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RELEASES! Quartet (2012); Coriolanus (2011); Hitchcock (2012); Beasts of the southern wild (2012); Silver linings playbook (2012)

January 31, 2013

I have to apologize for the delay of our cinema posts but I am here again. This is a special post because I need to rescue several interesting films and our regular releases. This weekend there are not basic classics.

RELEASES! Quartet (2012)

This is the debut of… Dustin Hoffman! As filmmaker… A curious story about a group of retired opera singers and one of the British productions on screens.

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Quartet [El Cuarteto, 2012]-Directed by Dustin Hoffman

Screenplay: Ronald Harwood (Play by Ronald Harwood)

Cast: Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins…

Genre: Comedy | Drama

Nationality: United Kingdom

Length: 95 min.

Synopsis: At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.IMDb

 The Guardian has written: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/dec/27/quartet-review

Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

RELEASES! Coriolanus (2011)

Another unexpected debut. Ralph Fiennes has decided to start as director with a difficult mission: To adapt Coriolanus by Shakespeare. He is also one of the meaning characters with Vanessa Redgrave and Gerard Butler.

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Coriolanus [Coriolanus, 2011]-Directed by Ralph Fiennes

Screenplay: John Logan (Theater play by William Shakespeare)

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox

Genre: Thriller | Theater

Nationality: USA

Length: 122 min.

Synopsis: A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.IMDb

New York Magazine has written: http://nymag.com/movies/reviews/coriolanus-hugo-edelstein-2011-12/

Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

RELEASES! Hitchcock (2012)

If you like films about cinema this could be a good choice this weekend. Sasha Gervasi try to recreate how intense the filming of Psycho was. Another difficult mission with an excellent cast: Anthony Hopkins (as Alfred Hitchcock), Helen Mirren (as his wife Alma) and Scarlett Johansson (as Janet Leigh). Interesting if you had watched Psycho.

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Hitchcock [Hitchcock, 2012]-Directed by Sasha Gervasi

Screenplay: ohn J. McLaughlin, Stephen Rebello (Novel by Stephen Rebello)

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Toni Colette…

Genre: Drama | Biographical

Nationality: USA

Length: 98 min.

Synopsis: A love story between influential filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho in 1959.IMDb

New York Daily News has written: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/movie-review-hitchcock-article-1.1205815

Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

RELEASES! Beasts of the southern wild (2012)

This is one of the films nominated in Oscars 2013. An original drama with a touch of fantasy that is liked by critics. Its little star (Quvenzhané Wallis) is the youngest actress nominated for the Oscars of all time (9 years old). It looks original.

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Beasts of the southern wild [Bestias del sur salvaje, 2012]-Directed by Benh Zeitlin

Screenplay: Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar (Novel by Lucy Alibar)

Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Pamela Harper…

Genre: Drama | Indie

Nationality: USA

Length: 91 min.

Synopsis: Faced with both her hot-tempered father’s fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.IMDb

New York Post has written: http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/movies/one_of_the_year_beast_MLGSokyd0ZlAUJq8swR94I

Theatrical Trailer (VOSE):

RELEASES! Silver linings playbook (2012)

The film by David O. Russell is the movie with the most awards in the Billboard. A romantic drama that might go missing because of poor marketing campaign: a very bad title translation [El lado bueno de las cosas] and a wrong approach because this is not another simple comedy (as they seem to sell).

Silver linings playbook

Silver linings playbook [El lado bueno de las cosas, 2012]-Directed by David O. Russell

Screenplay: David O. Russell (Novel by Matthew Quick)

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert de Niro, Jacki Weaver…

Genre: Drama | Romance

Nationality: USA

Length: 120 min.

Synopsis: After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.IMDb

Time has written: http://entertainment.time.com/2012/09/11/silver-linings-playbook-bradley-and-jennifer-go-dancing-on-the-edge/

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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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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/

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  •  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):

 

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RELEASES! Take shelter (2011) | BASIC CLASSICS! Cat on a hot tin roof (1958); The Ladykillers (1955)

April 13, 2012

The realeases of the week are not so important that a film that I am not talking about the last week: Take Shelter. An independent production from USA that had been treated with special interesting by cinematographic criticism.

This weekend we can enjoy two fantastic films in Filmoteca Española, the immortal drama by Tennessee Williams, Cat on a hot tin roof, with another actoral lesson by Liz Taylor, and The Ladykillers, an outstanding collection of British black humour in the tribute that pays this month to the Scottish filmmaker Alexander McKendrick. Enjoy it!

RELEASES! Take shelter (2011)

After a collection of films about the end of the world, directed by Lars von Trier (Melancholia)or Abel Ferrara (44:4 Last day on Earth), came an attractive film about a man that is obsessed with the Apocalypse and protecting his family. We do not know if he is crazy, influenced by a mental illness or it is true that the end of the world is starting. We need to watch the movie to know it.

Take shelter [Take shelter]-2011 Directed by Jeff Nichols

Screenplay: Jeff Nichols

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Kathy Baker, Katy Mixon, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Genre: Drama | Apocalypse

Length: 123 min.

Synopsis: Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.IMDb

Theatrical trailer (VO):

The New York Times has written:

http://movies.nytimes.com/2011/09/30/movies/take-shelter-with-michael-shannon-and-jessica-chastain.html?smid=tw-nytimesmovies&seid=auto

BASIC CLASSICS! Cat on a tin hot roof (1958)

What can we say about this absolute classic? A masterpiece signed by Tennessee Williams that shows an ideal mosaic built with the typical elements of this author: melodramatic style, tortured souls, lies, a hypocritical society, a lot of tears and passion. The cast is also great: Liz Taylor (with a memorable performance) and Paul Newman (with a very sad character). This is one of those films required viewing (but then you do not like).

Curiosity: The Spanish translator decided to delete the word “HOT” from the original title. This had a very explicit sexual connotation.

Cine Doré (Filmoteca Española), Santa Isabel 3 [Metro: Antón Martín]
On Saturday, 14th.  19:00 h. Sala 1. VOSE. Price: 2’5 €. (2 € reduced)

Cat on a tin hot roof [La gata sobre el tejado de zinc]-1958  Directed by Richard Brooks

Screenplay: Richard Brooks, James Poe (Theatre play: Tennessee Williams)

Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Brick Pollit, Larry Gates, Burl Ives, Madeleine Sherwood, Judith Anderson

Genre: Drama | Theatre adaptation

Length: 108 min.

Synopsis: Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.IMBb

The New York Times has written:

http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9E0CE6D71430E73BBC4152DFBF668383649EDE

Theatrical Trailer (VO):

BASIC CLASSICS (So British!)! The Ladykillers (1955)

Moreover, we can watch an advisable tribute to Alexander McKendrick, a typical filmmaker form UK that I like to put him the SO BRITISH! Label because with this kinds of films we can understand more than a language, knowing particular elements of British life or the way that they understand the world. The Ladykillers is an ideal black humour comedy that probably you know because there was a remake, a few years ago (2004), directed by Coen Bros. and starring Tom Hanks. Fun is guaranteed!

Cine Doré (Filmoteca Española), Santa Isabel 3 [Metro: Antón Martín]
On Sunday, 15th.  21:45 h. Sala 1. VOSE. Price: 2’5 €. (2 € reduced)

The Ladykillers [El quinteto de la muerte]-1955  Directed by Alexander McKendrick

Screenplay: William Rose

Cast: Alec Guiness, Peter Sellers, Kate Johnson, Danny Green, Jack Warner

Genre: Comedy | Black humour

Length: 123 min.

Synopsis: Five diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.IMDb

BBC has written:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2002/08/08/the_ladykillers_1955_review.shtml

Theatrical Trailer (VO):