February 17, 2007

Cinema en espanol

Hello, faithful readers. I know at least a few of you have been patiently waiting for more posts from me. Fortunately I will now be getting back into the swing of posting, as my work has passed its zenith for the year. And with the winter TV season back on track and Oscar time nearly here - I've got some writing to do! First up, some movie reviews. I've been furiously trying to get caught up on some Oscar nominees.

This post will focus on a couple of Spanish-language films - one an Oscar nominee this year, and another I discovered at the video store.

Pan's Labyrinth

This film sets a child living out a fantasy against the horrors of real-life war. Although very creative with some wonderful cinematography, I didn't feel this one lived up to the hype around it. It was certainly enjoyable and I admired that it was so different than your average movie. But it's not one that really stayed with me. It's been a few weeks since I saw it, and I don't feel that sense of nostalgia. Still, it's worth a rental. Eagle-eyed viewers will recognize that the housekeeper is Maribel Verdu, who starred in Y Tu Mama Tambien.

20 centímetros

Well, the only way to describe this one is that it was the "feel-good Spanish transgender narcoleptic prostitute musical of 2005!" Seriously! That's about all you need to know. It has fun music (Madonna, Queen), zombies and a dwarf! I won't say much more about it, except that it is very creative, very different and has some naughty sex scenes if you're so inclined. Rent this one, and you won't be disappointed! Eagle-eyed viewers will recognize that the prostitute named Ice Box is played by Rossy de Palma, who had some sleepy-time trouble herself as Marisa in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

Thanks for stopping by! Coming up this week, I'll catch up with what's been happening on Lost and Grey's Anatomy. I'll also post my Oscar picks (after I watch a few more videos).

And don't forget this Sunday is the premiere for The Amazing Race: All-Stars! We'll see who has gotten better with age (come on, Danny & Oswald), and who just stinks (my money is on Teri & Ian). Also we can weep that Jon Vito & Jill are no longer an item. *sob*


ScottE. said...

More important this Sunday...the Series Finale of one of the funnier shows in the past several seasons...REBA...sometimes bad mergers happen to good TV. Boooo.

And 20 Centimeteres...FUN! I wish they had a soundtrack...but alas, that isn't the case.

Stef said...

I liked Pan's Labyrinth, and would probably give it a B+. I agree that the imagery was amazing - both artistically stunning and brutal at times. I thought the story was ultimately hopeful. I hope it wins a few awards next week.

I'm really looking forward to your take on LOST and Grey's. I am loving LOST right now, and I'm so glad cuz by the end of last fall I was a little worried. But so far, I am *hating* the big Grey's swoops stunt. Ick.