Archive for the ‘2016’ Category

Divines – *(*)

Posted: March 1, 2019 in 2016, Dramedy, France, X1/2

Hm.

This violent look at teenage girls in the Parisian ghetto choosing a life of crime over, well, the alternative, is over the top.

It’s not the new La Haine. It’s not the new Bande De Filles. It’s just not as good as reviews say it is. It’s an entertaining, sensational debut. Sure. And okay, the two actresses are a joy to watch and deservedly won the César for best newcomer and best supporting actress. And yes, there are some very good scenes in it (the ferrari dream sequence for instance). But because it’s so over the top, all realism is gone and so is all empathy for the characters and their situations.

But it’s refreshing to see girls kick ass and run the show. You’ve got balls becomes You’ve got clitoris. The drug dealing boss surrounds herself with half naked men. Etc… they could have taken that over the top as well.

www.imdb.com/title/tt4730986

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Bad Moms – (*)

Posted: December 23, 2018 in 1/2, 2016, Comedy, USA

Crap movie #4

This was on tv. It has the fine Mila Kunis as a young mom who just has too much on her plate. She manages the household, she manages the business that she’s working at, she manages her children’s school work. She does it all. Until her boss tells her to take on more work, until she discovers her lazy ass husband cheats on her (online) and until the school board requests her to be present for a meeting about trivial things. No! It’s over. She no longer wants to be a perfect mom. She decides to be a bad mom. She stops making breakfast for her kids, she kicks her husband out of the house, she takes time off from work…

The trailer kind of promises a Seth Rogen/James Franco- like modern comedy (including a lot of swear words, jokes about anal sex, jokes about shitting and barfing, use of drugs, references to the multicultural society we live in and some lesbian/gay kissing…) But somehow this movie also wants to give a message. Which feels weird. The balance between a story that critiques the high expectations of moms and an over the top comedy doesn’t work. The jokes fall flat. The message gets lost.

After 90 minutes of wasting your time, you’re stuck with one question: since when is being circumcised the standard and is foreskin bad?

www.imdb.com/title/tt4651520

When a successful Indian wrestler retires, he vows to one day make his son a world champion, as he himself was never given the chance to fight internationally. Unfortunately, his wife can’t seem to give birth to a baby boy and he’s ‘stuck’ with four daughters. He’s left disappointed, until one day his two oldest daughters come home from school, having beating up two boys…  Suddenly he sees potential in them becoming wrestling champions, regardless of their gender.

Based on a true story, this movie is quite the joyful family fare (Disney produced it) with a clear message of Girl Power! At first, the girls are reluctant to follow the strict training schedule of their father, but along the way they start loving the game (especially after winning a lot of competitions and after realizing their father is trying to give them a better future excelling in something they are talented in, rather than sending them away in arranged marriages). They will finally give India medals in the Commonwealth Games of 2010.

It’s a great movie that shouldn’t be missed. Sure, it’s a Bollywood movie, and a lot of cinema lovers from the West aren’t really excited about the cinema coming from Mumbai, BUT this is such an accessible movie and is has a lot of funny moments. Yes, it’s overlong and yes there are musical intermezzo’s, but that’s part of the charm. Yes, there are cultural differences, but girls playing a sports for men, are looked strange at wherever you go. Just think about the status of female football players or female cyclists for a minute. It’s well filmed, well acted, and though simple and formulaic, the story fascinates.

www.imdb.com/title/tt5074352/

Recommended by a lot of people (and almost all over them are 40+), this high school mystery drama is quite the guilty pleasure. The fact that the parents of these kids have almost as much screen time as the teenagers has got something to do with its success. But in the end, it’s just a high school mystery drama though. A fast-paced mystery drama. A big contrast with a series like The Crown, in which a 45 minute episode feels like 4,5 hours of your time. Here there’s a plot twist every 5 minutes. It’s crazy. Best friends swear to never speak to each other again one minute and then try to solve a murder mystery 5 minutes later. Suddenly out of nowhere, secrets from the past are revealed; characters appear out of nowhere; girls who are sworn enemies support each other one moment and then later hate each others’ guts; cool characters are introduced, who end up playing no important role at all in the next episodes, etc… It’s a mess, but it’s fun.

Not sure about watching season 2 though. It’s not that good.

Oh, it’s about a teenager who was found murdered in the summer and a group of ‘friends’ trying to solve the murder in the first quarter of the new school year.

www.imdb.com/title/tt5420376

The Crown Season 1 & 2 – ***

Posted: November 30, 2018 in 2016, 2017, Drama, Historical, UK, USA, XXX

The story of a princess unexpectedly becoming the queen of the most famous monarchy in the world is fascinating. In twenty episodes, you get to learn a lot about this remarkable woman in the most remarkable way. This is a great drama series. The story is captivating. The visual details are brilliant. The acting is incredible. The casting is phenomenal. If this series would not have been based on true events, it would have been a flawless show. But they are based on true events and more than often, the creators of the show step away from what really happened. It’s sad because most of the time the facts are correct.

This is of course, the story of Queen Elisabeth II, who’s been ruling (well…) over England for more than 70 years. The Queen is such an iconic person, known by all generations all over the world. But she’s also one of the most mysterious. This series shows a different kind of royal. It shows a monarch who is human, with all the flaws and strengths that a good fictional character should have. Thumbs up for the writers of course, who can only create the character based on news reels and information from insiders. Most of what we see is all assumption. But it’s a believable assumption. And big thumbs up for Claire Foy, who is so good in this performance, that she is the queen.

It’s the kind of show that makes you go online and learn more about the royals and the events taking place in the UK and the world during the fifties and early sixties. This project should be sponsored by google and wikipedia ! unfortunately, thanks to research on your own, you realize that the show still is a fictional drama based on true events. It doesn’t make it less of a drama. It just makes it less real.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4786824/

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/

 

 

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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