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Iron Man Three (2013)
Iron man : the new lethal weapon ? (web)
The first movie was close to a classic. The second was totally ridiculous and this one is just offensive !
First, Iron Man don't do politics ! Iron Man is not the toy of POTUS and is not in charge of diplomacy. OK : Moore took this angle with Watchmen and his Dr. Manhattan but Marvel comics were never about this !
Second, Mandarin is a Chinese ! Whatever his motives are, you can't change that he is Chinese ! So picking « Gandhi » to do the part is just close to racism ! Not one Chinese was available ?
Third, at first, i thought it was again Favreau behind the camera. When i noticed it was happening on Christmas season, i thought it was cool as except « Lethal Weapon » not a lot of blockbuster choose this period. Then, with his Malibu mansion destroyed and falling, it was again more « Lethal Weapon » again. Next, the finale happens inside the deck of big boats, again as « Lethal Weapon ». So when i saw Shane Black as director and writer, I was surprised but not very much ! In fact, he has transplanted all the trademarks of his franchise for this movie : white crazy / black serious buddy talk, the lame bad guy (Guy Pearce as bad as usual) and ultra-violence ! So I say stop : As a teen, reading Iron Man was not counting the dead toll ! Here, Stark kills, pulverizes as much as enemies as he can and it's not the Marvel way, it's not the character !
Now, Marvel lines up a lot great disappointing movies and franchise : Thor, Iron Man, X-men, Avengers, Spider-man ! It's time they return to their first movies and read as well a lot of their own comics to understand what's is Marvel and what's crap ! Excelsior !
Maybe the "trailer" would have been better ! (tv)
My brother has subscribed to a choice TV and as he asked me to pick one movie, i tried this one. I have seen the poster in an X-men comics i have read lately (maybe « Astonishing ») and i was craving for a movie family about vacations. In addition, Williams is such a good actor who surprisingly seems to have disappeared just like that (is he trapped in a lamp ?).
Right from the start, you can see this modern « RV » is far from « NL Vacation » : the kids appear less well educated, the wife is money addicted, Williams is the poodle of his boss. Thus, they goes into vacation without heart and the movie is deeply impacted by their negative attitude : it's not really funny, the other family is just boring and the RV just looks like a studio set with blue screen. Maybe the relation between Williams and his daughter is interesting and the final comes as a surprise : for one time, we have a worker saying sh#t to his boss and prefers to be unemployed with a family becoming supportive.
Halloween II (1981)
The mask comes off (web)
This sequel is just like « BF2 », « Rocky 2 » or even the « Milleniuem » saga as this sequel begins when the previous movie has left. Unlike the above mentioned, this one struggles to find its momentum, all the more than the heroin (Jamie) is wounded and lies in a hospital bed. The movie really begins as the chase begins as well : the idea of an empty hospital is indeed good as the place seems really haunting. However, the action seems a bit unbelievable as Jamie is sometimes as week as a born puppy or can run as fast a rabbit. But the movie is not doomed to go to trash : it seems to follow the novelization as it gives some elements of the puzzle of Myers' history. Next, it's funny to see that it's indeed those who commit sex that succumb ! At last, it's true that as soon as you know that the mask was the face of Captain Kirk, you can't keep recognizing Shatner then. And i wonder if subconsciously i hadn't already make the connection before learning it on the boards, explaining that i have always found the mask particularly frightening and suggestive !
True Lies (1994)
True entertainment (tv)
Eons ego, i remember to have seen in theater the original french movie « La Totale » with my family as it was released for Christmas 1991. If « True lies » is its remake, it's funny to learn that the french movie had plagiarized a not produced script as well ! Then, I have also watched « True Lies » at home with my family and i found it rather boring. But, now that I plunge into Jaime's cinematography, I pick it again. Honestly, this second watching really benefits to the movie. In a way, it has two sides : First, It's a action movie and there, « true lies » offers really great sequences (except for the tedious opening in Switzerland) as they are totally innovative and non-seen before (the horse pursuit, the accidental gun, the plane pursuit). Second, it's a comedy and it's really funny ! All the twists of the french movie are here and if it's hard for Schwarzie to speak as usual, Jamie is a wonderful pick as she truly evolves from fragile wife with glasses to strong partner !
« it's a famous party » (tv)
This movie is just an amazing benchmark in horror movie ! Maybe i'm wrong as i'm not however a specialist, but as it has been released in 1978, it's thus the first movie involving a slasher ! In other words, Carpenter has invented a new kind of movie by himself and it's not everyday that a director can say the same thing ! It's really astounding to see that he designed all the gimmicks of the genre : subjective camera, oppressing music, the « is-it you are you there ? » moment It's all the more remarkable that Carpenter is really talented as well and knows how to dose his tools to have the maximum effects ! Instead of today movies which rates terror with the liters of blood, Carpenter just choose the opposite way to show a minimum !
I didn't expect the movie to be also this but it takes place in the famous small town USA that is essential to a lot of famous filmmakers, especially Lynch ! Now, this movie prefigures a lot what would be « twin peaks : fire walk with me » as both movies tell the same story : a country student stalked by evil forces ! I think that Jaimie is perfect here as she seems to be totally natural : a well educated daughter and a cool friend !
So, this movie has really written cinema history and with all legitimate reasons so it would be great that Hollywood pays its dues to this master !
Blue Steel (1989)
Blood steel (tv)
This thriller is the proof that Jamie Lee is indeed a cute and talented actress but the story is totally crap ! I thought it was a realistic cop movie in which the cop is a woman but it's just about a crazy lover killer who is just unbelievable as much as in his motives and his acts !
Worst, the movie just can't stop and abuses cliffhangers (at her parents, with her friend, with her boyfriend (twice), in the city !). It's so dumb that it ignores flatly characters evolution : at the beginning, Jamie shot coldly a criminal and at the end, Jamie shot again coldly a criminal. As the crazy lover killer's gun jams, Jamie's one could jam also or better she could have chosen to do a clean job and have this crazy lover killer arrested ! But no, she just keep pushing the trigger !
So, sure, there was a wolf in Wall Street but this NYPD interlude left me with the blues !
Rocky II (1979)
Nostalgia knocks me (tv)
You can see right once that this movie is from the past century as the focus is about hard working, simple people trying to get an happy life and sticking for that to a body of values! For me, this philosophy is indeed the true heart of Rocky and it's really not important if Rocky wins or not. For that, Sly is perfect as he seems to act naturally : big but loving mouth, small but well-educated brain. Talia Shire is his perfect wife as she is this sweet shy mouse who becomes a mother and finally a support in his boxing career. Maybe i turn into a old grouch, but those late 70s movies were also cooler than 2K10 : no CGI, no mobiles and colored fashion as well. Next, whereas actual movies always happen in NYC or LA, this one was shot live in Philadelphia. In conclusion, it's an interesting sequel and at least, a movie that can't be done anymore.
Mississippi Burning (1988)
and our memories with it (tv)
I'm always surprised to see that America boasts to be the biggest democracy in the world while it may be the most cancerous one in fact: the only one country in the world to have used atomic bombs against civilians, covert or armed operations to change governments (its own or the others as well), citizens surveillance, exploding poverty and incarceration, millionaires representatives and for sure, racial state less than an half-century ago! This movie is thus exceptional as it tells the truth a bit forgotten now that a few decades ago, America was just a second Apartheid: « Equal but separated » wasn't the motto of KKK but was indeed the law of this country ! Sure, KKK was the most visible racist but discrimination was endorsed by every one else : police, justice, white citizens
In a way, this movie kicks where it hurts as i'm sure that this past threatens our amnesia ! To wake us, we have a great cop duo : for one time, the buddy team isn't called for fun but to be serious. It's cool to see Dafoe playing a good character for once and as an FBI agent, his uncompromising will for truth should lead him to the « X-files ». Hackman plays it more like Dale Cooper, friendly with the locals. Among them, Frances is just a extraordinary newcomer : she plays an abused wife, not very bright but lucid and ready to dream as well.
L'ex de ma vie (2014)
Watched from my ex-town (screen)
I was in vacation in my hometown in the country so it was funny to see a movie that happens in Paris where I work today. Unfortunately, and especially because it's a romance, the Paris depicted here is terribly boring ! They hardly visit the highlight of the city of lights ! In addition, except our lovebirds, all the characters are stupid and horribly casted ! The movie isn't really funny and worse, its finale is unoriginal as it's easily guessed ! What's left so ?
Well, Geraldine and her Italian lover : as the former ranks among my best favorite actress, it's always a delight to share time with her ! As it's a prime role for her, she can really express her qualities : energy, spleen and fun ! Next, she got an amazing wardrobe (that black dress !) that really spotlights her charming features ! Her Romeo is indeed Italian as I remember to have seen him on the Antonioni's excellent last feature !
But, this one is a french movie and maybe it would have more interesting for its french audience to shoot in Italia to offer us a taste of change of scenery which is badly needed here !
X-Men: First Class (2011)
Can achieve better results (tv)
So, i have watched « XMEN: DOFP » the morning in theater and i was lucky to watch this one on TV the evening after.
For me, none of them is better as the two aren't truly « comics adaptation » but rather pale inspirations.
Both used name of characters, certain famous moments of X-men history (especially uncanny #150) and then, they cook their own soup. Here, the Hellfire Club becomes a sort of Specter or fit for for « Austin Powers » and the X-Men get tangled in international crisis. This first class has rather boring teammates (Havok, Banshee, Mystique, "angel Salvadore"?,"Darwin"?, "Riptide"?).
If the sets are however visually stunning, the power of this movie is to have found an incredible young Magnus with Fassbender. As Ridely Scott has noticed in « Prometheus », this actor is just great as he really acts old school!