Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron have been famously close-knit friends for decades, but that doesn’t mean that del Toro is going to offer only shallow praise to Cuaron’s magnum opus Roma. Del Toro took to Twitter on Sunday to offer some insightful film criticism that perfectly gets to the heart of why Roma is such a masterclass in storytelling — and makes all film writers jealous that they hadn’t written a full essay about this first.
Spoilers for Roma below.
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Roma has been pulling in awards left and right this season, and director Alfonso Cuarón has been the recipient of several of them as the director, writer, producer, editor, and cinematographer of the foreign language drama. At every turn, he’s been extremely grateful to Netflix for releasing a film that most studios probably wouldn’t touch. But a recent problem has emerged that has Cuarón unhappy with Netflix.
The entirety of Roma is a Spanish-language film featuring subtitles for those who don’t speak the language. However, for some reason, in the country of Spain where Spanish is the native language, a set of subtitles in Iberian Spanish is being offered, implying some kind of disconnect between the Spanish spoken in Mexico and the Spanish spoken in Spain. This is what has upset director Alfonso Cuarón, who calls it “parochial, ignorant and offensive to Spaniards themselves.”
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The Director’s Guild of America has chimed in with their nominations for their annual awards honoring the finest achievements in directing in film and television for the year 2018. Much like his nomination for the American Society of Cinematographers Awards, it should come as no surprise that Roma director Alfonso Cuarón ended up with a nomination, especially after winning Best Director at the Golden Globes last weekend. But how did the other four nominations shake out?
Find out all of the 2019 DGA Awards nominations below, including film and television. Read More »
Roma is a movie that deserves to be seen on the big screen. But unfortunately, not everyone has access to a theater showing Alfonso Cuaron‘s heart-wrenching masterpiece. So if you must watch it from the comfort of your own home, Netflix has released a handy guide that will best allow you to absorb the film’s universal and intimate story — without it looking like a mess.
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One of the biggest awards contenders this year is likely to be Roma, the latest film from Gravity and Children of Men director Alfonso Cuarón, but it’s nothing like either of those two films. Instead, the filmmaker has crafted a family drama that many critics are calling a masterpiece. You’ll see why in the new Roma trailer that was just released by Netflix. Read More »
Netflix is changing up their distribution game a bit by giving some of their original movies from prestige filmmakers a theatrical release. One of the key awards season releases from Netflix slated to hit theaters is Alfonso Cuaron‘s acclaimed drama Roma, but it sounds like at least one signature movie theater chain won’t be playing it.
The Alamo Drafthouse is a favorite theater chain among cinephiles, but moviegoers won’t be able to see Roma at any Drafthouse theaters, because the chain won’t agree to the strict specifications Netflix wants in place in order for the movie to be shown. Read More »
Alfonso Cuarón‘s Roma is a singular achievement – a visually resplendent tale of empathy, focusing on a housekeeper in 1970s Mexico, and the family she works and lives with.
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Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron is back with Roma, his first feature since he blew us away with 2013’s survival thriller Gravity. This new black and white movie set in the titular Mexico City suburb in the early 1970s is “a vivid portrayal of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil”, and critics are already calling it one of the best movies in Cuaron’s impressive filmography.
The first Roma reviews are in following the film’s Venice Film Festival premiere, and you can read some of the glowing reactions below. Read More »
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A day after it was reported that Netflix was considering theatrical releases for its highly anticipated prestige pictures, it has been confirmed that the streaming giant will give limited theatrical runs to Alfonso Cuaron‘s Roma, Joel and Ethan Coen‘s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and Paul Greengrass‘ 22 July.
However, these awards-season runs aren’t a sign of changing ways for Netflix — this day-and-date release for awards-friendly films is a strategy that the streaming service has practiced since 2015’s Beasts of No Nation.
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Netflix doesn’t like to give the original movies destined for exclusivity in their streaming library a theatrical release. It defeats the purpose of making the movie available to watch so easily from the comfort of your own home. But Netflix also has several films on the horizon from high profile filmmakers whose work demands to be seen on the big screen, and we just might get that opportunity.
Apparently, there’s some chatter behind-the-scenes for the streaming service to make some exceptions when it comes to theatrically releasing Netflix original movies, starting with Alfonso Cuaron‘s highly anticipated Roma (watch the trailer). And he’s not the only filmmaker who might get the same treatment. Read More »