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  1. Tbh Quer o Destino was in a really hot phase, cause Nazaré distanced itself from it again on Monday, despite it scoring a good result too. But yes, Você na TV has new life. It would have these small wins thanks to Big Brother even when Cristina was on air, but now without her, it's a battle of contents and people seem to like Maria Botelho Moniz just as much or more as the Casa Feliz thing. (Goucha, on the other hand, got cancelled on social media cause he apparently defended a singer that played in a concert for Chega). Also, SIC did have a great Sunday with the Farmer finale smashing Quer o Destino and Boom. Nothing like the Big Brother finale which hit 48% share at its best moment, but it had a higher rating to its credit. So I don't think they're quite over yet. It'll depend on what kind of show Cristina has for herself, and rumor has it that she's gonna have an Alta Definição-like weekly show (like the old show titled Cristina), which doesn't sound so good. I don't think she's gonna return to the mornings. Plus, I think SIC is hunting down Ljubo and Fátima. If they get their hands together, maybe they'll put up a fight. But yeah, I don't doubt that TVI will return to #1 at some point.
  2. Only got the two I was counting on (Cinematography and Documentary). Not that surprising that no one from Doghouse got an acting nod, but still a bit disappointing. Nevertheless, happy for all of the nominees.
  3. Besides my own nom, most happy for the entire Supporting Voice slate, for Ms Blakk in Costume Design, for Black Queen, for Patrick Doyle and Hans Zimmer.
  4. Very blessed for the THPS Cinematography nom. Not a lot of surprises tbh. I guess the biggest one is Megalo Box in Cinematography and Score
  5. DECEMBER - PART 2 The Written Word - For what is clearly a filler project, it's not a bad one. Eddie Redmayne gives a good performance, the cinematography is quite nice and the messaging of the meaning of our lives swings for the fences. It does get lost in its own sameyness, though... I mean, we've seen biopics like these a dime a dozen. Hell, earlier this year, the same studio was releasing Carter, which followed almost the exact same beats - which, yeah, New Journey, if you're reading the review, I respect the fact that you're trying to spread the word of God and that there's tons of people who have found faith maybe thanks to your movies, but have you considered that your preach to the choir narrative is getting a little repetitive in these kind of movies? Again, I respect what you're doing, but maybe try to be more subtle with it. Either way, this wasn't a bad movie. - B Wii Play - Uhhhhhhh.... okay. Sure. Why not. For those wondering, I am not a fan of Y5's Wii Sports. I think it's basically what would happen if Garry Marshall took LSD and decided to do an Oscar-bait while high. It is not a good movie. I love the game it's based on, but the movie can suck it. I have never played Wii Play, on the other hand, having only heard of it as a mediocre party game to sell Wiimotes. But, to my surprise, I actually liked this movie more than I did Sports. Maybe because Play actually embraced the absolute ludicrousness of its own existence - the fact that it's a movie based on a stupid party game that has no plot whatsoever - and created one of the trippiest experiences of Y7. It's... well, almost indescribable what they do here. It's like they went out of their way to hamstring the craziest ideas for a movie and then slapped the Wii Play minigames over them to form some sort of plot. It's insane. But it's enjoyable, for sure, even if for no other reason than because it's batshit fucking crazy. I don't remember who was in the cast of Wii Sports but I can only imagine Brad Pitt was in it and they contractually obligated him to do this pseudo-sequel, because, otherwise... how in the Hell did they sign him up for this? - C- Temple Run - James Gunn. An absolutely luxorious cast. And... the Temple Run app. One of these things is not like the other, but who cares, it's Gunn, it's that cast and it had potential to be Heaven. At the very least a very enjoyable adventure in the light of Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle but with the Gunn stamp over it. However, for a James Gunn movie, it didn't feel all that James Gunn-esque. Temple Run actually reminded me more of something like Dora And The Lost City Of Gold('s trailer - I didn't actually watch the movie), in that it was a very by the numbers jungle adventure, but one that somehow managed to lure in a lot of high end talent. The performances are good, which isn't surprising, and the movie is entertaining overall, but there really isn't much in the vein of personality. Again, it's a James Gunn movie but it feels so "normal". Like a completely done-by-committee family friendly adventure film. Ultimately, it's fine, but it's forgettable and one of the most disappointing movies of the year for me personally. - B- Making Waves 2 - What compelled Sean McNamara to make a sequel? GO BACK TO SURFING, MAN. Ugh. This sequel is just as stupid as the original Making Waves. I guess it's not as borderline offensive - because it's not dealing directly with cancer - but it's really stupid all the same. Spoiler alert for those who may be interested in watching Making Waves 2: the main kid cheats his way to the final, then dumps his questionable coach and gets away with no consequence whatsoever. I think even the filmmakers must've not felt right with that. Only thing about this that's any good is the visuals of the surfing sequences. - D
  6. @CJohn HOLY SHIT, CRISTINA FERREIRA HAS LEFT SIC. WHAT. THE. FUCK. She's back to TVI, apparently as director of programming, of Plural and just in general. What in the ever loving shit even is this year?
  7. DECEMBER - PART 1 Green Lantern Corps: Home - As you guys know, I'm not a huge fan of Green Lantern Corps: Rise Of The Manhunters. I thought it boasted strong lead performances and great visuals, but structurally speaking, it was just way too bloated and overstuffed. But with Christopher McQuarrie and a darker tone at hand, as well as the focus being now on Joaquin Phoenix's Sinestro, I was excited for the sequel. And I walked out pretty satisfied. This is easily an improvement over its predecessor, fixing its structural issues with a far more streamlined and focused narrative that knew exactly where to focus on and what kind of characters and story turns would bring the most thematic interest. The cast all deliever strong performances, including a stupendous turn from Joaquin Phoenix; Atrocitus, voiced by Hugh Jackman, is easily the franchise's standout villain thus far and a clear highlight of the film - while the other villain, despite Rachel Weisz's great efforts and not necessarily being a bad character, definitely doesn't have the same umph to her; the Hal-Sinestro-Phasza relationship is another highlight; the visuals and action continue to be as exciting as ever; and the movie is very thematically rich, expertly dealing with the likes of historical discrimination and excessive law enforcement brutality or vigilantism. It has a few characters that lag behind in terms of depth or presence, which is especially noticeable with the yet again overqualified cast at hand (c'mon, Kelly Marie Tran's role was a glorified cameo). And yes, the elephant in the room: it's very weird to see a white guy play a role that was clearly devised for someone who is black... although, it didn't bother me A LOT since, well, Sinestro is a make-up character, so I believe the filmmakers just saw in Phoenix the best actor to play the role. What did bother me more was that Sinestro's arc, while really strong and the soul of the movie, did come ahead slightly too suddenly for my taste. But ultimately, Green Lantern Corps: Home is a success. A massive improvement over its predecessor that, while perhaps lacking behind in spectacle compared to Rise Of The Manhunters, makes up for it in gravitas. Much recommended (even to anyone who hasn't seen the first Green Lantern Corps as this is clearly made to feel like a standalone sequel). - A- Until Dawn - I wanted to get around and actually playing the game, but I never got to, so I guess this'll do for now. Until Dawn, based on Supermassive Games' acclaimed title, doesn't fool anyone from the start: it's an unpretentious thrill ride designed to give you some Christmas goosebumps. And while other titles from earlier this year tried with less success to do the slasher genre or at least a twist on it (looking at you, Finders Keepers and Out On The Lake), Until Dawn manages to do it well based on one thing above all else: making you care about the characters. While these teenagers seem at first like bratty, snotty and unlikeable morons - and some of them remain that way all the way to the end - you do end up caring about them and wanting to see them safe, a diversion from the usual "yeah, just kill 'em all" feeling you normally get out of these. And these aren't even amazingly crafted characters... they're just solidly written for the kind of ride you get out of this. Add to that a solid cast and a strong sense of pace and you've got yourself a nice little spookfest for the holidays. Ultimately, though, I did walk out disappointed with the resolution of the film... Until Dawn was much better in its first half/two thirds and the moment where the curtain is lifted is a letdown. Still, it's a fun time and I think just about anyone can enjoy this, especially if you are a horror aficionado. - B The Ends Of The Universe - Before anything else, this was the movie from Y7 that I read. Maybe it was early jitters, but the whole idea of Ends seemed attractive. And it was a movie that I admired right out of the gate and thought of as an early contender for Best Animated Feature, although the competition got a lot stronger along the way. The Ends Of The Universe brings memories of watching the likes of Titan AE, Treasure Planet (the Disney one) and Atlantis: The Lost Empire for the first time - a sci-fi animation that I think will enamore any child that sees it, although it is PG-13 and it earns that rating at times. For a child around 13, this movie will be everything they think about. They'll love the world, they'll love the lore, they'll love the characters. One particular element that everyone has praised and I won't single myself out on is the choice to have the voice cast be completely composed of professional voice actors, and they all do a wonderful job - especially John DiMaggio as Bosch, who is just the absolute best. I wouldn't be upset if this movie got a nomination for Best Ensemble, apart from the voice acting nominations it's probably going to get. The animation itself is absolutely stunning too, though that shouldn't be surprising. What I do think brought this movie down for me was its villain. Despite Mark Hamill's tremendous performance, Tovash is a character that kinda fell flat for me and dragged down the movie to less compelling status, outside of his mystery aura at first. Also, yeah, we can't ignore the fact that this movie does follow similar beats as other "white guy ends up co-existing with a foreign society" tales, but honestly, I wouldn't call it a rip-off or anything... if it took some cues, that's already a stretch. The Ends Of The Universe is a highly enjoyable movie and I think one that anyone of just about any age can bring themselves to enjoying. - B+ The Disappointment - It's a movie where Russell Brand gets fired from McDonald's because he caused a food war and then someone is pep talked by Donald fucking Trump in a helicopter. And it's directed by Adam McKay of all people. I don't know where the fuck his mind was at when he made this, but it probably wasn't on Earth. - F
  8. @CJohn TVI is bleeding professionals. No, that's not a distasteful pun about Pedro Lima, although his loss counts too. Yesterday, Leonor Poeiras announced she's out. Today, they lost Patrícia Matos. They also announced Ugly Betty In NY. SIC, on the other hand, announced that Bruno Nogueira is coming and that Êta Mundo Bom is going to replace Amor à Vida. I wonder which channel is the one that's doing well.
  9. NOVEMBER Ms. Blakk 4 President - A truly inspirational story. I haven't seen Marielle Heller's previous film, Can You Ever Forgive Me? (and yeah, I'm aware of how much praise it has recieved), but if it's as good as Ms. Blakk, I'm stunned it didn't get a lot of attention outside of Melissa McCarthy's performance. Ms. Blakk 4 President is more than just the tale of someone who's extremely unlikely to run for president, well, running for president, but it's the story of how a gay black man in the 90's infected with joy so many people around him to feel like he was more than the dangerous disease he was stereotypized to be by the community at large, despite his own insecurities. Tituss Burgess' performance is hands down one of the best of the year, brimming with heart and single-handedly making this movie all the more special. The combination of actor-character was spot on here. The supporting cast is also very strong, as is the script and the David Bowie-heavy soundtrack. Not a whole lot else to say that hasn't been said already by fellow critics... just a beautiful, inspiring movie that anyone should see. - A American Barbeque - From the maker of American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook, we get... this. This is what David O. Russell has been working on in the last couple of years. I imagine he saw Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk and imagined: "I can do that too, only without the technical novelty or the emotional resonance that made people even somewhat care about that movie in the first place". I mean, it's kind of a tender movie, it's kinda sweet to see these servicemen in a place of genuine diversion and nostalgia, showing a facet of them that we don't usually see, but there really isn't anything to the movie that you can't find by just searching for similar types of videos on YouTube. It is way too long for the concept it's trying to stretch out and, while not feeling pointless, definitely overstays its welcome. - C Notorious - Very much like with Alpha Pictures' Fatal Attraction remake, I have not seen the original movie by Hitchcock. However, I am a big fan of what I've seen of Hitchcock's work - Rear Window being one of my favorite movies ever. Hitchcock remakes don't tend to be very good, though... everyone remembers Gus Van Sant's ill-fated shot-for-shot Psycho and I also saw the horrible made-for-TV Rear Window remake starring Christopher Reeve. Luckily, Notorious, whether or not it follows the original closely or it doesn't, does not follow suit of those. This is a relevant, topical spy thriller that takes audiences for a ride, maintains tension all the way throughout in expert fashion, is fucking amazingly well directed and has a solid cast boosting its strong script. The idea to take the WWII setting and transform it into a modern day War On Terror tale was a smart choice, and it allows for the story to feel contemporary and important. The leads all give strong performances and you care about the ever growing romance and the characters (despite the early risk of off-tone trashiness, which becomes muted as the movie goes along), but the real star of this movie is Karyn Kusama, who directs with such delicacy, such keen eye for making every scene feel as tense as possible, that you wouldn't be surprised if she really was the next coming of Hitchcock. Even small details, like "what if Soraya is going to turn on us?", make every scene further intensify the atmosphere. Y7's Notorious is an intelligent, relevant remake that takes the source material and adds it an entirely new context that will perhaps outdo its predecessor in popularity (and maybe in artistic merit as well, but I would have needed to see the original to comment on that). - A- Red Flavour - K-Pop? Uhh, sure. Why not. (For quite a few reasons, actually.) - C Tower Of Babylon - Bold. Contemplative. Epic. If someone asked me to come up with three words to describe Tower Of Babylon right out of the gate, it would be these three. I fully recognize that this movie is not everyone, fellow reader asking for an honest critique. If you're walking into this movie expecting an action extravaganza accompanying the insane special effects, you are gonna walk out extremely disappointed. However, it's a Denis Villeneuve movie, so you would be dumb to expect that at this point. No, Babylon is not just a mere movie. It's a poem. A poem with the idea of what it means to be human in mind. A poem that tells its story in simple fours, and that merely asks its viewer to wonder about the point of a climb to Heaven and the price that there is to pay when you try to play God, or at least touch God. It's a movie that truly goes out of its way to share a philosophy with you, and one that, at least a few hours after thinking about it, does not seem morally corrupt and actually is kind of eye opening. I have never seen, in CAYOM, such a visually and thematically ambitious movie before. You will be in absolute awe of the film's incredible feast for the optic stems... if this movie doesn't win Best Cinematography at the Oscars, I will be upset (and I have Tony Hawk's Pro Skater in the race). But more than just Cinematography and Visual Effects nods, this movie deserves so much more. It deserves to be seen and studied by all generations of film fans. It deserves to be embraced by anthropology enthusiasts. It deserves, truly, the Vault of Heaven that its characters aspire to reach --- no, no, no. It deserves more than that. For the Vault may not be the ceiling for a creation that dares to challenge the viewer like Tower Of Babylon did. I'm in awe. Birdwing - Besides Should You Imagine?, this is/was possibly the most anticipated animated movie of the year (no offense to Hilda which grossed a mighty amount of 400M DOM alone). And it turned out massive at the box office, no thanks to huge buzz and excellent word of mouth. The directors, which I very much admire, bring to the table a fantasy musical that sometimes feels like it's juggling between what it wants to talk about, but ultimately becomes a decided allegory on LGBTQ+ self-acceptance (or at least I felt that way more than I did the presumedly obvious messaging on disability and body acceptance), and one that I think will ring very near to the hearts of just about anyone who has ever felt like they were shunning themselves from society. It's strongly acted, the music soars high, as does the animation, and it has well written characters that you grow to care more and more about - including one of the best villains of the year. My only major flaw really is the fact that the film sometimes feels confused as to what it wants to really talk about. Oh, and I guess it's a little dark/graphic for very young kids, but ehh, if kids could take Tarzan in 1999 where we can CLEARLY see the shadow of a hung man, I think they can take this too. Overall, highly enjoyable, for its high artistic aspirations and its tender and heartfelt messaging, - A-
  10. OCTOBER Countdown City - I really liked The Last Policeman. And I've seen that most seem to see this one as an improvement. Personally, I would put it in the same range, I quite enjoyed this too. The cast was uniformly great (Elgort, cancelled as he may be, was better here than in the first movie), the dialogue and writing in general was mostly excellent and the atmosphere of impending doom really made this feel like the stakes were elevated tenfold despite the fact that the main plot is still relatively small scale. On the downside, I thought that the anarchist college hippies subplot felt a little forced (it was well executed and I liked the concept but it stretched believability just a tad) and I feel like the movie doing the "routine investigation thriller in a pre-apocalyptic setting" trick again was a bit of a letdown, even though more of a doomsday chaos feel did eventually arise. Still, a worthy sequel with great directing, writing and acting that deserved the money it made at the box office. - B+ Broadway Selects: Beetlejuice - It's a Broadway musical based on Beetlejuice. That kinda announces what you're in for. It's good for what it is. - C+ The Layover - I know jackshit about Chicago geography, so I'm just gonna avoid criticizing what is or isn't out of place and focusing on the narrative. And the narrative... is fine. It's perfectly fine. It's the kind of movie that you take your significant other to for a dumb fun time at the theaters and nothing else. It's slapsticky, it's loud, it has tender moments... it's a romantic comedy. Simple as that. I'd watch this with my girlfriend (if I had one). One question I have though: 30 million bucks for this? Was Numerator swimming in gold coins? - B- Megalo Box - Curious how two widely acclaimed sports movies based on two hard to adapt mediums (video games and anime) were released in the same month. But without tooting on my hat too much, this was a fun movie. Surprisingly deep, actually, as it rung a bell about corporate and shady business control on our lives - from the boxers themselves to the viewers paying money or just watching their favorite sport on TV, all of their lives overwatched by these higher-ups with hidden agendas that are at war with each other - trotting along with charismatic characters and vivid style as well. Benicio Del Toro wouldn't surprise me if he entered the Best Supporting Actor race at all. One nitpick is that I feel like the message was perhaps a bit too in your face - even the symbolism wasn't subtle, cause the constant talk about dogs was pretty obviously hinting at how we are basically hounds on a leash for corporate suits to dominate - another would be that I feel like some characters lacked layers, and finally, the freeze frames, which were obviously inspired on the anime, don't work as well here due to the obvious sacrifices that are made when you take things that can only be accomplished in animation and throw them away (i.e. expressions, facial twerks). The ending was a hard pill to swallow at first, but upon reflecting about it, I ended up really liking it. Overall, a very enjoyable ride, universally accessible for anyone who's looking for both a fun underdog story and a deeper look into the value of human life. It surprises me that it made a billion dollars, but I can't say they were donated to a poor movie. - A- Adult Swim Bomb Scare Non-Fiction Documentary For Theaters - I already knew this story going in, so this brought little new for me, but it's a fun watch if you're interested in the subject matter, even if you're already sufficiently informed. If you're not informed but want to be, I feel like this will be one of those memorable documentaries that you recommend to your friends because the story... well, it isn't the craziest thing ever, but it is something. And it teaches you that no, not every publicity is good. So there is that. - B+ Toons V Reality - Yeah, I'm counting this as October. Endless Animation is a staple of CAYOM Hollywood, having already released some instant animation classics such as Gateways and Can You Imagine?. This one, from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, two directors I love, follows a lot of the Endless formula traits - it's a family animated comedy about a strong female character that blends multiple animation styles and follows a theme of fulfilling the dreams you long aspired towards. I can certainly understand the complaints that this movie does have a very clear DNA to it. However, unlike Should You Imagine?, which, as solid a movie as it was, did feel like a clear retread of the biggest hits of the studio, this is a total refresh of ideas in a lot of other ways. No longer are we dealing with a gallopant adventure through magical realms and all sorts of crazy shenanigans - this is a trial movie. Like, a gritty trial movie. Thaaaat just happens to be about cartoon characters. I would even consider this as hardly being very commercial, outside of the obvious merchandise appeal of the different toons. Low-key, however, this crazy idea - what if cartoons were sentient and demanded compensation for the damage done to them by their studios - was the birth of a strongly topical movie that deals with discrimination, sexism, workplace abuse and neglect in mature and intelligent ways. The voice cast all do a solid job, Olivia Cooke, John Mulaney and Aimee Carrero being the highlights. The animation styles are gorgeous, as always. And the script is legitimately strong, easily a frontrunner for Best Original Screenplay. I do have some nitpicks regarding small elements of how does this toon world co-exist with the real world (i.e. the relationship between voice actors/animators and the cartoons), and I also think that it is a bit slow paced, but apart from that, this is pretty great. It's unlike anything I expected it to be, in a good way. Oh, and it is bound to trigger bigots immensely, so... yeah, Geeks & Gamers is already profitting off their 10 "TOONS V REALITY IS A SJW WOKE PROPAGANDA PIECE OF SHIT" garbage festivals. - A
  11. It was suicide. Unfuckingbelievable. 2020 can fucking suck my dick.
  12. Thank you for #19, #17 and an honorable mention 🙏 And I request reviews for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and The Turkey Squad.
  13. @cayommagazine After the resounding success of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, Phoenix Fire Entertainment announces a four-movie arc for the Pro Skater franchise, starting from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. Gaten Matarazzo, Mackenzie Foy and Asher Angel will all play their roles as Chris Towers, Simone Johnson and David Loan respectively. Tony Hawk will also return in his supporting role as himself. More cast announcements to be made. The second movie is to be released on December 25 Y8. Pro Skater: Underground - based on Tony Hawk's Underground - will center on Loan after his failure to win the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater tournament, and his relationship with his friend Eric Sparrow. The Wire's Clark Johnson is confirmed to direct. The third movie, Pro Skater: Proving Ground - inspired by Tony Hawk's Proving Ground - will focus on Simone Johnson as she trains in a school of skateboarders, the Proving Ground, to hit her potential and be just as good or better than Chris and Loan. Proving Ground is tempted to an early March Y10 release, just in time for International Women's Day. Drew Barrymore, actress and filmmaker behind Whip It, will direct. The fourth and final movie, Pro Skater: Stand Your Ground, pits Chris, Simone and Loan all against each other in the X-Games. Stand Your Ground is to be released in Y11. No director confirmed at the moment, but expect either Barrymore, Johnson or Tony Hawk's Ryan Coogler to return.
  14. @cayommagazine Phoenix Fire Entertainment announces its brand new logo, with the character Vixen from Vixen And The Flaming Feather front and center. Vixen is officially Phoenix Fire's mascot, and the new logo will play from The Lost Empire onwards. This will also be the beginning of a year-long campaign for Vixen And The Sea Of Dragons, the sequel to the critically and commercially successful original Vixen, set to release in January Y9. Gianluigi Toccafondo is in talks to return as director. The major change will apparently come from the addition of a voice cast, with Annalise Basso and Sam Rockwell set to voice Vixen and the main villain respectively. Patrick Stewart will reprise his role as the narrator. In addition, Phoenix Fire also announces that it is in talks with Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Thor: Ragnarok, Treasure Planet, Jojo Rabbit) to executive-produce and Madeleine Sami (The Breakers Upperers) to direct Eminem-Esque, a courtroom comedy about the Eminem copyright infringment case in New Zealand in 2014. The film will apparently be a parody of musical biopics, Eminem-Esque being the title of the song that New Zealand's National Party used that ripped off Eminem's Lose Yourself. Sami and Waititi themselves will also be in the cast, alongside Alan Dale, Melanie Lynskey, Eminem, John Oliver and Russell Crowe. Eminem-Esque will be released in Summer Y8.
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