Drawing on tropes from horror flicks about mad scientists -- think an Ibero Frankenstein -- The Skin I Live In is a macabre trip.
"But the character is also a metaphor," Banderas says. "He is a monster but he is also an artist. Life gives him the ability to create identities, to change identities."
Pygmalion meets Frankenstein by way of the imagination of Pedro Almodovar in The Skin I Live In, as tensely creepy and compelling a film as the Spanish maestro has yet made.
The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence but, in Woody Allen's world, it's not merely an illusion. Rather, it's the thread that starts ...
I'm here to tell you that with You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Woody Allen is in terrific form -- in fact, the best in years.
Where his films once excited a certain keenness, I often read reviews of a new Woody Allen film these days that convey the attitude of, "Oh, give it a rest already."
All the warning signs are there: it's the 4th film, it's in 3D, virtually all of the original creative talent (aside from the actors) have moved on. Has the law of diminishing returns caught up with Shrek Forever After? Yes and no -- but mostly no.
While Antonio Banderas may be running off to promote to his latest Hollywood excursion, Shrek Forever After his real passion recently has been curating a new, free film series at Manhattan's Spanish culture center.