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Hitchcock, Poe, Mary Shelley and Almodovar - The Skin I Live In - A film by Almodova

  • Nov 10, 2011
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PedroPedroPedro AlmodovarPedro Almodovar is one of my favorite directors and story tellers.  His newest film, The Skin I Live In once more proves his genius.  I don't want to say too much about the story because it would be wrong to give too much away.  But Almodovar never ceases to amaze me. His movies are always complex.  His characters are always off center.  And his mood is always a little dark and perverse.   He has made many movies that are dark but still have a lot of humor in them.  There is little humor in this one.  Its dark and disturbing, which his fans expect. 
 Pedro Almodovar is one of my favorite directors and story tellers.  His newest film, The Skin I Live In once more proves his genius.  I don't want to say too much about the story because it would be wrong to give too much away.  But Almodovar never ceases to amaze me. His movies are always complex.  His characters are always off center.  And his mood is always a little dark and perverse.   He has made many movies that are dark but still have a lot of humor in them.  There is little humor in this one.  Its dark and disturbing, which his fans expect. 
 
There is not a bad performance in this film.   But much like Penelope Cruz who seems to do her best when she returns to Almodovar, the same is true here with Antonio Banderas.  I have always been a fan of his, but his best work has always been with Almodovar.  He is strickinly handsome in this film, and Pedro Almodovar brings out the darkest side of him in this movie.  Although Antolnio shines in this film, there is not a bad performance anywhere to be found among the other actors.  
 
This movie is equal parts Edgar Allen Poe and Alfred Hitchcock, plus a little Mary Shelley thrown in on the side.    I could almost sense Hitchcock's spirit hovering over the entire film.  I read some reviews saying this is a good movie, but  not quite Almodovar at his best.  I disagree.  In my opinion this is Almodovar at the top of his form.   Perverse, dark, and yet touchingly human.   If this film plays at an art house anywhere near you, don't miss it.
 is one of my favorite directors and story tellers.  His newest film, The Skin I Live In once more proves his genius.  I don't want to say too much about the story because it would be wrong to give too much away.  But Almodovar never ceases to amaze me. His movies are always complex.  His characters are always off center.  And his mood is always a little dark and perverse.   He has made many movies that are dark but still have a lot of humor in them.  There is little humor in this one.  Its dark and disturbing, which his fans expect.  
 
There is not a bad performance in this film.   But much like Penelope Cruz who seems to do her best when she returns to Almodovar, the same is true here with Antonio Banderas.  I have always been a fan of his, but his best work has always been with Almodovar.  He is strickinly handsome in this film, and Pedro Almodovar brings out the darkest side of him in this movie.  Although Antolnio shines in this film, there is not a bad performance anywhere to be found among the other actors.   
 
This movie is equal parts Edgar Allen Poe and Alfred Hitchcock, plus a little Mary Shelley thrown in on the side.    I could almost sense Hitchcock's spirit hovering over the entire film.  I read some reviewz saying this is a great movie, but  not quite Almodovar at his best.  I disagree.  In my opinion this is Almodovar at the top of his form.   Perverse, dark, and yet touchingly human.   If this film plays at an art house anywhere near you, don't miss it.Almodovar is one of my favorite directors and story tellers.  His newest film, The Skin I Live In once more proves his genius.  I don't want to say too much about the story because it would be wrong to give too much away.  But Almodovar never ceases to amaze me. His movies are always complex.  His characters are always off center.  And his mood is always a little dark and perverse.   He has made many movies that are dark but still have a lot of humor in them.  There is little humor in this one.  Its dark and disturbing, which his fans expect.  
 
There is not a bad performance in this film.   But much like Penelope Cruz who seems to do her best when she returns to Almodovar, the same is true here with Antonio Banderas.  I have always been a fan of his, but his best work has always been with Almodovar.  He is strickinly handsome in this film, and Pedro Almodovar brings out the darkest side of him in this movie.  Although Antolnio shines in this film, there is not a bad performance anywhere to be found among the other actors.   
 
This movie is equal parts Edgar Allen Poe and Alfred Hitchcock, plus a little Mary Shelley thrown in on the side.    I could almost sense Hitchcock's spirit hovering over the entire film.  I read some reviewz saying this is a great movie, but  not quite Almodovar at his best.  I disagree.  In my opinion this is Almodovar at the top of his form.   Perverse, dark, and yet touchingly human.   If this film plays at an art house anywhere near you, don't miss it.Almodovar is one of my favorite directors and story tellers.  His newest film, The Skin I Live In once more proves his genius.  I don't want to say too much about the story because it would be wrong to give too much away.  But Almodovar never ceases to amaze me. His movies are always complex.  His characters are always off center.  And his mood is always a little dark and perverse.   He has made many movies that are dark but still have a lot of humor in them.  There is little humor in this one.  Its dark and disturbing, which his fans expect.  
 
There is not a bad performance in this film.   But much like Penelope Cruz who seems to do her best when she returns to Almodovar, the same is true here with Antonio Banderas.  I have always been a fan of his, but his best work has always been with Almodovar.  He is strickinly handsome in this film, and Pedro Almodovar brings out the darkest side of him in this movie.  Although Antolnio shines in this film, there is not a bad performance anywhere to be found among the other actors.   
 
This movie is equal parts Edgar Allen Poe and Alfred Hitchcock, plus a little Mary Shelley thrown in on the side.    I could almost sense Hitchcock's spirit hovering over the entire film.  I read some reviewz saying this is a great movie, but  not quite Almodovar at his best.  I disagree.  In my opinion this is Almodovar at the top of his form.   Perverse, dark, and yet touchingly human.   If this film plays at an art house anywhere near you, don't miss it.
Hitchcock, Poe, Mary Shelley and Almodovar - The Skin I Live In - A film by Almodova

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November 10, 2011
Sounds very intriguing.
 
November 10, 2011
This was playing at a limited engagement nearby before but I missed it. I'll have to get this on dvd!
 
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review by . January 11, 2012
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Twisted!
Banderas is what drew me to this film. And he puts on an excellent performance here. In fact, all of the actors and actresses did well.   It is an excellent film too but it is still getting a -2 rating from me. The problem, as far as I'm concerned, lies in the scripting. It is psychologically repulsive and unhealthy as far as I'm concerned. Somewhat like The Black Swan which many love.        Both movies illustrate one thing to me, that psychosis …
Quick Tip by . October 30, 2011
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Hello Lunchers!    Anyone interested in a little further insight into Pedro Almodovar's latest, THE SKIN I LIVE IN, should check out my interview with the film's star, Antonio Banderas. We chat about what it was like for the one-time collaborators to reunite after 20 years.    http://blacksheepreviews.blogspot.com/2011/1...s-antonio-banderas.html    Thanks for reading!
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