Yasser Medina

Yasser Medina
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Yasser Medina is a film critic, cinephile, interested in the history of film, film theory and film analysis. He collaborates regularly writing about cinema and reviewing movies in some local dominican newspapers. His love for cinema comes from an early age. His obsession with movies led him to found Cinemaficionados, a movie website he has edited since 2010 where he writes about all the movies he has seen over the years, including the movie classics and contemporary cinema films.
Publications: Cinemaficionados
Location: Dominican Republic
Official Websites: cinemaficionados.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/10 60% The Tobacconist (Der trafikant) (2018) A melodrama without pain or glory, as worn as the ashes of a cigarette. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
5/10 89% The Big Sky (1952) A rather anodyne western that, despite having the atypical aesthetic of Hawks, advances at the rhythm of an empty stagecoach for two hours in which nothing exciting or significant happens. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2021
6/10 No Score Yet Dragonwyck (1946) It seems to me that 'Dragonwyck' is not only about Joseph L. Mankiewicz's debut, but also one of the lukewarm films in his catalog. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
7/10 88% Barking Dogs Never Bite (Flandersui gae) (2000) It's a dark comedy in which Bong, in his debut, mixes genres and uses a vast economy of aesthetic resources to draw a very sharp social observation about unemployment. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
7/10 98% La Llorona (2020) The way in which it uses the mechanisms of genre to underline the obscure past of Guatemalan society is subtle, poetic and, to a certain extent, chilling. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2021
6/10 80% Out in the Open (Intemperie) (2019) It's a drama as regular as the desert dust. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2021
7/10 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) It is a historical drama that, in an intriguing and surprising way, takes two hours to tell a story about betrayal, politics and revolutionary causes, with two fascinating performances from Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
7/10 No Score Yet The Goat (1921) In addition to the fantastic humor, it is told with vigor and is very funny with the gags that Keaton performs with his skills. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
6/10 93% Babyteeth (2020) A coming-of-age comedy drama that has a somewhat honest commentary on self-acceptance, maturity and terminal illness, but fails to escape the conventional formulas of family melodrama. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2021
6/10 71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) As a superhero product it has its moments, but it offers less than what Snyder's church followers sell on social media. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
5/10 65% The Little Stranger (2018) It is a gothic tale of horror and mystery that harbors a somewhat atmospheric visual style, but not even that elegance prevents it from presenting a fatiguing plot about class, ghosts and family secrets. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2021
6/10 75% Deadline - U.S.A. (1952) As a film noir, it works moderately with its tale of extortion and journalistic ethics, but even by presenting a convincing role from Humphrey Bogart, it cannot correct the weaknesses of a superfluous and predictable plot. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2021
7/10 89% The Big Knife (1955) Its critique of the Hollywood's studio system is as sharp as a knife. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
5/10 82% Killer's Kiss (1955) As a low-budget film noir, its narrative seems flat to me, without intrigue, populated by stereotyped and empty characters that I forget in less than an hour of footage. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
7/10 92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) In a tragicomic way, it dialogues about anguish, the mid-life crisis and the happiness of the individual with a rather sober performance from Mikkelsen, as distilled as a wine aged for years in an oak barrel. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
5/10 94% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Far from its tale of friendship and personal growth, 'The Peanut Butter Falcon' is an adventure comedy that is too condescending in tone for my taste. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2021
6/10 No Score Yet The Underworld Story (1950) As a B-movie film noir, it gets an interesting start with its plot about corruption and murder on tabloid press, but even portraying Dan Duryea's role as the cynical journalist can't correct a poor second half. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
5/10 77% Mogambo (1953) I have no doubt that 'Mogambo' is one of the weakest romantic films I have ever seen from John Ford. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
8/10 74% Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) An erotic comedy in which Billy Wilder gets a cynical, sensual, and truly scathing observation about adultery, jealousy, and marital dynamics in American society. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
6/10 94% Heroic Losers (La odisea de los giles) (2019) It causes me laziness to have to observe its clearly conventional heist plot. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
6/10 84% McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) As a revisionist western it offers an austere view of life on the American wild frontier, with a refined visual style, but I'm afraid even that can't reverse the effects of a narrative as empty as a Colt without bullets. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
7/10 82% The Natural (1984) Barry Levinson's 'The Natural' is a sports drama that gives me a pleasant time for two hours that roll like a pitcher's fastball in the postseason. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
7/10 91% Head-On (2005) One of the few films by the German Turkish director Fatih Akin that gets me hooked from start to finish. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
5/10 88% The Nun's Story (1959) Although it is a drama that interrogates the moral dilemmas and contradictions of religious faith with an organic performance from Hepburn, the portrayal of a nun's crisis of conscience seems futile and a bit redundant. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
7/10 97% Sound of Metal (2020) It examines the vicissitudes of deafness with honesty and a truly meticulous performance from Riz Ahmed. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
7/10 83% The Whistlers (2020) It catches me with its twisted plot between policemen and thugs who play deceit, betrayal and the most unexpected corruption that is solved by whistling. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
7/10 77% A Passage to India (1984) I find it solvent and very moving, populated by contagious characters and that characteristic visual style of Lean that captivates my eye when it illustrates the beautiful Indian landscapes for almost three hours. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
5/10 80% Bakjwi (Thirst) (2009) Its overhaul of vampire terror with certain erotic registers leaves me as cold as a corpse, in a state of perpetual apathy. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
7/10 98% Minari (2020) Director Lee Isaac Chung, edify an intimate and very emotional film that keeps me captivated at all times with his story about family, immigration and cultural traditions as synonymous of prosperity. [Full of review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
7/10 84% Waves (2019) There is something very genuine that makes 'Waves' a truly moving dramatic film about family, compassion and emotional wounds, especially with that absorbing visual style that moves each shot like a wave in the sea. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2021
6/10 51% Tropa de Elite (The Elite Squad) (2007) It keeps me interested with its sample of slum violence and police brutality, but it is affected by a lack of character development and a regular narrative that seems to repeat itself like a crime wave in the favelas. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
7/10 96% Zulu (1964) A very exciting war drama about patriotism and resistance. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
6/10 82% Birdy (1984) It relies on good performances from Matthew Modine and Nicolas Cage to draw a speech on repressed emotions and the traumatic wounds of war, but in my opinion its regular and repetitive narrative lacks strength. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
7/10 95% First Cow (2020) Reichardt once again resorts to the most poetic naturalism and a minimalist aesthetic to tell a story, combining drama and western in a subtle, austere, parsimonious way. [Full review in Spansish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2021
7/10 91% Ponyo (2009) A moving animated film from Miyazaki, one that subtly illustrate the universe of childhood. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
7/10 89% The Red Tent (1971) The survival tale is sober and as rough as an iceberg. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
5/10 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) A somewhat pretentious dark comedy thriller that lacks pushfulness with its feminist tale of revenge. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
5/10 45% Adults in the Room (2019) Its abundance of exposure and unnecessary manichaeism bores me until I no longer care about its economics and politics class. [Full review in Spanish - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
5/10 81% Wonder Boys (2000) A silly, anodyne, and terribly absurd comedy drama, packed with characters as flat as a freshly printed blank sheet. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
5/10 85% A Good Marriage (Le Beau Mariage) (1982) I find the film, considered the second in his 'Comedies and Proverbs', bland and disappointing when Rohmer repeatedly addresses issues related to whims, indecision and marriage. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
7/10 85% Ni na bian ji dian (What Time Is It Over There?) (2001) It's very concise when Tsai dialogues with topics such as alienation, loneliness and the repressed desires of three people who refuse to accept what time takes from them. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
7/10 94% Nomadland (2021) It has beautiful shots and moments that make me wonder about the human side of things as I observe the journey of that lonely nomad that is masterfully played by Frances McDormand. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
5/10 84% Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019) It lacks the strength of its predecessors, and immediately turns into a dull exercise of martial arts, wooden characters, and racial prejudices. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2021
5/10 80% ...And Justice for All (1979) A courtroom drama that traces an interesting speech about the ethical contradictions of the American legal system, but not even the decent performance of Al Pacino can rescue a plot that sinks in the jail of emptiness. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
7/10 78% The Son of the Sheik (1926) Although I don't think it's top-tier silent entertainment, George Fitzmaurice's 'The Son of the Sheik' gives me a pleasant time with his desert melodrama starring Rudolph Valentino. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
6/10 92% Body and Soul (1947) Despite boasting a remarkable performance from John Garfield, I find the narrative to be a bit mechanical and lacks punching force like boxing film noir. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2021
5/10 50% The Midnight Sky (2020) At worst it seems like a cheeky pastiche between 'Gravity' and the short 'Aningaaq'. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2021
4/10 79% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) Kurzel executes the film with remarkable visual flair, but I find its narrative devastatingly dull portraying the dark sides of Kelly's criminal career, with characters as empty as an unloaded pistol. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2021
8/10 95% The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) One of the best sci-fi films I've ever seen, built with ambitious special effects, a lurid soundtrack, and a powerful metaphor about pacifism and the moral contradictions of a society on the brink of self-destruction. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
5/10 38% The Racket (1951) It is a film noir that, before an hour passes, takes away all my interest with its mechanical plot, the clichés and the repertoire of ductile characters of the police procedural. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021