Álvaro S. M.

Something between essays, diary entries, comments and reflections on movies. Alternativamente em inglês or Portuguese.

Favorite films

  • In the Realm of the Senses
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Persona
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Recent activity

  • A Tale of Winter


  • Spectre


  • The Kiss


  • Women Talking


Recent reviews

  • Women Talking

    Women Talking


    Bad news for the screenplay market, as it seems ChatGPT can already write full, Oscar nominated movies

  • Before Midnight

    Before Midnight


    It does conclude the trilogy, but I don't like it. The two previous installments have this beautiful spark to it that's essentially due to the vertigo of movement. In their meandering walks, they get excited about connection and find each other, only in this fleeting, somewhat surreal environment.

    The expectation for this movie was to finally see how they would work as a real couple, how their relationship would actually be. And I found it wholly unimaginative: Jesse and Celine…

Popular reviews

  • A Dog's Will

    A Dog's Will


    This movie is a total brazilian masterpiece. While not having a huge budget and suffering from a few technical problems, these minor issues don't jeopardize the greatness of the piece as a whole.

    It is an adaptation of a theatrical play by great and immortal brazilian writer Ariano Suassuna.

    While telling the stories and sometimes unbelievable adventures of two poor guys in the brazilian northern countryside, it also shows the hard reality they have to cope with, and the role…

  • From the New World

    From the New World


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

    --- This is gonna be a long review. It's also chock full of spoilers. If you haven't watched it, I'd tell you to just go and do it without knowing much. It's amazing, and the less you know the better. Give it time. Sometimes it feels a little bit all over the place. A number of times, actually. But it is very good, very much so. Watch it, really. Now on to the review ---

    Now, this one's a tough…