Lists by jgcorrea
Awards are not always well deserved and of course there will never be unanimity for that matter. But some are not only deserved but also accurate, long-overdue and very much à propos.
Some filmmakers fail to manoeuvre their way into the good graces of the movie buff and yet they are quite stimulating in their own right. I would like to mention a few of them, whom I personally favour and patronise.
You can check some of these titles on YouTube
You'll probably ask: what qualifies as underrated? Well, there are a few commonalities. These movies are almost never mentioned in the director’s top-tier of films, usually mentioned as “lesser-...” Equally, a quick glance at wikipedia or even an obituary will not reveal these pictures until several paragraphs in, if at all, pointing out more popular or acclaimed pieces far earlier. You are unlikely to discover any of these ten on a “Best of...” list, even as other films by their directors will be strewn all through out them. Enough with the guidelines, onto the excellence.
The absence of Helen Mirren and Sarah Bernhard is easily explained - I haven't seen the relevant movies so far - this notwithstanding, a tenth place is duly reserved for one of them.
(with apologies to other talented competitors like Messers. Downey Jr., Michael Caine, Joaquim de Almeida, Christopher Lee)
Movies have always resourced to musicians as an inspiration. Not always succesfully, though. This is a list of a few people who played composers from Bach to Lennon.
There were many years without any movie of high merit whatsoever (e.g. 1994, 1972, 1956, 1955, 1948 etc).
The oldest one included is "Fragments of Life" (1929).
I might have included "The Lawyer's daughter" (1926) if it were something else than just fair. Likewise, for 1951, "Sinfonia Amazonica" or "O Saci". Likewise, for 1959, Joaquim Pedro's shorts "Mestre de Apipucos" and "Poeta do Castelo". Likewise, for 2006, the 'JK' series, "Se eu fosse você" or "O maior amor do mundo".
Some people are bound to ask: what about "Rio 40 graus", what about Hirszman's São Bernardo, and so on and so forth? Well, so sorry to disagree. I find them overvalued, or plainly dated. Many times there's nothing to choose from, maybe I haven't watched the relevant 'best' film, soap opera or drama series of the year, maybe the lusophone cinema (i.e. from Brazil and\or Portugal) did not produce anything of great value. Note that an exception was made for year 1985, wherefrom two titles rather than one are included. (Perhaps the mood was then truly creative and euphoric after the end of a 21-year dictatorship. I wonder if the current mediocrity of what can be labelled "Carandiru Aesthetics" does not reflect the otherwise mediocre current years.)
These are masterly creators of bodily magic fusing lights, shadows, movements and musical tempos. As a balletomane, I've no words to express my deep gratitude to all of them, plus a number of absentees from database.
Beauty is hardly a subtle art, but subtlety does tend to enhance it farther.
Hollywood and the glamour community always welcomed it. Actually, western culture places the highest value on appearance.
The way 'she' looks can impact plot perception as well as spectator catharsis. Therefore, kudos to the loveliest (and, incidentally, timeless) team of beautified pros in the business:
Actors such as Tiago Lacerda seem so natural. So I ask, how important are acting classes? What if Mr. Lacerda had once been told that he was neither pathetic nor funny, and should stop trying out auditions? I don't know. I mean, I know.
He'd never become an actor for common sense sake. After half a dozen lessons, unless his IQ were below the average, he'd end up convinced of his own mediocrity and lack of dramatic creativity.
Well, unlike Mr. Lacerda and other 'beautiful people' whom the generous 'showbiz System' oddly graces with some kind of success, I'd still have to weed a lot to play any role.
That all being said, let's fantasize a little and imagine which roles would be more challenging, overwhelming or intimidating to play out.
In my not so humble opinion, there aren't good and bad actors, only good and bad performances. The Guardian newspaper has published a 'guide' for viewers who take pleasure in speaking ill of what they see on both the silver screen and gthe tube. Far from favouring an ode to masochism, the British newspaper noted that, thanks to current social networks, it could be extremely fun to poke fun at programmes, actors and so on and so forth. Even a neologism - hate-watching - has been created for lovers of such 'art.' The easiest thing to do is to choose a bad subject and hate it, so the newspaper instructs us. Nor is it difficult to speak ill of an attraction that was supposed to be good, but it is not. A mixture of poise and prejudice, such classless behaviour & attitude seem to aim at becoming a classy hallmark. I'm listing cheesy hams for pleasure, which includes of course the pleasure of pseudo-hating. Right now, I love to hate not only hammy soap operas but also hammies in general. (FYI I'm definitely not into such overvalued body stocks!)
[Tájékoztatásul közöljük, hogy a tizennegyedik zeneszerző lehetnek benne lenne a nagy Karl Goldmark (1830-1915), aki történetesen távol az IMDb adatbázis]
[Chun do chuid faisnéise, a bheadh an cumadóir déag le cur san áireamh an Turlough O'Carolan mór, a tharlaíonn a bheith as láthair ó bhunachar sonraí IMDb]
[Pour votre information, les trois autres compositeurs à inclure sont les grands Joachim Raff (1822-82), Fritz Brun (1878-1959) et Hans Huber (1852-1921), incidemment absents de la base de données de l'IMDb]
[De två återstående tonsättare är den stora Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927) och Franz Berwald (1796-1868) som råkar vara frånvarande från IMDb-databasen]
Other 'brave' souls using IMDb, FaceBook, Twitter and so forth feel the same way that I do. I'm glad. No doubt, lots of intellectuals will wholeheartedly continue poring over these titles and find all kinds of meaning. I found most of them pretentious nonsense, even though I'm not at all blind to the obvious qualities of American Beauty, Holy Grail, City of God etc.
Although I've watched a great many turkeys, I agree with Godard when he says that it's rather difficult to find a 100% abominable movie, i.e. without one or two scenes or some detail of interest. Anyway, this isn't about choosing the worst movies of all times, which would be impossible and impracticable (listing movies that NOBODY wasted time in seeing? or those which we se 'by mistake'? nonsense)
Bottom line is: I chose them from among the most praised, the most famous, the most awarded, and the works of great directors, or mere fakes. Including, of course, a few turkeys that are memorable for the wrong reasons.
I could never see Nijinsky, Pavlova or mlle Camargo dancing, of course. Still I did not miss the chances to see a few other glories of ballet, modern dance, folk dance or show-biz
It is of course impossible to watch everything that one would like to. Somehow I got to witness some memorable song and dance performances. Here they are.
Woodies, of course, are a natural and highly nutritious food for many species of lizards. Analogously, as far as Allen Koenigsberg is concerned, woodies are an unnatural, however highly nutritious food for thought, fun & entertainment