The "best of" Almodóvar raises some questions—namely, which Almodóvar? The Pedro gloriously festivaled and now happily familiar to middle-class filmgoers is an aging, camp-centric teddy bear, a man who has made transgender game-playing and comic vamping safe for the art house and has done more than any other filmmaker to modernize the throbbing '50s melodramas of Douglas Sirk. Idealizing the family, thumbing his nose at antique authority, celebrating the impromptu bonds of women in a careless man's world—he's virtually a Spanish Nora Ephron, only with a man's libido and a yen for tastelessness he can no... More >>>