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Che Part 2: Guerilla byu Steven Soderbergh (2008)

The more depressing sequel, again Shot with a red, but with spherical lenses, continues the life of Che Guevera, from where the last film left off, having won the Cuban revolution and going on to his death fighting in Bolivia on October 9th, 1967. This really shows his struggles, and what he wanted to do for the rest of South America, but this was harder, as he and his men did not win the hearts and minds of the Bolivians, and this cost them dearly. This film is much more straighfoward than the last, telling the story linearly from Che’s point of view, and is a sadder film, as we know this is his end. Another amazing film, and a must see!

In 1965 Ernesto “Che” Guevera (Benicio del Toro) says he is going to check on Sugar growing, and he leaves Cuba, leaving a letter which Fidel Castro (Demian Bichir) reads on the TV to the Cuban people. In it Che gives up his Cuban citizenship, to go foment revolution elsewhere, leaving his family behind. He first went to the Congo, but this film focuses on him in 1966 when he goes to Bolivia, disguised as a middle aged Uraguayan businessman. He heads out into the woods to foment revolition, having trouble at first because he is an Argentine and not a Bolivian, but he has fought through that before. He wants the overthrow of American backed President René Barrientos (Joaquim de Almeida), but has problems right from the get go.

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Che Part 1: El Argentino by Steven Soderbergh (2008)

I am a huge Benicio del Toro fan, and have been wanting to see this since it came out, but it does not even come out on DVD until next year, but with the new Criterion streaming deal with Netflix I was finally able to watch this first of 2 films in HD and was absolutely blown away. Not only is this well directed, with an engaging, and true story with a fantastic performance by Benicio del Toro, but this film looks amazing, and it was one of the first films shot on RED cameras, and this part was even shot anamorphic with RED, and looked fantastic! In fact for all the complaining I hear about RED, it is films like this and District 9 that really show me just how good it is, and make me wish the damn Scarlet would come out, so people in a smaller budget can get their hands on it! This is the up film of the pair, this covering the Cuban Revolution, and it really does recreate the mood of the time, and a look into this world, and what happened. This is an absolute must see, and I am sure Criterion will be do an exemplary blu-ray of this film, and I look forward to the special features.

The film is intercut between 1964 and starting in 1955 at a gathering in Mexico City where the Cuban Revolution really began, and Ernesto “Che” Guevara (Benicio del Toro) first met Fidel Castro (Demian Bichir). In 1964 we have Che being interviewed by Lisa Howard (Julia Ormond), which is intercut through the film, as well as Che’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly about the Imperialism of the United States in South and Central America. In 1955 Che, Castro and around 80 others head to Cuba via boat, and start the armed revolution in Cuba. It is not easy for Che, who has asthma. At first he is not trusted by many because he is an Argentine, and not Cuban, and even Castro ends up demoting from him division, and putting him in charge of the wounded, but it is there that he learns to truly be a soldier.

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Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro (2006)

Perhaps I had just heard too much hype on this film. Or maybe it’s the fact that I have never really been too impressed with the films of del Toro. I mean I enjoyed Blade 2, but I usually think his films are more visually impressive than they are well done or even have a great story. I really wanted to like this film, but the whole film seemed too 1 dimensional, and actually fairly boring. Other than for the visuals I would not recommend this film.

Taking place in Spain earlier this century, in the middle of World War 2, when Spain was still ruled by the Fascist Franco, and the rebels were being put to death as the people suffered. A young girl who is enraptured by books and fairy tales named Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) travels with her pregnant mother Carmen (Ariadna Gil) to have her child with her new husband Capitán Vidal (Sergi López). Along the way her mother gets sick, and Ofelia sees a rock statue, and a huge bug she thinks is a fairy. They arrive, and Vidal is obviously a cruel man, killing even innocents who stand in his path. He has one kind servant Mercedes (Maribel Verdú) who is in fact helping her brother in the resistance. Things seem bad, but at night the fairies return and lead Ofelia into the nearby Labyrinth and to the creature Pan (Doug Jones) who tells her that she is in fact a princess from the underworld who has been reborn and she must complete 3 tasks to prove that her spirit survives…

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Y Tu Mam

I have wanted to see this film for sometime, and even more so after seeing the Prisoner of Azkaban which was so wonderfully directed, and of course this was the film my girlfriend has so wanted to see. This is a very well done, and sexy film about 2 teenage boys going on a road trip with a beautiful woman who is married to a cousin of hers, and who teaches them things about life and love and sex, and causes the friendship to fall apart do them their own actions with each other.

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Luc

A friend of mine gave me a 3 month subscription to Netflix, and I must say it is pretty cool. Anyway I asked my girlfriend what movies she wanted to see, and she told me this and Y Tu Mama Tambien, hmm both sexy movies. What does that say? Ha!

Anyway, not only is this an incredibly sexy film that shows erect penis and more breasts than anyone could expect, but it is an incredibly good film, and so well done, with amazing visuals, camera work, style, writing, editing and directing. The film is so well put together, and you really don’t know where it is going, or what is coming next. A twisting tail of intertwined lives that come together and apart, and are all a part of each other weather they want them to be or not. It is also told in real time and in flash back which deftly intertwines to tell the tale of the whole story, and weave a coherent narrative. I highly recommend this film, though it is not for kids!

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Motorcycle Diaries by Walter Salles (2004)

I have wanted to this movie for a while, and I did enjoy it, though not quite as much as I thought I would. Yes it is a really good movie, but for some reason I though their could have been more. This film is based on the journals of Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, who became Che Guevara a leader in the Cuban revolution who was later killed by the CIA. This film is story of him getting his eyes opened to the world, and the plight of the poor and the lower caste across the continent of South America.

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