Phil Spector: How fiction can make us go beyond prejudice

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Writing a review on a biopic is never easy, but writing a review on a biopic about a convicted real-life murderer told from the killer’s point of view might be the most difficult task ever (perhaps not “ever”, but pretty much). Phil Spector, the 2013 TV movie directed by David Mamet based on the 2003 murder of the actress Lana Clarkson in hands of one of the most renowned music producers in the world, is, in my opinion, one of the best TV movies made recently by HBO. Is it accurate? Every party will say it is not for different reasons (I myself am not expert on the trial so I’m not going to judge its accuracy), but truth (THE TRUTH) is not its main goal: “This is a work of fiction. It’s not ‘based on a true story.’ It is a drama inspired by actual persons in a trial, but it is neither an attempt to depict the actual persons, nor to comment upon the trial or its outcome.” Phil Spector is a fiction that goes beyond the actual events and challenges our perception of objectivity, bias and celebrity culture.

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Happy Birthday Helen Mirren!

European Films, Hollywood Cinema Reviews, Reviews, Stars

It takes me so long to write anything right now (cause I was working and now I’m on holiday basically doing nothing all day) every time I publish anything has become such a special occasion. And today really is a special occasion because it’s my second favourite actress (and idol)’s birthday. Well, in case you haven’t read the title of this entry it’s Helen Mirren’s 70th birthday: HOW IS THIS EVEN POSSIBLE, SHE IS JUST SO PRETTY AND YOUNG SHE CAN’T POSSIBLY BE 70 (and the fact she’s the face of L’Oréal sort of proves she is still incredibly young). Anyway, I think it’s the 3rd entry I write about (something related to) Helen Mirren (the other two being a review on The Queen and another review on Love Ranch), so today’s article has to be different…because really, it’s Helen’s birthday and she deserves a great entry…

The Queen: el dilema de una reina

European Films, Reviews

El pasado día ocho de marzo, se estrenó en Broadway The Audience, obra teatral basada en las reuniones de la Reina Isabel II y sus primeros ministros, de Winston Churchill a David Cameron. La obra, que fue un éxito en el West End en 2013, está protagonizada por Helen Mirren, alias una de mis actrices preferidas (como queda clarísimo en twitter cada vez que tengo un arranque de fangirl loca). Por lo tanto el estreno de la obra me sirve como excusa (que tampoco es que la necesite, pero bueno, nunca está de más), para hablar de la película que sirvió para asociar la imagen de Helen Mirren y la Reina Isabel II: The Queen.