The Post: Journalism in the era of media manipulation

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What is – or should be – the role of movies? To entertain and distract us from our mundane lives? To inspire us? To make a positive impact on society? Cinema, like art, is not science, and thus we may never be able to find a proper consensus on what its role should be. I personally believe that our social reality should be reflected in the entertainment we consume. Which is why, at the time of post-truth, fake news, media mistrust and general political crisis, both in the United States and Europe, The Post is the movie we needed all along.

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Happy Meryl Streep Day!

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As some of you may know, my passion for cinema began with Meryl Streep. Not only is she my favorite actress in the whole world (like many other people out there), she is also one of the people who have inspired me the most in my entire life (and as a bonus, I’ve met her twice). Today, May 27 (actually, as I write this it’s not May 27 anymore in most parts of Europe, but it is in Los Angeles), is Meryl Streep Day! How many actors do you know have their own official day? But, of course, Meryl is not like most actors… she’s Meryl Streep!

To celebrate Meryl Streep Day, I’m going to choose 100 facts about Meryl Streep everyone should know (I have to admit, listing only 100 was extremely difficult and I’ve left so many things out)!

My Favourite Meryl Streep Performances

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Some days ago (actually quite a few days ago), June 22nd, was Meryl Streep’s birthday- who happens to be HER ROYAL HIGHNESS MAJESTIC QUEEN OF EVERYTHING Meryl Streep or simply the love of my life, Meryl Streep. Anyway, I was planning to publish this entry that same day but due to schedule conflicts I haven’t been able to post it until now, so here is it, after quite a long long long time without publishing anything (basically a month, I promise it won’t happen again). Actually, after thinking about it (and about the fact I haven’t published anything in sooooo long), this entry is sort of my own birthday present (cause it really was my birthday on July 4th) because I guess there’s nothing I’d rather talk about than Meryl.

La realidad en la pantalla: más que una imitación

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Me sorprendió leer en otro día en la prensa (porque me las apañé para conseguir llenar el bolso de periódicos que hablaban de los Oscar) algunos periodistas/críticos/no sé, gente…. Que se quejaba que, otorgando el premio al mejor actor a Eddie Redmayne se volvía a premiar, otro año más, a la mejor imitación en vez de la mejor interpretación (según decían, la de Michael Keaton en Birdman). Personalmente (por lo tanto de manera totalmente subjetiva) creo que Redmayne merecía el premio, su papel en The Theory of Everything es un verdadero tour de force: no sólo se mete en la piel de Stephen Hawking (una persona mundialmente conocida), sino que logra emocionar al espectador mostrando la desgarradora realidad de los efectos progresivos de una enfermedad tan devastadora como la esclerosis lateral amiotrófica (más conocida como ELA). Julianne Moore ha sido valorada por este tipo de interpretación (en Still Alice encarna a una lingüista que padece Alzheimer) entonces, ¿porqué no Redmayne? Decir que la fuerza (o valor) de su interpretación reside en el hecho que esté basada en una persona real es ser simplista: The Theory of Everything es mucho más que una capa de maquillaje.