87% of mainstream block buster movies will let you down

December 1, 2007 at 10:14 pm | Posted in Film | 4 Comments
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Once again I watched a movie that my gut feeling had previously stopped me from watching – and found it to be as dull and boring as I biasedly thought it would be.

Chocolat (UK/USA 2000) – not even the chocolate is right, or since when were Mayan chocolates, spiced with chili, a thing that anybody craved for in the late 1950s? The main character, played by Juliette Binoche, is filled by an unbearable desire to do good to the people around her, ideally by the means of chocolate, and the audience eventually has to buy the message that it was better for the old lady Amande, who suffers from diabetes, to ruin her health happily by drinking gallons of hot chocolate, even though this leads to a premature death. Johnny Depp is the blandest gypsy ever, and the fact that not even the defamatory pamphlets to expel the gypsies are in French doesn’t make it better either.

I should really stop watching mainstream cinema.


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  1. Perhaps you have become too art house for your own good, eh? If you pick holes in everything maybe your world it fall apart?

  2. That must be a shabby little world that is build on movies like Chocolat, it might as well fall apart.

  3. I think our film world is perhaps every bit as shabby as you say it is.
    How many really good movies are released each year?
    How many are simply re-hashed crap? Sequels? Variations on a theme?
    You end up rummaging through foreign language films just to stay clear of the latest Hollywood releases (Die Hard 4, Shrek 3, Pirates of the Carribean 3…)
    Hollywood is too busy thinking about money.

  4. I completely agree with you. My latest post also talks a bit about that.

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