great story about making the most of your life, seizing the day as if there's no tomorrow. but it's also about knowing that a lot of people don't like to lose control over you, so you need to be prepared.
great performances by Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke and especially Robert Sean Leonard. good direction too.
"Perfection is not just about control. It's also about letting go."
good story about achieving perfection.
great direction and cinematography. it's everything linked to the protagonist's obsession.
great visual and sound effects. you can feel the pain and finally the glory of the protagonist during her transformation into the black swan.
great acting by Natalie Portman.
"If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed."
"I also know how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong but to feel strong."
great and innovative story about nature versus society. the protagonist goes through a lot of pain in his early life. family and social problems make him see the value of basic things, like nature. trying to free himself from society, he meets people who try to convince him about the importance of relationships.
good direction and great cinematography. well... nature itself can be very beautiful sometimes. the movie captures exactly these moments, when we feel that we are part of something much bigger and extraordinary.
great acting by Emile Hirsch. what a surprise! i had never seen him so perfect. certainly the profundity of his character helped a lot.
great story about social isolation. Mr. Pink builds a metaphoric wall around himself for protection, but in the end it also becomes his own prison. the story shows a pessimistic view about social relationships.
great soundtrack. i had just heard pink floyd's album "the wall" when i watched this movie. i liked the album, so i liked the soundtrack. and i think that my whole judgment about this movie was influenced by the soundtrack.
good animation effects. the psychedelic aspect is well represented by surreal animated scenes.
"- Your dad. Did you love him?
- Yes, very much.
- Prove it."
"I'd say if it is just us... seems like an awful waste of space."
great story about faith. the movie goes deep into all aspects of believing in what nobody else believes. religion, science, aliens, politics, everything is discussed at their fundamental principle: faith.
great direction. mystery and suspense are all over the film.
good visual effects. they were not the main aspect of the film and didn't need to be good, in my opinion. but they were.
great acting by jodie foster.
"This is your receipt for your husband... and this is my receipt for your receipt."
"We're all in it together, kid."
great story about inefficiency in society. although the protagonist has dreams of love, happiness and freedom, bureaucracy makes them very hard to reach. a dystopian society is described to criticize the way social hierarchy affects so many important decisions in our lives.
great direction. fantastic dreams alternate with absurd realities, so you are not always able to identify them. this confusion tries to minimize the difference between the importances of dream and reality.
good acting by Jonathan Pryce and bad acting by Kim Greist.
some smart and funny jokes.
"I believe if there's any kind of God it wouldn't be in any of us, not you or me but just this little space in between. If there's any kind of magic in this world it must be in the attempt of understanding someone sharing something. I know, it's almost impossible to succeed but who cares really? The answer must be in the attempt."
"I don't know whether I'm alive and dreaming or dead and remembering."
great and innovative story about perception and reality. the protagonist's unique health condition, caused by war, brings unique questions about what is reality. can we live without senses? even more, can we live without feelings? how can we decide what is right or good?
bad direction and cinematography. ok, all that inactivity is coherent, because of the protagonist's condition. but in any movie i expect to see movement... that's all.
good and innovative story about nature. it's not just about nature around us, but also human nature. it's a pessimistic view of the importance of our lives, as opposed to the christian view.
great direction and cinematography. almost everything is metaphor, mainly created from parodies of biblical figures. some are very obvious, like "Garden of Eden" and "The Three Beggars". others are subtler, like sacrificial love. but some of those are too subtle and i didn't quite understand them, like in the final scene. of course it could be just my lack of knowledge...
great acting by Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg. i liked the way they used their bodies to make scenes more realistic. sex and violence scenes are pretty shocking, thanks also to the visual effects.
"- That consciousness is the number?
- No, Max. It's only a nasty bug."
great story about finding the pattern of the universe. it talks about many important subjects, like math, religion, science, economy, art, philosophy, society... yet the movie is able to go deep into those subjects, using fast and direct conversations. all that in a movie with just a little more than one hour of duration!
good direction. nothing much special, just some interesting scenes of paranoia. i'd say there wasn't much challenge in making this movie visually attractive. the focus is the protagonist's mind, so you put a camera close to his face and that's pretty much it.
great documentary about our illogical monetary system and how we can create another system, this time linked to the planet resources (including ourselves).
it's a very inspirational movie that hopefully will disseminate the ideas of The Zeitgeist Movement around the world.
it seems to be a more detailed version of its prequel "Zeitgeist: Addendum". although it might be a bit repetitive for people who understood the message in the prequel, it goes deeper in analysis of problems and solutions.
bad choice of sound effects, though, comparing to the prequels, the visual effects are more enjoyable. but in a documentary built upon many interviews those things are not so important.
i liked the animations inserted along the movie. it helped to turn the long speech into something more visual.
i think the greatest contribution in this movie is the end. it gives a suggestion about how we could smartly make a peaceful revolution. after all, the solutions supported by the movie depend on a transition process. but the end also predicts that this transition wouldn't be easy, because there would be resistance by the group currently in power.
"Behold, I send you out as sheep amidst the wolves."
great story about ethical decisions and vanity. how to make deeply right choices when you are constantly tempted by superficial pleasures?
great acting by Al Pacino.
few visual and sound effects, consistent with the idea of being very realistic. but, for a supernatural movie, i would prefer something more balanced.
"Hate is baggage. Life's too short to be pissed off all the time. It's just not worth it."
good but overused story about racism. the movie shows a historic example of discrimination in society to emphasize the values of hate and love.
good acting by Edward Norton. his character goes from hate to love along the movie and you can feel the differences.
great story about reality versus dream. it's probably the most philosophical movie i have ever watched. while the protagonist lives the drama of not being able to wake up, he randomly meets different people with some very deep opinions about human perceptions. the entire movie is a metaphor for what is life.
bad animation effects. although the trembling images may make you feel like in a dream, i didn't like it.
"Now we come to step three. This... drives... most... people... crazy."
good and innovative story about addiction. it goes beyond classical drug addiction movies because it talks about addiction in general. there are four protagonists that show some realistic examples of addiction in society, like drugs, tv, beauty, money and others. some of those are so usual that we don't even treat them as an addiction. and that's when the trouble begins.
great acting by all four leading actors, especially Ellen Burstyn. their performances are as surreal as the movie itself.
great direction. what can i say?... crazy scenes for a crazy story. Darren Aronofsky knows a lot about craziness, that's for sure.
"Most men, they'll tell you a story straight through. It won't be complicated, but it won't be interesting either."
good story about fantasy. the movie discusses the importance of fantastic and incoherent stories instead of the realistic and boring ones.
great direction. Tim Burton finally uses his fantastic imagination to tell a very meaningful story. his direction is all metalinguistic. it's fantasy talking about fantasy. some good visual effects helped too.
"Life isn't like in the movies. Life... is much harder."
good story about illusions in life. the protagonist's story is directly and metaphorically related to cinema. his passion for movies becomes his reality. his mentor and only friend tries to warn him about the illusions created in films. but in the end the protagonist learns a deeper meaning of illusion.
good cinematography and some funny jokes.
"You misunderstood from the very beginning. You just believed what you wanted to believe."
good story about loneliness. finally a clear explanation for the end of the anime. the movie keeps in balance the fantastic story about the Evas and the more realistic story about the protagonist's social problems. both stories talk deeply about the need of social connections, but in very different scales. while the Evas' plot involves world integration, the protagonist just try to relate to someone else.
great animation effects and action scenes.
good story about... hmm... education. it's a conflict between two ways of learning: stuck at school or free in the world. the protagonist analyzes the pros and cons of both ways and comes to a conclusion.
good acting, especially by Carey Mulligan.
"- Why should I waste my time listening to you?
- Because I have a voice!"
good, but a bit overused, story about friendship and self-esteem.
a lot of smart and funny jokes. the comedic aspect is way better than the dramatic one.
great acting. Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush together make the movie worth watching.
great acting and great soundtrack.
innovative story about AIDS, homosexuality and homophobia.
a lot of overused courtroom scenes and speeches.
i didn't like the way the cameras were put very close to the actors' faces. it made me think about the cameras, which in my opinion should never happen in any movie.
good story about family issues. the movie is full of metaphors about the conflict between love and individuality. it's an important subject to talk about, but not very profound in my opinion.
great visual effects and cinematography. nothing more poetic than cute monsters!
"Lord, grant me the strength to change the things I can, the courage to accept the things I can't, and the wisdom to know the difference."
good story about learning how to deal with problems in your life. it's kind of funny, as the title says, but it's essentially dramatic.
good acting and direction. i liked this more serious performance by Galifianakis.
i got a bit disappointed about the soundtrack. it seems to be an important aspect of the movie but i didn't like the songs.
"How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd."
good and innovative story about memory. the movie criticizes our tendency to focus on bad memories and forget the good ones.
good acting by Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet.
some smart and funny jokes.
great visual effects and cinematography. the process of erasing memories is visually very clear.
"- The history of the world, my pet...
- Oh, Mr. Todd! Ooh, Mr. Todd! Leave it to me!
- Is learn forgiveness and try to forget!"
bad and overused story about revenge.
great direction, cinematography and visual effects. full of symbolism. the colors of this film will be fresh in my mind for a long time. the songs probably won't, but still I liked them.
good acting. not the best of Johnny Depp though.
"Finance is a gun. Politics is knowing when to pull the trigger."
"Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in."
good but repetitive story about mafia. now the concept is treated in a global way. the movie analyzes mafia characteristics in religion and economy organizations. but the old "family versus crime" is there too.
good direction, nothing as especial as in the first movie though.
good acting, except for Sofia Coppola.
good but repetitive story about war. it's a social critic based on Vietnam War. the movie criticizes the nationalistic propaganda that usually motivates american society to declare war against defenseless and economically interesting countries. you can see all that in just one secret mission, which is told as a metaphor for the whole war.
great soundtrack. The Doors is one of my favorite bands.
good visual effects. nothing more than you would expect from a war movie.
bad direction. the movie is very slow and quiet. the criticism is not visually emphasized. there are too few shocking scenes and too much thought and talk.
- bad story
- bad visual effects
- good action scenes
- to be as good as so many people say
- to make me learn about japanese culture
expectation rating: 6
Miklécio Costa's rating:
Movies I watched in 2011 for the first time.
In most of them I'll be writing some quotations and comments. I'll try not to show spoilers. Probably my interpretations will be kind of unusual, so they shouldn't be a problem either.
At the end of each item I'll also put my expectation rating, just to know which movies surprised me the most.
(sorry in advance for my english... and for not capitalizing some letters)