Review: Rosewater (2014)

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Jon Stewart steps away from his role as host of the satirical news program The Daily Show to direct Rosewater, a fact-based drama of moderate interest and skill. Iranian-born reporter Maziar Bahari (Gael García Bernal) returns to his homeland to cover an election, only to be imprisoned and interrogated for 118 days on suspicion of being a foreign spy. Continue reading “Review: Rosewater (2014)”

The Delirious Beauty Of Gael García Bernal

Gael Garcia Bernal

I was first introduced to Spanish actor turned director Gael García Bernal through Bad Education. I had already watched – and subsequently fell in love with – All About My Mother and was inspired to watch Pedro Almodóvar’s other films by my then film teacher Claire Doyle, the first of which ended up being Bad Education. And, as if by magic, my love for Gael was born. He had the talent, the look (boyish charm mixed with rugged handsomeness) and the, erm, body. And, for what it’s worth (quite a lot, ashamedly) he looks amazing in drag. Continue reading “The Delirious Beauty Of Gael García Bernal”

Review: No (2013)

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Chilean writer and director Pablo Larraín’s thought-provoking and captivating No, which is loosely based on an unpublished play written by Antonio Skármeta, focuses on the media campaign that played a significant part in military dictator Augusto Pinochet’s downfall from Chilean rulership. It sharply brings to a close Larraín’s trilogy of Pinochet-centric films, which also includes Tony Manero and Post Mortem. Continue reading “Review: No (2013)”

Six Of The Best: Pedro Almodóvar

Pedro Almodovar

Writer, producer and director Pedro Almodóvar is arguably the most well-known and well-regarded Spanish filmmaker in the country’s colourful history. With eighteen feature films under his belt, and another currently in post-production, Almodovar has gone from strength to strength in his 30-odd year career, creating films that not only entertain, but also educate and captivate. Continue reading “Six Of The Best: Pedro Almodóvar”