Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
So last Saturday night, October 2nd, as I was finalizing my plans for the evening and enjoying a delicious adult beverage I found a movie in my collection that I had not seen before. Wrapped in plastic, unopened “The Orphanage” was looking me square in the eye. I couldn’t even think of what this movie was about so I pulled it from my stack and read the description. As a fan of horror movies I was not surprised to find it was a psychological thriller. At this point I could barely contain myself I was so excited. It had been quite some time since I watched a new movie. To my astonishment the movie was in completely in Spanish, which might explain why it was unopened. At 8:00pm I had just enough time to pop this bad boy in before I was off to get crunk. I killed the lights and prepared to be freaked! The movie focuses on a small family consisting of Laura, Carlos, and their son Simon. Simon suffers from some illness I believe might be Aids. We learn that Laura was an orphan, at this point Laura, Carlos, and Simon return to her former orphanage with plans of reopening it. Laura wants the oprhanage to cater to sick children like Simon. Almost immediately upon arriving Simon develops and immaginary friend; Tomas. Some of the things Simon says about Tomas are strange and a little disturbing yet his parents believe it’s just his imagination and let it go. Laura seems to not believe this theory and gives the impression that there’s something else going on. At a party celebrating the opening of the orphanage Simon goes missing. Everyone searches the property but to no avail. Carlos and Laura separate because Carlos disagrees with Laura’s theory that something “supernatural”is happening. Long story short Laura discovers a sercret room inside the house where she finds Simon’s body at the foot of some stairs. At this point Laura decides it’s time to die and takes a bunch of pills and kills herself. Carlos returns and finds Laura and Simon dead. Before Laura died she took a necklace off that Carlos gave her for luck until she found Simon. Carlos turns around and sees Laura and Simon together which symbolizes him making peace with the death of his wife and son because he knows that are safe together in the afterlife. All-in-all I think the movie was really good. I enjoyed the story, it was kind of scary and interesting but was easy to follow and explained everything in the end. I thought I was in a bit of a pickle considering the movie was entirely in Spanish but I was able to keep up pretty well and understand what was going on.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
"Frida" is a movie released in 2002 about the life of painter Frida Kahlo (played by Salma Hayek.) The movie was made from the book Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera. The movie begins in Mexico City during 1922. Frida is living her life as a normal 18 year old girl. An accident on a trolley leaves Frida being unable to walk. Unable to walk for a period of time, she turns to painting to help relieve the pain and anger.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
This movie is full of heartache and passion. Mariana is so desperate to find a decent place to raise her children and make it in a city where she does not know anyone. The script was very well written and the acting was marvelous. Anyone in Mariana's situation, understandibly, would give up hope. Mariana never loses hope.
Throughout the festival dancers would come to the front of the stage and demonstrate traditional Hispanic dances. I would have to say I enjoyed watching them cut a rug.
As the day went on I began to get hot and grew increasingly uncomfortable with the amount of perspiration I was dealing with so we decided to bounce. In keeping the with Hispanic theme of the day my friends and I dined at a small restaurant west of the city called Las Palmas. I chowed down on chimichangas and one heck of a good taco salad and to keep the party going I helped myself to one strong margarita made with black tequila. What a HOOT of a day it was!
"Sin Nombre", directed and written by Cary Fukunaga, follows Saraya on her journey to the United States. Saraya is a Honduran teenager who has just recently been reunited with her father who wishes to bring Saraya and her cousin back to the United States with him illegally. Her father plans that they should be able to make it to the Mexico/ Texas border on the back of a freight train.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
I split a nice big Peruvian style lunch with my boyfriend. We had some delicious arroz con pollo con ensalada de cebolla, an anticucho de carne, and a papa rellena. La comida de Peru es muy rico!
Friday, September 17, 2010
The movie begins with a man named Octavio (on the far left). He is in a terrible car accident and then the movie cuts to three days earlier. He is in love with his brother's wife. Octavio also begins to earn a huge amount of money through entering his dog in dog fights. The second story is about the woman in the middle. She is a model who is married to an older gentleman and having an affair with a younger man who she decides to move in with. This is the woman who Octavio hits. The man on the left find the dog after the accident and takes him in. He is a hitman that is hired to kill an important man.
The message behind this movie is to show that love (for people, money, etc.) makes people do crazy things and can turn your entire life around.