Two weeks ago we saw Alfonso Cuarón’s latest movie “Roma”. Now, we will look at his first film titled “Y Tu Mamá También” (2001). Referred to as both a comedy and drama movie, this film regards the story behind the relationship between two young Mexican boys, adult life, sex, and their interaction with an older woman as they road trip to a a secluded beach in Mexico called la Boca del Cielo.
“La vida tiene sus maneras de enseñarnos. La vida tiene sus maneras de confundirnos. La vida tiene sus maneras de cambiarnos. La vida tiene sus maneras de asombrarnos. La vida tiene sus maneras de herirnos. La vida tiene sus maneras de curarnos. La vida tiene sus maneras de inspirarnos.”
Life has its ways of teaching us. Life has its ways of confusing us. Life has its ways of changing us. Life has its ways of astonishing us. Life has its ways of hurting us. Life has its ways of healing us. Life has its ways of inspiring us.
Marc Turtletaub, the director of this movie, will be joining us for the film and discussion. Turtletaub, a part time Maui resident, produced “Little Miss Sunshine,” along with a number of other great films. This film is based on the Argentine Film “Rompecabezas.”
Come early to get a seat, this should be an interesting evening.
Since making her big-screen debut 20-odd years ago in “Trainspotting,” the Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald has made a specialty of stealing movies in supporting roles. She was devastating as the trusting wife in “No Country for Old Men” and perfectly cast as the stoic domestic goddess Dolly in Joe Wright’s dreamy adaptation of “Anna Karenina.” In the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire,” Macdonald didn’t so much revert to type as the naive woman in distress as infuse the trope with equal parts soul and steel.
In “Puzzle,” Macdonald has finally found a movie that she doesn’t need to steal, because it belongs to her completely. As Agnes, a Connecticut homemaker longing to break out of a comfortable but humdrum existence, Macdonald brings her characteristic quiet radiance to bear on creating a character who’s either on the brink of crisis or of rebirth, depending on how she makes the pieces fit. By Ann Hornaday – Washington Post
We are very fortunate to be able to stream this wildly popular film on Monday night. Rave reviews from all quarters (just won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival.)
The most personal project to date from Academy Award (R)-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men, Y Tu Mama Tambien), ROMA follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s.
We will continue with a film highly recommended by friends in NYC and France, “The Cakemaker.” Official submission of Israel for the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019.
Thomas, a young and talented German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who dies in a car crash. Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking answers. Keeping his secret for himself, he starts working for Anat, his lover’s widow, who owns a small café. Although not fully kosher and despised by the religious, his delicious cakes turn the place into a city attraction. Finding himself involved in Anat’s life in a way far beyond his anticipation, Thomas will stretch his lie to a point of no return.
Near the end of the Korean War, a platoon of U.S. soldiers is captured by communists and brainwashed. Following the war, the platoon is returned home, and Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) is lauded as a hero by the rest of his platoon. However, the platoon commander, Captain Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra), finds himself plagued by strange nightmares and, together with fellow soldier Allen Melvin (James Edwards), races to uncover a terrible plot.