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Ghulam
Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:27 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 20 May 2004 Posts: 4723 Location: Upstate NY
I did not care for "Parasite" as much as Billy did. The plot is unbelievable and contrived. Competent direction and high production values are not sufficient to save this movie.
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Syd
Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:10 pm Reply with quote
Site Admin Joined: 21 May 2004 Posts: 12535 Location: Norman, Oklahoma
Pain and Glory is one of those films featuring a life crisis of a director, this time by Pedro Almodovar and starring Antonio Banderas. Salvador directed a film 32 years ago and it has been restored and he and the lead actor haven't spoken since a falling out during the film, but they have been invited to do a Q&A after the restoration is screened. Salvador has seen the film and gotten somewhat reconciled to the film, so pays a visit to his lead actor Asier Etxeandia (a very good Asier Etxeandia) which initiates a series of contacts that get Salvador out of his isolation (for health reasons, but also depression) and rejuvenates him. Pretty much all the main performances are great (including Penelope Cruz as Salvador's mother), and everyone is surprisingly likeable. Almodovar's done films with more bite, but I had a really good time at this one. Banderas won best actor at Cannes for this film and I can see why.

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