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The Dark Side of Copenhagen
In Copenhagen, the Iraqi surgeon Dr. Zaid (Dar Salim) lives a comfortable life with his pregnant wife Stine (Stine Fischer Christensen) in a fancy apartment. One night, while celebrating with friends the near end of the pregnancy period, his twenty-year old junkie brother Yasin (Anis Alobaidi) surprisingly arrives and asks for a large amount of money. Zaid refuses and soon Yasin is found beaten to death. Feeling guilty for the death of Yasin, Zaid goes to the precinct and finds belittle efforts from the detective in charge of investigating the murder case. Soon Zaid, who is black belt in kickboxing, returns to the training in the garage of a friend. He wears black, paints his motorcycle black and drives during the night through the underworld of Copenhagen seeking revenge for his brother. But he pays a high cost for his acts.

"Underverden", a.k.a. "Darkland", is a Danish action-thriller with a reasonable story of revenge but very entertaining like most films of this genre. The plot has good points, showing the dark side of Copenhagen, and the muslin community. But it is hard to believe that a surgeon with solid career and marriage throw thirty years of life in Denmark away to revenge the death of his junkie brother and with his family, friends and himself paying such high cost. Anyway, it is worthwhile watching this film. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Guerreiro da Escuridão" ("Darkness Warrior")


Great TV Series That Has Not Aged
This is the first time that I watch this series from the 90's and surprisingly it has not aged (maybe only in the communication without cell phone). It is impressive the episodes, with handy camera, frenetic pacing, and scenes with interaction of many actors and actresses.

The First Season introduces mainly the lead and supporting cast, showing them as human beings with their failures, expertise and personal problems.

Dr. Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards) is the Chief Resident in the ER of the Chicago County General Hospital, married with a daughter. His career collides with his wife Jennifer´s career of lawyer and their marriage is near to end. He falls in depression after an error of a delivery, when the mother dies.

Dr. Doug Ross (George Clooney) is the pediatric resident and friend of Dr. Greene. Handsome, he is a wolf with co-workers and patients.

Dr. Susan Lewis (Sherry Stringfield) is the second-year resident and also friend of Dr. Greene. She has issues with her parents, has an affair with the unstable psychiatrist Dr. Div Cvetic and is deeply affected by her reckless sister Chloe Lewis (Kathleen Wilhoite), who is pregnant.

John Carter (Noah Wyle) is a talented third-year medical student from a wealthy family that expects to stay at the hospital in the surgery area, which is pending recognition and evaluation of his supervisor resident.

Carol Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) is the head nurse and tried to commit suicide after an affair with Dr. Doug Ross. She is recovering and is scheduling the marriage with Dr. John "Tag" Taglieri, who has unrequited love with her.

Dr. Peter Benton (Eriq La Salle) is the second-year resident in surgery that has problems in the relationship with his sister that takes care of their beloved mother that has Alzheimer. He has an affair with her physical therapist Jeanie Boulet (Gloria Reuben), who is married.

There are other characters usually well-developed. The best episode of this First Season is "Love's Labor Lost". My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "ER - Plantão Médico" ("ER - Medical Duty")

The Night Of

Outstanding TV Miniseries
"The Night Of" is an outstanding TV miniseries divided in eight parts as follows: (1) "The Beach" (2) "Subtle Beast" (3) "A Dark Crate" (4) "The Art of War" (5) "The Season of the Witch" (6) "Samson and Delilah" (7) "Ordinary Death" (8) "The Call of the Wild"

The storyline takes place in 2014, when the college student Nasir 'Naz' Khan (Riz Ahmed), who lives in Queen, is invited to a party in Manhattan. His ride blows him off and Naz decides to steal the taxi owned by his father and two partners and drives to Manhattan. He meets a young woman called Andrea Cornish (Sofia Black-D'Elia) by chance and he spends a night of sex with her in her place, playing Knife Game and using drinks and drugs. Naz awakes in the kitchen, and when he goes to the bedroom to say goodbye to Andrea, he finds her stabbed to death. Panicked and without recollection of what happened, Naz runs from the crime scene but is arrested after a traffic violation by two police officers and he goes to the 21st Precinct. After some hours, Detective Dennis Box (Bill Camp) finds evidence that Naz may be the murderer of Andrea and locks him in a cell. The ambulance chaser John Stone (John Turturro) sees Naz in the cell and offers his service, in the beginning of The Night Of.

This film is impressively realistic, without the glamour of other crime series like "Law and Order" or "Chicago P. D." and ambiguous since the killer's identity is not found. The performances are top-notch and the although the long running time, the viewer is kept in tension waiting to see the next parts asap. The most important, shows the consequences of a terrible police investigation to the protagonists of the story. The former college student Naz ends addicted in crack and with friction with his family and friends in the Pakistanis community. His father loses his taxi driver license and his partnership with two former friends and needs to pawn his few valuable goods. His mother loses her job and has to work as janitor. His brother has to be transferred to another school. The defense lawyer Chandra Kapoor (Amara Karan) loses her job and probably her bar. The retired Detective Dennis Box feels guilty for his poor investigation in his last assignment and is consumed by his faul. The prosecutor Helen Weiss (Jeannie Berlin) feels bad for her poor work and ignoring other information. Maybe only the lawyer John Stone and the inmate Freddy Knight (Michael Kenneth Williams) end the film without any change in their behavior. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "The Night Of"

Body Language

The New Assistant
When Betsy Frieze (Heather Locklear) is promoted to business executive of the Orpheus Corporation, she feels pressed and harassed by her boss Charles Stella (Edward Albert) since she is the first woman to be promoted to a management position. Her relationship with her boyfriend Victor Keaton (James Acheson) is affected by her overwork, but Betsy is helped by her assistant Norma Suffield (Linda Purl), who is replacing the former secretary that vanished. The stressed Betsy does not realize that that Norma is a woman obsessed in her position and is jeopardizing her work and her personal life.

"Body Language" (1992) is a thriller made for TV in the same year of "Single White Female" that has many elements in common. The plot has many clichés and flaws and is totally predictable since the viewer knows the intention of Norma from the very beginning, but also entertains. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Um Corpo de Mulher" ("A Body of Woman")

The Meg

Brainless but Entertaining B-Movie
A team of scientists is sponsored by the millionaire Jack Morris (Rainn Wilson) to research the Mariana Trench in the facility Mana One in the Pacific Ocean under the command of Dr. Minway Zhang (Winston Chao). While visiting the facility, Morris witnesses the submarine commanded by Lori (Jessica McNamee) with two scientists attacked and trapped by a huge creature and soon they lose contact with the base. The manager James "Mac" Mackreides (Cliff Curtis) convinces the group to summon the rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham), who was accused of leaving two members of his crew behind in a rescue operation in a submarine five years ago, and travels with Dr. Zhang to Thailand where Taylor leaves despite the protests of Dr. Heller (Robert Taylor) that participated also in of the former rescue mission. The reluctant Taylor accepts the assignment when he learns that his former wife Lori was piloting the submarine and heads with Mac and Zhang to Mana One. He befriends Dr. Zhang's daughter Suyin (Bingbing Li) and soon they all learn that a prehistorical predator Megalodon was released from the Mariana Trench and now endangering people on the nearby beaches.

"The Meg" is a brainless but entertaining B-movie directed by Jon Turteltaub. The plot recalls those old sci-fi films from the 50's with state-of-art special effects. Audiences that watch "The Meg" would neither expect an art house film nor an Oscar winner; therefore, the viewer sees a funny film with lots of action as expected. Many reviews are unfair. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Megatubarão" ("Megashark")

Lady Chatterley: Episode #1.3
Episode 3, Season 1

Lady Chatterley, Her Husband and Her Lover
After the World War I, Sir Clifford Chatterley (James Wilby) returns home invalid in a wheelchair. His beloved young wife Lady Chatterley (Joely Richardson) accepts him in the beginning. But soon, the needy Lady Chatterley feels physically attracted by the gamekeeper Oliver Mellors (Sean Bean) and has an affair with him in the woods and in his cabin despite their difference of classes.

"Lady Chatterley" is an erotic romance by Ken Russell with the affair of an upper-class woman and with a humble working-class gamekeeper. The plot shows not only their affair, but also class struggle in the British system of the beginning of the Twentieth Century. The performances are excellent, and the reconstitution of the Sir Clifford Chatterley's home and costumes is amazingly beautiful. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Lady Chatterley"

The Amy Fisher Story

Messy Screenplay
"The Amy Fisher Story" is a 1993 American television film directed by Andy Tennant with Drew Barrymore in the lead role of the teenager Amy Fisher, who had an affair with the mechanic Joey Buttafuoco (Tony Denison) in Long Island. She has a crush on Joey and decides to kill his wife, shooting Mary Jo Buttafuoco (Laurie Paton). The well-known story was released in Brazil in VHS, but the screenplay is confused. For example, the prostitution of Amy Fisher is slightly shown in the movie and is not clear that Joey Buttafuoco suggested her to prostitute to get money. Amy Fisher is depicted as a spoiled and promiscuous teenager. Drew Barrymore is the only thing worthwhile watching in this forgettable film. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): "Amy Fisher, a Ninfeta Assassina" ("Amy Fisher, The Killer Nymphet")

The Wretched

Messy Supernatural Film
"The Wretched" is a supernatural film with a messy screenplay and story. The idea of a snoopy teenager that finds a witch that feeds of children and make people around forget them is interesting. The creepy special effects are excellent. Unfortunately, the development of the story and characters is poor and with lack of many explanations. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): "A Bruxa da Casa ao Lado" ("The Witch in the Next Door")


Entertaining Sequel
After the zombie outbreak in South Korea, Captain Jung Seok (Dong-won Gang) heads with his sister, her husband and their daughter to a vessel that will transport survivors to Japan. While sailing, an infected man attacks a group of survivors, killing them including Jung Seok's sister and nephew and the ship changes her course to Hong-Kong. South Korea is quarantined by the other countries to contain the outbreak.

Four years later Jung Seok and his brother-in-law Chul-min (Do-yoon Kim) are broken and outcast in Hong-Kong and South Korea is completely isolated. One day, they are contacted and invited to join a four-man team to retrieve a truck with US$ 20,000,000.00 in a place called Peninsula in the former North Korea. The mobster would transport the team to the Incheon Port during the night and they would bring the truck before the morning; in return, they would receive half of the money. However, they stumble upon a militia and the simple operation becomes a nightmare and only Jung Seok and Chul-min survive to an accident. How can they return to the ship that is waiting for them?

"Bando ", a.k.a. "Peninsula", is not exactly a sequel of excellent and tense "Train to Busan". The idea of Korea quarantined by other countries to contain the outbreak of the first film is the only connection with the original movie. The plot is indeed an action post-apocalyptic film with zombies and highly entertaining. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Invasão Zumbi 2: Península" ("Zombie Invasion 2: Peninsula")

The Marksman

Reasonable Thriller
In Arizona, the rancher Jim Hanson (Liam Neeson) lives alone in the Mexico border. Jim is a former Marine and widower that misses his wife, who died of cancer, and is completely broken since he spent his savings in hospital bill. His stepdaughter is Sarah Pennington (Katheryn Winnick), who is a border patrol agent, and Jim usually reports illegal crossings nearby his lands. When he sees the Mexican Rosa (Tereza Ruiz) and her son Miguel (Jacob Perez) attempting to cross the border, he reports to the border patrol but soon he learns that they are trying to escape from the drug cartel. Jim protects them and kills the brother of the cartel's leader Mauricio (Juan Pable Raba). However, Rosa dies too but she gives the address of her family in Chicago and asks Jim to deliver Miguel to her family. In return, she offers her bag that is full of money. The border patrol takes Miguel but soon Jim finds that the Mauricio wants to revenge the death of his brother and decides to help the boy, driving him to Chicago but with the cartel on their tail.

"The Marksman" is a reasonable thriller with a formulaic plot. Liam Neeson has great performance in a depressing role of a former marine that has no spot to die since he lost his lands and savings in the medical treatment of his beloved wife. The plot has holes and maybe the worst part is when Miguel and he burn the cartel money in a campfire. The conclusion is very sad. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Na Mira do Perigo" ("In the Target of Danger")

Tales from the Hood 3

Four Scary Tales
While escaping from an evil thing, an old man (Tony Todd) listens to four horror tales told by a young girl (Sage Arrindell).

1st "Ruby Gates") The landlord David Burr (London Brown) needs to evict his last tenant, the Bradford Family, from his apartment building to make lots of money in a profitable construction business. However, the family refuses to leave the place since their son is treating cancer in a hospital near to the building. David decides to hire a low life to burn down the Bradford apartment to get rid of the tenants, but things go wrong.

2nd "The Bunker") A racist man is alone in a bunker promoting a white supremacy, but something unexpected happens.

3rd "Operatic") The backing vocal Chela Simpson (Savannah Basley) has an argument with the lead singer and is fired. She meets the agent Park (Jaime M. Callica), who introduces her to the former opera singer Marie Benoit (Lynn Whitfield), who is a wealthy woman and needs a caregiver. When Park convinces Chela to kill Marie to use her money to promote her career, she learns dark secrets.

4th "Dope Kicks") A small time thief robs defenseless people to rob wallets, cellphones, and sneakers. When he accidentally kills a victim, his aunt conjures a curse that affects his life.

In general, the tales are predictable but entertains fans of horror movies. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Contos Macabros 3" ("Macabre Tales 3")

Fire Down Below

Flawed but Still Entertaining
When the FBI agent Jack Taggert (Steven Seagal) learns that his best friend Frank Elkins (John Diehl) was murdered while investigating the dumping of toxic waste in the Appalachia mountains, he decides to assume the case undercover to proceed the investigation. His point of contact is the local Rev. Goodall (Levon Helm) and soon he befriends the outcast Sarah Kellogg (Marg Helgenberger) and Cotton (Harry Dean Stanton) posing of Mr. Fixit working for the church. Jack Taggert finds that the locals have a secret about a huge corporation that is dumping toxic waste hidden in old mines and he decides to confront the king pin of the operation.

"Fire Down Below" is a flawed but still entertaining film with Steven Seagal in the lead role. The plot has many shallow scenes, but Warner Bros. Edited many sequences and maybe this procedure lost various explanations. Anyway, it is worthwhile watching this action movie. The soundtrack is top-notch. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Ameaça Subterrânea" ("Underground Menace")

Stargate SG-1: Ethon
Episode 15, Season 9

The End of a Titan
Jared Kane, from Tegalus, comes to the Stargate Command and discloses that the Rand Protectorate have negotiated with the Ori and received a satellite weapon to destroy the Caledonian Federation. The SGC agrees to send Prometheus to Tagalus to destroy the weapon. However, Kane and Jackson are lured by a peace offer from Col. Pendergast and are imprisoned by the deranged Rand commander. Further, the satellite weapon attacks Prometheus. What will happen next?

"Ethon" is a brainless full of action episode. There are many inconsistencies, such as: (a) the war between the Rand Protectorate and the Caledonian Federation is eternal. Why should Jared be worried with the destruction of his enemy?

(b) why Jared Kane and Daniel Jackson are so easily by lured Col. Pendergast?

The destruction of Prometheus would be enough to destroy both Federations. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Ethon"

Stargate SG-1: Stronghold
Episode 14, Season 9

Is Democracy Possible?
The Jaffa High Council is in a meeting to discuss the implementation of democracy in the Jaffa nation. One of the pro-democracy leaders. Ka'lel, is allied of Bra'tac and Teal'c, but out of the blue, she changes her position. One old leader, Maz'rai, tells Bra'tac and Teal'c that he will meet Ka'lel to discuss her new position, but in the next meeting, he changes his position too. What is happening to the Jaffa High Council members? Meanwhile, Mitchell meets his old friend Ferguson in a hospital and learns he is terminal.

"Stronghold" is an episode where the implementation of democracy in an oppressed nation is not easy. The political plot is shallow, and the drama of Mitchell is more interesting. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Stronghold"

Stargate SG-1: Ripple Effect
Episode 13, Season 9

The Real SG-1
When the SG-1 returns earlier from an assignment in another planet, they realize that General Landry and their team are not in agreement with their last achievements. But soon an identical SG-1 team arrives on the scheduled time and Dr. Lam finds that they are identical. Sam concludes that they belong to a parallel universe and a breach in the Stargate might have opened and brought them to our universe. But soon others SG-1 teams arrive from other universes and Samantha, Martouf and the other Sams team-up to find a way to send them all back home.

Despite the bad reviews, "Ripple Effect" is a highly entertaining episode of "Stargate SG-1". The plot is funny and Amanda Tapping and her Doppelgangers of Samantha Carter steal the show. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Ripple Effect"


Promising but Without Conclusion
"Crusade" is a spin-off "Babylon 5" composed of thirteen episodes but without conclusion of the lead plot.

The plot is based on a virus released on Earth by the aliens Drakh that will decimate the global population in five years. Captain Matthew Gideon is assigned to command the starship Excalibur and search for the cure exploring the galaxy. Along his journey, he lives adventures with his crew in the outer space.

The lead characters are reasonable: Captain Matthew Gideon (Gary Cole) is the best and most interesting one. Lt. John Matheson (Daniel Dae Kim) is a telepath not allowed to use his abilities that are pointless. Max Eilerson (David Allen Brooks) is an annoying character. Galen (Peter Woodward) and Dureena Nafeel (Carrie Dobro) are promising and should be better developed. Dr. Sarah Chambers (Marjean Holden) is expressionless in an important role.

The special effects are poor, even for a 1998 TV Series, but it was worthwhile watching the DVD Box. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): Not Available.


Magnificent Anti-War Film
In 1942, German soldiers are recovering in Italy after combating in North Africa. Soon they are sent to Russia to fight in the cold winter in the Battle of Stalingrad. The film follows the fate of a group of German soldiers in the brutal winter of Russia.

"Stalingrad" is a magnificent and heartbreaking anti-war movie, showing the despair and disillusionment of German soldiers and officers during the Battle of Stalingrad. This film is highly recommended to show German soldiers as simple men sent to the war at any cost to follow orders from insane superiors and government. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Stalingrado - A Batalha Final" ("Stalingrad - The Final Battle")

Brestskaya krepost

Great Russian-Belarusian War Movie
"Brestskaya krepost", a.k.a. "Fortress of War", is a great Russian-Belarusian war movie based on a true story and told through the eyes of the fifteen year-old boy Sashka Akimov (Alyosha Kopashov), the only survivor of the German massacre in the invasion of Soviet Union in 1941.

The screenplay narrates through Sashka´s eyes the pacific lives of the dwellers at the Brest Fortress and the preoccupation of a Red Army officer with the imminent war against .Germany. On the next morning, the location is bombarded by the German artillery, killing soldiers and civilians in the beginning of days of terror and resistance of the Soviet soldiers and civilians under siege of the German forces.

"Brestskaya krepost" is a film to be seen and re-seen, with magnificent performances and heartbreaking story. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Resistência (2010)" ("The Resistance")


Raised to Revenge
In the wilderness of Finland, the former CIA agent Erik Heller (Eric Bana) raises his teenage daughter Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) to be an assassin since she was a child with the intention of killing the CIA agent Marissa Wiegler (Cate Blanchett). When Hanna is sixteen years old, she feels ready for her assignment and activates a radio beacon in her cabin, exposing her position to Marissa, in the beginning of her adventure to confront the dangerous Marissa and learn a secret about her origins.

"Hanna" is a great action movie with excellent performances. The duel between Hanna and Marissa is engaging and the hidden secret is a plus in the story. Unfortunately the marketing of this film was weak and many people do not know it. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Hanna"

The Witches

A Remake Absolutely Unnecessary, But Also Funny
The timeless Nicolas Roeg's "The Witches" (1990) is one of the most delightful movies from the 90's. Great performance, with Anjelica Huston fantastic and great make-up and special effects that have not aged after more than thirty years.

"The Witches (2020)" by Robert Zemeckis is a remake absolutely unnecessary, with the same story and modernizations (Afro-American lead actor and grandmother, state-of-art special effects etc.). However, the book by Roald Dahl is great and this film is fail-proof for children and adults. Consequently it is also funny. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Convenção das Bruxas" ("Witches Convention")

Stargate SG-1: Collateral Damage
Episode 12, Season 9

The Implanted Memories
Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell accepts to be the guinea pig of an experiment of the Galarans relative to implanted memories. Mitchell has one night stand with the scientist Dr. Reya Varrick and on the next morning, she is found dead and Mitchell is the prime suspect of her death. He asks to be investigated since he would never killed her despite of all evidences.

"Collateral Damage" is a predictable episode of the "Stargate SG-1", but very engaging. The plot has many twists and the conclusion is surprising. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Collateral Damage"

Stargate SG-1: The Fourth Horseman: Part 2
Episode 11, Season 9

The Surprising Conclusion
The Prior Gerak tries to convinve the Jaffa Council about the benefits of the Origin. Meanwhile the pandemic is spreading on earth. Gerak discloses to Teal'c that he wished to save Jaffa lives and takes a surprising attitude.

"Stargate SG-1 - The Fourth Horseman: Part 2" is an episode with a good conclusion a surprising attitude of Gerak. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "The Fourth Horseman: Part 2"

Stargate SG-1: The Fourth Horseman: Part 1
Episode 10, Season 9

The Plague
When SG-6 returns to Earth, they bring a plague released by the Ori, it becomes a pandemic that affects the whole planet. Meanwhile, Gerak meets a Prior in Dakar and tells that the Book of Origin is to be followed by the Jaffa and tries to convince the Council. Orlin returns in the shape of a child to keep more information in his human brain and discloses the truth about the false promises of the Ori. What will happen to the human race and to the Jaffa?

"The Fourth Horseman: Part 1" is one of the best episode of the Ninth Season of Stagate-SG-1. All the segment are highly attractive and the Ori Plague in the present days of Covid-19 is more realistic than never. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "The Fourth Horseman: Part 1"

Miss Sloane

One of the Best Thrillers Recently Released
In Washington D. C., the lobbyist Madeline Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) decides to move to a minor agency owned Rodolfo Vittorio Schmidt (Mark Strong) as a challenge in her successful career. While facing the Powers That Be, she has to prove her competency paying a high-cost.

"Miss Sloane" is one of the best thrillers recently released by the Cinema Industry. The powerful story and screenplay has complex dialogs and the magnificent Jessica Chastain in the lead role. This is the type of film that deserves to be watched more than once. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Armas na Mesa" ("Weapons on the Table")

Cherry Bomb

Awful Low-Budget Film
The stripper Cherry Bomb (Julin) is gang-raped by five clients in the VIP room of the night-club where she works. She is sent to the hospital where her estranged brother Brandon (John Gabriel Rodriquez) overhears her statement to a corrupt police detective. He decides to collect money from one of the assaulters, who is a drug-dealer, to pay the hospital bill of his sister but they have an argument and Brandon kills the drug dealer and his girlfriend. Cherry decides to revenge her assault and teams-up with her brother. Meanwhile the dangerous hit-man Bull (Allen Hackley) is hired to kill the siblings. Who hired Bull?

"Cherry Bomb" is one of the awfulness low-budget movie ever made. The plot of this terrible story is full of flaws and holes; weak actors and actresses; poor locations, lightning, make-up, effects etc. Now I understand the low-price of this Blu-ray. In the end, it is not worthwhile watching this film. My vote is three.

Title (Brazil): Not Available

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