• A Few Good Men

    A Few Good Men

    ★★★★★

    Dear reader,
    this movie and I, we go a long way back.

    In order to explain, let's share some personal history. In 1989, my grandmother died, and my parents decided we were going to move to my mothers parental house to live with my grandfather. Three years later, when the movie came out, due to some undisclosed stuff, we moved back from where we came. At the end of the year, or maybe the year after, we were going to…

  • Black Box

    Black Box

    ★★½

    Suffering from amnesia after a car crash killing his wife, a young father undergoes a new hypnosis based virtual reality like treatment to get his memory back, but gradually he realizes he's not who he thinks he is.

    Initially it looks like this is all the same old tropes all over again, but thankfully the mystery, together with a strong lead performance, is what keeps this movie afloat. The doctor is not the most enjoyable or realistic character, but in this genre (not a whodunit but a whoami) of a man searching for his identity there are worse choices.

  • Cadaver

    Cadaver

    ★★½

    Post apocalyptic horror, it always lures me in, mostly against better knowing.

    Starvation.
    A free diner in a hotel is then always welcome. A couple and their young daughter decide to participate, and are spectators of a play in the hotel. Or are they participants?

    Easily the best part of the movie is the hotel and its lighting. The different rooms create a peculiar atmosphere, and the use of colors is magnificent. Performances are a bit muddled, and the story, well, some may find it intriguing, I thought it was pretty exhausting and tiring. It remains watchable though because of the setting and the cinematography.

  • Unhinged

    Unhinged

    ★★

    I hope Russell Crowe gained some extra weight so he could act the sweat out of him in this cat and mouse road rage with serious consequences thriller. He's having a bad day, as we already learn in the prologue (causes are 'revealed' later) and when he's honked at not too politely by a (young) mother and her late for school son, he continues his streak.

    It's pretty basic in the first act, with the depiction of the everyday mundane…

  • 12 Hour Shift

    12 Hour Shift

    ★★½

    Not related to the long Covid-19 shifts in any hospital around the globe, nor to the 1.2 hour duration of the movie, 12 Hour Shift is a strange beast. It's a black comedy, with odd characters and a schizophrenic nature: not a true horror or thriller, more like a drama, even with touches of a musical (soundtrack is bad though).

    It's refreshing, original, well acted but despite the short duration I cannot explain the need to fast forward towards the end. Great time spending with these characters, but apparently not too long.

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    ★★★★

    When a protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention ends up in a clash with the police, the organizers are put to trial depicted in this courtroom drama, tailor made for the talents of Mr. Sorkin.

    For these type of movies to succeed, you need at least two things: performances and dialogue should be top level to be able to lure you in. The cast is magnificent, as simple as that. And for the dialogue: if Sorkin is not the…

  • First Blood

    First Blood

    ★★★½

    First Blood, first time: I had this logged as watched, but after seeing this now, I have to admit that wasn't the truth.

    When John Rambo is looking for his old colleague soldier he receives some bad news. When he meets the local sheriff further down the road who isn't as friendly as he'd liked, his PTSD causes him to snap and he decides to fight the local law enforcement in an exhilarating action survival thriller.

    Lots of familiar faces…

  • The Lie

    The Lie

    ★★½

    Ain't going to lie: this is kinda thought provoking. From a simple movie in the genre of a small mistake sets my world upside down, it becomes more and more questionable as the plot unravels. Still watchable though, how will this end?

    And then the end is there. Your suspension of disbelief is put to the test. I predict an interesting rating bar distribution in a few months time.

  • The Wolf of Snow Hollow

    The Wolf of Snow Hollow

    ★★★

    Once again, after the rather brilliant Thunder Road, Cummings (police officer in a quiet snowy town and alcoholic) has some serious personal problems: difficult situation with ex wife and daughter, and his dad (the sheriff) is suffering from a heart murmur. On top of that young women are killed at full moon, and it's pretty doubtful he can cope with all that.

    Back in the old days of the X-files, there were some mysterious episodes with a large comedic approach,…

  • The Relic

    The Relic

    ★★½

    A bad night at the museum when staff, police and visitors from a gala event are chased in an Alien way by a hybrid lizard which ought to be a god in some South American culture.

    This must be one of the top opening sentences I've ever written, but as a movie it's nothing special. It feels like an overlong X-files episode, complete with beautiful scientist coupled with a servant of the law. It surely is a child of the…

  • Rojo

    Rojo

    ★½

    The main plot is interesting enough, performances are decent and it looks good, but all this side stuff completely took me out of the movie.

  • Snowden

    Snowden

    ★★★½

    Having a conscience can have great consequences: when Snowden, a brilliant programmer, starts working for the American intelligence agencies he set a noble goal that his work actually would mean something for the security of all of us. Gradually he realizes that everything's not what it seems, and that his work is used for less meaningful purposes. That's when he quits, and rings the bell.

    Quite lengthy, Snowden still manages to entertain mostly because of the adequate performances and the…