My pick of English language flicks for September is not one movie, but three. For a few days now I’ve been trying to choose my favourite from this month’s Cine Doré programme, but I can’t. There are three movies on it I really like, however, don’t love, three very different movies that seem to hold equal appeal for me, three movies that have one thing in common, kick-ass soundtracks!

The first movie of the three is, For a Few Dollars More

The second part of Sergio Leone’s trilogy that established the Spaghetti Western genre, For a Few Dollars More follows two bounty hunters, their career path so eloquently described during the opening credits: 

‘Where life had no value, death, sometimes, had its price. That is why the bounty killers appeared.’ 

Manco, also known as The Man with No Name, played by Clint Eastwood and Colonel Douglas Mortimer, played by Lee Van Cleef are initially in competition for the human bounties. Eventually they team up to take down one of the most ruthless outlaws of the Wild West, an outlaw who is haunted by his demons. This is a true classic, it’s worth going just to hear the soundtrack by Ennio Morricone in the cinema.

Director: Sergio Leone, 1965

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volanté

Running time: 99 minutes

Date: Sunday 16th September. Start time: 22:30. Entry: €3.00. Cine Doré, Calle de Santa Isabel, 3, 28012 Madrid. Metro: Antón Martín (L1)

 

The second of the three movies is, No Country for Old Men

Growing up I bought every Coen brothers’ movie on video, then DVD. I loved their offbeat style, their strange, crime-spree movies filled with the oddest characters, characters that seem to be a result of the insular societies they live in. Blood Simple, Fargo, and the Big Lebowski to name but a few, then came No Country for Old Men.

No Country for Old Men shocked me on first viewing, I think partly because I hadn’t read Cormac McCarthy and his writing at times can be laser accurate, partly because of the complete self control Anton Chigurh, played by Javier Bardem, emanates, yet the man is totally insane. Watching Bardem’s performance in this movie is like imagining a black hole, immense power that is continually crumbling in on itself to the point where it consumes everything in its path. Not suprisingly, Javier Bardem picked up the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for No Country for Old Men. 

Director: Joel & Ethan Coen, 2007

Starring: Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Kelly Macdonald, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

Running time: 122 minutes

Shown in original version with Spanish subtitles

Date: Thursday 27th September. Start time: 22:00. Entry: €3.00. Cine Doré, Calle de Santa Isabel, 3, 28012 Madrid. Metro: Antón Martín (L1)

 

The third of the three is, Guardians of the Galaxy

I’m not a fan of the superhero genre, so I’m surprised I’m writing about a Marvel movie, however, I’ve got a pleasant memory connected to Guardians of the Galaxy. I listened to the complete soundtrack of Guardians of the Galaxy before I watched the movie. At a party a few years ago one of my friends arrived, armed with a cassette player and two cassettes: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and 2. We listened to the whole soundtrack and the day after watched the movie. Even though I’m not a fan of the superhero genre and thus won’t disrespect the fans by trying to write the plot of one, I really enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy. Watch the trailer to know more about it, Groot is awesome!

Director: James Gunn, 2014

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Benicio del Toro

Running time: 121 minutes

Shown in original version with Spanish subtitles

Date: Saturday 15th September. Start time: 18:00. Entry: €3.00. Cine Doré, Calle de Santa Isabel, 3, 28012 Madrid. Metro: Antón Martín (L1)

 

Cine Doré Programme September 2018

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