Blonde (2022)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The screen could never contain her, nor could those 2 hours and 47 minutes of Blonde (2022). Marilyn is larger than life itself, not even death has been able to spoil her figure. Scandals, food to feed morbidly hungry stomachs and the perfect fertilizer to make the figure even more enigmatic. Andrew Dominik knew that he was going to enter a rough terrain, that he was going to be put under the magnifying glass for the mere fact of approaching one of the figures who helped create the Hollywood industry. The seasoned director decided to undertake the task from the part that he is best at, the visual discourse. To put together his story, he relies on the homonymous novel by the American Joyce Carol Oates. At over 700 pages, the book, published in 2000, became a bestseller and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

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The Fabelmans (2022)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Steven Spielberg is synonymous with cinema. In Olympus, a place awaits him to share with the great filmmakers who preceded him and who, like him, were a must for moviegoers. Even for a filmmaker of his caliber, the work he undertakes in The Fabelmans (2022) is challenging. For a man who changed the industry with a shark and some musical notes, who made the world fall in love with an alien, who took us on the most amazing adventures with his Indiana Jones, who saved thousands of Jews from extermination Nazi, who saved Private Ryan and who has shown for more than 5 decades that his thing is to make movies, this is still his most difficult move.

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Nazareno Cruz and the Wolf (1975)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Paint your village and you will paint the whole world.

Leo Tolstoy

Leonardo Favio knew that very well. It is as if it were impregnated in his DNA, because he did nothing more than shout to the world the trifles, the details, the most intimate of his “village”. With Nazareno Cruz and the Wolf the Argentine director’s bet was quite risky. Now he was not talking about the oppressed children’s victims of a political and social system like in Chronicle of a Boy Alone (1965), nor about the legendary gaucho of Juan Moreira (1973), now he turns to a character that comes from the Guarani mythology. And we say risky because it is not one of those classic figures from Greek or Norse mythology, it is a figure that has limited relevance within a less widespread culture.

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Cabaret (1972)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Bob Fosse’s musical Cabaret is included in multiple lists of the best movies of all time. The film holds the record for the most Oscars for a film that does not win the Best Picture award. At the 1973 ceremony the movie won 8 statuettes, including Best Actress for Liza Minnelli and Best Director for Fosse.

Loosely adapted from the Broadway musical of the same name, the film takes more from the novel “The Berlin Stories” and the play “I am a Camera”. Both the novel and the play were in turn the source for the musical. The main difference is that Fosse only took a couple of musical numbers from the original work for the film. John Kander and Fred Ebb wrote new compositions that brought the celluloid version of Cabaret to life.

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Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I wish it was 1986 too. At least someone else would have to worry about the bills. Before getting to Top Gun: Maverick (2022) we must get into the DeLorean and travel to 1986. Tony Scott (1944-2012) gave the cinema great movies, films that transcended the screen and became entrenched in popular culture, Top Gun (1986) is the perfect example. It’s impossible to imagine the eighties and nineties without Maverick, Ice Man and the F-14s taking to the skies to the tune of Kenny Loggins’ Danger Zone. Or maybe listening to Berlin’s Take My Breath Away and not imagining Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis doing their thing. Beyond its value as a cinematographic work, Scott’s film stands out thanks to its ability to connect with the audience and permeate it until it becomes a currency of regular use in society.

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