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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....
Il reste du jambon? (2010)
What's else (web)
Watching Leila's filmography actually, i have really the feeling to live again all my moments with my Moroccan friend. After a movie about our relation, another about her kid, now it's about our families. This movie has the same plot than a previous french movie that i have reviewed (« Mauvaise Foi ») but this romance between a « French » girl and a Muslim guy is much better. Maybe because the casting is much better (Leila plays in the 2 movies), maybe because it's filled with real life experience as the director is the real girlfriend of the Muslim doctor. In all cases, it was funny to find the same situations that i have lived : the food rules, the holy days, helping the parents, the wedding with the split tables, the encounter with a real sheep (not in the bathroom for me !). This comedy is witty, funny and in our time, it's good to hear that it's likely to have fun with religion or with roots. I can only regret that the opposition is sometimes a bit too classic : as another french movie that i have reviewed (« qu'est ce que t'es belle » , this one also with Geraldine), the « french » family is wealthy while the Muslim one lives in suburb ! But as it's also another movie with Geraldine, i had really a good time.
The Sickago Bulls variant (rental)
This disturbing movie of Costa-Gavras reminds me about the closely named episode of the X-Files (5.18) in which Mulder like Debra goes undercover to dismantle a right wing militia (and it's also the proof that this show had really incredible quality !).
In a way, Costa could be the European Spielberg as the two can tell strong, political story on the level of the common people and without any propaganda. Here, the militia members are totally crazy and criminal but if most of them are really devious, a few and the kids are just lost souls. The same can be said about the law enforcers : some does a clean work but others can't see that they push the limits and that they use Debra against her will. In that way, Debra is similar to Diane in « NYPD Blue » in which undercover mission is indeed a kamikaze one.
What's frightening is that this movie is from the 80s. As seen in a sequence, it was a time when Internet wasn't there. You can see that the militia is using a rudimentary network with Amiga computers to chat together and it's also a computer printout that will be the trigger of the showdown. So you can imagine what happens now in those circles ! I got an hint with « American History X » but those kind of movies are rather not the kind of drama and cop movies nowadays.
At last, it's also a 80s movie as the cast has also more talent than those today and it's a bit sad that we can't see anymore Debra or Tom Berenger now.
Une vie meilleure (2011)
The same for Ayoub (web)
This movie is really dark and sad as this young family faces only despair and adversity. But for me it was in addition very painful and nostalgic as i met those characters for real. Indeed, Leila is the mirror of my Arabic friend who, like in the movie, was a single mother with kids. Thus, Slimane is the mirror of her youngest kid whose name is thus Ayoub. At first, i didn't like very much Yann as he was always pushy with Leila and especially Slimane. But his idealism, blind optimism and honesty was also positive for him. But he really changed when he has to conclude that playing by the rules in a such unfair world wasn't the right attitude. Strangely, he became closer with the kid and like me, he was happy to share simple moments with him that make best memories after and give life its meaning. Their fish party or the last scene with them riding in the snow was heartbreaking for me as Ayoub and me had the same laughs, especially a bus trip when the two of us fall asleep and the driver had to wake us up! So the movie poster with Yann and Leila isn't accurate as it's above all the story of Yann and Slimane.
This movie shows also the true face of Paris, the one that looks like a poor country and the crazy life in France : for a country that boasts having invented human rights, the individual has no liberty and in each step you do, you have to face a blind administration that sees only the regulation and forgets to address the person.
Rather untold (rental)
Again a wonderful political red-hot movie from Gavras who really kicks where it hurts : If « Z » was denouncing an clear tyranny in Greece, this one is even more courageous as it denounces an unclear tyranny. If America boasts regularly to be a divine democracy, the reality is that they forget easily those ideals. Either they do aggression as foreign policy, either they support covert operation to change elected representatives for others (usually military) that suit them. To put it clearly, their interests are not people but their banking and military- industrial complex.
In Chile, the invisible hand of America in the coup is proved : from Nixon : « if we let potential leaders in south America think they can move like Chile, we will be in trouble. No impression should be permitted in Latin America that they can get away with this, that it's safe yo go this way ». from Kissinger : « Isn't that something ! isn't that something ! I mean instead of celebrating, in the Eisenhower period, we would have been heroes. We didn't do it. I mean we helped them ». So, as shown in the movie, their two framed portraits in all American offices has great meaning. In all cases, this helpful supervision is clearly explained and the puppet masters are famous : one was behind another famous coup and the one is a younger deep throat.
I think that the casting of Jack Lemon was best (and worthy of his award in Cannes Festival) because he is indeed the embodiment of the true, candid American. So his search for his son would turn also a a search for truth and his evolution is moving. The Vangelis' score fit this dark and sad reality of loving ones facing an abusive administration. So i recommend this movie and also the book « untold history of the united states » that was very helpful to understand our long time friend overseas.
Toi, moi, les autres (2010)
Paris, me, your banks, your privileged and your abused (web)
Lately, watching Paris in movies (« frantic », « max »), i would say that this wasn't my Paris : Now, this is the one i live everyday, in subway, in streets. Paris isn't an united or tolerant city but an addition of ghetto: it's the left-bank vs the the right-bank, the wealthy vs the poor, the white vs the non-white. Last year during my trip in Sweden, i learned the word « gentrification » and i think that what's happening to Paris : in short, Paris is the home of those who have money and they oust slowly but surely those who haven't.
This movie isn't really about gentrification but the dynamic is here : the boy from the powerful family and the girl from the poor district : if the beginning is light and happy and makes think it will be superficial musical comedy, the story takes a dramatic turn as soon as the illegal mother is arrested : strangely, the songs are much better, especially Balavoine's « save love » ! By dealing with the immigrant fate, the movie really wins a heart, all the more that this subject is usually put in the closet. The lines are powerful with one side talking about file, number and the other fighting with person, family ! Leila is always good playing rebellious, upright characters and if like her partner, she dances better than she sings, this movie is definitely a happy breath in our old dusty and blind french cinema.
A minus (rental)
The minus is only because for a « Greek » movie, having Algeria for location and cast hasn't the flavor of the real Greece ! But Gavras hasn't the choice either because at the time, it was still the dictatorship there and at least, Theodorakis' score helps to feel this culture.
In all cases, this movie is just amazing. In our dark time in which democracy is stomped, this committed production is just a needy breath of air. For one time, political power isn't told as courageous, bold, historic but rather as corrupted, authoritarian. In short, the movie doesn't depict them as how they would like to appear but rather as how they really are. It's also a excellent lesson in constitutional law as it illustrates the meaning of the separation of powers : a real democracy is where each power is independent. Thus here, you can conclude it isn't one as the administration is vehement to tell the judiciary what it must does. At last, it's a extraordinary story about courage and conviction. A bit like « Schindler's list », this movie demonstrates that the psychopathic state relies on individual and as soon as one says « no », he can become the little grain of stand that blocks the machine. Here, Trintignant is a young judge who stays truth to his function and it's all the more funny and powerful that he's highly clever : he doesn't look up much but he knows exactly what to do to put the culprits in his web !
In conclusion, this movie is just an oasis in film history and it should inspire newcomers to do the same instead of serving propaganda !
Mains armées (2012)
Empty hands (rental)
I have never understand the impulse to do cop movie, especially when it's about running after the famous powder. When you count all the lives lost, all the family destroyed, all the investigations and budget allowed for so little result, you are worthy to ponder.
Here, you have got a clear illustration of this poor administration : there isn't one single police but a lot of offices, each one in charge of a particular crime and not trusting the other. Thus, versatile criminals are a bit hard to catch. Beyond this, the cops are obsessed by the flagrant arrest : they never want to stop the little fish, they always want to catch the big head. So, they listen, they investigate, they patient and it always ends in a bloody gunfight !
In addition, this movie is a bit a bore as every one is grumpy : no ones is happy, the cop father, the cop daughter, the cop boss, the cop co-worker, the gangsters. This loud drama is increased by the locations : derelict, old, rusty, cloudy, this Paris look like rather a under developed country ! And now, even french productions are infected by the modern plague : i mean the mobile phone because in terms of filmmaking, shooting a conversation is ground zero.
At last, if Zem is right, i can't believe Leila as a vindictive daughter and an aspirant cop. Worst, she dresses with rags and we are left wondering about her fate.
In conclusion, it's not a stinker but there's little to make happy either !
Japanase technology, American recycling (dvd)
Oups ! I have forgotten this DVD but after watching it, i could have left it on the shelve.
Sure for a 100% computer generated animation, it's beautiful and even today, the movie hasn't been matched (see « Tintin » for example). For a person existing only from 0 and 1, Aki is a stunning numerical woman who acts better than living ones (Kirsten Stewart for example). But, that's all!
The movie is a melting-pot of already seen sci-fi movies, especially Aliens. The story is an unintelligible quest, filled with pseudo science. After a good start, this is only a shoot-them up that happens in a bleak earth. In a way, the movie really shows us the future of movies !
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
Nearly the zone (rental)
First of all, i can watch at last this movie. When i was a teen, our parents allowed to see the first sketch but then we had to go to bed as we got school the next day (see also « poltergeist » for more details). I just remember that the prologue really scared me and that my friends told me accurately the next sketches. Then, in 2012, i got the ticket to watch it on screen at the Cinematheque during Spielberg's retrospective but i didn't go.
Today, i rent it and if the movie was not really bad, with all the excellent directors here, it's still a disappointment.
The major defect for me is that they could have tried to link all the sketches to have a basic unity : as the prologue ends with a automobile parking in a road, i would have started with Dante's part. Then, as this one ends in the same way, i would have cross the « family's » car with the racist one arriving at his bar. Then, as this one ends on the street, i would have put Gloom's in the street before entering Sunnyvale. As Spielberg ends with a street view, i would have shoot the sky to find Miller's plane.
Next, if the Zone is a place of mystery and discomfort, Spielberg's sketch should have been cut as it's too sugary and optimist. The interesting fact is that it had the same feeling and atmosphere as its future « Hook » !
The Miller's sketch is wrong since its beginning as Lithgow is already crazy (the same thing that Stephen King said about Nicholson in « Shining »).
Thus, you have really two good sketches : Landis' one about a punished racist and Dante's about a terror kid ! They were indeed interesting as you don't see often those kind of stories often and their cast is good (with Dante's familiars and the future Mr X).
Finally, the result is mixed but i don't remember to have seen a memorable sketch movie either.
Poltergeist III (1988)
Because of Heather (web)
Well, this is the last movie for this amazing young girl and it's just my saddest mourning for an artist ! She was just a lovable, funny, bright kid and an extraordinary actress as well : here, she has really a lot of screen time before she is abducted (again) and she is just excellent ! This last movie was promising because it was a break for the franchise : after the suburb, the country, now, it's the steel of Chicago Skycrapers. In a way, it reminds me of « die hard » or « gremlins 2 » and maybe « Shining » as the entire movie happens in a new, high-tech building that becomes a dangerous place. The mirror-game is a good idea for tension and fear and « Donna Hayward » and Skerit are efficient arrivals. But, unfortunately, that's all because as soon as Heather disappeared and a short breather from the psychic Tangina back for a last time, the movie just falls apart : it's only a hide-and-game in a malfunctioning building : there are no horrific visions, demons, just cold, smoke and water and shouts of names and « help me ». Allen participates in this disappointment as she seems grumpy and not really caring for her niece. Again, i can't explain Kane's obsession with Carol-Anne and her need for the light. At the end, the movie just stops abruptly without resolving some questions (what about the Doppelganger ? why no final words from the family ?). But, it's a bit hollow to comment beyond because we all know what would have been great! So, Heather, now that you are really on the other side, i really hope that you are happy and if you can, try to reach us as well...