Film – The Arsenal

Carlos J. Perez Garcia.

CI believe that the great arts they can be combined and spread even more through the so-called Seventh Art. Music, painting, literature, dance, architecture and sculpture are 6 arts that are more accessible with cinematography for massive, globalized or very unequal audiences. Also, of course, cinema makes use of theater, television and the internet via platforms that include streaming or transmission to computers and mobile devices.

Well, tomorrow, Sunday the 27th in the afternoon/evening, the most important event in world cinema will take place: the delivery (number 94) of the Oscars of the Motion Picture Academy in the United States, which has a huge auditorium at the global on live television. The productions of the last year that have been nominated in the category of Best film they come to be – with my comments – these ten in the order that I saw the most. Go!

  1. don’t look up: Its main merit would be the cast of stars (Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchet, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence) and, although the theme of a meteorite that is going to destroy the world seems implausible, it helps to highlight the perverse political use of news such as the coronavirus. I think it might not be on this list, although it is good entertainment.
  2. Dune: The big production based on Frank Herbert’s best-selling fantasy books (between 1965 and 85) has been quite complex to film, but this expensive science fiction project has been very well received and part II is coming. The special effects are formidable and it’s a meaningful movie even if it can bore some.
  3. the power of the dog: From acclaimed New Zealand director Jane Campion, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst. It’s excellent: a suggestive quiet pace that then speeds up with revelations and surprises. I chose it from my pool in this space on January 8, before being nominated and without having seen it.
  4. the alley of lost souls: Our award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who already won an Oscar in 2018 for ‘The Shape of Water,’ continues to outdo himself in this psychological thriller about a con man and his associates. With very popular actors (Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchet) it is a second version of the 1947 film (Tyrone Power).
  5. Belfast: From the renowned British director and actor Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet…), it reveals the harshness of the old political-religious conflict in Northern Ireland in the 1960s, with autobiographical features of emigration around a 9-year-old boy and his family .
  6. drive my car: Based on a story by the well-known Japanese writer Haruki Murakami (from the 2014 anthology titled ‘Men without Women’), it masterfully narrates human aspects in a theater company through scripts and preparations for a play.
  7. king richard: The story behind the great athletes Venus and Serena Williams, black tennis champions, who were guided by their stubborn father, Richard, here played by the popular Will Smith (among the favorites for Best Actor).
  8. Love without barriers: New adaptation of the already classic musical drama West Side Story (Romeo and Juliet in the neighborhood) now in charge of the remarkable director Steven Spilberg, who at the age of 75 solved the challenge of his first musical work. It’s hard to compare it to the 1961 original (Bernstein, Sondheim, Robbins), though I think the current one has less music and more well-acted theater. Of tastes and merits.
  9. CODA: A drama about a deaf family, with Eugenio Derbez. I haven’t seen it, but I understand it’s the remake of a popular 2014 French movie.
  10. Licorice Pizza: From what I read, it is the story of a couple who falls in love and grows up in Southern California in the 1970s. I haven’t seen it either, although it must have had something to have received several nominations.

That it is a “good movie” because “we like it” and it entertains, does not necessarily mean that it is very well made. Look, some of them may seem boring or upset by the subject, but that does not eliminate their possible cinematographic quality. my picks are 3, 5, 6 and 8, more or less in that order.

* SEE YOU HERE ON next Saturday, the eve of the marches that will take place on Sunday, April 3 throughout the country. For many, a main purpose is in favor of the INE and our democracy, before the consultation on Sunday the 10th of a Federal Government that, beware, is going in the opposite direction.


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