Hot List 2013: I'm So Excited!

5.21.2013

By Jason Farago

Pedro Almodóvar returns with his most outrageous film in decades.

Almodóvar on...

CARLOS ARECES

Carlos Areces is the stuff of subgenre, Z terror: vampires, zombies, Martians, swords-and-sandals, cheap sci-fi, poxy esotericism, impossible espionage—all the aberrations imaginable by novel directors and the worst underground. All these subs will be a wonderful school until he gets a call from Tarantino, to whom I intend recommending him. But the interesting thing about Carlos is that he is also gifted for the noble reverse of all these subgenres, and those are the performances I predict for him in the future. He is a natural child of Akim Tamiroff, Zero Mostel, Margaret Rutherford, Peter Lorre, and Rosalind Russell (I’m sorry for being erudite; you’ll have to fall back on IMDb). He could also do biblical comedies with Monty Python and all those mellifluous, perverse roles played by Charles Laughton. He makes a wonderful pair with Javier Cámara (Javier is going to be in big demand because he makes a very good pair with many actors). I’d love to direct a stage version of Jean Genet’s The Maids that would be called The Manservants (I’m not joking) where the master would be Miguel Ángel Silvestre and the manservants Javier and Carlos.

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