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Top 10 best movies 2019

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Notes: Eventually, I think it turned out to be Tarantino's most challenging movie so far which is not necessarily a bad thing, in the contrary, but I wish this challenge would have been more rewarding. I mean, I really liked it but it just never left like a real home-run to me. Still, on a technical side, it was just a marvel to watch. Indeed, Tarantino went very far in the mood and the details to create a believable version of Hollywood at the time. On top of that, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio were both pretty good and I was above all impressed by DiCaprio who gave here actually one of his best performances. However, what the main point was probably the nostalgia that Tarantino has for this time and place but, if you don't share this feeling, well, there are so many references that you will either miss or even won't care at all. On top of that, even if it is something you probably should expect from this director, the whole thing was pretty random. Indeed, in 'Pulp Fiction', you had also such seemingly random mess but every single scene did end up being crucial, which wasn't really the case here. Still, I have to admit that I never saw coming the twist at the end as Tarantino used the same trick he did with 'Inglourious Basterds', rewriting history in the process, but I was actually pretty neat and it worked better this time around. Anyway, if it didn't completely won me over, it was still a really bold project, much more interesting than all these remakes, reboots and sequels that you get to see nowadays at the movie theater.
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Notes: Well, sure, I did like it but, to be honest, it was expecting something more mind blowing though. The first thing that disappointed me was that, after all the fuss about the addition of the mighty Captain Marvel in the mix during the last 2-3 years, I was amazed by how little impact she eventually had. Then, concerning the plot, when they killed off in 'Infinity War' Black Panther, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and the Guardians of the Galaxy, all characters with a planned sequel in the pipeline, it was obvious that they would find a way to 'cancel' what Thanos had done and they went for the time-travel gimmick. Not necessarily a bad idea, it was in fact really awesome to see these iconic characters going back to such iconic moments in the MCU, seriously, it felt as if they were doing some kind of medley of their greatest hits. However, the time-travel gimmick was still rather lazy and the whole thing became very much exposed to some massive plot-holes. At least, by killing off a huge number of characters in the previous installment, they didn't have to worry about 50 characters so the whole thing was much less messy than 'Infinity War'. Still, did Thanos and the Infinity Stones really require more than 5 hours of running time? I doubt it. However, pretty much like 'Infinity War', it was a massive blockbuster. Indeed, the action scenes were, as expected, really badass and the final battle was the biggest one I have seen since 'The Return of the King'. Above all, there was maybe a dozen of really emotional punches and it was an incredibly rewarding movie on this level, giving a proper send-off to the most important Avenger among other things.
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People who added this item 273 Average listal rating (156 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.4


Notes: For how long have I been waiting to see this movie? 10 years? 15 years? Indeed, when I was kid, I bought the comic-books with my brother, I really loved them, and when I heard that James Cameron would adapt them, it sounded really awesome. However, somehow, the guy got completely obsessed with 'Avatar' and it seemed that this project would be stuck in production hell forever. Fortunately, Robert Rodriguez came on board and even if he wouldn't have been my first choice as a director, I still wanted to check the damned thing, in spite of the negative hype it received even before it was released. Well, eventually, I have to admit it, it didn't turn out to be a masterpiece, but it was far from being a failure either and I enjoyed most of it. Indeed, even though it felt rather derivative by now, the world created was interesting enough and visually quite impressive but I wouldn't expect less from Cameron. Above all, they completely nailed the main character. Indeed, Alita was just as fascinating as she was in the comic-book. Not only the way she looked worked very well (the controversy about her big eyes turned out to be completely unjustified after all) but, above all, she was just so charismatic, complex, and completely faithfull to the comic-book. Concerning the story itself, it's a shame that they tried to adapt the first 4 comic-books as it turned out to be just too much material for 2 hours of running time. Still, in spite of it flaws, I think it was a rather faithtfull adaptation and it is definitely worth a look.
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Notes: The first thing I enjoyed was the choice they made to have the action take place in the 90’s. Indeed, it was a rather simple but effective way to focus only on this character without worrying about all the numerous other Marvel characters. On the other hand, I didn’t really get the link with this era and the main character though. Concerning Captain Marvel herself, they obviously took their distance from how sexy she has been represented in the comic books and they went for a more bad-ass approach which was not bad but, to be honest, I’m not sure if I was really convinced though. I mean, if you take the recent version of Black Widow or Wonder Woman, both Scarlett Johansson and Gal Gadot were lethal but also really sexy and it was something actually slightly missing with Brie Larson who was still charming though. Concerning the story itself, sure, origin tales are usually a drag but I thought that it was actually decent enough. To be honest, I didn’t really get what was exactly the deal with this conflict between Skrull and the Kree but the journey made by Carol Danvers was still quite entertaining.
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Notes: Eventually, it turned to be a decent watch, even if a running time of almost 150 mins was a little too much for me. Still, I have to admit that the dancers were all pretty awesome and I also loved the full marching band. However, I have never paid too much attention to Beyoncé’s career but, except for a few catchy tunes, to be honest, I didn’t care much for her songs. A small detail that bothered me was also the fact that they mixed both her Coachella shows which was at first rather confusing. I mean, seriously, within one single song, they might be switching 20 times between her yellow and pink outfits which was sometimes rather jarring. Furthermore, even if I did respect the ambition displayed and the hard work done from all the people involved, in my opinion, at the end of the day, she was still singing some pop tunes in some (very) sexy outfit. Of course, you might argue that her recent work is more social and political conscious but the focus on the way she looked rather clashed with this new approach. In the same way, during the rehearsal footage, they displayed how she basically starved herself after giving birth to her twins just to make sure she could show up at this concert as if it was such a great achievement but I had some doubts. Indeed, it might have been more powerful to show to the world that to be a mother and have the actual body of a mother instead of looking like a top model could be something she could be pride of and, in the process, giving a better example for all the girls and women looking up to her. Stil, the work done by Beyoncé and the 100s of people involved was quite impressive.
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Notes: Since I really loved ‘Nightcrawler’, I was really eager to see this new directing effort from Dan Gilroy once again starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo and the fact that it was directly available on Netflix was another reason to watch it straight away. Well, it turned to be something really ambitious, some rather weird mix of a satiric look on the Art business world with a surreal horror flick. Still, even though it was definitely some bold combination, I wasn’t completely blown away though. Indeed, I really liked to dive into this Art world which was quite fascinating and obnoxious at the same time thanks to a very strong cast but the horror stuff was never really interesting though. Basically, at best, it did feel like a ‘Twilight Zone’ episode but, at the end of the day, it was not so original after all and it was more like an average slasher flick. On top of that, it was also a distraction. Anyway, in spite of its flaws, I still enjoyed the damned thing, it was especially really neat to see Jake Gyllenhaal nailing another performance.
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Notes: Like anyone else who has a decent taste in movies, I have been anxiously waiting for ‘The Irishman’ but, suddenly, out of nowhere, Martin Scorsese released another movie and, of course, I had to watch it, especially since it was available on Netflix. To be honest, I have to admit that I did struggle a little bit to get into the damned thing. Indeed, even if I did grow up listening to his music thanks to my father, I have never been a huge fan of Bob Dylan and, to be honest, I find his aloof attitude actually slightly annoying. At least, the whole thing was really original as it was some kind of combination of a standard concert movie with a documentary but also a mockumentary. Indeed, there were apparently some fake stuff and it was slightly too bad that the whole thing with Sharon Stone properly never happened. As a result, everybody involved claimed that this project was something creatively amazing but, as far as I’m concerned, it did look like a mess and the mockumentary elements didn’t really help me to shake this feeling. Still, even if I wasn’t completely blown away, it was still a decent watch.
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Notes: Of course, like anyone else who has been faithfully following the MCU, I had to watch the final movie of the Phase 3. Well, unfortunately, even if it was still entertaining, it wasn't an improvement on the previous installment, I'm afraid. I mean, Tom Holland remains the best Spider-Man so far, he delivered once again a really solid performance and I really loved the vulnerability they brought to the character who, in spite of its great super powers, is just an average teenager who wants to simply hang out with his friends during the summer break. I also loved the idea of sending him and his class to a school trip in Europe. However, to be honest, the rest of the movie wasn't really strong though. First of all, sure, some of the avengers died or disappeared but, as we have all seen in 'Endgame', there are maybe 50 other super-heros out there and it didn't make much sense that Nick Fury would ask the help of the youngest and least experienced one for such a seemingly dangerous mission. Then, the whole plot around Mysterio was actually rather lame and it was rather disappointing that a fine actor like Jake Gyllenhaal would end up playing such a generic and rather boring villain. Furthermore, it was pretty obvious right from the start that there was something rather fishy about the guy and even though it was understandable that Peter Parker would fall for his act, it didn't make sense at all that Nick Fury would put so much faith in him. Eventually, Fury's bewildering lack of judgement was actually explained with a post-credit scene but this explanation was actually pretty lame after all. Anyway, to conclude, once again, Marvel had decided to end the year with something really light which was acceptable since they had just delivered their biggest movie so far so, in spite of its flaws, it was still a fun movie but I hope the next time around they will come up with something more substantial for their most iconic character.
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People who added this item 20 Average listal rating (16 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.3


Notes: First of all, Steven Soderbergh has a talent to find some very interesting subjects for his movies and this one was not an exception. Furthermore, he usually get some strong actors and André Holland delivered here another solid performance. I was also impressed by Zazie Beetz who, after seeing her in only 2 movies, is already shaping to become one of the most interesting actresses in the business. However, her character was actually a good example about what was wrong or, at leat, what was missing with this movie. I mean, Beetz was fine but, even though they tried to convince the viewers that this woman was super competent and talented, the only memorable thing she actually did during the whole thing was sleeping with their star basketball player. And, indeed, eventually, none of the characters, even the main character, was actually developed, in fact, even the whole thing actually felt rather half-baked. Still, it was a very interesting and seemingly realistic look on the business behind professional top sports and, at least, Soderbergh managed to focus on his subject until the very end (not like in ‘Unsane’ for example).
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Notes: To be honest, I really had no idea what to expect from this short movie but, of course, since I'm a huge fan of Paul Thomas Anderson, I was really eager to check it out. Apparently, it was commissioned by Thom Yorke to promote his new album of the same name. Anyway, first of all, I know that Netflix gets sometimes a bad rep but I think it's pretty awesome that they sponsor this kind of projects. However, was the damned thing really so amazing after all? To be honest, not really. I mean, it was visually interesting but I never thought it was anything mind-blowing. Concerning the music, I have to admit that I'm not really knowledgeable about Radiohead and Thom Yorke's work but, just like the visuals, I thought it was not bad but nothing really impressive. I also wonder if it was such a good idea to have also Thom Yorke playing the 'main' character. Still, only because the damned thing was so original, it gets some extra few points from me and it is definitely worth a look.
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