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
7/10 94% The Talk of the Town (1942) The rhythm is irregular, but the drama and comedy are very well balanced. In the plot there is humor, surprises, very nice characters and a delicate love triangle that works properly. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
8/10 99% Rear Window (1954) An incisive observation of the psychological traps of speculation and voyeurism. It's one of the best films in the Hitchcock's catalog. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
7/10 76% Never Look Away (2019) It's a portentous and absorbing exercise on reminiscences, family confidences and the reforming preponderance of art. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
9/10 100% Modern Times (1936) I reaffirm my position that it's one of the best films in the history of cinema. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
7/10 100% The Forest of Love (2019) It's a brutal thriller, full of gore and twisted characters, in which Sono establishes a kind of review of all his authorship and, at the same time, inspects the most sinister corners of human nature. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
7/10 85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) Jarmusch's vision unquestionably pays tribute to rockstar life, vampire gothic horror, and universal art when mixing genres. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
6/10 87% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) Koreeda manages to endow the mise-en-scène with elegance, portraying everyday life with a certain lightness, but his domestic drama easily enters his catalog of regular films. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) It has been released at a precise moment where new voices demand a change of perspective in the hectic political world of the society that surrounds us. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 94% It Must Be Heaven (2019) Suleiman once again plays that silent, impassive and observant individual who now travels the streets of three different nationalities with the sole purpose of showing us the cultural and socio-political similarities they share. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) It's a buried radiograph of the current socio-political climate in Brazil. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 97% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) It's so universal that it can easily fit into any country in the world when it deals with topics such as hypocrisy, the moral recesses of faith and the social circumstances of lost individuals desperately seeking an identity. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 75% The Gentlemen (2020) I am very glad to see 'The Gentlemen', because it's a film in which Ritchie finally returns to the style that characterizes him. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 91% Ema (2019) I don't think Ema is Larraín's best film, but the stylized handling of the mise-en-scène represents a twist on its aesthetics. It manages to captivate me with the stormy journey of that blonde battered by misery. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 77% An Officer and a Spy (J'accuse) (2019) The controversy aside, I think An Officer and a Spy is the strongest Polanski-directed film in over a decade. Also notable is the fact that it is the only film representation of the Dreyfus case to date in the 21st century. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) What has happened I've already seen it before, but Miike helps me forget it because, with that plethora of characters motivated by the most murky ethics, it evokes the visual style of his yakuza film classics. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
6/10 88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) Loach's film has noble intentions portraying the setbacks of a family struck by the consequences of the economic crisis, but unfortunately it is too repetitive, underlining his speech and abusing a calculated indulgence. - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 91% The Invisible Man (2020) This is a chilling horror movie, chained to a social commentary that sets it apart from the rest. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 93% Monos (2019) The visual style constantly reminds me of the aesthetic similarities it shares with Coppola's 'Apocalypse Now', portraying the darkness of the human being in the heart of a Colombian jungle. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
5/10 94% Little Women (2019) It is far from the grace and subtlety of Lady Bird. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 80% A Hidden Life (2019) It is deeply human. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) It is endowed with an ethereal lyricism, with images of vigorous invoice that speak about love, art and memory. There are beautiful shots, composed like a alla prima painted canvas. - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
6/10 92% Uncut Gems (2019) The Safdie brothers' film manages to make me think with that speech, but I cannot empathize with the time-trial misfortunes of the impertinent protagonist. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 97% Knives Out (2019) It's a mystery thriller that displays classicism and complexity without abandoning postmodern concerns. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) The narrative assembles amazing racing choreographies that never slow down the pace or intensity of its historical re-enactment, with fascinating characters who stick with me once the credits rolls. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 89% 1917 (2020) A cinematic experience that shakes my sensations at the time it moves me to the hell of a war that is constantly threatened by light and darkness. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 90% The Lighthouse (2019) It is a tense, concise and visually atmospheric film that manages to surprise me with the story of the two confined lighthouse keepers. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) It's a fabulous satire on World War II that moves me when it condemns hatred and dehumanization in times of belligerence to celebrate love, friendship, and rediscovery. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
4/10 89% The Two Popes (2019) It suffers from a soft narrative, devoid of substance, abounding in cheap sentimentality and a calculated indulgence at the service of marketing that, sometimes, gives way to the more conventional biographical drama. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
5/10 46% A Rainy Day in New York (2019) It lacks the grace, the sense of irony and the emotion found in the filmmaker's other works shot in the metropolis that never sleeps. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
6/10 95% Marriage Story (2019) The result seems superficial, predictable and not very emotional. I would have preferred the lawyers' version. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
8/10 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It's the most mature, controlled and aesthetically refined film Tarantino has made at this stage of his career. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
9/10 96% The Irishman (2019) I'm trying to hide the impact it has caused me. It's a monumental work on the decline of the American gangster. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
8/10 90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) It is made with a dramatic pulsation, close to the documentary, which in few scenes abandons social realism when it addresses the vicissitudes of the street children. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
6/10 42% The Laundromat (2019) My problem with this film is not in any way linked to the political text that, I admit, is very fair in portraying the journalistic chronicle of a legal farce, but rather due to the lack of verve. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
8/10 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) I can say, without fear of being wrong, that this is one of the best movies of the year. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
5/10 83% Midsommar (2019) It's a film that is not fully illuminated. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 No Score Yet Prótesis (2019) Prosthesis is an entertaining, biting and very laconic comedy portraying the meaning of guilt and lack of affection that, in the way of a metaphor, covers each scene of the characters it shows. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 68% Joker (2019) I have no doubt for a second that Phoenix's performance is one of the most complex of the year. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) It never abandons the sense of humor, fun characters, and wonderful chemistry between Tom Holland and Zendaya, as well as correctly balancing adventure, romance, and action. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
8/10 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) The film supposes another master work in the filmography of the Japanese director, full of periodic emotions and dramatic moments of great intensity of which I leave moved to the guts when I witness a family. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 82% High Life (2019) It is a science fiction sensory journey, one that is existential, lubricious, and highly stimulating. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 62% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) The film is exhilarating when it frames its critique of art snobs who are at the mercy of thaumaturgical retaliation, in a puzzle that wields the mechanisms of supernatural horror and the most hidden slasher. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
6/10 96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Has the aesthetics that always characterize his style and some moments of affectivity, but it lacks emotional strength and I immediately perceive that it becomes self-indulgent with the story of the film director. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) The film intrigues me a lot when it presents, as a kind of epic, the spiral of violence unleashed by two peasant families, in what appears to be a very elliptical chronicle of the origins of drug trafficking. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 78% Loro (2019) This Sorrentino film gives me great joy when I see the aesthetic exercise that unfolds over a portion of Silvio Berlusconi's biography. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 70% The Mule (2018) With this film, Eastwood proves, at almost 90 years old, that he can still direct and star in a light criminal drama, without exaggerated gadgets, concise in his approach. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) This new installment in the John Wick universe, directed once again by Chad Stahelski, has enough adrenaline to knock me out of my seat for two hours that travels as fast as a bullet. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
6/10 91% Widows (2018) It is a gloomy, violent film, but it can also be boring. There are excesses that inevitably take their toll. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
7/10 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) It puts my heart racing like a locomotive in some of the most spectacular sequences I have seen in this cinematic universe that, apparently, closes a cycle to open a new one. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
5/10 90% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) I feel the most hackneyed artificiality when it resorts to the audiovisual rhetoric that is characteristic of the directors' aesthetics to honor stereotypes of a Wild West. [Full review in Spanish] - Cinemaficionados EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020