The Walking Stupid

Like most people, it disturbs me to read about some of the terrible things that we do to each other, though what grows old fast is the way that we always seem to find something to blame our problems on–as opposed to ourselves, that is.  For instance, things like video games, movies, music and television have all been linked to violence at one time or another.

I mean, there are some terrible television shows and films out there, but they don’t tend to compel me to go off and hurt someone or another (and I have seen “Alone In The Dark.”).

That being said, the recent case of Jared Gruman shooting his girlfriend, Jessica Gelderman, over an episode of ANC’s “The Walking Dead” is almost as stupid as another justification that the article sites, which was an argument over the possibility of a zombie attack.

I mean, I enjoy AMC’s “The Walking Dead” myself, but at no time shooting someone who didn’t was ever an option.  Gurman must have had a much more significant reason for shooting Jessica Gelderman than that (or at least I like to thing so).

The news story makes him seem particularly unstable.  Was that a new trend?  Has anyone asked?  Has he acted in a strangely unstable fashion before?

If you’re like me, this story is more interesting for what it doesn’t say, than what it does.

‘Snow White And The Huntsman’ Trailer

I have tickets for “Mirror, Mirror” this Saturday, though if I had a choice, I would’ve chosen “Snow White And The Huntsman.”  It seems to take itself seriously, and appears somewhat dark, as opposed to the aforementioned film.

Biutiful o El Calvario de Uxbal

Biutiful, como el desgarrador filme sobre la adolescente obesa, Precious, es todo lo contrario de lo que sugiere su título: es horrible, o mejor dicho, esperpéntica.  Y es por eso que la cinta de Alejandro González Iñarritu está geográfica y artísticamente a años luz de las barriadas neoyorkinas de Precious, cuyas referencias comienzan y terminan ahí.

La película del mexicano tiene múltiples resonancias temáticas y estéticas, En su fealdad se asoman del Valle-Inclán y Goya. Y como ellos, la visión de su creador es implacable.  Iñarritu nos arrastra por la mugre, la pestilencia, la sangre, los mocos, los escupitajos de las calles sucias en los baños sucios de Barcelona. La cámara de Iñarritu no nos protege de nada, al contrario nos embarra, nos lastima y nos obliga a sentir el mundo como lo sienten sus personajes. El paisaje interior es aun más difícil de tolerar. Los seres humanos son corruptos, cínicos, desalmados. La podredumbre lo invade todo, hasta las mismas entrañas del protagonista que está muriendo de cáncer. Y esto es lo más desgarrador: la noción de que en ese mundo quedarán abandonados los dos pequeños hijos de Uxbal cuando él desaparezca.   Continue reading

Black Swan: “Influencias” Cinematográficas

They say plagiarism is the highest form of flattery, and it doesn’t mean that a film inspired by other(s) can’t be good in its own right too, but if the original source happens to deal more profoundly or be more originaly than the  latter one, what is the point in adding another vision? Here is a visual example of some of the films from which director Darren Aronofsky clearly took direct “inspiration.” Among them: Roman Polansky’s “Repulsion,”  Dario Argeton’s “Suspiria” and Korean director Kim Yong-gyun, “The Red Shoes.” The audio is in Spanish.