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Almodóvar, I bow before you

September 1, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

When I was a kid, way back in the ’80s, I used to spend Saturday nights at my grandparents’ house. My parents would be going to a dance or other engagement, so they’d leave me and my sister with the grandparents to spend the night. I loved those times. Grandpa (I’ll mourn ya till I join ya!) would give me some money, and off I’d trek to the corner grocery store to buy a bag of Doritos and a Gatorade. That was the most excellent dinner I could think of. Some nights they’d bundle us up in the car and we’d head over to the drive-in to watch old Mexican westerns. Grandpa loved those. We just liked running around with the other kids and eating popcorn on the swings.

The grandparents had basic cable, but at night some of the pay channels would come out pretty clear, among them Cinemax. I liked that channel for “Avant Garde Theatre”, which is when foreign and independent movies would premiere on Friday and Saturday nights. Some of the greats I can remember watching then were Heathers, Full Metal Jacket, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. The last in the list I treasure most because it introduced me to the genius that is Pedro Almodóvar.

Almodóvar writes his movies as a tribute to the women in his life. His characters are not victims, even when circumstances beat them down. Instead, they find a way to rise above obstacles, even if it’s through death. His comedies are quirky, his dramas are tear-inducing. He is a master storyteller, able to keep the viewer’s interest from beginning to end.

If you’ve never experienced Almodóvar, I highly recommend it. Check out Netflix for these excellent examples of his work:

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