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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Have you seen the film? Did you like it? Do you think it deserved to win more Oscars?

Did you know that it is based on Scott Fitzgerald’s short story with the same name? Read the story on line here.

Post a comment with your opinion about the film, the story or both…

Film review: The Day the Earth Stood Still

Review by Reina

The Day the Earth stood still The day the Earth stood still is the last film by Scott Derrickson. A remake from a sci-fi film made by Robert Wise in 1951 and adapted from a novel by Harry Bates, the old film obtained a great box office success, and it’s considered one of the greatest classic sci-fi films. Besides, this version showed a story that put the audience on edge, but Scot‘s film is cold and not very believable.

The action starts when a spherical space ship lands in Central Park in New York. Aliens bring a message from human species: ‘If human species continues the same way as up to now, the Earth won’t survive. The Planet would only continue existing if humans disappear.’ Helen’s stepson (Jaden Smith) is the first person who has contact with alien Klatuu (Keanu Reeves). Dr. Grenier (Jon Hamm), who is a NASA officer, hires Helen (Jennifer Connelly) to be part of the scientific team to research aliens. She will try to show Klatuu our “humanity”.

The film is quite boring, even for sci-fi lovers. Klatuu is dull, because he doesn’t understand and meet human race; but, Reeves goes beyond the limit with an inexpressive, cold and boring performance. Moreover, Gort looks like a big Oscar instead of a robot prepared to destroy the World. On the other hand, it has great special effects and location created by computers, which create a dismal and distressing atmosphere.

To conclude, The day the Earth stood still is a film to download free and watch on a Saturday afternoon.

Film review: The butterfly effect

by Quave1969

This is a drama fantasy thriller written and directed by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber. It stars Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Eric Stolz, Eden Hemon, Ethan Supler, Melora Walters and John Patric Amedori.

In this film Evan Treborn grows up in a small town with his mother. He has memory blackouts every time something goes wrong or he is in danger. His mother and friends think he makes it all up to get rid of trouble.

He starts writing  journals at the age of seven. He grows up and this strange disease seems to have disappeared, but one day at university he finds his journals and starts reading. He becomes unconscious and finds himself living in one of those blackout moments in the past, but he can change what happens.

I found this film interesting because it plays with the idea of parallel universes and the plot makes sense. Besides it has a fast pace and some spine-chilling scenes that will leave you hanging on the edge of your seat.

“The butterfly effect” won the Pegasus Audience Award in 2004 at the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film and was nominated for many others.

Click here to see the trailer.

Film review: Brides War

By Olaya González Leivas

In this romantic comedy directed by Gary Winick, Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway play the characters of best friends Liv and Emma, who since childhood have planned every detail of their respective weddings: a ceremony at New York´s ultimate bridal destination, the Plaza Hotel and being bridesmaids at each other’s wedding.
Nowadays, at the age of 26, they’re about to get married, realize their dreams and live happily ever after. However, a clerical error causes a clash in wedding dates and they’re going to be married on the same day!! Liv, Emma and their lifelong friendship are put to the ultimate test.
Liv, a successful lawyer who is used to getting what she wants, including the perfect job and man won’t resign herself for anything less than the perfect wedding she has dreamed of for years. Emma, a school teacher who has always been good at taking care of others, but not so much at looking after herself, comes out swinging when her own dream wedding is in danger.
Now, the two best friends who’d do anything for each other find themselves in a no‐holds barred, taking‐no‐prisoners, a struggle that threatens to erupt into all‐out war.
In my opinion it’s an absolutely hilarious film you should go to see if you want to have a good time laughing. It’s the typical American comedy but if you like this kind of films, I think it’s a good time and it’s not based on “high‐school” stories like the most of them.
It describes the most common things that a “typical good girl” dreams of on the day of her wedding and it describes the scenario of the usual nerves of the days near to a wedding.

Film review: Sex in the City

by Beatriz Fernández

After six years on TV, the popular sitcom “Sex and the City” has turned into a film. Its creator, Michael Patrick King, has released this comedy as a continuation of his TV series. The sex life of the main character, the columnist Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker), and her three friends, the old-fashioned, moral and rich Charlotte, the open-minded and sophisticated Samantha, and the determined and independent Miranda, constitute the plot of this movie. These four different and inseparable beautiful New Yorkers are looking for the same concern: “real love”. This search has hooked thousands of viewers during the last six years. Therefore, to know the end of the story is one of the things which has made the film riveting. Besides, the film gives us the opportunity to know the best of the Big Apple; the most glamorous restaurants and places, the most typical foods and drinks. And it shows us the latest fashions; trendy clothes and stunning hair styles of the most important, and expensive designers.

Despite the fact that some people, specially men, believed the screenplay is frivolous, I think the secret of its success is that it’s difficult not to feel identified with some of the stories. You can have a good time watching it, and even if you have never seen the sitcom, you can follow the story easily.

Critics’ Picks: All About Eve

If you haven’t seen this wonderful film by Joseph L. Mankiewicz you don’t know what you’re missing! The television I grew up with offered just two channels (if you were lucky), so your choice of programmes was quite limited. However, the advantage of such a restricted choice was that I had the chance to enter the world of the black and white classics. And All About Eve, together with Philadelphia Stories were my favourites.
According to NY Times critic A.O. Scott All About Eve is a “spectacular”, “delicious, malicious story” which pictures the clashes of egos and rivalries in the theatre world of late the 1940’s. Watch a scene from the film:

And A. O. Scott’s  review: