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The Midnight Sky
(2020)

Certainly not as bad as I thought it would be after reading some reviews.
I postponed watching this movie for a long time just because of the extremely negative reviews it got on here. I shouldn't have though. I was expecting the worst but after watching The Midnight Sky I can only conclude I was entertained for almost the entire movie. I agree there are a couple unnecessary scenes but overal the rest wasn't bad at all. Okay it's not George Clooney's best movie but it's watchable. The movie got nominated at the Oscars for Best Achievement in Visual Effects. It didn't win, and even though the visual effects were good, there was still better than this one for this year. I can only say you shouldn't pay too much attention to the reviews rating it the lowest possible. Those are from people that watch five to ten movies per year. Take it from somebody that watched thousands of movies, there are uncountable worse movies than this one.

Michael
(2011)

Delicate and disturbing sunject but worth a watch.
It's not the easiest subject for a movie. Watching a pedophile's life can be disturbing, even if it's never really graphic it still remains disgusting. Michael could be anybody you know, living his twisted life like it's the most normal thing to do. It could be your friend, your neighbour, who knows? The movie is well made, very slow paced, with not much dialogue, but that just adds to understand the sick mind of the protagonist. The small cast did a good job playing their characters, all unknown actors to me, but not bad. As a thriller there are better movies with a pedophile as subject. In the case of Michael I would just categorize it as a drama, a sick drama. I don't know where people see this movie as trying to understand a pedophile. I for sure didn't watch it like that. The only emotion I had whilst watching this movie was something like beating the living hell out of Michael.

Les grandes vacances
(1967)

Louis de Funès, the usual one-man-show.
Les Grandes Vacances isn't the best movie with Louis de Funès but it's a movie with Louis de Funès so per definition it's always worth a watch. He plays the usual very nervous but convincing madman, a role that suits him so good. Every movie with him is like watching a one-man-show. Remove Louis de Funès from this movie and you just have a bleak story nobody is interested in, but with the best comedian France has ever produced it's just different. I rewatched this movie just to enjoy his gimmicks and facial expressions, like most people do.

Fatherhood
(2021)

Snorefest...
I can't say I fit the profile for the right audience for this movie. My wife liked it more than me. Maybe it's her mother instinct, which I doubt as she has none and she's definitely not really into kids. I'm for sure not, I don't like kids, so watching a movie about raising one is just not my idea of fun. Fun, I thought it would be, because of Kevin Hart, a comedian that I can appreciate and that makes me laugh but in this case there's just not much comedy to it. Instead you get a very cliché story, the kind where you know exactly what is going to happen next and that's again not my idea of fun when watching a movie. I guess the people that scored this with the maximum ten stars (that's just crazy in my humble opinion) are the people that find it all cute, and that liked seeing Kevin Hart playing a more dramatical part. There was definitely too much drama, too much fuzz about basically nothing. I thought it was boring, certainly the second part. It's all much too cheesy to be entertaining. The movie was at least an hour too long. I was really waiting for the end to come with impatience this time.

Gaia
(2021)

Weird but worth a watch.
Gaia is a weird movie. Weird but not bad. The story is easy to follow, and contains some strange creatures what gives it a little horror effect. Of course it's all fantasy, nothing to take too seriously and that's how you should watch it, with an open mind. It's a very small cast and overal they did a good job. I can't say I watched a lot of good movies from South-Africa but Gaia is certainly worth a watch. The cinematography wasn't bad at all. The languages are mostly English, but sometimes there is a little Afrikaans, which is for me who speak Dutch a nice and strange thing to hear. Strange like the whole story.

Freaked
(1993)

Stoner humor but for me it works.
I can see why people wouldn't like this movie. My wife only rated it with a five, whilst I think it deserves a seven. The reason for that is that I was baked and she wasn't. It's clearly a stoner movie, at least it helps to fully appreciate the whole thing. I'm about 100% the makers of Freaked were potheads as I really can't see somebody completely sober making this movie. The cast has some well known names that are not afraid to play something silly. They all did a good job playing their characters. Because silly is what this is, don't expect anything serious from Freaked. For a movie from 1993 I thought it looked good. So if you like to puff the magic dragon I can only recommend you do before watching this oddity.

Adieu les cons
(2020)

Another hit from Albert Dupontel
I watched Au Revoir Là-Haut (See You Up There for the English title) followed by Adieu Les Cons (Bye Bye Morons for the English title), both movies by writer/director Albert Dupontel, in which he also plays the major role. I can only say I'm a fan from now on. Au Revoir Là-Haut was more artistic than Adieu Les Cons, but they are both very enjoyable to watch. Adieu Les Cons is something different from the rest, with an interesting engaging story that is easy to follow and that has nice inventive twists and turns, it's all well written, but also very well acted and that from the whole cast. It clearly deserves it's high rating on here. I can't see what people could dislike about this movie. It's certainly one of the better French movies I watched this decennia. You can't really compare it to Au Revoir Là-Haut which has a totally different story but you certainly recognize that typical vibe you get from Albert Dupontel.

Au revoir là-haut
(2017)

Albert Dupontel has a new fan from now on.
I watched Au Revoir Là-Haut (See You Up There for the English title) followed by Adieu Les Cons (Bye Bye Morons for the English title), both movies by writer/director Albert Dupontel, in which he also plays the major role. I can only say I'm a fan from now on. Au Revoir Là-Haut has a very artistic touch in the story, which made it very enjoyable to watch. It's just a special movie, something different from the rest, with an interesting engaging story, all well written, but also very well acted and that from the whole cast. It clearly deserves it's high rating on here. I can't see what people could dislike about this movie. It's certainly one of the better French movies I watched this decennia. You can't really compare it to Adieu Les Cons which has a totally different story but you certainly recognize that typical vibe you get from Albert Dupontel.

Disrupted
(2020)

Not bad at all, deserves a higher rating.
I write this review when Disrupted had a 5.1 rating on here. Much too low in my humble opinion. I thought this movie was entertaining, with no real dead moments, a well written story that keeps you focused, some bloody violence and more than decent acting from actors I know by face but not by name. In other words not very famous actors but that doesn't mean bad acting, au contraire. Disrupted is certainly worth a watch if you don't mind a bit of brass knuckles beatdowns.

Cruella
(2021)

Entertaing and well made.
To be honest I didn't think I was going to enjoy this movie. For some reason I thought it would be a kid movie but the truth is that Cruella is for all ages and very entertaining. The two Emma's (Stone and Thompson) are the major reason for that. They're both skilled actresses and they did a very good job playing their characters. The cinematography is of high quality which was also a thing that made this movie stand out from the rest. And even though the main characters are not very likable persons the story is entertaining from beginning till the end. The dog characters added something cute to the story. Hats off for this movie, much better than I thought it would be.

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things
(2021)

Tweeners reliving the same day over and over, sounds like déjà-vu.
Another movie with the same theme as Groundhog Day. I don't know how much more movies they can make with people stuck in a time loop, reliving the same day over and over. The story is of course a tiny bit different but still at one point enough is enough. I gave it a six because my wife liked it more than I did. To me a five star rating would have been more accurate. The movie just gets boring after awhile. I guess the audience they were looking for are tweeners. The classic cheesy romcom, I can't say it's really my thing. There's certainly not enough comedy for me to make me laugh. The acting wasn't bad but nothing special either. I will forget everything about this movie in a couple days, in fact I already start forgetting about it.

Kingdom: Ashin of the North
(2021)

Same quality extra long episode of the series Kingdom
Ashin Of The North is an extra long episode of the quality series Kingdom which explains a lot after watching the season's finale from that show. You should watch the two seasons of Kingdom before though. I was looking forward to watch this episode. Everything makes more sense now. It's still cinematography of high quality and for that we have to thank the South_koreans that clearly know what they're doing. They're by far the best cinema country from Asia. Ashin Of The North is only one episode which is strange but in one episode everything is explained well. I could watch much more episodes of this kind of stories, it's all just very entertaining. Finally you get some zombies that can run and not that weak stumbling around like in the American show The Walking Dead. South-Korean zombies are hungry and fast, which makes it all more suspenseful. Credits to the make-up artists who did a very good job.

Kingdom
(2019)

Quality South-Korean Zombie show.
It hasn't been a mystery that South-Koreans can make very good movies but now Kingdom shows that they can also make quality shows as well. Kingdom is only two short seasons long (plus an additional long episode that came out in 2021 called Ashin From The North) but it's addictive to watch. The cinematography is just on top, and the acting for Asian standards is certainly not bad. Okay you have the occasional overacting from a couple actors but overal it's all very well done. Like Sang-ho Yeon's Busanhaeng (Train To Busan) the zombies are just something different than the usual thing we're used to. South-Korean zombies don't wander around slowly looking for brains like in American movies. Here they run like they are the next Usain Bolt and that what makes it suspenseful. The make-up is all very convincing, credits to the make-up artists for that. I binge watched the two seasons in a couple days followed by the extra long episode from 2021 which explains a lot in the end. You don't necessarily have to watch the extra episode but it's of the same quality and certainly worth watching. Kindom is another example why I love South-Korean cinema. They are the best from all Asian countries and that by far.

The Father
(2020)

Most realistic movie about dementia.
The Father couldn't be more realistic when talking about Alzheimer's disease. I've seen my grandfather walking that path. He was a smart man but once the dementia kicked in he was barely recognizable, which was a hard thing to witness when you knew him as the intellectual he was. The Father just nailed this subject, bringing back so many memories, memories we would rather forget but that you can't. Living with a loved one with this disease isn't easy at all, certainly not when that person sometimes doesn't remember who you are. I didn't knew Anthony Hopkins won an Oscar for his role, but after watching this movie I can only say it's highly deserved. It's probably one of his better performances ever, and that at 83 years old. The Father isn't a movie that will give you a lot of joy, it's sad and scary but certainly worth watching. Nobody wants to have a loved one suffering from dementia, it's a nightmare to live with. I remember my grandfather starting to smoke a cigarette like it was a thing he always did and that whilst he stopped more than forty years ago. I remember him telling me he was going crazy after asking me the same question for the twentieth time in barely an hour. He knew it was all going downhill, he knew he was a burden to everybody, and that must hurt when you are still that little bit lucid to understand that. I watched several movies about dementia but this one is just the most realistic. It's sad but that's life, everybody should watch it so they can be prepared if the disease ever would hit a loved one.

The Courier
(2020)

Good acting, interesting historical story.
The Courier is based on true events, the Cuban Missile Crisis to be more precise. It's an entertaining movie but don't expect too much action scenes as there are almost none. It's more a spy drama about an event that the whole world knows about. The cast did a good job playing their characters. I've never been a huge fan of Benedict Cumberbatch but I have to admit he can act. He just has one of those faces I don't really like but credits to him, he can act. The Courier is certainly worth a watch, especially if you like historical facts and spy movies about the Cold War.

Dead & Buried
(1981)

For 1981 it's a decent movie.
There are some pros and cons for Dead & Buried. For 1981 it's a good movie but the thing is that we don't live in 1981 anymore. It's just a fact that we can make much better movies now and that affects the score. The plot is intriguing and keeps you interested. There is a fair amount of mystery and that's what makes this movie stand out. The acting is decent, but you can't deny that the acting in those days was just not of the same quality as now. There is a nice twist towards the end that I didn't see coming, and that's a welcome bonus. The special effects were certainly not bad for that time, but again nothing to compare with what we get now. Dead & Buried is certainly worth a watch if you can keep in mind it's already an old movie by now and you should watch it with not too much expectations.

Bottom
(1991)

Better than The Young Ones.
Bottom is like The Young Ones a show I did enjoy a lot when I was young. Bottom is slightly better though. It's still silly provocative humor with Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. Maybe not the sort of humor everybody will enjoy but if you like overexaggerated humor with some sexist passages you can't go wrong with Bottom. Rik Mayall is the absolute star in this comedy. His facial expressions, his body language, it's just hilarious. Adrian Edmondson is not bad at all but Rik Mayall is just stealing the show. It's one of those shows I can watch over and over again, the kind you know by heart at one point.

Blood Red Sky
(2021)

Don't read the reviews or plot before watching it.
I had the bad idea of reading reviews before watching Blood Red Sky so the surprise wasn't total for me. My wife on the other hand had no clue what the story was about so she got that nice twist in the movie (a little bit like From Dusk Till Dawn). Blood Red Sky is not of the same quality as Quentin Tarantino's movie but it's certainly worth watching. Nice make-up, decent acting, and a good surprising story. I agree that the first half was better than the ending but overal I can't be disappointed by this movie which I enjoyed from beginning till the end and I'm certain a lot of people that like the horror genre will do as well.

Quartier lointain
(2010)

Not bad, simple but enjoyable.
Quartier Lointain (or A Distant Neighborhood for the English title) is an enjoyable movie to watch. Not really a comedy if you ask me, more a drama with a pinch of fantasy. The story is slow paced, a bit too slow to be honest, with not much going on, but still the viewer is drawn into the story. A story that makes you wonder where it goes, not fully explained but that didn't really matter in the end. The cast are all unknown to me but overal they did a good job enough to keep me interested. Worth a watch if you don't expect too much action, just an interesting story.

The Affair
(2014)

Very interesting way to tell a story.
My wife and I just binge watched the five seasons of The Affair. It's an addictive show to watch, certainly because the way the story is been told. The plot unfolds slowly by telling the story like each character sees it, or remembers it. Each character sees or remembers the story differently and that's what made this show stands out from the rest. You never really know who tells the truth or lies. The different characters probably think their version of the facts is the truth. It's just about their perspective of the facts, it's about how people see things differently and are convinced their version is the only truth. The first three seasons are better than the last two but overall it's a satisfying show to watch. A very good cast made it all more believable. No actor or actress really stands out, they just all delivered in their own way. Maybe the writers did at one point overdo it, with too many affairs and sorts, and that's why I thought the last two seasons were not of the same quality as the first three. For a drama series it's captivating and entertaining. Much better than the daily soaps with the same gossip stories we are bombarded every day.

The Kid Detective
(2020)

Not bad at all.
The Kid Detective, not really a title that is very appealing, but the truth is that this movie is certainly entertaining. The humor is most of the time subtle. To me the mystery level is what makes this movie stand out. I don't know if the humor was really necessary to make this a good movie. But it's there, subtle and dark at times, it made me giggle a couple times, not rolling over from laughing but good enough to make me grin. The plot is well written, definitely the best thing about The Kid Detective. Nice twists, and an ending that will surprise more than one. The acting was good and that from the whole cast. Better than I expected to be honest.

Infinite
(2021)

Enjoyable sci-fi with plot holes.
After finishing watching a movie I always ask myself if I was entertained. In the case of Infinite I would be lying if I said no. It was entertaining, even with some severe plot holes, and scenes that didn't make much sense. It's just an interesting concept for a plot, maybe not perfectly executed, but still it was pleasant to watch. The cast was good, no complaining about that, so honestly I don't get all the extreme negative reviews. What do you expect from a sci-fi movie? It to be realistic? I don't. I just want to sit down, relax, and enjoy the show. That's what I did. Is Infinite going to be remembered? Probably not. Do I care? Certainly not.

Instant Family
(2018)

Entertaining and a good commercial for not having kids.
For a person that doesn't really like kids I was wondering if this could be a movie for me. To my surprise I was entertained for the entire movie. There are some funny moments that made it worth a watch. There are of course a lot of cheesy moments, I didn't expect anything less to be honest, as the subject is fostering, lonely petulant children and hopeful wannabe parents. You can guess the entire story before it even happens. The cast did a good job playing all those characters, even the kids. In short, Instant Family is entertaining, a feelgood movie for a lot of people, and a perfect commercial for not having kids if you were still hesitating. Best decision of my life, being childless, but a lot of people won't agree with that, something I don't care about to be honest. Nothing beats doing what you want whenever you want and that for your entire lifetime, something that just can't be done when you have kids. If I want to see the stress you get when having kids I'll just watch this movie and it makes me feel instantly much better.

Smetto quando voglio: Ad honorem
(2017)

The first one was better but it's watchable.
First I watched Smetto Quando Voglio followed by Smetto Quando Voglio: Ad Honorem. I thought there were only two so I made a mistake as Smetto Quando Voglio: Masterclass is between these two movies. But it didn't really matter as every movie has its own story. I thought this movie wasn't as good as the first one. That one had a better plot, better acting even though most of the actors played in the two movies, in the first movie they just acted better. I wouldn't say there are hilarious scenes in this movie, it doesn't look like a comedy to me, but it's entertaining enough. There are some plausible scenes, which show this was a weaker script, but it's all watchable. After watching two and missing one I don't really need to watch the one that I missed, maybe that says enough.

Smetto quando voglio
(2014)

Entertaining Italian movie.
First I watched Smetto Quando Voglio followed by Smetto Quando Voglio: Ad Honorem. I thought there were only two so I made a mistake as Smetto Quando Voglio: Masterclass is between these two movies. But it didn't really matter as every movie has its own story. I thought this movie was the best of the two I watched. A better plot, better acting even though most of the actors played in the two movies, in this movie they just acted better. I wouldn't say there are hilarious scenes in this movie, it doesn't look like a comedy to me, but it's entertaining. After watching two and missing one I don't really need to watch the one that I missed, maybe that says enough.

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