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Almodovar
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(Of u and I engaged in a kiss?)

No silly, I ain’t no scrawny black guy…no, of a college freshman, walking into an empty commons room, ecstatic that those Melrose watching chickens are gone for once, and spotting a video on top of the TV, and then seeing it is called “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” intrigued, popping it in and being taken for a ride! Going to the library and checking out Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! cause I just can’t get enough of this director, and then finally getting a series of 5 of his films to be passed by the campus film society, and being able to see them on the big screen! Well, that’s how I came to be an Almodovar nut!

Ok, so this is something I have been wanting to write a column on since i started with this Backwash nonsense. Almodovar is my favorite director. I have all of his 12 features on video except All About My Mother, the newest, which I have seen in the film theater 3 times, in 3 different states. I also own Almodovar on Almodovar which is basically a whole book-long interview with the man himself, as well as some other books that deal with him in some way or another. And most importantly I own the Almodovar soundtrack, which features songs from his first 11 movies. Yes, you may say I am a freak, but I love my Pedro!

All that said, if you have never seen an Almodovar film, go rent one right now! They are all a great mix of melodrama/shock/comedy (well except Matador, which is serious, and I didn’t like it the first time I saw it, but have grown to like it since). How can you not love a man whose latest movie features a nun being impregnated by a transvestite nympo, and honestly say: “It’s really good, really polished, possibly his best, but it’s really toned down, compared to his older stuff!”

I would wholeheartedly suggest my favorite, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! with a young Antonio Banderas who is released from a mental institution determined to marry a drug addicted porn star. Of his older films I would suggest Labyrinth of Passion featuring an even younger Antonio playing a gay Islamic terrorist with a keen sense of smell who falls for a son of an emperor in disguise as a punk singer in love with a nymphomaniac named Sexillia with a fear of the sun! Heh! If only all movies could be this fun! Also, don’t skip the classic What Have I Done to Deserve This? or the weirdly futuristic Kika, or the suspensful High Heels. As a matter of fact, watch all of them!

Almodovar’s work is visually instantly recognizable because of his very bright colors; the reds and the oranges are everyrhere, from the wonderfully clashing trashy clothes to the backdrops in the typically Spanish apartments where his characters hang out. On the story level, he creates unforgetable characters and then takes them through this crazy ride of a whole range of emotions. The happy/sad switch is constantly being flicked, and it makes for great melodrama and comedy all at once. If I had one wish, it would be to work on an Almodovar set. Maybe I should start learning Spanish!

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Almodovarlandia
This may not be the best looking site around, but this guy is obviously as passionate about Pedro as I am, if not more. Great stuff, like pictures of all the actors from Pedro’s movies, academic papers written on Pedro, and where to buy the movies, the books and music, even some good cooking tips:)!
Source: almodovarlandia.com
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“This country is very hypocritical”
What Pedro thinks of transvestites, Hollywood, the US, and much more…
Source: ifmagazine.com
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Sex workers of the world, unite!
I’ve done it, I was finally able to connect hos and the subject matter. While it has absolutely nothing to do with Pedro, it has plenty to do with a plot that just could be in one of his movies AND it’s a true story! A cop turned hooker is arrested for trying to expose police corruption, runs for public office, and starts a foundation for creative sex workers and becomes an author.
Source: freedomusa.org
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Strangers When We Met – Silver Choice
I have always thought the litereary equivalent of Almodovar is John Irving, in that his characters are really vivid and the situations constantly flow from hillarious to depressing. However, Hanif Kureishi is also pretty damn close. I just finished The Buddha of Suburbia, which is such a fun book. This is a great short story by Kureishi. It’s kinda longish for online reading, but if you have time or are at work, read it
Source: hanifkureishi.com
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Games/Contests/Activities

Build your own man/woman!
This doesn’t have much to do with Almodovar, but it’s damn fun! Actually if you search around this page, you can also find a caricature of Pedro, but this building your own man thing is just too much fun. Maybe I am just bored.
Source: magixl.com
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Products/Services

Live Flesh!
Get cheap Almodovar stuff on this page (some of it under 5 bucks)! If you look around you can also find cheap anything. I love these guys. Even if they did get bought by E-bay!
Source: half.com
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