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Film, "I'm So Excited!": Almodovar's Plane Crash Farce Takes Off

"I'm So Excited!": Almodovar's Plane Crash Farce Takes Off

Pedro Almodóvar has had a long enough career to be forgiven for the occasional toss-off, and his new I'm So Excited! is mostly a fluffy lark. It's a fun fluffy lark, though, with an outwardly serious premise: When an airliner…
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Film, "The Skin I Live In": Campy, Creepy Tale of Vengeful Mad Scientist

"The Skin I Live In": Campy, Creepy Tale of Vengeful Mad Scientist

The mad-scientist tale has remained more or less fixed since the beginning of sound cinema: From Dr. Frankenstein's claim to "know what it feels like to be God," to Jurassic Park's criticism of "scientists were so preoccupied with whether…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Broken Embraces</i>

Broken Embraces

"Everything’s already happened to me," admits Harry Caine, the blind, middle-aged filmmaker in Broken Embraces. "All that’s left is to enjoy life." ¡Sí! His own sights set low these days in his latest movie, reformed bad boy Pedro Almodóvar has…
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Film, <i>Broken Embraces</i>: Twice as fun as it ought to be

Broken Embraces: Twice as fun as it ought to be

"Everything's already happened to me," admits Harry Caine, the blind, middle-aged filmmaker in Broken Embraces. "All that's left is to enjoy life." ¡Sí! His own sights set low these days in his latest movie, reformed bad boy Pedro Almodóvar has…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>No Parole</i>

No Parole

If Pedro Almodóvar ever did a one-man show, it would probably be something like this. No Parole is part self-revelation and part telenovela, telling the outrageous story of Carlo D'Amore's childhood in Peru, immigration to America, and development as a…
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Culture, Stagecap

No Parole

If Pedro Almodóvar ever did a one-man show, it would probably be something like this. No Parole is part self-revelation and part telenovela, telling the outrageous story of Carlo D'Amore's childhood in Peru, immigration to America, and development as a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Make Your Mama Cry

Make Your Mama Cry

He's acted for Spike Lee. He's performed locally at Theatre Rhino, and with the Magic Theatre. He's been on Broadway, and he's been on TV — in Oz. Carlo D'Amore's got chops, all right. His one-man show, the semi-autobiographical No…
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Film, The Man Who Loved Women

The Man Who Loved Women

Men are literally disposable in Pedro Almodovar's Volver. But the film, particularly for fans of the gynophilic, flamboyantly color-coordinating maker of loco melodramas, is essential. The title translates as Coming Back — as in "back from the dead," referring to…
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Film, Into the Jungle

Into the Jungle

Setting out to cover Latin American cinema, it wasn't immediately apparent how many Argentine films would be in the mix. As it happens, they form the most interesting selection of south-of-the-border offerings this year. It's no surprise really, given that…
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Calendar, Night&Day Leave Them Kids Alone

Leave Them Kids Alone

Bad Education is a dream come true for many reasons, but first and foremost, the pairing of director Pedro Almodóvar with actor Gael García Bernal is, shall we say, deeply exciting. The talented Mexican thespian's past portrayals of men moved…
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Film, Misdirected

Misdirected

Bad Education, the new film by the flamboyant Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, opens on a man sitting at a table, poring over the tabloids for stories of interest. When he finds something he likes, he reads it to his lover:…
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Film, The Zero Effect

The Zero Effect

When it made the rounds of the gay and lesbian film festivals last year, Km. 0 (Kilometer Zero) found itself the winner of several audience awards -- prizes voted on by festivalgoers themselves for the feature they happened to enjoy…
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Love Junkie

Pedro Almodovar has defined his cinematic career as a rejection of Franco's Spain, so it is odd, in his new film, The Flower of My Secret, to find him embracing the Spanish equivalent of family values. Almodovar moved by himself…
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