Saturday, April 07, 2007

Movie Watch! - You'll Get Over It and Grindhouse

While I'm currently watching Series 1 of Le Bureau on Veoh, I will also multitask and review the past few movies I've watched:

1) You'll Get Over It (À cause d'un garçon) (2002) - This French movie was originally made for TV and in many ways, that's pretty obvious. It's a fairly obtuse coming-of-age-and-out-of-the-closet story, starring Julien Baumgartner as Vincent Molina. The cover would have you believe it's something along the lines of a light teen comedy, maybe because the American title is so much like that horrific Kirsten dunst teen flick, Get Over It. The cover would also have you believe that some Hilary Swank imposter stars as the gay teen male. Hmm... That's not a good start. Anyways, watching the movie was straight-forward and formulaic for the most part. Luckily, the cast is absurdly, excessively beautiful. In fact, this whole thing reminded me of a WB hyper-melodramatic teen soap, very much like my favorite of the crappy WB bunch, Young Americans. Anyways, I'm not entirely sure what went on in the film, because the translations were so obviously oversimplified that I feel like Google Language Tools was involved. But in the end, beautiful Julien Baumgarten ends up with astoundingly attractive Jérémie Elkaïm through means that I don't think even the writers could explain if they tried. Most of it wasn't terribly sensitive (or logical), but Julia Maraval as Vincent's stilted ex-girlfriend Noémie was actually interesting and complex. Too bad they barely got into explaining her whole deal. But that's all okay, because it was quite a treat to watch in the middle of the night. Pretty people make everything better. 6/10

2) Grindhouse (2007) - Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino make an action-packed, extremely hilarious romp of a double feature. It was loud, campy, brash, hyperviolent, bluntly sexual, frightening, disturbing, amazing time. It was amazing. Do watch it - if you can stomach it. 9/10

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