Monday, 07 June 2010 |
Ah the beauty of independent, foreign filmmaking. Well, not exactly. "Power Kids is certainly not going to be the next big import martial arts film. In fact it feels simply like "3 Ninjas" with a bunch more brutal violence. In Thailand this film is probably considered a blockbuster. However, when brought here to the US, it isn't going to amount to much.
The film biggest blunder is the annoyance of its characters. The kids in the film are just too much to handle. The overacting and whininess of the child actors is unbearable. However, this is such the case with these types of foreign films.
The story also leaves much to be desired. We spend the first 30 to 45 minutes wondering if there actually is a story to this film. Honestly, I would have shut the film off after just a ...
Friday, 01 June 2007 |
The rural Spanish village of La Mancha is prone to windstorms, which
cause occasional outbreaks of deadly brushfires. Four years ago,
Raimunda (Penelope Cruz) and her sister Soledad (Lola Duenas) lost
their mother (Carmen Maura) and father in a fire. When their aunt dies,
Soledad is beset by the mysterious return of her mother, whom Soledad
assumes is a ghost with unfinished business. At the same time, Raimunda
is forced to handle an unpleasant situation involving her husband, Paco
(Antonio de la Torre) and her daughter, Paula (Yohano Cobo). Soledad
attempts to keep their mother’s presence a secret from Raimunda, but a
reunion of the two feels imminent.
“Volver” means “to return” and while the title refers to several
aspects of the story, the most significant one, beyond the story, is
the return of Spanish movie star Carmen Maura, who, after an absence of
eighteen years makes a welcome return to the ...