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Watching movies became a habit in my life when I started enjoying IMDb, which happened around 2010, I guess. I'm currently a law school student, in the last year of graduation, who believes life is a great miracle that should be enjoyed as much as you can. I tend to avoid action movies, since I've seen too many of them when I was a child, making me feel like there's nothing new out there. Also, action scenes feel boring to me, so the movie would feel just as well. FBI and kidnapping are out of question for me, and I am NOT watching them in almost any hypothesis.
Edit: As of now, I feel ashamed of the way I wrote my first reviews, especially those made in 2010~2011, so please don't consider them that much!
A picture of mine for those few who asked: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/809/famoso.jpg (all together, spaceless)
The Good Dinosaur (2015)
On top of the world
I can't remember the last time I went to the cinema to see an animation, but something about "The Good Dinosaur" really caught my attention; maybe it's due to the fact that, as a child, I've been a fan of them. Well, I thought I was going to see a lion king version with a different animal-- and for a moment, mainly after the father's death, I thought I really was--, but the story doesn't turn that way. It's much more of a story filled with beautiful messages, showing to our kids that we can share our lives with different people. With different races. Also, the story is able to bring some funny moments with the flaws that main character has; however, the great aspect of it is that filmmakers tried to show that things only change if we do something about it. The poor dino only learned to do things himself because he wanted to; he put a lot of effort into it. And that's a good thing to be showed to kids. Life isn't a marvelous place in which things go just like we want, and it's good that it's being said to those who will, someday, have to do things themselves. That being said, I must say I didn't regret watching it in the movies, and I recommend it to every kind of public, especially if kids are involved.
Ain't thinking about you
Well, I have always been an honest guy, due to the education my family has given to me. Therefore, it's easy to guess how shocked I was while watching this movie. "Arbitrage" is a film about a businessman whose life gets in danger after his scam start getting scammed, and after he takes the life of his lover in a car accident. In this context, Gere's character tries everything in his power in order to get away with or murder, or to at least continue a life out of jail. However, things are very hard to be done; most of his issues involve his family, and not even a conniving wife seems able to save it all. It is interesting to notice that everyone in this picture is corruptible; even Jimmy, who appeared to be a prudent man, ends up doing what's best for himself. Well, I'm not a pessimist guy who thinks the world is full of people who only care about money; however, I'm very aware that some segments of every society are just as dishonest as they could be, and "Arbitrage" was able to remember me of that. My main surprise about the characters happened with Ellen Miller, who knew it all from the get go and never did anything about it. So, considering all these aspects I've mentioned, and considering the story is completely entertaining, my vote is nine. Great movie!
People Like Us (2012)
Policy of Truth... or not
Well, I've taken more than a year to decide watching this movie, since the main synopsis never really interested me. However, I must say that I found "People Like Us" a nice film to be seen; it has an unconventional way of storytelling that makes you wonder where it's heading to. In fact, the most unconventional aspect of it are the characters; Sam, for instance, isn't one of those cool guys that everyone simply adores. He is, actually, someone very unlikeable, whose lifeline, in the end, turns him into a regular guy. The rest of the characters are a little eccentric, which doesn't allow "People Like Us" become another Hollywood "i've-seen-it-all". Other than that, there isn't much to say; the story isn't going to change your life, but it will probably provide you a good time, even if some consider it to be overlong.
The Babadook (2014)
Can't you see that you're smothering me...
I went to see this movie being much aware that it was relatively scary. Well, since I know I'm very afraid of horror films, I use to ask my friends to tell me how scary it is before showing it to me, which was the case. "The Babadook" is a STRONG film that deals with mother and child troubles-- which are common, by the way. However, in this case, their trouble is much bigger than the ordinary fights parents and children usually have; Amelia, the mother, gets completely out of mind because she notices her son is quite eccentric-- as if she wasn't either. There are a lot of scary scenes, with a plot utilizing some elements of the classic "The Shining"-- no matter whether director confesses it or not. The scenario, also, is very dark, delivering all the Gothic atmosphere this film deserves. However, the biggest element of "The Babadook" is the marvelous acting from Essie Davis, whose talent can be seen all the way through. Great movie!
Waking Ned (1998)
Enjoy the silence
"Waking Ned" is a film that I have been looking for for years, and last night I finally did. Even thought it's supposed to be passed in Ireland, the story is filled with a lot of British humour, since it has much irony and sarcasm. For that reason, I laughed in several scenes, due to the unscrupulous characters and situations that have been written and portrayed all the way through. David Kelly, in my opinion, is the one who deserves the biggest congratulations; I mean, all the cast is extremely professional, but Kelly has the best performance-- and maybe the best character I have ever seen. In real life, it's evident that those people wouldn't be able to hide the secret forever; occasionally, someone would be just too talkative to keep it to oneself. The biggest moment for me is when the witch is almost succeeding in telling on the village, but a car crash pushes her phone cab into the sea; I guess I've never wanted to see someone dying in a movie. Please don't get me wrong; I'm a honest person in real life and I am NEVER conniving on cheating, but these people are sooo captivating that makes it impossible to not support them. "Waking Ned" proves to be, all in all, a GREAT comedy that truly entertains any kind of audience, and maybe that's why it has just became one of my favorite movies!
The Cure (1995)
Boys don't cry
I first saw "The Cure" when I was really young; I remember my mother used to watch this film with me, mainly because I was a kid with a few friends. Erik is a boy that decides becoming friends with Dexter, a younger kid infected with AIDS and full of life restrictions. Their friendship is beautiful to be seen; despite the implausible possibility of this happening, it's great to see their trip to "New Orleans" in order to found the cure. They do everything in their power to find a cure for Dexter, but, unfortunately, they never discover where the heck it is at-- actually, 20 years have passed and, as of now, people are STILL looking for the cure. The acting varies from average to great, and the actor that portrays Dexter is very able to bring sympathy for the spectator; I mean, it's not that people with bad diseases have to be 100% pristine to be respected, but it surely brings life to the story as a whole. Maybe it's a cheap trick they make for us, but it works! All in all, "The Cure" is a wonderful movie that brings some nice reflections to us, and I'm glad I found it online. Very recommended!
Peeping Tom (1960)
Little Mister Obsessive
Well, I have found out about "Peeping Tom" in 2011's "Scream 4", and I'm not ashamed in confessing that. As the movie began, I got to think there would be one of those suspenseful whodunit thrillers-- I'm so naive--, but fortunately, it wasn't the case. From the get go we know who is the killer... we just don't know why or how he does that. There aren't lots of remarkable moments; actually, the only scene that really caught my attention was the one in which the old woman almost ASKED to be murdered, saying a lot of irritating things to Lewis. That scene felt good because the actress was professional, otherwise there wouldn't be such nice atmosphere anyways. In my opinion, "Peeping Tom" has a good premise that could have walked in a much better way; the script is just too raw to develop something interesting. Anyways, I'm giving it six starts due to the originality of it, but I can't even say that it's a movie that I enjoyed watching.
Ghost Town (2008)
Well, I took around a year to finally watch this film, since the synopsis never really engaged me; more precisely, last week I gave it a chance and saw it in a rainy afternoon. "Ghost Town" is a movie that takes long time to develop something; the first hour of length is simply full of uninteresting conversations that lead almost nowhere. Pincus, the main character, is a grumpy dentist whose life is almost a complete loss, until he, unintentionally, or maybe even against his will, acquires the ability of seeing dead people-- no, we're not talking about Shyamalan's classic. From that point on, Pincus gets in some unpleasant situations, mainly created by Frank, the deceased husband of a beautiful girl named Gwen. After falling in love with her, his life never feels the same; not that he stops being an unsympathetic person, but he finds something interesting to do about his life. There isn't much else that I can say about it, due that "Ghost Town" wasn't any remarkable to me. In my opinion, the story is just too weak to develop much feelings in the spectator, but it's at least fresh and has a beautiful ending. See it yourself (or don't).
Secret in Their Eyes (2015)
Destiny is calling...
Well, I went to the cinema without knowing any details about "Secret in Their Eyes", let alone that it was a remake. My initial thoughts towards this picture was that I was seeing a confusing film, given that a lot of times I couldn't realize if the scene was happening or being remembered from the past; therefore, I really think filmmakers have gone wrong whilst editing such aspects of the movie. However, the story as a whole, is simply GENIAL. Jess is a police officer whose daughter has been strangely murdered, so all the plot is related to the consequences such crime has brought to Jess and to her friends in the police. There are GREAT performances throughout the mystery, mainly from Julia Roberts and Joe Cole. But, in fact, what really surprised me was the great twist that my date and me could never see coming; we left the cinema open-mouthed due to the revelation of Jess' real behavior, which was brilliantly written. All in all, ignoring all the controversy involving "is it as good the original or not?", I must say that "Secret in Their Eyes" is just a GREAT movie that deserves to be much more recognized than it currently is.
A Dangerous Method (2011)
Policy of Truth
Well, I'm an assiduous psychoanalysis' patient since early 2013, so it's evident that I'm much interested in the subject. I know, besides, the discussions that psychoanalysis and psychology have been facing throughout the years, but I'm not taking any side. I just happen to enjoy analysis and that's all. This movie involved me from the get go, mainly due to the consistent acting from Keira Knightley, whose performance has really stolen the show. I just didn't enjoy it more because Freud's life wasn't as explored as I thought it would be-- and as I HOPED it'd. However, it feels indeed interesting to understand the issues that such science has faced until it got to the point it's in now: as the questioner of the mind. Moreover, the brilliance of "A Dangerous Method" gets visible when it exposes that psychoanalysis isn't going to save the world like a Messias, but that it's going to try to understand life, just as it is: good, tough, difficult and filled with neverending questions. After all, what is life if not an unreachable desire?