Archive for February, 2011

Rundskop (Bullhead) – ***

Posted: February 27, 2011 in 2011, Belgium, Drama, Flanders, XXX

Just went to see the most hyped movie of the moment. The media call it the best Flemish movie ever. It will take home the Oscar for best foreign language movie in 2012. Etc… I was very skeptical, but I have to admit that I was really impressed as well. The best movie ever is a bit exaggerated, but I understand why people would call it so. The typical Flemish farmer movie like they produced in the seventies and eighties (based on novels that were set in and around farms) got a complete makeover!

If you watch the trailer you may think it’s all about the growing hormone mafia in the stockbreeding industry. And it partly is. But thankfully it’s not the main theme of the movie. The main theme is about an adult man coming to terms with a terrible childhood trauma. At least for me. As soon as I learned about the childhood incident, I started to get intrigued by the story and never got bored until the end credits.

Not all is perfect though. There is absolutely no resemblance between the children (in the flashbacks) and the adults. Some scenes are pretty implausible. And the director tries to hard to add humor in the movie, which does not work at all. The two comic Walloon car mechanics bring some laughter, but the laughter just doesn’t fit in a very grim story.

But in the end, I am really impressed by this picture. Thanks to the director Michaël Roskam, who can await a bright future. His mis-en-scène was very efficient. And the editors did a great job too. There’s not one scene superfluous or tedious (apart from maybe the funny ones). The colors of the movie are striking. And the acting is quite superb. I’ve never been a fan of Matthias Schoenaerts, but he does a great job here. Gained all those extra pounds to look like a bull. Impressive indeed.

Guys (and girls) around the world: try to catch this movie if you can.

Coffee Date – **

Posted: February 21, 2011 in Comedy, USA, XX

Another 0.99 dollar gay themed iTunes rental. It’s also very low-budget and after having seen the trailer (pfff) and the other rental Finding Me, I thought I’d really hate this movie. BUT. It actually turned out great. The main actor ACTS. The story is believable. The jokes are funny. It’s a bit like the French top comedy Le Placard with Daniel Auteuil, but then LA style.

the movie is about a straight guy who gets pranked by his brother into a blind date with a gay guy. On his turn he pranks his brother (who lives in with him) by showing up that night with the gay date. Thus creating a wave of misunderstandings about him being gay. Turns out everyone believes he’s gay. His mother flies over to help him. His female colleagues suddenly like him more. Etc…  But he’s straight! Or not?

The movie also has its flaws though. It’s very low-budget. And not everyone acts well. Most over act as it’s a comedy. Some do it so well, it’s funny (the colleague, the mother) and some even suck at overacting (the latin lover). But it’s an original take on the misunderstanding hook of standard comedy script. And in the end it’s about people who just like each other.

Finding Me – 1/2

Posted: February 21, 2011 in 1/2, Drama, USA

0.99 cent iTunes rental. A gay black kid is trying to find out who he is. Well, he’s a BORE. Yawn. Too bad really. ‘cos the trailer is really good. I liked the trailer a lot.

Okay, the production was very, and I mean, VERY low-budget. But still. Nobody is performing well as an actor. And the script is just plain boring. I’d love to be supportive of independent movies like this. And I am. But in the end, this is not a good movie. But respect to get your movie out on iTunes even if it only costs .99 cent. Better than nobody buying the dvd.

True Grit – ***

Posted: February 19, 2011 in USA, Western, XXX

I’m not a fan of the Coen brothers. I think they are incredibly overrated. That movie they won Oscars for was terrible. So when I started watching this flick, I kind of feared for the worse. The intentional overacting. The over the top weird side characters. The zooming in and out. They are, as usual, all there. The interrogation scene at the court in the beginning of the movie is so Coenesque. You either like it or you don’t. (I didn’t) But then the adventure starts and you want to know what’s going to happen. Until the very last minute. A movie that can captivate my attention until the end is a good movie. Period. It helps of course to see magnificent landscapes. The cinematography is awesome. And it also helps that Jeff Bridges does an excellent job as the Marshal and that Matt Damon is kind of funny as a Texas Ranger loser. But it’s still Matt Damon though. He can’t help being Matt Damon in movies.

The story in case you haven’t read anything about this movie before: a 14y old girl hires a Marshall to get the outlaw who killed her father. She not only pays him well, she also wants to escort him in the Indian Territories where the killer presumably fled to. They get the unwanted help of a Texas Ranger who’s also on the hunt for the killer. And in the mean time they encounter all the wild west clichés possible. I actually really liked this movie.

127 Hours – ***

Posted: February 19, 2011 in Drama, UK, USA, XXX

First of all. This is a good trailer! A really good one.

Second of all. This is a good movie. A really good one.

The script is not really that great. It’s based on a true story of an adventurous guy who goes hiking in the canyons without letting anyone know where he is. He falls into one of the canyons and his hand gets crushed between a canyon and a rock. He’s stuck there for 127 hours and since the movie is based on a book by the main character you know he’s going to get out eventually. So, well, there’s not really a story development or so.

But the editing, the cinematography and especially the acting is excellent.

I didn’t quite get all the images I saw. Like in the opening scene where they split the screen in three and you see a lot of mass events taking place. Just to point out the difference to the loneliness of the main character in the rest of the movie? That didn’t impress me. And some scenes were just added to make the movie longer than an hour. Dream sequences. Childhood memories. The necessary love interest and sexual arousment scenes.  Etc. Not always that great. But they were acceptable attempts to make the movie a little bit more interesting than just filming a guy being stuck in a canyon.

No, in the end this is all about James Franco’s performance. And about the scenes that are cool. The colors of this movie are immaculate. Canyonland is a great backdrop for a movie. The movie just wants you to go hiking there as well. Get away from everyone. A bit the same feeling as Into The Wild. Some people around me asked their friends what they would do in the same situation and I guess most people would just give up faster. James Franco’s character is a bit TOO cool about the situation, but hey, a movie about a whiner would totally suck.

A few seats from me there was a family with a younger girl who closed her eyes during 5 minutes near the end of the movie. I looked around and I saw a LOT of people with the eyes closed. So be warned. There is a very cruel scene in this movie.

Un Prophète – ***

Posted: February 11, 2011 in Drama, France, XXX

The Mission – ***

Posted: February 9, 2011 in Drama, UK, XXX