2017 (11)

(1 Nov) Logan (2017, James Mangold) 93
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(4 Nov) Bone Tomahawk (2015, S. Craig Zahler) 88
[ (eerie screeching)
S. Craig Zahler’s movies are rather long and slow, suggesting the approach of a novelist more than of a Hollywood director. And it works, because the writing is so exquisite. We really get into this world, with these characters (played by a great cast featuring Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins and Kurt Russell) and all that dialogue and atmosphere and whatnot. And when things get crazy and violent, it gets crazy-violent, man. Mostly, this is a slow-burn, flavorful Western. But you are not ready for that gory last half-hour with the Predator-like Troglodytes! ]

(5 Nov) Léolo (1992, Jean-Claude Lauzon) [ review ] 95

(8 Nov) Tadoussac (2017, Martin Laroche) 78
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(9 Nov) Big Trouble in Little China (1986, John Carpenter) 93
[ “You know what ol’ Jack Burton says at a time like this?”
“Who?”
“Jack Burton. Me! Ol’ Jack always says, what the hell!”
Forget Snake Plissken, Jack Burton’s the man! Kurt Russell is pure macho/badass joy as a blowhard yet clumsy trucker who stumbles into an all-out gang war in San Francisco’s Chinatown and ends up in the middle of a big mess of kung fu and sorcery. This is campy as hell, a delirious only-in-the-‘80s slice of B-movie nonsense revamped as a big glossy Hollywood production. It’s all pretty silly, but it’s full of quotable dialogue, great fight choreography and hilariously over the top performances. ]

(10 Nov) Battle of the Sexes (2017, Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris) 80
[ “Male chauvinist pig versus hairy-legged feminist!”
Come for the compelling tennis and women’s lib story. Stay for the surprisingly stylish direction, gorgeous cinematography, and sensual lesbian love story. Steve Carell is hilariously obnoxious and Emma Stone further proves how awesome she is. ]

(10 Nov) Pineapple Express (2008, David Gordon Green) [ review ] 93

(11 Nov) Security (2017, Alain DesRochers) 49
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(14 Nov) Murder on the Orient Express (2017, Kenneth Branagh) 60
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(16 Nov) Justice League (2017, Zack Snyder) 73
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(17 Nov) Bagages (2017, Mélissa Lefebvre & Paul Tom)
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(18 Nov) Mudbound (2017, Dee Rees) 94
[ It feels like a Great American Novel by John Steinbeck, crossed with a Terence Malick picture. Both epic and intimate, this World War II period piece tells the story of a white family and a black family’s tensely intertwined lives on Mississippi farmland. Dealing with themes like racism and PTSD, it features gorgeous voiceover narration and equally gorgeous cinematography, even though it’s often unbearably dark and painful. Writer-director Dee Rees is a brilliant storyteller and she directs the hell out of every scene, notably getting the best out of her great ensemble cast. Mudbound is nothing short of a masterpiece. If it wasn’t for the whole Netflix thing, it might be the Best Picture frontrunner at the next Oscars. ]

(20 Nov) Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017, Chris Smith)
[ For years, I thought Jim Carrey was the funniest man alive. Then he proved to be an incredibly moving dramatic actor as well. And lately, he’s become rather rare on the big screen and in his online appearances , he often shows a dark, depressed, deep side… This documentary embodies all facets of Jim Carrey – hilarious comedian, great actor, moody man – by having him talk mostly about the making of Man on the Moon, the Andy Kaufmann biopic that’s probably his most personal, definitive project ever. Going full Method, never breaking character, he became Andy Kaufmann – and Tony Clifton! – even though it drove everyone crazy. Full of fascinating behind-the-scenes footage that blurs the line between reality and fiction, this a must-see for any Jim and/or Andy fan. ]

(23 Nov) Call Me By Your Name (2017, Luca Guadagnino) 81
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]