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Velma is Living

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Velma is Living debut at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.

Velma is Living – A Neo-Noir Narrative Musical Adventure by director Dan Jimenez has come out (Facebook page). Great movie.

Also, it’s my movie acting debut, playing the part of Christopher Wayne Thomas: a rugged bar goer who mostly sits and cheers for the almost 10 seconds of on-screen time and has no talking lines. You may have briefly read about him here. Yes, I look amazing with that mustache. I used Stanislavsky’s system of acting and I think it shows. If only I were a member of the Academy, I might have a chance of an award. Most (all) of my scenes (the one) were shot last November.

In any case, I have no idea how you may watch it yet, so you will have to sit tight. I will update this post when I get more info.

Congratulations to the director and all the crew, and thank you for the opportunity.

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Opera in Cinema Presents AIDA

I love Opera. I sing it every day while taking a shower. I make up the words and I do little dances. So when I heard that Verdi’s Aïda was coming to the Long Center, and that it was FREE, well, I couldn’t resist.

In my haste to get tickets I did not read the full description to realize that it was not a live opera, but a video recording. The performance was great, but the editing was cheesy and the special effects non-existent, except for the fade-to-red-curtain trick every 5 minutes. And of course, it’s not quite same as seeing it live. But it’s free, so I can’t complain (too much). More details here.

Austin skyline as seen from the Long Center
Austin skyline as seen from the Long Center

Photo of the day #25: Lobezno

In Spain, they translate EVERYTHING, even movie titles. Oddly enough, I distinctly remember Wolverine was called “Guerpardo” in the Spanish-dubbed X-Men cartoons.

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Thanks to Carolina De La Lanza for the photo.

Quick review: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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I got to see X-Men Origins: Wolverine on Sunday night. This is my quick review. But before you read, consider this: I was an avid comic book reader as a kid. I generally like action, science fiction and superhero movies. I liked all the X-Men movies.

Now with all this said, let me tell you that X-Men Origins: Wolverine is terrible. Read on for a rant with a few mild spoilers.

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I watched the Watchmen

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On a whim I decided to attend the Watchmen movie premiere last night. I read the re-print of the original 1986 graphic novel a few months ago and it’s great; it’s even listed as one of Time Magazine‘s best 100 novels of all time.

This is not your usual superhero movie based on a comic book character such as Superman, Spider-Man, or the X-Men. No, this is a self contained story with all original charaters. No prequels, no sequels, no series. Just Watchmen. The book’s plot is quite complicated and definitely not kid-friendly. You shouldn’t be fooled by the superhero premise nor by the hand-drawn presentation: Watchmen is for adults.

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