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  • Written by lezard on 11.11.2022

    After watching Tenet, I am quite puzzled. It's not a bad movie. It's well directed, has its peak moments, operatic and virtuosic. The actors do a really good job.
    Then where does my feeling come from, this feeling that the movie will vanish from my memory like the scent of good coffee while you move away from the roaster?
    First of all, the plot. It is interesting, even a bit fascinating. A little bit less, though, if you are used to reading scifi novels. Plus, in a novel you can always reread the complex passages. Here, the start is teasing but it becomes so increasingly tangled that you are lost.
    And the worst part is: you are lost and you don't care, not anymore than you care about the fate of the characters, because (and this is the second reason) Nolan, if he masters action and can direct a war scene like a ballet director, can't depict real characters. Do we believe in the budding love story? Do we care about the friendship between the two male characters? It could, should be moving but is awkward. We don't even see the kid who is at the centre of an emotional balckmail! Nolan is too focused on his obsession for time to take the time to render his characters interesting. In all his films, he lacks empathy, just like Martin Scorcese (a giant!) can't shoot a sex scene.
    The result is, after some time, we are lost in the labyrynth and don't know or care who dies. Just like in Inception, we feel we are in a video game, a giant Call of Duty, where the hero always has as many lives as he wants. The problem being that when or if the hero dies, who cares? It's just a game.
    If Nolan, like in many movies, could go back in time, he would learn that characters are the key, not CGI! And would maybe avoid making the same mistake again.

    My third reason is: it is way too talkative and thus loses a part of the possible secrecy, mystery and even poetry that it could convey. Watch what Tarkovski, in Stalker can do on the topic of distorted time, future, past, destiny, irridiated zones! Watch and listen! Silence can be so effective!

    My fourth: It is way too long! Again, there are good ideas. Connecting the "reconcialition" of Kat and Andrei (fantastic Kenneth Brannagh!), their possible hug and kiss to the explosion of a bomb is seducing. But again too long full of useless dialogues and not surprising because we expect the end. In Touch of Evil, Orson Welles did the same in 3,12 minutes, with three words of dialogue and it was mindblowing, a masterpiece of a scene!

    Finally, Nolan misses talking about cinema. Indeed, in the movie the characters live the same events differently (Edge of Tomorrow already developped the idea). They change angles, point of view, perspectives, confront themselves. Well Nolan could have realised that this is precisely what cinema and actors do, all the time!

    I still watch Nolan movies but always ends up being disappointed, as if Nolan was not following a scenario but fulfilling a programme.

  • Written by lezard on 07.11.2022

    In 1974, Terence Malick released his first movie : Badlands, the murderous drifting of two juvenile lovers in a deserted and rural America. A rare gem where, if we look back, we can see the seeds of the movies to come.
    Four years later, Malick made Days of Heaven. The seeds had grown and sprouted, the harvest was splendid !
    1911. Fleeing Chicago after a murder, Bill, Abby and her little sister end up in Texas where they work as farm-workers for a big landowner. This latter falls for Abby, whom he thinks is Bill's sister. They cheat him into marrying her, for profit. But in a love triangle, there's always one too many.
    Love story ? Threesome ? Indeed but it's not what the movie is mostly about.
    Many films (Giant, for instance) have set up a love story in the great plains. This time, we could almost say the pretext is the romance, a background, whereas the real topic and guideline is the countryside and its seasons.
    Very few, if any, film director have filmed not only time but the weather itself and the rythm of nature. Malick is a pantheist. Time unfolds, seasons pass, the wheat grows and it's a splendor. He manages to render the changing of light thrilling. How many directors have filmed, really filmed the sky, the clouds ? For Malick, a coming storm is an event as well as an aesthetic emotion. A sunset, the wind, the heat become worth beholding ; The poet W.H. Auden once wrote : « Teach the free man to praise ». Malick meets this challenge and helps us really see nature as a fascinating, living creature.
    A great mansion that the endless horizon outlines becomes the door to limitless possibilities.
    We think to American painters, to Edward Hopper and his houses of great solitude, to Andrew Wyeth and the almost magical strangeness of rural dayly life, Christina's World in particular. A plague of grasshoppers is as beautiful as Turner's paintings. Ennio Morricone's music comes unexpectedly to enhance all these memorable pictures.
    But, if Malick is a pantheist, he is also a christian and knows his bible by heart. The aforesaid plague of grasshoppers heralds a tragic end. The worm is in the fruit. Every garden of eden host the coming fall. In Malick's movies, man is always expelled from the beauty of the garden, but it's rather a matter of destiny than of fate.
    Let's not spoil the end.
    Let's just say that Malick's movie is not just a collection of nice pictures. It is lyrical, solar and elegiac.
    If you let yourself drift, if you are not scared of the wind and the snow, great emotions await you.

  • Written by couvent on 01.10.2022

    Rope is a movie about two young men, played by Farley Granger and Jon Dall, who kill a man for the chills and the pleasure of committing the perfect murder. They hide the body in a chest and invite all their friends to a diner. The tension is huge and the two characters are living the situation very differently : one is excited and enjoying teasing the guests, the other gets drunk to forget and is extremely awkward.
    This movie is very famous for being a sequence shot (with a few cuts very noticeable though). The atmosphere is even more tense as it is a behind closed door movie, and everything happens in one night. I love how you get involved with one of the character and the other one becomes quickly hateable.
    I highly recommend this movie if you’re a Hitchcock and thriller lover!

  • Written by couvent on 26.09.2022

    The wind rises is not what you could expect from a miyazaki movie. More realistic, darker and less dreamy. Yet the blow and the strenght of the movie is really remarkable. The whole life of Jiro Horikochi is told to us and at the same time the tormented pre-war Japan life. You can really feel the whole japan society modernising itself, a movement shown to us with the impressive earthquake at the beggining of the movie. An incredible animated sequence by the way.
    A large number of places and characters are shown to us and you can feel that they are tossed around and lost in these troubled times. And Jiro is one of them, trying to achieve his dream of flying and confronting himself to the harsh reality.

  • Written by couvent on 25.09.2022

    A room with a view is such a funny comedy. The english good society is depicted with such a biting way. Yet you can feel the love of the director for the eccentricity of some of characters. But its even more than that, the movie is a critic of conventions and rigidity of the society. One scene is particulary striking when Lucy, the heroine remembers her first kiss with George Emerson, after Cecil kissed her. This scene is so rememberable, you can really feel the power and beauty of desire.
    To conclude, this movie is so funny and moving at the same time, i really encourage you to watch it !

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