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Chile is Latin America’s best-rated credit and one of its most prosperous economies. Yet popular anger at government policies has been brewing for a long time among Chileans frustrated with growing income inequality and a weak social safety net.

A 30-peso ($.04) increase in the price of a subway ticket set off the worst civil unrest since the country returned to democracy in 1990.

President Sebastian Pinera declared a state of emergency and called in troops. He also quickly withdrew the proposed fare hike, but a return to normality is not happening yet…

What makes it hard is that nobody is leading the protest, which is what makes them so hard to handle. The movement that has taken to the streets of major cities across Chile is leaderless and largely organised on social media.

There is no one for the government to sit down with for talks.

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Protesters ranging from disgruntled bourgeoisie to black-clad anarchists that started to vent their anger at Chile’s elite, its politicians and the free-market economic model that has produced vast wealth and lifted millions from poverty but left many struggling to get by.

See the issue here is that the government implements policies based on objective analysis of various economic indicators, but not on its people needs.

And although I understand the anger, it also seems that social media, from Lebanon to Hong Kong, manipulates the world.

All these out-of-control protest are operated from there.

For a long time Chile was the oasis of South America (held up as an example of what good governance can accomplish).

But sadly, the oasis is no longer.

I did plenty of things yesterday, but the most relevant was catching up with films.

So I finally watched Captain Marvel and A Fantastic Woman. Oh and also a movie I watched at the cinema nineteen years ago, Billy Elliot.

BILLY ELLIOT

When the saw Billy Elliot back in the year 2000, I was mesmerised by Jamie Bell prodigious performance and I thought he would become a huge movie star. But that didn’t really happened…

When Billy Elliot was  made a musical in London, the main child actor in the 2008 cast was as remarkable as Jamie Bell. However, this kid, unlike Jamie Bell, became a big movie star… This kid was Tom Holland.

Billy Elliot is a timeless contemporary classic on individualism countering hypermasculinity through a quite energetically pursuing kid while being conflicted and affected by the dysfunctional state of his fragile, harsh family.

Charming, beautiful and epic!

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CAPTAIN MARVEL

Captain Marvel was ok, not great, but much better that what I expected, which wasn’t much. It’s a decent popcorn flick.

The balance of serious and humour seemed forced, and Brie’s performance was meh as usual. Although the powers were spot on.

Captain Marvel was in my opinion the most powerful Marvel character until her powers got stolen by Rogue from the X-Men.

The supporting cast and the awesome 90s soundtrack really saved the film for me.

The star of the show for me was the cat, funny how a for legged creature gets the best laugh in the whole movie.

Ok film, but Marvel’s mediocre answer to DC’s Wonder Woman.

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A FANTASTIC WOMAN 

Une Mujer Fantastica is a Chilean film about a transgender nightclub singer (Marina) that comes under suspicion when her much older lover (Orlando) dies suddenly. After being harassed and threatened by her late boyfriend’s vengeful relatives and the police, she must defend her rights as both Orlando’s partner and as a human being.

This movie won the Oscar for best international film last year.

Somehow the sad reality of heavy discrimination against transgender people. 

A fantastic movie!

As every year, it was very hard to make a cut for this short list.

Below some of my favourite tunes of 2018:

12 – My My My by Troye Sivan

11- Baby by Clean Bandit ft. Marina & Luis Fonsi

10- Rockstar by Post Malone ft 21 Savage

09 – One Kiss by Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 

08 – Instagram by DEAN

07- Random by Eddy de Pretto 

06 –Hookah & Sheridan’s by Tommy Boysen  

05 – Recommencer by Hubert Lenoir

04 – El Susto by Chano! ft. Karen Méndez

03- Sativa by Jhené Aiko ft. Rae Sremmurd

02 – Solo by Jennie

01- Solo by Clean Bandit ft Demi Lovato

And my TOP SONG of 2018 is:

La Grenade by Clara Luciani

Enjoy!

Hookah & Sheridan’s by Tommy Boysen  

Contigo me olvido del resto.

Last Sunday the least relevant award took place and Timothée Chalamet didn’t win, nor Saoirse Ronan.

Instead all the praise was for The Shape of The Water

And now we know that all of those old grizzled-up crusty Academy members get off on human/fish porn. Sick bitches, they should get banned for life from buying gold fish!

In my opinion this is the Oscar they stole from Guillermo del Toro 12 years ago with the MASTERPIECE Pan’s Labyrinth.

The ONLY thing they got right was to reward the Chilean film A Fantastic Woman, a film about a transgender singer that faces scorn and discrimination after the sudden death of her older boyfriend.

And they also got right having Daniela Vega, the star of the Chilean film as the first transgender presenter at the Oscars. #SouthAmericaRepresents

Seriously, bitches didn’t even reward Sufjan Stevens for Mystery of Love that he performed accompanied by the fantastic St. Vincent. One word: ROBBED!!!

Anyway, the Academeh Awards stopped being accurate and relevant when in 1998 GODDESS Cate Blanchett lost to the insufferable Gwyneth Paltrow…. When Cate’s performance was 1000 times superior! 

Btw, someone has to mention how wonderful Faye Dunaway looks for her age.

And finally, I liked The Shape of the Water (Yes! Im into fish porn too,) but Call Me by Your Name was simply beautiful and actually kinda pisses me off they’re making a sequel because the film is perfect as it is. What’s the need to ruin it?! 

The Associated Press reports:

Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country. Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, such accusations against Barros are “all calumny.”

The Pope’s remarks drew shock from Chileans and immediate rebuke from victims and their advocates. They noted the accusers were deemed credible enough by the Vatican that it sentenced Karadima to a lifetime of “penance and prayer” for his crimes in 2011. A Chilean judge also found the victims to be credible, saying that while she had to drop criminal charges against Karadima because too much time had passed, proof of his crimes wasn’t lacking.

“As if I could have taken a selfie or a photo while Karadima abused me and others and Juan Barros stood by watching it all,” tweeted Barros’ most vocal accuser, Juan Carlos Cruz. “These people are truly crazy, and the pontiff talks about atonement to the victims. Nothing has changed, and his plea for forgiveness is empty.”

So a man of faith, who requires that his flock accept what he says solely on faith… refuses to accept the word of several members of his flock… requiring proof.

I had no idea there were no mirrors for self-reflection at the Vatican.

Seriously, I expected better from Bergoglio (aka Francis). I’m disappointed.

For him, an Argentine, I have three common words towards idiots: CASHATE LA BOCA!!

Gloria-Poster-Movit.net_1I had this Chilean movie in my laptop for over a year, and I finally watched last night. I have to say Gloria is a GREAT movie, yet bitter-sweet.

Why it took me so long? Because South American movies are too realistic for me to handle, so I have to be in the right mood to watch them.

Gloria is about a divorced mature lady (brilliantly portrayed by Paulina García) that stills feels young. Though lonely, she makes the best of her situation dancing her solitude away at social dance clubs for single adults.

In one of those random dancing nights she met an older man and she falls in love with. However. “prince charming” was more of an ugly frog and that’s when the story got me somehow frustrated… 

You know, meeting the right person is never evident, even less finding love.

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                                         “I’m waiting for you, Gloria”

Although, I’ve been very lucky in my life when it comes to romance, with age the chances to find love again are not the same, and seen Gloria’s struggle, going through the hell that is disappointment gave me the sads ’cause it takes a lot of energy, courage, and faith to start all over again…

The end of the film *SPOILER ALERT* was the most touching (and best) part for me, as she hits the dance floor once again.

At first with reservations until she let herself go (the same way you start another possible relationship) while the VERY meaningful song GLORIA played in the background.

Faltas en mi boca, que sin querer te nombra.
(My lips misses you and inadvertently names you.)

Funny thing, today on my way to the gym I was playing that song when I received a text from Xavier as if the universe was telling me to keep smiling, just like the movie. But Xavier is real, and he made me smile.

I was a bit down today (#OldPeopleProblems,) but I’m feeling better now.

I totally felt related to Gloria when it comes to dance in order to kill sadness. And whether you appreciate Gloria as a portrait of a vital human being, or as someone who refuses loneliness, the message is the same:

Let’s face the music and dance!! 

 
5 stars BRILLIANT!