America, America del Sur, Argentina, Che Guevara, Diarios de Motocicleta, films, Gustavo Santaolalla, Latin America, Latinoamerica, Motorcycle Diaries, Movies

Motorcycle Diaries/Diarios de Motocicleta

This film portrays the life of a 23 year old Ernesto Guevara de La Serna looking for adventures and inspiration. He was a young man at this point, far from becoming the infamous warrior the world came to know as Che Guevara. I love this film, in fact it is one of my favorites. I am appalled to learn about his actions in Cuba and his decision to stop practising medicine. I admire his desire for a more just world but I despise what he became. Nonetheless, the point of this film is to depict his journey through South America, not how he became Che Guevara in the end.

 

Europe, Movies, Portugal, The House of the Spirits, Travel

Portugal

Most people when planning a trip to Europe dream of going to London, Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, Paris, Florence and Venice.  I too want to visit these places but my dream destination in Europe is Portugal.  I have been drawn to this country ever since I saw a documentary about Portugal and Fado ( Portuguese traditional music) over 10 years ago.  I want to see Lisbon, The Alentejo region where the movie The House of the Spirits was filmed and the gorgeous library in Porto used for the film Harry Potter.  Night Train to Lisbon  was also shot in this beautiful country. I’ve had to put this trip on hold twice and quite frankly I’m Sick to Death of putting off this lifelong dream of mine.  I’m not getting any younger and WILL make this dream Come True sooner than later!

Catholic Church, Movies, Religion, Sex Scandal, Spotlight, Uncategorized

Spotlight

Terrific film!!  I loved the Danish Girl but Spotlight is by far the best of the two.  The movie is based on real life events that occurred in Boston in 2001. A team of journalist from the Boston Globe known as Spotlight blew the whistle on the massive child molestation scandal covered up by the local Catholic Church in Boston.  There are many poignant scenes in the movie, especially when the survivors have to recount in detail what happened to them. I don’t want to give too much away but the narrative, the acting and how the story unfolds until the end will keep you interested and never bored.  I hope the film industry continues to make movies of this caliber.  It’s time for Hollywood to leave behind the inane slapstick comedies, useless action films and romantic comedies that have been overdone for too long. I applaud this film for taking a stand on such a sensitive and  controversial subject.  I know the Academy Awards is mainly a popularity contest and has very little to do with real talent but I will be very disappointed if this film is not nominated for Best film.

Another thing that caught my attention in this film was this line regarding Boston ; “This city has a way of making  you feel like you don’t belong”.  Personally I find this statement true.  The few times I visited Boston I always felt like an outsider.  I never felt that in Chicago, New York, San Francisco or LA.  It is a nice city but I don’t see myself living in a place where my ethnicity determines my value as a person.

 

Actors, Alicia Vikander, Books, Drama, Eddie Redmayne, Hollywood, Movies

The Danish Girl

I loved  the book  and it was great to see that the main characters translated so well on the big screen, something that rarely happens. Alicia Vikander and Eddie Redmayne shine in this movie. They both did  a stunning acting job, I don’t agree with most critics that Alicia Vikander outshines him.  There was so much sincerity in his performance, every line delivered, every gesture was genuine. The same thing can be said of the swedish actress Alicia Vikander.  I hope both of them win an Oscar for their performances.

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Actress, Hollywood, Movies, Uncategorized, Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder

In the early 90’s she was my favorite actress.  I use to be elated when people use to tell me I resembled her.  I loved her  in Heathers, 1969, Great Balls of Fire, Mermaids, Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael, Edward Scissorhands, Bram Stocker’s Dracula, The Age of Innocence, The House of the Spirits and Little Women.  I hated the movies Reality Bites and the Crucible. Sometime  after Little Women I stopped following her career. Now that she’s much older she seems to be making good choices once again.  I still find her talented and incredibly beautiful.