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The Fountain
The Fountain (2006)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"The Fountain" is a beautiful and straightforward movie that will look pretentious only to those who don't understand it.

As with many other complex events in life, the simplest interpretation of a non-trivial movie is usually the correct one (by any measure you wish to impose). This happens to be the case of "The Fountain". However, some people (movie critics included) forget that the cinema has its own language, and rush to interpret everything too literally. This movie is not set in three different historic times, and more importantly, it is NOT a science fiction story. Rather, it is a simple story about a contemporary man (Tommy Creo) who is desperately trying to find a cure for his wife's brain cancer. Meanwhile, in an attempt to understand her own fate, his wife writes a story set in New Spain about a Conquistador's fool's quest for the fountain of eternal youth (if you fail to see the metaphor, you are blind). After she dies, Tommy enters a deep state of denial drawn by the unbearable pain of her loss. This does NOT happen in the future (if you fail to see this, you should stick to the Matrix and movies alike). But as is repeated throughout the movie, he needs to "finish the story", i.e. he needs to accept that death is not a "disease" and cannot be cured. This realization comes in some form of illumination, aided by the metaphor that the only way to live forever is by reentering the circle of life: becoming a plant. If you fail to see this, rent Joseph Campbell's DVDs or go to church and witness the Eucharesty with an open mind. Finally, Tommy finishes his wife's novel by accepting she has moved on inside the circle of life.
Simple. Universal. Beautiful.

The Nameless (Los sin nombre)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Rarely does one see the real and heart shrinking drama that central american women undergo while crossing Mexico to get to the US. This solid film depicts this struggle just right, and serves as a great example of how a plot can be simple, entertaining and relevant.

'Sin nombre' succeeds in transmitting the anxiety and vulnerability of women living such precarious conditions. In this respect, I was particularly impressed by how the direction manages to explore many complex social problems while keeping the dramatic story alive and the audience at the edge of their seats.

Despite there being justified violence, one never witnesses a raping, which is, al least in my case, always unbareable to watch. If I had to critizise something about the movie, I would say that the beginning is a bit too slow, but that's all.

In a way, "Sin Nombre" can be compared to "Bajo la misma luna", which falls short and ends up being unrealistic over-dramatic, failing to click at any level.

I look forward to seeing more from [font=arial][size=-1][url=""]Cary Fukunaga[/url]. Keep it up paisano!

The Proposal
The Proposal (2009)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Put a stop to stupid, surely collective-writing already.

Here it goes: someone in the movie says "Be careful with the puppy. Eagles may eat it". They might as well spare us from the 'comic' scene. We know it's coming. We dread it. But the worst is, deep inside we know the eagle will NOT eat the puppy. And sure enough, it doesn't. And it is boring, and stupid and formulaic, however many cute jingles you add to the scene, IT DOESN'T WORK!

Next time at least show some puppy blood, or al the very very least, a random boob (human, female).

Best wishes,

Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3 (2010)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Damn it! I promised myself I wouldn't cry...