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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.
The Rookie: The Hawke (2018)
The Academy Mentor
Nolan goes to a bar at night to drink with his Academy trainer and friend Jeremy Hawke, who tells that is divorcing his wife. Nolan invites him to sleep at his place, but Hawke tells that he had booked a hotel for a week. On the next morning, Talia and Nolan are assigned to attend a domestic violence case and they lean Hawke had assaulted the boyfriend of his ex-wife and soon he flees from the police with his son Logan in his truck. Meanwhile, West and Lopez are investigating a case in the hospital and they suspect the story told by the victim and his father is not the truth.
"The Hawke" is another good episode of "The Rookie'. In the end, Talia and Chen shows their importance in a male universe. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Hawke"
Six Days Seven Nights (1998)
Lost in Paradise
In New York, the assistant magazine editor Robin Monroe (Anne Heche) has dinner with her boyfriend Frank Martin (David Schwimmer) that invites her to spend six days and seven nights in the paradisiacal island Makatea. When they arrive in Tahiti, they take the charter owned by the rough middle-aged pilot Quinn Harris (Harrison Ford) and assisted by his friend, the hot Angelica (Jacqueline Obradors). On the arrival in Makatea, Frank proposes Robin and gives a ring to her. However, her editor Marjorie (Allison Janney) asks Robin to fly to Tahiti to cover a story and she hires Quinn, who has the only available plane, to travel during the night. Out of the blue, the weather changes and they crash on an uninhabited island. Now they have to support each other to survive and wait for the improbable rescue.
"Six Days Seven Nights" is a funny and romantic adventure from the 90's with Harrison Ford performing the free-spirited pilot Quinny and the gorgeous and expressive Anne Heche performing the independent New York woman Robin in the lead roles. The locations are amazingly beautiful and Quinny and Robin seem to be lost in paradise. The delightful romance is highly recommended for fans of the genre. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Seis Dias, Sete Noites" ("Six Days Seven Nights")
Three Dark and Weird Tales
"Il racconto dei racconti", a.k.a. "Tale of Tales" is composed by three dark and weird entwined tales:
First: In a Kingdom, the Queen (Salma Hayek) is sad in her marriage with the King (John C. Reilly) since she cannot get pregnant. One day, a strange man offers an alternative that would depend on bravery and sacrifice: the King should kill a sea monster and take his heart out; a virgin should prepare the heart alone; and the Queen should eat it. Then she would be pregnant. Will it work?
Second: In another Kingdom, the libertine King (Vincent Cassel) overhears a voice of a woman singing in the village and he falls in love with the voice. However, the woman is Dora (Hayley Camichael), who lives alone with her sister Imma (Shiley Henderson), and both are old and ugly women. What can Dora do to avoid the King's harassment?
Third: In another Kingdom, the King (Toby Jones) raises a giant flea and his daughter Violet (Bebe Cave) that is reaching the age of getting married. When his flea dies, he shows its skin and promises the hand of Violet to the one that guess what the skin is. When an Ogre (Guillaume Delaunay) correctly responds the question, Violet shall move to the mountains with him. What will happen with the couple?
The film is extremely dark and original without use of cliches, and the best tale if certainly Vicent Cassel's one. The others are intriguing, but pointless. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "O Conto dos Contos" ("The Tale of The Tales")
The Rookie: The Roundup (2018)
It is an unofficial day of competition among the training officers to score more felonies. Talia refuses to participate, but Chen notes that her tough TO, Tim Bradford, is obsessed to win and using the 911 attending Nell Forrester to get the best cases. Meanwhile, Nolan is feeling jealous of Chen.
"The Roundup" is the fifth episode of "The Rookie" with good action. In the conclusion, Chen understands the behavior of Tim. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "A Caça" ("The Hunting")
The Rookie: The Switch (2018)
Switching Training Officers
Sgt. Wade Grey switches the training officers of the rookies, and Nolan stays with Angela; Chen with Talia and West with Tim. Sgt. Grey asks the rookies to find a secret of their respective TO to improve their investigative skills. Angela asks Nolan to speak less and pay more attention to their Code Book and they hunt an escapee from the justice. They learn the importance of their kindness with the criminal. Talia advises Chen to break up with Nolan; otherwise she will be marked in the Police Department. Tim Bradford finds that West freezes in shootout and tries to fix the rookie.
"The Switch" is a different and nice episode of "The Rookie", with the switching of the TOs promoted by Sgt. Grey. Chen and Nolan come up to a conclusion that they might regret, while West seems to have recovered his self-confidence. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "A Troca" ("The Switch")
Kingdom: Episode #2.6 (2020)
Kind of Disappointing
Prince Chang and his followers flee to the frozen lake to attract the zombies and save his people. Meanwhile Seo Bi rescues Moo Young's son from the horde of zombies and saves him. Later Prince Chang is advised that the baby that the court believes is the Queen's son shall die to avoid problems in the future since two princes cannot exist. Prince Chang takes a surprising attitude.
The sixth and last episode of the Second Season of "Kingdom" is kind of disappointing. The authors with the clear intention to proceed an exhausted theme, insert a cliffhanger in the end of the episode to have a sequence. Better of would be a spin-off series. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Kingdom - Episódio 2.6" ("Kingdom - Episode 2.6")
Kingdom: Episode #2.5 (2020)
No One Can Have the Throne
Prince Chang and his followers lure the royal guards and lock them out Hanyang to save the families of his loyal men. Then they break in the palace, but Queen Cho does not accept to be dethroned. Instead, her chambermaid releases the zombie's prisoners, spreading the disease inside the palace to kill everybody.
The fifth episode of the Second Season of "Kingdom" shows how evil and cruel the ambitious Queen Cho is. She prefers to sacrifice her loyal servants and her people since she cannot have the throne. She has the fate she deserves. My vote is nine.
Title (Brazil): "Kingdom - Episódio 2.5" ("Kingdom - Episode 2.5")
People Are Good or Bad?
A gang dressed like zombies steal money from a cash machine and Nolan and Talia hunt one criminal in the subway. They capture the thief, but a musician in the train steals the bag of money. They discuss whether people are good or bad. Tim meets his drugged wife Isabel in the hospital after an OD and he has a strange behavior, affecting the safety of Lucy.
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" is another good episode of "The Rookie". This episode introduces drama in the genre with the relationship of the righteous police officer Tim Bradford and his junkie wife Isabel. Talia is one of the best characters in this series, worried in preparing Nolan to be a good cop. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "O Bom, O Mau e o Pior" ("The Good, the Bad and the Worse")
The Rookie: Crash Course (2018)
Nolan and Talia pursue a red Jeep hitting in other cars, and when they succeed to stop the car, they learn that the driver is a bride left by her groom. She tries to commit suicide but Nolan uses his life experience to save her. When Nolan hits a drugged woman, they find that she was kidnapped and Talia trains Nolan to control his temper and moral values since he is a police officer. Meanwhile, the lazy Scott Wrigleyis assigned to replace Tim as Lucy's TO forcing her to take an attitude. West has to prove Angela Lopez that he will not let her down.
"Crash Course" is another great episode of "The Rookie". In this show, each rookie has to deal with their deficiencies and to prove to their TOs that they are worthy. The romance between Chen and Nolan is under the surveillance of Talia. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Curso Intensivo" ("Crash Course")
The Rookie: Pilot (2018)
In Foxburg, Pennsylvania, the constructor John Nolan has just divorced his wife and former sweetheart. He goes to the bank and meets the manager Stacy to open his safe deposit box. Out of the blue, there is a heist and John protects Stacy that presses the alarm and summons the police.
Nine months later, the forties Nolan leaves the academy and joins LAPD as a rookie with his colleagues Lucy Chen and Jackson West. Sergeant Wade Grey immediately does not like Nolan, believing that he is living a mid-life crisis. Talia Bishop, Tim Bradford and Angela Lopez are assigned as training officers of Nolan, Chen and West respectively that need to prove their value in the police department. But the life of a rookie is not easy in the LAPD...
"Pilot" is the first episode of "The Rookie" and indicates a promising series that entwines crime and drama. Nathan Fillion, from "Firefly", uses his life experience to improve his training with Afton Williamson, but he does not have experience in police business. The gorgeous Melissa O'Neil finds a tough TO performed by Eric Winter that seems that will make her life not easy in the police department. And Titus Makin Jr. Has the burden of being the son of the powerful officer. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): Pilot"
The Hunger: I'm Dangerous Tonight (1997)
The Red Dress
In Paris, a demon drops a red fabric in the studio of the fashion designer Madame Moldonado (Dorothée Berryman). When she sees the cloth, she immediately turns the material into a wonderful dress. Her assistant Mimi (Marie-Josée Croze) is in love with her boyfriend Tony (Esai Morales), who is wanted and hunted by the police for killing a police officer, and she likes to "borrow" the expensive dresses from the studio to please Tony before having sex. When she takes the red dress, she alters her senses, and she is cursed and makes all the wrong moves.
"I'm Dangerous Tonight" is another good episode of "The Hunger". However, it is too short for the story and deserved a longer running time for better development of the plot. The beauty of Marie-Josée Croze is a plus in this episode. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "O Vestido Vermelho" ("The Red Dress")
Kingdom: Episode #2.4 (2020)
Seo Bi meets Prince Chang and then she asks Cho Beom Pal to introduce her to Cho Hak Joo to offer her services as a doctor to the Queen Cho. Cho Hak Joo visits his daughter and learns the truth behind the newborn Prince. He threatens to expose her scam to the court but has a fatal surprise.
The fourth episode of the Second Season of "Kingdom" shows evil Queen Cho is and how she has plotted her future. The fate of Seo Bi is dark unless something happens. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Kingdom - Episódio 2.4" ("Kingdom - Episode 2.4")
Kingdom: Episode #2.3 (2020)
Learning the Truth
Moo Young betrays Prince Chang and lures Seo Bi and takes Cho Hak Joo with Cho Beom Pal out from Hanyang expecting to get the protection of his pregnant wife from the Haewon Cho clan. While traveling, Seo Bi makes a discovery about the pregnancy of Queen Cho. Authorities suspect of the involvement of the Queen and her staff in the recent murders and try to find evidence. Prince Chang hunts his friend Moo Young without understand why he was betrayed by his loyal friend.
The third episode of the Second Season of "Kingdom" is engaging. Seo Bi has certainly understood the behavior of Queen Cho. Looking forward to seeing the next episode. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Kingdom - Episódio 2.3" ("Kingdom - Episode 2.3")
The Hunger: Red Light (1997)
The top-model Natasha (Liliana Komorowska) has a breakdown and decides to quit her successful career. She seeks out her former lover in New York, the photographer Rick McCabe (Tomas Arana) and their love is immediately rekindled. Natasha recalls an Indian woman that they met while traveling together and did not want to take photos since she believed that pictures would steal parts of her soul. Natasha makes Rick promise that he would not take any photo of her; otherwise, she would vanish. He promises but soon he takes photos of Natasha to prove that she is wrong.
"Red Light" is one of the best episodes of "The Hunger" so far. The beauty of Liliana Komorowska and her chemistry with Tomas Arana is amazing and give credibility of their love. The surprising conclusion is weird but fits to the story. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "Luz Vermelha" ("Red Light")
In Chicago, the English Professor Frank Ingram (Michael Gross) is happily married with his wife (and former student) that is pregnant. When the student Samantha 'Sam' Perry (Karen Elkin) has a crush on him, he rejects but is harassed by Sam that inclusive calls him during the night. He feels that his family is threatened and call the police that cannot do anything. But when Sam dies, he continues to receive phone calls from her.
"But at My Back I Always Hear" is a good episode of "The Hunger". Despite the noisy and annoying introduction of the series, this episode holds the attention of the viewer and is worthwhile watching. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "Ouvindo pelas Costas" ("Hearing from the Back")
In 1962, in Key West, the local movie theater has scheduled the preview of the low budget "Mant" about a man transformed in ant after a nuclear accident. The B-Horror Movie producer Lawrence Woolsey (John Goodman) and the lead actress Ruth Corday (Cathy Moriarty) come themselves to the town to promote the film. Meanwhile, there is the Cuban Missile Crisis affecting the lives of the locals. Woolsey brings state-of-art equipment for special effects that cause havoc among the residents that believe Cuba might be attacking Key West.
"Matinee" is a delightful 1993 film directed by Joe Dante. The plot is a tribute to the horror and sci-fi B-movies from the 50's, with a movie-within-the movie and entwining TV broadcast from 1962 with the story. The sub-plots with the youngsters are also wonderful. There is a short scene after the credits with Cathy Moriarty. The bad boy and poet James Villemaire (Harvey Starkweather) steals the movie. Curiosity: The boy Dennis Loomis is Jesse Lee Soffer, Jay Halstead from Chicago P. D. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Matinee: Uma Sessão Muito Louca" ("Matinee: A Very Crazy Session")
The Hunger: No Radio (1997)
Another Terrible Episode
"No Radio" is another terrible of "The Hunger". This episode is another waste of time, with a poor storyline. Does not worthwhile speding time writing about the poor plot. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "A Traição" ("The Betrayal")
The Hunger: Anaïs (1997)
Erotic but Boring Episode
"Anaïs" is the worst episode so far of first season of "The Hunger". The story of an architect, faithful to his wife that falls in love with a mysterious woman he finds in a square in Montreal, is senseless. Erotic, but the story does not make any sense. My vote is four.
Title (Brazil): "Anaïs"
Kingdom: Episode #2.2 (2020)
Flawed but Still Great
Prince Chang decides to invade Hanyang with Lord Ahn Hyun and a few men but they find a well organized trap from Cho Hak Joo. Meanwhile local authorities suspect of Queen Cho and one of them decide to investigate in secret what happened to the babies.
The second episode of the second Season of "Kingdom" is flawed, with the decision of Prince Chang to break in the palace with a few warriors. However, the conclusion with the attack of Lord Ahn Hyun is excellent. The loss of thi character is maybe the worst part of the show. My vote is nine.
Title (Brazil): "Kingdom - Episódio 2.2" ("Kingdom - Episode 2.2")
Kingdom: Episode #2.1 (2020)
The Zombie Attack
Out of the blue, Prince Chang and Lord Ahn Hyun are attacked by a horde of zombies and they flee with their army and poor people to seek shelter in the fortress of Sangju. But how to feed so many people? Meanwhile Seo Bi and Cho Beom Pal head through the mountains to Hanyang to seek out protection of his uncle, Cho Hak Joo.
The first episode of the second Season of "Kingdom" is pure action. This episode does not disclose any new secret, but is great. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Kingdom - Episódio 2.1" ("Kingdom - Episode 2.1")
Kingdom: Episode #1.6 (2019)
Prince Chang and Lord Hyun bring the poor people to the fortress of Sangju and organize the defense to protect them from the horde of zombies that is coming. Meanwhile a dreadful secret of Queen Cho is disclosed. Seo Bi learns why the zombies fear the sun.
The sixth episode of "Kingdom" discloses secrets with poor action. This episode recalls more "Game of Thrones" than "The Walking Dead" and is also interesting. My vote is nine.
Title (Brazil): "Kingdom - Episódio 1.6" ("Kingdom - Episode 1.6")
Kingdom: Episode #1.5 (2019)
While heading to Sangju to look for Lord Hyun, Prince Chang and his group stop in a village where people is eating lots of meat. But soon Cho Beom-pal recognizes the clothes from the stranded boat and Prince Chang and Moo Young ask where the corpses are. However, the villagers believe they will be beheaded by the prince and take them to a bamboo grove where they try to kill the prince and his group. Out of the blue, they are attacked by zombies, but Lord Hyun and his warriors arrive and save the group. They head to his palace to rest but Seo Bi notes something strange and comments with Moo Young. Meanwhile Cho Hak Joo conducts bizarre experiments with the prisoners.
The fifth episode of "Kingdom" shows the intention of Cho Hak Joo to conquer the throne. This episode seems to be a sort of "The Walking Dead" blended with "Game of Thrones" and is interesting. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Kingdom - Episódio 1.5" ("Kingdom - Episode 1.5")
Kingdom: Episode #1.4 (2019)
The King Is Dead, Long Live the King!
Prince Chang sees the boat living Moo Young and the poor people behind and commands them to run to seek out protection in Jiyulheon. On the next morning, the soldiers from Cho Hak Joo arrive and put the group under siege, but Prince Chang, Moo Young and the survivors defend themselves. Prince Chang and Moo Young decide to seek out Lord Ahn Hyun to help him since the King was resurrected. Meanwhile Cho Hak Joo does not respect the Queen's order and bring the defense council to see the King saying that he is sick to press them.
The fourth episode of "Kingdom" shows the fate of the nobles in the boat that left Dongnae. The ambition of the cruel Cho Hak Joo does not have limit and now that he learns that his son is dead will make him more dangerous to Prince Chang and his followers. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Kingdom - Episódio 1.4" ("Kingdom - Episode 1.4")
Kingdom: Episode #1.3 (2019)
After the Sunset
In Dongnae, the dead awake after the sunset, attacking the locals and increasing the number of zombies. On the next morning, Prince Chang, Moo Young, the local authorities, and the nobles agree to flee in boats with the survivals since there will be not time to burn all the corpses. But there is only one boat, and the authorities and nobles sneak out and leave Prince Chang, Moo Young and the survivors behind.
The third episode of "Kingdom" is maybe the best one. The episode begins full of action, with the attack of the horde of zombies to the Dongnae. The despicable attitude of the nobles will probably have a high cost. My vote is nine.
Title (Brazil): "Kingdom - Episódio 1.3" ("Kingdom - Episode 1.3")
Forces of Nature (1999)
Nature and Something Wild
In New York, the faithful and boring writer of summary in book jacket Ben Holmes (Ben Affleck) is ready to fly to Savannah, Georgia, to get married with his beloved fiancée Bridget (Maura Tierney). However, the plane crashes in the takeoff and Ben is stranded in the airport. But soon he meets the free-spirited Sarah (Sandra Bullock) that finds a man called Vic (Jack Kehler) that offers a ride to them in his rented car provided they split the expenses. Along their troubled journey, the forces of nature seem to conspire against Ben and he knows better the unpredictable Sarah. Soon he questions whether he should marry Bridget or not.
"Forces of Nature" is a delightful romantic comedy from the late 90 with a great cast. The plot is funny and entertaining, with a young Ben Affleck, Sandra Bullock very thin and Maura Tierney gorgeous as usual among other great names in the cast. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "Forças do Destino" ("Forces of Destiny")