The Best Films Of The Decade

I posted a list like this, broken out into 5 parts, earlier this year, then took it down again. I was triggered by a couple of other publications that dared to make their lists so early. This is an updated version. Long, but snugly housed all in the one post. It just requires a lot … Continue reading The Best Films Of The Decade

Why I Love… #107: Talk To Her

Year: 2002 Director: Pedro Almodóvar Stars: Javier Cámara, Dario Grandinetti, Leonor Watling Echoes and opposites permeate all facets of Talk To Her, Pedro Almodóvar's slyly coiled melodrama, his first film following the worldwide embrace of All About My Mother. The opening shot of the film sees two dancers on stage; the one in the background an echo of … Continue reading Why I Love… #107: Talk To Her

Review: Pain And Glory

Director: Pedro AlmodóvarStars: Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz, Asier EtxeandiaAh, the autobiographical film from a recognised auteur. Is there anything more indulgent? Anything narrower in field? Of course, one might argue that any film from an auteur is, in a way, autobiographical; that a personal imprint is a personal imprint. Still, when a filmmaker draws the … Continue reading Review: Pain And Glory

Review: Julieta

Director: Pedro Almodóvar Stars: Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao Julieta contains one of the simplest, most surprising and most satisfying pieces of editorial trickery you'll find in a film all year as, with the ruffle of a towel, a character is transformed. Told over decades and mostly through flashback, the actress playing the younger … Continue reading Review: Julieta

Review: I’m So Excited!

If your experience of Pedro Almodóvar is limited to his most recent features - 2009's noir melodrama Broken Embraces and 2011's superb thriller The Skin I Live In (5/5 from this reviewer) - then his new film I'm So Excited! may take you a little by surprise. He may have traded in more serious fare these past few … Continue reading Review: I’m So Excited!

Review: The Skin I Live In

***originally written 29 August 2011*** It’s amazing what you can achieve on a large property with a basement or an out-house. If the horror genre and tabloid sensationalism have taught us anything, it’s that if a story’s setting involves either one of these mysterious areas of interest, then you can be sure something unsavoury is … Continue reading Review: The Skin I Live In

Review: Broken Embraces

***originally written 1st September 2009*** Broken Embraces is the latest film by Pedro Almodóvar, but the first of his films (which include Volver and Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown) that I have seen. Through two narratives seperated by 14 years, it tells the tale of Mateo Blanco (Lluis Homar), a screenwriter and … Continue reading Review: Broken Embraces