City Lights

Small comment on the movie, part of my project to watch the “AFI’s list“.

City Lights

I was dreading this one. I disliked Charlie Chaplin’s “Tramp” character since I was a kid. There is something about it that rubbed me the wrong way.

After this movie I grew a liking to it. I can see why this tramp is well loved. It’s still not my cup of tea but it was a pleasant enough 1h27m.

City Lights

City Lights

City Lights

Wikipedia page here.

A Streetcar Named Desire

Small comment on the movie, part of my project to watch the “AFI’s list“.

A Streetcar Named Desire

Very impelling film. Black and white flicks sometimes put me off but I was engaged from the beginning. Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando do a dynamite job.

A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

If you love films you need to watch it.

Watch a scene from the film on YouTube.

Read more about it in “A Streetcar Named Desire”‘s Wikipedia article.

The American Film Institute 2007 list of films to watch

The American Film Institute list of the 100 greatest American movies is still on my mind. In 2008 I started to watch some films on this list until I got sidetracked by life, I guess.
I still want to watch them all so this is a new page dedicated to that. I will comment or review some of the films as I watch them – it will show a link in the list – and will scratch them off as I go.

This is my attempt of making my own list of the greatest films out there. First I need to see them all!

In bold are the films I already watched before I knew about this list, scratched are the ones I watched as part of this quest.

10th Anniversary 2007 List:

1. Citizen Kane (1941)
2. The Godfather (1972)
3. Casablanca (1942)
4. Raging Bull (1980)
5. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
6. Gone with the Wind (1939)
7. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
8. Schindler’s List (1993)
9. Vertigo (1958) – 2008-04-25
10. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
11. City Lights (1931) – 2011-11-02 – Comment
12. The Searchers (1956) – 2015-01-12 – Comment
13. Star Wars (1977)
14. Psycho (1960)
15. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
16. Sunset Boulevard (1950) – 2012-04-22 – Comment
17. The Graduate (1967)
18. The General (1927)
19. On the Waterfront (1954)
20. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
21. Chinatown (1974)
22. Some Like It Hot (1959)
23. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
24. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
25. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
26. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
27. High Noon (1952)
28. All About Eve (1950)
29. Double Indemnity (1944)
30. Apocalypse Now (1979)
31. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
32. The Godfather Part II (1974)
33. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
34. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
35. Annie Hall (1977)
36. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
37. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
38. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
39. Dr. Strangelove (1964) – Jan/Feb 2016
40. The Sound of Music (1965)
41. King Kong (1933)
42. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
43. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
44. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
45. Shane (1953)
46. It Happened One Night (1934)
47. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) – 2011-10-27 – Comment
48. Rear Window (1954)
49. Intolerance (1916)
50. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
51. West Side Story (1961)
52. Taxi Driver (1976)
53. The Deer Hunter (1978)
54. M*A*S*H (1970)
55. North by Northwest (1959)
56. Jaws (1975)
57. Rocky (1976)
58. The Gold Rush (1925)
59. Nashville (1975)
60. Duck Soup (1933)
61. Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
62. American Graffiti (1973) – 2016-09-18 – Comment
63. Cabaret (1972)
64. Network (1976)
65. The African Queen (1951)
66. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
67. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
68. Unforgiven (1992)
69. Tootsie (1982)
70. A Clockwork Orange (1971) – November 2014
71. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
72. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – 2014
73. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
74. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
75. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
76. Forrest Gump (1994)
77. All the President’s Men (1976)
78. Modern Times (1936)
79. The Wild Bunch (1969)
80. The Apartment (1960)
81. Spartacus (1960)
82. Sunrise (1927)
83. Titanic (1997)
84. Easy Rider (1969) – August 2011
85. A Night at the Opera (1935)
86. Platoon (1986)
87. 12 Angry Men (1957)
88. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
89. The Sixth Sense (1999)
90. Swing Time (1936)
91. Sophie’s Choice (1982)
92. Goodfellas (1990)
93. The French Connection (1971)
94. Pulp Fiction (1994)
95. The Last Picture Show (1971)
96. Do the Right Thing (1989)
97. Blade Runner (1982)
98. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
99. Toy Story (1995)
100. Ben-Hur (1959)

Catfish (2010)

It was a displeasure watching this movie. In fact, after about 20 minutes I was fast forwarding most of the time.
In general I refrain from commenting on stuff I don’t like but this film has 81% on Rotten Tomatoes so I need to tell you not to waste you time:

Don’t waste your time.


It’s a boring, pseudo-documentary film with a lame story arch about this guy that meets a family on Facebook only to discover that they are all made up by this lonely 40 yo woman that lives in some god forsaken middle America town with a two digits IQ husband and his mentally disabled twin sons.

Yeah, you are thinking that the description makes it sound kinda interesting.
It isn’t.

Quick analysis of romcoms – Análise rápida de comédias românticas


1. Two very different characters are presented to us – a woman and a man;

2. Meeting of the two characters – conflict of ideas – characters hate each other;

3. Some physical humor follows;

(Middle of the movie)

4. Characters start to have feelings for each other despite their huge differences;

5. Final conflict that will give way to the happy ending;

6. Kiss of surrender – queue some romantic music with an upbeat feel and roll the end credits.

(The End)

In the end, the girl who went to see the movie feels she is not alone in thinking that all men are imbeciles but if you follow your heart and accept things as they happen there is hope and all will end well.
I don’t know what the guy who was dragged to see the movie feels but my guess is that he thinks that all women are imbeciles for liking this sort of thing.
Or he just thinks he’ll get lucky tonight after this display of loving sacrifice. —


1. É nos dado o contexto de dois personagens bastante diferentes – uma mulher e um homem;

2. Encontro dos dois personagens – conflito de ideias – personagens odeiam-se um ao outro;

3. Segmento de humor físico;

(Meio do filme)

4. Personagens começam a perceber que gostam um do outro não obstante as suas enormes diferenças;

5. Conflito final onde é inevitável o final feliz;

6. Beijo de rendição – entra música meio romântica mas bastante animada e créditos finais.

(The End)

No fim, a miúda que foi ver o filme sente que não está sozinha em pensar que todos os
homens são imbecis mas que há esperança porque o que interessa é seguir o coração e deixar
os acontecimentos fluir. No fim tudo acaba bem.
Não sei como se sentirá o rapaz que foi arrastado pela miúda para ver o filme mas calculo
que pensa que as mulheres são imbecis por gostarem de ver este género de filmes.
Ou então está só a pensar até onde pode ir essa noite por ter ido ao castigo. —