Animal impulses of the “Wild Tales” (2014)

aka “Relatos Salvajes” Humans are animals. Mammals to be exact. Sometimes in life we are pushed to the edge. There are impulses we can’t control. Sometimes we are gliding on the razor blade with only inches between us and the final cut. Rated R of course, as all final cuts should be. “Wild Tales” are…

“Virunga” (2014) caught gorillas in crossfire.

I adored Africa since I was a kid. I was fascinated by “Tarzan” and “Daktari” and all that open space in which everything was possible. I was kid of the nineties and I grew up romanticizing lions and tigers, antelopes and zebras. I loved “King Kong” and Cheeta and I dreamed of having a little…

Poetic reconciliation in “Wild” (2014)

Every week I read the NYT book list, and most of the last year “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed was there. I must admit, I wasn’t interested in reading it. A woman alone on the PCT looking for redemption didn’t seem as a relevant book to me. Then, Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon got the nomination…

OSCARS ’15: Chapter 8: Fight of the Titans starts tonight!

We still have a few hours left until the Awards ceremony. Most important categories are still left to review, and everything will be decided tonight. I left “foreign movie”, “documentary” and “featured animation” as the categories I will write about after the ceremony because I didn’t manage to watch them all. However, most important categories…

OSCARS ’15: CHAPTER 7: BEST LEADING ACTRESS

  After yesterday’s text about supporting actresses today I wrote about the leading ones. All performances in this category are great and this is the first of all the chapters were my choice will be entirely different than most predictions. Julianne Moore is favorite if you look at predictions today, but for me her performance…

OSCARS ’15: Chapter 6: SUPPORTING ACTRESS CATEGORY

Another chapter about acting categories of upcoming “Oscars” will introduce ladies to the show. Some of them have already won the award and are considered legends and some are new faces among the nominees. Whoever wins the “Oscar” in this category will be interesting winner, but I have my list of favorites which will be…

OSCARS ’15: Chapter 5: Who is the best LEADING ACTOR ?

In all predictions about “Oscars” this year “Leading Actor” is the hardest category. This year is full of exquisite male performances in great films and to choose the winner was rarely harder than it is this year. Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Michael Keaton and Steve Carell are nominated for the Award and all…

OSCARS ’15 – Chapter 4: Best Adapted Screenplay

It is never easy to adapt something that was already (presumably) well made. When the adaptation is made from another media, that job is even harder. Most often media from which the adaptations are made are, of course, books and to transfer written word to the screen much skill is needed. It’s not easy to…

There’s more than just vices in “Inherent Vice” (2014)

I consider Paul Thomas Anderson as one of the best directors in the industry today. In the early days of this blog I reviewed his first film “Hard Eight” and I said in the review that we could see the shine of the things to come in that movie. “Inherent Vice” is the last movie…

OSCARS ’15: Chapter 3: Best Original Screenplay

There is eternal polemic can today anything be original. Can anybody make anything original anymore? Fellini once said that graphic novels are most original media of our time, but even the great filmmaker as he was, didn’t mention movies as original anymore. How to grade original screenplays, then? How to predict that category in this…

Beautiful story about “Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014)

There are few directors whose films I wait with excitement. One of them is Wes Anderson. I don’t know where exactly that fascination started, but ever since “Rushmore” to “Moonrise Kingdom” which I consider as a masterpiece, I was filled with excitement every time Wes announced his new movie. Hollywood always like wit and charm…