Tag Archives: Relationships


30 May

I Give It A Year

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

I Give It A Year is a British romantic comedy directed by Dan Mazer writer who collaborated in the preparation of characters such as Ali G and Borat. It tells the story of Nat and Josh a couple that in full crush phase decides to marry, when the beauty of engagement blurs, the couple begins to wonder if they made the right decision when they said I Do in the altar.

 I Give It A Year

This is a very light story, that is to say: no tears, despite the fact that is very difficult to deal with the presented situation in real life,  the film aim to lightening problems with humorous situations and some wacky dialogs. Definitely It is not the best British romantic comedy in the market, in some opportunities the dialogs are fairly loose, especially those who seek to make you laugh.


The performances don’t exceed any expectation, curiously isn’t due the cast (Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Anna Faris, Simon Baker) the story is too poor for great performances, natural actors could do it and you never notice any difference.

The most redeeming feature of the film is its message, it can make some viewers question themselves: am I ready to get married? Or, am I ready to get married with my current partner? …

Zerorojo doesn’t recommend it! There’s still a belief that we can see better movies, better British comedies.



30 May

I Give It A Year

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

I Give It a Year es una comedia romántica británica dirigida por Dan Mazer escritor que colaboró en la preparación de personajes como Ali G y Borat. Nos cuenta la historia de Nat y Josh una pareja que se conoce y en plena fase de enamoramiento decide casarse, cuando se difumina la belleza del noviazgo, la pareja empieza a preguntarse si tomó la decisión correcta al dar el acepto en el altar.

 I Give It A Year

La historia es muy ligera, es decir: no lágrimas, a pesar de que la situación presentada es muy difícil de afrontar en la vida real, en la película se busca aligerar la problemática con situaciones humorísticas y algunos diálogos disparatados. Definitivamente no es la mejor comedia romántica británica que hay, los diálogos en oportunidades son bastante flojos, sobretodo aquellos que pretenden hacer reír.


Las actuaciones no sobrepasan ninguna expectativa, esto no se debe tanto a los actores en sí (Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Anna Faris, Simon Baker) si no a la historia que no da para grandes interpretaciones, lo mismo podrían ser ellos o actores naturales.

Lo más rescatable de la cinta es el mensaje, puede hacer que algunos espectadores se cuestionen: estoy listo para casarme? O estoy listo para casarme con mi pareja actual?….de resto….

Zerorojo no la recomienda! Aún se mantiene la fe de que hay películas mejores, comedias británicas mejores.


7 May

See Girl Run

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

Nate Meyer directs this film of 2012. It tells the story of Emmie a woman tired of the routine of her marriage of five years who decides to return to her hometown to reunite with her high school boyfriend, however the trip will bring revelations that will make her reconsider her path.

 See Girl Run Robin Tunney

While the general history brings a beautiful message, the filmmakers could save a lot of money by making it as a short film. In the eagerness to fill space develops the more absurd situations: a woman makes an entire trip to see her former boyfriend and she hides from him the entire film, a man who seeks to live painting frogs and the worst thing of all is that his dad gives him money to pursue his “great” dream. Seriously, what kind of plot is that? The dialogs are insubstantial…honestly leaves too few to remember. Unbearably slow.

 Robin Tunney See Girl Run

See Girl Run is starring by Robin Tunney and Adam Scott, as in the previous entry of Zerorojo (Not Fade Away), it may be said that the performances are not bad…the story is not the best and because of that doesn’t generate any interest: good actors doing their best to convert the film into something acceptable.

 Adam Scott See Girl Run

The photography doesn’t impact at any level and doesn’t take good advantage of the locations.

The soundtrack is not consistent with the scenes, is not in accordance to the situations.

The idea is not to destroy a film, the idea is that the filmmakers come into a certain degree of awareness about the viewers time: a movie costs money and effort and for the same reason it is worth thinking very well in the acceptance of the final product.

Unless you are going through a crisis in your marriage Zerorojo not recommend it! A good message wasted in a bad plot…sad but true!


26 Apr

Liberal Arts

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

Liberal Arts is a 2012 film written, directed and starred by Josh Radnor also known for writing and starring Happythankyoumoreplease a film of 2010 where Radnor made his debut as director. Liberal Arts narrates an episode in the life of Jesse Fisher a school counselor overwhelmed by the daily life of New York, in the middle of the tedium his dearest professor of the university call to inviting him to his retirement party this makes Jesse evokes his university times and see the adult life as an absurd routine in which there is no freedom to live, in the middle of his trip Jesse meets Zibby a 19-year-old girl who shows him a fresh view of the world and enters quickly in his heart, the problem is that Jesse is 35 years old.

 Josh Radnor Elizabeth Olsen Liberal Arts

The story is laudable especially cause it’s possible and realistic, anyone can go through that stage in which recall the youth makes rethinking the adulthood, in other words is a story which many people can be identified with. The script is good enough: it has lucidity moments and flat moments.

 Elizabeth Olsen Josh Radnor Liberal Arts

The criticism point of the film is in its performances and not because these are bad, the matter lies in the fact that Josh Radnor and Elizabeth Olsen are too type-casted, there’s not much difference between this roles and the characters of their latest films, when it comes to act is not enough to have charisma versatility is also very necessary. Supporting actors give a fresh air to the story Richard Jenkins makes us live the anguish of retirement, Elizabeth Reaser interprets a short rol but beautiful and peaceful, despite his brief appearance Zach Efron achieved an interesting, essential and fun presence inside the frame.

Zac Efron Liberal Arts

It would be interesting  that in his coming projects Radnor tries to create stories that don’t focus on him as was the case of Happythankyoumoreplease and now of Liberal Arts, is necessary to let the plot breathe and allow the participation and contributions of others. This doesn’t mean his works haven’t been interesting and worthwhile.

Zerorojo recommends it! is a film in which young people and adults may be interested, however, those who are in their thirties may find higher affinities with the story.


10 Apr

Shanghai Calling

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

The American director Daniel Hsia writes and directs the romantic comedy Shanghai Calling, is the first feature film of Hsia who so far had directed short films and written for american television programs such as Psych and Four Kings. The film tells the story of Sam an ambitious lawyer who works for a north american law firm and that is about to become a partner, however, when he’s just a step away from his long-awaited promotion, his bosses decide send him to Shanghai to deal with a multimillionaire patent case ensuring that he’s the most indicated to do it by his chinese ancestry. The reluctant Sam must travel to Shanghai where he discovers the reality of americans as immigrants and other situations that may change his way of seeing life.

Shanghai Calling is a light comedy, has no transcendental content, but is quite nice, the story is unusual for a romantic comedy and is easy to accept it. The film shows a rare plot: the immigration of americans with the plus that the immigrant is actually a native-foreign. Another highlight point within the story goes by account of cultural clashes and the confusion given by the presumptions over the stereotypes present in some cultures. It’s a very fresh story, part of it goes in the visual aids such as drawings and oversized frames of imagination that obviously cooperates in providing good humor.

Shanghai Calling Daniel Henney

The film has a beautiful photography: shows several points of a Shanghai that shines behind the lens and that seeks to maintain the city as another actor leaving out the tourist squib sensation, in this aspect it should be noted the use of filters as a differentiating marker within the plot: cold tones when Sam is in his work and warm when his out of it. Armando Salas is in charge of the cinematographic aspects of this film.

Shanghai Calling  Eliza Coupe Daniel Henney

When we speak of acting we can’t tell that here are high impact performances, but, in general are good and for a light story are very nice: Daniel Henney is not afraid of be a protagonist, he does quite well his role and knows how to give the turn to the nature of his character in a convincing manner. Eliza Coupe is not profiled as a lead figure, she needs to be more emotive, although is evident that she had prepared her role. Local cast as Zhu Zhu and Geng Le brings life to the story and as support actors are essential for the performance of the protagonists.

Shanghai Calling Zhu Zhi Geng Le

In 2012 Shanghai Calling won the award for Best Writer in the Shanghai International Film Festival and the award for Best New Director/Outstanding First Feature in Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, also Daniel Henney won Outstanding Achievement in Acting in Newport Beach Film Festival.

Zerorojo recommends it! is a gentle, humorous and entertaining film. It is not tacky, and, in spite of being so light it can provide a message, as well as the poet Jean de La Fontaine expressed: “A person oftens meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it “.


3 Apr

Ryan Gosling Michelle Williams Blue Velntine 3

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

Blue Valentine is a 2010 film directed by Derek Cianfrance. Tells the story of Cindy and Dean a marriage deteriorated by a chronic fatigue that neither the love can ease. Thus the plot comes and goes between the present of the couple and their memories of the past, which establishes a contrast between the energy the duo had to start their relationship and the monotony of the present.

The story is interesting in one point: it is a faithful portrait of the heaviness within a relationship, is not a glimmer of fairy tale, it makes a suggestive progression that shows how in love is not enough to have good intentions, how sometimes the love is not sufficient to maintain a relationship. The cinema has been commissioned to show us many couple fights, and in the same way has found a way to get them to points of conciliation, Blue Valentine has this in its favor: is not the usual, the typical fight, the typical reconciliation…is more humane and puts on the balance the fairy tale and the reality ¿what weighs more?

 Ryan Gosling Michelle Williams Blue Valentine

The movie handles very chords environments to each situation, for example, the house of the parents is an environment and another very different the couple’s home, as well through locations and props is transmitted in a clear way the life style of each individual. There is a continuous use of extreme close up that may be uncomfortable, but this probably due to the fact that is not very common to find movies with this type of framing and there is not much familiarity with it. It can be perceived  considerable use of manual camera, that gives a natural air to some scenes.

Michelle Williams as Cindy and Ryan Gosling as Dean in BLUE VALENTINE

The performances are brilliant, Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling have a special chemistry, in other words, in the scenes before the marriage the actors cast a tangible but contained electricity cause each character has a defined life project, but the chemistry continues operating in the scenes after the marriage, both Williams and Gosling seem to know each other from a long time ago and transmit it in a completely credible way, they imply that they know what the other thinks with their gestures, gazes, sighs and replies. In summary the actors bring Cindy and Dean characters almost to real life. Excellent!

A small point that Zerorojo recommends to those who haven’t seen this film is to observe in detail the photos of the end credits, they are highly admirable: have beautiful colors, composition and drawings. It worths to see.

Michelle Williams Ryan Gosling Blue Valentine 1

Zerorojo recommends it. Has an interesting topic that is not averse to anyone, is realistic, emotional, well-worked, the dialogues could be more loaded with content, but its simplicity does not affect the plot. The performances are highly recommended. However is good to clarify that this is not a film suitable for someone who wants action or pure adrenaline, an ideal audience is aware of the gender of the film that sees and knows what to expect from it, when this is accepted there is no space to the frustration.

Blue Valentine is a clear example of how a good movie does not depend on a budget while it has three key elements: good story, good performances and love for the project.


22 Mar

Something Real andGood

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

Luke Rivett directs Something Real And Good. Tells the story of a man and woman that establish relationship in an airport lounge when their flights are delayed by bad weather.

If you want to lose 1 hour and 35 minutes of your life, you can choose this film.

The entire film is designed to know the thoughts of individuals that don’t matter to us, to be witnesses to the “existentialism” from outsiders and how they analyze their own wealth of mental atrocities to finaly get to the idea that be more superficial is the solution to be happier.

 Matt Jones Something Real And Good

Alex Hannant and Matt Jones are the protagonists of this botch and are in charge to do it more boring, seriously sometimes it seems that they didn’t know how to act…

 Alex Hannant Something Real And Good

The story has a good basis: two people meet in an airport and by majeure force get to know each other more, with a similar structure can be entered more interesting situations and dialogs, but NO, it is not the case…it’s all going on a long and boring dialog that does not generate more interest. It is not showy on a visual level and the screenplay is nothing of the other world.

 Something Real and Good

Zerorojo makes the social service to prevent the viewers and tell them that this movie is a terrible waste of time.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES Zerorojo recommends it.