Captain Fantastic

Viggo Mortensen’s performance in ‘Captain Fantastic’ really deserved the Oscar nomination. This is an amazing film containing a smart criticism of our consumerist way of life and how difficult is to fight against and try to behave different from the majority. Ben is a father with six children living in the forests and being self-reliant….

Their Finest

Danish Film Director, Lone Scherfig, has adapted Lisa Evans’ novel ‘Their Finest Hour and a Half’ into a very interesting film. It depicts the British attempt to produce a film in order to cheer up the population during the Second World War and the German bombing over London. In this propaganda action a young woman,…

Get out

This film is a paradigmatic example how rave reviews can turn sometimes into disappointing experiences. That’s the case of ‘Get out’, the Jordan Peele’s opera prima. After reading some pieces of criticism about it, I expected a master piece but it wasn’t at all. At the beginning the films seems a remake of ‘Guess Who’s…

Lady Macbeth

The breathtaking landscapes in rural England are as shadowy and disturbing as Katherine, the film’s main character. Based on ‘The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk’, a novel by Nicolai Leskov written in 1865, the film fantastically portrays the dark story of a young wife secluded in a farm with her obnoxious husband and father in law….

Moonlight

Such a wonderful film ‘Moonlight’ is! I found it great and an authentic masterpiece despite my reluctance to see Oscar awarded films. Very often Oscars go to commercial films with no interest. Moreover, I had been told that it had a very slow pace and the story was thought. However, in this case my preconceptions…

La La Land

Although I don’t enjoy musicals specially, I found ‘La La Land’ a very good film. Moreover Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling perform masterfully the two main characters and they show that they can sing and dance as well than act. On one hand, the plot is the typical romantic story in which boy meets girl…

Sylvia’s mother

To illustrate recent women murders committed by their partners the radio station chose ‘Sylvias’s mother’ by Dr Hook & The Medicine Show. Although I always thought that this pretty song, a hit in 1972, was about a desperate boyfriend trying to rebuilt the relationship with his beloved Sylvia, today I discovered another possible meaning: a…

The Time of My Life

On the radio I heard that tonigth the musical ‘Dirty Dancing’ will be shown for the first time in Barcelona. To illustrate the piece of news they play back ‘The Time of My Life” by Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley. I was driving at that moment, and putting the sound as loud as I could,…

Paterson, could ordinary life be raw material for poetry?

Some very good reviews about ‘Paterson’ generated great expectations on me, but I found the film a bit boring and inconsequential. Although the movie is not exactly bad, it gives the impression that something is missing in its plot. During 113 minutes the only relevant fact is a dog eating Paterson’s note book. Paterson is…

Come hell or high water – Deep Purple

Sorting out the meaning of ‘Come hell or high water’ I found this old live album by Deep Purple, recorder in October 1994. From its 9 songs, I chose ‘Highway Star’. Wow, those times! DEEP PURPLE – Highway Star Nobody gonna take my car I’m gonna race it to the ground Nobody gonna beat my…

Hell or high water

I could define this awesome film as a modern social western. The plot is simple and striking: two brothers, Tanner and Toby Howard, decide to rob the same Bank that is urging them to cancel a mortgage. They want to keep their mother’s property and, for that, they make a plan: to pay Texas Midlands…

I, Daniel Blake

Ken Loach is an excellent film director and during his long career – now he is 80- gave us a lot of outstanding movies. With ‘I, Daniel Blake’, he won his second Gold Palm in Cannes in 2016. The film is a touching social portrait about the effects that the economical cuts and privatization have…