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All reviews - Movies (26)

It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Posted : 9 years, 6 months ago on 25 January 2008 02:02 (A review of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World)

I just finished watching this film and I HAD to write about it.

The title with so many "mad" in it is perfect. This film is wild to the exact meaning of the word.

Stanley Kramer, a director so well known about his extraordinary dramas, such as Judgment at Nuremberg, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and To Sir With Love, presents us with this magnificent comedy, not very typical of him, a very pleasant surprise.

But the credits must not all go to the director, because the cast is equally great: Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Ceasar, Buddy Hackett, Mickey Rooney, and last but not least, my favorite, Terry-Thomas are some of the main names in this film and also the greatest names of comedy back in the 50's and 60's.

A group of people, who happened to be travelling each one to a different place, see a car crash, they all go help the victim. Unfortunately, it's a bit too late and the man is dying, but not before revealing there's a huge fortune (for those days anyway) buried under a big "W". Now, is every man for himself in a greedy and comic race against time to see who will get to the money first.

One of the funniest films I have ever seen, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World delivers what it promises and it doesn't disappoint for a minute.


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Rear Window

Posted : 9 years, 6 months ago on 23 January 2008 09:45 (A review of Rear Window )

How many Masterpieces can one artist concieve in a lifetime? One? Two? Three if much? To most that's about it. But in one time or another, comes one that can turn everything he touches into gold. Shakespeare was like that, Da Vinci was like that, Chaplin was like that, just to name a few.

Another person that had this gift was Alfred Hitchcock. He's the kind of movie maker that knew exactly what he was doing and what he wanted.

He could turn a story about birds who attack people without any reason in a great thriller, and he did the same with the story of a man in a wheelchair, who can't walk or leave his room.

Rear Window is the story of L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) a photographer who broke his leg in an automobile accident and now has to stay never ending weeks inside his appartment, in the company of his girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly), his maid Stella (Thelma Ritter) and his camera.

So to ease the boredom, Jeffries begins peeking at his neighbors. What seems like an innocent hobby, turns into a police investigation when he believes that he's the witness of a murder.

A typical Hitchcock movie, it's loaded with suspense and plot twists.

It's difficult to say if this is Hitchcock's finest, because of all the other films he did, but Rear Window deserves all the recognition and fame it has.

It will work for the audience 50 years from now as well as it did 50 years ago.


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Saw IV

Posted : 9 years, 6 months ago on 22 January 2008 10:43 (A review of Saw IV)

Saw 4 was the breath of fresh air that the series needed for so long. Saw 3 is the weakest of them all, because there's way too much sadistic scenes and way too little story.

The fourth film changes that. It doesn't has as many pointless gruesome scenes as its predecessor and it has an evolving and more believeble plot.

Picking up from where the third film left off, the film has two main storylines: one shows us that Jigsaw leaves a final puzzle behind after his death on the previous film; and the other is a flashback of what seems to be some time before the original film, showing a series of events that led "John" to lose all hope and turn into Jigsaw.

The film closes all the lose points left behind by all four. It has a really surprising ending which matches with the first.

As good as the original, if this would be the last of the series (I think not) it would end very well.


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The Bellboy

Posted : 9 years, 7 months ago on 22 January 2008 02:10 (A review of The Bellboy)

This is Jerry Lewis' directorial debut, in which he plays Stanley, a mute bellboy at the Fontainebleau Hotel, one of the busiest hotels in Miami.

As always, Jerry does what he can do best, to get himself and others in a lot of mess throughout the entire film.

The Bellboy has no main plot, just a sequence of funny sketches without any connection to one another, and the visual comedy that we have here in this film is its main attraction. It takes us back to the early cinema comedies done so well by Chaplin, Keaton and Harold Lloyd.

With an universal appeal, because of the visual comedy, and its few dialogues, The Bellboy is nothing less than a work of genius, done by one of the greatest comic actor/director that ever existed, it will please anyone who watches it.


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Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Posted : 9 years, 7 months ago on 21 January 2008 01:04 (A review of Night of the Living Dead)

**First of all, I'm not American or British, so forgive me, readers, if my English has a few mistakes.

One of the greatest horror films ever made, the original Night of the Living Dead proves that you don't need astronomical budgets to develop a solid, well-done and most important for the genre, scary story.

Initiating with a relatively simple story, the film develops into a complicated duel of opinions, egos, beliefs and emotions, turning up to make the people trapped inside the house, more dangerous than the flesh-eating zombies outside.

George A. Romero is not a very well-known director outside the horror circle, but he has a solid filmography with great unknown little jewels that have a little political message, a little humor, some sarcasm and lots of blood, gore and exploding members, after all he's still a horror director. A great horror director.

I highly recommend this film not only to horror fans, but also to good cinema fans and people intrested in human emotions and psychology.

This film has two remakes: Night of the Living Dead (1989) and Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006) but none get close to the original.


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AVP-R

Posted : 9 years, 7 months ago on 20 January 2008 01:44 (A review of AVP: Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem)

The year had barely started and I believe I've seen one of the worst films of 2008, this one manages to be even worse than the first one.

Completely predictable from the first minute of film, as soon as the characters are introduced to us, we already know who is going to live and who is going to die.

Not to mention the indcrediblly stupid and cliche catch phrases that are dropped all the time.

Finally, one more proof of lack of originality from the writers, the film ends with an opening for yet another sequel. Paraphrasing one of those easily-forgotten characters from AVP-R: "God help us all!"

Thank God I still have Charlie Wilson's War, The Dark Knight, Blindness, There Will Be Blood, The Bucket List, Indiana Jones 4, Cloverfield, Shine a Light, Sicko, Wall-E, The Kite Runner and many others to look forward this year.


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