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A true masterpiece. (spoilers), 15 January 2015
10/10

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When I saw this movie for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised to see that creativity could be stretched in that direction. Many directors try and aim to pull the strings of our revulsion, but never with this much success. High marks for this film which has also the merit of giving a new dimension to Michael Niman's "Memorial" a modern classical and a masterpiece in its own right. The cast is impeccable, superb, but my only reservation is the very thick French accent of Richard Borhinger. The story is simple: a woman married to the most cruel of men has an affair in her husband's restaurant. Everything is fantastic in this uncompromising movie. I think it is more - way more - pertinent than other movies that were meant to offend any audience (Salo, Caligula, Full Metal Jacket and other works where cruelty meets depravity). Although I think it not for everyone, I highly recommend this movie to movie goers who are able to stomach anything that is thrown at them. It is a 10 for me.

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Horrible waste of time., 15 September 2014
1/10

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Where to begin? First it is another of those home movie story shot by one of the characters, except they spare us the pain of having the full length of the movie shot by an amateur camera-person. Second, aside from the fact that a nephew comes to take over a strip club left to him by his deceased uncle, there is no story. We see lots of boobs, and that is pretty much the selling point of that movie. The word garbage came to mind to qualify this thing, but at least in garbage, there is always something you can salvage or recycle. At 4.3, this movie is grossly overrated. It is in the same league as Paris Hilton's Pledge This.

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Forty years after "Love Story", the formula lives on., 13 September 2014
4/10

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When I see a movie so grossly over rated, it makes me remove some points from my actual score. This is to me a 6. But at 8.2, this movie is way over what it should be. But I understand perfectly why so many people were moved by it. And it what I want to discuss here. ATTENTION SPOILER. When the protagonists go to Amsterdam, as if it was the place where they would find the answer to the ultimate question in their lives, the character played by Wilem Dafoe tells them basically that they are not special because they have a terminal illness, but that they are like all other human being faced with the hand they were dealt by life. I suspect the author of the best selling novel to have used this character to expose this truth which is hard to accept. But with appropriate music and endearing moments, we forget that unpleasant encounter until this character comes back to tell us he lost a loved one to terminal disease. As for the actors, only Shailene Woodley does her job. The sloppy acting that surrounds her is a little irritating.

1 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
What a waste of time!, 18 July 2014
3/10

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When your main actor delivers a bad performance, your movie is in trouble. I know some people may be uncomfortable with the subject of the movie. But it is either because they forgot the time they were that age or to be politically correct. In the case of the young girl portrayed in this film, I was at first wondering if she had real desires for the opposite sex or if she just wanted to be the equal of her friend. The latter seems to be the obvious reason, but it is not clear because the main actress never gives us a concrete sign of the finality of what she is looking for. It is disappointing because the topic is not without interest.

0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
The judges take too much space., 31 May 2014
4/10

This show is probably one with the most misused potential I have seen in a long time. Too much attention is focused on the judges. We see them arrive, in their dressing rooms and most annoyingly, too many times during the performances. The editing of this show is what turns me off the most. During spectacular performances, there are too many cut aways from the performers to show us the audience, the judges and the host. Not that there should not be any. But there are way too much cuts from the performers. I have no problem with the choice of acts or the trigger happy judges who buzz just because they don't like the contestant's looks. I think the judges get their time when they make their comments. They don't need more. Too bad, because the British version has the same flaws. I have seen enough.

5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
Even more putrid than Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat, 31 December 2013

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Trying to denounce racism, sexism, homophobia and all the bigotry in the world does not justify showing offensive material. To me, the most disturbing part of this movie is when the two clowns deprived of any I.Q. use a hidden camera to offer ordinary, unsuspecting African-American a one-way trip back to Africa, this, in order to ethnically cleanse the USA. This lack of judgment by the director and the producers can be illustrated by asking them if they would have use the same method to denounce gang-rape or lynching. Yes dear IMDb, I am furious after seeing this piece of garbage. But I am reassured by the comments left on this forum. They show that decency still prevails in our world. So thank to you my fellow IMDb friends for your quasi unanimous condemnation of this atrocity.

"Mom" (2013)
10 out of 19 people found the following review useful:
Refreshing, 19 November 2013
8/10

Once in while, it is good to be reminded that we live in a male centric society. The drinking and womanizing of Charlie Harper was quite acceptable and cute. But try to make a comedy about the realities of life for the women who have been dumped by the Charlie Harpers of this world and you get comments about the values this sitcom is carrying. Isn't that a little hypocritical at best, and plainly sexist at worst? I simply love Anna Faris (I hope she reads this) This lady is talented and able to carry this show with the fabulous Allison Janey. "Mom" is certainly not perfect, but it has the unique quality of portraying something true. It is honest and doesn't try to be anything else. It is refreshing, and in my opinion, deserve an 8.

17 out of 27 people found the following review useful:
Poor Lindsay, 1 November 2013
3/10

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Imagine that you have been acting since childhood and that at 27 years of age you try to salvage your career by accepting any project that comes your way. Then, imagine one of this projects being a mainstream movie with, for you as a co-star, a porn actor. Moreover, imagine that in the end, he turns out to be a better actor than you. In fact, the entire cast turns out to be better than Lohan in this film. She seems to be there just because of her name. Not only is she horrible at acting, but she looks 45 when she's only 27! I am sure that a high percentage of the male audience for this movie was motivated by the fact that Lohan is showing her breasts. That makes the disappointment even greater. As for the storyline of this movie it is nothing new: it is about jealousy. But the movie fails to present it from a fresh perspective. I give it a 3 because James Deen shows in this movie that he can act.

Ted (2012)
10 out of 15 people found the following review useful:
Racist jokes are NOT funny, 8 August 2013
1/10

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I am sorry IMDb. I hope I will not be considered to have spoiled the movie with my title. But I admit I may have, because the whole thing is laced with stupid jokes about Jews, Blacks, women, etc. No, I did not like it for this reason, and for many others. The writing is awful, the plot is ridiculous and it is a perfect waste of talent on the screen. You see, when a movie wants to make a completely unbelievable plot credible, it has to make the audience play along: this one fails. And I cannot believe that this movie has, as I'm preparing this review, a score of 7,1 on IMDb. It can't be true. Meanwhile, Admission, with Tina Fay gets a 5,5. I do not say admission should be a 7, but at least a 6,5. Anyway, I really want to underline the fact that even if a Jewish person makes a joke about Jewish people, I will not find it funny. I have too much respect for humanity to play along with this unacceptable way of trying to make a buck.

Adorable, funny and real., 6 July 2013
10/10

Hot in Cleveland is what a sitcom should be. It may not reach the notoriety of Seinfeld, Friends and other famous ones, but it is true to itself. The characters are endearing and the plots are always rooted in reality. Betty White shows a tremendous amount of generosity by playing in this sitcom as she is in her 90's. What a classy lady we have here. The same can be said of the three other main characters who have had to suffer the wits of the writers who, as we now know, will stop at no principle to humiliate them for our amusement. At the time I was writing this review, the show had a rating of 8,4 on IMDb. Which is pretty good, but I would gladly raise that to a 9,1. I personally give it a 10 Long live Betty ans long live Hot in Cleveland.


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