2016 log (10)

(30 Sep-XX Oct) Luke Cage (2016, Cheo Hodari Coker)

(1 Oct) Spaceman (2016, Brett Rapkin) 60
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(2 Oct) High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008, Kenny Ortega) 62
[ Maybe you hate musicals, maybe you hate high school movies… Then why would you be watching this? I happen to love musicals and I enjoy a bright and colorful high school movie, so I had a good time watching this utterly harmless, inconsequential, white-bread flick. It’s not high art or anything, but the songs are often fun and Kenny Ortega knows a thing or two about choreographing dance numbers. Good times! ]

(6 Oct) American Honey (2016, Andrea Arnold) 92
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(7 Oct) 13th (2016, Ava DuVernay)
[ The United States: 5% of the world’s population; 25% of its prisoners, 40.2% of whom are African-American. Why? This provocative, infuriatingly relevant Netflix documentary’s thesis is that following the abolition of slavery (the 13th amendment), white folks basically started excessively arresting, convicting and imprisoning black people, often for minor crimes (loitering, vagrancy) – slavery in disguise. Going quickly through the post-Civil War history of racism in America (“The Birth of a Nation,” the KKK, lynchings, Jim Crow segregation, etc.), the film then gets right down to this idea of “mass incarceration” via Nixon and then Reagan’s War on Drugs, which conveniently led to locking up tons of black people for simple possession, and to Bill Clinton’s controversial 1994 crime bill (which he himself now renounces). The second half of the film focuses on the prison industrial complex, while also touching on the Black Lives Matter movement and, in the most powerful sequence, directly linking Donald Trump and his supporters to the U.S.’s shameful history of racism, what he calls “the good old days.” ]

(8 Oct) Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n’ont fait que se creuser un tombeau (2016, Mathieu Denis & Simon Lavoie) 88
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(9 Oct) Gremlins (1984, Joe Dante) 90
[ 7 things I love about “Gremlins”:
1) It’s a Christmas movie!
2) The rules – “First of all, keep him out of the light, he hates bright light, especially sunlight, it’ll kill him. Second, don’t give him any water, not even to drink. But the most important rule, the rule you can never forget, no matter how much he cries, no matter how much he begs, never feed him after midnight.”
3) The practical effects used to create the utterly cute Gizmo and the absolutely disgusting gremlins.
4) The surprisingly nasty splatstick!
5) Tons of awesome gags and stunts.
6) The super stylish cinematography, with all kinds of colorful lighting.
7) The supporting performances by 80s stars (Phoebe Cates, Corey Feldman, Judge Reinhold). ]

(10 Oct) Toni Erdmann (2016, Maren Ade) 77
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(11 Oct) Mes Nuits feront écho (2016, Sophie Goyette) 85
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(13 Oct) Maudite Poutine (2016, Karl Lemieux) 71
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(14 Oct) Prank (2016, Vincent Biron) 92
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]

(15 Oct) Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990, Joe Dante) 64
[ This is your typical sequel that figures it can just give us more of the same, emphasis on the “more”. More gremlins, more gags and stunts, more splatstick… Alas, it isn’t nearly as refreshing, fun and perfectly executed as the first one. Sure, I like the nods to “Rambo”, the Hulk Hogan cameo and whatnot, Gizmo is as adorable as ever, and it’s all entertaining enough, but it’s no classic like the original. ]

(16 Oct) Mademoiselle AKA The Handmaiden (2016, Park Chan-wook) 76
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]