Kung Fu Hustle | 2004 | dir. Stephen Chow
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Kung Fu Hustle | 2004 | dir. Stephen Chow
There are many new filmmakers who have tried to carve their own personal space into the Spanish cinema. Whether they have won filmmaking contests or directed shorts for television, some of them have already managed to make their first features. Here’s a look at the new and young talent hailing from Spain.
Muchos son los cineastas que tratan de hacerse un hueco en el espacio audiovisual español. Bien sea a través de concursos o realizando cortometrajes para programas de televisión, algunos de ellos ya han conseguido llevar a cabo sus primeros largometrajes. Esta es una mirada al nuevo talento joven que viene desde España.
This director began to make features in the early 2000s with his drama Stones (2002) and a comedy that brought him some good press, 20 centimeters (2005), but he has broken new ground with his latest film, 10.000 noches en ninguna parte (2013). The film shows, rather than tells, visual cues that talk about the life of a young man who, for family reasons, has never been able to enjoy life.
Interesante filmografía la de este director que comenzó su etapa de largometrajes a principios del nuevo milenio con un drama y una comedia de escasa notabilidad mediática, Piedras (2002) y 20 centímetros (2005), pero que ha roto los esquemas de la crítica con su íntima 10.000 noches en ninguna parte (2013). La película, más que narrar, ofrece estímulos visuales que cuentan la vida de un joven que, por causas familiares, nunca ha podido disfrutar de todos los lugares donde le hubiera gustado estar.
20 centimeters | 2005 | dir. Ramón Salazar
Roberto Pérez Toledo
A writer and director who has made numerous short films as well as his first feature films and collaborations for television series. Although he has made several romances, many of his characters show a cold and distant attitude towards the feelings of others. His debut film, Six points on Emma (2011) and his latest, Los amigos raros (2014), show experiences of unrequited love, frustrated sexuality and suspicion.
Guionista y director que compagina sus numerosos cortometrajes con sus primeros largos y otras participaciones a concursos o episodios para otras películas. Aunque ha realizado varios romances, muchos de sus protagonistas muestran una actitud fría y distante frente a los sentimientos de los demás. Su opera prima, Seis puntos sobre Emma (2011) y su último trabajo, Los amigos raros (2014), cuentan experiencias desde el amor no correspondido, la sexualidad frustrada y el recelo.
Los amigos raros | 2014 | dir. Roberto Pérez Toledo
Quite settled now in television, Jorge Torregrossa began working in films after returning from New York, where he received his masters degree in filmmaking. In 2012 he debuted his first feature, Fin (2012), and has recently released La vida inesperada (2014).
Bastante afincado en la actualidad en el ámbito televisivo, Jorge Torregrossa empezó a trabajar en cortometrajes al regresar de Nueva York, donde estudió un master en cinematografía. En 2012 debutó con su primer largometraje, Fin (2012), y recientemente ha estrenado La vida inesperada (2014).
Fin | 2012 |dir. Jorge Torregrossa
He has participated with the shorts filmmaker Peris Romano in some television productions and in the romantic comedy 8 citas (2008). In 2013 he surprised the audience with a crowdfounded production, Stockholm, a reflection of the constant mental changes that young people suffer when meeting “that special someone”. Sorogoyen knew how to carry out the production himself, which appeared simple at first, only to be upset by a great narrative twist.
Ha participado, junto al cortometrajista Peris Romano, en diversas producciones para televisión y en la comedia romántica 8 citas (2008). En 2013 sorprendió con una producción financiada a través de crowdfunding, Stockholm, un fiel reflejo de los constantes cambios mentales por los que pasan los jóvenes al conocer a “ese alguien especial”. Sorogoyen supo llevar a cabo una producción, en apariencia sencilla, que trastorna todo con un gran giro narrativo.
Stockholm | 2013 |dir. Rodrigo Sorogoyen
A writer and budding talent of the cinema, Giner has not yet made a feature film. His shorts Night Flowers (2012) and El amor me queda grande (2014) take humorously the aspirations and desires of their characters. With Puerta a puerta (2014) he takes a deliriously realistic portrayal of the current situation of Spanish cinema.
Escritor y futura promesa del cine, todavía no se ha lanzado al largometraje. Sus cortos Night flowers (2012) y El amor me queda grande (2014) cuentan en clave humorística las aspiraciones y deseos de sus personajes. Con la inteligente Puerta a puerta (2014) realiza un delirante retrato realista de la situación actual del cine español.
Puerta a puerta | 2014 | dir. Javier Giner
A Day with the Boys | 1969 | dir. Clu Gulager
Danton | 1983 | dir. Andrzej Wajda
Steamboat Willie | 1928 | dir. Walt Disney
The Double Life of Veronique | 1991 | dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski
Mister Lonely | 2007 | dir. Harmony Korine
If you had doubts about Harmony Korine’s ability as a director, watch Mister Lonely because it truly proves that this man has an eye and a vision, whatever that may be, but if you dislike Korine because of his writing, this film won’t change your mind because even though it somewhat succeeds at portraying a group of lonely people who would rather live as a different character or personality, it fails to give almost any information about the people out of their makeup and costumes.
Post Tenebras Lux | 2012 | dir. Carlos Reygadas
“Let’s not let them get the better of us. They’ve got individuals; we’ve got a team. So come on, let’s go.”
Mouchette | 1967 | dir. Robert Bresson
"Bresson for some reason repeats the final image over and over again, an effect so subtle I only noticed it by accident. Bresson’s films often show the mark of the Surrealists (I’m thinking of the arrows shot into the ground in Lancelot du Lac(1974), or the crowd staring into the café long after the arrested party has been escorted out in L’Argent (1983), or even the momentary frozen poses people sometimes struck in Pickpocket (1959)). Could this be that one odd touch he likes to put in his films? A suggestion—what with the waves moving out, freezing, moving backwards, freezing, then moving out again—that Mouchette’s soul doesn’t really end, that an eternity exists out there somewhere?” —Critic After Dark
Punchlines: The Last Laugh
These are a few films that made me geek out as a kid. My sense of humor has evolved greatly since then but still they manage to get a good laugh out of me. There were a lot of adult-ish jokes that went over my head when I was younger that I can finally laugh at now. Here are the last big laughs these films try to leave you with.
Tommy Boy | 1995 | dir. Peter Segal
Airplane! | 1980 | dir. Jim Abrahams / Jerry Zucker / David Zucker
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective | 1994 | dir. Tom Shadyac
Cool Runnings | 1993 | dir. Jon Turteltaub
Little Nicky | 2000 | dir. Steven Brill
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me | 1999 | dir. Jay Roach
A Woman Under The Influence | 1974 | dir. John Cassavetes
It’s a diverse week of releases at the cinema, folks, as we delve into another edition of “What to Watch! Theatrical Releases.” A film that is practically the epitome of summer action blockbusters goes up against foreign transition, genre-bending cinema, cute independent music based story, a period piece, a David Wain film, and two documentaries. If that’s not variety, then I don’t know what is.
Final images of Disney, pre-Pixar:
Here are ten of my personal favorite 2-D Disney films, before Pixar came along. I must say I’ve fallen away from Disney lately, but if any of these movies had a place in your childhood, you’ll understand the nostalgia that these classics.
-Intern Tom (v-has-come-to)
101 Dalmatians | 1961 | dir. Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman
The Aristocats | 1970 | dir. Wolfgang Reitherman
Fantasia | 1940 | dir. Various directors (see here)
Hercules | 1997 | dir. Ron Clements, John Musker
The Jungle Book | 1967 | dir. Wolfgang Reitherman
The Lion King | 1994 | dir. Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
Mulan | 1998 | dir. Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook
Peter Pan | 1953 | dir. Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
Pocahontas | 1995 | dir. Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg
Tarzan | 1999 | dir. Chris Buck
Spanish cinema has always been in crisis. Funding is still an issue today, but in the past, the lack of spectators has been linked to the poor exhibition, bad scripts, lack of promotion, illegal downloads … However, against all odds, Spain is an artist’s country. The proof is in the talent of the directors who, somehow, have managed to carry out their ambitious projects. Some are already recognized internationally; others doesn´t have that luck. But each and every one of them share the love for a cinema of new stories. Welcome to the reinvention of the Spanish cinema.
Beware of a Holy Whore | 1971 | dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder
"And I say to you that I am weary to death of depicting humanity without partaking of humanity." -Thomas Mann