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Alita: Battle Angel

Great Screenplay, Cast and Special Effects
In 2563, three hundred years after the war "The Fall", the mysterious scientist Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) finds part of a female cyborg in a junkyard and brings to his laboratory. He finds that her human brain is amnestic but intact and gives the name of his deceased daughter Alita (Rosa Salazar) to the cyborg. Alita meets on the street Dr. Ido´s ex-wife Chiren (Jennifer Connelly), who is also a scientist that works to the powerful Zapan (Ed Skrein), and befriends the young Hugo (Keean Johnson), who brings cyborg´s parts to Dr. Ido, and learns that both dream on moving to the floating city of Zalem. Hugo teaches Alita how to play Motorball and she learns that the champion of the Motorball Tournament moves to Zalem. Soon Alita discovers that Dr. Ido is a hunter warrior and after finding her cyborg body in a crashed spaceship, she decides to become also a hunter warrior but Dr. Ido refuses to replace her body. Who was Alita and what is the secret of the cyborg body found by Alita?

"Alita: Battle Angel" is a sci-fi adventure with great screenplay, cast and special effects. The Japanese anime of an amnestic cyborg that finds who she was is engaging to any sci-fi fan. Dr. Ido is a sort of cyborg Dr. Frankenstein and the direction of Robert Rodriguez is entertaining as usual. The conclusion indicates that there will be a sequel. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Alita: Anjo de Combate" ("Alita: Battle Angel")

Pet Sematary II

Forgettable Sequel
While shooting a horror film, the famous actress Renee Hallow (Darlanne Fluegel) dies in a weird accident. Her ex-husband, the veterinary Chase Matthews (Anthony Edwards) decides to leave Los Angeles and move with their teenage son Jeff Matthews (Edward Furlong) to Renee´s house in Ludlow to start a new life. Soon Jeff is bullied by his schoolmate Clyde Parker (Jared Rushton) and befriends the teenager Drew Gilbert (Jason McGuire). When Drew´s stepfather Sheriff Gus Gilbert (Clancy Brown) kills his dog Zowie, Drew buries his dog with Jeff in an ancient Indian cemetery that has the rumor of raising the dead. Zowie returns and kills Gus and they bury him in the cemetery. But soon the boys learn that sometimes death is better.

"Pet Sematary II" is a forgettable sequel of Stephen King´s "Pet Sematary (1989). Directed also by Mary Lambert, the plot is weaker and unoriginal. The one-dimension lead actor Edward Furlong keeps the same expression when is happy, sad, bullied or whatever. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Cemitério Maldito II" ("Damned Cemetery II")


Silly Even for Grown-up Children or Teenagers
The overrated "Shazam!" is a disappointing adventure where the humor never works since the storyline and the screenplay are silly even for grown-up children or teenagers. Maybe the target audiences are little children that are capable to give a ten to such a turkey but for adults it is almost unbearable. The special effects are maybe the best this forgettable movie can offer. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Shazam!"

Pet Sematary

One of the Creepiest Horror Films Ever Made
"Pet Sematary" is one of the creepiest horror films ever made based on the novel and screenplay by the writer Stephen King. It may be considered a masterpiece of horror and cruelty, with the shocking destruction of a family when the father does not accept the loss of his baby boy and learns that sometimes death is better. This is one of the first films where a child becomes a killer like the toy Chucky and it is tough to the viewer to see the lovely child killing his beloved mother. The screenplay has also many details and interesting subplots. The direction of Mary Lambert is top-notch and the cast is also magnificent. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Cemitério Maldito" ("Damned Cemitery")

Pet Sematary

Another Unnecessary Remake
1989 "Pet Sematary" is one of the creepiest horror films ever made based on Stephen King´s novel and screenplay. It may be considered a masterpiece of horror and cruelty.

"Pet Sematary (2019)" is not a bad horror movie since the storyline is creepy and the screenplay and the cast are good. However, it is absolutely unnecessary to remake a masterpiece with minor modifications, isn´t it? My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Cemitério Maldito" ("Damned Cemitery")

Waterloo Bridge

Beautiful and Dramatic Love Story
In the World War I, British Captain Roy Cronin (Robert Taylor) meets the young ballerina Myra Lester (Vivien Leigh) at the Waterloo Bridge during a German air strike and they head together to the bomb shelter. They immediately fall in love with each other and before leaving to the front, Roy proposes to marry her. However his troop anticipates the embarking to the front and they do not get married. The ballet company owner Madame Olga Kirowa (Maria Ouspenskaya) dismisses Myra and her best friend Kitty (Virginia Field) and they do not find a new job. When Myra reads on the newspaper that her fiancé has died in action, she becomes a prostitute to survive. One day, Myra is seeking out clients at the train station and she sees Roy arriving in London and rekindling their love. Will Myra support to hide the truth from her beloved fiancé?

"Waterloo Bridge" is a beautiful and dramatic love story and one of the best roles of Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor. Their chemistry is fantastic in the first and romantic part of the story. The plot point turns one of the most beautiful and unforgetable romances into a heartbreaking drama with a very sad conclusion. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Ponte de Waterloo" ("The Waterloo Bridge")

I Am Mother

Intriguing, Original but with a Messy and Disappointing Conclusion
After the extinction of the human race, an android called "Mother" is responsible to repopulate Earth using a collection of embryos stored in a base. Her teenage daughter (Clara Rugaard) is submitted to classes and tests to assess her development as human being. When the daughter finds a mouse inside the base, she suspects that the outside is no longer contaminated. One day, she sees a wounded woman (Hilary Swank) outside the base and let her in. Soon she will learn news that will affect her relationship with her Mother.

"I am Mother" is an intriguing and original sci-fi with a promising storyline. Unfortunately the conclusion is messy and disappointing. The incoherent behavior of the daughter trusting in a stranger is weird and inconsistent with her education. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): Not Available

Stargate SG-1: The Powers That Be
Episode 5, Season 9

Time to Start Ending this Series
Cameron Mitchell, Daniel Jackson, Teal´c and Vala head to a planet where Vala ruled when she had a symbiont to convince the people that Ori is a fake god. They face difficulties in the planet and when a prior also arrive, they have a showdown trying to prove the prior is not telling the truth about Ori and his power is knowledge of technology indeed.

"The Powers That Be" is a reasonable episode of "Stargate SG-1". However the series seem to be exhausted and it is time to the writers to start ending this show. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "The Powers That Be"

Flesh for Frankenstein

Silly Exploitation Version of Frankenstein
"Flesh for Frankenstein" is a silly exploitation version of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Maybe in the 70´s this trash film could have been funny since the societies were more naive, but in the Twentieth-First Century, it is boring, silly and unfunny. Dalila Di Lazzaro is still a very hot woman in the role of the female creature. My vote is three.

Title (Brazil): "Carne para Frankenstein" ("Flesh for Frankenstein")


Fight for Survival
After a plane crash, a man (Mads Mikkelsen) fights to survive stranded alone in Arctic. When he sees a helicopter, he sees the chance to be saved but the helicopter also crashes and he rescues a wounded woman (Maria Thelma Smáradóttir) from the debris. After a long period, he decides to embark in a journey with the woman with hope to find salvation or death.

"Arctic" is a sad but great film about fight for survival in the cold wilderness of the Arctic. Mads Mikkelsen has magnificent performance in the role of a man that uses all the available means expecting to survive. The open conclusion for optimistic like Mads Mikkelsen´s character and me indicates that they will be rescued alive by the helicopter since he really deserves it. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): Not Available

Captive State

Bleak, Messy and Overrated
After a massive alien attack, mankind surrenders to avoid annihilation. Nine years later, the civilization is divided in collaborators and resistance force while the aliens explore and deplete the underground of Earth.

"Captive State" is a bleak, messy and overrated sci-fi without action film. The low-budget associated to a terrible screenplay make a boring but intriguing film. The invasion is presented in fast pace and then the alien race move underground to avoid the expensive use of special effects. The one-dimension characters are not well developed and the viewer spends 1h 49 min running time expecting something to happen but even the conclusion is disappointing. My vote is three.

Title (Brazil): "A Rebelião" ("The Rebellion")

Combat!: The Leader
Episode 31, Season 4

Leadership Lesson
Sgt. Saunders is summoned for a meeting with Lt. Hanley and leaves his squad under the command of Kirby. Soon they realize that they are under siege of German troops and the communication has breakdown. Kirby needs to take decisions but his fellow GI Maynard questions his decisions.

The tense "The Leader" is one of the best episode of "Combat!" with magnificent performance of Jack Hogan. The episode is well directed by Georg Fenady and transmits the uncomfortable sensation of fear and suspense the squad is feeling. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Líder" ("The Leader")

Combat!: Run, Sheep, Run
Episode 30, Season 4

While flanking a German machine gun nest with his fellow Private Booker, Private Corey freezes and Booker dies after destroying the nest. Corey subdues German Lieutenant Vogler that survives and makes him prisoner of war. Saunders's squad believes Corey is a hero, capturing a German soldier in his first combat. But when Corey learns that Vogler speaks English, he panics afraid of the squad learns the truth.

"Run, Sheep, Run" is a good episode of "Combat!", developing Corey and his relationship with Vogler very well. Their confrontation is interesting and Corey´s final decision is moralist but OK. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Corra, Ovelha, Corra" ("Run, Sheep, Run")

Captain Marvel

Entertaining Adventure
"Captain Marvel" is another entertaining superhero adventure. Maybe the most important is not the top-notch special effects but the humor and chemistry of the cute Brie Larson and the veteran Samuel L. Jackson. The screenplay could be improved with a better development of Carol Danvers and the alien war, but anyway it is worthwhile watching. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Capitã Marvel" ("Captain Marvel")

Combat!: Gitty
Episode 27, Season 4

Dramatic Episode
Saunders and his squad are assigned to establish an observation outpost in a church in a French village. On the arrival, Saunders kills a German soldier in self-defense. While in the church, they find the German girl Gitty hidden in the desert church and they learn she is waiting for her father to leave the village. But soon the American soldiers learn that her father was the soldier killed by Saunders.

"Gitty" is a dramatic episode of "Combat!". The expressions of Saunders and his men when they find that the girl is waiting for her father that is dead and they do not know how to tell her the truth is extremely dramatic and sad. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Gitty"

Stargate SG-1: The Ties That Bind
Episode 4, Season 9

Cheated People
When Vala leaves the SGC, Daniel faints and Dr. Carolyn Lam concludes it is a side effect of the removed bracelets. Vala returns and together with Daniel and Mitchell, they need to deal with people cheated by Vala trying to revert the effects.

"The Ties That Bind" is a funny episode of SG-1 showing the character of Vala. She has cheated so many people in the galaxy that is amazing how she is still alive. My vote is seven.

Title 9brazil): "The Ties That Bind"

Stargate SG-1: Origin
Episode 3, Season 9

Poor Harrid and Sallis
Daniel and Vala are taken by a Prior of the Ori to meet The Doci in the bodies of Harrid and Sallis. Daniel challenges Doci and then they are returned to the village as bait to catch unbelievers. Meanwhile Landry has a meeting with the new Jaffa leader Gerak and they are surprised by another Prior of the Ori that promotes his god.

"Origin" is the conclusion of the three first episode of the Ninth Season of Stargate SG-1. The plot is reasonable and the viewer has to get used to new characters in the series. In the end, the Ancient communication system led Harrid and Sallis to death and exposed the humans to another powerful enemy. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Origin"

Five Days

Good Plot Point
In London, the businessman James Nevill (Dane Clark) is the president of Amalgamated Industries and adores his wife Andrea (Thea Gregory). When he is betrayed by his uncle Cyrus McGowan (Howard Marion-Crawford) in a risky business that will bankrupt the company, he decides to force his former friend Paul Kirby (Paul Carpenter) to kill him so that Andrea receives a life insurance policy to have a good life. However Kirby refuses and devastated with the proposal, he drinks too much disclosing the request in public in his girlfriend´s bar. Out of the blue, James´ uncle changes his position and the business succeeds. James tries to find Kirby to call off their arrangement but does not locate him. After three attempts of murder, James suspects that Kirby is not who is trying to kill him.

"Five Days", a.k.a. "Paid to Kill", is a film-noir by Hammer with a good plot point that may surprise the viewer. The cinematography is also great but the conclusion is disappointing. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Pago para Matar" ("Paid to Kill")

The Glass Cage

The Starving Man
The carnival barker Pel Pelham (John Ireland) borrows some money with his friend Tony Lewis (Sidney James). In return, he convinces his friend Rena Maroni (Tonia Bern), who was Tony´s mistress, to stop blackmailing him. Pet wants to promote a side show with her neighbor Henri Sapolio (Eric Pohlmann), who is a starving man. Sapolio and his wife decides to give a party at their apartment and Sapolio glances at a man leaving Rena´s apartment. Later they find that Rena was murdered and the police suspect that one guest is the killer.

"The Glass Tomb", a.k.a. "The Glass Cage", is a mystery film by Hammer that was classified as film-noir in a recently released DVD Box. The storyline and the screenplay are flawed and weak but fortunately the movie is short and watchable. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "A Gaiola de Vidro" ("The Glass Cage")


Intriguing but Overrated
David Kim (John Cho) and his beloved wife Pamela Nam Kim (Sara Sohn) raise their daughter Margot in an environment of family love. After the death of Pam, David has difficulties to supersede his love for his wife. One day, the teenager Margot (Michelle La) vanishes and David breaks in her laptop searching for clues. Meanwhile the police detective Vick (Debra Messing) is responsible for the case and looks for Margot. Will the teenager be found?

"Searching" is an intriguing but overrated thriller. The screenplay may be original but it is boring after 102 minutes running time watching a film through a computer screen. The performances are great. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Buscando..." ("Searching...")

Wings of Danger

Disappointing Hammer Film
"Wings of Danger" is a disappointing Hammer film directed by the cult-director Terence Fisher. The plot of blackmailing and smuggling is messed and weak despite the expectations of the fans. There is nothing to highlight in this forgettable film. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Asas do Perigo" ("Wings of Dnger")

36 Hours

Entertaining Hammer Film Noir
During a 36-hour leave, Major Bill Rogers (Dan Duryea) travels to England to meet his wife Katherine 'Katie' Rogers (Elsy Albiin). Bill is training in the United States and left his wife alone for several months. But soon he learns that Katie has moved from their apartment to a new one to have encounters with men. Bill heads to the address and when Katie arrives, he is knocked out by a stranger in her apartment. Further, the man uses his pistol to kill Katie and frame Bill. Now he has less than 36 hours to find the killer and prove his innocence.

"Terror Street", a.k.a. "36 Hours', is an entertaining Hammer film noir with Dan Duryea in the lead role. The plot has flaws, the fights choreography is weak but the storyline is engaging. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "36 Horas" ("36 Hours")

Série noire

Overrated Black Comedy
"Série noire" is an overrated black comedy directed by Alain Corneau. The story of the clumsy loser door-to-door salesman Franck Poupart is kind of lose among crime, drama and black comedy but does not work very well. Maybe in the late 70´s it would be better rated. The slow pace is not adequate to the story and Patrick Dewaere is annoying with his stupidities. Marie Trintignant is a great surprise performing the teenage prostitute Mona and her first encounter with Franck is unforgettable. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Série Negra" (Black Series")

Mort d'un pourri

Politics and Corruption
When Xavier 'Xav' Maréchal (Alain Delon) is awaken by his old friend Deputy Philippe Dubaye (Maurice Ronet), he learns that Philippe has killed the also politician Serrano (Charles Moulin) that has a dossier with documents proving the corruption of several politicians and businessmen including Philippe and was blackmailing him. Xavier accepts to provide an alibi to his friend and to follow the investigation to help Phillippe, who has stolen the dossier. But soon Xavier finds that a network of powerful men wants to retrieve the documents and he has to run to survive.

"Mort d'un pourri", a.k.a. "Death of a Corrupt Man", is a thriller based on politics and the related corruption of the Powers That Be. The plot is full of action with a hopeless conclusion. The beauty of Ornella Muti is impressive. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Morte de um Corrupto" ("The Death of a Corrupt Man")

Le désordre et la nuit

The Police Inspector and the Addicted Mistress
When the middle-aged police inspector Georges Vallois (Jean Gabin) is assigned to investigate the murder case of a drug dealer, the suspect is his addicted mistress Lucky Fridel (Nadja Tiller). But soon Vallois and Lucky have a love affair and he believes she is innocent and needs rehab.

"Le désordre et la nuit", a.k.a. "The Night Affair", is a different film-noir. The storyline shows a dirty tale with an old police inspector having an affair with a junkie woman that could be his daughter and manipulating the events in the end to present the best solution for the case. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Vício Maldito" ("Damned Addiction")

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