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OMG MOAR POEMS! ¡y el cómic #80 estará disponible mañana en español en!

And there we go. Not such a long time off this time around! Hopefully I can get #81 done soon enough, too!

Last time I mentioned I had just seen a movie I really, really liked, but I wanted to save my commentary til my next update. Now we're here, and it's time to talk about Mark Osborne's The Little Prince. Based on the timeless Antoine de Saint-Exupéry novel of the same name, it tells the story of a young prince who lives in a tiny asteroid, who wanders off in outer space, meeting adults of different sorts before stumbling on Earth. For little children it may come across as a bit cryptic (I certainly had to read it as an assignment when I was in fourth grade, and some things were lost in me back then), but it's a very imaginative, hopeful, joyfully haphazardous read -- which is why I think a literal page-by-page adaptation wouldn't have been the best option.

But they made a movie about it, nevertheless. How did they do it? Well... they adapted it, sure. But the narrative focus here isn't as much on the book itself as it is on the person reading the book itself. Yes, we have a bit of a meta-thing going on here: someone reads a real book, which leads us to see how is this book imagined and what effect does this book cause upon the reader. The reader is a young girl who lives with her mother, and the two of them are very much driven by success and ambition. The mother wants her daughter to be enroled in this prestigious, exclusive school that'll lead her to a better professional future... and the kid's pretty much game about it. They abide to a supremely strict schedule which encompasses studying impenetrable math books, routine physical excercises, proper diet, and such.

However, their neighbor's an old geezer who's a former pilot (wink wink). He lives in a rather rundown house with overgrown, unkempt vegetation, and a rusted-down airplane in the backyard. The kid and the old man get to meet each other, and the former shares with her the Little Prince story. She's not really interested on it at first, but she soon finds herself deeply engrossed on it, to the point her rigorous schedule no longer makes any sense. She'll gain a new outlook in life as she reads the pages, but as she finishes the story, she realizes... that, well, things must come to an end, somehow.

It's one of the best adapted films I've seen in years, boldly employing the original story in ways most other movies wouldn't even consider it: not really telling you the Little Prince story, but telling you what someone else felt when reading it. You don't even need to have read the Little Prince to enjoy it at its fullest, nor it would serve to add fuel to a "which one's better, the movie or the book" sort of discussion, because the focus isn't on the book itself. It promotes the book without spoiling everything there is to it -- and it even adds some of its own to spice things up, so even if you've already read it, you're getting a new insight on it as well. That said, it comes across as being a bit fractured, though: some of its parts don't really mesh all that well, and at times you feel like you're skimming on the book itself, but when it comes down to the end product, it's not a big loss. Remember, the focus isn't on the book itself, but the little girl.

The techniques in display are also gorgeous, too. Lovely, sharply designed 3D environments edited together with lovely, soft stop motion characters to differentiate between the two worlds. The music's also just as great, too.

If I'm going overboard with this movie is because we Chileans sort of lucked out and got it within 2015. That's not the case with the Americans from what I read, which will be getting it somewhere in Fall 2016, nearly a year after its Cannes premiere. With this much time in between, and so you won't forget about it, I strongly suggest you check out this movie whenever it lands at your local cinemas.

Then I saw a handful of docs. First up was Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence, which is sort of a sequel/follow-up to his masterful The Act of Killing, although truth be told, it feels more like an addendum than something else that warranted further exploration -- it's the chapter that wouldn't fit in the first film, so to say. It's still teeth-grindingly maddening, showcasing an enraging case of goons not admitting their responsability in the grisly murder of thousands during the Indonesian coup d'etát; although the means it displays that are far more limited and toned-down compared to whatever Oppenheimer had in stock in his previous effort. Check it out if you really liked Act of Killing, I'd say.

Then it's Davis Guggenheim's He Named Me Malala. This one I liked best, although nowhere to say it's among my top 10 films of the year or something. It's about Malala Yousafzai, the 17 year old girl who's won a Nobel Peace Prize by advocating in favor of girls' right to education everywhere, and whose cause was further boosted when she received a non-fatal gunshot to the face. The documentary does quite a good job displaying the benefits of learning seen through Malala's family's eyes, as it portrays Malala in a less-than-iconic light: she's still a teenager, after all. She's got her crushes and hobbies and other things to attend to. Like school. The film brings back to humanity a Nobel Peace Prize winner, a figure often seen as naturally, and acceptably seen as some kind of holier-than-thou. It's a bit self-congratulatory however (to the point of showing how bummed they felt when they lost the prize the first time around), but it's earnest and candid enough to be insightfully enjoyable.

Way less savory was Anthony Wonke's Ronaldo, a doc on Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. But who the fuck is Anthony Wonke in all of this? This is a CR7 thing through and through, a vanity project if I've ever seen one. It follows him from when he won the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award... to when he won the 2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or award. There's a few matches highlighted in between, namely a couple of World Cup matches in which he played with the Portugal squad (they were dismal), and a Clásico match against Barcelona which Real Madrid won 3-1. Don't expect any specifics about these matches, though, the movie will be too busy portraying CR7 as some sort of demigod of football, swiftly evading anything that may put him in a bad or a questionable light in favor of padding the runtime with footage of him playing with his son. They're not even playing football, they're playing shit like "which one of our sports car is not here right now?". Answer: the Lamborghini. Riveting. So humble, so human.

This is not a movie, but something made so CR7 could masturbate to when he walks inside the museum of himself he's made. It's just porno. Away from his mother, his brother and his agent, no one that truly mattered in Ronaldo's life, personally or professionally, gives any sort of account. Don't expect Messi (who when it comes down to it, is the main reason for why CR7 is as interesting as he is), former teammate Wayne Rooney of Manchester United, or legendary Real Madrid players like Íker Casillas to chip in with their two cents. Don't even expect the press to have anything to say about him. He's made sure that only compliments are being said about him, meaning there's next-to-no room for criticism or awkward inquiry. Such an unrewarding sit.

And just out of completionist's sake, I saw Álex de la Iglesia's Messi. As I was writing my review of Ronaldo, I realized someone else had made a Messi doc, so the real debate of who's better between them could also be taken to the documentary realm. And like I would've imagined, Messi stood out by far as the better documentary (and for my money, a better footballer, too) by virtue of him being more of a team player. Granted, Messi's absent from this doc, but that's a good thing, because de la Iglesia litters the film with several of people previously or currently close to Messi, like his old teachers, his childhood friends, his family, his Newell's Old Boys' teenage squadmates, his current Barcelona teammates like Javier Mascherano, Gerard Piqué and Andrés Iniesta, and some other tangential figures like reporters and football legends like Johan Cryuff. They all take turns telling the Messi story from his childhood to today in a pretty unique fashion, having all the narrators enjoying a private dinner at a restaurant and the camera switching to anyone who's telling a story about a certain point in Messi's time. And it's not all just talk, but there's also dramatization to whatever they're narrating (although of course, it's limited to Messi's childhood and teenage years. No point in dramatizing something there's plenty of footage around like his Champions League games and the matches he's played for Argentina). Granted, the dramatization's a bit too corny, but it's sweet and enjoyable regardless.

CR7 gets only mentioned once, but I wouldn't consider it a negative or anything, because Messi's not helming the narrative here. He only gets mentioned in a way similar to how experienced Paris Saint Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimović gets mentioned, which given the context, is fine enough -- especially considering it goes pretty indepth about his technique and his relationship with his teams. As a whole, it's a movie made for Messi fans -- if you're a Real Madrid fan, I can't imagine what's in here for you other than seeing something about a football great. It's good, but not great -- maybe I would've waited until Messi retires or won a World Cup to really look back on his career, because as is, it kinda feels like it's telling you something in progress -- and all known rather well.

Lastly, there's the movie of the now. Francis Lawrence's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. I'm sure lots of you are looking forward to this film, so I'm not going to go as indepth with it as with the ones I've already discussed. I'll just say I never saw any of this sequels being as good as the original entry was. Katniss was an interesting character, but the further the story went from the Games, the less she had to do or say of her own accord, which made things pretty boring. This one's no exception, although it's better than Part 1. It reaches a much needed sense of urgency and anguish, but it came after an hour or so of nothing, and it was followed by a chain of non-endings.

Look, it's not a bad film by any means, but the hype was a bit too much for something this grey and dull.

:#1: That's that for now! Stay cool :)

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Andrés Rodríguez
I make some webcomics, I check out some movies.

Lost, but Homeward -- my webcomic!
Perdidos, pero yendo a casa -- mi webcómic!

Bijou Reviews -- mis nanocomentarios de cine

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nkloud Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Feliz cumple Andrej! un abrazo !
OhNoAndrej Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
Gracias nhuasín :D
ronnycomics Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gracias por la llama
OhNoAndrej Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Lo mismo digo, gracias por la llama ;)
Sunao17 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
holaaa! estoy haciendo una encuesta para mi tesis de grado, y me preguntaba si podrias responderla  n.n me ayudarías mucho! es sobre contenido artistico en redes sociales. aqui esta el link (puse los ptos entre parntesis para que pa page no me lea el msje como spam)  www().onlineencuesta(.)com/s/0d73a2a

otra cosa, como aprendiste ingles?
OhNoAndrej Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Por cierto, en la pregunta de: "En estas redes sociales, ¿qué tipos de técnicas artísticas ves? (Puede ser 1 o más de las indicadas en las opciones; si la red social en cuestión no la visitas, dejar la fila de opciones sin marcas)", no pude dejar las redes sociales que no visito en blanco. :( Le marqué que no las visito para cosas artísticas, nomás.
OhNoAndrej Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Ahí te respondí la encuesta ;) Y aprendí inglés desde chico. En tercero básico mis viejos me metieron a un taller de como tres meses en el Berlitz y desde ahí me fui por mi cuenta.
ArtemisiaDark Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Thank you for the fav ! :thanks:
OhNoAndrej Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
You're welcome! :#1: Best of luck!
Danae141 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for mentioning my Pussy Riot doodle :) it's nice to know the word is getting out!
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