Beatriz at Dinner

"Destroy life is easy, but maintain it…"

The film Beatriz at Dinner is a magic trip. What the director Miguel Arteta makes is a one way trip into place where you realize life itself. Arteta previous works are not as ambitious as Beatriz at Dinner is. Starting from what is serve for dinner you will end very satisfied.

Beatriz at Dinner – Official Trailer

Beatriz is a lonely woman that loves life not matter what form. Beatriz is a message therapist based on Los Angeles. She loves her work and loves to heal people.
Beatriz works in a hospital but also has clients outside her office. This time, Beatriz goes to the house of a deal client. The client is hosting a dinner party where Beatriz will take part. However, a guest is all the opposite of what Beatriz is and believes. The dinner will make Beatriz’s feelings go wild.

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The movie is a plane and simple meal. However, the work delivered from the cast is as hilarious as breathe-taking. Salma Hayer plays the main character Beatriz. Biggest moment in the film: Salma Hayer can sing! John Lithgow is the “bad” guy. The trans-parents Jay Duplass and Amy Landecker are working together. Also, two actors part of American Horror Story, Connie Britton and Chloë Sevigny. Part of the cast already had work before, and the chemistry is a proving fact.

The dark humor in the film is deliciously serve for all. Duplass and Landecker coming from a comedy (Transparent) that touch all types of comedy make all the ingredients cook to the point where you can enjoy it even do it’s dark comedy and a little soul-taste.

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Hayer’s character fits her well, however, I want to see her taking risks.


Wind River – reviews

“Snow and Silence”

Let’s be honest the director Taylor Sheridan knows how make a savage but full of true feeling films. This time he did again! Coming from two big and powerful hits, Sicario (2015) and Hell or Hight Water (2016), where both films where claimed at the Oscar… Sheridan knows how to play right within chance to loose.

Watch Wind River – Official trailer

Wind River is an ambitious breath taking. A eighteen-year old girl is found frozen in Wyoming’s Wind River reservation by the wildlife agent Cory Lambert. Lambert ask for help to solve this scene which looks like a murder crime. Jane Banner an FBI agent is sent for help. But, the low temperatures make Banner’s work looks basic. Lambert and Banner team up to “track” the scene.
In a small cold town where everybody know everything and everything is far, old ghost are hunting feelings of the present.

Image via The Weinstein Company.

Wind River has a super duo. The main characters are portrayed by Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen. Renner’s work is just brilliant. He delivers a cold but joyful interpretation. Also, Olsen plays a friendly work. See these two out of their characters of superheroes (Avengers) is a lemonade in summertime. They bring the chemistry they already have made on Avengers. Well play by Sheridan.

Olsen and Renner on set of Wind River. Image via The Weinstein Company.

Sheridan knows how create horror scenes into an amazing landscape of possibilities. The recreation of the murder scene is a landscape where you could get lost. The twist. The twist Sheridan makes is something we should consider as a great work. Also, how the director portrays the actual situation of Native Americans.


What Did the Doctor say?

Based on a real event

It was a cloudy fall day and everyone was getting ready for Halloween.
I was sleeping when my mother entered my room, turning on the light. I felt the bright light shinning on my face, but it was not enough to wake me up. She opened the curtains, letting in the sunlight. “Gabriel, wake up! Your cousin is sick again. We have to go to the hospital.” That was the only thing she said before leaving my room.
When I finally woke up, she stopped what was becoming an anthem. I looked at my phone it was only 9:17 AM. I knew I would have a long day ahead with my mother. So I decided to relax and take a hot shower.
Before making my way to the bathroom, I looked at my phone again: 9:34 AM, and it was a hundred percent charged. I took my phone, my towel, and my toothbrush, and I started to walk toward the bathroom. On my way there, I realized that my mother was still taking a shower. I returned to my room and lay down on my bed, waiting for her to finish.

“Gabriel! Are you still sleeping?” she yelled.
“Naa. I am awake.” I replied.

It took me half an hour to get ready. We took the first taxi that was passing by. The driver was a Dominican guy. He was one of those guys that can tell you their entire life story and what is happening on the news in just a ride. My mother enjoyed all that talk. They were talking and I was listening to music through my headphones. I paused the music to ask my mother what was going to be my birthday gift. I was about to turn nineteen in a few more days.

“You have to wait five more days,” she said, “Stop asking.”

My cousin Lea suffers from lupus. She has to come to the hospital often because of her condition. Lea is married and has three children. Two of them are teenagers. Her children are always affected by these hospital visits.
Lea was in a hospital located on Broadway, in Uptown Manhattan. It took us about twenty minutes to get there. The New York Presbyterian Hospital had the typical smell of sickness and antiseptic alcohol. Lea was in a two bed room, the room number was two hundred and twenty seven, located on the third floor.

“Lets take the stairs.” my mother said. She does not like elevators. Once, she had a bad experience inside an elevator.
“Mom, this hospital is huge. We might get lost. Lets take the elevator. And you want to see Lea, right?” I said.
“Okay. Let’s take it.” She finally said, while glancing at me.

When we got to the room, Lea’s older child was there with his dad. “Lea, what happened?” my mother asked my cousin. “Are you okay?” As Lea started to tell us what happened, I took a deep look to her. She looked like she did not sleep in days; her skin was as white as the full moon in a summer night, and her mouth was as dry as the arid earth in a desert.

On the other bed in the room I noticed a middle-aged Asian woman. I could see her name on her hospital bracelet; her name was Kim. Next to her were an Asian man and a white woman. I guess he was her son and his girlfriend. I looked at Kim and I realized she did not look bad at all. She looked healthy.
Fifteen minutes later, a doctor came into the room to take a look at both his patients. The doctor was around twenty eight years old.
“Very young to be a doctor.” my mother said under her breath.
“Nowadays they are like this, Tia.” Steven, my cousin’s husband, said back.
“Can you all wait in the hall for a few minutes? Please!” The doctor said. We all left the room, including Kim’s son and his girlfriend. About seven minutes after the doctor entered, he called Kim’s son inside. The doctor called him Jim. Jim took his girlfriend inside too.
Ten minutes later, the doctor left the room number two hundred and twenty seven with a changed face. He looked sad. “He is crying. Right?” Steven said. I could not see his tears. When we got back inside the room, we saw Kim and Jim crying. Jim looked devastated crying like a baby without his mother.

“ What did the doctor say?” My mother asked my cousin.
“The doctor said that Kim has a high level of cancer,” Lea said under her breath, “He said that she only has five months left. Maybe less than that.”

We were all shocked when we heard the news. I looked at Kim. She was crying; nothing exaggerated because she was trying to calm down her son, who was devastated.
I started to think how a single word can destroy a person. How cancer can destroy a family. I started to cry too. Kim looked at me. “Is okay.” She said. I couldn’t handle it. I left the room because I didn’t want Jim to look at me. “I’m going take a walk.” I said to my mother.
“Gabriel, wait! Lea we should go. Is getting late and is cold outside. I’m coming tomorrow after work.” My mother said to Lea and me.
“Okay, then. Take care!” Lea said.

We took a taxi again because the temperature dropped and the wind was freezing. The taxi driver was a quiet guy this time. I thanked God because I wasn’t in a good mood to talk or listen to anybody, and I’m sure my mother felt the same. I thought about life and how hard it could be sometimes.
Then I said:
-“What?” my mother asked me.
-“I don’t want anything for my birthday.”

Atomic Blonde – review

A new James Bond Rises

I was not expecting to go and watch this Atomic Blonde. Atomic Blonde was my second option for the night. But, as people always say, “when you aren’t expecting nothing… life surprises you the most”. This time the director David Leitch, Charlize Theron, and an amazing soundtrack made it all the work.

To watch Atomic Blonde trailer

The movie is devised on three parts: the beginning, a present where teh British agent is narrating what happened on the begging, and the end.

The British agents on set. Image via Trailer Addicted.

While Berlin is battling the Cold War on his on land for freedom, another war is taking part on the underground, an atomic blonde is feeling Bond, James Bond. A savage blonde agent part of the British secret service is sent to Berlin to get some information that is precious for the British.

Beside you may think by the effects at the beginning of the movie… Atomic Blonde starts high: well and strong acts server with rough soundtracks. There isn’t a low nor slow acst. All the characters work together to keep the audience entertained (a thing that many directors and writers forget) the whole 140 minutes.

Theron makes an powerful work-group with James McAvoy (which early this year gave us a major performance on Split) and Sofia Boutella. Theron’s script is savage and smart. The action scene are full adrenaline and blood. Rough blood. Also, McAvoy’s work as a mean sexy Berlin lover is as important as Theron work.

Image via YouTube.

Atomic Blonde is a fancy smart move from the direction. Leitch took risks that are visible (which I thanks) on the direction. Make a combination of thriller, comedy, action, and fashionable is not a easy work. But, Leitch did it!


Dunkirk – review

-DUNKIRK- a success?

After months of waiting where the first trailer was released on the last months of 2016, Dunkirk finally arrived to big screen. The expectations were growing with every trailer. Last time I saw Mark Rylance he was holding his first Oscar for his role as Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in the movie, Bridge of Spies. Also, Harry Style, part of the boy band One Direction, is making his major debut. Another aspect that makes Dunkirk grows with expectations is the fact of advertisings. Here in New York City, Dunkirk is having one of the most expensive and over the place advertising.

Dunkirk – Trailer 1

Saturday night means movie night. Dunkirk starts during a war where the British’s army of 400,000 soldiers is trapped on the northern coast of France during World War II, where their only mission is to evacuate the battle field. Stock in Dunkirk’s beach the British’s army is doing their best to finally go home. But, there are not enough ships. The sea and the beach are being bombed, home seems to be a dream far to become real.

image via Wikipedia.

The movie takes place in the air, water, and ground. While the soldiers are making the impossible be possible to escape. Help is on their way by sea as form of ships to rescue those that still in Dunkirk beach. But, the real battle is taking place in the air. German planes are destroying all the ships and hopes of the British army.

The movie is well made. The picture, scenography, and the places the choose are a highly. However, the script on the cast is poor. There isn’t not a background story about the war nor the characters. There isn’t a line to connect. Harry Style has not a hook script. However, Style takes a well amount of screen time.

To see the whole cast.

The best scenes are during the frustrating efforts Tom Hardy do to take down German’s planes. All these scenes without a heroic speech of relief is a major failed. However, Rylance plays a role of a skilled veteran of war… which is a wasted of opportunities. His role could be a major impact on the story. The kid who died, the French rescued, the other kid, Tom Glynn-Carney, are just roles that will be forget. All because the fact that they don't have a epic moment.

Tom Hardy as Farrier. Image via YouTube.

Throughout the whole movie, Dunkirk doesn’t show a single German but just their planes. Where were the army that wanted to kill all British’s soldiers? A major question people after the movie asked.

The isn’t a big impact with music, but the sound effects of the bullets. The movie is made in a IMAX format to bring the best of the air battle, but around the world there a just couple IMAX screens. What’s a disadvantage for the movie.