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Jaques, the Explorer
If like me you were just periphically aware of Jaques Cousteau, this movie will you an insight. To the man, to the dreams and to his accomplishments, against all odds and all that. I mean some of the dialog (which may or may not be exaggerated) with film producers is just (comedy) gold. But you can see why they only had profit in their mind and he was out there for a different purpose. Now he was able to move his goals/dreams or make them bigger, by thinking outisde the box (no pun intended).
The movie is in french but there are quite a few scenes that are also in english. The main thing is, we get an insight into how he became who many got to know or read upon later on. Also an "influencer" as some might call him nowadays. An inspiring movie, that tells us to reach for the stars or the bottom of the sea - whichever is closer to your heart!
Discovering Bigfoot (2017)
Where's the bigfoot?
According to the filmmakers: the is the bigfoot - where? There - can't you see? You can't? Well then you are not alone. While there is "evidence" it is not conclusive. Not to mention that it is doctored or fuzzy. The only question I had: was this meant to be a mockumentary? But most indicators were not pointing that way and it looks like someone just made this to get attention and maybe even money for their scam tours.
Most want to believe there is a bigfoot and let's keep it real, there are so many things still out there we have not explored or even seen yet, nothing is out of the realm of possibilities. Unfortunately this hoax of documentary is not a step in the right direction, feeding us little snippets, but being nonsensical and not coherent overall. Don't waste your time - unless you're having a worst documentary party with some friends ...
Surfer boy (and girl)
Maybe not a movie some may expect - from Japan or Kitano for that matter. But that is what makes Kitano so versatile. I first came in contact with him with his violence side/movies. Some of my friends knew him from Takeshis Castle (a TV show that is quite mental). But there is also this dramatic side to him, that is slow and silent (and even philosophical, though that can also be said about his Yakuza movies).
So whether you know him or not, may play a role in how you perceive this. He is not leading in front of the camera in this, but he really has the pace down - which as described above is quite slow. Do dreams come true? Can our protagonist juggle his job and his passion (plus love life)? This and more in the adventures of ...
No it's not about any sport - if that was not included in the Box Set I bought I might not have known from the title alone what this would be about. But I reckon someone very knowledgeable about Psycho does know - if you don't or haven't seen Psycho: do not read on! And of course do not watch the documentary. Because the title of the documentary is of course something that is attached to a very special scene in Psycho.
And I'm talking about the shower scene. It may seem weird to make a documentary just about one scene in one movie (and it not even being the big twist at the end of the movie), but here it is. And it is a really good one. A lot of filmmakers and actors are in this and they talk about Psycho but also about Hitchcock in general. So you get some of his other movies mixed in here, while again primarily focussing on the shower scene. And it is a great one - still getting people excited or afraid. And when the actress from back then says she never showered again (true or not, only she knows), it's just amazing ...
The Psycho Legacy (2010)
Get your Psych(o) on
Now this is not just about the first Psycho - but kind of neglects the Bates Motel movie - and that is not really a bad thing, because the less that is said about that, the better. Especially because it leaves time to talk about the "real" movies. The ones with Anthony Perkins in them. And just in case you didn't know: The documentary you are about to watch (if you are reading this to make up your mind), will spoil the Psycho movies.
So the big spoiler in the first Psycho is revealed. The McGuffin of casting and of course of the poster and really something very ingenious, that I didn't want to talk about in my review of Psycho itself. Here are quite a few directors that were directly influenced by Hitch and Psycho itself. And it is a great movie - and one of the first that was very strict on the no spoilers rule. Now they also had a no one is admitted after the movie started rule - not sure if they upheld it everywhere but it makes for a good story and something the interviewees seem to remember fondly.
Now since Psycho 2-4 are also discussed, you will get some interesting ideas. And also interestingly enough some riffs. So the makers of that sequel didn't like that sequel. Which might explain why a few things didn't really make sense time line wise. Only Halloween has been more all over the place when it comes to different versions (or realities/alternate timelines). It's really a powerful documentary and if you are a fan, there are still some nuggets you will find here
Now the premise for making this in the first place was that young people now (then) did not know what Psycho was and never saw it. To back that up there are even interviews from that time to show us ... people with limited movie knowledge. And while there are certainly still people out there who haven't seen the original, I would suggest to them to do just that, before watching this remake right here.
The thing is, that the director cares very much about Hitchcocks Psycho, and while it has been said it is a shot for shot remake - it does deviate a few times and the camera angles are not always the exact same. But they are close enough to wonder if it was necessary. So the question is out there and it is very valid. Even if the director and two of the stars see if differently in their audio commentary.
Now since the source material is so good, the movie itself isn't really that bad. So if you try to judge outside the "bubble" (if possible), then you can see what was there. The thing is that Perkins was just pitch perfect as Norman Bates - and while I really like Vince Vaughn (and it's nice to see him in something different than just his usual comedic schmuck routine, which I also love), he could never substitute that performance. He did the best he could and that's one of the reasons why I don't think this is the worst movie ever.
But again, if possible watch the original, despite all the stars that came to make this movie.
Bates Motel (1987)
Now if you are here because you heard about a TV show ... well this is not it! And I can't even tell you if there are any similarities at all (though I highly doubt it) with the TV show. This movie was made in the 80s and it had as premise that Norman Bates was no more. Now one has to assume that you are aware of the Psycho Legacy and the movies overall.
Having said that, the movie tries to be light and fun and have a good time. Unfortunately it fails on almost every front. Comedy is in the eye of the beholder and I guess if you into this with a very low expectation bar - you might actually have quite some fun with it - if not which will be the case mostly - not so much. It's a shame, because the idea was not really bad, but then again making fun of Bates and his ... history. The final nail in the coffin? No pun intended
So little, so much
Being repressed and not being allowed to express your love is something you normally would not wish upon anybody. Or any normal/sane person should feel that way, no matter their relationship or feelings towards other individuals. Having said that, one may argue there is not much "story" in this one - but does it really need to have more? We're talking about a love story - a forbidden one at that.
The well known female actresses go the extra mile emotionally even if not nudity wise. But even so, there is more passion and feelings here than in some other movies that do show skin. So if you don't mind love in all places and faces, this is a very good movie. Acting wise top notch and very well told, does not miss a beat
Dark Angel (1990)
You may consider this a classic and you wouldn't be alone with that sentiment. There are some very nice effects here, even if you can spot or rather guess how they did some of the stuff (like the blade attached to the camera and other things).
Dolph Lundgren has fun and it is a nice buddy comedy. There is action and while not everything in this has aged well, the movie is quite some fun to watch. And while one major comeback line gets spoiled in the trailer, it is still delivered in a very nice fashion. And you will be waiting for Dolph to deliver it (it does take a while and it makes sense that it is towards the end). Stunts are ok and this is does not pull any punches (actually one of the kicks even landed as Dolph himself admitted in the interviews, because the other actor did not hit his mark - no pun intended) ...
Who knew, that Jack Black was in this? Well I reckon those who had watched it and remember of course. Now we get new actors again - in the same roles/characters. But the father seems to move and so is the audience. Well we are supposed to. This is quite the mess - and while small children may find redeemable comedy in it, overall this never achieves any heights the second movie had, never mind the first one.
So if you can get behind a story that is so simple and characters doing terrible things for no apparent reason and cliches abound ... well do I need to tell more? Still the flavor of the Never Ending Story does a bit of magic (no pun intended) and the puppet work still works ...
So the original is a classic and people really love it (deservedly so) - but with almost everything that is succesful, you will get at least one sequel. And it should have stayed at one sequel to tell you the truth, but more about part 3 elsewhere. This one takes the story where we left off, but has different actors in the same roles - which makes sense because many years had passed but they wanted to still have kids in the main roles.
So while this does not hold up to the first one, this is a decent effort overall. As an adult you can see where this is going, but for some kids this may still work. So it is the audience that matters a bit when watching this. There are character traits and downfalls and the puppet work is exceptional again. There are worse movies out there for sure
I guess Housemaids can have more than one use. And they can also have ulterior motives - but does the one employed here have one? And who wants what from whom? And who is to blame for what, that has been done by whom to which other person? There are quite a few questions and you'd be excused if you think of this as convoluted.
Or if you dig a story with lots of characters, that seem to act crazy, you will cherish this. It all leads to an inevitable if very strange ending - something that I don't think everyone will get behind or understand for that matter. But it does make (crazy) sense - even if it leaves so much open for interpretation ...
À trois on y va (2015)
Or who's loving who ... the movie is actually clear on that. Sort of - because while we have the "normal" relationship, we also have hidden ones too. And one may be clear from the start (forbidden, yet so strong) and the other seems to develop. And in the middle of all this, a woman who loves being loved. Can you blame her? I guess you can, depending on your values that is.
Also if you engage into this, you may feel that there is too much cheating and a lack of consistency. But if you watch this as a relationship comedy, you will be able to enjoy this. While there is the relationship theme going on, this is not really here to titilate - but rather to amuse. And for that it is a decent effort - so know what to expect
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
State of mind
I tried to watch this a couple of years ago - I couldn't. I just couldn't, because what I saw in the first minutes was too much for me. Now while some say that the violence is so over the top and dated it does nothing anymore to the viewer nowadays, I have to strongly disagree. The interviews on the disc are quite nice and the audio commentary is revealing quite a few things, as is the very in-depth look into Malcolm McDowell (with Q&A and other stuff).
So after 10-15 minutes I had to stop - and everyone kept telling me, that there would be some redemption for all that mayhem. And in a way they were right - though also wrong. Especially considering the real ending to the book. And while I have not yet read that, the extras told me about it. But while you may feel blue about that, the movie could not have ended any other way. And Kubrick again is able to manipulate his audience, making them feel stuff (which incidentally they should not like at all - most of the things they are feeling - and maybe even feel a bit of guilt).
It's also nice to hear, that Kubrick was open to ideas. And that he obviously had a conscience, which is something many thought he had not - especially watching this movie. So there are a few moments that were improvised but there were of course everything staged - and one of the biggest things is the sexual component in the movie - which has a big part combined with all the violence. There is too much sexual objects and hints - one might say it was kind of foreboding ... but then again, it seems to be human nature overall, so he just took something that was there and ran with it.
There's so much to depict here - set design, framing/cinematography, dialog, mood, acting ... you could write about so many things, that all culminate in a great movie - if you can stomach to watch it of course
Die unendliche Geschichte (1984)
My very first experience in the cinema ... is also my subject for my 5.000 review on imdb. Now when I started writing reviews I never even thought about a number as high as that. Or laid a plan down to check where I'll be heading or which movie should be reviewed at such a high number. But I do find it fitting, not because I will stop now (don't be afraid or sorry if you had some high hopes there for a second)! No it's fitting, because it is like a start to the next 5.000 - possibly, hopefully (regretfully). And also very apt to the title - Never-Ending reviews it is then.
All jokes aside and my personal story aside - this is a really great movie. And seeing my niece talking about this and having a facial expression that most likely mached mine when I was thinking about this movie is just another testament to the timelessness of this movie. There is no CGI, though the movie profited from Bluescreen. But all the puppets that you see in this were handcrafted and also had real people "working"/moving them around. It may feel like a bit of cheat to some or "low-key" effects, but if you are that cynical about it, your inner child is lost.
Which would be a shame for many different reasons, one of them being you not being able to enjoy this. And for all the technical advances we have, heart is something that always wins over(all). If you watch this as a kid, you will not be able to forget it and it does hold up story wise. Now what version is better? The international cut or the German version (both english language, international language is shorter)? The director says he loves the international cut ... maybe watch both? It's not like you won't watch the movie multiple times anyway
Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)
Back and fo(u)rth
So this is the first time we get someone else being Norman Bates. One of the most recognizable character names of all times. And while Perkins does reprise his role, there is a younger version in flashbacks here. And while maybe today they would have just CGI-ed Perkins and made him look younger, back in 1990 the technology wasn't there - which led to a young man being able to act in one of the most iconic and I guess disturbing roles out there.
Now Beginnings are always tough to sell. Most viewers do not care or need motivations for disturbed personalities. So to sell this is quite tough. The fact that it ignores the other sequels does not make it easier to access either. Maybe this is the weakest entry (when it comes to the ones Perkins was involved in), but it still is quite interesting if you allow yourself to be enarmoured by the movie and its backstory. Nicely told overall, with really good performances. Maybe if it wasn't Norman this was about, it would have been better received?
Psycho III (1986)
Even more Psycho
While Hitchcock did not think of any of his movies getting a sequel, after his death all prohibitions went out the door. You may feel that this does the original disservice, Anthony Perkins felt otherwise. And while I don't know how anyone will perceive this, one thing is for sure: it does not hold a candle to the original. It still tries to do it service as much as possible. And anything that is or was made regarding Psycho tried to do it as much service as it could (maybe with the exception of the Bates Motel movie).
So while this isn't a masterpiece, it is a decent movie, if you can detach yourself of the baggage. Which of course is hard, because you are reminded constantly. Performances are good and for the first time there is quite a lot of blood and also nudity (which may be one of the weirdest things I reckon). So whether you like whatever Perkins did (performance and directing wise), it is part of the Psycho Legacy - no pun intended
Psycho II (1983)
Would Hitchcock approve of this? In general you can say: No. Why? Because he apparently did not like Sequels to his movies (maybe not in general either?). But when this was made, so many years after the original, Hitch was not around to object. And he could have since he had the rights to the original. Something that may not be too common, but was the case, because he did not get as much money as he wanted, but instead could have more rights to the movie, which in the end proved essential.
Now, would this make sense if Perkins did not reprise his iconic role? I would argue that it would have not. There were some initial doubts, but fortunately he came back. There is a bit of a twist and there are quite a few callbacks to the Original. Of course catching lightning in the bottle is not possible. But it is still a valid story and a good continuation.
If you are a fan of the original, I don't think you will be too dissapointed in this (as most have been with the other sequels). But one thing is for sure: Perkins seems to be born to play this role ...
Bone Tomahawk (2015)
Slow Burning Western
So while I am eagerly awaiting to watch the newest or most current movie the director has made (Dragged across concrete), I#ll pass the time reviewing this one. Now Western movies are a genre that are not for everyone to begin with. But if you love them, you will know there are different kinds of Western movies out there, depicting "cowboys" in different ways and being either idolizing or breaking down myths.
Now this is a different beast, because it adds occult and fantasy into the mix. It also is quite violent. So not something for the squeamish. If you can stomach whatever it is you are getting served, than you will get a movie with some stunning cinematography and great acting. Just because there is action though does not mean, this goes by in a snap. It actually might feel like it is dragging (no pun intended). But the slow pace juxtoposes the violence in a really efficient way and give us the viewer a bit of room to breathe ... also the characters involved in this. Realistic if you discount the otherworldly/spiritual themes and heavy ... also quite amazing
Vice as in ...
... President or a character trait? There is a reason they chose that title. Well that's me assuming of course, but you can see it too. What I didn't see, at least until I watched the movie, was Dick Cheney. This shines a very interesting light on a figure who had way more influence than many people knew at the time and maybe still are not aware of.
And take Bale now - you might already be aware that he takes his acting seriously. Now with added makeup this goes even further. No wonder this won an Oscar (I don't think anyone bet against that) in that department. Sam Rockwell almost gets drowned/forgotten about in all this. And his George H.W. Bush Jr. is as good as Bale Cheney is. So while we can and probably will be stunned by the performances and how close they are to the real thing, the movie itself is gripping too. So it's not just a gimmick...this really is good
Der goldene Handschuh (2019)
The House that Fritz build/smelled
Alright, I haven't read the book nor was I aware of the story itself before watching the movie. And I also just got an "omg" moment! I did not know what great job the makeup department had done until I saw the leading man - how he actually looks like. Also very brave going ugly like that. For women it may be even bolder (what with everyone being obsessed about how they look, more than they are themselves), but it's still quite out there.
Having said all that, it is not just the makeup department that does an excellent job. The movie works on so many levels. If you can stomache the amount of violence and despicable acts portrayed in this that is of course. And I know that the "defense" of it's just a movie does not work entirely, since this is based on real life. But it is a depiction of back then and to hold back would have been a disservice to history and what happened. You can choose not to watch, it does not turn back the hands of time as they say.
Still the lead character is obviously very despicable - and that is putting it mildly. So watching this is quite a task - understandable if this is way too much for some viewers who might vote (or already have voted) less favourably than I have ...
Desenterrando Sad Hill (2017)
The good, the bad and the ... diggers
I have to admit, that since I just casually listen to Metallica and never attended a concert of theirs (my bad of course), I never realized how much they obviously love that Sergio Leone movie. But they are not alone with that love as this documentary shows. There are quite a lot of people out there and they summoned (or gathered) to find one of the films most iconic "set" (which of course was filmed on location in ... Spain).
Very engaging and at times also a behind the scenes to the movie itself, this documentary will give anyone who remotely loves the movie something to cheer on. Now not everyone could be there when they did something monumental. Something that took a lot of time and dedication. But they were rewarded - with this documentary and some choice words after completing the "task". As another reviewer stated - very touching indeed
Countdown to midnight madness
Jump scares and all that. Is that something you look forward to? The story itself is intriguing to a degree. But overall this is as generic as you probably expect it to be. Now that is not necessarily a bad thing. But it also is not something that will challenge anyone who has seen a couple of movies (especially in the horror genre of course).
Acting is not a strong suit either, but the movie does more or less satisfy if you set a low bar and just want a snack. Not all movies have to be exceptional or fantastic. If you can dig that, watch it, if not you may feel this being a waste of time
Le monde est à toi (2018)
Share the world
Make it a better place, for and for me ... oh wait, I got sidetracked. But that happens when I see a title like "the world is yours", I just have to take it apart. Something that you also can do with this movie, if you are not feeling it. But if that is the case you are letting yourself down and are going to miss on a bit of fun you could have had.
This is a crime movie as is apparent and characters may not all be likeable (understatement I know), but it also has heart and family issues in it. Not to mention a lot of characters and a lot of strings that need to be tied up by the end. Depending your threshold and your attention span and interest in this in general, you will find it either amusing or rather annoying. Still well made, with some over the top characters (again with the understatement) and quite some fun to watch
Office Uprising (2018)
Office buildings, eh?
Seems like Office Buildings are a new target - no pun intended of course. So this is a decent effort into the whole horror comedy genre, if you are into it. And it all plays in one location. The characters are nicely drawn, but of course you do have cliches surrounding them. Still the actors have fun playing them and it is something that shows on your screen.
The script is ok, throwing a couple of things at you and balancing humor and horror nicely. But as I have said before, this is something the viewer has to be open to. I have friends who don't like their horror mixed with comedy. If that is the case, stay clear of this. If not, just roll with it and have fun