• Full Metal Jacket

    Full Metal Jacket

    ★★★

    At a certain moment, at the beginning of the third act, the protagonist, who also plays the role of narrator, is asked why he wears a helmet with the motto "born to kill" written on his forehead and, at the same time, wears a pin with the symbol of peace on his chest. Private Joker answers that this dichotomy aims to reveal what he calls "Jungian duplicity". As for me, and I think the same applies to the protagonist, I…

  • The Portuguese Nun

    The Portuguese Nun

    ★★

    An emotional tribute to the city of Lisbon and to Portuguese culture. Seeing a foreigner passionately interested in your culture always arouses some patriotic pride. This sweet praise surged at a time when Portugal was going through a tough time. The economic recession had thrown us into the mud and Europe was enjoying seeing us wallow in it. Those were years when my nation, and in the streets of Lisbon that was palpable, was faded and depressed. Hence the reference,…

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★½

    Considerably more competent than I remembered. This was possibly my fifth viewing. Knowing, due to the experience acquired, that "The Shining" (1980) raises narrative problems difficult to overcome, I tried, on this occasion, to immerse myself in the experience in a less analytical way, trying, therefore, to be more receptive to the sensations woven by Kubrick. With the sound system and the appropriate black stillness, this film is capable of shivering your spine. The soundtrack is exceptional. It incites the…

  • Celeste & Jesse Forever

    Celeste & Jesse Forever

    ★½

    I don't know whether calling "Celeste & Jesse Forever" (2012) a romantic comedy is not a small sham as few are the comic and romantic traits I glimpsed. The screenwriters seem reluctant to get involved in the above genre, repeatedly choosing to employ a dramatic tone that the narrative and the actors, in particular an Adam Samberg out of water, do not welcome. Thus, the problems fall more on the conspicuous dramatic inaptitude than on the absence of laughter. Had the…

  • Barry Lyndon

    Barry Lyndon

    ★★★★½

    We forget, with an unsettling frequency, that our understanding of distant times is distorted by a gap that prevents us from grasping the past with clarity. Understanding the past and predicting the future are equally challenging tasks. The past, that almost entirely fictitious tale that we construct in the present in order to give meaning and purpose to our existence, in particular a distant past, is almost impossible to restore with perfect verisimilitude. The landscape and customs have changed drastically.…

  • A. K.

    A. K.

    Chris Marker in minimal services. "A.K." (1985) is a tiny, and frankly uninspired, complement to one of Kurosawa's greatest works. That is, in its essence, something analogous to an extra you would expect to find in the DVD of "Ran" (1985). However, this documentary is presented in the form of a film, that is, an independent work. This classification makes the viewing more frustrating because few are the important observations that Marker makes. There is very little, either cinematic or informative, in this documentary.

  • Bellissima

    Bellissima

    ★★★★

    Maddalena Cecconi (Anna Magnani) lives with her husband and eight-year-old daughter, Maria Cecconi (Tina Apicella), in a modest working class neighbourhood in Rome. Living in this apartment, heavily surveilled by the eyes of neighborhood, however, has an unlikely advantage: from the terrace the family has clandestine access to film screenings that an open-air cinema, contiguous to their home, does regularly. Maddalena, after days of work, catches a glimpse of the American adventures in the big screen - which invariably end…

  • Adoption

    Adoption

    ★★★

    Kata (Katalin Berek), a forty-three year old woman who works in a factory in her village, lives alone without great luxuries. In the seventies in Hungary, which still belonged to the Soviet Union, life did not present women much more than the opportunity to be mothers. For a large part of the female population being a mother was a full-time profession, at least in the years following the birth of the child.However, unlike her peers, Kate has not yet formed…

  • The Souvenir

    The Souvenir

    ★★★

    It faulters in as far as Joanna Hogg's formal proposal is more captivating than the action that moves the narrative. If, in the written representation of idiomatic language, the comma is a punctuation mark that acts as an articulator that modulates the frasic rhythm and clarifies the ideas that seek to be emphasized, then Hogg uses the ellipse as something equivalent to a cinematic comma. A sequence of episodes, of a small dimension, united by a space purposely left blank…

  • Woman in Chains

    Woman in Chains

    ★★★★½

    Outstanding. Henri-Georges Clouzot, at sixty-one years of age, at the end of the fourth decade of his career, reinvents himself completely with his latest project, "La prisonnière" (1968). Although some motives, namely sexual ones, are recurrent in his work, the truth is that, on an aesthetic level, his farewell to the big screen has little in common with his other films. Clouzot is a name that precedes the work of the members of the nouvelle vague for at least two…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★

    [Second Viewing]

    Most of the obstacles I encountered when I first saw it, about a month ago, have completely disappeared. It seems to me that the viewer benefits from knowing the direction the first two acts will take. By this I mean that knowing this time that the intended course of action, for about an hour and a half, is precisely not to have any apparent destiny, made me read the film not as a macro-narrative, but as a web…

  • The Most Dangerous Game

    The Most Dangerous Game

    ★★

    Based on Richard Connell's short story of the same name, "The Most Dangerous Game" (1932) arouses a singular pleasure, something primordial, that only ancient b-movies can trigger in me. Modern spectators, many with a blasé look, will laugh at how primitive the means of production were. However, I marvel at the ingenuity of those artists who were dependent on their own imagination to create these fantastic universes physically. The scenarios and maquettes used to create verisimilitude are still effective. Time…