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The World Cup, as always, has been a real love affair, unless you are an England or Spain fan and have watched your country crash out in the first round. Pre-World Cup, people were familiar with Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo but thanks to the numerous locations in use (http://www.bet365.com/news/en/betting/ – to find stadium guides) we are now familiar with places as far reaching as Manaus, in the Amazon.
Hopefully this increased exposure will open up the film industry in Brazil and stop making it so Rio biased – most films involving Brazil are set in Rio. However, there are still some phenomenal films to have been set in Rio, here a few below.
City of God (2002)
- David Agnew
Much like that it portrays, with the war movie there is always a thin line between success and failure. When dealing with such a hefty and complex subject matter, is one best suited to going on the offensive or holding back and forming a defensive line of conservatism? When dealing with real conflict involving real people, either by historical inspiration or factual invocation, are you making a drama or an action flick?
Regardless of which route one takes, this is a genre as susceptible to mediocrity and false hope as any other. Whether it be a great battle from history rendered obsolete by caricature or a teasing of genuine, shellshock events betrayed by insensitive thriller tropes, there will always be those that fail to hit the target when victory was so surely within reach. Intention is always undermined by incompetence.
Rather than look at the worst of the crop, Cinematic »
- Scott Patterson
Exploitation along class and ethnic lines is played for laughs in Ruben Alves’ debut feature, “The Gilded Cage,” with just enough solidarity beneath the humor to give this feel-good pic a certain piquancy. Alves explores the intriguing question of what constitutes home for a family of Portuguese immigrant workers who have long acclimated to French culture, while also delivering a salutary kick in the pants to the uptight haute bourgeoisie a la Philippe Le Guay’s “The Women on the 6th Floor,” with much of that film’s energetic thesping but little of its cinematic elan. A box office bonanza in France and Portugal, this bubbling crowdpleaser could score globally.
Their innate kindness, fierce dedication to their work and inability to say no have allowed a Portuguese couple to smoothly run a swanky Parisian apartment building for many years. Quiet, indomitable Maria Ribeiro (Rita Blanco, a mainstay of numerous Portuguese »
- Ronnie Scheib
Well, “Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?” is still an actual thing that is happening and the producers are continuing a trend that they started with the second film: bringing in an entirely new cast. For the final installment of the trilogy, John Galt will be played by Kristoffer Polaha (“Devil’s Knot”), Laura Regan (“Unbreakable,” “Mad Men”) will play Dagny Taggart, and the rest of the main cast includes Rob Morrow, Eric Allan Kramer, and Joaquim de Almeida. Production on the film has just begun and producers are hoping to release the film this upcoming September, right in time for the midterm elections. Based on the popular Ayn Rand novel, in the third movie, the most successful and productive members of America all begin to disappear in the form of a strike that’s been orchestrated by a mysterious figure named John Galt. And with the movie largely centered around this John Galt character, »
- Ken Guidry
The third and final chapter in the independently-produced film trilogy based on Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged" has gone into production, and once again all the film's cast members have changed.
Laura Regan ("Mad Men," "Unbreakable") and Rob Morrow ("Northern Exposure") take on the roles of Dagny Taggart and Hank Rearden respectively. They take over from Taylor Schilling and Grant Bowler in the first film, and Samantha Mathis and Jason Beghe in the second.
Joaquim de Almeida ("The Mentalist," "Revolution") takes over from Jsu Garcia and Esai Morales as Francisco d’Anconia, while Eric Allan Kramer has been cast as the modern-day maritime pirate Ragnar Danneskjold.
Kristoffer Polaha ("Ringer," "Devil's Knot") takes on the key role of John Galt himself in the film, the mysterious figure orchestrating a bizarre 'strike' involving the most productive members of society.
This final chapter, entitled "Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?", is planned for a release in September. »
- Garth Franklin
Review Billy Grifter 17 Jan 2014 - 09:15
Oh dear. After a promising start to season 2, Revolution is up to its old, repetitive, illogical tricks once more...
This review contains spoilers
2.11 Mis Dos Padres
The trailer for Mis Dos Padres did hint that this episode was dire, but it didn’t really sell just how terminally ponderous it was.
The episode had four threads, all of which were a sure-fire cure for insomnia. The majority of the seemingly endless running time was allocated to Monroe’s stab at fatherhood, as misplaced a concept as that is. That his son would turn out as ruthless as him was hardly a leap, and that he’s hand him over to the local warlord even less so. This is the same abysmal capture-escape-capture-escape garbage that the writers of Revolution seem to think replaces narrative and character development.
The lack of this production's imagination is well »
6 items from 2014
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