By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 05/21/2010 - 16:00
Everything about Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar’s movies (The Sea Inside, The Others) is intimate—from story to tone to setting. Until now. His newest film, the visually stunning Agora, is a brainy epic that explores what happens when religion, politics and science mingle and clash. Set in Egypt in 391 AD, is his most ambitious film since the genre-bending Open Your Eyes (the film that inspired the lackluster Hollywood remake, Vanilla Sky).
By Angie Romero | 05/20/2010 - 18:00
No, not that General from Panama (remember Tu Pum Pum?) I'm talking about a new film from director Natalia Almada about the dictator who shaped the Mexican Revolution. Winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s US Directing Award for a documentary, El General screened at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on Sunday, May 16 and will reprise on Friday, May 21 at 7 p.m. as part of the Creative Capital exhibition. Almada will introduce the film on both dates.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 05/14/2010 - 15:00
Robin Hood may start with an inventive battle scene featuring all the ingenious, raw trappings of Medieval warfare—crude bombs, hot tar being poured on soldiers over a castle wall, whooshing arrows that the camera follows from bow to someone’s eye—but that’s not what makes it a worthy addition to a long list of Robin Hood movies that stretches back to Hollywood’s early years. What’s satisfying about the flick is that it mixes the action with a story that goes beyond a dude in tights taking from the rich and giving to the poor.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 05/12/2010 - 17:45
Summer doesn’t officially start until the middle of June, but we all know that Hollywood plays by its own rules. Every year, the summer movie season seems to start earlier and earlier and this year is no exception. Iron Man 2 kicked it off this weekend, raking in gazillions of dollars and charming critics and run-of-the-mill moviegoers alike. Robert Rodriguez’s Machete closes it out on September 3 with a star-studded tribute to the b-film movie genre. What’s in the middle?
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 05/11/2010 - 18:00
As the paranoid, self-indulgent King John in Robin Hood, Miami native Oscar Isaac steals every scene he’s in. We recently caught up with the sexy, rising Cuban-Guatemalan actor (you’ve seen him in Che, Body of Lies, All About the Benjamins and The Nativity Story) and asked about playing a mean-ass white guy and jamming with Russell Crowe between takes.
Your performance as King John was fun and scary at the same time. How did you prep for the role?
By Mariela Rosario | 05/05/2010 - 16:15
Every now and then a movie comes along that is perfect for it's time, and right now, that movie is Robert Rodriguez's b-movie kitchfest, Machete. Rodriguez released the official trailer for Machete today, with a special introductory message from the film's star, Danny Trejo in which he declares, "This is Machete, with a special cinco de mayo message to Arizona!"
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 05/03/2010 - 13:27
You know a movie remake you are watching is not quite working when you keep thinking about the original. And that’s what happens watching producer Michael Bay’s reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street. There are some changes, but barely any surprises in the by-the-book film, which you can see coming from so far away you find yourself saying “Boo!” seconds before Freddy does.
By Angie Romero | 04/30/2010 - 16:00
It’s rare that we see Gael Garcia Bernal phone it in, but he gladly does so in Letters to Juliet, the new cornball romantic tale from Summit Entertainment. But even if the film is no challenge for an actor of Garcia Bernal’s caliber, you can’t really stay mad at him. In the end, all Letters to Juliet wants you to do is revert back to your teenage self and believe, for all of its 105 minutes, that love of the Shakespearean variety does indeed exist (and in order to find it, you’ve got to go to Verona, Italy).