by Jaime Grijalba.
It’s been quite a while since I last posted in this magnificent site, even if I have the chance every other wednesday, I haven’t done so, many reasons have been in the way, but most of the time it’s been lack of material to work with. After all, most of my posts go around two subjects: literature and new films that should be taken into account, considerated to be in the year end’s lists. So, then, two things have happened, I haven’t had time to finish the latest Mario Vargas Llosa novel (‘The Green House’) since it’s long and not really that entertaining (and I recently left it at a friend’s house, and just today I’ll be getting it back, that’s more than two weeks without reading what I should have, but that gave me time to finish one of the funniest books I’ve ever read, ‘Good Omens’ by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman). The other thing was that I’ve seen some 2011 films and most of them will be considered for the year’s best (or worst of the year even… I’m looking at you “The Dilemma”, “Hall Pass”, “Sucker Punch”…), but there’s been a subject that has been interesting me recently and just now I’ve realized how it connects to the later aspect of my interests in this blog: 2011 films.
I can feel enthusiasm when it comes to film, and it makes me value things more, I can sense when something is done with passion, may it be a script, a direction, a certain acting, something that’s made with love is specially noted by me, and I celebrate that in many ways. When people love what they do you can see it, and it shows, specially when it goes through a tremendous effort to make it through. For example, the movie ‘The Evil Dead’ (1981) may not be considered as a great movie, for many not even a good movie, but for me it represents what I’m talking about: Passion. Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Robert G. Tapert , and everyone else that put so much effort, blood, sweat and tears, that it’s pretty much wonderful, a masterpiece in my eyes, and my fourth favorite movie of all time. I know it’s extreme, but the first time I saw it something clicked with me, and it’s been the only movie so far that I could see three times in a row without getting bored one second (I was doing nothing else at the moment, in fact, I should have been studying for the biggest test in the history of a chilean student, the PSU — University Selection Test –). Now I see the same passion in the new guys who now are in charge of Hammer Films.