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UPSIDE DOWN

17 Apr

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

In 2012 the Argentine director Juan Diego Solanas directed Upside Down a French-Canadian project of science fiction with the participation of British and American actors: An entire case of globalization. This is a love story in a fictional context that narrates the events that Adam must pass through to be with Eden, the woman he loves, the difficulty lies in the fact that Eden and Adam live in two parallel planets with a reverse gravitational force which do not allow them to go from one planet to another without burning in flames after three hours of visit.

The story is quite original, and the creation of the planets and the social tensions between them is innovative in more than one sense, however, the love story is not resolved in a completely satisfactory way, or, in other words is solved very easily,  but it doesn’t matter: all the love stories tend to be very similar, what makes them transcend are the scenarios and circumstances, and in this case, these scenarios and circumstances are true exponents of a enormous creativity.

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Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess have the leading roles, there is not much to say: both are first quality actors, project an intense chemistry and make us believe in their characters, in the love and tenacity of them. The supporting actors have a purpose that is far from being the “puppets” of the protagonists, here they are responsible for establishing a social condition, of exalting the tedium that the oppression produces, to show the human struggles…they are certainly moving.

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The Upside Down crucial points are its photography and visual effects, these factors make it suitable for all audiences: the creation of the worlds brings us closer to science fiction, fantasy and even a little to the cyberpunk. Each scene has a fascinating and notoriously worked composition, the gravity handling is impeccable, each effect is striking. The photography is just beautiful: there is a symbolism through beautiful colors and filters that express individual and collective feelings. The art direction is difficult to obviate thanks to eternally memorable scenarios and the design of vivid locations, everything is worked until the last consequences, in short, this is a visual high  impact film.

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By the aforementioned Zerorojo recommends it! It’s an entertaining, original and well-worked film, an excelent piece of art.

 

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

4 Mar

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

 

As well Zerorojo has been professed from the beginning this blog is not totally dedicated to the latest releases, although it’s obviously better to talk about today, it’s also important to speak of certain films that despite not being recent are true jewels of the cinema, such is the case with The Kids Are All Right a 2010 film by Lisa Cholodenko the director known for projects as Laurel Canyon and other contributions to the television world like her collaboration with the L Word.

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The Kids Are All Right tells the story of a unique family structure: Joni and Laser are the sons of Nic and Jules a homosexual marriage that to conform its family resorted to the donation of sperm. Laser was always curious to know the donor and convinces her sister to seek him when she reaches the legal age, there is when they meet Paul a man who lives by instinctive way and that have not purchased greater commitments to anyone, however he will change many of his perceptions when he gets integrated with the kids and their mothers, in the same way, the presence of Paul within the family nucleus will shake substantially the relations among its members.

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This is an excellent story not only because it can happen it is also because between scenes is highlighted one aspect of the social reality, the reality of family life and youth. It is soulful, spicy, peaceful and agitated, contains elements worthy of a good plot that look to entertain and make the audience think at the same time. The critical reception was good in its time, that made this film deserved several nominations at the Oscars, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild, in a strange manner only won the Golden Globe for Best Film Musical or Comedy and the Golden Globe for Best Actress with Annette Bening.

 

While the story is the entry in this film, the performances are the main dish, they are just wonderful, the cast has major names: Annette Bening and Juliane Moore give life to a credible homosexual marriage, nothing is forced and the roles are clearly defined, Bening has the reins of the situation and Moore within her insecurities leaves razing by her partner’s strengths. Mark Ruffalo who executes the role of the donor tints the personality of his character when it’s open to the experience of living a life that never considered his, however the actor before anything interprets that weakness so characteristic of the human: to be seduced, sin and forgive by all at the same time. Last but not least important we have the brothers played by Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson recognized youth talents that they embody perfectly the doubts of the youth, each one playing its role are to the height of the cast…excellent performances.

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If you are reading this and have not seen The Kids Are All Right, Zerorojo recommends you to do it , this movie makes a good approach to several levels of relationships that the human being handles: friendship, relationships, brotherhood, and undoubtedly makes a call to see the current styles of life and to have an open mind on the same.

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

4 Mar

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

Como bien lo ha profesado Zerorojo desde el principio este blog no está totalmente dedicado a los últimos estrenos, aunque evidentemente es mejor hablar de actualidad, también es importante hablar de ciertas películas que a pesar de no ser recientes son verdaderas joyas del cine, tal es el caso de The Kids Are All Right un film de 2010 a cargo de Lisa Cholodenko la directora de ascendencia judía conocida por proyectos como Laurel Canyon y otros aportes al mundo televisivo como su colaboración con The L Word.

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The Kids Are All Right cuenta la historia de una peculiar estructura familiar: Joni y Laser son los hijos de Nic y Jules un matrimonio homosexual que para conformar su familia recurrió a la donación de esperma. Laser siempre tuvo la curiosidad de conocer al donante por ello convence a su hermana de buscarlo cuando ésta alcanza la mayoría de edad, es allí cuando conocen a Paul un hombre que vive de manera instintiva y que no ha adquirido mayores compromisos con nadie, sin embargo cambiará muchas de sus percepciones al integrarse con los jóvenes y sus madres, del mismo modo la presencia de Paul dentro del núcleo familiar sacudirá sustancialmente la relaciones entre sus miembros.

 

Esta es una excelente historia no sólo porque puede suceder sino porque entre escena y escena se resalta un aspecto de la realidad social, de la realidad familiar y de la vida juvenil. Es conmovedora,  picante,  apacible y agitada, contiene elementos dignos de una buena trama que busca entretener y hacer reflexionar al espectador al mismo tiempo. La recepción de la crítica fue buena en su momento lo que hizo a esta película acreedora a varias nominaciones en los premios Óscar, Globo de Oro, BAFTA y Sindicato de Actores, de manera extraña sólo ganó el Globo de Oro a Mejor Película Comedia o Musical  y el Globo de Oro a Mejor Actriz con Annette Bening.

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Si bien la historia es la entrada en este film, las actuaciones se convierten en el plato fuerte, simplemente son maravillosas, el reparto tiene nombres de primera plana: Annette Bening y Juliane Moore le dan vida a un matrimonio homosexual verosímil, nada se ve forzado y los roles están perfectamente definidos, Bening lleva las riendas de la situación y Moore dentro de sus inseguridades se deja arrasar por la fuerza de su pareja. Mark Ruffalo quien ejecuta el papel del donante matiza la personalidad de su personaje cuando se abre a la experiencia de vivir una vida que nunca consideró suya, sin embargo el actor antes que nada interpreta esa debilidad tan propia del humano de dejarse seducir y de perdonarse por todo al mismo tiempo. Por último y no menos importantes tenemos a los hermanos interpretados por Mia Wasikowska y Josh Hutcherson reconocidos talentos juveniles que encarnan a la perfección las dudas de la juventud, cada uno en su rol se pone a la altura del reparto…excelentes actuaciones.

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Si usted está leyendo esto y no ha visto The Kids Are All Right Zerorojo se la recomienda, hace un buen enfoque sobre varios de los niveles de relaciones que maneja el ser humano: amistad, pareja, hermandad e indudablemente hace un llamado a ver los estilos de vida actual y a tener la mente abierta sobre los mismos.

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

28 Jan

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.