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Not that I watch much TV... When I was around 15 or 16 years old, I decided I watched too much TV and it was, for the most part, a total waste of time. It was back then when I started to get into the habit of reading, walking and writing about all sorts of things. Still to this day, I don't watch more than 1-3 hours of TV a week and even that tends to be carefully chosen documentaries and movies. What I publish here is not necessarily reviews of movies and TV shows. In some cases, I will simply use something I watched as an excuse to reflect upon any other related topics.
|A&E: Biography||The American cable channel A&E started a one-hour series many years ago titled Biography. Not that they can cover someone's life in depth in one hour, but it is nevertheless one of the best programs on American TV these days.|
|The Shock Doctrine||
Based on a book by the same title, well known Canadian activist Naomi
Klein argues in this documentary that the free market economic policies
of Milton Friedman (implemented in the 1980s by Ronald Reagan and Margaret
Thatcher) were a part of a deliberate strategy to exploit world crises in
order to pursue the interests of the rich and powerful.
|The French Revolution||
All the violence and upheaval of the French revolution packed in a
couple of hours. Not very deep, but it is a nice historical overview.
Here, instead of reviewing the documentary itself, I reflect on its
|Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary||
A series of interviews with Traudl Junge, personal secretary of Hitler's
between 1942 and 1945, where she tells us about life in the bunker up
until the very end.
|The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance||
A quick overview of the Italian Renaissance and the key role played by
the Medici family in its own birth and development.
|American Visions: The Republic of Virtue||
Australian-born art critic Robert Hughes made this PBS documentary as what
he called "a love letter to America" after living here for 20 years. In
this first episode of the series, Hughes studies the neoclassical roots of
A PBS documentary on the monk behind the Protestant revolution
that shook the Western world and set in motion the changes that would
reshape Medieval Europe. Luther preached the direct relationship of
the individual with God, without the interference of the Church. In
doing so, and with the assistance of other intellectual forces, he
unleashed the power of the individual that would end up creating the
|The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization||
A PBS documentary on the classical Greek civilization, centered around
the figures of Themistocles, Pericles and Socrates, teaches us about
the key contributions of their civilization to our Western culture.
These are some thoughts that occurred to me as I watched this
|On the Road||
Adaptation of the book written by Jack Kerouac, which became the best
known example of literature by the beat generation and personal
bible of plenty of youngsters back in the 1960s.
|Into the Wild||
Adaptation of Jon
Krakauer's book to film. This movie, directed by Sean Penn, tells us the story of Christopher McCandless, a
young American who left it all to live an adventure in the wilderness in
Alaska and perished there.
New adaptation of Oscar
Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray brought to the screen by the English
Traditionally considered one of the science-fiction key films, this movie
adapts to a William Gibson story to the big screen.
In an insane asylum, the Marquis de Sade directs Jean Paul Marat's last
days through a theater play where the actors are the patients. Peter
Brook directed both the movie and the stage version of the play written
by Peter Weiss in 1963.
|Farewell My Concubine||
A sweeping overview of 20th century China and its effects on two actors
who spend their lives interpreting a traditional opera that gives title
to the movie.
|The Blair Witch Project||
Filmed with an extremely low budget, The Blair Witch Project lacks
any special effects whatsoever but still manages to distill fear. A good
example of how it is still possible to make good cinema without much
One of the moviemaking's all time classics. Hitchcok's masterpiece
is still too suspenseful for those among us who cannot watch a thriller
without sitting on the edge of the chair.
Robert Rodriguez's first big hit, and perhaps the movie that, together
with Pulp Fiction, started the whole indie craze here
in the USA.
|Good Bye Lenin!||
Winner of the 2003 European Film Awards, this movie offers a different,
more personal approach to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the German
|Todo sobre mi madre||
El largometraje de Almodóvar que ganara el Oscar a la mejor
película extranjera en el año 2000. Como de costumbre en
el caso del cineasta manchego, se trata de un filme donde las mujeres
tienen un papel principal.
|The Passion of the Christ||
One of this year's most talked about events. Mel Gibson's movie has
been accused of many things, but it still surprises me how many people
manage to talk about it (and even criticize it) without having seen it.
A remake of Murnau's classic Nosferatu (the silent movie from
1922), directed by Werner Herzog and starring Klaus Kinski in the
role of Count Dracula.
A very sui generis interpretation of Virginia Woolf's Mrs.
Dalloway, this existential movie portraits three women and how they
deal with meaningless and trivial lifes.
|One Hour Photo||
A fascinating first movie by director Mark Romanek. Using an intriguing
and disturbing plot, One Hour Photo keeps you on the edge of the
sofa without a need to resort to the cheap Hollywood extravaganzas.
|A Clockwork Orange||
A classic of the history of cinema. In Kubrick's nihilistic future,
a young man with a love for ultra-violence gets in trouble, is
incarcerated and brainwashed in order to be "cured". But things do
not go as expected.
Mixture of thriller and horror movie, Rosemary's Baby is a true
masterpiece, and one that manages to keep the viewer constantly on the
verge of yelling out for help without resorting to lots of blood, creepy
murders and expensive but easy special effects. Polanski, in the good
tradition of Hitchock, shows us how to make a demonic movie on a low
|American History X||
A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from
falling in the same trap. A virtual journey to the heart of white
supremacism, hatred and political extremism.