My blogging has been intermittent, to say the least. They say that to increase your traffic you must do it daily, so here goes...
Today. Writing a piece about Pedro Almodóvar and Antonio Banderas. Interviewed them together in Madrid a couple of Sundays ago for the new film La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In), adapted from the book Tarantula by Thierry Jonquet. Out here Aug 26. Indescribable, perverse kidnap yarn, verging on horror story. Was a favourite at Cannes, but then Pedro has never been anything but at Cannes. Ant'n'Ped both excellent fellows.
Save for the odd exception, like What Have I Done To Deserve This, I always found his his early films a bit patchy. Sometimes just a bit tooooo gay for my taste. Sometimes lacking in focus. The 90s films, his Victoria Abril period, weren't the greatest. I was on the Madrid set of Kika in, what, 1993 I think. Pedro was a generous host, especially as in the middle of filming, but I think that film must be his nadir.
However, I think the stuff of the last ten years or so has been tremendous, from All About My Mother onwards. I watched most of them again recently on DVD. I believe Talk To Her to be his masterpiece (Oscar for best screenplay). Truly haunting film. Quite brilliant.