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Get Out (2017)
Crazy strange movie
Where we don't know exactly why people do such strange things. The love-making between Rose, a white girl and Chris, a black man, turns out on a visit for a weekend stay at her parents home. On arriving there he is nicely received by them looking like they were not at all racists like the girl had already told to her boyfriend. The following day there was a party there with the presence of a lot of more or less aristocratic guests. However Chris begins to feel that something is wrong with those people and suddenly decides to go back home. Rose reluctantly seems to agree with him. However, after the guests went away the atmosphere changes a lot and what looked like a romantic movie changes into a doleful black one with all the family acting against Chris to do a brain transplant since Rose's father is a neurologic surgeon and uses to do some strange experiences on black men. The movie ends with Chris killing them all and escaping with the help of his friend Rod who was trying to find him and finally succeeded in getting there where he was. A strange story not utterly convincing.
Technically very good
And all the performers do an excellent job. The story is somewhat a bit
a bit out of joint. It takes place in a So A Spanish magisuth Americn Spanish colony in the 17th century. A Spanish magistratewnts to be. And well directed and acted by all the performers. The storyi s a bit out of joint. It takes place in the17th century in a Spanish South American colony. A Spanish magistrate wants to transfer to Buenos Aires but he needs for that that the local governor but this one is not too cooperative though not refusing it plainly but postponing and delaying under various prtexts. Around this there are several scenes portraying other characters' behaviour which show the relationship between the Spanish occupiers and the Indians and Negroes. It is amvie not at all bad but not exactly too good.
Everything splendid: the songs (mainly "Memory"). dancing and choreography, the performing, the actors and actresses impersonation and making up and even the story which is a simple one: a group of cats, the jellicles get together every year to chose one of them to go up to the heaviside layer from where they come back to a new jellicle life. This is a plot pretext to entertain us with the mgnificent movie views, images, scenes and sounds. An unlosable movie.
A friendship for all seasons
Who is Colonel Blimp and what has he got to do with this movie? Colonel Blimp is a British cartoon character who represents a traditional army officer with reactionary views and adoption of old military principles and values. Anyway I think it is a bit exaggerated to pass that figure on the protagonist Clive Candy. The movie starts at the beginning of 20th century (after a 40 years close-up at its very beginning) and runs until World War II outbreak with many dramatic events disclosing the deep friendship between the British officer Cliver Candy and a German army officer. This friendship starts curiously after a duel between them motivated by a violent behaviour of Candy while in a visit to Germany and prolongs itself through World War I until World War II with several episodes of their meetings in the middle. That friendship is consolidated in the end by the German officer's refusal of nazism and his consequent escape to England.
Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
A wonderful and moving story of a dog that behaves itself almost like a human being. It's adopted by the Professor Parker Wilson who has found it lost in the railway station where he used to commute and take the train everyday to go to work. A deep friendly relationship took place between man and dog and some interesting events follow, some funny and some tragic. The dog Hachi goes everyday to wait for Parker at the station when he comes home after work. Soon if becomes noticed and loved by all the people that live around there and it keeps going to the railway station to wait for its owner even after he died suddenly. It's a movie that expresses an image of love and loyalty of great value and enlightenment.
La mort en ce jardin (1956)
Not very good but well filmed
By the strong hand of Luis Buñuel and with the beautiful and excellent player Simone Signoret. Anyway I hope that no animals were killed during the filming (snakes included) which is strictly forbidden. The story is not an exceptionally deep one but is attractive and suggestive enough to follow. In a gold mine in South America there is the diggers' camp. It happened then that the State nationalized the mine an forbade the diggers to have its control. A revolt started then between the diggers and the government troops that were sent to the place to take the mine's control. Many people were shot but a small group managed to escape into the jungle were they started to walk away from the mine spot. While they were travelling conflicts were not absent among them and they suffered a lot of several troubles. A movie well performed and well directed enough and that is all.
Frozen II (2019)
Magic beautiful movie
This movie keeps you charmed during all the time you are watching it. The story about the Kingdom of Arendelle and the dangers and attacks it is facing is told by showing a group of characters very attractive in full action all the time.. Everything goes around the travelling through a magic forest by the characters including the charrming Anna and the puppet Olaf facing several obstacles. The music and the songs are also beautiful indeed. An animation movie that can profitably be seen by children and adults.
Rage, misery, poverty, hunger and richness
I hope that there was no killing of animals while filming because that is strictly forbidden. But we see two animals dead in a certain scene: a kite and a rabbit This movíe is not exactly about the fight between rich and poor, peasants and landowners but about the real life of the poor peasants in the Portuguese province of Alentejo which leads too personal dramatic actions and even crimes sometimes. At a certain moment we hear these sentences by a voice off: poor are born poor, poor die poor, rich are born rich, rich die rich The movie begins with two murders whose cause is only shown and explained during the movie development in a long flashback. The plains of Alentejo are superbly shown in beautiful images and all performers do an excellent realist job beginning with their very expressive facial features often in close-ups. Good film directing and acting.
La città delle donne (1980)
Is it so? Not in my opinion because women are shown as crazy, silly and foolish. The libertine womanizer Snaporaz (Marcello Mastroiani) runs after a woman who was travelling in front of him in a train when the train stops in the middle of a field and the woman goes out there. Then he loses the sight of her and begins searching her in the field. He then arrives to a hotel full of women because there is a feminist convention taking place there. From then on the movie is turning from a realist shape into a fanciful and oneiric one not very understandable till the end when it is shown that he was dreaming everything and wakes up in the train sitting in the same compartment with the woman that had charme d him and two others who were also in his dream. The story is weak and the movíe is saved only by a lot of very imaginative and fanciful images and scenes.
A Rainy Day in New York (2019)
Encounters and divergencies
A pleasant movie to be watched and nothing more than this. A young couple go to New York where the girl who is a journalist has to interview a well known movie director and the boy wants to have a pleasant stay there with her after the interview. However it happens that things get complicated by the meeting with other oeople which create unpredictable situations that turn encounters into divergencies and lead them to try to disguise their behaviours to each other. This is the usual Woody Allen's way of making movies that tell the stories of ordinary people caught in unpredictable awkward situations.
A not so funny clown
This is the story of a man with psychic troubles who is a clown hired mainly for publicity jobs. Life begins to become hard for him chiefly when he is fired. He enters then on a confused behaviour which includes a crime spiral. His activity becomes intertwined with the people's social and economic public protests in town. This makes the movie also a one of social protest, and demonstration sometimes publicly violent. The plot relationship between these two aspects of the story is well done and shown in the movie which well acted and directed.
Viagem ao Princípio do Mundo (1997)
A psychological travel
And very sentimental. An old movie director travels with his crew through the north of Portugal to take a famous French actor to the old village where his aunt still lives (his Portuguese father's sister). He was born in France whereto his father had emigrated and this is his first travel to Portugal. He is anxious to meet his aunt who he had never seen. We see something of the beautiful landscape of the rural northern Portugal and and people's life there. The characters are well defined and we can feel the deep psychological atmosphere of dialogues and acting.A moving and almost pathetic movie.
The hard life of stripper girls
This is not a particularly good movie because the story doesn't allow a better plot. But it is well directed, acted and performed. A group of stripper girls form a band to hunt rich clients that can give them lots os money chiefly when they get hold of their credit cards. One of them, called Ramona (Jennifer Lopez) is the head of the group and she is the more expert at that business therefore she teaches the others how to act to catch and seduce clients. They began to work in a club but after the 2008 financial recession that impoverished many of their former clients the band decided to work on their own. However things get a bit to complicated and some of their deeds take a criminal shape which results in having them arrested and having to abandon their previous activity. A movie that can be seen with attention and pleasure without anything special.
Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
The usual thing
The usual violent thrilling movie with lots of shootings, kilings and acrobatic car and truck chases but well filmed and enthralling, A man who served in the US department of Defense was disgraced after trying to prove unsuccessfully to his bosses that the government networks were susceptible of being hacked and suspended. He started then to act using his technical knowledge and ability to suspend and put down all the US government networks. He was pursued by a detective that from a certain moment on made it as a personal case because the hacker had managed to kidnap his daughter. And this makes it a thrilling movie full of action and suspense that rivet's your attention from the beginning till the end. This the best feature of the movie since the plot is not too strong.
Il postino (1994)
The power of poetry
A curious friendship relation establishes itself between the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (who is exiled in a small Italian island for political reasons) and a humble postman who is charged to deliver the large amount of mail addressed to the poet. The postman is a good man and sensible to the power of poetry and the poet ends up by liking and even admiring him. The relationship between them develops itself to the point of the need the postman has to conquer the love of a pretty girl that is serving in a pub owned by her aunt an needs the poet's help to achieve that aim. Besides any other event somewhat unplausible and contradictory with other features, the social environment and scenes of the small island village are admirably and authentically portrayed. The society and the community there is deeply Catholic and conservative which contrasts with Neruda's communist personality though not taking on serious hostility. Intrinsically the story is acceptable and could even have happened.
Not my music but a good movie
Well yes it is a good movie though I don't particularly like that kind of music. But I realize that most song lyrics are enthusiastic and pleasant. This is the story of the Portuguese poprock singer Antonio Variações who had unfortunately a short career having died of AIDS while he was still young and having a top career being very much appreciated by a great number of fans. He was a barber that at a certain point in his life chose to become a pop singer due to his great talent at that. We can listen to some of his most famous songs and watch his demeanour while acting. if you appreciate poprock music you'll love thsi movie.
No acceptable plot no leading thread
I like a movie with a good built story, an acceptable plot, a leading thread and a final good or bad climax. This movie has neither of them. It shows a succession of stories, episodes and scenes although with the same characters but dispersed and weakly linked. Those parts may be well acted and directed anyway. The story is about several facts, happenings and events of the lives of a TV actor and his stunt in past century sixties. Not particularly interesting nor thrilling.
Source Code (2011)
Stupid story although entertaining movie
Yes we keep ourselves entertained while we watch that stupid story of an air force captain being used without being asked on a mission to discover a terrorist and thus avoiding a further large attack after a train explosion that killed all passengers that the terrorrist has carried out through a cell phone. The plot is rather silly and develops iself hrough a lot of repeated scenes in created alternate times while our hero is trying unsuccesfully to find the terrorist
A poor imaginative screenplay.
The Intern (2015)
A lot amusing indeed. A seventy year old man ( Robert De Niro does a great role) tired of being retired with no aim in life decides to stand as a candidate intern in a fashion online company run by a demanding woman. He is accepted and and becomes the assistant of the company's owner and director. Being a nice, wise and helpful man he soon is in everybody's good graces including his director being not only useful for her in business matters but also her personal and private advisor. They soon become friemds. The whole story is told smoothly making a very entertaining slight comedy.very pleasant to follow.
The Youth in Taiwan
Very good long movie (almost 4 hours) in every aspect: acting perfiormance cutting, quality of images and plot. In Taiwan the descenfants of those millions of Continental Chinese who fled away thereto after the Maoist takeover of their land don't feel well integrated in the Taiwanese society and form street gangs which fight one another and behave soemetimes violently. We follow this evolution in this movie in such realistyc and natural images and scenes that we Forget we are watching a movie and it looks like if we were watching real life scenes theough some window. The main plot tells the story of a young boy who is torn between opposite forces in society, at home and in love. A fascinating movie.
Toy Story 4 (2019)
Well yes the puppet toys figures are well conceived, shaped and acted like human beings. The story is thrilling enough and easy to follow and relative to the affectionate dependence that toys have to their children owners. It is about the problem that arise from the fact that when children get older they lose interest in their old toys. However I think it was bad taste to show a "human" toy torn by a cat though he remains alive. A movie that can be seen both by children and adults.
That's the best part of this movie. All the actors and actresses do an excellent job with a particular mention of Jason Statham as Parker the main character. The story itself is nor very interesting nor very thrilling. The simple plot of a man who despite being a professional thief has got his ethics and soon enters into conflict with his gang partners after a successful heist. This leads to him being beaten and shot by them who leave him on the field almost dying on a field by a road where a passing by family lifts him up and takes him to hospital from where he runs away soon after being conscious again (we doubt how a so badly wounded man can recover so quickly but there is no explanation for that in the movie). Then the rest of the movie shows his actions to meet the other guys in order to take his revenge. Meanwhile he meets a girl who helps him about his purpose. And that is all.
Sayat Nova (1969)
It is pure image poetry through fabulous costumes, decor, scenes words and chants. It is the life of 18th century Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova told not by a conventional narrative but through his poems, gestures and attitudes. His mind, feelings. thoughts and spirit are always present in the shown images and scenes. It is nor a biographic movie in classical terms The atmosphere is religious. Tha chants, the dances, the choreography, the faces. the gestures and expressions of all characters are extraordinarily beautiful and inspire an extremely powerful aesthetic shape. There is no plot. Only a succession of images, scenes, words and chants. We are vibrating spiritually with what we see. By all means a movie to be seen.
The Proposal (2009)
But rather serious too somehow in what concerns sentiment and feelings though somewhat disguised. Sandra Bullock does a great part as Margaret Tate a driving editor at a publisher in New Yoork. She is authoritarian and always ill-looking and ill-mannered to her subordinates including her assistant Andrew. But it happened that being a Canadian her visa had expired and she must be deported in 24 hours. She then imagines a scheme that includes a fake marriage with Andrew that would allow her to stay there. Andrew is more or less forced to accept this engagement after blackmailing her in doing him some proffessional favours. But the NS agent doesn't believe them and harass them with a strict inquiry to be done in a few days. To come off well at it they simulate a bridal trip to his home in Alaska where they meet his family and a lot of funny and unforeseen events happen till a surprising end, This is a movie that puts you in in good fettle and high spirits.
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Old romantic movie
Yes there are no more movies like this now. Nowadays it's shootings, rapes, killings, chases and explosions. Though this movie is is not exceptionally deep it is good enough in terms of sentiment, good feelings, love nd friendship. A powerful rich family living in a small town has got their own problems through the relationships they have with other citizens. A simple story after all but well directed by the competent hand of Orson Welles and well acted by all the performers. Characters are well depicted and go on acting and talking in truly reproduced ricly decorated interiors of the 19th century with the properly and adequate matching clothes of characters.