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    March films / películas de marzo


    March sure was a busy month for me, so that explains why instead of the usual amount this time I could only watch half of dozen of movies (and a few short films). So let's start with the most recent ones: Underworld: Awakening (2012), I've enjoyed a lot the original Underworld trilogy, and this is actually the beginning of a new trilogy. The writer J. Michael Straczynski has come up with a great premise: humans start chasing vampires and even Kate Beckinsale, the protagonist, gets captured. When she wakes up, 12 years have passed. Vampires and Lycans are supposed to be extinct. It's a strange new world, even for an immortal creature like her. If you saw the Underworld saga then you must see this one too.
    Andrew Stanton's John Carter (2012) is based on the novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Taylor Kitsch is John Carter, an American soldier from the 19th century who is transported to Mars, a planet at war where different species struggle to obtain absolute control. I had zero expectations about this but I actually enjoyed it quite a bit, and it certainly is faithful to the first novel. David Michôd writes and directs Animal Kingdom (2010), an Australian production about an underage boy who moves in with his delinquent relatives after his mother dies of an overdose. James Frecheville, a young actor, portrays a captivating and brooding teen, who seems to be slightly detached from the world, while Guy Pearce is the detective who investigates the crimes of the protagonist's family.

    Explicit penetration, masturbation, underage prostitution and drugs seem to be a constant in the filmography of Bernard Shumanski & Richard Shumanski; Blackmail Boys (2010) is no exception: an underage boy has sex with older men for money, until his boyfriend suggests him to blackmail one of his clients: a prominent religious figure. The script and the execution are both really good, and so is the acting.

    Scenes from the Suburbs (2011) is a short film by the talented Spike Jonze: we witness the lives of a group of teenagers, how they have fun together, how they fool around after class, all the interactions between them; the burgeoning sexuality that barely knows how to speak in a proper language is made evident in one way or another, and it’s not just the gay slur or the intimate friendship between Sam Dillon and Paul Pluymen, because there’s another thing that has no language and that’s violence and repression, which are made tangible here: these teens, after all, live in an alternate reality in which the US is a country at war, each state fights against the neighbor state and everyone lives like refugees or like the people in the Middle East during wartime. Jonze creates images of absolute beauty and sequences that are both disturbing and thought provoking. If I had to choose the best of the month I harbor no doubts: Scenes from the Suburbs wins all the way.

    I’ve also seen a few of European productions: Das Jahr der ersten Küsse (2002), directed by Kai Wessel and starred by Max Mauff, is a bittersweet story about the pains of growing up. “The Year of the First Kiss” chronicles the lives of a group of 15-year-olds, their sexual awakening, their first masturbatory experiences and their clumsy attempts at dating. Wessel manages to distill real emotion out of these characters, and as a consequence you feel deeply touched. I felt connected to the protagonists in ways that I couldn’t have anticipated. I highly recommend Das Jahr der ersten Küsse. From Argentina comes Porno de Autor (2010), by filmmaker Marcelo Mónaco, an expert in creating sexual tension. This time, the story revolves around of group of young men and women that are getting drunk before a party, during this get-together, one of them shows them the short film he has been working on… which revolves around two high school boys that masturbate together until the brother of one of them enters the game… with the intention of satisfying his sexual urges. Overall I think this was pretty well handled, although the main story –the one about the group of friends– is a bit slow sometimes.

    I also watched several European short films: Imágenes reales del juego is an example of imagination and creativity, it’s a sci-fi tale set in modern times that takes advantage of every cinematic resource. No soy como tú is an interesting story about commitment between two men who spend the night together. Un peu de soleil dans les yeux (2009), written and directed by Stephane Botti shows the tribulations of a teenager, Louis Gensollen, who is in love with his best friend. But fear not, this is not the typical boy on boy romance, it is a mesmerizing philosophical journey that deals with idealization and frustration. Really great stuff. And that’s it, see you all next month.
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    Estuve demasiado ocupado en marzo, así que eso explica por qué en vez de la cantidad habitual esta vez sólo vi media docena de películas (y algunos cortometrajes). Así que empecemos con los más recientes: "Underworld: Awakening" (2012), he disfrutado mucho la trilogía original de "Underworld" y este es, de hecho, el inicio de una nueva trilogía. El escritor J. Michael Straczynski propone una muy buena premisa: los humanos empiezan a cazar vampiros e incluso Kate Beckinsale, la protagonista, es capturada. Despierta luego de 12 años. Los vampiros y los licántropos están, en teoría, extintos. Es un extraño nuevo mundo, incluso para una criatura inmoral como ella. Si vieron la saga de "Underworld" entonces esta también deben verla.
    "John Carter" (2012) de Andrew Stanton se basa en las novelas de Edgar Rice Burroughs. Taylor Kitsch es John Carter, un soldado de Estados Unidos en el siglo XIX que es transportado a Marte, un planeta en guerra en donde diferentes especies se disputan el control absoluto. Tenía cero expectativas pero de hecho me entretuve, y además se agradece la fidelidad a la novela. David Michôd escribe y dirige "Animal Kingdom" (2010), una producción australiana sobre un chiquillo menor de edad que se muda donde sus parientes delincuentes luego de que su madre muere de una sobredosis. El joven actor James Frecheville a un adolescente cautivador y huraño, que parece ligeramente desconectado del mundo, mientras que Guy Pearce es el detective que investiga los crímenes de la familia del protagonista.

    Penetración explícita, masturbación, prostitución de menores y drogas parecen ser las constantes de la filmografía de Bernard Shumanski y Richard Shumanski; "Blackmail Boys" (2010) no es la excepción: un muchacho menor de edad tiene sexo con hombres mayores a cambio de dinero, hasta que su enamorado le sugiere que chantajeen a uno de sus clientes: una prominente figura religiosa. El guión y la ejecución son realmente buenos, y también la actuación.

    "Scenes from the Suburbs" (2011) es un cortometraje del talentoso Spike Jonze: somos testigos de las vidas de un grupo de adolescentes, vemos cómo se divierten, cómo huevean después de clases, todas las interacciones entre ellos; la explosiva sexualidad que apenas sabe cómo hablar en un idioma apropiado se hace evidente de una u otra manera, y no sólo son las burlas a los gay o la íntima amistad entre Sam Dillon y Paul Pluymen, porque también hay otra cosa que no tiene lenguaje y es la violencia y la represión, que son tangibles aquí: estos jovencitos, después de todo, viven en una realidad alternativa en la que Estados Unidos es un país en guerra, cada estado lucha contra el estado vecino y todos viven como refugiados o como la gente del medio oriente en época de guerra. Jonze crea imágenes de una belleza absoluta y secuencias que nos hacen reflexionar y nos perturban. Si tuviera que elegir lo mejor del mes no albergaría dudas: "Scenes from the Suburbs" gana de lejos.
    March films / películas de marzo
    my drawing / mi dibujo

    También he visto unas cuantas producciones europeas: "Das Jahr der ersten Küsse" (2002), dirigida por Kai Wessel y protagonizada por Max Mauff, es una agridulce historia sobre lo difícil que es crecer. "El año del primer beso" es una crónica de las vidas de un grupo de quinceañeros, de su despertar sexual, sus experiencias masturbatorias y sus torpes atentos de tener citas. Wessel se las arregla para destilar emociones verdaderas, y en consecuencia uno se siente profundamente conmovido. Me sentí conectado a los personajes en maneras que no podría haber anticipado. Recomiendo "Das Jahr der ersten Küsse". Desde Argentina llega "Porno de Autor" (2010), del cineasta Marcelo Mónaco, un experto en crear tensión sexual. Esta vez, la historia gira en torno a un grupo de jóvenes que se emborrachan antes de ir a una fiesta, durante esta reunión, uno de ellos muestra el cortometraje en el que ha estado trabajando... allí, dos chicos de secundaria se masturban juntos hasta que el hermano de uno de ellos entra al juego... con la intención de satisfacer sus urgencias sexuales. En general, está bien manejado, aunque la historia central –la del grupo de amigos– es un poco lenta a ratos.

    También vi varios cortometrajes europeos: "Imágenes reales del juego" es un ejemplo de imaginación y creatividad, es un relato de ciencia ficción ambientado en la actualidad que aprovecha todos los recursos del cine. "No soy como tú" es una interesante historia sobre el compromiso entre dos hombres que pasan la noche juntos. "Un peu de soleil dans les yeux" (2009), escrito y dirigido por Stephane Botti muestra las tribulaciones de un adolescente, Louis Gensollen, que está enamorado de su mejor amigos. Pero no hay nada que temer, este no es el típico romance entre muchachos, es un hipnotizante viaje filosófico que lidia con la idealización y la frustración. Realmente de primera. Y eso es todo, el próximo mes, más.

    Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/04/march-films-peliculas-de-marzo.html

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