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My hobby is watching and collecting movies on VHS and DVD. On 17 June 2003, I found the IMDB site through an indication of a friend. My first review was "Anazapta" and since then, when I finish watching a movie, I write my personal opinion about it.
I am eclectic, but my genre number 1 is horror. I see between 800 and 900 movies per year, including TV series ("Sex and the City", "Angel", "Buffy", "Six Feet Under", "Lost" etc.).
My favorite movie is "Casablanca" and it is hard to point out my favorite director, actor and actress. I usually do not read any review before seeing a movie, in order to be not influenced by the critics.
I am trying to list my favorite movies alphabetically ordered, but this list may change:
- Abre los Ojos;
- All About Eve;
- American Yakuza;
- An Affair to Remember;
- �ngel Exterminador, El;
- Apartment, The;
- Apocalypse Now;
- La Battaglia di Algeri;
- Blade Runner;
- Blue Velvet;
- Body Heat;
- The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas;
- Clockwork Orange, A;
- Dance of the Vampires;
- Dangerous Beauty;
- Day Earth Stood Still, The;
- Diaboliques, Les;
- Doctor Zhivago;
- Double Indemnity;
- Easy Rider;
- Le Fabuleux Destin d'Am�lie Poulain
- The Fly (1958);
- Ghost Story (1981);
- La Guerre du Feu;
- Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison;
- Heavenly Creatures;
- Hidden, The;
- Hunger, The
- Illusionist, The;
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956);
- It's a Wonderful Life;
- Jacob's Ladder;
- J�i-uchi: Hairy� Tsuma Shimatsu ("Samurai Rebellion");
- Joyeux No�l;
- Laberinto del Fauno, El;
- Lawrence of Arabia;
- Logan's Run;
- Lost (only the first four seasons);
- Love Affair;
- Midnight Express;
- Nibelungen: Siegfried, Die;
- Night of the Living Dead;
- Note on a Scandal;
- Once Upon a Time in America;
- Phantom of the Paradise;
- Plein soleil;
- Pretty Woman;
- Pride & Prejudice;
- Qian li zou dan qi / Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles;
- Rachel and the Stranger;
- Du Rififi Chez les Hommes;
- Roaring Twenties, The;
- Rocky Horror Picture Show;
- Rosemary's Baby;
- Sea of Love;
- Sentinel, The (1977);
- Serpent�s Egg, The;
- Shichinin no samurai ("Seven Samurais");
- Shinning, The;
- Sjunde inseglet, Det ("The Seventh Seal");
- Soldier Blue;
- Someone to Watch Over Me;
- Something Wild;
- Sound of Music, The;
- Sunset Boulevard;
- Taegukgi Hwinalrimyeo ("A Irmandade da Guerra");
- Tasogare Seibei ("O Samurai do Entardecer")
- The Thing;
- Tropa de Elite;
- To Sir With Love;
- Total Recall;
- Tristan + Isolde;
- True Lies;
- V for Vendetta;
- Wu ji (The Promise);
I would like to thank the votes and e-mails of many users of IMDb.
Combat!: The Leader (1966)
Sgt. Saunders is summoned for a meeting with Lt. Hanley and leaves his squad under the command of Kirby. Soon they realize that they are under siege of German troops and the communication has breakdown. Kirby needs to take decisions but his fellow GI Maynard questions his decisions.
The tense "The Leader" is one of the best episode of "Combat!" with magnificent performance of Jack Hogan. The episode is well directed by Georg Fenady and transmits the uncomfortable sensation of fear and suspense the squad is feeling. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "O Líder" ("The Leader")
Combat!: Run, Sheep, Run (1966)
While flanking a German machine gun nest with his fellow Private Booker, Private Corey freezes and Booker dies after destroying the nest. Corey subdues German Lieutenant Vogler that survives and makes him prisoner of war. Saunders's squad believes Corey is a hero, capturing a German soldier in his first combat. But when Corey learns that Vogler speaks English, he panics afraid of the squad learns the truth.
"Run, Sheep, Run" is a good episode of "Combat!", developing Corey and his relationship with Vogler very well. Their confrontation is interesting and Corey´s final decision is moralist but OK. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Corra, Ovelha, Corra" ("Run, Sheep, Run")
Captain Marvel (2019)
"Captain Marvel" is another entertaining superhero adventure. Maybe the most important is not the top-notch special effects but the humor and chemistry of the cute Brie Larson and the veteran Samuel L. Jackson. The screenplay could be improved with a better development of Carol Danvers and the alien war, but anyway it is worthwhile watching. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Capitã Marvel" ("Captain Marvel")
Saunders and his squad are assigned to establish an observation outpost in a church in a French village. On the arrival, Saunders kills a German soldier in self-defense. While in the church, they find the German girl Gitty hidden in the desert church and they learn she is waiting for her father to leave the village. But soon the American soldiers learn that her father was the soldier killed by Saunders.
"Gitty" is a dramatic episode of "Combat!". The expressions of Saunders and his men when they find that the girl is waiting for her father that is dead and they do not know how to tell her the truth is extremely dramatic and sad. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Gitty"
Stargate SG-1: The Ties That Bind (2005)
When Vala leaves the SGC, Daniel faints and Dr. Carolyn Lam concludes it is a side effect of the removed bracelets. Vala returns and together with Daniel and Mitchell, they need to deal with people cheated by Vala trying to revert the effects.
"The Ties That Bind" is a funny episode of SG-1 showing the character of Vala. She has cheated so many people in the galaxy that is amazing how she is still alive. My vote is seven.
Title 9brazil): "The Ties That Bind"
Stargate SG-1: Origin (2005)
Poor Harrid and Sallis
Daniel and Vala are taken by a Prior of the Ori to meet The Doci in the bodies of Harrid and Sallis. Daniel challenges Doci and then they are returned to the village as bait to catch unbelievers. Meanwhile Landry has a meeting with the new Jaffa leader Gerak and they are surprised by another Prior of the Ori that promotes his god.
"Origin" is the conclusion of the three first episode of the Ninth Season of Stargate SG-1. The plot is reasonable and the viewer has to get used to new characters in the series. In the end, the Ancient communication system led Harrid and Sallis to death and exposed the humans to another powerful enemy. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Origin"
Five Days (1954)
Good Plot Point
In London, the businessman James Nevill (Dane Clark) is the president of Amalgamated Industries and adores his wife Andrea (Thea Gregory). When he is betrayed by his uncle Cyrus McGowan (Howard Marion-Crawford) in a risky business that will bankrupt the company, he decides to force his former friend Paul Kirby (Paul Carpenter) to kill him so that Andrea receives a life insurance policy to have a good life. However Kirby refuses and devastated with the proposal, he drinks too much disclosing the request in public in his girlfriend´s bar. Out of the blue, James´ uncle changes his position and the business succeeds. James tries to find Kirby to call off their arrangement but does not locate him. After three attempts of murder, James suspects that Kirby is not who is trying to kill him.
"Five Days", a.k.a. "Paid to Kill", is a film-noir by Hammer with a good plot point that may surprise the viewer. The cinematography is also great but the conclusion is disappointing. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "Pago para Matar" ("Paid to Kill")
The Glass Cage (1955)
The Starving Man
The carnival barker Pel Pelham (John Ireland) borrows some money with his friend Tony Lewis (Sidney James). In return, he convinces his friend Rena Maroni (Tonia Bern), who was Tony´s mistress, to stop blackmailing him. Pet wants to promote a side show with her neighbor Henri Sapolio (Eric Pohlmann), who is a starving man. Sapolio and his wife decides to give a party at their apartment and Sapolio glances at a man leaving Rena´s apartment. Later they find that Rena was murdered and the police suspect that one guest is the killer.
"The Glass Tomb", a.k.a. "The Glass Cage", is a mystery film by Hammer that was classified as film-noir in a recently released DVD Box. The storyline and the screenplay are flawed and weak but fortunately the movie is short and watchable. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "A Gaiola de Vidro" ("The Glass Cage")
Intriguing but Overrated
David Kim (John Cho) and his beloved wife Pamela Nam Kim (Sara Sohn) raise their daughter Margot in an environment of family love. After the death of Pam, David has difficulties to supersede his love for his wife. One day, the teenager Margot (Michelle La) vanishes and David breaks in her laptop searching for clues. Meanwhile the police detective Vick (Debra Messing) is responsible for the case and looks for Margot. Will the teenager be found?
"Searching" is an intriguing but overrated thriller. The screenplay may be original but it is boring after 102 minutes running time watching a film through a computer screen. The performances are great. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "Buscando..." ("Searching...")
Wings of Danger (1952)
Disappointing Hammer Film
"Wings of Danger" is a disappointing Hammer film directed by the cult-director Terence Fisher. The plot of blackmailing and smuggling is messed and weak despite the expectations of the fans. There is nothing to highlight in this forgettable film. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "Asas do Perigo" ("Wings of Dnger")
36 Hours (1953)
Entertaining Hammer Film Noir
During a 36-hour leave, Major Bill Rogers (Dan Duryea) travels to England to meet his wife Katherine 'Katie' Rogers (Elsy Albiin). Bill is training in the United States and left his wife alone for several months. But soon he learns that Katie has moved from their apartment to a new one to have encounters with men. Bill heads to the address and when Katie arrives, he is knocked out by a stranger in her apartment. Further, the man uses his pistol to kill Katie and frame Bill. Now he has less than 36 hours to find the killer and prove his innocence.
"Terror Street", a.k.a. "36 Hours', is an entertaining Hammer film noir with Dan Duryea in the lead role. The plot has flaws, the fights choreography is weak but the storyline is engaging. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "36 Horas" ("36 Hours")
Série noire (1979)
Overrated Black Comedy
"Série noire" is an overrated black comedy directed by Alain Corneau. The story of the clumsy loser door-to-door salesman Franck Poupart is kind of lose among crime, drama and black comedy but does not work very well. Maybe in the late 70´s it would be better rated. The slow pace is not adequate to the story and Patrick Dewaere is annoying with his stupidities. Marie Trintignant is a great surprise performing the teenage prostitute Mona and her first encounter with Franck is unforgettable. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "Série Negra" (Black Series")
Mort d'un pourri (1977)
Politics and Corruption
When Xavier 'Xav' Maréchal (Alain Delon) is awaken by his old friend Deputy Philippe Dubaye (Maurice Ronet), he learns that Philippe has killed the also politician Serrano (Charles Moulin) that has a dossier with documents proving the corruption of several politicians and businessmen including Philippe and was blackmailing him. Xavier accepts to provide an alibi to his friend and to follow the investigation to help Phillippe, who has stolen the dossier. But soon Xavier finds that a network of powerful men wants to retrieve the documents and he has to run to survive.
"Mort d'un pourri", a.k.a. "Death of a Corrupt Man", is a thriller based on politics and the related corruption of the Powers That Be. The plot is full of action with a hopeless conclusion. The beauty of Ornella Muti is impressive. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "A Morte de um Corrupto" ("The Death of a Corrupt Man")
Le désordre et la nuit (1958)
The Police Inspector and the Addicted Mistress
When the middle-aged police inspector Georges Vallois (Jean Gabin) is assigned to investigate the murder case of a drug dealer, the suspect is his addicted mistress Lucky Fridel (Nadja Tiller). But soon Vallois and Lucky have a love affair and he believes she is innocent and needs rehab.
"Le désordre et la nuit", a.k.a. "The Night Affair", is a different film-noir. The storyline shows a dirty tale with an old police inspector having an affair with a junkie woman that could be his daughter and manipulating the events in the end to present the best solution for the case. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Vício Maldito" ("Damned Addiction")
Combat!: One at a Time (1966)
After a successful combat with a German squad, Saunders explains their mission to his men. However a wounded German sergeant has survived and overhears the assignment. He promises to revenge his men killing each American soldier and leaving Saunders for last. One step ahead of the American squad, he becomes a sniper killing the G.I.s one at a time.
"One at a Time" is a tense episode of "Combat!". The story has many good moments but the conclusion is rushed and could be better. Jan Merlin has great performance in the role of a man seeking revenge. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Um por Um" (One by One")
Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne (2019)
Disappointment. My vocabulary in English cannot find a better word to describe the feeling (I believe) of most of the fans of "Game of Thrones" after all these years. Considered by many as the best TV show ever, the writers messed up with the two last episodes in a rushed and senseless conclusion. The attitude of Daenerys Targaryen in the last episode burning down to ashes King´s Landing was the opposite the fans could expect from that character. But the attitude of Jon Snow toward the woman that loves him is senseless and absurd. The characters and the fans and even HBO deserved better writers. My vote is three.
Title (Brazil): "The Iron Throne"
Classe tous risques (1960)
The Last Days of a Gangster
In Milan, the gangster Abel Davos (Lino Ventura) is sentenced to death "In absentia" and decides to return to France. Abel is a family man with wife Thérèse Davos (Simone France) and two sons, and his partner Raymond Naldi (Stan Krol) helps Abel and his family to flee to Nice. However Thérèse and Raymond are killed by the police and Abel uses his former friends in Paris to help him to go to Paris with his sons. They hire the driver Eric Stark (Jean-Paul Belmondo) to bring Abel and his kids to Paris in an ambulance. Along their journey, Eric helps the aspirant actress Liliane (Sandra Milo) on the road and she also goes to Paris in the ambulance. But soon Abel learns that he is alone and his friends when he was powerful will not help him and he counts only with the support of Eric. What will happen to him?
"Classe tous risques" is a great film-noir with the story of the last days of a gangster. The plot shows that there is no code of honor or friendship after the fall of a powerful gangster. All his former friends do not help him when he needs. The conclusion is adequate for the whole situation. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil):"Como Fera Encurralada" ("Like Trapped Beast")
Why Did I Spend My Time Watching This Flick?
"Intermedio" is a film with 2.5 IMDb User Rating. Unfortunately this site is no longer reliable with many fake and one line reviews. Therefore I do not look anymore the IMDb rating to select the movies I will see. However "Intermedio" is indeed awful, with laughable dialogs, characters and special effects and senseless storyline. Watching this flick is a complete waste of time. My vote is two.
Title (Brazil): "Caverna Maldita II" ("The Damned Cave II")
Combat!: The Ringer (1966)
The Mysterious Outsider
The outsider G.I. Arthur Adams meets Kirby in battle and joins Saunders´ squad. They are assigned for a mission and Adams endangers the squad, raising suspicious of who he might be.
"The Ringer" is a great episode with good action and tension created by the behavior of the mysterious Arthur Adams. Is he a coward or a German spy infiltrated in the squad is the question certainly raised by the viewers. The final explanation is satisfactory and the episode is well-resolved. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "O Impostor" ("The Impostor")
Game of Thrones: The Bells (2019)
Visually Stunning, but Absolutely Disappointing
The second to last episode of "Game of Thrones", "The Bells", is visually stunning, but absolutely disappointing. The destruction of King´s Landing is amazing and the best the episode can offer. However the expectation of the viewer is frustrated by the awful storyline. Along the years, Daenerys was built as a fair woman. Out of the blue, she goes completely crazy after defeating Cersei´s army that had surrendered in an absolute nonsense attitude. The fight of Jaime and Euron is boring and too long. The end of Cersei is also disappointing. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "The Bells"
Overrated Disaster Movie
The Norwegian "Skjelvet", a.k.a. "The Quake", is an overrated disaster movie. The special effects are indeed stunning and worthwhile watching, but the predictable storyline and characters are disappointing. Kristian Eikjord is unpleasant and strange and most of the characters have stupid attitudes. The abrupt conclusion is weak. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): Not Available
Combat!: Ask Me No Questions (1966)
Sgt. Saunders and other soldiers are interrogated by German Capt. Haus in a POW camp. Sgt. Mastin is beaten but resists the interrogation. When Saunders and the other prisoners are separated, it is disclosed to the viewer that Sgt. Mastin is a German officer trying to get information about the Allied troops. When Saunders learns that Mastin is an impostor, he plots a scheme expecting to fix the damage that the information achieved by Mastin may cause.
" Ask Me No Questions" is another engaging episode of "Combat!" again with an impostor posing as an American sergeant. The episode is well resolved and Saunders fix the problem caused by Mastin. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Não me Faça Perguntas" ("Don´t Ask Me Questions")
The Next Battle
After the funeral for the dead, there is a feast at Winterfell. Gendry is recognized as a Baratheon and proposes Arya to marry him. Brienne and Jaime have a love affair. Daenerys asks Jon to keep secret about his roots but he decides to tell Sansa and Arya. Daenerys, her dragons and her fleet stumble upon Euron´s fleet and are defeated and Missandei is captured by the enemy. Daenerys decides to go to King´s Landing to ask Cersei to surrender but she takes a tragic decision.
"The Last of the Starks" is another excellent episode of "Game of Thrones" with the aftermath of the Battle of Winterfell. There are bad decisions mainly from Jon Snow, disclosing his secret to his sisters, and from Daenerys, deciding to attack Dragonstone and King´s Landing with a wounded dragon and a weak and exhausted army. Sansa has become a disappointing character. My vote is nine.
Title (Brazil): "The Last of the Starks"
Liu lang di qiu (2019)
Boring, Melodramatic and Overrated Mess
"Liu lang di qiu", a.k.a. "The Wandering Earth", is a boring, melodramatic and overrated sci-fi mess without true emotions. The lead characters are poor performers and there are many ridiculous situations such as the woman soldier shooting and destroying the core after the sacrifice of her team to transport it. The melodramatic situations are manipulative and also annoying to the audience. The film is basically supported by visual effects and an original storyline, but the performances, characters and screenplay are not good. My vote is three.
Title (Brazil): Not Available
Happy Death Day 2U (2019)
Great and Refreshing Sequel
The college student Ryan Phan (Phi Vu) is the roommate of Carter Davis (Israel Broussard), who is in the dorm room with his girlfriend Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe). Ryan is researching a quantum reactor with his colleagues Samar Ghosh (Suraj Sharma) and Andrea 'Dre' Morgan (Sarah Yarkin) in the university lab. Out of the blue, Dean Roger Bronson (Steve Zissis) shutdown their experiment due to the power outages and consumption. Then Ryan is murdered by a criminal dressed as Babyface and awakes on the same day. When Ryan meets Carter and Tree, they learn that the reactor is the responsible for the loop and while trying to help Ryan, Tree is sent to another dimension where she is trapped in the same loop she was before. But the reality is different and she seeks Ryan and his friends expecting to close the loop sending her back to her dimension.
"Happy Death Day 2U" is a great and refreshing sequel of the original "Happy Death Day". The director and writer Christopher Landon succeeds making a sequel maybe better than the wonderful first film using more sci-fi than horror. Jessica Rothe is a great actress, capable to alternate funny and dramatic situations with top-notch performance. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "A Morte Te Dá Parabéns 2" ("Death Gives Happy Birthay to You 2")