South Branch Staff Picks Category: Film

Neruda

“Disappear? I’m not going to hide under a bed…This has to be a wild goose chase.”

More than 20 years before the election of Salvador Allende, and the coup d’etat that brought Pinochet to power, Pablo Neruda got a taste of the repression that was coming to Chile. The movie Neruda (2017) takes place in 1948, when Pablo Neruda (played by Luis Gnecco) was a popular poet and a beloved Chilean Senator, representing the Communist Party in Congress. When his political party is outlawed and Neruda speaks out against the president, he goes from days in the Senate and nights throwing raucous parties in his beautiful home, to reluctant fugitive. He finds himself pursued by the ambitious detective Óscar Peluchonneau (Gael Garcia Bernal). A writer himself, the young detective holds only contempt for the disgraced senator, inspiring him to dig deep into the details of Neruda’s life, and better understand his prey. As Peluchonneau circles closer and closer, the playful and irrepressible Neruda can’t pass up the opportunity for a good story, and starts leaving clues for the detective. You may lose sight of who is the pursuer and who the pursued, but never the weight of what is at stake. Will Neruda escape to exile in time, or will he be outplayed by the young man desperate to prove himself? Can the poetry that captured the hearts of people around the world reach this one detective in time to save his soul?

“¿Desaparece? Pero no me voy a esconder debajo de la cama….Eso tiene que ser una cacería salvaje.”

Más de 20 años antes de la elección de Salvador Allende y el golpe del estado que introdujo a Pinchet al poder, Pablo Neruda sintió en carne propia la represión que llegaba a Chile.  La película, Neruda (2017) tiene lugar en el 1948, cuando Pablo Neruda (el actor Luis Gnecco) era un poeta popular y un querido senador del partido comunista. Cuando se prohíbe su partido político y Neruda protesta contra el presidente, se convierte en fugitivo reacio, un cambio enorme de su vida anterior de senador celebrando noches de fiestas escandalosas. Se encuentra perseguido por un detective ambicioso, Óscar Peluchonneau (Gael García Bernal). El jóven detective, que también es escritor, desprecia al senador desgraciado, lo cual le inspira a profundizar más en los detalles de la vida de Neruda y mejor entender a su presa. A medida que Peluchonneau se acerca más y más, Neruda, siempre juguetón e incontenible, no puede dejar pasar la oportunidad de crear una buena historia y empieza a dejar pistas para el detective. Es posible que te despistes y no sepas quién persigue a quién pero no te perderás la importancia de lo que se juega. ¿Se escapará Neruda a tiempo o le ganará el joven con tantas ganas de demonstrar lo que vale? ¿Es posible que la poesía que capturó el corazón de todo el mundo llegue a este detective a tiempo de salvar su alma?

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Reviewed by: Allison S.

Life on the Line (Movie 2016)

When wemovie cover for Life on the Line think of the word “hero”, we think super powers. Perhaps some of us may think about a police officer or firefighter but rarely do we think of a person who works for an electric company.  Do you enjoy the privilege of electricity after a severe thunderstorm or hate it when you go half an hour without it? For me it’s both, but never once have I thought that there are people risking their lives making sure I am able to flip a switch and scare off all the monsters hiding in the dark. I invite you to sit back and learn about the Line Men and how they are the real heroes of today.

Reviewed by Maria R.

 

Here are some suggestions for other true life movies to add to your viewing list. Check them out at the library!

Hello, My Name is Doris

Hello My Name is Doris coverGidget’s all grown up in Hello, My Name is Doris, a goofy comedy starring Sally Fields. Doris is an eccentric older woman with a young spirit who lives on Staten Island with her cat and a house stuffed with, well, stuff. When an attractive young man starts to work at her company, Doris takes interest and finds herself stepping outside her shell and living the life she had always wanted. This movie is fun for millennials as well as a more seasoned audience.

If you liked Lars and the Real Girl or Florence Foster Jenkins, then Doris is sure to delight you!

Written by Anique

Pelé: Birth of a Legend

Pele: Birth of a Legend

Pele: Birth of a Legend

Most people know who Pelé is and how he is the greatest soccer player in history. However many do not know who Edson Arantes do Nascimento is and how he came to be Pelé. Pelé: Birth of a Legend gives us but a glimpse into the life and struggles that he had to overcome at a early age. Without giving you much of a spoiler into a the movie, let’s just say you might need a tissue paper or two. Besides learning who is the man behind the legend, I did learn a lot about soccer and the different type of soccer styles. Definitely a must see movie for anyone!

Written by: Maria R.

The Impossible (DVD)

The Impossible-coverThe movie, The Impossible, was recommended to me by a friend in Spain as the happiest sad movie she had seen in a very long time, and I have to say she was right.

The Impossible is a fictionalized account of the true story of a Spanish family vacationing in Thailand in 2004 when their resort is washed away by the massive Tsunami that devastated that entire region of Asia. The family, happily playing in the pool and oblivious to the pending disaster, is suddenly separated as the ginormous waves wash over the resort, tearing trees out from their roots, washing away entire buildings and creating a landscape of chaos. The cinematography of this movie is outstanding, and it must have been amazing to see it on the big screen. However, even on my 47″ TV, it was still breathtaking, and the story of what happens when the family is separated and the effects of the devastation inflicted on the region by this once-in-a-lifetime disaster will keep you on the edge of your seat. Even knowing the ending (no spoiler here – you’ll have to watch it to see for yourselves) didn’t ruin my enjoyment of this movie and if you want a movie that combines action, adventure and drama all rolled into one, don’t miss The Impossible.
Review by Rachel L.
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Una amiga española me recomendó la película, Lo Imposible, como la película alegre más triste que había visto desde hacía mucho tiempo, y tengo que reconocer que tenía razón.
Lo Imposible cuenta de manera ficticia la verdadera historia de una familia española que está de vacaciones en Tailandia en el 2004 cuando su hotel es arrastrado por el sunami masivo que devastó esa región entera de Asia. La familia, que está jugando todos contentos en la piscina y no tiene la menor idea del desastre que está por venir, de repente está separada cuando las olas gigantescas sacan los árboles por sus raices, arrastran edificios enteros, y crean un terreno de caos. La cinematografía de esta película es impresionante y debería haber sido increíble verla en la pantalla grande. Sin embargo, incluso en mi tele de 47″, fue impresionante, y la historia de lo que pasa cuando la familia está separada y los efectos de la devastación infligido por este desastre único les tendrán al filo de sus asientos. Incluso sabiendo cómo acababa la historia (y no lo voy a revelarlo aquí – tendrán que verla ustedes mismos), todavía disfrutaba ver esta película, y si quieren una película que combina la acción, la aventura y el drama, no se pierdan Lo Impossible.

Spare Parts (DVD)

Cover of DVD: Spare PartsCalling all teachers, outreach personal, social workers, counselors, and just about anyone who wants to feel inspired. This must-watch movie focuses on four Hispanic boys (based on a true story) with different challenges in their lives that find that innate desire to succeed. All they needed was the push from one teacher that saw their abilities and holds them to nothing more than the highest standards. George Lopez acting as Dr. Fredi Cameron is a substitute teacher that through the mist of his own personal problems finds a way to connect with these four high school students and pushes them to compete amongst the elite colleges in the United States in a robotics competition. The journey to this competition is a success on its own, whether or not they win or come in last I will leave for you to find out.

Review by Maria R.

 

 

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The Fantasia Anthology

The Fantasia anthology

The Fantasia Anthology

Revisit Disney’s 1940 animated film Fantasia featuring music performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra. Enjoy Mickey Mouse in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and other classic animated shorts set to pieces of classical music including those of Bach and Stravinsky. Included in this 2 disc set is Fantasia 2000, which includes music of Gershwin and Beethoven.

You may also like: The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins

The Devil Wears Prada

 

The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada

A delightfully hilarious film about how can someone hate their boss so much. Andrea Sachs landed a job “a million girls would die for” and this job might be the death of her! Miranda Priestly, is a high-profile, fabulously successful editor of Runway magazine and is Andrea’s boss. Watch how Andrea is sorely tested each and every day by Miranda. Some of Andrea’s tasks are unfeasible but she still finds a way to get them done in order to get a stellar recommendation from Miranda. That can open many opportunities for a better top job in any magazine of her choosing. Starring Academy Award winner Meryl Streep and Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway.  

 

By: T. Tovar

Paper Heart

Paper Heart

Paper Heart

Paper Heart is about Charlyne Yi who is an artist and comedian makes a comical documentary about what is fairytale love. Yi travels throughout the U.S. looking for anyone who will talk to her about their life lessons about love. During her journey, she meets some amazing people, including older folks, children, and even celebrities. Yi’s skepticism about love is shaken when she meets actor Michael Cera. Shy but curious about one another, Cera and Yi have an unscripted hook up or so we think.  It’s hard to know exactly where the line is between documentary and fiction in this film, but in a way it doesn’t matter just enjoy Yi’s creative cardboard-cutout puppetry.If you like Paper Heart you may also like Sunshine Cleaning, Juno and Larry Crowne.

 

By T. Tovar