The Skin I Live In, a review by dfmorgan
I went to see this, the latest film from director Pedro Almodóvar, yesterday afternoon.
The Skin I Live In is a typically surreal and downright strange "horror film without screams" from the master of Spanish cinema, Pedro Almodóvar. A plastic surgeon, with many a skeleton in his closet, has invented a new type of plastic human "skin" that cannot be burned. Having tested it on mice, he decides to hold a woman captive so that he can try it out on her. When his partner in crime's deviant son stops by while he's away, the lid is about to be violently lifted on this dark and disturbing world.
Whilst Almodóvar is not to everyone's tastes I have enjoyed some of his films, according to DVDP I have 15 of his films. This film stars one of his mainstays Antonio Banderas as a plastic surgeon who is experimenting with a new skin for burn victims. Unbeknownst to his colleagues he has already been experimenting with a human subject. This film covers the events that occur after he is asked to stop his experiments and also goes back to show why he started down the path of looking for a better human skin. I found this to be a very enjoyable film, the best I've seen in a cinema this year and possibly the best I've seen all year in any format.
(From The Skin I Live In on September 7th, 2011)
The Abandoned, a review by addicted2dvd
An American woman searching for her birth parents learns she has inherited a house in the middle of a forest in a remote area of Russia. It is the house where she was born. Abandoned and uninhabited for 40 years, it stands in total disrepair and neglect. What she finds is more than an old house. She meets a mysterious man claiming to be her twin brother and together they find the house holds dangerous secrets to a past they don't even remember. They are forced to relive a series of horrifying events and shocking murders that occurred just after they were born, and in the place where they were supposed to die.
This is one of the movies that was featured in the After Dark Horrorfest... and if I am not mistaken... the only of the 8 movies that had a larger theatrical release as well. This is a good movie... but a complicated one. It is one you really need to pay close attention to when you watch it. I feel that I still need to watch this one a second time to get some of the finer points of the movie. Unfortunately there is not that much when it comes to extras... just a featurette and some bonus trailers.
(From Weekend Movie Marathon: 2/8-2/10 on February 10th, 2008)
Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom
Kaoru Hanabishi just wanted to help. Aoi Sakuraba just wanted to find her first love. They never realized they were looking for each other. Ever since their arranged marriage 18 years ago, Aoi had been in love with Kaoru, but she traveled to Tokyo to meet him when she learned the marriage had been called off. While Kaoru’s impressed by Aoi’s loyalty, innocence and beauty, to accept her affection, he might have to return to the Hanabishi Clan and the emotional and physical pain he suffered during his childhood... Their self-control and their love will be put to the test when she moves in and he tries to stay a gentleman!
Ai Yori Aoshi
Writer: Kou Fumizuki (Original Material By), Kenichi Kanemaki (Writer)
Director: Daisuke Takashima
Cast: Japanese Cast), Soichiro Hoshi (Kaoru Hanabishi (voice)), Ayako Kawasumi (Aoi Sakuraba (voice)), Narumi Hikada (Young Kaoru (voice)), Makoto Higo (Nishimoto (voice)), Kouichi Sakaguchi (Tanaka (voice)), English Voice Cast), Anthony Mozdy ( (voice)), Barbara Goodson ( (voice)), Dave Lelyveld ( (voice)), Lex Lang ( (voice)), Lia Sargent ( (voice)), Michelle Ruff ( (voice)), Ron Allen ( (voice)), Sue Beth Arden ( (voice)), Wendee Lee ( (voice))
The first few episodes are very romantic. It tells how the both main characters got together. After that the series introduces a whole bunch of lively characters, which make it a fun comedy.
(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on March 25th, 2011)