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Beware of spoilers even though it's hard to spoil this one. This is
funny stuff. I mean, take a bunch of regular Joes and have them walk
naked on a quiet suburban street. Other men are tempted to follow them,
to get into the sect if I can say. Women are trying to save their men
from the insanity. Children are horrified and the ice-cream guy doesn't
know how to resist. Very funny short film that's having a second life
on the internet. A very catchy song makes you want to see it once in a
while. Great sense of humour by the British once again.
Seen at home, on the Internet, on June 16th, 2007. I saw it for the first time at a friend's house in Sudbury a few years ago. Lots of laughs.
I didn't know much about Armenia and was very interested to learn more.
And the movie works on that front. It could almost be used as
promotional material by the country's tourist bureau. But beside the
fact that we get to know more about this small country, there's not
really any point to see this film. Yes, it talks about the relationship
between father and daughter and also about the feelings of those who
live in exile, but everything stays on the surface. And, you know,
there's just some little things that bug me: the daughter that picks up
the language a little bit too fast or the father who seems to be known
by everybody even though he hasn't set foot in the country for decades.
Just small details that plays in the balance when it's time to rate a
Seen in Toronto, at the Royal, on April 1st, 2007. Shown during Cinéfranco.
"Selon Charlie" is not a great movie. But it's still enjoyable. That's
because the cast is doing a good job. Jean-Pierre Bacri is excellent. I
also liked the two Benoîts: Magimel and Plvoorde. But the plot is too
complicated and the director doesn't spend enough time working on
character development. The movie stays on the surface. A lot more could
have been done at the editing stage to skim the movie of the extra fat
that makes it only an average flick.
Seen in Toronto, at the Royal, on March 31st, 2007. The film was shown during Cinéfranco.
Delightful film directed by some of the best directors in the industry
today. The film is also casting some of the great actors of our time,
not just from France but from everywhere.
My favorite segments:
14th arrondissement: Carol (Margo Martindale), from Denver, comes to Paris to learn French and also to make a sense of her life.
Montmartre: there was probably not a better way to start this movie than with this segment on romantic Paris.
Loin du 16ème: an image of Paris that we are better aware of since the riots in the Cités. Ana (Catalina Sandino Moreno) spends more time taking care of somebody else's kid (she's a nanny) than of her own.
Quartier Latin: so much fun to see Gérard Depardieu as the "tenancier de bar" with Gena Rowlands and Ben Gazzara discussing their divorce.
Tour Eiffel: don't tell me you didn't like those mimes!
Tuileries: such a treat to see Steve Buscemi as the tourist who's making high-contact (a no- no) with a girl in the Metro.
Parc Monceau: Nick Nolte is great. Ludivine Sagnier also.
I've spend 3 days in Paris in 2004 and this movie makes me want to go back!
Seen in Barcelona (another great city), at the Verdi, on March 18th, 2007.
Something's missing (maybe consistency) from this movie, but it's still
enjoyable. The actors are doing a great job, especially Gael García
Bernal. I like his dead-pan humor and I think he's one of the most
promising actor of his generation. Charlotte Gainsbourg is also good. I
find her lovable with her shyness that's not really one. More character
development would have been nice though.
The movie is about Stéphane's hallucinations. This guy lives in a funny world where a whole new sphere of possibilities opens up. But when the new neighbor settles in, he has to face reality or bring her into his fantasy world. The film is also about relationships: how they come together and how fast they can dissolve or take a new shape. Being a low-budget film, the special effects are very basic (some would say non-existent) but that's actually a good thing. I liked Stéphane's idea for a calendar about 12 great tragedies!
Seen in Barcelona, at the Verdi, on March 17th, 2007.
May contain spoilers.
I'm going to side with the Academy on this one: Forest Whitaker is brilliant as Idi Amin. In fact, this movie works because of Forest Whitaker. Without him, it would probably be just an average film.
It's the story of a young doctor from Scotland who ends up in Uganda just when Amin is conducting his coup. Soon enough, Dr Garrigan is working for the dictator, as his personal doctor and then closest adviser. The young guy is blind-sided by power. At a certain point, you ask yourself who's more crazy: the doctor or the dictator? While Whitaker is great, McAvoy offers an average, sometimes weak, performance.
The movie is a must just because it shows what kind of a man was Amin and how he made his people suffer. On the downside, the film stays on the surface and offers us no real explanation on how Amin got to lead his country. This fact is not saved by a few footnotes at the end of the movie. Finally, one could say the movie is more about Dr Garrigan's life than Idi Amin's one and the tragedy of the Ugandan people.
Seen in Toronto, at the Fox, on March 3rd, 2007.
I waited and waited to see this movie, not expecting much. But I was
pleasantly surprised. It's a cinematic feast for the eyes. The camera
movements, the picturesque setting, the dark underworld... Guillermo
del Toro goes from reality to fantasy. When we are in one world, we
can't wait to go back into the other to see what's going to happen
next. The acting is superb. Especially from young Ivana Baquero, as
Ofelia, and from Sergi Lopez, as Captain Vidal. The story is engaging,
rich and imaginative. Fantastic it may be, but it's definitely not a
movie to be seen by young children. Seen in Toronto, at the Market
Square Cinemas, on February 11th, 2007.
Borat is funny. But to say it's one of the best comedy of our time or
even of the last few years is just over the top. And I just don't buy
the argument that this is a great movie because of the social
commentary it makes. Please! We learn nothing that we didn't already
know about the extent of the bigotry of some or the stupidity of
others. But again, Borat is funny. Put your brain in neutral and just
enjoy. Don't get influence by the fact that you could be the victim of
the guy's antics. The movie is slightly above average, but you've got
to be in the mood to see it.
Seen in Toronto, at the Fox Cinema, on January 20th, 2007.
The first "Police Academy" movie was good. The second one was
interesting. The third and fourth were forgettable. But this one is
abysmal. Note to the producers: this is suppose to be funny. There's a
few scenes that merit a smile, but the movie is generally boring. Great
to see Harris and Lessard, but I miss Mahoney and Sweetchuck. Thank God
it's got a short running time. And thank God I got it for free at my
local library. This is it for me folks, I'll stop at the 5th
installment of the series and leave the rest to those who want to waste
their time. Seen at home, in Toronto, on January 21st, 2007.
As soon as the nicely done opening credits are over with, the action
starts. And what a great action sequence! My favorites scenes: the
airport one and the poisoning sequence at the Casino. From one end of
the world to the other, James Bond is back and he's showing no pity for
the enemy. Daniel Craig does an excellent James Bond. He's got the
charm, the look, the wit and the athletic "prouesse" that goes with the
character. I like the fact that he shows a bit more vulnerability than
in other Bond movies. And I really liked the "Le Chiffre" character as
the villain. I must confess that the last Bond movie I saw before this
one was "Octopussy". But "Casino Royale" makes me want to see the ones
I missed. Seen in Toronto, at the Fox Cinema, on January 26th, 2007.
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