Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Extraterrestrial - A Story of Romance, Cheating and Alien Invasion


Extraterrestrial (Extraterrestre, 2011) is a funny Spanish sci-fi movie by Nacho Vigalondo, who also created one of the most original sci-fi movies of recent years, Timescrimes.

In this story, a man and a woman, Julio and Julia, wake up after a one-night stand, just to find that the city has been evacuated because of an alien invasion. Luckily, the imminent danger is a good excuse for Julio to stay with the the beautiful girl a little longer.
The situation becomes even more absurd with the arrival of the creepy neighbour, who also did not leave because he was hoping to be able to get closer to the pretty girl. Soon the woman's boyfriend also turns up, and continuously more and more lies are told in order to avoid suspicion.

The movie is not about the alien attack ifself, it just shows us a couple of people and their interactions as they get into more and more comic situations.
The actors were chosen well. Michelle Jenner (Julia) and Julián Villagrán (Julio) were a perfect choice for the lead roles in this incredible and strange love story.

This movie is not for those who want to see action scenes and a lot of CGI. However, Extraterrestrial is both original and funny, so it is highly recommended.

(Trailer, Imdb, Wiki.)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Year in Review: 2012


2012 was a good year for me in every respects.
As for my writing, I became busy writing only towards the end of the year, but it felt great.
I had more poems published in English and I also wrote an urban fantasy story, and I managed to submit it to the publisher in time. This also means that I learnt to handle deadlines.
I was also learning more about screenwriting and I would really like to learn more about it later.

In 2012, I also became brave enough to perform in front of people, so I was reading poetry at the Write Like Bukowski contest and I also did stand up for the first time, in a pub, at a charity event. The latter was a so-called open-mic event. (I'd like to do this again some time.)

I also made lots of new friends and got a lot of new ideas that still need to be put on paper.

The year 2012 was a better one for me than the ones before, and I was able to start the next one as an optimist.