My Favorite Movies

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003,  PG-13)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
I'm truly grateful to the Disney studios for this one. Well, it's probably perfect for anyone to see once or twice. It has a great plot, it has adventure, action, fantasy, romance, even a little horror (if you're a kid you might be scared of skeletons). The script is excellent, all the main characters make great, meaningful entrances and you... if you don't pay attention, you can drop yourself in the fantastic world of Captain Jack and believe me, I've never been able to get out of there.
The risk is greater for adults, paradoxically, probably because Jack embodies a prototype, he's the symbol of the dream of freedom and boundlessness of any grown-up who doesn't want to give up the child inside him. ("That's what a ship is, you know. It's not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails, that's what a ship needs but what a ship is... what the Black Pearl really is... is freedom."; "Now... bring me that horizon."). Jack is the man-child for whom everything is possible because he has the nerve to do it, and he has the magic gadget (the compass) which can take him wherever he wants. I imagine captain Jack was very much loved even by the one who interpreted him, for Depp was very creative and ingenious in every little detail of his character construction. No doubt that "The Pirates" would not have been the same without Geoffrey Rush, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, Jack Davenport, Jonathan Pryce or any other of the crew.

The lines are funny and tonic and, you know what, being a Disney, you can enjoy a perfectly clean language and, therefore, a very subtle humor which I definitely fell in love with.

One more thing: you thought the moon is dangerous only when it comes to werewolfs? Clearly, you've never touched aztec gold.
12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) 1957,  PG)
Dead Man 1995,  R)
Sherlock Jr. 1924,  Unrated)
Sherlock Jr.
Intelligent, creative, funny ... With the simplest means... at the highest degree. The perfect proof that less is more.
The Philadelphia Story 1940,  Unrated)
The Sting 1973,  PG)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End 2007,  PG-13)
The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993,  PG)
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride 2005,  PG)
Destry Rides Again 1939,  Unrated)
Arizona Dream 1993,  R)
Adam's Rib 1949,  Unrated)
To Have and Have Not 1944,  Unrated)
I'm No Angel 1933,  Unrated)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 2007,  R)
The Libertine 2004,  R)
Finding Neverland 2004,  PG)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998,  R)
Edward Scissorhands 1990,  PG-13)
Edward Scissorhands
It's not quite clear to me how the inventor teached Edward all these things or if they are the result of the loneliness and suffering he has endured; certain is that he developed some very special ethics of love, which naturally can not be understood by the neighborhood's people, who can touch the world and have spoted it. Edward can not touch them, but he finds so many ways to show his affection. They touch him and they seem to hurt him every time... I was afraid, at some point, that Edward was going to get real hands and get caught in the neighborhood. I think that would have been really sad... he was supposed to be taken care with someone else's hands, like Peg did when she tried to heal his cuts, only this couldn't be... our world lost its purity. But Edward belongs to a different world, from which we only had a glimpse.
Escape from Alcatraz 1979,  PG)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006,  PG-13)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005,  PG)
The Man Who Cried 2000,  R)
The Brave 1997,  Unrated)
Benny & Joon 1993,  PG)
Donnie Brasco 1997,  R)
Chocolat 2000,  PG-13)
Blow 2001,  R)
Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003,  R)
Once Upon a Time in Mexico
A tonic comedy of little gestures and significant details, labeled by mistake action/drama/thriller, probably because no one of the crew had the idea to wear a T-shirt with the writing PARODY at the premiere.
Sleepy Hollow 1999,  R)
Secret Window 2004,  PG-13)
Cabin Boy 1994,  PG-13)
Cabin Boy
One of the most amusing movies I have ever seen. Not only amusing, amazingly creative.
Peter Pan 2003,  PG)
Life Is Beautiful (La Vita bella) 1997,  PG-13)
Ben-Hur 1959,  G)
The African Queen 1952,  PG)
Some Like It Hot 1959,  Unrated)
The Jungle Book 1967,  PG)
Vincent 1982,  G)
Frankenweenie 1984,  PG)
Down by Law 1986,  R)
Down by Law
Magic Jim Jarmusch movie. Black and white, unbelievable music. Comical and revealing alike. "It's not the fall that kills you, it's the sudden stop"; "Life is a limbo dance but it's a question of where you get down not how low you can get" - these things are literally written on the walls. Surprises arise everywhere. Not much action, but no need for it. It's not about doing things, it's about the world and the people in it.
"It's a sad and beautiful world" states Roberto (Benigni!) and shortly after that he lands in jail next to Jack and Zack. Those two have been framed, but Bob (that's short English for Roberto) confesses in his terribly sweet accent: "I killed a man. (...) But I "ham" no criminal. I "ham" a good egg". All his English knoledge are in his notebook, from which he gives out samples when he feels like it: "If looks can kill, I am dead now", when he got into the cell and the others were "observing" him, or the famous "I scream-a, you scream-a, we all scream-a for ice cream-a". He doesn't like the prison: "No good here... for me. Is, uh... Is... Not enough room to swing a cat"; and because the others don't seem to enjoy the joke, he explains further: "Cat. The animal". He finds a way out and, after facing the waters (the big attempt, he's the only one who can't swim) a reward awaits.
8 Mile 2002,  R)
The Devil is a Woman 1935,  Unrated)
The Devil is a Woman
A seductive and ice-hearted Marlene plays with men's hearts but in the end she offers a surprise. How is the title to be read? Until the final scene, it's pretty clear: this woman is the devil himself. But then, there's another one: even the devil (she who seems to be) is only a woman capable of love... who can tell?

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