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The Terminal (2004)
8/10
May be not the best Spielberg, but indeed a "must-see" movie!
12 September 2004
As I realized after reading some comments posted at IMDb, some people, and sadly, mostly the Americans, seem not to catch the subliminal message in this movie. Spielberg, as he tried in "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial", focus the plot on the way Americans deal with aliens, be them extra-terrestrial or humans. In Brazil, in a coincidence, "The Terminal" opened on the eve of September 11, in which we all remembered the terrible day for humanity in 2001, which triggered the return to the once well known paranoia with aliens that the Americans used to have (since Pearl Harbor?), what the same Spielberg tried to "exorcize" in the mentioned "E.T.". Such paranoia has been insistently and extensively used by the current U.S. President to enhance American patriotism, at the expenses, in most cases, in similar or different circumstances, of people like the "Krakhozian" Viktor Navorski, a reference for all aliens that daily have – for "business" or "pleasure" – to cross the gates of Immigration Offices in American airports. I wished the American "silent majority" that seems to support the current U.S. President - in his current efforts for a second term - could watch this movie and try to understand the beautiful humane message that Spielberg, with the support of a fantastic cast (Tom Hanks and Stanley Tucci are superb!) tried to transmit to all of us. Anyone who ever crossed - as an alien - the gates of Immigration Offices in the U.S. will catch immediately such message and be tremendously sympathetic to the poor Navorski… I wouldn't say that this is the best of Spielberg. But – do doubts! – with such most contemporary message, this is a "must see" movie!
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Nelson Freire (2003)
10/10
Nelson Freire: a quite good documentary, a wonderful portrait of a great artist!
5 May 2003
João Moreira Salles' "Nelson Freire" is a film-documentary about the great Brazilian pianist, who is certainly among the five great pianists of the world today. Nelson Freire is a quite discreet / shy person and João Salles respected this feature of his personality. During almost two years he followed the pianist around the world to compose a film, made of 31 thematic sections to cover the many aspects of the life of this genius of the piano. A single interview given by Nelson Freire to João Salles in the last days of the filming was conveniently used during all movie to portray the pianist in a remarkable way. In the documentary, Nelson Freire is seen in his house, in the back stage of his concerts and rehearsing alone or with his close friend, the notable pianist Marta Argerich, also among the top world pianists, who he met when he was a teenager. He was also filmed after the concerts, giving autographs and talking - in his special way - with fans. One of the best and full of emotion moments is the reading made of a letter of his father to Freire when he was only 6 years old, in which he mentions the tough decision to move the family from a small city in the country of Brazil to Rio de Janeiro, then the Federal Capital, to allow for the boy - already recognized as prodigy - to continue his piano studies. Also full of emotion is the moment when Nelson Freire makes a touching musical reverence to the legendary (Brazilian) pianist Guiomar Novaes, who used to call him as the "little Rubinstein". She enters the movie when Nelson Freire, at home, plays one of his recordings of a melody from Christoph Willibald Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice". Which is also played by him as a "bis" of one of his recitals. Some remarkable and quite interesting for the music fans are the sequences of rehearsals with Martha Argerich and with the St Petesburg orchestra and those of Nelson Freire "polishing" a difficult part of Brahms' second piano concerto. There is also room for humor in the documentary. Besides his unique and hilarious sequence in an interview to a French TV, Nelson Freire is caught in a very funny "fight" with a specific piano Steinway, hours before a recital. Then, he seems to treat the piano like a living creature and mentions that "this piano does not like me, although I have not done anything to it." Indeed, João Salles managed to make a quite good and, mostly, a touching movie about a great artist, respecting Nelson Freire's personality, somehow introspective. Do not expect a film strictly about Nelson Freire's life. This is a film about an artist, about life, about music. It is a film for those who enjoy a good documentary; however, it is a "must", a wonderful picture especially for those who also enjoy good music.
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Iris (I) (2001)
9/10
How to tell a story with images!
28 May 2002
Besides the superb acting of Judi Dench and Jim Broadbent, "Iris" impressed me for the way Richard Eyre and Charles Wood told us the touching story (and drama) of Iris Murdoch (and John Bayley) basically with images. The editing (Martin Walsh) also contributed marvelously to the final result of the film. After watching it, I felt like I had just read a book telling that story. However, what I just watched was a remarkable screenplay with images competently taken by Richard Eyre and creatively edited by Martin Walsh.That is true cinema!
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Unbreakable (2000)
6/10
White is good, and Black is bad?
4 August 2001
"Unbreakable" seemed to me and to my wife as a comic book turned into a slow-moving movie. All the plot seems unrealistic, since the beginning throughout the movie. Curiously, the two main characters are a "good guy", a white man (Bruce Willis) and a "bad guy," a black man (Samuel L. Jackson). A coincidence?
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