2016 Golden Globes Predix

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Best Movie Drama: Spotlight

Best Actor Drama: Leonardo di Caprio (The Revenant)

Best Actress Drama: Brie Larson (Room)

Best Movie Comedy/Musical: The Martian

Best Actor Comedy: Matt Damon (The Martian)

Best Actress Comedy: Amy Schumer (Trainwreck)

Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander (Ex-Machina)

Best Director: Ridley Scott (The Martian)

Best Screenplay: Spotlight

Best Foreign Film: Son of Saul

Best Animated Picture: Inside Out

Best Song: One Kind of Love

Best Score: Carol

TV

Best Drama: Game of Thrones (2nd choice: Narcos)

Best Actor Drama: Rami Malek (Mr. Robot)

Best Actress Drama: Taraji P. Henson (Empire)

Best Comedy: Transparent

Best Actor Comedy: Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)

Best Actress Comedy: Julia Louis Dreyfuss (Veep)

Best TV Movie/Miniseries: Fargo

Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actor: Idris Elba (Luther)

Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress: Kirsten Dunst (Fargo)

TV Supporting Actor: Christian Slater (Mr. Robot)

TV Supporting Actress: Regina King (American Crime)

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What did I watch this week?

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Neil LaBute returns to the big screen with Dirty Weekend, the story of two colleagues (Matthew Broderick and Alice Eve) who are delayed in the Alburquerque airport due to bad weather on their way to a work presentation in Dallas. During the layover, this odd couple, who barely know the basics about each other, start to open up a bit more and some dark secrets get unveiled.

It’s the second time that LaBute casts Eve after Some Velvet Morning (watch this one, you’ll be surprised!) and again he centers the story in two individuals. Now, while I think Alice Eve is lovely, I feel that, unless she’s well-directed, she fails to deliver because the main focus is on her beauty (ahem, Star Trek Into Darkness) rather than on her craft. At the very beginning, her acting is quite slow and a bit forced but as the story progresses, it improves and outshines his co-star Broderick, correct but whiny at times that made me think of Woody Allen.

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While the movie plays with some clichés like the typical bantering US vs. UK bantering on accents and education (Eve’s character Natalie is a Cambridge alumni), it’s quite refreshing to the see that first appearances of people and relationships can sometimes be deceiving.

Rating: **

 

Nancy Meyers has always empowered women in her movies and The Intern is no exception: young woman, leader of her own company, mother of a lovely girl and married to a charming fella who sacrifies his career for her to shine, but like in everything, there are some obstacles to overcome. Do not expect this movie to be Anne Hathaway’s revenge to The Devil Wears Prada. Jules Ostin is not Miranda Priestly despite she also works in the fashion business.

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Meyers is also known to give great and refreshing roles to mature actors (in this case, Robert de Niro, fantastic and sweet as Jules’ senior intern, confidant and adviser; and Rene Russo, always a pleasure to watch). In the past 10 years, companies have decided that people in their early 50’s are old (what??) and are forced to retire early, so it’s great to see a movie encouraging companies to offer jobs to people from that range of age or further, who can offer plenty of experience, dedication and are not afraid to work hard to learn the new ways of working (De Niro’s old school vs. Hathaway’s and al casual digital school).

Overally, it’s a lovely and heartwarming movie. Really recommended!

Rating: ****

¡Feliz Día de Traductor! // Happy Translator’s Day!

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Es imposible no sentir un cierto amor por todos los proyectos que traduces. Al menos yo lo siento, todos tienen su rinconcito en mi corazón por algún motivo u otro. Son muchas horas, mucho esfuerzo y mucha pasión para hacer un buen trabajo y que todo el mundo los disfrute.

Muchas veces comparo la vida del traductor con la del actor. Muy inestable al principio y poco a poco, con perseverancia, gran paciencia y ganas de luchar, vas construyendo una base sólida que te hace crecer personal y profesionalmente y que hace que te acerques al objetivo.

A pesar de los años, el “Por favor, que el próximo proyecto llegue pronto” sigue siendo constante. ¿A quién no le gusta un poco de adrenalina? Pero que dure poco, que ya empiezo a sufrir. Se echa de menos rápidamente porque nos encanta nuestro trabajo.

La frase “no te irás a dormir sin haber aprendido algo nuevo” es un hecho. En 4 años, todo sobre el Barça, la Champions, el Manchester City, experiencias extrasensoriales, el narcotráfico en Colombia, estrategias de caza de animales, cómo sobrevivir en Alaska en solitario, cómo evaluar hoteles, el mundo del cabaret en París, el área 51, los conflictos en Suráfrica, los entrenamientos de los Ironman… Información que guardamos en nuestro disco duro y que nos puede resultar útil en un futuro.

Es una lástima que, en general, nuestra profesión aún sea bastante invisible y poco reconocida pero formamos parte de la vida de todo el mundo cuando vamos al cine, abrimos un libro o una revista, configuramos un ordenador o leemos una caja de medicamentos, por citar algunos.

Somos los invisibles constantes pero eso no nos quita las ganas, somos adictos y amantes de lo que hacemos y seguimos trabajando y defendiendo una profesión preciosa y única porque sabemos que mejorará y que no solo familiares, amigos y allegados nos valorarán como toca.

Estad orgullosos de formar parte de este gremio. ¡Feliz día del traductor!


It’s impossible not to feel a certain love for all the projects you translate. At least, I feel it. They all have a special place in my heart for one reason or another. Lots of hours, a lot of effort and passion to do a great job and make them enjoyable to everybody.

Many times I compare the life of a translator with an actor’s one. Very unstable in the beginning and little by little, with perseverance, great patience and willingness to keep fighting, you build a solid base that will make you grow personally and professionally and will get you closer to the goal.

Despite the years, the sentence “Please, let the next project come soon” keeps being a constant. Who doesn’t like a little bit of adrenaline? But make it last a short time, I’m starting to worry. You miss it terribly because we love our job.

The quote “you won’t go to bed without learning something new” is a fact. In 4 years, everything about FC Barcelona, the Champions League, Manchester City, out of the body experiences, drug dealing in Colombia, animals’ hunting strategies, how to survive in Alaska on your own, how to evaluate hotels, the world of cabaret in Paris, Area 51, conflicts in South Africa, Ironman’s training… Information that we store in our hard disk that could be useful in the future.

It’s a pity that, in general, our profession is quite invisible and not much recognised but we’re in everybody’s lives when we go to the cinema, we open a book or a magazine, we configure a computer or we read a box of medicine, just to mention some.

We’re the constant invisible but that doesn’t discourage us. We’re addicts and lovers of what we do and we keep working and defending a beautiful and unique profession because we know it’ll get better and that not only relatives, friends and acquaintances are going to appreciate us as we should.

Be proud of being part of this guild. Happy Translator’s Day!

What did I watch this week?

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After some busy weeks, this week has been slightly lighter and I’ve been able to catch up with movies and TV shows a bit. This is something rare, so I’ve watched plenty.

On Tuesday, I saw Everest directed by Baltasar Kormákur and with Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin leading the cast. Now this is a movie you know the end beforehand because it’s based in a true story, a climbing expedition on Mt. Everest that wreaks havoc due to a severe snow storm.

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You know you’ll cry but you still want to watch it. Why? The cast has big names in it, so that draws people to the movies, but this is not an Oscarworthy movie for their acting, it is for its technical features like sound effects, visual effects and cinematography. Still, I must point out the great Kiwi accent of Keira Knightley, who plays Rob Hall’s pregnant wife, Jan Arnold and Emily Watson, always a great (underrated) supporting actress who plays Helen Wilton, base camp coordination and who, in my humble opinion, serves as a great pace mediator of the movie. Soothing and supportive at times and bold and direct in others.

You must think, is this movie any different from Vertical Limit? Well, this one is based in K2 and although people die, the final outcome is very different. Everest doesn’t sugarcoat the story and despite some funny moments coming from Gyllenhaal’s character, this movie really shows the mysticism of climbing, the rituals done, the dark side of climbers when underestimate the mountain (it really should be considered as a person in some ways: I’m having a good day, you can climb me; I’m having a bad day and you look down on me, you’re gonna suffer) and the understanding of death when the mountain beats you. Rating: **

I don’t want to talk much about The Visit because I didn’t like the movie at all. I think Michael Night Shyamalan has been cursed since the awesome The Sixth Sense. Any of his other horror movies impressed me. It is the first time that Shymalan uses the documentary style as seen in The Blair Witch Project or Paranormal Activity. Nothing new. There are moments that are meant to be funny (most coming from Ed Oxenbould) and make you cringe instead. I’m a big horror fan, I wanted to be scary, I don’t want to be grossed out by bad acting and unnecessary feces, diapers and vomits. Can someone please tell me why Kathryn Hahn thought this movie was a good idea? Rating: *

 

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And the very last movie I’ve seen is British rom-com called Man Up, starring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell. The plot is really easy: A single woman in her mid-thirties (how cliché!) played by Bell is mistaken by a man’s (Pegg) blind date. While the movie falls into all the conventions of the genre and you can hint the end since the beginning, it’s incredibly fresh and funny. I like that it doesn’t exclusively focus on the beauty of romance. We have always seen the prespective of a woman after a break-up, here we see the man’s perspective, how he feels, what he’s looking for, which is really refreshing. Both leading actors have an incredible chemistry and are hilarious. Who would have thought that nerdy Simon Pegg could be a good leading romantic actor? I liked him a lot. Kudos to Lake Bell for her flawless Brit accent and Rory Kinnear for making me laugh out loud. It’s a feel good movie for Friday evening. Rating: ***

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Just a couple of lines about a new show I’ve seen: the return of Rachel Zoe to TV with Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe. I was really looking forward to this because I was a big fan of The Rachel Zoe Project, which was a reality show about her life and her business, but this new talk show… boy, it was painful to watch and it’s only 20 minutes long. It needs a whole makeover to make it work (as Tim Gunn would say), I know it’s the first episode but Zoe is not a TV newbie. Forced, way too much scripted sections, canned repetitive laughter that make you cringe because what she’s said is not funny, with guest best friends (this week, Jessica Alba) that barely talk and when they do, they just praise Zoe, and Rodger Berman in the sidelines. Can’t say I love or hate Zoe because I think she has a good fashion vision but she needs more spontaneity, being less focused on her and give more opportunities to her co-host Derek Blasberg and guests to shine and not just serve as sidekickers. I want the fierce, naturally funny and eloquent Zoe I saw during five seasons in her reality show.

See you next week!

Few collaborations I’ve made

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In June, a friend of mine told me he was writing in a Spanish-written cultural website called Cultural Resuena and asked me if I wanted to collaborate with them every now and then. I was very excited because it was a great project, all amateur writers sharing their thoughts about different cultural fields. Cool, isn’t it? Also, it meant my return to a digital magazine after leaving Blogcritics about five years ago.

So far, I’ve written three articles for them. You’re more than welcome to read them in the links below. They’re in Spanish. Enjoy!

Genio con contrastes – Review of Bob Dylan’s concert at the Jardins de Pedralbes Festival in Barcelona this past 4th of July.

Lo Mejor del Comic Con P1 and P2 – Article about what movies and TV shows were presented during San Diego Comic Con this past July

 

Blogger Reflections

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Hello everybody!

These past weeks I’ve been thinking about this blog a lot. Why? Well, because it’s a nice place to voice out opinions about certain issues and also a place to recommend and spread culture. This latter is the main reason why I keep this going.

Sometimes I get really frustrated about people who have blogs and just copy and paste articles or opinions and turn them into their own AND they get a zillion comments and attention whereas I (and other bloggers) spend hours writing and creating original content and well… not the same outcome. It’s annoying! I know some of you read, I’m not putting you all in the same boat, but you know what I mean? My parents instilled me the culture of effort, not the easy way. And before you go crazy, let me just clarify, I definitely don’t write this blog for that purpose. I write as a pastime in between projects because writing has always been one of my passions and the idea of “the more you write, the more you can improve” kind of works to me. I don’t like writing as an obligation, that’s when posts don’t happen. I write when I feel like it and what better way to do it than writing about something you love but clearly, when you don’t get much feedback, it’s impossible not to get a bit disappointed.

Most people ask me why I write in English instead of Catalan or Spanish. To me, it’s indifferent. I feel totally comfortable writing in those three languages but I do it in English because I feel I could reach more people. For instance, if I write a post about The Great British Bake Off, I can guarantee you that not much Spanish or Catalan people know what I’m talking about. We’re a selected group here who knows, but I got friends in the UK, US, Hungary, Holland, Portugal, Belgium, etc, that know what I’m talking about and they have lots to say about it, that’s why English is the most appropriate language.

I basically write about cinema and (sometimes) TV, first because I’m a HUGE cinema addict and second, and in case you don’t know, I’m an audiovisual translator and thanks to my work I get to see lots of both.  For those reasons it’s inevitable for me not to recommend stuff I’ve seen. I’m a huge culture supporter and recommending and trying recommendations of any kind (music, movies, theatre, books) make me incredibly happy.

So, in this new “era” of the blog and if work permits, I’ll try my best to post what I’ve seen during the week. Awards season is coming up, so expect lots of that as well and I definitely want to tell you more about us, audiovisual translations and freelancing.

I really hope you join me in this new chapter of My Sweet Film Memories!

My 2015 Emmy Winners Predix

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Drama Series: Mad Men

Drama Leading Actor: Jon Hamm in Mad Men (2nd choice: Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul)

Drama Leading Actress: Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder (2nd choice: Tatiana Maslany in Ophran Black)

Drama Supporting Actress: Uzo Aduba in Orange is the New Black 

Drama Supporting Actor: Jonathan Banks in Better Call Saul

Comedy Series: Veep (2nd choice: Transparent)

Comedy Leading Actor: Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent

Comedy Leading Actress: Julia Louis-Dreyfuss in Veep (2nd choice: Amy Poehler in Parks & Recreation)

Comedy Supporting Actor: Tony Hale in Veep

Comedy Supporting Actress: Allison Janney in Mom

Limited Series: Olive Kitteridge

Miniseries Lead Actor: David Oyelowo in Nightingale (2nd choice: Mark Rylance in Wolf Hall)

Miniseries Lead Actress: Frances McDormand in Olive Kitteridge 

Miniseries Supporting Actress: Sarah Paulson in American Horror Story: Freak

Miniseries Supporting Actor: Bill Murray in Olive Kitteridge

Variety Show: The Colbert Report (2nd choice: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart)

2015 Academy Awards Winners Predix

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This Sunday marks the end of Awards Season and I really hope some justice is made for The Imitation Game after the lack of love its had during all these months of ceremonies.

I have seen all the nominated movies and performances, so here are my predix (technical categories are not included) for the night:

Best Picture: Boyhood  (2nd choice: The Imitation Game)

Best Director: Richard Linklater for Boyhood (2nd choice: Alejandro González Iñarritu for Birdman)

Best Leading Actor: Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything (2nd choice: Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game)

Best Leading Actress: Julianne Moore for Still Alice

Best Supporting Actor: J.K Simmons for Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood

Best Original Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2nd choice: Boyhood)

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Imitation Game

Best Animated Movie: How To Train Your Dragon 2

Best Foreign Movie: Ida

Best Documentary: Citizenfour

Best Score: The Theory of Everything

Best Original Song: Glory – Selma

My 2015 Golden Globes Predix

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Best Movie Drama: Boyhood (2nd choice: The Imitation Game)

Best Actor Drama: Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game (2nd choice: Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything)

Best Actress Drama: Julianne Moore – Still Alice (2nd choice: Reese Witherspoon – Wild)

Best Movie Comedy/Musical: Birdman (2nd choice: The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Best Actor Comedy: Michael Keaton – Birdman (2nd choice: Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Best Actress Comedy: Emily Blunt – Into The Woods (2nd choice: Amy Adams – Big Eyes)

Best Supporting Actor: J. K Simmons – Whiplash (2nd choice: Edward Norton – Birdman)

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette – Boyhood (2nd choice: Emma Stone – Birdman)

Best Director: Richard Linklater – Boyhood (2nd choice: Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman)

Best Screenplay: Birdman (2nd choice: The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Best Foreign Film: Ida (2nd choice: Leviathan)

Best Animated Picture: The Lego Movie (2nd choice: Big Hero 6)

Best Song: Selma (2nd choice: The Hunger Games)

Best Score: The Imitation Game (2nd choice: Birdman)

TV

Best Drama: The Affair (2nd choice: House of Cards)

Best Actor Drama: Clive Owen – The Knick (2nd choice: Kevin Spacey – House of Cards)

Best Actress Drama: Ruth Wilson – The Affair  (2nd choice: Viola Davis – How To Get Away With Murder)

Best Comedy: Transparent (2nd choice: Orange is the New Black)

Best Actor Comedy: Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent (2nd choice: Ricky Gervais – Derek)

Best Actress Comedy: Taylor Schilling – Orange is the New Black (2nd choice: Gina Rodriguez – Jane The Virgin)

Best TV Movie/Miniseries: True Detective (2nd choice: Fargo)

Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actor: Matthew McConaughey – True Detective (2nd choice: Billy Bob Thornton – Fargo)

Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress: Frances McDormand – Olive Kitteridge (2nd choice: Jessica Lange – American Horror Story)

TV Supporting Actor: Bill Murray – Olive Kitteridge (2nd choice: Matt Bomer – A Normal Heart)

TV Supporting Actress: Kathy Bates – American Horror Story  (2nd choice: Uzo Aduba – Orange is the New Black)

My 2014 Emmy Winners Predix

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Drama Series: True Detective (2nd choice: Breaking Bad)

Drama Leading Actor: Matthew McConaughey in True Detective (2nd choice: Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad)

Drama Leading Actress: Robin Wright in House of Cards (2nd choice: Julianna Margulis in The Good Wife)

Drama Supporting Actress: Anna Gunn in Breaking Bad (2nd choice: Christine Baranski in The Good Wife)

Drama Supporting Actor: Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad (2nd choice: Josh Charles in The Good Wife)

Comedy Series: Orange is the New Black (2nd choice: Veep)

Comedy Leading Actor: Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2nd choice: Ricky Gervais in Derek)

Comedy Leading Actress: Julia Louis-Dreyfuss in Veep (2nd choice: Taylor Schilling in Orange is the New Black)

Comedy Supporting Actor: Tony Hale in Veep (2nd choice: Andre Baugher in Brooklyn Nine Nine)

Comedy Supporting Actress: Allison Janney in Mom (2nd choice: Kate Mulgrew in Orange is the New Black)

TV Movie: The Normal Heart (2nd choice: Sherlock: The Last Vow)

Miniseries: Fargo (2nd choice: American Horror Story: Coven)

Miniseries Lead Actor: Billy Bob Thornton in Fargo (2nd choice: Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock: The Last Vow)

Miniseries Lead Actress: Cecily Tyson in The Trip to Bountiful (2nd choice: Jessica Lange in American Horror Story: Coven)

Miniseries Supporting Actress: Allison Torman in Fargo (2nd choice: Julia Roberts in The Normal Heart)

Miniseries Supporting Actor: Matt Bomer in The Normal Heart (2nd choice: Martin Freeman in Sherlock: The Last Vow)

Variety Show: The Colbert Report (2nd choice: Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon)