Archive for the ‘Satire’ Category

Drei (3) – *(*)

Posted: January 30, 2017 in 2010, Drama, Germany, LGBT themed, Satire, X1/2

A straight couple who’ll be celebrating their 20th anniversary together and finally plan to get married, both encounter the same man who they feel attracted to. She meets him at some congress, he meets him at the swimming pool. And soon they all have an affair. This is why Facebook has ‘it’s difficult’ as a relationship status.

The humor and the conversations are quite elitist, with references to theatre, art, literature, philosophy and science. It’s a bit too much sometimes. The story itself is very simple and predictable. None of that intellectual blabla makes it more profound.

But there are moments, when it’s entertaining. It has a Toni Erdmann feel, but it is less weird and less confronting. The acting (especially by Austrian tv actress Sophie Rois) makes it worthwhile and the editing trick of having several scenes appear all over the screen is fun.

And let’s go to Berlin again and get into that swimming pool !

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1517177

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Elle – ***

Posted: January 10, 2017 in 2016, France, Revenge, Satire, Thriller, XXX
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Elle is a French comedy thriller directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Isabelle Huppert and it’s exactly what you think it will be. It’s very French, it’s very Verhoeven en it’s very Huppert. It’s La Pianiste meets Basic Instinct set in bourgeois Paris.

It surprisingly won two Golden Globes last night, so why longer postpone watching it? It’s been out on dvd for quite some time now and Moonlight or La La Land are only released end of January over here in Europe.

It’s fun! It’s unique! It’s hilarious at times, absurd at other moments, but most of all very subversive. The story fucks with your mind in the most perverted way.

A woman gets raped repeatedly and doesn’t want to report it to the police. From the very first scenes it’s clear this isn’t going to be anything like other rape victim stories. On the contrary. It’s very clear that this woman seems to get a kick out of being raped. And she has her own way of taking revenge.

It’s a really cool movie. Isabelle Huppert is amazing and her character is fascinating. Verhoeven is taking the ‘crazy protagonist’ to a totally different level, which hasn’t been explored that much or not at all. The humor is pitch black and works perfectly. The thrills are a bit of a disappointment and stop being relevant to the story after a while. However, the way Verhoeven introduces the possible attackers is clever: it can be almost anyone from the most obvious colleague who hates her guts to the least likely sweet ex husband… Hey the movie gets that perverted that you start thinking she got raped by her son! Yeah. That’s how fucked up your brain starts to work.

But in the end. It’s entertainment. It’s how Tarantino would make movies if he had grown up in Europe.

Does it deserve the two Golden Globes? Well… it deserves the extra attention it can get.

ps: the trailer gives a wrong impression about the movie’s colour

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3716530

There’s something intriguing about the story of The Surprise. It’s about a suicidal millionaire who decides to use a specialized company to make an end to his miserable life after several attempts have failed. He choses the option of a surprise, meaning death can come anytime and anywhere. During his visit of the company he encounters a younger woman who’s in a similar situation. And soon they start to bond. So much so that he ultimately doesn’t want to die anymore and wants to cancel the arrangement. But that’s impossible according to the sign contract.

The intriguing bit is that you hear certain characters talk about suicide and death in a very casual way. That’s refreshing. It’s also comical at times. In fact, the movie starts as a dark comedy and is filled with great surprises (the set locations for instance or the conversations in Hindi), but the slightly pervers and absurd humor is replaced by action, romance and drama halfway through the movie. So it all becomes less intriguing.

 

If Wes Anderson would have made it or if the Arnacoeur duo Vanessa Paradis/Romain Duris would have starred, this could have been an international success. Now it didn’t even get a release in Belgium, where most of the scenes were filmed. Sad.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3409440

The Lobster – **

Posted: January 12, 2016 in 2015, Comedy, France, Greece, Ireland, Satire, UK, XX

Weird is the new cool.

The Lobster is so absurd that it’s also really entertaining.

A man becomes single and needs to register in a hotel a bit outside of the city near a forest. He has a certain amount of days to find a partner and if he doesn’t find the right match he will be transformed into an animal of his own choice. Every now and then the hotel guests have to go into the forest to should down ‘loners’, humans who preferred to live as outcasts. It’s a community on its own, where any kind of romance is forbidden.

It’s not that difficult. It’s a fantasy tale in which you only have three choices: be in the perfect relationship and live in the city, live a loveless life as a loner in the forest, or become an animal when you die.

Colin Farrell is excellent as the main lead. And some scenes, jokes and one-liners are instant cult classic. But the story is just a great idea and doesn’t really tell anything at all.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3464902

A few reasons why this season feels like it’s the best of the series so far:

  • unlike the previous seasons, few new characters are introduced, which is good, because you can root for the ones you like and loathe
  • almost all the remaining characters are worth rooting for
  • there are several separate stories which don’t necessarily need to merge by the end, making it much easier to follow
  • the references to sects and religious extremists is omnipresent. this season was made a few years ago, but we all now what extremist believers of a certain faith are capable off…
  • Tara becomes a Vampire
  • Pam becomes an important character and remains sexy as hell
  • Bill becomes evil
  • Eric plays the hero
  • Lafayette is more camp than ever
  • the one liners and many situations are funny again
  • the gore is original (Shapeshifting Sam turns into a fly and gets swallowed by a vampire – just guess what happens next)
  • it’s sexy and sensual as it should be
  • but above all: Sookie is no longer the centre of all attention and she still is by far the most fun character to watch

 

Dear White People – **(*)

Posted: February 24, 2015 in 2014, Political, Satire, USA, XX1/2

It’s still incredibly difficult to define yourself according to your color of skin. It’s a constant source of discussion amongst friends of mixed colours too. What makes someone white? What makes someone black? His or her colour of skin? Their interests? The way they talk/behave/pursue a career? People are individuals and seem to just use their colour of skin to their own benefit.

Dear White People is a political satire that really shows how different and often conflicting views young students at a fancy campus still have about being ’black’ and ’white’. It’s quite a depressing movie really, because it just shows how people can get all fucked up about the issue. It’s also very complicated if you don’t know how life on an American campus works. The story in this movie basically follows the events leading up to a controversial Halloween party during which a white student club decided to use ’African American’ as a theme. Now this sounds like fun if all communities show up as a stereotype from another community, but this party just has white folks dress up like any black stereotype. Wrong!

It’s supposed to be a satire, but really doesn’t feel like it at all. This is hardcore activism showing that there are still issues between the two communities. It’s interesting, because it really feels like the black community have more issues with it than than the white community. For the latter it’s easy: they still are privileged in life and they are either racist (with or without realising it) or they are not. Listening to hiphop and getting dreads doesn’t make them less white. Very simple. For the former it seems to be very complicated and confusing. Because what if you like something that is a typical ‘white’ thing, does that make you less black? Why should it even matter if you’re black and you like Taylor Swift or playing golf? Apparently it does.

The movie itself is well made. The information boards in between scenes are a cool treat, the dialogue is at times really funny or embarrassingly realistic, the acting is in general very good (give that Tessa Thompson more work!) and it’s thought-provoking, because it allows a lot of different voices to speak. And it tackles a lot of modern-day issues with very short but ad rem comments. However, not all act good (Brandon Bell should go for a career as a model instead) and some discussions are way too pretentious with fancy pseudo philosophical reasonings. Plus, it’s really a movie about how blacks see the issue. What about the Hispanics and Asians? They only briefly appear at the end.

That said: watch it though!

PS: if you’re interracially dating and say something like ‘I could eat you like a bar of Hershey’s’, than please insult with a better chocolate brand.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2235108