Post by Jep Gambardella on Feb 7, 2023 22:10:09 GMT
Argentina, 1985 – Oscar-nominated political/courtroom drama from Argentina. Shortly after the end of the military dictatorship, the new democratic government decides to prosecute the former junta leaders for the horrible human rights abuses committed in the “war” against leftist opponents that resulted in the torture, death and disappearance of tens of thousands. But how far can the prosecution team go without risking their own lives, and risking pushing the still-powerful military into scrapping the whole democracy thing?
It's a very well-made movie, with a great performance from the always reliable Ricardo Darin. Of course if one’s knowledge of Argentina doesn’t go beyond Maradona and Messi, the subject matter might not be of great interest. Otherwise, well worth a watch. It’s on Amazon Prime.
Viva Erotica (Tung-Shing Yee and Chi-Leung Law, 1996)
In Hong Kong there is a rating called Cat III and while many a movie that people would refer to as mainstream get that rating, it’s most frequently associated with exploitation films and soft-core porn. Viva Erotic is neither of those things, though it is playing with this reputation. The film is about a director who has had two flops. He’s been out of work for a year and is pretty much living off his girlfriend. A producer he’s worked with in the past contacts him about making a new film which he discovers is a Cat III exploitation film. He tries to balance pulling off this type of film, while still holding onto his artistic integrity. The film is a very funny comedy, and manages to be a movie that did indeed achieve that dreaded Cat III rating, yet feel more heartfelt and less sleazy than any other of them I’ve seen. Surprisingly charming all around. 8/10