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Sunday, December 3rd, 2023

V for Vendetta

Categories: [ TV/Cinema ]



In a totalitarian London, Evey is harassed by members of the political police because she's walking outside after curfew. She is saved by a man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask who introducing himself as “V”. V takes Evey to the roof of a building to admire his work: destroying the Old Bailey. The next morning, by hijacking the public television network, V invites the citizens to join him in exactly on year from now, on November 5th, outside the House of Parliament. Evey helps V escape and he takes her to his lair. V kills three members of the ruling political party, the last one with Evey's help, but she betrays him and flees. Finch, a policeman assigned to capture V, discovers that twenty years earlier the murder victims were all working at a secret facility doing research on human beings to create a new virus. Only one human guinea pig developed a natural immunity, allowing to produce a cure, but he escaped the facility during a fire. The virus killed hundred of thousands in what was presumed to be a terrorist attack. The political situation then allowed Sutler, the head of the now ruling party, to seize power and install a dictatorship. Simultaneously, selling the cure enriched some members of the party. Evey takes shelter with her former boss, but his house is attacked because his latest TV show makes fun of Sutler. Evey hides, but is eventually caught, imprisoned and tortured. She refuses to submit to her captors and is then released and discovers she was actually being manipulated by V who was teaching her (the hard way) how not to be afraid anymore. Realizing that V is avenging the death of human guinea pigs, she promises to see him again before November 5th. V then convinces Creedy, head of the secret police, to betray Sutler and replace him in exchange of V's surrender. As November 5th approaches, V distributes hundreds of thousand of Guy Fawkes masks across the country leading to a rise of anonymous chaos and eventually riots. V takes Evey to the restored London underground where a train full of explosives is programmed to go under the House of Parliament and gives her the choice to start the train or not. V then meets Creed who delivers Sutler to him and he kills them both, getting mortally wounded in the process before going and lying down in the train. Finch finds Evey and V's body at that moment, but he allows to start the train. With Sutler and Creedy dead, the soldiers deployed on the street have no order to stop the countless citizens dressed as V as the converge towards Parliament House and witness its destruction.

[ Posted on December 3rd, 2023 at 17:28 | no comment | ]

Sunday, October 29th, 2023


Categories: [ TV/Cinema ]



The Protagonist, a CIA agent who retrieved an artefact during an operation in Kyiv is hired by Tenet. The organization briefs him on objects (such as bullets) who move backwards through time. With his handler Neil, he traces the source of those objects to an arms dealer, Priya Singh, in Mumbai. Priya is also a member of Tenet and obtains the inverted bullets from Russian oligarch Andrei Sator who can communicate with the future. Sator's estranged wife Kat is an art appraiser who authenticated a forged Goya by her friend Arepo. Sator uses the painting to blackmail his wife. The Protagonist buys Kat's help by trying to recover the Goya from a freeport facility at Oslo airport, but the attempt is thwarted by two masked men who emerge from either side of a machine. Priya later explains the machine is a turnstile, used for inverting: the two people were the same person traveling in opposite directions in time. She also explains that Sator sabotaged the CIA operation in Kyiv and that the police got the artifact, which is Pu-241. Kat introduces the Protagonist to her husband and both agree to cooperate to recover the artefact in Tallinn while it is transported by road, but an inverted Sator holding Kat hostage attempts steals it from them. The Protagonist hides the artefact and is captured with Neil by Sator who interrogates them at a freeport facility and shoots Kat with an inverted bullet. Tenet troops arrive but Sator escapes via a turnstile. They all invert themselves to save Kat's life, and the inverted Protagonist drives back to the ambush to retrieve the artefact, but encounters Sator who takes it. The Protagonist and his gang then travels back in time to the freeport in Oslo, fights his past self, enter the turnstile with Neil and Kat and all get de-inverted. He then meets Priya who reveals that Sator know has all nine pieces of the Algorithm, a device designed by antagonists from the future to invert the world and destroy its past. The Protagonist remembers a past conversation and realizes that Sator will detonate the Algorithm in his hometown of Stalsk-12 on a past day, in order to deliver it to the antagonists of the future. On a Tenet ship traveling back to the day of the detonation, Kat reveals that Sator is sick and dying. He will go back to a happy moment in his life, on the same day, on his yacht in Vietnam, and commit suicide, his death triggering the detonation. Kat poses as her former self and prevents Sator from killing himself long enough for two Tenet commandos, one going forward in time and one backwards, to make a diversion, allowing the Protagonist to steal the Algorithm. He is trapped by Sator's man who puts him in contact with Sator from Vietnam. Sator reveals the antagonists want to escape the effects of climate change. An inverted Neil then sacrifices himself, allowing the Protagonist to recover the Algorithm. Not-yet-dead Neil reveals he was hired by the future Protagonist and then goes and gets inverted to help recover the Algorithm. Later Priya plans to kill Kat, because she knows too much. The Protagonist realizes he created Tenet and kills Priya first.

[ Posted on October 29th, 2023 at 15:07 | no comment | ]

Monday, October 23rd, 2023

Knives Out

Categories: [ TV/Cinema ]



Harlan Thrombey, a rich mystery novelist dies on the evening of his 85th birthday. Despite the slit throat, the police concludes to a suicide. Private investigator Benoit Blanc is anonymously hired to investigate and discovers that each member of the family has motives for murder. Harlan's nurse Marta know what happens: she confused two bottles of medicine and accidentally injected him an overdose of morphine. To protect her and her illegal immigrant mother, Harlan tells her that he is going to commit suicide while she executes his plan: leave the house normally, come back in secret, disguise herself as him to be seen by a witness so as to create the illusion that he ist still alive after she has left, and leave again in secret. Marta cannot lie without vomiting, so she gives accurate but incomplete answers when questioned by Blanc, whom she assists in her investigation while concealing evidence that would incriminate her. Marta is then bequeathed Harlan's entire fortune, which enrages the family. Harlan's grandson Ransom pretends to help her, but manipulates her into confessing to him, blackmailing her for a share of the inheritance. Marta then receives a blackmail note indicating that the toxicology report of Harlan's death will reveal she killed him. She and Ransom drive to the medical examiner's office and discover it has burnt. She then receives an e-mail to meet the blackmailer. At the rendezvous, she discovers the Fran, the cook, drugged and tied to a chair. While Marta calls for help, Fran reveals where in the house a copy of the toxicology report is hidden. Caught up by Blanc, she confesses to him (although Ransom had already told him the story); as she caused Harlan's death, she cannot anymore inherit. Back at the house, the report shows that Harlan only had traces of morphine in his blood. Blanc reveals his deductions to the family: Ransom had swapped the contents of the medicine bottles to ensure that Marta would kill Harlan. But Marta still gave the correct medication because out of habit she identified the drugs by their viscosity and only later noticed the labels were wrong. Ransom then anonymously hired Blanc to expose Marta. As Fran saw Ransom tampering with the medication, she blackmailed him, and when he learned that Marta had not killed Harlan, he forwarded the blackmail note to her and burnt the medical examiner's office to destroy the evidence before overdosing Fran. Blanc and Marta manage to get Ransom to confess by pretending that Fran survived the overdose. He is then arrested for murder, Marta inherits Harlan's fortune, with no intend to share it with Harlan's children who were all more or less nasty to her.

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Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023

Seven Chances

Categories: [ TV/Cinema/Buster Keaton ]



Jimmie is in love with Mary but does not dare telling here. The brokerage firm where he's a junior partner is in financial difficulties. When a lawyer visits him to tell him he's going to inherit money, he and his partner Meekin first run away believing he is summoning them to a trial. They finally sit together and read the will, that would give Jimmie seven million dollars if he gets married before 7 PM on the day of his 27th birthday, which is today. Jimmie immediately asks Mary in marriage, but clumsy wording about his motivations causes her to immediately break up with him. She however changes her mind and sends a hired hand to deliver a note to Jimmie. Meanwhile, Meekin convinces Jimmie to propose to any of the seven women he knows at the country club restaurant, to save the firm. One by one, they refuse and mock him. Meekin then publishes Jimmie's predicament and potential inheritance in the evening newspaper, announcing that Jimmie would marry any woman who presents herself at the church at 5 PM. A crowd of veiled woman gathers at the church, but the priest refuses to perform any ceremony, announcing it was a bad prank. Escaping the angry women, Jimmie finally receives Mary's note. Followed by the mob of women, Jimmie runs first through the city then through the countryside (escaping an avalanche of rocks) to reach Mary's house where Meekin is also waiting. Alas, Meekin's clock show he's a few minutes too late. Mary still wants to marry him, money or not, but Jimmie refuses to let her share his impeding disgrace. As he leaves, he sees from the church's clock that Meekin's watch was fast. He and Mary wed just in time.

[ Posted on October 3rd, 2023 at 11:41 | no comment | ]

Rocket Man

Categories: [ TV/Cinema ]



Elton John enters an addiction rehabilitation session and starts talking about his life. Born Reginald Dwight in the 1950s, he shows an talent for playing the piano by ear. He is not loved by his father (who leaves when his mother has an affair) and little by his mother. Fond of rock'n roll, he starts playing at local pub. As an adult he first plays backup for touring American bands, before he is given advice to write his own songs and become someone. He changes his name to Elton John. His producer at DJM Records introduces him to Bernie Taupin who writes lyrics, for which Elton composes the music. Your Song becomes famous and Elton goes to play in Los Angeles where Crocodile Rock becomes a success. There Elton meets John Reid, a music manager who becomes his lover. As his success increases, Elton starts a life of debauchery. Reid convinces him to tell his parents that he's gay, but they don't care, his mother telling him that he will never be properly loved. Elton falls into depression where he is emotionally abused by Reid and becomes an addict to alcohol and other drugs. After a suicide attempt during a party he is rushed to the hospital, then thrust on stage by Reid. Elton has a brief marriage with sound engineer Renate, after which he falls out with his mother and Bernie. After suffering a heart attack, he leaves a concert without warning and decides to go into rehabilitation. He realizes he does not need approval from his parents, rekindles his friendship with Bernie and eventually returns to a successful career without the support of drugs. He eventually gets married to David.

[ Posted on October 3rd, 2023 at 11:13 | no comment | ]

Sunday, September 24th, 2023

Bohemian Rhapsody

Categories: [ TV/Cinema ]



In 1970, after listening to a gig by Smile, Farrokh Bulsara meets and is attracted to Mary Austin. He then offers himself as Smile's new singer. Together they play across Britain and Farrokh soon convinces the band to record an album. They attract EMI's attention. Farrokh then changes his name to Freddy Mercury and renames the band Queen. The band is managed by Paul Prenter, who is attracted to Freddy. They go on an American tour, after which Freddy proposes to Mary, but starts questioning his sexuality. In 1975, EMI refuses to release a single of Bohemian Rhapsody, so they quit, and the song becomes a hit. Freddy has an affair with Paul, and when Mary learns his homosexuality, she breaks the engagement but they remain close friends. Paul has a strong influence on Freddy who drinks, takes drugs, organizes wild parties and slowly drifts away from his friends. Paul eventually convinces Freddy to record a solo album in 1984 in Munich. Mary manages to convince Freddy that Paul is a bad influence and he fires him before coming back to England to play in the Live Aid benefit concert (Queen was invited, but Paul hid that fact from Freddy). Freddy reconciles with the band, learns he's got AIDS, tells the band, they play in Live Aid which is a big success. Freddie reconnects with Jim Hutton, whom he had hit on during a party many years earlier and who had told Freddy to find him when he learns self-acceptance.

[ Posted on September 24th, 2023 at 18:55 | no comment | ]

Monday, September 11th, 2023

Solaris (1972)

Translation: [ Google | Babelfish ]

Categories: [ TV/Cinema ]



La plantète Solaris semble se comporter comme un unique organisme, une sorte de cerveau. Depuis une station spatiale en orbite, des scientifiques tentent depuis des décennies d'en percer les mystères, sans succès. Kris Kelvin est envoyé dans la station pour décider si elle doit être abandonnée. Il découvre la présence de personnes que les deux scientifiques restants tentent de cacher. Au lendemain de sa première nuit, il trouve dans sa chambre sa femme Hari, pourtant décédée dix ans plus tôt. On lui apprend que depuis qu'on a envoyé un faisceau de rayons X vers l'océan de Solaris, ces êtres sont apparus. Ils sont immortels et peuvent se régénérer (non sans souffrir). Les scientifiques décident alors d'envoyer un faisceau de rayons X modulés par les ondes cérébrales de Kelvin. Hari sait qu'elle n'est pas humaine et en souffre beaucoup, d'autant plus qu'elle est tombée amoureuse de Kris. Elle tente de se suicider, mais ressuscite peu après. Kelvin finit par tomber malade et à son réveil on lui donne une lettre de Hari expliquant qu'elle à demandé aux deux autres de la faire disparaître. On lui explique aussi que depuis que le faisceau modulé a été envoyé, plus aucun nouvel être n'est apparu, et des îles ont commencé à se former dans l'océan de Solaris. Kelvin décide alors de rester vivre sur une de ces îles, où se trouve reproduite la maison de ses parents.

[ Posted on September 11th, 2023 at 10:03 | no comment | ]

Monday, August 21st, 2023

Casino Royale

Categories: [ TV/Cinema/James Bond ]



The real James Bond is retired, while another man continues le legend under his name. But as many secret agents of all countries are eliminated by SMERSH, Bond is coerced into coming out of retirement by the explosion of his mansion, in which M is killed. Bond returns M's toupee to his widow in Scotland. She really is Mimi, a SMERSH agent tasked with destroying Bond's celibate image, which fails. Bond then goes back to London and becomes the new M, where he learns the agents are eliminated because they cannot resist sex. Bond orders all remaining agents to be called James Bond to confuse SMERSH. He then hires millionaire and former agent Vesper Lynd to hire baccarat expert Evelyn Tremble. The goal is to prevent SMERSH agent Le Chiffre from recovering the money he embezzled from his organization by winning at the Casino Royale. Based on a tip from Mimi, Bond sends his daughter Mata to West Berlin to infiltrate a SMERSH training centre. There she foils Le Chiffre's other money-making scheme, selling compromising photographs of world military leaders. Tremble and Lynd then arrives at Casino Royale and foil an attempt to disable Tremble. The latter then observes Le Chiffre and discovers he cheats using infrared glasses. Lynd steals the glasses and Tremble wins the game. Le Chiffre then captures and tortures Tremble with hallucinogens. The latter is saved but then killed by Lynd. Le Chiffre is then eliminated by SMERSH. In London, Mata is kidnapped by SMERSH in a giant flying saucer. Bond and Moneypenny travel to Casino Royale to rescue her and discover there an underground lair belonging to the evil Dr. Noah, in reality Jimmy Bond, James' nephew. Jimmy's plan is to release a bacteriological agent that will make all women beautiful and kill all men taller than 4"6', leaving him as the big man who gets all the girls. Another, female James Bond whom Jimmy had kidnapped earlier poisoned Jimmy with a miniature atom bomb. Bond, Moneypenny and Mata escape from the lair back to the casino where Bond establishes that Lynd is a double agent. The casino is overrun by secret agents and a battle ensues, with American and French support, adding to the chaos. Jimmy finally explodes, destroying the Casino and killing all people in it.

[ Posted on August 21st, 2023 at 12:03 | no comment | ]


Categories: [ TV/Cinema ]



John Kruger's job at the US Marshals is to give witnesses a new identity to protect them from criminals against which they are going to testify. He therefore erases the past life of Lee Cullen who alerted the FBI that her company Cyrez is selling secret military weapons to other countries. But Kruger learns that several of his protected witnesses have been kidnapped or killed, indicating there is a mole in his service. With his old mentor DeGuerin and a few colleagues, they attempt to rescue a kidnapped witness, who is murdered by one of the Marshals. During the flight back, the three rogue Marshals try to kill Kruger, who escapes by jumping with a parachute. Having signalled Cullen that she is not safe anymore, they meet at the planned rendezvous point in the New York zoo. They are attacked by DeGuerin's men but manage to escape. Kruger and Cullen return to Cyrez to decrypt a data disc Cullen had copied with the help of the FBI. They discover that a shipment of weapons is for the Russian mafia is going to leave the Baltimore docks. Cullen is then kidnapped by DeGuerin who takes her aboard the ship. Kruger gets help from Johnny, a witness he recently “erased”, who contacts his cousin, a mobster at the docks. They plan an assault on the dock and manage to free Cullen. After a fight, Kruger exposes DeGuerin's scheme to their boss. Weeks later, the rogue Marshals are indicted but there is not enough evidence for a conviction. Kruger fakes his and Cullen's death. After the rogue Marshals have been liberated, Kruger poses as their limousine driver, then leaves the car on a railway track where it is hit by an oncoming train.

[ Posted on August 21st, 2023 at 11:00 | no comment | ]

Sunday, August 13th, 2023

Crocodile Dundee

Categories: [ TV/Cinema ]



Sue Charlton, an American journalist, goes into the Australian bush to meet Mick “Crocodile” Dundee who is said to have survived an attack by a crocodile and crawled back home minus one leg. In Walkabout Creek she discovers the story is exaggerated, despite Mick having a bite wound in his calf. They travel together for two days in the wild, retracing Mick's steps on his trip back home. Sue discovers a beautiful country, some of the customs of the aboriginals, and not-quiet falls in love with Mick. She invites him to come back with her in New York. There Mick discovers a world very different from what he knows and commits several social blunders. Sue's fiancé Richard looks down on Mick because they obviously do not have the same upbringing. After one evening in town, Sue and Mick kiss. On the next day, Sue, Richard and Mick are invited to dinner at Sue's father's mansion, where Richard proposes to Sue; she does not reject him, so he assumes she agrees. Mick spends the rest of the night getting drunk and is attacked by a pimp (who he had punched a few days before when he was chatting with prostitutes, unaware of their trade) and saved by Sue's family's driver. The next morning he leaves the hotel and plans to walkabout around America. Sue arrives just after he left, and she runs after him to the subway station. From one end the platform, packed with people, she tells Mick, who is on the other end, that she loves him. As they are too far away, their dialog is relayed by a few people in the crowd.

[ Posted on August 13th, 2023 at 18:59 | no comment | ]

Tuesday, August 8th, 2023

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Categories: [ TV/Cinema ]



Mr. Peabody is a talking, very intelligent dog who has adopted a boy, Sherman. Together they travel in time for fun in a machine invented by Peabody named WABAC. When Sherman starts school, he is soon bullied by Penny because his father is a dog. A fight ensues, after which social services, in the person of Mrs. Grunion threaten to take Sherman away from his father. Peabody invites Penny's parents in an attempt to convince them to withdraw their complaint, but Sherman is teased by Penny about George Washington and the cherry tree, reveals the existence of WABAC and takes her to ancient Egypt. Sherman comes back alone and asks Peabody for help, as Penny has stayed behind and wants to marry Tutankhamun. Father and son travel back to Egypt and convince Penny to come back with them. As they are out of fuel, they stop in Florence to visit Leonardo da Vinci who helps them build a device that will jump-start WABAC. During their stay, Sherman and Penny bond. On their way back, Sherman learns that he risks being taken away from his father, they argue, and accidentally arrive during the Trojan war. They have an accident with the horse, Peabody is presumed dead and the two children go back to the present, a few minutes before they have left, to ask help from the earlier Peabody. Grunion arrives soon after and wants to take Sherman away and the Peabody that was thought dead suddenly appears (having built another WABAC in Troy). This causes a confusion in which Sherman touches his earlier self, the tow boys merge which creates a cosmic shockwave that causes the various pasts they have visited to pour into the present. More confusion ensues, at the end of which Grunion's attempt to take Sherman is opposed by Washington and all the other historical characters. Peabody and Sherman then travel a few minutes in the future to repair the rip in spacetime and all historical characters return to their time, Agamemnon taking Grunion with him. Sherman returns to school and is now friends with Penny. In Troy, Agamemnon marries Grunion.

[ Posted on August 8th, 2023 at 12:33 | no comment | ]

Sunday, August 6th, 2023

The Apartment

Categories: [ TV/Cinema ]



New York, end of 1959. Bud Baxter works for an insurance company and regularly lends his apartment to four of his superiors when they need a few hours alone with their lovers. In exchange, he gets glowing reviews, which attract the attention of the director of personnel Sheldrake. The latter also wants access to the apartment. Baxter is secretly in love with elevator operator Fran Kubelik, but he does not know that she is also Sheldrake's current lover. Sheldrake promises her to divorce his wife but always has excuses to delay doing it. During an office party on Christmas Eve, Fran learns that she's only the latest in a long string of Sheldrake's girlfriends to whom he had made the same promises. Later that evening at the apartment, Sheldrake leaves Fran alone in it to go celebrate Christmas with his family. When Bud comes back to his place, he find that Fran has attempted to commit suicide; he asks help from his neighbour, a doctor, who saves her life. Following the doctor's advice, Bud convinces Fran to stay with him for two days until she is recovered. They start playing gin rummy, but Fran is too tired to concentrate on the game. Later, as they prepare an informal romantic dinner, Fran she is retrieved by her sister's violent husband who punches Bud because he believes he is the reason for Fran's attempted suicide. Sheldrake fires his secretary and former lover for having told Fran about his girlfriends, and for revenge she tells his wife about them. Being kicked out of his home by his wife, Sheldrake believes he can finally marry Fran and on New Year's Eve he asks Bud for the key of his apartment. Bud refuses and quits his new, prestigious job as Sheldrake's executive assistant. He then goes home and starts packing. Sheldrake takes Fran to a New Year party, but she leaves him, runs back to Bud's apartment and asks him to finish their game of gin rummy.

[ Posted on August 6th, 2023 at 12:11 | no comment | ]

Thursday, July 13th, 2023

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Categories: [ TV/Cinema ]



In 1944, Indiana Jones and his friend Basil Shaw recover one half of the Antikythera mechanism, built by Archimedes, from Voller, a Nazi astrophysicist who takes part in the looting of a castle in the French Alps. In 1969 in New York City, Indy is old, depressed, and retires from his work at the university; Marion is going to divorce him and his son Mutt died in the Vietnam war. He is contacted by Shaw's daughter Helena who wants to recover the Antikythera. She tells Indy that her late father believed that the mechanism was built to locate a fracture is space-time that would allow to travel back in time. Helena, in debt, just wants to to sell it. They are chased by Voller's men, assisted by the CIA (as Voller played an important role in the Apollo project), but manage to escape through the parade celebrating the Moon landing. Indy, suspected of the murders committed by Voller's men, chases Helena to Tangiers where he prevents the sale of the mechanism in an auction. Accompanied by Helena's young friend Teddy, they escape on a tuk-tuk and are chased by both Voller's men and Helena's former fiancé, a gangster. Voller, disavowed after going rogue, is apprehended by the CIA, but manages to escape. Indy and his friends follow Voller to Greece, where, with the help of a friend, they dive in the Aegean Sea to the second half of the wreck where the mechanism was first found, located much deeper, in order to recover a graphikos that contains coded indications as to the location of the other half of the mechanism. Voller's gang catches up with them again, but they again manage to escape and go to Archimedes' tomb in Sicily, as indicated by the graphikos. Inside a labyrinthine cavern, Indy and Helena find the tomb and the second half of the dial, and notice that Archimedes' skeleton wears a modern wristwatch. Voller appears, wounds and captures Indy. His plan is to travel back to Munich in 1939 to kill Hitler and take his place. They fly away on a WWII German bomber. Helena, who has followed them manages to stow away in the landing gear, and Teddy follows them on a small airplane. They go through the time fissure and arrive at the Siege of Syracuse in 212 BC. Voller's plane is shot down, Indy and Helena manage to jump with a parachute. They meet Archimedes (who has taken the wristwatch from Voller's body) and Indy says he wants to stay here and now to see History happening. Helena knocks him out and takes him back to the present, where he reconciles with Marion.

[ Posted on July 13th, 2023 at 11:46 | no comment | ]

Sunday, June 25th, 2023

Il boemo

Translation: [ Google | Babelfish ]

Categories: [ TV/Cinema ]



Josef Myslivecek, fils d'un riche meunier de Prague, va à Venise pour devenir compositeur d'opéra. Il gagne d'abord chichement sa vie en donnant des cours de musique jusqu'à rencontrer une femme qui en échange de faveurs lui fait rencontrer un impresario. Josef obtient alors un contrat et compose un opéra pour Caterina Gabrielli, la cantatrice la plus célèbre, avec qui il a une relation. Le roi de Naples lui commande alors un opéra et Josef rencontre Anna Fracassati. Les deux tombent amoureux, mais le mari très jaloux d'Anna limite leur relation à un échange épistolaire. La vie de débauche de la haute société coûte cher et les compositeurs ne sont pas si bien payés que cela. Anna finit par se suicider, Josef contracte alors la syphilis et finit défiguré, et son dernier opéra n'est pas apprécié par la nouvelle direction du théâtre. Il rencontre Caterina une dernière fois, de retour d'un long séjour en Russie, qui lui dit que sa musique n'est plus aussi bonne qu'avant ; Josef se défend en disant que l'époque veut une musique plus simple. Josef meurt, ruiné, quelques temps plus tard.

[ Posted on June 25th, 2023 at 15:55 | no comment | ]

Wednesday, June 14th, 2023

It Happened One Night

Categories: [ TV/Cinema ]



Ellen, daughter of rich banker Alexander Andrews flees her father who wants to annul her marriage to fortune-hunter King Westley. With no luggage and little money, she takes a bus in Miami with the purpose to reunite with her husband in New York City. On the bus she meets Peter Warne, a recently fired reporter who sees an opportunity to write a great story. As Peter threatens to tell her father where she is, she agrees to let him follow her. A storm and a broken bridge forces the bus to stop for the night and Peter manages to book a motel room for them, where they start getting better acquainted. As Ellen's father announces in the papers a reward for finding her daughter, Peter and her leave the bus when a passenger threatens to reveal her location. They hitchhike, steal a car and spend the night in another motel, only a few hours away from New York. Ellen confesses her love for Peter, but being broke he doesn't dare confess his. During the night he takes the car and drives to New York, writes his story and sells it to his former editor. But Ellen is expelled from the motel during the night, gives up and calls her father. She eventually reveals the whole story to her father, and some time later a proper wedding for Ellen and King is organized. Peter visits the banker on the day of the ceremony to claim the few dollars he had to spend to help Ellen travel, and refuses the huge rewards. Peter also reluctantly admits he loves Ellen before leaving. Alexander hints to her daughter that she can refuse to marry King until the last minute, which she does. She flees the wedding ceremony in her car and reunites with Peter. King agrees to an annulment in exchange for a large sum of money, Peter and Ellen get married and spend their honeymoon in a motel.

[ Posted on June 14th, 2023 at 11:43 | no comment | ]

Tuesday, June 13th, 2023

No Time to Die

Categories: [ TV/Cinema/James Bond ]



After Blofeld's arrest, Bond and Madeleine Swann travel to Italy where he wants to visit Vesper's grave. He is attacked by Spectre and concludes that Madeleine told them where they were. He therefore rejects her and retires in Jamaica until Leiter asks for his help in retrieving Heracles, a contagious nanobot-based poison developed by MI6 and stolen by its main scientist, Obruchev. Bond is contacted by Nomi, his successor as 007, but refuses to work for M. At a Spectre party in Cuba where Obruchev has been located, Bond is caught and expects to die, but instead all members of Spectre die from poisoning with Heracles (it is programmed with DNA and affects only its targets). Leiter is then betrayed by his colleague from the State Department and killed, Bond escapes. He goes back to MI6 and wants to interrogate Blofeld who was remotely overseeing the party in Cuba. He meets Swann, Blofeld's psychologist, who has been coerced by Safin (the man who, when she was a child, killed her mother in revenge for her father having killed his family) into infecting herself with Heracles to kill Blofeld. The latter confesses that Swann had nothing to do with the attack at Vesper's grave, and then dies from Heracles. Bond then tracks Swann to her childhood home in Norway where he meets her daughter Mathilde, and learns that Safin owns an island in the Sea of Japan. They are then attacked by Safin's men, and during a chase through the forest, Safin abducts Swann and her daughter. Bond and Nomi then infiltrate Safin's island and discover it holds a nanobot factory. They free Swann and her daughter and Nomi takes them off the island. Bond then orders a missile strike on the island, but while fighting Safin he is infected with an Heracles targeted at Madeleine and Mathilde. Knowing that he would cause their death, he decides to stay on the island and die when the missiles destroy the facility.

[ Posted on June 13th, 2023 at 11:37 | no comment | ]

Sunday, May 28th, 2023

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Categories: [ TV/Cinema ]



Eggsy is attacked by Charlie, a man wearing a prosthetic arm who had been rejected by Kingsman. Eggsy manages to escape, but the remotely controlled arm remains in his car, hacks the Kingsman system and finds enough information to launch a simultaneous attack on all Kingsman members. Only Eggsy and Merlin survive, the former having dinner in Stockholm with his Swedish princess of a girlfriend's parents and the second not being important enough. Kingsman's Doomsday Protocol leads the pair to a whiskey distillery in Kentucky named Statesman, Kingsman's American counterpart, where they discover that Hart has actually survived his attack but lost his memories. They learn about the Golden Circle, the drug cartel that has destroyed Kingsman: it has laced all its drugs with a virus an is blackmailing the world (through the US president) to legalize all drugs in exchange for an antidote. The president pretends to agree but in reality wants to get rid of the drug problem by letting all drug users die. At the Glastonbury Festival, Eggsy manages to plant a tracker on Charlie's girlfriend, which leads them to a secret base in the Italian mountains where he, Harry (who has recovered his memory) and Statesman agent Whiskey manage to steal a sample of the antidote. While fighting back an attack by the cartel's goons in a cabin in the woods, Whiskey accidentally destroys the antidote. The latter is wounded and Harry has a hunch it was not an accident. A clue found at the factory leads Eggsy, Harry and Merlin to Poppy Land, the cartel's secret lair in the Cambodian jungle. Merlin dies on a land mine while allowing Eggsy and Hart to enter the 1950's-town-main-street-themed compound. They defeat Poppy, free Elton John (who was her prisoner), defeat Whiskey who arrived out of nowhere and wants to kill all drug users since his girlfriend was killed by one and finally get the device that allows to remotely trigger the automatic delivery of the antidote all over the world. In the end, the president is impeached, Statesman buys a distillery in Scotland to help rebuild Kingsman and Eggsy marries princess Tilde.

[ Posted on May 28th, 2023 at 12:12 | no comment | ]

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023

Gremlins 2

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After Mr. Wing dies, the mogwai Gizmo becomes the guinea pig of scientists at a lab in the Clamp Center, a state-of-the-art highrise building in Manhattan owned by eccentric billionaire Daniel Clamp. At the mercy of the chief researcher Dr. Catheter, Gizmo is rescued by his former owner Billy Peltzer and his fiancée Kate, both of whom work elsewhere in the building. Gizmo accidentally gets wet and spawns four evil mogwais who quickly move through the building until they find the restaurants in the shopping area and eat food after midnight, becoming gremlins. They set off the fire sprinklers, quickly spawning thousand more gremlins, some of them changing shape by drinking genetic serums from the lab; one of them becomes pure electricity but gets trapped in the building's telephone system. Billy manages to convince Clamp of danger and devises a plan: move all the clocks of the building forward, attract all the gremlins in the lobby and fool them into exiting the building while the sun is still up. Clamp exits through his secret escape route and coordinate with the emergency services outside. Alas, a thunderstorm hides the sun just as they were ready to let the gremlins out. Billy then sprays all the gathered gremlins with a fire hose and releases the electric one from the phone system, killing them all (except one that was turned into a female and is enticing the chief of security to marry her).

[ Posted on May 23rd, 2023 at 15:24 | no comment | ]

Friday, May 5th, 2023

Steamboat Bill Jr.

Categories: [ TV/Cinema/Buster Keaton ]



Steamboat Bill's steamer business now has to compete with the steamer of JJ King's, who already owns half the town. The same day, Bill's son arrives by train from Boston, where he has finished his studies. King's daughter, whom Bill Jr. also knows, arrives the same day by car. Kitty expects Bill Jr. to meet with her on her father's boat in the evening, but Bill Sr. is obviously opposed to it, and Junior's attempt fails. Bill Sr.'s boat is then declared unsafe, and when Bill assaults him, King manages to get his competitor thrown into prison. The day gets very wet and windy. Junior tries to get his father to escape, first with a bread containing hidden tools, then by accidentally knocking the sheriff out. When the cyclone hits, buildings are torn away and JJ's steamer sinks. The jail slides into the river, with Bill Sr. in it. Junior is flown into the air by the storm and lands into the river. He manages to climb aboard his father's steamer, rigs remote controls with ropes so that he can pilot the boat and control the propeller at the same time. He manages to first rescue Kitty who is clinging to a house that ended in the river, and then to rescue his father by driving the boat through the floating jail. Junior then quickly jumps into the river, leaving a puzzled Kitty. But his intentions become clear when he returns towing a minister.

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Monday, May 1st, 2023

Men in Black International

Categories: [ TV/Cinema/Men in Black ]



When she was a child, Molly witnessed the Men in Black neuralyze her parents and becomes obsessed with the organization. Twenty years later, she finally manages to locate their headquarters, crashes in and eventually get hired as M. She is then sent to the London branch on MiB where she meets super-star agent H and the head of the office, High T, who had in the past repelled together an invasion by the Hive through a wormhole at the Eiffel Tower. M manages to convince H to let her accompany him on a mission to protect an alien diplomat. The diplomat is however killed by twin killers from the Hive, but in his last breath gives M a crystal and tells her that MiB may be compromised and that H is not anymore himself. Suspicious of everyone, M keeps silent. Despite being assigned desk duties, H convinces M to accompany him to Marrakesh to follow a lead on the poison that was used on the diplomat. They must however flee MiB agents who suspect M is the traitor after having recovered a video of M receiving the crystal. They then find out that the crystal transforms into a portable weapon able to destroy a whole planet, just before it is stolen from them. H reasons that it will be sold to Riza, weapons dealer and H's former lover. They infiltrate Riza's island in Sicily. They manage to recover the weapon and escape, but are attacked by the twins, and saved in the nick of time by High T and MiB agents. But H realizes that the twins wanted the weapon to use against the Hive, and soon finds out that High T is under the control of the Hive. H and M follow him to the Eiffel Tower, where they learn that High T had been assimilated into the Hive and H had been neuralized. M and H eventually manage to use the weapon through the wormhole to destroy the Hive.

[ Posted on May 1st, 2023 at 12:14 | no comment | ]

Tuesday, April 25th, 2023

Detective Pikachu

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In a secret lab somewhere, Mewtwo escapes. Later, Tim Goodman travels to Ryme City after learning about the death of his father, Harry, a police detective. In the man's apartment, he finds a vial of “R” that seems to make nearby Pokémons aggressive. He also meets a talking Pikachu that only he can understand. Pikachu is amnesiac but believes that Harry is not dead. They meet a Mr. Mime, an informant of Harry, who directs them to an illegal Pokémon battle arena where they learn that the Doctor provides R to the owner of the arena to help him win the fights. When the arena is raided by the police, Tim and Pikachu are introduced to a colleague of Harry's who shows them surveillance footage of the accident showing that Harry could not have survived. The pair is then contacted by Howard Clifford, founder of Ryme City who reveals that Mewtwo abducted Harry and erased Pikachu's memory and that his son Roger is behind the creation of R. Tim and Pikachu then enroll Lucy, a young journalist investigating Harry's disappearance, and they travel to the abandoned genetics lab that Harry was investigating. They are attacked by various modified Pokémons, and an injured Pikachu is eventually healed by Mewtwo. Pikachu recovers parts of his memories, remembers that he had helped Mewtwo and leaves Tim, believing he betrayed Harry. But when he reaches the scene of the accident, Pikachu discovers that it was caused by the augmented Pokémon. Back in Ryme City, Howard Clifford reveals himself as the villain. He disperses R during a parade, which, using the drugged Mewtwo's powers, causes people to merge with their Pokémons. Pikachu arrives and fights Mewtwo, and Tim finally manages to remove Howard's headset that he uses to control Mewtwo, causing people and Pokémons to separate. Mewtwo explains that Harry helped him escape from Howard's lab. After the accident, Mewtwo healed Harry's body while Pikachu had accepted to fuse his man with Harry's to be able to continue the investigation. Mewtwo separates them and Tim reunites with Harry in his human body. Tim decides to stay in Ryme City and to become a detective.

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Thursday, April 20th, 2023


Categories: [ TV/Cinema/DC ]



In 1974, Thaddeus Sivana is transported to a strange cave where a wizard tests whether he has a pure heart. He fails the test. In present-day, Billy Batson repeatedly escapes from foster homes in search for his mother who lost him when he was three. He ends up in a group home where he meets five other kids, including superhero enthusiast Freddy. At the same time, Sivana manages to go back to the cave and gets possessed by the seven deadly Sins when the Eye fuses into his body. The wizard's searching spell then takes Billy to the cave, and the child receives the wizard's powers, transforming him into a adult superhero. With Freddy's help, Billy discovers his many powers and his ability to change forth and back by saying the word “shazam”. At first, Billy uses his powers for vanity, selling selfies with himself to tourists. Sivana then comes and takes Billy and his siblings to the cave to force him to surrender his powers using the wizard's staff. Together, they attack Sivana and Billy notices that the villain becomes vulnerable when all the Sins leave him to take physical form. Billy then uses the staff to share his powers with his siblings, and then breaks it. They escape the cave to a winter carnival where they battle the sins. Billy manages to trick Envy into leaving Sivana's body so that he can get the Eye out of the villain's head and force the Sins back to the cave as statues. The children return to a more or less normal life, and use the cave as their superhero headquarters. In prison, Sivana is approached by a talking caterpillar who proposes an alliance.

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Friday, April 14th, 2023

Foreign Correspondent

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In 1939, just before World War II, John Jones is sent by his American newspaper to Europe to report on the conditions there. He plans to meet Van Meer, leader of the Universal Peace Party, at an event hosted by Fisher, but the man disappears. Jones then goes to Amsterdam where Van Meer is speaking at another event, but the diplomat is killed in front of Jones. The latter chases the killer in a car driven by Scott ffolliott and his friend Carol Fisher to the countryside but they lose track of the killer. While the two other leave to fetch the police, Jones eventually finds the killer hidden in a windmill where the real Van Meer is kept prisoner and drugged, soon to be taken by plane to another country. When the police arrives, all traces of the criminal have disappeared an nobody believes Jones's story. Back at his hotel in Amsterdam, Jones escape a kidnapping by leaving with Carol to London, where they are helped by Carol's father. Alas, the man is a member of the conspiracy and tries to get Jones killed. Jones then takes Carol to Cambridge, simulating a kidnapping in order to force Fisher to reveal Van Meer's location. Romantic misunderstanding ensues, and Carol drives back to her father in London. As the plan has failed, ffolliott tails Fisher to the place where Van Meer is being interrogated but he is is taken prisoner. He manages to escape, but not before Van Meer has revealed a secret provision in an treaty that would help Germany in the war. The next day, France and Britain declare war on Germany. Jones and ffolliott follow Fisher and Carol on a flying boat to America. A telegram informs Fisher that Van Meer has recovered and identified Fisher as his kidnapper. He confesses his treason to his daughter just before the plane is shot by a German destroyer and crashes in the ocean. Fisher sacrifices himself so that the others may live. The survivors are rescued by an American ship, her captain refuses to let them report their stories. Jones nonetheless manages to phone his story to his newspaper. Jones and Carol return to England and he becomes a successful war correspondent.

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Friday, April 7th, 2023

The Illusionist

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As a teenager, Eduard, son of a cabinet maker, fell in love with Sophie. As she was of noble birth, they were forcibly separated soon after Eduard gave Sophie a locket with his picture. Fifteen years later in 1889, Eduard comes to Vienna after having traveled the world and becomes famous as an illusionist named Eisenheim. He is noticed by Crown Prince Leopold who attends a performance and volunteers his fiancée Sophie for a trick. Eisenheim recognizes Sophie, and after a private performance where he humiliates the prince, they become lovers. Sophie reveals Leopold's plan to marry her soon, in order to get support from the Hungarian side of the empire during his future attempt at overthrowing his father. When Chief Inspector Uhl tells the prince of Sophie's relationship with Eisenheim, Leopold shuts down the theatre where he is performing. The two lovers then plan to flee by train, but on the evening before, a drunk Leopold mortally wounds Sophie as she flees on horse, and her body is found the next day by Eisenheim and a party of policemen. Eisenheim then buys a small theatre and starts a new show where he sits alone on the stage and makes talking images of dead people appear. He soon attracts a loud crowd of people who hope to speak with lost loved ones, and when he makes Sophie appear and the audience starts asking whether she was killed by Leopold, the latter demands that Uhl arrests Eisenheim for necromancy. From the police headquarters, the illusionist tells his assembled followers that it is all an illusion, and Uhl releases him. During the next performance, Sophie's image appears again and says that someone in the audience is her murderer. A bunch of policemen attempts to arrest him on stage, but this time Eisenheim himself is an illusion. Uhl then reports to Leopold and reveals that he has found gems from the prince's ceremonial sword in the stable where Sophie was wounded, as well as her locket. He also says that he wrote a letter to the emperor, revealing the conspiracy to seize the throne. Leopold commit suicide as officers of the army arrive to arrest him. As Uhl, no longer a police officer, leaves the place he is approached by a boy how gives him a parcel from Eisenheim (the plans to one if his illusions) and notices that the adult who just jostled him took the locket from his pocket. Uhl chases the man to the train station, but arrives too to catch the man. He then realizes that Sophie's death was staged so that she could be free of Leopold. Somewhere far away in the mountains, Sophie and Leopold start a new life together.

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Friday, March 31st, 2023

The Post

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In 1971, the Washington Post struggles financially and her owner Kay Graham decides that the company needs to become publicly traded. At the same time, the New York Times publishes an article based on a leaked military report showing that the Vietnam war is not going well, and that the US never had any hope of winning it. An injunction from the Department on Justice forbids the Times to publish any more articles based on those documents, but a few journalists from the Post manage to identify the leak and to acquire a copy of the secret report. Kay asserts her position as owner and publisher of the Post and decides to publish despite the injunction that arguably also applies to the Post, rebelling against Nixon's attempt to restrain the freedom of the Press. She of course has to take this decision just in the critical period during which the banks investing through the IPO have a right to cancel their transactions. The Post and the Time go to court shortly after and eventually all the way up to the Supreme Court, which confirms the freedom of the press.

[ Posted on March 31st, 2023 at 17:47 | no comment | ]

Monday, March 13th, 2023

Shadow of a Doubt

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Charlie Newton lives with her parents in Santa Rosa. One day, her uncle Charlie announces he would soon arrive and spend some time with the family. He bears expensive gifts and opens an account with a large sum of cash at the bank. The whole family is happy to see their uncle they had not seen in a long while. But Young Charlie notices strange things happening: her uncle cuts tears away and hides a newspaper article, and he refuses to have his picture taken. Young Charlie learns from the paper and then from the photographer (who is really a police detective under cover) that her uncle is under suspicion of being the “Merry Widow Murderer” who has killed three women back East. Uncle Charlie also once inadvertently reveals his hatred of rich widows. When Young Charlie confronts him, he admits being one of the two suspects being chased by the police. She also agrees not to tell anything to her mother, who idolizes her younger brother and would be devastated. The detective then tells Young Charlie that the other suspect has been killed and is believed to have been the murderer. But Young Charlie knows too much, and she has two suspicious accidents, once on a broken staircase and the second time she is lured by her uncle into the garage where the car running and cannot get out. She survives thanks to a neighbour who was passing by and heard her banging at the jammed door. Uncle Charlie then decides to leave on the next day along with a rich widow. On the train, He manages to retain his niece as it leaves the station and tries to to throw her out of the door, but he instead falls in front of an oncoming train. At the funeral, Young Charlie meets the detective again (who is in love with her) and they agree to keep Uncle Charlie's crimes a secret.

[ Posted on March 13th, 2023 at 16:09 | no comment | ]

Saturday, February 25th, 2023

The Sugarland Express

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Lou Jean help her husband Clovis to escape from prison because their child has been placed in the care of foster parents in Sugarland and she is being stonewalled by the administration. Lou Jean wants to go to Sugarland and get back her son. They first steals the car of an old couple, but when pulled-over by the police, they flee, run into an accident and eventually steal the patrol car and kidnap the young policeman, Slide. They are chased by Slide's boss, Cpt. Tanner, but since they threaten to shoot the policeman, Tanner simply follows them across East Texas, heading a long caravan of police cars soon joined by journalist and civilians. The couple manages to refuel the patrol car and grab food thanks to Tanner's unwillingness to have them shot from a distance. They spend one night hidden in the lot of a used car's seller, and are shot at by trigger-happy, former policemen. The manage to leave, gathering crowds of supporters whenever they drive through a town. As Tanner sees no way out, he agrees to set up a trap by hiding two snipers in the foster parents' house. Slide, who has bonded with the fugitive during the trip, suspects a trap but Lou Jean insists that Clovis goes out of the car and gets their son. Clovis is shot but they manage to escape with the car until they drive into a shallow river. Clovis is dead, Lou Jean is arrested and Slide is unharmed.

[ Posted on February 25th, 2023 at 14:28 | no comment | ]

Thursday, February 23rd, 2023

A Million Ways to Die in the West

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Albert Stark is a sheep farmer in Arizona in 1882. After his girlfriend Louise broke up with him because he refused to defend himself in a duel, he decides to leave for San Francisco. Lewis, a bandit, arrives in town with Anna, his boss's wife. Lewis quickly gets arrested for having killed the pastor's son in a saloon fight, during which Albert saves Anna from being killed and they become friends. At the fair, Albert impulsively challenges Louise's arrogant new boyfriend Foy to a shooting contest, and during the next week, Anna teaches Albert how to shoot. During a barn dance the night before the fight, Anna drugs Foy with a laxative, leading him to forfeit the fight the next day. The next day, Anna's husband Clinch arrives and, having learned from Lewis that he had seen a man kiss his wife, threatens to kill people unless the man duels him the next day. Clinch takes Anna with him but she escapes and goes to Albert's farm to warn him about Clinch, who arrives soon after. Albert helps Anna to escape before escaping himself to the mountains where he is captured by a tribe of Apaches. As Albert can speak their language, they won't kill him and instead give him a bowl of peyote during a ceremony. The vision makes him realize he loves Anna, despite her lying to him about being married. Meanwhile, Clinch captures Anna, then duels with Albert. The latter grazes Clinch with a bullet dipped in rattlesnake venom and manages to stall him until he dies from the poison. Louise attempts to win back Albert, but he rejects her and enters a relationship with Anna. With the bounty for killing Clinch, Albert buys a lot more sheep.

[ Posted on February 23rd, 2023 at 12:19 | no comment | ]

Sunday, February 12th, 2023

Austin Powers in Goldmember

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In 2002, Dr. Evil plans to partner with supervillain Goldmember in 1975 to develop a power unit for his tractor beam that would pull an asteroid into the Earth. He is however arrested by by Austin Powers and sent to prison. Austin however learns that his estranged father Nigel has been kidnapped and asks Evil for help, who reveals that Goldmember is behind the abduction. Austin travels to 1975 and is reunited with his former lover, FBI agent Foxxy Cleopatra. They find Nigel, but Goldmember takes him to 2002. Evil escapes from prison, and sets up a new submarine lair in Tokyo. Austin and Foxxy where they confront Fat Bastard, now a sumo wrestler, who reveals that businessman Mr. Roboto is building a device for Goldmemeber and Evil. The two agents infiltrate the factory, but Goldmember escapes with the control unit for the tractor beam. Around Evil, Scott replaces Mini-Me in his father's heart, so Mini-Me defects and joins Austin. Austin, Foxxy and Mini-Me infiltrate the submarine, but Austin is captured. Foxxy prevents Evil from activating the tractor beam and frees Austin. As the latter prepares to kill Evil, Nigel appears and reveals that they Evil and Austin are brothers, unknowingly separated when they were babies when their mother was assassinated. Goldmember then activates the tractor beam, but Austin and Evil work together to turn it into a ray that destroys the meteor. This story is then shown to have been adapted into a film called Austinpussy. Scott has become a supervillain and declares he will get revenge.

[ Posted on February 12th, 2023 at 12:29 | no comment | ]

Sunday, February 5th, 2023

The Abyss

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When a US submarine sinks near the Cayman Trough after an encounter with an unidentified entity, the nearby underwater drilling platform Deep Core is sent to attempt a rescue, accompanied with a SEAL team. They do not find any survivor, but one of the civilians sees a non-terrestrial entity. Believing it to be a Soviet submarine, the SEALs take the platform's largest submarine for secretly recovering one of the submarine's nuclear warhead, preventing the platform's crew from disconnecting its tether to their surface base, the Explore, before the coming storm rips it off. The tether's reel is ripped off the Explorer and drags Deep Core to the edge of the trench, partially flooding the platform and killing several people. While waiting, the crew sees another manifestation of the NTI as a pseudopod that also takes a look at the nuclear warhead. This prompts the SEAL's leader, suffering from paranoia due to high-pressure nervous syndrome, to use one of the platform's ROV to deliver the warhead to the NTI inhabiting the trench. A battle and an underwater chase ensues in which the SEAL is killed. The chief of the platform, Bud, then decides to use a diving suit equipped with a liquid-breathing apparatus brought by the SEALs to dive into the trench and disarm the warhead. He has do dive deeper than planned and has not oxygen left for the return trip. Waiting to die, he is rescued by the NTI who show him television images of humans killing each other in wars, as well as gigantic tsunami, created by the NTI, threatening all the coasts of the world. They however stop the waves as Bud has shown, by risking his life to save the NTIs, that they are also capable of compassion. The NTI's underwater mothership, carrying Bud, then rises to the surface, lifting Deep Core and saving the crew's lives (magically removing the need for decompression).

[ Posted on February 5th, 2023 at 15:50 | no comment | ]

Sunday, January 29th, 2023

Austin Powers: The Spy who Shagged Me

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After having escaped, Dr. Evil comes back and goes back in time to 1969 to steal his mojo, which Austin suddenly notices in his present 1999. MOD sends Austin back to 1969 where he meets CIA agent Felicity Shagwell. Together they interrogate an assassin hired by Dr. Evil who reveals the existence of the super-villain volcano lair. They then identify Evil's agent who stole Austin's mojo, Fat Bastard. Felicity is tasked by MOD to implant a tracking device in Fat Bastard by any means necessary, but that device only lead them to a public toilet where they can take a stool sample revealing the presence of a plant that exists only on a single volcano island. Austin and Felicity arrive on the island and are made prisoner. Evil leaves for the moon where he has built a giant laser that he uses to extort money from the US government under threat of destroying Washington. Austin and Felicity then fly to the Moon on an Apollo rocket where Austin fights Mini-Me, Evil's miniature clone, and throws him into space. Austen then has to chose between saving Felicity or the world. She tells Austin to save the world, but is killed. Evil suggests that Austin could use the time machine to go back in time 10 minutes and save Felicity, but as there are now two Austins, they manage to save both Felicity and the world. Evil initiates the base's self-destruct and destroys Austin's mojo, but Felicity points out that all the things he succeeded in doing prove that he had never actually lost it. They travel back to 1999, where Fat Bastard reappears and fails to kill Austin. Dr. Evil's rocket recovers Mini-Me.

[ Posted on January 29th, 2023 at 15:22 | no comment | ]

Sunday, December 18th, 2022

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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Three convicts, Pete, Delmar and Ulysses escape from a chain gang in order to retrieve a treasure in a place that will soon be flooded to make a lake. They first seek refuge at Pete's cousin's who betrays them to the police. They manage to escape in a car and pick up Tommy, a guitar player. In need for money, they stop at a radio station who pays singers to record their songs and introduce themselves as the Soggy Bottom Boys. They part with Tommy after their car is found by the police. Their song becomes a hit, and producers start to search for the band; the trio knows nothing of that. Later near a river, they encounter three women washing clothes and singing. The women get them drunk and they lose consciousness. They wake up alone, Pete gone with only his clothes left, inhabited by a toad; Delmar believes that the women have transformed their friend. Later in a town, they meet a Big Dan, a one-eyed Bible salesman who gets them to invite him to a picnic, where Big Dan mugs them and kills the toad. On their way to Ulysses' home town, they see Pete working in a chain gang. Once in town, Ulysses confronts his ex-wife Penny who is about to re-marry with Vernon, the campaign manager of Stokes, opposing the current governor in the next election. Penny had told their daughters that Ulysses was dead, and the latter gets beaten by Vernon. Ulysses and Delmar free Pete from his jail; under torture he had revealed the location of the treasure. Ulysses confesses there is no treasure, he fabricated the story to convince the two men chained to him to help him escape so that he could get back to his wife. The trio then stumble upon a Ku Klux Klan rally about to lynch Tommy. They disguise as Klan members to rescue him, but are recognized by Big Dan. Chaos ensues, killing Big Dan and revealing that Stokes is the Grand Wizard. Ulysses convinces his two friends to help him win his wife back, so they sneak into the campaign gala dinner and sing their radio hit, getting acclaimed by the crowd. Stokes arrives, recognizes them, demands them to be arrested, and reveals his white supremacist views. The crowd runs him out of town on a rail, and the current governor, seizing the opportunity, grants them pardon in public. Penny agrees to marry Ulysses if he gets her original ring, left in a house in the valley which will be flooded. The next morning, they arrives at the house but they are arrested by the sheriff who is set on hanging them on the spot. They are saved by the incoming flood; Tommy finds the ring in a desk that floats by, and Ulysses finally gives it to Penny. She complains it's the wrong one and that she will not marry him until he finds the right one.

[ Posted on December 18th, 2022 at 12:22 | no comment | ]

Wednesday, December 7th, 2022

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

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Alien secretly visit Earth, but one of them is left on the ground when the others take off to flee a group of human. The alien is then found by Elliott who first hides him in his room before sharing the secret with his elder brother and his younger sister. Elliott soon realizes he can feel the alien's thoughts and emotions. He also demonstrates his powers by levitating balls and reviving potted flowers, as well as his ability to cure a small wound. The next day, while Elliott is at school, the alien forages in the fridge and gets drunk on beer, which also affects Elliott's behaviour, causing him to free all the frogs in the biology class. The alien learn to read with comics, names himself E.T. and starts building a communication device to contact his ship. E.T.'s health starts to decline, and on Halloween night, Elliott and his siblings disguise the alien as a ghost and take him to the woods where he can use his device and call home. Elliott wakes up the next morning alone in the forest. He goes home and his brother discovers E.T. dying next to a culvert and takes him home to an also-dying Elliott. Their mother then discovers the truth just as government agents invest the house and wrap it into a biohazard shell. E.T. and Elliott are studied by a number of helpless scientists, but only when the mental connection between the boy and the alien disappears does Elliott get better; E.T. however appears to die and is put in a portable cryo-chamber. As Elliott says his tearful goodbyes to his friend, he notices that the revived flowers that had died at the same time as E.T. have come back to life. With the help of his brother, they steal the van containing the cryo-chamber, and flee to the forest, while their friend help them evade the authorities that are chasing them. In the forest, they reach the space ship as the adults show up. E.T. says goodbye to the children before leaving in the ship.

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Sunday, November 20th, 2022

The Big Lebowski

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Jeffrey “The Dude” Lewbowski, a slacker living in Los Angeles, is mistakenly assaulted in his home by two men who want to recover money owed by the millionaire Jeffrey Lebowski's trophy wife, Bunny. One of the men urinates on the Dude's carpet before leaving. Following his dubious bowling partner Walter's advice, the Dude meets with the millionaire and swindles a carpet from his home. The millionaire later contacts the Dude and ask him to be ready to deliver a suitcase containing one million dollars as a ransom to save Bunny. The same evening he is attacked by two thugs sent by Maud, the millionaire's daughter who wants to get the carpet (her favourite) back. The next day, the delivery of the ransom fails due to Walter's interference, and soon after the Dude's car containing the suitcase is then stolen outside the bowling alley. The millionaire then confronts the Dude and shows him a severed toe, supposedly Bunny's. Maud then asks the Dude to help recover the money which her father illegally withdrew from the family's foundation. The Dude is then abducted by Jackie Treehorn, Bunny's creditor, who demands to know where Bunny (and his money) are. The Dude explains that Bunnny faked her abduction and that the money is with the teenager who stole the Dude's care. The Dude then notices he's been drugged, and is left outside on the streets of Malibu where he is threatened by the chief of police. Back home, he finds Maud who has sex with him because she wants a child whose father would not matter. She also reveals that the millionaire has no money of his own, it all came from Maud's mother. The Dude and Walter confront the millionaire and discover that Bunny has returned, having simply gone out of town without telling anyone. Bunny's nihilist friend has used the opportunity to extract money from her husband, who in turn has tried to embezzle money from the foundation and blame its disappearance on the kidnappers; there never was any money in the suitcase. Later outside the bowling alley, the Dude and his friends are attacked by the nihilists which are quickly defeated, but their third friend Donny dies from a heart attack. The Dude and Walter scatter his ashes, and then go back bowling.

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Monday, October 31st, 2022

The Mask of Fu Manchu

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Egyptologist Sir Lionel Barton goes to China to find the tomb of Genghis Khan before Fu Manchu to prevent the latter from using the sword and mask to raise the people of Asia into a war to wipe out the “white race”. Sir Lionel is kidnapped before the expedition can leave and tortured by Fu Manchu to reveal the location of the tomb. His daughter Sheila, who knows its location, insists on joining the expedition along with her fiancé Terry and a few others, including British secret agent Nayland Smith. After having found the tomb, Fu Manchu offers to trade Barton for the sword, which Sheila accepts. Terry delivers the artifact, but the sword is a fake, secretly made and switched by Nayland. Barton's dead body is delivered to Sheila and Terry is whipped. Nayland tries to rescue Terry, but is taken prisoner. Terry is then injected with a serum that makes him temporarily obedient to Fu Manchu, and is sent to get Sheila to deliver the real sword and mask to Fu Manchu. She is taken prisoner and condemned to become a human sacrifice. Nayland is lowered into a crocodile pit but manages to escape and save Terry from receiving a second injection of serum that would make him Fu Manchu's slave forever. Using Fu Manchu's electric arc death ray, they incapacitate the villain just before he could kill Sheila with the sword. Terry then kills Fu Manchu with the sword, while Nayland kills his followers with the death ray. On the ship back to England, they throw the sword into the sea.

[ Posted on October 31st, 2022 at 13:05 | no comment | ]

Saturday, October 22nd, 2022

The Wolf of Wall Street

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Jordan Belfort is a young trader who loses his job during 1987's Black Monday. He then goes to work for a shady trading company that sells cheap stocks to naive customers and due to the huge commission, becomes quickly quite rich. He then teams with his neighbour Donnie and a few school friends to set up their own trading company Stratton Oakmont, using a pump and dump scheme first on average customers, but soon turning to wealthy ones, making a huge profit in the process. The company grows quickly and Jordan divorces his wife to marry Naomi, whom he met at a party, but that does not turn Jordan away from his drug habit and taste for prostitutes. The company then handles the IPO of Steve Madden, and illegal practices allow the founders to gain millions of dollars in cash. To escape scrutiny from the SEC and the FBI, the founders use family members who have a European passports as mules to carry the money to a Swiss bank and open the account in the name of Naomi's British aunt. Donnie gets into a fight with his friend Brad, leading to Brad getting arrested and Jordan's phone being wiretapped. One day, while both high on drugs, Donnie calls Jordan and some incriminating information reaches the FBI. Jordan's father advises him to leave the company, which would put an end on the investigation, but Jordan decides to stay. During a holiday in Italy in 1996, Naomi learns that her aunt had suddenly died, and Jordan is given 24h by his banker to come to Switzerland and get papers forged. On the way to Monaco their yacht is however caught in a storm and sinks while the passengers are rescued; Jordan takes this a sign the he should sober from his drug addiction. In 1998 Jordan is arrested because the Swiss banker is arrested in the US and has given information about Jordan. The latter agrees to help the FBI gather evidence on his colleagues in exchange for leniency. Naomi tells him she wants a divorce and full custody of their children. In rage, high of cocaine, Jordan tries to abduct his daughter, but fails. Later, wearing a wire to work, Jordan slips a note to Donnie, warning him, and eventually gets arrested by the FBI who also raids Stratton Oakmont. Jordan receives a reduced sentence for his testimony and is released in 2000. After his release, he makes a living by hosting seminars on sales techniques.

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Friday, October 21st, 2022

Bringing Up Baby

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David is a paleontologist who must secure a donation from Elizabeth Random to his museum, and also get married the next day. He meet her lawyer on a golf course, but he is prevented to play by a young woman, Susan, who steals his ball, then his car. The same evening, David attempts to meet the lawyer again at a reception, but Susan interferes again. The next day, David receives the one bone that he was missing for completing his brontosaurus skeleton just as Susan telephones, telling him that he must help her handle the tame leopard named Baby sent by her brother Mark. David first refuses, but Susan pretends over the phone to be attacked by Baby. David comes to her rescue still holding the bone and then gets manipulated into accompanying her in taking Baby to her farm in Connecticut. After having locked up Baby, Susan, who has fallen in love with David, does her best to prevent him from leaving and getting married. Susan's aunt then arrives with her dog George who steals the bone and buries it somewhere. David and Susan spend some time following the dog in the hope to recover the bone, making David look like a fool in the aunt's eyes, who happens to be Elizabeth Random. The gardener then inadvertently frees Baby, who is revealed to be a gift to Elizabeth who always wanted a leopard. David calls the zoo to help capture baby, but Susan and him race to capture him before the zoo does. They mistakenly free another, dangerous leopard transported in a truck, believing it were the zoo's people. Because they behave strangely, at night, near a neighbour's house, David and Susan and arrested by a befuddled town policeman. As he does not believe their story, Susan pretends they are members of a gang, and manages to escape. Elizabeth and a few other characters then arrive to the police and get imprisoned as well due to further misunderstanding, until Susan comes back dragging the dangerous leopard behind her, believing it is Baby. David manages to lock it up, and Elizabeth lawyer arrives and verifies everyone's identity. Some time later, Susan brings the missing bone to David, who recognizes that that adventure was the best day of his life, and they finally kiss.

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Monday, October 17th, 2022

Spider-Man: Far from Home

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After the Blip, where half the population of the universe has disappeared and reappeared unchanged five years later, Peter Parker's school organizes a summer field-trip to Europe. In Venice, Peter helps an unknown superhero nicknamed Mysterio to fight a water elemental that attacks the city. Peter is then contacted by Nick Fury to help fighting elementals who have destroyed a parallel universe Earth from which Mysterio aka Beck is one of the few survivors. Fury also gives Peter Tony Stark's glasses that allow to control all of Stark's weapons. Peter refuses to join Fury's team as he wants to spend his time with his friends and especially declare his flame to MJ. Fury then manipulates the trip's organization and redirects it to Prague instead of Paris, where Peter is given a black Spider-Man-like costume for fighting the fire elemental that is going to attack. Along with Beck they manage to destroy the elemental, but Peter feels inadequate to be a member of Fury's team and decides that Beck should have Stark's glasses. Beck then reveals himself as a manipulator who, with a team of disgruntled other ex-Stark employees, has used holographic projectors to make the elementals and drones to do actual destruction, hidden within the projection. MJ then tells Peter that she knows he is Spider-Man and shows him a projector lost during the battle. Peter decides to go to Berlin (where he knows Fury will be) to tell him about Beck's scheme; he is however greeted by an illusion of Fury and reveals that two of his friends know about the plan, putting them in danger. Beck's illusions puts Peter on the path of a train, and the he later wakes up in a cell in the Netherlands. He escapes and calls Happy who picks him up and flies him to London where the rest of his classmates are currently visiting. Peter then fights Beck's illusion of an air elemental on Tower Bridge and eventually kills him after having recovered Stark's glasses and cancelled the attack. Back in New York, Peter starts a relationship with MJ but a sensationalist media shows faked footage of the attack framing Spider-Man and revealing his secret identity.

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Sunday, October 16th, 2022

The Angry Birds Movie 2

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Red is busy fighting back the attacks of the pigs, until the day where they are both attacked by an unknown enemy throwing balls of ice. The pigs propose a truce, and Red immediately feels useless and afraid he will stop getting attention from the other birds. A delegation of pigs then debarks on Bird Island and after some convincing, a joint team is formed and leaves for Piggy Island where they get equipped and learn that their common enemy is Zeta, leader of Eagle Island and Mighty Eagle's former lover. The team then travels to Eagle Island and splits in two, one manning the eagle costume made by the pigs, the other, Red and Silver, climbing the mountain and entering by the mouth of the super weapon, before being captured and told by Zeta that she plans to fire ice balls filled with lava at both islands so that shew can leave the frozen hellhole that is Eagle Island. When Red finally agrees to let Silver lead the team, she comes up with a plan. Mighty Eagle, who had previously fled the team because he was afraid to face Zeta, comes back and is introduced to his daughter, distracting the other eagles while Silver's plan is put into action. Zeta's base is destroyed and Mighty Eagle redeems himself in the eyes of Zeta by saving their daughter. In the end, Mighty Eagle and Zeta get married on Bird Island, Red is even more beloved for being honest and selfless after crediting Silver and the whole team for their success, and he and Silver start a relationship.

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Sunday, October 9th, 2022

The Shawshank Redemption

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In 1947, Andy gets a double life sentence for the murders of his wife and her lover, despite not having committed those crimes. In his first years in the Shawshank prison, he befriends Red, an inmate who has been there for already twenty years and who knows how to “get stuff”. Andy buys a rock hammer and a large poster of Rita Hayworth to put on his cell wall. Andy is regularly brutalized and abused by a gang of inmates, until he helps Hadley, the captain of the guards, with getting a tax exemption. From this point on, instead of working in the laundry he becomes the assistant librarian, where he can help all the guards with their tax returns. He also helps the pious but crooked warden Norton to laundry money made by using the inmates as a very cheap workforce, outbidding regular companies unless they bribe him. In 1965 Tommy, a young burglar, arrives in Shawshank. A year later, Tommy reveals he had met during a previous time in jail a man who bragged about the murders for which Andy was sentenced, but when Andy tells the warden, the latter sends him to solitary confinement and gets Tommy murdered by Hadley so as no to risk Andy telling anyone about this money laundering scheme. Soon after, the guards find Andy's cell empty, the latter having escaped through at tunnel hidden behind the poster over the past nineteen years. The following year, Red is paroled and, remembering a discussion with Andy about his dreams, violates his parole and joins him in Mexico.

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