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- wherever the place, whatever the support
- 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....
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From now: I DECIDE to not review anymore my « awful » movies (rated 1 or 4) just because i just can’t lose my time twice and in addition, i can write one synthetic review for all of them, with one or more arguments to pick up !
1) there is no new talent : today directors don’t tell a story but edit bits ; cast has no more craft to display but is reduced to mere appearances, news or products to sell, the necessery "#" cause to have good conscience and the plastic surgery to frighten !
2) there is no more original idea : the movies are either sequels, prequels, reboot, spin-offs, biopics… The ordinary working guy, woman, family have disappeared for « prestigious » occupations and « inspired » authorities but i’m not that dumb !!!
3) The stories aren’t not the real world but propaganda tools : « inspired by true facts » means huge editing, characters are a list of communities, order is the only value and violence and guns the only way to deal with problems !
4) New technologies fail to make forget classics : orange/blue colorization makes cry for technicolor, CGI is too much and 3D a big fraud !
5) Medias are partisans : as they produce, they support their big names doing big movies for famous festivals but watching them, i only find small talent doing stupid movies in hollow marketing...
Ghostbusters II (1989)
Already a reboot? (vhs)
Don't make me say what I don't have said: GB2 is not a bad movie nor a so-so one. It's a good movie but truly not reaching the classic fun of GB1. For me, there is 3 huge defects in doing this sequel:
1) the soundtrack! Here there is no more inspired score, only songs: some are good (if my memory is correct, it's how I discovered Oingo-Boingo) but the rap ones are really puffing
2) the already seen scenes: the mayor office, their arrest, the big walking thing in the streets, .I just wanted to see something else!
3) The too much auto-centered events: In GB1, the supernatural was believable and serious! Here, a bit like in gremlins 2, it's fun for fun and whatever the credibility: the opening scene with the cradle have no explanation, Slimer is iconic but inappropriate, Vigo is not really frightening and the slime not really convincing .
If you can forget all this, the movie is indeed enjoyable: the cast is really excellent and this team is among the best for comedy! Whatever the scene is about, they always find a funny line for that! The movie is also a good depiction to the way of life in a big megalopolis and the beginning when they have new jobs is original. In a way, this movie illustrates the limits of sequels: it's always the same ideas that are played and replayed!
Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)
As a Frenchman, this is the worst place where Bean could go (tv)
This second movie follows the error of the first as Bean stays abroad and faraway of his British soil! I don't understand the reason to cut his roots except for greedy international box office! Here as the producer is french so Bean goes to France! His vision my country is fair (whereas the maps of his travels aren't): dense, modern Paris and a desert but beautiful countryside outside! This sequel is not as funny as the first but I could giggle all along, which is rather enjoyable! Rowan proves he is a genius in mime and seeing comedy in every place or situation! However the ending with Cannes festival is totally crap (the french producer organizes it with its TV) and really hurts the quality of the movie! Finally, my advice would be to stick with his original TV show!!
The Mythology of 'Star Wars' (2000)
The bipolarity of star wars (vhs)
This documentary is a must-see for all SW fans because it's the only dense, long, intellectual, philosophical speech about the franchise that I know and that features his father himself, Georges Lucas (who speaks by the way at his SW ranch that lies indeed in a beautiful natural location). When you hear him, you are really impressed by his culture, his wisdom, his humility and his convictions: the need for transcendence, the acceptance of others, the importance of family. Sure the first trilogy is built on those feelings and his second trilogy deals also with that. But the problem is that when you watch those prequels and all the following productions, all this background seems finally very, very far away. As the documentary was done at the release of Episode I, Lucas praises digital effects for Jar-Jar, Wattoo, describes the Gungan under-water realm as a deeply thought fantasy and shows Darth Maul as the universal evil and Jedi as galactic therapists! Well, no matter how he can greatly exposes his ideas, the fact remains that Episode I has a weak plot, with weak characters, very loosely tied together and with violence as the only cure. So at the end, SW has sure strong mythic foundations but it would be too much and surely wrong to say that all those movies are a mythology
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The proverbial good science-fiction film (tv)
The quote is from Kubrick himself and it's still totally accurate for this movie. I don't know if any film fan can appreciate it but it's really a must see for all SF fan: we got everything: space, aliens, robots, origin of humanity
Beyond this theme, it's a rare movie that mixes brilliantly a challenging script with amazing visuals! Sure as the movie is from 1968, some effects look sometimes a bit out of time but it still has more punch than most SF movies done after! For me, the explanation comes from Kubrick's simple vision: he shots SF like real daily life, with no big things: a big frame and slow pace are just needful as what we see is already extraordinary! I have fun to watch it now as I have picked Clarke's novels as my summer books (proof of the enduring quality of the work) and so I have just finished to read the novel: the two are really variations around the same stories and really help each other. This movie is also a moving memory as I remember to have watch it as a teen
in my grandmother's bedroom! It was all the more difficult as the galactic trip is indeed experimental cinema!!
# 36 : the night of the coat hanger (vhs)
What can i say about this boring, hollow useless ceremony: a small cast of privileged honoring themselves in front of government officials ? dubious artists too much paid with regard to the final quality ? Awards delivered in opposition of public taste and fit for propaganda ? Do they really expect us to watch it and have a enjoyable moment ?
Well, in 2001, Monica was presenter for best director along with Alain Chabat. For sure, dumb host Baer and him made sexist joke about her as it was the only and usual reaction Monica could get in French TV (you are beautiful)! The winner was Dominik Moll for a humble movie that i haven't seen and that i don't want to lose my time for !!!!
# 63 : For me, it's tomorrow ! (web)
I admit : i didn't buy Nat's 3rd album
In 2005, i wasn't yet hard of hearing so i can't explain why : maybe it's because it's hard to keep musical news with French TV. However, i remember her singles « shiver » and this one « counting down the days » she does in this episode of TOTP ! It's great to see that her natural beauty goes with every style because those long curly black hairs were great ! The video is absolutely brilliant as it really shows the passing of seasons, the boredom of our working life and the dedication and kindness of Natalie at work ! On live, she kept this down to earth, cool and simple attitude : dressed with plain jeans and shirt, she is just a singer not a big star diva ! So like her, after 7 months and only 2 weeks off, the day has come for my summer vacations and i really counted down the days this terrible year of 2016
Les grandes vacances (1967)
National Idol Vacation (vhs)
I didn't know their collaboration was so huge (12 movies including the famous Gendarme) but this movie is much better than the previous one i watched, « Jo ». In a way, in 1967, France was still at the top, with people happy, working and enjoying life and families. It's very cool to discover their fashion, the music revolution and the youth getting their liberty ! Here, Fufu plays a tyrannical schoolmaster, father and husband ! His extraordinary talent is to play him with a lot of humanity and silliness so at the end, his character is engaging ! Another cool thing with Fufu is that as an actor, he likes to play inside a family, his working one (his wife, the strong man, the English girl,
) as well as the real other. Like the best comedy, there is a real plot to build the action and it's not an endless bit of chunks ! With the movie, we visit the country side near Paris, Normandy, London and even Scotland ! It's really funny, totally absurd and accurate with the human nature. If i don't rate « 10 », it's only because the last part of the movie with the Scottish folklore is too much action, even if the English actor is really good to act with Fufu ! So this a real recommendation for those who love summer movies, vacations, teen-parents relationships and « entente cordial » !
An American remake ?? (TV)
Before watching it, I was not convinced that for his 1st movie, Bean the Briton by nature should go to America? Now that I watched it, I'm not more convinced but it can be at least explained if we consider it as a remake for American market. We have already a example with the french comedy « Just visiting » : the original movie is very funny but too much french so American producers shot it again in America with the same cast as to please American audience !!! Here it's a bit the same thing as in a way, the movie is really loose and it's more about tying several mini Bean moments together ! Thus the story is not really convincing and American cast is not really interesting ! However the movie manages to make me laugh very often and very much and in this time, it was really enjoyable to have fun like this ! So in a way, it's at the same level and with the same feelings as the aforementioned « just visiting » !
A dark portrait (vhs)
Usually, a biopic tells the sunny, happy side of the celebrity. Here Stephen is shown like the Maine hicks he described (the cap, the van) and also as having all the problems one can encounter all along his life: single family, school tension, poverty, mental breakdowns, drugs dependencies and illness
What's even more exciting is that it's Stephen himself who tells us that and even takes us to his places in rural Maine
So it's really original and moving to see that the most famous American (horror) writer had such a hard life: sure we have read about it but to see the real thing is totally different! If his last novels are really downhill, repetitive and yes bad, his early career was fantastic and maybe it was all this suffering that made his books amazing. Now he seems more in peace materially and spiritually so he loses his inspiration! Another good thing in this documentary is that he speaks clearly about his values (american culture embarrassing violence, the hometown passion) and they are something I can connect easily
. So it's really a must-see documentary about the master but also an amazing tale about becoming a modern famous writer
# 63 : her beauty and my fire (web)
So I guess Natalie has a membership card to this show as she did it for each of her albums or maybe as in France, musical shows are so few that artists have not really the choice! Here, it's a song from her 2nd album that is very, very much good: Natalie had a trademark that she was the only one to do in my opinion: sad rock songs with a lot of fragility and modesty. So that speaks to me because it's really something else that the usual soup of gratuitous nudity, silly dance, hollow lyrics we are fed up with the Big Names
I don't have a lot of memories about listening to her album maybe because she released it at the end of 2001!! But a lot of songs are just fabulous (That Day; Satellite; Goodbye; Everything Goes; Hurricane; Talk In Tongues; Come September) except maybe this one she did as a single-video that never convinces me much
.Maybe because there is a lot of water fun and like cats, I'm not very fond of water
But, here, on TOTP, she is good with it :)