Here’s the new trailer for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. For some reason Johnny Depp looks like Elijah Woods to me. But the trailer looks spectacular and plenty of Wow factor. I personally cannot wait. Enjoy!
Hadrian Miguel, Lifestyle & Beauty Director
One of the best things about being a writer, participant, and spectator of the world is that I love, love, love living in major cities for the access to events, shows, music, and celebrities way in advance before the rest of the country, especially to check out films…well that, and also having good friends in high places and in !
So this past weekend, I had the privilege of previewing Spain’s greatest gift to the cinematic world, Pedro Almodóvar, and his new movie Broken Embraces (Los Abrazos Rotos) starring Penélope Cruz, Lluís Homar, Blanca Portillo, Tamar Novas, Lola Dueñas, and José Luis Gómez.
In Broken Embraces, Almodóvar uses a film noir style of cinema told in flashback. The story flip flops through time in the past and present, and centers on a blind writer & director (Lluís Homar) with dual identities (Harry Caine/Mateo Blanco) who tries to deal with life post-car crash that cost him both his eyesight and his love (Penélope Cruz).
In the past, Penélope Cruz plays Lena Rivas, a receptionist/actress/mistress whose life changes when she is cast in a film called “Chicas y Maletas” and falls for its writer/director. José Luis Gómez (last seen in Milos Forman’s Goya’s Ghost) has a breakthrough part in the movie and almost steals the show as Ernesto Martel, Lena’s wealthy, jealous, conniving, and ruthless financier boyfriend.
In the present day, Harry exists and manages life with the help of his trusted, former assistant, Judit (played brilliantly by Blanca Portillo), and her son Diego (Tamar Novas). The story revolves mainly around Harry, Lena, Judit and Ernesto and their super-telenovela version of sex, lies, and videotape. A very condensed one line summary of the story is that the film tries to reconcile the events of the early 1990′s with that of present day. While I am not going to spoil it for you with a play by play on what happens, just go see it!
This is Almodóvar’s 4th film with Penélope Cruz. They first worked together on 1997′s Live Flesh, and then in 1999′s All About My Mother, which won a best foreign film Oscar award. Almodóvar then directed her to a best actress Oscar nomination for 2006′s Volver, which is one of my recent personal faves of Almodóvar with Penélope films. In Broken Embraces, she is captivating and glimmers with grace, intensity, sexiness, and feeling, so much so that I am eager to see what she does in the upcoming December film release of Nine by Rob Marshall, the musical inspired by Frederico Fellini’s autobiographical film 8½. Penélope will have two movies out with a nationwide release at Christmas just in time for another Oscar consideration…perhaps.
The movie soundtrack is excellent too with a moody score by Alberto Iglesias and includes Uffie (“Robot Oeuf”), Cat Power (“Werewolf”), Miguel Poveda, and Can (“Vitamin C”). Albert Iglesias’ music score adds some aural textures that goes hand in hand with Almodóvar’s visuals.
Pedro Almovódar body of work never ceases to amaze me, move me, and make me laugh or think, and while Broken Embraces is his 17th feature film, it’s right up there with his best even though it reexamines some of his familiar ideas and themes like a film within a film, and the usual twist and turns of love, lies, obsession, treachery, guilt, jealousy, revenge and secrets…and quite honestly, that’s my kind of mixed bag of tricks and makes Broken Embraces super juicy and rich with drama and surprises, the kind I like to watch and avoid in real life!
Broken Embraces is now playing in New York and then opens in Los Angeles on Friday, December 11th. It will open nationwide in the U.S. and Canada on December 25th. It’s in Spanish with English subtitles.
Okay, I must admit I love Angelina Jolie Not much for mainstream movies but who can resist a female action hero. This role was originally written for Tom Cruise but seems better suited for Jolie.
Salt comes out next summer.
THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD is a screwball true story about two gonzo political activists who, posing as top executives of giant corporations, lie their way into big business conferences and pull off the world’s most outrageous pranks.
Lars Von Trier’s latest film Antichrist has garnered plenty of festival awards this season and it’s coming to a theater soon. The sure-to-be controversial fim stars Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg (who took home the Best Actress award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival).
Visually stunning but just the name itself will most likely attract lots of protest and controversy. I can’t wait.
Antichrist is in release October 23, 2009
Cohen Brother’s new black comedy starring Ewan McGregor and George Clooney.
This film is now on DVD. It’s not new but it’s a cool movie.
We love Michael McKean and Jane Lynch. They are both alumni of the Christopher Guest Mockumentary movies.
Adventures of Power won a bunch awards at this year’s film festivals. It looks amusing enough but probably not in the league of Best In Show or Waiting for Guffman.
Adventures of Power limited release Oct. 2, 2009
This documentary by Chris Rock was inspired by his daughter asking him, “Daddy, why don’t I have Good Hair?” This documentary take a humorous slant on the Black Hair Culture. Looks humorous and fascinating.
Good Hair Release Date: Limited – October 9, 2009; Nationally – October 23, 2009
Check out the trailer for Nine – the movie. The film stars Daniel Day Lewis, Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Sophia Loren, Kate Hudson and Fergie (from the Black Eye Peas). It’s an impressive cast and great trailer. The style is Fellini-esque and visually stunning (the trailer anyway). But why don’t they show Daniel Day Lewis singing?
Nine opens November 25th, 2009
There are very few filmmakers whose film I would go see regardless of what I know about it and Almodovar is on top of that list. Los Abrazos Rotos (Broken Embraces) teams Penelupe Cruz with Almodovar once again and it looks like she is definitely a contender in the Oscar race next year.
Los Abrozos Rotos premieres at the New York Film Festival October 11, 2009