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Bad Education (2004)

In Film on January 24, 2005 at 7:58 pm

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I really enjoy Pedro Almodóvar latest film Bad Education! I went into the theatre without knowledge of the plot, since the trailer is so short and ambiguous so I didn’t know what to expect other than a colorful Almodóvar treat. Turns out it’s a top-notched, carefully crafted Film Noir + Hitchcockian thriller (with tranny & homosexual themes). Unlike the many of his stories about women, this time it’s all male~ The first half introduces the reunion of two childhood friends who attend a Catholic boarding school back in the Franco 70s. Now in the early 80s, Enrique was an up-and-coming filmmaker, while the other, Ignacio, was a desperate actor who wrote a screenplay based on their childhood school experience. He hoped Enrique would film it and cast him as the lead.

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Troll ~A Love Story~

In Novel on January 6, 2005 at 2:59 am

troll-thumb.jpgTroll ~A Love Story~ (2000)
Johanna Sinisalo

Originally titled ‘Ennen päivänlaskua ei voi‘ (translated as ‘Not Before Sundown’) in Finnish, it finally got translated and released here four years later. It won the highest Finnish literature award Finlandia. The story set place in contemporary world with a slight alternate history twist: mythical creature troll‘s existence has been scientifically proven and identified as real but extremely rare species since early 1900s. The legends of troll are originally found in Norse Mythology and Scandinavian folklores. I’ve read stories about Finnish trolls before: the Moominvalley by Tove Jansson ^^;;! In this book trolls are not that cuddly at all, they are 2 meters tall demonic cat+ape-like creatures who hide out in forest and caves.

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Another Country (1985)

In Film on November 12, 2004 at 7:37 pm

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Based on the infamous Cambridge spies for Russia Guy Burgess & Donald Maclean, Another Country projected a possible motivation on what could have driven two rich upper class school boys into betraying their own country. Set in the 30s, it’s essentially a British boarding school movie starring the very young and handsome Rupert Everett and Colin Firth (both with awful 80s hair), and the much hilariously ‘pure’ Cary Elwes as Rupert’s school boy lover.

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Celluloid Closet (1995)

In Documentary, History on October 10, 2004 at 7:01 pm

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Interesting eye-opening documentary on the portrayal of homosexuality in Hollywood cinema history. From the early days comedic but harmless sissy (who were all stylists, costume designers, interior designers ^^;;), to the dark days of The Hayes Code (started in late 30s) that censored all ‘dirty’ immoral stuffs according to Church, where homosexuality wasn’t allow to exist. Later on gay characters became either condemned monsters or tragic victims (they must died). In 70s the homosexual roles started to change to either self-loathing people full of angst and guilt, or the negative clownish but threatening stock who looks and would served as punching bag for the heroes.

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