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: HELI, Unforgettable Images Drawn From A Flawed Script

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: 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 »

Fantasia 2013 Review: MAGIC MAGIC Spirals Into Madness To Great Effect

We get to a point midway in Sebastián Silva's empathy endurance test, Magic Magic, where Alicia, a blonde girl in a bathing suit is standing on the edge of a cliff, alone. She goes through the motions of trying to... More »

Guanajuato 2013 Review: CASI TREINTA (ALMOST THIRTY) Is A Dull And Forgettable Romantic Comedy

The Mexican movie Casi Treinta (Almost Thirty) had its world premiere on Sunday, July 21 at the 2013 Guanajuato International Film Festival. The director and the cast were there to walk the red carpet and introduce the film. One of... 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 »

Review: CRYSTAL FAIRY, The Good Kind of Bad Trip

Michael Cera gets a bad rap for consistently playing the lovable awkward loser character. In Sebastian Silva's Crystal Fairy, he takes on a completely different character: the awkward loser that's also an unlikable dickhead. Michael Cera fans and detractors take... 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 »

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 »

Review: Jodorowsky's THE DANCE OF REALITY Finds Magic In Brutality

When we first meet the young-boy version of Alejandro Jodorowsky in his new "imaginary autobiography" The Dance with Reality (La Danza de la Realidad), he is wearing a long blond wig and watching in terror as his dad brawls with... 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 »

Review: THE DEVIL'S FACES Are Everywhere

Carlos Malave's sophomore film, The Devil's Faces, is kind of a bittersweet experience in that it doesn't really go anywhere, at least not as promised in the trailers and promotional material. The premise was not that original to begin with,... More »

Review: THE CHILD FROM MARACAIBO, Life, Death, Noir, And The Fantastic

The Child from Maracaibo is Miguel Curiel's second film. His previous movie, Una Noche Oriental was released more than 25 years ago (!), so I will treat this one as his real 'first film.' Watching it, I couldn't stop thinking... More »

Review: AFTERSHOCK Shakes Free Of Disaster Movie Expectations

At the outset, Aftershock appears to be another placid film about how cool it is to go clubbing in Chile. We see wine tours with tourists, eager or not, sipping away at a cabernet, feigning interest in winespeak. We attend... More »

Review: Say Yes to NO

I assume you're well-versed in Chilean politics of the 1980s. I mean, who isn't, right? But even if you're not -- even if you're, say, an American who barely recalls the name Pinochet and is already exhausted by the 2012... More »

IFFR 2013 Review: HALLEY Begs Sympathy For The Zombie

(For starters, they're so sloooo-ooow...) While there weren't as many genre films at the International Film Festival Rotterdam as, say, ten years ago, this year it actually featured two new zombie films. Amazingly, both titles managed to bring something new... More »
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Berlinale 2013 Review: GLORIA Is A Joyful, Tragi-Comic Reminder To Keep On Truckin'

Sure, the Berlinale competition slate this year is jam-packed with self-serious films about lesbian nuns, lesbian ex-convicts, German cowboys and insane sculptors, but, the most honest, touching and even unique film thus far is actually a hilarious, honest Chilean character... More »

Black Movie 2013 Review: Carlos Reygadas Brings the Devil Home in POST TENEBRAS LUX

As I review more and more films out of festivals, I'm beginning to notice a pattern: I'm much more forgiving and enthusiastic about films that shoot the moon and fall somewhere short than with serviceable movies trodding well-worn territory that... More »

Review: ON THE ROAD Hits the Right Beats

The idea of adapting a novel as precious to the American psyche as On the Road would be terribly ambitious, even without the narrative complications of Jack Kerouac's famously stream-of-consciousness storytelling style. Ask Francis Ford Coppola. He has been working... More »
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