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-10 stars: Excellent! I could watch it over and over again.
- 9 stars: Almost perfect. I really enjoyed this one.
- 8 stars: It's really good. I would recommend everything from 8+ stars.
- 7 stars: Good. I would watch it again in the future if I had to.
- 6 stars: It's not bad but I won't watch it again.
- 5 stars: Just average, really nothing special.
- 4 stars: Below average, a waste of time.
- 3 stars: Mediocre. They made an effort but they should give it up.
- 2 stars: It's really bad but I saw worse and that's not a compliment.
- 1 star: Absolute garbage! I wished I never saw it and I want to sue the director to have wasted my time. A refund is not enough, I want compensation.
The things about me: Man from Belgium, living in Spain, married to an American. I speak French, Dutch and English, and understand a bit of German and Spanish. Born in '68.
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Nomads, the outcast of society, they understand life better than anyone of us.
Nomadland won three Oscars and it's well deserved even though I wouldn't say it was the best motion picture of that year, or the best directed one but that's just my opinion. Frances McDormand though deserves her Oscar. She's an actress that always delivers and in Nomadland she looks so natural playing her character that it almost looks like a documentary. Some of the rest of the cast are actual nomads, living from day to day, from one place to another, far away from the rat race, and that's what makes this movie stand out. Watching people living completely different than what the norm is supposed to be is just entertaining. I applaud people that do their own thing, sometimes by choice but too often because society gave them no other option. It's a hard life, but when you think about it I'm almost sure those nomads are happier than anyone else. The idea of camping in the most beautiful sceneries, it's a luxury some pay a lot of money for every vacation. Living like this is a choice and it seems like the best choice if you're fed up with the mass consumption society where you need to produce all the time, just to fit in. Nomadland is a good movie, maybe not the happiest movie, but certainly food for thought.
Friends: The Reunion (2021)
I was entertained, I laughed a lot, so to me it was satisfying.
Well I read an awful lot of negative reviews on here and to be honest I don't really know why. A lot about James Corden, which in my opinion isn't very relevant to the reunion. Could they have had a better host? For sure yes but to me it didn't really matter. I didn't watch this for Corden but for the Friends cast. As I didn't know anything about this before watching it I thought it would be a long episode of Friends or just a movie but instead it's basically interviews and a recap of some of the better scenes. It was funny though, sometimes even funnier than the actual show from seventeen years ago. Some of the cast aged pretty well, like Schwimmer and Kudrow, others not really like Cox which had a lot of work done and it's just not pretty to watch. Once the best looking member of Friends and now an obvious fake face. I will never get why people (mostly women) do this to themselves. About the sincerity of their answers you can have questions as well. Between Kudrow stating they all stayed in touch and Perry saying he never heared of anybody again I tend to believe Matthew Perry which had some problems in the past (maybe that's why he never got news from the others?). That said, if you liked this show in the past I can't see why you wouldn't like to watch this reunion. I did and I even wasn't that of a big fan from the show although I watched and rewatched every episode over the years, which is not very difficult as it seems to be that there is always an episode airing at one point on tv.
Third Conjuring and still of good quality, something that can't be said from all trilogies.
I see this sequel gets a lower rating than the previous two but to me it's of the same quality. It's another well made horror movie about demonic possession, a speciality of the Warrens, Ed and Lorraine, played again very good by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. There is a nice suspense building, some jump scares, some good tricks to keep the audience entertained and of course an evil story that is supposedly based on a true story. I say supposedly because in all fairness I can't see this story ever been happening like that. But to me it doesn't matter if it's a true story or just fiction (that's what I think it is), as long as it's entertaining and that's totally the case. This was the third Conjuring movie and for once the sequels don't get worse so that's also a bonus. Looking forward to another one if there will be another one that is.
Father Ted (1995)
Laughing with religion, just my kind of humor.
Father Ted is another perfect comedy series from the United Kingdom, well in this case it's filmed in Ireland but still you get the point. It's one of those shows you can watch over and over (in my case I must have seen it at last five times). It's only three seasons (twenty-five short episodes in total) and to be honest they could have made much more as it's never boring. The adventures of Father Ted Crilly, Father Dougal McGuire, Father Jack Hackett and Mrs. Doyle are all funny, everything you wouldn't expect coming from the catholic church. It's repetitive humor, but even then it's never getting old. Faher Ted is one of my favorites British series, along with Fawlty Towers, Black Adder, or more recently The Office. It's timeless, very funny, and a keeper.
The Invaders (1967)
The Invaders... in colour! David Vincent has seen them...
After more then fifty years I rewatched The Invaders, a show that had me at the edge of my seat when I was young. For that time it was just the bomb when you talked about sci-fi series. The series actually aged well, even though there are a lot of examples of how different cinema was back then, when people were certainly not as demanding as now. For example the fighting scenes that are a bit woody, the stuntmen that don't even look like the characters (in David Vincent's case it's just so obvious), but nobody really cared about that. The Invaders had a great soundtrack, all orchestral but very efficient to bring a suspenseful atmosphere to the show. Roy Thinnes is the star of the show. His nonchalance in any kind of dire situation is just a delight to watch. I enjoyed every single episode, back then but also now. I wish they would remake this show, just to see what they could do with our modern techniques. The intro of the show is something that you will never forget, after fifty years I still knew it by heart. The structure of the episodes are always the same but even then it's never boring, act 1,2,3 and 4 followed by an epilog. It all adds to the quality of this excellent sci-fi show from the late sixties. The only negative thing to me is that the show should have had more than two seasons. The ending wasn't that satisfying in my humble opinion.
Blackadder Rides Again (2008)
For the true fans of Black Adder
This documentary is for the fans of one of the greatest British comedy series, Black Adder. If you loved the show this documentary is certainly worth a watch. It brings back memories, with shots of memorable scenes and excellent interviews. It's nice to watch and hear Rowan Atkinson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Tony Robinson, Rik Mayall, Tim McInnerny and Miranda Richardson talk about a show that almost everybody watched and enjoyed in the UK. For the true fans of Black Adder!
Short but good as always.
Blackadder: The Cavalier Years is like Blackadder's Christmas Carol just one episode, just one story and not a complete season like in the series. This time it's just fifteen minutes long but in this short amount of time you get enough good classic British Black Adder humor to entertain you fully. Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson and Stephen Fry play this time the main characters and as always it's a delight to watch. For the fans of the series this is a nice short episode.
Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988)
Not a series this time, just an episode but still great.
From all the Black Adders this one is the one that I thought could have been better but it's still very good though. It's a longer episode, this time not a complete season, but just a story. The story of Ebenezer Blackadder, a man that can only do good for once, but that will complete change once the story unfolds. It's still brilliant humor with Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and Miranda Richardson. If you loved the series this longer episode is certainly worth watching. In my case I just prefer the series.
Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)
British humor at its best.
Stuck in the middle of World War I, Captain Edmund Blackadder does his best to escape the banality of the war. They couldn't have formulated it better than this. Rowan atkinson, brilliant in every season of Black Adder, is this time stuck in the trenches, waiting for the war to be over, trying to avoid every dangerous and/or lethal situation. It's one of the best seasons, with a great Stephen Fry as the crazy General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett and a brilliant Tim McInnerny as Captain Kevin Darling (probably his greatest character of the whole series). Tony Robinson is this time Private S Baldrick, still the dumbest of all, but great to watch. Black Adder, a must see for everybody that like British humor.
Blackadder the Third (1987)
British humor at its best.
Another brilliant season of Black Adder. This time its set in the Regency Era where Rowan Atkinson is playing the character of Edmund Blackadder, as the butler to the Prince Regent played by Hugh Laurie. Hugh Laurie in something totally different than Doctor House like most people know him from. Totally different but great, which shows what a great sense of humor he has. Tony Robinson is still Baldrick, the dumb servant that is smarter than we want to admit. There are much more actors in this season, and they all bring something to the show. If you don't like British humor, or if you just don't get it, Black Adder isn't for you, but if you dig this kind of brilliant nonsense then you can't go wrong as Black Adder remains one of the best Brittish comedies ever.
Blackadder II (1986)
British humor at its best.
British humor, you get it or you don't get it, you like it or you don't like it. In my case I just love it! Black Adder is one of those British series I can watch over and over again. It's stupid humor but also brilliant at the same time. The second season is this time set in the Tudor era and it's just brilliant. Rowan Atkinson as Edmund, Duke Of Edinburgh, is like always a delight to watch. His vocabulary is what makes this show standing out from the rest. Tony Robinson as Baldrick, his loyal servant, is smarter than we think, he represents the common people in this show. Tim McInnerny as Lord Percy is probably the actor I liked the most in all the seasons. In the second season we finally get Miranda Richardson as Queen Eliabeth I, a very smart move to bring her character in Black Adder. Stephen Fry as Lord Melchett is another brilliant character as is Nursie played by Patsy Byrne. Black Adder, a series where the tune alone will stay in your head forever.
The Black Adder (1982)
British humor at its best.
British humor, you get it or you don't get it, you like it or you don't like it. In my case I just love it! Black Adder is one of those British series I can watch over and over again. It's stupid humor but also brilliant at the same time. The first season is probably not the best one, it looked like they were searching where they wanted to go with this series, but it still remains brilliant. Rowan Atkinson as Edmund, Duke Of Edinburgh, is in this season quite dumb but malicious, a scary little creep that will do anything to avoid bad things happening to him. Tony Robinson as Baldrick is just a delight to watch. Tim McInnerny as Percy is probably the actor I liked the most in all the seasons. Black Adder, a series where the tune alone will stay in your head forever.
It's getting better, even though James Bonds morals are questionable.
I recently decided to watch and/or rewatch all the James Bond movies in chronological order. The fist one, Dr. No, wasn't great, followed by a slightly better From Russia With Love. Goldfinger and Thunderball are just much better movies, where it looks like they finally know where they want to go with this franchise. Sean Connery is also better as James Bond, even though the behavior of his character is borderline sexual harassment, something that wouldn't pass at all in modern days. I can't see his behavior, where he imposes himself to women rather agressively, very passable for a modern day hero. That said, the movie is from 1965, when the moral standards where different then now. Thunderball has a good plot, some good scenes which might be too long for some but I thought they were entertaining. The Bond girls, just famous for their short passages in the movies, are still candy for the eye. From the first four movies Thunderball is the best made and most interesting. John Stears got an Oscar for Best Effects and Special Visual Effects, which I can understand for 1965, but he would never win with that nowadays. It's ironic they give this movie an Oscar for this as there are enough scenes where it looks all really fake, but that's from the eye of somebody that watches the movie now and not in 1965. The spy gadgets are getting interesting, the plot is getting better, so looking forward to the next one. Next, You Only Live Twice!
The best one from the first three.
I started watching and/or rewatching all the James Bond movies from beginning till now. After Dr. No that scored very good on here but that I only scored a five, and From Russia With Love that also scored good on here and that I scored a six, its the turn for Goldfinger. This one is a serious step forward compared to Dr. No. Not only is the story better but it's also better shot and made. It looks like they figured out where they want to go with the spy stories. The gadgets look already a bit more interesting. Even Sean Connery, the best James Bond in my opinion, is doing a better job. Goldfinger is the real beginning of a series of good movies in the James Bond franchise. Next on the menu, Thunderball.
Le petit baigneur (1968)
Castagnierrrrrrr, after fifty years that's still the first thing we think of when we see a redhead.
Louis de Funès will always remain the best French comedian there ever was. His mimics, his nervous character, his shouting and raging, I just can't get enough of it. I watched Le Petit Baigneur so many times, like all other movies with Louis de Funès, and it's still funny. It's the kind of comedies that remind me of my youth, when watching a movie with Louis de Funès was a family thing, a guarantee for a funny movie night. Le Petit Baigneur is probably not his best one, but it's certainly not the worst either. Even after more than fifty years later I still think about Castagnier every time I see a ginger head passing by. There are old movies that don't age well, but this one is not one of them, it's still as funny as the first time I watched it.
'Allo 'Allo! (1982)
Making fun of the Germans, easy but so enjoyable.
Allo Allo is one of those shows with so many catchphrases you still say them every now and then and that even years after watching the show. "Good Moaning" for example is a phrase I still use every morning to greet my wife. There are so many hilarious ones you can't help it to memorize them all. Allo Allo is for that a bit the Seinfeld from the United Kingdom, maybe not the same humor but certainly full of recognizable scenes and sketches. The whole crew of Allo Allo has their own typical phrases that come back almost every episode, so yes it might be a bit repetitive but that's in this case certainly not a bad thing. The adventures of René Artois in his little café, the "affairs" he has with his waitresses and others, his irresistible charm to those women which frankly remain a mystery to us, the collaboration with some Germans and that whilst being in the "underground resistance", it's all a winning combination for a great time of fun. The Fallen Madonna With The Big B..bies, Luitenant Grubers Little Tank, Herr Flick from the Gestapo, the two stranded British aviators Fairfax and Carstairs that try to go back to the UK, the different most ridiculous plans to do that are doomed to fail, and that episode after episode. I can't get enough of that kind of silly humor, and let's be honest making fun of the Germans is just the best humor there is. Allo Allo is another gem of British humor, like Fawlty Towers, Father Ted, The Office, The Black Adder and so many more.
From Russia with Love (1963)
Better than the first one but still some plot holes.
I've decided to watch or rewatch all the James Bond movies and that in a chronological order. It's nice to see how the whole premise evolved over the years. I wasn't that impressed by the first one, Dr. No, that is to me highly overrated on here. From Russia With Love is already a bit better but it still looks old and not on top like some later ones. Sean Connery is from all the actors that played James Bond the best James Bond, I just wished I saw him playing 007 in a later movie. From Russia With Love has some plot issues, things that don't feel right or that are not really well explained. But I guess for a movie from 1963 when the audience wasn't that demanding as now it's watchable. Up to the next James Bond, still a lot to go.
Coming 2 America (2021)
The first one is better, that's just a fact.
I rewatched the first one yesterday, just to set up the mood for this one and maybe to compare them both a bit easier. There's no question about it, the original was better. In this sequel, which has its moments, there is just too much dancing and singing. It looks like they tried to get as much as possible famous music artists to collaborate in this sequel. Now, not all the music scenes were bad, there was clearly some good choreographer appointed for those scenes, but at one point it looked more like a try-out for America Got Talent than a movie. The story is a bit similar to the first one, just the basics and then they added some new scenes. Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall both still play four different characters and they did a decent job with that. I watched Coming 2 America, had some mild fun, but I can't help to have that feeling afterwards that this movie wasn't really necessary to make. Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall did age well though, with 33 years between the two movies they didn't change that much.
Coming to America (1988)
It aged okay, still some funny scenes with Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall.
I just rewatched Coming To America thirty-three years after it first came out. I rewatched it to set up the mood for the sequel that just came out so many years later and that I will watch tomorrow. The first one is still funny, maybe not as funny as the first time I watched it but still good enough to entertain me. Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall both play four different characters and credits to the makeup artists that did a good job changing their looks completely. The movie got nominated at the Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Make up. Maybe not really Oscar material but they did a good job altogether. The story is enjoyable to watch, maybe a bit simple but then again it's a simple movie. After so many years there are still scenes that were fresh in my mind so I guess it had some impact since the first time I watched it. Up to the sequel now, which I heard wasn't as good.
The show about nothing everybody loves.
If there is one series I never get tired rewatching, it must be Seinfeld. Every single episode is funny, and stays funny, even after rewatching this show for the fourth time. The "show" about "nothing", it's exactly what it could be, just friends talking about their daily problems, like we all do with our friends. The situations they are getting themselves into are all funny, with some hilarious ones as well. After nine seasons we all have a favorite character as you grow into the show and identify yourself or friends, or family to a specific character of the show. My favorites are George Costanza played by Jason Alexander and Elaine Benes played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Of course all the other charcacters are good as well but these two are standing out in Seinfeld. After so many years my wife and I are still talking about some scenes in our daily life, like "no soup for you" or "Vandalay Industries", or just imitating outstanding characters like Newman, Estelle and Frank Costanza, Lippman and Peterman and so many others. Just talking about some episodes is already enough to remember and to start laughing. Seinfeld had an impact on a lot of people. It's a show that should never have ended.
Winter Passing (2005)
I thought it was a bit boring, certainly not good enough for me.
The cast in Winter Passing is appealing but it's just not a guarantee for success. Personally, I only watched this movie because of Will Ferrell. He has one of those faces that always makes me laugh. I don't know if his character in Winter Passing had to be taken more seriously but to me he's just funny in whatever he does. I guess it's his goofy looks that does it for me. Ed Harris looks completely different but he remains a good actor. I can't really write anything bad about the acting as this was the best part of the movie. The story, on the contrary, isn't that great. It's mildly entertaining in the beginning but it becomes rapidly boring and makes you wonder if this was really worth to be told. There are a few funny moments, but not enough to make this a classic. For a movie with Will Ferrell it's just disappointing.
Uncle Frank (2020)
Very good acting and a good story.
Uncle Frank is more drama than comedy, so don't expect to laugh all the time. But for a drama it's a well written one, one that keeps you entertained and interested in the story for the entire duration. And that's mostly due to the excellent performances from all actors. The acting was very convincing and is the best thing about Uncle Frank. As for the story, it's not new but certainly not bad. I don't think a lot of people will dislike this movie, maybe homophobes, but other than that normal thinking people with an open mind will enjoy it.
Had potential but not that great.
The good thing about this movie is that it had y attention for almost the entire movie. The unfolding of the story is intriguing, and makes you want to know what's going to happen, but the ending wasn't very satisfying, at least not to me. Too open and unexplained for me. The acting was certainly not bad, and that from the whole cast. Nice landscapes shots also, too bad the story is not really delivering in the end. I guess it's worth a watch, but it's not a keeper.
Boss Level (2021)
Sci-fi action Groundhog Day.
I just watched Cosmic Sin a couple days ago, another movie with Frank Grillo, and that wasn't a pleasant experience at all so I wasn't sure about Boss Level once I saw he was in it. But in Boss Level there is also Mel Gibson and Naomi Watts, both actors that I can dig, so I felt a bit more confident. In Cosmic Sin there was also Bruce Willis, but lately that's far from being a good thing as he seems to have lost it and just gets involved in bad movies. Boss Level is enjoyable to watch, and even if you think it's going to be yet another version of Groundhog Day (how many times more can they make a repetitive day movie?) this one is actually not that bad. There are a lot of good action scenes, with good choreographed fighting scenes and creative killings. Although repetitive it's never really boring, on the contrary the little changes in the story make it unpredictable and intriguing. Boss Level is a good sci-fi action movie that is easy to watch.
The Bastard Executioner (2015)
There's good and bad, and there's a fair amount of violence and torture.
Well I guess they didn't pick it up. It will be just one season for The Bast*rd Executioner. At least it's still watchable, as there's a kind of an ending, but it's clear they could have made more seasons of it. I did enjoy watching this show, even though it's not top quality, with good and bad decisions, good and bad scenes, good and average acting. The violence is what makes you keep watching it, the battle scenes are relatively good and brutal. Some other things are not that good though, like casting two English speaking actors to play French characters, that's just a bad move. Or giving Katey Sagal a most annoying and weird accent, that was also not a wise choice. I liked her as Peggy Bundy in Married With Children, and even as Gemma in Sons Of Anarchy, but in this show she's by far the worst character and actress. The soundtrack is also a perfect example of good and bad. The intro song is catchy getting after awhile, but the sound during the show is just not that well chosen. Also fading to grey between scenes is just not a wise decision. It makes it look cheap. The intro on the other hand looks very professional and is well made. That all said, it's worth a watch, and I would probably have watched more seasons if they didn't make that stupid decision again to cancel a show when it gets interesting.