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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.
Amityville: The Awakening (2017)
Terrible Story and Poorly Written Screenplay
The seventeen year-old Belle Walker (Bella Thorne) moves to Long Island with her mother Joan (Jennifer Jason Leigh), her little sister Juliet (Mckenna Grace), her comatose twin brother James (Cameron Monaghan) and her aunt Candice (Jennifer Morrison). James suffered an accident and depends on the life support equipment to survive. His neurologist Dr. Milton (Kurtwood Smith) knows that the braindead James will not recover but Joan does not accept the truth and has high-hopes that her beloved son will recover. When Belle goes to school, she learns that her address is the notorious Amityville house where a father killed his family forty years ago. Belle discovers blood stains under the wallpaper of her room and soon mysterious things happen in the house. When James recovers after a flat line, Belle believes an evil thing has possessed he brother.
"Amityville: The Awakening" is another Amityville horror film with terrible story and poorly written screenplay. The characters are not well developed and the conclusion is deceptive. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "Amityville: O Despertar" ("Amityville: The Awakening")
Suspenseful Cat-and-Mouse Game
During a massive attack of the Germans, Sgt. Saunders is walking to meet his squad at a nearby French village. He gets a lift from the truck driver Mickey Shay, who is delivering fuel and supplies in the village. However, a truck tire blows after a curve on a muddy road and Saunders overhears a German tank approaching on the same road. He asks Shay to repair the tire while he creates a diversion to the tank. Using only his machine gun and grenades, Saunders distracts the crew inside the tank that has a damaged track and kills two German soldiers that are following the tank. Begins the duel between Saunders and the German tank.
"The Duel" is a suspenseful episode of "Combat!". Sagt Saunders steals the show in a cat-and-mouse game with a German tank. His movements to call the attention of the German crew are fantastic and there are subtitles for the first time when the Germans speak. The guest star Bobby Ryddel was an American singer and teenager idol in the 60's. My vote is nine.
Title (Brazil): "O Duelo" ("The Duel")
Vikings: The Reckoning (2017)
The Argument of Ragnar's Sons
There is a battle between Vikings and Saxons and Ivar's strategy works, forcing Aethelwulf and the survivors to retreat to Wessex. King Ecbert decides to stay behind and abdicate the throne and proclaiming his son Aethelwulf King of Wessex and Mercia. Bishop Edmund stays with Ecbert that says goodbye to his family. When the Vikings arrive, they find the place empty and King Ecbert lures them, offering lands to the Northmen at East Anglia. In return, he asks to choose the way he would die. Floki grieves the loss of Helga while Ragnar's sons have an argument with tragic consequences.
"The Reckoning" is an episode where Ivar shows that he is a great strategist plotting a great plan to defeat the Saxons in the battlefield. But he is also an unbalanced wicked and cruel man. Ecbert is no longer the King but he lures the Vikings signing a document granting lands to them as if he were the King. Floki has lost the last person that he loved after the loss of his daughter and Ragnar. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "The Reckoning"
Vikings: On the Eve (2017)
Egil and his warriors attack Kattegat, but Lagherta and her army defeat the invaders and captures Egil. She tortures him and he discloses that King Harald has paid his army. Aethelwulf joins a great army to defend Wessex and they head to intercept the Vikings. However Ivar plots a scheme to defeat the Saxons and Bjorn follows the plan. Who will win the battle?
"On the Eve" is a full of action episode of "Vikings" with two battles. In Kattegat, Lagherta now is aware of the true intentions of Harald. In Mercia, the Viking and the Saxon armies face each other and Aethelwulf orders his men to attack. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "On the Eve"
The Dark Tower (2017)
Watchable and Forgettable
In New York, the boy Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) has nightmares with a Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey) that tries to destroy a tower using the children minds and a Gunslinger (Idris Elba) that tries to stop him. Jake likes to draw his nightmares and his mother Laurie (Katheryn Winnick) and his stepfather Lon (Nicholas Pauling) believe that Jake has psychological problems due to the loss of his beloved father. Jake finds that there are monsters wearing a human mask in New York and when Laurie and Lon decide to send Jake to an institution for rehabilitation, he notes that the man and the woman that has come to drive him to the institution are wearing skin masks and he flees. Using his drawing, he locates the house of his nightmares, He discovers a portal to a place called Mid-World inside the house. He stumbles upon the Gunslinger Roland that explains that the universe is supported by the tower and the Man in Black wants to fall it down to unleash monsters from other dimension to the universe. Further, Jake has powerful psychic powers capable to destroy the tower. Now the last hope of Earth and the universe is Gunslinger that is protecting Jake.
"The Dark Tower" is a watchable but forgettable adventure with a story that gives the sensation that was made in a hurry and something is missing despite the cast and the good CGI. One of the greatest attraction is Katheryn "Lagherta" Winnick, but her participation is almost a cameo with a minor role. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "A Torre Negra" ("The Black Tower")
Combat!: Point of View (1964)
Fate or Misjudgement?
While visiting Pvt. Howie Parker that is badly wounded at a field hospital, Sgt. Saunders is accused of negligence and misjudgement of a situation by Sgt. O'Neill and Lt. Collins, costing the life of two soldiers. Lt. Hanley asks Kirby to summon Saunders back since Sgt. O 'Neill intends to send Saunders to court martial. When he hears the accusations in a preliminary hearing, he leaves the place. Lt. Hanley goes after Saunders and asks him to return. Kirby and Caje defend Saunders and both Sergeants expose their point of view. In the end, was it a matter of fate or misjudgement?
"Point of View" is one of the best episodes of "Combat!". The storyline recalls "Rashomon" (1950) with different point of views for the same event. Vic Morrow, as usual, has a fantastic performance in the role of Sgt. Saunders. The conclusion is magnificent with intelligent and well-written lines. My vote is nine.
Title (Brazil): "Ponto de Vista" ("Point of View")
The Little Pigs Will Grunt When They Hear How The Old Boar Suffered
Ubbe marries Margrethe but decides to share her with his brother Hvitserk. Harald and his brother Halfdan plot with the stranger Egil to find weak points in the defense of Kattegat to invade later. Lagherta sacrifices Earl Jorgesen for the gods to bring victory in the invasion of England. King Aelle commands his army against the Vikings when he realizes the size of the enemy army.
"Revenge" is an episode where Ragnar's death is revenged. Indeed, the little pigs will grunt when they hear how the old boar suffered and King Aelle learns the painful means to die being submitted to the blood eagle. My vote is nine.
Title (Brazil): "Revenge"
Vikings: The Great Army (2017)
The Power of Ragnar
Bjorn learns that his father is dead and sails back home, leaving Rollo that returns to Paris. Meanwhile Ubbe, Sigurd and Ivar gather a huge army to revenge Ragnar. However Ubber and Ivar decide to kill Lagherta before the departure, but Bjorn arrives and saves his mother. Judith tries to convince his father King Aelle to ally with King Ecbert warning that the Vikings are coming, but he refuses. Ivar asks Floki to invent something to help him in combat and Floki builds a chariot for him.
"The Great Army" is an episode that shows the power and importance of Ragnar to his countrymen. Ragnar's sons succeed to join the greatest army in Norway to avenge their father. It is difficult to the viewer to understand the route of this series with the loss of Ragnar since none character is charismatic enough as he was. Lagherta is in a troubled situation especially after her conversation with The Seer. The ambitious Harald and his brother Halfdan are the next menace to Kattegat. And with brothers like Ragnar's sons it is not necessary an outside enemy to destroy Kattegat. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "The Great Army"
Lagherta builds defenses to protect Kattegat while Raagnar's sons plot a scheme to kill her. In Wessex, Aethelwulf discusses with his father the consequences of Ragnar's death and releasing Ivar. Meanwhile Bjorn and his fleet reach Spain and together with Rollo, Floki, Harald and Halfdan, they raid a muslin town. Floki is intrigued with a mosque and orders the Vikings to spare the men that are praying inside the temple. They capture the women as slaves and Helga brings a teenager with her. In Kattegat, Ragnar's sons are informed by a creepy cloaked man about the death of their father.
"Crossing" is an episode where Bjorn reaches Spain going further than his father did. The presence of Rollo is surprisingly accepted since the Vikings need him to navigate close to the Frankish coast. Floki's fascination for the mosque is an intriguing moment of the show. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Crossings"
Full of Action Episode
Lt. Hanley, Kirby, Littlejohn, Szigeti and Doc are under siege of a German attack; however, a group of Greek soldiers commanded by Colonel Kapsalis in three jeeps with machine guns save them. Lt. Hanley thanks and explains that they have located a German fuel depot and now they must return to their lines with his map so that the artillery fire the place and Szigeti that is seriously wounded. In principle the Colonel agrees, but he does not head to the American lines. Szigeti dies and the Colonel orders Lt. Hanley and his squad to join his men to attack the German depot that is heavily protected. Lt. Hanley is forced to follow the order and soon he learns that the village of Colonel Kapsalis was slaughtered by the Germans and the officer seeks revenge. What will happen to them?
"Vendetta" is a full of action episode of "Combat!", with the participation of the guest star Telly Savalas in the role of a bold colonel that wants to revenge his family and friends murdered by the Germans in suicidal missions. The problem is exactly the excellent action scenes where the Germans look like imbeciles missing the moving targets despite the heavy guns they have while the Allied easily hits the targets with precise shots despite the jeeps moving fast. And nobody hits the searchlights during the night raid. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Vendetta"