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The Marshlands (La isla mínima)

Director: Alberto Rodríguez
Writers: Rafael Cabos, Alberto Rodríguez

One of the most well made films I’ve seen in Spanish. A police drama rich in sociopolitical commentary, reminiscent of True Detective.

The ending is bitter sweet; some criminals walk free.

Director: Alberto Rodríguez
Escritores: Rafael Cabos, Alberto Rodríguez

Una de las mejores hechas películas en castellano. Una drama policiaca que recuerda de True Detective.

Eo final es agridulce; algunos criminales están libres.

A Brief History of Everything 4/5

Insanely good performance from Eddie Redmayne. Definitely deserved an Oscar for that. Incredible!

In general I found the film to be a bit too emotional for my taste but it’s definitely the perfect film to watch with your family (parents and grown up children etc).

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La actuación de Eddie Redmayne fue super bien. Le mereció el Oscar de verdad!
Para mi, la película es un poco “emocional” pero es el tipo de película que es perfecta para ver con la familia (padres y hijos adolescentes)

American Sniper: 0/5 The Worse Film I’ve Ever Seen

I had reservations about watching American Sniper. I worried that I wouldn’t enjoy it because of American propaganda, but I got lucky; this film has a lot more wrong with it than skewed ideology.

No Female Soldiers/ Soldiers of Colour

Women make up 14.5% of the active-duty force (according to CNN), while African American soldiers make up around a quarter. So with almost half of soldiers on active duty being made up of women and African Americans, you would think any modern war film worth its salt would try to accurately represent that, wouldn’t you? Well, you would be wrong.

Mental Illness/Masculinity

Men are at four times more risk of suicide than women. Some psychologists argue that this is because of hegemonic masculinity, which demands a “tough guy” front from men, who are conditioned from an early age to not talk about their feelings, leading to them not being able to ask for help later in life.

I found it completely irresponsible, that this film portrayed Chris Kyle (who seems to be suffering from classic symptoms of post-traumatic stress), as some sort of “strong silent type”, who’s miraculously cured by a 20 second scene with a psychiatrist who tells him simply to “help others” in order to recover. I don’t know whether this is Clint Eastwood’s old school portrayal of masculinity, or whether the problem comes from the autobiography that the film is based on.

Portrayal of Iraqis

Opens with “call to prayer”, which is normally played in Mosques.

Iraqis are referred to as “savages” by American soldiers.

Characters proclaim: “We’re not fighting for this dirt”

Brutal, unnecessary violence from “bad guys” (such as the scene where the enemy leader uses a drill on a child and then shoots both the child and the father), whereas American soldiers are depicted as just “doing their jobs”/”protecting themselves”.

The film depicts roughly 1 American soldier dying to 6-10 Iraqis. In actual fact, during the whole war, 4,500 American soldiers have been killed,  and 450,000 Iraqis, meaning  that a more realistic ratio might be 1 American soldier dying for every 100 Iraqi deaths.

Badly Made

-Comedy baby doll, completely obviously fake.

-Sound, in general. Car noise random and too loud.

-Wooden characters.

-Doesn’t hold together.

-Passage of time only shown by size of children (not by any changes in adult actors)

-Only one female character.

-Only one black actor.

Filth 2013 3/5

James MacAvoy plays a drug taking, violent police officer, manipulating everyone around him in order to gain a promotion which he believes will bring him and his wife back together again.
Male Sexuality
The protagonist Bruce Robertson uses his authority in order to gain sexual favours from women, such as the young girl he tries to coerce into giving him oral sex, and the office secretary he tricks into having sex with him by using the enlarge function on the photocopier to make her think he has a bigger penis.
Bruce uses all the tricks he possible can to intimidate, bully, and turn everyone else against each other, in order to become the most eligible for the promotion. He believes that the promotion will make his wife come home again, as she will be attracted to his success.
By the end of the film, a younger character, who James used to dominate, who was depicted as having a “small penis”, gets the promotion that Bruce wanted so badly. This is too much for Bruce to bear (that he be inferior to such an individual) and contributes to his suicide.
Female Sexuality
Throughout the film, Bruce uses women, tricking them into doing what he wants using various methods. By the end of the film, he is raped by one of his lovers who demands sex from him. This signals his downfall.
Representations of Mental Illness
Bruce’s coworker emplores him to seek help, but he brushes her off, thinking it’s some sort of tactic to rise through the ranks (ahead of him).
The film ends with Bruce choosing suicide over the love of a new lover, who is presented as a kind recently widowed mother of a young boy.
 Year
2013
Running Time
97 min.
Country
 United Kingdom
Director
Jon S. Baird
Screenwriter
Jon S. Baird (Novel: Irvine Welsh)
Cinematography
Matthew Jensen
Cast
James McAvoy, Imogen Poots, Jamie Bell, Joanne Froggatt, Eddie Marsan, Jim Broadbent, Emun Elliott, Kate Dickie, Shirley Henderson, Ron Donachie, Martin Compston, Iain De Caestecker, Pollyanna McIntosh
Production Co.
Steel Mill Pictures / Logie Pictures / Altitude Film Entertainment
Genre
Thriller. Comedy | Black comedy. Crime. Drugs
Synopsis / Plot
A bipolar bigoted junkie cop, manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure promotion and win back his wife and daughter. Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), a corrupt, cocaine-snorting, hard-drinking Edinburgh cop, is angling for a promotion to detective inspector, and is prepared to secure it by any means necessary. After a messy marriage split, however, his mind might not be as sharp as it was…
Critics Reviews
  • “Baird sticks quite faithfully to Welsh’s novel, though he dilutes its relentlessly nasty tone and changes some minor plot points (…) Filth is still a hugely entertaining breath of foul air” 
    Stephen Dalton : The Hollywood Reporter
  • “This descent into Scotch-marinated madness begins as ugly comedy, segues imperceptibly into farcical tragedy, and inevitably — perhaps intentionally — loses control in the process” 
    Guy Lodge: Variety
  • “A bulked-up James McAvoy dominates the screen in this razor-sharp Glasgow smile of a black comedy, packed with aberrant sex, hard drugs and maximum David Soul. (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of five)” 
    Damon Wise: Empire
  • “After a certain point, watching it is like listening to the ravings of an increasingly incoherent and abusive drunk.” 
    Stephen Holden: The New York Times
  • “‘Filth’ (…) is wired to explode. Even when the film falls to pieces, McAvoy’s bonkers brilliance will blow you away. (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of four)” 
    Peter Travers: Rolling Stone

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