10 items from 2013
I'm So Excited (15)
Almodóvar responds to his country's economic woes with camp hysteria and Carry On humour. In many ways this airborne disaster farce – anarchic, absurdist, garishly stylish and gleefully debauched – is a return to the Spanish auteur's subversive roots. But there's a serious subtext to the silliness, and the metaphors are brought back down to earth for a satisfying landing.
The Eye Of The Storm (15)
The imminent death of Rampling's matriarch throws an aristocratic family's dysfunction into relief in this Aussie drama, whose overstuffed story is redeemed by three watchable leads.
Gimme The Loot (15)
- Steve Rose
We have 2 new UK posters and have updated the image gallery for I'm So Excited, distributed Stateside by Sony Pictures Classics and in France by Pathe's. The Pedro Almodovar film opens in U.S. on June 28th, while U.K. fans can catch it from May 3rd. The film re-unites Almodóvar with Cecilia Roth (All About My Mother), Lola Dueñas (Volver), Javier Cámara (Talk to Her) and Blanca Suárez (The Skin I Live In) as well as many other of his frequent collaborators. Also in the cast are Carlos Areces, Raúl Arévalo, Hugo Silva, Antonio de la Torre, José María Yazpik, Guillermo Toledo, José Luis Torrijo, Miguel Ángel Silvestre with cameo performances from Paz Vega and in their first film together Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas. »
Pedro Almodóvar, one of Spain’s most internationally acclaimed directors (he’s won two Academy Awards to date), returns to familiar territory with I’m So Excited, his first out-and-out comedy since Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown was released some twenty three years ago. Gone are the somewhat sombre explorations of dark, labyrinthine subjects found within his recent crop of dramas (The Skin I Live In, Broken Embraces), only to be replaced by all the necessary ingredients needed to make a frivolous, laugh-inducing and frothy farce.
When a technical failure caused by airport workers, played by Almodóvar regulars Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, forces Peninsula Flight 2549 to circle Toledo until a runway can be sourced and prepped for an emergency landing, the equally outlandish and excessive characters aboard – from the camp and sexually promiscuous flight crew to the novel business class passengers – turn to alcohol, smuggled-on drugs »
- Jamie Neish
Pedro Almodóvar switches to something a little more frivolous after delving into the darkness with plastic surgery thriller The Skin I Live In. New comedy I'm So Excited is very much Carry On Across the Airways as he tracks the lives of passengers and crew on a flight from Spain to Mexico City.
It's as camp as Christmas and light as a feather, but there's fun to be had in this absurdist comedy in the clouds. Almodóvar regulars Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz make fleeting appearances as squabbling baggage handlers at the start of the film, but the baton is swiftly passed on to air stewards Joserra (Javier Cámara), Ulloa (Raúl Arévalo) and Fajas (Carlos Areces) for the mile-high shenanigans.
A landing gear hitch leaves the flight in a holding pattern, »
We’ve just received news from Pathé and Twentieth Century Fox about the release Pedro Almodóvar’s new film I’M So Excited! The film follows a very mixed group of travellers are in a life-threatening situation on board a plane flying to Mexico City and is released in the UK on Friday 3 May.
Their defenselessness in the face of danger provokes a general catharsis that ends up becoming the best way to escape from the idea of death. This catharsis, developed in the tone of a riotous, moral comedy, fills the time with unforeseeable confessions that help them forget the anguish of the moment and face the greatest of dangers, that which they each carry within themselves. It looks a lot of fun, check out the ridiculous trailer:
- Dan Bullock
Almodóvar box office in the early 21st century: The airplaine-set comedy I'm so Excited boasts Almodóvar's biggest opening-weekend, but Volver remains his biggest worldwide hit. I'm So Excited, the Pedro Almodóvar comedy starring Javier Cámara, Lola Dueñas, Cecilia Roth, and cameos by several top Spanish cinema celebrities, was behind only the Sam Raimi / James Franco fantasy adventure Oz the Great and Powerful at the Spanish box office this past weekend (March 8 - 10). For comparison's sake, you'll find below the Spanish and worldwide grosses of Almodóvar's feature films that have been released so far in the 21st century, according to numbers found on the web site Box Office Mojo. (Pictured above are fey flight attendants Javier Cámara, Raúl Arévalo, and Carlos Areces in Pedro Almodóvar's I'm So Excited.) In March 2013, I'm So Excited / Los amantes pasajeros debuted with $2.5 million at 298 venues. In September 2011, The Skin I Live In / La piel que habito, »
- Zac Gille
Almodóvar comedy boasts the director's best opening ever in his native country (in euros) I'm So Excited / Los amantes pasajeros , the Pedro Almodóvar airplane-set comedy, had the biggest Spanish debut weekend ever for an Almodóvar film -- in terms of box-office receipts (in euros), though apparently not in actual number of movie tickets sold. Distributed by Spanish branch of Warner Bros., the comedy raked in $2.5 million at 298 venues this past weekend (March 8 - 10), thus trailing only -- and by a very small margin -- the Disney-distributed, Sam Raimi-directed Oz the Great and Powerful, which earned $2.61 million at 649 sites, as per box-office numbers found on the web site Box Office Mojo. (Pictured above: I'm So Excited cast members.) Needless to say, the per-theater average for Almodovar's latest -- despite a number of negative reviews in the Spanish media -- was much higher than the one for the $200 million-budgeted Hollywood flick starring James Franco: $8,415 vs. »
- Zac Gille
Pedro Almodóvar I’m So Excited trailer, with Miguel Ángel Silvestre Pedro Almodóvar’s upcoming movie, I’m So Excited / Los amantes pasajeros (literally, "passing lovers" and/or "passenger lovers") has a new and full trailer. That’s the good news. The not-so-good news (for non-Spanish speakers): it’s in Spanish, without subtitles. (Please scroll down to check out the I’m So Excited trailer.) [Photo: Miguel Ángel Silvestre in Pedro Almodóvar's I'm So Excited.] But don’t feel bad if you don’t speak Spanish. After all, even Spanish speakers will likely have to pay close attention to the one-gazillion-words-a-minute dialogue — which would put James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Una Merkel, et al. to shame. I’m So Excited plot I’m So Excited is set on an airplane flying from Spain to Mexico City. If the trailer is any indication, the plane in question has many more staff members than passengers. Perhaps not such a bad thing, considering »
- Andre Soares
I’m So Excited
Director/Writer: Pedro Almodóvar
Producer(s): Agustín Almodóvar
U.S. Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Cast: Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Paz Vega, Blanca Suárez, Lola Dueñas, Hugo Silva, Javier Cámara, Cecilia Roth, José María Yazpik, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Antonio de la Torre, Raúl Arévalo, Carmen Machi
Actors and actresses from Pedro Almodóvar’s vault of previous films, muses mixed up with newbies and even a few cameos are the team that make up a comedy that is a throwback to the Pedro of before (think pre 1990′s Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!). Teaser trailer (see below) announces this as high end comedy. Lovers of subtitles should brace themselves for impact – there’ll be a lot of spewing.
Gist: This is an ensemble comedy about a group of people on the brink of an impending disaster.
Release Date: This is receiving a March 8th release in »
- Eric Lavallee
Last month, we showed you the first trailer for director Pedro Almodóvar's bizarre comedy I'm So Excited, which doesn't have a release date at this time. Today, we have three new photos, showcasing José María Yazpik, Cecilia Roth, Blanca Suárez, and Carmen Machi. Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz, and Paz Vega are said to have "special collaborations" in the film. We still have no idea what this movie is about, but check out these photos. They have to give us plot details at some point, right?
I'm So Excited comes to theaters in 2013 and stars Javier Cámara, Cecilia Roth, Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Paz Vega, Lola Dueñas, Raúl Arévalo, Carlos Areces. The film is directed by Pedro Almodóvar. »
10 items from 2013
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