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2013 | 2011

3 items from 2013


Notebook Reviews: Walter Hill's "Bullet to the Head" & Álex de la Iglesia's "As Luck Would Have It"

4 February 2013 7:58 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

As narrative, Bullet to the Head is amateurish. Villains awkwardly explain their plans for the benefit of the audience. Characterization is non-existent. Scenes are bridged by lame iMovie-style filter effects. Poorly Photoshopped stills are used to illustrate "backstory." The movie clunks along with no sense of dramatic tension or scope.

And yet in terms of how it handles light, movement, texture, and space, it's clearly the work of a master. Directing his first feature since Undisputed (2002), Walter Hill invests the film with all the hallmarks of his abstracted macho style: blunt comic-strip compositions; telephoto lenses that turn foreground objects into translucent smears on the frame; figures lit chiaroscuro against backdrops of neon; reflections rippling on water. Bullet in the Head may have a shaky sense of structure and plot, but it has a firm grip on action movie form. 

Sylvester Stallone—looking more than a little like a gorilla taught »

- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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Trailer, poster and images for As Luck Would Have It starring Salma Hayek, José Mota

29 January 2013 8:06 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Álex de la Iglesia's As Luck Would Have It (La chispa de la vida) has new images in the gallery. The drama stars José Mota and Salma Hayek as well as Blanca Portillo, Juan Luis Galiardo, Fernando Tejero, Manuel Tallafé, Antonio Garrido and Carolina Bang. The film opens Friday in select theaters, Cable VOD, SundanceNOW and other digital platforms. Roberto (famed Spanish comic José Mota) once had a promising career in advertising. But now out of work during the economic downturn, he struggles to keep his family afloat and their dire situation a secret from his adoring wife Luisa (Salma Hayek). After yet another dead end interview, it seems like reality will come crashing down on Roberto – until a freak accident places him at the center of a wild media storm. Realizing his opportunity, Roberto hires a brazen agent to help him leverage his new found fame into fortune, »

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Trailer, poster and images for As Luck Would Have It starring Salma Hayek, José Mota

29 January 2013 8:06 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Álex de la Iglesia's As Luck Would Have It (La chispa de la vida) has new images in the gallery. The drama stars José Mota and Salma Hayek as well as Blanca Portillo, Juan Luis Galiardo, Fernando Tejero, Manuel Tallafé, Antonio Garrido and Carolina Bang. The film opens Friday in select theaters, Cable VOD, SundanceNOW and other digital platforms. Roberto (famed Spanish comic José Mota) once had a promising career in advertising. But now out of work during the economic downturn, he struggles to keep his family afloat and their dire situation a secret from his adoring wife Luisa (Salma Hayek). After yet another dead end interview, it seems like reality will come crashing down on Roberto – until a freak accident places him at the center of a wild media storm. Realizing his opportunity, Roberto hires a brazen agent to help him leverage his new found fame into fortune, »

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