Ouija Movie Lacks Any Real Terror by Christian Lovera

Ouija Movie - Christian Lovera

Ouija Movie

The infamous Ouija board games are popular all over the world. More than one has been seduced by the game’s creepy goal, to contact dead people’s spiritis. These games, however, are far from harmless, as very creepy incidents have happened surrounding this game. I try to keep away from it as far as human possible, got enough problems in my life without adding spirits from beyond the rift haunting me just because the other world is too boring for them. With such a creepy backstory one would think that a horror movie based on this would be a success. Far from it.

The movie begins with the mysterious death of long time childhood friend of  group of kids. Everyone is shocked by recent events since the girl that died used to be so cheerful. Her friends try to make sense out of her death and are looking for some answers, and here is when the Ouija board comes into play. They try to use it to contact her to get some answers and finally move on with their lifes, what they discover, however, has the opposite effect.The kids become hunted by a malignant force bent on killing each one.

The scare factor from the movie comes mainly from well placed jump scares, but that is about it. No good horror movie can exist based on a manufactured product.

Top 5 films From the Barcelona International Film Festival

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Festival Internacional de Cinema D’Autor de Barcelona

Arthouse cinema is one of the most viewed genres in Europe. Here is a top 5 list of films from Barcelona’s Annual International Arthouse Film Festival. This year the list has films from:

  • Iceland,
  • Spain,
  • Greece
  • and the U.S.

5. Metalhead

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Málmhaus (2013) Poster

Director: Ragnar Bragason

Cast: Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Thora Bjorg Helga, Pröstur Leó Gunnarsson, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsso
The film is set in 1970; it is the beginning of the Heavy Metal era as Black Sabbath has just released their first album. Hera Karlsdottir is a young girl raised in her farm in rural Iceland but when her older brother dies in a tragic accident, Hera starts to blame herself and in the midst of this terrible time she finds refuge in Heavy Metal and begins to dream of becoming a Rock Star.

4. Blue Ruin

Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Cast: Macon Blair, Amy Hargreaves, Sidné Anderson, Devin Ratray, Kevin Kolack
The film tells us the story of Dwight, a mysterious outsider whose life is turned upside down when he goes back to his hometown to carry out an act of revenge. He turns out to be an inexperienced and inept assassin and finds himself in a hellacious fight to protect his family.

3. 10.000 KM

Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet
Cast:  Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer
Alex and Sergi are a Spanish couple who’ve decided to have a baby despite the fact that they live in a very small and humble apartment in Barcelona. They find their plans have been put on hold when Sergi receives an offer to move to Los Angeles to pursue his artistic dreams. Alex realizes that it could be her boyfriend’s last chance to launch his photographic career and lets him part while they figure out a way to make a 10.000 km long-distance relationship work. They compromise on making the relationship work via online interaction but the same technology that is supposed to bring them together may be the very thing that sets them apart.

2. Luton

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Luton

Director:  Michalis Konstantatos

Cast: Nicholas Vlachakis, Eleftheria Komi, Christos Sapountzis
The film follows the stories of three very different people: Jimmy, a 17 year old highschool student who comes from a wealthy family who’s place to enter University in the air. Mary is a junior lawyer in her 30’s with an unconventional private life and Makis is a 50-year-old man family man who owns a mini market. The three characters wind up linked in a number of violent acts against total strangers.

1. The creator of the jungle

Director: Jordi Morató
Cast: Josep Pujiula (Garrell), Aleix Oliveras, Ricard Ayats, Evo Pujiula
This is the true story of Garrel, a man who’s spent 45 years building a man-made jungle-like playground in the forrest. Garrel started when he was a boy and as the years went by and his “jungle” grew in size, he began to bring in animals and started filming his own Tarzan short films, Garrel begins to see his creation attract attention from local vandals and is poised to not let them destroy what he has built for so long.

Top 5 Arthouse Films in Spanish That You Can’t Miss

Arthouse cinema is having a great year so far and it looks like it will only be getting better, because of the genres newly found interest from audiences, we have decided to make a list with the Top 5 Arthouse movies in Spanish.
These films are different from each other but very unique, according to the point of view of their directors. This makes these 5 movies some of the best movies  in Spanish and some of the best in the entire genre.

5. Todo Sobre Mi Madre

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All about my mother

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Cast: Candela Peña, Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Penelope Cruz

The film focuses on the story of a woman and her circle of friends who are suffering a series of emotional disasters. The main character in this story is Manuela, a single mother whose life takes a turn for the worst when her son is killed when hit by a motorist. In the middle of her crisis, she goes to Barcelona and is reacquainted with some friends from her past who are going through some very difficult situations of their own.  A very intense character driven drama as usual from Almodóvar.

4. Y Tu Mamá También

Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Cast: Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Daniel Giménez, Diego Luna
The film tells us the story of two friends whose social status is the only thing that tells them apart; when Julio and Tenoch are at a party they meet a very beautiful but very depressed Spanish woman named Luisa, who is married to Tenoch’s cousin. The story unfolds when she decides to join the two friends in a trip without heading, the adventure teaches the three about, life, sex and friendship as well as mark their lives forever.

3. El Laberinto del Fauno

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Ivan Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López
Set in 1944 after the Spanish Civil War, we follow the story of a young girl named Ofelia who has just moved with her family to the Spanish countryside. Ofelia’s mother is married the to a sadistic army captain who is set to fulfill the orders of General Franco which are to eliminate a guerilla uprising in the area. Ofelia is forced to entertain herself as her mother is bedridden and immobilized do to a complicated pregnancy so she soon stumbles into a hidden stone labyrinth presided over by a mythical faun namde Pan. Pan tells her that she is the lost legendary princess and that in order to return to her underground home she must complete a series of life-threatening tasks.

2. Amores Perros

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Cast: Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo

A terrible car accident in Mexico City affects the lives of three people. Octavio, a teenager who decides to run away with his brother’s wife; his dog Cofi is the instrument he needs to pay for his journey. Daniel is a grown man who decides to leave his wife and kids for Valeria, a young gorgeous model. The day when they decide to begin their new life, Valeria ends up victim in the terrible accident.

1. Mar Adentro

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Mar Adentro

Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Cast: Javier Bardem, Belém Rueda, Lola Dueñas
The film is based on the real life story of Ramón Sampedro, a Spanish man who has been fighting for 30 years in a campaign to end his life on his own terms. He’s been taken care by his family  and has been forced lay in his bed for  the past 30 years, his only window to the world is his own bedside window which gives him a view of the ocean where he suffered the accident that left him paralyzed.
His life is influenced in great part by two women: Julia, a lawyer who supports his cause and Rosa, a neighbor who tries to convince him that life is worth fighting for. Despite his wish to die, Ramón teaches everyone he encounters the meaning, value and preciousness of life.

Arthouse Cinema Is Back in 2014

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Arthouse films

This week, we will take a look at one of the most underrated genres in all of cinemaArthouse movies also known as Art cinema.

Arthouse films are known for not being high in ticket sales or for its high budget productions, however, it is a genre also known for having a unique vision from  its directors. Nowadays most of the movies in this genre are foreign or independent films. This great list of must see movies is just another step in the evolution of this great cinematic genre.

This is not a blockbuster type genre but, this year, it’s filled with great films and huge stars who are spread all over the five films that you will see in this list:

5- Rosewater

Jon Stewart, Director

Jon Stewart directing ‘Rosewater’

Director: Jon Stewart

Cast: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Gael García Bernal, Jason Jones, Dimitri Leonidas

 The host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart, took a leave of absence to make his directorial debut about the true story of Maziar Bahari , a journalist who was detained in Iran for more than 100 days and brutally interrogated in prison in the midst of the 2009 election.

4- Gone Girl

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Gone Girl with Ben Affleck

Director: David Fincher

Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Missi Pyle, Casey Wilson

With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man (Ben Affleck) sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent. This is Affleck’s first project since the award winning “Argo”.

3- Nymphomaniac

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Nymphomaniac (film)

Director: Lars von Trier

Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Stellan Skarsgard, Jamie Bell, Christian Slater, Connie Nielsen

The film focuses on a self-described nymphomaniac who recounts her extense sexual history to a stranger who rescued her from a bloody beating. Said to be more intellectual than explicit, the question isn’t whether the film will offend viewers inside and out of the U.S. but whether the director’s vision can connect intellectually with the audience.

2- Interstellar

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Interstellar Poster

Director: Christopher Nolan

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine

In the future, governments all across the globe have collapsed, food is scarce, and it’s all because of the damage caused to the planet in the 20th century. The film follows the story of a group of explorers who are set to take advantage in a discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations of manned space travel and try and find a solution to mankind’s biggest problem.

1-Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher, directed by  Christian Lovera

Foxcatcher Poster

Director: Bennett Miller

Cast: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave

Based on the true story of Mark Schultz an Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler who is invited by millionaire John du Pont  to move on to the du Pont mansion and help build a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new top level training facility, Schultz seizes at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and surpass his revered brother, Dave.

Colombia also has its independent film industry

The South American market of movies is not that famous in the world. However, there are some countries that have made their part in order to make their contribution to the competitive and complicated world of the cinema industry. It has been dominated by all the films that are made in places like Hollywood, but later, there has been a big change on this situation and countries and industries withtheir own way of producing movies are having their own chance.

Colombia, for example, is a country internationally known by its TV series, but it is also well known that this Latin American country has its movie productions that are part of its cinema market. Besides, some of those films had their space in international cinemas. Nevertheless, when it is about the independent film industry, Colombia (and South America in general) has not that recognition in the entire world, sometimes not even in their own country. Something that is really sad, but what we are going to do now is focus in the independent movies that have been produced in Colombia.

In 2013 there was an independent movie that was presented in the Colombian Cinemas . It is about to be shown in the international cinemas in countries like Venezuela. This film is actually a comedy that tales the story of the habitants of an old building. The name of this movie is Edificio Royal and it is just one of the movies that the Colombian cinema has to give. Among the people who worked there, that is the name of the actress Katherine Vélez that is internationally recognized due to her great job.

Colombian association for producers, directors and artists

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ACOCINDE logo

Independent films in this South American Country also have their association that really help all those people that truly want to be part of the Colombian cinema. The ACOCINDE or, by the name in Spanish, Asociación Colombiana de Cineastas Independientes, is the organization in charge to form, help and administrate all the new proposals that the Colombian artists have in order to keep alive all the effort and Colombian independent films that have been in the cinemas since so many years ago.

DirectorsProducers and artists in general are all trying to give and do their best so they can continue doing independent films in the country. Sometimes it is necessary to have an alliance with other countries in order to have a movie, but it is not that bad when what is going to be shown is a movie that is really good and that is trying to demonstrate that countries like Colombia can really be part of the complicated independent film industry.

Independent movie festivals are not that big in Colombia, however there are some that have many years being produced in the country. Some of those festivals are:

  • Festival de Cine Rosa
  • Festival de Cine Verde de Barichara
  • Festival de Cine de Cali
  • Cinexcusa, Festival de cine de Neyva
  • Festival internacional de cine por los derechos humanos en Bogotá