I get IFC (the Independent Film Channel) with my cable subscription and I saw that "City of God" was scheduled to show today. I remembered the title from several years back and that it was very well received in the US -- it's a South American film, Brazil specifically. The movie was released in 2003 and I think it received several Oscar nominations and won tons of other awards that year. Anyhow, I decided to watch it and that turned out to be a very good decision. This movie is incredible. To generalize, it's gangs, drug lords, violence and corruption in the slums of Rio de Janeiro in the 60s and 70s. It's bascially a re-enactment of events that took place there during that time period -- supposedly it's about as close to the truth as a "based on a true story" movie can be. The acting, cinematography and storytelling are all brilliant. There are hundreds of characters in the movie and they are all convincing -- it's almost as if real life was shot and then produced as a movie. The violence is tremendous but it is done so tastefully, as strange as that sounds. Some comparisons can be made to Scorcese when it comes to directorial style, and some critics have dubbed it as the "South American Goodfellas." I can see the reason for comparison, but I thought some of the style was unique as well. I could go on and on about this one. It was a very refreshing and satisfying viewing experience. It's too bad that Hollywood can't produce more quality films like this -- the problem is that the American public doesn't demand that kind of quality. 5/5 OSNN Stars Note: City of God is subtitled, and it is definitely a hard R rating -- so more casual movie watchers should be warned.