FIDOCS 2014 Review: PROPAGANDA Is Ultimately Universal

FIDOCS is one of the most important film festivals in Chile, as it's maybe one of the finest venues for documentaries from Chile and the world to be featured and seen in one week. Propaganda is a difficult film, due... More »
  

Review: HELI, Important And Unforgettable, Yet Still Taking The Easy Way Out

In Mexico there has been a lot of buzz surrounding Amat Escalante's third feature Heli. Yes, Steven Spielberg loved it at Cannes and Danny Boyle praised it at the Guanajuato Film Festival, but there's a large group of Mexican critics... More »
  

Review: I HATE LOVE Loves The Rom-Com Formula

Debuting internationally in 2012, but only now arriving in Mexican movie theaters, I Hate Love (Odio el Amor) tries too hard to be a distinctive effort in the romantic comedy field. It brings a mixed cast, with both Mexicans and Americans,... More »
  

Distrital 2014 Review: THE HAMSTERS Defines A Dysfunctional Family

The Hamsters (Los Hámsters) is the thesis film of CCC student Gilberto González Penilla. Right from the beginning, you understand what the director is trying to achieve with it, as he makes you look at an average Mexican family during... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: THE INCIDENT (EL INCIDENTE) Is One Of The Most Intriguing Mexican Films Of The Year

In what it feels like the scene with the most personal dialog during the first half of Isaac Ezban's The Incident (El Incidente), the agonizing character of Amores Perros' Humberto Busto shares his thoughts about life in general. "Life is... More »
  

Fantaspoa 2014 Review: RABBIT WOMAN (MUJER CONEJO) Is Part Thriller, Part B-Movie, And Always Pretty Damn Good

Ana Yang is the name of the lead character in Rabbit Woman (Mujer Conejo), a live-action film from Argentina that features some animated sequences as well. The name of its director is Veronica Chen, so we can indeed deduce the... More »
  

Review: LAS ANALFABETAS (Illiterate), A Filmed Play That Remains Stage-Bound

Paulina García has become one of the most recognizable faces in Chilean cinema around the world, especially after starring in Gloria, which had a successful festival and theatrical run in 2013 and 2014. Now she is the protagonist of this new... More »
  

Fantaspoa 2014 Review: DARKNESS BY DAY (EL DÍA TRAJO LA OSCURIDAD), Solid Atmospheric Horror From Argentina

The countryside of Argentina is the setting for Martín Desalvo's Darkness by Day (El Día Trajo la Oscuridad), a little horror film that rests almost entirely on its two main actresses, Mora Recalde and Romina Paula. They play Virginia and Anabel,... More »
  

Review: TANTA AGUA, A Fine Tuned Familial Comedy from Uruguay

Alberto (Néstor Guzzini), a schlubby divocé takes his two unenthused children, Lucia (Málu Chouza) and Federico (Joaquín Castiglioni) on a road trip from Montevideo to a famed hot spring. The problem is, when they get there, the pool is closed... More »
  

Review: NERUDA Is An Innoble Biopic Of The Nobel Prize Winner

I've seen practically every Chilean feature film that has been released so far to theaters, and I must say that, in a year that has had many terrible movies so far, Neruda is by far the worst because of how... More »
  

Review: MUCH BETTER THAN YOU Is The Best Latin American Sex Comedy Of The Decade

It's maybe the first time in the history of Chilean cinema that a sequel works and might even be considered superior to the first film of a projected series. In this case, the original film by young director Che Sandoval... More »
  

TIFF Kids Talk Film: ANINA, An Animated film about Palindromes and Empathy

Willem and Miranda are back with another short video review from the TIFF Kids film festival. A highly stylized animated feature from Uruguay which examines childhood conflict called ANINA.  The eponymous little girl with the palindrome name has an evocative imagination that... More »
  

Review: PATAGONIA OF DREAMS Gets The Period Right, But The Looks Wrong

Chilean cinema has been the talk of the town in film festivals lately. That's notably the case since Sebastián Silva managed to make not one, but two films with Michael Cera, as well as the selection of Pablo Lorrain (director of... More »
  

Review: ILUSIÓN NACIONAL, Little More Than A Recap Of Mexico's History In The World Cup

The professional Mexican football (soccer) league had one of its darkest chapters just last weekend, because of an extremely violent confrontation between members of a firm and the police inside a stadium in Guadalajara. In this country, as in many... More »
  

Review: CESAR CHAVEZ Gets It Right

I gotta admit that I was very skeptical going into this movie. There is something very dreadful about patronizing Hollywood biopics that makes me shudder. But with its largely Mexican-American cast and Mexican actor-turned-director Diego Luna (Y Tu Mama Tambien,... More »
  

Review: EL CRIMEN DEL CÁCARO GUMARO, A Collection Of Lazy, Juvenile Jokes

El Crimen del Cácaro Gumaro was, on paper, a much welcomed movie for Mexican cinema. In a period when "art films" are winning prestigious awards internationally (i.e. Post Tenebras Lux and Heli at Cannes) and the number of film festivals... More »
  

Review: 09 Is A Found Footage Thriller With A Twist At The End

09 might be the first Chilean found footage thriller film, and it may be the most middling effort done whenever someone tries to break into this popular brand of pictures. Specially when the film's promotion is a lie, as its... More »
  

FICUNAM 2014 Review: THE SEARCHES (LAS BÚSQUEDAS), A Small Black And White Drama With Depth

José Luis Valle's The Searches (Las Búsquedas) reveals at the end that it was filmed in seven days using real locations, without artificial lights, and costing only $1,500 dollars in total. It is indeed a very small film, with a... More »
  

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 »
  
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