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Dominican Republic-set Retelling of Romeo & Juliet Gets Buzz for intense Mexican Standoff Scene

Independent film ‘Cristo Rey’, shot in 2013 is being selectively screened as it searched for distribution. It is a retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set in Santo Domingo (in the Dominican Republic) and IndieWire.com states that it may be the most intriguing version of the story “in quite a awhile”, referencing predecessors such as West Side Story who had also modernized the story.

A shot from a scene showing a Mexican standoff with a woman holding a machete to a police officers neck as she is surrounded by offers with guns drawn is helping propel buzz about the film.

The Shakespearian update is set among the tensions between the Hatians who illegally immigrate to the richer side of the island they share with the Dominican Republic.

Director Leticia Tonos Paniagua brings a familiar story of love and prejudice but places it in a unique and compelling setting. In Cristo Rey, a shantytown in Santo Domingo that the movie is named for, drug lord El Bacá (Leonardo Vasquez) and Colonel Montilla (Jalsen Santana), a corrupt police chief, reign supreme from opposite sides of the law. They contend with each other while squeezing the impoverished inhabitants of Cristo Rey. Montilla’s hunt for El Bacá plays an important role in the plot.

A racial divide plays out in the movie, with lighter-skinned Dominicans castigating the darker Haitians.

It’s within this fray that Janvier and Jocelyn, who is El Bacá’s younger sister, spark an unlikely romance. Pressured into El Bacá’s service after his mother is deported to a post-apocalyptic-looking Port-au-Prince in Haiti, Janvier looks for a way to solve his problems and preserve his newfound love.

“Cristo Rey” moves along with a developed plot and passable performances by its leads, with a strong supporting cast, but falls short in some regards. Important tensions between the characters, including a rivalry between Janvier and his brother, as well as the love between Janvier and Jocelyn, aren’t given the space and attention they need to carry the emotions they try to convey.

Does James Franco deserve an Oscar for Methhead portrayal in Spring Breakers?

Rebecca Keegan of the LA Times is not amused:

Now Franco, who was also nominated for an Oscar that year for his performance in “127 Hours,” is giving academy members another reason to shake their heads — an irreverent awards campaign for his raunchy arthouse hit “Spring Breakers.”

In a bid to secure a supporting actor nomination for Franco’s role as Alien, the movie’s clownish rapper/drug dealer, distributor A24 is asking Oscar voters to “Consider this …” in a new ad containing an expletive.

The ad, which will appear in the Hollywood trade publications, features Franco in character, clutching two Oscar statuettes and flanked by bikini-clad actresses Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson. In coming months, A24 will release other ads in the cheeky tone of the movie, according to spokeswoman Nicolette Aizenberg.

“We all believe strongly in the performance,” Aizenberg said. “He created something that is part of the Zeitgeist.”

How Avatar Affected 3D Movies

The 2009 highest-grossing-ever film owed much of its success to its revolutionary use of the 3D format.

This chart, made by an unnamed movie researcher, shows the number of 3D movies released per year from 2005 to 2014:

How will Avatar 2 affect the competition? James Cameron says he’s aiming for an improved 3D viewing experience on Avatar 2.

But Avatar represented a breakthrough for the technology and advertisers took the newfound awareness of 3D and ran with it, not just for movie promotions, but for any campaign that could get approval by a brand’s decision-makers.

Then much of that activity ceased, perhaps in response to the ongoing economic downturn, or perhaps in response to copycat 3D movies that followed Avatar. They gave the technology a bad name by cut-and-pasting a few 3D elements atop of a movie already in production and then sticking movie-goers with a bigger ticket price.

Slogging On

Maybe the next series of Avatar movies will give 3D the push it needs into mainstream ad technology. Cameron has said he is working on improving the technology for the next film. Also, when the first Avatar was released, smartphones were still in minority of cell phone-carrying users and consumer incomes were not disposable enough to buy the very expensive 3D television sets that were starting to come to market. Those trends may well be in full sail by the time the next Avatar movies come out.

Character gallery for The Hobbit

Bilbo

Bilbo

Gandalf

Gandalf

Dwalin

Dwalin

Balin

Balin

Kili

Kili

Fili

Fili

Dori

Dori

Nori

Nori

Ori

Ori

Oin

Oin

Gloin

Gloin

Bifur

Bifur

Bofur

Bofur

Bombur

Bombur

Thorin

Thorin

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