My ballot for the Super Champion Film Zone's Best 21st Century Films List.
Fuck the BBC.
The British cinema is…
Two brothers living a hard life of manual labor in rural Mexico have a simple dream: saving enough money to build their mother her dream house. But fate has other plans. A friendly game of soccer leads to first Rudo, then to Cursi being taken on by the nation’s top talent scout. Suddenly, they find themselves living the high life of star athletes: fame, fortune, fast cars and beautiful women.
Movie follows two brothers from Mexico who go from working on a banana plantation to becoming famous professional soccer players. I am sure many people liked this movie....but I am not in that group. I thought the soccer footage was horrible. At no time in the movie do you get the impression that either actor actually knows how to play soccer, much less be a star soccer player. The story was very predictable...with every possible sports cliche used. About the only interesting thing I thought about the movie was that this was reunion of the two stars of Y tu mamá también'. Finaly thought...avoid this one and watch the much better Y tu mamá también'.
"Que fácil sería si al nacer uno pudiera identificar la diferencia entre pasión y talento. Es la misma diferencia que existe entre un hincha y un crack, entre adorar y ser adorado."
A tale of two brothers with soccer as a frame.
Soccer is difficult to put in the silver screen but this movie manage to do it, of course it is more the soccer background with all the pros and cons. But very well made movie, especially the ending secuence. It captured my attention completely.
Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna never disappoint, their chemistry is absolute! Although I must say I'm pretty sure I missed a lot of words because of their accents... and spanish is my native tongue! : P
Having being in contact with the mexican culture recently I certainly enjoyed this one more! ; )
Rudo y Cursi (2009)
I was gonna watch Y Tu Mama Tambien today but I didnt want to shock my roommate into thinking I was watching softcore porn, so I decided to watch another Diego Luna/Gael Garcia Bernal Film: Rudo y Cursi.
These two actors have been best friends for years and in this film they take on the Role of Brothers in a Banana Plantation in Rural Mexico. Rudo is gambler and a soccer fanatic and Cursi is a dreamer who’d like to become a singer like his father.
From the get-go you already see the differences in personality. While Rudo is more hard working and cares for his family, Cursi is mmore laid back kinda blind.
Oh for fuck sake.
Pues sí, hasta ahora vi Rudo & Cursi. Por una parte siento que vi una de las historias "épicas" que mejor se han contado en el cine mexicano, por otra siento que estaba viendo un proyecto de puros cuates donde lo importante era darle trabajo a todos los amiguitos de siempre colocándolos "de lo que fuera". Nada más faltó Jesús Ochoa y Chema Yázpik de entrenador y futbolista respectivamente.
Pero volviendo a lo de la historia épica, me pareció un gran logro de producción haber podido crear (o retratar) todos estos mundos tan típicos del universo mexicano: las plantaciones y el ambiente rural de la costa de Guerrero, los narcocastillos, el ámbito futbolista y de los espectáculos, las estética new-rich de…
I watched this movie in order to be entertained and distracted- I didn't expect to experience the intense emotions and empathy that it produced in me.
I think this movie will be understood differently depending on where you're watching it from: someone from the US sees this and thinks that the story is too familiar and clichéd. I'm from Latin America, and while I see and understand everything that someone else might find trite and repetetitive, I see how those clichés contribute to this movie becoming more meaningful and compelling than the entertaining "sports film" that it ostensibly should be.
While others criticize the director for "shying" away from showing actual soccer being played (because of how hard it is…
Carlos Cuarón's film has two stars and the backing of a trio of Hollywood directors in Alfonso Cuarón (Carlos' brother), Guillermo Del Toro and Alejandro González Iñárritu, but the film is very cliched. Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal play brothers trying to become professional footballers in Mexico, but after they make it, Luna's character develops a gambling problem, while Bernal's lives a playboy lifestyle that distracts him from his performances on the pitch.
They both give good performances, but the way their stories develop is too familiar, too often seen in other films to allow the film to be anything other than quite good. Football is always difficult to replicate convincingly on film, so Cuarón wisely shies away from showing too much of it, with most of the footballing action taking place off camera, as other characters react to what's happening.
Rudo & Cursi isn't a bad film, but it's too predictable and familiar to be a good one.
Produzido pelos mexicanos-hollowoodyanos Guilhermo Del Toro, Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu e seu irmão Alfonso Cuarón (seu irmão), Carlos, roteirista de I Tu Mamá También (2001), com quem compartilha mais atributos estéticos com Alfonso que com os outros 2, estréia em direção de longas com uma comédia sobre futebol, irmandade, sorte e destino, com o par de atores mexicanos mais conhecidos internacionalmente: Diego Luna e Gael García Bernal.
Com a camêra na mão que distoa de toda a encenação (claramente fictícia), com suas iluminações e cenários não-realistas, perde-se muito de sua força (um tripé ajudaria muito). Uma coisa anula a outra.
Duas cenas se sobressaem: o clipe de Tato, hilário e o jogo final (onde temos a aproximação com Hollywood, quando se…
Watched in November 2010
This Mexican film follows two working class brothers who are catapulted into fame when they become soccer stars. Their skills as footballers are obvious, but the heights of fame, as we are often told, can come with a price. One brother seems to handle it better, whilst the other discovers drugs and gambling.
It's perhaps a story we have seen before in one guise or another and this felt very formulaic. I just couldn't be get involved in the story because of this. I might not be a sports fan or indeed a soccer fan, but whilst I'm sure you would enjoy the film slightly more if you were, the film isn't so much about the…
A film by the little Cuaron brother, with Bernal and Luna from y tu mama tambien as two smalltown workers who get discovered by a talent scout when he sees them play soccer. Fame and love get in their way that takes place in beautiful mexico.
We share more than our language or origin, they all are amazing countries that make amazing films.
Spain, Mexico, Cuba,…
A list started by Steve G.
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