The Walk (2015)

This is a walk I’d rather not take, but I’m glad Philippe Petit did. He seems to have made the Twin Towers of New York famous for not just being the target of a gigantic tragedy. I thought that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was incredibly adorable in this film, yes, his accent wasn’t spot-on all the time… but I loved him nonetheless. Charlotte Le Bon was gorgeous and interesting to watch. I also liked seeing Ben Kinsley in this as well, he’s in a lot of films but he adds a lot. The movie is very entertaining with an Ocean’s Eleven style set-up and the final scenes will scare the crap out of you if you have acrophobia like I do. I also just felt like it was a touching tribute to the World Trade Center that focuses on life instead of death. I love Zemeckis as a director and I’m glad he’s still working hard in Hollywood.

91/100

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The French Connection (1971)

Pardon my French, but this film was pretty bien. Gene Hackman was brilliant as always. I loved the characters (plus their nicknames) of Popeye and Cloudy. One funny thing I picked up on in this movie is this: have you noticed that the French aren’t normally the villains in films? I’m sure there are examples, but I sure can’t think of any. There are some good, bloody action sequences and some good car chase scenes, although I could have cut a few of those just to make the movie a little shorter. All in all I made this connection, gritty 70’s cop films are pretty good. This one is worth watching.

83/100

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Mommy (2014)

Whoa Mama. This movie was pretty crazy. I kept trying to put myself in the mother’s shoes in this film about how hard it is to raise a child with severe behavior issues. I just don’t know what I would do. Half the time you want to take the kid to an insane asylum and the other times you want to give him a hug. Excellent performances from the entire cast. Very funny moments and some really emotionally taxing ones too. My biggest complaint would be that most of the film is shot with two giant black bars on the side, it’s like an opposite widescreen mode, and every once in a while switches to real widescreen. It didn’t make the movie experience very fun, it felt claustrophobic, but maybe that was the point. I should also mention that the sound track was really 90’s cool. If you want to be a dear and watch a pretty emotional film, watch Mommy.

85/100

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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

The only thing discreet for this film was its plot. I felt like it wasn’t clear what this movie was trying to do until it was over and I looked up a description of the movie. For a person that did no research on this beforehand I just kept laughing, not because it’s a comedy, but because it was so darn weird and surreal. I did find some parts pretty entertaining but it felt like it was quite long for how little the payoff was in the end. Plus a dream within a dream shtick? Oh boy, been there, done that. It wasn’t a total waste of time compared to other foreign language films, but I probably won’t watch this one again. Unless of course I end up watching it in a dream, within a dream. Then we will have problems.

60/100

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The Past (2013)

In the past, I wouldn’t have liked a film like this, but I thought this was pretty darn good. The characters that you think you should hate, end up being the most level-headed ones. The actors were all great. I loved Berenice Bejo as the mother. The drama was strong and there is quite the little twist towards the end. It did feel overly long at times, but it was nothing compared to Blue is the Warmest Color. I actually wanted to sit through the movie to the end and see how everyone’s tangle lives turn out.

83/100

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Incendies (2010)

Can 1+1=1? In this movie it can. Wow. I’m still utterly shocked by the ending of this film. If you would have asked me what I thought of the movie 3/4 of the way in, I would have told you it was boring and confusing. Then that last part of the film slaps you across the face and wakes you up. Very powerful and shocking film. Definitely not for everyone. It also requires the patience of a Saint to get through it as it’s a French foreign film and over two hours long. I’d still recommend you see it though.

88/100

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The Illusionist

I was going to give this a lower score because I really didn’t get the movie. So I looked up a few things about it. I found out that this was a script written by a mime to his estranged daughter. Then it hit me. This movie was just beautiful. Not just in the animation style but in the story it tells. It shows how a father will do anything to bring happiness to his girl. How he will try to convince them that there is still magic out there, all while struggling to make ends meet. Beautiful.

85/100

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