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Brazil, a review by Tom




Title: Brazil
Year: 1985
Director: Terry Gilliam
Rating: FSK-12
Length: 137 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85
Audio: English: Dolby Digital Surround, German: Dolby Digital Surround, Spanish: Dolby Digital Surround
Subtitles: English, German, Spanish

Stars:
Jonathan Pryce
Robert De Niro
Katherine Helmond
Ian Holm
Bob Hoskins

Plot:
Brazil is a surrealistic nightmare vision of a 'perfect' future where technology reigns supreme. Everyone is monitored by a secret government agency that forbids love to interfere with efficiency.

Jonathan Pryce and Robert De Niro star with Michael Palin and Bob Hoskins in this chilling black comedy directed by former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam.

When a daydreaming bureaucrat becomes unwittingly involved with an underground superhero and a beautiful mystery woman, he becomes the tragic victim of his own romantic illusions.

This offbeat fantasy blends biting humour with pointed commentary to come up with an unforgettable look at a delightfully dastardly tomorrow.

Awards:
Academy Award1985NominatedBest Art DirectionNorman Garwood (Art Direction); Maggie Gray (Set Decoration)
Academy Award1985NominatedBest Writing, Original ScreenplayTerry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown
AFI1985Nominated100 Years... 100 Movies (1998)
BAFTA1985WonProduction DesignNorman Garwood
BAFTA1985WonSpecial Visual EffectsGeorge Gibbs, Richard Conway
Hugo Award1986NominatedDramatic Presentation


Extras:
Featurettes
Scene Access
Trailers

My Thoughts:
I really liked the portrayal of the "future" technology. It has a nice steam-punk feel to it. I really enjoyed the first half of the movie, which sets up the ludicrous bureaucratic dystopia. But towards the end I constantly thought that they could finally come to an end now. But it seemed to continue and continue. I liked the ending though. Even if it is predictable.

Rating:

(From December Marathons - DISCUSSION AND REVIEW THREAD on December 3rd, 2009)

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Black Swan, a review by Antares


Black Swan (2010) 3/5 - I'm glad that Natalie Portman was selected as Best Actress by the Academy, she deserved it for this role. But that being said, the rest of the film, while at times stylish, just kept constantly reminding me of Polanski's Repulsion, a much better film about a woman slowly going insane.

(From Antares' Short Summations on May 26th, 2011)

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Tom's Random Star Trek Reviews, a review by Tom


TNG 3.13 Deja Q
Writer: Richard Danus (Writer)
Director: Les Landau
Cast: Patrick Stewart (Capt. Jean-Luc Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Cmdr. William Riker), LeVar Burton (Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge), Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf), Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi), Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data), Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher), John de Lancie (Q), Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan), Richard Cansino (Dr. Garin), Betty Muramoto (Scientist), Corbin Bernsen (Q2 (uncredited))

Q episodes are always fun. Here Q is punished by the Q Continuum and is made mortal. It's fun seeing him without his powers and having him constantly complaining about it.

Rating:

(From Tom's Random Star Trek Reviews on September 5th, 2009)