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Southern Cross (1999)
Should be used only as a post card
This movie is really BAD, there is nothing appealing or worth of commentary in it except for the beautiful settings: Chilean landscape. I know I must supply four lines as a commentary for this movie, but the thing is that it is such a bad movie, that I can only say that is actually BAD. Michael Ironside is the only one who saves the money in the film.
Excellent and disturbing
This movie is excellent. All the performances are beyond any imagination. They are strong and believable to the maximum...and the message...I wish the movie would have taken more ideas and messages from the book "Ishmael", but at least it's a beginning. I hope many people go and watch this piece of art. By the way, Hopkins and Gooding Jr., as usual, are Maestros!
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996)
Beautiful mini-series with marvelous performances
The way the story is developed, keeps the audience wondering what is the tenant's dark past. We get some clues during the series, but enough to keep us interested in the mini-series. The characters are all believable and I personally felt immersed and surrounded by the story.
Dona Beija (1986)
Don't miss the scene in the cascade under the moon!!!
Interesting Brazilian soap opera that broke records in rankings all over the southern cone. About Dona Beija and her strong will to overcome a close minded rural society, no matter at what price and what would take to do so.
Julio Comienza en Julio (1979)
This is the best Chilean movie I have ever seen
This is the best Chilean movie I have ever seen. For all the resources the Director had, Caiozzi made an excellent job recreating the rural Chile at the turn of the century. The psychological treatment of the characters and how crude and unmanageable the reality can be for an adolescent when too much is expected from him. The performances are marvelous. And at the end, I was left with the feeling that things practically haven't changed at all in Chile.
This movie took me by storm
I saw this movie when I was 10 years old or so, I had a crush for a girl in my neighborhood and this movie took me by storm. I have not been able to find it in video format. But the story is so simple yet very touching for everybody I know has seen this movie.
The Butcher Boy (1997)
This is not a Hollywood movie
I felt that the movie was very carefully crafted, with a difficult theme but direct. The protagonist, the "butcher boy" was excellent in his performance and made it believable. You can tell this is not a Hollywood movie, because it is real and does not sweeten anything, the director was not worried about "good taste" but to tell a truthful story, and I loved it!
Prince of Darkness (1987)
This is what any horror movie should be like
This is what an horror movie should be like: smart, frightening and believable at the same time. This movie surrounds and engulfs with its plot, in a way that makes it, at one point, to have sense for the viewer; and that is its strongest point, it is convincing, it does not appeal to extra blood and gore. The movie goes directly to one's mind and is able to stay there.
Otac na sluzbenom putu (1985)
I was there, Kusturica took me to Yugoslavia and I breathe the movie.
I remember when I saw this movie back in 1986, the people I was with left the theater bored and puzzled because of my reaction to the movie. I can't explain quite well what was that fascinated me so much about the story. I think it was because you can breathe the reality of the story, I swear I was there with the little boy and the suffering of the family. I was there, understanding the complexity, but simplicity at the same time, of the people and history of that part of the world. It is a movie you have to watch to understand and let it take you where Kusturica wants to.
City of Angels (1998)
Don't even bother watching this movie
I watched Wings of Desire a long ago and it is the best movie I have ever seen, but when I saw this version, I felt that the wonderful Wings of Desire was tarnished. The performances are acceptable, but I could not stop comparing this movie to its original, and the question is...there is no possible comparision between both of them. Don't bother renting this movie, get the original and "breathe" good cinema.