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My trade mark is I HATE movies made for idiots and teens, I hate manufactured products made for mindless audiences always in quest of always the same schemes. I crave for action films and series, that means violence, brutality but also emotion pulled by powerful characters who bring you such intensity in your blood, in your brain, in your soul, that you have war drums in your ears. I love unusual stories, I love being surprised. I can make the difference between a movie I love and a movie which is a good one. Or between a crap and a film I don't particularely like. I am not an intellectual, I am always lost in too much complex, complicated topics, but I am never puzzled in emotional lines. That's what I live for. Emotion and intensity. Suspense is emotion for me. Not complicated schemes.
I wasted two hours of my life...
I won't say that's a bad movie, the story telling and especially directing are awesome, in the pure line of the BREAKING BAD series. But everything here is so predictable, I would say casual in the topic. The ending awful for me. So please Don't compare this with the series.
Utomlennye solntsem 2 (2010)
At last an objective Russian war movie.
Yes, at last !!!! I waited since so many years now, to see an objective film from Russia bout the great patriotic war. 99% of those I already watched were not. They were patriotic, yes, but so far from actual facts. Russian fighters were the best and Germans a bunch of idiots!!! Bunch of idiots who provoked 25 millions of deaths in Russia....Russian audiences don't like truth but fake and lies, PURE PROPAGANDA. That unfortunately belongs to Russian culture. Yes, I persist and sign, this tremendous film is very unusual from the Russian film industry. The best over th best will remain though GO AND SEE, directed by Elem Klimov, back in 1986. One thing though I find lousy is that the Russian soldiers characters fighting on the front, seem to well fed, with plump cheeks. So far from the awful truth which those brave warriors had to face. The Red Army was not that good in 1941 and 1942; it was not till 1943, after Stalingrad victory and the massive American help with food, equipment and weapons, that the Russian Army could make it, because of the millions of fighters and equipent warfare. But never forget that the German Army was the best army in the world, if you consider the tactical point of view, and also equipment, professionalism of the soldiers and officers, and above all, DISCIPLINE. In the Russian army, only Joukov brought some brutal discipline, fighting against alcoholism and deserters. Between June 2nd 1941 and october of the same year, there were more than 670 000 desertersin the Red Army....All those facts are mostly "put under the carpet" in Russian war movies.
This reminds me something
I thought of Pierre Granier Deferre's LE CHAT whilst I watched this episode. A feud in a couple because of a pet; here a dog, in the French film, a cat. Both are different on many points but very good too, pulled y effective and convincing performances.
The Devil's Rejects (2005)
You may wonder where the good guys are here? Actually there is no one. You have here a bunch of heavies who destroy each other in the most brutal way. You wonder many time at which moment the torturers will be killed, and when it comes, you wonder this time when those poor victims will be avenged. So this is a topic with killings within killings, involving two batches of psychopaths. I love that. Not for sissies.
Première année (2018)
That's a purely medical student study movie, made by a former doctor, who lnows what he's talking about. the tale of a friendship between two students with its ups and downs. A very good character study, which also shows what medical students life is actually is. Also a beautiful friendship story pulled by a solid ending. An ending about sacrifice.
The harder he fell
That's a sad tale actually this one about a poor fellow prizefighter whose manager is crooked enough to inject him drug made for race horses. Yes, a sad and cruel tale for this naive poor guy. The same, but in a lesser talent way to show it, as Mark Robson's THE HARDER THEY FALL.. It's nearly a cliche to show how ruthless boxing managers may be, but that's unfortunately the awful truth. Expected but excellent ending. And sad too...Unusual for this series more oriented towards ironic and funny endings.
This is so far the first of the two features speaking of this eerie and awesome story, inspired from actual events. The second film was of course Christophe Gan's LE PACTE DES LOUPS, made in 2000. This TV movie is quite different in many aspects from the second feature. Many aspects by very interesting too. In the Gan's film, you have many many sub characters and story lines, which had more or less links with the main line. I think both of those movies need to be watched. You deal here with some kind of a semi documentary way, explaining how people lived, thought, talked in those countryside remoyed areas of France in the 1660's. Very talkative and slow, but not boring. After all, this a TV movie from the 60's, in France. Remember the US TV movies from the 50's, there were the same. Good atmosphe, thrilling, without any CGI special effects needed.
Among, if not the best of Argento's
Argento, the giallo master, the giallo king, emperor. For my own opinion, I have not seen any better director than him. But I must admit that I have not seen that much, there are so many from the gigantic Italian film industry from this 60's and 70's period. Giallo which was the true genuine Italian genre, a genre that was not a copycat from US movie, Hollywood industry, such as Western or sword and sandal, or urban crime movies in the line of Dirty Harry of the Godfather...Pure copies, not that bad though. So, back to this awesome feature, the most exciting thing about it is that there are actually two kilershere, one killed by the other one; and all long the film, the audience think it's the same murderer from the beginning !!!!
I highly recommand it to anyone.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985)
Nearly better than the original.
Of course there are many stories, inspired, if not entirely inspired by the same short novels written by the likes of Henry Sleasar and many more, stories which we can find in the old TV show. same topics then. But not all of them. The main difference between this new series and the old one is that here, you have so many twists, double, triple twists at each endings, more than in the old series, where you had only one.
Soeurs d'armes (2019)
Anti Isis fighters
Last year, we had on the big screen LES FILLES DU SOLEIL, another feature speaking of the same topic, women soldiers fighting against the barbary of ISIS. I prefered the other one, especially for the end, In this film, the ending is too lousy, too smotth, in the pure Hollywood tradition; for the sissies. I prefered the other film, also made by a female director. It was more dark, brutal and compelling. But in this one, acting and directing are more than OK, the cast awesome. I won't say this film is too simplist, manichean. IT MUST BE. How could it be other, with such ISIS garbage, and barbary. Even if we had seen the female fighters torturing ISIS prisoners, behaving in the same manner as those criminals, how could we see ISIS other than the bad guys, the evil plague which the earth should be got rid of? I would also say this movie is too didactic, but it must be, to explain how these ISIS monster proceed to spread terror. This film is too simplistic but deserves to be seen.
Rambo: Last Blood (2019)
What a deception !!!
I will be honest, as usual. I love none of the Rambo movies, though I went to see them as action flicks. I love only the genuine novel written by David Morell in 1972, ten years before the first Rambo. I loved the book because Rambo's character was not the real lead, not the good guy. it focused as much on him as on the sheriff Teasl; Rambo was nearly the bad guy...And both died in the end, they killed each other.
BEWARE SOILERS BEWARE SPOILERS BEWARE SPOILERS BEWARE SPOILERS
The problem is that in the five features, Rambo NEVER dies, he is indestructible. Even in this movie, though being badly wounded in the belly, he still jumps on a horse back before getting away. NOT FOR ME. I can understand that Bruce - John McLane - Willis doesn't die in a DIE HARD franchise series feature; or Clint- Harry Calahan - Eastwood makes it in his vigilantes adventures. I can understand. But here, in the supposed last Rambo movie, WHY THE HELL LET HIM LIVE?? WHY ????
Terrific, poignant, painful...
I have rarely seen a so gripping story, a tale that makes you think about old age and what life may lead to. The story of an old man, and also his wife, who are so poor that our lead has nothing else to do than get into a disgusting fighting business to survive. A kind of fight club for elders.I understand and already foresee that most^audiences won't like this story, saying that is a kind of peeping tom stuff, oscene topic, degrading forold people. Why not? But I loved this movie. That's all. And I don't think I am a peeping tom buff.
California Passage (1950)
Typical Louge Republic Pictures western
I call Lounge those westerns from Republic pictures which most of the time took place more in lounges and saloons, cabarets and saloons than in the open land. Those westerns starring the likes of Rod Cameron, Forrest Tucker, Vera Ralston, John Russell and many more "acteurs maison". Not bad features, not that intellectual either but nothing to do with John Ford nor John Sturges either. Those westerns where leads wore more costumes than cow boys pants and shirts. I have nothing more to say about this movie made by Joe Kane, another "maison" director from the Serial company.
PS Jack Ford actually directed a couple of westerns for Republic an they had nothing to do with this kind. Nothing at all.
Night Gallery (1969)
Twilight Alfred Hitchcock Zone
Let's be clear, I find this amazing TV anthology show closer to AH PRESENTS series than TZ. OK, you have Rod Serling presenting the épisodes, but he also did that in the LONER, if I am right.
The Town Bully (1988)
The trouble maker
We deal here with no more nor less than a modern western, speaking of a man just released from jail who comes back to a small Texas town to get revenge against those who sent him in the can. We have seen this a thousand of times before; nothing new so far. Typical American country side drama. This is also the study of a small community, moren than a character study. Very interesting scheme, where the audience is shaken, watching a total reverse story. At the beginning a bully terrorizes the community, at a scale that everyone in the town, and also in the audience, whishes him to die. The he is killed in front of everyone and a prosecutor, also from the little town, tries to find the truth and bring the perpetrators to justice. So, to summarize, the man against everyone in the beginning becomes another one further in the story. I won't spoil any further this very unusual TV movie. Typical American atmosphere, but we could watch it in the French TV movie or series industry from time to time too.
Sounds familiar to me
Especially the first segment, using the very same tooic as FLESH AND THE FIENDS, THE BODYSNATCHER, or Freddie Francis's THE DOCTOR AND THE DEVILS, itself inspired by the true story, actual case of Burke and Hare, two men ready at anything to get money. I won't tell more about this topic, just enjoy.
In the Tall Grass (2019)
Night Shyamalan goes Picnic at Hanging Rock
This tremendous little creepy film is attractive enough to glue you from start to the end. OK, there is not real action, nor bloody or gore effects but who cares? I thiught about a Night Shyamalan stuff, as he did fifteen years ago: remember him in the 2000s, his golden years. And I also thought about Peter Weir's masterpiece: PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK too. Maybe it should have been better a little shorter, but that's my own opinion.
La tribu des vieux enfants (1982)
Another family business
Last Week, I commented another TV movie adapted from a GJ Arnaud's novej: LA MAISON PIEGE. Well this one is not the same story but very close in the same time, that's a family topic mystery involving five Brothers and sisters who reunite after most of their wives and husbands - all wealthy persons - have accidently died in mysterious death circumstances. What does that hide? Only one of the family members's wife is penniless; so why would she die too? She tries to find out the secret of this weird family, among her brothers and sisters in law. The perfect saturday eveving family show. As in many GJ Arnaud's stories, you have a female lead character, strong minded and determined woman, indirected compared to Jezebel, in a song listened on a music disc player. Not bad. Excellent ending.
The Untouchables (1987)
Terrific except a major midcast
Yes, I enjoyed this extraordinary movie made by a Brian De Palma in his best years, with his own trade mark, the railway station scene....Acting and editing awesome. The only big mistake concerns the cast. The Frank Nitti character played by Billy Drago is a rael mistake; OK Drago is a great villain but only for grade Z movies, not a feature of this frame. Look out for the Frank Nitti character in the series THE UNTOUCHABLES, played then by the gruesome Bruce Gordon, THAT was a very good cast for this role, and not Billy Drago. The late Billy Drago.
One of the earliest Moulin attempts...
Not the best of the whole series, but the show needed to get in full speed. It went on, proceeded for thirty years and better and better.In the first season, there was more humor, more lightness. Less in the following seasons. In this episode, Moulin has to investigate after a suicide. A woman took her own life after the death of her husband, killed during a casino heist, where the gangsters shot the Inside man. So Moulin's investigation leads him on the public number one trail. One of the few épisodes where our lead cop has to follow a big gangster; there will be more, of course, but not that much, compared to the serial killers, crime of all kinds and rogue cops. Social problems which this very popular and excellent series will show us. There is here a little tribute to José Giovanni's novels, because one of the superintendnats' name is Blot. The plot is in the line of the seventies fashion, vigilante cops and so on... The gangster character is played by an actor who looks like Michel Serrault; he speaks like him and the final scene, where the lead heavy speaks about horses is terrific !!! More than any action sequence. A very ironical ending...Very surprising, different with everything you have seen before.
That's precisely the kind of UNTOUCHABLES episode I love above all. It doesn't focus only on Ness and his crew, but on the contrary tells a supporting topic; here the romance between Keith and the room owner he rents. I don't find it out of the story, that doesn't annihilâtes the darkness nor violence of the scheme, on the contrary, you feel this way more empathy for the hired killer, whom Brian Keith's character is supposed to be. And that leads you to "suffer" even more when the character dies...IF HE DIES....
I DID NOT SPOIL ANYTHING HERE !!!
La maison piège (1987)
I don't rememebr if this TV movie is or not faithful to the original GJ Arnaud's novel, but this family story around painting business is not uninteresting but a rather a little boring. It's a kind of old fashioned and certainly not in the today standards. However, it remains a liittle a mystery crime feature, with a solution revealed at the end. For home audiences.
I expected far more from this film from Paraguay. It is so unusual too to see a movie from this country. The opening scene, before the opening crédits, is purely amazing. So terrfic villain to present. But the rest is so lousy, so predictable and ankwardly done, except one or two more sequences with the villain, who looks like a MAFIOSA series Corsican gangsters. I was bored with this feature that I watched it on forward button pushing phase.
Criminal: France: Émilie (2019)
Not Garde A Vue but worth
There is one thing I don't understand in this story; why policemen ask questions to this poor woman, in the same way as if she was under custody, as if she was a criminal or an accessory, not an accomplice though. But after all, I am not a cop...Maybe they suspected her to bring a false testimony. Interesting topic and inspied from Claude Miller's GARDE A VUE.
I think that the story seems a bit long - but not complicated though - useless, for a so simple ending, but not predictable. If you compare with other episodes, you'll notice those have to be watched very closely if you want to understand the twist ending. But not there. Not twist but only irony. That's good anough for me.