Xavier Defrang

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Glass

Watched

2015

The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films

The story of an unquenchable thirst for movie making at the origin of cult-classic exploitation movies from the 80s.

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Citizenfour

Absolutely fascinating and unprecedented look behind the scene of one of the bravest act of whistleblowing in recent history.

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Locke

More than a claustrophobic ode to family / business men living a second life in their sedan. Fantastic performance by Tom Hardy.

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Chappie

Die Antwoord and some leftover vfx from Elysium hardly make a movie. A gorgeous looking failure.

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Mad Max: Fury Road

Miller's post apocalyptic world building aesthetic elevated from ozploitation to Fine Arts. A gorgeous, relentless chase movie chock-full of insane non-stop action, sweating details like a purulent tumor.

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Ex Machina

Nothing ground breaking in here: feels like just another derivative AI movie. I should have rather rewatched 2001 or Blade Runner.

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Cobain: Montage of Heck

Incredibly intimate and wildly organic portrait of the eternal icon of the 90s. Heartbreaking account of the slow but steady decay of broken teenager, destroyed by smack and euthanized by fame.

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American: The Bill Hicks Story

Can't help but think that Bill deserved more than VHS quality gig footage and horrible faux 3D photo montages...

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 1)

It's getting hard to stand out with a "fish out of water" story and I don't know how far they can go with it but this was very entertaining. Great writing, dumb jokes, dark humor, a great lead character and a solid supporting cast.

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Jodorowsky's Dune

Fascinating post-mortem of one of the most influential film never made.

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Big Hero 6

Quite simply of of the most visually stunning movie I've ever seen. The plot and characters are definitely aimed at a young audience but the picture and animation is so gorgeous that it worth watching for the eye candy and the creativity alone.

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Gone Girl

What could have been an average thriller quickly turns into a multi-layered social commentary about marriage and media. Fincher delivers a solid 145 minutes of gorgeous cinematography.

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John Wick

Predictable and with Keanu Reeves. For one-man-army movies completionists only.

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People Just Do Nothing

Brilliantly funny and spot on parody of the UK garage pirate radio sub culture.

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Orange Is The New Black (Season 1 & 2)

Late to the party but I binge watched this one pretty hard. Most prison movie clichés are nicely avoided, great characters and good use of flashbacks to slowly build up the backstory. Can't wait for season 3.

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The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq

A marvel of raw minimalism which will delight fans of the author and/or the cult documentary series Strip-Tease.

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2014

Autómata

A clumsy and completely unnecessary Blade Runner "homage" where Dick's framework has been replaced by Asimov's. Obviously short on budget since the fairly convincing (albeit cliché) grim city setting quickly gets replaced by the cheapest desert ever. Honest question: if you're a director and love Blade Runner so much, why do you let yourself make this kind of crap?

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Bill Burr: I'm Sorry You Feel That Way

Great show. Some fantastic antinatalist bits in there.

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The Unbelievers

Dawkins and Krauss' epic crusade for reason, science and the quest for truth.

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Interstellar

Nolan focused so much on the supposedly realistic physics that he forgot to shoot a movie which actually makes sense. This is not hard sci-fi.

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White Bird in a Blizzard

Such a gorgeous looking movie really deserved a score by Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd.

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Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive

I wasn't familiar with Ansari's standup material and was pleasantly surprised by its bitterness. Good improv bits too.

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Appleseed Alpha

Nothing more than cyberpunk eye candy. Stunning design, subpar video grade script.

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Extant (Season 1)

The great premise quickly turned into a laughable mess, full of plot holes, clichés and terrible acting.

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Edge of Tomorrow

Visually stunning and surprisingly entertaining thanks to a well executed gimmick. It's refreshing to see Cruise playing a coward.

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Rampage: Capital Punishment

With the Rampage series, Uwe Boll had a chance to become the budget Michael Haneke of the 4chan generation. The follow-up to his nihilistic masterpiece is chock-full of heavy-handed tirades and the intimacy of an individual's drama has made way for a melting-pot of generic geopolitical, social and economical considerations.

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Enemy

After decades of use as a cheap North-American city backdrop, Toronto has never looked so good on film than as the centrepiece of this stunningly cold brutalist nightmare where the boundaries between identities keep getting blurrier. Denis Villeneuve is decidedly one impressive filmmaker.

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Ping Pong Summer

I'm a sucker for dork movies but this is more 80s than I can handle.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Anderson's signature geometric shots and abrupt cuts do get tiresome after a while but this is nonetheless a gorgeous and entertaining movie with an absolutely exquisite use of typography. This is much better than Moonrise Kingdom.

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The Last Ship

I started watching with little expectations and got entertained. I expected the finale to blow and it took an unexpected dark dystopian turn. Now I'm excited.

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The Zero Theorem

A complete mess of a script, visually distracting, questionably acted and with seriously poor production values. This is way closer to The Lawnmower Man than Brazil. Definitely not Terry Gilliam's finest hour.

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Snowpiercer

Not at all the trainwreck (pun intended) one might have expected as the movie addresses the timeless question of utilitarianism. We barely have the time to enjoy the beautiful claustrophobic and retrofuturist aesthetics as rebels beat, slash and shoot their way through an horizontal hierarchy. Tilda Swinton is, once again, amazing.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Not funny enough to be a comedy, not serious enough to please hard sci-fi nerds. My expectations were probably too high to start with.

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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me The Missing Pieces

A must see for any self-respecting Twin Peaks fan. There's some batshit crazy stuff in there. Just enjoy the priceless gift of seeing new scenes with Agent Desmond, long-lost Jeffries or Sheriff Truman, Andy and Hawk.

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They Came Together

Some funny moments, few and far between. Despite their talent Poehler and Rudd can't salvage what should have remained a Funny or Die skit.

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Halt and Catch Fire (Season 1)

This could have been a simple mashup between Triumph Of The Nerds, Mad Men and American Psycho but with its complex characters, it goes well beyond that. Astounding job from the technical consultants.

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Boyhood

This astounding piece of work transcends the gimmickry of its fabrication. Linklater always strikes the right note and so do all the actors. Brilliant!

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

It takes some kind of talent to manage to retain my attention when the hero's sole weapon is a shield. Mission accomplished.

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Brick

A masterful, incredibly stylish piece of neo film noir. A strange playfulness and surreal atmosphere reminiscent of Twin Peaks' best moments.

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Blue Ruin

I'm a sucker for revenge flicks but this is just good movie making, plain and simple. What a great atmosphere all along. Bonus point for the A-Team reference.

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Blue Is The Warmest Color

I was going in expecting some "Rochelle, Rochelle" caliber art-house exploitation but if you edit out most of the fairly useless (and at times awkward) scenes everyone has been talking about, what remains is a masterpiece of brutal realism and stellar acting.

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Non-Stop

Entertaining thriller set behind closed cabin doors. Rather cheap production values but still effective nonetheless.

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RoboCop (2014)

While not the train wreck one would have expected, the utility of this remake is still questionable. It sorely lacks the filth of Verhoeven's original masterpiece.

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The LEGO Movie

What would happen if an hyperactive kid had an infinite amount of LEGO bricks?

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Before Midnight

Outstanding dialogues and stellar acting, as expected. Also features what is probably the most epic and realistic couple argument ever put on film.

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Womb

A tale of cloning and incest told at a glacial pace and with eerie visuals. Even though the concept could have been better developed, this should be mandatory viewing for any candidate to motherhood.

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Girls: Season 3

Dunham keeps the bar high. Every episode has been a gem.

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Frances Ha

Cute, well played, for the mumblecore enthusiast.

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

I usually like silly will Ferrell movies but this was mostly boring. How about a sequel to Step Brothers?

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Assault on Wall Street

Boll was definitely onto something with this one: the subprime crisis seen from the bottom of the food chain. Too bad the setup takes ages and the actual action feels a little rushed.

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Le Skylab

A blast from the past for everyone who has experienced France in the late 70s and early 80s.

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The Spectacular Now

A simple portray of today's youth, unencumbered of any unnecessary larger-than-life drama.

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Ender's Game

Would probably have been a favorite of my 12 years old self. The whole thing falls flat and would have benefited from a more cynical, Verhoeven-like screenwriting.

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Blue Jasmine

Mostly enjoyable for the fantastic cast and sweet San Francisco and Hamptons scenery.

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Her

A fascinating and beautifully shot exploration of the future of loneliness and intimacy.

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Lone Survivor

Black Hawk Down for the 2010s. Half-decent and fairly conventional war/survival movie with the dose of American patriotism one would expect from such a production.

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Captain Phillips

Once again, Paul Greengrass turns a well known story into a riveting film. Outstanding performance by both Abdi and Hanks.

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Escape Plan

An 80s cast portraying stock characters in a typical sadistic prison break movie. Best suited for the B movie crowd.

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Astounding: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + ... = -1/12

Mindblowing! Possibly one of the best Numberphile episodes yet.

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Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee: Louis C.K.

Beautifully shot and funny as always, Jerry Seinfeld's web series is back for a third season with one of the best episodes yet. You'll just want to have coffee with these guys.

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Computer Chess

Now this is some next level thoughtful nerd drama. An weirdly shot UFO of a movie.

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2013

2 Guns

Generic, derivative, uninspired, useless.

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Pacific Rim

The only difference between this and the knockoff produced by The Asylum is the budget.

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Dream On

I'm a sucker for everything early 90s New York. A Dream On rerun was long overdue. It ain't no Seinfeld but it surely is always enjoyable.

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The Dirties

Gus Van Sant meets 4chan

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The Way Way Back

Great casting for another lighthearted comedy/drama focusing on an outcast teen

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The To Do List

Much needed attempt at feminizing the usual coming of age comedy. Not always on the mark but... Aubrey Plaza!

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Gravity

Beatifully paced and visually stunning. A milestone movie which could have been perfect without some unnecessary sentimentalism.

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