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After stabbing the matron, the seventeen year-old delinquent Jody
Dvorak (Ann-Margret) escapes from a juvenile detention facility. She
breaks in an empty house and sleeps in a bed. Late night, the prominent
politician and future senator David Stratton (John Forsythe) comes home
after a business meeting with his friend Grant (Richard Anderson) and
wife. In the morning, he sees Jody and she tells a dramatic story of
her life to him. David decides to help the young woman and goes to the
town to buy clothes for her. Then he drives her to the bus station and
gives some money to her. He meets Grant in a restaurant and when David
is going to tell what happened to him, he sees Jody in the television
and gives up. When David returns home, he finds Jody there. He picks up
the phone to call the police and Jody threatens to accuse him of rape.
Then three delinquents the smart Ron (Peter Brown); the violent Buck
(Skip Ward); and Midge (Diane Sayer) - come to David's house and afraid
of a scandal, he becomes hostage of the situation. When Buck and Ron
have an argument, Buck accidentally hurts Ron with a razor blade and
Midge flees in their car. Now the delinquents want David to drive them
to Tijuana to escape from the police. What will David do?
"Kitten with a Whip" is an anguishing film about a good and honest man that gets involved in a difficult situation that might destroy his career and personal life. Ann-Margret is a bipolar woman that controls the situation threatening the man with lies. The film is tense but David is too naive and has many chances to resolve the problem calling the police, especially after the arrival of Jody's friends. "Knock Knock" (2015) uses a similar storyline with a family man also "behind the eight ball". My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): Not Available on Blu-Ray or DVD.
In the Nineteenth Century, in London, the psychologist Charles Marlowe
(Christopher Lee) researches a new drug capable to release inhibitions
and uses his patients as guinea pigs. He discusses the principles of
Freud with his friend Dr. Lanyon (Richard Hurndall) and decides to
experiment his drug in himself. He becomes the ugly and evil Edward
Blake and his friend and lawyer Frederik Utterson (Peter Cuhsing)
believes Blake is another person that might be blackmailing Charles.
Meanwhile Charles loses control of his transformation.
"I, Monster" is another version of the classic story of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. The art direction is very beautiful and the great attractions are certainly Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "O Soro Maldito" ("The Damned Serum")
The executive Stevenson Lowe (James Spader) moves to New York to work
in the publishing house that has belonged to his family for
generations. He buys an old townhouse to live alone, disappointing his
girlfriend Julia (Polly Walker) that believed they would move in
together. Soon he discovers that the house is haunted by two amicable
ghosts, the former theater stars from the 20's Max Gale (Michael Caine)
and Lily Marlowe (Maggie Smith). Further, they are married and argue
most of the time. Meanwhile, Senator Will Dodge (Sam Shepard) woos
Julia and she breaks up with Stevenson. His professional and private
life turns upside-down, since the publishing house decides to accept to
publish commercial and shallow books; his former lover Michelle Tippet
(Marcia Gay Harden) hits on him; Julia travels to Washington to meet
the Senator; and the two ghosts quarrels all the time. But he learns
how much he loves Julia. Will he succeed to have she back?
"Curtain Call" is a delightful romantic comedy, one of those films that is pleasant to see more than once. The wonderful cast with James Spader, Polly Walker, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Sam Shepard and Marcia Gay Harden has a perfect chemistry and seems to have fun while performing their characters. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Adoráveis Fantasmas" ("Lovely Ghosts")
The rude, selfish and arrogant businessman Harry Brock (John Goodman)
travels to Washington with his mistress Billie Dawn (Melanie Griffith),
his adviser Ed Devery (Edward Herrmann) and his assistant JJ (Max
Perlich) to have business meetings with senators. Billie is a former
showgirl from Las Vegas and does not have culture, embarrassing Harry
in the social events. He hires the journalist Paul Verrall (Don
Johnson) to teach Billie that is an intelligent woman and soon she does
not accept the treatment spent by Harry toward her. Further, Billie and
Paul disclose dirty businesses of Harry and fall in love with each
"Born Yesterday" is a remake of the 1950 film with a storyline inspired in "Pygmalion" (1938) and "Educating Rita" (1983). The romance is entertaining and funny and the gorgeous Melanie Griffith shows a great chemistry with her husband Don Johnson. John Goodman completes the cast with great performance. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "O Renascer de Uma Mulher" ("The Rebirth of a Woman")
In the small town Shemerville, the vandal Robin (Alessandro Nivola)
breaks the front window of a store in the middle of the night and is
arrested by Deputy Ernie (Bruce Norris). Sheriff Quinn (William Sadler)
locks Robin in a cell while Ernie wants to have sex with his mistress
Donna (Karen Sillas) in the police car along his shift. The inhabitants
of Shemerville and Quinn blame Robin for the death of Quinn's nephew
Danny (Norman Reedus). However Robin recalls the night when he was
drinking with his friend Danny on the side of the river and Danny
challenges him to cross the river. Danny does not accept to go but
Danny decides to swim alone and drowns. Robin succeeds to steal the key
of his cell and along the night, he sneaks out from the police station
to break other windows of the same owner with a great alibi. Later
Quinn discovers that Robin's true intention is to call the attention of
his high-school girlfriend Lise (Brooke Langton) for whom he is in
"Reach the Rock" is an unfunny and weird low-budget film. The story has many subplots that are easily resolved. Sheriff Quinn accepts Robin's word; his vandalism to call the attention of his former girlfriend is silly; the easy way that he escapes from the Sheriff's office is unbelievable. My vote is four.
Title (Brazil): "Nadando Contra a Corrente" ("Swimming Against the Stream")
After a successful treatment of cancer of the girl Jaime Roland (Talia-
Lynn Prairie), the former hacker Stephen Roland (Billy Wirth) is
convinced by Dr. Caine (David Jean Thomas) to let her be submitted to a
MRI scanner by the specialist Dr. Colleen O'Brian (Maeve Quinlan) to
check that she is totally cured. During the examination, Jaime has
seizure and dies. Stephen has a meeting with the Director Dr. Jamison
(Michael Ensign) and requests explanations about the death of his
daughter. He claims malpractice or malfunction of the equipment and Dr.
Jamison tells that only after the autopsy it would be possible to know
the true cause. Further, he introduces the responsible for the
experimental MRI equipment Al Bercovicci (Philip Boyd) that explains
that the equipment is working perfectly. After the autopsy, Dr. Jamison
accuses Dr. Caine of malpractice and tells that the girl had several
tumors in her head. However Stephen does not buy the story and teams-up
with Colleen. He uses his computer knowledge to investigate and finds a
complex of power and economical interests involved to approve the
scanner and buy it.
"The Drone Virus" is a thriller with a good story but poor screenplay. The plot begins with the testimony of relatives of patients' victim of cancer that have no association with the story. The screenplay is confused with plot points and despite the unexpected last one, it could be better and better. The gorgeous Maeve Quinlan is an attraction of this film. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "Contaminação" ("Contamination")
During the Great Depression, the mysterious drifter Chaney (Charles
Bronson) befriends the promoter of illegal street fights Speed (James
Coburn) and they go to New Orleans to make money fighting on the
streets. Speed is welcomed by his mistress Gayleen Schoonover (Maggie
Blye) and invites his former partner Poe (Strother Martin) to team-up
with them. Meanwhile Chaney has a love affair with the local Lucy
Simpson (Jill Ireland). Speed has a huge debt with the dangerous loan
shark Doty (Bruce Glover) and borrows money to promote the fight of
Chaney and the local champion Jim Henry (Robert Tessier), who is
managed by the also promoter (Michael Mcguire). Casey wins the fight,
they make a lot of money but Speed is an addicted gambler and loses his
share in the dice table. But Doty wants his money back and Speed's only
chance is Chaney accepts to bet his own money that he is saving and
fight a winner that Gandil brought from Chicago. Will he accept the
"Hard Times" is a good film by Walter Hill with the reconstitution of the period of the Great Depression in New Orleans. Charles Bronson and James Coburn have top-notch performances in the role of a mysterious street fighter and a promoter of illegal fights respectively. The character Chaney is not developed and his origins and plans are not disclosed. Did he learn to fight in the prison? The question is not answered and the viewer only knows that he is an outstanding street fighter and loyal friend. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Lutador de Rua" ("Street Fighter")
Sansa receives a sealed letter from Littlefinger and she meets him with
Brienne. Sansa discloses the treatment of Ransay and despises her
former friend. Arya continues her training in Braavos and Jaqen offers
another assignment to her to kill an actress. Bran discovers the origin
of the White Walkers in one of his visions. On the Iron Island, Theon
supports his sister Yara to be the Queen; however their uncle Euron
Greyjoy arrives and claims the throne for him. In Vaes Dothrak, Jorah
shows his greyscale to Daenerys and discloses his love for her and
Deaenery commands him to find a cure to his disease. In Meereen, people
are in temporary peace and he has an encounter with a Red Priestess.
Bran disobeys the Three-Eyed Raven and has a vision alone of the White
Walkers. Out of the blue, he is touched by Night's Kings with tragic
consequences. Sansa, Jon and Davos plot an alliance with other Houses
from the North to retake Winterfell.
After the excellent "Book of the Stranger", the overrated "The Door" is only a reasonable episode of "Game of Thrones". Sansa wants to overtake Winterfell and she plans a possible alliance, but does not tell to her stepbrother what happened to her. Every fan is probably looking forward to see the despicable Ransay defeated and destroyed. Yara and Theon's decision to leave the Iron Islands with the fleet will certainly lead to another fight; but why did they do it?. One good moment of the show is the reaction of Daenerys when Jorah discloses his love for her. The emotional response of Daenerys is heartbreaking. Aria is stalled in the same stupid condition since the first episode of this season. Tyrion has the most imbecile attitudes and there are viewers that enjoy. Bran's attitude cost the lives of his friends including Hodor. The explanation for his alias (Hold the Door... Hodor) is senseless. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "The Door"
In Hollywood, the Big Taters'waitress Sarah Walker (Alex Essoe) is an
ambitious aspiring actress that suffers from hair pulling disorder.
Sarah does not respect her boss Carl (Pat Healy) or her job since she
believes she will be a great actress and this job is temporary only to
pay her bills. She shares an apartment with her roommate Tracy (Amanda
Fuller) that frequently discloses her secrets to their selfish friends
Erin (Fabianne Therese) that likes to humiliate Sarah and steal her
roles; Danny (Noah Segan), who is an aspiring director that likes
Sarah; Poe (Shane Coffey) and Ashley (Natalie Castillo) that are
indifferent to her. When Sarah is invited to an audition of the film
The Silver Scree from the company Astraeus Pictures, their auditioners
do not show any reaction to her performance. When Sarah leaves the
audition, she goes to the toilet room and has an attack, pulling her
hair and crying. Immediately after, the casting director (Maria Olsen)
invites her to return to the room and repeat what she did in the
bathroom for her assistant (Marc Senter) and she. Sarah is invited
again to an audition with the producer (Louis Dezseran) and when he
insinuates to have sex with her, she refuses and goes home. However her
ambition prevails and she returns to his house and has oral sex with
him. He tells that she wants to be famous, she needs to die and reborn.
When Sarah returns home, she finds that her body is deteriorating and
she needs to murder her friends to complete her transformation. What
will she do?
"Starry Eyes" is a disturbing horror film with potential to be great. The story is a sort of gore version of Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray", where the body of the lead actress deteriorates instead of her body, with "Faust". Alex Essoe has a top-notch performance and the gore scenes are impressive. The plot has flaws, without any explanation about the cult or how the deaths could be explained to the police, families and landlords, maybe because of the low-budget. The conclusion does not show Sarah famous but she probably might be. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): Not Available on Blu-Ray or DVD.
The nerd teenager Reed Richards (Miles Teller) has been researching
teleport since he was a kid, helped by his best friend Ben Grimm (Jamie
Bell). During a high-school scientific fair, he is invited by Dr.
Franklin Storm (Reg E. Cathey) to join his research team in his
institute in New York. Reed teams up with Dr. Storm's son and daughter
Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan) and Susan "Sue" Storm (Kate Mara) and
the outcast Victor Von Doom (Toby Kebbell) and they succeed to send a
monkey to another dimension. Soon they learn that the institute has an
agreement with NASA to send astronauts to the other universe. However
they decide to go by themselves to be the first humans to reach the
place. However there is an accident and they are all affected by the
power in the planet. Further, they achieve super-powers, but Victor is
left behind. What will happen to the researchers?
"Fantastic Four" is an entertaining adventure with a story that explains the origins of the abilities of the four heroes. The film is underrated at least for those that are not fans of the cartoons. There are many points that are not well explained, specially the relationship of Reed and Ben with their families, but works OK with decent special effects and acting. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "Quarteto Fantástico" ("Fantastic Four")
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