CARLOS ALVAR MOVIES I

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1.
Almost Famous (2000)
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A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour. (122 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ Cameron Crowe firmó la que,hasta hoy día,es su mejor obra.Una deliciosa mirada atrás a la época dorada del rock,contada con la delicadeza y la frescura de quien conoce y ama esta música seminal del siglo XX.

Imprescindible,como siempre en los trabajos de Crowe,ese buenrollismo típico del cine indie americano,acompañado,eso sí, de la fascinante facilidad del director de "Singles" para sintetizar los postulados esenciales de la sociedad americana en un momento dado de su historia.

No faltan tampoco los clichés que siempre han acompañado al mundo del rock,así como las servidumbres que inexorablemente se han de sufrir en la búsqueda del éxito y la fama en el competitivo mundo del entertainment americano, todo ello ágilmente desarrollado en una comedia refrescante a modo de road movie setentera sobre los avatares de un adolescente aprendiz de periodista musical (Patrick Fugit) que acompaña a una joven y semidesconocida banda de hard rock en un tour por todo el país.

Especialmente destacable la presencia de Kate Hudson como groupie amante del líder del grupo,interpretado aquí por Billy Crudup.Altamente recomendable si amas el rock'n'roll y no te molestan las comedias de iniciación a la vida adulta tan en boga en los ochenta. ” - CarlosAlvar
 
2.
Thirteen (2003)
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A thirteen-year-old girl's relationship with her mother is put to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool but troubled best friend. (100 mins.)
“ Notable panégirico del conflicto padres-hijos y la ausencia de referentes morales y vitales de una juventud desubicada y hedonista,magníficamente interpretada por Holly Hunter,Evan Rachel Wood y Nikki Reed. ” - CarlosAlvar
 
3.
Alpha Dog (2006)
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A drama based on the life of Jesse James Hollywood, a drug dealer who became one of the youngest men ever to be on the FBI's most wanted list. (118 mins.)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
 
4.
Into the Wild (2007)
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After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. (148 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
“ Emocionante,intensa,imprescindible,agotaría todos los calificativos positivos si con ello os convenciera para que os adentrarais en la fascinante vida y obra de Christopher McCandless,un héroe,o lo más cercano a un héroe que se puede encontrar hoy día y merezca esta calificación.

Sean Penn,esta vez en su faceta de director,se acerca con enorme acierto y evidente fascinación a la experiencia vital de un recién graduado universitario (Emile Hirsch) que,hastiado del role que supuestamente ha de interpretar en su confortable pero previsible futuro,abandona a su familia,posesiones y hasta su identidad para viajar por todo el país mochila al hombro,sobreviviendo de trabajos esporádicos allá por donde transita,y con el objetivo preclaro de llegar a Alaska,donde ha planeado confundirse con el entorno y así gozar de la vida salvaje,con la sola compañia de la fauna del lugar y refugiándose en un vetusto y abandonado autocar escolar en la inmensidad de la estepa incógnita.

Entre uno y otro momento,Penn acompaña a nuestro héroe en su viaje espiritual y de redescubrimiento y,de paso,nos invita a cuestionarnos los endebles valores de nuestra programada e insustancial sociedad moderna,fosilizada y sin capacidad para el cambio,anquilosada por mor del Welfare State del progresismo en ciertos parámetros que anulan al individuo y le transforma en un ser acrítico,complaciente y desnaturalizado.

Un alegato en favor de la libertad individual,un arma de infinitas posibilidades y a disposición del hombre común que anhela hacer de su vida algo extraordinario,una vida que merezca ser vivida,y así como dijo el genial Henry David Thoreau,no descubrir,en el umbral de la muerte,que no se había vivido. ” - CarlosAlvar
 
5.
Atonement (2007)
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Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit. (123 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
“ Extraordinaria adaptación de la novela de Ian McEwan sobre la necesidad de sopesar las consecuencias de nuestros actos y el modo en como éstos influyen en las vidas de los demás.Magnífica ambientación y puesta en escena de un Joe Wright en estado de gracia,junto a la soberbia actuación de la jóven actriz Saoirse Ronan. ” - CarlosAlvar
 
6.
There Will Be Blood (2007)
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A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. (158 mins.)
“ Duelo interpretativo soberbio entre Daniel Day Lewis y Paul Dano en, no cabe duda, una de las películas de la década.Anderson nos muestra con una crudeza sorda y oleaginosa la degradación paulatina de un hombre en pos de un sueño embadurnado de resina,amén de los cadáveres cobrados por el camino.Los ojos encendidos de odio del personaje protagonizado por Lewis es uno de los momentos cinematográficos más espeluznantes jamás rodados. ” - CarlosAlvar
 
7.
Across the Universe (2007)
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The music of the Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist. (133 mins.)
Director: Julie Taymor
 
8.
Pineapple Express (2008)
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A process server and his marijuana dealer wind up on the run from hitmen and a corrupt police officer after he witnesses his dealer's boss murder a competitor while trying to serve papers on him. (111 mins.)
 
9.
Enter the Void (2009)
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A U.S. drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection. (161 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
 
10.
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
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An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her. (95 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
 
11.
Star Trek (2009)
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The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time. (127 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
 
12.
The Social Network (2010)
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Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business. (120 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
13.
127 Hours (2010)
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An adventurous mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive. (94 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
 
14.
Inception (2010)
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A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
 
15.
Cemetery Junction (2010)
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A 1970s-set comedy centered on three young working class friends in a dreary suburb of Reading. (95 mins.)
 
16.
Take Me Home Tonight (2011)
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Four years after graduation, an awkward high school genius uses his sister's boyfriend's Labor Day party as the perfect opportunity to make his move on his high school crush. (97 mins.)
Director: Michael Dowse
 
17.
50/50 (2011)
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Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease. (100 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine
 
18.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
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Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, the Dark Knight, with the help of the enigmatic Selina, is forced from his imposed exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane. (164 mins.)
 
19.
Lincoln (2012)
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As the War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. (150 mins.)
 
20.
Looper (2012)
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In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination. (119 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
 
21.
Spring Breakers (2012)
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Four college girls hold up a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation. While partying, drinking, and taking drugs, they are arrested, only to be bailed out by a drug and arms dealer. (94 mins.)
Director: Harmony Korine
 
22.
Cloud Atlas (2012)
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An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. (172 mins.)
 
23.
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
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After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. (132 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
 
24.
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
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A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. (104 mins.)
 
25.
This Is the End (2013)
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While attending a party at James Franco's house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the Biblical Apocalypse. (107 mins.)
 
26.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
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Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. (146 mins.)
 
27.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)
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Some of Sin City's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants. (102 mins.)
 
28.
Interstellar (2014)
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A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival. (169 mins.)
 
29.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)
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Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage. (123 mins.)
 
30.
Into the Woods (2014)
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A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree. (125 mins.)
Director: Rob Marshall
 
31.
The Interview (2014)
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Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapoport run the celebrity tabloid show "Skylark Tonight". When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission. (112 mins.)
 
32.
The Walk (2015)
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In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit recruits a team of people to help him realize his dream: to walk the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. (123 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
33.
The Night Before (2015)
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On Christmas eve, three lifelong friends spend the night in New York City looking for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties. (101 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine
 
34.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)
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As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance. (137 mins.)
 
35.
Star Trek Beyond (2016)
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The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test. (122 mins.)
Director: Justin Lin
 
36.
Snowden (2016)
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The NSA's illegal surveillance techniques are leaked to the public by one of the agency's employees, Edward Snowden, in the form of thousands of classified documents distributed to the press. (134 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
37.
Everest (????)
British mountain climber, George Mallory, makes multiple attempts to scale Mt. Everest throughout the 1920s.
 
38.
Robopocalypse (????)
A sci-fi story set in the aftermath of a robot uprising.
 
39.
The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag (????)
A man, who suddenly realizes that he has no memory of what he does during the day, hires a husband and wife detective agency to follow him. The truth takes a dark turn as their investigation leads to a series of frightening revelations.
Director: Alex Proyas