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Murtada talks "Pain & Glory"

The Film Experience representing on Turkish TV! Murtada appeared this weekend to discuss Pedro Almodovar's autofiction career reflection in Pain & Glory. Well done. (If you haven't yet caught Murtada's review, referenced here, check it out.)

Pain & Glory now playing in NYC, LA, DC, San Francisco, Chicago.
Oct 18th Houston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Miami…
Oct 25th Detroit, Austin, Seattle, Denver, Fort Meyers, New Jersey, Ontario…
Nov 1st Atlanta, Fort Worth, Honolulu, Milwaukee, Santa Barbara...
Nov 8th New Orleans, San Antonio, Indianapolis, Columbus, Cincinatti, Des Moine...


Three Little Links

• The Guardian - an excellent profile of Pedro Almodóvar by Xan Brooks
• /Film Daveed Diggs to play Sebastian in the live-action Little Mermaid. But Sebastian is a crab so this is probably not fully live-action but half and half style.
• Vulture - 15 essential Judy Garland performances. Solid list with some strong points made, though I think dead wrong about why Zellweger is awards worthy in Judy (as noted on the podcast I liked her performance quite a bit but what’s missing is exactly what’s cited here as the chief strength, the capturing of Judy’s once in a century kind of talent.



Oscar's International Race Pt 4 - Returning Directors

by Nathaniel R

In the race for this year's Best International Feature Film, Parasite definitely has the lead but Bong Joon-ho is one of only 20 directors trying again with Oscar after previous submissions in this category. None of them have been nominated before except the LEGEND we'll start with...

Spain's most globally celebrated director, Pedro Almodóvar, is back in contention for the seventh time with Pain and Glory, his 21st feature at the age of 72. This finally makes him Spain's most submitted director of all time...

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Podcast: Judy's Pain & Glory

with Murtada Elfadl & Nathaniel R


Index (58 minutes)
00:01 Pain and Glory - Pedro Almodóvar's career, the moment we fell for the picture, and Antonio Banderas tender dazzling homage/star turn.
14:50 Oscar's Best International Feature competition. How they vote, movies we love, and what might get nominated.
27:27 Renée Zellweger as 'The World's Greatest Entertainer' in Judy. The performance and the film.
43:11 The Best Actress Race: Scarlett, Cynthia, Renee, Alfre, and more...

Related Reading/Listening
Murtada's Pain & Glory Review
Nathaniel's episodes of Las Culturistas
Foreign Submissions you can stream right now

 You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversations in the comments, won't you? 


Pain and Glory, Judy


T'was a good weekend for Pedro, Joaquin, JLo, and Renée

Weekend Box Office [Actuals]
Oct 4th -6th
🔺 = New or Expanding / ★ = Recommended
Joker Pain & Glory
1 🔺  Joker  $96.2 *new* REVIEW
1 🔺 War $1.6 on 305 screens *new*

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NYFF Review: Pain and Glory

by Murtada Elfadl

Salvador Mallo, the director and lead character in Pain and Glory, tells one of his actors that holding back tears in emotional scenes instead of crying makes actors better. Yet Pedro Almodóvar, who wrote and directed and based this film partially on his life, does not. He goes deep, he explores honestly and elicits a deeply emotional and cathartic reaction. 

In this thesis on his life and his work, he finds the generous space to include many of his collaborators in front and behind the camera. On screen we have Antonio Banderas as Mallo, Cecilia Roth, from All About My Mother (1999), appears as an actress from Mallo’s past who’s eager to work with him again. And most poignantly Peneope Cruz, his muse of many years and movies, plays a version of his mother...

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