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Monday, July 18, 2016

A Canção de Lisboa (Pedro Varela)

This is a remake of the 1933 film with the same name, which starred António Silva, Vasco Santana, and Beatriz Costa.
Vasco Leitão, a Medical student in Lisbon, has been partying while counting on an allowance sent by his aunts who live up north and believe that he is a top student. However, Vasco is more of a party animal and ladies man. His eyes are particularly set on Alice, who in the remake is the daughter of the future prime minister (while in the original version, she was the daughter of a tailor). After Vasco has failed the final exam yet again, his aunts decide to pay him a visit...


Starring: César Mourão, Luana Martau, Miguel Guilherme, Marcus Majella, Maria Vieira, São José Lapa, Carla Vasconcelos, Ruy de Carvalho

My thoughts on this film: It is definitely not Oscar material, but that is not all. This movie lacks all its important characteristics that made it so great in the 30s.
There are no scenes which we will be remembering in 40 years time.
You do not get to see a charismatic Vasco Santana or Beatriz Costa.
You take an old-time movie and add new technology, new music, and an 'almost' new story, and you get something horrendous, which I regret having gone to see.
I love those actors, but they should have named the film something else because the only thing similar to the original is the exam part where Vasco finally gets a right answer. And the names were also kept. But everything else is just a totally different story, which I did not find at all funny.
Vasco Leitão is played by César Mourão as we know him. Whether you like it or not, its his kind of humour. This is good in the comedy bits but not the love scenes, as they become less believable.
Luana Martau plays sweet Alice... well, she was only sweet in the second half of the movie as she spends the first half threatening to break Vasco's head in.
Unlike the hilarious António Silva, Miguel Guilherme plays Alice's father, who actually likes Vasco Leitão and tries to help him throughout the film. Where is the fun of the chase?
The music is also entirely new... and quite dull.
I will not be seeing this film again.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

PORTUGAL: EURO 2016 CHAMPIONS


On July 10th, 2016, History was made.


Thank you champions!


Pictures taken at Jardim da Estrela, Lisbon, while our champions paraded the cup around the city.

Our Kind of Traitor (Directed by: Susanna White; Based on the novel by John le Carré)

When Peter and his girlfriend, Gail, cross paths with the charismatic Dima on their Moroccan holiday, the forceful Russian is quick to challenge Peter to a friendly game of tennis. But this innocuous contest is not all it seems - Dima is a long-time servant of the Russian mafia, whose new boss, 'The Prince', wants him and his family dead. His only hope is to ask the unsuspecting Peter to broker him sanctuary with the British intelligence services in return for exposing a vein of corruption that runs right to the heart of the City of London. Soon they find themselves on a tortuous journey through Paris to a safe house in the Swiss Alps and - with the might of the Russian mafia closing in - they begin to realise this particular match has the highest stakes of all.

Starring: Stellan Skarsgård, Mariya Fomina, Dolya Gavanski, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Alec Utgoff, Marek Oravec

My thoughts on this film: I came into this movie without many expectations, as I had not read the book.
Ewan McGregor and Stellan Skarsgård star as a British professor and a Russian mobster respectively, and both give great performances, especially Skarsgård, who plays a bad guy who you cannot help but like.
I really enjoyed the cinematography, and the story is nothing you have not seen before, but I found myself really captured by the great acting and interesting dialogue.
The only disappointment for me was the ending, but I will not spoil it for you. Go and see it!

Monday, July 04, 2016

Independence Day: Resurgence (Roland Emmerich)



Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind's new space defences be enough?


Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Jessie T. Usher, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, William Fichtner, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner, Vivica A. Fox, Nicolas Wright, Joey King


My thoughts on this film: To tell you the truth, I do not remember much of the first one, only that I saw it on TV later on.
But, seriously, no wonder Will Smith never returned. That just shows how bad this movie really is.
How stupid do the script writers think the viewing audience is?
Great first ten minutes or so, then we are expected to leave all logic behind...
The film made no sense whatsoever.
The sphere can set up a planet to teach all other civilisations how to defend against the bad aliens, since their planet was wiped out by said aliens, but even the lower intelligence earthlings, using replicated, imitated weapons ripped from the bad aliens can shoot it down over the moon... great teachers they will be...
The Queen can survive a fusion bomb blast but her shield falls under minor weapon fires.
And having all her fighters surround her... I guess to offer her protection... but they just keep flying round and round like an amusement park ride when the two rogue fighters decide to attack her FOR A VERY LONG TIME!
A former president's daughter who no longer flies can just commandeer a fighter in order to fly alongside her father, who could not walk properly in the beginning of the film but can still fly a new age jet.
It was overall stupid, and I lost myself after the first ten minutes.