2016 log (2)

(1 Feb) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002, Chris Colombus) [ review ] 66

(3 Feb) of the North (2015, Dominic Gagnon)
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(4 Feb) Deadpool (2016, Tim Miller) 54
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(8 Feb) Hail, Caesar! (2016, Joel & Ethan Coen) 86
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(12 Feb) Corbo (2015, Mathieu Denis) 85
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(17 Feb) Boris sans Béatrice (2016, Denis Côté) 76
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(20 Feb) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004, Alfonso Cuaron) [ review ] 87

(23 Feb) The VVitch (2016, Robert Eggers) 92
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(26 Feb) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005, Mike Newell) [ review ] 75

(27 Feb) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007, David Yates) 78
[ This is the fifth film in the series, yet it almost feels like the first film in a new, climactic series, the introduction of the final trilogy (with a two-part ending). There’s a lot more world-building going on, about Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) and his Death Eaters making a comeback, about Dumbledore (Michael Gambon)’s Order of the Phoenix, about the Ministry of Magic and its propaganda machine… Then there’s the fact that this is the first episode directed by David Yates, who helmed the last four films, so we discover this new visual style which feels a lot like high-end contemporary TV, which is actually a good thing! This is the first time where it feels like this is taking place in today’s real, modern world, there’s an immediacy and urgency to the whole thing that’s very effective. As for the plot of this chapter, it mostly deals with the kids (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Matthew Lewis, Bonnie Wright, Evanna Lynch, etc.) secretly training for combat while “high inquisitor” Dolore Umbridge (Imelda Staunton) turns Hogwarts into a fascist state… And in the end, they do see some combat, which leads to the most epic magic mayhem seen in the series so far. Add a lot of Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) and a bunch of nightmarish visions, and you’ve got another great “Harry Potter” movie, which only gives the impression that the best is yet to come. ]

(29 Feb) La Passion d’Augustine (2015, Léa Pool) 49
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]