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Charming Movie with a Silly Premise, 19 October 2014
5/10

In Paris, Corinne "Coco" (Alice Pol) brings her chief Valérie (Laure Calamy) to spend the Christmas Eve with her family. Valérie is depressed since she is newly divorced and Coco decides to tell the story of her sister Isabelle (Diane Kruger) to Valérie to cheer her up. Isabelle is a dentist that has been living with and working in the same office of her boyfriend Pierre (Robert Plagnol) for ten years. When they decide to get married, Isabelle and Coco are worried about the family curse that every first marriage ends in divorce. Isabelle and Coco arrange a marriage for Isabelle with a student in Copenhagen so that she can immediately divorce to marry Pierre to live happily ever after.

In the flight, Isabelle meets the inconvenient free-spirited tourism columnist Jean-Yves (Dany Boon) that is traveling to Kenya. When the student does not show up, Isabelle decides to travel to Kenya to marry Jean-Yves. She has the chance when they travel to visit a Masai people when they get married. Isabelle returns to Paris and when she goes to schedule her wedding with Pierre, she discovers that Jean-Yves has registered his Masai wedding certificate in Paris. Now Isabelle travels to Moscow expecting to force Jean-Yves to sign the divorce papers. Will she succeed in her intent?

"Un plan parfait" is a charming movie with a silly premise. The idea of the family curse and the attitude of a clever woman like Isabelle traveling to Denmark first and Kenya later to get married and a quick divorce after is ridiculous. But Diane Kruger is a gorgeous, talented and charming actress and her chemistry with Dany Boon makes the movie work despite the premise. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Um Plano Perfeito" ("A Perfect Plan")

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Gore and Cartoonish Action Movie, 19 October 2014
7/10

In Berlin, the Europol researcher Mika Coretti (Naomie Harris) shows evidences of the existence of a network of assassin ninjas in the murder of politicians to her chief Ryan Maslow (Ben Miles). She is hunted down by the ninjas and protected by the mysterious ninja Raizo (Rain).

Mika learns that Raizo is an orphan raised by the Ozunu Clan in Japan and brutally trained since childhood to be a heartless killer by his master Ozunu (Sho Kosugi). Raizo has been attracted by the kind Kiriko (Anna Sawai) since when he was a boy. When Kiriko decides to runaway from the Ozunu Clan, she is captured and executed by Raizo's ninja brother Takeshi (Rick Yune). Soon Raizo turns against Ozunu and cuts his face. Now he is also hunted down by his ninja brothers. Mika convinces Raizo to meet Maslow, but they are betrayed. Will they survive the attack of the Ozunu Clan?

"Ninja Assassin" is a gore and cartoonish action movie that follows the violence of Takashi Miike. The plot is flawed, the characters are poorly developed but the action makes this movie worthwhile watching with violent fights like in a video-game, great choreography and lots of gore. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Ninja Assassino" ("Assassin Ninja")

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Delightful Musical, 17 October 2014
8/10

In New York, the smalltime gambler Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) has been eloping from getting married with his girlfriend Adelaide (Vivian Blaine) for fourteen years. Nathan needs one thousand dollars in advance to rent a place for the crap game but neither he nor his friends Nicely- Nicely Johnson (Stubby Kaye) and Benny Southstreet (Johnny Silver) can afford. Nathan decides to bet against the gambler Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando), challenging him to have a dinner in Havana with a woman of his choice. Sky accepts the bet and Nathan chooses the prude Sergeant Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons), who runs a mission for sinners. Sky visits Sarah and invites her to have dinner with him in Havana; in return, he would bring one dozen sinners to the mission. Sarah refuses the deal, but when General Cartwright (Kathryn Givney) comes to New York to shutdown the mission, Sarah feels that the only chance to keep the mission operating is accepting Sky's invitation. They travel to Havana and fall in love with each other; but when they return to the mission, Sarah discovers that Nathan used the place for his crap game. Further, she believes that Sky has plotted the scheme to use her. Now Sky has to convince the gamblers and gangsters that arrived in New York to the crap game that they should go to the mission to help Sarah.

"Guys and Dolls" is a delightful musical version of a Broadway successful play with Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and Jean Simmons and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. The romantic comedy is highly funny and entertaining with great musical numbers. Marlon Brando dances and sings and the number in Havana with Jean Simmons if one of the funniest moments of this movie. Despite the running time of 150 minutes, the viewer never feels tired or bored. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Eles e Elas" ("They (he) and They (she)")

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Either You Are the Butcher or the Cattle, 14 October 2014
10/10

In Terminus, Rick and the survivors are ready to be slaughtered by the cannibals. Meanwhile, Carol and Tyreese capture a man from Terminus and Carol decides to investigate the place while Tyreese stays with Judith and the prisoner. Carol creates havoc in Terminus with the walkers while Rick and his friends escape from the slaughterhouse.

"No Sanctuary" is the promising beginning of the Fifth Season of "The Walking Dead". After so many months without "The Walking Dead", we fans are rewarded with an episode dramatic and full of action. This is the show of Carol, with an outstanding participation of this character; her reunion with Daryl and the survivors is touching. The story of the people of Terminus is also promising. How could a group of people lose her humanity and become cannibal butchers. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "No Sanctuary"

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Dated Film-Noir with a Espionage Story, 14 October 2014
7/10

In New York, the pickpocket Skip McCoy (Richard Widmark) steals a wallet in the purse of a woman named Candy (Jean Peters) in the subway. His action is witnessed by FBI Agent Zara (Willis B. Bouchey) but Skip escapes from the wagon with the wallet. When Candy discovers that she was stolen, she returns to the house of her former lover Joey (Richard Kiley) that is worried about the incident. Meanwhile Zara goes to the police station and asks Captain Dan Tiger (Williams Murvyn Vye) to identify the pickpockets in that area. He explains that he was following Candy that would deliver a microfilm to the chief of a communist spy ring. Captain Tiger summons the old informer Moe (Thelma Ritter) that sells the identity and address of Skip. Candy also seeks out Moe trying to find the pickpocket that stole her wallet. Meanwhile Skip finds the microfilm and learns how valuable it is to the communists. Candy also discovers that Joey is communist and is using her in a treason act and she falls in love with Skip. Soon a cat and mouse game among Skip, the police department and the spies begins.

"Pickup on South Street" is a dated film-noir with a espionage story directed by Samuel Fuller. Richard Widmark is perfect in the role of a scum and shows a wonderful chemistry with Jean Peters. The choreography of the fight between Skip and Joey is amazing. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Anjo do Mal" ("Evil Angel")

2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
I Will Be Seeing You, Susan, 14 October 2014
8/10

In California, the gorgeous housewife Susan Gilvray (Evelyn Keyes) glances at a prowler outside her house in a wasteland and she calls the police. Officer Webb Garwood (Van Heflin) and his partner attend the call and do not find anyone. Later Webb returns to her house with the pretext of checking if everything is OK with Susan and she invites him to drink a coffee with her. Soon he learns that Susan is married with John Gilvray (Sherry Hall), a middle age broadcaster of a late night radio show. Further, they discover that they are from the same homeland. Webb hits on Susan and soon they have a love affair. But when John suspects of Susan, their relationship comes to an end.

Webb plots a scheme to get rid off John and he kills John simulating an accident. Webb goes on trial and is considered not-guilty for the murder of John. Webb quits the police and manipulates John's brother to get close to Susan again. He learns that John could not have children and their marriage was not perfect. Webb meets Susan and convinces her that he is really innocent. Soon they get married and they buy a motel to start a new life. But in the wedding night, Susan discloses that she is four months pregnant. How could they explain the baby to the press after the publicity around the case?

"The Prowler" is a great but unknown Film-Noir directed by Joseph Losey with a story of adultery and greed. Webb Garwood is a sordid frustrated man that manipulates the housewife Susan Gilvray, who has a loveless marriage without children with an older man, to marry him. The conclusion is moralist but does not spoil the story. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Cúmplice das Sombras" ("Accomplice of the Shadows")

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Pure, Otherworldly Evil, 13 October 2014
7/10

Dr. Matt Crower is investigating again Merlyn's case and concludes that she was not murdered by a shovel. Sheriff Lucas Buck decides to get rid off Matt and he goes to Judge Streeter plotting a scheme against the doctor. However the judge refuses to participate and his gambling addicted wife Charlotte feels the evil power of Sheriff Buck. Meanwhile Dr. Crower saves Lucas from a mysterious woman that wants to shot him. The woman named Angela claims that she is Sheriff Buck's mother and that evil must be destroyed. She manipulates Dr. Matt Crower to convince him to kill Sheriff Buck. What will be the fate of Dr. Matt Crower?

"Dr. Death Takes a Holiday" is gloomy and wicked episode of the "American Gothic". The physical damages of Sheriff Buck to Angela, Charlotte and Dr. Matt Crower makes this episode probably the most tragic. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Dr. Death Takes a Holiday"

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An Ambitious Danish Epic about Evil Temptation through Time, 12 October 2014
6/10

Satan is exiled from Heaven by God and doomed to stay on Earth. God states that for each soul who falls in temptation, his sentence will be increased in one hundred years; for each soul who resists, his sentence will be decreased in one thousand years. Satan is followed in dark moments of mankind history: the betrayal of Jesus by Judas; the Spanish Inquisition; the French Revolution; and the Finnish Civil War of 1918.

"Blade af Satans bog" is an ambitious (or pretentious) Danish epic about evil temptation through time. Carl Theodor Dreyer made this movie inspired in D. W. Griffith's epic "Intolerance". I saw the version released in Brazil on VHS with 108 minutes running time; therefore a version totally mutilated and it would be unfair if I write that the screenplay is messy. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Páginas do Livro de Satã" ("Pages from Satan's Book")

Godzilla (2014)
3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Deceptive Version, 12 October 2014
5/10

In 1999, in Japan, there is a mysterious accident with the reactors of the Janjira nuclear power plant and the engineer Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) loses his wife Sandra Brody (Juliette Binoche) and her team that were inspecting the reactor. Joe never accepts the official explanation for the accident. Fifteen years later, his son, the US Navy Officer Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), learns that Joe has trespassed in Janjira quarantine area and is arrested in Japan. He travels to Japan to release his father and they go to the Janjira facility area to retrieve Joe's data and pictures. Soon they discover the truth about the accident, caused by a "Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism" ("MUTO") that eats radiation trapped underground. The MUTO escapes from the secret facility to Honolulu killing Joe. Godzilla is also awakened, causes a tsunami in Hawaii and fights against the MUTO destroying Honolulu. Meanwhile a female MUTO escapes from the Nevada nuclear waste facility and destroys Las Vegas, heading to breed with the first MUTO in San Francisco. Now the last hope on Earth is Godzilla fighting and destroying the MUTO's.

"Godzilla" (2014) is a deceptive version of the legendary Japanese monster. An action movie that makes the viewer take naps certainly has problems in the screenplay. There is a silly, boring and corny subplot with the inexpressive Aaron Taylor-Johnson that is a waste of time. The cameo of Juliette Binoche lures their fans with her name in the credits. The cinematography is too dark and hard to be followed in some fights. And in the end, the dinosaur-like monster becomes the savior of the mankind in a senseless conclusion. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Godzilla"

Dark Sea (2013)
6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
The Goriest Movie I Have Seen Since "Braindead", 11 October 2014
8/10

The fisherman Peroá and his assistant Cavalo Cansado are fishing in a boat but they do not find any school of peroá (a Brazilian fish from Espírito Santo state). However they fish a ray and a strange creature that bites the arm of Peroá. They drop the creature into the sea and return to the village in the countryside where they live. They sell the few fishes that they have caught and Peroá goes home. His wife Indiara sews his arm and goes to the local bar tot buy meat for the lunch of her family. The owner of the bar, Otto, is a good man that buys the ray from a dealer and asks his employee Albino to clean the fish. Albino is a weird man that likes the occultism and has a crush on Indiara. He leaves the ray outside the bar to help her and the fish vanishes. Cavalo Cansado also likes Indiara and he disputes her attention with Albino.

Indiara is invited by her neighbor and friend to work in the kitchen of the Sururu's Club, owned by Madame Ursula, in the opening night of the cabaret. She leaves Peroá and her children Paulinho and Clara at home and goes to the cabaret. When Peroá wakes up, he turns into a zombie in the beginning of a gore night.

"Mar Negro" (meaning "Black Sea") is an insane zombie movie by Rodrigo Aragão, who is also the editor, and the goriest movie that I have seen since Peter Jackson's "Braindead". The story is regional in a poor location by the sea in the countryside of the Espírito Santo with fishermen, simple people, corrupt politician, militia, cabaret and prostitutes. Therefore people from overseas may have difficulties to understand the peculiarities of the typical characters. Madame Ursula's reaction with a machine gun seems to be inspired in a movie from Quentin Tarantino or Roberto Rodriguez

The cast has great performances considering that they are amateurs and the special effects are also great with lots of gore. But maybe the most impressive is the extremely low budget of R$ 300,000.00 (three hundred thousand reais) or US$ 123,500.00 (one hundred and twenty three thousand and five hundred dollars) to make this cult movie of the trash genre. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Mar Negro" ("Black Sea")


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