Archive for the ‘2018’ Category

Samantha! – *(*)

Posted: July 28, 2018 in 2018, Brasil, Comedy, TV series, X1/2

Emanuelle Arujo is excellent in this short netflix sitcom about a former child star who decides it’s time to relive her fame again. She’s extremely ambitious in her attempts to become/remain famous/popular, trying all the strategies that are currently being used.

The series starts when her husband, a famous footballer, is released from prison and decides to come home to her and their two kids. Suddenly there’s rekindled media attention. But the press seems to be more interested in her husband than in her. Wrong!

It’s a good concept. There are some social comments about reality tv, youtube influencers, etc… But the execution isn’t always so good. The children are interesting side characters, but the husband (Douglas Silva) isn’t. He’s really not acting well at all. Which is sad, because he was so good as a kid in Cidade De Deus. Or maybe it’s because all the focus is on Samantha ! (with exclamation mark!) She was a terrible child star (traumatizing everyone that used to work with her) and she doesn’t realize that a new generation thinks of her as passé. Yet, that ambition is so hilarious.

The humor is very Brazilian and not to everyone’s liking. But the idea is very international. Try it. You may like (part of) it.

www.imdb.com/title/tt6626676

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Fleuve Noir (Black Tide) – *

Posted: July 28, 2018 in 2018, France, Thriller, X

In #metoo times, it’s quite interesting to see the main character of a police thriller (an alcoholic inspector) violate the mother of the disappeared child in the case he’s investigating. It’s a weird scene. It’s comical, especially in the aftermath – when they continue talking as if nothing happened. But it’s also shocking. It does have a purpose though. Somehow. The violation isn’t rape, because the woman allows it and even craves for it. Still, she initially says no. So keep your penis in your pants, motherfucker!

The scene does represent the movie though. Many scenes are both ridiculous and intriguing. It’s a tough sit-through. Vincent Cassel is over the top as a Columbus-like inspector in trench coat, looking like he sleeps under a bridge in Paris and talks like he constantly has a piece of a baguette in his mouth (drenched in alcohol). If you’re not a native French speaker, wait for the release with subtitles! Although they should read like ‘grmfflzmr trmflife feeszzee’. Romain Duris plays the literature teacher and upstairs neighbour of the missing boy. It’s so obvious that he’s the prime suspect that it’s not a surprise when it turns out he’s not. No spoiler alert necessary. In fact, the obsession by which the wannabe writer is co-investigating in the case is well acted.

In the end, it’s not really worth recommending. It’s like the director watched several non-classic police thrillers from the late seventies and thought: I can do the same! By 2048 this movie will be a challenge question in movie quizzes. Name the obscure thriller with Vincent Cassel en Romain Duris from 2018 that features two of the shortest sex scenes ever. (the first one is the 1 minute violation, the other is another ridiculous/shocking 1 minute in the forest. No spoiler there.)

www.imdb.com/title/tt6009104

Ocean’s 8 – **

Posted: July 18, 2018 in 2018, Crime/Detective, Heist, USA, XX

It’s quite remarkable to make a heist movie with an all-female cast that is quite entertaining without ever being funny, mesmerizing, action-packed or thrilling. Maybe it’s just the speed at which the story unfolds and the clever editing. The soundtrack is good too and it all just looks like pure fun. It’s definitely not the story itself. A bunch of women decide to steal a century old necklace during the Met Gala. Mission impossible, made possible, by making it look easy. It’s also not the great acting. Apart from Anne Hathaway maybe, none of the stars really convince. No, this is a movie, which doesn’t annoy, even entertains at moments, but is so easily forgotten.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5164214

A Quiet Place – ***

Posted: July 18, 2018 in 2018, Horror, USA, XXX

Forget about Hereditary, this is a much much better and creepier horror story!

Everything works well in this one. Kudos to John Krasinski, who directed himself and his wife in this exceptional scifi horror neo-cult classic. He must have watched hundreds of horror movies, because he uses a lot of clever tricks that may not be all that original, but work really well. The story is simple: there are some creatures on earth who kill anything that makes a sound. No blablabla about the apocalypse or government plans to fight these monsters. No. Just the story of a family trying to survive by making as little sounds as possible. Background information is given by shots of new paper headlines. Nothing is explained. It’s just very clear what the movie is about. We watch only a few days in their journey, the days where events take a bad turn. The visual storytelling is excellent, which is the work of the director. There is hardly any dialogue, just the use of sign language and some whispering. There are hardly any other characters than the family. It’s short and the end is brilliant. It’s great.

Yet, there are a few flaws. For a movie that focuses on silence, the soundtrack is pretty loud, repetitive, boring and annoying. It’s also not really a movie that you want to watch again. And the monsters just look like Alien-rip offs.

But hey, it was made for less than 20 mio dollars and made more than 330 mio world wide!

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6644200

 

 

Hereditary

Posted: June 23, 2018 in 2018, Horror, USA

No.

Unless you like creepy neo-horror movies in which nothing happens that scares a normal person.

This movie makes no sense at all. The acting is terrible. The atmosphere is as dead as the people who die in it. Sometimes it’s there, to be gone a second later.

Reviewers who rate this great got paid. A lot of money. No lover of movies can call this crap good.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7784604

 

Why did I even bother ?

This is utter crap. Nothing works. The acting is terrible. The dinosaurs are boring. The story is silly. The action only happens in the last quarter or so, but by then, your attention span is long gone.

Part three seems to have a good premise though, so maybe we’ll give that one another chance. But this sequel is redundant.

Overboard – **

Posted: June 2, 2018 in 2018, Comedy, romcom, USA, XX

As far as bilingual (Spanish-English) American comedies go, this one is pretty okay. It’s a remake from a 30 year old movie (which I remember having seen in the movie theaters – yes, I’m getting old) with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. But this time around they swapped the gender roles.

A rich man gets amnesia and a poor woman he used to be mean to, decides to pretend he’s her husband. Of course the rich man starts liking his poor new life, until the truth is revealed.

Yes, it’s a stilly, unrealistic story. Yes, it’s predictable. Yes, the acting isn’t so good. But it’s a great 90 minutes of mindless fun. It’s like Snatched. These comedies get roasted for being all of the above. But you know, sometimes, silly can be fun. And it’s okay to like silly.  And Eugenio Derbez’s performance really isn’t that bad at all. He saves the movie from being a disaster.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1563742