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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. He 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.
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, it 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.
Notes: To be honest, when I first heard about this movie, I can't say I was really excited but since I have always been a big fan of Pixar, I was still quite eager to check it out. Eventually, it turned out to be some kind of mix of 'The Good Dinosaur' with 'Coco' which somehow ended up more like 'Frozen' so it felt slightly derivative. Above all, I think the whole story was just too elaborate. Concerning the 'Frozen'-like ending, Pixar managed to land some major emotional punches like no one else can in the animation business. However, this development, the fact that the whole thing was eventually about the bond between the two brothers, did seem to come a little bit from nowhere and, therefore, even though it was powerful, it didn't feel really earned. Still, the animation was really nice, full of really neat details, and the whole thing was quite spectacular and simply just really fun to watch. On top of that, it is just so much more satisfying when Pixar comes up with something original than yet another sequel to one of their numerous classics which has been unfortunately their focus lately. Anyway, even if it won't belong to the best work of Pixar, it was still a fine watch.
Anelka: Misunderstood (2020)
Notes: Pretty much from the very beginning of his career, Nicolas Anelka was pretty much the black sheep of the French football, probably even more than Eric Cantona in the 90's. Obviously, with this movie, you get a pretty good summary of his 20 years career during which he played for more than 10 clubs in 7 different countries. Eventually, you might still wonder if the whole thing has not been a huge waste. I mean, on one hand, Anelka was very early on in his career on the verge of becoming the biggest player of the planet but he never fulfilled these expectations. On the other hand, following his retirement, you get to see him with his wife and kids living a quiet life in Dubai so was it all so bad after all? The point was that Anelka kept saying that he was a highly motivated professional but his behaviour of jumping ship every 2 years didn't display much motivation in my opinion. Concerning his behaviour outside the field, even if the makers tried to rehabilitate his image, he still seemed to be a guy who didn't give a f*ck about anything except for himself and, since football is a team sports, well, it's hardly surprising that it never really worked.
LA Originals (2020)
Notes: I have to admit that, before watching this documentary, I had actually never heard of Estevan Oriol or Mark Machado A.K.A. Mister Cartoon. Anyway, these guys were (and still are) definitely really cool and I especially loved Mr. Cartoon visual style, in fact, one of my tattoos was supposed to be in this Chicano style for, some reason, my tattoo artist at the time advised me to go into a different direction. Still, even though the material was really interesting, to be honest they didn’t go much further than constantly saying that these guys were great and super influential. Indeed, eventually, no offense to Oriol, I think he is great photographer but, as a film director, I have some doubts because this documentary was pretty neat but still missed some dramatic curve. I mean, the only thing slightly going in this direction was that, towards the end, Cartoon was still mighty successful while Oriol seemed to be somewhat struggling but this idea was barely developed so you might wonder why it was even mentioned. Eventually, in my opinion, this movie was a good example that, even if the work of an Artist can be amazing, it doesn’t mean necessarily that themselves or their lives are also fascinating.
Notes: Watching the damned thing made me feel even more guilty about the fact that I have never seen enough episodes of ‘Seinfeld’. Anyway, I always thought that Jerry Seinfeld was really funny and it was pretty neat to see him for the first time around doing a stand-up show like this one. Concerning the jokes themselves, to be honest, I thought it was pretty random and I think it would have been interesting if there would have been a specific theme through the whole show. For example, the best bits were about when he was talking about his life as a married man and, in my opinion, he could have done the whole show around this theme but it wasn’t a deal-breaker. Eventually, most of it was really sharp and funny and there were only a very few missers.
The Old Guard (2020)
Notes: Well, even though the concept was not bad, to be honest, it was nothing extremely original or interesting and it didn’t help that the characters spent half of the running time discussing themselves this concept. To make thing worse, the other half of the plot was about some evil scientist who wanted to kidnap them which was pretty much the most generic thing they could find. And, yet, the damned thing definitely had some potential. One thing really enjoyable was the constant melancholia displayed by this group of immortals. Indeed, Gina Prince-Bythewood chose this approach to show that even if these very special fighters were pretty badass, they were above all really sad and, if their body could easily heal, their soul never stopped hurting. Furthermore, Charlize Theron gave another really strong performance and, following her heralded work in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ and ‘Atomic Blonde’, she might even become another iconic action movie star if she keeps getting such juicy roles. Next to her, I was also really impressed by KiKi Layne, a young actress who apparently just started in the business a few years ago. Indeed, Layne always kept her cool next to a seasoned veteran like Theron and, as long as the movie was focusing on their characters, it was quite entertaining to behold.
All Day and a Night (2020)
Notes: It was definitely a decent watch but I’m afraid I had already seen too many similar movies which were vastly superior. Still, the makers definitely managed to describe a harsh and grim reality, a world where basically virtually no one can succeed, even the kid who joined in the army to get out of the hood. On the down side, I think they did overuse the mixed chronology though. I mean, some of the flashbacks did work, especially when the main character was just a small kid, but the back and forth in the present time before and after the murder was much less convincing. There was also the choice of making the main character rather unremarkable. On one hand, it made the whole thing more realistic and it was rather refreshing that, for once, the main character didn’t turn out to be someone with an exceptional talent who gets crushed by his merciless environment as it is very usual the case in this genre. However, on the other hand, it was rather difficult to root for a guy who didn’t have a lot of redeeming features. At least, the acting was strong thanks to some really solid performances by Ashton Sanders and Jeffrey Wright.
Notes: I would go as far as saying that it is, so far, the first satisfying blockbuster delivered by Netflix. Of course, it still doesn't mean that it was great as it was a rather low bar to attain but, still, it is a step in the right direction. Above all, the action scenes were just really badass. Obviously, there was the almost 12 minutes long take which was really neat but everything else in this area was just very convincing and quite entertaining. Unfortunately, the movie didn't have much else to offer, I'm afraid, and, at some point, the endless shoot-outs became rather repetitive. Above all, they didn't manage to really cover up the plot-holes in the story. For example, there was no real good reason why Ovi's father would jeopardise the job done by the rescue team trying to save his son. Furthermore, if the main character was interesting and convincing thanks to a really solid performance by Chris Hemsworth, the guy was unfortunately pretty much on his own and they struggled with the other characters. As a result, they tried to build up a relationship between him and Ovi but it didn't make much sense. Indeed, if Ovi would despise his drug baron father for killing so many people, why would he care so much for Tyler Rake who was a mercenary who killed who knows how many people in front of his very eyes? Anyway, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch.
Miss Americana (2020)
Notes: I’m not a huge fan of Taylor Swift but one of my colleagues told me this documentary was pretty good so, since it was available on Netflix, I though I might as well check it out. Well, to be honest, I really struggled to care about the damned thing. I have seen some similar documentaries on Netflix (‘Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé’ and ‘Gaga: Five Foot Two’) all about some artists I didn’t care much either but I’m afraid this movie was the least interesting of the bunch. I mean, sure, Taylor Swift is really cute and I have to admit that she seems to be really talented. However, even if the makers tried really hard to convince me, I still didn’t believe that she was such an interesting person after all. First of all, it had to do with her rather tedious clean-cut image and the fact that, for many years, she tried to make sure that she pleased pretty much everyone which, as a result, made her even more boring. A bigger issue was that they hammered the fact that she had to struggle so hard in her life but I just didn’t buy it. Seriously, her career was already launched when she was only 16 years, from then on, every single CD she released was a commercial success and it didn’t seem that she had to face some major tragedies (the closest thing was that the mother did get cancer but they spent only a few minutes on this matter). At least, the scenes during which you saw her writing her songs were pretty good but that was pretty much the only interesting thing about this flick.
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