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1 Apr

Today Zerorojo wants to remember 10 films that by its impressive photography, art direction and production design are not only outstanding they also remain indelible in our memory by the amazing image management that without a doubt makes us want to see them again. It’s true that there are many pieces in the cinema world with these features but remember them all would require a book not a blog, so this is the basic count considered by Zerorojo who invites readers to comment on ¿what other film or films you consider that stand out in its photography?

Schindler’s List (1993)

Director: Steven Spielberg – winner of the Oscar and Golden Globe.

Photography: Janusz Kaminski- Oscar winner.

Cast: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley.

Duration: 195 minutes.

 Schindler's List Liam Neeson

With a black and white hard to forget Schindler’s List won numerous prizes, including the Oscar for Janusz Kaminski. The colors, the lighting and sequences of this tape contribute in an incredible way to the drama embodied in it.

Dolores Claiborne (1995)

Director: Taylor Hackford- also director of The Devil’s Advocate, and Ray.

Photography: Gabriel Beristain

Cast: Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer.

Duration: 132 minutes.

 Dolores Claiborne Kathy Bates

The adaptation of the book by Stephen King is a wonderful mixture of colors that transport us from the past to the present with warm and cold shades, certainly this element makes an announcement of the constant flashbacks during the development of the plot.

Moulin Rouge (2001)

Director: Baz Luhrman

Photography: Donald McAlpine.- Candidate for BAFTA Awards.

Art Direction: Catherine Martin Brigitte Broch – winning the Oscar.

Cast: Nicole Kidman,  Ewan McGregor.

Duration: 127 minutes.

 Moulin Rouge Nicole Kidman

The famous love story is acclimatized in an impeccable way, there is no frame of this film in which there is no meticulous presence of the art direction and of course an excellent photography: the lighting in a unique way points out the moments of love and joy, of abandonment and death in a very specific way.

Kill Bill Vol.1 And Vol. 2 (2003 – 2004)

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Photography: Robert Richardson

Cast: Uma Thurman, David Carradine.

Duration: 111 and 136 minutes respectively.

 Kill Bill Uma Thurman

Although Robert Richardson did not win an Oscar for his participation in this film his long list of movies and nominations (Django Unchained, Hugo’s invention, JFK, The Aviator, among others) lead us to understand the quality of his work. Kill Bill makes use of multiple photographic elements to give life to the story: high contrasts, cold and warm filters, black and white and a mix of amazing drawings and sequences that make this film divided into two chapters a masterpiece worthy to repeat many times.

Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events (2004)

Director: Brad Silberling

Photography: Emmanuel Lubezki

Art Direction: Cheryl Carasik -Oscar nominated.

Starring: Jim Carrey, Emily Browning, Liam Aiken, Meryl Streep.

Duration: 108 minutes.

 Lemony Snickets Jim Carrey

This film in addition to having an excellent art direction and photography,  you can note that was made with love, although it didn’t win all the awards that deserved, the world created for Lemony Snicket’s is the exquisite union of many works of art within each scene. The details of props, locations and costumes (worth mentioning) are meticulous, attractive, and, together with the macabre coloring photography that at times recalls to Tim Burton and the varied levels of framings achieves to result in one word: Magic.

House of Flying Daggers (2004)

Director: Zhang Yimou

Photography: Zhao Xiaoding

Cast: Andy Lau, Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro.

Duration: 119 minutes.

 House Of Flying Daggers Takeshi Kaneshiro Zhang Ziyi

Zerorojo considers the photography in this film as the mother of the aesthetic: each frame of this story well may be the subject of a postcard, the art direction and production design are impeccable and tough to beat, has an excellent taste,  unique range of colors and a beautiful exaltation at the nature, in addition to the above each frame is a perfect and pleasant construction. The story has a little of cliché but the image of the film is definitive and amazing and this one great detail makes it worthy of being seen several times. The amount of awards that this film won for his photography speaks for itself, curiously was nominated but didn’t win the Oscar or the BAFTA, but won the Boston Film Critics, National Society of Film Critics and the Satellite Awards in this category.

Sin City (2005)

Director: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller, Quentin Tarantino.

Photography: Robert Rodriguez.- Nominated to Satellite Awards.

Cast: Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro.

Duration: 126 minutes.

 Sin City Bruce Willis

In the challenge of taking a comic book to a film and that still seems a comic resides the beauty of this tape. The monochromatic dotted with details of color loaded with symbology make Sin City a film worthy of remembering. The grim lighting and the high contrasts fused with the art direction and photography are now opting for keeping alive the comic and reload it with the sadistic drama, sensuality and melancholy that Miller prints in the comic stripes of his books.

Memoirs Of A Geisha (2005)

Director : Rob Marshall

Photography: Dion Beebe. Winner of the Oscar, BAFTA and others…

Cast: Zhang Ziyi, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh.

Duration: 145 minutes.

 Memoirs Of a Geisha Zhang Ziyi

Dion Beebe was creditor to an enviable list of awards for this film, and is understandable: Memoirs of a Geisha not only accounts with excellent lighting and dazzling framing it also features with a irrefutable forcefulness to take advantage of each element: the composition of the scenes and the layout of the elements surrounding the characters make the story something so lived that the viewer believes to be watching the past unfolds before its eyes.

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Director: Guillermo del Toro.

Photography: Guillermo Navarro.- Oscar, Goya Awards and Ariel winner.

Art Direction: Eugenio Caballero, Pilar Revuelta – Winners of the Oscar.

Cast: Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Sergi Lopez.

Duration: 112 minutes.

 Laberinto del Fauno Pan's Labyrinth Ivana Baquero

Guillermo Navarro was Academy award, Goya Award and Ariel winner by this film. Pan’s Labyrinth is the perfect sample of the coordination between photography, art direction and production design. Many of the sequences of the story are a fairy tale in motion: the warm and accented colors united to the grim and surreal aesthetic printed in the story pure fantasy, however, the photography is responsible for making the reality something so special, so unique that comes to seem unreal.

Life of Pi (2012)

Director: Ang Lee – Oscar winner

Photography: Claudio Miranda – Oscar winner

Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan.

Duration: 127 minutes.

 Life Of Pi Richard Parker

In addition to all the visual effects that has Life Of Pi can be counted among its major attributes the photography which is excessively explicit: the colors and filters used mark strongly moments in the story: the real and the unreal, the past and present. This film has many attractive elements on a visual level, however here is noted that this one is considered definitive, not all the films contain this beauty in color: acidic and alive mixtures with some evocation of vintage filters.



28 Jan


Note: The following post contains no significant advances of the plot or the end of the film.

The American director David O. Russell known by films as I Heart Huckabees and Three Kings, makes the script and brings to the screen the book of Matthew Quick: Silver linings Playbook, a tragicomedy of 2012 that tells the story of Pat Solitano a man with bipolar disorder that after eight months of confinement by aggression in a mental health center comes out and tries to amend the situation assuming a positive attitude, the way for Pat is not easy, but for his fortune accounts with the support of his parents and his extravagant neighboring Tiffany, she will give him a discipline that helps him to come out of the situation that has been haunting him.SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

This is a quite honest film, its appeal lies in the script: there are no claims beyond the stark reality. The story is credible and the reasoning of the characters is its strong point. The situations are somewhat absurd but possible.

The performances are excellent, the actors achieve a unique and remarkable complicity: relations between friends, family and couples are being posed in a concise way that indicate a complex fund. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence created one of the more rare and entertaining couples of the cinema: the first controlling his demons and the second controlling her darkness, as well De Niro is responsible for being the pillar of a dysfunctional, controversial and at the same time united family. Chris Tucker gives a fresh air to the scenes with a fun role that not oversteps.


There is not much to highlight in technical or photography aspects, the film is more intended to tell a story than to compose beautiful scenes, or drawings of aesthetic court, the camera follows close to the characters and sometimes it is more natural than it should.


Silver Linings Playbook has a good reception and numerous nominations for awards such as Golden Globe, Oscar and Screen Actors Guild Awards among others, the subject and the interpretations have captivated the public. Zerorojo recommends it, is a film with a fresh frame within a so predictable market, a good dose of comedy, love and intense reality.

This Is 40

6 Jan


Note: The following post contains no significant advances of the plot or the end of the film.


Judd Apatow the american director known for produce and direct comedies such as Year 40 year old virgin and Funny people, presents This Is 40, starring Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd, the film tells the story of one moment in the life of Pete and Debbie and the series of circumstances they face once admitted to the 40 years, such as their fears, confront the change, confidence in the couple, the education of children, relationships with parents among others.


The film is quite circumstantial, the spectator comes to have the feeling that it’s a compendium of stories that the director exchange with some friends and joined it to bring them to life, presents very common situations. What saves it is that is not unpleasant and at times the dialogs have certain type of intelligence.this-is-forty06


The performances are not big thing, Paul Rudd makes Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann makes Leslie Mann and of course Megan Fox makes Megan Fox…there’s not much to rescue except that they are all relaxed in their roles.Megan-Fox,-Leslie-Mann,-This-Is-40


Zerorojo does not recommend it, there are other things to lose the time unless you have uncertainty of what would be the fears or situations that yo might face at your 40 years of life…is on you to judge.



17 Dec


Note: The following post contains no significant advances of the plot or the end of the film.


Sean Durkin is a young director, writer and producer who gives life in this 2012 to Martha Marcy May Marlene, a drama starring Elizabeth Olsen and Sarah Paulson. The tape shows an episode in the life of Martha, a girl  who leads a erratic life since the death of her mother, in her comes and goes she ends up involved with a “community” that lives in a atypical manner, with them Martha will do and witness reprehensible acts, when she decides to flee to refuge with her older sister, the harm has already been done: Martha is uneasy and paranoid, attitudes that makes her difficult living with his family.



You can’t really see much effort of the filmmakers to give memorable colorations or filters to the scenes, however, the atmospherics and locations are convincing, that captures the attention completely. The film makes a good handling of times but sometimes it’s very obvious: the spectator can predict the precise moment in which the story will go to the past and will return to the present. A key point: the soundtrack, soft and moving.

martha_marcy_may_marleneThe best thing about the film are the performances, Olsen makes her debut as leader actress and the challenge is not large for her, from this and other rolls you can guess that is a very emotional and natural actress, she can easily found the way to communicate the feelings of her characters. In regard to John Hawkes and Sarah Paulson, well they draw in an antonima way two different worlds for Martha…the chaos and the order.


Zerorojo has a divided opinion in front of this film: on one hand has to favor the performances and the story, but on the other hand, it is slow, in this case, it can not be solved with action scenes of course, but the script could be somewhat more effusive, more intelligent, in that way the public would be a bit more attentive to the story. In summary, if the viewer is accustomed to independent cinema and its almost real handling of times, then there will be anything to complain about and Martha Marcy May Marlene becomes as an acceptable alternative.


The independent film always leaves in the mouth an excessive flavor of reality.



17 Dec


Nota: El siguiente post no contiene avances significativos de la trama ni del final de la película


Sean Durkin un joven director, escritor y productor le da vida este 2012 a Martha Marcy May Marlene, un drama protagonizado por Elizabeth Olsen y Sarah Paulson. La cinta muestra un episodio en la vida de Martha, una joven que lleva una vida errática desde la muerte de su madre y que en sus ires y venires termina involucrada con una “comunidad” que vive de manera atípica y que la llevará a presenciar y ejecutar actos reprobables, cuando Martha decide huir a refugiarse con su hermana mayor, ya el daño está hecho: se encuentra intranquila  y paranoica, actitudes que le dificultan la convivencia con su familia.


Realmente no se percibe tanto esfuerzo de los cineastas en dar filtros o coloraciones memorables a las escenas, no obstante, las ambientaciones y locaciones son convincentes, captan completamente la atención. La cinta hace un buen manejo de tiempos pero a veces resulta muy obvio: el espectador puede predecir el preciso momento en que la historia irá al pasado y volverá al presente. Un punto a destacar: la banda sonora, conmovedora y suave.


Lo mejor de la película son las actuaciones, Olsen se estrena como protagonista y el reto no le queda grande, a partir de esta y otras actuaciones se puede intuir que es una actriz muy emocional y natural, encuentra fácilmente la vía para comunicar las sensaciones de sus personajes. En cuanto a John Hawkes y Sarah Paulson, bueno ellos trazan de manera  antónima dos mundos diferentes para Martha…el descontrol y el orden.


Zerorojo tiene opiniones divididas frente a este film: por un lado tiene a favor las actuaciones y la historia, pero por otro es lenta en este caso ello no puede ser solucionado con escenas de acción por supuesto, pero el guión pudo ser un tanto más efusivo, más inteligente, de ese modo el público se mantendría un poco más atento a la historia. En resumen si el espectador está habituado al cine independiente y sus manejos de tiempos casi reales, entonces no habrá de qué quejarse y Martha Marcy May Marlene llegue a ser una alternativa aceptable.


El cine independiente siempre deja en la boca el exceso de sabor a realidad.


13 Dec


Note: The following post contains no significant advances of the plot or the end of the film.


With more experience on the radio than in the cinema Mark Tonderai directs The The House At The End Of The Street, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Max Thieriot and Elizabeth Shue. The film that moves between the genres of horror and psychological thriller brings to the screen the story of Elissa and her mother (Lawrence, Shue) Two women who move to a new home to start a quieter life, however, the house of its neighbors has a dark past full of pain and trauma, their neighbors assured them they have nothing to worry about it, but there is another reality: the house has an inhabitant with dark secrets that will affect them for the rest of their lifes.


Three positive things about this film: the first: locations beautifully achieved, the second: good handling of cameras, the third: the short but attractive intervention of Jennifer Lawrence singing.



Zerorojo cannot say that this film is good, it is not. It’s boring, slow and without meaning, is not even entertaining, the spectator can ask several times when is going to finish. Frustrating. What else can you expect of a horror movie?


What can we find here? : The constant exposure of Lawrence as a sexual object, the typical resource to frighten with sudden sounds, more than one implausible scene and 101 minutes of our lifes…lost.


Bart Simpson says a phrase in the Treehouse Of Horror XVIII that fits quite well to this film and its situations: “What is that unearthly glow? The only sensible thing do is explore on my own.”


Zerorojo does not recommend it. Thumbs down!



13 Dec


Nota: El siguiente post no contiene avances significativos de la trama ni del final de la película.


Con más experiencia en la radio que en el cine Mark Tonderai dirige House At The End Of The Street protagonizada por Jennifer Lawrence, Max Thieriot y Elizabeth Shue. La película que se mueve entre los géneros de thriller psicológico y terror trae a la pantalla la historia de Elissa y su madre (Lawrence, Shue) dos mujeres que se mudan a una casa nueva para empezar una vida más tranquila, sin embargo, la casa de sus vecinos tiene un oscuro pasado lleno de dolor y trauma, sus vecinos les aseguran que no tienen de qué preocuparse, pero la realidad es otra: la casa tiene un habitante con oscuros secretos que las afectarán por el resto de su vida.


Tres cosas positivas de este film: la primera locaciones bonitas y bien logradas, la segunda buena manejo de cámaras, la tercera la corta pero atractiva intervención de Jennifer Lawrence cantando.


Zerorojo no puede decir que esta película es buena, no lo es. Es aburrida, lenta y sin significado, ni siquiera es entretenida, el espectador se preguntará varias veces cuándo se irá a terminar. Frustrante. ¿Qué mas se puede esperar de una película de terror?


Que encontraremos allí? : la constante exposición de Lawrence como objeto sexual, el típico recurso de asustar con sonidos repentinos, más de una escena inverosímil y 101 minutos de nuestra vida…perdidos.

Bart Simpson dice una frase en La Casita Del Horror XVIII que se ajusta bastante bien a esta película y sus situaciones: “Qué es ese extraño brillo? Lo más sensato será ir a investigar solo.”

Zerorojo no la recomienda. Pulgares abajo!.