Archive for May, 2013

Bridesmaids – **1/2

Posted: May 31, 2013 in 2011, Comedy, romcom, USA, XXX

Airplane comedy # 1

What a funny comedy! A good friend recommended this one several times already, but I just never bothered renting it. The trailer didn’t promise anything good. I can laugh at jokes about farting and I don’t mind talking about sex in a very explicit way, but an American comedy that centres around those types of humour just didn’t appeal to me at all. Especially after seeing the trailer, which makes it look too much like a Hangover with women. However, there’s more to this comedy than just references to throwing up, farting, diarrhoea, ejaculating and blow jobs. Not much more, okay, but still enough to make it really pleasant to watch.

Main actress Kristen Wiig is excellent as Annie, a sad thirtysomething who needs to organise the maiden shower for her best friend, but can’t get along with one of the bridesmaids and needs to put her life back together before she destroys the happiness of others. Kristen isn’t delivering the jokes, but she manages to deliver the story in an exciting way. The rest of the cast just play second fiddle, but are efficient in every scene. It’s set up like a Disney movie with an unlikely heroine (a very sad one), some funny side characters (of the vulgar type), a nemesis (an adult prom queen bitch), an unlikely Prince Charming (from the UK), some moral lessons as well (surprisingly non sarcastic) and a happy ending. It’s not a parody, but it works. At least for me.

I love browsing in second-hand record stores and cd/dvd shops. Whenever someone asks me what I’m looking for, I always say  J’aurai Voulu Etre Un Danseur, just because nobody seems to have heard about the movie, let alone have it in their collection. It always works. I ask them a rare dvd, they don’t have it and they leave me browsing on my own.

A few weeks ago, I tried the same in a dvd store in Lyon, but – you’ve guessed it – the guy had the dvd! For 7 euro! I didn’t really want to see it that badly; but since he had it, I couldn’t refuse.

I never read anything about this movie, but I just liked the title because I as well have always wanted to be a dancer. I thought it was about a guy who’s obsessed about Gene Kelly and tries his very best to follow his footsteps. It stars Cecile de France in a supporting part and it’s made by Alain Berliner, who previously made interesting movies like Le Mur and Ma Vie En Rose. 

But, alas! This is not a joy to watch. Sure, it’s about a guy who wants to become a dancer, but it’s about several guys within one family who decide they will give up everything to become a tap dancer after having seen Gene Kelly in Singing In The Rain. There is something original about the script, but it just doesn’t work because it becomes to crazy. Suddenly you have a professor in the future who explains that certain genes in the back of the head will make children do exactly the same as their parents once that gene is triggered by a mutual event. In this case, the event is watching Singing In The Rain, which makes young fathers abandon their family to become tap dancers…

Yes. it’s that weird.

Don’t buy it for 7 euro when you come across of it. I have it here for six. 😉

and my new rare movie that I’ll use is Corps Ouverts.

The Great Gatsby – *

Posted: May 23, 2013 in 2013, Drama, USA, X

They movie isn’t crap, but it sure has a lot of crappy moments.

For starters, there’s the (over)acting. It’s terrible. Not even DiCaprio is convincing and just does what he always does: be DiCaprio. Hasn’t he learned anything from his master performance in Django Unchained

Then there’s the god awful soundtrack. Using contemporary songs in a historic setting worked so well in Moulin Rouge, but it doesn’t work at all in this movie. Primarily because the story doesn’t really lend to it, but also because the choice of songs is horrible.

I saw the movie in regular format, but it was very clear that this is meant to be seen in 3D. However, none of those 3D effects add anything to the visual splendor that the movie aims to achieve.

And if I hear the expression ‘old sport’ again at the cinema, I’ll run out and kill myself. I don’t care if the character says it 94 times in the novel. It annoyed the hell out of me in this movie.

But in the end, I never looked at my watch and just finished the ride, leaving me wondering why I really cared about this poor man turned filthy rich all in order to get the girl he once left behind…