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La marche (2013)
Why not a comedy ?
This movie meant a lot to me, because I was twenty at the time and too caught up in other things to join the march. Well this movie could be called a comedy : the protagonist are first are not pasonarias, but fits the comedic trope of nice doofus caught up in something bigger than them. The cast is stellar (PHilippe Nahon has never been better, he should have got a supporting role César) and extremely funny until things speeds up, and at that point, you don't feel like you are watching actors playing characters but being with real folks. The movie steadfastly refuses to point any "good" or "bad" stereotypes (the question is even courageously adressed several times), some of our protagonist are flawed, just like any human beings. For those who complained rightfully about a rosy ending, the final cartoons (maybe not translated) do point out that the "walkers" felt rightfully cheated of what they stood for. The single fact that the thirtyeth birthday of the walk was ignored by the local medias, too busy sucking fascists d**k, tells a lot. Unlike aforementioned fascists (who don't give a beep about any country, they just want to get rid of "those who are not like ME ME ME), I love my country and hope I've done my tiny part, even if it can't compare to the walker's courage. Wherever you are, for what it's worth, you have my admiration ! And thanks to M. Ben Yadir for the reminder.
Samson dan Delilah (1987)
Bring back Jaka Sembung !
Seems only us frogs saw this movie, huh ? One point is that this movie is the director of the astonishing "Jaka Sembung" with Barry Prima, a theatrical release under the title "Le guerrier" which became a cult movie and spawned several sequels show in double-feature shows when there was still such things (some obviously of the Godfrey Ho persuasion, mixing two different footage together). Seems the director wanted to repeat this hit
But only ripped himself off, with pizza-faced Hay taking the role of Barry Prima. It's a "nanar" indeed, especially since Putra is a relatively competent director ! Gee, now I'll go check nanarland to see if they reviewed this one
Well done, but ambiguous
Okay, I liked this movie. Very much. Maybe as a fan of everything (well, most) things British. It even went ways I would not have foreseen : there IS one death in the end, but not the one I had foreseen, and not in the way I had predicted. Also, though highly indifferent to anything soccer so I can't tell if it's true, I liked how they showed that those hooligans are in fact functional, hold jobs, but are addicted to violence and the men bonding that results. BUT
(Possible spoilers) The ending left me wondering, as it seems to be gloryfying petty, ugly violence as a way of life. Do you really learn anything from hanging with a crowd of drunken louts fighting for the most stupid reason, if they need one ? Then going into "Rumble Fish" territory with an ex-member who comes back for more ? I understand the director who did an excellent job is a woman and an ex-fighter. As an ex-martial arts practicionner myself who hates violence (those who tried martial arts will understand that it's not contradictory), I'd think she'd know better. And the revenge angle in the last minutes felt more like a Hollywood convention. Yes, he did not beat the crap out of the other guy, but went out with aforementioned drunken louts' hymn, for Pete's sake ! Don't know. It's a good movie, with powerful performances and a few contrievance, but I guess I liked "The football factory" better. It showed how those louts don't even need football as an excuse, crass violence is all those hooligans losers need
Batas Impian Ranjang Setan (1983)
Cheap "Nightmare on Elm Street" rip-off
Nothing interesting in there : far from the wild fancies of some Indonesian movies like the Jaka Senbung series, this opportunist shamble is just a shoddy assemblage of scenes lifted from "A nightmare on Elm Street" with a bit of "Poltergeist". The cinematography, the acting, the editing (apparently done with a chainsaw), the direction, calling all this ""amateurist" would be a praise. It's closer to the camcorder horror that clogs cheap four-movies-DVDs than anything else. Add to the mix a bunch of teenagers even dumber than their American counterparts, and this is a title not worth looking for, even for Asian horror completists.
Die Hinrichtung (1976)
Failed, but interesting
This could have been some sort of "Taxi Driver". Could, if they just could have pulled it along with Scorcese's skills. After all, low-budgeter "Taxi Driver" had all it took to make an exploitation movie. This one has the gritty realism, the context (Visions of some overall violent world from Ireland to Vietnam, even more relevant nowadays), the disturbing elements
But does not seem to know what to do with them. We had an understanding of what Travis Bickle was up to, even if we were not in his head, we had enough to go with and sympathize (just like in real life actually), which makes even the botched attack on a political candidate an anti-anticlimax. Here, despite Mathieu Carrière's excellent acting, we have only disjointed things : he's a Vietnam vet, his wife cheated on him, he might be impotent and might have a death wish (though his actions denies it). How did it all comes together in one long, violent episode is anyone's guess. M. Carrière manages to keep the character's desperation obvious, but to what end ? It's not really a chain of events that leads him to his horrific deeds. The cheesy dialogue does not really helps, like a reference to lesbianism, fortunately without any moral tut-tutting, that leads nowhere. The whole things feels just like an experience in exploitation with some hints at social comment, or the other way around, if you feel so inclined. It's not bad, but it's one movie that could have been so much better if its various interesting elements have gelled into something coherent.
Rois et reine (2004)
I do agree... And disagree with faridi. I did not found the movie too long maybe even too short, since I would like to have the full story of characters like Chloe or Isamel's father (who proves to be almost an action hero in an impressive sequence !) But then, it's a real-life-experience movie, and do we ever, ever really know the people we meet ? The fact that some part are missing from the puzzle makes it all more fascinating. Though I do admit some parts remains puzzling *POSSIBLE SPOILERS* : where does Ismael's "madness" comes from exactly ? One character sees him as pretentious and unrespectful in his work, but we don't see it. And is Mrs. Devos' character really an egocentric monster as her father sets her out to be ? One must say Mr Desplechin perfectly waves flash-backs and obvious fantasy sequences (Did Devos'character "killed" her son's father physically or was his suicide a fantasy ? And was her torturing him real ?), but the disjointed narration is at the same time puzzling and fascinating, hinting at things that could have fueled a whole movie in itself (the whole adoption current : Ismael's father being adopted, him adopting another guy who lived with him and his wife, Ismael's refusal to adopt another child.) But in our days and time, how can one blame a movie for being too rich, too meaningful, up to the point that you wonder if some very emphatic, theatrical dialogs do not hold some kind of key ? Definitely a fascinating movie and, I bet, one that will withhold the test of time, mesmerizing and puzzling spectators in the future. Hey, all classics does not have to be perfect... A must-see for viewers tired of pseudo-intellectual babble AND Hollywood trifle as well !.
5 dollari per Ringo (1966)
Bad, cheap Euro-Western
Euro and mostly Italian westerns gave out some great stuff by Sergio Solima, Corbucci, Leone, etc, but also uninspired nickel-and-dime productions made to cash on the fad and make a quick lira (or pesos !). This one is a very pedestrian efforts, without any new situations, very bad acting from the lead hero Who played for Jess Franco, that figures and shooting scenes that would be more fitted for a Wild West Show. A comic undertaken tries to provide some comic relief. Only Maia Pia Conte gives out a good performance, but can't save this incoherent mess, maybe explainable by the two directors. Avoid and see "Django" instead !
Who wrote this script ?
It looks more like a series of moments thrown in without any sense of storytelling. What is the killer's relationship with cockroaches ? Who cares, it looks good ! What it this "article" everybody suddenly mentions ? No idea. Even the title is unappropriated, since there is no peculiar paranoid in this movie.
When revealed in a lame sequence, the "killer" barely has the built of the murderer we saw before. And the incoherent ending scores ten on the "Huh ?" meter. This is not just bad, it's also a cheat.
Rent something else unless you are in the mood for a real bad movie !
The Wisher (2002)
A horror movie against horror movies ?
That's right ! This one keeps on reminding you how bad horror movies are for you and how they drive people crazy with all those unscrupulous directors using subliminal images and all that jazz.
Talk about hypocrisy ! Besides, it plays the supernatural angle to the hilt just to pull it out near the end - but otherwise the killer's identity would be too obvious. No-one would expect greatness from the director of "Christina's house", but this turkey crosses the treshold. Horror movies fan, avoid this one at all cost and give the people responsible the finger ! Don't bother.
Phase IV (2002)
I don't really understand all the positive comments for this movie.
Aren't people tires of slow-mo car chases ? Those might be
technically good, but they are inserted in the action without subtlety
and in a way that screams "nineties direct-to-videos !". Why start
with a car chase, when we have no idea who is being chased and
can't root for him without any background, when a poor ordinary
schmuk pursued by total strangers could be an interesting angle.
Besides, it is just an ordinary "Man who knew too much" kinda
story : bystander suddenly gets on a secret, a conspiracy wants to
shut him up, he has to get to the bottom of things to avoid being
killed. It's a sent-up of "The Fugitive" style manhunts, aloso
explored in Andrew Davis' "Chain reaction". Here, the only thing is
to find a corporate villain - here pharmaceutical companies.
Granted, this one is not the worse of the crop and Dean Cain is
convincing, but it's really a run-of-the-mill thriller with a few ideas
thrown in. Still, I have to watch it again to see if I missed