The Suburbs

That’s pretty much how I would sum up my summer in London; it’s all in the new Arcade Fire album -a lifechanging one as far as I’m concerned. I’m still listening to it daily now I’m back in Paris, can’t seem to get enough of it yet.

Sooooooo I know, I haven’t updated this blog in a while but to be honest, I only had two days of holidays before starting classes (which I spent in Côte d’Azur), and it’s all been really hectic from then on, especially now that I’m studying in Sciences Po. I miss actual uni though, and it’s been very weird switching from one establishment to the other, very weird indeed.

I didn’t get to go to the cinema that much at all, between all the lectures and the weekly readings and the presentations and whatnots. I’m swamped with work at the moment, and it’s only about to get worse. Since I’m so late on my reviews, I’m going to take the lazy way around and rate all the films (out of 5 stars) I’ve seen since…April? There aren’t that many:

Bad Lieutenant, directed by Werner Herzog **
Iron Man 2, directed by Jon Favreau *1/2
Green Zone, directed by Paul Greengrass *****
Kick-Ass, directed by Matthew Vaughn ***
New York, I Love You, directed by Fatih Akin, etc. ***
Clash of the Titans, directed by Louis Leterrier *1/2
London Nights, directed by Alexis Dos Santos ***1/2
Robin Hood, directed by Ridley Scott **1/2
Sex & the City 2, directed by Michael Patrick King
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, directed by Mike Newell **1/2
Toy Story 3, directed by Lee Unkrich *****
Millenium, part 2, directed by Daniel Alfredson ***1/2
Inception, directed by Chris Nolan ***** (review here)
El Secreto de Sus Ojos, directed by Juan José Campanella *****
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, directed by Edgar Wright ****
The Expandables, directed by Sylvester Stallone *1/2
The Town, directed by Ben Affleck ****

A few remarks:
*It’s been a bad movie year overall, I KNOW.
*Paul Greengrass will always get five stars from me, regardless of the subject he’s treating (kidding. Or not).
*Almost didn’t award five stars to Inception for being a ‘minor’ Chris Nolan work, but then I was reminded of Wally Pfister’s photography and changed my mind.
*Pixar, as usual, has made one of the best movies this year. Toy Story 3 made me miss my childhood tremendously and made me cry buckets, of course.
*I was literally dragged into the theater for two of these films: Sex & the City 2, which was awful (I’ve never seen the TV show or the first film) and the Expandables, a huge waste of time.
*I was disappointed by Robin Hood; although the visuals were fine, the screenplay was simply rubbish
*El Secreto de Sus Ojos is overwhelmingly good; it’s how storytelling should be done, people! Definitely one of the best films around this year, that Best Foreign Film Oscar is more than deserved.
*Kick-Ass did live up to the hype -it was great entertainment, but not much more substance to it. Elsewhere in the fanboy universe, Edgar Wright was much, much more successful: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is unabashedly funny and a real treat in terms of visuals. It will be released in France only in December though.
*Ben Affleck is a great director; I wish he’d given the part he played in his own film to somebody else. Nonetheless, The Town shows very promising filmmaking.

That’s about it for now, sorry this is such a short post and not proper reviews! I’ll get around to it eventually, and with the awards season coming up, it’s bound to be a news-filled blog again! See you soon.

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