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You: Season 2 – **

Posted: January 16, 2020 in 2019, Crime/Detective, TV series, USA, XX

Damn.

This sequel is a drag. The first season was so good. Yet this time around the story doesn’t excite. Joe moves to LA, meets a new woman he falls in love with and starts to stalk. But that’s not the core of the story anymore.

Nothing is really the core of the story. There’s a bit of everything going on. Sure, that’s a good change from the first season where the love/stalk story was too present. But then again, that was also its coolness. Maybe it’s the setting. Los Angeles isn’t New York. And its inhabitants just aren’t quite like the ones of the Big Apple. Most of the new characters in this show are tiresome stereotypes of Angelenos. And that’s the biggest flaw.

Not a season to binge watch.

 

1917 – ***

Posted: January 12, 2020 in 2019, UK, USA, War, WW1, XXX

The first hour of this Word War I epic is perfect cinema. Once the story reaches the town of Écoust-Saint-Mein however, it becomes a rather unrealistic survival adventure. It’s still good, but it kind of ruins the great storytelling of the first part. And the end.. well, it’s an end.

This movie gives the impression that it is made in a single shot. And it works. Amazingly. This means the storytelling is great ánd the direction was planned impeccably.

Two soldiers need to get a message across to stop a planned attack. That’s it. But what happens next is CINEMA at its best.

Just go see it. It deserves to win all the awards its nominated for.

www.imdb.com/title/tt8579674/

A satire about Jezus returning home after having wandered in the desert for 40 days is making headlines all over the world, because there is a big debate in Brazil wether the movie should be banned or not. A judge in Rio decided it should be banned. The higher court of justice decided against the ban…

Why the fuzz? Jezus comes back from the desert with his boyfriend Orlando…

It’s strange, because that is just a very trivial part of the comedy and the depiction of God is much more offensive (and funnier). Those who petitioned for the ban clearly didn’t see the movie (yet).

The set up is great though. It starts with the three wise men being invited to a surprise welcome home party for Jezus who turns 30 and they have lost their way and didn’t bring presents. Most of the jokes fall flat, but the idea has potential. Then we get to meet Mary and Joseph and God, known to Jezus as Uncle Vittorio. They feel it’s the right moment to tell Jezus the truth about who his dad is and what his purpose in life will be. The jealousy of poor Joseph towards pimp-looking Vittorio is hilarious. Especially the moment when the carpenter gives a self-made pan flute to his son and God tops it with a synthesizer that sounds much cooler. That absurdity is great, but it’s not consistent. Oh, Orlando turns out to be Lucifer. So the lgbt community could see this episode as homophobic as well.

Much better is the satire about Jezus’ last dinner from the same creators. That is really funny. Also not consistent, but it has a lot of absurd ideas that are executed well. The morning after the last supper, the apostles wake up with a huge hangover and can’t find Jezus, so they have to try and figure out Hangover-style, what has happened. You do need to know the biblical story to get the jokes, but some are just really cool. Like the scene with spin the bottle where they ask Petrus which other apostle he would like to have sex with. When he says Thadeus, the others get upset as Thadeus is relatively new to the posse and hasn’t really been important at all. The turn the other cheek slapping round is also fun.

www.imdb.com/title/tt3013322

 

F.C. De Kampioenen was (and still is) the most popular sitcom in Flanders. It ran for 22 seasons (some 280 episodes in total) and then stopped, much to the regret of the many fans. It’s a terrible show, with stereotypical characters and lame humor, based on ‘misunderstandings’ and full of slapstick.  Yet, somehow, it’s incredibly popular with several generations of kids and seniors (and all the adults who started watching it as a kid). It’s an iconic series that has spouted many one-liners that became part of our cultural patrimonium. It’s about an amateur soccer team who constantly has trouble with the owner of the garage next door.

Because of its popularity, they started with feature movies that get a theatrical release around Christmas every other year. The fourth one became the most successful Flemish (and thus Belgian) movie of 2019 (within one week of its release). So, something must appeal to a large audience, right?

Kampioenen Forever is the third installment, shown on tv tonight. If you have never seen the tv show, don’t watch it. You really need to know the characters to appreciate it at least a little bit. To be honest, I never thought I would be able to finish this movie, but I did. And I even laughed. Twice. Hooray! I feel a champion myself! (*) for me!

www.imdb.com/title/tt5331532

Wunderkinder – *(*)

Posted: December 27, 2019 in 2011, Drama, Germany, WW2, XX

1941. Hanna Reich is growing up in the Ukraine as the daughter of a German beer brewer. She has no friends and loves to play the violin, so with a little help of her wealthy father she gets private lessons from a teacher who also brings the so called wonder kids to her house. These kids are on the verge of a tour around Russia and maybe even America until the war interrupts their dreams.

While Hitler is waging war in the West, Stalin is controlling power in the east. Hannah and her new found friends are growing up in a relatively safe area, until the Nazis decide to expand their territory towards Russia. First, Hannah’s family is a target for the NKVP (the Sovjet gestapo), but once the Nazis take over it’s the family of the wonder kids that become a target. They are, you’ve guessed it, Jewish.

Though the story is fascinating and probably a good read as a young adult historical novel, the movie isn’t all that good. The storytelling is rushed. Moreover, it’s told as a long flashback, allowing the first scene to spoil the end of the story. Why did they decide to do that?

The acting and more precise, the character depiction, leaves much to be desired for as well.You can’t blame directors for depicting Nazis as one dimensional assholes. But you can blame them for depicting any other character as soulless. Especially the kids who are the main characters.

Best scene: the semi nazi sympathizing mother who pulls off her swastika at the end and bleeds. 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1710625/

Midsommar – (*)

Posted: December 27, 2019 in 1/2, 2019, Fantasy, Horror, USA

Ari Aster keeps getting rave reviews for his movies. Not sure why. Hereditary is the most over-hyped movie of 2018. And this one. Well, it’s better, but still.

Of course, these pictures will never be nominated for a razzie award. They are considered arthouse. And arthouse movies can’t be crap. Only mainstream blockbuster movies can be viciously attacked and ridiculed.

Four American students get invited by a Swedish friend to experience an ancient pagan ritual, held every 90 years, in the north of his home country. The guys study anthropology and one of their girlfriends studies psychology. So far so good. So far, an interesting premise.

However, the movie starts with a focus on the girlfriend, months before the trip. Her sister just committed suicide (and killed her parents in the act) and she’s not getting enough support from her boyfriend (one of the anthropology students). This takes up about 20 minutes and is already boring after ten.

Then the action finally takes places in Sweden (even though it’s filmed in Hungary). The imagery is nice, the costumes as well. It’s an interesting setting. Until the pagan community turns out to be a sekt with strange rituals. And then it’s really downhill from there. Nothing makes sense. There is no horror. There is no tension. There is no humor. There is bad acting. The dialogues are crap. The plot twists aren’t twists at all. The surprise elements are predictable because of the slow scenes leading up to them. It’s terrible.

The whole explanation of the circle of life which ends at 72 is ridiculous if the makers stress that the festival only takes place every 90 years.

Utter crap.

But still (*) for having finished it and because so few movies get that rating.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8772262/

This came on tv this afternoon. Decided to watch a bit of it. Ended up finishing it. Hey, it’s been more than 30 years !

What a silly movie. Those special effects are BAD. And the acting isn’t particularly good either. Neither is the story. In fact, this is really quite terrible.

But it’s nostalgic… And Bill Murray is great being Bill Murray.

However, this did not pass the test of time. I used to LOVE this movie.

Ray Parker Jr’s title track is still cool though. (it was the first 7″ inch single I ever bought).

www.imdb.com/title/tt0087332