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Criteria: below ten titles, only counting films and TV films, and with less than two known works (that's why you won't be seeing Heather O'Rourke here, just an example).
journalist William Monroe Trotter (April 7, 1872 - April 7, 1934); painter Nair de Tefé (16 June, 1886 - June 16, 1981) sportswriter Martin Manley (15 August, 1953 – 15 August, 2013); terrorist Yakub Memon (30 July, 1962 – 30 July, 2015); criminal T. Eugene Thompson (August 7, 1927 - August 7, 2015); and author Victor Thorn (August 1st, 1962 - August 1st, 2016)
Catchy song about down under pleasures
Timothée Chalamet brought me here with his Harry Styles impersonation on SNL talking about this song. I heard it a while ago but it didn't hit me for too long until the comedy skit when Timmy mentioned it as being an oral sex song. While Styles makes it ambiguous and finding it valid all interpretations the clip is slightly more explicit with the oral thing being evident.
Here Mr. Styles has a nice time on a sunny beach with lots of girls while tasting watermelons. Notice the way he eats them, the moves and all. It's top obvious of someone who loves the taste of something he likes and with the girls around him the connection gets a lot closer. Sure, there lots of interpretations but as Timmy said it in the spoof it's about down under pleasures a man feels while going down a woman (or a man too). Interesting. POV rarely presented in songs.
The song is catchy though not as much as "Golden" but it makes a nice hit single for the young man. The video is quite good, colorful and very vivid making us remember the good ol times we had before pandemic. Worthy of view because of its images and also the great musical sound. Check it out. And Timmy das def right about the controversy...this is a sex song for the ladies. 8/10.
La grève (1904)
A human tragic story
"La Gréve" ("The Strike") is a curious dramatic exercise from the early silent era and directed by Ferdinand Zecca. It tells the story of a worker's strike that goes wrong
thanks to police brutality and the assassination by a boss on the hands of a worker's wife. She is taken to jail and to court to respond for the murder. But
a nice twist might come her way...Really moving and well filmed, here's a powerful drama made in three acts, well acted by the main actress (unfortanely we
can't find any information on cast members neither from part of the large crowd in that strike sequence), a movie beautifully filmed. Here's the real dimensions of a human and present tragedy. 8/10.
The Cure: The Caterpillar (1984)
An exquisite and intriguing extravange from The Cure, "The Caterpillar" is a certain high point for the band with a collage of unusual abstract imagery and the group's enthusiastic performance.
The Cure performs on a tight greenhouse where some images of a caterpillar in between shots. They sing and dance frantically and the hypnotic melodies of keyboards and guitars and drums along with Smith's voice are all part of the appeal. Put together it forms a great whole, but it's weird anyway. Lots of fun, one of their greatest hits in any case. They could put up a whole pitch black scenary as background and they would succeed in any case. "The Caterpillar" is that good as a song. 9/10.
Kate Bush: Cloudbusting (1985)
A cinematic and visual experience
This amazing music video by Kate Bush deserves plenty of praise thanks to its direction, sense of positive dramatic narrative and the excellent performances by Donald Sutherland and Bush, who plays a boy, not to mention the excellent soothing song.
This is the story of cientific pioneer and psychologist Wilhelm Reich (Sutherland) and his rainworking machine of which he makes tests alongside his son (played by Bush), at the same time government agents are on his hunt. A true life story. Reich was being followed not just because of this project but also due this controversial books of the Orgon. Institute.
Now, the clip is fascinating with great storytelling, special effects and the dramatic and positive performances by Donald (who was the right man at the right time when he was on vacation and was spotted by Bush who invited him for the video, of which he wasn't paid at all because he loved the part and was a fan of Kate's work) and Bush's emotional performance. She really looks like a boy here.
After seeing the clip I became a fan of the song and time and again I try to watch it. Same emotion all the time with the sensibility from images and sound. A little bit of dialogue wouldn't hurt - cause I love Donald's voice. Check it out "Cloudbursting" you'll be moved by it both music and images. 10/10.
Criminally underrated, one of Malle's best
"Crackers" has to be one of the coolest and unusual films on Louis Malle extensive career, which goes from "Elevator to the Gallows" to "Vanya on 42th
Street" with masterpieces such as "Goodbye Children" and "Atlantic City". Here, he tells the story of a group of misfits who work or spend some time
to score some money on a pawnshop led by greedy Garvey (Jack Warden). They are poor and desperatly broke trying to do weird jobs or just going from scheme
to scheme until the wisest of them all Weslake (Donald Sutherland) invites to break into the safety vault from the place when Garvey's out visiting his mom. They are played by Sean Penn,
Larry Riley, Trinidad Silva and Wallace Shawn and they all play in a cool fashion as this bunch of low-life characters who might finally find their place in
the sun with lots of money or whatever is in the safe.
Some people see the movie as a social commentary on America's economical situation with this group of odd men trying to make it big with the score of the century, where the poor take advantage of the wealthy one. I don't go that far because the movie plays it simple and safe as an adventure comedy, without making any political statements. It's just humor of the best quality. Those guys have limited imagination, pros and cons but somehow they make it like regular joes of whom we feel empathy and we like them in the way they are. Wheter Sutherland plays the smart lead, Penn plays the charming dude who wants to date Ramon's sister; and Shawn doesn't talk much but only keeps thinking on how to score some free food, they're all interesting and cool to see how they conduct things until the highly expected robbery (which is hilarious, when they met several challenges on the way.
I loved their routines, the movie takes its time to develop and we have the opportunity to get to know all of them and other characters as well (like the police officer Maxine, funny role for Christine Baranski), to live with them in that small town where they keep bumping on each other in several ways. "Crackers" has a fine sense of humor and goes as a near perfect comedy, a terrain Mr. Malle hardly ever explored. It was a different experience for him, who at first thought he was the wrong man for the job but in the end he came to enjoy the experience. It's an enjoyable movie and one that entertains a lot, undeserving of its low ratings and low audience viewers. Criminally underrated.
And it's another case of a movie that is so good, with many great characters that I could imagine it as being a TV series. I'd certainly watch that. 9/10.
King Bibi (2018)
A good overview of Netanyahu
"King Bibi" is an interesting view on Former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's politics and public life following the man through extensive archive
images from TV interviews and stories, showing a man of unlimited power, controvery and some good actions to his right-wing base. I didn't know much about him
but this documentary really showed him as a figure of controversy, popular with the crowd but considered despicable and unforavable in the Israeli media, which
painted him as a lone man who kept getting involved in personal and political scandals but having the majority of the people supporting his political efforts
and his opposition in negotiating with the OLP - which sometimes he forced himself to it to please American politics.
After seeing this man most of the time refusing media coverage of him and a strong sense of speech that seems defensive and quite unedecated (for a man who was trained in speech patterns, I end up not liking much of him. It's your typical right-wing figure in the likes of Trump and Bolsonaro, figures who refuse to fight the microphones and think they are telling the truth all of the time. However, it's easy to recognise why he appealed so much with the crowd as a strong leader and sort of charismatic figure that hold on to power more than any man in Israeli political scenary.
The unusual presentation was really impressive and good all along without the man and the usual talking heads documentaries has to show. It's more of journalistic approach and it manages to not be one-sided. It's shows Netanyahu's true facades in good times and bad times, showing his accomplishments and failures, it's good and bad side. The problems lies in the technical aspects of it all with the quiet narration by Alon Aboutboul, that sometimes gets stomped heavily thanks to a loud foreground noise from the news images, and at times it's really hard to hear what's he saying and that ruined the view from me at parts.
Other than that, the film delivery a very summarized view of a conflicted politician and I won't be surprised if tries another attempt to return as a Prime Minister for another term. He's really loved by the people - there's one scene where people cry at his loss and many other moments where the crowd explode into applauses when he's on TV shows where the host has to ask the crowd to stop jeering at him because the interview couldn't be conducted properly. On a final analysis I think he'll go down as an important presence in Israel politics who left his mark against terrorism and as a man of (certain) people. 9/10.
The Slender Thread (1965)
A Life in Suspense
"The Slender Thread" is a spectacular thrilling drama that never loses momentum, thrills through it all thanks to the brilliant performances of Anne Bancroft
and Sidney Poitier and the precise direction by Sydney Pollack making his feature film debut after many years of working for television. Pollack would later
direct many classics such as "Jeremiah Johnson", "Tootsie", "Out of Africa" and "The Firm" creating a solid reputation both as technical director and an actors
director. This film is a definitive proof he can balance in both positions, as evidenced through the nice editing and Quincy Jones classic and jazzy music scores.
Poitier stars as Alan, a college student volunteering at a crisis center who receives a dramatic call from Miss Inga (Bancroft), a lonely and depressed woman who wants to take her own life. From then on, it's up to Alan's mission to find the woman and save her before the tragedy takes place. In between their conversation always extended by the man she tells her routine previous to the call where she reveals having trouble at home with her spouse, a fisherman (Steven Hill) who discovered a hidden family secret revolving their son. Meanwhile, while Alan tries to calm the woman he's all exhausted and tense trying to trace her whereabouts with the help of his chief doctor (Telly Savalas, charming good) and the police force. Man, it was really long the process of tracing a call - the element builds plenty of suspense in the story.
Theatre oriented movies tend to be a hardship to many audiences and a certain quiet pace. The story here has many theatre elements, it could be turned into a play with just the two of the actors together. Though based on a news article, the film has this theatre setting located at the crisis center and sometimes moving on to police departments, or Inga's room, and her day described through flashbacks. Poitier is a born star, impecable here as the confident but nervous helpful man, though viewers musn't think Alan's response to Inga as a real depiction of how people should react on a crisis/suicide situation. He goes off the book sometimes but it's quite understandable due to his nervousness and lack of empathy at times. He could really jeopardize everything there. Mrs. Bancroft is a stellar presence of magic and sad beauty with a tormented character who keeps us intrigued through her journey and long talks with Alan, we keep wanting to know why she wants to commit suicide and she keeps holding back the information from Alan and us in the audience. If the flashbacks serve a point to give reasoning for her current state (and to ease the audience from all the tension), the sequences during the call are all thrilling, changing the mood drastically with Alan's race against the clock in order to locate her and save her.
For a film debut Mr. Pollack showed his talents by not making a simple plot become simplistic. Stirling Silliphant's script is controlled and clear to the point, and it makes viewers to think about the issues presented and the 'what we would do if we were in Alan's shoes' or also the possibilities of some of us being in the same position as Inga.
It dares to make us question about those things, our reaction to such events and our sense of empathy for such characters. We're definitely on the scene with Poitier character all the way without losing the connection. We feel his anguish and pain just as much as we want to help Inga the fast as we can while we're waiting for the worst to happen.
I was moved all the way with the twists and turns from the story, which today might sound repetitive, cliched and seen before. However, with the great acting from the cast and the outstanding direction by Pollack the movie is a hit and never disappoints. It's THAT good. 10/10.
Hilarious Lonely Island moment
Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone strike back with another music video, the single "Like a Boss" where they unload lots of hysterically funny moments and inspired lyrics.
It doesn't sound much great (the music) but the lyrics and words are a machine gun to the senses and everything that's said is in the video so we don't have to keep imagining the routine of Samberg character. Here, the man is interviewed by a company representant (Seth Rogen) who wants to know how is the dude's work routine to which he replies lots of incredible and bizarre situations (like hitting on his secretary, drinking, perfoming oral sex on a stranger, etc.). You know, the usual day for a boss who doesn't get anything done at work.
Every now and then I watch this clip and I always enjoy it the same way as I've seen for the first time. With Lonely Island you can't go wrong, they deliver lots of fun and imagination with their videos and songs. By the time it's through you will be rewinding the video and watching countless times like I do or you'll get the song stuck in your head...Like a Boss! 10/10.
A good movie about youth idealism
"Tropclip" might be look far too dated for today audiences thanks to the countless 1980-ish setting and design but to me it stands a nostalgic and fun
view of how that marvelous decade was for music and youth. Here, four idealistic teens (Tânia Nardini, Ticiana Studart, Carlos Loffler and Marcos Frota) join
their brains and efforts to compose a great revolutionary music video for pop/rock artists trying to get the attention of an American businessman (Jonas Bloch).
They don't have much money neither are so fully equiped with the best tools but they have a strong sense of ideas and notions on how to create something original who doesn't look like the old fashioned versions of clips produced at the time.
I liked "Tropclip" for what it tried to convey to audiences on its themes of idealism, positivism and friendship. Add to that equation plenty of memorable and funny moments such as Loffler's car, a Delorean of all sorts with many gadgets and equipments but on the outside it's a lousy wreck of a car; or Mr. Thompson the gringo businessman struggling with the Portuguese language, played here by the excellent Jonas Bloch. To me, it was seeing the good parts of teen series "Malhação" but in a more relatable and funny way without the excesses of romance or seeing a couple facing trouble with a third or fourth part. Both works are about youth and their idealisms and they reach their audiences. The movie just fails a little because of the era it represented while "Malhação" is close to reach a possible 30th year anniversary. But it's all about the same issue of having a dream, facing obstacles to fulfill it and the friendship gets tested time and again in order to reach such dream, the dream of visionaries and entrepeneurs.
The performances are enthusiastic and thoughtful, the quartet have a nice chemistry and all (but my favorite was Carlos Loffler as the nerd kid. He was awesome and funny); and the film also has a special soundtrack with Barão Vermelho, Christopher Cross, Marisa Monte and the cast members singing the close credits song.
Here's an entertaining film that doesn't need much to present its story, telling it with sincerity, humor and a good rhythm. I recommend it to fans of the period and ones that aren't much judgemental about the qualities of a film. It's simplistic but honest. It could get a more decent remake for the internet era. 7/10.
An historical piece about an almost forgotten moment of Brazil politics
Eduardo Paredes' short film "Novembrada" remembers a historical day on November 1979 when college students protested against the presence of then Brazilian
president of the military regime João Figueiredo demanding for better life conditions and protesting against censorship and brutal repression from the military.
I wasn't aware of this special event, never heard of it before and had to research if everything that was presented actually happened and it did happened, with lots of photos and news articles that reveal the prison of seven students in the protest, later on acquitted by the military.
Here, the great Lima Duarte plays the president who challenged the population of Santa Catarina and their tumultous protest, as he wasn't welcome there to visit - his plan was to inaugurate a plaque tribute to a former military president much to people's annoyance. The short film is simple and safe while retelling such event that took on Figueiredo's first year as president in a more open politics and more democratic (the Amnesty law was created allowing oppositors to return to Brazil; the law of censorship was less firm but still existing in mass communication media and that's why we don't hear much about the Novembrada). It's a historical piece that recollects actions and events coming from a huge part of the population who wanted to have their voices heard loud and clear and the leader of the nation had to swallow hard the complaints and outcries for justice, food and education. Thumbs up to a well summarized movie. 9/10.
Alphaville 2007 d.C. (2007)
A brilliant and effective dark comedy
A fun dark comedy that pays tribute to Godard's classic sci-fi film "Alphaville" but this time showing a possible reality rather than a fiction.
In São Paulo there's an actual district named Alphaville where rich people live and work and in this movie a place most likely to be invaded by a poor and lonely cowboy who attacks the rich, those clueless minds that don't pay much attention to the sensationalism crimes that takes place in São Paulo everyday. They are about to know that progress can cross a bridge and the poor people will invade homes to show that 100% of security can't make you safe against threats and violence.
Here, Godard's film is shown in some parts to talk about how things are accomplished in a futuristic society. Tv host Datena appears on a cameo talking about the crimes that happen in Alphaville while the lonely cowboy goes on a crusade against rich people and making a social/political commentary during his invention on the home of the secretary of public security home (a quite funny moment though).
"Alphaville 2007 d. C." shows the decadence of a society build as a prison in order to mantain the danger on the outside. It's a controversial political statement the movie makes with its poignant and truthful message against the bourgeoise and the distance they have with the poor and they try to keep away. As reality shows, it's very difficult for one to feel safe against threats and kidnappings. But in Alphaville they try with no success. The humor elements of this crazed story makes it all more interesting. 10/10.
The right to protest
"Contestação" ("Rebellion") presents to importance of protests and freedom of speech, to dare, to think, to act, to be bold and not
being intimidated by great names or authority. By presenting images of social/political protests around the world the director raises awareness to
audiences in Brazil about the urge to raise their voices and march on the streets during the military regime, when prisons, arrests and deaths were
taking over many students and workers who dared to challenge the military government.
It's a miracle a project like this got released at the time when censorship was rampant, it wasn't censored or confiscated and the movie is available to all audiences today. At the conclusion, there's even subtitles in several languages that present the quote I put in the opening. It's a must-see for audiences around the globe because it shows the importance about protests, to contest and challenge figures of authority since they don't have the last word on anything when people are united on a common cause.
Here, besides the Brazilian protests, there are the march for racial equality, protests against the Vietnam War, May 68 in Paris; and the images from different leaders both from governments (Nixon, DeGaulle) and dictatorships like the one by Hitler; and the faces who fought against repression such as MLK, Lumumba and the many students out there who protested against the establishment.
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights assures the right to protest, to contest and to strike; sadly however, it's not every place in the world that follows such rules which makes the world a bad place; and on places where such right is exercised there's still a struggle to mantain some order and coherence when it comes to protests. If one time the ideals of a French Revolution changed society to a more libertarian and free place to live these days we have government insurrections and extremism that strike blows of hatred, violence and unrest. People must exercise the rights but a conscience must follow along and I think the images presented here in this documentary shows exactly the good fight and the right to protest is best used, all causes easy to identify and join. The struggle keeps on going in order to make this world a better place to live. 10/10.
Apprentice to Murder (1988)
A very weak movie
"Apprentice to Murder" carries an interesting theme with its narrative about a young man (Chad Lowe) who befriends a medicine man (Donald Sutherland) who can
feel the presence of demon in other people and decides to commit murders in the name of God. Sounds something you seen before in other movies but this time we
have a real life story that took place in the late 1920's. However the movie fails to deliver an interesting story and also fails to make viewers curious or
deeply interested in the story thanks to a slow oriented presentation that takes ages to reach its summit and present the horrific elements behind the final murder.
Here's a regular and weak movie with some fine performances. Too bad those don't match with such a film that wastes the use of good actors (Eddie Jones is amazing as the boy's drunken father, and Donald plays the usual sinister type). The more it progresses the more the film gets stuck with repetition and a really progression of events that waste everybody's time. Don't waste yours, not even out of curiosity in seeing how the performances and settings go. 5/10.
Måneskin: L'altra dimensione (2019)
Catchy song and nice video
The movie "Security" brought me here after Giulio Pranno's performance as the trouble teen Dario. I was curious in seeing his other credits and I got here in this music video for the group Maneskin. A very catchy and good song though the video concept isn't news, has been used before time and again ("Crystal Fighter: Champion Sound" is a good example) with a character (Guilio) fulfilling his dreams and desires with a troupe of artists surrounding him. It's nicely filmed, the leadig man is good and the music makes the spectacle for a fine video. 7/10.
A movie about distant yet truthful connections
"Friday Night Saturday Morning" is a fine and balanced film showing how the distance can't stop a true love connection. Here, a woman in Ukraine (Bohdana Smyrnova) and a man in Brazil (Pedro Sotero) have some fascinating phone exchanges during the course of a day - night-time in Brazil, daytime in Ukraine. They form a bond while imitating gestures and actions such as walking on a beach and feeling closer to each other despite the distance. Together yet alone leading separate lives. Kléber Mendonça Filho's film is a curious observation of human relations, connections and some sadness on the way, the blues that comes when two souls can be with each other to feel the touch and form a deeper contact. Despite being a Brazilian film the characters talk to each other in English, maybe a hint that she's a foreign girl. Amazing sober job. 8/10.
A disappointing experience. Much ado about almost nothing
"Bullitt" might have been the film that set the standard for today's action pictures specially when it comes to wild and long chase sequences. It won an
Oscar for Best Editing thanks to its elaborated montage and how it was all put together. However, I don't find it much of an appealing and good film, and with two
views on different occasions I can honestly say I didn't get it.
The plot revolving a San Francisco detective (Steve McQueen) trying to protect an important criminal witness against an organization isn't any news, it's way too confusing and it's development is a disappointment of all sorts due to a ridiculous slow pace that bores viewers; a hero who is too stiff - I love McQueen in other movies but here I find him too much passive and easily dominated by the character played by Robert Vaughn; and sequences that run on for too long failing to generate interest.
As said, I watched twice and did not like it on both views. Besides the confusion at times during the investigation on course, in the end it's all too simplistic and doesn't end in a glorious tone. Silent and slow, "Bullitt" is the total opposite of the other film Bill Hickman appeared in as well which is "The French Connection", to me the film that defined the action genre as we know it. That movie had the rhythm, the perfect chase sequence, an elaborated plot and it was taken from an actual case. I know it's apples and oranges but it's a way better film than this one which left my head scratching in disbelief and in pain. It starts off well but through the majority of it I felt bored and tired of seeing how things would unfold.
Favorite sequences includes the shootout at the hotel then the whole hospital sequence with the wounded guys treated by the doctors - very realistic - and Bullitt following the killer on its corridors. As for the famous car chase sequence on the streets of San Francisco, a location rarely used on movies back then, I find it one of the most disengaging and overrated sequences of all time. There's not even a music score to give suspense to some of its brilliant shots with some nice stunts provided by McQueen himself.
On a final analysis I don't see much relevance for the movie even though I know it's an important classic that has its good share of fans and was imitated several times over the years. Not sure if I'll look forward to another view so soon but it's possible in some years later. Don't recommend. 4/10.
Fear & Shame (2017)
A Day in the Life of Robert Pattinson
GQ presents actor Robert Pattinson having a nervous breakdown while trying to leave his hotel room to buy hot dogs when he's hungry but can't leave because of
fans and paparazzi. It's a wild horror dramatic story that has some fun overtones and makes audiences think what celebrities have to go through in order to
fulfill simple acts we poor mortals do with ease. Pattinson's acting is great, going from true desperation to a more relaxed and almost funny mode when he
succeeds with his task. Here, he showcases plenty of abilities and acting skills just like he does in virtually all of his movies. Very fun to watch. 9/10.
Homem de Projeção (1992)
A tribute to film projectionists
In Kleber Mendonça Filho's first film - long before "Aquarius" and "Bacurau" - the short documentary "Homem de Projeção" ("Man of Projection") we follow the life and ordeals of a veteran film
projectionist who worked on a theater for more than 40 years and here he reveals his memories and challenges he faces at work. It's interesting and kind
of sad to see that despite his perseverance on such a job he finds it a thankless job because no one comes to see him at work - it's a pity he thinks that -
and he also shares a curious story on how bored he was while showing "The Godfather" for four months and couldn't stand it anymore after countless repetitions.
With this debut Mr. Filho makes a tribute to cinema and to the invisible heroes who show movies to audiences around the world; here it's a projectionist from the Northeast of Brazil. It's very simple and precise, doesn't need more things to show except from the theatre and the man's experience. A very fine job. 8/10.
High Life (2018)
In the future, convicts and criminals on death row or life sentences will be sent out to space to contribute with the science cause and to see if it's
possible to make babies in the outer space. A group of those convicts is locked on Station 7 along with a powerful doctor (Juliette Binoche) who collects
their fluids to provide such a test. One of those convicts is Monte (Robert Pattinson) and the story is told from his point of view and by the early minutes
on we discover that he's raising a baby in perfect conditions, all alone after everyone on board died or disappeared. "High Life" premise is all related how
he got into this situation and how he's gonna raise the baby in dire situations when previous tests indicated that such ordeal was not possible.
Claire Denis' film combinates sci-fi with drama and some load of eroticism in telling such strange story. The rhythm is slow paced and allows viewers to create a bond with Monte, the troubled and humanistic convict played by the great Pattinson, and also with the other inmates which includes the mother of the child (Mia Goth), the doctor, the nice buddy (Andre Benjamin), the rapist (Ewan Mitchell) and others in the loneliness of Station 7 with an impossible mission of which Monte doesn't want to be part of but ends up getting included.
"High Life" is about second chances and the challenges one must face with such, either one could think of being a gift or a blessing or a curse since after all the criminal instincts are still there and everyone wants to take advantage of each other, specially when it comes to sexual acts. I've find it an interesting sci-fi film that opens the discussion for possibilities and realities in the outer space and when movies deal with those issues where you can imagine things and aspects that haven't been talked before (or at least in the way this film does it) then you get my interest. Sure, I was anxious for more answers or even for a more thrilling adventure (which never happened, except in the final minutes) but I was curious in seeing how things would turn out. By the end of it, I was witnessing a miracle of a movie and all I've watched made total sense. But I don't understand why the low rating it gets on here. Guess people were expecting a more horror/adventure movie instead of a dramatic oriented piece.
The cast is very good, notably Pattinson who spends the early minutes all by himself with a baby; the few special effects are also good - goes to show that when you have a decent story you don't have to spend much on the visuals - and Denis direction was precise, establishing early on the kind of movie we're about to see.
"High Life" is a pretty decent film, weird on some extremes but on touch with reality, possibilities and how life goes to strange bumps to finally reveal our true destiny. Monte is totally opposite to the project, practically forced to it, but as the story progresses he was the perfect specimen and person for it and end up going pretty well as a father - as evidenced right on the first scenes and the conclusion. But until he got there it took him ages of abstinence and self-control being the object of admiration from the crazed doctor, who also has a past as a killer of children, her own, and now desperatly tries to find ways to reproduction work in space. Gotta admire such conflicted characters and their ordeals. 9/10.
This deserves all the awards (Best Music, Best Rap Video, Best New Artist, Best Performance). Then rising star Timothée Chalamet way before "Call Me By Your Name" made a rap video on statistics for his favorite teacher ever (Ms. Lawton) as a task she gave to her students and as result he received a D+. She was so wrong about that grade, he deserved an A+ thanks to his originality and performance, a blend of funny and musical all in one piece.
Now that he's famous we can appreciate it and watch it several times due to his catchy song which goes in a very nonsensical and random way and also his talents as a dancer, throwing his hands up in the air. He's a statistical wonder and a genius for creating such an hilarious piece along with his colleagues. I watched this time and again and it never fails in bringing a smile on my face. Chalamet is amazingly talented and deserves all the success he's getting, and it all started here with this admirable and fun performance. The current rating is not lying, this piece is a precious gem and that's a fact. You will be singing this rap for a long time afterwards. 10/10.
Ulysses, Cidadão (1993)
The important legacy of Ulysses Guimarães
"Ulysses, Cidadão" ("Ulysses, Citizen"") is a very interesting documentary on congressman Ulysses Guimarães (1916-1992) presenting his life and work over the years as one of the most important and significant members of Congress and politicians of Brazil's history.
Throughout the film, narrated by actor Othon Bastos, I was fascinated by Ulysses fights with the military regime (1964-1985) as one of its most vocal and fervorous oppositors and how he dealt with those issues by being the leader of opposition surviving through it all and leaving an everlasting legacy that still stands since he's still refered as Doctor Ulysses thanks to his ability to conceal, negociate and fight when needed. He lived through the era with dignity and perserverance fighting many obstacles when the time proved he couldn't do it; but thanks to his party MDB and the church he managed to do his job and fight for democracy and elections, and he led the country to its opening in 1985 when he almost became president of Brazil then and in 1989 when he actually ran for office - lost out in the first time but by then he was already Chairman of Congress and conceived the 1988 Constitution. He tragically died on a helicopted crash in Angra dos Reis in 1992 and at the time he was coordinating the house works on the impeachment of President Collor.
I was thrilled by his story and writer Eduardo Coutinho ("Cabra Marcado para Morrer") and director Escorel highlighted his most significant moments and his importance on the political scenario of Brazil through several decades as a first grade articulist. Nothing was left aside and I can truly recommend this to history/politics fans and admirers of the man.
Septeuil 1944 (2011)
The liberation of Septeuil
In "Septeuil 1944" director Fabrice Mathieu recreates the liberation of the small town of Septeuil when Allied forces took over from the Nazis on
August 1944. The film presents a short battle between the different forces with nice scenes of conflict. With the use from soundtracks of different movies
Mr. Mathieu makes a nice watchable short film that had it been longer it could spectacularly great - and had included characters and lines for them as well.
It all goes silently just with the shootings echoing each frame goes by. For WWII fans, this makes for a nice watch and nothing more. Thumbs up. 7/10.
A fantastic tribute to "Edward Scissorhands", this advertising by Cadillac stars Timothée Chalamet playing the lovely and clumsy Edgar, who has a pair of scissors as hands and his relationship with his mom (Winona Ryder) and the ordeals he has to go through life, the up's and down's of not having hands. It's a heartbreaking story with the perfect ending for the boy.
"Cadillac: How Do You Drive with Scissorhands?" is a perfect commercial that spoofs a film of success using the same dynamics of the story and it makes you dream about plenty of things like having a sequel where Johnny Depp and Winona have a kid just like him or even possibly (I dare say this) a remake of the classic Burton film with Chalamet as the star. He was noble and amazing on the role of Edgar (his sadness and loneliness are well captured here). A Super Bowl ad that is worthy of thousands of views, it's THAT good. 10/10.
Call Me by Your Maid (2018)
Don't mess with her peaches!
This parody of "Call Me By Your Name" is hysterical beyond belief. Instead of foccusing on the romance between Elio and Oliver (Tate Dewey and Richard Rennie)
the story is told from the point of view of the housemaid Mafalda (Deirdre McCourt, brilliant) who not only disaproves of their affair, which is seen with good
eyes on Elio's family, but she also hates the "bad" use of her peaches. I could go on and on but I'm gonna leave you with a taste of curiosity. The short is
funny, amusing, brilliantly made and captures the essence of the now classic movie. Too bad it's just too short, it could go a little longer with many more
moments of Mafalda being interviewed since the actress is fabulous and funny to watch. Check it out. 9/10.
In "Don't Press Benjamin's Buttons", writer and director Craig Robert Young creates a hilarious spoof on Fincher "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and uses as basis as well many lines from "Forrest Gump", and as trivia comes the fact both films were written by the great Oscar winner Eric Roth.
The presentation with a digital camera is kinda corny but the film works. Funny lines and moments such as Benjamin's father abandoning him ("What am I supposed to do with an ugly baby?") or old Benjamin making dance moves on the floor to the sound of Michael Jackson's 'Smooth Criminal' among others are hysterical. And the story flows just like Fincher's film and the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This is a must-see by all accounts, lots of fun and you get to see Luke Evans in one of his earliest roles. 10/10.