Random Factoid #289

13 05 2010

Two months after it won Best Foreign Film at the Oscars and one month after it opened in the USA, “The Secret in Their Eyes” (FUN FACT: the Spanish title, “El Secreto de sus Ojos” actually means “The Secret of Their Eyes) finally makes its way to Houston tomorrow.

As some of you may recall, I was in Argentina for three weeks in January.  “The Secret in Their Eyes” is an Argentinian film, and when I was there, I knew it had made the shortlist for Best Foreign Film.

I saw posters advertising the DVD of the movie in the windows of electronics stores in the streets of Buenos Aires.  They were practically ubiquitous.  I thought about buying it, but I don’t know what stopped me.  South American DVDs work in our players.

When I came back, it made the list of five actual nominees.  I then realized that very few people in the United States had seen this movie, and if they had, they were critics or high-society film people.  In other words, it would be doubtful that any amateur bloggers would have seen it.

So now, I’m hitting myself (figuratively, not literally) for not buying it.  Hopefully it doesn’t leave in the next two weeks … don’t know how much moviegoing time I will have with finals coming up.

P.S. – Thanks to Mad Hatter at “The Dark of the Matinee” for inspiring this factoid with his review of the movie.

Random Factoid #181

25 01 2010

Now hanging on my bulletin board: a review of “Up in the Air” in Spanish!  I tore it out of a copy of “La Nación” (The Nation), a newspaper in Buenos Aires, while at a Starbucks Coffee chowing on a donut and croissant.

They gave it four stars, by the way.

Random Factoid #180

24 01 2010

In school, it takes me forever to read Spanish literature.

In Argentina, I read a four page article about Matt Damon and the making of “Invictus” in less than 15 minutes.

It’s amazing how easy it is to read something you are interested in.

A Note to My Readers

5 01 2010

Dear readers of “Marshall and the Movies,”

Until January 23, I will be on a homestay program in Argentina to improve my Spanish speaking skills. Not to worry – the blog will not die! I have set factoids to publish every day at midnight, and a feature will pop up every two or three days as usual. The only potential change that you might notice is a potential hiatus of my “F.I.L.M. of the Week” series for three weeks.

I will have very limited Internet access, and I wil spend the majority of it e-mailing family and friends. If I have spare time, I will come back to moderate posts and comments here.

If I don’t get a chance to check the blog, I wish you all the happiest of times and a great month of moviegoing.

Until the next reel,