Yup, Thursday has rolled around once again. That means it's also time for Thursday Movie Picks. Of course, you already knew that or you might not be here. After you're done, stay awhile if you've never been here, poke around the place, see if you like it. In the meantime, let's move on to the topic at hand. The wonderful and talented Wanderer at Wandering Through the Shelves has chosen a wonderful one for this week's edition. She chose Spanish language films. Ahem...AHEM...she had a little help. It was suggested by yours truly. To honor that, I'm going to play it straight this week. Finding some rare obscure crap cinema is fine, most weeks, but just in case one of these might be your first Spanish language flick, I want you to make your entry with some of the finest films in any language.
Sí , jueves ha rodado alrededor una vez más . Eso significa que es hora de que también los jueves Elecciones de película . Por supuesto , usted ya lo sabía , o puede que no sea aquí . Después de que haya terminado, pasar un rato si nunca has estado aquí , hurgar en el lugar , ver si le gusta . Mientras tanto , vamos a pasar al tema que nos ocupa . El vagabundo maravilloso y talentoso en errante través de los estantes ha elegido una maravillosa para la edición de esta semana. Ella eligió películas en español . Ejem ... ejem ... que tenía un poco de ayuda . Se sugirió por su servidor . En honor a eso, voy a jugar esta semana recta . Encontrar algún cine porquería oscura rara está muy bien, casi todas las semanas , pero por si acaso uno de ellos podría ser su primera película de la lengua española , quiero que haga su entrada con algunas de las mejores películas en cualquier idioma .
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Let's get to it.
Maria Full of Grace
(2004)Maria is a seventeen year old girl who quits her job after being treated unfairly by her boss. Unfortunately, her income helps support her family and they're none too pleased about it. Things get a little more stressful when she becomes pregnant by her boyfriend. As luck would have it, she runs into some shady dudes and agrees to become a drug mule for them. She is tasked with smuggling some of their product into New York City. I'll leave it there. Just know that this is a fantastic film about a young woman's harrowing journey. Catalina Sandeno Moreno is wonderful as Maria. For her effort, she earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.
(2009)Speaking of harrowing journeys, we have the tale of Willie, AKA El Casper. He's a gang member in Mexico who finds himself at odds with his leader Mago. When an altercation breaks out between the two breaks out El Casper winds up killing Mago. He figures it best to get out of dodge and joins a bunch of folks trying desperately to get into the United States. To say El Casper goes through some ups and downs is an understatement. Given the subject, and a certain candidate for Presidential candidate, this might be the most relevant of the films I'm recommending.
(2009)This film is also about a harrowing journey, but of an entirely different sort. It follows Harry Cain, a famous screenwriter and director who is also blind. One day a young guy named Ray X shows up on his doorstep begging to work with him on his next project. This causes Harry to reflect on his life. We get to reflect with him. And it is a great ride. The selling point here is a powerhouse turn by Penelope Cruz. She just dominates the screen. What will stick with you is how much is going on beneath the surface. Nothing going on is as tangible to the rest of the world as the events of the other two movies I picked. This is just tremendous storytelling.
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