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9/19/17

'Estiu 1993' ('Summer 1993')

Com descriure aquesta petita meravella? Fa mesos que sento que l'òpera prima de la Carla Simón és una petita joia, però no m'esperava tant, i a més que me trenqués el cor. Però tenien raó, és una pel.lícula que t'arriba a molt adins.

La pel.lícula es centra en la petita Frida, qui acaba de perdre a la seva mare quedant-se orfe, i ha d'anarse'n a viure amb el seu tiet i la seva dona i filla petita, just quan comença l'estiu. "Per què no estàs plorant?" li demana un nin a la nena durant les festes del barri, però ella no contesta res. La Frida envolta silenci, por i expectació als seus sis anys i Simón ens transporta a un poblet de Catalunya per veure el seu procés d'adaptació a la seva nova família. De tot d'una té un pare de nou, el seu tio al qui li té gran afecte, una mare nova a qui rebutja i fins i tot desafia, i una germaneta petita, amb la que jugar quan s'avorreix, a la que ignora ja en el seu rol de germana major i a la qui té enveja quan veu la relació d'ella amb el seu papa. Es una situació difícil per la Frida i per tots, qui tracten que la petita es senti com a casa. Tot dins l'ambient relaxat de l'estiu, aquells estius eterns i plens de moments d'avorriment que varem tenir tots aquells que no varem créixer amb una tablet sota el braç.

Un dels grans encerts de la pel.lícula és transportar-nos a la nostàlgia d'aquells estius. La música de Bom Bom Chip, jugar a desfresses, les pulseres de fils, jugar a les Barbies, maquillar-se desastrosament, el sentir l'estiu com a infinit. I tot això a través de la mirada d'una nena que es fa preguntes en silenci. Però això no és el millor del film. Si algo destaca per damunt de tot són les interpretacions de la nova família, començant per la Laia Artigas en el paper de Frida. A través dels seus ulls i del que calla, ens diu tot lo que una nena tan petita pot sentir en aquesta situació. La naturalitat que la Carla Simón mostra i la quotidianitat que aconsegueix en cada una de les escenes del film, és realment el que fa que connectis amb la història tan bé. És un relat simple i alhora complexa, però com tot a la vida a primer cop d'ull pot parèixer que no passa res, quan realment per a dins succeeix de tot.

No hi ha dubte que aquesta petita obra mestre se n'endurà molts de reconéixements apart dels premis que ja se n'ha portat però de lo que no es pot qüestionar es que a la Carla Simón se l'ha de seguir d'aprop ja que ha resultat tota una revolució al cinema espanyol, i el clar exemple és que ens representarà als Oscars amb 'Estiu 1993'! Disfrutau d'aquesta pel.lícula i podeu veure algunes imatges molts adorables darrera el tall.

(English translation)
How can i describe this little gem? I've been hearing about this precious movie, director Carla Simón's first feature, but i didn't expect this much and nevertheless that it was going to break my heart. But they were right, it's movie that really touches you hard.

The film centers young Frida, who has just become an orphan after her mom passed away and she moves into her uncle's house alongside his wife and young daughter right at the beginning of Summer."Why aren't you crying?" one kid asks her while they were playing during the neighbourhood's festivities but she doesn't answer. At six-years-old, Frida is full of silence, fear and is expectant, and director Simón takes us to a small village of Catalonia to see her adaptation to her new family. All of a sudden she has a new father, her uncle who she really loves, a new mother who she rejects and even dares, and a little sister with whom she can play with, as well as she can ignore in her new role as a big sister and at times she's jealous of her after her loving relationship with her dad. It's a really complicated situation for Frida and everyone who try to make her feel like at home. Everything taking place during the calmness of Summer, like those endless Summers full of boredom that we all experienced back then we didn't have a tablet to play with.

One of the biggest accomplishments of the film is taking us to the nostalgia of those Summers. Bom Bom Chip's songs, playing dress up, plastic bracelets, disastrous make-up sessions, the feeling of endless vacations. All this through the eyes of a little girl who makes questions in silence. But this is not the best thing of the movie. The performances of the new family, starting with the acting of Laia Artigas as Frida, whom through her eyes and by what she doesn't say, tells us everything that a little girl in that situation can feel. The simplicity in which Carla Simón portrays ordinary life in each and every scene of the movie is what really makes you connect with the story so well. It's a simple and complex tale at the same time but just like in life, at first sight it might seem that nothing happens when in reality everything is happening inside.

There's no doubt that this little masterpiece will earn a lot of prizes and recognition aside the many that has already received but what can't be denied is that we have to keep an eye on Carla Simón because she's the breakout filmmaker in Spanish cinema, and the clearest example is that 'Summer 1993' will represent us in the Foreign Film category at the Academy Awards! Enjoy this movie and you can see some adorable stills after the cut!


9/15/17

It (2017)

(Spoilerish)
The most awaited movie of the Summer is here and while i wasn't really interested about it as i don't remember the 90s original version, this new adaptation has really surprised me. Because it uses a lot of 80s nostalgia and when done right that's always a win. And here is a total winner.

Based on the 1986 novel by Stephen King, 'It' returns to the big screen to terrify all those who didn't grow up scared by clowns and this remake does really work. For starters, and as i've said, the stars of the movie, apart from the terrifying clown (played by Bill Skarsgard) are a young group of friends who, as they call themselves, are the losers in town. All of them are subject to some nasty pranks and even aggressions by some local bullies and they just accept their roles as proud losers. Here we find a really nice set of buddies, each with their own fears and their own personalities - from the stutter who lost his young brother, to the big mouth who's always talking, the hypochondriac, the fat child, the Jewish, the black kid and the slut (all this stated as a cliche for the others, not because i would describe them like that). But we've got a dysfunctional gang who are about to start 1988's Summer with a mission. "It's Summer, we should be playing," it's often repeated, but the loss of Georgie, Bill's little brother, makes them take a quest on finding him or at least know what happened in a town where a few kids have gone missing.

This group of friends and their unique personalities is what stands out from the movie and makes you feel like one of them, endlessly riding bikes all Summer. Because after 'Super 8' and 'Stranger Things', we all got that 80s nostalgia from awesome classics like 'The Goonies' and that bunch of buddies we felt like our own. And that's why a terror movie like 'It' finds its success, because it makes you feel like watching one of those good old adventure movies.

Aside from that, the clown and the whole plot is shaky but not terrifying. Yeah, you get a few scares but it's not something you wouldn't be able to sleep at night. At least for adults. As Pennywise, the clown, does, the real life terrors is what at the end, scares us the most. A bunch of cruel bullies, a father who's aggressive with you, who's inappropriate, an old spooky painting, the fear of falling sick. These are fears that anyone could feel and that's what Pennywise works with. And all this makes 'It' the success of the Summer.

I was really surprised by how much i liked it as i had no expectations whatsoever and didn't watch the trailer because of reasons. But it's the perfect Summer to bid farewell to the Summer. Go watch if you haven't already!


9/11/17

'Twin Peaks: The Return' Top 10 Performances

You think i would go in deep about 'Twin Peaks The Return' without mentioning the awesome music performances that put a brooch almost at the end of every episode? You thought wrong. From Lynch's personal favorite Rebekah Del Rio, unforgettable since 'Mulholland Drive' and her performance in Silencio Club, to new additions into Lynch's world like the Chromatics, fitting perfectly into Twin Peaks, there had been a bunch of performances that gave us a breeze of fresh air after so many emotions during many episodes. And maybe those were to give us a moment and digest everything.

Anyway, there are some that have been stellar, like my number one with Rebekah Del Rio, which performance, voice and lyrics are something hypnotic. Other like the Nine Inch Nails provided the darkest performance for such a twisted episode like 'Part 8'. While we got some nostalgic performances with James singing 'Just You' or the iconic Julee Christie who was back on the show only to trash it after she didn't have the screen time she wanted. And we even got Audrey doing her dance, but was it really her?

Others were new artists like Lissie and her energetic 'Wild West' or even Lynch's son Riley performing with his band Trouble but every performance has been grand. So, below are my fave 10 performances the show had. Maybe you're missing the one with Eddie Vedder, but i'm simply not a fan. Yeah, there are people who don't like his voice or music. Anyway, Ladies and Gentleman, enjoy!

1. Rebekah Del Rio - No Stars (Part 10)

2. Chromatics - Shadow (Part 2)

3. Nine Inch Nails (Part 8)

4. Julee Cruise - The World Spins (Part 17)


5. James - Just You (Part 13)


6. The Veils - Axoloti (Part 15)


7. Lissie - Wild West (Part 14)


8. Trouble - Snake Eyes (Part 5)


9. Audrey's Dance (Part 16)


10. Chromatics - Saturday (Part 12)


sources: twinpeaksarg & youtube

'Twin Peaks: The Return'

(Spoilers!)
How can i talk about this show? The return of 'Twin Peaks' ended a week ago and i'm still processing. Not only the two hour finale but the whole entire show. Every episode has been a puzzle we all tried to figure out but with David Lynch you can never put the whole thing together. And that's one thing i love about his work, that he lets things talk by themselves and doesn't try to explain his motives behind his work but this time has been a headache to try to figure out the basic. And hasn't that been something wonderful?

"I'll see you again in 25 years." It's like Lynch had this plan in the past but was this past or was this future? There are so many open questions about the third Season of the iconic 90s show that i don't know where to begin. We all were surprised with the news of the show coming back but i don't think noone expected something like this. And i think the director himself didn't want us to give the nostalgia we were expecting from a such loved and missed show. And he tricked us, introducing us to a whole bunch of new characters, giving us back the old beloved ones little by little, to contain ourselves and in the end, he gave us what we didn't know we wanted it but we did. A whole new entire show with some old familiar faces and some fantastic new ones, and they all make sense in the 'Twin Peaks' world. So, let's get deep into that because this has been quite a ride. 18 episodes no less, he gave us the entire treatment.

Premiering with a two hour episode (the first two parts of 'The Return'), we first encounter a new mystery that we can't quite relate to the old series, because that was what at first we were all doing. The glass box and the murder that takes place there after a ghostly shadow appeared. I don't think there was an explanation about that besides that it was like a gate through the black lodge, one made by humans but not definitely working as they wanted. That first part was dark and unsatisfying for those of us who wanted back on the town of Twin Peaks. And most important, he gave us two Coopers, but none of them were the Agent Cooper we knew. The Bad Coop, Bob reincarnated, and Dougie, someone who looked exactly like the FBI agent but that seemed like he had been sleeping for 25 years and forgot everything.

The second part though, that was something else. Here he gave us really what we were expecting and even at the end a peak to some old characters, with a stellar and haunting performance by the Chromatics that fit so well with the original show's soundtrack that it was the perfect brooch to end the premiere.

Up to that point, a series of storylines opened and they were rabbit holes you tried to understand or picture together. That and a bunch of fantastic new characters like the Mitchum brothers, Candie, Mandie and Sandie, Tammy, Janey-E, fucking Diane! And Becky, Bobby's and Shelley's daughter who seemed like the new Laura Palmer and i thought that was brilliant, though that storyline didn't develop. As well as many more. And there were the old ones we all loved, from Hawk, the Log Lady, Albert, Gordon (played by Lynch and who was been surprisingly one of the best things of the series), Bobby, Shelley, Ed and Norma, Andy, Lucy, a little bit of Audrey (but was it really her?) and Sarah Palmer, who made you feel sorry about her and also a bit frightened as well. They all fit perfectly in and everyone was nothing but brilliant, just like the leading man, Kyle MacLachlan, who has been nothing but extraordinary.

There were also touching moments moments like the late night phone conversations between Hawk and the Log Lady, especially the last one where she knows she will fade soon, just like the actress, Catherine E. Coulson who passed away shortly after the filming. Or Gordon Cole's conversation with Denise Bryson where he defended her from her colleagues once he transitioned (not enough David Duchovny though!). As well as Miguel Ferrer's performance as Albert who also passed away after filming, or the thought of how grand would had been David Bowie as Phillip Jeffries if he hadn't passed away months before production.

But let's talk about the two part finale. In part 17, it all nearly got resolved. Cooper was back and headed to Twin Peaks to end Bad Coop's existence for once, with the help of Freddie's hand (that storyline was bizarre). And he also went back in time to change things in the past, preventing Laura Palmer to get lost that night in the hands of her father Leiland (aka Bob) and get killed, so the story we know, didn't happen in the first place. And we saw how Pete Martell (Jack Nance) went out to fish that morning and didn't discover a body, wrapped in plastic, that turned out to be Laura Palmer. And nothing happened, and Dale Cooper never had to visit Twin Peaks to resolve a murder. So did Laura live happily ever after? We all thought so and that's why i got emotional during that ending because it never once crossed my mind that the whole thing could be undone and she got another chance at life, and that she wasn't brutally murdered like that. But what happened then?

In the last past part, part 18, i wondered what was coming on, as everything ended perfectly in the previous part, but little did we know what was coming. For what i could figure out, and i know everyone has their own of theories, our Laura didn't die but disappeared. Just like it happened with Cooper to Dougie, she became someone else and forgot about her past, or maybe she was someone else with an extraordinary resemblance of what an aged Laura would look like now? Through some Black Lodge wholes Cooper manages to find her and takes her back to her mom's house. It's a strange situation because while we saw Cooper and Laura together for the very first time ever in part 17  and it was thrilling and marvelous, here we're seeing different people. Maybe even Cooper is not himself, as he's been called Richard by his lover Diane, now presumably named Linda. But the Cooper we see takes Laura to her family home and she doesn't recognize it, a lady opens the door and it's not Sarah Palmer (the lady was in fact, the real owner of the house in real life, so Lynch is blurring reality, with fiction and past with future). But they got nothing and end up more confused because Cooper knows Sarah Palmer should be living there and there's no sign that she has ever owned the house now. And both end up on the street more confused than before, as Cooper wonders what year it is and if this is future or past, while Laura, after some wind blowing, delivers all of a sudden the most terrifying scream as if she has just remembered everything. And we're left with that. Confused, shacking and terrified by that scream. And i fucking loved it.

So, now the question is, will there be a new season? There could definitely be one, as so many things are left unresolved but i don't think that would be a good idea. Because the return has been so perfect that maybe doing more would lose its touch. But at the same time, i was skeptik at first about this new season and it turned out to be so excellent that if Lynch and Mark Frost do things right, they could be great again. But we'll see. I think that for now we all need to digest this new season, to re-watch it, to try to put all the pieces together, which i don't think it's possible, but to make a little more sense. Not that it doesn't have it, but to understand it better. But time will say so in the meantime let's remember some moments i liked from the show after the cut, which has been no less than iconic. Again. It happened again.

9/5/17

Jane Campion's 'Top of the Lake'

(No spoilers)
I don't know how i waited so long to watch this show. Directed by Jane Campion and starring the always amazing Elisabeth Moss, the show is really worth watching. The director herself must be reason enough to watch but the story, also written by Campion, the actors, the location (New Zealand and Australia) and the photography are exquisite. And the second season was not far behind.

The mini serie's first season aired in 2013 and the first choice for detective Robin was none other than Anna Paquin, with whom Campion worked in her most acclaimed and beautiful film, 'The Piano', making Paquin the youngest actress ever to earn an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. And while it would had been nice to see her reuniting with her onscreen mother on that film, as Holly Hunter appears in this first season, she had to quit after she was pregnant. But Elisabeth Moss in this role is so excellent that i can't picture anyone else playing this complicated character.

Located in New Zealand, the story centers the mystery of a 13-year-old girl who tries to commit suicide by drowning herself in a haunting lake of the area and the story gets entangled as the episodes go by bringing out a zillion emotions by Robin. And her character is the key to the whole show, because you go deep into her deepest fears, her past nightmares that still very much present and her complicated persona.

These past fears still haunt during Season 2 in 'Top of the Lake: China Girl', and this time there's the case of the murder of an unidentified Asian woman in Sydney where brothels are legal and there's a large amount of young Asian women who come to the country to make a living of their bodies. And while the first season is better, the new one gets you hooked on the show like mad. If only to watch Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie on it as well. And they're both brilliant, just like Moss. And there's also the young talent of Alice Englert, Campion's own daughter–about who i already talked here, so we have a fantastic female cast.

I can't tell more about the show without being spoilerish so, as a treat, i'm posting below the trailer of 'Jane Campion's Own Stories', a retrospective survey that the Film Society of Lincon Center will do about the filmmaker and that looks as beautiful as all her movies are. And you can also take a look at some gorgoeus stills of both seasons after the cut!


8/31/17

'Heathers' TV Series' Teaser

Fuck me gently with a chainsaw, as you might heard, the Heathers are back and headed to TV! A reboot of the 1988 chick flick classic will premiere during the first quarter of 2018 and the first teaser is out.

The 10-episode anthology will also have one of the original Heathers with Shannen Doherty as part of the cast (you can see a pic of her below), though her role is unclear, while Selma Blair will also appear as one of the Heathers' moms, casually the one that Doherty played in the film that will now be played by a male who identifies as a gender-queer. That change is something nice and refreshing though by looking at the teaser, these Heathers don't look a bit like the old original cast. But as we have to wait till next year let's hope more stuff comes from this tv series that, if done right, can turn into the ultimate guilty pleasure. Watch the teaser below!

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sources: out.com

8/30/17

'Game of Thrones' Season 7's Best Moments and Scenes

Season 7 of 'Game of Thrones' was pure ice and fire (literally) and while it has been really criticized by many, because of the timing and everything, i think it has been spectacular. The show is on its way to end and things are simply happening all at once and there's no time to be accurate about time. In other seasons people complained about the show being too slow and sometimes boring when things took a while to take place but now, even though it seems all a bit rushed, it's how it has to be. Anyway, as there are so many mixed opinions about this S7 let's remember all the best moments and scenes there was, and sorry in advance but none will include Jonerys. After the cut!

(Spoilers everywhere)

8/28/17

Nicole Kidman in Stellar Magazine by Nino Muñoz

Yes, this is another Nicole Kidman post but how could i not post this gorgeous photoshoot by Nino Muñoz? She simply looks better than ever and she just turned 50 this woman!

This is the year of Nicole Kidman, it is again because in 2001, when 'The Others' and 'Moulin Rouge' premiered, she was on fire, and now she's on top of the game again. All this thanks to 'Big Little Lies' and 'The Beguiled', the upcoming 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' and 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties' and 'Top of the Lake: China Girl '-which i will be discussing soon, she's simply the actress of the moment. And she has every right to be because she's only getting better and better.

So, enjoy this beautiful photoshoot that i adored from beginning to end, and you can see the rest at the source.

sources: stellarmagazineall

8/21/17

'The Beguiled' (2017)

Sofia Coppola's new movie finally premiered last weekend here, and i was really anxious to watch it after all the praise and good reviews it got. It even won the fucking Palme d'Or at Cannes for Best Director, so they all couldn't be wrong. So i finally watched it last Friday, the very first day that opened here and... i don't know if i liked it.

There's nothing wrong with Coppola's film, the only problem was that the trailer revealed quite a lot from the plot, but that wasn't why i didn't enjoy it. It was because the fucking audience at the cinema was rude and commented out loud many parts of the movie, drawing my attention from the movie. So i'm really frustrated about it. But having said  this, i can comment about it.

'The Beguiled' as a film, is a beautiful work of art. As usual in Sofia Coppola's films, the photography is exquisite, the dresses are a dream for anyone in love with that period, and the location was beautiful, as it was filmed in New Orleans which for me is one of the most mesmerizing places in the States. But the acting is what really stands out of the movie, and how could be otherwise with such an excellent cast? First, it has Nicole Kidman which is something amazing as i get my fave director and one of my faves actresses working together. There's also Colin Farrell which it's not one of my faves but he's really good here, and two Sofia Coppola girls that i adore: Kirsten Dunst, Sofia's muse, as 'The Beguiled' is the third movie working together after 'The Virgin Suicides' and 'Marie Antoinette', and the other Sofia girl is Elle Fanning, teaming up again after 'Somewhere'. They're absolutely delightful to see in her movies and here was no exception. And then there's the young talent with Oona Laurence, Addison Rickie, Angourie Rice and Emma Howard that sometimes are real scene-stealers.

Aside from the cast, the setting and the photography, the movie is a combination of a lot of things as it has comedy, drama and mystery. But what i liked most is that goes from having a lot of tension to humour, which often is related to one another. But mostly, is loaded with a lot of femininity behind bars. Not only does 'The Beguiled' echoes Coppola's debut 'The Virgin Suicides' but also 'The House of Bernarda Alba', Lorca's drama that did inspire Jeffrey Eugenides for his story about the Lisbon sisters. These group of women, mostly young ages but still, find themselves isolated from the world as the American Civil War is taking place, and they're drowned in the routine of the Seminary of Young Ladies that Kidman leads. So, the abrupt visit of a wounded Union soldier makes them exude all their feminine charms with some sort of desperation that anyone can notice, making them awkward, giggly and full of intentions whenever they're around their new toy. And that's as far as i can tell without revealing too much.

(Spoiler)
I have to mention though a shot that really has captured my mind, that it's the final scene of the movie. When we see how the ladies have finally got ridden from the soldier and they're behind the fence of the house, safe and still trapped inside, with that feeling of being captives in their own home. When the camera starts zooming between the bars to them, we get the claustrophobic feeling that i mentioned from Lorca's novel, and it leaves you both uneasy and anguished, as they're removing the only thing that made them feel alive.
(End of spoiler)

I'm really hoping that when i'll re-watch the movie once it comes out in dvd i can enjoy it as much as i should had in the cinema. I'm worried that as i know everything that happens it won't be the same and the joy and thrill of watching a new film has been stolen from me. But well, in the meantime, check out some very great behind the scenes photos that mix that period with modern times after the cut, because if the movie is something, it's totally a beautiful thing to watch.


8/17/17

The Kardashian Decade

 The whole Kardashian-Jenner gang grace the cover of The Hollywood Reporter to celebrate their 10-year anniversary in the spotlight. Love or hate them, one can't deny their impact on the media, they have owned this past 10 years and it's amazing to believe that all of this started out after a sex tape.

A decade ago, i already knew who Kim Kardashian was because she was Paris Hilton's shadow alongside with Caroline D'amore. The heiress went with them everywhere but she was the only star, the other two girls were only like an accessory to carry around. So when the news came out that Kim also had a sex tape leaked (just like Paris had when she was 19 and that led her to stardom), things were fishy. It is unclear whether the Kardashian clan leaked the tape themselves to follow Hilton's success, though in the show one can see the real struggle Kim suffered with it, but let me say it was all too convenient for them. But there's no point in discussing that now because if they're famous, it's by their own merit.

 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' is simply a sure win. It's the perfect reality show because you've got in one family so many personalities, so many stories going on that it can never be boring. They are also fantastic to watch because sisters like Kourtney and Khloe are loaded with charisma, Kendall and Kylie are the next best thing coming (in fact, Kylie has inherited Kim's crown) and Kim's life, despite her bland personality, is always interesting. So i think the show will go on for as long as they want.

The 14th season of 'Keeping up with the Kardashians' will air on October but in the meantime check out the rest of the photoshoot at the source.

source: thehollywoodreporter