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Add: Arthur Penn is an interesting henchman character.
See also: Batvillains in the movies, from worst to best. ******** The best episodes of Gotham. ******** My live action favorite version of each Batman character.
See also my list about distopy and fictional dictatorships.
Add: Militares da Democracia, by Silvio Tendler - https://www.facebook.com/Militares-Da-Democracia-Militares-que-resistiram-ao-Golpe-de-64-584276421662211/ On Sacred Land - https://www.mca.com.au/artists-works/works/2017.9/ https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/354.1988/
There are other nice Brazilian movies in these lists: Great movies about/in Rio de Janeiro Great movies about/in São Paulo Movies about Northeastern Brazil
Indeed, the present list brings good Brazilian movies which stories are held neither in Rio nor in São Paulo or Northeast and that are not documentaries.
I have also made a list of Brazilian movies with up to three films representative of each state.
To be added: short films: "O balãozinho azul" by Fáuston da Silva, "Os irmãos Mai", "Nó" (2014 - https://www.facebook.com/marcofilmescurtano/), and "Para chegar até a lua". http://curta-animacao.blogspot.com.br/2011/05/para-chegar-ate-lua.html I'd also like to add short film "A espera", from Ernesto Solis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAIoPmqd4aw Also to be added short film "A última crônica" by Jorge Monclar https://youtu.be/Bw0K2ISQ63I The short film "Zimbú", from Marcos Strassburger Souza. https://youtu.be/LwQlUWs5RZc Add: As Cobras, from [linkhttp://www.imdb.com/name/nm0346069]Otto Guerra[/link]: portacurtas.org.br/filme/?name=as_cobras_o_filme The short film "Os três porquinhos". http://portacurtas.org.br/filme/?name=os_tres_porquinhos Add: animated short Égun: http://portacurtas.org.br/filme/?name=egun
ADD: short film "O bolo". https://www.facebook.com/obolocurta/ https://youtu.be/a-6GfbdBkCA
Add: "Preto contra branco": https://youtu.be/r_xkDHHGWx8 "A linha imaginária": https://youtu.be/uY4CN1H7z0g Add: "Que tal a vida, camaradas", by Luis Felipe Labaki
Incheon sangryuk jakjeon (2016)
Childish late cold war film
Ridiculous late cold war film. A storm of clichés, cheesy soundtrack, a script that serms to be made by a machine, not credible psycho villain, childish right-wing propaganda... the list of problems may go on...
Como agua para chocolate (1992)
Cinderella Babette Juliet in the Mexican Revolution
Beautiful innovative movie, a Mexican Cinderella x Romeo and Juliet mashup, mixing Babette's Feast with Mexican Revolution. It is in the border between fantastic realism and pure fantasy. We can say it is a modern faitytale with elements of an authentic Mexican melodrama.
La Face (2016)
With some improvements could have been a strong court film
The plot is interesting: there are the press exploitation, the judicial culture of punishment, the search for personal heroes, influence peddling... and a death. However, the film is not better because thwre is not much inspiration in acting, script or art direction.
Mary Magdalene (2018)
Deep Chistianity under tepid pace
Visually stunning, but with a little tepid pace, this is a well-done movie that goes into the depth of Christianity's path. Rooney Mara and Joachin Phoenix have a powerful acting (although not the best role of either of them) and Judas is a very interestingly developped character, with a background and a rationale that justify his decisions in a much more human and reasonable way than traditional greedy and selfish portrayal. Casting has perhaps an "ethnic problem" (quite recurrent in cinema in general, I admit), as it seems more a British multi-racial community (with many Anglo-Saxons and some immigrants) than a Semithic people.
A trip through the birth of cinema
It is a wonderful documentary, that everyone who love cinema must watch. Lumière brothers and crew were real artists and their importance goes much beyong the already essenfial role in the machne development. While the film design is simple, just showing original short films with narration, two elements make it an amazing achievement: 1) narrated text is brilliant, it is a well humored and deeply informed lecture on the history of cinema, the role played by Lumière in it, and how the world and society they showed in movement was; 2) many awesome short films produced or made by Lumière were, for artistic or historical reasons (often for both), extraordinary, anticipating what other important moviemakers would developped and being credited for later. Well done and moving documentary.
Before Night Falls (2000)
Could have been a denunciation of criminalising homossexuality, but it is also a capitalist propaganda film
This could have been great, as it is technically a good achievement, but it is a dishonest piece of propaganda. It is a cowardice to use LGBT struggle and suffering as a tool for capitalist propaganda. Cuban regime did criminalised homossexuals (what has changed only more recently) and it is fair and necessary to say that in cinema. However, it is unbelievable that a Hollywood film uses it to establish a fallacious relation between homophobia and socialism and to delegitimaze Cuban polity as a whole, whereas in some states in USA criminalisation of homossexuality was considered as unconsitutional only in XXI century! There is a right-wing propaganda bias, instead of a fair homage to important writer Reinaldo Arenas or of a serious help to the fight against homophobia. It is made clear in some moments: 1) The bureaucrat say something that is obviously a not credible dialog in real life but a shameless attempt to show Cuba as a 'scarecrow': "People that make art are dangerous to any dictatorship. We create beauty and beauty is the enemy. Artists are escapists, artists are counter-revolutionary." 2) Later, the main character, very well played by top actor Javier Bardem, says: "The difference between the Communist system and the capitalist system is that when they give you a kick in the ass, in the Communist system you have to applaud, in the capitalist system, you can scream." 3) Guantánamo Bay USA detention camp is mentioned as if it were a place of freedom, where Arenas could go! It is really harsh to see an imperialist distortion like this and just not care. To resume, Arenas, who was awarded internationally and became an opposer to Castrism, deserved a more serious film than a so biased propaganda. LGBT people as a wgole deserve it too, as using them this way is quite disrespectful.
Matar a Jesús (2017)
Good thriller, inspired in the lives of director and actors
Very well done Colombian thriller. Extremely well directed, acted and filmed, it uses amateur actors. The film is violent and is inspired in the defense of no violence, what is particularly amazing as the the director herself had her father murdered when she was 22. The two main characters are portrayed by a girl and a young man who have quite similar backgrounds of their roles, what is also very interesting. It is a thriller that makes espectator very anxious, as trying to kill Jesus is obviously not a good idea...
A Vizinhança do Tigre (2016)
A real portrait of the youth in periphery
Second feature-length film directed by Affonso Uchoa (after brilliant 'Arábia'), and the third by writer João Dumans (his partner in Arábia), 'A Vizinhança do Tigre' ('Hidden Tiger') is another excellent example of cinematic realism. It is a quasi-documentary and deep portrait of the life of young boys in a slum in Contagem town, Minas Gerais state, with lack of opportunities, strong friendship ties, playful spend of time, and intimacy with violence. Only a work with a broad participation with amateur of that community made this movie possible.
Pay Day (1922)
The hard life of working class in funny situations
Great short film which may be divided in two quite different parts: the first of them, on Charlie's job in construction industry, has hilarious situations both of him working (the bricks were amazing!) and eating; the latest part shows his long way back home and therr, also with good drunkness and marriage gags. Here, the public transport scenes may be highlighted. It is a comedy on working class, one of the best political silent films with Chaplin.
Deux jours, une nuit (2014)
One of the best movies to understand capitalism
Amazing performance by Marion Cotillard, great text and direction, essential movie on capitalism (working class, capitalists and their cowardice, lack of solidarity...) and depression.
Good and important Algerian film on religious fundamentalism and mysoginy
Excellent Algerian film on the advancemeny of religious fundamentalism in the country and about mysoginy. Very important as that phenomena also happens in other parts of the world and, as a Brazilian, I assure that not only in islamic countries. It is well filmed and there is a good development of interesting characters.
Authorial independent comedy
In the first time I watched this film, I gave it three stars. By re-watching it, I changed my mind and gave it four. Off course it is unpretensious, not serious, but has hilarious moments. The sketches remind Nelson Rodrigues's style, but much better as they are free of that mysoginy. Another interesting trait is the way cinema and theater merge with each other, as the story was originally a play. Domingos de Oliveira cinema is very innovative due its ridiculously low budget (sets are usually the home of friends), its selfness-driven approach (something that reminds a lot what, in a different way, Woody Allen does), and its experimental path (the end of this movie s a good example of that). Domingos de Oliveira made an independent and authorial cinema and that was a great merit. Other of his movies nay have been deeper than this one, but is is a good example of his style, anyway.
Frankenstein's creature on screen for the first time
Produced by Thomas Edison, this film would be important at least for being the earliest time Mary Shellen's Frankenstein has been adapted to cinema. Besides that, I shall add that the special effects of the creation of the monster were quite nice considering such an old movie.
Unique and beautiful
Beautiful chaos, a unique film! Theatrical acting, wonderful art direction, dark humor performances, attractive fantastic realism, crowded events, charming silent-age-style intertitles, wars seen through uncommon angles, anti-heroes' love triangle, close-ups and travelings in dionysiac moves, a charming bizarre plot... many traits make this tradicomedy an innovative worth seeing piece of art.
Aventuras com Tio Maneco (1971)
A cute and exciting adventure for children
Very nice Brazilian film for children! Cute and amusing. Flavio Migliaccio was great both as the excentric clown-like uncle and as the director. The three boys - brothers also innreal life and nowadays experient directors - live extraordinary asventures with (and without) uncle Maneco, from magic reality to pure sci-fi. Combining animation with live action was innovative and the beasts footage was nice. Soundtrack was appropriate for the atmosphere.
The Confederate Ironclad (1912)
Good old silent movie on US Civil War
Visually interesting, well acted, this so old war film portraying a battle in the Civil War between Confederates and Union is a must-see in 1910's filmography. Besides that, it is remarkable, in a war movie, in which male actors are, as expected, overhelming majority, that both the "villain" and the "heroine" are women!
Westward Ho (1935)
A great Western for the 30's parameters!
It is not a special film, but it is amusing and, considering a so early Western, it is perhaps the best movie of this genre until the end of the 30's (if you do not include among Westerns Chaplin's Gold Rush and The Pilgrim and Harrol Lloyd's An Eastern Westerner). There are good Wersterns in the 40's (The ox-bow incident and The red river), but not in the 30's (personally, I do not like Stagecoach, and perhaps only The Plainsman is in the same level among the Westerns I have watched from the same decade). An entertaining Western with a coherent story and with no apology to murdering "those evil savages" was not something common in cinema those days. So, there is a great merit here.
Sovetskie igrushki (1924)
Worth seeing as a historical curiosity
The very first Soviet animated film, by Dziga Vertov, is much more a curiosity worth seeing, for his historical importance, than properly a very well developped short movie. Indeed, it seems quite weird as it shows bizarre sequences in a pictorial and surrealist way. It is a very direct anti-capitalist propaganda and do not use subtle metaphors. Just a 'spoiler': workers win in the end. 😁
Isle of Dogs (2018)
Nice animated distopian fable
Very interesting animated film with the distinguishable signature of Wes Andersson. Animation work is quite innovative, with mixed techniques but prevailing stop motion. Great actors dub the characters and the idea of humans speaking Japanese with almost no subtitles, whereas dogs speak English, was very smart. The distopian story is very nice and works very well as a fable for fake-news authoritarian governments, and neonazi and neofascist aimed rule (problems the world, including my Brazil, is seeing increasingly). I loved the dogs' relations in the garbage island. Japanese distopian political class was also great to see.
Many merits, not a single reason for a bad rating
It is hard to understand bad reviews. This ia a beautiful movie that shows a sad real story competentently exploring different decisive moments. His love relationship with Argentine colleague is well shown and it is wrong to complain about it as if it were a documentary United Nations: I remember very well how present she was when he was killed. Besides that, it is also wrong to see the movie as not enough political or misguided: it is a fierce denunciation of United States imperialist foreign politics despite being a film from US, and also shows United Nations' sins. Another great merit is casting good axtors who speak other languages that not English and with proper accents.
O Maior Amor do Mundo (2006)
Arguably the very best film by Cacá Diegues
The best film of Cacá Diegues's career together with Bye bye Brazil (or perhaps even better!). Deep and sensitive, with well developped characters, dealing with classes, family and affection. It is a very psychological film, traveling through two generations. Since the very first scenes it shows that it is beautifully filmed and that it is not an ordinary movie. All actors also do a good job.
Torn Curtain (1966)
A minor Hitchcock despite Andrews & Newman
Entertaining, but a minor Hitchcock film, despite the big casting. It begins with that great suspense atmosphere we are accostumed to, but then turns itself in a quite conventional cold war film, with many unconvincing situations. Some propaganda elements seem ridiculous, as they were unnecessary for the story.
The Happy Prince (2018)
A fierce biography
A harsh portrait of the man behind the writer. Oscar Wilde was obviously a victim of prejudice and unfair law, but was also an abusive man, and that is well shown in this visually impressive movie. However, other characters are not always well developped and story may be a little confusing sometimes. Another good quality is quite good acting, not only Rupert Everett, who is perfect in the leading role.
So charming film! Great surprise!
The charming beginning boosted my interest in the movie and it did not disappoint me. It is seriously underrated! Indeed, it is a surprising film, as its name gives the impression that it is a sexploitation "pornochanchada", but it is not (well, not exactly... but there is a lot of sex!), it is more a romantic comedy. It is an amusing movie on the adventures of a couple of trickster "easy-driver" party-crashing friends Beth Bombardeio and scoundrel Carlos, until life stops them and the story has a turning point. Soundtrack contributes to the free spirit feeling. It is one of the best Brazilian films from the 70's and should have that acknowledgement! Just an anedote to resume: Flamengo club's red and black colours appear several times (in the blancket, in the morotcycle, inside the tent, in the flag given to Beth in the bus, and in the future!!!), as Carlos is a fanatic of the team, just as I am.
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
What a family! Average? I doubt it!
One of the best movies by Hitchcock, although not one of the most famous. Quite good triller, that perhaps begins better than it ends. The family dynamics, particularly when it comes to the three siblings, is extremely nice, well acted, written and directed!