Hoy es el día de Sant Jordi, también conocido como mi día favorito del año. Para los que no estén familiarizados con la tradición, Sant Jordi es el día del libro y tradicionalmente (en el caso de las parejas), el novio le regala una rosa a la novia, que a su vez le regala un libro al novio. Así que hoy, un tema relacionado con la lectura: El Mago de Oz, diferencias entre el libro de Frank Baum y la película de MGM. Este breve estudio está basado en el cuento original, la icónica película de 1939 y el libro The Making of The Wizard of Oz de Aljean Harmetz.
As much as I hate to admit it, more often than not I talk about movies that I’ve never seen (because let’s face it, we all do). Personally, this was the case with Crash (Paul Haggins, 2004), the movie that for the past decade has been considered on of the biggest Oscar snubs ever (EVER), winning Best Picture the year Brokeback Mountain was meant to win all the awards. For the past few years I had been repeating over and over that Brokeback Mountain should have won the well-deserved best picture award because of the homophobic mentality of most of its voters. Anyway, since I’m a film student I thought it would be a good idea to watch Crash because perhaps I was being unfair and the movie wasn’t so bad after all and I was wrong… well, it turns out I wasn’t.
On April 15 1990, legendary actress Greta Garbo passed away in New York. As those of you who’ve been reading this blog for quite a time, I like to dedicate posts to people (actors or directors) for their birthdays or death anniversaries (you can check these posts in my “Wall of Fame” page). Today, since Greta Garbo means so much to me, I wanted to write something a little bit different, I wanted to tell you about the Greta Garbo films you can currently find on Netflix U.S (as of April 15, 2016), because some of you perhaps didn’t know them and would like to honor this special date with on of her films. Well, it turns out it would have been a short article since…there aren’t any!
Westwood Village became the center of the Hollywood film industry tonight as the The Fox Theatre hosted the premiere of The Huntsman: Winter’s War, the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and starring Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt.
As a self-proclaimed serious cinephile, I do not usually enjoy contemporary crime-thriller films. I use the word “enjoy” because I believe not watching films of a certain genre is, in my opinion, like ignoring the cinema of a specific film industry. With this in mind I attended an advanced screening of The Adderall Diaries, a “crime-thriller” film directed by Pamela Romanowsky and starring James Franco, set to be released on April 15.
Dear Internet (I was going to write readers but I don’t know if there’s any of you left out there), I’ve decided to come back to my blog, after an extremely long and painful absence of several months (more than half a year). The reason I’m writing again is very simple: for those of you who do not know me personally, I moved to Los Angeles last January to study film and television at UCLA and this new environment is allowing me to attend many screenings of independent or foreign films, which would not be possible if I were anywhere else. So from now on I’m going to (try) to blog about these screenings, and perhaps some other films or celebrities that I like.
Today’s article focuses on the French film Lolo, directed, co-written and starring Julie Delpy (best known for starring in Richard Linklater’s trilogy Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight). This entry is (as usual) arriving perhaps too late, since I attended the screening a month ago (on March 3), and the movie was released and talked about the following week, but because of final exams and spring break it is the latest screening I’ve been able to attend.