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This is one entertaining movie! Great script. Great dialogues. Great acting. Some surprises. Awesome shots. Brilliant balance between drama and humor. Funny social commentary. Intriguing characters. And an excellent end. Any best picture award is well-deserved!

The trailer isn’t that representative of the movie though. It’s not that funny. And it’s not that kind of detective story. It’s just a look at how an angry woman deals with the inability of a police force to find the rapist and murderer of her daughter.

Go see it!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5027774/

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Coco – ***

Posted: January 15, 2018 in 2017, Animation, Children/Family, Mexico, Musical, USA, XXX

A little Mexican kid dreams of being a mariachi musician, but his family is very much against a music career. This disgust for music and musicians dates back to a time when the father of his great-grandmother Coco left the family to pursue a music career and never came back.  The kid is a bit of a rebel and wants to perform at a local music festival, organized during the yearly Dia De Los Muertos holiday, when Mexicans remember their deceased loved ones. Something goes terribly wrong and little Miguel arrives in the land of the Dead …

This is just another marvelous Pixar movie. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be overwhelmed with the animation. But it’s still a kids movie. Just like with the equally excellent Inside Out, the story is not only aimed at adults and certain scenes and characters are added to also please the little kids. That’s fine. But it prevents the movies from being absolutely flawless.

The soundtrack is great. And the animation is brilliant.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2380307

This will forever be the movie that was reshot after leading star Kevin Spacey was named in a pedophile scandal. Director Ridley Scott called in Christopher Plummer to replace him and all the scenes with his character needed to be done all over again. Fast.

Well, it didn’t really work. Plummer’s performance does not deserve an Oscar nomination. Neither does any other performance for that matter. Michelle Williams is okay, but Mark Wahlberg looks totally disinterested. Charlie Plummer as the kidnapped kid makes you root for the kidnappers. And Romain Duris thinks he’s in a comedy rather than in a drama. A Frenchman as an Italian kidnapper? Really, there are no Italian actors to cast? There’s zero chemistry between all of these actors.

The story is based on true events. Back in the early seventies, the grandson of billionaire Paul Getty is kidnapped in Italy, but the man refuses to pay the ransom. There are all kinds of reasons why he doesn’t comply to the demand, but you’ll have to watch the movie to learn more. In fact, that’s basically what the movie is about. Don’t expect a suspenseful action adventure. No. It’s almost like a two-hour accusation of Paul Getty being stingy.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5294550 

 

Paterson – *

Posted: January 15, 2018 in 2016, Drama, USA, X

A score of 90 on Metacritic! What drugs were these reviewers on? What did they get in return for a positive review? Free rides on the New Jersey Transit? Man. What the fuck. Give me 90 minutes on the bus anytime anywhere and it will be more compelling than watching this ‘arthouse’ dramedy. The poetry suck. The main character sucks. The story building sucks. The acting sucks. The directing sucks. There’s NOTHING compelling about this story.

It’s one week in the boring life of a boring bus driver who secretly writes boring poems and lives with a boring wife who does boring things. He goes for a drink every night in the boring neighborhood bar, where he has boring conversations with other boring characters.

15 metacritic reviewers gave it a perfect store!!! I’ll give it *. Because it’s the first Jim Jarmush movie I finished (an achievement on its own). And a few scenes made me smile. Almost to the point that I thought it was funny.

But this could have been such a good movie if only the characters and there actions would be intriguing.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5247022

Bruna Surfestinha – *(*)

Posted: January 12, 2018 in 2011, Brasil, Drama, X1/2

Soft porn on Netflix!

Some ten years ago a Brazilian call girl wrote a best seller, recounting her life as an escort. The book was an instant success, as it was based on her already popular blog, an online diary on what happened in her kinky life. She became the most famous prostitute of the country, but also ended up being addicted to drugs.

Her rise to fame and her downfall are also made into a movie, called Bruna Surfestinha in Brazil (her escort name), but relabeled Confessions Of A Brazilian Call Girl for the international market.

It’s not a good movie. Especially the beginning and the end are crap. But strangely enough, the middle part is exciting. The main reason why the beginning doesn’t work is the fact that actress Deborah Secco is way too old to play a 17-year old teenager who runs away from home after being bullied in school. You see an older actress trying to be young. It’s not acting at all. It’s embarrassing. You also don’t really get to learn why she leaves home. Okay, she got bullied in school because her first boyfriend told everyone else that she swallows and now the rest of the guys in school think that’s what she does easily. And she doesn’t feel at home in the house of her adoptive family, of which the brother seems to bully her even more than the kids at school. Yet, all that is not a clear reason why she left her home to go work as a prostitute in Sao Paulo. It just doesn’t make sense to believe that the biggest attention whore (literally) of Brazil started her career after being bullied at home and in school. That’s not a plausible reason.

She’s a nymphomaniac and she’s curious to experiment. Let’s just call it what it is. The young woman is just eager to make money with something she likes: sex.

The story really gets intriguing when she starts writing the blog and the editing theme quickly shows all kinds of clients that come by. That’s the fun part. There’s even a few wtf  sexual fantasy moments. But it’s interesting.

But then she gets addicted to drugs and she becomes a mess. And again, Deborah Secco disappoints. Not sure why she got so many awards. It’s really not good acting at all.

Apparently the book is a quick read and is written like it’s done by a young adult. Maybe the book (however bad it may be) is still better than the movie. It’s intriguing. Sure. But the focus is too much on the glamourous life and not so much on the hardships. There are scenes (especially at the end when she does a sex marathon) where you think: what kind of life is this? But the whole build up to that scene, just doesn’t make you feel sorry. It’s clearly her choice to have sex with several men, for money. And fame.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1587828/

Beasts Of No Nation – **(*)

Posted: January 11, 2018 in 2015, Drama, USA, War, XX1/2

A regular family living in a buffer area between two war zones in a (fictional) African country gets ripped apart when troops are on the way to take over control. The mother and youngest children are able to flee to the capital. But the father and his two oldest sons remain to resist. The youngest of the two sons ends up fleeing in the bushes when the troops start ravaging the town and he soon joins rebel forces, who don’t mind training young boys into war machines.

This may be an Idris Elba movie (he produced and stars in it), but it’s little Abraham Attah who’s the main draw. This kid can act! He’s phenomenal! Just watch the movie to see this kid shine in every single scene. From being a fun and careless young kid with a creative mind, to a survivor enduring all kinds of hardships never losing grip of his true self. Sure, kudos’ to the creators of this character, but without a good actor it wouldn’t be as powerful.

It’s also filmed really well. Great settings. Great camera work.

But, the story doesn’t really dig too deep. And the end is sloppy. They should have made a series out of it. They could have spent an entire episode on the family before they got ripped apart. An episode about the situation in this ‘fictional’ land.  And an episode about the formation of this rebel group.  Before they start with the journey of the kid being trained as a child warrior. Using a fictional country and fictional historic events is risky. It’s not really clear who is fighting who. That’s all a bit of a blur (or a collection of abbreviations). So that’s a bit of a disappointment.

Nevertheless: watch it!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1365050

 

Movie night with my mom (83). Her choice: The Leisure Seeker, a story about an older couple who, after being married for 50 years, decide to go on a road trip from their home in Massachusetts to the house of Ernest Hemingway in Key West. Both are in no condition to go on such a long trip as mr Spencer has Alzheimer’s and mrs Spencer is diagnosed with a terminal disease. Yet, off they are!

My mom liked the movie and loved the performances of Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland.

Personally, I thought the acting was not exciting at all. Helen Mirren is good, sure. But she’s always good. Donald Sutherland acted too much like a whimsical, confused ten-year old. That Alzheimer patients are confused, sure. And whimsical as well. Hey, the childlike behavior happens too. But it was just too much. But all the other members of the cast are acting ridiculously. Like the bunch of Trump supporters that were given the task to shout USA and look angry. It’s not even funny. Or the two guys who try to rob the couple along the highway. If that was a casting audition they’d never get another casting call.

But it’s the story that makes this movie a big disappointment. Not the general concept. The idea of a couple who have been married going on a road trip to reflect on their life is good. But to add the diseases to it is just too much. Maybe if mrs Spencer would have driven the mobile home, it would have made sense. But the storytellers preferred to have the Alzheimer patient drive the entire stretch. They depict him as not knowing this and that, yet driving a mobile home works just fine.  I’ve seen Alzheimer patients who didn’t know the name of their husbands, but were still able to play piano flawlessly. So, I get it, driving a vehicle is something you never forget. But that’s bull. It’s totally irresponsible to have a guy like Mr Spencer drive that long stretch. And not credible. That he can still quote dialogue from his favorite books, okay. But that he drives the entire stretch? no.

That said. Some moments are funny. And it’s kind of adventurous what they do. And there are a few surprises (for my mom). In her words: “It’s a movie for old people, young people probably won’t like it”.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3741632