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Demain Tout Commence

With the fabulous Omar Sy ( do NOT tell me you haven’t seen Intouchables, please?!) Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter, Last Love), Antoine Bertrand and Gloria Colston.

Samuel is enjoying life as a bachelor, when, after a night of partying hard, a one night stand is in front of him, with a baby. Telling him the baby is his. She has a lot of bags with her, asks him for money for the cab she just came in.
He thinks.
Kristin Stuart dissappears from Samuel and the baby, named Gloria, only to return after about eight years.

While Kristin was gone, Samuel has been a perfect, albeit not very grownup, father for Gloria. He has found a friend while searching for Kristin, which means Gloria has grown up with a single dad and his gay friend Bernie, who feels to be just as much Gloria’s father as Samuel is himself.
Samuel has made it his mission to give the girl not only a weird home (where she is VERY happy), but also the thought that her mother is a secret agent who is simply flying across the world to visit every country possible, and so that is the reason she has never come to visit Gloria and her father.
A far better solution than to tell such a young girl the awful truth, in my opinion.
That what is shown of her childhood is far from anything that would seem realistic, giving the film a very childish, but lively and lovely vibe.
Which is exactly the reason that the Kramer VS Kramer bit around the middle, didn’t quite catch my appealing. Nor the dreadful end. I have no idea why the makers of this film thought that was bloody necessary?!

Aside that, this film goes to show that, indeed, a family isn’t purely made out of DNA. It’s presence, it’s being there, it’s making sure that you know what goes around in that little head of the young ones. Samuel provides exactly that.
OK, he doesn’t always send Gloria to school because of his busy schedule as a stuntman, and yes, he still doesn’t speak English so Gloria has to translate everything into French for him, even after eight years of living there. Meanwhile, he makes bloody sure that Gloria is shielded for all types of bad information that she could possibly get, that the world just isn’t all that pretty and lovely.

It was also a pleasure to see Omar Sy again.
The things the film is missing in dept, is, amongst other things, the fact that we will never know what the hell made the mother leave her own child. She never explains. And like in Kramer VS Kramer, you want to know.

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Posted by on September 7, 2019 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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It

The old film with a new coat, so to speak. If you still liked Pennywise-like clowns, this film will gladly help you to get rid of that safe harbor of feelings.
Mostly this remake gives a new batch of actors a chance to reach for fame. It is in that sense nearly funny to see a castmember of Stranger Things (Finn) appearing in this film aswell. He is made a bit less nerdy (sporting some jarlike-glasses now though) and a bit more unsypathetic. He is not an arse, but you don’t easily like him as much as you do in Stranger Things.
I do wonder if he will continue to be typecast as a boy from another era now?

Aside that, I quite liked how they cast a girl with very Annie-like features to play the only girl in the cast. She needs to be a bit streetwise, with the type of father that can barely be called a father, with that attitude towards her.

If you liked the original It, then I think you will have no problem with this version.

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The only thing I thought was…unfortunate, was that for a moment it seemed as if a boy with a slightly different figure than the rest of them, was gonna get the girl. But no, the boy who barely even tries, but is far slimmer, ends up getting the girl. The chubbier boy only gets one chance and she doesn’t even have the guts to tell him why he is not the boy of her dreams, while his words, technically, were.

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2019 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Dark Shadows

A Tim Burton production with Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, to begin with, the story is so very slow. It doesn’t start to get fun until about 25 minutes in. This is when Johnny Depp enters the scene and adds some good old silly moves in there. But not enough. As far as I can see, this film is a bit of a sad attempt to make Johnny Depp look good again after the lawsuits of his ex-wife. A bit like Huge Grant in that film nobody liked him in, after that car-scene with the prostitute.

The film has funny moments, yes, but since Pirates of the Carribean I kind of expected a bit more out of Mr Depp. Maybe I am hard to entertain these days.

It’s just that in a scene where Barnabas’ (Depp) back is on fire, you see him looking a bit disturbed and confused, and it takes quite a bit of time before Michelle Pfeiffer (yes, she’s in the mix aswell) tells him: ‘Barnabas? You’re back’s on fire!’
To me the moment where this could have been said to be funny was gone.
It strongly reminded me of Death Becomes Her, Mother!, Mum’s The Word and Batman. The latter because that one by Tim Burton lacked speed in a way too.

Could be just me though.

It is not a bad film, but I really missed the music of Danny Elfman (though that would have been a misfit here, I admit) and so the complete ‘being swiped off my feet’ didn’t happen.

Better luck next time, team Burton-Depp-Bonham Carter…

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2019 in Films, Humour, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Ballerina, Netflix

This film tells the story of two orphans in the old France of 1880. Felicie and Victor want to go to Paris, to follow their dreams. Felicie wants to be a dancer, Victor wants to be an inventor.

The story is nice and all, but it doesn’t have much dept. You see some terrible behaviour expressed towards Felicie and not the attitude to fight against that. As as orphan, I sort of find that hard to believe. We’ve all seen Annie, the streetfighter kickback. I know not every girl is the same, but for Felicie, who has to tried to escape her miserable existence, this doesn’t seem very logical behaviour.

Also, the mother of the Camille is a grossly terrible woman, but it never shows exactly why she is so vile. Yes, envy and her wanting her own daughter to be the best of all, but you see her act in a way that is beyond child abuse even, and there is never a moment where the woman is truly held accountable for those actions. Or for the things she says. Except for the man from the dance academy, and even that is only briefly.

Most of the music in this film is far, far too modern for the time setting. So are most of Felicie’s clothes.

The music box that keeps falling down in Felicie’s dreams becomes annoying after the second time. You still have two more times to come after that.

All in all it is a nice watch for children, who won’t notice any of this, but as a grownup you might wonder about a thing or two in this film. It is not bad, but they should have worked a bit more with certain background stories, in my opinion.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2019 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

Wine Country

Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell and others.

The storyline itself is quite thin: group of female friends go for a weekend away to celebrate the 50st birthday of one of them.

With such a starstudded cast of funny people, I kind of expected to be bathing in jokes all the time. To me that was not the case. They tried to put a bit of drama in it, but there is barely any tension to make it a true drama.
I wasn’t familiar with Paula Pell yet and I actually hate how the storyline didn’t give her a chance to have a nice little adventure with this Jade. Instead Jade was made a bit of a bitch. I do think that was a missed opportunity. I mean the two other girls got to have their little adventure with Devon, why not give Val a bit of a break? Especially after that lovely run in the streets? Or the handing out of vibrators at a restaurant (missed oppertunity to make some waiters feel highly uncomfortable by make them interrupt this little gathering, by the way?!) and so on. For a group of such lovely funny women, I do think lots of moments have been left aside to put in more jokes.

Then again, maybe some of it went right past me. I did like it, I just hoped for a bit more.

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2019 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil And Vile

Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil And Vile

I’ve watched this film so you don’t have to. Truly, don’t bother. Despite the starstrucken cast (who the hell convinced John Malkovich to do this??)I don’t see how this film should be anything other than pure clickbait, hence the title. You only come up with something like that if you don’t have anything profoundly to add to it.
I get how Zac Efron was cast as Ted Bundy, to show how he was, apparently ‘so charming’. I see how Lily Collins (‘To The Bone’) gets to show her fragile appearance and strong character again, I see the irony in a way why Haley Joel Osment ‘I see dead people’ was cast here, but how Jim Parson (Big Bang Theory) could have been concinced to do a film that is so incredibly shallow and has no base to show anything else than the apparent twofaced killed that was Ted Bundy, I do wonder. Is it because it is so different from the Sheldon Cooper character? Yes, I know he has played more roles since then, it’s just struck me how different this particular role is in comparison to that one, I’m sorry.

Given that Ted Bundy has become most famous before by the film The Silence Of The Lambs, a truly gruesome, but profound film, with showed horrific details as to why exactly this Ted Bnudy was such an utter devastating creep, it has struck me how little of these details are even described in this one. I honestly have trouble thinking why this film was made exactly? I can’t think of any reason. I’ve read on the internet that I MUST SEE the Ted Bundy tapes if I watched this film. I refuse to, as I don’t wish to watch stuff that seems to be solely made to glorify serial murderers. We have enough idiots walking around without documentaries like that being made. If they had warnings inside them, like ‘parents around the globe: please show your children the unbound love they deserve, provide them with the love, care and therapy that they need to become the most loving persons they can become, so that they don’t grow up as bloody psychopaths who just go on killingsprees because they feel like it’I don’t see the point.
At least The Silence Of The Lambs and even the wikipedia are nuanced. They don’t solely base their info on the relationships he had. WHich this film does. That film and wikipedia tell you that not only did Ted Bundy abduct these women, often bash their heads in, he also skinned them, cut off nipples (I’ve only seen this mentioned 1 time in this entire film, not being on show in court at all -no I don’t NEED this, but it would be more accurate).

If Hollywood is so dried out of stories, I have a whole twitter community of Indie authors that I’m sure would be thrilled to have THEIR stories being filmed?! Me included.

Happy Sunday by the way….

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2019 in Films, Opinion

 

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Mother!

Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris and others.

I’d read about Mother! being quite the spectacle, and in a way it is. Just not the type of spectacle I was hoping for, I guess.
A poet, Javier Bardem, who struggles for inspiration, and his younger wife, Jennifer Lawrence, find themselves in their massive house, in the middle of nowhere. One would expect that to be the perfect place for a writer and his supposed muse.
Then an unexpected knock on the door changes everything.

Especially since both the writer and his wife want different things. The writer wants nothing more than to be distracted, to have the element of surprise to sweep him off his feet, while the wife wants her efforts to make their house a proper home to be acknowledged. She doesn’t want unexpected visitors, she would like her husband to herself, please. No intruders.

Watching the film from that moment it becomes unclear what exactly happens and why the wife, why anyone, would put up with a partner that doesn’t even slightly respect their wishes of wanting those strange people to go home. On one hand she sort of goes with the flow by accepting the fact that her husband wants, NEEDS those people to stay, even though they completely mess up the house.
The final stages of the film were so highly unreal that the final turn of the film didn’t make up for it. Not to me. Given that the film received such high appraisal though, I’m pretty sure I’m the only one thinking that.

To me it was like watching a cross between The Passion Of The Christ and Groundhog Day and not in a good way. The addition of Kirsten Wiig to the cast is completely beyond me. I know she is considered to be a funny girl (I don’t think she is, but that’s me) and she doesn’t play a funny part here either. More like an unexpected Jack-in-a-box, or, given that she’s a woman, a Jackline-in-a-box.

SO there. I wasn’t too pleased. But see it yourself. Unless you don’t like blood, there’s quite some in those final stages and I couldn’t find a good argument for that either.

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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