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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.
Law & Order: Indifference (1990)
When the young Didi Lowenstein is found dead on his chair at school, Detectives Greevey and Logan investigate the case. They learn from Didi's teacher that the child frequently presented signs of abuse, and they go to the apartment of his parents. They meet her mother, Carla Lowenstein that is completely crazy and indifferent to the death of Didi. Their further investigation shows that her father Dr. Jacob Lowenstein uses cocaine in the therapy of their patients, and Carla is addicted. Now, Stone and Robinette use other elements to prosecute the parents.
"Indifference" is a sad episode of "Law & Order", with a story of child abuse that has been shown in "Law & Order - SVU" for many years. In 1990, the impact of this episode should have been greater and greater. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Indiferença" ("Indifference")
The Unknown Serial-Killer
In the end of World War II, in Texarkana, a serial-killer begins a crime spree, assaulting and killing young couples. The famous Captain J. D. Morales (Ben Johnson) brings his men and together with the local police force, with the efficient Deputy Norman Ramsey (Andrew Prine), organize patrols, but the killer attacks every fourteen days.
"The Town That Dreaded Sundown" is a film based on a true story, based on an unknown serial-killer, and the efforts from the lawmen to bring him to justice. The masked killer is sadistic in the way of killing his victims. As other crime stories based on true events, this one also has deceptive conclusion since the killer has not been found. However, the fate of each main character involved in the case is narrated in the end. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "Pânico ao Anoitecer" ("Panic in the Dusk")
Give 'em Hell Malone (2009)
In an undefined time, the tough Malone (Thomas Jane) is a former police detective that lost his wife and son that had been killed by gangsters and has become a hit-man. When he is hired by Murphy (Leland Orser) to recover a wallet, Malone faces several gangsters, but accomplishes his assignment. He opens the wallet, finds an elephant toy inside and heads to Murphy's house to ask to meet his contractor. He is introduced to the sexy Evelyn (Elsa Pataky) that tells that her brother was abducted and the kidnapper asked her to hire Malone. Meanwhile, the powerful mobster Whitmore (Gregory Harrison) hires the hit-man Boulder (Ving Rhames), the sadistic killer Matchstick (Doug Hutchison) and the killer Mauler (Chris Yen) to kill Malone and retrieve the wallet. What is the secret of the blue elephant?
"Give 'em Hell Malone" is an entertaining action film that follows the noir style on the streets of Spokane. The story is cartoonish and original, and Malone is alcoholic, killer and brutal; therefore, an anti-hero. Evelyn is the perfect femme-fatale, changing her story along the story. The sadistic Matchstick is hilarious and the killings are well-elaborated. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "Malone: Puxando o Gatilho" ("Malone: Pulling the Trigger")
Law & Order: Poison Ivy (1990)
The Police Officer and the Drug Dealer
While patrolling the streets of New York, the veteran Police Officer Freddo Parisi and Officer Davis see three Afro-American suspects that split and run. Freddo chases two of them and Davis runs after the third one. Out of the blue, Davis overhears a shot and runs to the alley, where Freddo is. He finds a suspect dead with a Magnum in his hand and the other suspect missing. Detectives Greevey and Logan investigate the case against the will of the police department. Soon they find that the victim, Tommy Richardson, was worshiped by the black community since he was graduated in Princeton and used to give donations to the church. But their further investigation showed that he was a drug dealer since the time of the university, but he did not have a gun. Now Stone and Robinette are pressed and proposes a deal to Freddo for planting the Magnum in Tommy's hand, but he refuses the deal and prefers going to the court.
"Poison Ivy" is a good episode of "Law & Order" with a case very difficult for Greevy and Logan first and then for Stone and Robinette. The Afro-American community wants the punishment of Freddo, but he was released from the Internal Affairs and the Union is defending him. But Greevy and Stone believe in justice and proceed their investigation. The conclusion is predictable. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Exemplo Venenoso" ("Poisoned Example")
A Heartbreaking Case
During the dawn, the mother of the 4-month old baby, Zach Anderson, goes to breastfeed him and notes the baby missing, open window with a stair and a ransom note.in the cradle. Grissom and his team begin the investigation checking the Anderson family to separate evidences. But soon they find Zach dead in a nearby golf club. Their further investigation lead them a suspect that a family member killed Zach. But who?
"Gentle, Gentle" is an episode of "CSI" with a heartbreaking case of the death of baby. The screenplay is very well-written and the cover-up operation of the Anderson family is well explained. However, the traumatic consequences of the incident will certainly be carried out by the family for the rest of their lives. In the end, "Gentle, Gentle" is a very sad episode that might happen to anyone. My vote is nine.
Title (Brazil): "Devagar, Devagar" ("Slow, Slow")
Fade to Black (1980)
Lost in Movies
In Los Angeles, Eric Binford (Dennis Christopher) is a lonely and outcast cinephile that loves Marilyn Monroe. He is orphan and lives with his crippled Aunt Stella Binford (Eve Brent Ashe). Eric works in a company of logistics for studios and is bullied by his boss and two co-workers. When he meets Marilyn O'Connor (Linda Kerridge) that looks like Marilyn Monroe in a cafeteria, he gives a ride to her and invites Marilyn to go to the movie theater with him. However, she misses the date and a hooker rejects his money to have sex with him and mocks him. When he arrives home, his aunt damages his projector and he pushes her wheelchair down the stairs and assumes the identity of Arthur "Cody" Jarrett from "White Heat". Then he proceeds his crime spree assuming the identity of villains in movies and killing those who had treated him bad.
"Fade to Black" is a slasher delightful for cinephiles since there are several references to classics. The lead character is a lonely young man that quotes several lines of famous films and snaps after a sequence of abuses. He starts to live the scenes of movies, from a gangster and Dracula to the mummy, killing people that mistreated him. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Escuridão da Morte" ("Darkness of the Death")
The Monster Club (1981)
Who Are the Greatest Monsters?
While walking on the streets of London, the horror stories writer R. Chetwynd-Hayes (John Carradine) stumbles upon Eramus (Vincent Price), a man that claims to be starving. Hayes offers a meal, but Eramus bites him on the neck instead. Soon Hayes learns that Eramus is a vampire but he will not be turned into one. Eramus invites him to go to the Monster Club to hear some horror stories. Eramus tells two stories and they have the chance to see the preview of a vampire movie. In the end, Hayes is invited to join the club.
"The Monster Club" is a funny horror movie divided into a lead segment with Vincent Price and John Carradine and many musical songs, and three good short segments ("The Shadmock", "The Vampires" and "The Ghouls"). "The Shadmock" is a sad horror story; "The Vampires" is a funny story of vampire and vampire hunters; and "The Ghouls" is really indeed a horror story. The conclusion with Eramus showing the greatest monster of all. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "O Clube dos Monstros" ("The Monster Club")
The Experimental Treatment
In New York, in a mental institution, George Tatum (Baird Stafford) is a psychotic, schizophrenic and amnestic patient that had murdered a family in Brooklyn. He has dreadful nightmares and has been under an experimental treatment for many years by his psychiatrist. One day, he is considered under control and he is released. He goes to a peep show and immediately he loses control again despite the use of his medication. He drives a car to Florida in the beginning of a crime spree and heads to the house of Susan Temper (Sharon Smith), a nervous woman left by her husband with three kids. Among them, is the mischievous boy C. J. Temper that likes to play pranks in his family, babysitter and friends.
"Nightmare" is a slasher by Romano Scavolini, with the story of an insane man that is released from the asylum where he was interned and goes in a crime spree. The plot does not have anything special and the evil boy C. J. Temper is irritating. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "Pesadelo" ("Nightmare")
Les liens de sang (1978)
Another Magnificent Thriller by Claude Chabrol
In Montreal, the fifteen year-old Patricia Lowery (Aude Landry) and her seventeen year-old Muriel Stark (Lisa Langlois) are running in a rainy night seeking for shelter and out of the blue Muriel screams in an alley. Patricia runs to a precinct covered with blood and the police officers take care of her. Detective Steve Carella (Donald Sutherland), who is investigating the murder case of Muriel, comes to the police station and interviews Patricia. She tells that her cousin and she had gone to a party, and a man attacked them in the alley forcing Muriel to have oral sex with her before killing her. The police force seeks out sex offenders with the description provided by Patricia, but she fails in the lineup. When Det. Carella finds Muriel's journal, he learns that the teenager logged every movement she takes in her diary and he raises suspicion in Patricia's statement.
"Les liens de sang', a.k.a. "Blood Relatives", is another magnificent thriller by Claude Chabrol, the master of the suspense. The screenplay is excellent and discloses the adolescence of the orphan Muriel Stark that was raised in the family of her uncle and had a crush on her cousin. Along the story, there are at least two suspects. The conclusion is slightly open, when Patricia tells that "a brother should love more his sister than his cousin". My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Laços de Sangue" ("Blood Ties")
Ghost Town (1988)
Bringing the Law to a Ghost Town
While driving in a lonely road in the desert of Arizona, Kate (Catherine Hickland) is hit by a sand storm and disappears. Sheriff Langley (Franc Luz) finds her wrecked car and out of the blue, a man shoots him and his car explodes. He wanders in the desert looking for Kate and stumbles upon a ghost town. Soon Langley has visions of ghosts and apparitions in the town. He also learns the fate of the town that was cursed by the cruel outlaw Devlin (Jimmie F. Skaggs) and his men, and the residents will only rest in peace when a man of law defeats and kills Devlin and his gang.
"Ghost Town" (1988) is a nice combination of western and horror films. The screenplay is well written and the cast has good performances. Catherine Hickland and Laura Schaefer are very beautiful, making the movie more attractive. Unfortunately, "Ghost Town" was only released on VHS in Brazil. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "A Cidade Fantasma" ("The Ghost Town")
Law & Order: By Hooker, by Crook (1990)
When a man is found dead in the Central Park, Detectives Greevy and Logan investigate the mysterious case, since the coroner fount that the victim had a heart attack first and was beaten in the forehead later. Their further investigation discloses that a prostitute and her driver were responsible for his death. Stone and Robinette learn that there is a ring of prostitution for whom they both work disguised of catering services. Stone proposes a deal to them to catch, arrest and prosecute the owner, the wealthy Laura Winthrop.
"By Hooker, by Crook" is a good, but moralist episode of "Law & Order". The prosecution of Laura Winthrop is sometimes corny. Patricia Clarkson, as usual, has magnificent performance. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Prostituição e Morte" ("Prostitution and Death")
Night Warning (1981)
One of the Best Slashers ever Made
In Flagstaff, the parents of the two-year old Billy Lynch leave the boy with his Aunt Cheryl Roberts (Susan Tyrrell) to visit his grandparents. Out of the blue, the car loses its break on the road and they die. Fourteen years later, Billy (Jimmy McNichol) tells her aunt that his coach told him that a scout from the Denver University will see his next game and probably will offer him a scholarship in the university. His dominating aunt plots an evil plan to keep him at home with her, and kills the television technician Phil Brody (Caskey Swaim), claiming that he tried to rape her. However, Phil is gay and the bigoted Detective Joe Carlson (Bo Svenson) believes that Billy is also gay and his aunt is protecting him, but he cannot prove his beliefs. On the day of the game, Cheryl drugs Billy and he faints, losing his chance to show his skills. When Billy falls in love with Julia Duffy (Julie Linden), Cheryl tries to take her out of their lives. Soon Cheryl escalates her madness and obsession and begins a crime spree to keep Billy with her.
"Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker", a.k.a. "Night Warning", is one of the best slashers ever made. The tense story of obsession, madness and domination is excellent, with magnificent performance of Susan Tyrrell. Her evil character remembers Annie Wilkes, performed by Kathy Bates years later in "Misery" (1990). All the story has good explanation, including the motive of Cheryl's obsession about Billy. Another despicable character is the bigoted Detective Joe Carlson, with a top-notch performance of Bo Svenson. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Alerta Noturno" ("Night Warning")
Al filo del hacha (1988)
Who Might Be the Killer?
In Paddock town, the exterminator Richard Simmons (Page Mosely) and the computer and electronics technician Gerald Martin (Barton Faulks) are best friends. Richard is married with the older Laura Simmons (Patty Shepard) in a loveless marriage, since Richard was only interested in her money. When Gerald meets Lillian Nebbs (Christina Marie Lane), he immediately have a crush on her. Meanwhile, women are found dead with wounds caused by an axe, and the incompetent local sheriff takes a long time to believe there is a serial-killer in the calm Paddock. The resident question who might be the killer?
"Al filo del hacha", a.k.a. "Edge of the Axe", is a good Spanish slasher with a reasonable story and surprising conclusion. The unknown cast has also good performances. This is the first time that I watch this film, recently released in Brazil with audio in English, and the identity of the killer really surprised me. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "A Beira do Machado" ("The Edge of the Axe")
Stylized and Depressing Vampire Movie
When Count Dracula is murdered with a stake in his heart, her daughter Nadja (Elina Löwensohn) and the family slave Renfield (Karl Geary) travel to the morgue to claim his body, and Nadja brings his ashes to New York. Then she stumbles in a bar with Lucy (Galaxy Craze) and they befriend each other, since both are feeling emptiness in their lives, and they have a love affair. Soon her husband Jim (Martin Donovan), who has travelled with his uncle Abraham Van Helsing (Peter Helsing) to kill Dracula, returns home with Van Helsing and they note that Lucy is acting like a zombie, under the influence of Nadja. Then Nadja goes to the house of her brother Edgar (Jared Harris) that is weak and under the treatment of the nurse Cassandra (Suzy Amis). She notes that Cassandra is in love with Edgar and convinces her to move her brother to her apartment to save him. Meanwhile Jim and Van Helsing use Lucy to find Nadja.
"Nadja" is a stylized and depressing vampire movie, with the philosophical discussion of the meaning of life. The cinematography in black-and-white, blurred by the influence of Nadja, is top-notch. The cameo of David Lynch gives the status of cult to the movie. "Nadja" is timeless and has not lost its charm since the 90's. Unfortunately it is only available on VHS in Brazil. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Nadja"
The Pilot Episode
When a stabbed man is found almost dead in his Mercedes Benz by two police officers and two black guys robbing him, Detectives Greevy and Logan investigate the case. Sergeant Greevy identifies the man as the city councilor Halsey. Soon the detectives arrest the two black teenagers, but they deny stabbing Halsey. Greevy knows Halsey's reputation that he is a corrupt politician and proceeds the investigation with Logan. Soon they find a truck driver that witnessed his death and they find that the mafia hitman Tony Scalisi is involved in the murder of Halsey. Now EADA Ben Stone and ADA Paul Robinette join the investigation and offer a deal to Scalisi to catch the powerful politicians behind the contracts of parking in New York used to steal money from the city. Stone also asks assistance from the FBI that is immediately accepted by AUSA John McCormack.
"Everybody's Favorite Bagman" is a good episode of "Law & Order", with a good story of corruption of politicians. Indeed, it would be the pilot episode and it should be the first appearance of Robinette. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Escãndalo Público" ("Public Scandal")
Despite the Hype, a Deceptive Series So Far
"The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" is, so far, a deceptive TV series, despite the hype. The three first episodes are slow paced, boring and dull in many moments and with non-charismatic characters and unknown cast. The budget seems to be spent in the computer landscapes and special effects. The music score is also good.
Galadriel's segment is the best, but the female elf is arrogant, stubborn and weak. The snoopy Nori is annoying all the time. The other segments are only reasonable. Do not see this series with great expectations because you will be disappointed. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "O Senhor dos Anéis: Os Anéis de Poder" ("The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power")
Note:It is funny, but IMDb that belongs to Amazon, does not publish bad reviews of this series. I am trying for more than a week to publish the above review.
The Mutilator (1984)
Amateurish and Low-Budget Slasher with Good Special Effects
On the day of his father's birthday, the boy Ed decides to clean his father's hunting rifle and accidentally shoots and kills his mother that was baking a cake in the kitchen. His father Ed Sr. (Jack Chatham) is mentally affected by the incident. Years later, Ed (Matt Mitler) is in a bar with college friends and they do not know what to do in the holidays, since they have not reserved any place to go. Out of the blue, Ed receives a phone call from his estranged father that asks him to close his fishing house in an island since it is off season. His friends invite themselves to go with him and spend a couple of days on the beach. Ed drives to the island with his girlfriend Pam (Ruth Martinez) and the couples Ralph (Bill Hitchcock) and Sue (Connie Rogers), and Mike (Morey Lampley) and Linda (Frances Raines). They find the house open and an ax missing, but do not report to the police. Further, there is noone in the island but them. Soon a killer starts to kill them one by one and hang them in a locker in the house garage. Who might be the serial-killer?
"The Mutilator" is an amateurish and low-budget slasher with good special effects. The unknown cast is histrionic, but the girls are very beautiful. The storyline is very simple and gives only the reason for a haywire man to kill guests in his house. The deaths are original, like in most movies of the slasher genre. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "O Mutilador" ("The Mutilator")
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Corruption, Blackmail and Violence in LA
In the 50's, in Los Angeles, the LAPD is corrupt and violent, When the rookie Sgt. Ed Exley (Guy Pearce) is assigned to be responsible for the precinct in the Christmas Night, he denounces many fellow officers for the beating on six Mexican guys in the precinct and is promoted to lieutenant. The violent Detective Bud White (Russell Crowe), disturbed by the death of his partner Richard 'Dick' Stensland (Graham Beckel), investigates the Night Owl massacre, where Stensland was murdered. The celebrity Jack Vincennes (Kevin Spacey) also investigates and discovers secrets about the murder. In the middle of several corruption and blackmail, Exley and White look for the truth that may take down the LAPD and their Captain Dudley Smith (James Cromwell).
"L. A. Confidential" is one of best films of the 90's, with one of the best screenplays ever written. The cinematography and the performances are also top-notch. It is hard to write summary of this film, since there are many storylines and details within. The wonderful cast is amazing, highlighting the beauty of Kim Basinger, in the role of a sophisticated prostitute. "L. A. Confidential" is a film to be seen and enjoyed. My vote is ten.
Title (Brazil): "Los Angeles: Cidade Proibida" ("Los Angeles: Forbidden City")
Merry Christmas from the Fantasy Island
Elena Roarke learns that bringing her beloved James from Allison's fantasy has disturbed the island and questions herself whether her action was correct. Meanwhile Allison Holmes loses her Mr. Right but discovers that Richard is not Mr. Wrong, and has her unforgettable Christmas night. Mia finds her husband Nathen and he learns that she wants to divorce him to stay with his former partner Tony, who fixed his design. But soon Nathen learns secrets about Tony.
"Welcome to the Snow Globe Part Two" is another good episode of Fantasy Island where most of the characters have a nice solution for their wishes. Elena has to decide between for her love for James and for the good of the clients of the Fantasy Island, including Javier. Allison finds her Mr. Right and decides a new route in her life in two. Mia rediscovers her true love. And everybody in the end celebrate the Christmas Night in the island. A very sweet episode and the lovely smile of Lindsey Kraft is outstanding. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): 'Welcome to the Snow Globe Part Two"
When the father of Christie Parson (Mary McDonough), Dr. Allan Parson, is found drowned in the swimming pool of his house, she does not believe in accident and has nightmares since then. Her boyfriend Greg Stevens (David Wallace) goes with his friend Josh (Denis Mandel) in his van to the local mortuary to steal two tires since the owner, Hank Andrews (Christopher George), has not paid 150 dollars he owned to Josh. Greg sees Christie's mother, Eve Parson (Lynda Day George), with Hank and other women participating in a séance. Meanwhile, Josh is murdered by a hooded killer in the mortuary that locks Greg inside and flees with his van. Later the sheriff retrieves the van left near the bus station and the sheriff believe Josh has left town. Christie is harassed by a hooded person and her mother suspects of Paul Andrews (Bill Paxton) that was treated by Dr. Parson and was obsessed by Christie. Who might be the hooded killer?
"Mortuary" is a slasher with a great story and screenplay that explains the motive of every actions along the story. The open end is disappointing, maybe with the intention of a sequel. Bill Paxton is very funny in this earlier work. There is the reflex of a man on the right side of the screen in the mirror in the mortuary when Josh and Greg are walking around. Unfortunately, in Brazil, this film is only available on VHS. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Mortuary"
Maniac Cop (1988)
The Police Officer Killer
In New York, a tall and strong man dressed like a NYPD officer is killing innocent people in the night. Detective Frank McCrae (Tom Atkins) is assigned to investigate the case and suspects that either a police officer or a whistleblower is providing inside information to the killer. McCrae discloses the information to a journalist, and the killer is called the maniac cop by the press. When the police officer Jack Forrest (Bruce Campbell) is accused of killing his wife Ellen Forrest (Victoria Catlin) in a cheap motel room, he is arrested. But he holds the name of his lover that could give an alibi to him, the cop Theresa Mallory (Laurene Landon), to protect her. McCrae is convinced that Forrest is innocent and was framed, and asks Forrest and Theresa who knew their love affair. Theresa tells that she disclosed her secret to the crippled Sally Noland (Sheree North), who works in bureaucratic department. McCrae follows this lead and reaches the name of a cop that died in Sing Sing, Matt Cordell (Robert Z'Dar). Now he intend to investigate what happened to Cordell in the prison.
"Maniac Cop (1988)" is a great slasher from the 80's, with good storyline and screenplay. The greatest flaw is the lack of explanation why the maniac cop does not dies with shot in his head. The conclusion is an open end for a sequel. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Maniac Cop: O Exterminador" ("Maniac Cop: The Exterminator")
The Initiation of Sarah (1978)
The Rival Sorority Houses
When the popular Patty Goodwin (Morgan Brittany) and her beloved, but outcast stepsister Sarah Goodwin (Kay Lenz) join the university, they drive to the dormitory of the campus first to pledge sororities later. They apply to the famous Alpha Nu Sigm, where their mother stayed in her academic life, but only Patty is accepted. Sarah needs to go to the unpopular Phi Epsilon Delta house that accepted her, and the two sisters are split. Sarah immediately befriends the shy musician Alberta "Mouse" (Tisa Farrow) and has an interview with the notorious "mother" Mrs. Erica Hunter (Shelley Winters). Then, she gets close to the young assistant professor Paul Yates (Tony Bill) that tells that Mrs. Hunter has an obscure past and used to dedicate to the occultism. Further, the rivalry between the two sorority houses is not recent and he advises her to leave the Phi Epsilon Delta. Meanwhile, the cruel leader of Alpha Nu Sigm Jennifer Lawrence (Morgan Fairchild) tries to separate Patty and Sarah, provoking a reaction from Sarah. Soon Mrs. Hunter learns that Sarah has powerful telekinetic and psychic abilities when she is angry, and decides to use her power to destroy Alpha Nu Sigm sorority.
"The Initiation of Sarah" is a 1978 supernatural film for television and the storyline is a rip-off "Carrie" (1976). Sarah and Carrie are outcast and have telekinetic and psychic abilities. Both are based on American traditions of proms and initiation to sorority houses, where many teen slashers and comedies from the 70's, 80's and 90's happen. "The Initiation of Sarah" follows the usual clichés of the genre, but is reasonable and worthwhile watching. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "A Iniciação de Sarah" ("The Initiation of Sarah")
Law & Order: Happily Ever After (1990)
Backstage of Justice
When a couple is returning from a party in their Buick, the husband is killed and the wife is wounded by two shots in the parking garage. Detectives Greevey and Logan that are investigating the case find a drunken eyewitness that accuses the addicted Willie Tivnan to leave the place after the shooting. The detectives arrest him after finding his crack pipe in the stair trunk. The wife Janet Ralston recovers and tells to Greevey and Logan that the killer is a black man, and identifies Willie. However Greevey suspects that the Willie has not killed Alan Ralston since he is a thief that usually uses a knife to robber and has never used a gun or killed anybody. He convinces Logan and Captain Cragen to investigate Janet and the family financial advisor Gil Himes and soon the detectives learn the truth about what happened in the garage. Now Ben Stone has to prove that Janet is the killer of her husband and offers a deal to Gil and Janet to resolve the case. Who will accept?
"Happily Ever After" is a great episode of "Law & Order", with two great segments. The police investigation is top-notch, with an excellent investigation of Detectives Greevey and Logan, mostly the feeling and experience of Greevey. The justice segment is also excellent, with a great job of Stone and Robinette. The way that they offer a deal to Janet Ralston and Gil Himes expecting that one point fingers to the other shows the backstage of the justice. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Um Acordo Demorado" ("A Slow Deal")
Looking for Audra
The famous actress Samantha Sherwood (Samantha Eggar) goes with her lover, the director Jonathan Stryker (John Vernon), to a mental institution to be interned. However, she is not mad but is indeed researching to perform the haywire character Audra in Stryker's next movie. After a period, she learns in the Variety magazine that Stryker is casting new actresses for Audra and she escapes from the asylum. Stryker has selected six young actresses to spend the weekend with him in his isolated house to choose one of them to perform Audra. Out of the blue, Samantha arrives and Stryker humiliates her. But soon, a masked killer murders one by one of the actresses. Who might be the killer?
"Curtains" is a slasher with a messy screenplay and reasonable story. The unknown masked killer is not too strong enough and the plot there are many situations where the identity could be disclosed by the victims. But anyway, the name of the gorgeous Samantha Eggar makes it is worthwhile watching. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "O Último Pesadelo" ("The Last Nightmare")
Sick Don Juan
When the young woman Paige Bartlett is found deadly injured on the bed of her apartment, Detectives Greevy and Logan investigate the case. Soon they learn that she was raped and murdered with a crushed larynx. Their further investigation shows that she had intercourses with two men that night. The first was the comic books designer Steve and then she met her former boyfriend Ned Loomis, who is a broken investor. Loomis has the alibi of his fiancée, the wealthy Rebecca. But when Stone and Robinette find that a woman named Elise Brody has filed charges against Loomis and they see a chance to convict Loomis.
"Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die" is another good episode of "Law & Order". The plot is well developed, with the defense lawyer trying to sell the image of the victim as a promiscuous woman that had sex with two men in the same night. The reaction of her parents is heartbreaking and it is very difficult to Stone to convict the cynical killer. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Amando e Matando" ("Loving and Dying")