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September 24, 2017

I am an Aronovsky fan. Pi got me hooked, Requiem for a Dream proved he wasn't a one hit wonder, and  Black Swan cemented him as a creative, inspiring director with a strong (and much needed voice). I can't speak on The Wrestler or on Noah (since I haven't seen eit...

February 6, 2017

Four Seasons in Havana is a very stylish, well constructed crime mini series. It has a "Noir" feel but with overly dramatic and Cuban banter. Noir typically showcases more subtle acting, and minimal dialogue, and generates a "colder" more mysterious tone. Four Seasons...

October 31, 2016

"The Handmaiden" by Park  Chan-wook is a very feminist film (though it may not identify as such) that unearths a morbose, and sado-misogynistic world of literary pornography, as well as a culture of women subjugated to read these books out loud to gatherings of wealthy...

February 8, 2016

The Coen brothers are back with their new picture Hail Casesar! An underwhelming film about Hollywood Studios in the 1950s. Their brilliance (as filmmakers) is undeniable, however their films are often hit-or-miss. The Big Lebowski being one of my bigget cinematic insp...

February 1, 2016

This past Saturday night I went to a Special Screening of all the 2016 Oscar-nominated short films. Here is what I found:

Nominations for Best (Live-Action) Short Films:

Patrick Vollrath's Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)  was the best film I experienced all nigh...

January 14, 2016

The Oscar Nominations are in, and SURPRISE! It looks like this year will be an All-White Academy Awards. Not a single actor of color is nominated, and there are zero women directors (let alone women of color directors) being considered.

Did no woman director (or woman o...

December 4, 2015

The much anticipated film in the Mad Max franchise: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) by Australian Producer/Director George Miller, is set in a post-apocalyptic world, after a nuclear holocaust. Water, and gasoline are scarce and h...

December 3, 2015

Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1976 film Satan’s Brew begins with a quote from Surrealist Theater theorist Antonin Artaud: “What differentiates the heathens from us is the great resolve underlying all their forms of belief not to think in human terms. In this way, they are...

December 2, 2015


DISCLAIMER: I have to start with the disclaimer that: we exist in a male-dominant, heterosexist and racist world, and Cinema (like all Arts), is a reflection of said world, so the dominant voices in Film (Directors/Writers/Prodcuers), happen to be those of cucasian wh...

November 25, 2015



A Very Important Letter:

A Matter of Life or Death




Dear Mr. Vega Infante de la Rosa,



My name is Lili Amalia Castillo-Diaz and I am almost ten years old. I am writing to you because I am the biggest fan of your television show Cañaverales de Pasion, along with my Au...

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