Jaime Grijalba Gomez
Chile, Santiago de Chile

I live in Chile and I want to make movies. In the meantime, I write about them.

Santiago 2013 Review: HIJO DE TRAUCO (Trauco's Son) Is Admirable, Yet Hollow

Chiloé is an island in the territory of Chile, and it's maybe the most interesting place in my country that I've yet to visit for myself. It's plagued with myths and legends, creatures and magicians, stories about ghosts and witches... More »
  

Santiago 2013 Review: MAKNUM GONZALEZ Plays It Safe And Wins

Ernesto Díaz Espinoza is a beloved figure on Twitch. He even wrote a review here (while extremely drunk) of his own film Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman, which was the first of what he labelled LatinXploitation. That... More »
  

Santiago 2013 Review: KARAOKE GIRL Triumphs As A Fiction, Fails As A Documentary

There are many people out there who may be bigger experts on what is the nightclub culture in Thailand, but I guess that I can still have an opinion on the subject, just from what I've learned in this movie,... More »
  

Santiago 2013 Review: VER Y ESCUCHAR (SEE AND LISTEN) Makes You Warm On The Inside

José Luis Torres Leiva has managed to make a name for himself in the reflective-contemplative advocates among those who study the new trends of modern cinema. Among his film projects are festival winners like The Sky, the Earth and the... More »
  

Review: LA MAISON DE LA RADIO Takes A Fun Look At A French Media Conglomerate

The latest film from French master Nicolas Philibert (To Be and To Have, Nénnette) takes a naturalistic and, at the same time, fun look at one of the most important media conglomerates of France, Philibert's camera takes a long and... More »
  

Feel The Cold And Loneliness of THE QUISPE GIRLS In First Clips

The Chilean film Las niñas Quispe (The Quispe Girls) had its world premiere at the International Critics Week at the Venice Film Festival this weekend. The independent section of the festival groups together seven debut feature films from all over... More »
  

Review: OLD CATS, The Best Sebastián Silva Film Of The Year

Sebastián Silva is a Chilean director, and maybe in this time and age, the most well-known director born in Chile today -- the best-known Chilean director ever award would go to the masterful Raúl Ruiz -- and it's easy to... More »
  

Review: LAS COSAS COMO SON (Things The Way They Are), The Best Chilean Film Of The Year So Far

The latest film by Chilean director Fernando Lavanderos, Las cosas como son (Things the way they are), is maybe one of the best fiction films that has come out of Chile in a long time, even better than the Italian... More »
  

Review: BARRIO UNIVERSITARIO, Not A Good Comedy, But A Nice Try

There are many examples of what we could call a New Chilean Film Comedy in the past few years. It's clear why it's the genre that is creating the most recent 'waves' and changes coming from different directors, as usually... More »
  

FIDOCS 2013 Review: PENA DE MUERTE (aka DEATH PENALTY) Mixes Experimental And Classic Documentary Styles Perfectly

The latest edition of FIDOCS (Festival Internacional Documentales Santiago Chile) has already passed and yet here we are, reviewing what was maybe the best Chilean film that I saw in the festival. I took this long because it's one of... More »
  

FIDOCS 2013 Review: FORGET ME NOT Establishes David Sieveking As A Masterful Documentarian

German documentarian David Sieveking's previous film David Wants to Fly played at FIDOCS in 2011, which was the only time I had the opportunity to see what I feel is one of the most impressive and powerful documentaries of the... More »
  

Films From Chile, Argentina and Cuba Among The Winners of FIDOCS 2013

The week went by and FIDOCS happened, and while there's still some movies that I plan to review, the festival is over and it was a cinema party, as always. With more than 90 films playing for six days, the organizers... More »
  

FIDOCS 2013 Review: LA MAISON DE LA RADIO Is Audiovisual Fun

After the speeches were done and the Festival of Documentary of Santiago (FIDOCS) in Chile was officially launched, it was time for the opening film to play in front of directors, participants and press alike. The film was one that... More »
  

Michael Cera Teaches You How To Steal A Cactus In New Trailer For CRYSTAL FAIRY

The second film fruit of the collaboration between Michael Cera and Chilean director Sebastián Silva has a new trailer. After a successful run at Sundance Film Festival this year (where it won the Directing Award in the World Cinema Dramatic... More »
  

FIDOCS 2013 Is Coming: Competition Lineup And Retrospectives Announced

The 17th edition of one of the most important film festivals in Chile announced its competition slate as well as retrospectives and other screenings of documentaries from famous directors. Dedicated exclusively to non-fiction filmmaking from Chile, Latin-America and the world,... More »
  

Chilean Box Office: GLORIA Storms Into The Top 5 Films For May

In some fantastic news for Chilean films, Gloria directed by Sebastián Lelio is the first non-comedy Chilean film in two years that has made top 5 most-seen films for an entire month.During the month of May, Gloria managed to sell... More »
  

Opening In Chile: Rutger Hauer And Manuela Martelli In THE FUTURE

Attention people in Chile, Chileans or tourists visiting, there's a new movie opening today (June 6) and it's one of the most long-awaited Chilean productions of all year (besides the two films starring Michael Cera and directed by Sebastiàn Silva).... More »
  

Review: CARNE DE PERRO Is A Guilt Trip

After screening at many festivals around the world, including at SXSW this year and the Valdivia International Film Festival in Chile last year, Carne de Perro has finally come to Chilean cinema screens. It's somewhat to my surprise and shock... More »
  

Internet Love and Dead Whales: HOLA ULISES, SOY PAULINA Teaser Trailer

Greetings from Chile! A new teaser trailer for a new documentary from the South American country has arrived and it may be one of the most interesting concepts out there, a mixture of Catfish and road movie, and "Familia ASP"... More »
  
 
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