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With the information provided, which film do you want to see the most?
Which one is (or was) your father's favorite film?
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Note: When I find video interviews of them, I don't correct their spelling mistakes because I shouldn't be doing an interpretation job. I wrote everything as I heard it.
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Army of the Dead (2021)
Review - Army of the Dead
After, multiples comic book films, Zack Snyder returns to make his own story with his character. And, it proves a real disaster, not that I liked all of his comic book films in the first place.
He makes an "original" film within the zombie genre. He forsakes a good part of Romero's style. But, it is another pair of sleeves regarding the rest of pop culture which seems to be Snyder's main source of inspiration. I believe that most will see references to Fast Five, Suicide Squad, Call of Duty, The Walking Dead. For me, it is problematic, Snyder seems to do all he can to please his fans on Reddit, Youtube, etc. To the point, that one of the characters is a YouTuber.
So by attempting to create such a mediatic event just after the release of the Snyder Cut, I get the impression that Snyder lost his style. At the very least, he lost what made his film unique. Most of his others films weren't excellent. But, with The Army of the Dead, the lack of dedication to the project is so apparent. Even Dave Bautista's character, through which Snyder reflects on his grief, lacks depth.
I warmly recommend that you skip this film whether you are a Snyder fan or not. You are surely going to be disappointed.
Review - Rocky
There is so much wrong with this film, starting with the poor collaboration between the directing and the screenplay. Both don't fit, they don't depict the same thing, John G. Avildsen appropriately depicts sports sequences, training sequences in the way that he does in The Karate Kid, but he doesn't understand the nuances. The most important one is that Rocky is prima facie a melodramatic film. And, maybe that I'm too harsh on him, maybe it is the fault of Stallone who did the same mistake on First Blood, but anyway, I don't like it.
Another problem, although less important than the precedent is that Stalonne isn't a good actor. His luckiness rose him to fame. Just like Rocky, he is an underdog, but never will he be a good actor.
Review - David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet
Attenborough finds the right tone with this film. The message is activist, but not political, not overly sensationalized. He tells us from his perspective how things change during his lifetime, his 60 years career. For the most part, the documentary remains fun and instructive. There are even noteworthy images (linked below) that I'll keep in memory.
The only part that I really disliked was when they reconstructed a vision of a dystopian future. Showing what the world would look like in the coming decades.
In short, this is how you should treat a subject that I don't care about, especially, if I disagree with your opinion.
And, it proves that I'm not totally biased when I rate documentaries.
Roma città aperta (1945)
Review - Roma città aperta
While the many subplots, sensationalist tone helped highlight the brave moments, they also have their drawbacks. In the post-war immediacy, in this tribute to the brave heroes who died in the war, Roberto Rosselini forgets what makes his later films, at least the one I saw, Germany, Year Zero, so impactful. The desperation of a true German boy in post-war Germany has no equal in Rome Open City. If the actors and Rossellini witnessed Italy during WWII, through the film's portrayal of bravery, you know they weren't tortured.
Rome Open City is still a great movie. Putting it in context, you could say it's a miracle. But for me, this is only the first draft of neorealism.
Il segno di Venere (1955)
Review - Il segno di Venere
Here, in the leading role, we meet Cesira, played by Franca Valeri. She is a free thinker. For her time, we can even consider her as a rebel. But, she is jealous, she doesn't achieve happiness, she doesn't find love.
At her opposite, there is her cousin, Agnese Tirabassi, played by Sophia Loren. Unlike Cesira, Agnese gets all the attention from men.
Despite its conservative vision of women-men relationships, the film shines through the compelling, amusing characters that bring a unique spirit to this movie filmed in Rome. It contrasts with Dino Risi's other 1955 film, Pane, amore e..... (1955), in the sense, that it is isn't a movie about charm, but rather on the absence of it and on jealousy.
Nevertheless, the directing of Dino Risi attenuates the film's dramatic themes. For that reason, I think that if you are a fan of Italian comedies, you should go for it.
Urban Legend (1998)
Review - Urban Legend
A new kind of teenage horror film inspired by Scream only lasted for aproximately four years (1996-2000). Urban Legend is clearly part of that era that some people now look at with a nostalgic feeling. I'm not one of those people, and I will explain why Urban Legend despite its energy and cool pitch didn't live up to my expectations.
The film begins strongly with a scene full of suspense, that I have difficulty believing was shot by Jamie Blanks, introduces the premise of an "urban legend" killer.
But after that, nothing matches the thrills of the first scene except maybe the appearance of Robert Englund. The film proceeds to follow all the tropes of the genre so strictly that it removes all intrigue in its "whodunit" plot.
And once again, the conclusion is inevitable. All the directors who did that kind of film in the 1990s would have been much better at directing Scooby-Doo episodes.
Review - Jaws
This movie had one of the best marketing campaigns in cinema history. It is astounding to see the number of people who bite the bait of the tagline: "You'll never go in the water again!" However, Jaws shares more resemblance with The Old Man and the Sea than with Ridley Scott's Alien. Don't expect an alien-esque horror film. Jaws demands more patience to be enjoyable because, first and foremost, it is a fishing film.
That brings me to another misconception about the film, the beginning is slow, really slow, and pointless. Fortunately, Spielberg's skillful directing was there to insufflate some energy into that otherwise bothersome first act.
If you haven't already seen Jaws, I do say go for it. It remains a classic of Hollywood cinema, but keep in mind that what you are about to see is not an action film nor a horror film.
Review - Unhinged
Unhinged is a hyperbole promoting a pacific statement. When in fact, all that mattered was the action. For me, that was an issue, the opening credit and the epilogue gave me the impression to watch a social issues ad on TV, the message is in your face and not bright at all.
Also, whoever hired the actors did a really poor job. Not only because the actors are all bad (except Russel Crowe), but because they don't fit together in terms of the age difference. The age gap between the actress playing the mother and the actor playing the son should have been greater, it bothered me for all the film.
La pianiste (2001)
Review - La Pianiste
La Pianiste is the tragic story of Erika, a piano teacher, who represses her love feelings since she is unable to express them.
The premise is only more impactful when you realize that nor insanity nor her bizarre relationship with her abusive mother truly justifies her desire to sabotage her own life. And, the depiction of sexual violence is incredibly clever. Haneke suggests more than he shows, but the viewer ends up imagining more than Haneke would have dared to show. Which, for me, indicates all the brilliancy of the directing.
The last aspect but no the least is certainly the amazing performances delivered by Benoît Magimel and Isabelle Huppert. Considering the difficulty of their roles, I can only acclaim their commitment.
In conclusion, The Piano Teacher shocks and makes you think with all the virtuosity that characterizes Haneke. Bravo!
Il vangelo secondo Matteo (1964)
Review - Il vangelo secondo Matteo
Pasolini had a self-proclaimed peculiar way of seeing the world and objects that some may call contradictory. But that you like his philosophy or not, he was first and foremost a great critical thinker. It is far too simple to reduce the Pasolinesque-thought to clichés, some authors have written on it.
At first, that Pasolini, who is an atheist directed a non-religious film on Jesus, dedicated to John XXIII can seem hypocrite. But while Pasolini was anti-clerical, he also had much respect for the sacred and the miracles. However, he didn't feel legitimate to interpret the myth of Jesus Christ. That is why the "Il vangelo" is closer to a documentary or a prosaic depiction of the life of Christ, it is almost a record at certain times.
The film doesn't attempt to convert you to Christianism, and it is the difference between it and all the mediocre and pseudo-profound religious films.
Add trademarks such as neorealism, classical music, and close-up. And, you get the greatest film on the life of Jesus Christ ever shot
Review - Code Inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages
Code Unknown is not the most acclaimed of Haneke's films, it also differs from the shocking style that he loves to incorporate in his films. Yet, I thought that it summarizes well the essence of his career. The unconventional narrative of the film helped to emphasize the crucial situation in the lives of people only related by a small incident through those multiple perspectives you discover numerous social problematics such as racism, child-abusing. In my eyes, the predominant aspect is the underlying question that raises the film: "Are all the problems in society caused by the inability to communicate?" That seems to be a question that you can reattach to other of Haneke's films (e.g. The Piano Teacher and Amour). And, for those reasons, I believe that Code Unknown is an underestimated masterpiece.
Man of Steel (2013)
Review - Man of Steel
I thought that reducing the number of action sequences as compare to MCU films, of the film was a brilliant idea. It gave Man of Steel more of the needed time to establish the moral person behind Kal-El. And, those efforts at making Kal-el humane, and at exploring his psyche have bear fruit. In later films, DC has tried to do it without the collaboration of S. Goyer and Nolan, but unfortunately, the two main writers of The Dark Knight Trilogy don't seem to be replaceable.
The huge problem of this film lies within the climax. That climax is a total rip-off of Roland Emmerich's work. People are running, Metropolis is being destroyed by a giant spaceship, and Superman is bashing many, many, many buildings, going into space, destroying satellites, and returning on earth to destroy more buildings. One of the worst climax of the 2010s.
Pane, amore e..... (1955)
Review - Pane, amore e.....
With all the praises that Sophie Loren received throughout her long career, I expected more. Her role (like all the female roles of the film) is stereotyped at excess. Plus, she overplays it.
The dialogues always explain to the viewer visual jokes. I found that incredibly annoying and unnecessary.
Vittorio De Sica's role is why I don't give this film a lower-rating. In fact, his character is the only one that feels really like a character, he has depth and real psychological evolution. But, make no mistake, I'm not saying that his performance was brilliant.
El Naser Salah el Dine (1963)
Review - El Naser Salah el Dine
In response to the number of epic films produced in the 1950s and 1960s, Youssef Chahine took the genre and spun it at 180 degrees. He is attacking the imperialism ambitions of Europe and modifying our perception of the crusades.
Saladin even with a much smaller budget than American films has great production values. The battles are great, the music played by an orchestra conducted by Carlo Savina, an Italian composer and conductor who has worked with world-renowned directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, Federico Fellini, and Roman Polanski, is rich. Furthermore, Saladin does more than ripping-off the aesthetical codes of American films. It experiments with cinematography and editing.
I would say that Chahine proves once again the richness of each nationality, their customs, and their talents.
Review - Master and Commander : The Far Side of the World
Master and Commander is a movie that at the perfect time, just at the pinnacle of Russel Crowe's career and in a golden age for adventure films. And, I like that movie as much as I love nautical adventures.
For me, the only flaw that justifies my 7/10 is the editing of the action scenes. In most of his films, Nolan was able to camouflage Lee Smith's inability to edit action, but Peter Weir couldn't on Master and Commander.
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020)
Review - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Here, Chadwick Boseman gives his best performance and Viola Davis is no less impressive as Ma Rainey.
However, like another film released on Netflix this year, The Trial of the Chicago 7, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom feels and looks like a play. So, it is not a problem with the screenplay, which I believe is excellent.
I think that they should have picked a renowned movie director rather than a renowned playwright. For that role, Denzel Washington, who has already directed one of Wilson's plays for cinema (Fences) would have been perfect.
Ying xiong (2002)
Review - Ying xiong
Yimou Zhang is one of these directors who can perfectly blend VFX and SFX. With that ability, he can value the poetry of the film over the realism and it allows Hero to be one of the most beautiful films ever shot.
That a lot of people the message of this film also shows that the three screenwriters cleverly transformed that purely communist message into something that can appeal to a wider audience. Kurosawa, Hashimoto, and Oguni accomplished a similar feat on Shichinin no samurai.
Review - I'm Thinking of Ending Things
I liked the idea of following the fantasies of a depressive school janitor. All the characters speak the janitor's thoughts. I found that idea amazing, and for that reason, I'm Thinking of Ending Things has the best screenplay of 2020.
However, I can confess that the ending is far from perfect. Even after reading Kaufman's explanation, I'm not convinced.
Été 85 (2020)
Review - Été 85
First and foremost, Été 85 is a very moving film. It is a rollercoaster of emotions because while taking a lot of the "teenager film" codes, Ozon doesn't hesitate to create drama.
Also, Été 85 is partly based upon Dance on my Grave, a novel that marked François Ozon. Therefore, instead of following the book, he is gonna take a lot of liberty to take a look at his adolescence.
Apart from that, the chemistry between the three young and promising actors is almost magical. Finally, the scenery pays a great homage to the 80s but also serves later on as a warning against the exaltation caused by puberty.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)
Review - The Trial of the Chicago 7
The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a courtroom film as a result, it is hard to estimate Sorkin is aptitude at directing. He only directed two films, Trial of the Chicago 7 and Molly's Game, the latter is also a courtroom film. I think that in the bad sense of the term, Sorkin directed this film like a play. That is understandable because Sorkin's roots are in Broadway.
Also, the characters are bland, they serve the film's political message but are never as detailed emotionally as real people. It is disappointing coming from a film that relies upon its characters.
Perhaps what really shines in Trial of the Chicago 7 and makes it a watchable film is the optimistic message.
Un prophète (2009)
Review - Un prophète
For me, the film is going in too many directions. It goes in-depth in the modus operandi of the mobsters. It reports in wide and detailed terms the tension between the different gangs. Plus, it describes interpersonal tension between the different characters. Finally, the plot is not very original.
Unless you like to draw diagrams when watching a film, I recommend that you watch Cidade de Deus (2002) instead.
Mansfield Park (1999)
Review - Mansfield Park
A respectable adaptation of Jane Austen's novel of the same name.
Mansfield Park (the movie) surely didn't get enough recognition for Frances O'Connor's performance.
I have seen many complaints about it being unfaithful to the book, but I think that the essential was to make a film faithful to the style of Jane Austen, not the plot.
Plus, for once, I thought that the 4th wall breaking was entertaining and practical in the way that it is not used to bring comical relief or to make lazy expositions.
Also, it is undoubtedly, a feminist story, but unlike the more recent Enola Holmes, it avoids historical revisionism.
My major complaint is that Patricia Rozema, maybe due to a lack of budget, shot the film like a TV movie.
Review - Khartoum
Despite being lead by two stars of the epic genre (Charlton Heston and Laurence Olivier), Khartoum is an extremely underrated film.
It is often referred to as the poor man's Lawrence of Arabia. I think that is unfair. The plot is as convincing and entertaining as it needs to be. Both of the performances are incredibly charismatic. The cinematography is also quite effective in bringing justice to the enigmatic beauty of the desert.
If you can get past the imperialism glorification and appreciate the grandiose adventure that it is, I promise that you'll love it.
Review - Mank
For my greatest pleasure, Mank is much more than a "behind the scenes" of "Citizen Kane". On one hand, it explores the life of Herman Mankiewicz, but with the usual detachment of Fincher toward his character. On the other hand, it describes the correlation between politics and cinema during the 1930s and 1940s.
As far as I am concerned, the film's biggest flaw is that Gary Oldman's role is built on clichés (Alcohol problems and Gambling problems). Fortunately, this isn't the case for the supporting characters played by Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, and Charles Dance.
Finally, Mank is a good film. However, you'll need a little knowledge about Hollywood to understand it.
The Heiress (1949)
Review - The Heiress
The Heiress one of the first and only anti-romance films of classic Hollywood.
The first act follows the codes of the Hollywood fairy tale and takes much inspiration from Romeo and Juliet, but slowly, with the help of its ambiguous characters, it becomes more original.
While characters tend to represent different persona rather than human beings, the performances are excellent. Especially, Olivia de Havilland as Catherine Sloper.