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Moulin Rouge! (2001)
The "Moulin Rouge!" is Spectacular!
"It's quite new what I do, but if you are open, you might enjoy it". This description of Christian's poetry can be applied to the own movie. If you are open, you'll not only enjoy it, but completely fall in love with it. You'll watch it over and over again. You'll pay a lot just to have the dvd. You'll run to find the soundtrack and the original versions of all the songs. You'll read every single material you find about it. That's the only way to like it. You must really dive in. You can't just enjoy it. You can either love it or hate it. If it's possible to hate it? Unfortunately yes. If you're not open, if you're not an uncurable romantic, if you're not a dreamer, if you are as cinical as the World let you, you'll hate it. You'll think its musical dialogues are boring, you'll think the roof scene is ridiculous, you'll think its plot is predictable. Thank God I'm in the first group.
We, I'm sure you are one of us, love this movie so much that we can not explain. "Because those who loves never knows what loves, or why he loves, or what is to love" Fernando Pessoa. I can name a number of reasons why this movie is so great, but I won't know how to explain the reason why. When you watch "Moulin Rouge!" you leave your place as a simple watcher and you became part of it. You live all the experiences together with those characters, you really dive into that World of fantasy.
When you watch it for the first time without having a clue about what you're going to find, you have a mix of sensations that goes from anxiety to a "funny feeling inside that we can't easily hide". Soon you'll be introduced to the Moulin Rouge with a magnificent entrance. We go crazy when we recognize our favourite songs. Then a magnificent Nicole Kidman appears from the top. Then we'll go from scene to scene being surprised each time. "Your Song" enchant ourselves in every possible way. We can't believe what our eyes are seeing when they dance on the roof with an umbrella just like Mary Poppins. Then the "Elephant Medley" give us a knock out. From this point on if we were captured by it, there's no way out. We've became one of them. If we didn't, we'll only want it to finish as soon as possible.
I have a number of friends that are just like me, film buffs that love "Moulin Rouge!", I mean really "love", it's not like they've seen it and "loved" it, they still do, and will always do. But, I have a few friends that against all odds didn't like it.
It's really hard to review on a film that cannot be described. I guess I could say how wonderful it's scenery, visual effects and figurine are, but I think you all know that. To talk about the cast is totally unnecessary, everybody knows how they sing, act and dance like complete artists, that old fashioned ones. I'm pretty sure that it wasn't just with Ewan McGregor not to be nominated to any award, Nicole Kidman was nominated. I could go on and on talking about my favourite movie in years, but I guess I've said enough.
Someone Like You... (2001)
I just love romantic comedies. That's not else in the world that can replace the great sensation of watching a good one. And that's just what it is. A very good romantic comedy. It has all the elements to make us fall in love with it. And so we do.
The plot is really clever with a lot of twists. Jane works at a tv program and falls in love with Ray the minute she met him. They live like a perfect couple for six weeks and he asks her to live with him. When everything seemed to be perfect, he dumps her... Totally heartbroken, with no place to live, her only option is to be roommate with her friend Eddie. Still without understanding what went wrong in her relationship, Jane comes up with a theory that explains why men leave women. From this point on, I don't have to say what will happen...
It's perfect as an entertainment, but also has a lot of insights about the relationship between man and woman. Every woman will relate to Jane and her attempt to find the love of her life while every men seem to be there to break her heart.
Ashley Judd is so beautiful and sweet and talented and funny. I'm already a fan. Greg Kinnier is just as charming as he always is. Marisa Tomei is back with everything, the role is perfect for her, though it's small, but I'm sure we'll get to see her many times on screen again. And Hugh Jackman, what can I say, is the new talent of Hollywood, I'm sure he will be seen a lot this year.
It's a bright, clever, sweet, romantic, funny, interesting, loving, adorable, nice romantic comedy, don't miss it.
A Time to Kill (1996)
Reflection about prejudice
Another court movie, "A time to kill" stars Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock and Samuel L. Jackson. They all give good performances, but it's not the highest point of the movie. What really makes it special is the script that allows us to have a good reflection.
The movie is about a little girl who is raped by two guys. Since there were reasons to believe that the trial wouldn't be fair, the girl's father kills them. He is arrested and a young lawyer is called to defend him, but the trial calls the whole country's attention because of the simple fact that the little girl is black and the two guys were white.
From this point on, the movie stars to expose the racist American society. And that's the movie's value, after watching it, people can reflect about how stupid is to treat someone differently just because of the color of his skin.
I've recently had a discussion about this theme with a History teacher (Ivan) and he tried to convince me that the Brazilian society is also impregnated with this ignorant thing. I can't deny that, but I still think that it's easier to extinguish the racism in Brazil than in United States. Specially because of L. Jackson last speech, when he tells McConaughey "we are not friends, we could never be friends, our children don't play together." In U.S.A., black people can have the same rights as white people, but they will always be treated like they were different. On the other hand, in a fancy neighbourhood in Brazil, more than 90% of the people are white and most of the black people are pour, but the 10% that are rich don't suffer racism, the prejudice can happen between rich people and pour people, not because of their color, but their social position. Another point in our favour is that no one here, absolutely no one, can be sure that they are 100% white or 100% black, it's impossible, it's not an issue to black people to marry white people here. That's why I believe that if we can ever make this huge economical difference disappear, we will make the racism also disappear. However, in the United States, black people will always have their separate quarter.
It causes indignation to see prejudice in any form, so it's nice to see that people worry about this issue and make movies about it. As a movie, it's not the greatest production, but just the fact that it can makes us think about it, it's worthy.
Lost & Found (1999)
Sophie Marceau, is that you?
So, here I was watching HBO, when I saw that a sweet comedy was going t pass on Sunday night. I got interested, I love romantic comedies and it's nice to watch something light, once and a while.
The guy I knew from a tv show, but the woman didn't look strange, so I look closer and I saw it was someone I knew. I had to check it up at the magazine and I was very surprised, it was really her.
I'm a big fan of Sophie Marceau, she is very beautiful and talented. I've seen her in movies like Braveheart, Anna Karenina and Firelight and she was always magnificent. They were all very difficult parts, very dense and emotional.
But this movie is about a slim short guy who falls in love with his beautiful successful neighbour. He doesn't know what to do to get to know her . He tried to return her dog everytime it runs away, but everytime he only gets a thank you from her. So, he had this idea, hide the dog for a couple of hours and ask her to take a walk with him and try to find it. The plan goes well, he makes she think he's funny and charming, they have a good time. But, when he supposed to return the dog, he finds out that he can't. From this point on, it's just a lot of confusion and funny situations.
David Space is great, the star of "Just Shoot Me" plays a part very similar with Finch, Sophie is not just beautiful and talented, but also very funny. And the script is okay. Although it's a little predictable, it's also charming and convincing. I mean, we believe that the hot neighbour can actually fall in love with the unactractive sweet guy.
The movie doesn't want to be more than a good entertainment and it succeeds. Great chance to have good laughs and see a different Sophie Marceau.
O Auto da Compadecida (2000)
Sensational Brazilian Tale
Imagine a fantastic tale about two unique characters in a not so expounded Brazil. Now add the most intelligent and splendid humor and the most talented performances of the always great Selton Melo and the phenomenon Matheus Nachtergaele. Don't forget that the funny Denise Fraga and Diogo Vilela are in the production, as the wonderful Lima Duarte, Marco Nanini and Rogério Cardoso. If you are still not convinced that this is just one of the best movies ever made, remember that the only Brazilian actress ever nominated to an Oscar is priceless as the Compadecida.
I guess I've convinced you all, haven't I? So, have a lot of fun, watching one of the most inventive, original and authentic Brazilian movie. I know that a lot of jokes will be untranslatable and it will be very hard to related with that reality, but I know that it isn't impossible because I know that there's poverty in everywhere in this world and I know that there's corruption in Catholic churches in everywhere in this world and I know that people cheat their husbands in everywhere in the world.
The unique Brazilian touch is the humor of the two protagonists, one is the most creative liar and the other is the most sprightly illiterate guy. While Chicó spends his time getting trouble and telling the most incredible things that "happen" to him, João Grilo uses all the briskness that he has to take them out of the trouble and just survive.
The thing is that Chicó's last trouble was huge and João Grilo ended up being killed by a bandit. That's one of the most funny scenes, he has to be solved in a trial, so that he can goes to Haven. Since he used to commit a lot of sins, the only way to get out of this is with Mary's help.
It's really rare to find a comedy that succeeds criticizing important groups of the society, making us reflect, criticizing concepts (Jesus is black) and that also make us don't stop laughing during the entire movie. Just great! Don't miss it!
Charlie's Angels (2000)
Charlie's Angels is purposely one of those popcorn Hollywood films. It's only intention is to entertain us. Since that's why it was made, there's no reason for us to criticize its not so creative script. It only aims to make us have fun. And it definetaly succeeds.
Drew Barrymore, Cameron Dias and Lucy Liu are absolutely great as Dylan, Natalie and Alex. They are funny, beautiful and charmed, great blend to action characters, specially if they can also use those qualities to capture the bad guys.
There isn't much similarity with the original show, except for Charlie's voice that continues to put the girls in all kinds of trouble while he has fun surrounded by women. Bosley now is played by Bill Murray, and they are also hired to solve a crime, like it used to happened in every episode. The difference is that it doesn't take itself seriously like the show. The mystery is replaced by the action and every scene seems to be a joke. The scenes in the beginning reminding us of the series doesn't seems to be a homage, but a satire. It's all the time laughing at the series and the own movie. It starts with Dylan dressed as black fat guy in an airplane complaining about the movie that was about to pass because it was another 70's series adaptation...
Some people didn't like the joke, but I think it's exactly why this movie is great and why it's better than others alike, such as Mission Impossible 2, because it has a lot of implausible scenes, pointless action and meanless drama, but it's like they are saying: "that's okay, we know how ridiculous it is, the only reason it is here is to make you laugh at it, as we also do".
So, forget the bad reviews, get your popcorn bag and get ready to the next angel's mission: make us all have a great time. Believe me, they've never failed.
Never Been Kissed (1999)
I wonder where my penguin is
Another teen movie, I first thought. But this one had this huge quality: Drew Barrymore was in the cast. Plus, I was in high school when it was in the movies and some friends used to say that it was based on the life of one of the boys. People say he also had never been kissed. But in our final party we almost kiss. Only he and I knows that we ALMOST kiss, the rest of the gang doesn't. So, I technically first kiss him. And, as I want to be a filmmaker, they said I did it because I wanted to make the sequel...
Silly story, but anyway, I looked forward to see it. Unfortunately I end up waiting almost two years to finally see it. Totally worth it. I absolutely loved it. It has all magical characteristics that a romantic comedy must have, it also has some clichés... but it's not the point.
It just make us think about real love and soul mates and kisses that make our world turns upside down. The way Josie describes what she expects on a kiss, inspired me and I realized that I have never been kissed, not this way, and I bet a lot of people haven't either. It's so hard to find our match. "You know, penguins spend their entire life looking for their one other, and when they finally find them, they spend the rest of their lives together." I need to find my penguin. I wonder where he is.
Dr. T and the Women (2000)
There's only one reason why I wanted to watch it
It's not because Richard is on it, even though I love him. It's not because it's about women and it's definitely not because of its story line, I didn't got interested in it at all. But when I heard that Farrah Fawcett was one it, I just couldn't miss it. I know that you can see her all the time, but, here, in Brazil, the last time I could see her, she was 29 years old. I needed to see how she was now. And that's the only reason why I bought the ticket.
Since I didn't have much expectations, it wasn't disappointing. I could see my timeless Jill. She was about 15 minutes on screen, and let everyone open-mouthed with her nudity scene in the mall. And when she started to act like a child, I could see Jill's smile and her loose walk.
The rest of the movie is okay. It has a wonderful cast and a story line interesting but not very well developed. If I hadn't gone to the cinema just to see Farrah Fawcett, I would be very disappointed.
Charlie's Angels (1976)
"Once upon an time there were three little girls...
... who went to the police academy, and they were each sigh very passionless duties, but I took them away from all that, and now they work for me. My name is Charlie."
I can't spend one week without hearing Charlie's little story in the beginning of every episode. I've always heard about this show, but I never had the opportunity to see it, until the movie was made. Weeks before it's premiere in Brazil, it started to be passed on a cable channel and I decide to watch every single episode until the movie comes out, so I did it. However, when I finally watch the movie, I didn't want to stop watching the series anymore. It's so great!
I love everything about it, specially the cast. Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith and Kate Jackson are just so enchanted, their beauty and talent captures everyone. The story line is also good, there's always an interesting case for them to solve. But what I love the most is the mysterious air and the incredible desire of belonging to that time that I get from it. And I had never really enjoyed anything that wasn't from the 90's, maybe the 80's. But now I'm a big fan of a 1976 wonderful series and I don't miss a chance to know a show or movie no matter the time it was made.
O Cravo e a Rosa (2000)
Pleasant Brazilian entertainment
Brazilian Soap Operas have always had international fame and I am proud of it. I have my list favorites "A gata comeu"(1985), "Brega & Chique" (1987), "Direito de Amar" (1987). However, the soap operas aren't so good as it used to be.
I had given up on watching soap operas when I started to watch "O Cravo e a Rosa". It's a very good entertainment, very soft and sweet. Specially the relationship between Petruchio and Catarina. It's basically a romantic comedy with all the charm and softness of it.
The fact that it's on the beginning of the century only makes it more special, we can be transported to another time with wonderful characters and a pleasant plot. Now I can be proud of our soap operas production again.