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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Truly a bad movie
I'm not going thru every single plot hole (I think they are very well known by now), but I do think Nolan was going for something much too ambitious, and failed in almost every single level. Bale's performance in this movie is by far the most weak portrayal of Batman in any movie. The script is extremely limited (the villains in this series just can't come out with a plan that doesn't involve "crashing the soul" of Gotham) and simply doesn't feel like a Batman movie should. If the two previous movies were kinda fun, this one tries to hard to be a masterpiece. Too bad that the director doesn't have the talent to carry it out. For sure, a movie to watch just once.
La sposina (1976)
Naughty and sweet: not great, but keeps your attention
I am probably the only Antiniska Nemour fan in the world. If there are any others, please contact me, I would like to know you. I've been tracking her movies since she played one of the victims in Pasolini's Salò, my favorite movie of all time. She did mostly supporting roles, in movies like The Sister of Ursula and Gestapo's Last Orgy. La Sposina may be her only protagonist, and she shows that she can conduct a movie on her own.
She plays Chiara, a naughty girl who is about to marry with Massimo (played by Carlo de Mejo). Even tough she has some affairs with other men, she truly loves her fiancée, who only wants to have sex with her after the wedding.
But once they are married, Chiara finds out why Massimo didn't want to have sex with her before: he is impotent, and nothing they do seems to help his condition.
While Chiara tries to overcome that problem, she also has to deal with the many men trying to hit on her. Her boss, a mechanic, even Massimo's friend Margot. She agrees to go to bed with a powerful editor, trying to make him publish a book that Massimo wrote. It's when she finds out the one thing that can turn her husband on: jealousy from other men! She decides to give him a shock treatment, in order to finally consume their relationship.
In some moments, La Sposina resembles La Pretora, made in the same year. Even tough Antiniska isn't Edwige Fenech and director Sergio Bergonzelli isn't Lucio Fulci, they manage to create a sweet and fun movie. Alfredo D'Ippolito, who plays a weird character named Cicillino, is also a lot of fun, with his physical and bizarre humor.
The great merit goes to Antinsika and de Mejo, who have a lovely chemistry, and are able to entertain us even when the script and directions have some slips. My vote is 6!
La Yuma (2009)
Rough, tough and fulled with tears
La Yuma is a beautiful, yet cruel movie. It can make you sad or fill you with hope, depending on your own nature. Some people have said that this little movie is a Third World version of Million Dollar Baby, but apart the fact that both movies show female box, they are two completely different pieces of cinema.
It's also a very unusual movie for those who are used to American or European movies. But, being a Latin-American, I was able to identify myself with the reality shown in the movie, which is very close to my country's.
La Yuma (in a great performance of Alma Blanco) is a rough girl that lives in a poor region of Nicaragua. Her brother and friends are criminals, her stepfather abuses of her sister and she lives in complete poverty. She tries to outcome her own reality of misery with box, and falls in love with a young college student. But, each time things seem to be working out for her, faith decides to mess everything up.
Alma Blano delivers a heartbreaking performance as Yuma, being, at the same time, very strong and very fragile. The script is very realistic, and doesn't try to romanticize the history of Yuma. This is, in fact, a heartbreaking, yet hopeful movie. And it really deserves your viewing.
Tre donne - La sciantosa (1971)
Anna Magnani is a "sciantosa"
La Sciantosa is part of a project created by writer/director Alfredo Gianetti for the Italian TV. The objective was to portrait a hundred years of Italian history through three movies, all of them with Anna Magnani. The other two are "1943: un incontro" and "L'autmobile".
In this first movie, La Magnani is Flora Torres, a "sciantosa" (kind of a small stage diva) who is forgotten during the WWI, living only to remember her past glory. One day she receives a letter to present herself to the high command. There, Flora is called to go to the front and entertain the troops.
Along with her maid Cristina, Flora goes to the front. There they are welcomed by the young private Tonino (Massimo Ranieri). Flora starts to act like a prima donna, making absurd demands to everyone. But when she is about to present herself, the vision of the wounded soldiers makes her change her way.
I must admit that, although I love the movie until it's climax, I didn't like the very last scene. But this is a case where the journey is better than the destine. Especially if the journey is beside la Magnani.
A damn fun movie
To everyone that like a good action movie, some pretty women and are interested in knowing this amazing world of exploitation, this is the movie: it's not as brutal as "Ilsa" or "Caligula reincarnated as Hitler", but is fast and painless, and you can watch without fear.
I'm sick of people in bad move saying that this movie is crap, that it's awful and stuff. OK, it's not a masterpiece, but is fun, well done and have lots of action. This people that want every movie to be a masterpiece should shut up and let movies like this movie be watched for people that only want 80 minutes of fun.
I recommend it!
Greta - Haus ohne Männer (1977)
One of the best movies I've ever seen
I didn't believe that I was ever going to find a movie like this. I had watched She Wolf of the SS, and I was thinking that The Wicked Warden wasn't going THAT brutal. But, for my surprise, it was a lot worse.
First of all, we got Dyanne Thorne, and there's at least two big reasons to watch any Dyanne Thorne movie (if you know what I mean). Second, there's Lina Romay. And, where, besides the amazing world of exploitation, would you find sadomasochism, lesbians, cat fights, extreme violence, and a lot of nudity in the same movie? Jess Franco is really one of my favorite directors. It was a lot better than his Women in Cellblock 9, his previous WIP. Too bad they don't make movies like this anymore.
OK, maybe for the Resident Evil movies fans, À Meia-Noite Levarei sua Alma is just a piece of crap. But if you know that a movie doesn't need to be a video game and that real horror isn't in action scenes and in CGI, you will probably think like me: this is one of the bests horror movies ever. Zé do Caixão (I won't call him Coffin Joe. There's no such thing as a Brazillian undertaker with an English name.) is a really creep villain, and he don't need a hockey mask or burned skin for that. He is a man that have no respect for people believes and superstitions. That is the beauty of it all: this movie isn't made for fright Americans or Europeans watchers. It's a Brazillian horror movie for Brazillian fans. And here, in Brasil, Zé do Caixão is what really scares people. He uses a crown of thorns for torture, eats meat in Holy Fryday (I told that to my mom and she got shocked!) and kills everyone that is in the way for his objective: have his perfect son. José Mojica Marins is really the Man, and he kicks Marcus Nispel's and Paul Anderson's asses, (both at the same time and with just one foot) with less money, less effects, less production and a lot, A LOT of more talent. That's what we Brazillians want: real scary and gruesome horror national movies, not video clip American sh*t. Now, let's wait for Encarnação do Demônio, and watch Mojica kick some more asses.