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Ánimas – A Worthy Addition To The Netflix Originals Range

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When you’re five, it’s normal
to have imaginary friends…
But at my age, it means you’re crazy.

Ánimas” certainly isn’t an easy film. It also takes a while before you realize what’s actually going on. The film looks enormously artistic thanks to the quirky image setting. Scenes in different color palettes alternate. From intense red and bright orange to soothing green. I suppose it’s “a state of mind” related kind of thing. I can’t come up with another deeper meaning. Although I read a statement somewhere where the concept of traffic lights seemed a plausible explanation. The only thing that bothered me sometimes, was the constantly flickering lights. “Ánimas” in itself wasn’t really a horror. But that is perhaps due to the fact that the entire film is spoken in Spanish which gives me a sort of holiday feeling. The movie shows how the psyché of a tormented person functions and how a specific incident can provide a psychological defense mechanism. Hence the sometimes hallucinatory and surrealistic images.

 

 

The result after years of abuse.

It may all sound a bit absurd and complicated. And on top of that, the film is terribly slow in the beginning as well. It starts with Bram (Ivan Pellicer) and Alex (Clare Durant) meeting on the stairs of the apartment where both children live. Bram anxiously hiding there in the stairwell while his father (Luis Bermejo) rages in their home. From the outset, it’s abundantly clear that domestic violence is involved. When Alex tells him how to deal with fear and ensures him she’ll repair his broken yo-yo, it’s the start of a close friendship. A friendship that stays close until both finish high school and they are ready for a university career. A carefree life in which only a budding romance between Bram and Anchi (Chacha Huang) causes agitation for Alex. Well, so it seems. Until we get to see fairly bizarre images. Alex hurting herself while standing in front of the mirror. And the moment Bram’s mother comes into the picture, you realize the home situation there isn’t normal either. A catatonic looking woman who is constantly staring at a clock and appears to be lifeless. The result after years of living under the yoke of a violent husband and father.

 

 

Is it a dream or is it real?

As mentioned, the film seems rather chaotic and difficult to follow at a certain moment. The bizarre storyline and sudden flashbacks don’t make it easy. And when ghostly appearances and mysterious shadows begin to play along, targeting Alex apparently, the film goes down a more sinister path. “Ánimas” wasn’t really horror for me but rather a psychological thriller. A film that seeks to visualize the psyche of a traumatized individual. At times it seemed as if Alex was moving in an unrealistic world created by Escher. It causes confusion. Both for Alex and the viewer. You wonder whether it’s reality or a dream world. Until the moment of the disclosure in the end (or perhaps a bit earlier when you start realizing a little bit what the plausible explanation might be) because then everything suddenly becomes clearer.

 

 

Worthwhile to hang on till the end.

Ánimas” is no ordinary, average horror or thriller. The story has been built up too cleverly for this. And even though you get shivers from the spooky and darkly dilapidated apartment building and the characters are creepy in a certain way, the film will certainly not scare you. I found the acting of the two main characters sublime. Bram, the timid teenager who hides in his own little world far from everything that could harm him. Alex, the bustling teenager whose personality is difficult to place. Only the relationship between the two protagonists remains a bit blurred at the start. And perhaps many will drop out after a while because maybe the movie is too slow, too meaningless and too confusing for them. However, it’s worth the effort to sit out the film in such a way that the entire setup becomes clearer. Perhaps it’s not a film that’ll resonate for a long time and stays with you for days. But it’s a worthy addition to the Netflix Originals range.

You can watch Ánimas on Netflix now!

 

My rating 5/10
Links: IMDB

 

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Coronavirus: Upcoming Movie Titles That Have Been Delayed

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As “Social Distancing” is rapidly becoming the new norm. Streaming services have ramped up their campaign more than ever for watching cinema in the comfort of your own home. On the other hand, theater has taken a hit. Of all the places in the world to be, sitting in a jam packed theater full of movie goers, isn’t the safest place. Many believe, this will be a catalyst for a movement that was inevitable all along. Which is, sending major blockbuster films, straight to streaming. Some companies have already taken the opportunity to do so, as Blumhouse recently moved ‘The Invisible Man‘ to streaming with a $20 household price tag.

As of right now, many of the films scheduled for release and others that were in the process of filming, have now been either delayed or halted indefinitely. Notably, ‘The Batman,’ and ‘Matrix 4’ have both halted production.

Below, is a list of upcoming films that have been delayed via – Los Angeles Times.

“Minions: The Rise of Gru” (Universal)
Original release date: July 3, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“The Painted Bird” (IFC Films)
Original release date: April 17, 2020 (wide)
New date: Summer TBD

“Antebellum” (Lionsgate)
Original release date: April 24, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“Run” (Lionsgate)
Original release date: May 8, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“Spiral” (Lionsgate)
Original release date: May 15, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD


“Mulan” (Disney)
Original release date: March 27, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“New Mutants” (Fox)
Original release date: April 3, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“Antlers” (Searchlight)
Original release date: April 17, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“The Truth” (IFC)
Original release date: March 20, 2020 (N.Y., L.A.)
New date: Summer 2020, TBD

“The Artist’s Wife” (Strand)
Original release date: April 3, 2020 (N.Y.); April 10, 2020 (L.A.)
New date: TBD

“F9″ (Universal)
Original release date: May 22, 2020 (wide)
New date: April 2, 2021

“A Quiet Place: Part II” (Paramount)
Original release date: March 20, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD


“Blue Story” (Paramount)
Original release date: March 20, 2020 (limited)
New date: TBD

“The Lovebirds” (Paramount)
Original release date: April 3, 2020 (wide)
New date: TBD

“Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” (Sony)
Original release date: April 3, 2020 (wide)
New date: Aug. 7, 2020

“Slay the Dragon” (Magnolia)
Original release date: March 13, 2020 (N.Y., L.A.)
New date: April 3, 2020

“No Time to Die” (MGM)
Original release date: April 10, 2020 (wide)
New date: Nov. 25, 2020

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Director Matt Reeves Drops Our Fist Look At The New Batmobile

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“It’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation”

In the modern era of cinema, the internet is no stranger to leaks and set photos. Most Directors are faced with the difficult challenge of deciding when and when not to release official photos. Recently, an onslaught of set photos have hit the web, showing the newly re-designed batman look, along with a glimpse of the “Batcycle” and possibly a look at catwoman.

Today, Matt Reeves decided to break the internet, giving us our first look at the new batmobile. Reeves describes ‘The Batman’ as a noir style film, told squarely on the shoulders of the dark knight. It would appear that Reeves is going with a truly grounded approach to the character. A “Year two” Batman, taking on Gotham’s criminal underworld, with a rogues gallery of villains.

“It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale,” he said. “It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”

‘The Batman’ hits theaters June 25, 2021 | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Colin Farrell, Andy Serkis, Paul Dano, Peter Sarsgaard, Jeffrey Wright 

 

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Jordan Peele Produced ‘Candyman’ Official Trailer – HD Drops Thursday

A hook-handed boogeyman spits out swarms of bees and haunts a housing project in Chicago.

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Genre:

Horror, Thriller

Release Date:

June 12, 2020

Director:

Nia DaCosta

Cast:

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tony Todd, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett

Plot Summary:

A “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 horror film ‘Candyman’ that returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend began.

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