Archive for the ‘2017’ Category

GCI Animated Shorts

Posted: August 3, 2017 in 2017, Animation, USA

Two animated short movies are going viral this week. One is excellent, the other one is just okay. The just okay one is about the infatuation of a young boy for another boy. That’s still controversial in 2017. And so it gets a lot of media coverage. The excellent one is about a single guy who is afraid of showing his true feelings for a new girl he just met.

It’s not a competition about which short movie is better. It’s just sad that the controversial one gets all the attention. So, please watch both.

Dunkirk – ***

Posted: July 31, 2017 in 2017, UK, USA, War, WW2, XXX

A few weeks ago, upon its premiere, Christopher Nolan’s new masterpiece seemed to only get rave reviews. The must-see movie of the summer! You won’t see anything better in the next couple of months! Great! In the meantime, several articles have been published that focus on Dunkirk’s shortcomings. Historically and dramatically. So, time to see it before the hype is over!

It’s a good movie. It’s action packed and doesn’t bore one tiny bit. It’s loud, which is great for a war movie. The direction is flawless. There’s not much dialogue, but that’s not necessary. The movie succeeds well in telling the story through moving images. Another interesting aspect is the non-chronological order in which the tale is told. It keeps you intrigued until the end. And the musical score by Hans Zimmer is brilliant. So, yes, it’s a must-see movie! Especially at the movie theatre.

But the haters have a point as well. David Cox from the Guardian wrote a great bad review, in which he expresses his disappointment excellently. It’s always tricky to make a historically accurate movie that covers the entire story. In fact, it’s impossible. So, when a director chooses three different stories that intertwine and have you sit on the top of your seat for about two hours, then it’s good. It’s best to not have any expectations at all and just feel blown away. You can read up on the history after watching the movie.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5013056/

Get Out – **(*)

Posted: May 19, 2017 in 2017, Fantasy, Thriller, USA, XX1/2

A black guy goes on a weekend to meet the parents of his white girlfriend for the very first time. But something doesn’t feel quite right. There’s only a few other blacks around the house and they act all weird. Things go really bad when his girlfriend’s mother suggests to hypnotize him to get rid of his smoking addiction…

This is a movie to go watch when you’re in an interracial relationship ! And if you’re not, go see it anyways. It’s good. A bit predictable, but well done. It’s not really a thriller, nor is it a horror story. It’s more of an social critical experiment and it works. It entertains for it’s entire length. There’s a bit of everything and even the funny moments are spot on. The acting is good. The story is unique. It should get a higher score. But in the end, it’s just a good movie.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5052448

Sprakeloos – **

Posted: March 24, 2017 in 2017, Drama, Flanders, LGBT themed, XX

Based on a popular book by one of the most successful Flemish writers, Sprakeloos (speechless) tells the story of a writer who has to come to terms with the emotional and physical decline of his mother after a devastating stroke. The concern for his mother is paired with anger and frustration.

The movie isn’t a success. Critics slammed it. Those who’ve read the book and seen the movie don’t like the interpretation of the story. But hey, the writer liked it. And I liked it too. More than a story about a very dramatic butcher’s wife/amateur actress who loses her speech (and rationality), it’s the story of the love/hate relationship of a son who looks a lot like his mother.

Yes, it’s flawed. But it’s well acted by Viviane De Muynck and Marie Vinck as the old and young butcher’s wife. And Stany Crets as the writer. The movie constantly swaps back and forth in time, a bit like what they do in This Is Us, and that keeps it going. It’s too bad it won’t get the audience that it deserves.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5585946

Logan – **

Posted: March 12, 2017 in 2017, Action, Drama, Fantasy, USA, XX

Logan is the newest episode in the successful X-Men saga and is very different from last year’s Apocalypse. It’s a dark tale about a troubled, alcoholic superhero who’s getting older, weaker and more cynical by the day. It feels more like a drama than a special effects-filled fantasy blockbuster. And it works. Kinda.

The character of Logan, better known as Wolverine, has always been one of the more intriguing in the X-men universe. He’s not on average mutant. His special gift has been tempered with. He’s an angry being, who has learned over the years to control his temper. He has no interest in using his powers either for the good nor for the bad. He just wants to be left alone. And that never seems to happen.

The story takes place in the distant future. There are almost no mutants left and Professor X is being contained in a remote place because he can’t control his brain any more (the mightiest on the planet). Logan provides medication for the professor and saves up to bring him to safety somewhere far away. He works as a limousine driver and gets through the day by almost drinking himself to death. It’s not the best of lives, but it gets much worse when a Mexican woman contacts him and introduces him to a girl who needs protection. That’s all you need to know.

It’s a good story. It’s a bit different. But it entertains. And Hugh Jackman owns his character. So his acting is excellent. However, it’s very predictable and what’s with the repetitive and flawed action scenes? Yes, the wolverine has sharp knifes coming out of his hands. And so has the little girl. But every single action scene involves either or both of them slicing up people with those knifes. It gets boring after a while. The fights aren’t original at all. And when the girl attacks it’s more comical than frightful. In fact most of the action scenes make you laugh instead of making you thrill from excitement. And apart from Logan and maybe Professor X, none of the new characters are intriguing.

But hey, it’s a fun 2 hours escape from reality.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3315342/

Movie night in Caen (Normandy, France).

Conversation at the cashier’s desk:

* So, all movies are dubbed here? 

– Yes, everything is VF. (Version Francaise, French version)

* Shit/Merde

– But you speak French really well!

* Thanks, but I don’t really want to see an American movie in French. 

– How do you watch it then? 

* Euh. The original version (with subtitles).

– We don’t do that here in France. 

* Yes, you do. In Lille, Strasbourg, Lyon and Paris your movie theatre chain shows the original ones. 

–  Ah, but this is Caen. This is France. Maybe you can watch the new King Kong. It’s a silly movie with special effects and not much blabla. 

*  Ok. 

That’s why Kong: Skull Island is on here. A movie, so silly, you can watch it in the dubbed version and feel like you haven’t missed the original language at all. Because it is very clear that Warner Studios made this movie to be dubbed in any single language in the world to attract the largest crowd possible. Moonlight it is not.

At times the movie has a flash of excitement. It’s actually quite cool to set the story in the seventies, accompanied by a soundtrack with classics from that decade. The beginning actually makes sense. A ‘lost’ Vietnam war resulting in a bitter colonel out for a successful mission. The introduction of new technology (satellites) discovering an unknown island. The cold war enticing a race for any new discovery against the Russians… In fact, once they arrive on the island they are met by Kong, the giant gorilla living on the island, who single-handedly smashes all the helicopters entering his territory. You don’t have to wait until the finale to see the creature make his presence. All pretty cool.

But then it starts becoming a bit ridiculous with references to all kinds of movies from the past. It’s like Jurassic Park meets Apocalypse Now meets a World Wrestling Federation smackdown. That ‘fight’ between Kong and some vicious raptor will excite all the MMA fans out there. And the acting is terrible. The Oscar winning Brie Larson can get ready to win a Razzie now…

But. It’s worth switching off your brain for and not leaving the theatre.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3731562

the french trailer (of course)

 

The remarkable thing about this new police thriller from Belgium is that it starts of really well and then falls totally flat by the end. Sadly, because the trailer looks promising.

A notorious chief of police is retiring to start a political career. But on the eve of his retirement he is tempted to do one last drug bust.  Not in the city of his jurisdiction (Antwerp), but in Charleroi. However, something is wrong. No drug lab is found. No drugs are found. A lot of people get killed and the informant seems to have damaging information about the soon to be politician. This does not look good…

Again, the movie starts of great. The tension and intrigue are built up well. The acting is good (Peter Van Den Begin is excellent in these kind of roles). Some of the scenes are shot in unique ways. The editing is excellent. The story lends well to an interesting collaboration between the movie industries from the north (Flanders) and the south (Wallonia) of the country.

But it’s all a bit predictable, and as the story comes to a climax it totally bombs.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5546540