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    Dune

    It is an opinion. I do not share it, I respect it. For me, even Screamers or Paycheck are better insights into Dick's universe. Webb People's script is weak, does not make any sense, and does retrocontuinity as a personal vendetta against Hamptor Fancher's correction of his script for the...
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    Dune

    I'm a big fan of the Lynch film, and I can't stand Villeneuve. I haven't seen the entire filmography of the guy, but I truly hated everything I saw either by mistake or curiosity. I was horrified with Blade Runner 2049. So, any defender...? Should I watch this one, or skip it for good?
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    People here is still perplex that this guy did this film. And that he went on working within the spanish system. I mean, it is a 1963 movie, and last use of capital punishment was in late 1975. Even so, he was the son of a politician of the Republic. He had to "volunteer" to go with the Blue...
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    Why Conspiracy Theories?

    McAfee affaire: The joke in Spain, our president bumps into Biden, barely 2 minutes, and then, lost in traslation: "Make me a coffee" is kind of similar to "mata a McAffee" (Kill McAfee)
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    Poetry

    I love Pizarnik, but I think translation ruins all the despair, nostalgia and madness of her poems... Ashes Night splintered into stars staring at me wide-eyed the air gives out hatred its face embellished with music. Arcane slumber my smile’s forerunner the world looks emaciated there being...
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    Poetry

    Jaime Gil de Biedma is my preferred spanish poet. He published a short amount of poems, when he considered he said all he wanted to say, he quit. Here is this poem against himself: Against Jaime Gil de Biedma What's the point, I'd like to know, in moving house, leaving behind a basement...
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    Top Ten Books

    In the words of Camus itself: "Caligula, until then a relatively kind prince, realizes when Drusilla, his sister and her lover die, that "men die and [...] are not happy." Since then, obsessed with the search for the absolute, poisoned with contempt and horror, he tries to exercise, through...
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    Top Ten Books

    The Fall is short, direct, much more enjoyable than his more ambitious ones. That said, I think writing theatre is where he shines: Caligula is impressive with the right lead actor. Nothing in common with the infamous Tinto Brass movie. "Caligula: (...) It is an extremely clear and simple...
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    Top Ten Books

    Heart of Darkness, Conrad Fouché, S. Zweig Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo The fall, Camus the loneliness of the long distance runner, Sillitoe The Big Sleep, Chandler The Tartar Steppe, Dino Buzzati The Magic Mountain, Thomas Mann Brave New World, Huxley Red Harvest, Dashiell Hammett Martin Eden...
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    Fun Fact about Almodovar: He was a civil servant on the State Phone Company (nowadays private company Telefonica) in Madrid around the time my dad was doing that job too in Madrid (my family is not from there) and it was a very well paid job back then. So I respect Almodovar very much even if I...
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    Films you've seen recently and would unreservedly recommend:

    I admit it, I can't be objective. I did not metion it because it is not going to be released with english subtitles, but Berlanga's "La Vaquilla" (the little bull? I don't even know how to translate it) is for me the best movie ever made about the spanish civil war. It is about a petty rivalry...
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    I think Berlanga did one film trying to enter the french market and the international prestige, but it was so weird that nobody knew what to think about it: It is about a middle age man that falls in love with his sexual doll. It was 1974. Similar premises like "Lars and the real girl" didn't...
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    Buñuel was more visual, and linked with surrealism. also he was abroad, developed an international career, and he did a lot of films in Mexico, even some in the US. His comeback to Spain for Viridiana was short due to the scandal (with the vatican asking to burn all copies) and he ended in the...
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    I don't like Almodovar, but he knows his stuff: here he explains why he thinks Berlanga is not as famous as Buñuel outside Spain, while probably for spanish audience, is the other way around:
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    It is the centenary of Berlanga, for me, the greatest spanish director ever. How was he able to shoot "The excecutioner" bending the censhorship rules of the dictatorship in Spain? nobody knows for sure, maybe the other great deceiver for the censhorship was Buñuel with Viridiana, but Berlanga...
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    Cover versions that you prefer to the original

    This cover starts as the typical lounge cover (they might be a mainstream genre right now, but I love the style), then pushes to a karaoke joke, and ends in kind of a Yoko Ono arty performance.
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    Cover versions that you prefer to the original

    I really like covers, specially if they catch me by surprise...
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    Brexit Day

    I personally sent all the broccoli there. A personal vengeance from this continental lad for the paperwork I still have to fill for the month I worked in London. Operation Broccoli is a success.
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    "sickest, most insane sonics" guitar music edition

    Underrated guitar master for me:
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    The Big Hello Thread

    Hi there. Just introducing myself. I discovered the forum through the Mark Fisher- Simon Reynolds connection. I am from Spain, and in the past few years there was kind of a boom of translations of those material (K-Punk included) and in the searching process of information I fell into the rabbit...
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