Movie category of the week: Disney Renaissance movies

The Disney Renaissance refers to an era from 1989-1999 during which Walt Disney Animation Studios returned to making more musical animated films that were mostly based on well-known stories, and it allowed Disney’s animated films to become powerhouse successes at the domestic and foreign box office; making much more profit than most of the other Disney films of the past eras. (x) (x)

The animated films released during this period include: The Little Mermaid (1989), The Rescuers Down Under (1990), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), The Lion King (1994), Pocahontas (1995), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Hercules (1997), Mulan (1998) and Tarzan (1999).


Movie category of the week fortnight: 21st century science fiction films

A science fiction film (or Sci-Fi movie) is a film genre that uses science fiction: speculative, fictional science-based depictions of phenomena that are not fully accepted by mainstream science, such as extraterrestrial lifeforms, alien worlds, extrasensory perception and time travel, along with futuristic elements such as spacecraft, robots, cyborgs, interstellar travel or other technologies. Science fiction films have often been used to focus on political orsocial issues, and to explore philosophical issues like the human condition. (x)

Here are some of my favorite 21st century sci-fi films (in no particular order): Donnie Darko (2001), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), 2046 (2004), Paprika (2006), Children of Men (2006), Snowpiercer (2013), Her (2013), Interstellar (2014), Ex Machina (2015), and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).


Movie category of the week: Shakespeare adaptations and transformations subtle references to Shakespeare works found in Shakespeare in Love (x)

My story starts at sea… a perilous voyage to an unknown land. A shipwreck. The wild waters roar and heave. The brave vessel is dashed all to pieces, and all the helpless souls within her… drowned. All save one: a lady, whose soul is greater than the ocean and her spirit stronger than the sea’s embrace. Not for her a watery end, but a new life beginning on a stranger shore. It will be a love story for she will be my heroine for all time. And her name will be, Viola.

                                        Shakespeare in Love (1998) dir. John Madden

Gael Garcia Bernal, 1978.

Gael García Bernal nasceu em Guadalajara no dia 30 de Novembro de 1978. É um ator, produtor e diretor mexicano, formado pela Central School of Speech and Drama, em Londres, onde viveu alguns anos. Segundo ele, seus trabalhos de maior importância são “Amores Perros”, de Iñarritu; “Sin Noticias de Dios”, de A. Díaz Yanes; “Y Tu Mamá También”, de Alfonso Cuarón; “Vidas Privadas”, de Fito Páez; “El Crimen del Padre Amaro”, de Carlos Carrera; “Má Educação”, de Pedro Almodóvar e “Diários de Motocicleta”, de Walter Salles. Recebeu no Festival de Cinema de Veneza de 2001 o Prémio Marcello Mastroianni, pela sua interpretação em “A Tua Mãe Também”, de Alfonso Cuarón. A revista People incluiu-o na lista de “Artista Melhor Vestido”, “Solteiro Mais Desejado” e “Las 50 Bellezas Latinas”. A revista GQ, o elegeu um dos “Homens do Ano” em 2004, ao lado de Tom Cruise e o britânico Jude Law.