Posts Tagged ‘John Houston’


RELEASES! Blue Valentine (2010); Mama (2013) BASIC CLASSICS! Moby Dick (1956); Fastaff (1965)

February 19, 2013

At last we can enjoy of one of the gems of the American indie cinema, three years afther its release in the rest of the world! However this opportunity must be seized. As it is said in the Peter Bradshaw’s review of this post “Blue Valentine is certainly a serious, intelligent film which deserves to be considered in the same light as Sam Mendes’s Revolutionary Road”. The other interesting release is Mama, a horror film that has become a success in Spain, in fact, there is a Spanish producer (Guillermo del Toro included). And finally, two absolute basic classics in Filmoteca Española, the particular John Huston’s Moby Dick adaption and Falstaff, one of Orson Wells’ works rolled in our country with several Shakespeare’s theatre plays. We must go to the movies!


This interesting film is released with a considerable delay; it could not be an impediment! An intense romance is waiting for us starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, a couple very well chosen, indeed, Michell was nominated in the Oscars.

BluE ValentineBlue Valentine [Blue Valentine, 2010]-Directed by Derek Cianfrance

Screenplay: Derek Cianfrance, Cami Delavigne, Joey Curtis

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Mikel Vogel, John Doman

Genre: Romance | Drama | Indie Cinema

Nationality: USA

Length: 114 min.

Synopsis: The film centres on a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.IMDb

The Guardian has written:

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If you like horror films it could be the best chose this weekend. A Canadian movie produced by Guillermo del Toro starring the actress on fashion, Jessica Chastain who could win the Oscar in the next ceremony. It is difficult to recognize her because she is blonde and she appears brown in the film. There will be chills.

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Mama [Mamá, 2013]-Directed by Andrés Muschietti

Screenplay: Andrés Muschietti, Neil Cross, Barbara Muschietti

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nelisse

Genre: Horror | Ghosts

Nationality: Canada

Length: 100 min.

Synopsis: Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years…. but how alone were they?IMDb

Roger Ebert has written:

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John Houston’s film has superb action sequences and some well done work filmed in supporting roles, which helps overcome Gregory Peck as Ahab. The script, one of the sacred works of American literature) was adapted by Ray Bradbury, the great science fiction novelist who is well-know from great classics as Fahrenheit 451 or The Martian Chronicles.

Cine Doré (Filmoteca Española), Santa Isabel 3 [Metro: Antón Martín]
On Saturday, 23th.  17:30 h. Sala 1. VOSE. Price: 2’5 €. (2 € reduced)

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Moby Dick [Moby Dick, 1956]-Directed by John Houston

Screenplay: Ray Bradbury, John Houston (Novel by Herman Melville)

Cast: Gregory Peck, Orson Welles, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn

Genre: Adventures | Drama

Nationality: United Kingdom

Length: 116 min.

Synopsis: The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain’s self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.IMDb

Popmatters has written:

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Shakespeare again. Because he never is old fashioned. The master of cinema Orson Wells come to Spain because he could not make films in Hollywood with absolute freedom. This co-production between Spain and Switzerland is very curious because, in the same film, we can enjoy with a mix of four Shakespeare’s plays: Henry IV, Henry V, Richard II and The merry wives of Windsor. How intense!

Cine Doré (Filmoteca Española), Santa Isabel 3 [Metro: Antón Martín]
On Sunday, 24th.  19:30 h. Sala 1. VOSE. Price: 2’5 €. (2 € reduced)


Falstaff [Campanadas a medianoche, 1965]-Directed by Orson Welles

Screenplay: Orson Welles, Raphael Holinshed (Theatre plays by William Shakespeare)

Cast: Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Fernando Rey, Keith Baxter, John Gielgud

Genre: Drama | Theatre

Nationality: Switzerland-Spain

Length: 115 min.

Synopsis: The career of Shakespeare’s Sir John Falstaff as roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400-1413.IMDb

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RELEASES! Bel Ami (2012); The Deep Blue sea (2011) | BASIC CLASSICS! The Dead (1987)

October 5, 2012

Hello, I am here again because I will continue to carry the film blog. I cut and paste my presentation of the last year (because I am going to do the shame): I am Antonio and from this moment on I am going to recommend the most important releases every week. I will provide a link to the best films in English, especially British and some from Hollywood. They can be movies from other nationalities because there are films shot in English from many other countries (such as Sweden, Canada…).  It will depend on the quality and on how many British movies have that week.
I will also recommend British films shown in the  Filmoteca Española and Círculo de Bellas Artes, two great screens where we can see basic classics. This option has guaranteed success and a very good price.

Thank you for your interest, watching British films is a good way to practise our English understanding skills. And one way to have fun!

BRITISH RELEASE of the Week! Bel Ami (2012)

Everybody says that this is the worst adaptation of Bel Ami, a masterpiece written by French novelist Guy de Maupassant, well-know for his horror tales like Edgar Allan Poe or H.P. Lovecraft. But this is not a horror film, it is a story about love and the most important British release of the week. It looks like a movie designed for Robert Pattison, the young actor on fashion who also features another important release the next weekend, Cosmopolis by David Cronenberg. There is also another remarkable Hollywood adaptation of the 40s starring Angela Lansbury and George Sanders that is better… but this is the film that we can watch on screens these days. Enjoy it!


Bel Ami [Bel Ami, historia de un seductor]-2012  Directed by Nick Ormerod and Declan Donnellan

Screenplay: Rachel Bennette (Novel: Guy de Maupassant)

Cast: Robert Pattison, Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas…

Genre: Drama | Romance | Literary adaptation

Length: 103 min.

Synopsis: A chronicle of a young man’s rise to power in Paris via his manipulation of the city’s most influential and wealthy women.IMDb

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ON THEATER! (SO BRITISH!) The Deep Blue Sea (2011)

This is a particular recommendation because it is not a release. I decided to rescue this film on theatres because it is a good example of the British label on cinema. I had the opportunity to watch this film last year in a festival but the release was delayed until recently. This is not a simple film because it is directed by Terence Davis, one of the British filmmakers acclaimed by critics, a particular artist whose cinema  is closer to art   than it is to entertainment. The cinematographic rhythm is very slow and there is a very theatrical staging but the plot is very easy to follow and Rachel Weisz is fantastic. I loved it!

The Deep Blue Sea [The Deep Blue Sea]-2011  Directed by Terence Davis

Screenplay: Terence Davis (Novel: Terence Rattigan)

Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale, Ann Mitchell…

Genre: Melodrama | Romance

Length: 98 min.

Synopsis: The wife of a British Judge is caught in a self-destructive love affair with a Royal Air Force pilot.IMDb

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BASIC CLASSICS! The Dead (1987)

Finally, and as usual past year, I will recommend a film from alternative screens. This weekend we can enjoy an absolute masterpiece in Círculo de Bellas Artes. John Huston filmed this sad story when he was very ill in a wheelchair, in fact, he died soon and this is his last work. This film is an adaption of The Dead, the short story that close Dubliners, the amazing book of James Joyce. This was the John Huston’s testament, a film that celebrates the joy of life and the sadness of the memories. Essential.


The Dead [Dublineses (Los Muertos)]-1987  Directed by John Houston

Screenplay: Tony Houston (Story from Jame Joyce’s book Dubliners)

Cast: Anjelica Houston, Donald McCann, Hellena Carroll, Ingrid Craigie…

Genre: Drama | Romance | Literary adaptation

Length: 83 min.

Synopsis: Gabriel Conroy and wife Greta attend a Christmas dinner with friends at the home of his spinster aunts, an evening which results in an epiphany for both of them.IMDb

Cine Círculo de Bellas Artes (CBA)

Alcalá, 42 Metro: Banco de España/Sevilla

VOSE. Price: 5€ (Normal). 3, 40€ (Reduced)

Friday 05 October:  7:30 pm

Saturday 06 October:  10:00 pm

Sunday 07. October: 7:30 pm

The Guardian has written:

Famous scene when Gretta (Anjelica Huston) hear the traditional irish song that brings the memory of her boyfriend died in his youth. No dialogues: