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Classic: Pulp Fiction – ***(*)

Posted: December 14, 2016 in 1994, Action, Comedy, USA, XXX1/2

Twenty-two years ago, a movie was released that was so cool that everyone went to see it at least three times to make sure they’d know every single fucking detail by heart to impress others by mimicking the incredibly innovating dialogue scenes. It was called Pulp Fiction, the instant cult classic of Quentin Tarantino.

I’m not sure why it took me so long to watch it again – the dvd has been on my shelf since it was first released in that format -, but the time was right and it was a great experience. Pulp Fiction doesn’t feel and look dated at all. It’s timeless. Even the most memorable scenes look fresh. The dialogue is excellent. The acting – apart from the cameo of Tarantino himself – is flawless. The surprise and wit are a gift. The camera shots are inventive. Almost everything works perfect in this movie.

It’s too bad Tarantino fucks it up by giving himself and Harvey Keitel a minor acting part. That whole scene at the Jimmy’s house is so bad, it makes you wish the movie had also won a Razzie Award for worst scene ever. Luckily, the movie has won multiple best scene awards as well. At least in my book, as there are no such awards. Alas. Difficult to pick a favorite. The only other reason why this isn’t a **** movie is that it should have lasted even longer.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110912/

 

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This may well be the best movie of the year (so far).

Two classmates, who can’t stand each other, find themselves attracted to each other due to circumstances. They are both outcasts and loners and need to live with each other’s presence more than they want to. One is a spoiled kid whose military father is always gone and who’s general practitioner mother has an overly caring heart. The other is an adopted kid who lives with his farmer parents up in the mountains and travels every day about 3 hours to get to school and back. When during the harsh winter months, the mother of the farmer’s boy is hospitalized, the doctor invites him to stay at her place so he doesn’t have to make the journey to school and can focus on his studies. This creates even more tension between the two young adults.

The homo-eroticism is very present since the very first scenes, but it’s never really expressed. This creates a very peculiar atmosphere, which fascinates and thrills. In fact, as a viewer you assume the boys just like each other and are too afraid to admit it. But then the story continues and deals with all kinds of coming of age issues. The absence of a father, the insecurity of being loved by your adoptive parents, the desire to dream big, …

The setting of the story is brilliant and an important key to the movie’s dramatic success. The views of the French Pyrenees (in all kinds of weather conditions) take you away and suck you into this remarkable and unique story. If this would have taken place in Paris it would have been unbelievable and even boring. But somehow in the remote villages and valleys of this beautiful territory, this odd story just makes total sense.

Very impressed. By the acting as well. If Corentin Fila does not win the César for most promising actor than there’s something really wrong with the award show.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4331970

To appreciate Jon Favreau’s live action remake even more, it’s necessary to re-watch the original sixties Disney animation classic.

Some elements are better in the new version. The story makes more sense for instance. And the action and the jungle look more real of course. Other elements aren’t. The size of the orangutan is just annoyingly huge in the new version and it’s not really clear why some animals talk and others can’t.

The animation classic still entertains. After almost 50 years. The songs are still great. The humor is still efficient. And the animation, though old, doesn’t look old-dated. An absolute must.

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061852

There’s a thin line between drama and comedy in Orange Is The New Black. That’s why it’s so difficult for the show to win big awards. Nobody at the Emmy’s or Golden Globes knows which category to nominate them in. And that’s sad. Because this show deserves awards. Plenty! First of all for the writers and second of all for the entire cast and some actresses in particular. (big shout out to Kate Mulgrew and Samira Wiley who don’t get awarded enough for their contribution!)

This thin line makes this series an absolute must. It’s unsettling at times, because even though it’s incredibly funny, it’s also very confronting . It’s not just a comedy take on prison life. It also shows the drama. The best part of the show are the characters and the performances of those who interpret them. Little by little you get to learn more about them. Every single one of them is intriguing. And just when you think that the producers only focus on the prisoners, you get interested in the guards and police staff as well.

The series is based on a biography of a young woman who ended up in prison for having transported drug money to Europe. She’s pretty and well educated, but also narcissistic and immature. And it’s the combination of both that brings her in trouble and makes her survive. Even though it’s highly fictionalized, it all feels realistic. Just when you think the producers trivialize prison life, they hit you with some reality facts.

But the most interesting part of this show is the fact that each and every character is fascinating to learn about. Every episode gives glimpses of the life of one inmate. No boring explanation. Just a few telling scenes. It’s very well done. It’s great as a viewer to feel intellectually respected. There’s a bit too much romance involved and the characters outside of the prison are boring, but all in all it’s a great show.

Time to bing watch season 2 and 3 now.

By the way: the trailer is very good. Since this site is called trailertherapy and never mentions anything about trailers, this time it’s worth to watch it.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2372162

 

The Revenant – ***(*)

Posted: January 31, 2016 in 2015, Action, Adventure, USA, Western, XXX1/2

Finally! A movie that fascinates from beginning to end! With great acting, a great photography and a great soundtrack. A movie so cool, you wish it lasted even longer. It’s a slow action adventure western that doesn’t bore one single moment. Better make that a northern, because it takes places somewhere up north in the Rockies.

Sometimes movies, directors and actors win awards because they deserve them. Let it win 12 Oscars! Or at least 8, including best actor (DiCaprio), best supporting actor (Tom Hardy – who is just as good if not better), best director (Iñárittu) and best cinematography (Lubezski). Come to think of it, no, George Miller can win best director. Or a tie!

Just go see it!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1663202

Stromae Live – ***(*)

Posted: December 24, 2015 in 2015, Belgium, Concert Movie, XXX1/2

Why would you buy the dvd if the artist himself posted his concert for free on youtube?

Because, well, just because.

Stromae is by far the most exciting artist of the moment. His second album Racine Carrée sold almost three million copies all over the world and the accompanying tour had more than 200 stops in not only his native Brussels, but also every major town in France, all the major festivals in Europe, music temples like Madison Square Garden and exotic places like Kigali.

His success is attributed to his uniqueness and professionalism. He brings something new: a mix of world music, dance, pop and chanson. He unites. He combines easy tunes with serious lyrics. He’s poetic, theatrical and honest. He performs! He entertains. He makes you dance and think. At the same time.

The live dvd was released a few days ago and also put online. It’s a great musical experience. The direction makes you feel like you are part of the show. No hectic editing. The images allow you to enjoy the concert as if you’d watch it. No unnecessary switching between he crowd, the artist and the musicians. Just the stage.  The production itself is awesome.The songs, the set design, the costumes, the performance… it’s all top notch.

It helps if you know the songs and if you understand French, but the dvd has English subtitles. Too bad it doesn’t include French subtitles, because it would help people who are learning French (and it would also be great for a Karaoke moment at home). And too bad the dvd doesn’t include a behind the scenes documentary.

 

Surprise Surprise

The new Star Wars episode is the best movie of the year so far!

Until a few hours ago, that title went to either Inside Out or Mad Max. A tough choice, but no longer necessary.

Just go see The Force Awakens. Read nothing about it. Don’t let spoilers kill the nostalgic fun you’ll have. Be surprised to see old faces, be charmed by new characters, cherish the mild humor and enjoy this excellently produced reboot.

There are only a few minor points of critique, but they are not really worth mentioning. The story is familiar and even predictable, but somehow this a positive remark. Sometimes we don’t want too many things to change and we don’t need many surprises at all.

This is 135 minutes of nostalgic fun.

Suprise Suprise

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2488496