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- to share my experience with others
- to share the others's experience
- because movies are art & art is life
- i like writing
- it is sort of a legacy: i leave something behind me
- for people to know me better because reviews are always subjective: when we speak about a movie, we speak about ourselves....
As Leila, back to the spring (web)
Her best friend and near sister, Leila went native with « La Source Des Femmes », now it's her turn to do the same. For me, Geraldine's experience is better : it's a sort of « Beetlejuice » happening in Israel, minus the comedy but maybe with more emotion. It speaks to me because now 41 years, my parents are more older and like those sisters, i'm wondering what will happen to them and then to us when the family house will be ours
The cinematography is like usual rather ugly with orange/blue tones but we got a good feeling of Israel's countryside. As as sisters movie, usually the other siblings are rather transparent or irritating but this time, they are cool, especially the last one. If some scenes are useless and boring, it's only 87 minutes, so, it's a little and fast movie to find warm in cold times, i think
Considering the actual awful level of American blockbusters, i had fears before watching it. Now, it's even worst than i thought ! Having lost my time one time, i won't repeat it with this review : among thousands of arguments, i will only just say that SF doesn't give liberty to tell stupid things ! If the idea of putting a human mind into a computer is really exciting, this movie manages to tell just crap : just wait for one hour and tell me how do you feel ? At this point, i couldn't stand it anymore and finished my DVD in forward mode ! Rebecca is good, maybe because she was the only character to be blind to the reality ! For a true challenging movie, just take a look at « Robocop » for the difference !
This is maybe the only movie that i went to see with my dad only and this was in 1985 when i was then 10 years old. I think that we expected to see a fun space-opera as « star wars » so we were a bit perplexed with this one. For me, it wasn't bad, just very strange. Now, 30 years later, i find it more powerful and finally excellent and i think that Lynch is maybe a bit harsh with himself : for one time, we have a Lynch's movie with a quick pace, a (rich and deep) story clearly told and meaningful and its design, its dream sequences are enough strange and poetic to tell the difference with other traditional movies. With this screening, 3 things come out : 1) it's maybe the only SF movie that is steam-punk oriented : Dune's worlds seems like the old Europe with only better technology ! 2) As deserts fascinate me, i like this strange planet which is a distant cousin of Tatooine and Sarlaac monster 3) the thematic is deeply religious with the special one, the prophecy and in that field, it beats the same ideas used in « Star Wars » without hesitation ! At the end, the best proof for this movie being good is that after it, i want very much to read the novels !
The Prestige (2006)
Industrial light & magic (dvd)
Well, i was reluctant to rent this movie as the story didn't appeal very much to my tastes : however, now, after watching it, i found it good, not exceptional or prestigious but better than the actual trend : Nolan is indeed a great director as he knew how to grasp my attention since the first minutes : The art direction is rather excellent with big theaters, stages and all the feel of the « Victorian » era. All the cast is at the same level : Wolvie, Batman, black widow
Even the second parts are well filled : Perabo, Gollum, David Bowie, Michael Caine and for sure Rebecca Hall! The story is not as linear and simple as i feared : it's full of twists and flashbacks so we better pay attention and this competition between those two is rather violent, absolute and in a way, sad and tragic...
Barb Wire (1996)
Babe Wire (vhs)
This movie isn't as bas as it seems and it's definitely the best movie ever for Pam ! There's a real production effort to give coherence to it all the more it's not a blockbuster and it's indeed an anticipation movie ! There's a story, defined characters and a look ! I can even add a soundtrack as the songs are punchy, especially the Shampoo ones ! Pam does her job, not an unforgettable one but not a ridiculous either ! In comparison, i could name a lot of Hollywood scared cows who are always praised notwithstanding they are awful and unfit to act (Jolie, Bellucci, Kidman
). I think that the problem of that movie is it's dark, violent whereas Pam is light and softness alive ! She made it with family shows (« Baywatch », « home improvement ») because they reverberate her kind personality ! Sure to balance it, she is attracted to darkness (rockers, violence) but her audience doesn't want her to fall in that pit ! More generally, it's true that this trend to put bad attitude and guns in women is dumb : I agree that women wants equality with men but this doesn't imply that they should be Rambo or Terminator
Raw Justice (1994)
Bayou Babe (vhs)
This is the standard American action / thriller soup with : gunfights, car chases, death, nudity, corrupted politicians, explosions, sex, corrupted cops, bar fight,
However, this movie has a jewel that is to say Pamela Anderson. I have always like her natural, her simplicity and her bad choices too. She is rather fun here and notwithstanding she is dressed very lightly all the movie, she manages to give 2 hot scenes as well ! The movie happens not in the usual LA but in New Orleans and it's true that the city isn't very glamorous ! I don't know why she chose to do it while she was already a star in « Baywatch » but it's better than her other (bad) movies (« snapdragon », « naked souls »).. It's funny to notice that the french video cover shows clearly the skin action and that all the cast is credited with their famous movies. Wondering if later the ones who did that one will be credited with « from « Raw Justice » »?
Twin Peaks: Pilot (1990)
Win streaks (web)
This show is simply among my best ever (with X-files, married with children, Shameless, NYPD blues) and this pilot is among the best ever done ! Everything is wonderful done and given in a original way: script, characters, cast, music, locations,
When you watch it, you access a small town that you don't want to leave indeed and this is the exact objective of a pilot ! It's really impressive how Laura's death reverberates among the whole community and how she can still be there when she is no more ! What's funny now that the show is over until next year is that all the supernatural stuff seems so faraway ! At this point, you can't guess about giants, owls, dwarfs, lodges
. Lynch & Frost delivers a classic drama in that sense
What's striking also is the quality of the cast as everybody really seems to be their characters and there is no way to discern between Lynch regulars, newcomers and old faces ! In conclusion, if you are not convinced, the best seal of quality is that nearly 20 years after, people are still watching it and tell their emotion about it !
Les Miserables, XXth (vhs)
Having watched all my DVDs, now i watch and review my VHS tapes collection, mostly movies and shows that I taped between 1991 and 2001. My first tape features this movie which was a recommendation from a Greek friend if my memory is correct. Watching it is like taking a punch in full face as this world is bleak, gloomy, desperate. Rosetta is young adult, with attitude problems, stomach illness, dysfunctional parent, living in a camping and jobless. For one time, cinema is something else than glamor or entertainment and opens the medium to often forgotten people. A seemingly hand-held camera keeps sticking to Rosetta so the movie is natural, dynamic and unpredictable. It says much about modern poverty and how much our societies have become individualistic and forgets the genuine compassion. In a way, it should be a must see for our coddled abusive and ignorant politicians when they denounce jobless people as lazy, swindler because it would show them what's poverty really means !
Patriot Games (1992)
Much better than the book (tv)
My explanation is easy : i tried to read the book twice and put it down twice. The first time i just didn't buy the unbelievable safety of the royals ! the second time i just get bored by Ryan's recovery. The movie is thus the wise choice because it took only 2 hours and as it's a revenge and action story the visual is the accurate medium for that instead of endless pages
In addition, you got wonderful British and Maryland location. For sure Harrison is the perfect choice because he has the humanity and the broad shoulders to be this superman ! For a Clancy novel, the international crisis is left away but it's his first dig about the stealth commando : in that field, we have again more unbelievable things as they easily follow the trail in Africa (compare it to another track !). Maybe it's was the first time that people was briefed about what can surveillance do and already nobody was asking the legitimacy about administrative offices ordering death abroad without judicial review. Maybe Clancy has answered that but to get his opinion, i suppose i should read the book
Lady Blue Shanghai (2010)
« hotel room » episode 4 : « shanghai surprise » (web)
This short movie (or long ads) could be played as a synthesis of Lynch movies as we can find all his personal world : the woman in danger / in love, the hotel, the investigators, the dreams, the red curtain, the mysterious box, the blue rose What's really excellent here is that Lynch goes to Asia and it's a wonderful change from small town, USA. Furthermore, he is always the master in visual filmmaking and his use of this ultra fast camera allows him to deliver amazing shots with the neon in the nights ! That's why he is great : he is the only one to have the intuition to do that !
However, what's awful here is the cast of Cotillard ! I have never really understood why all the praises for such a bad, sad, actress ! Next, for an artist, doing is craft in order to sell goods, even if it's Dior and particularly if it's Dior, is just like losing own's soul ! Today, brands use their money to attract « celebrities » and use their « glamor » to vampire their goods : everyone thinks it's good, well not me !