Thursday, July 26, 2012

La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In) 2011

Vengeance is mine?
Roberto is a well known, well respected surgeon with a haunted past.  His life has taken tragic turns so he throws himself into his cutting edge work.  Vera, one of Roberto's patients, is held captive by him in his home.  Told in a dual timeline form, this narrative weaves from present to past and back to the present as we learn how Vera and Roberto ended with their lives thus entwined. This is my first time seeing Banderas in a Spanish language film and his performance makes me like and respect him much more than before.  Very well told and extremely intriguing, this film is worth a watch. 

La piel que habito gets 4 out of 5 Poblanos!

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Writer: Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya and Jan Cornet
Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Metacritic: 70 out of 100

Saturday, July 21, 2012

NEDS (2010)

John McGill is an intelligent young boy.  His brother however is a miscreant.  As John gets older, he falls in with the same rough crowd his brother used to hang with.  His life begins to spiral out of control.  Wonderfully written, shot and acted, NEDS is a truly great film.  It is a coming of age story that show how wrong things can go and how they can be made right again.  Note: 'Neds' is Scottish slang meaning the equivalent of a hoodlum or hooligan.

NEDS gets 4 out of 5 Poblanos!

Director: Peter Mullan
Writer: Peter Mullan
Starring: Conor McCarron, Greg Forrest and Joe Szula
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Metacritic: 71 out of 100

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

30 Minutes or Less (2011)

Drive carefully
Nick, a pizza delivery guy, gets kidnapped, has a bomb strapped to his body, and is forced to rob a bank.  This movie is laugh out loud funny.  Actually, Aziz Ansari is the funniest guy in the whole movie.  For me, he makes the movie. Apart from him there are a few other funny moments, but most of the laughs come from him. 

30 Minutes or Less gets 4 out of 5 Poblanos!

Director: Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland)
Writer: Michael Diliberti
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride, Nick Swardson, Dilshad Vadsaria, and Michael Peña
Rotten Tomatoes: 44%
Metacritic: 49 out of 100