2016 log (1)

(4 Jan) Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015, J.J. Abrams) 94
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(5 Jan) Oncle Bernard – L’anti-leçon d’économie (2016, Richard Brouillette)
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(7 Jan) Bad Boys II (2003, Michael Bay) 85
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(8 Jan) Pumping Iron (1977, Robert Fiore & George Butler)
[ Arnold Schwarzenegger was my childhood idol and I never stopped admiring him and his movies but somehow, I never managed to see this documentary about the 1975 Mr. Olympia competition until now. And boy, did it please the Arnold fan in me! Now, there are a bunch of other bodybuilders involved, not all of them very interesting, but Schwarzenegger is riveting every time he’s on screen. And the things he says! My favorite part is probably the ruthless psychological warfare he wages on poor Lou Ferrigno, defeating him before they even hit the stage… ]

(12 Jan) Ghostbusters (1984, Ivan Reitman) [ review ] 86

(13 Jan) 13 Hours (2016, Michael Bay) 75
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(14 Jan) Anomalisa (2015, Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson) 89
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(15 Jan) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986, John Hughes) [ review ] 70

(19 Jan) Bienvenue à F.L. (2016, Geneviève Dulude-De Celles)
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(2(22 Jan) Police Académie (2015, Mélissa Beaudet)
[ This a very interesting, well crafted documentary that achieves something quite extraordinary: making you understand cops better and even making you feel empathy for them. This is not negligible post-Printemps érable here in Quebec and #BlackLivesMatter in the U.S. – the police has a bad reputation these days, to say the least. But this film shows how, of course, they’re human beings and most of the ones we follow here, from CEGEP to Nicolet to the actual job, seem rather smart and sensible, and we’re reminded that they’re often put into impossible situations, faced with constant misery and violence. I could never do it. ]

(23 Jan) 2-Headed Shark Attack (2012, Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray) 44
[ College girls in bikinis are stranded on a sinking atoll that is repeatedly being attacked by a shark, nay, a 2-headed shark! Cue lots of gore, dumb dialogue and bad acting (hello, Carmen Electra and Brooke Hogan!), plus a bit of gratuitous nudity. It’s all a lot of silly nonsense, but at times, it gets pretty crazy intense… I had a good time, heh. ]

(24 Jan) Biggie & Tupac (2002, Nick Broomfield)
[ Poor production values and controversial content don’t stop this documentary from being rather fascinating. Almost 20 years after their deaths, Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace and Tupac “2Pac” Shakur remain fascinating figures in the world of hip hop, in part because their murders still haven’t been officially solved. Broomfield’s film explores some of the conspiracy theories, which involve Death Row Records, LAPD cops, the FBI, some guy from the Nation of Islam… I don’t know what we can or can not believe about all this, but it gets pretty scary, particularly when the filmmakers go into maximum security prison to meet the infamous Suge Knight… ]

(26 Jan) 3-Headed Shark Attack (2015, Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray) 39
[ In this sequel, there is more heads on the shark as well as more blood, more bare boobies and more bad acting, which is fun enough… But it’s not quite as intense as the original, there’s a lot of filler and repetitive scenes. Still, you gotta love a movie in which Danny Trejo chops one of the heads of a 3-headed shark, with a machete no less, and wrestler Rob Van Dam is pretty badass. ]

(29 Jan) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001, Chris Columbus) [ review ] 72