Review: The Skin I Live In

  Director: Pedro Almodóvar (Tie Me Up Tie Me Down, All About My Mother, Talk to Her, Volver, Broken Emraces) Producers: Agustín Almodóvar, Esther García Starring: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Jan Cornet MPAA Rating: R Running time: 117 min. Pedro Almodóvar clearly has issues. These issues have been evident for many many years and have...

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Director’s Club Podcast [Pedro Almodóvar]

Over at the Drectors Club Podcast this weekend I had the distinct pleasure of hanging out with Jim and Patrick as we dove into the still underrated works of Pedro Almodóvar. While we focused mainly on his Oscar winning production of All About My Mother and the arguable fan favorite, Talk to Her, we took enough time to dig a little deeper into the filmography...

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Almodóvar Marathon: “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” (1988)

  STARRING: Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Julieta Serrano, María Barranco Throughout this mini-marathon, we’ve been sort of jumping around within Almodovar’s filmography without any clear cut route in mind. We (meaning my girlfriend and myself) have just been going where the heart leads. We’ve revisited some of his more recent work and...

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Almodóvar Marathon: “Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down!” (1990)

  STARRING: Antonio Banderas, Victoria Abril, Loles León, Julieta Serrano The first film from Almodóvar I’ve come across that is straight up comedy – at least the first one I remember laughing out loud with so often. As I continue through this leisurely marathon, I expect that I’ll find another comedy somewhere within his filmography, but...

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Almodóvar Marathon: “Volver” (2006)

  STARRING: Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, Blanca Portillo, Yohana Cobo Though maybe not Almodóvar’s best effort, it’s likely his most accessible (and probably in his top five) as an enjoying tale that is more than satisfying by the time the closing credits roll; though it takes us on more than one tangential trip to get there....

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TIFF 09 Review: Broken Embraces

  Director: Pedro Almodóvar (Dark Habits, Bad Education, All About My Mother, Talk to Her, Volver) Writer: Pedro Almodóvar Producer: Esther García Starring: Penélope Cruz, Lluis Homar, Blanca Portillo, Jose Luis Gomez, Ruben Ochandiano MPAA Rating: R Running time: 127 min.   Few, if any, film makers in the world today can be classified as auteur in...

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