Los Años bárbaros (1998)
The story is set in
Franco-era Spain, circa 1948, beginning with the arrests of two
philosophy students for writing anti-fascist graffiti on the walls of
their university in Madrid. For this ostensibly minor offense, they
are sentenced to the extreme punishment of eight years in a hard labor
They are soon sprung
by a resistance group aided by two North American women posing as
tourists. The American girls and the two fugitives set off in a red
windowless convertible on a long journey to the French border,
encountering various soldiers along the way, some of them brutal and
threatening, others comically inept, but all of them representing the
threat of capture and a return to the labor camp for the student
fugitives. Along the way, the heroic foursome also encounters some
colorful local characters and makes room for some interesting cultural
and romantic exchanges. According to the film, the story is true and
the words painted by the two students can still be seen on the
university walls today.
I seem to find myself
charmed by every Spanish film, and this one is no exception. I am
especially impressed by how deftly and transparently it manages to
weave suspense, politics, romance, and humor without allowing any of
those elements to step on the others.
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Allison Smith, who is
probably best known as Mallory O'Brien on The West Wing
Trailer, featurette, and
teaser from Stay Alive
- The usual teen horror film plot, Variation C: While playing an online
horror game, a group of teens notice that once their characters die ... they
The trailer from Isolation,
a new Irish horror film. (At least I assume it's Irish, based upon the fact that
everyone in it is named Sean O'Brien, even the women.)
The trailer (bande annonce)
and two clips (extrait) from The Promise
- A new epic fantasy set in China's mythical past, "The Promise" is a
visually stunning tale of passion that unfolds against a backdrop of war as a
beautiful and mysterious princess becomes the object of affection for three
very different men - a powerful Duke, a brave general and a lowly slave. As
passions spark and egos clash, lives will be ruined and lovers spurned and no
one will ever be the same.
Six new clips from Inside Man
(click on navigation, then media)
- Directed by Spike Lee, written by Russell Gewirtz and produced by Academy
Award® winner Brian Grazer, "Inside Man" is the story of a tough cop,
Detective Frazier (Denzel Washington), who matches wits with a clever bank
robber, Dalton (Clive Owen), in a tense hostage drama. As the dangerous
cat-and-mouse game unfolds, a wild card emerges: Madaline (Jodie Foster), a
power broker with a hidden agenda, who injects even more instability into an
already volatile situation.
Four new clips from Slither
(and the R-rated trailer as well)
Here's a completely new
trailer from The Da Vinci Code
Coming Soon has a new
featurette on the stunts in MI3
"BAGHDAD BOB NAMED PENTAGON
Stunning Comeback for Former Iraqi Information Minister
You think your cell phone is
"state of the art"? You're not even close.
The Wolverine movie wil be a
"NBC said that it will make 10
web-only episodes of popular comedy 'The Office' during the summer, when the
show is not on the air."
Real men use pink hockey
"Matt Groening and David X.
Cohen's FUTURAMA will be returning to television in the form of 26 new
This Is Pinky Violence!
- nudity and violence in a teaser for the classic Japanese exploitation movies
considered to have inspired Kill Bill.
Mr Tomato Head - from the
OFFICAL Killer Tomatoes Web Site!
Accept no substitutes.
This week's edition of Bill
Maher's New Rules
JoBlo's recap of the SXSW film
Film Jerk's Early Report for
A virtual tour of the Eiffel
(Requires Quick Time)
ANTHONY PELLICANO WIRETAPPED
JOE FROM "BLUE'S CLUES," MOOSE THE DOG
DATELINE HOLLYWOOD REVEALS THE
TRUTH ABOUT TOM CRUISE
Coming Soon now has a
featurette to go with the trailer for Americano,
a film which takes place during the running of the bulls at Pamplona. (Warning:
American backpacker in Europe alert.)
IRAQIS ANGRY THAT U.S. FORGOT
ANNIVERSARY OF WAR"
... Shiites, Sunnis Enraged Over Absence of Flowers
Charlize Theron gets
tastefully naked for a Dior ad
is a brightened screen capture which reveals a clear look at her slim booty.
Courageous, patriotic Colbert
defends himself against freedom-hating assaults from the dastardly Commander
Colbert looks at Ambien and
Character actor Frank Vincent
of The Sopranos teaches Colbert how to be more manly
Colbert looks at the Virgin
MovieJuice! reviews V for
- "Overall, I liked V for Vendetta very much, but the harder you think about
it, the dumber it gets."
The Daily Show looks at the
Katherine Harris senate campaign, 2006
Jon Stewart talks to Vin
The Daily Show looks at the
new assault on Iraq
Colin's naked ballet dance for
- "Salma was scared of Colin's reputation and hid before shooting for Ask
the Dust, says the Mirror."
And then there were 16: Men's
NCAA Tournament Bracket
- The worst-seeded team left in the hunt is the 13th seeded Bradley Braves
from Peoria. This is their first trip to the sweet sixteen in 51 years. They
have a tough row to hoe. Next stop: Memphis.
- One underdog will make the elite eight, either 7th seeded Wichita State or
11th seeded George Mason. They play each other next.
- By the way, George Mason's team name is the Patriots. I didn't know that
before the tourney, just as I didn't know the Albany "Great Danes"
Nudity from the unknowns in
Careful what you put online ...
"Being Googled can jeopardize
your job search"
Parental advice company sues
Google over lowered page ranking.
Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format.
Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.
Mad Dog (1977)
Mad Dog, aka Mad Dog Killer, Beast With a Gun and many other
is an Italian crime thriller. Creepy Helmut Berger stars as Nano Vitali, who
breaks out of prison with his gang at the start of the film. His first act is
to beat up the man who testified on him, then cover him with quicklime and
bury him alive. Afterwards, he rapes and kidnaps his girlfriend, Marisa Mell,
and coerces her to help him in a robbery at the factory her father works for
as a security guard. She goes to the policeman in charge of the case, Richard
Harrison, who sets up a sting, with nothing but policemen replacing the usual
workers. That is, all except a bunch of female employees, whom Berger takes
hostage when the police manage to flub the arrest. For his next trick, Berger
kidnaps Harrison's father, and his virginal sister (Marina Giordana), and
demands ransom money, all of which leads to the inevitable final showdown.
What is not to like? This is Eurosleaze at its best. Rape, murder, gun
fights, fist fights, torture, and a really evil bad guy. This is a C.
IMDb readers say 5.9.
Marisa Mell shows breasts and bush. Although the
bush exposure looks as if it could have been a double, I am fairly certain it
was a matter of a very inept pan and scan transfer, as other scenes are also
framed very badly. Comments at IMDb reinforce my opinion.
Marina Giordana shows breasts as she is being
decorated on the chest with a straight razor by the ever playful Helmut Berger.