Yes, it was terrible what they did in South America! We had our own dictatorship in Mexico but it was sui generis and maybe sophisticated. Mario Vargas Llosa called it the "perfect dictatorship" because it wasn't about one man but one political party. They could be generous. They were for example with people escaping from the dictatorships of Chile and Argentina; they were friends with Cuba and at the same time the USA; they did elections which always won (they countied they own votes, of course!) but at the same time were extremely corrupt and that it's our major tragedy here. The breaking points were the Tlatelolco massacre and later the 1985 Mexico City earthquake. Suddenly the corruption was too much and little by little people demanded a change. Sadly it never completely materialized. We aren't a Protectionist economy (which tends to feed corruption) but a semi neo Liberal one which ironically and with more governing political parties still very corrupt. It's sad because most people I know are decent people so a lot of us really don't deserve it.
My favorite is The Devil's Backbone. Pan's Labyrinth is his more acclaimed and it's really good but to me there is something off in the story. I don't know. The bad guy is too bad without a clear reason (apart of being a fascist, of course) when the bad guy in TDB is evil and cruel but feels more real. Also I didn't like that the female protagonist main achievement is sacrificing herself for another (male) child. Why strong little girls have to sacrifice themselves to save boys? I'm thinking in Stranger Things and yes, I know Eleven will return but that was the dynamic of the first season!
I actually like this dynamic, it's different. Normally it's always the girl who needs to be taken care of and protected. I don't remember Pan's Labyrinth all that well, I've only seen it once when it was in cinemas (so..10+ years ago?) but I liked that Eleven was the badass who saved everyone and not some token girl member of the group always in trouble and needing a White Knight to rescue her.
Well, yes but she is just a child and she is sacrificed suggesting the life of her little brother is more important than hers. He is the chosen one. She is badass but at the end of the day is just the mother like figure whose purpose in life was to die to save a substitute "son". I was disappointed with the ending. I could understand it in a movie with an adult figure (Terminator? Although Sarah O'Connor doesn't die) but why all her potential was just to get to that point!
This pair of photos aren’t recent, but they are a couple of keepers all the same -
They are from when Sophie and Ben went to Venice to celebrate their wedding anniversary (remember they were in a fan pix in a museum in Venice). Ben looks all very dapper in his going out to dinner garb (love the top one especially). I love how he looks dressed up but not “red carpet” dressed up. You can tell it is not a publicity photo - just dressed up for a night out with his wife.
"You're going into the water... short-arse!" - Sherlock