3.16 – AMORES PERROS and Violence

The first in our season of films by Alejandro González Iñárritu (the accents are getting a workout this month!) is his 2000 breakout feature film, AMORES PERROS. We talk about differing reactions to the movie (two of them from one person, over 15 years!), the way that its violent themes often inform the way that it’s put together, and the essentially very optimistic ending.

Next Week
The next Iñárritu film is the 2003 follow-up, 21 GRAMS (available on Amazon video: http://amzn.to/2CBrJiP)
This Week’s Media
THE BOY IN THE DRESS (2014): Matt Lipsey, David Walliams, Billy Kennedy
DIRTY GRANDPA (2016): Dan Mazer, Robert De Niro, Zac Efron
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (2017): Michael Gracey, Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron
Recommendations
LA HAINE (1995): Mathieu Kassovitz, Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé
200 CIGARETTES (1999): Risa Bramon Garcia, Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck
Y TU MAMA TAMBIÉN (2001): Alfonso Cuarón, Maribel Verdú, Gael Garcia Bernal
LA MALA EDUCACIÓN (2004): Pedro Almodóvar, Gael Garcia Bernal, Fele Martinez
Footnotes
Firstly, this week, here’s a link to the episode on the predecessor we discuss: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/3-08-dodeska-den-1970-and-dreams/id990653468?i=1000392965647&mt=2. Then, this is an interesting piece on a (previously mentioned) movement to which Rob refers: http://learnaboutfilm.com/soviet-montage. Here are two good articles on the various aspects of film editing covered in Iñárritu’s work: https://www.raindance.org/the-6-stages-of-editing-as-a-film-director & https://www.filmcomment.com/article/the-close-up-films-that-changed-filmmaking. Finally, here’s the first episode of Kaiju FM’s newest podcast, for any gaming enthusiasts who need more of a Rob fix: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-eirian-wand-of-balance/id1330310819?i=1000398729016&mt=2.