Mad Max: Fury Road

– “Oh, what a day… what a lovely day” roars Nux as he pursues his nemesis in the midst of a massive violent sandstorm.  Nicholas Hoult, 14 years after “About a Boy”, gives a mesmerizing performance as yet another lost boy who needs to believe in something, whether that is the oppressive tyrant or the…

Oscars 2016 – Special Edition

– Mark Rylance starring at the most surprising reversal of the Oscar night! As unforeseen it might have been, his win in the best supporting actor category was utterly worthy. Sylvester Stallone may have gathered the affinity of his peers, but no one can argue that Rylance delivered the best performance in his category.  –…

Oscars 2015 – Special Edition!

– J.K. Simmons acceptance speech, where he urges about 100 million people who are watching the Oscars, to call (not text nor email!!) their parents and talk to them!  – “Acting is a noble profession”. Neil Patrick Harris tries to convince himself while being almost naked on the stage of the Dolby Theatre as part…

The Theory of Everything

– Another academic biopic, playing it safe, full of clichés and superficially presented. I would expect a more thorough approach by the documentary director of “Man on Wire” and “Project Nim”, James Marsh.   – The music score of Johann Johannsson ties the story beautifully, stirring the viewer’s emotions and getting him involved in the film.…

Almost Famous

– The opening titles sequence and its endless symbolisms, from the love of music to the importance of writing and the key role of the Plaza Hotel sequence. – A single album that contains songs from The Who, The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, Rod Stewart, David Bowie and the Led Zeppelin, sounds like a…

Birdman: or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

– It has been a long time since I have praised one’s direction, but Alejandro González Iñárritu is brilliant in delivering the agony and insecurity of his main character -and his entourage- in a sublime manner and excellent use of music  “I wish I had more self-respect.” “Honey, you ‘re an actress!” – The hilarious conversation between…

Caught between reality and the persona

A couple of hours after this year’s Academy Awards Ceremony, which I generally enjoyed despite the fact that we had no surprises at all, I was talking with a friend -who also happens to be an actor- about the acceptance speeches of the winning performances. Regardless our opinion difference in the character of each speech…