Manuel Betancourt

'Film' Posts

Los Amigos Raros, or How this #secretlittlefilm is quite something

 

“Cuando lo veia mudito o pensativo me he dado cuenta que era mucho fragil de lo que el estaba dispuesto a admitir” (“When I saw him silent or pensive, I realized he was much frailer than he was willing to admit”)

In an attempt to a) celebrate more non-US films, b) ...

Mondays with Manuel: I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1955)

Mondays with Manuel is a new ongoing series here at the blog wherein I am watching all the films referenced in Manuel Puig’s The Buenos Aires Affair (1974). If the name sounds familiar, it is because Puig gave us that other Hollywood-obsessed book (turned film/turned play/turned musical) Kiss of the Spider Woman (1976). In his 1974 police novel, Puig opens every ...

Hit Me With Your Best Shot: The Letter (1940), or How Bette’s eyes are fiery and murderous

This is part of The Film Experience’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot Series”

(you can check The Letter entries here, past entries here, and my contributions here)

I saw The Letter (1940) for the first time last year. I did it as part of the “Mondays with Manuel” series, in which I’m ...

Hit Me With Your Best Shot, or How Can’t Stop the Music (1980) is a glitterbomb

This is part of The Film Experience’s April Fools Day Edition of Hit Me With Your Best Shot. (And what an apt April Fools joke this is!)

As a result, the young men compensate by playing at being men, wearing cowboy clothes, boots, black leather, attempting through clothes, (what an age for the fetishist!) to ...

Mondays with Manuel: Gilda (1946)

 

Mondays with Manuel is a new ongoing series here at the blog wherein I am watching all the films referenced in Manuel Puig’s The Buenos Aires Affair (1974). If the name sounds familiar, it is because Puig gave us that other Hollywood-obsessed book (turned film/turned play/turned musical) Kiss of the Spider Woman (1976). In his 1974 police novel, Puig opens every ...

The $11 Billion Year, or How 2012 gets the play-by-play treatment

The $11 Billion Year; From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System by Anne Thompson

Despite its subtitle, there’s little that feels diagnostic (rather than anecdotal, though of course not for that any less true) about Thompson’s “inside look.”

Anne Thompson is a great read online. I have been a longtime fan ...

Hit Me With Your Best Shot, or How Eternal Sunshine destroys me every time

“How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d” – Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard

“I can’t remember anything without you” – Joel, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

“Meet me in Montauk” – Clementine, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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12 Years a Slave, or How “I will not fall into despair till freedom is opportune!”

12 Years a Slave

Directed by: Steve McQueen Written by: John Ridley Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Fassbender, Sarah Paulson, Paul Dano, Brad Pitt, Adepero Oduye & Angela Bassett.

Oscar Nominations: 9Best Picture, Directing (Steve McQueen), Actor in a Leading Role (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Actor in a Supporting Role (Michael Fassbender), Actress in a Supporting Role (Lupita Nyong’o), Writing – ...

Before Midnight, or How “Is this a dream or is this a memory?”

Before Midnight Directed by: Richard Linklater Written by: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke Starring: Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke.

Oscar Nomination: 1 Best Adapted Screenplay (Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke)

If there’s a more literate and sensuous film concerned with issues both big (transcendence, desire, gender disparity) ...

Captain Phillips, or How “I’m the captain now!”

Captain Phillips

Directed by: Paul Greengrass Written by: Billy Ray Starring: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali, and  Catherine Keener.

Oscar Nominations: 6 Best Picture, Actor in a Supporting Role (Barkhad Abdi), Writing – Adapted Screenplay (Billy Ray), Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing

“I’m the captain now!”

Captain Philips is

is as solid an action-packed thriller as we’ve come to ...

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