NO WAY TO GUESS THAT AND THIS IS SO MUCH USELESS THAT EVEN THIS SPOILER DOESN’T SPOIL THE MOVIE.

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Triple Frontier
8
J.C. Chandor (2019)
Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam
Sunday 5 May 2019 AD

Some guys go to South America to steal some money from a drug lord so that they can be rich. It’s a nice movie to watch. Simple, to the point. It is nicely directed, but not quite up to the existing filmography of director J.C. Chandor (Margin Call, All is Lost, A Most Violent Year)

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Welcome to Marwen
6
Robert Zemeckis (2018)
Steve Carell, Falk Hentschel, Matt O'Leary
Sunday 5 May 2019 AD

My little birds told me that this was a movie adaptation from an outstanding documentary on the same subject (which I haven’t seen) and that the movie is to the documentary what The Walk was to Man on Wire. So that’s what it must feel like watching The Walk without knowing about Man on Wire: a so-so movie with a visually brilliant director behind the camera.

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Wildlife
7
Paul Dano (2018)
Ed Oxenbould, Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan
Sunday 5 May 2019 AD

Today I learned that Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan are married. They were married when they shot Ruby Sparks and they wrote Wildlife together. He is 34 and she is 35. What a lovely couple they make! This directorial debut from Dano isn’t outstanding, but it is very promising. There is definitely someone smart behind the camera, and some talented comedians in front of it.

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All About Nina
6
Eva Vives (2018)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Common, Chace Crawford
Tuesday 16 April 2019 AD

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is the star who shines in this otherwise clumsy drama. She is really good in this.

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Bumblebee
4
Travis Knight (2018)
Hailee Steinfeld, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Cena
Tuesday 16 April 2019 AD

I'm sorry but the first Transformers from Michael Bay had more texture than this movie. This is true at every level, but especially at the most detailed level and the most general one. At the most detailed level because of the design of the robots. Michael Bay's robots looked like they were actually made of metal. They were dirty, mechanical, brutal. Bumblebee's robots look like they're made of plastic. They're slick, clean, almost organic. The opening sequence on Cybertron is a perfect example of action I dislike, because it doesn't look anywhere near real; it's almost cartoon-like.

It lacks texture at the most general level because Bumblebee desperately lacks action, but it is an action movie. It therefore suffers from the same problem any action-less action movies suffer from, which is a crappy screenplay that leverages verbosity, clichés, and gimmicks to tell whatever banal story it wants to tell. I'm bored. I'm never bored during a Michael Bay movie, and especially not during Transformers, because when Michael Bay isn't filming a sunset, a supercar, a sexy model, or throwing crappy jokes (which is still better than banality, the guy is like an auteur on his own planet), at least he makes great, lengthy action.

See the scene where Bumblebee goes into the house and awkwardly breaks everything because he is too big, too violent and too goofy? See how this an enjoyable moment as a spectator? Well, this is what Michael Bay did to cinema with Transformers and this was also very enjoyable. Bumbleebee is more like the scene where Charlie puts a tape from The Smiths and Bumblebee rejects it because it's overrated boring sentimentality.

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The Mule
7
Clint Eastwood (2018)
Clint Eastwood, Patrick L. Reyes, Cesar De León
Tuesday 16 April 2019 AD

The story desperately lacks obstacles. The entire police investigation, for example, is pointless, because it is way too much straightforward and doesn't encounter any significant difficulty. This is almost true for the rest of the movie as well. Even when the screenplay is about to hit a climactic point that could have generated great dramatic tension, it choses the peaceful road instead[1].

Yet, because maybe that's how life feels when you're 88, and because Eastwood's character literally says it in the movie, he "just wants to enjoy life", there is a strange and poetic feeling that comes with watching such conflict-less and absurd story, which, overall, is somewhat enjoyable.

[1] <spoiler>When Earl learns from his grand-daughter that his wife is dying, if he decides to go see her, he takes the risk of leading the cartel to his family (they didn't know he even had a family); yet this is the final chance of his life to prove to his wife that he cares. The screenplay avoids this conflict by making the cartel guys "lose him", and even more ridiculous, having them being emphatic about his wife's death when he comes back. (Other movies have teached me that the cartel aren't emphatic about wives' death, as they're usually the ones killing the wives.)</spoiler>

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Widows
6
Steve McQueen (2018)
Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez
Tuesday 16 April 2019 AD

I thought 12 Years a Slave was an exception in Steve McQueen’s filmography, as a conventional history drama, and as a multiple-words title (after Shame and Hunger). Don’t get misled by the single-worded Windows, which is, as it turns out, a conventional crime film.

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Anything Else
4
Woody Allen (2003)
Woody Allen, Jason Biggs, Christina Ricci
Sunday 31 March 2019 AD

Damn Woody Allen can really be boring.

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Detroit
7
Kathryn Bigelow (2017)
John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith
Sunday 31 March 2019 AD

Kathryn Bigelow consistently is the queen of filming the atmosphere of a specific turn of events in a very immersive and gripping way. Mark Boal consistently delivers a “fact-based” screenplay out of unknown facts. I’m not sure about the purpose of such detailed and procedural depiction of the incident when a lot of it falls under the umbrella of artistic license because of holes in what is historically known. For someone who mostly didn’t know about the 1967 Detroit’s riots, this was a rather edifying watch nonetheless.

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Jack Reacher
7
Christopher McQuarrie (2012)
Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins
Sunday 31 March 2019 AD

Because apparently Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie don’t have enough work with the Mission Impossible franchise, they’re also working on Jack Reacher. The ode and emphasis on Tom Cruise’s perfection and God-like character reaches a point where it is hilarious. In spite of it being obviously for the lulz, I can’t help but imagine that it must nonetheless boost Cruise’s ego as an actor. Beyond the best scenes where Jack Reacher is delivering insane quotes for intimidation, and one or two big action scenes, the movie is mostly very verbose and would have benefited from a more even distribution of action.

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The Witch
5
The VVitch: A New-England Folktale
Robert Eggers (2015)
Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie
Sunday 31 March 2019 AD

There are three things to learn from this movie:
1. A24’s horror productions are basically all the same (I’m thinking about Hereditary and It Comes at Night).
2. A scary atmosphere isn’t sufficient to make a good scary movie.
3. In colonial America, they burnt witches.

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Zz
Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman (2018)
Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld
Monday 18 March 2019 AD

I introduce the new Zz rating, which I use when I fall asleep in front of the movie. This happens only if two conditions are met: 1/ I’m tired and 2/ The movie is boring. This usually happens around the 20th minute, and lasts for about 45 minutes, at which point I try to understand the rest of the movie as an investigative challenge. For some movies, like The Lord of the Ring, it feels like I haven’t missed anything at all about the plot. For some other movies, like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, it is quite disconcerting, although the lack of substance seemed to be stable.

The animation of this movie has been the subject of much praise. If not it, then I don’t know what to blame for my lack of interest into the action sequences (and God knows I like good action stuff). It is just too slick; the physics are all rigged; stuff flies around and spider-man gracefully escapes the situation; and I can’t care because none of this feels real or even consistent.

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Vox Lux
Review
9
Brady Corbet (2018)
Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Stacy Martin
Monday 18 March 2019 AD

⚠ Spoilers ahead

There are two scenes in this movie which astonished me.

The first one is the opening scene. It features the beginning of a music class which is interrupted by an armed student from the school who proceeds to shoot the teacher and other students. It is such an impactful beginning because it is so wonderfully directed and played. The teacher, played by Maria Dizzia, is so nice. She looks kind, professional, level-ahead. Out of a minute a screen-time, and with just a few mundane lines, this character is already so likable, you hope that she will play a role in the rest of the movie, and you are eager to discover what it is. When the killer enters the room, he is filmed from behind, so you don't see that he is carrying a weapon. As far as we can tell, he is lost, or maybe late for class. But the face of the teacher, terrified and shocked at his sight, is an indication that something is wrong. What about this student could possibly upset such a seemingly composed teacher? We don't have the time to think of an answer before she gets shot. This is a truly horrific moment, and the brilliant directing conveys the horror authentically. A movie starting like that has my entire attention from this point on.

The second scene happens near the end of the movie. Celeste, another victim from the same shooting who has suffered a non-fatal injury to her neck, is now a big pop-star. In fact, she has been noticed by a music producer when, after the shooting, she sung a song as a tribute to the victims. A few years later, the famous Celeste is now a cynic, often disrespectful, depraved pop singer.

In this scene I liked, Celeste has been doing drugs with her manager, just before a big live performance, and she is having an emotional break-down. It is filmed in one long take, in her dressing room, while her sister tries to comfort her. She says something of high importance, I think, which is that "they" can be so mean to her. "They" being, most likely, her detractors among the general public. It is important for two reasons. Firstly because it is most likely true, as any show-business star is inevitably the target of ferocious criticism and mockery, especially those who has been pictured in scandals of debauchery. Secondly because it is very hypocritical of her to say such thing to her sister, since no later than the previous afternoon she has been terribly mean to her, saying that she was a retard. Her sister doesn't pick up on the hypocrisy, she continues to comfort her. Celeste is destroyed, harmless, hopeless. One of the most accomplished role of Natalie Portman in my opinion, not only this scene, but the entire role.

What I get from this scene is that the way Celeste deals with spitefulness from her detractors is by wearing an armor of nastiness herself. The only way she has found not to adsorb the hate is by reflecting it all around her, making her an unbearable person. The only time she drops her guard is when she experiences the fall-out of an heroin trip. There she isn't mean anymore, she isn't even confident. She just cries from the suffering of all the crap she has to put it with.

The movie has received some criticism for its sense-less structure (is it about school shootings or is it about pop stars?) as well as lack of clear morale (what is the lesson to learn here?). I have no problem about any of those points. First, I'm alright with absurdism. For example, the fact that the Titanic sunk for real should not be fundamental to how good the movie Titanic is, even when it's a love story with a boat that sinks at the end, which would be completely far-fetched from a story-telling architectural perspective. Second, I'm also comfortable with morale-less movies. In fact I especially like movies which don't take a stand as I find pushing any sort of ideology to be a crude way to tell a story; it usually over-simplifies the raw information that the story contains.

That being said, it's possible that there might actually be structure and morale in Vox Lux. Even though we have no information about the school shooter from the beginning, we can reasonably imagine that his profile is similar to real cases. That is, the student likely was persecuted, rejected or mocked by others. In short, they were mean to him. I can't help to draw a parallel between Celeste and the shooter's reaction to unkindness from others. Both reflect it around them by being violent themselves. Both end up wanting to make a big show about it. For the shooter it is catastrophic and gruesome. For Celeste it is artistic and electric. Those scenes respectively open and close the movie. Maybe there is a lesson to be learned from the movie, and it is as simple as: be kind. Of course, this is a banality, but that doesn't make it any less true. Just as the content of any pop song.

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Gemma Bovery
8
Anne Fontaine (2014)
Fabrice Luchini, Gemma Arterton, Jason Flemyng
Sunday 10 March 2019 AD

Any movie with Fabrice Lucchini automatically gets a pass with me, but if in addition there is Gemma Arterton, oh boy!

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Movie 43
3
Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Peter Farrelly, Patrik Forsberg, Will Graham, James Gunn, Brett Ratner, Jonathan van Tulleken (2013)
Emma Stone, Stephen Merchant, Richard Gere
Sunday 10 March 2019 AD

There are 4 segments* out of 13 that caught my attention or made me laugh. That’s about 3 out of 10.

*The Catch, Homeschooled, The Proposition, Truth of Dare

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Scoop
5
Woody Allen (2006)
Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman, Jim Dunk
Sunday 10 March 2019 AD

Another output from Woody Allen’s random movie generator.

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Steak
6
Quentin Dupieux (2007)
Eric Judor, Ramzy Bedia, Jonathan Lambert
Sunday 10 March 2019 AD

All the interactions with Eric & Ramzy are a delight. The rest of the plot, as funnily absurd as it is, isn’t as interesting.

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Rubber
7
Quentin Dupieux (2010)
Stephen Spinella, Roxane Mesquida, Wings Hauser
Sunday 10 March 2019 AD

It is impressive how quickly we empathize with the tire, and the director should receive props for that alone. The movie is a bit too long. It would have made a wonderful short or medium-length movie.

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A Star Is Born
9
Bradley Cooper (2018)
Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott
Sunday 24 February 2019 AD

You can immediately tell that this was a passion project for Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, and it elevates the concept gracefully. Their alchemy on screen is all over the place. The exposition and conclusion (first act and final act) are absolutely great. The middle development is a bit mellow. Great overall.

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At Eternity's Gate
5
Julian Schnabel (2018)
Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac
Sunday 24 February 2019 AD

The director went for an immersive experience into Van Gogh’s mind. This means everything is shaky, blurry, and unnerving, except in the scenes where he paints, where everything becomes stable and easy and peaceful. As it turns out, it is quite unpleasant to go into Van Gogh’s mind.

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If Beale Street Could Talk
4
Barry Jenkins (2018)
KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King
Sunday 24 February 2019 AD

WELL THAT WAS FONNY

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
8
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen (2018)
Tim Blake Nelson, Willie Watson, Clancy Brown
Sunday 24 February 2019 AD

If anything, this is a warm reminder that beyond their life-is-absurd narrative guideline, the Coen brothers are masters of the cinematic craft. The risk of an anthology, of course, is that some stories will be more engaging than others, creating an uneven experience. I particularly enjoyed the tale of the gold digger and its glorious scenery, as well as the young lady traveling with her dog who won’t stop barking.

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The Favourite
9
Yorgos Lanthimos (2018)
Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz
Sunday 24 February 2019 AD

The competition between Emma Stone’s and Rachel Weisz’ characters is delightful.

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The Wife
6
Björn Runge (2017)
Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Max Irons
Sunday 24 February 2019 AD

It’s not clear to me when I was supposed to understand the point of the movie, because I did right at the first scene, when, on a close-up to Glenn Close listening to the phone, the intensity of her facial expression screams the entire plot in the span of a second.

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Vice
Adam McKay (2018)
Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell
Sunday 24 February 2019 AD
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Cold War
7
Zimna wojna
Pawel Pawlikowski (2018)
Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc
Sunday 10 February 2019 AD

This is exactly like Pawlikowski’s previous movie Ida: beautiful cinematography, sad and mildly-interesting story, very considerate and touching narration. Those are the most accessible movies from the less accessible movies I watch.

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Green Book
9
Peter Farrelly (2018)
Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini
Sunday 10 February 2019 AD

Such a charming movie. It is simple, thoughtful, consistently funny. It just keeps on giving. Move your ass and go see it.

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Isle of Dogs
6
Wes Anderson (2018)
Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton
Sunday 10 February 2019 AD

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
3
Peter Jackson (2001)
Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom
Sunday 10 February 2019 AD

So this is it. I saw it entirely and properly, and not just some excerpt when it was broadcast on TV. This was insanely boring. Studies should be done on how it is even possible to spread out such simple series of events on such a long duration. I can't tell where is the meat of the story in those never-ending three hours and a half (extended version, bitches). It's actually absurd how the movie begins with the tale of the origin of The One Ring, which takes about 5 minutes of voice-over and rapid flashbacks to describe what appears to be a very rich and eventful mythological story, to then be followed by 200 minutes of a bunch of guys strolling in green hills.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
4
Peter Jackson (2002)
Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen
Sunday 10 February 2019 AD

After The Fellowship I decided that I wouldn’t watch the rest of the trilogy, but I had time on my hands, and, oddly enough, my curiosity was piqued. No matter how silly-looking Frodo and Sam looked, I wanted to know how their adventure would go. I want to be perfectly honest and say that I slept a good 45 minutes distributed over the most boring segments of the movie, but I didn’t feel like I was missing any important information. The battle at the end was rather interesting to watch.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
8
Peter Jackson (2003)
Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen
Sunday 10 February 2019 AD

After having seen the first two, there was no reason I wouldn’t go all the way. At this point I could at least identify with Frodo and Sam on one aspect: their hardship to reach the Mordor and destroy the ring was very similar to my struggle to reach the end of this cinematic trilogy and finally remove it from my watchlist. Because there is no half-measures to be taken, I watched the extended versions of each of them, which pushes the last one to 4 hours. Those 4 hours went faster than the 7 hours of the first two opus united. It’s actually good. We get to see the origin of Gollum and the extent of his villainy. There is a super-scary bigass spider. Gandalf does some badass kung-fu with his stick when he is bored of using it for actually wizardry. The army of Rohan charges with their horses at stupid orcs on bare foot in the most epic of epic battles. Éowyn kills some high-ranked Nazgûl because she is no man, you stupid motherfucker. Then there is the big climatic conclusion in the heart of the Mordor, where you really root for Frodo to succeed because you don’t want to have spent 11 fucking hours in front of your TV watching elfs and wizards for nothing.

I’m pretty sure you could cut 45 minutes out of The Return of the King and replace them with a synthetic edition of The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. Even narratively speaking, the whole Saruman mess that is dealt with by the first two movies seems useless in comparison to the power that Sauron can yield in the last one.

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A Simple Favor
6
Paul Feig (2018)
Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding
Sunday 27 January 2019 AD

The sparkling personalities of the two main characters is what makes it watchable. Otherwise the screenplay has a very uneven and awkward structure, it’s difficult to get hooked and it was oddly unsatisfying.

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Black Panther
2
Ryan Coogler (2018)
Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o
Sunday 27 January 2019 AD

What Marvel has done is quite extraordinary. They have created a global pandemy of fanboys. People don’t even consider Marvel movies in the context of movies in general, but systematically in the context of the Marvel cinematic universe. Such movies are not appreciated for their value as independent entities, but for what they bring to the universe and how they compare to their peers. From an outsider perspective not only it doesn’t make any sense, but it’s stupid as hell. What a wasteland this legacy will be once the fad is over.

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Downrange
1
Ryûhei Kitamura (2017)
Kelly Connaire, Stephanie Pearson, Rod Hernandez
Sunday 27 January 2019 AD

A movie with a sniper is a movie with a sniper, but now that really was a bad movie with a sniper.

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Glass
Review
3
M. Night Shyamalan (2019)
James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson
Sunday 27 January 2019 AD

This review contains spoilers.

Unbreakable is one of my favorite movie. This is a betrayal. Maybe I'm too inflexible and just don't accept that the movie isn't what I wanted it to be, but in this case I just don't like what it is.

The first thing I didn't like is that David Dunn plays a vigilante. One of most effective way we could identify with David Dunn in Unbreakable is that he was a level-headed and reasonable person. Sure, he did follow a villain to save the children, but he was experimenting, roaming uncertainly. He was just discovering the possibilities and limits of his powers. Watching him assuming the role of an organized vigilante as if it is his duty seems so unlike his character in the first movie. The absurdity of it becomes even more obvious when pondering over his powers. He has two powers: visions of crimes; and super-human force. Out of those two, visions are by far the most powerful. Super-human force is no match for a properly trained SWAT team, and is dirtier anyway. Visions can spare the work of months of police investigations. He could just roam the streets, follow the bad guys, and make anonymous calls to the police once knowing enough. This is what David Dunn from Unbreakable would have done anyway.

The second thing I didn't like is that the movie was way too didactic. Shyamalan did the same mistake the Wachowskis did with Matrix Reloaded: over-analyzing the base subject with monstrous verbosity in-between action scenes. Unbreakable was a masterclass of "Show, don't tell", and Glass is the exact opposite. The scene from the poster where the three characters are seated while being interviewed by the woman doctor is absolutely clumsy. It is unnecessary, it tells too much, but tells nothing useful. The doctor is trying to explore the possibility of David deducing the intentions of the bad guys he "senses" by subconscious Sherlock Holmes'-like analysis, which is irrelevant because he has VISIONS. He sees things happening in another place he never visited, and which are happening for real exactly like he sees them. The directing and editing proved it to us. What are we supposed to do as spectators? Doubt?

The third thing I didn't like is that the story goes the comic-book way. Once again, what was so great in Unbreakable is that it was super-hero story narrated in a context that was very realist, with setups and characters we could identify with. Glass, on the other hand, leverages all sorts of tropes and clichés that is typical of modern, tasteless, super-hero movies. Everything that revolves around the character of Dr. Staple, played by Sarah Paulson, suffers from this curse. She is mysterious, elegantly clothed. She doesn't feel like a real character you can identify with, she is a comic-book character. She manages a psychiatric hospital in which the three characters are gathered, in a plot mechanism that doesn't make any sense. (How ironic for Dr. Staple to explain to David's son that he was a vigilante punishing bad guys without proper judgment when David lands in this psychiatric institution apparently without any judgment.) We eventually learn that she belongs to a sort of sectarian organization which is comic-book-level conspiracy trash.

I don't understand Shyamalan's process in his trilogy. Why destroy everything that proved so effective in Unbreakable and do the exact opposite? As for the Split continuity, well, there isn't much to take from it, apart from an acting circus by James McAvoy in the scenes where he zaps from one personality to another. It has the virtue of making the movie playful, if not subtle.

Glass was a bad movie until the end, where it became a disaster. Firstly because Shyamalan pulls out a terrible twist which is based on the assumption that people in 2019 believe that videos they see on the Internet are real, and secondly because <spoiler>David Dunn is killed in a fucking puddle.</spoiler> This last bit requires me to take the drastic step of considering that Glass just didn't happen. It was a mistake, and we can all live a good life by erasing it from our brains.

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Halloween
8
David Gordon Green (2018)
Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak
Sunday 27 January 2019 AD

It comes with tropes and clichés typical of modern, teenagers-targeted stupid movies. Its weakest point being that the main characters are way less endearing than the anecdotal side characters. That being said, it’s overall quite entertaining and delivers a fair amount of suspenseful, well-crafted terror.

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A Prayer Before Dawn
7
Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire (2017)
Joe Cole, Pornchanok Mabklang, Vithaya Pansringarm
Sunday 13 January 2019 AD

I was bored at times during the movie but it left nonetheless a mark on my mind as I was still thinking about it the days after. What I'm realizing is that those kind of naturalistic movies leave memories on you, because you experience them. But this aspect is mostly uncorrelated from a compelling storytelling structure which makes them intellectually engaging as you're watching them.

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Arizona
7
Jonathan Watson (2018)
Danny McBride, Rosemarie DeWitt, Lolli Sorenson
Sunday 13 January 2019 AD

The good thing about survivals is that it never gets boring no matter how insignificant it is.

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Beaumarchais the Scoundrel
7
Beaumarchais l'insolent
Édouard Molinaro (1996)
Fabrice Luchini, Manuel Blanc, Sandrine Kiberlain
Sunday 13 January 2019 AD

No comment

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Eating Animals
9
Christopher Dillon Quinn (2017)
Sunday 13 January 2019 AD

Well, this is edifying. Thanks for the cognitive dissonance.

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Roma
Review
9⁺
Alfonso Cuarón (2018)
Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey
Sunday 13 January 2019 AD

With Roma, Alfonso Cuarón achieves what Terrence Malick only ever tried. The semi-autobiographical depiction of Cuarón's own childhood, narrated through the prism of a sublime cinematography, with a tone that tries to trigger some sort of transcendence in the spectator, immediately reminded me of The Tree of Life. However, Roma approaches the exercise very differently: with humility and simplicity. Contrary to its Texan counterpart, the Mexican chronicle doesn't feel awkward or weird at parts. It is complete, sound, and rich.

The children in the movies are only side characters. The main character is Cleo, the maid of the upper middle-class family, and nanny of the children. What makes the movie so peculiar is that it has an extremely non-didactic narration. As such, there is not much dialogs nor context about Cleo's life. She's a rather shy and silent young woman, and we can only try to read her state of mind from the numerous shots where she is pensively taking a break or just working in the house.

As far as we can tell, she is an angel. The archetype of the sweet, innocent, saintlike maid, is in fact so frankly painted that it seems Cuarón wasn't interested in drawing nuance, but rather in reporting his galvanized memories from childhood. In the movie, Cleo has a particularly loving relationship with the children, and the way the narration approaches her character matches the way the children must see her: a loving, pure, and protective angel.

The non-didactic narration goes on to include various elements of Mexico's culture without explaining them. There is a fanfare going on in the street of the house. Why? Is there some sort of celebration? There is a student's demonstration being repressed. Why? What are they protesting about? There is no explanation. The movie only shows, and never tell. I browsed quite a lot of interviews and Wikipedia articles afterwards, and I very much enjoy this procedure: first discover by the power of the image without understanding, and then, once the tale is over, go read about it.

Because the movie doesn't explain its context but only shows things happening, it holds an incredible richness. Since it doesn't explain, it doesn't have to summarize, and it doesn't have to simplify. It doesn't even have to take a side about anything. There is an incredible amount of detailed cultural and historical details that are left there for the spectator to care about and be curious about. And it works so well because those things happens in the movie like they would happen in life: you experience them without understanding all the implications.

The only thematic about which the story does take a stand is the place of women in society. Feminism isn't always found where we expect it, and as much as I think Spielberg's The Post was the most feminist movie of 2017, I think Roma is the most feminist of 2018. The movies draws an incredible, voluntarily non-subtle, harsh contrast between men and women: to all appearances men are strong and solid, while women are fragile and modest. But when it comes to reality, men are weak and cowards, while women are enduring all the pain, and are greatly brave. Cuarón said in an interview that Roma was a "love letter to the women who raised him". This is more than a love letter. This is an ode. The only representative of the male sex who are spared in the story are the children, who are still retaining the innocence of youngness. We can only hope that when they grow up they won't evolve into the kind of men who behaved so badly with the women raising them.

Roma needs to be experienced like a stroll. The first hour is slow, descriptive. It relaxed me. The second hour is way more turbulent, with drama and havoc as immersive as you can expect the craft of Alfonso Cuarón to be. The whole adventure followed me the days after, leaving a taste of peace and melancholy in my mind.

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The Emperor of Paris
5
L'Empereur de Paris
Jean-François Richet (2018)
Olga Kurylenko, Vincent Cassel, Freya Mavor
Sunday 13 January 2019 AD

Ah French movies.

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Wind River
8
Taylor Sheridan (2017)
Kelsey Asbille, Jeremy Renner, Julia Jones
Sunday 30 December 2018 AD

A humble, simple, clean cut thriller. Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen have found roles that suit them pretty well. There are a few sorrowful dialogues which feel a bit phony, but otherwise it is very good.

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Amélie
9
Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain
Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2001)
Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus
Sunday 16 December 2018 AD

Apart from the awful cinematography this is a beautiful gem of creativity and originality.

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Cassandra's Dream
6
Woody Allen (2007)
Colin Farrell, Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell
Sunday 16 December 2018 AD

The Woody Allen cinematic universe’s thematics’ list is getting more complete as I unroll his filmography. So far I have:
- Very fast flirtatious relationships
- Awkward goofy shy men struggling in the phase of expected flirtatious relationship
- Age difference in love
- The temptation of infidelity
- Murder as something to be considered for a solution
- Financial despair
- Communism
- Narcissists with a genius complex
- Fortune tellers charlatans vs. rationalist scientific minds
- Existentialism
- The absurdity of Life
- Touristic cities

He’s like the intellectual Luc Besson, where you replace the Audis, prostitutes, and guns with touristic cities, lovers, and murder. Gimme more.

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In Bruges
9
Martin McDonagh (2008)
Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds
Sunday 16 December 2018 AD

I love the nuanced profiles of hitmans and their romantic sensibility. Lots of humoristic moments too. Martin McDonagh is Tarantino with a conscience. Such an excellent movie.

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Seven Psychopaths
6
Martin McDonagh (2012)
Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell
Sunday 16 December 2018 AD

I found that it was trying too hard to be funny and that it lacked structure. Sam Rockwell is amazing but he’s showing off.

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Son of Saul
Saul fia
László Nemes (2015)
Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn
Sunday 16 December 2018 AD

It follows an Auschwitz’s prisoner who clean gas chambers and transports bodies from the chambers to crematoriums. This is one of the darkest movies I ever saw. I consider this viewing as useful since there is no other thing that has made me realize with such impact the sheer, indescribable horror of how death had been industrialized. But this was not, of course, a pleasant viewing by any measure. There are movies about the subject like Schindler’s List which are softer and enjoyable as a drama. But this made wonder: is this even legitimate to enjoy a movie about the subject? Aren’t neutrality and rawness the only responsible registers? I’m not sure.

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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
6
Woody Allen (2010)
Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin
Sunday 16 December 2018 AD

I noticed the 16:9 aspect ratio, which I guess is how Woody Allen admits that he’s basically doing a TV movie with A+ actors.

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Breathe
7
Andy Serkis (2017)
Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville
Sunday 2 December 2018 AD

Everybody knows there is a romantic sensibility behind the savage facade of King Kong, and it is good and charming, although anecdotal.

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Café Society
9
Woody Allen (2016)
Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell
Sunday 2 December 2018 AD

This and Wonder Wheel, the last two movies of Woody Allen, share a beautiful cinematography and very enjoyable vaudeville-like comedy.

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Irrational Man
8
Woody Allen (2015)
Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey
Sunday 2 December 2018 AD

I spent some time wondering whether he was actually rational or not, will probably write an article about it some day. Nice flick.

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Locke
8
Steven Knight (2013)
Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson
Sunday 2 December 2018 AD

A very steady and methodical man has made a huge mistake and must now handle the consequences, which he does with 90 minutes of phone calls to various people while driving. This is really well made.

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Magic in the Moonlight
6
Woody Allen (2014)
Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Marcia Gay Harden
Sunday 2 December 2018 AD

Woody Allen’s morale: love can’t be explained so you should dump your wife for any young bird who makes an impression on you.

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Midnight in Paris
6
Woody Allen (2011)
Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates
Sunday 2 December 2018 AD

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Silence
8
Martin Scorsese (2016)
Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson
Sunday 2 December 2018 AD

Comparing Daniel Plainview's relationship to church in There Will Be Blood with the one of Rodrigues in Silence says a lot on how atheism works in comparison to faith. Those two movies share an epic sense of artistry and storytelling with the drawback of having a few dragging sections.

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post
9
Desiree Akhavan (2018)
Chloë Grace Moretz, Steven Hauck, Quinn Shephard
Sunday 2 December 2018 AD

What I liked very much about this movie is how it deals with rebellion. The main character doesn’t try to stand up to make a point, she doesn’t oppose resistance and is rather apathetic to the whole process. When she does things that appear as rebellious to the establishment, it is because it is her natural behavior to do so. It is simply human, just a sane expression of her freedom. She doesn’t even try to rebel, it just happens because she lives. Cinema is about putting the spectator in someone else’s shoes, and this is beautifully done here. Chloë Grace Moretz is a great actress.

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The Night Eats the World
7
La nuit a dévoré le monde
Dominique Rocher (2018)
Anders Danielsen Lie, Golshifteh Farahani, Denis Lavant
Sunday 2 December 2018 AD

It was interesting to see an horror movie with such a methodical and organized survivor. There are many very good ideas throughout the film. The major drawback is that it’s very flat, emotionally speaking.

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To Rome with Love
6
Woody Allen (2012)
Woody Allen, Penélope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg
Sunday 2 December 2018 AD

If I continue going down the 48 movies of Woody Allen like that, it will become difficult to write anything insightful at some point. I have nothing to say.

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Whatever Works
5
Woody Allen (2009)
Evan Rachel Wood, Larry David, Henry Cavill
Sunday 2 December 2018 AD

There are a lot of recurrent themes and stereotypes in Woody Allen’s movies, and it’s hard to sort out what he’s making fun of, and what is part of his own personality. This director is a true mystery.

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Bohemian Rhapsody
Bryan Singer (2018)
Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee
Friday 9 November 2018 AD

It is actually very good to watch, but oh boy does it fail the History vs. Hollywood test.

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Breakfast at Tiffany's
7
Blake Edwards (1961)
Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal
Friday 9 November 2018 AD

A bag of two-cents at random: The color palette is typical from the 50s and 60s with such flamboyant pastel colors, which is refreshing in comparison to today's cinema pseudo-subtle dark tones. Some shots are beautiful in the way they are classically and simply composed. Incredible how a movie as harmless as this one still carries on gruesome racist characterization duty with the most ridiculous side-character ever. Surprising that the Manic Pixie Dream Girl stereotype was already a thing in the 60s. I will now hang the famous picture with Audrey Hepburn on my wall. The cat is the best character. Rather average overall.

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Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
7
Gus Van Sant (2018)
Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara
Friday 9 November 2018 AD

Jonah Hill deploys emotions I wasn't aware he had in his range.

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RoboCop
5
Paul Verhoeven (1987)
Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy
Friday 9 November 2018 AD

No comment

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Wreck-It Ralph
3
Rich Moore (2012)
John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch
Friday 9 November 2018 AD

Very hard to enjoy unless you have the arcade references, I guess.

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Airplane!
4
Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker (1980)
Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen
Sunday 21 October 2018 AD

This looked like the U.S. equivalent of our French OSS 117 so I'm giving a consistent rating.

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Eighth Grade
5
Bo Burnham (2018)
Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson
Sunday 21 October 2018 AD

5 is the average between 10 for depicting with an impressive sharpness the anxious times of middle-school, and 0 for absolutely not wanting to experience those times again. This belongs to what could be called the "inconsequential accurate" types of movies, which render a truthful portrait of a time and age, with no ambition of hinting at anything useful or even entertain. If I want to watch life I can look by the window.

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First Man
Review
9⁺
Damien Chazelle (2018)
Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke
Sunday 21 October 2018 AD

First Man is no movie to show to kids who want to become astronauts. If anything, it illustrates how perilous and hard space exploration is. It follows the entire decade of the 60s, from the first NASA missions to Apollo 11, and shows that working as an astronaut in those times is no safe trade. People die. From the T-38 crash in early Gemini tests to the fire in the Apollo 1 cockpit, the film doesn't ignore disasters. Narrated entirely from Neil Armstrong's point of view and his family's, those people who are gone are colleagues, friends, or even neighbor. And as the others lose their lives, Neil continues advancing to the next level, riskier than the previous one.

One can imagine what kind of bravery and morale fortitude Apollo-era astronauts must have had to continue towards their goal. The popular image is the one of hot-shots and cow-boys so excited and with some much self-confidence they happily hop on the rocket ready to launch. We learn that that this is not the profile of Armstrong. In his case, death is not only a risk ahead, it is also a shadow behind. He lost his 2-years old daughter to a brain tumor before enlisting in the NASA space program. He is surrounded by death, and deals with it using total rectitude, coldness, and expertise. Such overall professionalism which certainly contributed to him having been selected to command Apollo 11. Ryan Gosling is absolutely suited for the role, which might be the peak of his career. He projects so much intensity, yet inspire so much calmness. His composure and silence form a fortress to an internal storm that is palpable.

The movie soars when it demonstrates the perilous nature of space exploitation from inside a spaceship. Those scenes are so masterfully done they are enthralling. You don't even observe it, you are in it. Director Damien Chazelle uses all the tooling at his disposition to immerse us into the missions, and it works impressively well. First-person shots entering the confined cockpits reproduced to incredible detail. Close-ups to nuts and bolts to show that this thing is fundamentally a pile of scrap that is going to be shot into space. Various distant metallic cracks when it is about to get alive. This is the most incredible rendition of what it must feel to be in a rocket I ever experienced.

We like to impress ourselves with the anecdote that states that the Apollo program sent men to the Moon with a computing power that is less than what is available today in a single cellphone. So we should also impress ourselves with the fact that First Man was made with a budget of $59 millions, which is about a third of what is usually available to those kinds of movies. The lack of budget sometimes shows. When the crawler is bringing the Saturn V rocket from the hangar to the launchpad, we only get to see the crawler. The astronauts, by-standing, are looking up and commenting on the impressive size of the rocket, but we never get to see what they see. Chazelle therefore needs to employ wonders of creativity to convince us, and he delivers. By filming the astronauts taking the elevator to the top of the rocket, we get to see the big cylinder going by vertically while we gain scary height as we can tell by the Cap Canaveral early morning scenery. There you understand the sheer scale of what is happening. They intend to launch a high-rise building into space!

First Man is about war as much as it is about space. The reasons the U.S. were fueling the space program was solely to beat the Soviets at it. Those astronauts entering spaceships to go to space were really entering heavy machinery to go to war. And those who lost their lives in a test were fallen brothers of a battle. Add to that the stern, stoic personality of Armstrong, and "Cold War" would have made an alternative title full of sense.

For Armstrong though, it seems to be an escape. When saddened by the loss of a colleague, he desires solitude from his wife, or rather the company of the Moon, which he observes with a sextant. When the Saturn V is headed towards the Moon and the interstage ring separates from the rocket's second stage, the sustained shot of the ring falling back to Earth rhymes with the way a man would remove his own wedding ring before leaving his family for a get away he might never be coming back from.

First Man is not a crowd pleaser. Neil Armstrong's detached behavior would be a mood killer for those who expect the movie to be a modern revision of The Right Stuff with hot-shots. The absence of joy, however, is not to be confused with the absence of character development. Of all the characters that are presented to us, Armstrong is certainly the one on whom the idea of going to the Moon has the deepest impact.

When they accomplish an achievement, Armstrong's colleagues congratulate themselves for getting closer at beating the reds. But when, at his initial NASA interview, Armstrong is asked why he thinks space exploration is important, he answers that it is because it provides a shift in perspective. He is describing what is now documented as the overview effect. His mates are warriors. He is a sailor. When him and Buzz Aldrin has set foot on the Moon, Aldrin is shown jumping around as if it was playground time. Armstrong is experiencing a profound emotional meltdown. It is eerie, in this moment, how, behind the opaque silver-plated visor of his helmet, we can almost understand more about his internal state as we ever could during the rest of the movie on Earth. And as we start being able to peek through this impenetrable facade, he seems to finally have found a way to commune with himself.

The movie is unconventional on various fronts. It is a saga on an entire decade yet you don't have the usual montages to show progression. This doesn't prevent the rhythm of the movie from being fantastic. As soon as you think the story might be about to develop a segment that is going to be a bit boring, it moves on without further ado to the next interesting chapter. There is not a single second in those almost 150 minutes that is useless. The music is from outer space. When the lunar module is about to land, Justin Hurwitz drops an incredible melody made of strings and brass instruments going stronger and stronger in an almost jazzy mood. As the narration focuses on Armstrong flying the module and doesn't show the conventional tour of the world with people listening to the live feed on the radio or TV, the music alone, with its originality and wonder, conveys perfectly the greatness of what is happening.

This is a film made by people who decided not to take the traditional paths, and who designed their own beautiful ones. They are true artists, and this is a masterpiece.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
3
J.A. Bayona (2018)
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall
Sunday 21 October 2018 AD

The movie pays tribute to the original Jurassic Park with various references, so much in fact that it achieves being "one big pile of shit" as a whole.

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
8
Ol Parker (2018)
Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep
Sunday 21 October 2018 AD

It made me happy, so there is that.

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Braveheart
7
Mel Gibson (1995)
Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan
Tuesday 9 October 2018 AD

The Mary Sue aspect of Mel Gibson's character is a bit too obvious, but overall the story unrolls smoothly and the scale of the battle scenes, seemingly without CGIs, is very impressive.

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Mandy
5
Panos Cosmatos (2018)
Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache
Tuesday 9 October 2018 AD

Is Cage hirable anymore? Kinda sad seeing him in a movie that can't even afford decent cinematography or sound mixing. Although what is a seemingly art student post-graduate project filled with bullshit might be the closest to an acid trip, it certainly isn't close to a good movie.

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Sicario: Day of the Soldado
7
Stefano Sollima (2018)
Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner
Tuesday 9 October 2018 AD

The movie possesses those thrilling vibes that will comfort fans of the first installment, but the enjoyment becomes voided as the story makes less and less sense as it progresses.

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The Children Act
6
Richard Eyre (2017)
Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Ben Chaplin
Tuesday 9 October 2018 AD

The second part is dangerously close to an afternoon TV movie for soccer moms in need of strong sensations, but the sheer talent of Emma Thompson and the rather elegant directing makes it overall pretty decent.

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BlacKkKlansman
8
Spike Lee (2018)
John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier
Monday 24 September 2018 AD

Delivers just the right amount of comedy and entertainment on a crime genre background. I would have preferred if it had let us the task of drawing parallels with some crazy old man on Twitter rather than hammering it to our face. As an example, Spielberg was quite clear about how The Post needed to be released when it was, considering how much of a callback it was to the current events, yet this isn't hinted at at all in the movie itself. Let the spectators do the math by themselves, especially when your movie is about what happens when people blindly gulp down ideologies presented in a plate instead of thinking by themselves.

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Hereditary
4
Ari Aster (2018)
Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne
Monday 24 September 2018 AD

I'm starting to more frankly dislike movies that raise lots of intrigues in the air and then barely do the work of closing them, as if the screenwriters themselves decided they didn't know and would let the spectators figure it out by themselves because, well, the story exists as an independent entity and there is no correct or incorrect answer anyway. Yeah sure, but what about you try being less lazy and deliver a compelling story instead.

I can give a pass to that if the movie is emotionally powerful enough to move me (that's what happened to me with Mother!). I could see that this one was trying that, with quite frightening sequences. Yet the directing, although meticulous and neat, still comes out as somewhat bland, as does the rest of the movie. This seems like it's becoming a leitmotiv for A24 productions.

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Lucky
5
John Carroll Lynch (2017)
Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston
Monday 24 September 2018 AD

I watched it Friday and it was so boring and forgettable that I needed to concentrate one good minute on Sunday to remember what movie I had watched two days before. It's not even bad though.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story
6
Ron Howard (2018)
Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke
Monday 24 September 2018 AD

The cinematography was so under-exposed it must have triggered a melatonin release because I fell asleep at the 45 minutes mark. I'm happy Solo eventually found back his girlfriend.

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Barry Lyndon
9
Stanley Kubrick (1975)
Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee
Tuesday 11 September 2018 AD

It's so simply told and tactfully presented, you don't watch it, you sip it. Cue the classical music, picture the paintings. We're talking 5 minutes eye-game between a pretender and a Countess covered by Schubert Piano Trio; 10 minutes duel setting on Handel's Sarabande. Sophistication balanced by simplicity, grandeur canceled by coldness. A pleasure to watch.

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Crash
4
Paul Haggis (2004)
Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton
Tuesday 11 September 2018 AD

What a crude and didactic discourse on racism. Dialogs are used literally to talk about it, the story is just a side-component of the dissertation and all the characters are impersonal portraits gathered to form a catalog of profiles on the subject. Although with such analytic tooling the film succeeds in explaining how major social tensions are mostly the result of ignorance, misconception and inertia of violence rather than fundamental malice or incompatibilities, it certainly doesn't succeed in building a compelling story made of actual, nuanced characters.

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I Feel Pretty
2
Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein (2018)
Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski
Tuesday 11 September 2018 AD

No comment

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Swimming Pool
7
François Ozon (2003)
Charlotte Rampling, Charles Dance, Ludivine Sagnier
Tuesday 11 September 2018 AD

François Ozon's specialization is taking the premise of an adult movie and turning it into an auteur movie. I have no strong feeling about this one way or another.

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The Death of Stalin
8
Armando Iannucci (2017)
Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor
Tuesday 11 September 2018 AD

Dark humor has never been so delicious. Steve Buscemi is brilliant in this, and his character represents the film so well, joking around but so cold inside.

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The Great Escape
7
John Sturges (1963)
Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough
Tuesday 11 September 2018 AD

Old classics often come with a theatrical style that creates some distance between the story and a young spectator like me. This is particularly true for this one. I will nonetheless recognize its big quality, which is that it becomes better and better, the last hour being the best, and you don't get tired in spite of the duration.

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Adrift
6
Baltasar Kormákur (2018)
Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Thomas
Sunday 26 August 2018 AD

The only thing holding me from giving a higher rating is the cheesiness of it all. Quite a lot of potential there. Although if it had been better done then it would have been pretty much redundant with All is Lost.

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First Reformed
6
Paul Schrader (2017)
Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer
Sunday 26 August 2018 AD

People complained about the baby in American Sniper, but this dead squirrel tho

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Super Dark Times
7
Kevin Phillips (2017)
Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan, Elizabeth Cappuccino
Sunday 26 August 2018 AD

This is one hell of a sneaky tricky title. Sends you friendly Stranger Things vibes and then suddenly it gets real dark real fast.

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Peppermint Soda
6
Diabolo menthe
Diane Kurys (1977)
Eléonore Klarwein, Odile Michel, Anouk Ferjac
Thursday 16 August 2018 AD

I'm trying out a quota system where I watch 1 French movie per couple of weeks, so that I can look sophisticated in society. I wonder how much time it will take to be used to cinema that distills an atmosphere in research of poetry in the banalities of life. I'm more used to cinema that tells stories.

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Nosferatu
None
Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens
F.W. Murnau (1922)
Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim
Sunday 12 August 2018 AD

No rating as this doesn't really compare to movies I watch on a regular basis. I watched this for educational and documentary purposes on the birth of the vampire genre. As boring as homework can be.

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You Were Never Really Here
7
Lynne Ramsay (2017)
Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov
Sunday 12 August 2018 AD

This is basically a modern revision of Taxi Driver. Didn't quite understand the whole purpose of it nor where the film was going, but Joaquin Phoenix is captivating.

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Mission: Impossible - Fallout
6
Christopher McQuarrie (2018)
Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames
Friday 10 August 2018 AD

It seems that the way they made this film is by choosing some fancy action scenes to make and then interpolates a story that would somehow involve those scenes. The amount of ridicule this movie subject itself to is too big to fit in this short review. I have a preference for the repetitive shots of the helicopter's indicators that blink red, with more and more of them displaying red as peril intensifies.

Now, it's true that the cinematic quality of action scenes is great, especially the whole arc in Paris. The dedication (and insanity?) of the crew to their craft cannot be understated. In the end it looks like the true Mission: Impossible was happening during shooting, and that the making-of might be more interesting that the movie itself.

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It Comes at Night
8
Trey Edward Shults (2017)
Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo
Wednesday 8 August 2018 AD

✓ Characters communicate explicitly with each other and tell what they see
✓ Characters are cautious and take reasonable decisions
✓ Characters stay with each other for security, they don't split
✓ The atmosphere is scary, without artificial jump scares
❌ The story has a clear resolution

This film gracefully avoids all the horror tropes and proves that it's still possible to make a frightening movie without them. It also throws a lot of intrigues in the air and finishes like they never have been raised. It actually got under my skin, making me imagine all sorts of theories and hypothesis to explain its mystery, even though it's a lost cause considering that the author himself said he added elements to challenge the spectator, without having himself a clear explanation for their purposes in the story.

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On Chesil Beach
8
Dominic Cooke (2017)
Billy Howle, Saoirse Ronan, Andy Burse
Monday 6 August 2018 AD

A young couple suffers the two most important perils of marriage, lack of communication and over-reaction, under 6 hours of being wed. Many critics praised the acting of Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle, which is surprising considering that their style of diction comes out as very explicit and roman-esque, contrasting with modern naturalistic acting that is usually appreciated from indies. It is, anyway, absolutely consistent with the overall mood of the movie, which explores the nature of love and its complications with an approach that is both simple and epic in its sensibility.

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Spectre
6
Sam Mendes (2015)
Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux
Monday 6 August 2018 AD

The traditional Bond formula never fails to deliver a solid entertainment, although Bond's behavior toward women characters still comes out as creepy, and the capabilities of the franchise's budget gives way to too-much.

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Hot Summer Nights
8
Elijah Bynum (2017)
Timothée Chalamet, Maika Monroe, Alex Roe
Sunday 29 July 2018 AD

Since it's 35 Celcius (S.I. units bitches) where I live I figured from the title that this would be an appropriate viewing. So I guess to complete the picture I now need to get into dealing weed, seducing the hot girl, and be a bad boy with my Corvette. All pumped up with a hysterical editing and soundtrack, this mixtape of genres succeeds when it doesn't take itself seriously and fails when it does. The result isn't necessarily memorable, but it makes for a pretty cool movie night.

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The Abyss
8
James Cameron (1989)
Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn
Sunday 29 July 2018 AD

No comment

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The Hollars
6
John Krasinski (2016)
Sharlto Copley, Charlie Day, Richard Jenkins
Sunday 29 July 2018 AD

Margo Martindale and Richard Jenkins, seniors among the cast, who play the family's parents, save the movie from the mediocrity of the younger part of the cast. We can understand why John Krasinsky followed this by a movie where he doesn't have to talk since his only dramatic technique seems to exclaim "Whhhat?!" when hearing shocking news. As it turns out, the acting style of The Office isn't perfectly suited for cinema. The story doesn't deliver anything truly remarkable, only the bare minimum for a light-hearted dramedy.

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True Lies
9
James Cameron (1994)
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold
Sunday 29 July 2018 AD

Set years before 9/11 when Hollywood could still joke about terrorism, this masterpiece of a 90's action flick elevates itself way over its French source material, without forgetting to pay tribute to it. After Aliens, The Abyss and T2, it marks the end of James Cameron's nuclear warhead tetralogy, and a turning point into his insane budget and profit ascent, paving the way for his further titanic projects.

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Lean on Pete
8
Andrew Haigh (2017)
Charlie Plummer, Amy Seimetz, Travis Fimmel
Saturday 21 July 2018 AD

The first act misled me into thinking that this was just a story between a boy and a horse. It almost became boring before I realized that this is a full-featured saga on a lost teenager trying to find his marks. This is a good story, simply told, simply poetic. Boyhood the hard way.

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Disobedience
4
Sebastián Lelio (2017)
Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola
Friday 20 July 2018 AD

I need to stop adding movies on my watchlist because of their poster, just like I need to stop clicking on YouTube videos because of their thumbnail. That was as heavy and gloomy as a tank launching rockets that spread clinical depression when they hit their target.

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Cars 3
6
Brian Fee (2017)
Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Chris Cooper
Sunday 15 July 2018 AD

The Cars franchise is probably the most lucrative production of Pixar, thanks to the merchandising around it. For fans it’s anecdotal but for them it’s big money. Fair enough.

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Icarus
6
Bryan Fogel (2017)
Thomas Bach, Sebastian Coe, Bryan Fogel
Sunday 15 July 2018 AD

This is about a journalist who uses himself as a test subject for doping. Apparently he also injected steroids into the documentary itself, because its sensationalism sometimes hinder proper informational conveyance. It’s fast-paced editing, dramatic soundtrack and catchline interviewing all around. Unnecessary considering how crazy the base material is in a first place.

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Incredibles 2
7
Brad Bird (2018)
Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell
Sunday 15 July 2018 AD

This is a Monsters University or Finding Dory type of situation. The universe is deepened with some arbitrary story that I’ll forget about in six months. It’s at least well made and entertaining.

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Woman Walks Ahead
3
Susanna White (2017)
Jessica Chastain, Louisa Krause, Boots Southerland
Sunday 15 July 2018 AD

Jessica Chastain typecast as the strong independent woman, Sam Rockwell typecast as the racist American with a loose walking style, the spiritual journey of the white among the natives typecast as boring as hell.

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Dial M for Murder
8
Alfred Hitchcock (1954)
Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings
Friday 6 July 2018 AD

The incredibly clever screenplay seems more suited for a play (which it originally is), than for a screen. The movie eventually confesses its didacticism by going as far as letting the police inspector literally describing out loud the climax.

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Groundhog Day
7
Harold Ramis (1993)
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott
Wednesday 4 July 2018 AD

So what happens if Bill Murray feeds a mogwai just before 6AM.

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Molly's Game
6
Aaron Sorkin (2017)
Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner
Wednesday 4 July 2018 AD

Too bad Molly didn’t succeed in her Olympic career because this introduction sequence is stellar in comparison to the rest of the okay movie.

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A Quiet Place
6
John Krasinski (2018)
Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds
Friday 29 June 2018 AD

I have two main problems with the movie.

The first one is the usage of a soundtrack, including during scenes where diegetic sounds are important. I’ve already complained about that for Arrival. This movie shouldn’t have a soundtrack at all; everytime the music started I thought it perturbed the otherwise tense and interesting silence.

The second problem is a list of unclear things about the danger at hand and the lifestyle of the characters which range from questionable to inconsistent. The movie can’t explain everything without being too didactic so the benefit of the doubt and suspension of disbelief are working at full thrust, to a level that isn’t really satisfactory[1].

Fortunately the movie offers a great, long, tense, final act where it marks a few points and becomes at least an enjoyable suspenseful flick.

[1] My principal concerns are:
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- If the creatures can’t distinguish little sounds if there is a greater source of sound (explained with the waterfall) then there is no reason the characters couldn’t at least whisper when inside the house. From outside the house such whisper is of extremely small intensity in comparison to nature’s sounds, just like is a clear voice in comparison to a waterfall.
- The characters seem to live quite a reckless lifestyle. They hang out outside, leave their house’s door open, etc. My understanding is that the creatures may be roaming a few hundreds meters from there, searching for sound. Really all the characters should be dead by then; it’s unrealistic to survive that long without making any mistake.
- There are two times where the movie shows that the creatures are absolutely strong and indestructible: it can rip a grain silo open, and a newspaper headline mentions their indestructibility. Then there are two times the movie shows effective defense and attack against them: when a car proves to be an effective shelter for at least a few seconds to the kids, and finally the shotgun. Fair enough, the shotgun may work only because the creature is already weakened by its deadly sound frequency (and unfortunately this choice reminds me of Mars Attacks!, and triggers a more parodic reading than a dramatic one).
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Jackie
5
Pablo Larraín (2016)
Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig
Friday 29 June 2018 AD

This movie has no plot. It is a clinical examination of a woman in state of shock, followed by her subsequent mourning. The directing and editing is reminiscent of Terrence Malick’s style, with the camera filming the actors’ face 2 inches away from them, cuts from one shot to almost the same one to show fractured continuity, and dialogues about God and whatnot drifting to a voice-over. Also there is a creepy soundtrack. I have no idea what all this is trying to achieve. It was too cerebral for me, I guess.

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Revenge
7
Coralie Fargeat (2017)
Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe
Friday 29 June 2018 AD

When in doubt, apply a dose of rape-and-revenge exploitation garbage to your watching schedule.

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Tomb Raider
3
Roar Uthaug (2018)
Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins
Friday 29 June 2018 AD

So this is it, I never watch an adventure blockbuster ever again. The whole movie is so dull. There literally is a bicycle race and then a race between Lara Croft and petty thieves. WTF is this shit.

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Transformers: The Last Knight
2
Michael Bay (2017)
Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel
Friday 29 June 2018 AD

The editing of this film looks like the cinematographic equivalent of incorrect grammar. It’s a nonsensical mixture of establishing shots, over-stylized composition and hand-held tracking shots. The constant changing of aspect ratio from one shot to another is obviously not helping. This is a feature-length clip whose narration is un-followable whatsoever. Michael Bay started his career as a clip director. He has then proved his ability to do decent cinema, first Transformers included, muzzling his clip-making OCD into reasonable limits that actually defined his style. He has expressed his wish to depart from the transformers franchise since the third installment, and this fifth one feels like an artistic burn-out. Let’s cherish the recent announcement from Paramount that production of the sixth has been abandoned, and look at what Bay can do on new grounds.

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Wild Tales
9
Relatos salvajes
Damián Szifron (2014)
Darío Grandinetti, María Marull, Mónica Villa
Friday 29 June 2018 AD

This is a compilation of short stories, about 20 minutes each, unrelated to each other, but on the same theme of people being in distress. This is glorious to watch. This is the kind of stories that make you ask yourself « How would I react? » and can compare that to how the characters react, learn about their personality from that, and see how it plays out in the end. Excellent.

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Young & Beautiful
6
Jeune & jolie
François Ozon (2013)
Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas, Frédéric Pierrot
Friday 29 June 2018 AD

I can’t quite fully like movies that don’t have an intention (a goal, an objective, something that drives the story somewhere), and as is tradition in auteur-ish French cinema, there is no intention here. Great scenes, acting, etc. The movie wanders around, goes nowhere.

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Borg vs McEnroe
6
Borg McEnroe
Janus Metz (2017)
Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård
Tuesday 12 June 2018 AD

No comment

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A Fantastic Woman
5
Una Mujer Fantástica
Sebastián Lelio (2017)
Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco
Saturday 9 June 2018 AD

Although interesting at the beginning, the movie quickly slips into a collection of artistic vignettes where there is less and less plot to focus on, eventually delivering underwhelming pay-offs to some of the intrigues raised in the first half.

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Thoroughbreds
9
Cory Finley (2017)
Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin
Friday 8 June 2018 AD

It's about two girls. One of them is a sociopath and has no feelings. The other one is normal, but she happens to despise her step-dad. So the first one casually asks why she doesn’t simply murder her step-dad. The story is clever in that the sociopath one is presented as so cold and pragmatic she achieves whatever she wants, but she has a big weakness: because of her inability to feel emotions, she assumes other people act rationally too (as in a cost/benefit analysis) and has a hard time processing how other people’s emotions will interfere with her plans. The movie is very well-made, but it lacks some icing to make it truly excellent. In particular, there is no great scene that stands out, and the resolution fizzles out a bit. In any case, I’ll keep an eye on the director, who makes an impressive directorial debut, and on the two lead actresses (Olivia Cooke, whom you may have seen in Ready Player One, and Anya Taylor-Joy, in Split), both definitely very good.

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Unsane
9
Steven Soderbergh (2018)
Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah
Friday 8 June 2018 AD

This is the movie that Steven Soderbergh shot with an iPhone, to celebrate how such accessible mean of filming marks the democratization of film-making. Well, judging from the result, this is mostly the democratization of 90s-like serie-B film-making. This is bullshit anyway, since the hardest parts of film-making are sound recording and acting. Anyone can buy a reflex camera with nice video support for not that much more than an iPhone and record close to professional-grade videos. So this should definitely be taken as an experiment rather than anything else. Anyway, the screenplay is excellent and the cast, lead by Claire Foy, is very good. Steven Soderberg delivers a solid thriller, as usual, and even knows how to exploit the exotic filming format at hand to make it consistent with the thematics of the movie. Cool.

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Annihilation
5
Alex Garland (2018)
Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson
Wednesday 30 May 2018 AD

Poor man’s Arrival approaches DNA the same way astrology approaches astronomy, and we must wait until the final act for the director to finally take his LSD shot and reveal his true intentions, which are, obviously, to put pieces of country music guitar as a soundtrack to a science-fiction movie. The credits visuals are very nice.

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Elle
8
Paul Verhoeven (2016)
Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny
Monday 21 May 2018 AD

Brilliant directing and brilliant acting, especially from Isabelle Hupert, but the unsatisfying resolution is holding me from fully loving it.

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Mother!
9
Darren Aronofsky (2017)
Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris
Sunday 20 May 2018 AD

The surface-level narration breaks down in unison with the emotional meltdown of the lead character played by a marvelous Jennifer Lawrence. The film can be seen as the unreliable testimony of a woman in state of shock, each exaggeration and inconsistency being exploited to draw the very ambitious metaphor that lies beneath. The result is a spectacular and intensively emotional piece of cinema that leaves an indelible mark on the mind. Fascinating.

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Red Sparrow
7
Francis Lawrence (2018)
Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts
Saturday 19 May 2018 AD

A good cinematography, decent acting, enjoyable directing and nice screenplay all turn into a perfectly insignificant and forgettable movie. This is the opposite of alchemy.

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Terminal
6
Vaughn Stein (2018)
Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, Dexter Fletcher
Thursday 17 May 2018 AD

This takes place into a Zack Snyder’s type of world with dark alleys and buzzing neons, and I can only enjoy this type of movies up to some limited value. Margot Robbie killing it as much as the setting allows her to.

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Game Night
8
John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein (2018)
Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler
Sunday 13 May 2018 AD

A refreshing nice little comedy. Perfect for a light-weight screening with friends or family or beer.

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The 15:17 to Paris
5
Clint Eastwood (2018)
Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone
Sunday 13 May 2018 AD

Old Eastwood wants to make a feature-film about a 10 minutes event, so he shows us the mildly interesting past of the saviors, sealing it all with ugly patriotic morale

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A Separation
9
Jodaeiye Nader az Simin
Asghar Farhadi (2011)
Payman Maadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat
Saturday 12 May 2018 AD

A thoughtful look at a familial crisis in contemporary Iran. The directing is clever and the acting excellent, especially from lead actor Payman Maadi. This is high quality cinema, keeping the story somewhat suspenseful all while having a humanist view of the characters and the context they’re evolving into.

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Alien: Covenant
8
Ridley Scott (2017)
Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup
Thursday 10 May 2018 AD

The first 10 minutes of this movie must have been designed to showcase 4K because it made me fall in love with my TV set. Also the film is nice.

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Avengers: Infinity War
4
Anthony Russo, Joe Russo (2018)
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo
Thursday 10 May 2018 AD

The latest garbage from Marvel, where uncharismatic characters talk mythological origins nobody gives a shit about and you can know how dramatic it’s supposed to be by measuring the inverse Chris-Pratt-jokes-per-minute

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
10
Alejandro G. Iñárritu (2014)
Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton
Sunday 6 May 2018 AD

The obsessional usage of the long-take (the movie is one long take, although with ellipsis) allows some spectacular context switches all while maintaining continuity, which is splendid. All the characters are more or less crazy and it all turns into an exquisite cacophony.

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Glory
5
Edward Zwick (1989)
Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes
Monday 30 April 2018 AD

After having seen Ferris Bueller Day’s Off I wanted to discover more of Matthew Broderick’s filmography, but this boring Oscar-targeted history educative pack will make me stop there.

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Once Upon a Time in America
6
Sergio Leone (1984)
Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern
Monday 30 April 2018 AD

Homework, obviously, although the epic poster with the Brooklyn Bridge drove me to it as much as the film’s cult status. It’s an interminable three-acts saga on organized crime whose first act and its poetry on childhood and teenagehood is the only one that I found bearable. They also screw up big time when casting the actress to play the adult Deborah, the overwhelming proof being the comparison between Elizabeth McGovern and adult Jennifer Connely.

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Submergence
5
Wim Wenders (2017)
Alicia Vikander, James McAvoy, Alexander Siddig
Monday 30 April 2018 AD

'the fuck did I just watch. I’ll rate it 5 just in case.

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Hostiles
7
Scott Cooper (2017)
Scott Shepherd, Rosamund Pike, Ava Cooper
Friday 20 April 2018 AD

It’s long and a bit too meditative for me, but I enjoyed the great soundtrack and the gorgeous visuals, both classical in their style.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street
5
Wes Craven (1984)
Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund
Sunday 15 April 2018 AD

Ready Player One homework. Mostly boring, but watchable.

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Akira
4
Katsuhiro Ôtomo (1988)
Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama
Sunday 15 April 2018 AD

Homework movie (in many top lists, considered cult, etc). I can’t stand Japanese animation and their feature-length animated GIFs.

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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
5
Stephen Herek (1989)
Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin
Friday 13 April 2018 AD

The kind of movie I would have enjoyed when I was 7, the mental age of its two bafflingly stupid lead characters

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Grease
7
Randal Kleiser (1978)
John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing
Friday 6 April 2018 AD

I GOT CHILLS, THEY’RE MULTIPLYING, AND I’M LOOOOOOOOOSING CONTROL

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The Longest Day
6
Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki (1962)
John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Richard Burton
Sunday 1 April 2018 AD

Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Vandervoort: 3 million men penned up on this island all over England in staging areas like this. We're on the threshold of the most crucial day of our times. 3 million men out there, keyed up, just waiting for that big step-off. We aren't exactly alone. Notify the men, full packs and equipment 1400 hours.

Apparently « Show, don’t tell » wasn’t exactly the motto of this theatrical history educative package.

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off
8
John Hughes (1986)
Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara
Saturday 31 March 2018 AD

Ready Player One homework. Somewhat feel-good movie that runs well if you don’t expect much from it.

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Ready Player One
7
Steven Spielberg (2018)
Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn
Friday 30 March 2018 AD

No comment

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Heathers
6
Michael Lehmann (1988)
Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty
Tuesday 27 March 2018 AD

So that’s what Christian Slater was doing before embodying Mr. Robot. Well he played even crazier characters back then.

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The Iron Giant
8
Brad Bird (1999)
Eli Marienthal, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Aniston
Friday 23 March 2018 AD

It’s good but I don’t get all the fuss.

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Wonder Wheel
8
Woody Allen (2017)
Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple, Robert C. Kirk
Saturday 17 March 2018 AD

No comment

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Downsizing
5
Alexander Payne (2017)
Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau
Thursday 15 March 2018 AD

Rarely saw a movie straying from its path that much. It seems that the authors had no idea what story they wanted to tell us.

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Murder on the Orient Express
7
Kenneth Branagh (2017)
Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe
Monday 12 March 2018 AD

It seems that Kenneth Branagh’s spectacularly theatrical directing can turn any novel I don’t care about into a somewhat interesting entertainment

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The Revenant
10
Alejandro G. Iñárritu (2015)
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter
Saturday 10 March 2018 AD

No comment

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Call Me by Your Name
8
Luca Guadagnino (2017)
Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg
Wednesday 7 March 2018 AD

Some shit American comedy features a retarted teenager masturbating into a pie and nobody bats an eye. An intelligent movie features a touching teenager masturbating into a peach and suddenly everyone loses their minds.

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It
5
Andy Muschietti (2017)
Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard
Wednesday 7 March 2018 AD

This shitty composite is not convincing me a second the clown is actually in the sewer. Also there is a fight between two groups of kids where they throw rocks at each others. Don’t do that kids it’s very dangerous!

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I, Tonya
9
Craig Gillespie (2017)
Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney
Wednesday 28 February 2018 AD

Margot Robbie produces an original movie on the very bankable subject of ice skating, where she plays the lead whose 80s’ style of clothes and hairstyle showcase the latest sexy fashion, telling the story of a 80s’ scandal few people remember. The movie, which is amazing, proceeds to win four times its budget, be nominated for multiple Oscars and is acclaimed by the critic. Beware Hollywood, because this woman is going places.

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Only the Brave
8
Joseph Kosinski (2017)
Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges
Sunday 25 February 2018 AD

In the vein of Stronger, I like those little movies depicting real incidents and real people. They’re often the occasion to discover some interesting facts or professions, firefighters in this case. <spoiler>I didn’t know the real story and the ending moved me very much.</spoiler>.

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Saving Private Ryan
10
Steven Spielberg (1998)
Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore
Sunday 25 February 2018 AD

Spielberg casually redefining the entire war genre. You don’t have much time to think about it because the proximity with soldiers and the unforgiving depiction of the horrors of war are flooring you the whole time. It’s captivating.

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The Shape of Water
6
Guillermo del Toro (2017)
Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon
Sunday 25 February 2018 AD

I wasn’t convinced a second of this love story. It all unrolls way too fast. She must be a maniac to fall that fast and desperately for a stupid fishman. Also there is this weird shot where the fishman is holding her in his arms and he’s very muscular and she’s like protected by him. Del Toro obviously wanted this iconic shot but the imagery of the powerful protector for the fragile woman comes out as very weird in the movie’s context.

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Phantom Thread
7
Paul Thomas Anderson (2017)
Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville
Friday 23 February 2018 AD

Although a bit sour, it leaves a peculiar taste the following days that will make me go back to it.

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Roman J. Israel, Esq.
8
Dan Gilroy (2017)
Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo
Tuesday 20 February 2018 AD

No comment

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
9
Martin McDonagh (2017)
Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell
Saturday 17 February 2018 AD

No comment

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Lady Bird
4
Greta Gerwig (2017)
Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts
Thursday 15 February 2018 AD

So this is the cinematographic adaptation of the Annoying Facebook Girl meme. How attaching she is, cheating her way to NYU and making people call her this ridiculous name like an obnoxious self-entitled teenager. This film doesn’t make you want to have kid, by fear they might turn like her once they reach teenagehood.

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Antichrist
4
Lars von Trier (2009)
Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg
Sunday 11 February 2018 AD

Beyond the cast and special effects, how do you make the difference between that and a shitty art-school’s post-graduate’s movie?

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Last Flag Flying
8
Richard Linklater (2017)
Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, Steve Carell
Saturday 10 February 2018 AD

No comment

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The Florida Project
7
Sean Baker (2017)
Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe
Saturday 10 February 2018 AD

No comment

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The Post
9
Steven Spielberg (2017)
Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson
Saturday 10 February 2018 AD

No comment

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Suburbicon
7
George Clooney (2017)
Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac
Sunday 28 January 2018 AD

No comment

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The Majestic
8
Frank Darabont (2001)
Jim Carrey, Martin Landau, Bob Balaban
Sunday 28 January 2018 AD

No comment

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Independence Day: Resurgence
5
Roland Emmerich (2016)
Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman
Saturday 27 January 2018 AD

No comment

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The Way Way Back
7
Nat Faxon, Jim Rash (2013)
Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney
Friday 26 January 2018 AD

No comment

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House of Tolerance
4
L'Apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close)
Bertrand Bonello (2011)
Noémie Lvovsky, Hafsia Herzi, Céline Sallette
Wednesday 17 January 2018 AD

No comment

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Split
8
M. Night Shyamalan (2016)
James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson
Monday 15 January 2018 AD

The second installment of M. Night Shyamalan’s cinematic universe. Take my money and don’t even shut up.

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BPM (Beats Per Minute)
3
120 battements par minute
Robin Campillo (2017)
Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel
Sunday 7 January 2018 AD

This was a total identification failure for me. Generally I highly doubt the productivity of stunts and more specifically violent ones. It’s not clear to me whether what was really happening is a real try at changing things or just making as much turmoil as possible before dying. The movie doesn’t even answer that, and choses the long and depressive path of close depiction of death instead. I couldn’t figure out how to enjoy it no matter from what angle I approached it.

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The Godfather
5
Francis Ford Coppola (1972)
Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan
Sunday 7 January 2018 AD

Marlon Brando and his dental prosthetics mumble mafia shit so as to appear charismatic. Yet another 3-hours long homework that lets me perplex.

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The Brave One
6
Neil Jordan (2007)
Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Naveen Andrews
Saturday 6 January 2018 AD

Terrence Howard’s past life has a policeman before he started Terriology has about the shittiest ending you could think about

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Black Mass
7
Scott Cooper (2015)
Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson
Tuesday 2 January 2018 AD

A plastic assembled Johnny Depp mumbles mafia shit to show what an absolute madman he is. The film is interesting at least for its documentary and historical purpose

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Atomic Blonde
6
David Leitch (2017)
Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman
Saturday 30 December 2017 AD

It's all fun and game and you’re about to fall asleep until this insane and brutal long-take wakes you the fuck up. About the only highlight though.

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The Kid
7
Charles Chaplin (1921)
Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Jackie Coogan
Saturday 30 December 2017 AD

No comment

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Beauty and the Beast
3
Bill Condon (2017)
Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans
Thursday 21 December 2017 AD

The movie is suspenseful since you don’t know whether the Beast will prefer being freed from his spell by Belle’s love or, horrified by how dull she is, will just accept his fate as it is.

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Come and See
5
Idi i smotri
Elem Klimov (1985)
Aleksey Kravchenko, Olga Mironova, Liubomiras Laucevicius
Wednesday 20 December 2017 AD

No comment

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Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
4
Rian Johnson (2017)
Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill
Wednesday 20 December 2017 AD

It lost me at the moment Luke Skywalker throws the sabre-laser that was the epic McGuffin finishing the last episode, which is a clear way from Disney to communicate that they don’t give a shit anymore

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Ever After: A Cinderella Story
5
EverAfter
Andy Tennant (1998)
Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott
Saturday 16 December 2017 AD

No comment

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Out of the Furnace
9
Scott Cooper (2013)
Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana
Saturday 16 December 2017 AD

No comment

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The Santa Clause
5
John Pasquin (1994)
Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson
Sunday 10 December 2017 AD

No comment

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Coco
9
Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina (2017)
Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt
Saturday 9 December 2017 AD

Among their recent low-effort sequels, this original gem is welcome from Pixar, and it delivers. The stream of colorful visuals is stunning, the exploration of Mexican culture is original and interesting and it’s sealed with the good old Pixar emotional hammer that makes you leave a few tears behind your 3D glasses. Truly good.

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Darkest Hour
9
Joe Wright (2017)
Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas
Saturday 9 December 2017 AD

No comment

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The Hours
5
Stephen Daldry (2002)
Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore
Sunday 26 November 2017 AD

No comment

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Brokeback Mountain
6
Ang Lee (2005)
Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams
Saturday 25 November 2017 AD

I got confused with Ang Lee’s filmography and waited all the movie for one of the two guys to transform into Hulk. What a disappointment.

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The Thin Red Line
7
Terrence Malick (1998)
Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte
Saturday 25 November 2017 AD

Definitely the most approachable film from Terrence Malick, and a powerful war movie at that, although the voice-over meditations tend to be either too analytic or too elusive

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Logan Lucky
8
Steven Soderbergh (2017)
Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig
Friday 24 November 2017 AD

How ironic that Adam Driver has such presence in this nice little movie, while he looks like an annoying and uncharismatic teenager in the new Star Wars movies

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The Nice Guys
7
Shane Black (2016)
Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice
Friday 24 November 2017 AD

No comment

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Miss Sloane
8
John Madden (2016)
Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Wednesday 15 November 2017 AD

<spoiler>Ah the good-old screenplay trick where writers lose track or what they’re doing so they decide all of it was a diabolical plan from the character from the beginning.</spoiler>

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The Big Sick
8
Michael Showalter (2017)
Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter
Wednesday 15 November 2017 AD

No comment

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Escape from New York
3
John Carpenter (1981)
Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine
Saturday 4 November 2017 AD

Looks like Carpenter’s low budgets is more suited for horror than for action. This is just really bad.

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Song to Song
4
Terrence Malick (2017)
Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender
Saturday 4 November 2017 AD

Terrence Malick has reached his final form, the one of total freedom and no production control at all. The guy gets lost in whatever music festival, big estate, empty open-spaces, receptions and whatnots, filming A/A+ actors and actresses wandering around and mumbling shit. The wide-angle lens that distorts the edges of the frame, making it not even that good-looking anymore, is a good symbol for the overdose of a cloying formula.

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All Is Lost
9
J.C. Chandor (2013)
Friday 20 October 2017 AD

Second movie in my J.C. Chandor streak, and an excellent one. There is one character and 4 or 5 lines of monologue in this movie, the well-crafted directing and poignant performance from Robert Redford doing all the heavy lifting, and lifting it up well.

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Margin Call
9
J.C. Chandor (2011)
Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey
Friday 20 October 2017 AD

Last movie in my J.C. Chandor streak, and again a very good one. Very interesting inside perspective of the onset of the 2007 financial crisis, more punchy and approachable than the long and analytic Big Short.

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A Most Violent Year
9
J.C. Chandor (2014)
Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo
Sunday 15 October 2017 AD

National Board of Review’s best movie of 2014. I would put it just after Birdman.

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The Wall
8
Doug Liman (2017)
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena
Saturday 14 October 2017 AD

I have a sweet spot for movies about snipers and this one doesn’t disappoint on the matter. A minor but nice film in Doug Liman’s filmo (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow).

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Wonder Woman
2
Patty Jenkins (2017)
Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright
Saturday 14 October 2017 AD

Let me introduce you to Wonder Woman.

Coming from an island of women only, a man has to show her how to behave in the real world. He also makes sure she's not too much distracted by cute babies or wounded soldiers she wants to help. When she tells about some bizarre God stuff, the man needs to filter out the bullshit and convert it to an actual goal. When she's making a big scene because too much violence in this world and peace is better than war, the man needs to calm her down. She wakes up from a night in a basic boat, her mascara perfectly made. She enters the battlefield like she entered a fashion podium, in slow motion please. She charges at a bad guy, destroying the bell tower of a church, creating a havoc full of dust and dirt, but her hairstyle is still up to an advertisement for a shampoo.

For a self-advertised feminist movie, it makes all efforts possible so that it could be confused with a casually sexist one. As for the content itself, it’s the latest issue from DC Garbage Studios.

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Blade Runner 2049
9
Denis Villeneuve (2017)
Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas
Monday 9 October 2017 AD

No comment

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Starman
7
John Carpenter (1984)
Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith
Monday 9 October 2017 AD

Kurt Russel mimicking an alien is a bit ridiculous but overall it’s somewhat entertaining

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In the Heart of the Sea
7
Ron Howard (2015)
Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson
Sunday 8 October 2017 AD

How visually ugly and narratively impersonal can a Ron Howard’s movie get before you start to dislike it? This one is probing for the limit, although fortunately it doesn’t reach it.

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Kingsman: The Secret Service
8
Matthew Vaughn (2014)
Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson
Sunday 8 October 2017 AD

A very good action movie. Funny and entertaining.

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Ida
7
Pawel Pawlikowski (2013)
Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik
Friday 6 October 2017 AD

The stunning cinematography beautifying depressive Polish sets is consistent with the touching view on the unexciting subject of a young woman who is about to take her vows to God. Not my cup of tea overall, but I can’t say it’s bad.

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All About Eve
5
Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1950)
Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders
Wednesday 20 September 2017 AD

IMDb Top 250 homework. Talks a lot but doesn’t deliver much.

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Amour
6
Michael Haneke (2012)
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert
Monday 18 September 2017 AD

I very much enjoy Michael Haneke’s directing, but this is basically a documentary on slow deterioration to death and I don’t see the point.

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Chinatown
7
Roman Polanski (1974)
Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston
Monday 18 September 2017 AD

IMDb Top 250 homework. <spoiler>The cynical and sad ending obviously got my attention, but that’s only after a long and unremarkable story</spoiler>

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Moana
7
Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall, Chris Williams (2016)
Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House
Sunday 10 September 2017 AD

I think it’s the first Disney where I actively enjoyed the songs instead of waiting for them to finish so that the narration could carry on. I then listened to the album in loop like a little girl. The movie is okay-ish.

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Moneyball
8
Bennett Miller (2011)
Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill
Sunday 10 September 2017 AD

No comment

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The Babadook
4
Jennifer Kent (2014)
Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall
Sunday 10 September 2017 AD

This is difficult to rate. The movie achieves its goal perfectly, but I’m not sure I like it. It’s frightening, but not usual-horror-film-frightening. The story mixes dead serious subjects, making it quite disturbing and dark. In the end, although I recognize the performance, it repulsed me more than anything else.

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As Good as It Gets
6
James L. Brooks (1997)
Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear
Sunday 3 September 2017 AD

An endless source of reaction GIFs from Jack Nicholson

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The Deer Hunter
6
Michael Cimino (1978)
Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale
Monday 28 August 2017 AD

Why would I want to watch a wedding in real time from people I don’t know? This last act with DeNiro and Walken tho

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Megan Leavey
7
Gabriela Cowperthwaite (2017)
Kate Mara, Ramon Rodriguez, Tom Felton
Friday 25 August 2017 AD

Those movies about recent trivia, incidents or notable people always get my interest, although this one lacks the spark to make it more than just an anecdote

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Kong: Skull Island
8
Jordan Vogt-Roberts (2017)
Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson
Sunday 20 August 2017 AD

The danger of giving Oscars to fresh and upcoming comedians on their first widely recognized movie is that they then rest on their laurels and are satisfied with blockbusters. This is how you get the brilliant Brie Larson to switch from Room to Kong: Skull Island. Same deal with Alicia Vikander in A Danish Girl and then Tomb Raider. Compare that to Leonardo DiCaprio who had to do an exhaustive tour of all the greatest contemporary directors and thoughtful roles before getting his precious one. It was a long con from the Academy to keep him up to his talent all along! Now shut up and take my money and let me watch this bad Samuel L. Jackson motherfucker fight the gigantic Kong.

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Chef
8
Jon Favreau (2014)
Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson
Monday 14 August 2017 AD

Feel-good movie feels good!

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OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies
4
OSS 117: Le Caire, nid d'espions
Michel Hazanavicius (2006)
Jean Dujardin, François Damiens, Khalid Maadour
Sunday 6 August 2017 AD

Faut le voir pour comprendre les références autour de soi, et il faut dire que c’est bien marrant. J’ai toujours du mal avec ces comédies où le seul intérêt est d’attendre la prochaine pitrerie du comédien et qui sont de qualité nulle outre mesure. Elles semblent appartenir à un art entièrement différent qui, par simple coincidence, partagent avec le cinéma le fait d’être filmées.

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Loving
7
Jeff Nichols (2016)
Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton
Friday 4 August 2017 AD

Jeff Nichols makes us endure a long history educative package, which is quite a treason to the originality of his filmography up to this.

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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
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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.

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Everest
6
Baltasar Kormákur (2015)
Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright
Monday 13 June 2016 AD

Disaster or survival movies often come out as sort of TV movies to me. No exception here.

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Incendies
8
Denis Villeneuve (2010)
Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette
Sunday 5 June 2016 AD

So this is my least favorite Dennis Villeneuve movie.

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Citizen Kane
8
Orson Welles (1941)
Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore
Saturday 4 June 2016 AD

What is remarkable with this movie, apart from being an excellent drama in a first place, is how contemporary the camera work is. It’s unbelievable that this was shot in 1941.

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Prisoners
9
Denis Villeneuve (2013)
Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis
Friday 3 June 2016 AD

Best movie from Denis Villeneuve in my opinion. Not as epic or ambitious than Blade Runner 2049 or stuff like that, but it is such a powerful and solid thriller.

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13 Hours
8
Michael Bay (2016)
John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale
Tuesday 31 May 2016 AD

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
3
James Watkins (2008)
Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Tara Ellis
Saturday 28 May 2016 AD

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
7
Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris (2012)
Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Annette Bening
Friday 27 May 2016 AD

No comment

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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
7
Brad Bird (2011)
Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
Sunday 22 May 2016 AD

No comment

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The Lobster
5
Yorgos Lanthimos (2015)
Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden
Sunday 22 May 2016 AD

?????? 5 just in case

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Let the Right One In
7
Låt den rätte komma in
Tomas Alfredson (2008)
Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar
Monday 16 May 2016 AD

No comment

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Battle Royale
4
Batoru rowaiaru
Kinji Fukasaku (2000)
Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto
Saturday 7 May 2016 AD

No comment

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Creed
7
Ryan Coogler (2015)
Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson
Saturday 7 May 2016 AD

No comment

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It Follows
9
David Robert Mitchell (2014)
Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi
Saturday 7 May 2016 AD

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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Mustang
8
Deniz Gamze Ergüven (2015)
Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu
Saturday 7 May 2016 AD

No comment

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The Good Dinosaur
6
Peter Sohn (2015)
Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Maleah Nipay-Padilla
Thursday 5 May 2016 AD

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
8
Jay Roach (2015)
Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren
Tuesday 3 May 2016 AD

No comment

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Moonrise Kingdom
7
Wes Anderson (2012)
Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis
Thursday 14 April 2016 AD

No comment

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World War Z
6
Marc Forster (2013)
Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz
Thursday 14 April 2016 AD

No comment

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Big Eyes
8
Tim Burton (2014)
Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston
Wednesday 30 March 2016 AD

No comment

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The Way Back
7
Peter Weir (2010)
Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell
Tuesday 29 March 2016 AD

No comment

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Silent Hill
2
Christophe Gans (2006)
Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden, Sean Bean
Sunday 27 March 2016 AD

No comment

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
7
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
J.J. Abrams (2015)
Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac
Sunday 27 March 2016 AD

No comment

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Being John Malkovich
6
Spike Jonze (1999)
John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener
Monday 21 March 2016 AD

No comment

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Vertigo
6
Alfred Hitchcock (1958)
James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes
Monday 21 March 2016 AD

No comment

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Harsh Times
8
David Ayer (2005)
Christian Bale, Freddy Rodríguez, Eva Longoria
Saturday 12 March 2016 AD

No comment

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Carol
5
Todd Haynes (2015)
Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson
Sunday 28 February 2016 AD

No comment

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
9
Frank Capra (1939)
James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains
Saturday 20 February 2016 AD

No comment

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Short Term 12
8
Destin Daniel Cretton (2013)
Brie Larson, Frantz Turner, John Gallagher Jr.
Friday 19 February 2016 AD

No comment

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The Holiday
4
Nancy Meyers (2006)
Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law
Thursday 18 February 2016 AD

No comment

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Biutiful
5
Alejandro G. Iñárritu (2010)
Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib
Wednesday 17 February 2016 AD

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It's a Wonderful Life
9
Frank Capra (1946)
James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore
Sunday 31 January 2016 AD

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Fury
9
David Ayer (2014)
Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman
Friday 22 January 2016 AD

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Sicario
9
Denis Villeneuve (2015)
Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro
Friday 22 January 2016 AD

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The Princess Bride
6
Rob Reiner (1987)
Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright
Thursday 21 January 2016 AD

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21 Grams
8
Alejandro G. Iñárritu (2003)
Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts
Sunday 10 January 2016 AD

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A Christmas Carol
7
Robert Zemeckis (2009)
Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth
Sunday 27 December 2015 AD

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Amores Perros
8
Amores perros
Alejandro G. Iñárritu (2000)
Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo
Sunday 27 December 2015 AD

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Before Sunset
8
Richard Linklater (2004)
Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff
Thursday 24 December 2015 AD

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Carnage
9
Roman Polanski (2011)
Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz
Thursday 24 December 2015 AD

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The Walk
6
Robert Zemeckis (2015)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon
Thursday 24 December 2015 AD

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Goodfellas
8
Martin Scorsese (1990)
Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci
Sunday 22 November 2015 AD

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The Martian
9
Ridley Scott (2015)
Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig
Saturday 14 November 2015 AD

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Planet of the Apes
6
Franklin J. Schaffner (1968)
Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter
Wednesday 11 November 2015 AD

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Predestination
7
Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig (2014)
Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor
Wednesday 11 November 2015 AD

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The Secret in Their Eyes
8
El secreto de sus ojos
Juan José Campanella (2009)
Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago
Wednesday 11 November 2015 AD

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The Talented Mr. Ripley
7
Anthony Minghella (1999)
Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law
Wednesday 11 November 2015 AD

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Argo
9
Ben Affleck (2012)
Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman
Saturday 31 October 2015 AD

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Cast Away
9
Robert Zemeckis (2000)
Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Paul Sanchez
Saturday 31 October 2015 AD

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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Wild
7
Jean-Marc Vallée (2014)
Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann
Wednesday 21 October 2015 AD

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Youth
8
Paolo Sorrentino (2015)
Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz
Wednesday 21 October 2015 AD

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Dressed to Kill
6
Brian De Palma (1980)
Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen
Saturday 10 October 2015 AD

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I Wanna Hold Your Hand
6
Robert Zemeckis (1978)
Nancy Allen, Bobby Di Cicco, Marc McClure
Tuesday 29 September 2015 AD

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Used Cars
6
Robert Zemeckis (1980)
Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Gerrit Graham
Tuesday 29 September 2015 AD

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Malice
7
Harold Becker (1993)
Alec Baldwin, Nicole Kidman, Bill Pullman
Wednesday 9 September 2015 AD

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Good Kill
7
Andrew Niccol (2014)
Ethan Hawke, January Jones, Zoë Kravitz
Monday 7 September 2015 AD

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Inside Out
7
Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen (2015)
Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black
Monday 7 September 2015 AD

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
8
Pedro Almodóvar (2006)
Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas
Thursday 27 August 2015 AD

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Braindead
8
Peter Jackson (1992)
Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver, Elizabeth Moody
Wednesday 26 August 2015 AD

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Good Morning, Vietnam
7
Barry Levinson (1987)
Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran
Sunday 16 August 2015 AD

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City of God
8
Cidade de Deus
Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund (2002)
Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele
Thursday 13 August 2015 AD

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her
7
Ned Benson (2013)
Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Nina Arianda
Monday 10 August 2015 AD

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him
7
Ned Benson (2013)
James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Nina Arianda
Monday 10 August 2015 AD

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Death Becomes Her
6
Robert Zemeckis (1992)
Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn
Thursday 6 August 2015 AD

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Still Alice
7
Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland (2014)
Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart
Wednesday 5 August 2015 AD

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Paths of Glory
9
Stanley Kubrick (1957)
Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou
Tuesday 4 August 2015 AD

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
8
Michael Mann (1992)
Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means
Saturday 1 August 2015 AD

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The Judge
8
David Dobkin (2014)
Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga
Thursday 30 July 2015 AD

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Zodiac
9
David Fincher (2007)
Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo
Tuesday 28 July 2015 AD

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Citizenfour
8
Laura Poitras (2014)
Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney
Tuesday 30 June 2015 AD

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We Bought a Zoo
7
Cameron Crowe (2011)
Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church
Tuesday 30 June 2015 AD

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Broadway Rhythm
7
Roy Del Ruth (1944)
George Murphy, Ginny Simms, Charles Winninger
Thursday 4 June 2015 AD

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Un plan parfait
6
Pascal Chaumeil (2012)
Diane Kruger, Dany Boon, Alice Pol
Monday 1 June 2015 AD

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La Haine
8
La haine
Mathieu Kassovitz (1995)
Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui
Sunday 31 May 2015 AD

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Last Known Address
7
Dernier domicile connu
José Giovanni (1970)
Lino Ventura, Marlène Jobert, Michel Constantin
Sunday 31 May 2015 AD

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Tamara Drewe
6
Stephen Frears (2010)
Gemma Arterton, Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper
Sunday 31 May 2015 AD

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The Bourne Ultimatum
9
Paul Greengrass (2007)
Matt Damon, Edgar Ramírez, Joan Allen
Saturday 9 May 2015 AD

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Ted
5
Seth MacFarlane (2012)
Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane
Tuesday 21 April 2015 AD

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Up in the Air
7
Jason Reitman (2009)
George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick
Tuesday 21 April 2015 AD

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The Cabin in the Woods
8
Drew Goddard (2012)
Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison
Monday 20 April 2015 AD

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Big Hero 6
8
Don Hall, Chris Williams (2014)
Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung
Friday 17 April 2015 AD

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Edge of Tomorrow
8
Doug Liman (2014)
Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton
Thursday 16 April 2015 AD

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Amadeus
8
Milos Forman (1984)
F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge
Tuesday 7 April 2015 AD

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Hesher
5
Spencer Susser (2010)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Devin Brochu, Natalie Portman
Thursday 26 March 2015 AD

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12 Angry Men
9
Sidney Lumet (1957)
Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam
Wednesday 18 March 2015 AD

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American Sniper
8
Clint Eastwood (2014)
Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner
Wednesday 4 March 2015 AD

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The Mist
7
Frank Darabont (2007)
Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden
Tuesday 3 March 2015 AD

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Speed
9
Jan de Bont (1994)
Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock
Friday 27 February 2015 AD

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Blue Is the Warmest Color
9
La vie d'Adèle
Abdellatif Kechiche (2013)
Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche
Thursday 26 February 2015 AD

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The Lego Movie
6
Phil Lord, Christopher Miller (2014)
Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks
Thursday 19 February 2015 AD

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Boyhood
7
Richard Linklater (2014)
Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke
Tuesday 17 February 2015 AD

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Whiplash
8
Damien Chazelle (2014)
Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist
Tuesday 17 February 2015 AD

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The Theory of Everything
7
James Marsh (2014)
Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior
Monday 16 February 2015 AD

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The Imitation Game
8
Morten Tyldum (2014)
Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode
Wednesday 11 February 2015 AD

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Transformers: Age of Extinction
4
Michael Bay (2014)
Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor
Monday 9 February 2015 AD

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
7
Franziska Buch (2013)
Jessica Schwarz, Hans Werner Meyer, Sandrine Bonnaire
Friday 30 January 2015 AD

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Two Days, One Night
6
Deux jours, une nuit
Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne (2014)
Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salée
Sunday 25 January 2015 AD

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Contagion
6
Steven Soderbergh (2011)
Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law
Saturday 24 January 2015 AD

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The Grand Budapest Hotel
8
Wes Anderson (2014)
Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric
Saturday 24 January 2015 AD

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The Snowtown Murders
7
Snowtown
Justin Kurzel (2011)
Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris
Saturday 24 January 2015 AD

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Buffalo '66
7
Vincent Gallo (1998)
Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, Ben Gazzara
Thursday 22 January 2015 AD

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Unbreakable
10
M. Night Shyamalan (2000)
Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright
Thursday 22 January 2015 AD

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La Famille Bélier
7
La famille Bélier
Eric Lartigau (2014)
Karin Viard, François Damiens, Eric Elmosnino
Saturday 3 January 2015 AD

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Serial (Bad) Weddings
4
Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu?
Philippe de Chauveron (2014)
Christian Clavier, Chantal Lauby, Ary Abittan
Sunday 28 December 2014 AD

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Pacific Rim
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Guillermo del Toro (2013)
Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi
Monday 22 December 2014 AD

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.

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Nebraska
7
Alexander Payne (2013)
Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb
Saturday 20 December 2014 AD

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Breaking News
4
Dai si gin
Johnnie To (2004)
Richie Jen, Kelly Chen, Nick Cheung
Sunday 30 November 2014 AD

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Four Rooms
8
Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino (1995)
Tim Roth, Antonio Banderas, Sammi Davis
Sunday 30 November 2014 AD

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Great Expectations
6
Alfonso Cuarón (1998)
Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hank Azaria
Sunday 30 November 2014 AD

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Rope
8
Alfred Hitchcock (1948)
James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger
Sunday 30 November 2014 AD

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The Player
7
Robert Altman (1992)
Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward
Sunday 30 November 2014 AD

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The Protector
6
Tom yum goong
Prachya Pinkaew (2005)
Tony Jaa, Nathan Jones, Xing Jin
Sunday 30 November 2014 AD

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Memento
8
Christopher Nolan (2000)
Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano
Sunday 23 November 2014 AD

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Catch Me If You Can
9
Steven Spielberg (2002)
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken
Thursday 20 November 2014 AD

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Little Miss Sunshine
9
Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris (2006)
Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear
Thursday 20 November 2014 AD

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Man on Wire
9
James Marsh (2008)
Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau
Thursday 20 November 2014 AD

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Match Point
9
Woody Allen (2005)
Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emily Mortimer
Thursday 20 November 2014 AD

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Road to Perdition
9
Sam Mendes (2002)
Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Rob Maxey
Thursday 20 November 2014 AD

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How to Train Your Dragon 2
7
Dean DeBlois (2014)
Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler
Wednesday 12 November 2014 AD

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Interstellar
7
Christopher Nolan (2014)
Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
Wednesday 12 November 2014 AD

Christopher Nolan tries to package decades of science-fiction themes into a single movie. The lossy compression is quite noticeable.

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Her
7
Spike Jonze (2013)
Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson
Saturday 1 November 2014 AD

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My Night at Maud's
7
Ma nuit chez Maud
Éric Rohmer (1969)
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Françoise Fabian, Marie-Christine Barrault
Saturday 1 November 2014 AD

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Only Lovers Left Alive
6
Jim Jarmusch (2013)
Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska
Saturday 1 November 2014 AD

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The Old Gun
8
Le vieux fusil
Robert Enrico (1975)
Philippe Noiret, Romy Schneider, Jean Bouise
Saturday 1 November 2014 AD

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
7
Adam McKay (2004)
Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell
Friday 31 October 2014 AD

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Apollo 13
10
Ron Howard (1995)
Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon
Friday 31 October 2014 AD

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The Descent
5
Neil Marshall (2005)
Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid
Friday 31 October 2014 AD

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Gone Girl
9
David Fincher (2014)
Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
Saturday 11 October 2014 AD

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The Fault in Our Stars
6
Josh Boone (2014)
Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff
Saturday 11 October 2014 AD

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2 Days in Paris
8
Julie Delpy (2007)
Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg, Daniel Brühl
Saturday 27 September 2014 AD

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For a Few Dollars More
8
Per qualche dollaro in più
Sergio Leone (1965)
Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volontè
Thursday 11 September 2014 AD

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United 93
9
Paul Greengrass (2006)
David Alan Basche, Olivia Thirlby, Liza Colón-Zayas
Wednesday 10 September 2014 AD

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Blackfish
9
Gabriela Cowperthwaite (2013)
Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg
Saturday 16 August 2014 AD

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Searching for Sugar Man
9
Malik Bendjelloul (2012)
Rodriguez, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey
Saturday 16 August 2014 AD

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Get Him to the Greek
7
Nicholas Stoller (2010)
Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Elisabeth Moss
Tuesday 12 August 2014 AD

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The Notebook
6
Nick Cassavetes (2004)
Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Rachel McAdams
Monday 11 August 2014 AD

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The Thing
7
John Carpenter (1982)
Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David
Sunday 10 August 2014 AD

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The Raid 2
5
Serbuan maut 2: Berandal
Gareth Evans (2014)
Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra
Monday 28 July 2014 AD

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About Time
6
Richard Curtis (2013)
Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy
Sunday 27 July 2014 AD

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Nymphomaniac: Vol. I
6
Lars von Trier (2013)
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin
Sunday 27 July 2014 AD

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Life of Pi
8
Ang Lee (2012)
Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain
Sunday 6 July 2014 AD

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Paris, je t'aime
7
Olivier Assayas, Frédéric Auburtin, Emmanuel Benbihy, Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Isabel Coixet, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Gérard Depardieu, Christopher Doyle, Richard LaGravenese, Vincenzo Natali, Alexander Payne, Bruno Podalydès, Walter Salles, Oliver Schmitz, Nobuhiro Suwa, Daniela Thomas, Tom Tykwer, Gus Van Sant (2006)
Juliette Binoche, Leonor Watling, Ludivine Sagnier
Tuesday 24 June 2014 AD

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Secretary
4
Steven Shainberg (2002)
James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Davies
Tuesday 24 June 2014 AD

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Sólo con Tu Pareja
8
Sólo con tu pareja
Alfonso Cuarón (1991)
Daniel Giménez Cacho, Claudia Ramírez, Luis de Icaza
Sunday 22 June 2014 AD

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City Lights
8
Charles Chaplin (1931)
Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee
Monday 16 June 2014 AD

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Drive
9
Nicolas Winding Refn (2011)
Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston
Monday 16 June 2014 AD

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Modern Times
8
Charles Chaplin (1936)
Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman
Monday 16 June 2014 AD

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The Birds
8
Alfred Hitchcock (1963)
Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy
Monday 16 June 2014 AD

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The Insider
10
Michael Mann (1999)
Russell Crowe, Al Pacino, Christopher Plummer
Monday 16 June 2014 AD

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What Lies Beneath
7
Robert Zemeckis (2000)
Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Katharine Towne
Monday 16 June 2014 AD

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Shotgun Stories
9
Jeff Nichols (2007)
Michael Shannon, Douglas Ligon, Barlow Jacobs
Sunday 15 June 2014 AD

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Pain & Gain
8
Michael Bay (2013)
Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie
Saturday 14 June 2014 AD

First Michael Bay’s escape of his Transformers franchise jail. The mix of comedy / action / crime genres is clearly the most suited for his style.

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War of the Worlds
9
Steven Spielberg (2005)
Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins
Friday 13 June 2014 AD

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Elysium
6
Neill Blomkamp (2013)
Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley
Monday 9 June 2014 AD

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The Wizard of Oz
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Victor Fleming (1939)
Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger
Monday 9 June 2014 AD

After 30 minutes I started watching it in x4 speed so that I could finish it under one hour. This catalog of magic mumbo jumbo trash wasn’t worth any more of my time.

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The Chumscrubber
7
Arie Posin (2005)
Jamie Bell, Allison Janney, Rory Culkin
Wednesday 4 June 2014 AD

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A Bug's Life
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John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton (1998)
Kevin Spacey, Dave Foley, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Monday 2 June 2014 AD

Joke time: spiders are the only type of web developers that like to find bugs. Tssssh bam.

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Brave
8
Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell (2012)
Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson
Monday 2 June 2014 AD

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Monsters University
8
Dan Scanlon (2013)
Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi
Monday 2 June 2014 AD

This is funny and well-crafted overall, but it depends too much on its predecessor to really be a remarkable, stand-alone movie.

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Napoleon Dynamite
8
Jared Hess (2004)
Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries
Friday 30 May 2014 AD

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Rear Window
9
Alfred Hitchcock (1954)
James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey
Friday 30 May 2014 AD

I admire James Stewart’s character and the stoicism and seriousness with which he ponders the implications of marriage when the woman in question is played by Grace Kelly.

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The Lunchbox
8
Dabba
Ritesh Batra (2013)
Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Friday 30 May 2014 AD

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What Women Want
7
Nancy Meyers (2000)
Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei
Friday 30 May 2014 AD

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Battleship
9
Peter Berg (2012)
Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson
Thursday 29 May 2014 AD

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Monsieur Lazhar
8
Philippe Falardeau (2011)
Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron
Thursday 29 May 2014 AD

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The Class
7
Entre les murs
Laurent Cantet (2008)
François Bégaudeau, Agame Malembo-Emene, Angélica Sancio
Thursday 29 May 2014 AD

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Sinister
7
Scott Derrickson (2012)
Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone
Saturday 24 May 2014 AD

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We Need to Talk About Kevin
6
Lynne Ramsay (2011)
Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller
Wednesday 21 May 2014 AD

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Insidious
1
James Wan (2010)
Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins
Sunday 18 May 2014 AD

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Side Effects
8
Steven Soderbergh (2013)
Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law
Saturday 17 May 2014 AD

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Romancing the Stone
7
Robert Zemeckis (1984)
Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
Thursday 8 May 2014 AD

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Captain America: The First Avenger
6
Joe Johnston (2011)
Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Samuel L. Jackson
Wednesday 7 May 2014 AD

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind
8
Steven Spielberg (1977)
Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr
Wednesday 7 May 2014 AD

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Noah
8
Darren Aronofsky (2014)
Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins
Wednesday 7 May 2014 AD

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Rush
8
Ron Howard (2013)
Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde
Wednesday 7 May 2014 AD

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The Host
1
Andrew Niccol (2013)
Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel
Wednesday 7 May 2014 AD

This film has been written for the screen and directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, The Truman Show, Lord of War). I can’t believe this. What the actual fuck has happened. Had someone checked on him?

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Jarhead
8
Sam Mendes (2005)
Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, Lucas Black
Wednesday 2 April 2014 AD

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Revolutionary Road
8
Sam Mendes (2008)
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Christopher Fitzgerald
Sunday 30 March 2014 AD

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
4
Stephen Chbosky (2012)
Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller
Thursday 20 March 2014 AD

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Basic Instinct
8
Paul Verhoeven (1992)
Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza
Wednesday 19 March 2014 AD

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Easy A
7
Will Gluck (2010)
Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Penn Badgley
Wednesday 19 March 2014 AD

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
7
Alfonso Cuarón (2004)
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
Wednesday 19 March 2014 AD

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Juno
7
Jason Reitman (2007)
Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner
Wednesday 19 March 2014 AD

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Life Is Beautiful
9
La vita è bella
Roberto Benigni (1997)
Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini
Wednesday 19 March 2014 AD

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Lucky Number Slevin
5
Paul McGuigan (2006)
Josh Hartnett, Ben Kingsley, Morgan Freeman
Wednesday 19 March 2014 AD

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
7
Gore Verbinski (2003)
Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom
Wednesday 19 March 2014 AD

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Shooter
7
Antoine Fuqua (2007)
Mark Wahlberg, Michael Peña, Rhona Mitra
Wednesday 19 March 2014 AD

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Supercondriaque
7
Dany Boon (2014)
Dany Boon, Kad Merad, Alice Pol
Wednesday 19 March 2014 AD

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The Ides of March
7
George Clooney (2011)
Paul Giamatti, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Wednesday 19 March 2014 AD

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The Quiet Man
3
John Ford (1952)
John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald
Wednesday 19 March 2014 AD

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The Raid: Redemption
6
Serbuan maut
Gareth Evans (2011)
Iko Uwais, Ananda George, Ray Sahetapy
Wednesday 19 March 2014 AD

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Unknown
5
Jaume Collet-Serra (2011)
Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones
Wednesday 19 March 2014 AD

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Love Like Poison
7
Un poison violent
Katell Quillévéré (2010)
Clara Augarde, Lio, Michel Galabru
Thursday 6 March 2014 AD

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Superman
6
Richard Donner (1978)
Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman
Thursday 6 March 2014 AD

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Welcome to the Sticks
6
Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis
Dany Boon (2008)
Kad Merad, Dany Boon, Zoé Félix
Thursday 6 March 2014 AD

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12 Years a Slave
8
Steve McQueen (2013)
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender
Wednesday 5 March 2014 AD

The next movie from Steve McQueen will be titled Widows. This one therefore marks an exception on his one-word-titled filmography, a nice touch from the director to inform us not to worry about this casual history educative package and that it was only for the Oscar hold-up. It’s actually very decent.

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Blue Jasmine
6
Woody Allen (2013)
Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard
Wednesday 5 March 2014 AD

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Dallas Buyers Club
7
Jean-Marc Vallée (2013)
Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto
Wednesday 5 March 2014 AD

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Frozen
8
Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee (2013)
Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff
Wednesday 5 March 2014 AD

This film should be punished for having spread its garbage song like a virus on the entire face of the Earth, but it’s not actually bad so I can’t use this petty argument.

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Mud
8
Jeff Nichols (2012)
Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland
Sunday 16 February 2014 AD

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Wadjda
7
Haifaa Al-Mansour (2012)
Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani
Sunday 16 February 2014 AD

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The Warriors
6
Walter Hill (1979)
Michael Beck, James Remar, Dorsey Wright
Sunday 19 January 2014 AD

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Captain Phillips
9
Paul Greengrass (2013)
Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman
Saturday 18 January 2014 AD

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Like Father, Like Son
8
Soshite chichi ni naru
Hirokazu Koreeda (2013)
Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Yôko Maki
Saturday 18 January 2014 AD

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Gravity
9
Alfonso Cuarón (2013)
Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris
Saturday 11 January 2014 AD

This movie will be criticized for its scientific inaccuracies, because its action is so tangible it doesn’t even play in the same ballpark than any other science-fiction movie. It measures itself not against the laws of plausibility, but directly against those of physics. Even if at times it has difficulties winning this fight, especially when it comes to the first law of Newton near parachutes, it still stands up solidly and settles the deal with a masterful depiction of what spacewalks feel like as well as an intensively suspenseful narration.

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The Wolf of Wall Street
9
Martin Scorsese (2013)
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
Saturday 11 January 2014 AD

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Comment j'ai détesté les maths
8
Olivier Peyon (2013)
Eitan Grinspun
Tuesday 7 January 2014 AD

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Spring Breakers
5
Harmony Korine (2012)
Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson
Saturday 4 January 2014 AD

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
8
Ben Stiller (2013)
Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Jon Daly
Saturday 4 January 2014 AD

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Bachelorette
5
Leslye Headland (2012)
Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan
Monday 30 December 2013 AD

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Don Jon
2
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (2013)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore
Monday 30 December 2013 AD

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Eyes Wide Shut
7
Stanley Kubrick (1999)
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Todd Field
Monday 30 December 2013 AD

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Iron Man
8
Jon Favreau (2008)
Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard
Monday 30 December 2013 AD

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King Kong
9
Peter Jackson (2005)
Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody
Monday 30 December 2013 AD

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Lilo & Stitch
7
Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders (2002)
Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere
Monday 30 December 2013 AD

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One Deadly Summer
5
L'été meurtrier
Jean Becker (1983)
Isabelle Adjani, Alain Souchon, Suzanne Flon
Monday 30 December 2013 AD

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Only God Forgives
5
Nicolas Winding Refn (2013)
Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm
Monday 30 December 2013 AD

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The Bling Ring
7
Sofia Coppola (2013)
Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson
Monday 30 December 2013 AD

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The Place Beyond the Pines
7
Derek Cianfrance (2012)
Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes
Monday 30 December 2013 AD

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Troy
8
Wolfgang Petersen (2004)
Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom
Monday 30 December 2013 AD

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The Spectacular Now
9
James Ponsoldt (2013)
Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Kyle Chandler
Thursday 26 December 2013 AD

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Man of Steel
5
Zack Snyder (2013)
Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon
Friday 1 November 2013 AD

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Halloween
9
John Carpenter (1978)
Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran
Wednesday 30 October 2013 AD

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Martyrs
4
Pascal Laugier (2008)
Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin
Wednesday 30 October 2013 AD

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A Little Princess
7
Alfonso Cuarón (1995)
Liesel Matthews, Eleanor Bron, Liam Cunningham
Saturday 26 October 2013 AD

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
6
Tim Burton (2005)
Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly
Sunday 13 October 2013 AD

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
7
Stanley Kubrick (1964)
Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden
Sunday 13 October 2013 AD

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Fantastic Four
4
Tim Story (2005)
Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans
Sunday 13 October 2013 AD

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Ice Age
8
Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha (2002)
Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Ray Romano
Sunday 13 October 2013 AD

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Jackie Brown
7
Quentin Tarantino (1997)
Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
Sunday 13 October 2013 AD

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Meet the Parents
7
Jay Roach (2000)
Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Teri Polo
Sunday 13 October 2013 AD

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Men in Black II
4
Barry Sonnenfeld (2002)
Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Rip Torn
Sunday 13 October 2013 AD

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Platoon
6
Oliver Stone (1986)
Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe
Sunday 13 October 2013 AD

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes
5
Rupert Wyatt (2011)
James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto
Sunday 13 October 2013 AD

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Shrek 2
6
Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon (2004)
Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz
Sunday 13 October 2013 AD

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Sleepy Hollow
4
Tim Burton (1999)
Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson
Sunday 13 October 2013 AD

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The Tree of Life
9
Terrence Malick (2011)
Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain
Sunday 13 October 2013 AD

I love it until I fall asleep around the 90th minute.

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Transformers
8
Michael Bay (2007)
Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel
Sunday 13 October 2013 AD

I distinctly remember the day when I went to watch this movie on the theater when I was a teenager. By mixing a spielbergian tale of a teenager meeting alien bots with the alluring presence of Megan Fox, Michael Bay blew 14-years-old me away, and put a wide smile on my face. This movie, which even under the adult eye stays a decent entertainment, holds a special place in my heart. It certainly is one of the greatest cinematographic experience of my life, when adjusted for intellectual inflation.

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Django Unchained
6
Quentin Tarantino (2012)
Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio
Friday 11 October 2013 AD

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Rust and Bone
8
De rouille et d'os
Jacques Audiard (2012)
Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure
Friday 11 October 2013 AD

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Avatar
8
James Cameron (2009)
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver
Saturday 7 September 2013 AD

“It’s visually outstanding, but the screenplay definitely lacks depth.” People who try to appear smart by reviewing this movie like that are so annoying. They then proceed to say, even more annoyingly so, “Well, it’s mostly a plagia of Pocahontas and Dance with Wolves.” Can’t you enjoy a good classic adventure instead of trying to be a smartass?

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1941
5
Steven Spielberg (1979)
John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Treat Williams
Wednesday 14 August 2013 AD

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A.I. Artificial Intelligence
6
Artificial Intelligence: AI
Steven Spielberg (2001)
Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor
Wednesday 14 August 2013 AD

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Boogie Nights
9
Paul Thomas Anderson (1997)
Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds
Wednesday 14 August 2013 AD

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Breathless
5
À bout de souffle
Jean-Luc Godard (1960)
Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger
Wednesday 14 August 2013 AD

Jean-Paul Belmondo incarne un macho vantard désagréable au possible, un kéké par excellence. Et ça parle et ça parle sans s’arrêter. La nouvelle vague qui n’a rien à raconter, et où je m’emmerde.

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Hook
5
Steven Spielberg (1991)
Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts
Wednesday 14 August 2013 AD

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Inception
6
Christopher Nolan (2010)
Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page
Wednesday 14 August 2013 AD

Christopher Nolan sets the action into dreams so that he has an excuse to show us whatever the fuck he wants. Fans will come up with all sorts of explanations to fix holes in the ambiguous axiomatic so that they can keep convincing themselves that it’s a form of highly intelligent art. I mildly enjoy the show from a perplexed eye.

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Jaws
9
Steven Spielberg (1975)
Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss
Wednesday 14 August 2013 AD

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
8
Steve Barron (1990)
Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas, Josh Pais
Wednesday 14 August 2013 AD

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The Color Purple
5
Steven Spielberg (1985)
Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey
Wednesday 14 August 2013 AD

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The Sugarland Express
7
Steven Spielberg (1974)
Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson, Michael Sacks
Wednesday 14 August 2013 AD

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The Girl Next Door
6
Luke Greenfield (2004)
Emile Hirsch, Nicholas Downs, Elisha Cuthbert
Friday 9 August 2013 AD

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The Master
6
Paul Thomas Anderson (2012)
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams
Friday 9 August 2013 AD

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A Prophet
8
Un prophète
Jacques Audiard (2009)
Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif
Monday 5 August 2013 AD

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Blood Diamond
4
Edward Zwick (2006)
Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly
Friday 2 August 2013 AD

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Magnolia
9
Paul Thomas Anderson (1999)
Tom Cruise, Jason Robards, Julianne Moore
Thursday 1 August 2013 AD

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Pearl Harbor
4
Michael Bay (2001)
Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett
Thursday 1 August 2013 AD

Talk about the usage of music in propaganda. Take notice of Hans Zimmer’s victorious march after Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett’s planes shoot down a few Japanese ones, followed by cheers from sailors who are in the water, that is, among some of their peers who are drowning at this very moment. That is about the ugliest, most idiotic, possible treatment of such apocalyptic war moment. This scene cuts to a scene on a Japanese ship where an officer announces to his chief that their attack is a “total success”. The dialog tells us one thing, just after the action showed us the opposite. Michael Bay apparently had no idea what the hell he was doing, apart from making sure that this thing somehow had to contain some sort of American win. The usage of the three-acts, three-hours, Titanic format, obviously couldn’t work as a platform for such retarded storytelling.

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Punch-Drunk Love
6
Paul Thomas Anderson (2002)
Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Thursday 1 August 2013 AD

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Se7en
9
David Fincher (1995)
Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey
Thursday 1 August 2013 AD

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The Artist
8
Michel Hazanavicius (2011)
Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman
Thursday 1 August 2013 AD

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The Dark Knight Rises
6
Christopher Nolan (2012)
Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway
Thursday 1 August 2013 AD

In this opus, the availability and reliability of Batman’s gadgets are artificially reduced so that the fact that he’s no better at fighting than any other random black belt from the streets (in this case, Bane) can be used as a form of dramatic tension. <spoiler>In the end, Bane is easily killed by a Batman’s gadget and the movie must awkwardly confronts the absurdity that it all could have been settled in 5 minutes at any other time</spoiler>

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There Will Be Blood
8
Paul Thomas Anderson (2007)
Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds
Thursday 1 August 2013 AD

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Batman & Robin
3
Joel Schumacher (1997)
Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell
Sunday 28 July 2013 AD

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Flight
9
Robert Zemeckis (2012)
Denzel Washington, Nadine Velazquez, Don Cheadle
Sunday 28 July 2013 AD

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Godzilla
6
Roland Emmerich (1998)
Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo
Sunday 28 July 2013 AD

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
6
Mike Newell (2005)
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
Sunday 28 July 2013 AD

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Ip Man
7
Yip Man
Wilson Yip (2008)
Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan
Sunday 28 July 2013 AD

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Looper
5
Rian Johnson (2012)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt
Sunday 28 July 2013 AD

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One Day
2
Lone Scherfig (2011)
Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson
Sunday 28 July 2013 AD

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Rocky
7
John G. Avildsen (1976)
Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young
Sunday 28 July 2013 AD

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Romantics Anonymous
4
Les émotifs anonymes
Jean-Pierre Améris (2010)
Benoît Poelvoorde, Isabelle Carré, Lorella Cravotta
Sunday 28 July 2013 AD

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Sarah's Key
8
Elle s'appelait Sarah
Gilles Paquet-Brenner (2010)
Kristin Scott Thomas, Mélusine Mayance, Niels Arestrup
Sunday 28 July 2013 AD

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
8
Tim Burton (2007)
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman
Sunday 28 July 2013 AD

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The Chorus
7
Les choristes
Christophe Barratier (2004)
Gérard Jugnot, François Berléand, Jean-Baptiste Maunier
Sunday 28 July 2013 AD

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The Help
9
Tate Taylor (2011)
Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer
Sunday 28 July 2013 AD

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The Little Mermaid
1
Ron Clements, John Musker (1989)
Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Rene Auberjonois
Sunday 28 July 2013 AD

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The Machinist
6
Brad Anderson (2004)
Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón
Sunday 28 July 2013 AD

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Twilight
3
Catherine Hardwicke (2008)
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke
Sunday 28 July 2013 AD

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Hard Eight
5
Sydney
Paul Thomas Anderson (1996)
Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow
Saturday 27 July 2013 AD

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Agora
7
Alejandro Amenábar (2009)
Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Oscar Isaac
Thursday 25 July 2013 AD

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Cars 2
7
John Lasseter, Brad Lewis (2011)
Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine
Thursday 25 July 2013 AD

WOOSH

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Lawless
9
John Hillcoat (2012)
Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce
Thursday 25 July 2013 AD

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Le Dîner de Cons
6
Le dîner de cons
Francis Veber (1998)
Thierry Lhermitte, Jacques Villeret, Francis Huster
Thursday 25 July 2013 AD

Mon problème avec ce film c’est la manière dont le critère déterminant des “cons” est leur passion pour un hobby surprenant (maquettes en allumettes, boomerang, etc). On pourrait dire que ce qui en fait les cibles des moqueries ce n’est pas leur passion en elle-même mais plutôt le fait qu’ils ne parlent que de ça, mais on ne pas vraiment en être sûr puisqu’ils sont invités au dîner explicitement pour en parler et qu’on ne peut donc attendre que ça d’eux. Non seulement le film se permet la convéniance de faire coincider ce genre de passionnés avec des personnalités qui sont outre-mesure assez embrassantes, mais en plus ces passions sont explicitement utilisées à diverses reprises comme outil d’humour, selon moi de manière tout à fait déplacée. La morale du film est que les vrais cons ce sont ceux de l’autre côté de la table, donc il y a tout de même un peu de recul, mais pour moi cela retire une bonne partie de la justification du film en lui-même.

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True Grit
9
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen (2010)
Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld
Thursday 25 July 2013 AD

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Mama
6
Andy Muschietti (2013)
Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier
Friday 31 May 2013 AD

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Y Tu Mamá También
7
Y tu mamá también
Alfonso Cuarón (2001)
Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Daniel Giménez Cacho
Friday 31 May 2013 AD

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2 Fast 2 Furious
5
John Singleton (2003)
Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Cole Hauser
Thursday 9 May 2013 AD

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21
8
Robert Luketic (2008)
Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey
Thursday 9 May 2013 AD

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Casino
7
Martin Scorsese (1995)
Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci
Thursday 9 May 2013 AD

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Cloud Atlas
7
Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski (2012)
Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant
Thursday 9 May 2013 AD

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Crazy, Stupid, Love.
8
Glenn Ficarra, John Requa (2011)
Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore
Thursday 9 May 2013 AD

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
8
Michel Gondry (2004)
Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson
Thursday 9 May 2013 AD

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
5
David Yates (2007)
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
Thursday 9 May 2013 AD

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Hulk
7
Ang Lee (2003)
Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott
Thursday 9 May 2013 AD

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I, Robot
8
Alex Proyas (2004)
Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Bruce Greenwood
Thursday 9 May 2013 AD

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L.A. Confidential
5
Curtis Hanson (1997)
Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce
Thursday 9 May 2013 AD

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Lincoln
6
Steven Spielberg (2012)
Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn
Thursday 9 May 2013 AD

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Signs
9
M. Night Shyamalan (2002)
Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin
Thursday 9 May 2013 AD

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The Avengers
7
Joss Whedon (2012)
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson
Thursday 9 May 2013 AD

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The Fast and the Furious
6
Rob Cohen (2001)
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez
Thursday 9 May 2013 AD

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The Italian Job
7
F. Gary Gray (2003)
Donald Sutherland, Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton
Thursday 9 May 2013 AD

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The Rock
8
Michael Bay (1996)
Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris
Thursday 9 May 2013 AD

This Tarantino-written, Jerry Bruckheimer-produced, Michael Bay-directed action movie, is the peak of the Golden Age of 90s effective action flicks.

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The Town
7
Ben Affleck (2010)
Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm
Thursday 9 May 2013 AD

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To the Wonder
6
Terrence Malick (2012)
Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem
Thursday 9 May 2013 AD

Ben Affleck, who plays the lead, said that this movie is to The Tree of Life what the Tree of Life is to Transformers. This also works on the scale of boredom.

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Top Gun
7
Tony Scott (1986)
Tom Cruise, Tim Robbins, Kelly McGillis
Thursday 9 May 2013 AD

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War Horse
9
Steven Spielberg (2011)
Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis
Thursday 9 May 2013 AD

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X-Men 2
7
X2
Bryan Singer (2003)
Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry
Thursday 9 May 2013 AD

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Contact
9
Robert Zemeckis (1997)
Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt
Tuesday 7 May 2013 AD

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Children of Men
10
Alfonso Cuarón (2006)
Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Friday 3 May 2013 AD

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Porn in the Hood
7
Les Kaïra
Franck Gastambide (2012)
Medi Sadoun, Franck Gastambide, Jib Pocthier
Monday 1 April 2013 AD

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Take Shelter
9
Jeff Nichols (2011)
Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham
Monday 1 April 2013 AD

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Toy Story 3
9
Lee Unkrich (2010)
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack
Monday 1 April 2013 AD

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Young Adult
5
Jason Reitman (2011)
Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt
Monday 1 April 2013 AD

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Real Steel
7
Shawn Levy (2011)
Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo
Saturday 9 February 2013 AD

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Zero Dark Thirty
9
Kathryn Bigelow (2012)
Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt
Saturday 2 February 2013 AD

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Little White Lies
7
Les petits mouchoirs
Guillaume Canet (2010)
François Cluzet, Marion Cotillard, Benoît Magimel
Saturday 26 January 2013 AD

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The Day After Tomorrow
6
Roland Emmerich (2004)
Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum
Saturday 26 January 2013 AD

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The Mask
6
Chuck Russell (1994)
Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Riegert
Saturday 12 January 2013 AD

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Die Hard 2
7
Renny Harlin (1990)
Bruce Willis, William Atherton, Bonnie Bedelia
Saturday 29 December 2012 AD

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Elephant
8
Gus Van Sant (2003)
Elias McConnell, Alex Frost, Eric Deulen
Saturday 29 December 2012 AD

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Spider-Man 2
7
Sam Raimi (2004)
Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina
Saturday 29 December 2012 AD

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The Others
9
Alejandro Amenábar (2001)
Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan
Saturday 29 December 2012 AD

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The Sea Inside
4
Mar adentro
Alejandro Amenábar (2004)
Javier Bardem, Belén Rueda, Lola Dueñas
Saturday 29 December 2012 AD

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Cinderella
5
Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske (1950)
Ilene Woods, James MacDonald, Eleanor Audley
Wednesday 26 December 2012 AD

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District 9
8
Neill Blomkamp (2009)
Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope
Wednesday 26 December 2012 AD

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No Country for Old Men
8
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen (2007)
Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin
Wednesday 26 December 2012 AD

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Inglourious Basterds
9
Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth (2009)
Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth
Sunday 25 November 2012 AD

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Downfall
7
Der Untergang
Oliver Hirschbiegel (2004)
Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes
Saturday 24 November 2012 AD

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GoldenEye
8
Martin Campbell (1995)
Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco
Saturday 10 November 2012 AD

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The Circus
8
Charles Chaplin (1928)
Charles Chaplin, Merna Kennedy, Al Ernest Garcia
Saturday 10 November 2012 AD

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
7
David Fincher (2008)
Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton
Saturday 10 November 2012 AD

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The Hunger Games
6
Gary Ross (2012)
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Saturday 10 November 2012 AD

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Valkyrie
9
Bryan Singer (2008)
Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Carice van Houten
Saturday 10 November 2012 AD

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Skyfall
8
Sam Mendes (2012)
Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris
Monday 29 October 2012 AD

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Kramer vs. Kramer
7
Robert Benton (1979)
Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander
Saturday 29 September 2012 AD

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101 Dalmatians
7
One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman (1961)
Rod Taylor, Betty Lou Gerson, J. Pat O'Malley
Sunday 9 September 2012 AD

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Mulan
7
Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook (1998)
Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, BD Wong
Sunday 9 September 2012 AD

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A Dangerous Method
5
David Cronenberg (2011)
Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen
Saturday 8 September 2012 AD

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Philadelphia
6
Jonathan Demme (1993)
Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Roberta Maxwell
Saturday 8 September 2012 AD

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Tangled
9
Nathan Greno, Byron Howard (2010)
Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy
Saturday 8 September 2012 AD

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The Silence of the Lambs
6
Jonathan Demme (1991)
Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney
Wednesday 1 August 2012 AD

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127 Hours
8
Danny Boyle (2010)
James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara
Tuesday 31 July 2012 AD

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28 Days Later...
8
Danny Boyle (2002)
Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston
Tuesday 31 July 2012 AD

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Con Air
8
Simon West (1997)
Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich
Tuesday 31 July 2012 AD

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Flipped
4
Rob Reiner (2010)
Madeline Carroll, Callan McAuliffe, Rebecca De Mornay
Tuesday 31 July 2012 AD

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Good Bye Lenin!
8
Wolfgang Becker (2003)
Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß, Chulpan Khamatova
Tuesday 31 July 2012 AD

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LOL (Laughing Out Loud) ®
3
Lisa Azuelos (2008)
Sophie Marceau, Christa Théret, Jeremy Kapone
Tuesday 31 July 2012 AD

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Little Voice
7
Mark Herman (1998)
Brenda Blethyn, Jane Horrocks, Michael Caine
Tuesday 31 July 2012 AD

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail
6
Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones (1975)
Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle
Tuesday 31 July 2012 AD

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North by Northwest
6
Alfred Hitchcock (1959)
Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason
Tuesday 31 July 2012 AD

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O Brother, Where Art Thou?
7
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (2000)
George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson
Tuesday 31 July 2012 AD

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Ocean's Eleven
8
Steven Soderbergh (2001)
George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts
Tuesday 31 July 2012 AD

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Pontypool
7
Bruce McDonald (2008)
Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly
Tuesday 31 July 2012 AD

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Reservoir Dogs
8
Quentin Tarantino (1992)
Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen
Tuesday 31 July 2012 AD

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Roman Holiday
4
William Wyler (1953)
Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert
Tuesday 31 July 2012 AD

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Sin City
5
Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino (2005)
Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis
Tuesday 31 July 2012 AD

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The Bourne Supremacy
7
Paul Greengrass (2004)
Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Joan Allen
Tuesday 31 July 2012 AD

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The Mask of Zorro
8
Martin Campbell (1998)
Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Tuesday 31 July 2012 AD

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The Sixth Sense
8
M. Night Shyamalan (1999)
Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette
Tuesday 31 July 2012 AD

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Thor
7
Kenneth Branagh (2011)
Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman
Tuesday 31 July 2012 AD

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Toy Story
8
John Lasseter (1995)
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles
Tuesday 31 July 2012 AD

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Twelve Monkeys
8
Terry Gilliam (1995)
Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt
Tuesday 31 July 2012 AD

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Youth in Revolt
5
Miguel Arteta (2009)
Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Ray Liotta
Tuesday 31 July 2012 AD

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Carrie
4
Brian De Palma (1976)
Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving
Thursday 26 July 2012 AD

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The Graduate
7
Mike Nichols (1967)
Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross
Monday 23 July 2012 AD

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The Green Mile
8
Frank Darabont (1999)
Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse
Monday 23 July 2012 AD

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300
7
Zack Snyder (2006)
Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham
Sunday 22 July 2012 AD

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Lost in Translation
6
Sofia Coppola (2003)
Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi
Sunday 22 July 2012 AD

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Ma première fois
1
Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar (2012)
Esther Comar, Martin Cannavo, Vincent Perez
Sunday 22 July 2012 AD

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The King's Speech
8
Tom Hooper (2010)
Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter
Sunday 22 July 2012 AD

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Wanted
7
Timur Bekmambetov (2008)
Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman
Sunday 22 July 2012 AD

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The Fountain
4
Darren Aronofsky (2006)
Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Sean Patrick Thomas
Saturday 21 July 2012 AD

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Black Swan
8
Darren Aronofsky (2010)
Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel
Friday 20 July 2012 AD

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Contempt
5
Le mépris
Jean-Luc Godard (1963)
Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance, Michel Piccoli
Wednesday 18 July 2012 AD

Brigitte Bardot incarne une mollassonne ennuyante comme la mort. Le film parle et parle et parle, didactique à gogo. Oh qu’est-ce qu’on s’emmerde.

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The Art of Getting By
4
Gavin Wiesen (2011)
Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano
Wednesday 18 July 2012 AD

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The Dark Knight
9
Christopher Nolan (2008)
Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart
Wednesday 18 July 2012 AD

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The Players
7
Les infidèles
Emmanuelle Bercot, Fred Cavayé, Alexandre Courtès, Jean Dujardin, Michel Hazanavicius, Jan Kounen, Eric Lartigau, Gilles Lellouche (2012)
Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Géraldine Nakache
Wednesday 18 July 2012 AD

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The Amazing Spider-Man
8
Marc Webb (2012)
Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans
Friday 13 July 2012 AD

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Babel
5
Alejandro G. Iñárritu (2006)
Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal
Tuesday 10 July 2012 AD

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Cellular
7
David R. Ellis (2004)
Kim Basinger, Chris Evans, Jason Statham
Tuesday 10 July 2012 AD

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East of Eden
4
Elia Kazan (1955)
James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris
Tuesday 10 July 2012 AD

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Goodbye First Love
4
Un amour de jeunesse
Mia Hansen-Løve (2011)
Lola Créton, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Magne-Håvard Brekke
Tuesday 10 July 2012 AD

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Melancholia
5
Lars von Trier (2011)
Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland
Tuesday 10 July 2012 AD

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Project X
5
Nima Nourizadeh (2012)
Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown
Tuesday 10 July 2012 AD

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Prometheus
7
Ridley Scott (2012)
Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender
Tuesday 10 July 2012 AD

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Risky Business
7
Paul Brickman (1983)
Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano
Tuesday 10 July 2012 AD

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Rosemary's Baby
4
Roman Polanski (1968)
Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon
Tuesday 10 July 2012 AD

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Super
6
James Gunn (2010)
Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler
Tuesday 10 July 2012 AD

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The Piano Teacher
4
La pianiste
Michael Haneke (2001)
Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benoît Magimel
Tuesday 10 July 2012 AD

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The Shining
5
Stanley Kubrick (1980)
Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd
Tuesday 10 July 2012 AD

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The Untouchables
6
Brian De Palma (1987)
Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro
Tuesday 10 July 2012 AD

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Training Day
7
Antoine Fuqua (2001)
Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn
Tuesday 10 July 2012 AD

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Trainspotting
5
Danny Boyle (1996)
Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller
Tuesday 10 July 2012 AD

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WALL·E
10
Andrew Stanton (2008)
Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin
Tuesday 10 July 2012 AD

Everything about this movie is perfect and you’re wrong if you think otherwise.

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À Nos Amours
7
À nos amours
Maurice Pialat (1983)
Sandrine Bonnaire, Maurice Pialat, Christophe Odent
Thursday 5 July 2012 AD

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The Exorcist
8
William Friedkin (1973)
Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair
Tuesday 3 July 2012 AD

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Funny Games
9
Michael Haneke (2007)
Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt
Monday 2 July 2012 AD

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Chronicle
8
Josh Trank (2012)
Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan
Sunday 1 July 2012 AD

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Disturbia
8
D.J. Caruso (2007)
Shia LaBeouf, David Morse, Carrie-Anne Moss
Sunday 1 July 2012 AD

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Hallam Foe
7
David Mackenzie (2007)
Jamie Bell, Sophia Myles, Ciarán Hinds
Thursday 28 June 2012 AD

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Australia
6
Baz Luhrmann (2008)
Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Shea Adams
Saturday 23 June 2012 AD

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The Hurt Locker
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