domingo, 29 de junho de 2014

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

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"War isn't the way it looks back here" - Paul Bäumer

A simply brilliant and at the same time scary representation of how war can destroy a man, both physically and psychologically.

A strong and deep insight into how German soldiers are encouraged to enlist to defend their country during World War I, and how it changes their lives forever.

*****

domingo, 8 de junho de 2014

Tsubaki Sanjûrô (1962)

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"He was exactly like me. A naked sword. He didn't stay in his sheath." - Sanjûrô Tsubaki

A charismatic and irreverent samurai joins a group in a struggle to rescue the uncle of one of the men who was arrested by a corrupt superintendent.

A masterpiece directed by Akira Kurosawa, beyond excellent action, teaching us a story of never giving up and fighting the difficulties and injustices imposed by the arrogance and cruelty of others

****3/4

sábado, 24 de maio de 2014

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

Part 1 (2012)

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"You don't get it, son. This isn't a mud hole. It's an operating table. And I'm the surgeon."  - Batman

The first part of a brilliant adaptation of the 1986 comic book The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, tells a story of a 55-year-old Bruce Wayne who has been out of action for ten years and is forced to return of the retirement of the bat suit due to the new faces of crime that terrorizes Gotham.

Without the same youth before, this animation shows a Dark Knight much more violent and brutal in its fight against crime batman, not to mention the usual intelligence.

****

Part 2 (2013)

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"I want you to remember that. I wanted to remind you to stay out of my way. In all the years to come, in your most private moments, I want you to remember the one man who beat you!" - Batman

In the second part, an epic end. While the dark knight manages to lead a lawless Gotham his arch rival Joker returns more ruthless than ever to a final act, which culminates in a surprising final confrontation between the two.

Meanwhile, Superman is used as a weapon by the U.S. government in a war against the Soviets, is forced to return to Gotham to stop his former friend, who exposed the lack of capacity of the government to maintain order and protect their own citizens.

****1/4

sábado, 17 de maio de 2014

Godzilla (2014)

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 "The arrogance of men is thinking nature is in their control and not the other way around." - Ichiro Serizawa

The return of the classic monster after a demonstration of arrogance of human technology. Fantastic movie that holds your attention from beginning to end, with a perfect combination of history, acting and special effects.

****

domingo, 27 de outubro de 2013

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

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"Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room." - President Merkin Muffley

A spectacular comedy directed by the brilliant Stanley Kubrick, satirizing the period of cold war between Americans and communists after World War II. No individual performances to highlight, all the cast did good in their respective roles, collaborating with brilliant screenplay written by Kubrick.

Dark humor intelligent from the most high quality.


****3/4

domingo, 11 de agosto de 2013

The Kid (1921)

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 "A picture with a smile - and perhaps, a tear."

The tramp discovers an abandoned kid and decides to take care of him. A silent masterpice with simply sensational performances Chaplin (as The Tramp) and Jackie Coogan (as The Kid).

As the opening title says, you will laugh and will surely be touched by these two.

*****

domingo, 14 de julho de 2013

Man of Steel (2013)

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"You are not alone... My name is General Zod. I have journeyed across an ocean of stars to reach here. Your world has sheltered one of my citizens. He will look like you, but he is not one of you. To those of you who know of his location: the fate of your planet rests in your hands. To Kal-El, I say this: surrender within 24 hours, or watch this world suffer the consequences..." - General Zod

Absolutely fantastic movie. Zack Snyder tells the story of the birth of the man of steel from the rivalry between Jor-El and General Zod on Krypton, showing the origin of the trip Kal-el to earth to an epic battle when General decides to come back for one of their citizens.

Excellent performances from Henry Cavill playing the man of steel and with a height rival, Michael Shannon was awesome in the role of General Zod.


****1/4