Saturday, July 9, 2011

Pithy Reviews (1)

Time is money, life's too short and there are plenty of movies out there to chose from (and many of them are not reviewed by me, on Poison Whiskey, in English, if you can believe that!). Introducing "Pithy Reviews" - Part One: a collection of brief comments on movies I've recently seen or that I remember from the long forgotten past!

Fantastic planet / La planète sauvage (René Laloux, 1973)
Amazing animated film that doubles the science-fiction plot with a political allegory. Beautiful, colorful images and and psychedelic soundtrack that was already dated when the movie premiered in after the '60s were over and forgotten make this a wonderfully enjoyable film and one of the best animated features of its kind.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Mysteries of Lisbon (Raoul Ruiz, 2010)
A movie-marathon that lasts either 4h30 or almost six full hours, depending which version you find. Based on a literary serial from two centuries ago, it meanders through a maze of characters and stories, all of them revolving around a priest, who is also a former bandit, the son of a fallen nobleman and who knows how many more other things. Great storytelling and certainly Ruiz's best movie in some time.
Rating: 4 out of 5

Black Orpheus / Orfeo Negro (Marcel Camus, 1959)
The story of Orpheus and Eurydice shamelessly retold during the Carnival in Rio. Orpheus is a guitar-playing playboy that falls in love with a shy and frightened out-of-towner that is, apparently, hunted by a demon. Orpheus lacks what it takes to save her from its clutches. With an almost continuous samba soundtrack and a surprisingly creepy atmosphere, "Black Orpheus" may take the metaphors a bit too far sometimes, but it never loses focus on its story.
Rating: 4 out of 5

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