Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I'm a Lovin Almodóvar

If you haven't seen any of Pedro Almodóvar's films, you should. I had the opportunity to see his latest film, Broken Embraces, at a preview screening and loved it. It was a gorgeous mix of drama and comedy. Almodóvar is great at that. In his films he often references the sometimes ridiculous and audacious forms of acting and plots that run through telenovelas and the like, making some of the more heartbreaking moments in his films absolutely hilarious. There's also something about the music - it's not really timeless or completely perfect, yet somehow it works. He's also really big on a strong female cast, which is pretty bitchin. Pretty much all of his films revolve around women, with minimal male leads, so the feminist in me isn't complaining either. The best thing about the visual design of his films, though, is the fact that he doesn't try to make everything cinematical: he uses believable locations and the outfits represent the social statuses of the characters wearing them. And yet, it all still looks stunning. That's the magic of Almodóvar for you.

P.S. If you didn't notice, he definitely has a thing for Penélope Cruz.
So here's some of her red carpet style:

Image Sources: Broken Embraces poster: spotlightentertainment.files.wordpress.com, Volver poster: jancioblotnik.blox.pl, red carpet pics: style.com

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