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Unbelievably underwhelming.

Scary Movie 5

We had to walk out less than an hour in...

Ever After: A Cinderella Story

I loved this movie when I was a child. I caught it on TV recently and it brought back so many good memories. I still found it very charming. Drew Barrymore was truly captivating here. I really liked the choice of making the step-mother's character a little nuanced instead of one-dimensional and cartoonish.


Touching performance by Michael Fassbender. This film is so well done and it is so powerful that even the most sexually explicit scene towards the end only inspires pity for this character. A critic claimed: "Rarely has a movie been so sexual without being remotely sexy." I couldn't agree more. Michael's tortured expression is truly heartbreaking. Not only does he make you believe it, you can feel it. Very interesting movie to experience.

Les Misérables

A miscalculated film.

The heart of this story is big on morality, forgiveness, redemption. The idea of having actors sing live... Bold, ambitious, admirable? You bet. But it just doesn't work well. I could perceive the effort. I admired the actors for their fearlessness, their skill, but I could not feel engaged enough.Take the opening sequence for instance, with the song "Look down," one of my favorite songs in the musical (one of the few, since there seems to be only a few songs anyway: the rest is just a derivative of the same musical theme). You could barely hear what they were singing or even understand the lyrics, because of everything that was going around on set.

More crucial during my experience of the film, the way Hooper chose to shoot this movie: I did not need to see every actor's face, from the shoulders up, up close, for 5 minutes straight during each painfully-long song... (hyperbole, but still). I'm still puzzled by that choice. Never seen anything like it before, I'll grant him that. But I'm sure I don't want to see it again.

Having read the novel, which I adore, and seen a few versions of the musical, which I don't exactly love except for a handful of individual songs, I felt disappointed and frankly just bored and annoyed...frequently. I peaked at my watch...repeatedly. The length was truly perceptible. Good scenes here and there, the death scene and the grand finale were very well made. Hugh Jackman was outstanding, did the very best he could (again, kudos for the death scene). Great acting all around, hard work worthy of praise. But for the most part, watching this movie was agonizing.


Very good film overall, outstanding performances. Horribly disturbing, based on a true story. I'm not a mother and I felt a piercing pain. The kind of movie I can bear to watch only once.

Gran Torino
Gran Torino(2009)

The Academy and audiences in general have always been passionately enamored with Clint Eastwood and everything he does. And he deserves it for the most part, he is a great director. But I can't possibly agree this time.
The story is too formulaic and predictable, and the performances are just flat. Maybe if this Walt Kowalski character had been played by somebody else, I could have related more to him, but there was something in Eastwood's typical tough guy, badass approach that had me rolling my eyes very often.
"Get off my lawn." Yeah. It also reminded me of that guy who talks to an empty chair. Not your best Clint, not your best.
Honestly now, the story doesn't give a lot of support for this bigoted man's quick conversion from a proactive xenophobe to a selfless martyr. Changing one's lifetime convictions and beliefs is not an overnight process, particularly in an old man, but well, if Clint says so...
By the time the 'How to talk like a man' scene in the barber shop showed up, I seriously considered turning off the TV, but I'm a martyr myself so I forced myself to finish it. What a ludicrous, pointless, awkward piece of script.
Eastwood is overall a very talented director, but I've always thought his acting is just wooden and unconvincing. His best performance was (in my opinion) in Unforgiven, and still it's not one I particularly cherish either. He's much better behind the camera.


"I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul." Very good movie.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

It grew on me upon a second viewing. I still didn't like that some parts of the story were chopped off or changed. I wonder why it's so hard to stick to the source. I think most events in Rowling's saga are pretty exciting and filmable by themselves; extraneous inputs and weird turns are unnecessary for the most part.
It was a good movie, but the adaptation could have been so so much Part 1 was. I enjoyed it anyway.

The Passion of the Christ

Regarding technicalities, Mel Gibson proves again he is an amazing film-maker. He hired a great cinematographer, too. The performances were very good.
Other than that, you have yourself some hardcore torture porn (if you can't take the Saw movies, don't watch this) and some serious dramatic license in recreating a death about which very few details exist. Add to that almost 2 hours of such process...
Since the movie is ripped of Jesus's philosophy, which made him an exceptional figure even beyond the religious realm, the film fails to be more than a record of one of the thousands of barbarities committed by the Romans in Judea. Because yes, Jesus was almost certainly not the only innocent man to be tortured and crucified. In history.
As a side note, I remember I saw this movie back when I still considered myself a Christian, though my disappointment with my church, fellow Christians, religion as an institution, and mostly with the Bible itself upon studying it, were already shaking my early indoctrination and beliefs. This film will always be unforgettable and hold a special place in my heart because it was one of the definitive tipping points in my transition into what I now deem consciousness and freedom from mental slavery. In Gibson's film, all I saw was the exploitative work of a fanatic, analogous to most aspects of religion itself. It was quite sobering in that respect.

A Serious Man

"Receive with simplicity everything that happens to you."

On the Road
On the Road(2012)

Props to Garret Hedlund, who played Dean Moriarty, fantastic job.
I haven't read the book, so I will only write my feelings about the story portrayed in the movie.

I hated Dean Moriarty. Funny when a selfish jerk is seen as a free-spirited, passionate individual. Sal Paradise, our hero, is nothing but a shell of a man. Bland, incredibly gullible, a man of inaction. Except for following Dean around like a puppy and praising him. Dean, the maniac. The "free-spirit," who won't be tied down by social conventions, including his duties to his family. This is the guy who knows nothing about personal responsibility, friendship, commitment, or loyalty. It's all about him, and his needs and desires. Whoever he has to use throughout his hedonistic adventure is fair game, everyone is expendable to him. This is the guy who leaves behind his sick friend when he most needs him. He is not a free spirit, but a selfish piece of trash.

These people's musings about life and the meaning of it all are mere hippie, useless ramblings. They spend their time driving, using each other, drinking or smoking themselves stupid, and stealing. Because yeah, how else will you survive, oh non-conformist youth. No character development whatsoever. No pivotal moment or epiphanies, no deep insights, no nothing. Years pass, and no one actually changes. Same old stuff and patterns of behavior, over and over. The characters are selfish, foolish, and irresponsible. Unrelatable. Unless you are into consciously making poor decisions and leaving a wreck behind you. And nothing they do really makes them happy, on the contrary.

Sex and the City 2

Their first walk through (what was supposed to be) the Abu Dhabi desert, dressed in those...garbs, is one of the most ridiculous things I've seen. And not in a funny way, but in a what-the-heck, confusing way. Many other scenes induced the same reaction. I didn't completely dislike the first movie, but this was almost unbearable. Very long too.

In Time
In Time(2011)

Intriguing, clever premise, by the director of the amazing Gattaca. But the story eventually falls flat and becomes predictable. Justin Timberlake is a talented actor, but I believe he was miscast here.

The Proposal
The Proposal(2009)

From the moment you start watching this you know exactly how it's gonna end, but you dont mind because it's pretty enjoyable. Sandra Bullock is a crack up, and so is Ryan Reynolds. The beginning of this film was like a deja vu of The devil wears Prada.

The Ugly Truth

A hot-air balloon scene? Can you get any cheesier than that? This is a seriously bad movie.

When Harry Met Sally

Good movie, romantic and funny. I laughed so much with Meg Ryan's fake orgasm scene in the restaurant, a classic! And Billy Crystal is just hilarious in everything he does. I honestly didnt like much her pairing with Tom Hanks in 'You've got mail' and 'Sleepless in Seattle,' I didnt exactly dislike those but I didnt enjoy them as much as this one. She goes so much better with little Billy :)

Like Crazy
Like Crazy(2011)

Based on poster, title, and synopsis alone, I didn't expect such a deep look into human behavior and interaction. The thrills and hopefulness and heartbreak of love, seldom explored truthfully in most movies, here are depicted masterfully, unidealized. The most revealing moments are, as in real life, unspoken: shown in gestures, facial expressions, glances; shown in actions. There is also the reality that maybe, just maybe, despite declarations of love and probably even genuine feelings of love, one of the parties involved in the relationship is not as invested and willing to make sacrifices as the other may be, and thus the situation becomes even more difficult. The ending is brilliant in its ambiguity and, again, unspoken insight. In the beautiful final scene, Jacob and Anna seem to be wondering: "do we even want this anymore..." Their lives have changed, they have changed... there's the possibility that their feelings for each other have changed as well. They actually spent more time apart, and even with their other partners (this is particularly true in Jacob's case) than getting to know each other. Maybe all this time they had idealized each other and their relationship and the foundations of their love? Or maybe, it was all worth it and they will figure it out together. This is what the movie very effectively leaves to our interpretation and imagination.

Lost In Translation

I think that if you've ever felt truly alone, this is a movie you will be able to relate to. "Lost In Translation" is about being alone. Loneliness doesn't always mean that someone is physically separated from loved ones or from people in general. One can be alone in the middle of a crowded room. Bob and Charlotte, the two lonely souls, find each other at a hotel in Japan, spend time with one another, and even sleep in the same bed together. But we know that while this is providing a small comfort for the time being, it is not a lasting solution to their problems. And we also understand that both Bob and Charlotte would still feel lonely--even if Bob's wife were in Tokyo with him, and Charlotte's husband were by her side all the time. Their life struggles lie deeper than what one person can provide, especially the persons they have chosen to settle down with.

The Notebook
The Notebook(2004)

The movie is very well made. The setting is idyllic and the two leads are both excellent actors, sharing great chemistry on screen. This is usually not my cup of tea. It is formulaic, it is melodramatic, but its still managed to be charming and win me over.

Message in a Bottle

Positive: I enjoyed Robin Wright and Paul Newman. Negative: Passionless endeavor. Shameless tearjerker, that might trigger more annoyance at the blatant manipulation than actual tears. The ending was idiotic.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Why do I let myself keep getting dragged to these Michael bay creations? When you think these movies can't possibly get worse, they do. Shia is wasting his talent on this pointless saga. The first one was okay, but enough.

The Lake House

Sandra is very endearing in any movie, even one as bad as this. But who could save this boat? Not alongside Keanu Reeves, who should give up acting forever.

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

"Although Kazakhstan a glorious country, it have a problem, too: economic, social, and Jew." Hilarious and fearless.

Red Riding Hood

It's astonishing how stupid this movie is. Lazy script, offensively cheap-looking effects, terrible performances from the leads. I usually enjoy Gary Oldman, but nobody can be saved when the material reeks this fiercely. Only I am to blame. The trailer offered me complete insight, it was unprecedently honest and revealing. But my deep respect for Leonardo DiCaprio's work drew me in, since he's listed as one of the producers. I was compelled to find a redeeming quality. I couldn't. This is a puzzling, uncharacteristic move from his part.


Bill Maher is a cynic. If you know anything about him, you should know what you're getting yourself into: he WILL be mean. This movie is one of the most hilarious things I've ever watched. Not exactly your best source for religious history, but it is quite sobering and thought-provoking. He presents some valid points and questions. I've watched it a few times, still laugh everytime.

I Am Sam
I Am Sam(2001)

I liked the soundtrack.

I Am Legend
I Am Legend(2007)

I remember people raving about this film when it first came out. Maybe if they hadn't, I wouldn't have felt so underwhelmed by it.


Brilliant black comedy. I loved that this wasnt a movie about high school at all. High school mainly provided the setting for a story about these individuals' personalities and their different approaches and outlooks on life. I'm amazed at how well the story manages to be hilarious, exasperating, and thought-provoking at the same time. They hit the nail on the head with the casting of Witherspoon for this role: nuanced, excellent performance. Many times I didn't know if I wanted to punch her, laugh, or feel sorry for her. Matthew was equally terrific. Props to Chris Klein's naive, happy-go-lucky Paul. I love this movie and I've seen it more than once.

Shall We Dance

This was a really nice, feel-good movie, the dancing was great. I'm glad the story didn't take the turn I was fearing. Richard Gere was spectacular in one of his usual lovable characters. Stanley Tucci was hilarious, I just love that guy.

Memoirs of a Geisha

Visually mesmerizing, lovely score.

Blue Valentine

Gripping and raw. Hard to watch, but worth it.

Freedom Writers

This didn't quite get to me. It felt like the same-old, done ad nauseam kind of story. Or maybe the film itself just wasn't that good, since I can still remember fondly great movies in this oversaturated genre.

True Grit
True Grit(2010)

Hailee Steinfeld was pretty impressive in her debut as Mattie Ross. Jeff deserved the nomination as well, as always. And I adore Matt Damon in virtually anything. This was a good movie, clever dialogue and very nice cinematography, but I'm really not a fan of westerns. It bored me at times. I would not watch it again.

Ocean's Eleven

Very cool movie. Fun, smart, and just extremely entertaining. Great cast.


The best film of 2012. Yet, the "Academy" did not even bother to nominate Ben Affleck's direction. Now I'm truly done with these people.

The Blind Side

Feel-good film. But there are many of those. This could have been better.

I Love You Phillip Morris

I really enjoyed this. I've learned to appreciate Jim Carrey's talents more. I laughed (and cried sometimes) with this film, and I completely bought his Steve Russell's love for Phillip Morris. He moved me. I loved Ewan McGregor too, very sweet his character. I dont know whether ALL this really happened or not, but what is veracious is the fact that once people start lying it's very hard to stop, it's addictive, and their whole life becomes that lie, and they become strangers even to themselves.

Anna Karenina

Ambitious. Quality product. Jude Law and Knightley were very good.

Dangerous Beauty

The movie looks very nice: the lighting is competent, the costumes are pretty, the leads are both attractive. Jake Weber's brief performance as the king of France is also noteworthy. The rest of the performances are amateurish at best. Or maybe it was just the awful material. Weak script, underdeveloped/unconvincing events. The dialogue made me cringe more than once, especially those grand statements during the trial scene. How anyone can write, let alone deliver, those lines with a straight face escapes me. I've never read Veronica Franco's work, but what is delivered as her poetry can't possibly be the work of a published author. And to boot, a high fructose corn syrup musical score. The title is also quite something...Dangerous Beauty...really? Not much thought into any of this huh..

The Other Guys

For some reason, I didn't like this movie the first time I saw it on theaters. Maybe I was having a bad night that time, because upon the second viewing I laughed like an idiot. Noticed some cleverness in its humor that I didn't perceive before. Same experience with Anchorman. Will Ferrell has really grown on me.

Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

I don't know how to put this but I'm kind of a big deal.


Hoffman is truly an incredible actor. This is a must-see if you've read the novel.


"You're television incarnate: Indifferent to suffering; insensitive to joy. All of life is reduced to the common rubble of banality. War, murder, death are all the same to you as bottles of beer. And the daily business of life is a corrupt comedy. You even shatter the sensations of time and space into split seconds and instant replays. You're madness. Virulent madness."

"We're all you know. You're beginning to believe the illusions we're spinning here. You're beginning to think that the tube is reality, and that your own lives are unreal. You do whatever the tube tells you! You dress like the tube, you eat like the tube, you raise your children like the tube, you even *think* like the tube! This is mass madness, you maniacs! In God's name, you people are the real thing! *WE* are the illusion! So turn off your television sets."

Scary how relevant this is today. My feelings exactly about the media and television in general, and precisely why I prefer to avoid it. Every time something terrible happens, the media's eager, hungry, insensitive, opportunistic coverage of the tragedy depresses me even more, makes me wonder if we are all really turning into humanoids.
This is a brilliant film of astonishing depth, and rich, insightful dialogue/monologues. A masterpiece.

Patch Adams
Patch Adams(1998)

Wow. Saccharine alert. Shamefully manipulative. Pompous, shallow, paper thin/cartoonish characters. Endlessly formulaic. Even the musical score is unbelievable. Every attempt to exploit emotions is so in-your-face obvious that it becomes insulting. I like Robin Williams... sometimes. He's got an interesting style, he can be either over-the-top but lovable, or over-the-top and incredibly obnoxious. Here he was insufferable. Allowing this guy to indulge in playing any kind of clown, for any amount of time, should be a crime! Madness! Not even the real Patch Adams liked "Patch Adams."

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Captain Jack Sparrow!!! :)
I cannot stand Orlando Bloom's acting in any movie, but Johnny Depp was just priceless and so was Geoffrey Rush

Snow White and the Huntsman

Visually stunning, but the movie was long and ultimately boring, I just wanted it to end. Almost walked out. Theron was good. Stewart can't act. The love triangle was absurd.

Letters from Iwo Jima

Beautiful film. I've always said Clint Eastwood's work is more than often unparalleled, as long as he stays behind camera. His attempt to make a two-part chronicle of WW2 from both the American and the Japanese side of the spectrum is remarkably honest and successful. Ken Watanabe is always a phenomenal casting. Matter of fact, all the performances were moving and praise-worthy. That might be the reason why this movie grabbed me in a way that Flags of our Fathers didn't.

Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor(2001)

One of the worst movies I've ever seen. That ridiculous love triangle intermingled with the tragedy at Pearl Harbor...and the vomit-inducing dialogue.. pity.
Michael Bay lacks all common sense

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction(1994)

This is just a GREAT movie. The more I watch it the more I love it. After Schindler's List, to me Pulp Fiction was the best and possibly the most influential film of the 1990s. It's an extraordinary work of masterful structure, amazing dialogue, humor, and sudden bursts of action.

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol

I didn't expect it to be so damn good, from start to finish. Terrific thriller. I don't know why people dislike Tom Cruise so much, he is an awesome actor, don't care about his personal life.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Movie looks gorgeous and it has nice performances to compensate for flaws. It's probably superior to the first one though this one dragged a little. The plot definitely shows more work this time, much more intricate, I liked it.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I enjoyed the Swedish version more, but Daniel Craig was way stronger in this role than the original actor. Good movie.

The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)

Very good performances, great dialogue. The crime is solved relatively quick, so the story is more focused on the corruption rather than the mystery, the unsatisfying yet realistic love story, and the victim's husband's perspective towards punishment.

A Perfect Getaway

At first I felt cheated by the twist, but it makes total sense, I was just not being perceptive enough. I'm glad that I can never see it coming in movies like this.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

J.Franco's character was horribly underdeveloped and the ultimate role of his girlfriend was unclear. Kinda like that kid from Transformers and his girlfriends. The story was lacking and had a few bothering loopholes, but other than that it was entertaining and very very well made in terms of visuals. Nothing I would ever watch again though. In fact I'd recommend anyone to wait for it to be on Netflix or TV, not worth the $10 ticket.

Átame! (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!)

As unconventional as Almodovar gets, hilarious, simultaneously real and absurd. I didnt like "Atame" nearly as much as his latest works but it was still worth seeing, and it is so Almodovar! It's nice to see where he was coming from, everything that went into molding his creativity.


Usually the kind of movie I dont like, but this one was action-packed (as in cool action/suspense) and it could be enjoyed. And I happen to love Adrien Brody's work. The movie was, of course, predictable to the bone. You get your usual cocktail of ethnicities, but we know beforehand it's gonna be him and her at the end. I didnt watch the original or any of the other Predator movies so I can't compare. If Arnold really is in the original then I'll never watch it. Something bothers me though: if the predators had that laser thingy they could use to obliterate pretty much anything in nanoseconds, why would they sometimes choose physical combat or swords and fight to the death? Because then everyone would have died, I guess. Still seems dumb as a rock, but okay.

Captain America: The First Avenger

I was surprised by the imperfect ending, I like that

North Country

Very good movie. Theron proves again what a fine actress she can be when placed in the right role.

Horrible Bosses

Pretty funny, great cast.

Legally Blonde

Silly, but still charming and amusing. Reese Witherspoon does a wonderful job as Elle Woods. I doubt any other actress could have pulled this off. She plays Elle as a girlish bubblehead, but who is so quick, funny, and cheerful that is very hard not to like her.

The Last Samurai

Very beautiful epic. Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe were amazing here.

Interview with the Vampire

I can't believe this was just 2 hours long, seemed like 4 to me. I disliked the novel, it bored me to death. So I didn't have great expectations for this. But the cinematography was very beautiful, and Tom Cruise and Kirsten Dunst were excellent. Brad Pitt looked gorgeous and was right in his role: just as boring, brooding, and insufferably tortured as poor Louis was in the novel. Other than constant chatting and instrospection, very little happens in this story. The plot is virtually uneventful.

50 First Dates

Absurd in so many ways, but it's heartwarming and it has funny moments.

American Wedding

Stifler is too hilarious, I can't help it. This might be even better than the last 2.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

"Is that crazy enough for ya? Want me to take a shit on the floor?"
My favorite actor at his best. The battle of wills between the establishment and the free spirit. Great movie, great performances.

Seven Pounds
Seven Pounds(2008)

Manipulative tearjerker. I have nothing against sentiment, but I hate when I'm feeling pushed for that response. All filmmakers push anyways, but the emotion must come from a natural place. This was light on credibility and frankly just a pain to watch.

American History X

Some areas of the movie seemed underdeveloped and a little rushed. For one, this neo-Nazi's conversion wasn't strongly convincing. He had 3-4 years to change in prison, we see that it was obviously a gradual process, and still I just felt there was something off, it didn't satisfy me. It might have also been that after watching this dude kill someone with a curb stomp and smile in satisfaction, I was expecting at least to see him rot in jail. But I know that wasn't the point, and I really liked this movie. It is flawed but well intentioned. Race hatred is a very sensitive subject to work with, and still the film manages to leave a thought-provoking impression on how racism is one of the most dangerous, destructive ideas out there. Edward Norton's performance was particularly powerful, mostly in the first half of the film: that skinhead nut was so unlike what seems to be his usually mellow self. He deserved the nomination. Stacy Keach and Guy Torry were also very good as the skinhead leader and Derek's prison inmate respectively.

Kill Bill: Volume 1

Badass. That I couldn't pinpoint the usual complexities of an actual story was irrelevant; as a viewer I just followed, got absorbed, and did not feel like questioning. The whole thing was merely a delicious visual experience proving once again that Tarantino is a virtuoso filmmaker.


I dont believe in Fate, but I admit life is full of mysteries and some bewildering events can hardly be called coincidences. What happens in this movie is not even Fate, it's just the product of a ridiculous script, too ludicrous even for a comedy. I like John Cusack, a lot. But this is one of his most puzzling career moves. Still he manages to be kinda lovable and funny. Kate Beckinsale's character (Sara) is too dumb to be true. Or rather, she is a crazy bitch.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Bueller?... Bueller?... Bueller?...
This is a classic. I might be biased because I grew up watching this and in love with Matthew Broderick, so it's definitely close to my heart :) But still, after many years I caught it again on TV the other day and I still died laughing. One of the coolest movies ever.

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

I wanted to see what this was about, and now I kinda wish I hadn't. This was horrifying. If I went through all the hardships and all the abuse this poor child went through in this story I'd honestly want to stop living. Precious really was precious, that was maybe the only inspiring thing in this raw movie, that she kept going. Let me say that again: RAW, to the bone, to the point of tears and of sickness sometimes. Let me stress it: quite a sucker punch. Would not watch again, but I doubt I will ever forget such evocative imagery either. Yet, I dont think it was overdone, this is (most probably) how life looks like at the bottom of the pit.
The acting is formidable. Mo'nique has always seemed rather obnoxious to me as a comedian, but this horribly disturbing role of hers as Precious's mother was electrifying. The father was an animal who deserved the worst, but you dont really get to see so much of him although you KNOW what he's caused. Now, the mother's monstrosity left me speechless and just sad at the thought that a mother can be capable of what that woman did to her daughter. An actor who so fearlessly and effectively takes on a role like this really deserves the recognition.


Excellent dramatization of the Wannsee Conference. You might recoil more than once at the matter-of-factly cruelty, but I have no doubt that this is how they "solved the Jewish problem," over pastries and a cup of tea, talking about humans as if discussing how to get rid of rats. People usually only focus on Hitler as the mastermind and the supreme devil, we tend to forget about the monsters behind him. Hats off to these magnificent actors, especially Branagh as Heydrich and Tucci as Eichmann, the so called architect of the Holocaust. Great movie.

Love in the Time of Cholera

You just don't do this to a Gabriel Garcia Marquez story, it's cruel to his readers and to art in general. Filmmakers should finally embrace the fact that Gabo's stories are simply not filmable, they can only exist on the page and must remain there forever. The delicate fantasy, exuberance, and unique tone of Garcia Marquez's work is, of course, absent here. Without it, Florentino is just a womanizer/stalker and the story is far from likeable. I hated this movie with a passion. I hated the way the story was set out. I was appalled at Javier Bardem's horrid old make up, still he is such a great actor that he managed to invest the character with some dignity behind all that execrable junk. But not even he could save this ship from sinking. And of course, they choose to make a story set in Colombia in English, even though out of the whole cast only Benjamin Bratt and Liev Schreiber are native English-speakers. But God forbid Hollywood should make a movie with subtitles. I wish Garcia Marquez had never granted these people the rights to massacre one of his greatest stories. Apparently Newell did not realize this was no Harry Potter, and felt he could take on the more complex challenge of translating it to the screen. Oh well, who are we kidding, even his HP was a flop.

The House of the Spirits

Extremely poor and loose adaptation of Isabel Allende's rich and evoking story. Streep, Irons, and Close are outstanding actors who here were incredibly miscast.

Winter's Bone

Lawrence delivers a solid perfomance of an iron-willed 17-year-old, determined to find her father dead or alive in order to keep her family together; a small family she carries on her young shoulders. Characters like Ree Dolly and their struggles are always awe-inspiring, but I'd have to say the cold, dark rural poverty portrayed is what resulted even more striking. Seemed like a civilization stuck in time, and it's probably a very accurate illustration of many areas of the Midwest/South US people used to the cities rarely think about.

The Other Boleyn Girl

Despite the accent, 3 stars for the two Boleyn girls' and their mother's performances. Drama drama drama. I did find interesting that this is the first time I see Anne Boleyn portrayed somewhat negatively. It doesnt matter. Regarding the story of his wives, Henry VIII will always remain the only unforgivable pig.

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

"I loved you on this day. I love this memory."
Inspired and compelling work, but I couldn't quite connect to the main characters' relationship. This might be the kind of film that will grow on me upon a second viewing.

The Ghost Writer

Solid, tense thriller, strong performance from McGregor. The revelation left me a little unsatisfied:
"Lang's wife Ruth was recruited as a CIA agent by professor Paul Emmett of Harvard U." So THAT was the oh-so-intriguing message? Meh.
I loved the final shot of the flying papers though. Stylish film, Polanski is a skilled director, but I was hoping for an extraordinary final punch... *sigh* politics.


The story is absorbing at first but the end is a mess. Chloe (Seyfried) is interesting, there's something enigmatic about her. And yet it is puzzling how her character remains underdeveloped, her reasons undisclosed, and she is suddenly turned into a psycho. The film had potential but the ultimate product is silly and erratic.

The Devil's Advocate

Even in mediocre movies Al Pacino cannot deliver a mediocre performance, he is beyond acting. His Satan was probably the only reason why I endured this 'till the end. He played it with relish and viciousness, providing some funny, witty, and often pondering lines:
"It's the goof of all time. Look but don't touch. Touch, but don't taste. Taste, don't swallow. Ahah. He's an absentee landlord."
Quite a performance treat.
Keanu Reeves was right in his character, nothing groundbreaking, but a good enough job. The story is contrived, ludicrous, and plain silly. The mother quoting the Bible every 2 seconds annoyed me senseless.
I was betting they would include the Stones' "Sympathy for the devil" somewhere in the soundtrack, instead they put on "Paint it black." Pretty close.

Little Children

I considered this movie to be great until that ending showed up, quite a punch to the gut. I preferred the novel in that respect. Ending aside, the film managed to be as penetrating and fascinating as the book. Great performances. Kate Winslet was excellent as always. Jackie Earle Haley is appallingly creepy and incredibly sad as the tortured Ronald. A perfect performance, one that will linger in your mind for a while, mostly after that ending... (sorry can't stop talking about it).


Good movie. It opens with images of Manhattan and its skyline, set to Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." That was powerful. I loved that it was shot in black and white, it made me feel some sort of nostalgia I couldn't quite understand. I was amused from time to time by Allen's wit, he is quick and often funny, I wasnt even too surprised that his Isaac was dating a 17-year old highschooler with the voice of a 12 year-old. The girl turned out to be the wisest and most stable character anyways. The movie was hilarious at parts and always interesting. Not one I will particularly cherish though.

The Sound of Music

High-fructose alert. I cannot stomach it. Even after visiting Salzburg and the Schloss Leopoldskron, around which many beautiful scenes were filmed, I can't do it. It is just a bad, bad movie. Dumb. The failed nun, the pointless captain, and a family of halfwitted children. The plot sucks, the acting sucks, the dialogue sucks, the music sucks. Only a genius like John Coltrane could take something so annoyingly sugarly as "My favorite things" and turn it into pure jazz bliss. But then again, I'm not particularly fond of musicals, although I do have some select favorites. This is most definetely not among them.

Gone With the Wind

Despite the absurd idealization and the offensive nostalgia for the Antebellum South, evident from the opening lines, I found it very hard not to fall in love with this beautiful and timeless classic, and 'great balls of fire!', who wouldn't love Clark Gable?! The man is the epitome of manhood, and he had some of the best lines I've ever heard uttered in cinema:
Scarlett: 'Sir, you are no gentleman
Rhett: 'And you, Miss, are no lady '
I had to laugh out loud. I cried a few times too. I was also outraged more than once. What I have with this film, I think, is a love-hate relationship. It upsets me in so many ways, but I can never stop myself from being astonished by it, and by how well it was made. And also because I sympathize with the main characters for all the things that they didn't say when they should have.
I feel for Scarlett mostly. Rhett said to her once he felt sorry for her. He understood: People like this woman can never be happy, they are too self-absorbed and nonconformist. She idealized love in the figure of Ashley and obsessed over him, even though she never really loved him, the person. She was too damn proud to accept, even to herself, that whom she really needed was right in front of her eyes, the only one she always returned to for help, the one who was like her in so many ways. Scarlett could have been happy with Rhett, she just chose not to. There are people who are broken inside from the get go, no need for a childhood trauma, it just comes with the personality, they dont know how to choose happiness and make others happy as well. I wished Rhett would have turned back and taken her again, but then that would not have been Rhett Butler. And since she was Scarlett O'Hara it could only make sense that she would rise up, resolve to go back to Tara, and plan how to get him back, because "after all, tomorrow is another day." I loved it.

The Runaways
The Runaways(2010)

The story failed to grip me. By the end of it I was unable to understand why should anyone watch this, why should anyone care about these five teenagers? Or rather two, since it's all shamelessly focused on Cherie and Joan, the rest of the group is mute and often invisible. Not even their influence as female rockers, since they are constantly trying to "rock like men", be at their level or be "rocking" sex symbols. The band is not portrayed in the movie as rising above that. Probably because they didnt, but I wouldnt know, not a fan anyways. I wondered about the appeal to the Japanese audience though, that was intriguing.

In any case, Joan Jett's solo career seems to be more influential. Thus the Runaways were truly "a conceptual rock project that failed," so why make a movie about it? Plain boring to be honest with ya.

I like Dakota Fanning, she was good here. I'm sure she will give the performance of her career some day, maybe more than once, when the right roles arrive. She has time. This is not it. Michael Shannon's character, though obnoxious, is honestly the most interesting. He is a fine performer.

And finally, I'm convinced I will never like Kristen Stewart, she is one of those actors who might not be exactly bad, just not satisfying. I can't stop seeing HER on screen, I can never see her characters fully. I liked her a bit better in "Welcome to the Rileys," but still, her perfomances have an awkwardness, stiffness, or something that I can't get past from.

The Last Castle

The movie is involving. Robert Redford did everything I was expecting he would do with this performance. Reminds me of Clint Eastwood's acting. But James Gandolfini's Col. Winter is a remarkable villain.

Welcome to the Rileys

James Gandolfini is always a joy to watch and here he portrays a tenderness and vulnerability worthy of praise. Melissa Leo's performance is powerful. Stewart gave a noble effort, but it seems she lacks the emotional ability to go beyond. Good film.

127 Hours
127 Hours(2010)

What a brilliant achievement this movie is. It's agonizing to experience it, but one can't help but be amazed by how well it was made, how beautifully it was shot. James Franco has my vote for best actor this year. He was Aron Ralston. I didn't know about this mountaineer's story. Glad I do now; not many people have that kind of psychological strength, and to meet (at least indirectly) someone who does is just inspiring. Aron was in good physical shape, but what saved his life was his capacity to control his mind and step over his pain, to start doing the unthinkable and actually finish, to get up and keep going. And succeed. Amazing what our most basic survival instincts can do, still, would you have the strength?
Unlike others, I can see here, I actually do enjoy recognizing Danny Boyle's filmmaking style. Brand-like? Maybe, but still a high quality brand, lush with originality. I have not loved everything he's done, but he won me over with "Trainspotting" years ago, and now "127 hours." This movie won't win best picture, but Boyle is a great director, not only for working on a story so virtually impossible to film, but do it so masterfully. Respect.

The Human Stain

You look at Wentworth Miller and it's possible to realize he is of mixed heritage. You might not be able to pin down specific ethnicities there, but it's somewhat believable (and he is in fact mixed). Anthony Hopkins, with black heritage? Nope. It's not impossible (a great grandmother perhaps), but not in the situation presented in this film and not when he doesn't look or talk like Miller. His miscasting could have stripped the film of any plausibility. Still, the man is so sublime that I ended up oblivious to the technicality. A lesser actor would have made me leave in a New York minute. Sir Anthony is beyond acting and it's always a pleasure to see him. So yes, the performances were terrific from all parts, Nicole Kidman was great and Wentworth Miller was superb. But I found the film lacked cohesion overall. It felt like two different movies in one. I hear it's all held together brilliantly in Roth's novel, evidently not the case here, where the intertwining of the plots is mediocre. Coleman Silk's story is haunting though, the scene where young Coleman disowns his mother is gripping and painful. "You're white as snow and you think like a slave," his mother tells him, heartbroken. Good film that could have been great.

Death at a Funeral

Funny sometimes, but never like the original, not even close.

Leaving Las Vegas

After seeing this man sunk in such alcoholic stupor for almost 2 hours, even thinking about wine made me want to gag a little. Very depressing, and even worse if you've met people like him. Outstanding performances by Cage and Shue though, truly flawless.


Great performance by Felicity Huffman. I liked the sort-of unresolved ending, no Hollywood-esque let's-hug-and-reconciliate sentimentalism


Really interesting film about sexuality, acceptance, and love amidst a difficult scenario. How can a man/woman feel like a woman/man on the inside? Is there anything such as being born in the wrong body? And still, this character loved his wife, loved her, more than anything in the world, so why would he 'choose' to hurt her? He didnt choose, he just hid who he was for a long time for fear of society's judgement and for love of his family. I wont deny that many times while watching this I just wondered "How is this possible? What's wrong with this old man?" Clearly my perspective on this is limited to my own experience, so I cant say I understand completely, but people like this man exist and they are who they are, there's no need for judgement. Tom Wilkinson's performance was outstanding and Jessica Lange was just brilliant, just her facial expressions were riveting enough to feel for her.


Far from memorable, but thrilling enough for a good time. I liked it.

Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3(2010)

Hilarious and beautiful.

Easy A
Easy A(2010)

Emma Stone is absolutely hilarious, I probably wouldnt have liked this movie that much if it werent for the amazing charisma she brought in. It just made the whole thing different somehow. But also, of course, her parents, Patricia Clarkson and the always-flawless Stanley Tucci. Damnit if all parents were that cool who'd need friends? I'd hang out with them 24/7. The movie was funny and smart, but again, it was all Stone. (Good) female comedians are rare. Lisa Kudrow, for instance, is anything but funny in my opinion.


I hope my horse-loving friends never read this, but I just HAD to walk out a little more than halfway through. Bored bored bored out of my mind by this movie. Thank God I didn't pay for it. After the first, I dont know, 45 minutes, I was so sick of Diane Lane and her annoying family, even John Malkovich had me rolling my eyes (oh sacrilege! I know...).
I think horses are gorgeous, majestic creatures, and it truly saddens me when I see them be mistreated, just like any other animal (except snakes, those can suffer), but it all really stopped for me with Seabiscuit, which was a wonderful movie. This was a bland and predictable piece of script. I know Secretariat's story, I read about it. That's enough for me. I refuse to watch this ever again, or even finish it.

Mean Girls
Mean Girls(2004)

It's a shame Lindsay has become such a nutcase. Good potential there. Pretty entertaining movie. Rachel McAdams was particularly great.

Black Swan
Black Swan(2010)

Disturbing and mesmerizing work. Natalie Portman outdid herself. Other than my fascination for it and how much I enjoy it, I know nothing about ballet, let alone technique or terminology. However, I do believe Portman achieved the body and the poise. It was obvious that the shots were mostly focused on her upper body to tone down her feet's possible imprecisions (she is, after all, a professional actress not a professional trained dancer, although she did dance en pointe), but even her upper body was worthy of praise, with a very graceful work of arms. All the beauty and emotion I've always loved in ballet, as well as the depth of Nina's inner struggle, shone through her performance. I was convinced the whole time.

The camerawork was gorgeous, frenetic during her bewitching Black Swan and desperate during her innocent and betrayed White Swan. I also loved the intensity of it following Natalie, as if stalking her, everything adding a nightmarish quality to the movie, reflecting Nina's obsession.

The supporting performances were outstanding, mostly those of Barbara Hershey and the amazing Vincent Cassel, great fits. Mila Kunis was very good. Winona Ryder, however, left me a little unsatisfied. I know her character was frustrated and half-crazed but she honestly gave me an uncomfortable feeling of overacting, it just didn't look right to me. I can't quite pin down what bothered me about her performance, but I certainly expected more from her.

I do not agree with those who claim the movie set negative stereotypes about ballet dancers. This was no documentary, but the fictional story of a particular ballerina who lost herself in her role, consumed by her overbearing quest for perfection. If anything, the movie reflects the physical and psychological challenges behind that beautiful art and its competitive world. The opening of Black Swan is the prologue of Swan Lake, stunning and tragic, moved by Tchaikovsky's timeless introduction to the most beautiful ballet ever made, reformed masterfully by Clint Mansell. My eyes were fixed on the screen from that moment on until the end credits rolled, and even after they rolled I still felt dazed (and a little confused too, why not?)

Y Tu Mama Tambien

"La vida es como la espuma, por eso hay que darse como el mar."

Dot the I
Dot the I(2003)

Silly, but not as horrible as critics lead to believe. However, it was probably because my expectations were so low that I wasn't terribly disappointed at the end. I was fine with the twist, even amused. It wasnt great but at least the movie came alive after having been so dull during the first half hour. That at the time of its release anyone dared to compare it with "Memento", that I can't understand. And I'm still intrigued by Carmen's statement to Kit "A kiss dots the 'i' on the word Love." Really? How? "I guess it doesnt work in English" she says, and it certainly doesnt, but neither "love" in Spanish (which she speaks) or Portuguese (which Kit speaks). Did I miss something? It's always a pleasure to see Gael acting, but his character was somewhat dull here. I honestly only liked D'Arcy's performance. Didn't care for Natalia Verbeke, whose character was incredibly unsympathetic.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

I think most people who have read the novel will love, or at least be very pleased, with this adaptation. The best HP movie since Sorcerer's Stone. After almost a decade of disappointments, I never thought I would see one as good as Chris Columbus's faithful work.
I don't know if it works as a movie for general audiences. I'd actually say it doesn't, even for people who have seen them all but not read the series, I think it wouldnt be too intelligible or enjoyable. The film has a target audience to please, and as part of that audience I left that theater feeling very happy. Not only the director has grown in his work, even Daniel Radcliffe has delivered a very whole and convincing performance for the first time. He's finally the character. Rupert Grint, and mostly Emma Watson, continue to impress me. These three kids have grown into professionals. The rest of the cast is, well, marvelous as always, most of them being renowned veterans in this business.
Yates did an abominable job in the sixth installment. Now he's on his way to redemption with Deathly Hallows, part 1 being a beautiful product, absolutely true to its source in essence and spirit. Crossing my fingers for part 2. Was this the secret to a good adaptation? Splitting the material in two? 4 hours of film? Then by all means, remake the fourth and the sixth, the worst of them all.

Due Date
Due Date(2010)

This was no "Hangover", not even close, and definitely not rewatchable, but it had some funny moments so it was a nice-enough weekend comedy. Two things puzzled me though. First, I did not see the point in the visit to Peter's old buddy (Jamie Foxx) and the emergence of doubts about Peter's wife's possible infidelity; that segment just seemed out of place and rather useless to the plot. Second, the dog masturbating. Not funny, at all, just a big WTF. On the positive side, I enjoyed listening to Pink Floyd's "Hey you" during the stoner scene, one of my favorite songs actually, so that's always a plus.


The previews for this movie were so attractive that I ran to see it last week. I expected so much more from it. I think Jackie E. Haley as Rorscharch was the only one who didnt disappoint (because of the acting) and the Comedian, who was as interesting as grotesque, I didnt understand his character at all, or at least the extremely light way in which his actions were taken by the others. Maybe that's explained in the comic? I dont know, havent read it.


This didn't live up to the hype, and I kinda felt it just from seeing the trailer. I had this gut feeling, you know, the one you shouldn't ignore most of the times, the one that hinted Mission Impossible, the Bourne movies, Chuck Norris stuff, you name it. And back with the evil Russians! That should have been enough warning. But I'm always eager to be surprised so I still go in hoping. It was a fun night so I dont regret it at all, and a forgettable thriller can be entertaining sometimes.

I like Angelina alright, she's not exactly a great actress, not my favorite at least, but I admit her presence can be mesmerizing on screen, there's something about her, she's fierce and athletic. I wouldnt be surprised if she did many of her own stunts, she is that Cruise-ish kind of actress. Still, there were some very preposterous scenes from which she came out alive and walking (running at great speed), which wasn't unexpected of course, but you always hope they make it look credible at least. Not gonna happen.

The plot involved a few twists that turned into questions of allegiance, the usual assasination attempt against the US President (the Bad Guy actually had a perfect shot at killing the president, he just chooses to knock him unconscious, why isn't that typical), a Heroine saving the world, and the Understanding Good Black Guy standing as her only believer and saying "go get 'em". Do what you want, but dont give me the "go get 'em" phrase at the end, it makes my eyes roll disproportionately.
I am a 100% positive that Jolie's casting has made absolutely all the difference in a completely ordinary story/character, and still it's lacking.
I just better run and see Inception, DiCaprio rarely disappoints me.

Scent of a Woman

It was an endless pleasure to admire Al Pacino's superb performance. He embodies a war veteran whose blindness seems to have turned him into a crabby, mean and sarcastic man, but who we get to meet and find to be mysterious, hilarious, and touching. Finally an Oscar here (after so much lack of recognition from the Academy on his previous work, so typical of them, but let's not go there now). The tango scene, danced to Carlos Gardel's glorious "Por una cabeza," was one of the most beautiful, graceful scenes I've seen in a movie. Gabrielle Anwar was lovely as well. Very good film.

No Country for Old Men

The Grim Reaper can have another name now: Anton Chigurh. What a character, what a performance. How thrilling the story, the chase, and how remarkably chilling those music-deprived scenes. Brilliant work.


Amazing movie treating the complexity of family relations and a culture of superstitions and beliefs in ghosts, usually associated with small towns.
I've never been a fan of Penelope Cruz. I've seen her mostly in Hollywood (bad) flicks in which her performances have seemed unbearable to me. I did like her in Vicky Cristina Barcelona though, but still I remained indifferent. In this film she showed me she can act.

Under Almodovar's masterful hand, Cruz is absolutely fantastic and captivating. She plays strong, vulnerable, funny, sensual, charming, you name it, all in one character. She reminded me of those classic actresses of Hollywood's golden era. I couldnt help my tears during that emotional scene where she sang the beautiful tango "Volver" (flamenco style). She actually lip-synched, but so well she did, with such passion, I could not have known it if I hadn't looked it up afterwards, intrigued.

I'm becoming literally obsessed with Almodovar's films. Naturally, I enjoy some more than others, but they are all marked by his distinctive storytelling and remarkable filming style. He has no fear to tell and show whatever he wants, disregarding censure. I love that. After being so numbed by Hollywood's increasing lack of originality and annual massive amount of disappointments, you can never be prepared enough for what this genius of cinema is about to deliver.


I couldn't get into this story. It had a memorable, heartwarming opening, with that speechless scene of Carl and Ellie growing old together, moved by a beautiful score. The part about Carl coping with Ellie's death also made it worthwhile. But from the moment the house landed on South America, it was all downhill for me. I grew no interest whatsoever for the dogs, the bird Kevin, or even Carl and Russell from that point on. I was bored.

Talk to Her
Talk to Her(2002)

Odd and shocking, while being a work of incredible sadness and beauty. Javier Camara does an excellent job, as the rest of the cast do of course.

Bad Education

Brilliant and disturbing and out of this world! It might be my favorite Almodovar film...or at least the most memorable and remarkable (together with "Talk to Her"). One can notice this is his most personal movie. This has to be Gael Garcia Bernal's best performance too, and that's a lot to say since this gorgeous Mexican excels in every film. In "Bad Education" he plays three characters, one of them being a very convincing drag queen. I was surprised by his believable Spanish accent. But then again, maybe Spaniards would disagree. To me it did sound very good.
Although some scenes could result to be a bit graphic and shocking (NC-17) I would advice watching the original uncut edition of this very intense film, it does not disappoint. And it might seem to be shocking only because we are not used to see gay sex represented a bit more graphically than usual. Sharon Stone getting crazy in Basic Instinct is normal, but not this, right? Well, Basic Instinct, with its arbitrary silly story and ending, sucked. This is a remarkable piece of storytelling, of stories inside stories, of reality and fiction. Curiously, but not regrettably, not one female character in the movie (that I can remember); a great turn, considering Almodovar mostly does stories about women. Again, this film is obviously his baby.

Live Flesh (Carne trémula)

Carne Trémula. Such a beautiful and evoking title in Spanish, somehow to me it loses its sensuality when translated to English. It is not wrong, it's Spanish is too rich a language I suppose :) But well. Fate, carnal desires, infidelities, and revenge all intermingle in this hot film, true to Almodovar's style. Javier Bardem is irresistible (wheelchair and everything), and so is Liberto Rabal, who I'd have sworn I've seen before in some other movie or maybe series, if only I could remember. I enjoyed this.

Wall Street
Wall Street(1987)

â??Man looks into the abyss, thereâ??s nothing staring back at him. At that moment man finds his character. And thatâ??s what keeps him out of the abyss.â??

This film deserves a re-watch, just for the lesson it conveys, so important and current. Regardless of your profession, it's always good to remember the importance of remaining true to your own values and be consistent with your character, because this is something you'll learn hopefully in the good way, or many times in the bad way, like Buddy Fox (Charlie Sheen) did.

Michael Douglas was absolutely flawless as the unscrupulous and charismatic Gordon Gekko, definitely THE performance of his career. "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good," Gekko claims. For a moment, even I was persuaded. I'd say passion and ambition (within reason) are necessary for progress, but we dont need a greed-is-good mentality in our market leading us to another financial crisis.

We humans sometimes seem to be presented with certain temptations masqueraded as 'opportunities for success' that somehow end up shaping the course of our lives based on our choices. If we dont accept our limitations and work (and do the very best!) with what we have, we might end up knowingly taking the wrong turn in futile desperation. Again, it's good to have ambitions and work hard for them, but it's even greater to combine that with patience and moral values.

Bud Fox had a choice, he knew which one was right but he knowingly chose wrong, driven by greed and the pressure he put on himself to be successful and do it quick. As he was told at one point: "Good things, sometimes, take time."

Shutter Island

"Which would be worse, to live as a monster, or die as a good man?â?? The ending said it all. No mystery. A very good, solid and thrilling film. I dont know or care about the film snobs, but Scorsese didn't disappoint me.

Jonah Hex
Jonah Hex(2010)

Why is John Malkovich here?

Dirty Dancing

Patrick Swayze looked like a very hot jock in this movie, may he rest in peace, and the last dancing scene and song were memorable . The plot was insufferable.

The Soloist
The Soloist(2009)

Honestly I went to see it only because I heard Bach's suite no. 1 in G major in the trailer, and that's my favorite classical piece. But the film did not move me, even though it should have. It rather bored me. I remember I kinda wanted it to end at some point. Bet Jamie smelled Oscar when he read the script. Hmm not this time love, this is no 'Ray'.

Meet Joe Black

I just canâ??t get my head around this story. Maybe Iâ??m notâ?¦deep enough? Uh huh. Whatever. The more I watched, the more puzzled I felt. So Death decides to take some sort of vacation, it takes some poor guyâ??s dead body (funniest death scene Iâ??ve seen in my life by the way), and he/it/whatever falls in love. All of it is just so absurd; the premise is so stupid (really I have no other word for it).

Death, the termination of the biological functions that make an organism live, stops being a state (like the state of life), and becomes some sort of being, some sentient entity, which is not a new concept of course. Weâ??ve always had that idea for centuries of the Grim Reaper personifying death. But this was just some wrong and weird idea that is supposed to be some serious fantasy (itâ??s a drama after all), and which is executed in the cheesiest way possible, with the most melodramatic music ever composed (I liked that score though, by Thomas Newman, as well as the soundtrack chosen at the end).

But I mean, Death falling in love? Having sex? Eating peanut butter in the most retarded, annoying way? He claims in a scene that somehow amidst his vacation he is still taking care of the worldâ??s death issuance (he doesnâ??t explain how exactly but whatever). So, while he was having sex with the girl in one scene (his first time of course, awww), was he also taking peopleâ??s lives around the globe or something? I just donâ??t get it. Thereâ??s fantasy and thereâ??s idiocy, and this was definitely idiotic.

Or maybe they just chose the wrong person. I believe Brad Pitt is a good actor (not great, but good enoughâ??Fight Club, Se7en,etc) but in some films itâ??s like he just canâ??t help being so boring, monotone and wooden, and that was exactly what he delivered here (same case as Benjamin Button, looooong and sloooooooooooow).

This movie had a few pluses. He looked so gorgeous it almost hurt to stare, the kind of man who is just not handsome but beautiful in a manly kind of way. The cinematography also contributed, with stunning rich colors.
Anthony Hopkins does the best with what he is given, and heâ??s frankly the filmâ??s only worthy element. His elder daughter and her naïve but good-hearted husband are also noteworthy.

But back to Hopkins, his character is a man who is informed his days on Earth are coming to an end, a reaffirmation of what he himself already felt coming. You love this man from the first time he speaks (who doesnâ??t love Anthonyâ??s voice too?). You admire his calmed and composed character, and his resignation before the immediacy of his death. As anyone, he would like more time, but he just accepts his fate. Heâ??s thankful because heâ??s had a good life, enriched not only materially but spiritually. I could relate to this character, I could feel the human warmth in him, his pain and his happiness, but Brad Pittâ??s character just gave me the creeps and made me feel confused.

American Psycho

Ever since I saw this film I've never been able to look at Christian Bale again and not remember Patrick Bateman, one of the most absurd, narcissistic, despicable, and enigmatic characters I've known. The workings of his mind during the business cards scene are just shocking and terribly hilarious. Although it definitely caught my attention from the very first scene, the movie is disturbingly violent and perverse, and honestly after some point (close to the end actually) it made me lose some of my initial interest. An actor can only do so much, and Chris Bale is a fantastic and fearless actor (you have to be to take on a role like this). I could tell since Empire of the Sun, but in American Psycho he gave it all.


Charlize Theron embodied this character in a way seldom seen, you stop seeing Theron on the screen, she doesn't exist, all you see is Aileen Wuornos's ravaged image and terrible life. I was blown away.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

I gave this a second shot because, despite the rave reviews by critics and audiences alike, I honestly dozed off during a good portion of it when it came out in 2008, which means that it bored me out of my mind (I RARELY fall asleep during a film, I actually can't remember the last time I did, except for this). I didn't fall asleep this time. I acknowledge that visually it was nicely made, but I did not like it. Why everyone fell in love with this movie, including the Academy, is beyond me.
This felt like the sovereign of never-ending stories (hence the dozing off), and, in essence, it's a shallow story despite its intended profundity. The story of a life lived backward. Odd? Intriguing? Sure. As odd as the premise is, and as disturbing as the sight of an old baby could be, once I got used to it (let's say, after the first 10 minutes) it just stopped being interesting. I did not buy the great love in the 'love story'. I didn't buy any of this, and I couldnt care less about the monotone main character. I'd say David Fincher got too caught up in achieving his wonderful special effects and forgot about infusing the story with more depth or spark, or at least cutting off minimum a half hour for God's sake!

In the Land of Women

The grandma was kinda funny and he was very cute. Everything and everyone else sucked. Yeah Meg Ryan, even you. And Stewart...speechless.

As Good as It Gets

Jack is incapable of a bad performance so once again he delivers the goodies into this hilarious, heartfelt romantic comedy.

Jerry Maguire

I remember that I really liked this movie the first time I saw it, quite a few years ago. I watched it again recently, and it seems to me that it has some of the most vomit-inducing lines of all times, between "you complete me" and "you had me at hello," it actually made me say 'yuck', it felt like pouring sugar in honey . But ok, it was hugely popular at the time. Cuba Gooding was hilarious and Tom Cruise had his moments. I generally love Renee Zelwegger, but not here.

Coco Before Chanel

It was pleasant to the eye at times. Audrey Tautou is always interesting to watch, but not even she could save this from being (or feeling) incredibly long and dull. Is there going to be any 'Coco après Chanel'? I bet that could be so much more engaging. The film's last scene is a painfully brief sequence of Coco (obviously now a celebrated designer) gracefully seated on the stairs of some fashion house, watching a line-up of models exhibiting her designs. After feeling numb and just... plain bored during so much time I felt awakened by that scene, and wishing for more. But then the end credits rolled up.

Rosemary's Baby

This was good. Compared to many current horror movies, this could be seen as silly today, and STILL it had *something* that made it creepy as hell.


The cinematography is so stunning, the colors are so vivid, the story is so pure and engrossing, and the music (by Yann Tiersen) is just splendid. Beautiful movie.

The Cider House Rules

This movie is an authentic mess. It deviates from one subject to another, and introduces them with such clumsiness that it almost hurts to think that the story could have been so intense and emotionally charged. Tobey Maguire almost made me go nuts: (with a wide, polite, annoyingly sweet smile) "Mr Rose...are you sleeping with your daughter?" Oh-my-God! Where's his outrage, his shock, any normal person's reaction? Was the character supposed to be that idiotic or is that just him? This was so bad I couldn't even feel sad enough for the girl, I was too immersed in Tobey's *curious* inner world.
Besides, this high point of the movie was, again, introduced awkwardly and WAY too late in the story, to no effect.
I've seen far worse movies which I've rated with 2 stars of course, but this one bothered me because it could have been developed so much better and it wasn't.

Star Trek
Star Trek(2009)

The only Star Trek movie I ever saw before this was Star Trek: Nemesis, and I couldn't care less about it. But the new Star Trek really got me interested in this story/franchise, I'm actually hoping for sequels (and I usually dont say that). It was so thrilling, funny, fresh, and honestly quite a ride. It looked very real for being science fiction. Praise to the director J.J. Abrams. The cast was so well chosen. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Karl Urban were great, and I imagine hardcore fans of the Star Trek TV series must have been really excited to see the original Spock (Leonard Nimoy) featuring in this new installment as a traveler from the future. The romantic story involving Lieutenant Uhura (Zoe) took a direction I didn't expect, and I loved that. Scotty was hilarious, and so were Sulu and Chekov. Now I really cant wait to get more of Captain James T. Kirk, Spock, and all the others in their adventures aboard the USS Enterprise.


The disturbing story of a disturbed kid (sexual awakening? uh huh). I thought it was a good movie actually, very interesting, and different, but it had such awkward, uncomfortable moments, and it felt so pointless at the end that I really can't give it a higher rating. Summer Bishil HAD to be at least 18 to play this but, regardless of her petite physique, she still managed to show such an innocent face sometimes, with such sad puppy eyes, like a lost pubescent girl trying to find herself. And yeah, that was the character actually. But I just couldnt help myself thinking aloud sometimes "come on now kid, slow down, you are 13!!!" Oh but I sort of admire Aaron Eckhart, taking on an incendiary role like this, it takes guts.

Match Point
Match Point(2005)

The story of a social climber who turns out to be pretty unscrupulous and incredibly lucky. Reminds me a little, only in essence and in parts, of Julien Sorel in Stendhal's novel The red and the black. I thought this was a brilliant movie, one of the few Woody Allen films I've actually enjoyed. It was very attractive and engrossing, and it had very good performances.

Gangs of New York

I need to see this one again, it bored me to death the first time I saw it back when it came out 7-8 years ago, I just can remember how endless it seemed and how disappointed I was at the end (can't even remember what that ending was, just the disappointment). I was younger (like 13 lol) so maybe that's why. I'll give it another shot.

Boys Don't Cry

This is a difficult movie to sit through. It's really devastating to confront the consequences of intolerance and hatred, to suffer through this person's torment and humilliation, and even worse to know that this was based on a true story that happened in 1993 and that most likely still happens today. Hilary Swank's performance was riveting, great actress.

The Crucible
The Crucible(1996)

I haven't read the play and I want to. If it's so frustrating as this story then God help me. Was I the only one who felt an irrepressible urge to strangle Winona Ryder's character? Good for her though, I like it when an actor affects me like that. Good performance from Day-Lewis also, as always.

Edward Scissorhands

Beautiful movie, but I felt so sad for Johnny's character :(


Kathy Bates..just wow!


To me this is THE Batman movie. I'm way over Batman stories really, sick of them, I wouldn't watch another Batman installment/version/whatever for dear life, but for the sake of choosing, I prefer this one, and to me Jack Nicholson's Joker has no rivalry.

Cape Fear
Cape Fear(1991)

I didnt particularly enjoy this movie or found it to be special in and of itself, but De Niro was so outstanding here, so vicious, that it is worth it, he's so bad he's good. Definitely among my top 10 villains of cinema.

Woman on Top
Woman on Top(2000)

I just liked (LOVED) the music and looking at hot Murilo Benicio serenading Penelope with the song "Cinzas." He actually is Brazilian so the fact that he was lyp-synching Paulinho Moska's cover is irrelevant, it was a beautiful scene. Most of the rest was just a lil' cheesy. Honestly I like Penelope only in Spanish movies, so in this one she was particularly annoying. I bought the soundtrack on amazon though, that I do recommend.

The Hangover
The Hangover(2009)

Hilarious movie, the Asian guy jumping out of the car trunk naked made me laugh so histerically that I still crack up everytime I remember, I honestly didn't expect that.

Inglourious Basterds

What an amazing movie. I cant believe so many people are complaining about "oooh subtitles, there was just too much reading, I couldnt follow..." LOL give me a break! This was superb. I always liked Tarantino, now I love him. And Christoph Waltz is my new favorite actor. The guy repulsed me and made me laugh at the same time, not many people can do that with a character. That first chapter "Once upon a time..." of him with the French farmer (LaPadite), seriously, what a scene, that dialogue, it was all so weird, so absurd, funny and tragic at the same time!!!! If he doesn't get an Oscar I am going to be sooo pissed.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Dont wanna read all this? Then know this: I hated it.
People using words like "funny, smart, thrilling".. did we watch the same movie? Pleaaase!! Based on the trailer, I kinda had the feeling this was gonna suck a little, but I said "hey give it a try! you might be surprised" NOT. I never imagined it would be this bad.

And funny?? Oh yeah, it was hilarious (unintentionally!).
I've never laughed so hard in my life: when I saw Bella and Edward both sparkling and running through the forest in Alice's vision I couldnâ??t help myself, it was like a bad soap opera.

Forget about the cute CGI puppies that were supposed to be werewolves (and they had a BIGGER budget than Twilight this time, no excuse!) Forget about the ridiculous vampire make-up (the white crap on the face, the horrible red lipstick). Forget about the stupidity of the dialogue.

Just the acting, the driving force of any film, made me cringe. How passionless, how awkward, both Stewart and Pattinson, c'mon!!! Wake up!! Dont you have blood in your veins?? React, cry, scream (not the obnoxious, almost-orgasmic screams of Stewart) just let me see the real deal, or just anything!

And Rob Pattinson, the guy waits like a whole minute to say the next word! C'mon already, say what you gotta say boy! I felt like slapping him really hard, maybe he was seeking to create suspense?? Well I thought he had forgotten his freaking lines!!!

You know the rest of the sequels are gonna be a joke when the main actors suck irremediably. This director and this movie were worst than the first one. I'm not even a hardcore fan of this story and I feel like suing him for doing such a horrendous job and making me waste my 9 bucks (15 including popcorn and soda).
Eveyone is attacking the first movie, but at least "Twilight" was bearable, and had an AMAZING score and soundtrack to compensate flaws.
People who made the score and chose the songs for this one are the biggest tone-deaf idiots on the planet.
Ok. I let off steam. Now I feel better :)

Tropic Thunder

This film was hilarious. Robert Downey and Ben were just too much
"Everybody knows you never go full retard", best movie line ever LOL

White Oleander

I thought this was a beautiful movie, very real and engaging. But I guess it's not for everyone since so many people dislike it.... the 'estrogen overload', perhaps? as one critic pointed out? Oh well, that was no overload at all for me!
The score was sublime (by Thomas Newman). The performances were very convincing and touching at parts. I have no memory of Alison Lohman in any other movie except the recent "Drag me to hell," but I liked her Astrid. Renee's character was heartbreaking (and broken) while Michelle's was tough, bitchy, unstable, deludingly charming at times, but extraordinary.

Les Miserables

I know it's not very wise to compare books and their respective film adaptations, but this movie could have been so much better, and to me it wasnt. The cast was very good though. Liam Neeson was right as Jean Valjean, but Uma Thurman and Geoffrey Rush were simply flawless as Fantine and Inspector Javert respectively.

Primal Fear
Primal Fear(1996)

Loved the ending, twisted and brilliant, never expected it. Very pleased at Richard Gere's performance here, probably the best I've seen him deliver. Edward Norton was impeccable in his impressive debut, he should have gotten that Oscar but lost at Cuba Gooding Jr. Bad luck :)

Eyes Wide Shut

"Fuck." And that's the way Stanley Kubrick chose to end his movie career. Really interesting. There was definitely something about this film, the cinematography for starters, beautiful lighting there. The suspense level was good, aided greatly by the score: a stern piano cycle that gave me goosebumps and annoyed me all at once, but perfect for setting the story's unsettling tone. Kubrick might have been a legend, but I wasn't particularly fond of this film. In fact, I just didn't like it, I can appreciate it (or try to) but not like it. Except maybe The Shining and Lolita, I'm not a fan of his work, I dont enjoy it at all, and ever since I saw that horribly disturbing, nasty, paranoid film of his 'A Clockwork Orange' I cant possibly find it in me to like this director, or to stop despising Malcolm McDowell forever (first Caligula, now Alex DeLarge, I dont know who disgusted me more). But well, that's a bit off topic. In short, Kubrick's just not for me.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3)

I liked it. Had a few good laughs. Never like the first one of course, but can be enjoyed.

Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia!(2008)

This was torture. The dancing, the singing that pierced my ears, the whole plot, an authentic nightmare. Meryl, honey, dont you ever do that to yourself again. EVER!!!


Horrid movie. Failed attempt at humor. I was surprised at the R- rating... really? More like NC-17 to me! People say the "point" (did it really have one) was not to make fun of homosexuals but of homophobes. In my honest opinion, this thing, and its tasteless stereotypes, couldn't have been more degrading of the homosexual figure. Only time I did laugh was in the "I swapped the baby for an ipod" scene, but THAT was on the trailer too, so no big deal either. No comparison to Borat's hilarity.

Angels & Demons

Compared to Da Vinci Code's failure, this had a bearable pace; and even though they kept Dan Brown's absurd perception of anti-matter, the
creators managed to make this look less silly than the Code. The action and suspense do keep you interested, at least awake. The murders are as morbid as I pictured them while reading the book. I think I won't forget those chilling screams for a while. They changed the ending though (plus many other things), and deep inside I was a little grateful. The book is better of course, but more tragic.
Still, sometimes I had to laugh at the absurdity of it all, at the implausibility of having Langdon giving Vittoria lengthy lectures on the Illuminati, Bernini, Galileo and all the bunch, while running up and down looking for the unfortunate, sodomized Preferiti.
It all looked so staged sometimes, mostly the chasing scenes, it made me question Tom Hanks' acting skills. But I'm positive that's not his fault. He did what he could with what he was given. I still dont see him in this role.
He's excellent, but this didn't fit Hanks.
For a great virtual tour throughout one of the most famous and amazing cities in the world, this movie is good. Having visited Rome and the Vatican myself, it was definitely great going over some of the greatest landmarks of the city again (and some I didnt have the chance to see in depth). There are a few interesting stories and facts about the papal conclave, works of art, churches, etc, plus you get to see them! (expect to see Saint Peter's square of course, Bernini's gorgeous Ecstasy of saint theresa, his Fountain of four rivers, the Pantheon, etc).

Dead Man Walking

A hard story, another take into the capital punishment eternal and complex debate. This time the accused really is guilty of horrendous crimes and he has no justification or any redeeming quality. But after sharing a condemned man's last days it's almost impossible not feeling pity, just imagining what it must feel like to know you have hours left, knowing the exact day and time you are gonna stop existing, having to spend that time you have left in the agony of the wait. I can't imagine anything more terrifying. That wait is the real punishment, death would come as a reward at the end.
All the performances are really powerful by the way, and Susan Sarandon gives it all.

Fight Club
Fight Club(1999)

Some of the best lines I've ever heard in a movie belong to Fight Club. Definitely a cult classic and a must-see. With this movie (if it's your first time watching it of course) you can never be prepared enough for what's gonna happen next nor even imagine it. At first it's insightful and hilarious, then what you thought was just a harsh social satire on consumerism turns into a violent and sick nonsense that keeps you wondering what in the world are you watching, and then that genius, twisted ending that I'm sure no one saw coming. But regardless of the disturbance and the chaos of this story and its characters, this film is incredibly entertaining, witty and meaningful at times, and wild for the most part. It's a nice one.

The Dark Knight

I've watched this more than once only to find out why is it that I can't bring myself to LOVE this movie. Why is it that I cant possibly agree with seemingly 90 % of the public who say this is a "masterpiece". I just can't.
It was a good film, but not a great one.
To me, it was just another good thriller with, above all, a very nice budget that allowed it to have believable effects.
It was well done. Christian is always hot. I loved his Lamborghini too.
It had good performances. Heath Ledger did a very convincing Joker, I never doubted his potential; but I just wonder whether all this massive hype about this movie would have been the same if he hadn't died. Guess we'll never know. And I mean no disrespect to his memory, his was a very tragic loss.
And I like the Batman story (even though poor Chris Bale's Batman with his almost unintelligible Batman voice seems to be blatantly ignored by the public before Ledger's Joker), I like comic stories in general, but I really dont get what's the huge deal with this.

The Big Kahuna

I love this movie and have watched it more than once. It's all about the witty dialogue, dont expect anything else, but truly unforgettable (to me at least). Kevin Spacey is hilarious, sarcastic and always brilliant, Danny De Vito is insightful, and Peter Facinelli is enigmatic. This film was different and I liked it.

Brokeback Mountain

A timeless, heartbreaking story, about not only homosexual love but, as critic Roger Ebert points out, any forbidden love that faces the greatest obstacles.


Superfunny! McLovin rocks!!! lol
Jonah Hill is hilarious, I laughed like crazy with his story about the dick drawings lol this is a must-see

Superman Returns

Terribly long, hollow and forgettable. The only interesting ingredient (and honestly the only reason I watched this 'til the end) was Kevin Spacey's Lex Luthor. Brandon and Kate, or Superman and Lois Lane, seemed "dead," no emotion, chemistry, what have you, they just didnt touch me in any way.


This film was...different. At first it can be very confusing, right 'til the moment you realize the story is developing in a reverse chronological order (a reflection of Lenny's short term memory loss) and which is what makes this movie so special, unusual at the very least, and you dont see THAT everyday. Good thing is that realization doesnt take too long to arrive, so from start to end the story keeps us completely absorbed in Lenny's lack- of-memory torture and eager to find out the truth at the end, or rather at the beginning.

There's Something About Mary

You gotta know this is one of the best comedy movies ever made when you watch it a lot more than once and you still laugh everytime. Ben Stiller is awesome but Matt Dillon was just too much lol

Bruce Almighty

One of the funniest scenes I've seen in my life (and probably the high point of this film) belonged exclusively to Steve Carrell.


Keeps you interested, but the ending felt like it was lacking something, I dont know what I wanted from it exactly, it was a very predictable thriller anyways, but I just expected it (the ending at least!) to be executed differently or perhaps more originally

Slumdog Millionaire

It was good, original story, but I dont understand what's the BIG hype about it
Good music though

Before Sunset

I didnt expect this to be even better than the first one or at least at the same level, but it was. You can notice the growth in the characters, the maturity in their thoughts. They have changed, they've had different experiences and lives, but they havent lost their essence: they are still the same Jesse and Celine we fell in love with in Before Sunrise. Or, just maybe, they are even better!

Before Sunrise

One of the best and most original movies I've ever seen. It's not your typical romantic flick, where you can usually guess both the plot and the ending. It has no major action (not as we are used to at least) but the dialogue and expressions keep you interested all the way and wondering about the characters' fate.

Love Actually

Loved it!!! Seen it a hundred times, no matter what mood you are in, you'll end up happy after this 'cause "all you need is love" ;)

Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Enjoyable, I definitely had some good laughs
I loved Papi and the German Shepherd :))


It's alright, the cast was well chosen (physically speaking). Stewart would have been so much better without the compulsive blinking though (because of the contacts maybe? lol)
LOVED the SOUNDTRACK, every song chosen and every piece from the original score fitted perfectly with its respective scene.

The Illusionist

I've seen it more than once. Beautiful fantasy, breathtaking cinematography, twisted ending. I'm surprised by the ones who say it was "predictable"...really??? You guys have one fertile imagination there, 'cause it never crossed my mind. I love almost every Edward Norton movie, he's one of my favorite actors so he didnt dissapoint. Paul Giamatti was simply amazing, Rufus Sewell did his usual good job as the villain.


Interesting film, a bit slow sometimes, but you do end up doubting too, intrigued at least.
Meryl was amazing as always, Hoffman magnificent, but Viola Davis (the boy's mother) left me speechless, short but very touching performance, she deserved the nomination.

Quantum of Solace

best thing was the song in the opening titles, "another way to die"