RELEASES! Life of Pi (2012); Le Capital (2012) | BASIC CLASSICS! Sunset Boulevard (1950)

November 28, 2012

After a two horrifying weeks (I am talking about releases) the Spanish cinemas present two interesting films because these movies are created by two acclaimed filmmakers, Ang Lee and Constantin Costa-Gavras, curiously, no one of them are British or American. The recommendation of the week is completed with one of my prefer movie ever: Sunset Boulevard. The most perfect film that I have ever seen. Good weekend!

LIFE OF PI (2012) by Ang Lee

Ang Lee is this kind of director who falls well. He has rolled some of the most successful movies of the last years as Crouching Tiger & Hidden Dragon (2000), Sense and Sensibility (1995) or Brokeback Mountain (2005). He can realized blockbusters but with a special touch of sensibility that it could get the difficult harmony between box-office and criticism. In this occasion, Lee presents a nice best seller’s adaptation, Life of Pi, the amazing story of a boy who needs to survive in a boat after a shipwreck with a wild tiger in it. The gossips from Hollywood talk about it as the favourite film in the next Oscars Ceremony.

Life of Pi [Vida de Pi, 2012] Directed by Ang Lee

Screenplay: David Magee (Novel by Yann Martel)

Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Gérard Depardieu, Tabu…

Genre: Drama | Adventures | Survival

Nationality: USA

Length: 127 min.

Synopsis: A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor … a fearsome Bengal tiger.IMDb

Time has written: http://entertainment.time.com/2012/09/28/ang-lees-life-of-pi-the-next-avatar/?iid=ent-main-lede

Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

LE CAPITAL (2012) by Constantin Costa-Gavras

He is the man associated with a cinematographic subgenre: Politic Cinema. The veteran Costa-Gavras is again here because he wants to show us her particular vision of this crisis. All his films are about great themes (especially about historic conflicts) as Missing (1982) about the Chilean dictatorship or Hanna K. (1983) about the Middle East conflict. Le Capital is a particular film because it is talked in English and French. This is one of the more attractive releases of the month!

Le Capital [El Capital, 2012] Directed by Constantin Costa-Gavras

Screenplay: Constantin Costa-Gavras, Karim Boukercha, Jean-Claude Grumberg (Novel by Stéphane Osmont)

Cast: Gad Elmaleh, Gabriel Byrne, Jordana DePaula, Hyppolyte Girardot…

Genre: Thriller | Drama | Crisis

Nationality: French

Length: 114min.

Synopsis: The head of a giant European investment bank desperately clings to power when an American hedge fund company tries to buy them out.IMDb

Theatrical Trailer (VOSI):

The Hollywood Reporter has written: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/capital-le-capital-370572


A very inspired Billy Wilder rolled this spectacular film in the Golden Age of American Cinema at 50s. A ironic and corrosive portrait of the Hollywood underworld, with a fantastic rhythm, brilliant dialogues, superb interpretations and a script with any error. Simply perfect!

Sunset Boulevard [El crepúsculo de los dioses, 1950] Directed by Billy Wilder

Screenplay: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D.M. Marshman Jr.

Cast: Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson…

Genre: Drama | Satire

Nationality: USA

Length: 110min.

Synopsis: A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.IMDb

The New York Times has written: http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/47703/Sunset-Boulevard/overview

Scene from the original film (VOSE):


RELEASES! Trouble with the curve (2012); Chasing Mavericks (2012) | The Bigamist (1953)

November 20, 2012

After a horrible weekend without interesting releases the next is not looks like better. However, the Ang Lee’s comeback, Life of Pi, is near and I am sure that this will be one of the best American films of the year. At any rate, if we want to watch a release we could chose between these two films with similar theme: sports. Enjoy this!

Trouble with the curve (2012) by Robert Lorenz

The Robert Lorenz’s debut is been released in our country starring Clint Eastwood, indeed, he was his assistant director in the beautiful The Bridges of Madison County (1995)or in the awarded Mystic River (2003). This is a nice story about improvement and sportsmanship. It looks like a film friendly.

Trouble with the curve [Golpe de efecto, 2012] Directed by Robert Lorenz

Screenplay: Randy Brown

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman…

Genre: Drama | Sports

Nationality: USA

Length: 111 min.

Synopsis: An ailing baseball scout in his twilight years takes his daughter along for one last recruiting trip.

StarTribune has written: http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/movies/170535676.html?refer=y

Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

Chasing Mavericks (2012) by Curtis Hanson

Despite the sad Hanson’s trajectory, this filmmaker is the director of one of the masterpieces at 90s: L.A. Confidential. An excellent movie from which there is no trace in his later films. What a pity. If the previous movie is about baseball, this is about surfing so it is not only appropriate to the season in which hits theaters. Anyway, seems very entertaining.

Chasing Mavericks (2012) [Persiguiendo Mavericks, 2012] Directed by Curtis Hanson

Screenplay: Brandon Hooper, Kario Salem

Cast: Gerard Butler, Johnny Weston, Elisabeth Shue, Scott Eastwood

Genre: Drama | Sports

Nationality: USA

Length: 116 min.

Synopsis: When young Jay Moriarty discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it.IMDb

The New York Times has written: http://movies.nytimes.com/2012/10/26/movies/chasing-mavericks-by-curtis-hanson-and-michael-apted.html

Theatrical Trailer (VO):

The Bigamist (1953) by Ida Lupino

We will always have… the classics! And we must remember that Ida Lupino is been honored in Filmoteca. Ida Lupino’s case is not very common in Hollywood  where directors mostly male in the Golden Age. The Bigamist is a classic drama with Ida Lupino as director and actress, at the same time and with a curious gossip: the story was written by Collier Young, recently divorced from Lupino, only to remarry her co-star – Joan Fontaine!

The Bigamist (1953) [El Bígamo, 1953] Directed by Ida Lupino

Screenplay: Larry Marcus, Lou Schor, Collier Young

Cast: Joan Fontaine, Ida Lupino, Edmund Gwenn, Edmond O’Brien…

Genre: Drama

Nationality: USA

Length: 80 min.

Synopsis: Harry and Eve Graham are trying to adopt a baby. The head of the agency senses Harry is keeping a secret and does some investigating. He soon discovers Harry has done an unusual amount of traveling from his home in San Francisco to Los Angeles. Harry gets tracked down in LA where he has a second wife and a baby. Via flashbacks, Harry tells the adoption agent how he ended up in two marriages.IMDb

Time Out London has written: http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/67738/the-bigamist.html

Theatrical Trailer (VO):


RELEASES! The angels’ share (2012) | BASIC CLASSICS! Two for the road /1967); On dangerous method (1951)

November 7, 2012

There are not a great release this weekend but the next 15th we could watch a very British movie: Angeles’ share with a curious event organized by Renoir Cinema. I will explain bellow. However we can enjoy two basic classic from Hollywood with Nicholas Ray (in Filmoteca Española) and Stanley Donen (CBA).

RELEASE! Angel’s share (2012)

If you like whiskey you will enjoy with this curious event. The next 15th Thursday, Renoir allows you to watch the new Ken Loach’s film with a whiskey tasting for only six euros. The men who dress in kilts, are free! It is an activity that seems unusual but very funny. You can buy your tickets in: http://www.pillalas.com/pelicula/2004/

The angels’ share [La parte de los ángeles, 2012] Directed by Ken Loach

Screenplay: Paul Laverty

Cast: Roger Allan, John Henshaw, William Ruane, Daniel Portman…

Genre: Comedy

Nationality: UK

Length: 101 min.

Synopsis: Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives.IMDb

The Guardian has written: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/may/31/the-angels-share-review

Theatrical Trailer (VOSI):

BASIC CLASSICS! Two for the road (1967)

This beautiful movie, elegant and twilight, starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney, with a immortal soundtrack created by Henri Mancini (Pink Panther, Breakfast at Tifanny’s, Charade, Touch of Evil… ) and directed by Stanley Donen is an absolute classic. A study of marital bliss very refined but sad. A sample of the great pain that can cause us to return to the places where we were happy. Essential!

Two for the road [Dos en la carretera, 1967] Directed by Stanely Donen

Screenplay: Frederic Raphael

Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Albert Finney, Eleanor Bron, Jacqueline Bisset…

Genre: Drama | Romance | Road Movie

Nationality: USA

Length: 111 min.

Synopsis: A couple in the south of France non-sequentially spin down the highways of infidelity in their troubled ten-year marriage.IMDb

Roger Everet has written: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19671002/REVIEWS/100129982

Theatrical Trailer (VO):

BASIC CLASSICS! On dangerous ground (1951)

This picture looks as the typical hidden gem. Directed by Nicholas Ray, this is a sample of the tribute to Ida Lupino, a singular women, actress and not well known director. One of the few relevant female directors during the golden ages of American Cinema. We can watch films directed by her but, in this case, this is a film starring her. Enjoy it!

On dangerous ground [La casa en la sombra, 1951] Directed by Nicholas Ray

Screenplay: A.I. Bezzerides (Novel by Gerald Butler)

Cast: Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Charles Kemper, Anthony Ross…

Genre: Thriller | Noir

Nationality: USA

Length: 82 min.

Synopsis: Hard, withdrawn city cop Jim Wilson roughs up one too many suspects and is sent upstate to help investigate the murder of a young girl in the winter countryside. There he meets Mary Malden, whom he finds attractive and independent. However, Mary’s brother is chief suspect in the killing. And Mary herself is blind.IMDb

The New  York Times has written: http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/36228/On-Dangerous-Ground/overview

Theatrical Trailer (VO):



RELEASES! Skyfall (2012); 360 (2012); Submarine (2010)

October 30, 2012

Gunfight at the top of the Spanish theaters! Two of the most acclaimed directors release two British productions. One side, Sam Mendes (American beauty, Revolutionary road) takes charge of the famous James Bond, one of the heroes more profitable for British cinema; this new release claims to be more humane, deep and clever than others. On the other hand, Fernando Meirelles (Cidade de Deus, The constant gardener) presents 360, a film with an interesting cast: Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins or Ben Foster. I will not recommend a classic this weekend because we have three British releases, something unusual. The other film is Submarine, a release late (this  movie is from 2010) but absolutely British!

RELEASES!  Skyfall (2012) by Sam Mendes.

It was an absolute surprise when it was announced that Sam Mendes was directing the new James Bond’s film. Criticism has been very good because this new adventure shows a different James Bond portrait: more human, more close. This could be the mean reason of this election, Sam Mendes, a filmmaker far away from action films.

Skyfall [Skyfall, 2012] Directed by Sam Mendes

Screenplay: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan

Cast: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney

Genre: Thriller | James Bond

Nationality: UK

Length: 143 min.

Synopsis: Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.IMDb

The Guardian has written:


Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

RELEASES! 360 (2011) by Fernando Meirelles

Generally speaking, criticism has been very cruel with Meirelles’ comeback. This is an adaptation of the great figures of the Austro-Hungarian Empire: Arthur Schnitzler. Despite having a large casting, 360 looks like a film failed. But he deserves a change (even for our English!).

360 [360, 2011] Directed by Fernando Meirelles

Screenplay: Fernando Meirelles (Novel by Arthurz Schnitzler)

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ben Foster

Genre: Drama | Romance | Erotic

Nationality: UK

Length: 110 min.

Synopsis: A dramatic thriller that weaves together the stories of an array of people from disparate social backgrounds through their intersecting relationships.IMDb

Los Angeles Times has written: http://articles.latimes.com/2012/aug/02/entertainment/la-et-mn-360-movie-review-20120803

Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

RELEASES! Submarine (2010) by Richard Ayoade

The famous British comedian Richard Ayoade adapts the Joe Dunthorne’s best seller in the most British film of the week (perhaps, of the month). A comedy made with a peculiar style (between Wes Anderson or Jean Luc Godard) that, it is sure, it will be one of the best election to practise our English.

Submarine [Submarine, 2011] Directed by Richard Ayoade

Screenplay: Richard Ayoade (Novel by Joe Dunthorne)

Cast: Craig Roberts, Yasmine Paige, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine…

Genre: Comedy | Romance

Nationality: UK

Length: 97 min.

Synopsis: 15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life.

The New York Times has written:


Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):


RELEASES! Ruby Sparks (2012); Argo (2012) | BASIC CLASSICS! Miller’s Crossing (1990)

October 25, 2012

There are not British releases this weekend even if we can watch two interesting new American films on Spanish theaters: Ruby Sparks, a film directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, two directors well known because they are the filmmakers of the famous film Little Miss Sunshine; and Argo, a new Ben Affleck’s sample as director. The classic of the week is Miller’s Crossing, one of the Coen Brothers’ masterpieces. Enjoy it!

  •  RELEASES! Ruby Sparks (2012) by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

This movie looks good! A story about a writer that fall in love with his character starring Annette Bening and Antonio Banderas. If you liked Little Miss Sunshine this could be you election this weekend. I will tell us because I will premiere on Thursday. Very interesting!

Ruby Sparks [Ruby Sparks, 2012] Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

Screenplay: Zoe Kazan

Cast: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening,

Genre: Comedy | Romance

Nationality: USA

Length: 104 min.

Synopsis: A novelist struggling with writer’s block finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then willing her into existence.IMDb

The Hollywood Reporter has written: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/ruby-sparks-film-review-338721

Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

  •  RELEASES! Argo (2012) by Ben Affleck

Nobody knows the Ben Affleck’s filmography as director and this could be a good film to discover his talent making movies. This is not his debut, Affleck had previously filmed two films: Gone baby gone (2007) and The City (2010). Already there are rumors that Argo might be one of the big winners of the Oscars.

Argo [Argo, 2012] Directed by Ben Affleck

Screenplay: Chris Terrio

Cast: Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, Taylor Schilling…

Genre: Thriller | Drama

Nationality: USA

Length: 120 min.

Synopsis: A dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran.IMDb

Variety has written: http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117948149/

Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

  •  BASIC CLASSICS! Miller’s Crossing (1990) by Coen Brothers

“A handsome film about men in hats” was how Joel and Ethan Coen described their third film, this beautiful gangster classic that takes great pains to resurrect the genre. Inspired by Dashiell Hammett‘s classic novel The Glass Key, Miller’s Crossing contains some fabulous set-pieces and memorable dialogues. Essential!

Miller’s Crossing [Muerte entre las flores, 1990] Directed by Coen Brothers

Screenplay: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (Novel by Dashiell Hammett)

Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, John Turturro, Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand…

Genre: Drama | The 20s | Gangsters

Nationality: USA

Length: 115 min.

Synopsis: Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties.IMDb

Cine Doré (Filmoteca Española), Santa Isabel 3 [Metro: Antón Martín]
On Friday, 26th.  7.45 pm Sala 1. VOSE. Price: 2’5 €. (2 € reduced)

Time Out London has written: http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/73205/millers-crossing.html

Theatrical Trailer (VO):



RELEASES! Looper (2012) | BASIC CLASSICS! Bunny Lake is missing (1965)

October 18, 2012

This is the Fiesta del Cine week! If you buy a cinema ticket this week you will receive a little card witch enables to you to buy tickets to next week (only Monday, Thursday and Wednesday) to 2 euros! The best (V.O) theaters are included (except Verdi Cinema). In spite not having big releases this weekend, I am going to remember us the best films (in English) on theaters:

A Rome with love (2012) by Woody Allen. {Woody is always funny}

The Impossible (2012) by Juan Antonio Bayona {The Spanish film about the tsunami}

Kill them softly (2012) by Andrew Domink {Interesting thriller starring Brad Pitt}

Savages (2012) by Oliver Stone {From Don Wislow’s novel}

Bel Ami (2012) by Ormerod and Donellan {One of the few films made in UK in theaters}

Frankenweenie (2012) de Tim Burton {Ideal to see with children}

Cosmopolis (2012) de David Cronenberg {Bizarre and extreme fable anti-capitalist}

The promotional video (in Spanish):


 RELEASES! Looper (2012) by Rian Johnson

An original American movie about time travels and others CI-FI adventures. Starring Bruce Willis, this is the most remarkable release in a insipid weekend. This film is recommended to people who like movies like Matrix, Inception, Blade Runner or Minority report, this kind of films that are often referred as “Futuristic Thriller”.

Looper [Looper, 2012] Directed by Rian Johnson

Screenplay: Rian Johnson

Cast: Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano…

Genre: Thriller | Sci-Fi | Futuristic Thriller

Nationality: USA

Length: 118 min.

Synopsis: In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Someone like Joe, who one day learns the mob wants to ‘close the loop’ by transporting back Joe’s future self.IMDb

USA Today has written:


Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):


BASIC CLASSICS! Bunny Lake is missing (1965) by Otto Preminger

We can watch on CBA’s theater this interesting film directed by Otto Premiger. A suffocate thriller adapted from Evelyn Piper’s novel starring Laurence Olivier, one of the great British actors whose presence justifies the film’s vision. A British classic that I have watched and it is very amazing, a dark story about a missing child with an unexpected end. I liked it!

Bunny Lake is missing [El rapto de Bunny Lake, 1986] Directed by Otto Premiger

Screenplay: John and Penelope Mortimer (Novel by Evelyn Piper)

Cast: Laurence Olivier, Keir Dullea, Carol Lynley, Martita Hunt…

Genre: Thriller | Psychological Drama

Nationality: United Kingdom

Length: 107min.

Synopsis: A woman reports that her young daughter is missing, but there seems to be no evidence that she ever existed.IMDb

CBA – Cine Círculo de Bellas Artes

Alcalá 42 (Marqués de Cubas St. Access)

Metro: Sevilla / Banco de España

Sunday 14 October: 4. 45 pm.

VOSE. Tickets: 5’5€, 4€ (Reduced)

New York Times has written:


Honoured Saul Bass title sequence:



RELEASES! Cosmopolis (2012); The Impossible (2012) | BASSIC CLASICS! Vertigo (1958)

October 9, 2012

There are not any British releases this week, however we can enjoy with three releases shot in English and directed by filmmakers with a distinguished touch: David Cronenberg, Juan Antonio Bayona and Tim Burton. The three of them aspire to be on the top of the box office this week. Nevertheless, no one can compete with the absolute masterpiece of the week, Vertigo by Alfred Hitchcock, a film that has recently been chosen by the prestigious cinema magazine Sight & Sound as the best film of all time.

RELEASES! Cosmopolis (2012) by David Cronenberg

One of the most influential directors of the world returns with a curious film, based on a novel written by John DeLillo (with the same title). Cosmopolis is the particular vision of a genius about our time, a essay about capitalism. Starring Robert Pattison, his presence can confuse because it is an absolute author film, it is not a blockbuster. I read the novel and I did not like it, plain of nervous dialogues (perhaps, this is the best of the novel) and with an attractive plot, the story became in a quite boring and absurd fable. In spite of this handicap, I hope that David Cronenberg, who has shown his talent in masterpieces like Videodrome (1983), Dead ringers (1988) or Crash (1996),  might have done something interesting with this novel.

Cosmopolis [Cosmópolis, 2012] Directed by David Cronenberg

Screenplay: David Cronenberg (Novel by John DeLillo)

Cast: Robert Pattison, Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Mathieu Amalric, Sarah Gadon…

Genre: Drama | Road Movie | Author film

Nationality: Canada

Length: 108 min.

Synopsis: Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager’s day devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart.IMDb

Time Out London has written:


Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

RELEASES! The Impossible (2012) by Juan Antonio Bayona

Yes, this is a Spanish release but it looks like an American blockbuster. After a great success with his debut in 2007, El Orfanato, Juan Antonio Bayona releases this spectacular super production based on true events, namely the terrible tsunami that hit the coasts of East Asia in 2004. The Spanish director focuses his story on the protagonist family, with a shocking arrival of the huge wave. I could watch this film in the last edition of Festival de San Sebastián and there were fainting fits (some people are too sensitive). I think that is an interesting film, very entertaining but, sometimes, too melodramatic (abusing the music is very heavy).

The Impossible [Lo Imposible, 2012] Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona

Screenplay: Sergio G. Sánchez

Cast: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Marta Etura, Geraldine Chaplin, Tom Holland…

Genre: Drama | Disaster film | Family

Nationality: Spain

Length: 107 min.

Synopsis: An account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time.IMDb

Variety has written:


Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

BASIC CLASSICS! Vertigo (1958) by Alfred Hitchcock

Is there anyone that can not watch this wonder? The most perturbing film by Alfred Hitchcock [maybe together with Psycho (1963), The Birds (1963) or Frenzy (1972)] that has a lot of interpretations. Vision of this film leaves a strange feeling, maximizing its superb score (by Bernard Herrmann), a beautiful photography (by Robert Bucks), starring James Stewart and Kim Novak… Even the credit titles are great! Designed by Saul Bass (the person honored in the film series). I include these in a link. Enjoy it!

Vertigo [Vértigo (De entre los muertos)] Directed by Alfred Hichcock

Screenplay: Alec Coppel & Samuel Taylor

Cast: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Henry Jones, Lee Patrick, Tom Helmore…

Genre: Drama | Thriller | Cult movie

Nationality: USA

Length: 120 min.

Synopsis: A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend’s much-younger wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.IMDb

CBA – Cine Círculo de Bellas Artes

Alcalá 42 (Marqués de Cubas St. Access)

Metro: Sevilla / Banco de España

Friday 12 October: 7.00 pm.

Saturday 13 October: 10.15 pm.

Sunday 14 October: 4. 30 pm.

VOSE. Tickets: 5’5€, 4€ (Reduced)

Vertigo, the best film of ever time, according to Sight & Sound:


Celebrities credits designed by Saul Bass: