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La Pelicula: Cloverfield

Ví la pelicula Cloverfield el viernes pasado. La pelicula se trate de misterio y cincia ficcion, y un poco horror. Era en Nueva York. Hay un hombre se llama Rob. Rob tiene trajabo en Japon, entoces, sus amigos han decedido dar se una fiesta de despedida. Subitamente, algo hace ruido y commocion. Rob y sus amigos salen del apartamento. Ellos ven a mucha gente, y ellos ven un monstruo.

Yo no he visto muy claro el monstruo. Por que el director Matt Reeves utiliso una tecnica unica, es tan real como una pelicula documental. Entoces, la pelicula es en document sobres sus intentos por sobrevivir durante los momentos terrorificos de sus vidas. El military no sabe mucho sobre el monstruo, el publico tampoco.

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Some movies

.. just really catch you at a bad time. Will try again next time. I haven’t walked out of a movie since 2046, which was around 4 years ago. Sorry sorry I’ll give it another shot. Should’ve done my homework and looked up the trailers, . but it seems like the bipolar bear strikes again. In the meantime, do try to check it out as I’m sure it’s supposedly better than what the first 20 minutes appear to be.

Catch Concursante at the this year’s Spanish Film Fest Oct 1-12 at Greenbelt 3.

Watch the (unsubtitled) trailer here

Concursante (2007)

Concursante (2007)


Pelicula / Pelikula: 7th Spanish Film Festival October 1-12!

Vamos a ver las peliculas!=)

Lo siento, mi espanol es muy mal. jajajajaja

I wanna watch the ones I highlighted in yellow.. to anyone who’s game , vamos! : )

Check out http://www.pelicula.ph/ for more details on the fest

7th Spanish Film Festival

October 1-12

Greenbelt 3, Cinema 1

P65/film

MIGUEL Y WILLIAM · MIGUEL & WILLIAM
Director: Inés París
Producción · Production: Spain, 2007
Duración · Duration: 102 minutes
Reparto · Cast: Elena Ayana, Juan Luis Galiardo, Will Kemp, Geraldine Chaplin

Leonor leaves London to marry a rich, widowed duke in Castile, also leaving her lover, William Shakespeare, a promising playwright. In Spain, she meets Miguel de Cervantes, a man of letters who has lost faith in his talent. Shakespeare arrives to prevent the marriage between his beloved and the duke and so Leonor sees the chance to bring together the talents of the two writers to create a unique work.


BAJO LAS ESTRELLAS  · UNDER THE STARS
Director: Félix Viscarret
Producción · Production: Spain, 2007
Duración · Duration: 108 minutes
Reparto · Cast: AlbertoSan Juan, Emma Suárez, Julián Villagrán

Benito learns that his brother Lalo will soon marry. Knowing the bride-to-be, he decides to step in, but finds himselfup against Nines’s daughter, Ainara, with whom he ends up forging a peculiar friendship. When things take a turn for the worst in this peculiar family, Benito decides for the first time in his life to take control.

CONCURSANTE · THE CONTESTANT
Director: Rodrigo Cortés
Producción · Production: Spain, 2007
Duración · Duration: 88 minutes
Reparto · Cast: Leonardo Sbaraglia, Cheta Lera, Miyam Gallego, Fernado Cayo, Myriam de Maetzu

Martin’s life is turned upside down when he wins almost 4 million dollars in prizes from a quiz show. But his life becomes a roller-coaster ride when his girlfriend starts spending the cash value of the prizes at the same rate he is frantically trying to sell them.


EL POLLO, EL PEZ Y EL CANGREJO REAL · THE CHICKEN, THE FISH AND THE KING CRAB
Director: Félix Viscarret
Producción · Production: Spain, 2007
Duración · Duration: 108 minutes
Reparto · Cast: AlbertoSan Juan, Emma Suárez, Julián Villagrán

Jesús Almagro was a happy man when he won Spain’s National Award for Best Cook 2007. His next challenge was to compete for the World Championship, the Bocuse d’Or. He thought he was up to the challenge, that preparing was just a matter of time and skills. But he was definitively not ready for what lay ahead.

EL ORFANATO · THE ORPHANAGE
Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Producción · Production: Spain, Mexico; 2007
Duración · Duration: 105 minutes
Reparto · Cast: Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep, Mabel Rivera, Montserrat Carulla

Laura returns to the orphanage where she spent the best years of her childhood to discover that it has acquired a haunted, unhappy air. She then sets out to learn what happened at the orphanage after she left, plunging headlong into a netherworld where the dead reach out to the living.


EL VIOLÍN
Director: Francisco Vargas
Producción · Production: Mexico, 2007
Duración · Duration: 98 minutes
Reparto · Cast: Ángel Tavira, Gerardo Taracena, Dagoberto Gama, Mario Garibaldo, Fermín Martínez

Don Plutarco, his son Genaro and grandson Lucio make a humble living as traveling musicians. They also collect supplies and ammunition for the guerrilla movement that has arisen in response to the tyrannical regime.


FADOS
Director: Carlos Saura
Producción · Production: Spain, Portugal; 2007
Duración · Duration: 90 minutes
Reparto · Cast: Chico Buarque de Hollanda, Camané, Carlos do Carmo, Lila Downs, Cesária Évora, Toni Garrido

After more than two years research on the Fado, Carlos Saura makes an important change in his approach to musical films. In Fados, the plot and the images work to reflect the origins of this organic port music in a unique, original way.

FUERA DE CARTA  · CHEF’S SPECIAL
Director: Nacho G. Velilla
Producción · Production: Spain, 2008
Duración · Duration: 111 minutes
Reparto · Cast: JavierCámara, Lola Dueñas, Fernando Tejero, Benjamín Vicuña

Maxi thinks his life is perfect. Then, unexpectedly, the children from his sham marriage turn up on his doorstep and a handsome ex-football player from Argentina moves in next door, making him reevaluate his own morals and values.

LA CAJA · THE WOODEN BOX
Director: Juan Carlos Falcón
Producción · Production: Spain, 2006
Duración · Duration: 96 minutes
Reparto · Cast: Ángela Molina, Elvira Mínguez, Antonia San Juan, Vladimir Cruz, María Galiana

In a fishing village in the Canary Islands, the hated don Lucio dies and his wife has asks her neighbor Isabel to keep vigil over the body. All the neighbors visit him to settle old scores. Rest in peace, Don Lucio… if you can.


LA TORRE DE SUSO · SUSO’S TOWER
Director: Tom Fernández
Producción · Production: Spain, 2007
Duración · Duration: 95 minutes
Reparto · Cast: Javier Cámara, Gonzalo de Castro, César Vea, José Luis Alcobendas, Malena Alterio

Cundo returns home after a ten-year absence, on the news of the death of his best friend, Suso. He pretends that everything in his life is hunky-dory, planning to leave the scene as quickly as he had come. But Cundo actually isn’t doing so well and Suso won’t be content with a simple toast to his life.


LO MEJOR DE MÍ  · THE BEST OF ME
Director: Roser Aguilar
Producción · Production: Spain, 2008
Duración · Duration: 85 minutes
Reparto · Cast: MariánÁlvarez, Juan Sanz, Lluís Homar, Alberto Jiménez, Marieta Orozco

When Raquel was a little girl, she couldnot understand why everyone talked constantly about love. When Raquel moves inwith Tomas, she will have to ask herself what she could be willing to do forlove, discovering how beautiful, and at the same how difficult, it is to trulylove someone.

LOS CRÍMENES DE OXFORD · THE OXFORD MURDERS
Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Producción · Production: Spain, France; 2008
Duración · Duration: 107 minutes
Reparto · Cast: ElijahWood, Jogn Hurt, Leonor Watling, Julie Cox, Burn Gorman

The murdered corpse of an old lady is discovered by two men who meet for the first time, on the site of the first ina series of murders, all announced by the perpetrator by strange symbols. Professor and student join forces to try and crack the code, revealing an elaborate puzzle where nothing is as it seems


LUZ SILENCIOSA · SILENT LIGHT
Director: Carlos Reygadas
Producción · Production: Mexico, France, Netherlands, Germany; 2007
Duración · Duration: 127 minutes
Reparto · Cast: Cornelio Wall, Maria Pankratz, Miriam Toews, Peter Wall, Jacobo Klassen, Elizabeth Fehr

Johan, married to Esther, with seven sons from her, has been having a passionate love affair with Marianne for 2 years. He confesses to his friend, Zacaris and to his father, a preacher, who sees it as the devil’s work. Nevertheless, both of them support him, pity him. And envy him.


MATAHARIS
Director: Iciar Bollain
Producción · Production: Spain, 2007
Duración · Duration: 95 minutes
Reparto · Cast: NajwaNimri, Tristán Ulloa, María Vázquez, Diego Martín, Nuria González

Private detectives Inés, Eva and Carmen find that they have to cross the thin line between public and private matters, bringing their own issues to light in order to solve more than just their professional cases.


NOCTURNA
Director: Adriá García, Víctor Maldonado
Producción · Production: Spain; 2007
Duración · Duration: 80 minutes
Reparto · Cast: Imanol Arias, Natalia Rodríguez, Carlos Sobera

Tim leaves the orphanage he calls home to find out why the stars have disappeared from the sky. He embarks on an exciting journey where he encounters the denizens of Nocturna, a parallel world that comes to life as we lie asleep, with a mission to find Moka, keeper of the night, to plead him to return the stars to the night sky.


SIETE MESAS DE BILLARFRANCÉS · SEVEN BILLIARD TABLES
Director: Gracia Querejeta
Producción · Production: Spain, 2007
Duración · Duration: 116 minutes
Reparto · Cast: Maribel Verdú, Blanca Portillo, Jesús Repartoejón, Víctor Valdivia, Enrique Villén

Angela is faced with what’s left of the family business, a hall with seven billiard tables: Despite this, the death of her father, and the sudden and mysterious disappearance of her husband, she resolves to get on and rebuild her life and to get the seven tables back on their feet.


TODOS ESTAMOS INVITADOS
Director: Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón
Producción · Production: Spain;2007
Duración · Duration: 95 minutes
Reparto · Cast: Óscar Jaenada, José Coronado, Vanessa Incontrada, Iñaki Miramón

Josu Jon, is injured in a clash with theCivil Guard, losing his memory. He is treated in a prison hospital, where he awaits judgment. The inmates help him remember that he is actually a gudari, and that he will soon return to the struggle if he manages to get out of prison.

YO SOY LA JUANI · MY NAME IS JUANI
Director: Bigas Luna
Producción · Production: Spain; 2006
Duración · Duration: 100 minutes
Reparto · Cast: Verónica Echegui, Dani Martín, Laya Martí, Gorka

Juani leaves her boyfriend to do what she couldn’t have done while she was with him. Sick of having to take it all in, she decides to go on with her life and to find success. She’s going to be an actress and no one can stop her. After all, she’s Juani and Juani is number one.


¡Que horror!

El Orfanato (2007)

El Orfanato (2007)

El Orfanato (2007): 4.5/5

This Guillermo del Toro-produced horror/mystery had all the makings of overripe cheese (see US version of ‘The Eye’) but El Orfanato (‘The Orphanage’) sits auspiciously on top of the “not just another ghost story” pile. Rarely are we treated to a film that contains an entire scope of emotions while at the same time, having a decent and creepy story.

The Orphanage tells the story of Laura who returns to the orphanage where she was raised in order to re-open it as a home for children with disabilities. She prepares the orphanage for its new residents but things start to go awry when her HIV positive son Simon starts making imaginary friends, which includes retarded ghost boy Tomas.

Although the ‘ghost-boy’ subgenre in the horror phenomenon may be a tad cliché, del Toro protegé Juan Antonio Bayona intelligently delivers this bone-chilling thriller with a hint of fantasy. It’s gorgeously photographed to create that eerie Gothic feel- but how very wrong are we when we realize (in a very Shyamalan way) the movie’s twist.

I love how the film manages to shock viewers without looking like cheap Hollywood scares (wait for the 1-2-3 knocking game) though I must admit I’m a sucker for even the faintest bit of gore (sadly, this film has just that). ‘The Orphanage’ succeeds in drawing out the horror methodically, utilizing the drab atmosphere to its full potential. But the most more horrifying bit is of course,  the upcoming English language remake . ¡Que horror!


Vamos a ver Volver!

Volver (2006)

Volver (2006)

Volver (2006): 4/5

I’ve dozed off and lost all interest in continuing to watch all the Almodóvar films I’ve ever seen- except this one. I don’t know if my ADHD forgot to kick in during ‘Volver’, or maybe this film’s just really that special. ‘Volver’ is basically a film about returning (hence, the title). It’s about death and relationships; the story revolves around a family of strong-willed women – very All About My Mother, really, if you aren’t aware of Almodóvar’s love for women.

Beautiful cinematography in this film, as expected, with bright and vivid colors- a very brilliant contrast to the dark undertones of incest, rape, and murder. It’s a well-written dark comedy made lighter by happy-dappy family love. But the Penelope Cruz-singing-part couldn’t possibly be any more lip-synched. Hello!


Take my eyes, por favor!

Te doy mis ojos (2003)

Te doy mis ojos (2003)

Te Doy Mis Ojos (2003): 4/5

There hasn’t been a film about domestic violence that evoked any real empathy from me till I saw Te doy mis ojos. It’s a story about the love of one couple and their attempts to rebuild their relationship, and the struggles of each of them to deal with what comes off as the husband’s ‘illness’, which results in severe domestic abuse (which quite amazingly, we don’t actually see in the film).

Te doy mis ojos or ‘Take My Eyes’ perfectly shows the mental state of the husband, Antonio who sees his wife Pilar as his property- “take my ears, take my neck, take my nose, take my toes, my fingers, etc etc” says Pilar in a tender love scene, one of the most realistic and beautiful ever seen on film; the expression of romantic and positive emotions between the two makes the viewer hope that there’s a chance for permanent reconciliation. But the situation is much more complex than that. Antonio violently explodes in one scene then woos Pilar in the next. She knows that he’s bad for her, even her sister reminds her he’s a bastard, but she keeps going back to him anyway. He attends group therapy and promises to change, she believes him and takes him back, then in a split second of sudden outburst he forcefully pushes her out into the balcony, only wearing a brassiere and then you start to think why couples like this still stay together. Logic becomes irrelevant when Pilar’s caught up in all the drama, it’s fascinating and insane all together. We sympathize for both flawed characters who are victims of each other. Quite a downer for a Sunday evening, really.


Don’t bother with this one, ese

Cosas que nunca te dije (1996)

Cosas que nunca te dije (1996)

Cosas que nunca te dije (1996): 1/5

in English: The Things I Never Told You. Simply put: The Movie I Never Should Have Watched. Also known as: The Stolen 90 Minutes of My Life !! You just made my shitlist!

What kind of people relate to this depression crap anyway no im not PMSing haha. It tries too hard to be depressing with stories about lost loves and solitary souls, fleeting moments of sheer happiness, etc. etc and hey its attempts aren’t exactly futile because it really does become quite depressing to watch. Drinking nail polish remover after an informal breakup with boyfriend over the phone, and the vlogging that looks like s,l,and v (video logging, did I make up the term ,?please say i did) are just some of the methods of coping with self-induced misery by our protagonist but wait, we are made to believe that anything and everything can happen (with due reason!) so she falls in love with a man who also brings in his own sad story ,but hell even stevie wonder could see this movie’s twist coming from a mile away