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'The Grandfather' Movie: Surprisingly Touching Oscar-Nominated Message of Tolerance

The Grandfather: Fernando Fernán Gómez as the irascible 'abuelo' who discovers it's never too late to learn about tolerance and compassion. 'The Grandfather' movie review: Gorgeous, surprisingly effective message of tolerance with strong central performance The Grandfather / El abuelo is a film with a pedigree. It is based on […]

'The Sea Inside' Movie Review: Javier Bardem & the Right to Euthanasia

'The Sea Inside': Javier Bardem and director Alejandro Amenábar. 'The Sea Inside': Outstanding supporting cast help to lift flawed Right to Die drama Alejandro Amenábar's The Sea Inside often verges on melodrama, featuring as its centerpiece a showy performance by Javier Bardem as a tetraplegic man eager to end his […]

Sara Montiel Dies: Legendary Spanish Movie & Recording Star + Pedro Almodóvar Icon

Sara Montiel Sara Montiel: Legendary Spanish movie and recording superstar dead at 85 Sara Montiel, a.k.a. Sarita Montiel a.k.a. Saritisima, one of the Spanish-speaking world's biggest film and recording stars, died yesterday, April 8, '13. Montiel, who was found dead by paramedics called to her house in Madrid's district of […]

'Dead Man Down' Is Major Colin Farrell Bomb & Pedro Almodóvar Biggest Hits

'Dead Man Down' with Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace. 'Dead Man Down': Colin Farrell latest box office bomb Directed by Niels Arden Oplev, whose Swedish-made The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo became an international blockbuster, and starring Colin Farrell, whose box office standing has suffered a series of major setbacks […]

Pedro Almodóvar 'I'm So Excited' Trailer (Full Version)

Miguel Ángel Silvestre in I'm So Excited. Pedro Almodóvar I'm So Excited trailer Pedro Almodóvar's upcoming movie, I'm So Excited / Los amantes pasajeros (literally, “passing lovers” and/or “passenger lovers”) has a new and full trailer. That's the good news. The not-so-good news (for non-Spanish speakers): it's in Spanish, without […]

'On the Road': Kristen Stewart Movie Flops + Fans Outraged Re: Robert Pattinson Indie Comparison

On the Road with Kristen Stewart. Shot in late 2010, screened at the Cannes Film Festival in spring 2012, and re-edited for the American market a few months later, Walter Salles' film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's seminal 1957 novel On the Road landed with a thud at the U.S. box […]

'Bad Education': Pedro Almodóvar Outstanding 'Gay Film Noir'

'Bad Education.' Bad Education: Pedro Almodóvar's complex, disturbing, brilliant gay film noir (in gorgeous color) One of Pedro Almodóvar's most accomplished, most complex, and most daring films, Bad Education / La Mala educación is a disturbing, but also immensely moving effort that cleverly twists all the conventions of the film […]

Goya Awards: Corrupt Cop Tops + Woody Allen Wins WGA & Bodil Nominee Lars von Trier

No Rest for the Wicked with José Coronado Pedro Almodóvar didn't have much luck at the Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Goya Awards this evening in Madrid: Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In won a total of four Goyas, but none for its director/writer. Starring Antonio Banderas […]

'Pan's Labyrinth' Review: Imagination vs. Mind Control

Sergi López in Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth “If you expect to get laid after this screening,” Guillermo del Toro told the midnight (actually, closer to 1 a.m.) audience at the AFI FEST Los Angeles 2007 premiere of Pan's Labyrinth, “it ain't gonna happen.” Indeed, del Toro's “adult fairytale” is […]

Goya Awards Polemic: Álex de la Iglesia vs. Anti-Piracy Sinde Law, Party Crasher

Álex de la Iglesia: Premios Goya ceremony. A Goya Awards ceremony to remember: Anti-piracy law controversy, party crasher Unlike the staid Bafta ceremony held in London earlier this evening, Feb. 13, '11, the Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 25th Goya Awards ceremony, which took place at Madrid's […]

Pedro Almodóvar, 'The Consul from Sodom': Controversial Goya Award Choices

Penélope Cruz in Broken Embraces (Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni / El Deseo / Sony Pictures Classics) (top); Jordi Mollà in El cónsul de Sodoma (Steinweg Emotion Pictures) (bottom) In the Spanish-language website Filmin, “questions without answers” are asked about the selections for the Spanish Academy's 2010 Goya Awards. A […]

'Cell 211' & 'Agora + Penélope Cruz & Pedro Almodóvar: Goya Award Nominations

Rachel Weisz in Agora (Mod Producciones) (top); Penélope Cruz in Broken Embraces (Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni / El Deseo / Sony Pictures Classics) (bottom) Daniel Monzón's prison drama Cell 211 and Alejandro Amenábar's historical blockbuster Ágora (a.k.a. Mists of Time), with respectively 16 and 13 nominations, are the two […]

Sandra Bullock-Betty White SAG Award Connection + Sophia Loren & Mel Gibson Golden Globes Role

Betty White, Sandra Bullock in The Proposal (Kerry Hayes / Touchstone). Sandra Bullock, up for a best actress SAG Award for The Blind Side, will present the Screen Actors Guild's Life Achievement Award to Betty White at the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony. White and Bullock worked together in […]

'Broken Embraces': Pedro Almodóvar Film Noir with Femme Fatale Penélope Cruz

Broken Embraces: Pedro Almodóvar on the set (top); Penélope Cruz as the heroine (bottom). In the mystery-melodrama, a director and his female star begin a passionate love affair that leads to all sorts of trouble. Wendy Ide in The [London] Times: “Certainly, it is unmistakably an Almodovar film. Nobody else […]

Luis Buñuel 'Viridiana' Screening: Got Filmmaker in Trouble with Catholic Church & Franco Dictatorship

Viridiana, Luis Buñuel's provocative 1961 Palme d'Or-winning classic proving that life is a bitch and then you play cards, will run at New York City's Film Forum from Friday, April 24, through Thursday, April 30. Inspired by a painting of Saint Viridiana kneeling on the floor before a crucifix and […]

Opus Dei Controversy + Michelle Pfeiffer: Spanish Academy Awards + Berlin Film Festival

Camino with Carmen Elias: Controversial Opus Dei drama. Goya Award winners Written and directed by Javier Fesser, the controversial drama Camino – described by Screen Daily's Lee Marshall as a “kind of three-way collision between The Magdalene Sisters, Amelie and The Song of Bernadette” – was the big winner at […]

How to Make-Up? Oscars' Artists & Hairstylists Show How + Spanish & London Film Critics' Winners

“How to make-up” at the movies? Make-up artist Conor O'Sullivan shows how it was done in Christopher Nolan's blockbuster The Dark Knight. John Caglione Jr. was Heath Ledger's make-up artist; O'Sullivan was the prosthetic supervisor. Both have been nominated for the 2009 Academy Awards. Conor O'Sullivan photo: Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S. […]

Gay Marriage in 'Queens'

Queens Hugo Silva and Raúl Jiménez.   In Manuel Gómez Pereira's fluffy 2005 Spanish comedy Queens, a group of gay men and their mothers get ready for Spain's first mass gay wedding ceremony. That year, despite strong opposition from the Catholic Church and from religious and social traditionalists (many of […]

Marion Cotillard & Ulrich Mühe Win London + Joel & Ethan Coen Win WGA Awards

2008 London Film Critics' Circle Award nominations: Dec. 14. 2008 London Film Critics' Circle Award winners: Grosvenor House Hotel on Feb. 8. FILM OF THE YEAR * No Country for Old Men The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford There Will Be Blood Zodiac The Bourne Ultimatum […]

Russian Mafia & Rwanda Genocide Top English-Language-Focused Genie Nominations + DGA & ASC Awards

Eastern Promises with Viggo Mortensen. David Cronenberg made a name for himself by directing (and sometimes writing) dark, disturbing dramas (The Brood, Scanners, Videodrome, The Fly) in which violence/gross-out stuff is prevalent and there's little hope for “the human condition.” At least when it comes to the display of violence, Eastern Promises is no […]

Pedro Almodóvar: Best-Known Spanish Film Director

Pedro Almodóvar Pedro Almodóvar: Best-known Spanish film director According to a poll conducted by the Spanish-based SigmaDos, Pedro Almodóvar is the best-known modern-day Spanish film director in his home country, Zinema reports. That should come as no surprise to anyone anywhere in the world, of course. In fact, what's somewhat […]

Pedro Almodóvar vs. Guillermo del Toro: 'Volver' Marks Filmmaker's Goya Awards Comeback

Volver with Penélope Cruz and Carmen Maura. Pedro Almodóvar mother-daughters comedy-drama Volver – literally, “To Return” – marks the filmmaker's Goya Awards comeback, topping five categories, including Best Picture and Best Director. Almodóvar had been at odds with the Spanish Academy after two of his most internationally acclaimed films – Best […]

Dark Fantasy Tops NSFC + Transgender Drama & Raunchy Kate Winslet Movie Top Ireland & Iowa

Pan's Labyrinth: The Pale Man (Doug Jones) in underground, dark fantasy. Guillermo del Toro's post-Spanish-Civil-War-set Pan's Labyrinth / El laberinto del fauno was the National Society of Film Critics' surprise Best Film winner. Perhaps even more surprising, its two runners-up were both movies featuring non-English-language dialogue, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and Letters […]

Goya Awards' Nominations: Mercenary Viggo Mortensen vs. Manchega Penélope Cruz

Captain Alatriste with Viggo Mortensen. The Spanish Academy's Goya Awards' top nominee, Agustín Díaz Yanes'  Captain Alatriste received a total of 15 nods, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay (Díaz Yanes), and Best Actor (Viggo Mortensen). Spanish-speaking U.S. performer Mortensen (The Lords of the Rings trilogy, A History of […]

'The Secret Life of Words' Tops Goya & Spanish Film Critics Awards + Mexican-American L.A. Wins Sundance

The Secret Life of Words with Sarah Polley and Tim Robbins. A modest box office performer in Spain ($4.09 million) and an even more modest performer elsewhere, Isabel Coixet's Spanish-Irish psychological drama The Secret Life of Words became the second English-language production in five years to win the Best Film Goya Award. […]

Goya Awards: Euthanasia Drama Is Big Winner + Gianni Amelio Father-Son Tale Tops Italian Critics Awards

Javier Bardem in The Sea Inside. In Alejandro Amenábar's euthanasia drama The Sea Inside / Mar adentro, Javier Bardem plays a tetraplegic Spaniard fighting for the right to end his life in a country where – like just about everywhere else –assisted suicide is legally akin to murder. One of the year's biggest […]

'The Perfect Crime': Sensational Mónica Cervera in Outrageous Politically Incorrect Black Comedy

The Perfect Crime movie: Mónica Cervera and Guillermo Toledo as black-hole-crossed lovers. Álex de la Iglesia's outrageous, pitch-black comedy features a sensational Mónica Cervera performance in the role of a shy, mousy Madrid department store salesclerk who, following a twist of fate, becomes a domineering, sexually insatiable Medusa. 'The Perfect […]