JULIETA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Pedro Almodovar Stars: Emma Saurez, Adriana Uguarte, Blanca Pares, Rossy de Palma, Daniel Graol, Dario Grandinetti. Pedro Almodovar's 20th film is something of a dull affair that lacks many of the Spanish auteur's usual flamboyant flourishes, edgy quality and stylistic signature touches. It doesn't carry the emotional weight of his best films. The eponymous Julieta (played by Emma Suarez, who has worked with Almodovar before) is planning to leave her beloved Madrid and its painful memories and move to Portugal with her boyfriend Continue reading

LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: David Trueba Stars: Javier Camara, Francesc Colomer, Natalia Molina. The crowd pleasing Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed was a big winner at Spain’s Goya Awards, and it’s easy to see why. Chosen as the opening night film for the 2014 Spanish Film Festival, this is a charming, enjoyable and feel good road trip comedy which takes its title from the opening lyric of the Beatles’ song Strawberry Fields Forever. Loosely based on a true story, the film is set in 1966. Spain is abuzz with excitement because John Lennon has come to the region of Continue reading

JULIA’S EYES

  Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Guillem Morales Stars: Belen Rueda, Luis Homar. Julia’s Eyes is a strong but cliched and rather generic Gothic suspense thriller that closed the Spanish Film Festival. Julia (Belen Rueda, from The Orphanage, etc) is gradually going blind from a degenerative disease. It is the same disease that plagued her twin sister. But when her sister is found dead as the result of a suspected suicide, Julia cannot accept the truth and begins her own investigation. Julia believes that her sister was murdered, but she finds it hard Continue reading

BIUTIFUL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Stars: Javier Bardem, Maricel Alvarez, Diaryatou Daff, Eduardo Fernandez, Hanaa Bouchaid, Guillermo Estrella. A down beat and depressingly realistic drama about broken lives, family, dysfunctional relationships, fatherhood, parental responsibility, spirituality, survival and morality. Biutiful is the new film from Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel), who is drawn towards fractured, multi-layered stories that deal with death and human connections formed in the Continue reading