Friday, July 03, 2009

Penélope's Embraces (and Other Wonders)

The new trailer to Almodóvar's Broken Embraces is up over at Guardian. Looks terrific and much like other Pedro gems such as Law of Desire and Bad Education it appears to be cinematic in all senses of the word (visually, thematically, environmentally).


It's less than two minutes long but it gives the impression that the whole movie consists of shots of Penélope Cruz through screens, mirrors, doorways and her own hair. Which is maybe the best thing a movie could consist of these days. It opens Stateside in 140 days but many of you overseas readers have already had the opportunity to see it. I'm green with envy but wearing red in keeping with the Almodóvar theme.

Links
Film Doctor on the movie love within Public Enemies
Animation World Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson!) interviews Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) about his caree. He even discussed Family Dog (pictured left) at length, which is one of my favorite cartoons in the whole wide world, and new live action film 1906.
Pop Hangover "the all new Fleetwood MacBook"
Hollywood Reporter Wim Wenders halts production on Pina Bausch dance film. I hope they restart later as a last tribute.
Vodkaster makes a subway map of the IMDb Top 250. Cool idea. I shall eventually explore. [thx]

And finally, the The Moment has a piece on the fan community's digital relationship with movies, home edits and what not. I actually found this one hard to read (formatting, too much info... I'm not sure). But it got me to thinking about my favorite fanmade "supercut" . It's my favorite because it's basically like hearing my thoughts spoken aloud and it doesn't require typing.
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13 comments:

Agustin said...

You haven't seen Los Abrazos Rotos but you couldn't have described it any better, it's cineamatic IN EVERY SENSE. It's pure cinema.
You're going to love it. It's not one of his best works though, but it's impossible to top himself with every new movie.
You should check out this subway map of IMDBs top 250. I hate IMDBs 250 list but the map is an interesting take on how movies relate.
http://blog.vodkaster.com/2009/06/25/the-top-250-best-movies-of-all-time-map/

Fernando Moss said...

I've been a little absent from this blog lately... so many to catch up on... but I was kinda busy (I know nobody here cares but I'M GETTING MARRIED!!!)... but back on topic... I can't wait to see Los Abrazos Rotos... LOVE ALMODOVAR, and I love the work he pulls aout of Penélope... oc ocurse I love what he poulls out of Antonio Banderas, Carmen Maura, Julieta Serrano, etc...

NATHANIEL R said...

Congratulations Mr. Moss!

Noecito said...

Los abrazos rotos is great, great, great to the infinity and beyond!!

FilmDr said...

Thanks for the link! The Almodovar film looks excellent.

Sanya in España said...

I live in Madrid, and saw the film a couple of months back.

You can read my review here, if you like...

http://sanyainspain.blogspot.com/2009/05/film-review-los-abrazos-rotos-broken.html

Fernando Moss said...

Thx Nat

I have seen BROKEN EMBRACES said...

BROKEN EMBRACES gives the audience a incredible tour-de-force by Penélope Cruz. It's a shame she won't be nominated back-to-back next 2010, but she absolutely deserves. She's terrific in the movie, crying, laughing, loving, feeling, watching, breathing... Her character is absolutely wonderful, same as Jose Luis Gomez's character, who plays the villain of the movie (Penelope's husband). Both make the movie worthy, same as the cinematography and the score.

But it is not a masterpiece, take care. The rest of the cast is very overshadowed, they aren't in the same level as the rest of the things I've mentioned before.

8/10

DJ said...

Okay, so to those who have actually scene it: could you give me an accurate plot synopsis? Thnx.

NATHANIEL R said...

um give DJ the plot by email or with massive spoiler warnings.

I DO NOT WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT'S ABOUT. I love how Almodovar's plots always surprise me.

Anonymous said...

Penelope DIES in the movi

vince said...

anonymous 6:12 can suck my cinematic pickle. I am too drunk to ever recall you lame-ass spoilers, a--hat!

vince said...

everyone who attempts to spoil movies for others can suck my cock.