Love in the Time of Cholera – My Movie Review

26 11 2007

This is film is the perfect adaptation from a magical reality in print. Ironically only the viewers that have also read the book will appreciate fully the accuracy of this book adaptation to film. In most cases, a picture will always be worth a thousand words and this film attempts to narrate this story in 2 hours and 18 minutes. Sadly, you need Gabriel Marcia Marquez’s (GGM) masterful use of words and language to appreciate the emotion and nostalgia of the characters and places. This movie is a beautiful animated illustration of GGM’s poetry-rich verse. Nothing more. This is not a short-coming of the writer, director or actors but of the nature of film itself. Some will say that this movie is bland and boring but only those who have read the book will notice how the film is embedded with famous quotes from the book. Had the movie diverted from the book in order to be made more appealing to the illiterate masses, that would have been the real short-coming of the film.

The film is truly a masterpiece except in one aspect. The soundtrack of the movie was very intrusive to the innate nostalgic emotion of GGM’s writing. Shakira style of singing was in constant discordance with an otherwise perfect picture film. The intermittent lyrics of Shakira’s “Pienso en ti” were annoyingly simplistic every time they were heard throughout the movie. Shakira’s new original track “Hay Amores”, though is in perfect harmony with the theme, mood and setting of the film, do not make up for the lack of an emotive acoustic soundtrack. One single song cannot carry the artistic load for this literary adaptation. As a matter of fact, not a single artist should be given the responsibility of a full soundtrack. Colombian artists have displayed amazing talent, especially in the last decade, but somehow other Latin Rock artists have been overlooked. Gustavo Santaolalla was certainly a better match for this film… not to mention, Juanes, Mana, Cafe Tacuba, or Enanitos Verdes, Ely Guerra to name a few of the most prominent artist. There is a natural marriage between Latin American Cinema and Latin Rock (Rock En Espanol), but this connection was forgotten. Then again… it wasn’t Latin American Cinema but Hollywood trying to be Latin American.

Amores Perros was a great film not only for the film. The soundtrack was richer in so many more ways that the film. A beautiful opportunity was missed with “Love in the Time of Cholera” to coin unforgettable songs that would have endured with the viewers for a lifetime. Perfect example: “Avientame” by Cafe Tacuba.

Love in the Time of Cholera – The Movie

12 11 2007

I just (right now) saw the commercial on TV!!! “Love in the Time of Cholera” (The Movie) is being released this Friday, November 16th, 2007. The movie is based on the novel by the same name. Actually, the Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel is originally in Spanish, “El Amor en los Tiempos del Cholera”.

Why is it that everything “underground” that I liked eight years ago is mainstream today? Julieta Venegas, Shakira, Nelly Furtado, Juanes, Salsa…

The latest example, one of my favorite books by my favorite author, G.G.M.

So I am not going to talk about the novel/movie because if you don’t know, well… then ax somebody. Besides, you should know.

Suffice it to say that at the top of the New York Times Best-Seller list is, as you guessed it, Love in the Times of Cholera”.

“Love in the Time of Cholera” #1 of the NY Times Best-Seller List

Love in the Time of Cholera (2007 – IMBD)

Editorial By John McMurtrie – San Francisco Chronicle

Finally, the movie trailer

And if that wasn’t enough, Shakira’s new song “Despedida” is in the movie’s soundtrack!!

See? The marriage of Latin Rock and the Latin American Cinema, only that now, eight years later, it’s in English.

2007 Women’s World Cup – USA Team in 3rd Place

6 11 2007

The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team won a bronze medal at the 2007 Women’s World Cup held in China in September. Still, it’s a shame that the 2007 Women’s World Cup received very little coverage in the United States’ media. Because of the time difference, the games were televised at between 5 am and 8 am in the morning. There was little or no mention on national network news or newspapers.

At the time in September, I visited various sports websites for news and stats about the World Cup and I found nada! My best source for information was Wikipedia.

2007 Women’s World Cup On Wikipedia’s_World_Cup

Ironic? Maybe. But the media is not the only party to blame. Why was the World Cup held during the busiest sports month. In September you have College Football, Pro Football, the end of Baseball, and the beginning of international soccer leagues around the world.

This is a column that appeared on USA Today last month.

FIFA’s World Cup timing doing women’s soccer a disservice
By: Christine Brenna, USA Today

So here is my little part to cover the 2007 Women’s World Cup.

Did you know that Carli Lloyd, US’ midfielder, is a Rutgers University ’04 alumni? And that she was named first-team all-Big East Conference for four straight years and Big East midfielder of the year in 2004? Here a link to her website, And this is a link to her biography.

Video of Carli Lloyd on

Did you also know that Heather O’Reilly, 22, US’ forward, currently playing soccer for the University of North Carolina, was born in New Brunswick, NJ and grew up in East Brunswick, NJ. interview of Heather O’Reilly (part 1)

She wrote a blog hosted on during the 2007 Women’s World Cup. Here is a link to her blog.

So that’s it.