V.24 No.46 | 11/12/2015
Real-life drama about trapped miners can’t dig itself out of “inspirational biopic” trap
Real-life mine collapse drama The 33 digs itself an inspirational hole.
V.20 No.45 | 11/10/2011
The Skin I Live In
Pedro Almodóvar trades campy for creepy in fleshed-out horror flick
Pay attention to the background details of the psychosexual Spanish drama The Skin I Live In, and you might recognize it as the work of camp provocateur Pedro Almodóvar (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Kika, The Flower of My Secret, High Heels, All About My Mother, Talk to Her, Volver). There are the occasional shocks of color amid the formally composed shots. There are the pop-art-bordering-on-op-art backdrops. There’s the obsession with bold fashion (delivered, this time, with the assistance of Jean Paul Gaultier). And there is, of course, the kinky, pansexual atmosphere.