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  • School's Out

    School's Out

    The first scene encapsulates both the qualities and the many faults in the film: its ability to create a sense of uneasiness and dread but also a strange seriousness in doing it which makes it all seem too pre-ordained and a bit expected. (in this sense, it's very curious, symbolically, that they woud use the final scene in the film's poster: the conclusion being also the selling point)

    Laurent Laffitte seems very involved and willing to take a leap of…

  • In the Heart of the World

    In the Heart of the World

    The paradox embodied by the film's title is the source of its power: Contagem, the very specific spot in the world where it takes place, is indeed "the heart of the world" for the filmmaker's universe and yet "the heart of the world" for the characters is exactly whatever is not there - they want to leave and find the freedom and happiness they seem unable to achieve there, trapped by the everyday reality of a Brazilian peripheric existence in…

  • Turma da Mônica: Laços

    Turma da Mônica: Laços

    Much as in Bingo everything seems to "work", yet very little remains or leaves a mark. There is something just incredibly laborious about Daniel Rezende's effort to make a proper film as it should be done. Particularly the cinematography and the music are incredibly generic and lacking in any particular world/cinema point of view. It "succeeds", however, and that seems to be all the ambition it has.

  • Us

    Us

    Let's face it: there are very few "problems" as interesting to watch (and not just discuss - which is of the utmost importance to make clear, since this is first and foremost a film) as "Us". The reason for that is before anything else the amazing eye (and ears) that Jordan Peele has for creating iconic movie moments, that not only fascinate and glue our eyes to the screen but make us "see" way beyond what is being shown. And…

  • Long Shot

    Long Shot

    There is a certain degree of silliness and absurdity that lends an undeniable likeability to this, not the least of which due to Charlize Theron's disposition and uncanny ability to be both perfectly believable as a secretary of state/presidential candidate and a lovable dorky everyday girl. Her scene "on drugs" discussing a possible war with an arab state chief is particularly genius in this, though far from the only example.

    (in fact one of the good, though under-used ideas of…

  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    This fucking series is pure sorcery.

  • Amanda

    Amanda

    No matter how well staged and acted many of the moments in the film are, there is no escaping the fact that the terrorism link at the heart of it is a BIG problem. That it is a moral problem, first of all (is it OK to deal with islamic terrorism as a simple backdrop for the sufferings of one group of white people), does not exclude the fact that it is mostly a dramatic and cinematographic problem: the murder…

  • Pain and Glory

    Pain and Glory

    In first view (and this is one of those films you watch for the first time thinking you need to come back to it later) it plays on a combination of mixed feelings, where the proximity to Almodóvar's life seems to weirdly distance him and us from some parts of the film - it's as if the closer to sheer fantasy his cinema is the closer to the truth it feels.

    To me at least, for the most that Banderas…

  • The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Our Mothers
  • The Halt