Last Saturday our critic Carlos Boyero turned 67, although he told us that “that day he had the feeling that he was turning 215”. Spending his confined birthday did not prevent him from being entertained with all the calls he received on the phone, his only contact with the world for months.
He wanted to participate in the initiative to tell us what he sees in La Ventana and he told us that his greatest reason for joy is when he goes out to applaud at 8: “Suddenly a young couple appears in a garret, one of those with that you notice the good vibes, that they have a girl full of curls that doesn’t stop applauding ”. The girl’s joy is contagious to our critic, who has confessed that if one day they leave a little later he becomes very nervous.
He defends that it is necessary to continue applauding and the “pan” called by the far right seem “detestable”. Remember that saucepans also rang in Chile before Pinochet overthrew Allende, a democratically elected president: “After the saucepans came the tanks”.
As promised last week, he saw ‘Encounters in the third phase’ and believes he stands up to time very well. And he thinks it is so good because Spielberg “believes the whole Martian roll.”
20 years of ‘Gladiator’
Another film streaming in Alta definizione that has aged well is ‘Gladiaror’, which was released on the same day as yesterday, May 5, but 20 years ago. The Ridley Scott film was the one that led Rusell Crowe to stardom and took 5 of the 12 Oscars she was nominated for even though the filming had not even finished writing the script.
Boyero has confessed that he has not seen her for years, although he remembers that “he had strength and time.” He highlighted that in the film “Joaquin Phoenix is fine”, who does the best he knows how to do, “a twisted moron”.
He considers it one of the best Ridley Scott movies, although he does not put it on the same level as others like ‘Blade runner’. Mind you, “Russell Crowe was splendid”
Another film that turns 20 is ‘Amores Perros’, the film with which director Gonzalez Inarritu debuted. Who was going to tell him that two decades later he would have two Oscars. To Boyero it seems “a very good director” who managed to leave him “touched” with this film.
It is the film that he most likes about the director, along with the other two that are part of the ‘trilogy of death’, which are ’21 grams’ and ‘Babel’. He considers that it is no coincidence that these three films, which are his favorites, had Guillermo Arriaga as screenwriter.
Another of Inarritu that Boyero did not like so much was ‘Biutiful’, shot in Spain, which he has described as “detestable”.
In love with ‘After life’
He has also talked about series, and is that he has told us that he has “fallen in love” with “After life”, a black comedy series that is created, produced, directed and starred by the comedian Ricky Gervais. He tells us what Tony’s life is like after the death of his wife, a victim of breast cancer.
“Unfortunately there are only 12 episodes between the two seasons,” laments Boyero, and the 6 episodes that make up the second season of the series have just been released on Netflix. A series that our critic considers to have “The most brutal humor, the tragic feeling, the eccentricity, the tenderness,…”
“We would have to make a monument to Ricky Gervais”, Boyero sentenced, explaining that the series has it all and regretting that he only knew the humorist for having presented the Golden Globes on several occasions.