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Tempestad

in Mexican Documentaries

As I was watching Tatania Huezo’s documentary Tempestad, a short sequence particularly stroked me, summarizing this film in just a few seconds: It’s raining and some policemen dressed in ponchos are checking cars. Their faces are hidden under their hoodies which make them look like ghostly – almost reaper-like – figures symbolizing death and fear which are commonly associated with […]

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The Lure release on October 10th 2017

Top 3 New Blu Ray Releases This Week: October 10th 2017

in Blu-Ray Releases

Here are our Top 3 new blu-ray releases for the week of October 10th and, this time, we have selected 3 movies with great soundtracks: First, we have the already cult Polish film, The Lure (Córki dancingu) which is loosely based on The Little Mermaid. This daring, surprising work manages to turn a children’s tale into an erotic adult horror […]

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Jesús

in Chilean Movies

Using a real crime as its premise – the beating of a gay teenager in Santiago, Chile – writer/director Fernando Guzzoni’s sophomore feature delivers a stark portrait of hapless Chilean youth. An aspiring boyband performer, Jesús (Nicolás Durán) seems to symbolize a doomed Chilean generation. Lacking drive and ambition, he spends most of his energy on partying, getting drunk, high, […]

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The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis

in Argentinian Movies

Set in 1977 Buenos Aires, at a time when Argentina was under military dictatorship, The Long Night of Francisco Santis portrays one man’s haunting night as he struggles with a moral decision. A somewhat naïve husband and father, Francisco (Diego Velázquez – Wild Tales) was living a pretty unassuming life until an old-flame showed up to supposedly ask him permission […]

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The Untamed

in Mexican Movies

For his 4th feature, acclaimed Mexican director Amat Escalante (Heli, Los Bastardos) delivers his most daring film to date, creating a complex but flawed work blending Mexican and European arthouse influences. Set in Guanajuato, Mexico, The Untamed (La Region Salvage) focuses on 3 characters, Alejandra (Ruth Ramos), her husband Angel  (Jesus Meza) , her brother Fabian (Eden Villavicencio), as well […]

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Kékszakállú

in Argentinian Movies

A portrait of bored and wealthy teenage Buenos Aires girls, Argentine filmmaker Gaston Solnicki’s first feature is mostly a documentary in disguise. Somewhat based on Bela Bartok’s opera Kékszakállú (Bluebeard’s Castle) – from what I know of that story, this seems quite far-fetched though – the film follows a group of sisters and friends who don’t seem to know what […]

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The Marseille Trilogy release on June 20th 2017

New Blu Ray Releases This Week: June 20th 2017

in Blu-Ray Releases

Here is the top new blu-ray release for the week of June 20th and, this time, we are focusing on just one title, The Marseille Trilogy. Based on Marcel Pagnol’s play and set in 1930’s Marseille (where’s yours truly is from) this love story between a bar owner’s daughter and a sailor is an old school mix of comedy and […]

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Family Life

in Chilean Movies

Co-written by acclaimed Chilean novelist/poet Alejandro Zambra (Bonsái, The New Yorker) and marking the first directorial collaboration between Alicia Scherson (Turistas) and Cristián Jiménez (Bonsái) , Family Life (Vida de Familia) is a touching drama about a man trying to build a life in somebody else’s house. Leaving for France for a few months, Bruno (Cristian Carvajal) and Consuelo (Blanca […]

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The Woman Who Left

in Filipino Movies

Following a middle-aged woman trying to find her place in the world after having wrongfully spent 30 years in a jail, The Woman Who Left isn’t a movie for everybody: Clocking at 3 hours and 46 minutes, this black and work with subtitles is composed of lengthy sequences designed to capture life realistically. Loosely based on a Tolstoy premise and […]

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Buena Vista Social Club release on April 18th 2017

New Blu Ray Releases This Week: April 18th 2017

in Blu-Ray Releases

Here are our Top 3 new blu-ray releases for the week of April 18th and, this time, we have two cult classics and one brand new work. The first one is Wim Wenders’ Buena Vista Social Club, a music documentary about a group of Cuban musicians which I was lucky to see live – you can check our 1999 Buena […]

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La Soledad

in Venezuelan Movies

The acclaimed debut from Venezuelan director Jorge Hielen Armand, La Soledad is a bare, allegoric work portraying a country in decay. Based on the filmmaker’s childhood, featuring family and friends playing themselves, the movie uses a dilapidated mansion as its central setting and, most importantly, main character. José (José Dolores López) is a young father taking care of his sick grandmother […]

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The Lure

in Polish Movies

Somewhat based on The Little Mermaid, The Lure (Córki dancingu) is a daring, surprising work that manages to turn a children’s tale into an adult horror story while preserving its innocence. Set in Poland in the 80’s and featuring several new wave influenced music performances, The Lure centers on 2 mermaids, Gold and Silver, who find a new life as […]

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The Before Trilogy release on February 28th 2017

New Blu Ray Releases This Week: February 28th 2017

in Blu-Ray Releases

Here are our Top 3 new blu-ray releases for the week of February 28th and, this time, we have a pretty eclectic selection: First, there’s The Before Trilogy released by Criterion and including Richard Linklater’s three talkative features – Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight – which chronicle Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Céline’s (Julie Delpy) romantico-philosophical encounters through 3 decades. Then, there’s […]

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