RELEASES! The Descendants (2011) | BASIC CLASSICS! 12 Angry Men (1957)January 17, 2012
RELEASE: There are not British releases this week so I am going to recommend the more interesting Hollywood release: The Descendants. This could be one of the best films of the year, with an inspired George Clooney and a good director like Alexader Payne who made the satiric movie Election (featuring a funny Reese Witherspoon), About Schmidt (starring Jack Nicholson) and the romantic comedy Sideways (translated into spanish like “Entre copas”).
This film has received great praises like “Mr. Payne, with a light touch and a keen sense of place has made a movie that, for all its modesty, is as big as life.” (New York Times) or “It is an exceptionally smart and enjoyable comedy” (The Wall Street Journal).
We cannot miss this movie!
The Descendants [Los Descendientes] 2011-Directed by Alexander Payne
Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash (Novel: Kaui Hart Hemmings)
Cast: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Beau Bridges, Matthew Lillard, Judy Greer, Robert Forster
Length: 115 min.
Sinopsis: Matt King (George Clooney), an indifferent husband and father, has to reconnect with his two young daughters when his wife is involved in a boating accident and falls into a coma. While struggling to make a decision about whether he should sell the family land that has been handed down through the generations, he uncovers a troubling secret about his wife.
Review: (from Rolling Stone)
BASIC CLASSIC: The next 21th Saturday we can watch an extraordinary film directed by Sidney Lumet, 12 Angry Men (12 Hombres sin piedad), the aclaimed movie about trials, with a very theatrical staging and starring Henry Fonda. It was the Lumet’s debut and a film with a perfect narrative structure based on spectacular plays and dialogues. Essential!
Cine Doré (Filmoteca Española), Santa Isabel 3 [Metro: Antón Martín]
20:20h. Sala 1. VOSE. Price: 2’5 e.
12 Angry Men [12 Hombres sin piedad] 1957-Directed by Sidney Lumet
Screenplay: Reginald Rose (Theater: Reginald Rose)
Lenght: 97 min.
Synopsis: The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish-American is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case of murder soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors’ prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other. Based on the play, all of the action takes place on the stage of the jury room. (IMDb)
Review (from New York Times):