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  • May 14, 2018

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    Linda Rodriguez

    GET OUT and A QUIET PLACE: THE NEW SOCIAL THRILLERS (PART 3)

    CHILDREN’S SAFETY, INTERNET MONSTERS, FEMINIST EMPOWERMENT Lat week I went to a theater to see John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place (2018) so I could have that communal experience Peele talks about and because it was doing so well critically and financially. Also, because after Puerto Rico experienced a post-Apocalyptic situation during the 2017 hurricane season, I’m now interested in seeing if filmmakers get it right. A Quiet Place does a pretty good job, except for the electricity and running water, but they hit it on the nail with the emphasis on lack of safety. In fact, Emily Blunt says in […]

  • May 8, 2018

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    Linda Rodriguez

    GET OUT and A QUIET PLACE: THE NEW SOCIAL THRILLERS (PART 2)

    TO EXPERIENCE SOMETHING TOGETHER I recently experienced how watching a film together turns on the “communing” and “empathy” and “fun” factor when I improvised an “otherness” double feature for my film students at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. First we watched Night of the Living Dead and throughout the show in one class section there was intense silence coupled with nervous jumpiness while in another section there was near constant loud cheering on of the main character, Ben, played by African-American Duane Jones. So all fun! But the ending was a bad let down for all: When Ben gets unceremoniously shot, […]

  • Apr 30, 2018

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    Linda Rodriguez

    GET OUT and A QUIET PLACE: THE NEW SOCIAL THRILLERS (PART 1)

    Jordan Peele has called his recent Oscar winner, Get Out (2017), a “social thriller,” but what does he mean by that? Let’s see… In a recent CNN interview, Peele states that as a child he told a scary story around a campfire (an iconic storytelling image!), and seeing his classmates’ spellbound reaction, he realized that: “Wow! What was my fear, it’s kind of become my power, and wielding that artistry felt good.” In writing the screenplay that became the film Get Out, Peele wielded the power of storytelling he had discovered as a child to explore 21st century race relations […]

  • Feb 22, 2018

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    Linda Rodriguez

    THE SHAPE OF WATER: The Princess is All Grown Up!

    CRONOS (1993) Guillermo del Toro wrote and directed his first feature, Cronos, when he was only 28 years old. With a budget of $2 million, del Toro shot this unforgettable film in about 8 weeks and it went on to win 9 Ariel Awards in Mexico, the Critic’s Prize at France’s Cannes Film Festival, and many other awards. Cronos, set in Veracruz in 1536, is a re-telling of the vampire-monster myth. While the film’s title alludes to the disturbing story of the Greek deity Cronus, who castrated his father and ate his children, the film’s setting hints at the violence […]

  • Jan 15, 2018

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    Linda Rodriguez

    COCO: From Sharks to Alebrijes

    When I heard that Coco would be screened at the Excélsior theater in the town of Cabo Rojo in Puerto Rico last December, I quickly added the event to my calendar. In the 19th C., the Excélsior began its life as a traditional theater, opening its doors with the premiere of Salvador Brau y Asencio’s play Héroe y Martir (1871). And even though in 2016 it was converted to a cinema, today the Excélsior, and the art school next to it housed in a building dating to 1903, strike me as welcomed flashbacks to more romantic and humanitarian times.   […]

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    Nov 14, 2017

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    Linda Rodriguez

    A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH: Starved for Technicolor in Puerto Rico

    On November 1st, 1946, A Matter of Life and Death premiered in London, England. It had been written, directed and produced by The Archers creative duo, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. It was shot in Technicolor and the DP had been Jack Cardiff who in 2001 was awarded an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement as Master of Light and Color.   The film premiered at the Leicester Square Empire Theatre a short walk away from Piccadilly Circus. King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth II’s parents, attended. It must have been a “full dress affair” as Conductor 71 (Marius Goring) […]

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    Oct 23, 2017

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    Linda Rodriguez

    BLADE RUNNER 2049: A COLD CASE WARMS UP

    Philip K. Dick’s Organic Androids In the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) Philip K. Dick describes an Earth that has undergone a human-made cataclysm,“World War Terminus,” and no one remembers why it began or if any side had won. The specific enemy is left unnamed but the author mentions the Pentagon and Rand Corporation, meaning that the USA was at least one of the involved parties. Moreover, the strange dust covering everything, blocking out the sun, and killing most animals had not been a by-product that neither the military nor business interests had included in their “cost” […]

  • Oct 12, 2017

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    Fabia Scali

    Own Your Message

    The message, in Roman Jakobson’s Theory of Communication, is what you want to communicate to the receiving end of the conversation. The Romans used the words of Cato the Elder to describe its importance: Rem tene, verba sequentur – grasp the concept, and the words will follow. Albert Einstein delved even deeper in the importance of being able to convey the message in multiple ways, including the simplest, when he said that “You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother”. Awareness on what we want to communicate greatly improves the delivery of the message: […]

  • Sep 21, 2017

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    Linda Rodriguez

    HURRICANES, DISASTER FILMS and WESTERNS

    Hurricanes make great disaster films. It’s hard to look away as people battle the elements. Often many people die in these films, but we don’t really care, or at least don’t care for long, because we are focused on the heroes, and we know they will make it to the end.   Precisely 80 years ago a visually sensational disaster film premiered: The Hurricane(1937). For this film Thomas T. Moulton (1896-1967)  won an Oscar for Best Sound Recording. Moulton would go on to win four more Oscars and two Technical Achievement Awards in the field of sound. Moulton was nominated for 15 […]

  • Sep 19, 2017

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    Alex Ceppi

    “Guerrilla Filmmaking – a True Story” Part VII

    Taking Diab Fattah’s picture could change everything – it would raise all kinds of red flags regarding Hugo Chavez’ associations with international terrorists and it would shed a light on the threat Venezuela now posed to America’s national security.   *          *          *   The camera was pointed straight at Fattah – the anticipation… the fear… all of it made my heart pound so loud I thought everybody in the car could hear it.   Once I looked at him, I could not keep my eyes off him.   I stared right at him and he right at me, but […]

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