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The Samaritan (2012)
Not very logical plot, but Samuel L. Jackson saves it
It is another action / noir - or whatever you wanna name it - film. Things are explained in half a second and the action, drama and love scenes take long minutes. A typical "you don't nedd to understand it, simply enjoy the action" thing.
But you know what? That's what entertainment seems to be. Not that I like it, but it is what it is. And the film brings Samuel L. Jackson, one of everybody's favourite actors, so it is worthy trying "The Samaritan".
The twists in the plot , mainly in the last minutes, play a good role and make the 90 min projection a good time.
Try it, but don't expect a lot.
It's another Woody Allen thing, so watch it!
Yes, that's it. Is it Allen? Put your hands on it!!
I'm not saying I love all his films - and I have seen more than twenty - but I prefer to try, and I hardly ever feel down, when I learn the film I'm about to see is directed by this, that is of of the best moviemakers of all times.
"You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" is a sweet piece of art for, as I see it, tells a nice story in a simple - yet beautiful - way. A typical Allen thing.
And the cast? Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Gemma Jones, Antônio Banderas, Josh Brolin ....
Don't miss it!
The Giver (2014)
Interesting film and very good cast. But we could have had more
First f all, watch this film!! It's worth trying and I'm sure most of people will like it. It's a chance to see Meryl Streep in another great performance and to enjoy Jeff Bridges's work as the the Giver of the title. The visual effects are other great features of this movie, as well as the beautiful sountrack. Don't miss "The Giver".
However, I think this is the kind of film that could have been longer - it lasts less than 90 minutes - for we would like to see more of the story and its details. No, I'm not to give away much of the plot - you must have learnt about it by now - but I think some of the facts and facilities of community could have been more explored and explained.
Seeing this, I wouldn't grade The Giver with a 10, but it doesn't mean we can not have a good time watching it.
The Lovers & the Despot (2016)
Interesting historical tale
For those who like to research about history and culture of different countries, North Korea is still a big mystery. While reading about the Kim dynasty the other day, I discovered little is known about Kim Jong- un, the "Supreme Leader" of the country. It is scaring to know this these days of internet and open information.
If NK government can do this today, we figure out how easy it was to do this decades ago. And it is on this idea 'The Lovers and the Despot' focus on. It was a time when Kim Jong-un's father, Kim Jong-il, had absolute power over North Koreans and, among other things, used cinema to spread the idea North Korea should be an example of success and democracy.
Seeing this, watch "The Lovers and the Despot" and learn a bit more about this mysterious country.
Nine Lives (2016)
Clichés turned into an interesting movie
When I read about 'Nine Lives' I thought this would be a film to see with my six-year-old son. However, intending to check it before watching with him, I realised the movie is not exactly aimed at kids. Because of information on business and administration of big companies, the film seems to be designed for older spectators. Besides, although it is a comedy, several other moments showing family adult problems give the movie a more serious flavour.
Another good aspect of the film is the acting of Jennifer Gardener and Kevin SPacey, which add a lot to the film. Christopher Walken, as always, does a great job. This time he plays something very similar to what he did in 'Click'.
To summarise the whole things I tell you to try 'Nine Lives'.
The Last Emperor (1987)
A Must See
Among the many kinds of films, biographical dramas are the ones which generally result in great movies. Well, at least the ones directed by great movie makers like Bertolucci.
'The Last Emperor' is great because, besides Bertolucci's direction, it has a plot that catches our attention since minute one and things flow naturally all through the 2h 43 of projection.
Also, 'The Last Emperor' has beautiful photograph, good acting and an interesting historical background to lean on.
Scream 4 (2011)
How can a film be good when it has got so many clichés? Well, Scream 4 is good because of the action scenes and the many turns we see in the plot. Believe me, don't think everything is over until it is really over, meaning the credits popping up the screen.
The countless clichés do not spoil the movie. It is the other way around. The dejá vu - another French term used here to disguise the word "cliché" - give Scream 4 a hilarious taste.
So, that it. Scream 4 is horror, action and comedy at the same time. It is not to be taken so seriously but you should not merely think this is just another American horror production.
Democracia em preto e branco (2014)
Football as a way to ask for democracy
Here in Brazil football is the most popular sport and nearly everyone in the country likes a team. And many take this passion as a religion. It may sound like an exaggeration, but that's the way this sport is seen within our borders.
"Democracia em Preto e Branco", which can be literally translated as "Democracy in Black and White", goes beyond it, and shows that football can - or at least could at that time - be deeply involved with politics.
Actually, the film deals with one of the most beautiful moments of our history, the fight for democracy and for the right to vote for president.
More specifically, the movie is about the democratic way Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, the most popular and successful club in São Paulo and certainly of the biggest football powers in Brazil, took its decisions, both in football and in the administration.
At that time, when Brazil was under the 21 year dictatorship of military government, the players could give opinion about hirings, decided to eliminate concentration before games and freely defined that prizes should be equally shared not only among athletes, but also with all the other employees (drivers, janitors, bodyguards, laundry people...)
At the games, the team played with its traditional black and white T- shirts (the colours described in the title of the movie) saying "Corinthians Democracy" and "on the 15th of November, vote". Those were things no other club or any other sport institution dared to at that time.
"Democracia em Preto e Branco" is a film everybody should see, for it is not only about football or sport. It's about freedom and the right to take decisions democratically.
The Peanuts Movie (2015)
As a 40-year-old guy, I was - alright, I still am - a big funny of Snoopy and Charlie Brown. Also, my wife and now our son are big fans of this fantastic Schultz creation.
Seeing this, "Peanuts Movie" was a great holiday programme. And we all enjoyed it for the film is a great tribute to the classic strips and the unforgettable cartoons. The plot is very loyal to the original stories and the technology used to make the movie resembled the strip design.Simply great.
Will there be a sequence? I do hope so! Get to the cinema (later on, buy / rent the DVD/blu ray, find it on NetFlix) right now!
Operações Especiais (2015)
Great Brazilian Film
There is no doubt Brazilian cinema is not only good, but also gets bigger every year. Also, it is very clear that this country film industry has invested in higher budget productions and many of famous TV actors and actress have participated in successful movies, what is great for this growth of our cinema.
"Operações Especiais" - I wonder how it was called internationally - deals with organised crime and corruption in a small town near Rio de Janeiro. Although it is a very common problem in Brazil, it is also a typical subject in American police films.
And it is in this link with the USA that "Operações Especiais" is built. The dialogues, with jokes and some ironic comments, remind us of typical American films lines. Also, cameras position and special effects are clearly influenced but those made in Hollywood
But in no way am I saying this Americanization is a bad thing for the country productions. Provided the movie makers don't forget to come up with the traditional films dealing with Brazilian culture from time to time, the USA like films are welcome for they attract investors to the studios and also bigger and bigger audiences to movie theatres.
Leonardo Pareja (1996)
Great documentary about a rich young man who ended up being a criminal. Because of his daring attitudes - like giving interviews to radio while he was running away from the police - he called attention from people and made his escape a TV show and made him an instantaneous celebrity who attracted media attention.
This documentary, directed by acclaimed Brazilian actor Reginaldo Farias, brings interviews with Pareja while he was in prison. Pareja talks about numerous topics and spills hard critics on authorities and processes that imprisoned him.
Leonardo Pareja's fame didn't last long but the film is worth watching.
Tapete Vermelho (2005)
Amacio Mazzaropi became famous in Brazil in the early 50's for starring films where the typical Brazilian hill-billy was the protagonist. During his long career, that finished in 1981 when he died, his starred (and in many times also produced, wrote and directed) thirty-four films. His accent, costume and funny walk were his trademarks.
In "Tapete Vermelho" Matheus Nachtergaele plays Quinzinho, a hill- billy who decides to leave his small farm with his family and go to town to see a Mazzaropi film. He doesn't know exactly where he is going to see the movie, but he had promised his father he would take his own son to see a Mazzaropi film and is now ready to do it. He believes there must be a Mazzaropi's film playing somewhere. Quinzinho's wife doesn't like the idea of travelling looking for a cinema, but follows him anyway. Their son and donkey complete the team in this search.
In the first town they found no movie theatre, but carry on. During their trip they face many problems and get involved with many different people. The towns they go and the people they see teach them the evils and beauties of the cities, things that will change their lives forever.
Nachtergaele makes Quinzinho a personification of Mazzaropi himself, speaking, dressing and walking like the famous actor. Sometimes we think Mazzaropi came back to life and is working again.
During the film we, the spectators, also learn about life in the country, where people use their own vocabulary, have their typical dances, believe in supernatural things and have a great faith in God.
The films is then an enchanting portrait of the beauty of the simplicity where the countrymen happily live.
First of all, the word "beautiful" on the title of my comment is directed to the two actresses who star this very nice film: Paloma Duarte and Mariana Ximenes. Acclaimed by the critics as talented players of Brazilian television, these two girls have also made nice jobs in cinema. Their beauties make good pair with the great ability to play different roles and the result could be nothing but a good movie.
The pace of "Muito Gelo e Dois Dedos D'Água" is nice and the situations are funny, once the story combines unexpected facts with ordinary pieces of comedies. This mix gives the film a sweet and enchanting flavour which will surely make you enjoy the time you spend watching it.
The Terminal (2004)
Tom Hanks is great
If anyone still doubted Tom Hanks talent, "The Terminal" came to prove Hanks is one of the best actors ever! After masterpieces like "Apollo 13", "Philadelphia", "Forrest Gump" and "Cast Away" he comes up with another excellent performance. This time he is great as a man whose a fictitious country is in a kind of war (or something like it) which keeps him from coming back home and stepping out of JFK airport. Once he doesn't speak English he cannot communicate with others, and his creativity is the only instrument he has to make people understand him. With very good facial expressions and body language, Hanks makes Navorsky, his character, get our full time attention. If the film is centralized in Hanks, I tell you: this is fair!
Mickybo and Me (2004)
the world through two children's eyes
The world could be much better and easier if the children were heard or if they could speak more. The real world problems and boring routine are fantasy and dream for the kids.
Mickybo and JonJo are two of these young beings who simply don't see the things the way we adults too. They love cinema and have a special passion for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. After watching their heroes at the movie theatre they see daily life as a scenery for the adventures they create on their fresh minds.
They live in Belfast, a beautiful city that is unfortunately terrorized by bombs and religious division. They live on opposite sites of the place, but the imagination and sense of adventure they share make their friendship develop fast. This is a nice film that makes us see the hard reality through the eyes of these kids who do their best to make their dreams come true. We learn a lesson out of it: we should never stop dreaming.
Maria Full of Grace (2004)
Try this one
Sometimes it's difficult to check a film that is not made by Americans or Europeans. Seeing a South American movie is not easy if you don't live in this part of the American continent... a pity! South American cinema is richer, better and more interesting that many people can ever imagine. There's no other way but trying these films as much as you can.
"Mary Full of Grace" is there for you to check out and Catalina Sandino Moreno, who plays the protagonist in a very nice and talented way - she was a nominee for the Oscar - is a clear evidence that countries like Colombia, with small tradition in international cinema, also have very good actors.
The film may also work as a portrait of the hard social situation many people live nowadays. Lack of jobs and opportunities have taken many young people from their right ways and thrown them to the crime.
To End All Wars (2001)
eyes glued to the screen
What if I told you you will watch a war film but won't see so many war scenes? Would you believe me? Would you say "this can't be a war film!"? Well, believe me, TO END ALL WARS is this film! It's a very good WAR film where shots and guns are not seen very much. Maybe this movie should be named a "drama war" or anything like a "military drama". But let alone the genre. The important thing is to enjoy this nice movie with a different development: a Scottish group of soldiers are sent to Thailand to fight the Japanese force but ends up being kept as captive. The soldiers are forced to build a railway for the Japanese but some of them plan to escape from that hell. When they're together at night, they discuss what to do for their future but they don't seem to agree about it. The discussions (and arguments) arise and each of the prisoners defends his point of view. The acting is very good and our attention is 100% towards the story.
Narradores de Javé (2003)
beauty in simplicity
Once more we can find art in the simplest of ordinary things. As days go by I am more convinced that we don't really need to look for vary elaborated films (nothing against them, of course) to see beauty and value. European and Brazilian cinema are live evidences of this thought. There many films which may be cited as great examples (many of them I have written about here in IMDb) of this.
"Narradores de Javé", a generally hidden treasure even here in Brazil, is a very good Brazilian film with a simple, but good story. In a small village called Javé, the inhabitants are told to leave their home once the government plans to built a hydroelectric dam in the place. In despair, the population decides to write a document where all the values and traditions of the place would be together and thus stop the construction of the dam. The problem is, nobody in the village is able to write such paper. The solution is to invite Antônio Biá, a former inhabitant of the city, to do the job. Antônio then starts interviewing the people in the city and hears all the stories they have to tell. He has to decide what is true, legend or just a lie. The interviews happen among discussions, arguments and even physical fights. Many funny situations arise, specially for Brazilian who can enjoy the local accent and jokes. International audience, can have a very good time too, once the acting is superb and the scenery is beautiful.
go and get it.... now!
I have just seen this very good film, in which Jodie Foster again proves she's talented and essential for many films. In "Flightplan", a very nice surprise for those who didn't know a lot about the film (like me, for example), she shows how good she really is. The film is breathtaking and we just cannot stop watching it. The 98 minutes go by faster than we could ever imagine. The plot is interesting and the rhythm is fast. The plane is the only location was see during almost all the film, and this limitation a way to make the movie a very tense one, once characters have to walk, run and fight (!!!) in a very small space. The cast also deserves out attention and admiration. Sean Bean (again) is very well.
You'd better hold on tight on your chair and enjoy it.
A Ostra e o Vento (1997)
beautiful, mellow and enchanting
Maybe you are not ready to see such a film. I'm not saying people can not understand what it is about, but it is obvious that sometimes people just do not expect to see such beauty in the screen. That's the story of a young beautiful girl who live alone in a small city where the lighthouse is the biggest and most important thing they have. The direction makes this apparently simple and naive story a nice and interesting programme to be seen. The young girl and the wind (yes, the wind) have a special friendship, and this goes on during the whole picture. That's the backbone of the story. The facts happen slowly and this pace gives the movie a mellow atmosphere.
O Coronel e o Lobisomem (2005)
Check it out
For those who expect to see a superb film, I must tell "O Coronel e o Lobisomem" (The Colonel and the Wereworlf) might not be the right choice. It's far from being some which can attract millions of people to the movie theatres, since it does not have the fun of "O Auto da Compadecida" (A Dog's Will) and "Caramuru - A Invenção do Brasil". The film is not as beautiful as "Lisbela e o Prisioneiro" either, but has some sweetness which many ordinary films (which is NOT the case of the movies cited above) have left out. Adapted from a novel, the film keeps the flavour of the book and uses the magic of cinema. The mix results in a good product which shows how strong Brazilian cinema is at the moment. Although it's another countryside film, filmmakers from Brazil show that they can also work on big cities comedies, actions films, dramas e adaptation of novels. Come to Brazil and check it out.
ooooops! That was close!
This is one of those films you watch with the feeling you could have lost your money when you bought the ticket. No, it's not bad, bad you keep the opinion you could have done something better than sitting there and seeing it. "click" tries to be more than a comedy sometimes, and these are the most boring moments of the film. It's good when it is just an uncommitted comedy and it sucks when it tries to become a tiring drama. I don't know why some producers and directors try to make their movies bigger than they could really be and make a simple job become a collection of genres that, in the end, don't tell us much. "Click" is not that bad, but I still think it could have been lighter and less worried about giving so much messages and values. It simply doesn't belong to (good) comedies.
Zuzu Angel (2006)
Brazil had 21 years (1964 - 1985) of military dictatorship and this still hurts many people who lived those times of horror and violence against people. From time to time those memories come up when a new film of TV series is done. "Zuzu Angel" is the newest of these products and again the hard reality of 60's, 70's and 80's comes back.
"Zuzu Angel" is much more than a simple film! It's live history and also an important document which proves how courageous and dedicated a mother can be. This is also a good opportunity for the world to know Patrícia Pilar, a very good Brazilian actress. Worldwide cinema fans should enjoy this movie and use it as a tool to get in touch with the great cinema Brazil has done in the last 11 years.
Hum... what is it?
First of all, the film is NOT bad. It's just a bit... strange? I don't know if this is the right word to use here, but this is the one that comes to my mind at this very moment. It is a comedy that is not really funny. Actually it's more like a romance, or drama than a comedy. It's also a little boring seeing Steve Martin in a "serious" role. Definitely it's not his profile.
I know the film is adapted from a novel Martin wrote, but maybe another actor could have been chosen for this part. The story is good and things flow nicely and we are always interested in discovering what is going to come next, but I think this films could have some more facts or details that could make it "hotter".
Scary Movie 4 (2006)
Please, give up!
I don't know what is happening to the comedies nowadays, but we have seen lots of "funny" films which are actually something like a creepy show, where terrible jokes and tricks are made to people who have have no way to get away from that or have some kind of limitations. I know it was common in the old Greek Theatre, but human beings have surely (have we really?) developed and some kinds of jokes and tricks should have been thrown away from our society.
The references to other films, so well done in the first Scary Movie, have become ridiculous, specially in this fourth (and worst) one. I don't know how it began, but the fact is that, except for the first films, all the others movies of this series are terrible (maybe the third can considered reasonably good). Have the producers forgot how to do their jobs? Are the audiences enjoying such horrible comedies? Is cinema really losing its quality? YES, YES, YES!!!!
After such bad sequence, maybe it's the time to raise a questions: Isn't that the moment to give up this series? Please, I beg you...stop!