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Added by johanlefourbe on 23 Jul 2020 02:01
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1001 Movies ... my own version (2020's)

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People who added this item 79 Average listal rating (49 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.6
Hamilton (2020)

Notes: To be honest, I have to admit that I was rather sceptical at first. Indeed, I have to admit that I had never heard of this musical of even of Alexander Hamilton himself before watching this flick. To make things worse, in general, I’m not a huge fan of musicals and the idea of watching 150 mins of non-stop singing with no straight dialogue whatsoever on a single stage didn’t sound really appealing to me. However, to my surprise, I really loved the damned thing. Indeed, right from the very first song, I was impressed by the lyrics and the singing skills of this crew and I was pretty much hooked. It did help that Lin-Manuel Miranda had some major hip-hop influence for his lyrics and it was rather surprising how well it worked within such an historical context. But the damned thing was not only seriously entertaining, it was educational and, within a little more than 2 hours, you get also some fascinating crash-course about a crucial period of the history of the United States. Eventually, this movie was also a great reminder that the USA as a country, in spite of its flaws and various mistakes, remains intriguing and, to go back to its foundations and focus on its most overlooked founding father was just so fascinating.
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People who added this item 79 Average listal rating (56 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.7

Notes: Even if I probably didn’t learn anything really new, it was still an intriguing documentary with a whole bunch of people much smarter than me. I have to admit that, at first, the content was fairly depressing and it slowly became even darker and, towards the end, it was pretty much the most nightmarish doomsday scenario that you could imagine. At least, I’m glad I’m part of the last generation which was born before the internet and the smartphones and, as a result, I don’t actually use any social media such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram so I didn’t really have to feel guilty while watching the damned thing. Still, as a parent, I became slightly worried for my youngest daughter though. Indeed, she is now 14 years old and pretty much spends all her free time on her smartphone so, to hear how hurtful it could be for her on so many levels was slightly distressing. Anyway, is the situation so bad after all? I mean, when I was growing up in the 80’s and the 90’s, people were complaining that we were watching too much television, then they were complaining that our video-games were just too violent,... On the other hand, in this case, the scale is actually here much bigger and the usage is also so much intense, it just never stops. Furthermore, there is also an actual conscious choice to actually manipulate the users which was never really the case with TV and video-games. Eventually, how will it all end? Difficult to say and, if you would believe some people, nobody even knows what is really actually going on anymore.
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People who added this item 289 Average listal rating (219 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.1
Soul (2020)

Notes: Well, the guys from Pixar have done it again. Indeed, they have produced yet another masterpiece. Of course, the animation was gorgeous, I wouldn’t expect less from them, and the jazz music was really sweet as well, but, above all, the depth of the story and the themes developed was just really impressive. You might argue that it might be too similar to ‘Inside Out’, Pete Docter’s previous directing effort, but I didn’t bother me. Basically, this movie was some kind of a mix of ‘Inside Out’ with ‘Coco’ and ‘Up’ with some body-switching as well. Regarding the body-switching thing, you can imagine that they could have made the whole movie about this (how many movies have been made around this concept?) and it would have been still fairly successful anyway. However, and that’s where the movie really stands out from the competition, they went just way beyond that. Basically, they tackled the biggest question ever which is ‘What is the meaning of life?’, even if both characters were not even aware of this quest and this journey was just quite spellbinding. I also really appreciate the fact that, even though the main character seemed to be a decent guy, he was also flawed which made him so much more human and identifiable. Basically, the damned thing was just fascinating to behold.
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People who added this item 117 Average listal rating (76 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
Mank (2020)

Notes: Unfortunately, even though I really admired the work done, to be honest, I can’t say I was really blown by the end-result though. I mean, as usual with David Fincher, it was visually really impressive and I loved the way he tried to reproduce the vibe of a movie from the same time period. Furthermore, Herman Mankiewicz was an interesting character and Gary Oldman gave another really strong performance. However, the first issue was already the fact that, beside Mankiewicz, none of the other characters were developed whatsoever. However, the biggest problem was that, even though this movie was obviously a passion project for Fincher (it was even written by his father years ago), it was interesting at best but never really fascinating, I’m afraid. In a sense, you could compare it to ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ which was basically Tarantino’s love songs to the end-60’s Hollywood, in this case, Fincher brought us back to the 1930's Hollywood with his meticulous attention to the details but, just like with Tarantino’s acclaimed opus, I just didn’t care much like they both did. Furthermore, concerning the conception of ‘Citizen Kane’, it didn’t go really deep after all. I mean, basically, Mankiewicz locked himself up in some lodge in the middle of nowhere and delivered one of the best screenplays ever written, that’s it. Anyway, even if I didn’t care much the material, it was still another fine directing effort by David Fincher.
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People who added this item 78 Average listal rating (56 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.5
Da 5 Bloods (2020)

Notes: Since his impressive come-back with ‘BlacKkKlansman’, I was quite eager to check Spike Lee’s following directing effort. Well, eventually, it turned out to be a more complex movie than his previous one which was nice but, as a result, I did struggle a bit to get a good grip on the whole thing. I mean, there was so much stuff going on, most of it was pretty good, but I wonder if it wasn’t maybe too much. On the other hand, if it would have been only about some vets going back to Vietnam to find some lost gold, something entertaining but fairly generic, it wouldn’t have been enough. There were also some rather bewildering artistic choices. For example, why did they keep the same actors to play themselves in the Vietnam war scenes instead of hiring some younger actors? Maybe it was to argue that they actually never left Vietnam which was probably the case for Paul? On the other hand, I’m glad he didn’t try to CGI them like they did for ‘The Irishman’. Indeed, even if Scorsese's movie was a critical success, the end-result never looked really convincing and Lee probably saved several millions of dollars this way. Still, the material was quite strong and certainly really topical regarding what’s going on in the world following the death of George Floyd. Finally, even if there were maybe too many characters involved, Paul did stand out and, in my opinion, Delroy Lindo probably gave here the best performance of his career.
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People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 7.5

Notes: To be honest, even though I did like this movie, I have to admit that I was actually expecting more from the damned thing. I mean, Dick Johnson seemed to be a great guy and I’m glad for Kirsten Johnson that she seemed to have such a great relationship with both her parents but I’m afraid I was never really grabbed by her movie. I was also not sure about the final act. It’s not that I thought it was shocking, it’s more that it all felt rather misleading to me. I mean, Kirsten Johnson might argue that she made this movie to help her father to prepare for the end of his life but I think it was pretty obvious that he did it more as a favour to her then actually for himself. In fact, in my opinion, this project was made partially out of a sense of guilt from Kirsten Johnson who mentioned that she didn’t have any footage of her mother when she was still Alzheimer free. As a compensation, she then decided to make a full-length feature focusing on her father before he became seriously demented. Still, there is no denying that the damned thing was really original, in fact, it was a unique picture, and only therefore, it gets some extra points from me.
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People who added this item 118 Average listal rating (87 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8

Notes: I wish had a better knowledge of the historical background and of all the protagonists involved before watching this movie. Indeed, during the first 15 mins, there was so much information to digest, so many names to remember, I have to admit that I did struggle to get a good grip on the damned thing. Fortunately, as soon as the trial began, it became much more straightforward. In fact, it was probably one of the most incredible but also ridiculous trials I have ever seen. In my opinion, it was another proof of how actually rigged the American judicial system was and actually still is. Indeed, I believe that, before any US trial even starts, most of the time, the accused is actually considered as guilty or innocent solely based on their economical, social, racial and, in this case, political background. Of course, you have tons of American movies showing some nail-biting trials during which you wonder what the outcome might turn out to be but the reality is much more predictable and disheartening, I’m afraid. I have noticed that Sacha Baron Cohen was praised for his performance and he was indeed really good but, in my opinion, he stood out mostly because he had the most and probably the only really multi-layered character. That’s the tricky thing when you have 7 accused (plus Bobby Seale) and 2 hours of running time, as a result, except for Abbie Hoffman and maybe Tom Hayden, all the characters were defined with 1 or 2 scenes and were reduced to one specific character stroke. Anyway, even if it didn’t completely blow me away, it was still a solid watch though.
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People who added this item 248 Average listal rating (184 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.1

Notes: To be honest, I still think the concept was really flimsy but there is no doubt that Leigh Whannell made the most of it. Indeed, in spite of its title which was there only for some marketing purposes, he basically made the ultimate stalker movie and the fact that the guy had the possibility of becoming invisible was eventually almost an afterthought. Well, I have never been a huge fan of the stalker genre but what made this movie still work was above all another fearless performance by Elisabeth Moss. Indeed, from the very beginning, her character was just so completely strung out and only became worse as the movie moved along. In this genre, they usually shows the main character has being terribly strong and resilient but, here, they put much more focus on the psychological turmoil experienced by this woman and, combined with a strong performance from Moss, it was really compelling to behold. However, this movie still followed the rules of the genre and, during the 3rd act, the main character completely changed and became some kind of super vigilante. It was not really surprising but not only it vastly contradicted the rest of the movie, it was above all hardly satisfying. Anyway, even if it was not really ground-breaking after all, it was still a decent thriller.
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People who added this item 81 Average listal rating (58 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8

Notes: To be honest, I took me a while to get into this movie and I guess it mostly had to with the fact that the plot was actually really generic and predictable. And, yet, it still managed to grab me at some point. Indeed, even if it wasn’t the darkest Western I have seen, the tone was still quite sad and I think that’s why the two main characters eventually bonded, not necessarily because they were kind to one and another but because they shared a deep sorrow. What made this even more interesting was that their pain and sorrow actually echoed the pain and sorrow experienced by the whole nation at the time including the Indians, the settlers, the black slaves, the Civil war veterans and the South in general. In my opinion, these two characters were fairly well developed and even though it was obvious the kid needed the captain to move forward, he also needed her to be able to face his past. Eventually, the whole thing did end on a hopeful note but I think it also echoed how, in spite of a very rough start, the USA as a nation still became a world leader, whether you like it or not.
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People who added this item 61 Average listal rating (44 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7

Notes: To be honest, I have to admit that I was at first not really interested as I expected it to be another predictable vintage flick about Blues. And, indeed, during the first scene, you get to see Ma Rainey and Levee performing on stage, the tension between them was just so obvious and the whole thing seemed to be about a talented jazz musician and his jealous band leader. Fortunately, it went just way deeper than that and, at the center, you had Chadwick Boseman who not only delivered his very last performance but, actually, the very best performance of his tragically short career. To think that the guy was in the middle of his battle against cancer will working on his movie was not only quite mind-bkowing but also did add another tragic layer to this tormented character. Indeed, at first, Levee might seem to be another cocky trumpet player but he turned out to be so much more complex. Basically, even though the guy had some skills and seemed to be confident, he had been also heavily traumatised by life in general and, if you expect this movie to end up with a glorious happy-ending with Levee becoming the next Jazz sensation, you will be quite disappointed. In fact, while all the black characters were constantly cracking jokes, you could feel that under the surface, they were actually all some damaged goods and they were actually almost constantly functioning in survival mode. Concerning Viola Davis, she gave here also another strong performance but even though this woman was just as complex as Levee was, I think she didn’t get enough running time to fully develop her character. Anyway, the damned thing turned out to be much more interesting than I expected and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you want to see Chadwick Boseman shining one last time.
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Notes: Well, as usual with Charlie Kaufman, it turned out to be an extremely challenging movie. Basically, it is the kind of movies where nothing seems to be what it might seem to be. For example, something as simple as the name of the main character was changed various times on purpose. On top of that, the whole thing started pretty much as a rather bleak and gloomy affair and there was at first not much chemistry with this couple. However, the fact that they were both extremely articulate and much smarter than me slowly made them quite appealing to me. And who was this girl Jessie Buckley?!? I had never seen her before, she pretty much came out of nowhere, but she really impressed me and I will definitely check her other movies whenever I have the opportunity. Eventually, sometimes, this movie did feel like watching a very long episode of ‘The Twilight Zone’ and to be honest, I don’t think I understood half of the damned thing. Especially during the 3rd act, when they started to dance in this school, they pretty much lost me. Eventually, what was Kaufman trying to achieve with this tale? However, even if I never fully grasped the damned thing, the fact that it made me think and wonder was well worth a few extra points.
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People who added this item 120 Average listal rating (88 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Another Round (2020)

Notes: To be honest, it took me a while to get the damned thing. Indeed, not only I was expecting a very light comedy but I’m not a huge fan of alcohol in general. However, if it might seem to be only about a group of four rather pathetic guys who decides to get drunk because they are all stuck in some kind of middle-crisis, it went actually way beyond that. Indeed, many might make the mistake of thinking that this movie was about drinking but, in fact, it was a movie about living. Basically, life can be incredibly dull and monotonous and, if you’re unlucky, it can be terribly tough and full of hardship. Eventually, the only way to live a full life is through experiences and experiments. Basically, from time to time, we should all try to get outside this tiny little box that society has given us, to go against the rules, to push our boundaries, or simply do something rather foolish because otherwise what’s the point? Of course, as displayed in this movie, it can be hazardous or even dangerous (eventually, one of them died and two nearly broke down their family in the process) but, at least, they tried something instead of going through the motions until the very end. When the movie started, the main character didn’t drink because it was the reasonable thing to do, he didn’t want to dance and was incredibly sad. At the end, at least, he was having fun with his students (something unthinkable a while back) and he was dancing again, even if he still looked sad. Eventually, even though it might seem to be a rather silly movie promoting excessive drinking, it turned out to be a really life affirming picture, something we desperately need in this time of worldwide crisis.
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People who added this item 155 Average listal rating (108 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4
Nomadland (2021)

Notes: First of all, What a year for Chloé Zhao! She was supposed to release her first huge blockbuster with 'Eternals'. However, because of the Coronavirus pandemic, it was postponed until late 2021 but, in the meantime, she managed to make and release this much smaller indie feature which turned out to be one of the most talked about movies during the awards season. On top of that, I have always been fascinated by such alternative lifestyles so I definitely had some rather high expectations. Well, even though I thought it was indeed a beautiful movie with another pitch-perfect performance from Frances McDormand who’s apparently challenging Meryl Streep for the title of best actress alive, to be honest, it didn’t really blow me away though. Of course, you could argue that nothing much really happened through the whole thing but it didn’t really bother me. It might have to do with the fact that, even though McDormand was brilliant through the whole thing, even though her character went through some life changing events, she didn’t seem to really evolve after all. Eventually, the biggest issue was maybe the fact that every single person on the road was just so freaking nice. I mean, I have to admit that this lack of conflict was refreshing but, to be honest, it seems rather unlikely that none of them had a bad bone whatsoever. Eventually, even if it was unintentional, it did turn the whole thing into some kind of commercial for the nomadic lifestyle. Still, even though I wasn’t completely sold, it was quite fascinating to see these people taking some distance from our rather decadent capitalistic way of life and seeming pretty happy in the process.
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People who added this item 85 Average listal rating (59 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5

Notes: I have to admit that I didn’t know much about Fred Hampton and it was really neat to learn more about this inspiring guy. Indeed, that he had accomplished so much and that he had reached such wisdom at such a young age was just really impressive and it would have been interesting to find some actors who were actually around the same age of their characters (Indeed, Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield were both at least 10 years older than their characters). Still, there is no denying that Kaluuya and Stanfield both delivered such strong performances, they were both quite pitch-perfect and seriously spellbinding to behold. So, the whole thing was strong and delivered an important message in the process and, yet, it was still missing something to completely win me over though. First of all, even though it was dealing with a really interesting story, the whole thing was still rather predictable. Indeed, from the moment you see Bill O'Neal meeting FBI agent Roy Mitchell for the first time, everything else happening afterwards was hardly surprising. I wonder also if it wouldn’t have worked better if it would have been more nuanced. Indeed, even with the most controversial black character, Bill O'Neal, they displayed a lot of compassion (basically, the guy was pressured by the FBI to work for them) whereas most of the white characters didn’t get the same curtesy. I mean, Martin Sheen was praised for his performance playing some kind of monstruous version of J. Edgar Hoover but, to be honest, it was borderline caricatural. Anyway, even if it was maybe not a masterpiece, it was still a fascinating tale with 2 awesome performances.
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People who added this item 58 Average listal rating (38 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.1

Notes: This movie has been compared with 'Slumdog Millionaire' and, while the comparison is understandable, I still think that both movies were vastly different. Well, even though I did like the realistic approach chosen by Bahrani, I still think that the opening scenes were rather misleading. Indeed, I assumed that Balram, with his wit and intelligence, would manage to find something brilliant to make a fortune but, instead, we find out that he was actually after all a petty thief who became rich only after murdering his master. Of course, it did follow the realistic approach chosen for this movie but, as a result, it was rather difficult to root for the guy. In fact, this critic could be also extended to the other characters as they were all rather common and average after all. Indeed, you might think that Ashok and his wife Pinky were better than the rest as they seemed to be gentler and more respectful towards Balram. However, they eventually represented the modern Western attitude which is to show a polite front and be always politically correct, when in fact, we are all in fact extremely selfish and self-centred. Still, even though the whole thing might be really dark and pessimistic, I did appreciate that they didn't put any gloves on and displayed that, if you are born on the wrong side of the tracks, becoming a criminal might be eventually the only option you have to really improve your future.
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People who added this item 113 Average listal rating (82 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.7

Notes: To be honest, when I first heard about this flick, I have to admit that I wasn’t really interested but since it had received some really solid reviews, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, first of all, the animation was really neat and, as usual with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the whole thing was really daft but, fortunately, it worked much better than the terribly disappointing ‘America: The Motion Picture’. Indeed, what I enjoyed the most were the Mitchells themselves. Basically, their masterstroke was to manage to give us some characters who were terribly ordinary but who they were still quite charismatic and, above all, really entertaining. It’s such a tricky balancing act, to deliver such average characters who were most of the time pretty stupid and borderline obnoxious and, yet, I actually cared for them because they were so relatable and actually quite endearing. Seriously, there were a couple of heartfelt scenes who actually reminded me of some of the best work from Pixar and that’s definitely meant as a completement. Concerning the whole invasion by the machines, well, it was not bad but it was also terribly pedestrian and it was pretty obvious that this whole generic story was there just to give the Mitchells something to do. Eventually, it’s too bad they couldn’t find something else more interesting to keep this group of great characters busy but, fortunately, it wasn’t a deal breaker though.
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People who added this item 33 Average listal rating (25 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.9

Notes: To be honest, I have to admit that that I’m not really familiar with Bo Burnham’s work. Indeed, I did see his directorial debut, ‘Eighth Grade’, but that was pretty much it though. Well, this was something completely different but it was definitely quite a massive artistic tour-de-force. Indeed, while we were all stuck at home (myself, I have been working from home for more than a year and who knows when it’s going to end?), Burnham made this comedy special completely on his own in this little room but it was impressive how creative he still managed to be. Indeed, the guy was most of the time quite hilarious and, even though more than half of the duration was filled up with some songs, I actually enjoyed those which I didn’t really expect. As the weeks go by, even months, you see his hair and beard growing and he is basically telling the viewers that his mental state was actually deteriorating and you hope that it is an act so you can keep smiling but it might have been genuine after all. In this case, the whole lockdown didn’t have much impact on my lifestyle but many people did suffer severely mentally from this ‘new normal’. Even the room itself becomes some kind of character and you might wonder if its mess might reflect Burnham’s own state of mind.
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People who added this item 121 Average listal rating (87 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 0
Luca (2021)

Notes: As usual with Pixar, the damned thing was just so gorgeous to look at and, especially during this pandemic during which many of us spent hours even days cloistered in our homes, it was really neat to spend some time in such a cute Italian village from the 50’s/60’s. Then, at the centre of this tale, you had this beautiful friendship between these 2 boys who were basically lonely and it was just really neat and relatable to see them having so much harmless fun during some kind of summer holiday. Seriously, it was probably the most beautiful relationship delivered by Pixar since the love story in ‘Up’ involving Carl Fredricksen and his wife. So, it was really closed to be a homerun, once again for Pixar and, yet, something was still missing though. Eventually, in my opinion, the only thing that really prevented the damned thing from maybe being a masterpiece was the fact that these boys were some sea-monsters. It’s not that this aspect of the story really bothered me, it’s just that, in my opinion, it didn’t add anything really interesting to this really sweet bromance. Sure, it probably made the whole thing more appealing for the young kids but I more used to get this kind of gimmicks from Disney and not from Pixar. Anyway, it was still a beautiful tale.
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Notes: To be honest, even though I had heard about the college admissions scandal, I didn’t really know in details what exactly happened back then so I was quite curious to learn more about this story. Well, the process of re-enacting what happened might seem rather cheesy but the fact that all or most of the dialogues were based on some actual wire tapes from the FBI made this approach actually really effective. However, if the testimonies of (real?) students were understandable as it was the only way to include them in this tale, it didn't work so well, I’m afraid. Furthermore, I wish we did learn more about Rick Singer (how awesome it would have been if the guy himself had given an interview for this documentary?) but nobody really knew him after all so the way they handled him was better than speculating too much. On the other hand, even though Singer was obviously the mastermind behind this scam, plenty of people involved such as the parents, coaches and other people working at the top of the colleges hierarchy were also guilty so I’m not sure if it was really fair to put so much focus on him. Of course, the guy was basically a con artist but, eventually, he simply found a loophole and used it but he never really forced the parents to use this strategy. It was also so interesting that while the whole thing should have displayed how f*cked up their system has become, it actually made the Ivy league colleges become even more in demand somehow. They also argued that it was incredible that white rich people would take this length to fraud this system but I believe most people, black or white or yellow, if they have the financial means, would do pretty much anything as long as they believe that they won’t get caught.
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People who added this item 135 Average listal rating (103 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 7.4

Notes: Even if it won’t become one of Disney's most memorable features, I thought it was still really enjoyable though. Indeed, I always had a weak spot for their exotic fairy tales (see also ‘Mulan’ or ‘Moana’) and the damned thing was just so gorgeous to look at but, at this point, I wouldn’t expect less from these guys. It was also neat to see a Disney animated features with so many strong female characters such as Raya herself but also Namaari who was definitely one of the most badass Disney characters I have seen. Concerning Sisu, Awkwafina was just pitch-perfect to voice this character and she was, as usual, often really funny. However, I wish they did develop more her character but I guess it’s something that could be said about all the characters involved in this tale. Concerning the story itself, to be honest, it was rather generic and predictable but I thought it was still entertaining enough though. Eventually, the only issue I had was that the whole thing was too short in my opinion. Indeed, even though the movie is advertised as being near 2 hrs, there is actually almost 20 mins of end-credits, Anyway, during her quest, Raya has to visit 4 different parts of this fantasy world which was pretty neat but, because of the rather short running time, each time again, the action was just so rushed. Indeed, her quest was really epic and gave her the opportunity to visit each corner of this world and, eventually, you might wonder if a full-length feature was actually the right format for this tale. Anyway, all in all, it was a really solid Disney animated feature.
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Notes: To be honest, I have to admit that I had actually never heard of the Harlem Cultural Festival that took place in 1969 but I’m not the only one. Indeed, while Woodstock became the most famous festival that ever took place, this festival was actually largely forgotten, at least, by the mainstream audience. What was even more surprising was that they actually did film everything but it took a staggering 50 years before someone finally released the damned thing. Apparently, back then, nobody cared about spreading this magnificent piece of Black power, love and creativity which was basically censored in spite of its actually very positive message. Concerning the festival itself, I have to admit that I didn’t know about half of the performers but it didn’t matter and they were all really good. The fact that appearing on this stage meant so much for them really transpired in their performances which were very often quite electrifying. Eventually, the only thing that prevented this movie from becoming really epic was the fact that they reduced 40 hours of footage to only 2 hours. I mean, the documentary about Woodstock was lasting 3 hours for a reason and I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have had the same impact if it would have been shorter. In this case, with an extra hour or even more, they could have fleshed out even more some of the performances or some portraits of the artists and people involved. Still, it wasn’t a deal-breaker and the damned thing was really awesome to behold.
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People who added this item 210 Average listal rating (130 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.9
Black Widow (2021)

Notes: At last… After waiting for maybe 18 long months, we were finally able to watch a new MCU film. In fact, I have to admit that I expected the damned thing to be some origin story about Black Widow (which it still was, somehow) but it actually turned out to be some kind of side mission the character handled around the time of ‘Captain America: Civil War’. Well, to be honest, this mission was not really fascinating and, eventually, the whole thing felt like some box they checked so they could argue that this most beloved character did have a solo feature. I mean, it’s probably the least impactful movie in the grand scheme always involved in the seriously intricate MCU and this great character probably did deserve better. Still, once again, Scarlett Johansson was pretty awesome, she did kick some serious ass and it’s a pity we probably won’t see her again playing this character. However, I shouldn’t forget to mention that Florence Pugh who also nailed another pitch-perfect performance here. Seriously, this girl showed up around 5 years ago and she is by far already one of the most interesting actresses at work nowadays. Eventually, all the scenes involving the two lethal assassins were just seriously entertaining. The scenes involving the reunion of Black Widow with her ‘fake’ family were also pretty neat but it’s a pity that pretty much everything else was so generic though. Eventually, I still think that the whole side-mission thing was a poor choice and, eventually, it was pretty obvious that they followed this path just to make sure that, even if we might have lost the original Black Widow, well, now we can move on with her badass little sister as a possible replacement. The problem with this approach was that basically nothing else really mattered.
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Notes: Even if it turned out to be a solid documentary, to be honest, I didn’t feel I learned anything really new. Furthermore, I was hoping that they would tell us more about the origins of crack. How did they come up with this idea? Where did it all start? Furthermore, it seems that they tried to cover too much ground and the whole thing seemed rather scattered. Finally, I thought there were some contradictions a couple of times. For example, at some point, they were critical about the fact that the cops didn’t do anything to stop the drugs in their community but, then, 30 mins later, they were complaining that the very same communities were flooded with some special police task forces to take care of this issue. In the same fashion, they described in rather colourful details how the American Black women would do pretty much anything to get their crack doses but, later on, they complained that the same women got a bad rep about their drug usage. And, yet, there is no denying that the material was quite powerful though. Indeed, it was still quite revolting to see that the so-called ‘war on drugs’ which was a huge topic throughout the 80’s and the 90’s was actually pretty much used as a PR tool to boost the reputation of all the US presidents in power at the time. In the meantime, the US black community was completely devastated and, basically, nothing was done at the time or nowadays to help them out to recover from this disaster (except putting at least 1 million of black folks in jail) and you could say that they never really recovered from the blow.
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People who added this item 36 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5

Notes: To be honest, I’m rather surprised that this movie has mostly received some poor reviews (only 53 Metascore) since I really enjoyed the damned thing. First of all, I have to admit that I had never heard of Mohamedou Ould Slahi before but it probably allowed me to enjoy more this movie. Indeed, this lack of knowledge did allow me to appreciate the approach they chose by not showing right away if Mohamedou might be guilty or not as it remained rather ambiguous, at least, during the 1st half. Eventually, just like the defence and the prosecution, we slowly discover that Mohamedou might not only be innocent but that the US army actually never heard had any proof against him at all even though they kept him captive for years and even tortured to him to achieve some baseless and ridiculous confessions. Of course, you might argue like many critics that it was actually nothing new but I don’t agree. Indeed, they are actually still 40 prisoners in Guantamo Bay right now and this movie displayed in a powerful way how the US, in spite of their incredible resources, waged a senseless war on terror by terrorizing 1000’s of innocent people themselves. The fact that Kabul and Afghanistan in general has just fallen back under the Taliban regime after 20 years of US occupation made this movie even more topical. At least, even if the reviews were rather harsh, everybody seemed to agree that Tahar Rahim delivered another strong performance here and the guy was indeed pretty much pitch-perfect.
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