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Added by johanlefourbe on 7 Jan 2020 12:31

1001 Movies ... my own version (2010's)

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Notes: Of course, a movie about Chauvet cave (la grotte de Chauvet in French) did sound really intriguing. However, I didn’t expect it to be so awe-inspiring. I mean, at first, I thought ‘Great… I’m getting to spend 90 minutes in some cave, I’m going to get bored so fast…’ but no, it never got boring. Indeed, from the very first second we entered this cave, the whole thing was quite spellbinding. Basically, those paintings are the oldest ever found (about 35000 years old) and about twice as old as the previous oldest painting. When watching these, it’s basically watching the birth of Art which was quite overwhelming, at least, if you have any interest in Art. The striking thing is that even though those paintings were obviously primitive, they also had some impressive artistic qualities, like some amazing shades and contrast effects and those were just simply beautiful to look at. It was also kind of emotional to realize that those ‘primitive’ cavemen actually had some artistic aspirations already 35000 years ago, something that really has defined us as human-being and one of the major differences we have with other animals. As usual with Herzog, you have this rather weird narration provided by Herzog himself and it can be annoying but I think it’s an asset because its enhances the whole surreal aspect of this situation. Apparently, it was released in the theaters in 3D and, according to Roger Ebert, it worked pretty well so I really wonder how the whole thing looked in this format.
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People who added this item 534 Average listal rating (326 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.3
Incendies (2010)

Notes: Basically, it is a really slow burning drama but it was very effective and the ending was just heart-breaking. Still, I thought it was a little bit frustrating that they never named in which country the whole thing took place and it bugged me so much, I had to stop half way through it to look it up on the internet. And, indeed, it takes place in an unnamed Middle-Eastern country based on Lebanon. There were also some refugees whose nationality was never specified. Even though I consider myself an history buff, I was sometimes confused, and if you don’t have any knowledge of this region history, I’m pretty sure you’ll be confused as well. Anyway, it didn’t change the fact that it was a fascinating drama with some shades of thriller elements. The cast was also really good and, like I said before, the ending was completely heartbreaking hitting me like a truck on full speed. Usually, I’m annoyed to death by the typical twist ending provided by your average Hollywood thriller. It is a useless gimmick but, in this movie, it was really good and appropriate. Even the random chronology which is so much overused nowadays worked really well here. This movie was also a terrible reminder of all the atrocities which have been taken place in the last 50 years in the Middle East.
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People who added this item 6230 Average listal rating (4374 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.8
Inception (2010)

Notes: This movie was the proof that a movie can be a huge blockbuster, entertaining and thoughtful at the same time. It's a real pity that it has lost some of its reputation several years after its release. Indeed, the nolanites are so fanatic, they really believe that this movie is the best one ever made which is kind of infuriating when you consider the wealth of movies made during more than 100 years of film history. I mean, I think it is a great movie, the best one released in 2010, but it is far from being the best movie ever made, it is not even near my top 10 at all. So, with all these arguments going on, it is actually rather difficult to objectively judge this flick nowadays. Anyway, in spite of what the lovers and haters have to say, I still think it is a great movie. Indeed, it was visually impressive, there was a great cast, the whole thing was damned entertaining and I just loved the concept behind it. The haters should keep in mind that it is and remains a blockbuster with its creative limitations. As a result, it is supposed to be enjoyed by a broad audience so you can't really expect too much artsy and philosophical shenanigans. Anyway, in spite of all the controversies, I really love this flick, Nolan did it again.
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People who added this item 3552 Average listal rating (2349 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8

Notes: It is rather funny that when the rumor came out that David Fincher was making a movie about Facebook, many people started to actually trash him. Indeed, it is pretty obvious that an average director would have made an average flick with this material but Fincher succeeded in making one of the best movies of the year. I mean, I don't even care about Facebook at all, I understand that many people really love it but I really don't care about this website whatsoever. I seriously don't care if Mark Zuckerberg is actually a completely different person in real life, the Mark Zuckerberg they showed in this movie was just fascinating. Basically, the guy was a genius but he didn't look like most of your typical lead characters, physically and mentally. Furthermore, he was a disaster in the way he interacted with other people and this whole combination was just spellbinding to behold. So, the writing was quite impressive, but the directing was just as good and so was the acting as well.
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People who added this item 3495 Average listal rating (2423 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
Kick-Ass (2010)

Notes: Kick-Ass is so much fun. Just the title cracks me up! Still, even so, I don't think it is a masterpiece though. Indeed, Hit-Girl didn't really work for me. Not that I was shocked or anything but what I loved in this movie is that the main character was a loser without super power. Indeed, I really loved this concept but then came Hit-Girl fighting just like a super hero... Anyway, when it was released, this movie rapidly reached a cult status. Indeed, the first half is just great. When they focused on this average teenager who tries to be a super-hero, the whole thing was just hilarious and the realistic approach was great. The directing was also awesome and the cast was really neat. Still, I really hard a hard time with Hit Girl. Not to blame Moretz who gave a tremendous performance at such a young age but I failed to see how it was 'cool' to see a 12 year old girl shooting a whole bunch of guys. Eventually, she even gets beat up which was quite inevitable and also pretty discomforting. Furthermore, like I said before, the way she completely whacks everyone makes her look totally unbelievable and completely contradicted the realistic approach they chose. Still, even though it might not be as 'awesome' as many seem to think, it still remain a very well made, original and intriguing super-hero flick.
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Notes: Eventually, I was rather blown away by the whole thing! First of all, there was a big discussion about the fact that it might actually be a fake but, personally, I didn't think it was a fake but I don't know for sure and, honestly, I really didn't care. Indeed, in my opinion, the whole thing really did happen and The allmighty Banksy actually got pissed off because Guetta got succesfull this way and decided to take revenge with this movie. But, of course, it is only a theory and we will never know for sure. On the other hand, it seemed that he still became mesmerized by this weird and egocentric French guy. Anyway, it was definitely a really intriguing study about Art and how you could define Art. It was also a fascinating jump into the graffiti world. I think the conclusion of the movie is that Art doesn't actually exist but it also can be found in everything. I know, this statement didn't seem to make much sense but it perfectly fit this movie.
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People who added this item 1284 Average listal rating (798 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7

Notes: It turned out to be a really good drama with some comedy but not too much and some terrific acting. Honestly, I thought the whole thing was pretty flawless with a fascinating story with some very intriguing characters. My only complain would be that there were 2 very interesting plots (the children meeting their donor father and the lesbian mothers having a rough patch in their relationship) but the way they merged both stories felt pretty random and forced. The amazing thing is that even if it was a mistake, it also had a positive effect. Indeed, before that, the donor father was way too good to be true but, then, after his disastrous actions, he finally got a human face and it made the character even more interesting. The cast (Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson) was pretty amazing and I was above all impressed by Annette Bening. Indeed, after 5 minutes, I completely forgot I was watching Bening on the screen, I only saw a fully fledged character and that's what acting is or should be about.
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People who added this item 4642 Average listal rating (3034 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8

Notes: Before this movie was released, there was a huge buzz about it and since I'm a huge fan of Darren Aronofosky's work, I was really eager to check this flick. Eventually, I really loved it and even watched it twice in the movie theater which is something I haven't done for many years. Basically, Aronofosky displayed once again his versatility and after making an amazing movie about the wrestling world, he has now made an amazing movie about the ballet world. Seriously, it was just very impressive. The directing was indeed very good, Natalie Portman gave the best performance of her career and she definitely deserved her Academy Award. Eventually, in my opinion, it was just a fascinating picture which shares my views about Art. Indeed, in my opinion, Art always goes with excess, violence, sex, it should push the boundaries and it can be highly destructive. My only complains with this movie would be that 'The Swan Lake', the actual ballet, is actually rather dull. Furthermore, since it was only 90 minutes, none of the supporting characters were really developed and I wish I had the chance to get to know them a little bit more. . Still, it is and remains a fascinating picture.
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People who added this item 358 Average listal rating (205 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.2
Inside Job (2010)

Notes: To be honest, I have never really paid attention to the worldwide crisis back then (thankfully, I always managed to keep my jobs) so I never really dug into it but since this movie had some pretty good ratings, I was definitely eager to see what was actually going on. And boy, that was such a depressing movie... I mean, they threw in from time to time an upbeat tune but there was no way they could remove the general sour taste giving by this take. To be honest, I'm totally a left-wing guy, it came with my upbringing, and this movie displayed how nasty and unhealthy capitalism can be in general. From an ideological point of view, I still believe that left-wing ideas such as socialism, government control and regulation, social welfare would be a better option but it is unfortunately not in our human nature, I'm afraid. Like they said in this movie, if most of the people get the opportunity to get a massive amount of money with a minimum risk for themselves, they will almost always go for it. I have to admit it, the whole thing was quite reminiscent of Michael Moore's style in the sense that many people get ridiculed during the interviews, the editing was massive and there was a fair amount of manipulation. Still, the message remains strong and, like I said before, terribly depressing, but it is and remains a really impressive documentary.
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People who added this item 2927 Average listal rating (2070 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5

Notes: I have to admit that I was already sold with the 8 bit Universal logo. And I think that was the main issue with this flick. Basically, it was made for a very speficic audience and other people wouldn't care for it, I'm afraid. I mean, if you have never been into gaming specifically the older games from the 80's and the 90's or if you never cared for those, all the video games references will be lost on you and they might even bother you. As far as I was concerned, I thought it was awesome though. But it didn't stop there, no, that was just the beginning... I had never seen a movie with such an ADHD syndrome and it is also something that can wear you down pretty quickly but, once again, for me, it made the whole thing even more appealing. Of course, the characters were really cartoony but most of them were pretty funny and the whole thing just looked awesome. This flick is another example that CGI can be a great tool to enhance a director's vision, if it is used properly. Anyway, I had so much fun watching this.
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People who added this item 714 Average listal rating (441 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
A Separation (2011)

Notes: To be honest, the whole thing was at first misleading. Indeed, I thought the movie was above all about this couple who were divorcing and I thought, somehow, that the movie would deal above all with the woman because she was the one who wanted this separation. In fact, the separation wasn’t the most dramatic event that took place, but an accident involving a pregnant woman who worked for the husband who might have been responsible for her miscarriage. This turn of event was actually quite compelling to watch. Indeed, it was quite a masterstroke from the director that even though I, and many viewers I guess, have very little knowledge of the Iranian culture and, still, I could really identify with most of the characters and I was able to understand most of the struggles they were facing. And that’s the other amazing thing about this flick is that you don’t only identify with the main character, you are able to understand all the other characters involved in the story and their motivations which was something quite unique and remarkable. After watching this flick, I was thinking about ‘Not without my daughter’, an American feature taking place in Iran which gave a terrible view on this people who seemed to be able only to shout at each other like some animals. Here, you can see that they are just like us, flawed, complex and facing some struggles everyday like everyone else.
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People who added this item 178 Average listal rating (94 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.3

Notes: Basically, if the Dardennes brothers would remake ‘The Godfather’, it would probably look like this. Indeed, it was a really intriguing crime feature involving the ‘hormone maffia’ in Belgium and it was really interesting to see those mobs figures involved with farmers, cattle and vets instead of the usual urban areas. So, the directing was really sober and efficient but, above all, the breakthrough performance by Matthias Schoenaerts was just really amazing. Indeed, once again, you have here an actor who completely disappear behind his character who physically looked damaged but even more so psychologically and through fate, he also became an enhanced and crazed beast like his own cattle. Unfortunately, like many movies I have seen recently, they added way to many characters and way too many sub-plots and many of those were rather half-baked and unnecessary. Still, in spite of its flaws, it remains a pretty good crime drama with an amazing performance from Schoenaerts.
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People who added this item 1205 Average listal rating (813 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3

Notes: I wonder why it took Alexander Payne 7 years to finally come up with a new director effort. Anyway, it was definitely worth the wait, that’s for sure. Indeed, I thought it was a very good drama with a perfect pace (probably the best directing by Payne so far) , some more than solid performances and some of the best written characters I have seen lately. The beginning monolog also stroke a personal chord in the sense that my wife has been really sick for about 8 years now and I had about the same internal monologs as our relantionship was already pretty chaotic even before she got some health issues and even more afterwards. Of course, I didn’t went through the rest of the story myself but it was definitely a good start. But the movie is not only about a family tragedy, it is also about the faith of an aristocratic family and what they should do with their land. That part of the story was also quite fascinating and it is quite amazing that they managed to balance such diverse topics in one movie.
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People who added this item 1409 Average listal rating (871 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.2
Shame (2011)

Notes: Once again, Steve McQueen really impressed me and it is not very often that you come across a director who managed to deliver so much quality with just 3 movies (It's too bad that I didn't care much for 'Widows'). The only thing I’m worried is that the whole dreariness of his tales might become a gimmick at some point if he keeps throwing at us such dark and relentless dramas. Anyway, this time, he gave us a rather painful portrait of a man driven by his obsession and how his life constantly revolved around this obsession and nothing else. Since I’m a rather obsessive person myself, it was rather confronting and I could definitely relate with him in the way that, even though his constant search for sex gave him a purpose, it also made him emotionless and completely unable to connect or socialize with other human beings. At least, junkies or alcoholists usually have an active (albeit sick) social life but the main character here chose not to have such a social life, probaby because of the shame he constantly felt. Once again, Michael Fassbender who is obviously one of the greatest actors of his generation gave a fearless performance and it is really astonishing that he wasn’t even nominated at the Academy awards.
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People who added this item 1759 Average listal rating (979 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.8

Notes: Basically, this movie started with an awe inspiring introduction which I cannot describe and then the movie went very theological and metaphysical. I guess that since I'm not that smart, I was kind of losing track of the whole thing but then Mallick came again and again with some amazing sequences really beautifully shot with some awesome music, and then I was again completely fascinated by the moving pictures in front of me. I know, this review sounds rather cryptical but so was this movie. Watching this movie was like going to a museum and staring at a masterpiece. Nothing is explained to you but you get some emotional reaction to it, right there in your gut, a reaction which will be really personal and someone else may have a completely different response to it. In my opinion, Brad Pitt gave an amazing performance and I don't think I have ever seen any children giving such impressive performances before, just mind-blowing. And of course, Malick is an amazing director, actually he is not, he is an amazing artist, something rare nowadays in the movie industry. This movie touched me very deeply and many times, I thought I was watching myself when the father was messing up his family or when the older boy was getting messed up.
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People who added this item 338 Average listal rating (184 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4

Notes: To be honest, I was slightly disappointed by the Dardennes brothers's previous movie, ‘Le Silence de Lorna’, but this time, they blew me away again. Indeed, within the first minutes, I was completely fascinated by the tragedy lived by this troubled young boy. Basically, you witness this 11 years old boy mentally melting down in front of you and it was just heartbreaking to behold. On one hand, he is a resourceful kid who knows what he wants and how to defend himself but, on a psychological level, he is a total mess but, considering the circumstances, it is not really surprising. Of course, it is really shocking to see his father discarding him like an old sock. Would it be too much to ask him to spend some time with his own boy once in a while? Unfortunately, I’m afraid many men and women do make this kind of decisions and the Dardenne brothers are not shy to throw these facts right in your face. At the center of this tragedy, you have this young boy played by an unknown called Thomas Doret and it must have been one of the best child performances I have ever seen. Seriously, this boy was just completely amazing and mesmerizing to watch.
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People who added this item 2596 Average listal rating (1837 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
Drive (2011)

Notes: To be honest, I thought this movie was indeed pretty good but, nothing really amazing, I’m afraid. Sure, I have to admit that it did look really terrific and it is even more impressive when you think that Nicolas Winding Refn had no knowledge of Los Angeles before shooting this flick. Furthermore, the music was just great, one of the most mesmerizing soundtracks I came across lately. The actors were also pretty good and I especially enjoyed Albert Brooks who was phenomenal playing against type a ruthless gangster. So, how come I didn’t really love this movie like (apparently) everyone else? Honestly, I didn’t care much about the story. Basically, the whole thing takes place just because the guy has a thing for his neighbor, that’s it. I thought it was pretty thin and the romantic intrigue was hardly convincing. Basically, you have a guy and a girl and they fall for each over for no particular reason except that without this love affair, there wouldn’t be any story to tell. I also had a hard time to care for the main character. Gosling did deliver a solid performance but since you don’t learn much about him, he always remained a little too far away. I understand that he was a throwback to such characters like ‘The Man with No Name’ immortalized by Clint Eastwood but the big difference is that ‘The Man with No Name’ obviously didn’t give a sh*t about anything and that was the only thing you needed to know about him. In the case of ‘The Driver’, there was obviously a lot going on in his head but since you never get to know him, it was rather frustrating. Still, they managed to create a great mood and I definitely enjoyed the whole thing.
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People who added this item 1539 Average listal rating (939 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
The Artist (2011)

Notes: Following all the hype surrounding this feature which eventually managed to win the Best Picture Academy Award (a historical event for a French movie), I obviously had to watch this movie at some point. Well, eventually, even though I did like damned thing, to be honest, I can't say I was really blown away. I don’t know, maybe it had to with the fact that, to the contrary of many viewers who loved this movie, I have seen my share of old silent movies and even though I'm a huge fan of silent comedies, especially the ones starring Charlie Chaplin, I always had a hard time enjoying silent dramas and this one was not an exception. On top of that, the story was entertaining enough but it wasn't anything I haven't seen before. However, I have to admit it, it was still an original and inspiring experiment. Indeed, the directing was really solid, they gave a good feeling about this time period and the performances were really good. I was above all impressed by Jean Dujardin who was just amazing and he really deserved to receive an Academy award for his tremendous work.
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People who added this item 2090 Average listal rating (1303 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
Hugo (2011)

Notes: Basically, after making all those gangsters flicks, Martin Scorsese decided to make for the first time a 'family' feature but, to be honest, in contrary to what most of the critics and viewers seemed to thing, I wasn't exactly blown away by the whole thing. First of all, to be honest, I don't think it was really a appealing movie for the kids in general. I mean, it was not fun at all even rather sad and all the movie references were just way too high-brow for the young viewers (even most of the adults won't have any clue about who is George Méliès). Furthermore, even though the story was fairly entertaining, it was still nothing really amazing. Still, it was a really gorgeous movie and one of the very few movies I have seen where the 3D provided some actual added value. It was also a really sweet love letter to the history of motion pictures. Eventually even if I did enjoy the damned thing, in my opinion, it was still a minor effort for Martin Scorsese but, still, a minor Scorsese is always better than all the garbage you can see nowadays.
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People who added this item 1481 Average listal rating (1017 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.5

Notes: I remember it very well, while I was on holiday in France, this movie was just released there and it was already a huge success. Right away, I dismissed it. Indeed, I thought it was just another successful French comedy based on a very old formula and I was really not interested. But then, it became this massive international success, becoming the highest grossing French movie ever made in the process (surprisingly, it didn’t beat ‘Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis’ which is still the most successful French film in France, a movie which seems even less appealing than this one). Obviously, since this flick was such a success, I started to wonder if I might have been mistaken so I was quite eager to check it out. Indeed, I have to admit it, it is actually a pretty good flick but does it really deserve such praises and box-office records? I don’t really think so. I mean, it is a solid feelgood feature with some good performances by Omar Sy and François Cluzet and there were some funny scenes but, seriously, what was actually so amazing about this story? In my opinion, even though it tried to break some stereotypes, it was still rather stereotypical, pedestrian and quite predictable. Anyway, even if it might not be as amazing as everyone seems to think, I have to admit that it is still an enjoyable flick though.
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People who added this item 989 Average listal rating (670 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.4

Notes: Personally, I was really impressed by ‘The Hurt Locker’ so I was really eager to see Kathryn Bigelow’s next directing effort, especially after it was heralded by the critics. Eventually, she came up with again another thriller about the war against terrorism and she once again pretty much nailed it, even though I thought that ‘The Hurt Locker’ was still superior. Still, this chick really can direct some realistic and spellbinding thrillers, no doubt about it, and I was on the edge of my seat during the whole duration which is quite remarkable since we all pretty much know how it will end from the start. The first touch that I appreciated where the first few minutes where you hear those horrific (and probably real) phone calls from the victimes of 09/11. It was just heartbreaking and gave a background to what will happen next. Basically, I don’t think Bygelow tried to make us think that it was ok to torture all these people but, with this introduction, it explains that the USA was (and probably still is) at war and that they would use any means necessary. The point was to show without judging and the point was well made. Personally, I always wonder why it took them so long to find Bin Laden and, with this movie, you get more or less an explanation but we’ll never know for sure.
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People who added this item 1828 Average listal rating (1220 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.9

Notes: It turned out to be a really fascinating story, a gorgeous movie to look at and I'm really glad I'm managed to watch it in the movie theater and in 3D. Pretty much like the late Roger Ebert, I really dread this new 3D hype but Ang Lee used it very well and it definitely enhanced the whole experience. It is pretty funny to think that 10 years ago, Ang Lee was ridiculed for 'Hulk' (in my opinion, a feature criminally underrated and actually one of the best super-hero flicks ever made) above all for its really ugly CGI sequences. This time around, Lee didn't only manage to master the CGI, he made one of the best use of it I have witnessed. Just mind-blowing. Used properly it can be a great tool but it's unfortunate that nowadays it is mostly used to create some big robots, huge monsters or impossible explosions. So, it was visually fascinating and the story was also really interesting with some thoughts about fiction, reality, religion and rationality.
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People who added this item 1892 Average listal rating (1295 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7

Notes: In my opinion, his movie was just really amazing. I even shed a few tears, something that never happened to me before. First of all, the characters and the whole story really touched me personally as I was reminded of how I met my wife and why we ended up together in the first place. Finally, it was just a terrific movie with some real characters, with some real issues, dealing with their emotions and making me laugh and cry. I was also impressed by Bradley Cooper. Man, this guy seems to be the real deal. Indeed, only a few years back, he got his breakthrough with 'The Hangover' as a supposedly funny guy, then he became quickly another pretty face but, now, he is profiling himself as a genuinely talented dramatic actor. Concerning Jennifer Lawrence who actually won the Academy award for this performance, I'm not so sure. To be honest, in my opinion, she was actually too young for this part but she was solid and she definitely had some strong chemisty with Cooper. Eventually, I just loved this flick, it is basically an awesome drama and a great romantic-comedy.
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People who added this item 1571 Average listal rating (1091 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Argo (2012)

Notes: To my surprise, I really enjoyed this movie. I mean, I was expecting something good but not something so entertaining. Indeed, it seemed to be historically pretty accurate, it was a thrilling thriller and there were even some hilarious bits. Even the animated introduction was neat because it gave a context for the whole thing. Without it, the Iranians would have been some bloodthirsty hysterical fanatics but, with this intro, you were able to understand that there was once upon a time a legit prime minister who took care off his people, nationalizing the petroleum industry in the process. But, of course, the American government didn't like this and replaced him with the Sha who turned out to be a despote and after years of cruel dictactorship, the population turned to the Muslim fundamentalists. All this information that you get within the first minutes of this movie was crucial because it allowed you understand how the whole situation turned out to be so terrible. It gave a great nuance about their endeavour. Indeed, Mendez was a great hero and the CIA did a terrific job but they also messed up this contry for decades so two sides were displayed. After that, I don't know, I thought it was just quite thrilling. I mean, I did like 'Gone Baby Gone' and 'The Town' but I never thought that either one were really that amazing. However, this flick was a total different kind of ball game. It was slick, smart, emotional and, sometimes, just plain fun. Of course, there were a few issues. The first one, obviously, was that you knew from the start that they were going to make it so for us, viewers, there was never much at stake as for those poor fellows. Still, Affleck managed to make it quite nail-biting. The other issue I had was that, at some point, there were couple of scenes where the military police were just missing them for a few minutes. It didn't work very well but it didn't spoil the whole thing.
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People who added this item 318 Average listal rating (189 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2

Notes: It turned out to be a really weird and messed up documentary, that’s for sure. First of all, I have to confess, I wasn’t really aware of all the horrors that happened in Indonesia about 50 years ago and only therefore it was already a really valuable feature (as a result, Indonesia is another country I won’t be visiting for ‘fun’). Anyway, not only this movie deals with a massively traumatic experience but it deals with it in such a unique way, as a result, the whole thing was just as much fascinating as it was horrifying. Indeed, even though you might expect these executioners to regret their actions, most of them didn’t feel much guilt, in the contrary, they were actually proud of what they did and, as a result, this movie was more about the psychological impact then putting actual blame on people. I mean, if you see ‘Shoa’, everyone, even the former SS, agree that what happened in WWII was horrible but, then, Germany lost the war. In Indonesia, the same people who ordered the purge still have the power and, therefore, after so many decades, those ‘winners’ have been telling anyone that what they happened was actually justified creating this weird acceptation of a major human tragedy. And yet, when you get to see Anwar Congo, right from the beginning, you wonder if he really believes everything he says and, indeed, slowly, after reproducing these terribly deeds, his attitude changes and, towards the end, he seems to be finally devastated by what he has done.
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People who added this item 339 Average listal rating (233 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.2

Notes: Since I kept hearing some really good things about this flick, I was really eager to check it out and, boy, I wasn’t disappointed. First of all, contrary to some other similar documentaries dealing with some lost music artists like ‘Anvil: The Story of Anvil’ or ‘The Devil and Daniel Johnston’, Rodriguez’ music was actually pretty good and some of his songs have some mesmerizing quality ('Crucify your mind' totally gave me the goosebumps). So, that was a already good start but the best part was this incredible tale about this artist who never had any mainstream success at all anywhere in the world but, somehow, became a huge icon in South African as big as Elvis Presley or the Beatles. I was glad I didn’t know much about the guy or this movie beforehand (like the majority of the rest of the world) because this movie had some major twists. I think I shouldn’t talk much about it because I don’t want to spoil it but the last 30 minutes were pretty messianic. This tale ends up on a really inspiring note and this Rodriguez guy turned out to be one of the most intriguing music artists I have ever heard of.
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People who added this item 453 Average listal rating (264 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4

Notes: I really wonder how they came up with such a messed up but also intriguing story. At the center, you have two of the most spellbinding characters I have ever seen thanks to some flawless performances by Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts. Concerning the directing, Jacques Audiard once again blew me away and the guy is pretty much the best French director at work nowadays. Indeed, he managed to shot beautiful scenes without making them too much artsy and he gave enough room to develop some amazingly deep characters who were completely 3 dimensional. To be honest, I wasn't completely sold by the ending which didn't really work for me. Indeed, I just loved the deliberate slow pacing but, suddenly, in the 3rd act, everything was terribly rushed because they didn’t have any more time to make sure that Ali realised that his son and Stephanie were really important in his life and the whole thing felt like a massive short-cut. Still, it was a minor flaw and it is quite an amazing drama.
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People who added this item 841 Average listal rating (485 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9

Notes: Even though Michael Haneke is already around 70 years old, he is definitely on fire right now and won with this movie his 2nd Golden Palm in a row at the Cannes Film Festival and it won many other awards as well. And, indeed, it definitely deserved all the praises it has received. Personally, I enjoyed it more than ‘The White Ribbon’ which was pretty good but didn’t really blow me away. Anyway, it is pretty amazing to see the evolution of Haneke through his movies. I mean, he has always been fascinated by death and how mankind deals with it but his vision has always been ice cold and pretty much emotionless. Here, he finally gave us the opportunity to dive in his vision of our world but, for once, he allowed us also to invest ourselves in the characters and the end-result was quite amazing. Furthermore, I think it is disappointing that so few movies are dealing with elderly people (even though the older population is ever growing) and, instead, there is always this disappointing focus and obsession on youth. Well, here you finally get a realistic and spellbinding portrait of two old people who are facing the end of their journey together and the subject has never been handled so brilliantly before.
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People who added this item 927 Average listal rating (626 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3

Notes: Thomas Vinterberg has delivered one of his strongest movies so far. Indeed, personally, I have always been intrigued about our current obsession about pedophilia and this movie gave me some really interesting insights about our current approach about such issues. I mean, it is something absolutely dreadful but it has always been around and, in the past, it was a rather taboo subject but, nowadays, we are not supposed to trust anyone with our children, even people close to us, resulting in the massive hysteria displayed in this movie. But that's the whole problem here. Wouldn't it be really awful to not believe a child who was really a victim? But, on the other hand, to make an innocent man such a monster might be just as terrible. I was actually amazed that the adults would keep repeating that kids always tell the truth which is something I don't believe at all. The reality is actually much more subtle. Basically, depending on the circumstances, a child might tell you anything, it could be the truth, a lie, but usually, they will try to tell the adults exactly what they want to hear, which was exactly what happened in this movie. I must admit that I was really amazed that the guy would still live there after everything he has been through. In his case, I would have just taken off and try to start over somewhere else, instead of staying with this people who never believed or trusted him. And, the very last scene which I found tricky to analyse tells me that it would have been indeed a wiser choice.
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People who added this item 2823 Average listal rating (1989 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.4

Notes: Eventually, even though I had a good time, pretty much like with 'Inglourious Basterd', there were many things I enjoyed but also many things that just puzzled me and, at the end of the day, I can't say that it was really so amazing. The first half was really good though. Indeed, it was sharp, focused and really really fun with some great dialogues. Furthermore, there was a great cast and they delivered some strong performances. Many people actually criticized Tarantino for constantly using the word 'nigger' and being disrespectful about the sensitive subject of slavery but I thought he handled it actually really well, probably better than the Nazis in 'Inglourious Basterds'. Indeed, the living conditions of the slaves were displayed as really horrible and the slave owners were displayed as stupid morons looking also quite terrible as well. It was just a really f*cked up business and Tarantino didn't sugarcoat the whole thing, that's for sure. So, what went wrong? From the moment that DiCaprio showed up on the screen, the whole thing lost some momentum. Don't get me wrong, DiCaprio was terrific but from this point, you get some very long dialogues involving DiCaprio, Waltz, Foxx and even Samuel L. Jackson who also gave one of his best performances. The problem was that all those actors were just amazing and Django pretty much get upstaged, sitting quiet in a corner while the other actors were really stealing the show. I don't know, the whole thing with the slave deals was also seriously quite murky and, precisely like in 'Inglourious Basterds', after this long talk, the whole thing was concluded with a huge shoot-out.... How disappointing... But it didn't stop there, no, Django was sent away and came back again for yet another bloodbath! Why?!? What's the point of this second bloodbath?!? In my opinion, the main issue with this 2nd half is that you had 4 fascinating characters (Django, Dr Schultz, Calvin, Stephen) and you could have made one brilliant movie about each one of them but to put them all together in one single room was just too much to handle for this movie. Eventually, the only solution Tarantino found was to kill all of them, except obviously Django, but it was a rather weak way to solve this predicament. Still, like I said before, the whole thing was pretty good though and I had a good time watching this.
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People who added this item 199 Average listal rating (125 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1

Notes: I wasn't disappointed as the whole thing turned out to be a fascinating documentary about a potential masterpiece that was actually never made. Of course, it was equally frustrating to see such a visionary director gathering all these great talents together when in fact we will never have the opportunity to see the damned thing. Still, while watching this movie, I was rather amazed that all the people involved actually believed that this movie was actually doable, especially at the time. Furthermore, I was also wondering actually how it actually all ended and, to be honest, I'm rather surprised that those guys thought that they could to go to Hollywood with their ambitious but also really insane project and expect that they would been given at least 15 millions dollars which was, at the time, a huge sum of money. In fact, why didn't they try in Europe or why didn't they try to finance it independently? Anyway, eventually, Jodorowsky would turn to comic-books, a much more flexible Art form in which money doesn't play such a huge part like in the movie business, creating some amazing masterpieces like 'L'Incal' which happens to be my all-time favorite comic-book.
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People who added this item 1696 Average listal rating (1156 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8

Notes: At last, after being literally lost for so many years making 'Where the Wild Things Are', Spike Jonze was finally back and the end-result was once again pretty terrific. Indeed, he basically made a fascinating movie which worked on so many levels. Sure, I really liked the minimalistic style and the whole thing was visually really appealing but it went way beyond that. For example, it might sound crazy to have the main character fall in love with his operating system but in a world where we barely speak to our next-door neighbours and yet manage to have 3000 friends on Facebook or having a deep relationship with someone living at the other side of the globe, are we really so far from this reality? Talking about reality, is the physical world much more significant than any virtual world? And what is the foundation of our relationships? Is it something really physical or is it in fact the interactions that we have we one and another? This movie went really deep into those questions without of course giving any answers but the process displayed was just mesmerizing.
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People who added this item 918 Average listal rating (549 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7

Notes: Eventually, I was quite blown away by the whole thing and, in my opinion, it was one of the most beautiful and intense love stories I have ever seen. Rightfully, Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos were heralded for their performances and they were both just mesmerizing to behold. Seriously, I still can’t stop thinking about their relationship which was so raw and realistic. This is basically the kind of relationship we all dream to have once in our lifetime. To be honest, I have to admit that not everything did work though. Of course, there is the matter of those very explicit sex scenes. Indeed, on one hand, it felt really voyeuristic and it seemed to be a very masculine point of view on lesbian love. You might wonder if those scenes really added something valuable to the story but, on the other hand, you might argue that they matched the intensity of their feelings for each other. Another thing that did bother me was the fact that I didn’t really grasp the chronology. Indeed, at some point, there was some kind of flash-forward and the previous conflicts in Adéle’s life (with her parents, her school friends) were just wiped away and never mentioned again. Anyway, in spite of these flaws, it was still an amazing love story.
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People who added this item 2036 Average listal rating (1351 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.2

Notes: I thought it was so entertaining and actually downright hilarious which wasn’t something I really expected. During some scenes, especially when DiCaprio was heavily intoxicated, he gave us some real slapstick and it actually worked like a charm. I mean, even though there was a really solid supporting cast, the focus was put on Jordan Belfort and as a result, DiCaprio had basically to carry the whole thing on his shoulders. He did a fine job, supported by the fine directing provided by Martin Scorsese, but honestly, by now, we know pretty well that he can play the talented but very neurotic characters like no one else and it would be nice if he tried something else for once. Furthermore, the other characters were not very well developed since they didn’t get much space in my opinion which is rather surprising since the movie lasted 3 hours. And, indeed, it was rather long and you wonder so many times when Belfort will finally get caught and eventually fall down. Anyway, even though it might not the best movie made by the duo Scorsese-DiCaprio, it was still terribly entertaining and easily the most hilarious film released in 2013.
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People who added this item 348 Average listal rating (231 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8
Short Term 12 (2013)

Notes: Eventually, I was seriously impressed by the damned thing and I'm not surprised that it gave Brie Larson's deserved breakthrough. The first thing I enjoyed was the fact they didn't give a tedious introduction to make sure that the viewers understood what was going on. Sure, Rami Malek was playing a new employee on his first day so they gave him a few tips, obviously, to still informed somehow the viewers but, fortunately, they didn't focus too much on his character. Anyway, the way they presented this foster-care facility felt so realitisc and, very often, it felt like watching a fascinating documentary. I have to admit that I did struggle a little bit with how much time they spent on the private life of the co-workers and, to be honest, I don't think that someone with so much personal baggage like the main character was actually really suited for this kind of job. On the other hand, it was really interesting to see someone so damaged who had decided to help such kids in need until she got to the point that she couldn't handle anymore the pressure because her work reminded her that she should also face her own demons.
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Notes: Somehow, the vampires have been an endless source of inspiration for the filmmakers, ever since 'Nosferatu' was made about 100 years ago, and while most of the mainstream features like 'Twilight' are terribly underwhelming, Jim Jarmusch managed to come up with something fresh and original. Indeed, instead of the usual boring action scenes, you get here a fascinating and melancholic character study about some of these night creatures. Once again with this director, the soundtrack was just perfect and mesmerizing and, with Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton, he couldn't have found some better actors. To be honest, there were a couple of things that did bother me though. For example, how on Earth a vampire should be able to die like that? It seemed to be an odd choice. Furthermore, those vampires were apparently filthy rich and with such wealth, it shouldn't be really difficult to find some blood and, yet, they act as if they are going to die soon. Anyway, even though it was probably missing something to be truly amazing, I still thoroughly enjoyed it.
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People who added this item 709 Average listal rating (423 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9

Notes: Since I kept hearing some great things about this flick, I had some rather high expectations. First of all, I know it might sound silly, but I was actually a little bit confused by the location. Indeed, it was only during the last 30 minutes that I understood that they were not actually living in Greece but that they were there only on vacation. Anyway, that was certainly not a deal breaker. Basically, at last, Jesse and Céline were finally together and, in fact, when the film starts, they have actually been together for almost a decade and they even have 2 cute twin girls. So, you could think that all is well but, eventually, most of the romance is now gone and they spend maybe half of the movie arguing about various subjects. I know, it might sound disappointing for everyone who just wanted to see some spotless eternal love in their movies but, if you, like me, are craving for something more down-to-earth and realistic, then you will definitely love this flick. Indeed, by now, those characters have been so well developed (after all, we have spent 2 decades following their evolution as individuals and as a couple) and they are still fascinating to behold. On top of that, most of their thoughts and feelings are so relatable, especially if you are yourself in a long-term relationship with kids, and it made the whole thing even more meaningful to me.
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People who added this item 1558 Average listal rating (995 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1

Notes: Even though I heard it would be a tough watch, it still ended up being a massively depressing movie to watch. Of course, the horror displayed was tremendous but, above all, I thought this movie had a terrible mirror effect. Indeed, even though I’m somewhat optimistic and believe that men are usually good, this movie reminds you that men can be evil, especially to one another. Furthermore, I’m half Dutch and if the Dutch managed to become one of the richest countries in the world, in spite of the fact that it is actually a very tiny land, it is also because they made a fortune with slavery back in those days. So, there you are, centuries later after our ancestors have been brutalizing those poor African fellows so we could live a comfortable existence, we are here in a luxury movie theater with dolby surround looking back at the story of one black man who was basically daily tortured just so they could make a fortune. So, I felt pretty bad afterwards but movies are not always about entertainment, certainly not. Sometimes, it is there to remind you about the awful things that happen or happened and, therefore, this movie was incredibly valuable. To be honest, there were a few things that did bother me a little though. Somehow, the movie makes a point that the main character shouldn’t be there because he was born a free man but the idea is ludicrous. Born free or not, nobody should endure such treatment. Anyway, aside these minor flaws, it is a terrific drama and, for once, the Academy had it right.
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People who added this item 1920 Average listal rating (1324 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Gravity (2013)

Notes: After seven long years, Alfonso Cuaron finally came up with a new directing effort and, boy, it was definitely worth the wait. I got in a traffic jam (the Dutch national football team was playing the same evening at the stadium next door… Talking about a great timing…) in the pouring rain but I still managed to get a ticket in IMAX 3D way in the back but still a decent sit. It was totally worth it though. Indeed, what a spectacle! Eventually, it was easily one of the best movies I have seen in 2013 and, from a visual point of view, it was really impressive. Nowadays, almost all the blockbusters are released in 3D but it is actually a worthless gimmick used just to make you purchase an even more expensive ticket. Not here though. With ‘Avatar’, it must be one of the very few movies which properly used the 3D and it looked really terrific. Concerning the actors, I was rather surprised that they picked up Sandra Bullock but she did a great job, providing easily the best performance of her career. George Clooney had slightly less screen time but he gave a solid performance as usual. The only issue is that when you analyze everything that happens to the main character, it is actually pretty far-fetched but it was still a thrilling story in outer space.
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People who added this item 554 Average listal rating (343 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7

Notes: Back then, I had never seen a movie directed by Paolo Sorrentino and to discovered a new director made the whole thing even more intriguing. On top of that, I knew really nothing about this flick. Eventually, I have to admit it, it was a rather tough watch. What was actually about?!? Difficult to say… Middle-life crisis maybe? It is pretty obvious that Paolo Sorrentino tried to make a modern version of ‘La Dolce Vita’ but I’m not sure if his movie will be remembered in 50 years. I mean, right from the beginning, you have nothing really to hang on to, no plot whatsoever, just some random scenes following one after the other. I don’t necessarily need a plot but, then, I need then some really fascinating characters. There again, I didn’t care much for the characters, except for the lead, Jep Gambardella. Indeed, this guy was pretty cool, really smart but not a snob. Still, I liked the damned thing though. Indeed, it was visually quite exquisite with no static shots, constantly moving, and there was a great combination with the music. Basically, it is a rather enigmatic feature which doesn’t give you any answer and you are constantly on your toes trying to guess what the hell is actually going on.
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People who added this item 273 Average listal rating (153 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6

Notes: Even though many might think that this movie was dark and gloomy, since I was a little bit familiar with Andrey Zvyagintsev's work, I was expecting something actually even bleaker. I mean, it was still hardly a picnic, you don't really get a positive image of Russia as it seems that all the governmental workers are either incompetent or corrupt and most of the adult population seems to be half of their life completely drunk. Still, it was quite bearable and Zvyagintsev managed again to give some gorgeous shots and I thought that the directing was really solid. The actors did a fine job as well but, in my opinion, the wife's character was too ambiguous and eventually, you never really get the opportunity to understand her motivation behind her actions. I also had a hard time to get what the director was eventually getting at (apparently, it was a modern reworking of the Book of Job but since my knowledge of the bible is rather limited, I kinda missed that). Still, even though I still don't think I'm a huge fan of this director, it was definitely an interesting watch.
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People who added this item 373 Average listal rating (222 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
Selma (2014)

Notes: It has been a while since I have seen such an heartbreaking picture. Indeed, like everyone else, I do believe that Martin Luther King was one of the most inspiring human beings that ever lived and this movie was a great reminder on how difficult and sad his fight was. In fact, I thought the message delivered by this movie was now even stronger following the disaster represented by the victory of Donald Trump at the presidential election. Indeed, the main reason the guy actually won back then was because so many people didn't even bother give their votes and it is just infuriating when you think how hard some people, not only King but all the people supporting his movement, fought so hard so that everyone would be allowed to vote. Indeed, one of the great lessons giving by this movie is that the right to vote is not really in fact about chosing the best person to represent you, very often, it is in fact about preventing some really awful people to get elected and it certainly what should have happened with Trump. Anyway, I thought it was a great historical drama.
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People who added this item 1144 Average listal rating (830 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7

Notes: This movie turned out to be easily the smartest movie released in 2014. Indeed, even though it was visually quite appealing, it was above all the fascinating ideas developed in this picture that really appealed to me. As a matter of fact, just a few weeks before watching this movie, I saw a talk show on TV where they were saying that, indeed, some big companies like Google are currently investigating on AI and we should expect some major breakthrough in this area in the near future. In this movie, you could see already the issues we would have to face if we would come up with a very intelligent AI. For example, how could we know what an AI is actually exactly thinking? What would be its purpose in life, a concept we humans are constantly struggling with? And most important, what would be then our purpose? Still, there were only a couple of things that still bothered me though. First of all, even though Nathan seemed to be a genius, how come he didn't figure out that Ava was responsible for the powercuts? It was seriously pretty obvious. Also, why would Caleb believe every single thing told by Ava without finding anything slightly suspicious? Anyway, those were some small issues though as it was really a brilliant SF feature.
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People who added this item 1070 Average listal rating (685 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9

Notes: I actually already heard about this movie 6 or 8 before it was released and, of course, I was really intrigued by this concept but, to be honest, I didn’t expect it to be so amazing. I mean, sure, it is a very nice gimmick (shooting a movie over a period of 12 years starting with a boy at 6 years old until he reaches 18 years old) but a gimmick remains a gimmick unless you manage to do something great with it. Well, Richard Linklater certainly did something quite amazing here. Indeed, a traditional movie would give you a nice story, a great story if you’re lucky, but here they gave us a genuine slice of life. Of course, you could argue that they could have shot a documentary and you would have ended up with the same results but I highly doubt it. Indeed, for almost 3 hours, you spend more than a decade with these characters and even though nothing hugely dramatic happens, the whole thing was just spellbinding to behold.
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People who added this item 1395 Average listal rating (1059 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.5

Notes: In my opinion, it is basically some kind of dark version of 'Fame' mixed with a nail-biting thriller. Still, even though J.K. Simmons was really amazing, giving the best performance of his career, they went really far with this character. I mean, the guy was just downright awful and, at some point, I started to have a hard time believing that someone would accept to be treated like that. But, basically, that's the whole point of this movie, is it all really worth it? For most of the duration of this movie, the answer would be a resounding 'NO' and, then, they brought up this amazing ending with a music piece lasting almost 10 minutes with a solo drum of about 5 minutes. At that moment, you basically don't know anymore as the main character, also very played by Miles Teller, seemed to have reached another level of musical awesomeness, and then again, you start to think, maybe it was worth it after all. That's basically the tricky thing with Arts like music and cinema, even if you are a freaking genius, you still have to work with other people and many of these geniuses are famous to have treated their colleagues like garbage. That's maybe the problem in this case, you never really get to see exactly what makes Fletcher so amazing and it makes it harder to swallow his awful behaviour. And, yet, this ending made clear that both student and professor were chasing perfection but I guess we'll never know if they will ever be able to find it.
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People who added this item 1759 Average listal rating (1212 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1

Notes: To be honest, I always had a hard time with Wes Anderson. I mean, I always admired his work and his movies have always been visually impressive but I was missing something in his stories and I usually didn’t connect with them very well. Anyway, at last, with this movie, he finally nailed it. Indeed, he finally managed to mix his whimsical visual style and his hilarious characters with a very entertaining plot. To be honest, I still think I prefer ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ but this movie is definitely not far behind. Along the years, Wes Andeson has managed to get many interesting actors under his wings and it seemed that they all showed up for this movie. Indeed, every single character was played by some known figure and you might wonder if it was not really distracting but it actually worked out fine. Of course, Ralph Fiennes played the main character with a lot of gusto and he delivered once again a terrific performance. He is and remains one of the best actors of his generation and he was definitely one of the reasons why this movie worked so well. Still, at the end of the day, what was this movie all about? Nothing much, I’m afraid. But does it have to be? Not necessarily, especially when it is so entertaining.
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Notes: Through the years, the Academy has made some poor choices but, lately, I have to admit that they finally got it right and this movie was definitely a worthy winner. Eventually, I still think that 'Boyhood' was in fact a better choice but this flick was really not far behind and I liked it a lot. To be honest, I thought that the actual play was in fact about Birdman so I was expecting something slightly different but that wasn't a big deal, in the contrary. What we got here was a very smart, very well directed movie with some really impressive performances. Indeed, it was filled with some very long takes and you can imagine that it must have been rather daunting for the actors involved (apparently, Inarritu was actually eager to shot the whole thing in one single take but the actual merit of this rare technic is rather questionable if you ask me). For Inarritu, it is the crowning of an already impressive and pretty much flawless career and, for all the actors involved (Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts), it was a definitely a very high point in their career.
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Notes: Since I really loved ‘The Act of Killing’, I was of course really eager to watch Joshua Oppenheimer's directing follow-up, especially since it was some kind of sequel to ‘The Act of Killing’. Well, even though even it turned out be a more straightforward documentary than his previous directing effort, I was still really impressed and pretty much floored by the damned thing. In my opinion, this movie is such a deep dive into the human soul and it was just fascinating to behold. I mean, this genocide in Indonesia was just the stuff of nightmare and it pretty much gives us a glimpse of what might have happened if the Nazis wouldn’t have been defeated and would still be in power nowadays. Obviously, this tragedy has been a huge trauma for the Indonesian people and it was just so fascinating to see how the people interviewed were dealing with this. Of course, if it would have been a US fictional feature, there would have been some tears and people apologizing for their deeds but the end-result was here so much more complex. I mean, you could see on their face that, very deep down, they somehow were aware that something terrible actually took place but it was buried so deep under a huge amount of denial, propaganda, decades of brainwashing, gossip, fear,… You could even see the ripple effect it had on the children of the perpetrators but even the victims were struggling to deal with these events. Eventually, it is quite amazing that, from such a horror, the makers managed to deliver something so humanistic.
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People who added this item 185 Average listal rating (92 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1

Notes: With a running time of more than 3 hours, it was definitely a challenging watch and the fact that basically nothing much happened through the whole thing didn’t help either. At least, Nuri Bilge Ceylan did deliver a beautiful movie to look at but since the characters didn’t go really anywhere, it did become rather monotonous fairly quickly. So, what did the guy try to achieve with this rather overlong flick? In my opinion, it was some kind of character study dealing with emptiness and boredom. Indeed, at first, the main character seemed to be a soft-spoken educated and sophisticated man. However, it became obvious pretty quickly that the guy was terribly self-absorbed and had no connection with his community but not much more with his sister and his wife. I mean, most of the dialogues involved some seemingly intellectual conversations but, at the end of the day, it was only some platitudes and I’m not surprised that the director had been inspired by Russian literature. Of course, you could blame the main character but, in my opinion, his sister and his wife were not really much better. Indeed, they were both complaining about how boring and empty their life had become, mostly blaiming the main character for it, but it was rather dubious that their lives had been so difficult and, above all, they were not willing to do anything to really improve their situation. Concerning the main character, he spent most of his time trying to convince everyone around him of how important he was when, in fact, the only thing he pretty much did was aimlessly wandering around. Still, 3 hours was quite a long time to spend with some characters who were neither really likeable and/or interesting after all.
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People who added this item 247 Average listal rating (149 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8
Citizenfour (2014)

Notes: Like everyone else, I know who Edward Snowden is but, to be honest, when he came up with his big revelation, I wasn’t really surprised at all. I mean, with all this data available, it would be rather naïve to believe that most government organisations wouldn't be eager to tap into this huge source of information. I mean, I’m not saying that it is ok but I think it was just inevitable. Concerning this movie, it is quite striking to see Edward Snowden and the involved journalists discussing their plan just hours before releasing some of these highly classified documents. Still, even though Snowden tried to convince us that the whole endeavour was not about him, eventually, the guy still became a huge star. Eventually, you might wonder, if he didn’t reveal his identity so quickly, maybe the focus would have been set more on his quest than on himself. In fact, within only 3 years, Oliver Stone would make a thriller about all this and it was called ‘Snowden’ showing how the guy still got a lot of attention after all. Anyway, even if it didn’t really blow me away, it was still a really interesting documentary though.
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