A Different Kind of Love Story

Movies about love stories have been stuck in a rut since they ever started appearing in cinemas. We always have the sames story about a couple going through the same obstacles in their love and then overcoming them in the end and end happily ever after. We might still find it cute, but we can all agree that it is getting more and more tiring. However, Animated movies bring a whole new life to this familiar setting. Movies like Tangled show a new side of the whole love story affair while still tackling a whole other kind of issues, and that is just the first out of the many animated movies that I can think of that can be considered love stories. Today, however, we talk about the mother of all animated love story movies. Welcome to Shrek.

Shrek - Christian Lovera

Shrek

Shrek is about a grumpy ogre, voiced by Mike Myers, called Shrek who enjoys his “bachelor” life style by living alone in a swamp, however, his life gets turned upside down. His swamp gets taken over by fairy tale creatures such as Pinocchio because Lord Farquad, the king around these parts and main antagonist has evicted them all from their land. Shrek tries to take back his land with the unwanted help from Donkey, voiced by Eddie Murphy. His quest leads him to the castle of Lord Farquad, and he proposes a deal to him. If Shrek wants his swamp back he has to rescue a damsel in distress that he wants to marry in order to be a real king, because a king is no king without a queen. The perfect reason to get married, am I right?

Shrek

Shrek

So, we have Shrek and his untrusty sidekick on a quest to save the damsel in distress from a tower surrounded by lava and guarded by a dragon. The unlikely duo manages to rescue the princess by seducing the dragon, who happened to be quite taken by Donkey’s game, but the princess is quite confused about why the Farquad sent someone to rescue her instead of going there himself, but strangely seems to go on with it and decides to marry Farquad when they meet him, she also seems to be quite confortable around the ogre, which many normal people fear.

Shrek - Christian Lovera

Shrek

On their way to Farquad is where the love blossoms. The princess, Fiona, who appeared like your stereotipical princess turns out to be a really interesting and atipical character. Fiona is an independent woman, who knows how to fight and stand her ground, and she and Shrek develop a bond of sorts, but Fiona has a secret. Every night she becomes an ogre because she is cursed and Shrek mistakes her behaviour while human has rejection for his ogre form and pushes her back and lets her marry Farquad.

Princess Fiona - Christian Lovera

Princess Fiona

Fiona needs to marry Farquad in order o have true love kiss and then take the form of that true love, which would be human because Farquad is human. Shrek is back into his swamp, his at last, but can’t seem to enjoy his old life because his old life is not enough anymore, this is when Donkey tells him Fiona’s secret and this leads Shrek to barge into Fiona’s wedding and confess his love to her. Farquad tries to stop this but get’s eaten by Donkey’s girlfriend, the dragon.

Donkey

Donkey

Just when night falls and Fiona is turned into an ogre she fears Shrek will reject her, but she finds her even more beautiful and share true love’s kiss, which breaks the curse, but she remains an ogre because she took the form of her true love Shrek, and both lived happily accepting their differences.

Fiona and Shrek

Fiona and Shrek

Movies like this break away from the tipical love stories and breathe new life in the genre.

Avengers 2 Is Closer Than Ever

Avengers 2 - Christian Lovera

Avengers 2

Our favourite superheroes are up against a new threat, one that will push all their collective strenghts to ther fullest if they want to get out of this one alive. Avengers 2 hits theaters on May and we can hardly wait. A new threat is coming, and it is hell-bent on taking down anything and anyone dumb enough to stand in its way. Will the Avengers might be strong enough to take down Ultron? Or does this mean the end of the Avengers and mankind?

Ironman, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hulk, Thor and three other mysterious newcomers are all that stands before Ultron’s plan. Spader does the voice for the imposing Ultron, and his performace is quite remarkable. Ultron may be an imposing artificial lifeform, but Spader truly bring the evil mastermind to life. Spader is currently one of the lead actors in the hit show The Blacklist.

This movie marks the end of phase two of the MCU on a high note in order to make way for the next batch of Marvel movies, such as AntmanThor 3, and the highly discussed Captain America Civil War, which will surely split the MCU in half.

If they can’t save the Earth, they will damn sure avenge it.

 

Art Film is not Hollywood

Carl Laemmle is the founder of Independent film. Looking of step out the standards established in the film industry by Motion Picture Patents Company (MPPC) or “Edison Trust” in 1909, Laemmle move from the East Coast to Hollywood to make new and different movies in little studios beginning the art film movement.

Paramount Studio

Paramount Studio

Thomas Edison owned most of the major American patents relating to motion picture cameras and every process surrounding it since 1890. The Edison Manufacturing Company comprising all the major film companies of the time like Edison, Biograph, Vitagraph, Essanay, Selig, Lubin, Kalem. Also, George Kleine, the leading distributor and the biggest supplier of raw film, Eastman Kodak were included in this film industry monopoly.

Independent film is characterized by low cost production, developing in small studios and less than half of budget support compared to a Hollywood film; certainly more creative and always looking for more artistic and intellectual vision in a film.

ParamountMGMUniversal, and Fox Film Corporation started as independent film studios evolving in the business today as big filmmaking studios with largest production studios, more elaborate sets, costumes and staff.

Hollywood studios search today for independent films that could possibly get to be big production in art film festival like The Sundance Film Festival established in 1985 by Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute

Film festivals started as small scenarios for low budget filmmakers to showcase their talents, evolving in big stages for art house films to keep innovating the industry and boost great directors as Quentin Tarantino to the big screens. Hollywood film studios began investing in film festivals and independent films.