Review: FACHON MODELS Is Not Even Funny For The Wrong Reasons

Rafael Montero's Fachon Models is a new comedy that tries to make the audience laugh right from its title. Poking fun at the bad pronunciation of "fashion models", it is an instant attempt at classist humor, something that by now... More »
  

Review: EL VIENTRE, The First Psychological Thriller Made In Peru

Mercedes (Mayella Lloclla) is an orphan who comes to work as a maid for the lonely, widowed Silvia (Vanessa Saba), who lives all by herself in a huge, rundown house. While there, she catches the eye of Jaime (Manuel Gold,... More »
  

Review: GET MARRIED IF YOU CAN (CÁSESE QUIEN PUEDA), An Irritating Rom-Com Starring Martha Higareda

Famous Mexican actress Martha Higadera (Amar Te Duele) decided to write a romantic comedy for a Valentine's Day release, and now it is a reality called Get Married If You Can (Cásese Quien Pueda), directed by first-timer Marco Polo Constandse... More »
  

Review: VIDEOCLUB Is The Best Zombie Film Made In Chile So Far

The search for the perfect zombie film made in Chile has been something that many filmmakers have tried and failed to different degrees. While Videoclub isn't the exception -- it's a spectacular and grandiose way of plummeting to the ground due... More »
  

Ambulante 2014 Review: COFFEE (CAFÉ), Another Look At Mexican Rural Life That Is Slightly Above Average

One of my favorite Mexican films of 2013 was Adrián Ortiz's documentary Elevator (Elevador), a really interesting look at the current decadent state of a Mexico City multi-family complex that once was a promised land. Now at Ambulante 2014, Elevator's... More »
  

Ambulante 2014 Review: DARKNESS (PENUMBRA) Follows A Deer Hunter Who Will Bore You To Death

After its world premiere at the IFFR 2013, Eduardo Villanueva's Darkness (original title: Penumbra) has had really good presence on the Mexican film festival circuit, as it was part of FICUNAM, Riviera Maya and most recently Morelia. And now it... More »
  

Review: GLORIA, A Joyful, Tragi-Comic Reminder To Keep On Truckin'

Gloria is a hilarious, honest Chilean character study of a fairly normal woman. By "fairly normal," however, I don't mean boring, because, if you really dig deep with people, no one is actually boring, despite what movies would sometimes lead... More »
  

Review: DETRÁS DEL PODER, A Poorly Made Mexican Political Thriller

I have to begin this review by saying just two weeks ago I finished the first season of the extremely engaging political series House of Cards. So after watching Detrás del Poder (there's no official English title yet but the... More »
  

Review: ZOMBIE DAWN Lacks Zombies And Plot

How many zombie films have been made? How many zombie films have been made since the year 2000? Maybe more than those that have ever been made until that point in the history of film. How many zombie movies have been... More »
  

Valdivia 2013 Review: NAOMI CAMPBEL, An Experience Of Intercultural And Transsexual Life

It's common practice in the Valdivia Film Festival to have at least one Chilean film in the International Film Competition that they have, as opposed to the Chilean Film Competition. But this year it was different, it wasn't only two Chilean... More »
  

Review: FOOSBALL (METEGOL), An Unpolished Adventure With Remarkable Animation

Film history dictates that when it comes to sports movies the quintessential story is that of an underdog team or athlete going through all kinds of adversities to finally learn a lesson or win a trophy. It can be about... More »
  

Lisbon & Estoril 2013 Review: PELO MALO Goes For Sweet And Harsh And Succeeds

The main attraction at this year's San Sebastián, where it took home the top award, Mariana Rondón's Pelo Malo smartly draws from Italian neorealism to create an intimate, sparely successful depiction of hardship during childhood and sexual identity. Its first... More »
  

Lisbon & Estoril 2013 Review: VIOLA Is A Strange, Audacious Little Film From Argentina

The always interesting and exciting Argentinean cinema has been known for its very gritty realism and tight grip on the country's social and economic issues. Filmmakers like Fabián Bielinsky, Juan José Campanella and Lucía Puenzo lead with polished, socially invested... More »
  

Review: THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF JUAN OROL Is No ED WOOD

Although it's been called a "pitch perfect tribute" to the titular real life Mexican B-movie maker, the fevered and free wheeling biopic The Fantastic World of Juan Orol (original title: El fantástico mundo de Juan Orol) leaves one with little... More »
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Morelia 2013 Review: THE NAKED ROOM (EL CUARTO DESNUDO), A Powerful Display Of Sadness And Insanity

Nuria Ibáñez's documentary The Naked Room (El Cuarto Desnudo) has a very powerful moment in which a little boy is questioned by a psychiatrist about his biggest wishes. The answers are simple and concise but, at the same time, lack... More »
  

Morelia 2013 Review: WE ARE MARI PEPA (SOMOS MARI PEPA), The Fun, Punk Rock Times Of Adolescence Fading Away

Mari Pepa is the name of a punk rock band in We Are Mari Pepa (original title: Somos Mari Pepa), Samuel Isamu Kishi Leopo's extension of his own 18-minute short film Mari Pepa (presented as well at the Morelia Film... More »
  

Valdivia 2013 Review: CICHONGA, Classic Grindhouse Imitation Going Slightly Wrong

In the first days of the Valdivia film festival here in Chile, the talk of the town was the world premiere of Cichonga, which is weird for a festival where the main focus is art house cinema from around the... More »
  

Morelia 2013 Review: Life Reflections From Inside An ELEVATOR (ELEVADOR)

The Mexican 70-minute documentary Elevator (original title: Elevador) shows right from the beginning a powerful way to contrast and distinguish a dream from reality. This is a film about losing hope, joy and youth, about broken dreams in modern Mexico... More »
  

Morelia 2013 Review: MANTO ACUÍFERO (THE WELL) Sees The World Through The Eyes Of A Misunderstood Girl

Director Michael Rowe is a man who talks slowly. He met the press after the Morelia Film Festival screening of his second feature film Manto Acuífero (aka The Well), telling us that it's a very personal effort. And, indeed, Rowe's... More »
  

Morelia 2013 Review: How To Lose Weight And The Love Of Your Life In The Bittersweet But Formulaic PARAÍSO (PARADISE)

Paraíso (Paradise) is an unconventional love story, at least on paper. This because the protagonists are far from a typical big screen plastic, pretty couple, the movie instead following an overweight Mexican couple. One can accept and even appreciate Mariana... More »
  
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