I think there was a misunderstanding about this season; many viewers thought it was a eerie topic, a ghost story, a terror tale. It is definitely not, but an adventure drama, very well done, with, I agree, some eeerie elements, a depiction of the American japanese people during WW2, just after December 12/7 1941. It's a very poignant, intelligent and beautiful story. Nothing else. The mistake was maybe to put some ghost stuff, which, I repeat, misunderstood many people who waiting for something else. Acting and directing is here over the top.
Macbeth (1971)Dark, gloomy but superb.
3 June 2020
I am not a fan of Roman Polanski's features, too much intellectual for me, i don't consider myself smart enough to get them as they should deserve to be got. But this one surprised me in the best way, despite his pace and directing, so typical from him. Dark, downbeat, gloomy, I find here many elements that remind me some movies I watched and produced from Eastern Europe after the war, during the Iron Curtain era, black and white for most of them, very rough, austere, impenetrable, with very few talking and with monotonous settings. I guess that confirms the Polish roots of Polanski. I enjoyed this movie very much, even if I knew no actors in it.
Legionnaire (1998)Among the fistul of Van Damme's best
2 June 2020Warning: Spoilers
I consider this film belonging to the few JCVD made in the best way. Look for WE DIE YOUNG, LUKAS, WAKE OF DEATH, and this one. I say that this film, as the others, are not good because of him, but despite him; and his presence did not spoiled nor jeopardized the whole feature. When JVCD acted in craps, those films were genuinely craps, and not because of him. So, to summarize, JCVD has a certain potential to be convincing. As Nick Cage except that Nick Cage has more potential than the Belgian. He only needs to pay his alimony and other debts, so that he play in five films per year. So, back to this film, I love the ending SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS because there is no winner concerning the leads. Only one survives, but as a loser.
29 May 2020
The simple story of two girls in their early twenties who are very close till one of both decide to get away with another friend and leave her pal, who lives with her mother. This left girl then decide to get rid of her only but disloyal friend. Not bad at all and with a slice of black humor.
Men In the Wilderness
29 May 2020
This amazing and terrific series has many influences, though being adapted from a Dan Simmons'novel. We think about MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY, THE THING, MAN IN THE WILDERNESS, with a bit slim slice of PREDATOR, but set in the ice setting and in the nineteenth century. I am not that surprised that Ridley Scott himself produced this show. This is truly a terrifying, intelligent and brillant piece of work, with a superb character study too, in addition to riveting, brutal, shocking actio scenes for the common viewer. But this show is not flawless, in my own point of view. It could have been a bit shorter, five épisodes, that would have spared the audiences some lengths. but, I repeat, that's my own opinion.
The Great Darkened Days (2018)Disturbing
26 May 2020
The kind of film I crave for but only from time to time; not always. A weird, bizarre movie, not destined for all audiences. A definitely anti war feature, with awesome settings of Canada and some French actors, as Romain Duris in a very rare role for him: a disgusting, nasty villain, some kind of torturer. Actually, the middle of the movie is, for me, the most interesting part of the whole. Not the beginning nor the end. Unusual scheme of our lead meeting a very beautiful lady who happens to be herself a torturer, but not a hysterical torturer, no, on the contrary, a very "cool" torturer, which shows her in a more terrific way. It's such a shame that the ending doesn't please me, not my taste at all. A film that deserves to be seen. Definitely.
The Man Is Armed (1956)Efficient film noir
24 May 2020
That's the second time I watch a crime film with William Talman in a role of a criminal mastermind planning an armored truck robbery. Remember him in Richard Fleischer's ARMORED CAR ROBBERY, where he was excellent, a feature made for RKO pictures, and produced several years earlier. In this Republic Pictures flick, Dane Clark is also very convincing as an ex con framed by the same Talman.; a most underrated actor with a face looking like Joseph Cotten, the perfect face for a bad guy. He was also excellent in John H Auer's THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS, also for Republic Pictures. Actually, here it is not exactly the question of an armored truck heist, but a security complex, a warehouse facility where big money is brought to and from by the armored trucks, a kind of Brink's vault garage.
23 May 2020
I discovered this gem on Arte channel yesterday. Well, this is not SCUM, nor LES HAUTS MURS either but that remains a powerful indictment against boarding school, jailhouses for teens and showing how awful bullying behaviors can drive anyone to the worst extremities. You have already seen this kind of features before but that doesn't prevent you to appreciate this terrific authentic piece of work. Not for all audiences.
Predator (1987)If he can bleed, then he can die.....
23 May 2020
This is truly and deeply among the best action picture ever made, with another masterpiece, purchased by the very same director: DIE HARD, one year later. Yes, in this movie, directing, screenplay, acting, casting, everything is flawless, captivating for even the people whose this kind of film is definitely not the cup of tea. At the time of its release, in 1987, I showed it one year later to my grandma, who grew up with silent movies and Lon Chaney Sr; and guess what, she adored this film: PREDATOR; despite the fact that was probably the first action movie she saw in her entire life., You are literally grabbed from the beginning to the end; but I admit that the first twenty minutes are a bit lousy, run of the mill. But after those twenty minutes, the main element is not Arnold Schwarzenegger - who is awesome here - but, I repeat, the directing, camera angles and also dialogues, characters involvement in the story, relations and tension between every of them. And also the face to face between this group of super men and the alien. The scene where Arnold is lying in the mud and then becomes involuntarily invisible from his enemy, chameleon at his turn, placing the Predator in Arnold's former position, this sequence is the pure highlight of the film. SO SHAME that John McTiernan has disappeared for good from the studios. such a shame, such a pain for movie lovers as I am.
Hotel Mumbai (2018)No Escape meets United 93
23 May 2020
Yes, the first thing I thought about is Paul Greengrass' UNITED 93, about 9/11 events and the flight attack against White House, a movie showing the terrorists side as well as the hostages one. Interesting point of view. And that feature also reminds me the atmosphere and screenplay structure of another film: NO ESCAPE, back in 2015. Not the same story though, but similar on many points. Yes, this movie I am talking about now, is not flawless but much interesting and I don't understand why so many reviews are against it. there were other movies speaking of this tragedy. I don't remember the titles, but I saw them too.
Something is definitely wrong here
20 May 2020
I have already said it, this series has mch much potential, but something is missing. yes, missing. A topic speaking of secret agents, clandestine work for the government, undercover missions, should involve more, MORE CRIMINAL elements, such as hush hush orders to kill. I don't ask for a James Bond flick, HELL NO!! but for something more suspensful, more tragic or bloody. You may have, in reality, secret agents preparing or executing killing missions, you know. Here, it is only quelstion of love stories, manipulations, treasons, talk, talk. I don't know if it is Jacques Audiard's fault, I am not sure it is, the other seasons were ore or less the same. I get really bored with this still amazing show. What a shame, what a waste.
ZeroZeroZero (2019– )All Characters Are B....
19 May 2020
Yes, ACAB, like the title of one of Stefano Sollima's films, back in 2012. This series is not the first and will not be the last speaking of drug traffic: after NARCOS, NARCOS MEXICO, GOMORRA, QUEEN OF THE SOUTH, EL CHAPPO...and this is not the end yet. I don't even speak of the films as SOLDADO, made by the same director - Sollima - and also creator of this amazing show. So, the thing I appreciated the most in this series is the characters, nearly every of them is nasty, disgusting, you have not good vs evil scheme here: that's precisely what I love; it changes. Besides, this is not for the sissies, not for the whole family nor the housewife. I guess there will be another season. I have noticed some ankwar sequences and situations in some episodes and commented them too. But that doesn't prevent me to like this series.
70 Big Ones (2018)Not bad at all
16 May 2020
Of course this story is totally implausible, that's also because of this it is unexpected and interesting. It is definitely another INSIDE MAN rip-off, all those thrillers and features - films and series - involving bank robbers and hostage schemes: all more complex one than the other. Not all good but not all bad either. I expected far far worse. Not a masterpiece, but I preferred this than MONEY HEIST series crap, conceived for all audiences, teenagers, truck drivers, housewives, executives, everyone. I am not everyone.
Path to War (2002 TV Movie)The last but not the least.
14 May 2020
What a terrific way to finish a career for a film maker. John Frankenheimer, one of my all time favorites, gives here an outstanding proof that he remains the best in his part. I find here the same virtuosity as he had in his early years, remember when he worked for television in ninety minutes shows. yes it is very same way of filming and directing actors. It is very poignant to watch and appreciating such powerful performances. Looke like a TV movie from the eighties, those speaking of Roosevelt, Ike, Truman and so on. Thanks Mr Frankenheimer. RIP.
Is it a joke or what? (third episode) and maybe not the end
14 May 2020
This series is involuntarily funny, that's the drama here. Look for yourself, the young tenderfoot, prisoner of ISIS, in the middle of the Sahara, is the target, with the convoy of vehicles, of a bomb, probably thrown by an American drone; and guess what, ONLY HE SURVIVES !!!! and when he arrives in the village, he, the only survivor, gets out of the four wheels and ORDERS the ISIS members to obey him !!!! That'amateurism in the writing of the TV series begins to piss me off. i have though the feeling that the writers are not the same. For the Italy sequences, the writing is awesome, for Mexico state too, but for the African part, that's totally garbage. I will continue to comment. Stay tuned folks.
Is it a joke or what? (sequel)
14 May 2020
Undoubtely, this series is a joke, though being a very serious one. After the first episode, which I have already commented, in the fourth one, I laughed a lot, when the young man arrives in Dakar open market, desperately searching for a medicine and suddenly finds a very kind man who decides to purchase him exactly what he needs, just like that. The unknown man opens the conersation and brings our young lead to some kind of sorcerer, kingpin, big shot, who then brings the young man with him to his hideout, just like that, as if he was his long time friend, or his best friend's childhood pal. ha ha ha The screenwriters are better than the Monty Pythons....This is definitely very amateur style; such a shame, because besides this, I aprreciate this TV show.
The Day of the Locust (1975)Awesome
13 May 2020
Two things I want to say, and that I don't think other comments have said. This film is somewhere a reference to Hitler and raise of Nazis and antisemitic views. Look out for Burgess Meredith talks about Jews in the movie business, without naming them, only his gesture....And in the final climax scene, durig the mass hysteria, look out for the man speaking in the micro, he looks like Hitler, a,d also look out for the pictural camera work, among the hysteria crowd. I think it is an allusion to Nazi raise in Europe. That's my own opinion.
is it a joke or what?
13 May 2020
This series is the thousandth one about drug traffic, after GOMORRA, NARCOS, NARCOS MEXICO, and so on..And this is not the end yet. I will get back to the whole show after I have seen the first season. There is one laughable sequence in this episode. The scene where the SWAT TEAM is waiting for the hoodlums, in broad daylight, just in the middle of the street....They are as invisible as an elephant in a church yard...is it a joke? And one of the cops asks his colleague: "Do you think they saw us?" ha ha ha
Inhuman Resources (2020– )Ken Loach would like it.
12 May 2020Warning: Spoilers
In France, since two decades now, you have hundreds of films and series speaking of the social collapse, ruthless, greedy, bloodthirsty executives and human resources bosses, fired workers in factories and big companies, individual breakdowns and sedition against the power of money; the Ken Loach touch. This series makes no exception, pulled by an outstanding performance from Eric Cantona. This story may not be always believable, but that's also because of this that is it very surprising and exciting too. I won't spoil the story, not folks. The fact that the accused uses his rookie lawyer daughter for this trial seems very improbable to me. This series grabs you from beginning to the end. A not so happy ending, a bit bittersweet, as I crave for.
There Was a Crooked Man... (1970)Snake Pitman
11 May 2020
The story of an outlaw named Pitman and who hides the bullion of his robbery into a snake pit. So the word game is very easy to find, isn't it? I have always appreciated this western very cleverly done by one of the most brilliant, intellectual US film maker ever: Joe Mankiewicz. But his last film: SLEUTH, remains the highlight. So back to this western, the only one from this director, it is very typical in the style of the early seventies, or even late sixties. See for instance Burt Kenendy's ones of this period. same look, same style, a mix-up between comedy and violence. I don't think John Wayne would have accepted to play Kirk Douglas' character. Maybe Hank Fonda's though.
S.W.A.T.: Under Siege (2017)Lousy, badly made but pretty cool
9 May 2020
OK, that's definitely not ASSAULT ON PRECINCT, nor NID DE GUEPES ( WASP NEST), even LES INSOUMIS, starring Richard Berry but on the same scale of GRIDLOCKED or BLACK SITE DELTA, schemes where police stations are under assault, a topic very often seen since John Carpenter's masterpiece, back in 1976. So, yes, it was a pretty good time for me, despite the bad acting and lousy directing. The army of mercenaries is laughable, they all look like football supporters rushing out of the stadium after the match to fight against the other team hooligans. Laughable, but I repeat, the basic scheme is not bad and Michael Jay White pretty good. By the way, I did not get if YES OR NOT, he died in the end. And what about the geek helping the baddies out with his computer...was he wasted or not? I guess so. Thanks Netflix for providing such films. There were so many looking like this one, i don't remember all of them, sorry. One last thing, I appreciated the way the couple of heavies - man and female - are presented, aboard the private jet, talking in a very intellectual way about the origins of the American Civil War, between North and South states taxes...Interesting for this kind of grade B films.
Hantise (2015)Excellent character study
9 May 2020
Excellent, awesome but unfortunately too short, this tale of a young woman who has an accident and then every one wonders if what she lives is reality or not? This is a disturbing story, but where you feel very close to this enigmatic person. Terrific directing.
Routine subject for this series.
8 May 2020
You have here the classical topic if you are already used to this TV show which I have already told it is a kind of poor man's ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS TV series. But maybe not so poor, only less known. Unfortunately. Watch out for BACKFIRE, Lon Chaney Jr. So, back to this very episode, you find Arthur Franz again - Franz who seemed to have subscribed to this show - and the suspense grabs you from the beginning to the end; maybe less than other stories, but far good enough to remain a pretty good stuff. What more could we ask for?
La boucle (2019)The hairdresser
8 May 2020
Interesting short movie about a woman who goes to her hairdresser and seems very uncomfortable in that matter because the shampoo session, which the woman connects in her mind with a childhood remembrance. The story who is obsessed by her hair and also everything related to it. I guess that story has something to do with the personal experience of the female director.
Shock Treatment (1964)Shock treatment
7 May 2020
Funny that I watched SHOCK CORRIDOR last week and read ONE FLEW OVER A COCKOO NEST again two days ago. I did not foresee this program. The two best stories ever about mental institutions; but I am sure there are some more, unknown, from Eastern Europe countries for instance. Anyway, this film starring Stu Whitman and Lauren Bacall, is very good too. Bacall is excellent in this role of the evil woman, she is effective at one hundred percent, but her character - AND NOT HER PERFORMANCE - is not as powerful as Louise Fletcher's one in Milos Forman's masterpiece. the role of the female master, the Devil's sidekick in charge of the lead actor and the mental institution. Yes, this film, though not being on the same scale of the other two is worth watching, even less depressing and gloomy too. I don't know if it was released in France. Not sure.