Archive for March, 2016

Dieumerci – *(*)

Posted: March 17, 2016 in 2016, Comedy, Dramedy, France, X1/2

It’s difficult to get all the jokes without subtitles, but the main storyline is quite clear. An ex convict is released from prison and decides to follow up on his dream to become an actor. He enlists in an expensive acting class and needs to team up with a careless dude almost half his age. The two don’t get along in the beginning, but of course become the best of friends by the end of the story.

The only reason why you’d want to watch this movie is because of the charming performance of main lead (and director) Lucien Jean-Baptiste, who based the story on an episode in his life. However, most of the jokes are pretty lame. The young characters is annoying as hell. And the story itself not all that captivating.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5077886/

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Spotlight – ***

Posted: March 16, 2016 in 2015, Drama, Social Drama, USA, XXX

It’s up for discussion whether Spotlight deserved the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture or not. It’s a great movie, no doubt about that, but not exceptionally memorable. It’s a bit like The Shawshank Redemption: a well told and acted gripping story that will leave no-one untouched. It’ll be hard to find someone who absolutely hated it. Unless maybe some officials of the Catholic Church.

Spotlight refers to a team of four indept news coverage journalists who delve into specific matters for a Boston newspaper. The new managing director wants them to focus on a legal case in which a priest is accused of pedophilia. Their research soon leads to several other cases of misconduct within the Boston area and much more…

The Catholic Church may disagree, but the movie is very factual and not biased at all. Never do you feel it’s a direct attack to the Catholic faith. It’s more critical about how moral leaders deal with immoral acts and about a whole community who kept silent for all these years. It’s not a shocking movie, nor is it a very emotional one. It’s just a great piece of storytelling and acting. It’s intriguing and well directed. It’s a must. So maybe it does deserve the Oscar.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1895587

I needed to re-watch this for professional reasons. I will take American guests to Salzburg on several occasions this year and there’s a whole Sound Of Music day excursion planned as well. The strangest thing is that Austrians don’t seem to know about the existence and success of this movie. Apart from those working in tourism in and around Salzburg of course. But ask anyone in Vienna about this massive blockbuster hit from the sixties and they won’t know what you’re talking about it.

The Sound Of Music is the kind of movie that you’ve seen a dozen of times as a child, because they play it every single year on television during the christmas holidays. Almost all of the songs from the movie have become classics. Even if you haven’t seen the production, you’ll recognize at least a few tracks. But is it really a good movie?

Well…. it’s pure nostalgia. It’s corny. It’s cheesy. It’s fun. In fact, it’s a must. Let’s leave it at that.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059742

Brooklyn – **

Posted: March 16, 2016 in 2015, Canada, Costume Drama, Ireland, Romance, UK, XX

Brooklyn is a fine movie about a young Irish girl who leaves her country to find work in the US. She has trouble adapting at first, but then encounters a young Italian plumber who she falls in love with and marries in secret. When her sister dies unexpectedly, she returns home, where she feels the pressure and opportunity to stay. She keeps her marriage in New York a secret and goes on several dates with a rich Irish bachelor.

The movie is based on a succesfull novel, which scored well with a female audience. It’s a romantic coming of age tale with a tiny bit of adventure and a heroin in doubt about what’s best for her future. Success guaranteed. The story isn’t really boring, but it’s very trivial. There is little drama and little humor, but hardly any dull moments either.

The main reason to watch this movie is the performance of Saoirse Ronan, who shines in every single scene. A joy to watch. Yeah, that’s basically the only reason.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2381111

 

Fucking Perfect – **

Posted: March 12, 2016 in 2015, Documentary, Netherlands, XX

There’s something really intriguing about Sergio Herman: Fucking Perfect. It’s a documentary about a popular Michelin-star chef, who’s been in the business for 25 years now and wants to slow down at the peak of his success. It’s filmed really well. Director Willemiek Kluijfhout needs to make a motion picture soon! It doesn’t look like a documentary at all. There are few interviews. The information you get comes either from Sergio talking to a recording camera while he is driving (a bit like Ryan Gossling in Drive), from his wife just talking about her husband while she’s still doing her household (as if you just popped in and have a normal chat with her as a friend), from close ups of food and whatever nature is providing and from handheld camera’s in the kitchen during a service. Great photography and great soundtrack. It’s one big commercial for the new restaurant that he opened in Antwerp: The Jane. After watching this documentary, you just want to make a reservation there as soon as possible. And you also want to head to his other restaurant in Cadzand or eat at his brother’s place in Sluis.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3509878

Best Worst Movie – (*)

Posted: March 12, 2016 in 1/2, 2009, Documentary, USA

This is weird. It’s a documentary about the cult success of one of the worst movies ever: Troll 2. Maybe, just maybe, if you’ve actually seen that perfectly bad horror comedy, you might be excited about seeing this. But if you haven’t, don’t even bother. The director is the actor who ‘starred’ as a kid in the straight to vhs movie from 1990. Needless to write that he hasn’t acted since. The ‘star’ of this documentary is douche called George Hardy, who plays the dad in the above mentioned movie. He’s a dentist, somewhere in a southern small town, where everyone is shocked to learn that their favorite citizen starred in a (bad) movie. There’s a scene in the beginning of the documentary where someone says ‘I cannot think of anyone who doesn’t like George’. Well, guess what: I DON’T. What a silly, obnoxious, stupid twat. And he’s in almost every scene!

Sure it’s interesting to see that a bad movie becomes a cult classic (in the USA) twenty years later. But to fill 90 minutes with interviews of die hard fans organizing screenings and anyone involved in making the movie: nooooooo !

Let it go, Michael Stephenson, let it go!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1144539

A Walk In The Wood – *(*)

Posted: March 12, 2016 in 2015, Adventure, Comedy, USA, X1/2

Aging travel writer Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) decides to walk the Appalachian Trail. His wife (Emma Thompson) doesn’t like to see him go alone, so he sends around messages to his friends for possible travel partners. No-one is interested to join, apart from this one guy who Bryson used to hang with during his backpacking days in Europe. The man (Nick Nolte) looks like a bum when they meet and definitely not fit enough to go on a hiking journey. Yet for some reason off they go! They meet all kinds of people along the way and get into all kinds of adventures, which may have been a blast to the characters when it actually happened, but which are pretty boring to watch from you couch.

The movie isn’t half as bad as what reviewers make you believe. Yes, it’s not great cinema, but it’s also not all that bad. It’s one of those ‘the book was better’ movies.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1178665