Archive for May, 2018

This movie is everything you expect it to be. It tells the background story of Han Solo, the iconic Star Wars character immortalized by Harrison Ford. He’s not in it. Hey, the guy is 76. But Alden Ehrenreich is playing the young action hero. And he’s doing it really well! Okay, the story isn’t that original. And the fact that it’s everything you expect it to be is also not that exciting. But, in the end, it’s more than 2 hours of nostalgic fun. There’s non stop straight forward action. There’s quite a lot of humor. There’s the introduction of hundreds new characters. And a few familiar faces. The movie is a relative ‘flop’, so a sequel isn’t probably in the pipelines. But there’s so much more to tell, Disney… don’t let this flop stop you from making more Star Wars movies! Just start looking for different locations. Go back to the forest or the lakes! Stop focussing on snow, desserts, wormholes and industrial places.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3778644

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Deadpool 2 – **(*)

Posted: May 31, 2018 in 2018, Action, Comedy, USA, XX1/2

This is a cool franchise. The main story line is silly: superhero tries to stop a bad guy from killing a kid with superpowers. But this movie is the kind of movie you watch for the dialogue, the monologues, the references to past and present pop culture, the brutal – but ingenious – action scenes, the crazy car chases and the humor. Sometimes cynical, sometimes sarcastic, sometimes cheesy, sometimes absurd. Sometimes really bad. But always a B for trying. It’s a non stop action comedy with a great lead (Ryan Reynolds), who can keep on doing this forever. Even though he dies several times in this episode. Drop the drama and the romance next time and you’ll have an even funnier movie. And have Ricky Gervais write it. Don’t watch the trailer. Or watch it and then don’t expect anything after seeing it.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5463162/

 

This is one confusing action hero movie.

Especially if you haven’t seen all the other movies leading up to it or have forgotten about them.

But, it works.

The United Nations want to control the Avengers a bit more because in their attempt to save the world, they do damage a lot of buildings and kill innocent victims. The Avengers are a bunch of superheroes acting like a vigilante team. (In case you’ve never heard about them before) There’s an attack on a UN council killing several people and the planned terrorist is a superhero: The Winter Soldier. Or so it seems. At the attack the king of Wakanda dies and his son, Black Panther !, wants revenge! The Avengers themselves are split between a group of heroes loyal to Iron Man (who is in support of being under UN watch) and Captain America (who trusts his best friend – the winter soldier- to be innocent.

What happens next is just non stop action. There’s a common villain (a role by Hollywood’s favorite German villain: Daniel Bruhl), but in the mean time, the Avengers fight amongst themselves. At an abandoned airport. It’s crazy. There’s all these characters that fans probably are delighted to see. But if you’re not used to the Marvel Comics Universe, it’s pretty confusing. There’s a lot of action though. So it doesn’t bore, even though the movie is long. And Black Panther isn’t really shining. As to introducing characters, the presence of silly, talkative, young Spider-Man makes you want to watch that spin-off movie with Tom Holland.

However, there is no time to watch all the other MCU movies… but maybe The Avengers: Infinite War will make more sense now.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3498820/

 

 

Chariots Of Fire – **

Posted: May 30, 2018 in 1981, Drama, Sportsdrama, UK, XX

This wasn’t half as bad as I thought it would be!

Two British athletes want to win a race at the Paris Olympics from 1920. One is a devote Christian Scotsman and the other is a Jewish Englishman. The former wants to win to honor God, who gave him the gift to run fast. The latter wants to win to show that being Jewish isn’t all that bad. There’s one major obstacle for the Christian runner: the qualifications are organized on a Sunday! It’s 1920, the guy is devote, he decides to pick ‘God over King’ (the Prince of Wales begs him to run) and refuses to participate.

The synopsis is known. The outcome as well. So, it’s not like the movie has any suspense. I visit St Andrews and mention this story, this movie and its iconic opening scene on the beach every single time. But, watching the movie felt like a forced task. However, once you accept the fact that this is a British historical sports drama made in 1981 about a period of time that is almost a century ago, it’s not that bad. The acting is theatrical. The running is ridiculous. The music by Vangelis is classic vintage synth-strumental. But somehow, in the end, it’s not all that bad.

In a time when muslims are frowned upon for choosing Allah over the laws of the country they live in, it’s a good reminder that Christians also chose God over loyalty to their nation.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082158

Rob Roy – *(*)

Posted: May 19, 2018 in 1995, Drama, Historical, UK, USA, X1/2

In preparation for a trip to Scotland, Rob Roy was worth the re-watch. Saw it upon its theatrical release and wasn’t really overwhelmed, but I know more about the Jacobites now than in those days and I do remember Tim Roth’s performance as being memorable.

However, 25 years later, this movie still leaves me underwhelmed. It’s historically inaccurate. Sure they refer to the Jacobites briefly, but it’s never really explained what they were. And Tim Roth’s character is over the top. It’s on the border of being ridiculous really.

And then you have the main character: Rob Roy, the Scottish Robin Hood. Apart from the fact that this movie doesn’t tell the real story about this legendary highlander, it also doesn’t really tell the story of an interesting man. There’s zero heroism in this movie. When discussing his future financial plans with his wife, he doesn’t allow her to give him advice. “Give your advice to your children, but don’t you dare tell me what to do.” There’s a lot of macho bullshit talk like that. Then he tells his sons to respect their mother and goes on about respecting women. Make up your mind, bipolar, hypocrite twat!

Why again is this man a hero?

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114287/

 

Eigen Kweek Seizoen 2 – **

Posted: May 10, 2018 in 2016, Comedy, Flanders, XX

Everything that made the first series so funny, isn’t funny anymore. The absurd situation of a potato farmer growing weed. The bizarre characters acting like total losers all the time. West-Flemish peasants trying to speak English, translating everything very literal. The Filipino girls trying to understand Flemish culture. It just doesn’t work as well as it did in the first season.

There are still some laughs though. And the setting is still gorgeous. The Flanders Fields area is a cinematic gem. This is clearly again boosting tourism. For Flemish viewers that is. Because nobody else, not the Walloons, not the Dutch, not the Ch’ti from Northern France will understand this show. Hey, without subtitles, not even the people from Antwerp or anything east of Brussels will understand.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3313722

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120 BPM – **

Posted: May 7, 2018 in 2017, Drama, France, LGBT themed, XX

It’s the early 90s. The AIDS epidemic is still widespread amongst homosexuals, prostitutes, immigrants… and nothing is being done. The press ignores the disease. The government isn’t spending any money on prevention. And the pharmaceutical companies aren’t really in a hurry to find a cure.

Nathan decides to join the radical activist group ACT UP and falls for both the president of the organisation and one of the fiercest members of the group. He starts a relationship with the latter, even though the kid is already in a final stage of the disease.

This romantic premise isn’t really the focus of the movie. The activism is much more important. The actions, based on true facts, are well re-enacted and give you a good idea of what the movement did. It’s part of the LGBT history that needs to be told. The movie also shows how even in an organisation with a common cause, opinions can differ a lot. It’s all filmed in a pseudo-realistic way, but never tries to look like a documentary. Which is a good thing. And it’s a French drama, which automatically implies that characters aren’t necessarily there to please the audience and endings aren’t necessarily happy. Which is a good thing as well.

It’s fascinating until one of the main characters’ health deteriorates. The beginning is informative and intriguing. But towards the end it becomes a real drama. And the 120 bpm tempo slows down to a flatline. The last 20 minutes are just dragging on and on and on.

It’s a good movie. But it’s not nearly as good as what reviewers want you to believe. There are a lot of characters and all are introduced in a superficial way. Maybe a miniseries would have been better.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6135348