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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.
Murder Is My Beat (1955)
When a man is found with his face destroyed by fire in a fireplace, the prominent Police Detective Ray Patrick (Paul Langton) is assigned to the case. Soon he captures the singer Eden Lane (Barbara Payton), who was the man´s mistress, and solves the case. Eden is sentenced to prison and while Ray is transporting her by train, she claims that she has just seen her lover alive in a train station. Ray believes the woman and helps her to escape to hunt the man. Meanwhile Police Captain Bert Rawley (Robert Shayne) hunts the couple down.
"Murder Is My Beat" is a flawed but entertaining film-noir directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. The plot has many coincidences and most of the twists are not believable but it is worthwhile watching at least once. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "O Morto Desaparecido" (The Vanished Dead")
The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950)
Andy Cullen (John Dall), the rookie detective and brother of the homicide Lt. Ed Cullen (Lee J. Cobb), is assigned to work with him. Andy will marry his beloved Janet (Lisa Howard) on the next days and Ed will be his best man. Ed is a wolf and is having a secret love affair with the wealthy Lois Frazer (Jane Wyatt), who is divorcing her husband Howard Frazer (Harlan Warde). Lois finds that Howard has bought a gun and suspects he intends to kill her; so she calls Ed to help her. When they are together, Howard arrives and Lois accidentally kills her husband. Ed decides to help her and forges a crime scene near the airport. Soon he is assigned to investigate the case with Andy but his young brother wants to show that he is a good detective.
"The Man Who Cheated Himself" is a film noir with a story of brothers with opposite intentions. The veteran detective wants to cover the felony he committed to protect his lover while his brother wants to prove that he is a good detective. The conflict between brothers is interesting and the open conclusion is a plus. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Por uma Mulher Má" ("For a Wicked Woman")
Bleak and Pessimist
Sometimes we watch a film that does not end the way we want (or expect). "Brightburn" is one of those films. The story begins almost as a rip-off "Smallville", with a boy from another planet raised by farmers in Brightburn, Kansas. However when adolescence comes, the powerful boy turns into an evil creature instead of a conventional hero. And from this moment on, he becomes a cruel being incapable to be destroyed and the film has a bleak, pessimist and unpleasant conclusion. Is "Brightburn" a bad movie? No, but probably will not please many viewers. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Brightburn - Filho das Trevas" ("Brightburn - Son of the Shadows")
Daughter of the Wolf (2019)
Deserved a Better Screenplay
"Daughter of the Wolf" is a film that deserved a better screenplay. The landscape and scenery are magnificent and the viewer sees the film expecting a better resolution of the story of a skilled military woman that has her teenage son abducted by criminals. Unfortunately the screenplay is very weak and confused, with poor character and situation development. Anyway it is not as bad as many reviews indicate and may be watched with low expectations. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): Not Available
Combat!: The Letter (1966)
The Younger Brother´s Letter
After a confrontation with a German squad in the front with casualties, Saunders and his squad return to rest in the outpost. They receive their correspondences and Saunders receives a letter from his younger brother disclosing that he has enlisted in the army to fight. Immediately after, Saunders receives two replacements and one of them looks like his brother. Saunders projects the image of his brother in the rookie soldier and tries to protect him like an older brother.
"The Letter" is among the best episode of "Combat!", with great actions scenes and very dramatic situation. The participation of supporting cast like Kirby and Doc is intense and the G.I. Jim Hummel is an interesting character. The conclusion is also excellent. My vote is nine.
Title (Brazil): "A Carta" ("The Letter")
Critters Attack! (2019)
"Critters Attack!" is a funny trash that recalls the campy Troma´s films. The cult Dee Wallace also participates in the role of Dee, giving a possible status of cult to this lame production. The bad acting, awful story and funny evil creatures together make a love or hate film. I liked it! My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): Not Available
Black Mirror: Striking Vipers (2019)
Former college friends and videogame fight fans Danny (Anthony Mackie) and Karl (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) reunite many years after in Danny´s birthday at his place. Danny is married with a child with Theo (Nikki Beharie) and Karl gives a state-of-art update of the former fight game to his friend. During the night, they select the former characters Roxette (Pom Klementieff) and Lance (Ludi Lin) and out of the blue they have a romance instead of a fight affecting their private lives and malehood.
"Striking Vipers" is one of the weirdest "Black Mirror" episodes, with an erotic tale about the virtual world affecting the real world of the two lead characters in their addiction. There are funny situations but something is missing in the intriguing story. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Striking Vipers"
Combat!: The Chapel at Able-Five (1966)
The Good Man Dilemma
While returning to his lines with important information, Saunders´s mate steps on a land mine and dies. Saunders is blinded with the explosion alone in a mine field. Out of the blue, a German Major rescues him posing of English officer with the intention of helping him to bring a wounded German Captain back to his lines. Soon Saunders learns that the officer is a chaplain. Meanwhile Hanley and a squad look for Saunders.
"The Chapel at Able-Five" is an episode with a moral dilemma of a good man. The German chaplain is pressed by his fellow mate to kill Saunders since he has an information that may compromise a German attack. But as a man of God, he wishes to save both enemies. The conclusion is predictable. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "A Capela em Able-5" ("The Chapel at Able-Five")
Shot Through the Heart (1998)
In Sarajevo, Muslims, Croats and Serbs live in peace. The Muslim Vlado (Linus Roache) and the Serb Slavko (Vincent Perez) are best friends, almost brothers, and the best shooters in Yugoslavia. They are going to the Olympics in Barcelona representing Yugoslavia. However, with the Bosnian war in 1992, Slavko joins the Serbian army for training snipers and Vlado joins the militia in the streets of Sarajevo to defend his people. The duel between the former friends ends in a tragic way.
"Shot Through the Heart" is another magnificent and touching movie about the Bosnian war. The first time I watched it was two years ago, and the school teacher of my son borrowed it to present to her class. This week, I have watched 'Harrison's Flowers', 'Vulkovar' and 'Pretty Village, Pretty Flame', all of them about this sad war, but having different approaches. I decided to see 'Shot Through the Heart' again. All these movies show friends and lovers getting apart after years of friendship or love due to this stupid war. This movie is literally a shot in the heart. Impossible not be touched by such a sad story. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): 'Um Tiro No Coração' ('A Shot in the Heart')
The Psychopath (1966)
The Death Dolls
Inspector Holloway (Patrick Wymark) is in charge of investigating the murder of Reinhardt Klermer (John Harvey), Victor Ledoux (Robert Crewdson), Frank Saville (Alexander Knox) and Martin Roth (Thorley Walters) and his main lead is a doll in each crime scene. He finds that the dolls belonged to the crippled doll collector Mrs. Von Sturm (Margaret Johnston), who lives with her son Mark Von Sturm (Sir John Standing). Further he learns that the victims had investigated and incriminated her husband in the end of World War II. Inspector Holloway proceeds his investigation with a couple of suspects.
"The Psychopath" is a reasonable horror thriller by Amicus. The plot is strange with a creepy resolution. Anyway it is worthwhile watching this little film. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "As Bonecas da Morte" ("The Death Dolls")
"Prospect" is one of those movies awfully overrated in IMDb and certainly with many fake reviews to lure unwary or naive viewers that still believe in IMDb. There is no character development, most of the characters are unpleasant, the cinematography is blurred and there is no plot development but a simple storyline. It is impressive how people is easily manipulated like puppet by a couple of "professional" critics. My vote is two.
Title (Brazil): Not Available
The Vault of Horror (1973)
Five men take an elevator in a building that does not stop at the ground, but in the under basement. When they leave the elevator, they find a room with no push button, a table with five chairs and beverages. They started conversation and each one tell his weird nightmare to the others to kill time. In the end, they find where they are.
"The Vault of Horror" is an underrated anthology by Amicus with five segments: "Midnight Mess": a man finds that his estranged sister lives in a town where people stay at home when the darkness comes. "The Neat Job": a middle-age bachelor with cleanness phobia marries a younger woman and drives her crazy with his obsession. "This Trick´ll Kill You": a magician and his wife find a new trick during his vacation in India and he becomes obsessed to learn the secret. "Bargain in death": a man plots a scheme to receive his life insurance. "Drawn and Quartered": a painter living in Caribe learns that has been lured by his agent and uses voodoo to revenge. This film is a great entertainment for the fans of Tales from the Crypt. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "A Cripta dos Sonhos" ("The Crypt of the Dreams")
Poor Screenplay and Conclusion
In Hollywood, the successful actor Paul Toombes (Vincent Price) performs the character Dr. Death in a franchise written by his friend Herbert Flay (Peter Cushing). When his fiancée is murdered the same way one of Dr. Death´s victim, he has a nervous breakdown and is sent to a mental institution. Years later, he is recovered and Herbert invites him to move to London to shoot a TV series with Dr. Death. But the murders of Dr. Death restart and Paul is the Scotland Yard´s prime suspect.
"Madhouse" is an entertaining horror film with Vincent Price and Peter Cushing in the lead role. There is also a tribute to the early career of Vincent Price. However the poor screenplay and conclusion make inconsistent parts of the story and flaws. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "Madhouse"
Disappointing Film Without Storyline
An amnesic blind man (Adam Seybold) awakes alone in the back of an ambulance and unsuccessfully tries to contact anybody using the radio. Soon he finds zombies attacking him but he succeeds to flee to a farmhouse where he hides himself. Meanwhile the pregnant police officer Mara Madigan (Liv Collins) is lured by a sick woman and her police car is hijacked. She walks on the road and reaches the same farmhouse where the blind man is hidden. She decides to look for the ambulance to leave the place but it has run out of gas since the man, Ben Neilson, had started the car and left it working. Now Mara and Ben need to team up to escape from the zombies.
"Deadsight" is a disappointing film without storyline. The poor screenplay is a complete mess and there is only a weak explanation close to the end of the story about the zombie outbreak. In addition, the lead characters are stupid and their decisions are always silly and inadequate. The art of the poster is the best this film can offer. My vote is four.
Title (Brazil): Not Available
Entertaining and Funny
"Shaft" is an entertaining and funny movie based on the character from the 70´s. The storyline of Shaft´s estranged son that looks for his help to find the truth about the death of his best friend and ends with his grandfather, the original Shaft, helping them to resolve the situation, is forgettable but worthwhile watching. Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher and Richard Roundtree together in a possible sequel is promising. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "Shaft"
Combat!: The Losers (1966)
Saunders and Littlejohn are assigned to destroy a German bridge with the support of six Gis. However, the meeting point at St Viet is bombed and they do not find the squad. They meet in the debris four soldiers imprisoned waiting for court-martial and Saunders decides to use them to help to accomplish their mission. But he needs to use his leadership to show that they must help him.
"The Losers" is another great episode of "Combat!". The first point that impresses is the location and the effects of the German artillery bombing the town. The story is a great duel between the leadership of Saunders and a group of rogue soldiers: one insubordinate, one coward, one rebel and one black marketer. Littlejohn has a great participation in this episode. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Os Perdedores" ("The Losers")
Combat! In Color
Saunders and his squad are assigned to destroy a German bunker with the support of a tank. However they are attacked by a German squad with a cannon and the tank is destroyed. They vanquish the enemy and Saunders decides to bring the German weapon to help them to blow-up the bunker and accomplish their mission. But the journey pulling the howitzer is hard.
"The Gun" is another great episode of "Combat!", now in color. It is weird to see the modification since the black-and-white episodes used to give the sensation of more realism and documentary to the series. It is impressive the effects of the shootings in a time where there was no CGI. My vote is seven
Title (Brazil): "A Arma" ("the Gun")
Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
Great Screenplay, Cast and Special Effects
In 2563, three hundred years after the war "The Fall", the mysterious scientist Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) finds part of a female cyborg in a junkyard and brings to his laboratory. He finds that her human brain is amnestic but intact and gives the name of his deceased daughter Alita (Rosa Salazar) to the cyborg. Alita meets on the street Dr. Ido´s ex-wife Chiren (Jennifer Connelly), who is also a scientist that works to the powerful Zapan (Ed Skrein), and befriends the young Hugo (Keean Johnson), who brings cyborg´s parts to Dr. Ido, and learns that both dream on moving to the floating city of Zalem. Hugo teaches Alita how to play Motorball and she learns that the champion of the Motorball Tournament moves to Zalem. Soon Alita discovers that Dr. Ido is a hunter warrior and after finding her cyborg body in a crashed spaceship, she decides to become also a hunter warrior but Dr. Ido refuses to replace her body. Who was Alita and what is the secret of the cyborg body found by Alita?
"Alita: Battle Angel" is a sci-fi adventure with great screenplay, cast and special effects. The Japanese anime of an amnestic cyborg that finds who she was is engaging to any sci-fi fan. Dr. Ido is a sort of cyborg Dr. Frankenstein and the direction of Robert Rodriguez is entertaining as usual. The conclusion indicates that there will be a sequel. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Alita: Anjo de Combate" ("Alita: Battle Angel")
Pet Sematary II (1992)
While shooting a horror film, the famous actress Renee Hallow (Darlanne Fluegel) dies in a weird accident. Her ex-husband, the veterinary Chase Matthews (Anthony Edwards) decides to leave Los Angeles and move with their teenage son Jeff Matthews (Edward Furlong) to Renee´s house in Ludlow to start a new life. Soon Jeff is bullied by his schoolmate Clyde Parker (Jared Rushton) and befriends the teenager Drew Gilbert (Jason McGuire). When Drew´s stepfather Sheriff Gus Gilbert (Clancy Brown) kills his dog Zowie, Drew buries his dog with Jeff in an ancient Indian cemetery that has the rumor of raising the dead. Zowie returns and kills Gus and they bury him in the cemetery. But soon the boys learn that sometimes death is better.
"Pet Sematary II" is a forgettable sequel of Stephen King´s "Pet Sematary (1989). Directed also by Mary Lambert, the plot is weaker and unoriginal. The one-dimension lead actor Edward Furlong keeps the same expression when is happy, sad, bullied or whatever. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "Cemitério Maldito II" ("Damned Cemetery II")
Silly Even for Grown-up Children or Teenagers
The overrated "Shazam!" is a disappointing adventure where the humor never works since the storyline and the screenplay are silly even for grown-up children or teenagers. Maybe the target audiences are little children that are capable to give a ten to such a turkey but for adults it is almost unbearable. The special effects are maybe the best this forgettable movie can offer. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "Shazam!"
Pet Sematary (1989)
One of the Creepiest Horror Films Ever Made
"Pet Sematary" is one of the creepiest horror films ever made based on the novel and screenplay by the writer Stephen King. It may be considered a masterpiece of horror and cruelty, with the shocking destruction of a family when the father does not accept the loss of his baby boy and learns that sometimes death is better. This is one of the first films where a child becomes a killer like the toy Chucky and it is tough to the viewer to see the lovely child killing his beloved mother. The screenplay has also many details and interesting subplots. The direction of Mary Lambert is top-notch and the cast is also magnificent. My vote is ten.
Title (Brazil): "Cemitério Maldito" ("Damned Cemitery")
Pet Sematary (2019)
Another Unnecessary Remake
1989 "Pet Sematary" is one of the creepiest horror films ever made based on Stephen King´s novel and screenplay. It may be considered a masterpiece of horror and cruelty.
"Pet Sematary (2019)" is not a bad horror movie since the storyline is creepy and the screenplay and the cast are good. However, it is absolutely unnecessary to remake a masterpiece with minor modifications, isn´t it? My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "Cemitério Maldito" ("Damned Cemitery")
Waterloo Bridge (1940)
Beautiful and Dramatic Love Story
In the World War I, British Captain Roy Cronin (Robert Taylor) meets the young ballerina Myra Lester (Vivien Leigh) at the Waterloo Bridge during a German air strike and they head together to the bomb shelter. They immediately fall in love with each other and before leaving to the front, Roy proposes to marry her. However his troop anticipates the embarking to the front and they do not get married. The ballet company owner Madame Olga Kirowa (Maria Ouspenskaya) dismisses Myra and her best friend Kitty (Virginia Field) and they do not find a new job. When Myra reads on the newspaper that her fiancé has died in action, she becomes a prostitute to survive. One day, Myra is seeking out clients at the train station and she sees Roy arriving in London and rekindling their love. Will Myra support to hide the truth from her beloved fiancé?
"Waterloo Bridge" is a beautiful and dramatic love story and one of the best roles of Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor. Their chemistry is fantastic in the first and romantic part of the story. The plot point turns one of the most beautiful and unforgetable romances into a heartbreaking drama with a very sad conclusion. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "A Ponte de Waterloo" ("The Waterloo Bridge")
I Am Mother (2019)
Intriguing, Original but with a Messy and Disappointing Conclusion
After the extinction of the human race, an android called "Mother" is responsible to repopulate Earth using a collection of embryos stored in a base. Her teenage daughter (Clara Rugaard) is submitted to classes and tests to assess her development as human being. When the daughter finds a mouse inside the base, she suspects that the outside is no longer contaminated. One day, she sees a wounded woman (Hilary Swank) outside the base and let her in. Soon she will learn news that will affect her relationship with her Mother.
"I am Mother" is an intriguing and original sci-fi with a promising storyline. Unfortunately the conclusion is messy and disappointing. The incoherent behavior of the daughter trusting in a stranger is weird and inconsistent with her education. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): Not Available
Stargate SG-1: The Powers That Be (2005)
Time to Start Ending this Series
Cameron Mitchell, Daniel Jackson, Teal´c and Vala head to a planet where Vala ruled when she had a symbiont to convince the people that Ori is a fake god. They face difficulties in the planet and when a prior also arrive, they have a showdown trying to prove the prior is not telling the truth about Ori and his power is knowledge of technology indeed.
"The Powers That Be" is a reasonable episode of "Stargate SG-1". However the series seem to be exhausted and it is time to the writers to start ending this show. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "The Powers That Be"