• Army of the Dead

    Army of the Dead

    Shocking how Zack Snyder managed to fail on all fronts: worst zombie movie; worst heist movie; worst raid movie; worst parkour movie; worst action movie; worst muscle film; worst horror movie on Netflix. There are film scholars who argue that Snyder's poetics took a giant step forward in his obsession with the destruction of the human body: I wonder how you can even think of defending such a film, it's shameful.

  • Wings of Desire

    Wings of Desire

    Revised after many years in its 4K's restored version: it seems i've seen it for the very first time. A technically flawless film: Henri Alekan's photography is simply unsurpassed, moving from a gothic chiaroscuro to a super saturated color palette. As Truffaut would say, plaisir des yeux.

  • Oxygen

    Oxygen

    Alexandre Aja achieved international success with "High Tension" (2003), a film accused of plagiarizing Dean Koontz's "Intensity". Subsequently, the director directed the remake of a Joe Dante film, 'Piranha 3D" (2010), and the remake of a Wes Craven film, "The Hills Have Eyes" (2006). Not content with having nothing original to say, Aja has decided to plagiarize the little-known "Buried" (2010), trying to hide the intellectual theft by taking a cue from other scifi films, such as "The Island" (2005) by Michael Bay and "Moon" (2009) by Duncan Jones.
    Thanks, Netflix.

  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    ★★★★★

    As much as Cassavetes tries to get away from himself, his films only speak of his intimacy, his wounds, his personal battles: characters, at the same time, winners and losers; lost films that deal with losses; stories about nothing and everything, because in that apparent nothing, everything happens. This is life and this is Cassavetes.

  • Cannibal Holocaust
  • Brain Damage

    Brain Damage

    ★★★★½

    I usually don't like films that sound like obvious metaphors, but "Brain Damage" is the exception that confirms the rule: independent cinema, a mixture of horror and sexploitation, this film is an incredible piece of work about the ruin caused by addiction.

  • Near Dark

    Near Dark

    ★★★★½

    the great gothic western

  • The Night Porter

    The Night Porter

    A film that couldn't be shot these days.

  • Mamata

    Mamata

    Mamata é um filme desesperado e desesperador. Desesperado por acompanhar a jornada do protagonista: afinal, trata-se de um realizador de cinema que, não conseguindo dar um rumo em sua vida, acaba mergulhando cada vez mais na depressão. Ele, interpretado por Marcus Curvelo (diretor e roteirista), ocupa quase sempre o centro do quadro, está sozinho, aflito, cabisbaixo: a câmera estática registra seus monólogos e delírios; os enquadramentos são fechados, as cores, dessaturadas, os planos, longos, em aparência eternos. Parece um filme…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    Why is this movie so praised?

    There is no narrative arc, just an accumulation of events. I feel sad for the protagonist, but the contact with her ends there: zero empathy for a character that remains closed to the public from beginning to end. Expository dialogues here and there about past trauma were not enough to captivate me.

    I've seen cinema deal with that same subject better: Ken Loach and the Dardenne brothers are the first ones I can remember.…

  • Demons 2

    Demons 2

    Lamberto Bava is the living proof that talent skips a generation.

  • Demons