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Thesis (1996)

In Film on January 25, 2005 at 9:22 pm

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We’re on a Spanish film binge recently :P. Thesis is a very entertaining mystery thriller from director Alejandro Almenábar, who’s known for directing + writing the brilliant Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes) (original version of Vanilla Sky) and The Others. Thesis was his break-out first film.

The story: film student Angela (Ana Torrent, all grown up since Secret of the Beehive) was doing her thesis on ‘violence in media.’ Her professor died of heart attack one afternoon when reviewing a mysteroius video, which Angela found to be a ‘snuff film’ that depicts horrible torture and murder of a fellow female student who has disappeared years ago. Who made the video? Who was the executioner in mask? Why was it in the school archive? As Angela investigated she found herself attracted to this handsome student Bosco, who seems highly suspicious. Meanwhile, her geeky violent film collector friend, Chema, seems to have dark secrets of his own as well. Other suspect include the new professor and Bosco’s psychotic girlfriend. Overwhelmed by clues and puzzles that kept spinning around, she didn’t know who to trust (as both guys seems to be fallen for her) and found herself to be the subject of the next snuff film as she fell into the hand of the true villain…

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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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