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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)
Wolfnoir by Jon Kortajarena (2016)
Wolfnoir fragrance advertising is a good one. Jon Kortajarena as their face and model is a really striking move and a real hit as the man making lots of poses and moves for the camera. A scent of exuberancy and taste is all present here. Pity it doesn't last longer so we can admire the lux and lust of the main star of this. 8/10.
What's a wetstone anyway?
As one comment said on YouTube, "I've came because of the gay and enjoyed the story" or something similar. However, I'm not sure if I acutally understood what was presented in all of its short eleven minutes. When the movie ended all I was thinking was what's a wetstone anyway just like our main character Theo wants to know when he discovers that the mysterious stone he got near a river was one of those wetstones, a rare element that can dry water or make it everything wet depending on how you deal with it. And there's the story of him and his lover Nick as well, which goes paralel as the mystery keeps haunting Theo in his dreams and in reality with water objects on his apartment.
The sci-fi elements take over the film in a horrific and original way that leaves viewers unsettled while the few romance bits is just to attract audiences since Andrew Neighbors and Nick Theurer make a real nice pair and we're all invested on their romance even though it all falls apart. But they're good, just as Theo's friend (Julia Black) who is funny as hell. Having been made as a feature film this would be a lot more interesting, more enlightening and just like here no answer should be given. It's fun to be a little clueless about the results, to feel immersed in the mystery and to see how Theo will actually find some good company who help him understand what's a wetstone anyway. But nature conquered the man...and the charade remainsç. 7/10.
Lonely, Bored, and Alone (2019)
Sometimes it's time to enjoy your own company
"Lonely, Bored, and Alone" presents Andrew Neighbors as a lonely man who after a day of work on a Friday nights decides to check out with his friends what's the plans for the night. But in the meantime he doesn't get texted back, he enjoys himself in solitary moments in his house, having dinner and some wine, playing games on the internet and taking care of his good looks.
Basically the movie tells about how sometimes our own company must be enough to ourselves specially if there's no other people to fulfill our time. It turns out that despite being lonely and bored Andrew discovres the simple pleasures of life while having a good time with himself. After all, one must be the best company for himself because it's not always that we'll want other people either we will have them around the time we want or they want to. Just a good reflection on the modern world where people lost the ability to find time for themselves in their solitary company.
A fine short film , but it feels as something with little appeal due to its lack of dialogue - I mean lots of loners have great talks with themselves or maybe some other person could be included just as a voice appearing here and there. It was too simplistic and felt like a project many people could actually pull it off very easily and at times with better results. 7/10.
The Cure: Boys Don't Cry (1986)
Classic Cure moment
A classic tune and a fantastic moment from The Cure, in "Boys Don't Cry" the band members are hidden in the background as three imaginative figures while
three boys are mimicking their playing the instruments and singing. An excellent and original idea at the time in terms of known music videos, later
expanded and better used by Queen in "The Miracle".
Here, Robert Smith, Michael Dempsey and Laurence Tolhurst are put far back as dark shadows of the upfront colorful boys coldly play the immortal song. Lots of fun and doesn't get better than this. One of my all-time favorite Cure moments. 9/10.
Harry Styles: Golden (2020)
One of 2020 best songs
A true golden moment for Harry Styles in 2020 was this song from his latest album. "Golden" is a smash hit, a very evocative sound that resembles some tunes from ter early 1980's and thanks to that I've got around this song, constantly played here and elsewhere but it took me some time to finally know that it was from him. It was much surreal for being a 2020 song and I loved it all the way.
As for the music video, "Golden" is slightly memorable. Most of the time it's all about fast cuts of close-up shots of Styles face performing the song or running away in a great hurry, slowed down thanks to slow motion. Vivid colors all around, from the places he Góes through, the yellow hat, the pond where he swims and other moments as well.
The most captivating element here is the sound of magical harmonies brought on by Harry and his musicians. A nice beat and rhythm in one of the most memorable 2020 moments. 8/10.
Truly magic and beautiful
With a beautiful and poetic movie as images and with a beautiful and memorable sound as background you can go wrong. "Mystery of Love" by Sufjan Stevens is basically all of that, with many clips from the movie beautifully capturing Italy, the love between Elio and Oliver (Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer, respectively); the connection and interaction of them with the other main characters (Marzia and the Perlman family). It's a magical song that truly echoes the feelings of the movie and the characters as well. The video speaks for itself, just watch it and you'll be amazed. 9/10.
Coldplay: Fix You (2005)
Visually effective, with excellent lyrics and sound
The official music video for "Fix You" by Coldplay is a splendorous thing, from the magnificent and helpful lyrics (now used ad nauseum by Doctors Without Borders ad) to the lone images of Chris Martin walking around the city at the night with the lights falling on him, are all outstanding. Pure poetry in motion when he's walking down his way to later on run and run and run to his band mates playing on stage, following the fast rhythm of the music after the quiet slow beat where Martin plays the beyboard alone and sings too. I loved it. 10/10.
Amazing music video with a brilliant performance by Johnny Massaro
This music video was edited from the short film "Looking for a New Place to Begin" using the main track "Chains" by Barbara Ohana to display a sort of like trailer for the project conceived by a fashion brand that wanted to deal with the LGBTQI+ experience.
The great and beautifully talented Johnny Massaro plays an eccentric singer who performs the title song in a nightclub. Paralel to his performance on stage, he has moments of intimacy with a male mannequim of which he takes it to bed and has some special moments with it.
The short film reveals a lot more about this strange encounter while the clip makes it more poetical in making us figure out why the mannequim is so important to the man to a point that sadness and happiness shift really quick and the mannequim is destroyed while the man cries. I'd like to think the man has this fantasy of wanting to be near with someone he dated and loved but it's no longer present and the plastic mannequim satisfies him in such a way at the same time he cries in bed because of the haunting memories that won't go away because the doll is not a replacement for the human figure, and he's just trying to find ways to forget him and move on with his life.
Just a thought, since the film completes more the journey of transformation of a gay man who lives a double life (on stage he's one thing and at home he's another thing) and he tries to reconcile with himself on new terms, so in order to create he has to destroy a part of himself. And while here Ohana's song is the central theme of the project, in the short (longer obviously) there are more themes from her that expand the idea. All brilliantly played.
Thumbs way to such a delicate and lovely story of good times, bad times and the evolution one has to make in order to find a new place to begin a new life. Massaro rocks with grace and style while dubbing the songs, full of makeup, bleached hair and some feminine traits, almost like a night diva. It's a great companion piece to promote "Looking for a New Place to Begin", goes pretty much as a trailer and "Chains" is a powerful melodical song. 9/10.
Memories of Trainspotting (2009)
The Making Of "Trainspotting"
The title says it all: "Memories of Trainspotting" covers all the recollection of memories and events from the production of Danny Boyle's acclaimed film "Trainspotting" (1996) with stars Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald and Ewen Bremner, producer Andrew MacDonald, writer John Hodge and Boyle himself sharing their experiences about the film and the making of it.
It's all the usual type of making of with interesting stories about the film and how it was working on it like many bonus material tend to present (all fun and games and some obstacles) but it's interesting to notice how everyone involved with it were thinking back in 2009 (13 years after the film's release) how they were sort of commited in making a sequel, hitting at possibilities and today we can see that the collaboration worked and succeed it with the sequel released in 2017, "T2: Trainspotting", 21 years after the first film). The interviews were gold standard when presenting what would attract them to a new movie - Boyle mentions that the Irvine Welsh novel had so many aspects left out from "Trainspotting" that it was a obvious decision that they should go ahead with a sequel but they were unsure how it would turn out - specially if they all be alive by then. They made it happen!
As for "Trainspotting", it's an iconic film of the 1990's that transcended the Scottish setting barrier and showed to the world the adversities and dangers of drug addiction; a film that created its own cinematic language with the youth culture just as the likes of "A Clockwork Orange", "Pulp Fiction" and similars made in the history of cinema. Boyle and team accomplished a great feat with this movie; and this documentary proves it. Amazing.9/10.
New Wave at its best
"Telefone" is one of the greatest hits of short-lived new wave group Gang 90 & Absurdettes, that disbanded after lead singer Julio Barroso's death in 1984. But unlike many of their other hits such as "Nosso Louco Amor" and "Perdidos na Selva", this one was the only that got an official music video to promote the song, one of their most colorful and fun moments of all time, and a major influence on the Brazilian new wave of the early 1980's.
The video looks way too dated with its graphics and colors just seeing the group performing the song, it feels as being like one of those music clips made for the program "Fantástico" but in a more suitable way for the band rather than those old corny clips that felt as if directed by a soap opera director rather than a filmmaker (still rare those days but the quality of Brazilian clips evolved through the years). This is a golden classic rock/pop moment and I said previously, a rare look at Gang 90, with a clip full of romance and nostalgia for a gone by era. A must-see! 9/10.
Cool soul music
"Uma História de Amor" was a great hit from the vanished R&B soul group Fanzine that got heavy airplay thanks to its inclusion in the soap opera "História de Amor". It took me some time to actually finding out this song and luckily I got that and the video of it - which didn't play in the following years except on the internet. It's a fine track, which captures you easily with the main notes "borrowed" from Janet Jackson's "Come Back to Me" and then the romantic lyrics come along. As for images, the singer of Fanzine has some dance and romantic moments with a pretty girl in a night club, and there's the performance from the group. It's mostly just that, nothing so appealing in terms of music video except for the great black-and-white cinematography, which was poorly translated in the only available video I've seen with poor quality. The music definitely makes it all interesting to watch and hear. Thumbs up to a very soulful song, nice rhtyhm and positive lyrics. 7/10.
Amor Estranho Amor (1982)
A pointless dull film only famous for its controversy
A long wait for almost nothing. I wonder if all those legal actions Xuxa took over the prohibition of this film's release after she became a popstar
on TV with her programs was really because of legal issues concerning distribution or because she was embarassed by how bad this thing was, a film she
made before her stardom. Most of us know it's all about the controversy revolving a scene where she performs sexual acts with a 12-year-old boy (Marcelo Ribeiro)
Never aired on regular TV and cable, only available in rare VHS copies and internet torrents, Canal Brasil made an exclusive release
of it in 2021 and I finally got my chance to watch it. Final analysis is that here's a bad movie, incoherent, excessive and that doesn't have a message to say.
It's just an excuse for being a softcore with many nudity and sexual moment that leads to knowhere, and director/writer Walter Hugo Khouri again makes a movie about pre-teen horny yet shy boys having their encounter with older women. He dealt better with those themes in "Paixão Perdida" and "As Feras" (of which bears a strong similarity of an old man remembering his younger days and experiences). I was embarassed, tired and aching watching this.
The controversies aside - which makes this film watchable and interesting for male audiences or females who have a thing for preying on young boys, "Amor Estranho Amor" ("Love Strange Love") was a painful experience when it comes to present its second backstory concerning dull political aspects on the powerful men who attends the mansion brothel where the little boy spends his time after being abandoned by his grandmother who leaves him there to live with his prostitute mother (Vera Fischer). She's the apple of the eyes of the rich character played by Tarcísio Meira, who is destined to buy her a house, so she can leave the mansion and live with her son in some peace and quiet instead of having lots of beautiful women lusting on her child. But it all fails and the slightly innocent boy becomes the center of attention to all of the prostitues, specially from the young Tamara (Xuxa), of whom he dreams about just like he dreams with his mother - as a critic pointed out it feels like "Murmur of the Heart". To me, a more perverted and almost explicit version of that movie.
As I said, the whole political thing is distracting, it slows the movie down and not to mention it's a script mistake since the film is told from the boy's point of view as an old man (Walter Forster), and those moments where he's not present shouldn't be part of the story unless the story being written withuot the old man.
How on earth he could remember all that? The only thing that matters in the relations and fantasies he has with the women, or when he's spying on Tamara and Dr.
Bráulio (Mauro Mendonça) on bed, an important political ally of Tarcísio's character. When dealing with memories it's important to us that we get an enlightment from the old character on why he's remembering this and the importance those moments it had on his life later on. This film lacks for no providing that.
What's left in this pointless story is the scenes of sexual nature whether being the ones from the boy (too awkward to watch and for most of the time I kept thinking how if the genders were traded how would that be with the same treatment of the one depicted here. Far from being an "Lolita" and more fire on the bonfire of controversies) and the ones from the brother clients, or the mother with her regular costumer. Some scenes are brilliantly filmed and staged; others are just exploitative and gratuitous.
It was a bizarre film experience that only served one purpose and it was not about having fantasies or memories of younger days; it served to put me to sleep in the final five minutes of it and to not providing enough distraction or some food for thought with such an unpleasant and dull story. Not recommended, unless if you are curious in seeing this rarity starring Xuxa hitting on the young boy (the confrontation scene where she's slapped by the mom is priceless though. LOL). 4/10.
Elton John: The Last Song (1992)
Beautiful and Outstanding Elton moment
If possible I'd just write down the whole lyrics of this heartbreaking song so you could feel its importance and power but that would be Elton's words and not mine so here's my take. It's a beautiful
and tragic video, quite sad, and it follows exactly the sentiments of Elton's lyrics about the final connection between a father and his dying son. "The Last Song"
was made about the AIDS pandemic and it was destined to raise funds for the fight against the disease, and the lyrics talk about the forementioned characters who
haven't deal with themselves in a long time but when the young gay man is dying the father tries to reconcile with him since it's possibly his final moments.
There's sadness but there's also tenderness, care, and thoughtful expressions of love. And the music is a powerful and soul crushing moment in Elton John's career.
As for the video directed by Gus Van Sant ("Drugstore Cowboy", "Milk") it follows the music ideas, it was well acted and put together but it feels a little too amateurish the style designed for it. I'm all in it because of the song because certain aspects makes it feel far too dated. A better video and also dealing with the AIDS cause was the epilogue made for HBO's "And the Band Played On", which presents famous and anonymous victims of the disease and it creates a very dramatic yet positive conclusion to the amazing 1993 film.
And in the end the sound and words echo through my head as I write this..."I can't believe you loved me. I never thought you'd come. I guess I misjudged love between a father and his son". That's the whole idea of this fantastic music video. 8/10.
An important and powerful song. Great video
A joint venture of rappers and MC's, "Ilusão (Cracolândia") puts together Alok, MC Hariel, MC Davi, MC Ryan SP, Salvador da Rima and Djay W performing a powerful song about the effects of drugs on addicts who live in Cracolândia (the land of Crack, in São Paulo, a whole square at the city center) while following the story of a desperate mother trying to find her addict son.
The music, despite being from a genre that doesn't have much airplay on radios and it's more limited to fans and from certain areas end up being a massive hit in 2020/2021 thanks to its powerful lyrics, balanced melody and for being a work of conscience rather than the being the usual ostentation and the rich lifestyle of rappers with women, money and big cars.
This is about the disintegration, the despair and the destruction drugs cause to a person's life, the changes it causes on people who once they were good child and good friends than became a human wreckage walking down the streets in poor situation or acting wildly violent just to score another fix. And this group gathering made a poetical music with a sad melody and fine beat to talk about those topics. It was one of the greatest songs I ever heard, one that stays in the head despite being outside of my real musicial taste. I loved it. 9/10.
Eternamente Pagú (1987)
Good film that could be great
Norma Bengell's "Eternamente Pagú" ("Eternally Pagú") is a good film by several means. However, it's not spectacular or much thoroughly thought through since
it leaves viewers slightly alienated knowing less about poetess and activist Patrícia Galvão (Pagú) than what they need to know about her. She was a
trailblazer in many accounts, she was part of the vanguart of artists from the Modernism alongside poet Oswald de Andrade (Antonio Fagundes) and painter
Tarsila do Amaral (Ester de Góes); she wore trousers which was considered a scandal for women to wear in the 1920's; and a staunch supporter of the
Comunist Party of Brazil spreading its message and supporting Communism outside of Brazil as well, for which she went to jail many times during her lifetime.
Those aspects of her life as an artist and activist are nicely translated to the screen but the movie falters a bit when due to its lack of more depth in her life and some artistic license that doesn't appeal as much as we wanted.
I enjoyed the performances, specially Carla Camurati as Pagú, one of the best performances from Brazilian films and she seems as if born to play that role; and Fagundes is a charm as Oswald, her first husband and great companion on the arts; and also the great Otávio Augusto as her second husband. Had the film included more factual information with a more consistent script, this would have been a better film than it is. I felt lost at times, thinking that the great result, the importance of it all was just to shown a woman ahead of her time fighting for equal rights and just provoking society with her artistry and activism when in fact Pagú was more than that. She left several writings and works that should have a place in the film instead of the heavy focus in her arrests and time in jail - in one of those moments her challenge to refuse shaking hands with governor Ademar de Barros is one of the most interesting and pivotal moments when she gets more six months of jail just for doing that. So, I wanted to know more about her work, just like the play she acts when she goes from being booed to receive a standing ovation while performing "Eh Pagú Eh" (there's a rare short documentary with that title, which I also wrote about it some years ago).
I guess that viewers who don't know anything about her this film is an important one but bear in mind that many licenses were taken; as for those who know her more it might be disappointing or not that good. I enjoyed seeing her life story and considering the time it was made it ends up being a nice cinebiography. The time recreation was a prime, the acting is very good and there are things to enjoy and learn with Pagú's story. I'll give it a good note and a pass since it was Norma's first film, she had a solid career as an actress (small role here as the Communist friend of Pagú in Paris) and landed such a big project was a new challenge for her. Kudos for that. 6/10.
Nice cover by MGK
"Killing in the Name" is a classic protest song by Rage Against the Machine, here covered with style and grace by Machine Gun Kelly who made an
incredibly relevant clip for our times with the main background being the protests on the wake of the death of George Floyd and the rise of Black
Lives Matter. Images from him, Yungblood and Travis Barker making their rendition of the song are intertwined with the massive protests, of which
they are part of as well.
As for the song, the music doesn't owe anything to the original, it's sound is so similar to the one by RATM that its major difference is only MGK's voice. Therefore, I liked it just as much. It's a really powerful song, a shock to the system and a real moment of rebellion and *beep* the system, pretty much what those protests meant to be. With such context in mind, the music makes a great union with the powerful black-and-white images with the people and their signs for BLM or Defund the Police and stuff. I was hooked through the whole time. Kelly made a positive effort with this cover. 9/10.
In "Connect" a woman (Tuppence Middleton) finds comfort, solace and some kind of connection with an unknown man (Daniel Lawrence Taylor) inside
of a crowded bus. Their connection comes in the form of gestures, gentle touch of hands, shy smiles and at times interrupted by the abrupt
movement of other passengers in the absurd chaos and hostility of the city. Samuel Abrahams' short is a beautiful and magical tale of hope and
comfort we all need in crazed times.
Basically, it's all about falling in love with a complete stranger in public transportation. The magic of movies sometimes also applies to real life, we've all been there before since sometimes that one special person who makes a total difference can only be found in those crowded and chaotic spaces. We need moments like this in our lives to fill the void of our daily routines after a long day's work or journey.
To make our world a little better.
Abrahams goes a take step further with his story by included inner moments with the woman where she imagines a murder taking place inside the bus with a man who wants to sit down to read his paper and ends up commiting a murder; and the dance/musical moments that closes the film, pure poetry in motion.
I strongly recommend this film and I stand by this high note because it is a special film, original in some way and very good to watch. 10/10.
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Swimmer
The level of artistry and poetry "Swimmer" carries is a feast for the eyes. The short presents the lonely swimmer (Tom Litten) enountering
many different people while swimming down a river. At each move in the water and the nature he overhears a couple chatting, some kids playing (who
latter on attack him with spears while he's underwater) and many more; and there's a moment when his thoughts about his challengeable task echoes
a great classic film by Tony Richardson with a memorable line from "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner".
An amazing black-and-white cinematography and the haunting musical score that goes from a lovely and sweet jazz piece to a haunting thrilling music when the night comes and the swimmer is attacked make it for an interesting collage of ideas and beautiful moments. There isn't much of a story or transformation to make company to those, but "Swimmer" manages to hypnotize its viewers with such collage while we follow the good sportsman, his body connecting with the river at each move. I was impressed by its sheer poetry, visuals and music. A very intriguing short that can work as a nice little moment in the life of a man with some touches of mystery and suspense. We're definitely curious to see what's gonna happen next with the swimmer. It's up to us viewers to fill in the blanks and imagine what goes through the man's head while he's enjoying nature or surviving unimaginable scenarios. We are his company on the ride. 9/10.
An oustanding moment for Starship
A fun and nostalgic 1987 music video of Starship performing the Oscar nominated song "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" from the motion picture
soundtrack of "Mannequim".
Here, Grace Slick is the mannequim brought to life to interact with her band just as the film's premise with Andrew McCarthy falling in love with mannequim Kim Cattrall. It's a nice soundtrack clip with many moments from the funny comedy and a little storyline that serves to promote the film's idea and Meshach Taylor has a brief cameo in the video reprising his character from the film.
As for the sound, the music is a pure solid-gold classic of the 1980's bringing joy, emotion and excellent rhtyhm. I just love it and can't get enough of it. It's a great uplifting song. 10/10.
Meu Amigo (2020)
A sweet and lovely story about true friendship
Here's a sweet and lovely story about the friendship of a conflicted gay guy, Thales (Eron de Oliveira) and his best straight buddy, Guilherme
(Matheus Mallmann). After a night out of too many drinks, Thales opens up his love for his friend in front of other people, which makes him
feel on the following day when they both meet again. However, Guilherme tries to consolate his buddy and says that he's up for him, to help him and
to show that he's a loyal friend of his.
"My Friend" presents a story about loyalty, friendship and how those who care don't mind and those who mind don't care. They're mates for life and that's important. It goes from a conflicted dramatic story with some nice touches of humor between both men (I love the part when they talk about their famous crushes). It's a really important and delicate movie with great acting by the duo (Mallmann is a dreamboat, and they're both equally talented).
It's problem: it's too bloody short. The actors chemistry is so good and the story is so well-connected that we keep hoping for more. Good news is that a sequel is on the way as the makers stated at the conclusion and they're gonna make it based on the comments from the audiences of YouTube. And I'm not alone on saying that a feature film would be a great idea, and if possible maybe a closeness or some romance between Guilherme and Thales could be made. One of the best LGBTQ short films I've seen lately. 9/10.
Mistério no Colégio Brasil (1988)
A nice teen thriller
"O Mistério no Colégio Brasil" is a fun and thrilling teen suspense revolving the young couple Daniel and Bebel (André Barros and Sílvia Buarque) who finds
inside a mysterious cave located behind their high school the corpse of a woman. But when they return with the school principal (José de Abreu) to show him their
finding the body has disappeared and the couple begins to investigate who was that woman, leading up them to clues of a missing teacher, a missing student and
many tangled webs from the past that will haunt them in the future.
The movie is well made, has a nice soundtrack with the true vibe of Brazil's rock wave and the authentic sound of the 1980's, and the mystery is all interesting to follow thanks to exceptional acting from André Barros as the student detective who gets involved in this strange enigma where the principal and his favorite teacher (Carlos Augusto Strazzer) might be involved. It has a good pace and rhythm with some paralel story involving the teens forming a musical group and the pranks they pull on each other or trying to fool the teacher in order to pass the exam, but the final minutes are a little let down, too rushed and it almost feels like it was too much noise for almost nothing.
Highest points are when Daniel is chasen by the police and escapes by throwing himself off a bridge; the moments where he goes to the school archives to get information on the missing teacher with Bebel trying to fool the janitor who keeps singing his samba songs; the suspenseful moments inside the cave; all of the scenes of Strazzer playing this crazed teacher and Marieta Severo brief appearance steals the whole show.
I was deeply curious and entertained while watching this film and I can easily recommend to fans of Brazilian cinema of the 1980's. It's a little precious gem, and to me carries a deeper weight since that school has the same name as my own during my childhood years - not the same place though. A very fun movie. 8/10.
Cool clip of Bruce Willis musical moment
#4 on Billboard chart in 1987 from the album "The Return of Bruno" (turned into a mockumentary of same name made by HBO). Nice and charismatic as usual Bruce Willis performs "Respect Yourself", a single from his debut album and he goes with grace and style though the video isn't all much interesting. The song works in some boring way and at times the sound is cool thanks to the instrumental bits and June Pointer participation. The clip set on a bar where Willis plays a bartender (Just as Bruce was in this early days before fame when he was a struggling actor) who sings, dance, play the pool and engages with the crowd is fun to watch thanks to the main guy being a nice and fun sport. It's highly watchable. 7/10.
Your Friend (2019)
Interesting short film about the dangers of technology and the loneliness of a man
A great short story about the dangers of technology and how important communication is, even if it's between a robot and a human. Anthony (Anthony Nikolchev) lives a quiet life in the wilderness, apart from society and enjoying the company of the robot Ted (Clay Elliott), who makes his life more simple and practical satisfying all his needs. Until one day when an update for the machine system makes the robot go into a strange humanistic mode wanting to be a human friend to his master.
It's a peculiar setting that resembles the duel between Dr. Dave Bowman and HAL 9000 where the humanistic element present in the machine surpasses the human level from the cold and restrained human being. When the robot goes nuts Anthony finds ways to escape or to destroy the only company he had. There's comedy, drama and a little bit of suspense in the contacts between those two. I loved the performances - specially the one from Clay Elliott and his robotic moves and facial expression of constant crazyness/happiness destined to serve his master and just wanting to be his friend - after all, he is a friend but Anthony refuses to see it that way.
Thumbs up to this fun and reflective short, one that could easily translate more effectively if made as a feature film. 9/10.
Madonna: Live to Tell (1986)
Spectacular Madonna moment
A spectacular song, one of Madonna's greatest hits and greatest moments, "Live to Tell" as a music video is slightly interesting thanks to the several clips from the movie "At Close Range" starring then husband Sean Penn and Christopher Walken, of which is a soundtrack, followed by several close-up shots from Madonna against a black background. So, basically the video is there to sell the movie (excellent by the way) and the single and for the that it gets kudos from me. 9/10.
Election Night (2020)
A great and thoughtful slasher film
What you're about to see is a horrifying political slasher film relevant for our times. In times when politics and people are so polarized and lines
are so divided that people are willing to kill or die for their ideals and way of life, "Election Night" comes as a sharp and edgy film that mirrors our
daily horror when it comes to election day, one of the most frightening and anxious days of all time for those deeply involved in politics. Even though this is
an American film, the "reality" presented here can be applied to almost every nation these days.
This is the story of brother and sister, Ronald (William Lott) and Alice (Mary Baurkot), and their ways to survive election night when an extremist (Derek DeVault) follows them after seeing a candidate bumper sticker Ronald placed in his car. It'll be a terrible night for them just because they supported a certain candidate.
The film has plenty of humor but when it comes down to business they'll scare viewers to death, specially with the 1980's style of music and the opening titles, a tribute to the most representative era of slasher flicks. A true horror story.
I was fascinated all the way and even thought there was some message behind it, quite thoughtful if you think about it. They don't present the year the story takes place (or happened, as the title says it was a true story), but it definitely reeks of our current era. I do believe that there are people out there willing to commit acts of persecution and murder just to defend their extremism when it comes to politics and idealism. Stupid folks in fact but they are menacing and dangerous and will go for acts of horror. This film, despite the entertainment inclination, is a proof of that. 9/10.