Fences. All you need is un buen guión.

¡¡He vuelto!!! Si, no estaba muerta estaba de parranda. Y he vuelto con una review de un DRAMÓN, así en mayúsculas.

Fences dirigida y protagonizada por Denzel Washington era el último film “oscariano” que me faltaba por ver y la verdad que la espera mereció la pena oye.

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Fences es el claro ejemplo de que cuando un guión y una historia es poderosa no te hace falta más para hacer una señora película. Basada en el libro de August Wilson de mismo nombre, Fences no es más que un retrato fiel de la vida misma, de todas esas frustraciones, miedos y fantasmas del pasado que a todos nos persiguen durante nuestra andanza por el mundo terrenal. Todo esto combinado con un punto de denuncia social, el racismo, el machismo y la falta de oportunidades para todo el que se salga del patrón establecido por el heteropatriarcado-blanco y capitalista de la Norteamérica de los años cincuenta.

Troy, el personaje de Denzel, es un hombre al que la vida bien bien precisamente no le ha tratado. Infancia dura no, lo siguiente, con un padre que derrocha hijoputismo por los cuatro costados y una familia desestructuradísima. Troy es un superviviente nato que va dando tumbos de aquí y allá demostrando que no importa lo fuerte que golpee la vida, siempre hay una razón para volver a levantarse y aguantar como un auténtico jabato.

Troy encuentra la estabilidad junto a Rose, el personaje de Viola, forma una familia y a pesar de las latentes desigualdades sociales, al hombre no le va tan mal. Pero que pasa que al tener las necesidades básicas cubiertas (comer, un techo donde vivir) aparecen los anhelos, los sueños frustrados y los demonios internos. Troy a pesar de su edad quiere, necesita volver a sentirse vivo y romper con esa rutina anestesiante a la que nos somete este sistema consumista. Un personaje complejo, egoísta y machista de forma inconsciente, con una honestidad desgarradora y cautivadora; una muy buena actuación de Denzel.

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Aunque para mi la estrella de esta película es la gran VIOLA DAVIS. Esta mujer que ha sacrificado su vida entera por su marido y su familia sin pedir nada a cambio, olvidando que ella también tiene anhelos y sueños. Esa mujer a la que todos la ven sólo cómo una esposa, una madre pero nunca cómo un individuo con ambiciones, sentimientos, miedos y frustraciones cómo el resto de mortales. Mujer y afroamericana la peor combinación posible para poder ser un individuo libre e independiente en la época que nos acontece en el film. Rose representa a todas esas mujeres, que se olvidaron de ser ellas y pasaron a ser esposas de, todas las mujeres que quedaron en la sombra de los egos de sus maridos, esas mujeres engullidas por las cocinas de sus casas, mujeres que lo sacrificaron todo hasta su propia identidad, pero que a pesar de todo siguen tragando y tragando porque la independencia económica y emocional  es un espejismo para ellas. Viola da voz a todas esas mujeres afroamericanas que sufrieron y sufren de forma sublime, un Oscar muy muy bien merecido.

Y luego están esos hijos y sus relaciones amor-odio con nuestro querido protagonista, ese sentimiento de no querer convertirte en tu progenitor a toda costa pero a pesar de tus esfuerzos la naturaleza te lo pone difícil y cómo si de Michael Corleone se tratase acabas repitiendo a la perfección el rol de tu padre.

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Fences es una película con mucha tela que cortar, escenas desgarradoras y una carga emocional que merece ser vista más de una vez para poder entender todos los giros de guión y comprender el mensaje que se nos quiere realmente transmitir.

Las localizaciones varían más bien poco, casi nada diría yo. La mayor parte del tiempo vemos esa casa, ese patio y esa alambrada como figura simbólica haciendo sentir al espectador el agobio, la angustia, ese sentimiento de estar atrapado sin posibilidad de cambiar, de avanzar, de ser libre. Sin necesidad de escenarios vertiginosos ni efectos especiales de infarto, se le da poder absoluto a la narrativa, a la historia, al guión y a los personajes, y esto señoras y señores míos es algo que me encanta, que me pone, cuando una historia es tan buena que no hace falta más. En la sencillez está el gusto.

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El único pero que le pongo quizá sea el final. Pero bueno Denzel te perdonaremos. Un 8/10. Si no la habéis visto corred, agarrad un buen paquete de clinex y ya tenéis plan para esta noche.

Paz y Amor Terrícolas.

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Top 10 Mis Villanos Favoritos.

Hello Earthlings!

Hoy os traigo un post en mi lengua materna, si lo se el mundo se vuelve loco pero yo he venido aquí a hablar de mi libro…

La razón de escribir este post en Castellano es que el tema del que voy a hablar me encanta tanto tantísimo que tengo que escribirlo desde las entrañas, visceral y en español oigan.

Villanos, Anti-héroes, mafiosos, delincuentes…Aquellos que me conozcan sabrán de sobra la debilidad que tengo por este tipo de personajes, cuanto más turbio, complejo y oscuro ¡más me gusta!. Lo cierto es que la mayoría de actores que adoro/amo/admiro/están en mi Hall of Fame particular han encarnado a un Gran Villano con mayúsculas en su carrera. ¡Ay esta obsesión nuestra por los “bad boys”!

He de decir que me ha costado sudor y lágrimas elegir sólo a diez de ellos y aun más duro ha sido tener que ordenarlos por preferencia…¡Pero chicos para mí sois todos perfectamente imperfectos y maléficos por igual!

He aquí mi ranking personal, ¡allá vamos!:

10. Afie Solomons – Peaky Blinders.

Tom Hardy interpreta al rudo, inteligente y sin escrúpulos jefe de la mafia Judía en Londres durante los años 20. Para los que no conozcan la existencia de este show ¡corred insensatos a verla ya! los seguidores de la serie estarán de acuerdo conmigo que Alfie representa a la perfección la definición de anti-héroe, sus valores y su actitud no difiere tanto de los principios que sostienen los “héroes” de la ficción, sin embargo Alfie es imperfecto, bastante rudo y sus métodos son nada sutiles y muy poco ortodoxos; aún así uno acaba cogiendo cariño a este personaje e incluso a veces resulta hasta entrañable. Una interpretación impecable de Hardy , el cuál ya tiene escuela y una extensa experiencia en esto de hacer de chico malo. Y espero que su carrera de “badass” nos siga regalando papeles como este.

 

9. Mr.Blonde – Reservoir Dogs.

Reservoir Dogs es un clásico de culto y como buen film de Tarantino la pelicula “per se” es una oda al Anti-Héroe. Podría elegir a todos los personajes de la película pero para mí el más exquisito, frío, calculador, sádico y carismático es Mr. Blonde interpretado por un hipnotizante Michael Madsen. ¡¿Quién no recuerda el bailecito que se marca Mr. Blonde en la opera prima de Tarantino?! Simplemente inolvidable. Aunque mi corazoncito en este film está dividido y tengo que confesar mi debilididad hacia Steve Buscemi y su encarnación de Mr.Pink ese tipo de gangster “chapucero” me vuelve loca.

 

8. Darth Vader – Star Wars Saga.

Si cerráis los ojos y susurro la palabra “Villano” sin duda la mayoría se imaginará la icónica respiración y el casco negro de Darth Vader. El villano por excelencia, más que el “malo” de la película es el icono de la saga. Darth Vader es odiado y amado a partes iguales. El debate interno entre la luz y la oscuridad es lo que a mi juicio hace a este personaje tan atractivo y carismático; esa lucha interna tiene lugar en el interior de cada uno de nosotros a menor escala y en cierto modo nos sentimos identificados con Anakin Skywalker/ Darth Vader. Tan épico y fuerte es el personaje que lo han interpretado más de cinco actores diferentes a lo largo de la saga.

 

7. Gustavo Fring – Breaking Bad.

Creo que este ranking podría haberlo elaborado sólo y exclusivamente con personajes de Breaking Bad. El duro y carismático Mike, el chapucero y escurridizo Saul; incluso Walter White es un villano per se a mi juicio, creo que uno de los puntos fuertes de la serie es que ningún personaje es 100% bueno o malo todos se mueven en una amplía gama de grises. Pero Gustavo Fring es el clásico gangster del cine, elegante, sutil, con un código moral y sumamente inteligente digo del apellido Corleone. Mi amor por Gustavo fue constante y progresivo pero alcanzó su punto álgido cuando se cargó de un plumazo *SPOILER ALERT* a todo el Cartel de Sinaloa y el tío ni se manchó el traje. ¡Ole, ole y ole Gustavo!

 

6. Bill The Butcher – Gangs of New York.

Hablando de gangsters con principios y códigos morales aquí tenemos a uno de mis favoritos Bill The Butcher interpretado por mi querido y admirado Daniel Day-Lewis.

Bill The Butcher o El Carnicero en castellano, es el típico antihéroe que me encanta, puede que tenga sus defectos y ser cruel pero el honor y el respeto está curiosamente muy presente en sus acciones y sus intenciones no difieren tanto de las de “los buenos” de la película. Y que decir de la brillantísima interpretación de Day-Lewis (como siempre) otro papel bordado y cuidado hasta el más mínimo detalle (hace un par de meses escribí un post dedicado a Daniel Day-Lewis para los interesados en la materia).

 

5. The Joker – The Dark Knight.

Jokers ha habido muchos a lo largo de la historia, algunos han sido bastante notables como el Joker de Jack Nicholson pero la inolvidable y sobresaliente interpretación de Heath Ledger hicieron que este Joker pasara a la historia y se coronara como el mejor de todos los tiempos sin duda alguna.

Su teoría del caos, esa locura casi rozando la lucidez , el aspecto desaliñado, las icónicas cicatrices y los pequeños detalles tan bien cuidados por parte de Nolan y Ledger fueron la combinación perfecta para dar a luz a uno de mis villanos favoritos y uno de los más complejos, oscuros, turbios e inolvidables de la historia del cine.

 

4. Patrick Bateman- American Psycho.

Christian Bale interpreta carismáticamente a un lobo de wall street superficial, materialista, obsesionado con el culto al cuerpo y con unas aficiones un tanto peculiares. Patrick Bateman es el típico perfil de psicópata del mundo contemporáneo. El personaje en sí representa una dura crítica hacía la superficialidad, hipocresía, consumismo y vicio que envuelve el mundillo “wall street” y el “american dream”. Guapo a rabiar, sádico hasta la médula y dotado con una perspicacia sin igual, conquistará tu corazón sin duda.

 

3. Hannibal Lecter – Hannibal.

Llegamos al podium de los villanos, los malos malísimos de todos los tiempos, la realeza, las joyas de la corona. Y que más representativo que el mítico personaje Hannibal Lecter. Aunque soy muy fanática de la interpretación que hizo Anthony Hopkins en The Silence of the Lambs, he de decir que Mads Mikkelsen hace un trabajo cuanto menos espectacular en la serie Hannibal. Inteligencia suprema, diálogos sublimes y un gusto exquisito este caníbal cultivado y refinado se meterá en un tu cabecita y te planteará unos dilemas morales dignos de una clase de filosofía de instituto. La elegancia que derrocha Mads interpretando a nuestro querido Hannibal Lecter es algo fuera de serie.

 

2. Alex Delarge – Cockwork Orange.

Ahora es cuando la cosa se pone díficil, y es que durante mucho tiempo Alex ocupó el puesto número uno en mi corazón de villanos. Un clásico, mítico, icónico, épico e impecable Malcolm McDowell. Creo que fue, es y será uno de los personajes más complejos, psicológicamente hablando, de la historia del cine. Es uno de esos personajes que invitan a bucear y analizar el porqué de sus acciones a adentrarte en el universo interno del anti-héroe y explorar sus razones. Simplemente magnífico.

 

1.Coronel Hans Landa – Inglorious Basterds.

Creo que no hay adjetivos ni palabras suficientes para describir lo que Tarantino y Christoph Waltz “parieron” aquí. El Coronel Hans Landa es simplemente sublime en todas y cada una de sus escenas y facetas. Una interpretación TITÁNICA  que jamás me cansaré de ver. El Coronel Landa es tan sumamente malo y cruel que hasta acaba gustándote. Metódico y con un increíble don para desestabilizar  psicológicamente a cualquiera que se proponga. Simplemente arte puro.

 

 

Mención Especial:

Porque no todos son Villanos en masculino quiero finalizar el blog con la Villana más carismática, inteligente y  ácida del cine, sin duda una de mis favoritas, Elle Driver.

 

¡Espero que hayáis disfrutado del post! ¡Paz y Amor! .

City of Stars are you shining just for me?

Hello Earthlings!

After days and weeks witnessing “The LA LA LAND fever” I went to the cinema to live the experience myself and see what all the fuss is about.

Since the release everybody is talking about it and has generated multi-coloured opinions and reactions. My Facebook (and I’m pretty sure yours also) it’s the living example of this debate.

One thing is certain about this movie, no one will remain indiferent.

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“A movie for Dreamers” indeed. The director and writer David Chazelle demonstrates with this movie that he is not only a dreamer is also a big fan of Jazz Music, after the magnificent Whiplash , La La Land comes to tell the story of Seb & Mia two romantics without cure fighting for making their dreams come true in this cruel world.

The cinematography in the movie is a 9/10. Colourful, dynamic, smart, classy  and delightful, reminiscent of the old classic Hollywood movies, a tribute to the“Gene Kelly” type of musical. But there are some scenes too cheesy for me, the scene in the Planetarium  was too much, I nearly threw up unicorns and rainbows with that scene…honestly too much. In the other hand the film is full of stunning takes and scenes like the Opening one-take scene, the “Lovely Night” number or my favourite scene: the Epilogue, absolutely brilliant and mesmerizing.

All topped with a magistral soundtrack. I have been listening to it on loop since last Friday and I can’t stop singing!! “Here’s to the ones who dream” “Is Another Day of Sun” “Someone in the Crowd”…It is like a disease I can’t help it. Well done Justin Hurwitz I can see an Academy Award here (well deserved in my opinion).

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Gosling and Stone made the perfect couple, the chemistry between them it is unbelievable and you’ll wish to live a romantic love story as passionate as theirs. Both actors gave us an unforgettable performance , some of the scenes are just breathtaking and so powerful.

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For me La La Land is a 8.5/10 in some ways I love the melancholic and nostalgic vibe of the film but I think sometimes Chazelle tries just to earn the approval of the Academy using the tyical Hollywood formula and cliches. Another “mistake” for me is the abuse of the “cuteness” making the scenes sometimes cheesy and corny. But I really loved the way the film encourages you to follow your dreams and fight for them. Besides the feeling you get when the film ends, you wish your life was a musical!!.

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In conclusion maybe the film is a bit overrated by the Academy and the American press but It is a must-see for the ones who love classic cinema, musicals, love and dreams.

Hope you enjoyed it! Peace and Love.

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Choose Life.

Hello Earthlings!

The new year has come with fresh resolutions and brand new films for all of us!

The example is Trainspotting 2, after 20 long years of wait the sequel for the 90’s classic arrived at cinemas the past 27th of January.

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20 years have gone by, Trainspotting fans want to know desperately what happened to Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie. What they’ve been up to?…What happened to the money?…Are they still on heroine? and the most important question.. Is it going to be as good as the first film?.

So last  Saturday me and a bunch of friends went to the cinema to get all the answers.

I was expecting to hear Iggy and his “Lust for Life” during the opening credits but…nevermind!, I thought, I am pretty sure the iconic song will appear sooner or later.

So the story beggins, soon we start the journey through our four “heroes” lifes.

Spud trying to run away from his old friend, heroine.

Begbie “paying” for his sins.

Mark searching for some redemption.

And Sick Boy who hasn’t changed at all, well he exchanged heroine for cocaine.

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I really enjoyed the first part of the movie. The reunion of Renton and Sick Boy , the multiple references to the first  film and the visual effects, signature of Danny Boyle.

Good music, good cinematography but something it isn’t quite right, the second part of the movie is not as stunning and mesmerazing as the first one. Why? Why am I not enjoying this movie at 100%?.

Too much nostalgia, I am personally a “melancholia” lover and I like when the director uses references to the past but I think Boyle abuses too much.

He should have focused on the present storyline, it is good to remeber the glorious old times but during the second part I sometimes felt like there were no storyline at all, only flashback scenes. I get the message he wants to transmit, one way or another we live our lifes stuck in the past but we need a brand new story, a fresh one to conect the past with the present.

Besides I was very disappointed about the amount of time Boyle spent to talk about the reunion between Diane and Mark, Seriously, only one scene? Come on!

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But not everything disappointed me, Spud’s evolution during the film captivated me.

The chasing scene between Begbie and Renton, absolutely brilliant.

Sick Boy’s ideas, crazy and charismatic like in the first movie.

The “Choose Life” speech, one of my favourites scenes no doubt, stunning and powerful.

And of course the moment I was expecting the most comes, “Lust for Life”.

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In conclusion if you are a Trainspotting fan the second part it’s a must-see to complete the cycle, but it isn’t as good as the first one.

Hope you liked my post, you’re free to leave your opinions as always and do not forget…

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Daniel Day-Lewis.

Hello Earthlings! I’m back again.

This time I will bring you the Top 5 Daniel Day-Lewis Performances.

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Oh yes! The people who know me well are probably sick and tired of me and the huge admiration I’ve got for him and his amazing acting skillls.

Sir Daniel Day-Lewis (the only man alive who has won three Academy Awards for Best Leading Acting Role) gave us through the years memorable characters and impeccable performances. The Methodical actor internalize each character that much until the point he needs time to “recover” between roles and sometimes he finds very difficult to forget the character and go back to being just himself again.

Let’s see (in my opinion) his best performances!

5. THE AGE OF INNOCENCE (1993)

Directed by Martin Scorsese  is a tale of nineteenth-century New York high society in which a young lawyer (Day-Lewis)  falls in love with a woman (Michelle Pfeiffer) separated from her husband, while he is engaged to the woman’s cousin (Winona Ryder).

This movie is not only an impossible love story is much more and Day-Lewis portrayal of the character Newland Archer is pure, exquisite and a perfect relfection of the high society’s double moral. Young Day-Lewis, his powerful chemistry with Pfeiffer and his performance will make the audience develop a deep empathy with the character.

 

4. IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER (1993)

Curiously the same year the film In the name of the father was released. Based in the true events and the tragical story about Gerry Conlon and how his coerced confession (by the English Police) to an IRA bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father (Pete Postlethwaite) as well. An English lawyer (Emma Thompson) fights to free them. Day-Lewis was nominated to several awards including a Gloden Globe and an Academy Award nomination . Impeccable performance, powerful and truthful.

 

3. GANGS OF NEW YORK ( 2002)

Directed by Martin Scorsese again Day-Lewis portrayed one of the most charismatic character of his career in the film Gangs of New York. Bill the Butcher a villain with a moral code and hints of kindness, one of my favourites and one the best villains in history that’s for sure. In this performance you can also appreciate Daniel’s capacity for changing his accent and his voice making every character different, special and particular. It was really hard to chose one between all the amazing Bill the Butcher scenes, the scene of the rabbit, the “fear” speech… all of them are a treasure. Fact: Day-Lewis learnt how to cut and dissect animals and became very skilful with the knives.

 

 2. MY LEFT FOOT (1989)

Based in true events and Directed by Jim Sheridan as well (In the Name of the Father) this film earned Day-Lewis his first Academy Award. Is the story of Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb – his left foot.

A history of overcoming and couraging life, it was also challenging for Day-Lewis who broke two ribs during filming from assuming the hunched-over position in his wheelchair for weeks of filming. He also would refuse to come out of character. On visits to the set canteen, other people would have to help him with food.

 

1.THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007)

For me this is the one and only, my favourite and one of the best performances I’ve seen in the last 15 years. Day-Lewis performance in this movie is a piece of artwork. I have already written a post in this blog talking about this masterpiece. I have not enough words to describe the amazing character and the delightful scenes that Daniel Day-Lewis gave us with his acting skills. Day-Lewis improvised the speech he gives to the citizens of Little Boston, about building schools, bringing bread to the town, etc. The director Paul Thomas Anderson says of this, “It was delicious. It was Plainview on a platter.”

 

Special mention to his performances on Lincoln (2012) and  The Last of the Mohicans (1992). Now search, watch and enjoy his performances (and the films of course)!

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Hope you enjoyed it! And don’t  be affraid to leave comments and suggestions!

Peace and Love and Long life to Daniel Day-Lewis!

10 Reasons to watch Into the Wild.

Hello Earthlings!

Sorry for the long absence! I’ve been really busy in September but now I’m back in the game!

It’s Sunday evening, it’s raining and you fancy watching a movie but you don’t know which one. How many times do we spend arguing with our partner in crime trying to decide which film is the chosen one?

Today I’m giving you the answer: Into the Wild.  Why? I will give you 10 reasons.

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1 Based in true events:

Into the wild is the biographical survival film based on the amazing story of Christopher McCandless a brilliant student from California who one day decided to end with his conventional and accommodated live, destroying all his credits cards and starting a new journey in the wilderness. The film is an adaptation of the book “Into the Wild” written by Jon Krakauer in 1996 , the book documents Christopher’s travels in the early 90’s.

2 Directed by Sean Penn

I think it is not the first time I talk about actors becoming film directors and how much I like it, so far.

Into the wild is Penn’s fourth feature film, he is not only the director, the script was also written by him. I really admire Sean’s work as an actor, director, writer, journalist and activist. He is just one of the most talented and versatile Hollywood’s faces.

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3 Emile Hirsch

He is the young and fresh boy who portrayed McCandless in the film. He lost nearly 20 kilos for the role, which earned him a Screen Actors Guild nomination for best actor. His stunning performance (and his almost identical appearance to the real McCandless) creates an unforgettable character and another good reason to watch this film.

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4 The Landscape

Brace yourself for an amazing succession of breathtaking images invading your TV screen.  54 filming locations in total recreating McCandless’ trip, all of them gorgeous and spectacular. You will spend two hours feasting your eyes on the fabulous images.

5 Supporting Actors

Emile and Sean are not in their own in this film, there’s a good bunch of great actors supporting Emile in his journey. William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman) Jena Malone (Pride and Prejudice) Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich) Vince Vaughn (Zoolander) Hal Holbrook (Who played a memorable Abraham Lincoln in North and South)…The perfect squad.

6 Emotional Connections

Along his adventure Christopher McCandless will meet new and different people, learning something valuable from all of them, sometimes making real emotional connections and soul ties.  I love the relationship between McCandless and Ron Franz (Hal Holbrook’s character) or the strong link between Christopher and his sister (Jena Malone). Portraying perfectly well how important is making connections, getting to know new people, learning something from every person who crosses your path.

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7 Brilliant Soundtrack

The music is just magnificent. Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) is the genius behind the Original Soundtrack. The song “Guaranteed” won the Golden Globe Award to Best Original Song. The tracks “Hard Sun” and “The Wolf” are my favourites.

8 The Real Christopher

The opening title shows a part of the original Chris’s journal’s writings and the Alaska scenes were filmed 50 miles south of where McCandless actually stayed.

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9 The Philosophy

I loved the story behind; I could identify myself with Christopher and his desire of destroying his material life and just go back to our beginnings, reconnecting with the nature and the wilderness, stop being a slave of the system and become a free human being. McCandless made some mistakes in his adventure but he was brave, alive and free and I admired him because of that. There’s so much to learn from his story and the movie will make you think that’s for sure!

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10 Lord Byron

My last reason is in the beginning of the movie, Lord Byron’s Poem:

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more…

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I hope you enjoyed! Your opinions about the movie (and the post) are more than welcome! See you soon!

Peace and Love!

 

 

 

 

 

Suicide Squad

Hello Earthlings! 

August has seen Suicide Squad released in cinemas and the controversy hasn’t stopped since!!

Having not read the comics this is just my humble opinion about the movie and nothing else, I’m not going to compare the film and the comic.

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The film Director is the filmmaker David Ayer (Fury , Training Day) and , as you can tell , the executive producer is Zack Snyder.

In the last few years the superhero movie has changed from the comical and coloured characters to more sober, meaningful and darker hero but with hints of humanity.

To me, this change started with Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, where the director tried to show the darkest side of Batman, the weaknesses and strengths of Bruce Wayne. This  gave us one of the best villains of cinema history, the marvellous Joker (We’ll talk about Ledger’s Joker later).

After that “revolution” not only DC but Marvel also started to produce better Superhero movies, increasing the quality of the script, developing storylines and creating much more than an entertainment product.

Suicide Squad has got all kinds of reviews, there are detractors and there are lovers, but my opinion is somewhere in between.

The Storyline:

I think it is really difficult for the viewer to be bombarded with all the main characters during the beginning of the movie. Ayer tries to create a first impression of every single character in the first 30 minutes; to me this is the first mistake. Maybe it would have been wiser to make a partition and make a second movie, the first one telling us the story of every character and presenting the conflict and the second part with the “great” battle and the solution of the problem. In this manner he could have created deeper characters, letting the audience to know them better and having the chance to develop the storyline.

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The second mistake I think is the change of the atmospheric from sober and dark (reminiscent of Nolan’s Batman) to comedy and sarcasm. I don’t mind a bit of humor, but I think Ayer used too much sarcasm in some of the scenes. Directors have to try and create the right measure of sarcasm, comedy and drama, to make a good movie.

The Characters:

I really liked some of the characters,the charismatic Harley Quinn excellently well performed by Margot Robbie, one of the best characters in the movie. Will Smith and his powerful portrayal of Deadshot and the stunning Viola Davis. But again short time period to develop all the characters, when the movie was finished I wanted to know more about Captain Boomerang and his pink unicorns fetish, I wanted more scenes of the flawless and lethal Katana, more of “El Diablo”.  I wanted more information, more details about them. Please, please!!

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The Joker:

I think this is one of the most controversial points. Everybody compares Jared Leto’s Joker with Heath Ledger’s. This is the first mistake, to very different portrayals and looks (Leto’s did not work for me)

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Heath Ledger’s Joker is better and for me is the best Joker ever. Jared Leto performance is good, he is such a great actor and he is doing a good job in the Suicide Squad movie. But he is miles away of Ledger’s Joker. The esthetics, with all the tattoos, the fake gold teeth, the perfect make up, the gold chains, the glittery suits…He looks like a hip hop star, I don’t like it, I think it is horrible. One of the strenghts of Ledger’s Joker  is his look, with the classic purple suit, all the make up (done by Heath Ledger) that air of psycho and the scars, the iconical mouth scars, I don’t understand why Ayer portray a Joker without the scars!!! (Your views would be most welcome on this subject).

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Ayer tried to make a new Joker but he tried to innovate too much, you can create a new Joker but you need to keep his signs of identity, the essence of the classic character with a new air. As I said Leto’s performance is good but he needed a better look and a deeper storyline, better lines. He is not the main character of this movie but he could have been an amazing supporting character with the right esthetic and more powerful dialogues.

The Music:

This is one of the key points of the movie. It is such a great soundtrack.

The movie starts with The House of the Rising Sun playing in the background, and the rest of the movie is full of classic tunes. Seven Nation Army, Bohemian Rhapsody, Mad World and much more. Classic masterpieces, making the movie journey a lot better.

The conclussion:

I was expecting more I guess. I loved the trailer so much and I was Harley Quinn last Halloween!!

It is a good movie for lazy Sundays afternoons when you don’t want to think too much. It is not a bad movie but it’s not my favourite Superheroes movie.

Hope you enjoyed my post! See you soon! Peace and Love.

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Video killed the radio star.

Hello Earthlings! 

Today I’m going to bring you my first Top 10 which will be selected from the countless Music Videos from 2010 until today. Why? Because I am a natural born music-lover and the meaning of video clip will speak for itself: “A music video or song video is a short film integrating a song and imagery, produced for promotional or artistic purposes”.

I’ve decided to choose a 6 years gap, a short period, dating from 2010 until the present because I think it’s too hard to choose only 10 music videos since the beginning of musical video history.

But don’t worry, I will write more Top 10 music charts in the future because there’s so much beauty in diferent genres and amazing art work  in each decade.

Let’s begin! This is my selection!

(If you click in the song title you will be able to enjoy the music video)

2010

Lady GaGa- Alejandro

I am not a GaGa fan, sometimes I find her and the entire extravagant pop star role quite annoying. But when I first watched the Alejandro music video, I actually spent weeks watching the video on loop, analyzing every image, all the symbolism behind every scene, especially the way GaGa is portrayed as a female sassy version of Hitler. The images against Religion reminded me of an early Madonna, pop music needed a “revolution” again and GaGa brought that rebelious spirit with this kind of music video.

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2011

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There is only one word which can describe this music video and this song, the word is: EPIC.

I discovered this music video through one of my friends and I will be grateful for that until the day I die.

I can’t choose one specific image; every single shot is a masterpiece. So turn the volume up, adjust the HD mode and enjoy!

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Alex Turner- Piledriver Waltz

When Richard Ayoade asked Alex Turner to write and play Submarine’s Soundtrack all the planets lined up. The whole soundtrack and  film are delightful and everyone knows Turner’s lyrics are poetry. Press the button and prepare yourself to fall in love.

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2012

Justice-New Lands

This year brought with it some remarkable music videos, but I’ve chosen this one from my favourite band: Justice.

The French duo not only brings innovation to the music scene it also innovates in their music videos, changing the whole perception of the music video. Making this song video a coloured trip showing a futuristic sport based in the 70’s film “Rollerball”.

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2013

Miles Kane-Don’t forget who you are

Simple and humble like the song title itself, Miles Kane brings a piece of himself and a piece of England in this music video. I like the simplicity of the images, shot in black and white, truthful scenes of real people in real life.

It demonstrates that you don’t need to be an extravagant Diva to make a good music video.

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2014

Arcade Fire-We exist

I’m completely in love with this piece of artwork. Starring Andrew Garfield; portraying an amazing character with a powerful message and a deep story to tell. I love the dance scenes and the ending scene! A marvellous video for a marvellous song!

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The Kooks-Around town

This is an example of how a music video can end up being more like a short film than a music video.

Directed by Ryan Hope, I love the storyline, the young assassin (Pom Klementieff) who wants to be trained by an old professional assassin  (Chris Fairbank) reminding me of the film Leon: The professional (Luc Besson). The music video is a high quality video; and is sharp as a razor.

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Röyksopp feat. Robyn-Do It Again

This is not the first collaboration between the Norwegian duo and the Swedish singer. I’m not only a huge fan of their music; I love this collaboration and this song in particular.

The video has hints of surrealism, filmed in Mexico, it  brings me back to the early Luis Buñuel (one of the best Spanish film directors) and his vision of humanity  again and again indulging in ”forbidden acts” just to satisfy our  basic instincts.

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2015

Bring me the Horizon-Throne

Again like the Woodkid video, the word to describe this music video is Epic.

Medieval themed images, powerful shots and energetic lyrics. Perfect combination,  giving you an extra dose of motivation. As I am a Game of Thrones geek, I can’t stop thinking about the series, maybe it is the song title or the middle age style throughout the music video, but I love it.

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2016

The Last Shadow Puppets-Miracle Aligner

I simply just love these two together and I love the song. The 60’s gangster style at the beginning of the music video with the Italian lines, the violins playing  in the background and how you can tell they’re actually having fun.

I can see a bit of Cornerstone- Arctic Monkeys in this song video somehow. I don`t know why but they remind me to a young Pacino and De Niro in The Godfather.

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So this is my top ten I hope you’ve enjoyed it and maybe you will discover your new favourite artists!!

See you soon! Peace and Love.

Pink is the colour.

Hello Earthlings!

Today I am going to talk about Ryan Gosling, THE “guy of the romantic movie”.Like Matthew McConaughey , both have abandoned that cliché, they are not the stereotypical“handsome guy who  can only act in a romantic comedy”. They have an “edge” and an air of danger.

My respects for Ryan started in 2011 when I saw him in Drive and I thought “WOW, that guy can act “.  Gosling can not only play complicated, obscures and deep characters, he is capable of script writing and direction ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to Ryan Gosling’s first feature film (and hopefully not the last one):

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There is a tendency presently in the Spanish cinema industry, significant numbers of young actors are becoming film directors and are starting to write and direct feature films. I really like this new trend, I think it’s interesting to see a person who is normally  in front of the cameras, working behind them, clearly they understand and empathize a lot better with the actors and I think maybe this aspect can make all the production and the project go more smoothly.

Lost River was released in 2015; I remember watching the trailer and automatically falling in love with the cinematography and the esthetic and thinking “Oh my god I have to see this film”.

On watching the movie I have to say my first impression was correct, I fell in love with the movie, the soundtrack, the characters, the colours, the messages behind those delightful scenes, everything. Perfect!! But don’t just take my word for it, get the movie and enjoy a real treat.

THE CHARACTERS:

Gosling introduced the characters as a bunch of misfits in a lonely and lost village, reminiscing of the film “Gummo” (another great independent film from 1997), trying to survive and looking for a better life.

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Billy played by the stunning Christina Hendricks, is an unemployed single mother, trying to pay the rent and capable of doing anything for her two sons. She is in the complex situation where she wants to make a change, finish with all the misery and lack of quality of life, but at the same time is afraid to break out and start a new life.

Her two sons Franky and Bones (along with Rat) are innocence personified. Bones, played by Iain De Caestecker, is a young boy, brave, trying to better  himself and his family’s situation, and seems to be the only one who is not afraid of Bully, and will do all that is necessary to protect his family.

Rat played by the enigmatic Saoirse Ronan, is a lonely and mysterious girl, innocent, she is the only one who seems to know what happened with the city underwater. She feels trapped, she has the responsibility of caring for her grandmother, but struggles with the urge to move on and find a better life.

Bully is the bad guy, a psychopath who thinks the whole village belongs to him. His cruel ideas and violent acts made him more powerful than he really is. I really love the way Matt Smith played this character, I have got a weakness with bad guys and the more psycho they are the more I like them (I am talking about characters, not guys in real life). Smith has done an amazing job with this detestable character.

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Even the supporting actors are memorable in their roles, Eva Mendes playing Kitty Cat the queen of gore spectacles. Ben Mendelsohn and his portrait of Dave, the character who represent the darkest of human’s desires, our primal instincts. All the deep aspects of our human condition that we try to hide and suppress.

And finally the wonderful Barbara Steela playing Belladonna, Rat’s grandma. Portraying a person who lives trapped in the past, unable to close that chapter and move on, repeating everyday to herself how wonderful the past was and ignoring the chance for a brighter future. Just Superb.

CINEMATOGRAPHY

There is a clear influence of Drive in Gosling’s film. The music, the way the film is shot.

But Nicolas Winding (Drive, Only God Forgives) is not the only inspiration for Gosling, as I said before, the spirit of the film Gummo is present in the whole film and also we can see hints of David Lynch in some of the scenes (The Elephant Man and Twin Peaks)

Goslings uses colour superbly, purple, pink and red to represent sex, power, sadness, shrouding the movie in a cloak of mysticism.

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There are great scenes oozing beauty, mystery and magic like the scene with Bones and Rat in the dancing theatre, it is just beautiful, one of my favourites. The way Gosling plays with the lights, the enigmatic music, the dialogue between Rat and Bones, creating a wonderful and magical scene.

Or the powerful last scene *SPOILER ALERT* with the house on fire, representing the end of the life they knew, the hope of a better life, saying goodbye to the darkness of the past and the prospect of a better future.

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Plus 200 minutes of the footage were shot in 35mm,making for a classic cinematic experience , just gorgeous!!

MUSIC

If you liked the Drive soundtrack you will love this. I’ve been listening in loop the song “Yes” played by “Chromatics” since. Bravo Jhonny Jewel!

I want to end this post with the lines of one of the characters, the Cab Driver,  with the powerful message Gosling has tried to portray, the failure of the American Dream:

“You know, in my country, in my place, when you heard about America, everybody say, ‘There’s so much money there,’ and, ‘You’re gonna have a big car, big house, and a swimming pool,’ and… and, ‘You’re gonna catch the money on the floor, and just have to take it and pick it up.’ And finally it’s different. But you realize when you arrive here, it’s different. So, everybody’s looking for a better life somewhere. It’s like that. And maybe we’ll find some… one day.”

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Well done Mr. Ryan Gosling! I highly recommend this visually stunning film.

If you are a fan of neon colours, enigmatic soundtracks and hints of surrealism this will be your new favourite film, no doubt.

See you soon! Peace and Love.

 

Come with me if you want to live.

Hello Earthlings!

Sorry about the delay of this post! But I was really busy enjoying the seaside.

After the last post talking discussing the differences between the two Gatsby’s films, I had a request for my next post to compare Terminator I and Terminator II.

So here we go!

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First of all I have tried to think and watch the movies as if I was a teenager from the 80’s.

Nowadays the Science Fiction genre is something completely developed and the kids from the last generation have grown up surrounded by so many Sci-Fi movies, series and TV shows.

I remember how many times my  father explained to me how amazing and mind blowing it was for him watching films like Blade Runner back in 1982, the genre was wide open for development and discovery.

Well, they said Blade Runner was the “mother” of the Sci-Fi movies, Terminator I and II was certainly the “father”.

So Terminator I was released in 1984 directed by James Cameron and written by James Cameron and Gale Ann Hurd (his wife back in the 80’s). I think everyone has seen the movie or at least knows the plot.

Terminator II was released in 1991 again directed and written by James Cameron (now divorced) , you can tell that the success of the first movie increased the budget hugely. The difference between the two movies is around 95.6 millions. With this amount of money the visual effects in the sequel are much better, the birth of serious C.G.I,  and the cinematography improved a lot, but also this made the second movie more commercial, with more action scenes, big explosions, cars crashing and typical American movies jokes.

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That is the main difference, for me the first one is more simple, more original and pure, the idea is the predominant thing and perhaps the visual effects are not as good as the sequel but in the second one the idea and the values sometimes are moved to one side and overshadowed by all these explosions and persecutions.

Otherwise I think both movies are a must-see in your list, classics of the Sci-Fi genre movies.

I really love the evolution of Sarah Connor, going from being an innocent and ordinary girl to a ruthless, fighter, a strong woman with hints of darkness and madness in her eyes.

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I think it is very intelligent how Cameron portrayed Sarah in the sequel, with a madness affecting her mental health, all the things she knows and lived in the prequel, so truthful and excellenty performed by Linda Hamilton (Did I said that I love the fact that a strong woman is the main character?).

The other thing I find really epic is, that the first Terminator movie you don’t really know who is the bad guy, you feel confused just like Sarah and in the sequel Cameron surprises you again, and this time the bad guy is the good guy, the one who says the famous lines “Come with me if you want to live” How amazing is that?.

And of course hats off to the baddest badass appearance scene with the song Bad to the bone and Arnold kicking some asses in the biker’s pub.

I like also the dilemma that Cameron tries to portray with the two films, man creates artificial intelligence and one it turns on man and tries to exterminate the human race, something quite possible in my opinion.

The symbolism is really good and I love the scene in the petrol station when two kids are playing with guns and the Terminator asks why the humans are always trying to destroy each other, that scene speak for itself.

The relationship between the Terminator and John Connor is quite interesting, finding a father figure in him, but again it is full of conventionalities and typical American movies tricks to gain more viewers.

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My conclusion is the bigger the budget is the bigger the spectacle; it is good to increase the quality of the visual effects and the cinematography but sometimes this will make the film too commercial and will kill the pureness of the original idea, an example is Cube I and Cube II. However as I said before, both movies are a must in your Sci-Fi movies collection.

Hope you enjoyed the post!

I’ll be back…