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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....
*** After 1000 reviews, some stats and 1 resolution:
My reviews come from: DVD (39,6%); TV (16,4%); web (15,7%); screen (11,4%); rental (7,7%); Cinematheque (3,3%); video games (2,1%); Dad (1,8%); VHS (1,7%); replay TV (0,5%)....
Up now: for each of my rating, came a review !
From now: for some of my rating, there won't be anymore a review just because the related work is just awful for my taste: I put them into quarantine with a brand new list : I don't intend to justify me in length but i give you now a list of reasons that can apply to those stinkers !!
1) the "patient" is related to AWFUL, OVERRATED NAMES: examples > a director WOODY ALLEN, an actor BRAD PITT, an actress NICOLE KIDMAN , the son of, daughter of, well the family business ...
2) the "patient" has a DREAFUL PLOT: examples > POTUS, an artist, politician, sports BIOPIC, a movie ABOUT MOVIES, CHEATING, NIGHTLIFE, ...
3) the "patient comes from high up : examples > French BOBO, renowned architect, skillfull doctor, succesful advocate , ROYAL, MONEYBAG, FASHION, ...
4) the "patient" is highly violent and carries a gun in the poster: examples > MILTARY, VIGILANTE, COP and other ARMED FORCES, OLD WEST, KUNG-FU ...
5) the "patient" is either too SHORT : examples > a music video, a video game, a sketch movie, just a extra, a member of a XXL casting, ... OR too TALL : examples > a multi years TV SHOW, ...
6) the "patient" is for DIMWIT : examples > animals animation, endless sequel, useless prequel, reboot, ...
7) the "patient" is terminally ILL : examples > cancer, drugs, booze, hypochondriac, genetic disorder ...
Another successful crazy and funny science experiment (tv)
The 80s were wonderful to give us original screenplays in comparison to today sequels, prequels, reboot, revival,
The idea was simple : imagine a exciting situation and explain it with loose science : so we had time travel in a Delorean, ghost-busting, a world war using computers, a robot as cop, building a personal spacecraft,
Here the idea is an old one (to shrink human into a body) but the way it has been done makes the difference : the script and characters are really funny : indeed, it looks like a Warner cartoon, with a punch, electric eccentricity that nobody can't match better than Joe Dante : the casting is really appropriate to fit the situations and if sometimes, the tension goes down, take a look all around the frame, there is always something to make you laugh (example : i think this movie has the most implicit sex scene in all Spielberg production !)
What Lies Beneath (2000)
Bis Repetita (rental)
I watched it a few months back, surely wrote the review and send it to IMDb. But I don't know what lies beneath, my review isn't on line !!! So I must write it again but it's more difficult this time as the movie isn't fresh anymore. I remember that Michelle was great as a wife becoming crazy; that the country location was superb, all the more than the couple was living in a sumptuous mansion... But I don't remember to have been scared but rather I felt cheated and annoyed: watching my childhood hero (Han Solo, Indy) becoming a cheater, a killer and a dangerous husband was not all fun: Harrison as a bad guy wasn't the ideal casting: maybe for him, it was a change and interesting to do but i don't think we can change our human nature and the only thing really unnatural in this movie was his job!
Capitaine Marleau: À Ciel Ouvert (2017)
# 47 : Twice as many Géraldine (tv)
This same evening was also the great debate with the 11 presidential candidates but clearly Geraldine means more: after sixteen years, she still charms me with her melodic voice and good manners, faraway of the usual indecent showoff all other actresses are into: here she plays two parts, as twin sisters loving the same man. The scenes in which she speaks to her other self are funny and she is excellent to give us two really different attitudes between the cool sister and the rejected one. Thanks to her, this is the first time i watch this cop show: it's a bit like Colombo with a really special talkative female cop and her candid assistant: the criminal plot is weak and the team has not much flair but with Géraldine, the episode gains in value and was really enjoyable!
Les yeux de sa mère (2011)
# 47 : The same winning formula, the same bad results (web)
My 3rd movie from the clique Pailhas, Kliffa, Thompson, Deneuve and i'm still highly bored with their efforts
It's the usual Bobo movie : Parisian lives in the posh district (Lisbonne street), bourgeois characters : the mother is the news anchor, the daughter is a famous ballerina, a writer and for sure, the silly, stupid sexuality : here if i have well understood, the writer seduces the old mother, the mature daughter and also the young son !!! Except the scenes of Géraldine dancing on stage at Chaillot that are interesting because dance was her training until she got hurt, i really wonder what for those kind of movies are made : Sure all those people put money in their pockets, but how much an audience is connected with this soup, outside Paris ? and to finish, the movie is particularly visually awful as the cinematography is a washy yellow light
In short, quickly watched, quickly forgotten !!!
# 47 : My Cine-Sense never fails me (rental)
When i saw the cover of this Géraldine's movie, i decided to keep it for the last because it seemed the most interesting : Lhermitte is a honorable actor and this meeting of snow, dogs and loneliness was intriguing
Now that i have watched it, i can say this is a terrific movie, full of compassionate feelings and optimism : sure the beginning is hard because it's about losing a child
But i can understand the father reaction : numbness, morbid hobby and the desire to start it all over again by himself
The movie is really good to focus on the small, little joys of life, the unexpected meetings and in that context, the dog walking is a great idea : Dogs are the best to meet strangers and this cold Canadian winter is wonderful to offer the ideal location for introspection, as i have experimented by walking in Stockholm. All this generous Canadian cast is welcomed as it's a good change from the usual well stuffed french one
Géraldine is excellent here in her first bad character as a rather poor sighted mother and wife
For all those who like zen, calm, insight and life philosophy, this movie is a must- see because it teaches you how it's more and more difficult in our material world to stay true to oneself and to say NO when needed ! In all cases, it's more intelligent and emotional about parents loss than the one with Jenny (Reservation Road) which is the usual American soup about revenge, violence: here the focus is about of hope, help and resilience
Le paradis des bêtes (2012)
# 47 : La Fillu (web)
17 years before this movie, Géraldine did about the same one : in Le Garcu, she played a wife with a violent husband with the kid in between. So we can compare the two and have an opinion about the evolution of filmmaking : here the first thing i notice is this awful use of orange filtering : maybe it's because it happens in winter and it's like the light of a fire, however it's too much ! The second remark is about the graphic violence : now, the audience had to witness everything : father groping girlfriends, Géraldine severely beaten, kids yelled at
Honestly, it's too much and i nearly stop to watch it
But i went on just because it would have been like dropping the kids in their nightmare.. This older sister really carries the movie on her frail shoulders
As Péné's movie - Mama, i would have rated it 10 because this movie really hurts me and punched me but i vote 7 because the ending is stupid : this last merry go round ride is like nothing really happens, like the father never abused his authority, never lies, never have been violent
This is not really what the 90 minutes that happened before told us so this is really a pity !
Le dos rouge (2014)
# 47 : The quintessence of the Bobos movie (rental)
The Bobos (not to be confused with the Bonobos in spite of that the 2 are primates that kept having sex) long to be the only inhabitants of Paris to turn it into their exclusive depraved play-field
So as the movie exposes, the Bobos gather in the cultural places of the capital, settle in expensive lofts and are poor artists with only one motive: sex
In fact, they are perverts disguised with respectability
Here, the movie is the perfect proof as it's just totally boring, hollow, dreadful : the main subject is a nude man sitting wearing a bra ! They have party with make-up men making up, the dialogues are unintelligible, pseudo intellectual and philosophical soup
Indubitalebly, the worst movie Geraldine has ever done and the few minutes she acts are barely an oasis in a big nothing
Louis-Ferdinand Céline (2016)
# 47 : as austere as Géraldine looks (web)
This is really the first movie in which Géraldine looks actually like a grandma : black dress, gray pants, dark pullover, hair in bun This is not really a joke as her couple lives in a old farm, almost like cavemen, with no comfort and rags And honestly, her pal playing her husband writer Celine would have been more helpful in Quasimodo or Planet of the Apes !!
Anyway, this depressive setting really doesn't help the movie, all the more this is a dreadful, stupid artist Biopic ! Producers take us really for dimwits : a artist releases art works but an artist's life is not an art work ! It's very pretentious to think that the artist life is as essential and important as the art, except for merchants eager to sell us products after products I got my eye-opener with U2 : i love their music but hearing them talk about it, it's just silly Now medias fill us up every second with facts about People : it's soup that we don't need, it's pride for them and a punishment for us : we are nothing compared to those artists !
For sure, among Géraldine worst movies ever !!!
Le héros de la famille (2006)
# 47 : Just for the Rose (rental)
This movie about a family reunion following a relative death is nor original nor captivating but there is improvement compared to the creators previous effort (the dreadful Une Vie A T'Attendre).
Geraldine has better things to do and she is cool playing a grumpy sister. Honestly she shows more skills than the long list of french oldies pals: Miou (x2) always badly playing the humble woman, La Deneuve always playing the old bourgeoisie, Lanvin always doing tons for nothing and Beart always playing la diva in spite of she is rather ugly
Maybe it's because i skip too much scenes without Geraldine but it took me ages to understand that Lanvin (and not Brasseur) was her father and the one of her half brother
I remember that Showgirls was labeled obscene but here a cabaret with nude girls, a queer, gays making love under Nice firework is hypocritically welcomed as inspired art ! Anyway, if i pushed it on the positive side, it's especially for Géraldine singing the song the Rose : with her sensibility and melodic voice, she finds a iconic scene for her long career. Proof that the director is not very inspired, i would have ended the movie with this very emotional sequence as the following minutes just don't add anything more
Live and Let Die (1973)
RIP 007 (tv)
The great and cool Roger Moore has left us and to pay homage, french TV changed programs to offer his 1st appearance as 007 ... and that one was indeed among his 2 007 movies i haven't seen so far (the last one is now Mooraker !).
But honestly this one offers a really poor story for a 007 movie ! If the spy is expected to go in exotic locations, here, 007 goes to US ! Not really incredible ! Next, if he is the last hope against world threat, here, he deals with coke traffic ! The action sequences are pretty boring : the bus, then the boat, the crocodiles then the sharks
The only value of this movie is the franchise trademark that is to say its ability to vacuum and recycle trends: in other words, all 007 movies are deeply shaped by the time of production and as this one has more than 40 years, it has a great historical value: first, the narcotic traffic had just started in the movies: from my history, the oldest one about it is Pacino's Needle Park in 1971.. And for sure, the movie is just mesmerized by the blaxploitation era : all characters are blacks and we have all their classic items : music, car, Harlem, jewelry, fashion and also a very charming tiny sidekick
At the end, it's not Moore's best but it's no its worst (for your eyes only