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A Fall From Grace

A film that has a strong, though a bit of a cliché start, a quite weak middle and a heck of a strong ending.

It is so good to see Phylisia Rashad (Dr Clair Huxtable from The Cosby Show)! You can totally see why Jasmine (played by Bresha Webb) and Grace (Crystal Fox) develop such a warm bond with her.
You don’t immediately see why Jasmine is so attracted to the case. After all, she tries convincing her boss not to let her have to have this case, as she’s already swarmed by work as it is, and yet in the entire film there is no case that presses itself upon Jasmine with any urge at all. Given her initial response to this said case, that is quite…odd.

In the middle, when things start adding up, it is my believe that the downfall for Jasmine shouldn’t have been portrayed like that. Jasmine is basically the superstar that the powerful men want to see fall and that’s exactly what happens. They could have done that within fewer time, in my opinion. It’s a trend I see nowadays, to let even the ‘superhero’ in a story, fall. Quite hard. I don’t know of any lawyer/barrister who would rather have themselves be jailed than to follow the orders of the judge, and yet that’s exactly what happens. I do not see why that scene had to be added to the film. I do wonder if there’s material on the cutting floor that could have been sufficient instead.

Anyway, in the end we finally get to see all of Alice, played by Cicely Tyson. Her face rang a bell to me, and indeed she plays Constantine in the film The Help, which is about slavery. I loved that film, but that’s quite another story.

Also, Jordan Bryant (played by Matthew Law) is seen to make several mistakes by handcuffing people who he then tells to ‘don’t move!’ as he quickly follows up another order. You do wonder: how does he think that’s gonna work out then?

All in all it’s a good film with some outstanding actors. I myself especially loved seeing Pylicia Rashad and Cicely Tyson again.

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2020 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Colossal

With Anne Hathaway, Dan Stevens, Jason Sudeikis, Tim Blake Nelson and various others.

I love Anne Hathaway. Her ability to combine her good looks with a comic timing and still be able to also carry along a more serious role, has something that I admire greatly.

I also greatly like Dan Stevens. His actings in Downton Abbey showed a lovely and kind character and I hope to see much more of him, in films that are nothing like Colossal.

This film is a complete waste of time. Not only is the background story so very weak, the ending is so lame that I literally started making lists of what I could have done instead of watching this film.

Anne Hathaway is supposed to play a drunk, while there she is: only hairs not completely lovely combed, but a perfect teint, her make up always there where it should be and not walking the streets, talking with a double tongue. Nothing of the sorts. Nothing about her person implies that she drinks even more than a glass of water.

THe fact that the monster appears when it does etc: there is no reason why it should be in Korea, of all places.

I have no idea what sort of nice thing to say about this film, as I wasn’t able to find it. Yes, Anne Hathaway plays in it, but I urge her to go look for a different script if she gets offered something like this again. You are far too good for this type of shit, Mrs Hathaway!

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

 

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Downsizing

With Matt Damon, Kirsten Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Rolf Lassgard, Udo Kier and many others.

Given that the main quote in this film is that it’s so much better for the environment to be small, it is in itself no surprise that so many people are up for it.
The idea is that because people let themselves be shrunken down to only a few inches, they get to have a life that is richer to themselves (huge mansions including tenniscourts, swimmingpools and god knows what else), is far better for the environment and so on. It is a popular thought, but at the same time people have doubts about it. Healthy thinking, in my opinion.
When Paul and Audrey go to one of the gatherings to do the math on how their life would continue, they are more and more persuaded to go for it, even though there seems to be a downside. Their social life will simply never ever be the same again. After all, being that small means your friends have to take your size into consideration and all that comes with that. Besides, you live in a special village where you can never ever invite them, as they simply wouldn’t fit anywhere.

There is never any explanation as to why all of the bodyhairs are being shaved off, why bowels and bladders are being emptied, only why fake teeth are being removed before the shrinking down.
Also weird is that despite the fact that one of the ladies that does the math for Paul and Audrey explains how she can’t live the shrunken life due to her husband who recently got a new hip, doesn’t explain why that sort of life can’t be continued in the shrunken version.
In senses of logic, this film leaves quite a few reasonable questions unanswered.
The ‘why would you, and really ANYBODY, let themselves be shrunken forever?’ because that is also a catch: once shrunken down, you can never reverse the progress. Which means you can never life the life you once had. Not unless your friends and family do the same.

The atmosphere in the film is good though. Thanks to the music being played it feels a bit like watching Being John Malkovich. Thanks to the fact they live in a special developed place, it looks a bit like The Truman Show. Because of some things that Paul experiences, there is a hint of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. The film doesn’t bore, not especially, it’s just that most questions you can have, keep being unanswered.
Paul isn’t one to question life very deeply, it seems. He just lives his life, despite the odds against him at times, making you question seriously why someone like him would make this choice? And why he never develops full friendships with the people he got shrunken with simultaneously.

It is watchworthy, but more than once? No, not for me. I do that mostly with films that I like, but not in this case. Once was more than enough.

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2019 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Tall Girl

Though this film isn’t all that bad, it’s only mildly entertaining. I am surprised that Netflix has given this film any airtime at all, as being tall is not the biggest issue I’ve heard of these days.
The contrast between the sisters couldn’t be bigger indeed: tall sister versus beauty queen and thank goodness their mother treats them differently in that aspect, but still.
I am a tall girl (not as tall as she is, but there’s only a mild inch between her tallness and an inch or two in shoesizes), and I’ve actually never had to endure any of the silly comments this girl gets.
I do recall a boy coming at me, trying to playfully intimidate me, then I stood up, with the same amount of playfulness, and he was smiling as I was far taller than he had initially assumed.

The part where her sworn enemy Kimmy plays a trick on the phone should have been taken seriously and not a way to blame herself. Kimmy is an utterly vile bitch who deserved a slap in the face. Verbally or nonverbally. A best friend who doesn’t see that, I don’t trust.
A best friend who tries to actively stop a romance between his friend and an exchange student should have punched himself in the guts aswell.

The tall girl herself accepts her faith as any Jane Austen heroine does, but in current times, this shouldn’t be needed.

I can’t say I would recommend this film as it barely has any reality on show about how these things go. Even the cast isn’t as mixed as you’d expect in this time and era….

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2019 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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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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