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RELEASES! Stoker (2013), The Great Gatsby (2013) | BASIC CLASSICS! Brief Encounter (1945), Saturday night and Sunday morning (1960)

May 8, 2013

Two great releases are going to be shown on screens in the coming days, the new adaptation of the cult novel The Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet…) and Stoker, the American debut of a very interesting filmmaker from Korea, Park Chan-wook who has great success the last decade with the ultraviolent film Old Boy. There are two superb British classics in CBA: Brief Encounter and Saturday night and Sunday morning, a must!

RELEASE! Stoker (2013) by Park Chan-wook

Critics are divided analyzing Park Chan-wook’s debut in Hollywood. Korean director has had to soften his extreme style (that use to be very bloody) for American audiences and the result looks like a Hitchcock film. Starring Nicole Kidman and Mia Masikowska (the last Jane Eyre), this is the best option if you like thriller movies.

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 Stoker [Stoker, 2013]-Directed by Park Chan-wook

Screenplay: Wentworth Miller

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Mia Masikowska, Matthew Goode, Jackie Weaver

Genre: Thriller

Nationality: USA

Length: 98 min.

Synopsis: After India’s father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.IMDb

Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

Rolling Stone has written: http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/reviews/stoker-20130228

RELEASE! The Great Gatsby (2013) by Baz Luhrmann

At last (this film was announced for 2012) we can enjoy the Baz Luhrmann’s return. There is always controversy with his releases, his personal style can be very excessive and baroque but this is something negative or positive, it depends of the spectator. It is not easy to adapt this American literature classic written in 20s but excessive as it is there are a plenty of fans of his films.

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The Great Gatsby [El gran Gatsby, 2013]-Directed by Baz Luhrmann

Screenplay: Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce (Novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Macguire, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher

Genre: Drama | Romance

Nationality: Australia

Length: 143 min.

Synopsis: A Midwestern war veteran finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor.IMDb

Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

The Hollywood Reporter has written: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movie/great-gatsby/review/451988?utm_source=feedly

BASIC CLASSICS! Brief encounter (1945) by David Lean

David Lean is a safe. This is one of the most important films in his incredible career because he has a great success with this passionate love story. A curiosity: after this release, David Lean could roll the two Dicken’s adaptations of his filmography: Great Expectations (1946) and Oliver Twist (1948). Then came the most popular films as The bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) or Doctor Zhivago (1965). So excellent a director!

Brief Encounter

Cine Estudio Círculo de Bellas Artes

Calle Marqués de Riera 2, Metro: Banco de España

Tickets 5,5 € [4 Reduced]

On Thursday 9th 5.00pm; On Friday 10th 5.00 pm; On Sunday 12th 10.00 pm.

Brief encounter [Breve encuentro, 1945]-Directed by David Lean

Screenplay: Noël Coward, David Lean, Anthony Havelock Allan

Cast: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway, Joyce Carey

Genre: Drama | Romance

Nationality: United Kingdom

Length: 85 min.

Synopsis: Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband.IMDb

Theatrical Trailer (VO):

Top 12 in The Best 100 British Films by Time Out London: http://www.timeout.com/london/film/the-100-best-british-films-2

BASIC CLASSICS! Saturday night and Sunday morning (1960) by Karel Reisz

The other British basic classic of the weekend on CBA screen is this film which it is said that this title is a good example of Free Cinema, one of the mean British Cinema movements in Twenty Century. This films were considered free in the sense that they were made outside the confines of the film industry and so they had a personal style influenced by this condition. All the great titles of this movement (such as If…, This sporting life or A taste of honey) are very important in British culture.

 

Cine Estudio Círculo de Bellas Artes

Calle Marqués de Riera 2, Metro: Banco de España

Tickets 5,5 € [4 Reduced]

On Saturday 11th 5.00 pm; On Sunday 12th 7.30 pm.

Saturday night

Saturday night and Sunday morning [Sábado noche, domingo mañana]-Directed by Karel Reisz

Screenplay: Allan Sillitoe (based on his own novel)

Cast: Albert Finney, Shirley Ann Field, Rachel Roberts, Hylda Baker

Genre: Drama | Free Cinema

Nationality: United Kingdom

Length: 89 min.

Synopsis: A rebellious, hard-living factory worker juggles relationships with two women, one of whom is married to another man but pregnant with his child.IMDb

Theatrical Trailer (VO):

Top 22 in The Best 100 British Films by Time Out London: http://www.timeout.com/london/film/the-100-best-british-films-19#bestOf-22

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RELEASES! Les Misérables (2012); The Master (2012) | BASSIC CLASSIC! The thief of Bagdad (1940)

January 7, 2013

Happy New Year! After these special days, we return with great proposals, among themselves to watch a lot of films in English. This firs moth will release several important films of Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino or Dustin Hoffman. To begin I recover two of the most important films released in Christmas and a beautiful British classic in Filmoteca. Enjoy it!

RELEASES! LES MISÉRABLES (2012)

One of the greatest musical of ever has a new cinema version, starring Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman or Helena Bonham Carter, this adaptation is the most important British production of 2012. If you watched the musical you need to compare with this film, it could be curious!

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Les Misérables [Los Miserables]-2012 Directed by Tom Hooper

Screenplay: William Nicholson (Novel by Victor Hugo)

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Helena Bonham Carter, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway…

Genre: Drama | Musical

Nationality: United Kingdom

Length: 152 min.

Synopsis: In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever.

Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

Time has written: http://entertainment.time.com/2012/12/11/les-miserables-the-youtube-version/

 

RELEASES! THE MASTER (2012)

 Paul Thomas Anderson who directed the acclaimed movie Magnolia (1999) returns with The Master, an essay about loneliness and power. It is inspired in the Scienciology Church’s leader but there are not explicit references in it. This is a very intense film that you will like if you enjoy other works of this director as There will be blood (2007) or Punch-Drunk Love (2002).

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The Master [The Master]-2012 Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Laura Dern…

Genre: Drama | Biopic

Nationality: USA

Length: 137 min.

Synopsis: A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future – until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.IMBb

Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

The Guardian has written: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/sep/01/the-master-review

 

BASIC CLASSICS! THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (1940)

There are several The Thief of Bagdad’s versions but this is very special. Filmed with a very good taste this British remake is recommended to people who like classic productions, filmed in theatrical sceneries, with beautiful costumes and a touch of magic. Based in Arabian Nights (Las mil y una noches), to watch this film is an absolute pleasure.

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The Thief of Bagdad [El ladrón de Bagdad]-1940 Directed by Michael Power

Screenplay: Lajo Biro and Miles Malleson (Based on Arabian Nights)

Cast: John Justin, Sabu, June Duprez, Conrad Veidt, Miles Malleson…

Genre: Fantastic | Adventures

Nationality: United Kingdom

Length: 109 min.

Synopsis: After being tricked and cast out of Bagdad by the evil Jaffar, King Ahmad joins forces with a thief named Abu to reclaim his throne, the city, and the Princess he loves.IMDb

Theatrical Trailer (VO):

Time Out London has written: http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/79226/the-thief-of-bagdad.html

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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):

 

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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:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/oct/13/skyfall-james-bond-first-look-review

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:

http://movies.nytimes.com/2011/06/03/movies/submarine-with-craig-roberts-review.html?ref=movies&_r=0

Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

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100 BEST BRITISH FILMS – Time Out London

February 10, 2012

100 BRITISH FILMS

A few days ago, I found this list compiled by Time Out. There are a lot of lists in Internet –British love it!-, but I liked it so much because there are an interesting mix between classics and cult movies. I thought that you could been interesting in it and I share in our blog.

Watching movies is a good way to practice our English. Evidently, we must watch them with subtitles.

PS. The list has a good structure like a mosaic.

http://www.timeout.com/london/bestbritishfilms/