The premieres of the week: streaming, film and theater reviews, from The House of the Dragon to The Hunter and the Good Nazi

In the long-awaited grand duel of the fantastic tanks, George RR Martin struck first. the house of the dragonadaptation of the prequel Game of Thrones, Fire and blooddebuted this week with a proposal that, for fans of the original series, may seem “less of the same”, but that fulfills its purpose of returning the Westeros universe to the public. HBO Max has already renewed for a second season the house of the dragon –focused on a fractured war between the Targaryen royal family two centuries before the birth of Daenerys, the “Mother of Dragons”– thanks to its good audience numbers, but we will have to wait until next Friday the 2nd to see what happens with that enthusiasm when fans can also opt for JRR Tolkien and the Amazon Prime Video adaptation of the “unadaptable” The million eye, the rings of power doWho will be left standing in this fantastic edition of the streaming wars? Middle Earth or Westeros? The viewer will say.

Milly Alcock and Emily Carey play Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower, childhood friends separated by Game of Thrones in House of the DragonMax HBO

the house of the dragon (a weekly episode, on HBO, on Sundays, at 10 p.m., and on HBO MAX). Natalia Trzenko warns in her review that the winning card of this new fiction, created by George Martin and Ryan Condal, the interpretation of Emma D’Arcy of Rhaenyra Targaryen, another platinum heiress with a lot of anger because of the misogyny of her rivals and vassals , just appears on screen in episode 6 of this fiction, which has “more dragons but much less flight” than the original. Our opinion: good.

roadrunner (HBOMax). Anthony Bourdain spent 250 days a year on the move away from home, and that journey was taking him further and further from the place where he acquired his most recognized title, that of chef. What expert documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville proposes in this film is a new journey, but in this case to the heart of the complex personality of Bourdain, who committed suicide in 2018. Those who offer their testimonies here are some of the people (producers, directors, colleagues, close friends) that made possible the transformation of Bourdain into a great media and cultural personality. Especially since they discovered that he was someone who had a lot to say about his world. Neville portrays in roadrunner to a man who, far from the commonplace of those who believed that his life was an enjoyable and eternal trip around the world made of street food and exotic dishes, tried to explain and understand why the planet does not work the same as our kitchen. Bourdain, moreover, was chronically impatient. As soon as he got to a place he wanted to leave. One of his directors says that within his world there was nothing (neither people nor things, much less places) that could last forever. Our opinion: very good.

nope!by Jordan Peele. In his brief directorial career, Peele managed to capture the attention of critics, observers, and scholars by exposing disturbing questions about crucial issues in today’s American society from a place where social awareness and a rather original combination of film genres are mixed. well recognizable, says Marcelo Stiletano in his review. “From a debut film with unbeatable results (Hey!) and a much more pretentious and less successful second film (Us), Peele risked new mixes between comedy and terror to talk about the racism that emerges undercover everywhere, the cruelty of the prevailing economic system and the imposture of certain institutions, among other issues that are sensitive to the gaze of a director too concerned to leave It is clear that his thing is to awaken dormant consciences and ignite debates”. But his third film, which directs its darts against Hollywood and “entertainment” in general, may alter the balance of both elements in his work towards a major abyss. Our opinion: good.

An Argentine crimeby Lucas Combines. The adaptation of the novel by Reynaldo Sietecase, published in 2002, and based on a true event and as heir to the universal noir series as it is to the Argentine reality that assumed the tragic form of the police in the bloodiest years of the last dictatorship, follows the investigation of the disappearance of Gabriel Samid, the son of a prominent family in the city and assiduous of the night and bad company. In this “solid thriller that follows the conventions of the genre”, ponders Paula Vázquez Prieto in her review for LA NACION, both the interest of the military in achieving a quick resolution and the will of Judge Suárez (Luis Luque) to find a Samid alive. The detectives in the case are two young court clerks, whose professional responsibility is strained by their personal situations: the decision to leave the country for a better future for Rivas (Nicolás Francella), and the vocation to remain in the judicial system to Torres (Mathias Mayer). Our opinion: good.

The Hunter and the Good Nazi, with Ernesto Claudio and Jean Pierre Noher
The Hunter and the Good Nazi, with Ernesto Claudio and Jean Pierre Noher

The hunter and the good Nazi (El Tinglado). The new piece by the journalist, playwright and writer Mario Diament, which presents the meeting, in May 1975, between the Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal and Hitler’s architect and minister of armaments, Albert Speer, is a theatrical docu-fiction with an intense political impact , which hits the audience vehemently by presenting a counterpoint as chilling as it is poetic, explains Juan Carlos Fontana in his review. “Why was Wiesenthal called the ‘good Nazi’? What did this man admire about Hitler who, at the Nuremberg trials, declared that he was unaware of the existence of concentration camps? There are moments when the piece becomes chilling in data, in anecdotes, even in accusations –because on stage Wiesenthal and Speer expose themselves to being judged one by the other, as in a small intimate Nuremberg–, but in these situations Jean-Pierre Noher and Ernesto Claudio they contribute their masterful craft and manage to record what they say and do to refresh our memory.” Our opinion: very good.

What happened in all this time? (Sanchez’s gate). This comedy written and directed by Gabriela Izcovich forces us to reflect on the stories of a group of almost soulless beings, who seem to seek happiness but who are too weighed down by what they lost. Some, like one of the female characters in this piece, would prefer to turn back time 30 years and start over: she tries to complete a letter that she wrote back then and didn’t dare to send. On his way he crosses paths with an old flame, his ex-partner and an actor who tries to shape a character within a cast that is about to premiere a play, in this proposal that generates immediate empathy with the public, as he observes in his criticism Carlos Pacheco. With Marcelo Bucossi, Mercedes Fraile, Daniel Goglino and Izcovich herself. Our opinion: very good.

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