Life is Beautiful

“Life is beautiful” is undoubtedly an incredible dramatization of life during the Holocaust. Produced in 1997, the film portrays, through an intelligent and comical language, the heartbreaking reality of anti-Semitism during the Second World War; whilst aiming to appeal to the public’s minds and hearts.

The plot takes place in the beautiful streets of Arezzo, in Italy, and tells the story of a happy and humble Jewish family, that tried to remain hopeful after being taken to a concentration camp. As the astonishing narrative develops, the characters find themselves in a position of almost impossible survival, which will define how they perceive life. Therefore, cranking up the tension.

The film is beautifully acted and directed and its raw emotion guarantees to connect and move the public. However, there is a certain euphemism regarding the explicitness of one of the history’s biggest tragedies, which one can interpret as mockery.

To sum up, I urge anyone to watch this production that transcends time and space. It is a bittersweet love story set against a turbulent backdrop, capable of shedding light and wooing those who watch it.


Inglorious is an expertly directed movie with a very audacious theme as Quentin Tarantino himself said The problem with doing World War II research is that it can derail you”. This master piece is based on Enzo Castellari’s 1978 Italian World war II film.

In brief resume the movie is about a group of eight jews and their mission is to terrorize the enemy in Nazi occupied France by desecrating and butchering the bodies of the soldiers with only one remaining so their story could be told.

Inglorious, from my point of view, is a master piece, however many believe that due to it’s over the top violence might not be the most appropriate movie for the youth. On the contrary, I stand by the opinion that the glamorized violence is an integral part of Quentin Tarantino’s style.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody is a brilliant biopic about the glorious and renowned British band, Queen. Mainly focused in the lead singer Freddie Mercury, portrayed by Rami Malek, the motion picture shows the audience the behind-the-scenes of such great fame, the rises and falls through the journey that lead to the famous «Live Aid» concert.

Starting with an open window to the future, we see Freddie waking up on the morning of Live Aid but, like a time machine, we are taken back to the beginning of everything: the night Roger Taylor and Brian May meet a young distinctly misunderstood Freddie. That night changed all of their lives as Mercury arrives after Roger’s and Brian’s band Smile loses their vocalist. After a quick audition, the difficult path to Rock legends commences. Going through hard decisions for the band and its future, drug addiction, a messy love life, questioning his sexuality and dealing with AIDS, Freddie had a life more than worthy of a documentary. We feel rewarded and excited as we watch the Live Aid portion of the film knowing it was one of the last concerts he gave, and for sure the most unforgettable one.


As the sun sets on the Roman Empire, Christians and pagans battle for hegemony in bustling Alexandria. This movie relates a public assembly place with political scheming to achieve power in society. Meanwhile, philosopher Hypatia (Rachel Weisz) grabbles with the earth place in the Universe.

Three centuries after Christ was born the Greek civilization had an unexplainable impact in all world. Back then, the role of a woman in a civilization was extremely reduced to home times. Despite this, this movie tell us the story of Hypatia, a philosopher and teacher that have completely revolutionized the way people thought at that time. In this film, connections between groups of people (such as Pagans and Christians ) were established and they violently fought each other to achieve hegemony. Hypatia and her disciples had the almost impossible task of defending an ancient huge library that contained all the knowledge that existed in books that time.

As I said before, this film contains a legendary and absolutely historically accurate story that any lover of this subject would appreciate. It makes people reflect on the society of that time and it may also help in understanding the present and possibly the future, for this reason everyone should watch this epic and superb film. It may have been better if it was more visually pleasant and if the special effects were upgraded. As the Bible is important for the Christians, this film may be fascinating for those who really care about history and also for those you don´t.

In a nutshell, if you want to have the possibility of being completely pleased and amazed with an absolutely superb historical film I recommend you watching Ágora and I promise that you won´t regret doing it.

The Mission

The mission is a beautiful movie, set in in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. It attempts to portray a historically accurate and believable story of early slavery and the clash between colonization and tribes in the, at the time, newly discovered South America

The movie revolves around its main character, Father Gabriel, a young Christian missionary sent on a mission to convert tribal amazons, who is afterwards considered a martyr. It depicts his journey, from the very first contact with a tribe, to battling against a cold-blooded mercenary and slave trader, captain Mendoza who was trying to enslave them.

I believe this movie does a great job at managing to be interesting, captivating, beautiful, masterful and even sentimental from such a simple concept: the main action is split and developed really smoothly and interestingly, and even if it starts off as being pretty broad and complex, all the action ultimately merges into an exciting and well thought-out final point, which unites all the loose ends and the action as a whole, allowing for a fantastically conclusive ending. It also uses amazing scenery, music and simple actions to make you feel engaged and even emotionally attached to a character or its beliefs.

However, I couldn’t help felling disappointed with some scenes that looked like they had more to offer. The movie in general has a really calming sensation to it, even in moments where I noticed there was an opportunity for it to be much more intense, despite still being exciting at times.

In a nutshell, it’s a great piece of cinematography, which I strongly recommend watching, even if, at times, I may seem dull or slow paced.