David Donato

David Donato


Sometimes, I root for Skynet.

Favorite films

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Annie Hall
  • Pulp Fiction

Recent activity

  • The Hill


  • Pig


  • The Sparks Brothers


  • No Sudden Move


Pinned reviews

  • David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

    David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet


    Watching this with my two small sons (6 and 2) kinda fucked me up. I’m not an alarmist person, nor am I anxious in general. But listening to Attenborough laying out the very clear pathway to annihilation we’ve been trailing in so little time, and realizing it’s exactly my sons that will suffer the consequences broke something in me. I could see their eyes absorbing the information, going from the joy of seeing a whale to the realization that they’re…

  • Old Joy

    Old Joy


    For such a small and intimate movie, it’s surprising how much Old Joy spreads itself out after a closer look. There’s so much to infer with so little spoken. From the very state of the nation at that point (represented by the talk radio blasted out whenever Mark is alone in the car) to the evolving nature of friendship, the expectations we put on each other, the amount of trust and thought we deal to our partners, what is it…

Recent reviews

  • The Mosquito Coast

    The Mosquito Coast


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It’s hard separating the movie from the characters. Peter Weir is an amazing director. Paul Schrader can be a true genius. But, oh, how much I hate some aspects of this story. I was going to brush off all the condescending views on colonialism and a somewhat lack of self awareness when dealing with foreigners to whatever exploration era the book was written, but then I found out it was contemporary to the movie. 
    Yes, Harrison Ford’s character ends up…

  • The Fifth Power

    The Fifth Power


    Nice dystopian political thriller with interesting (albeit too simplistic) ideas and a strong third act. The backstory is weak (and it really doesn't matter), but the whole subliminal chaos mongering through tv and radio is well realized enough. Production values are pretty good, even though the only surviving print is in terrible state, and the tvrip I saw is even worse. I weep for the state of cinema preservation here in Brazil.
    This movie's biggest sin is that it drags…

Popular reviews

  • Citizenfour



    Wow. This documentary is amazing, and not only because of its subject. It's a thrilling, nerve-wrecking story, very well told. Everything is expertly done, despite not having too many resources. The cinematography is pretty poor, but considering the situation, I'm ok with the consumer-grade camera quality. It's a historical moment, captured by journalists right in the middle of it. Snowden is refreshingly articulate, and guides the whole experience even when he has no idea of what's going to happen next.…

  • São Paulo, S.A.

    São Paulo, S.A.


    This one was on my watchlist for a very long time. I guess it was worth the wait, because seeing it so close after the Mad Men finale really makes you think.
    Besides covering a similar timeframe (59-63 for the movie, 59-70 for the show), they also share a protagonist that is talented and successful, but conflicted about his role in society. Both are womanizers, prone to isolation fits, with laid back business partners that try to lighten the mood…