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The Founder
The Founder(2017)

In the year 1948 Richard and Maurice Mc Donald ( John Carroll and Nick Offerman) founded an american hamburger restaurant located in San Bernardino, California. A revolutionary place where the quality and speediness, made a huge impression of Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) a salesman for Prince Castle a milkshake mixer machine.

This is the story of "The Founder" directed by John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr Banks) an american tale of a dream, an idea and betrayal for money. The story of the very begging of McDonalds Corporation takes place in 1954 when Ray discover Richard and Maurice restaurant offer them the possibility of go on with a franchise for Mc Donald fast food chain. Ray is the kind of person who cannot take no for answer, his persistency pays off.

Recruiting a bunch of entrepreneurs he start opening Mc Donald restaurants all over the US. Thought the film Ray discovers that this restaurant is not as lucrative as he thinks, so he keeps adding the options to lower cost and get more earning, but the limitations in the contract with the Mc Donald's brothers affect the development of his massive project.

The big idea is not owning the name Mc Donald but to own the land where the restaurant is located, which leads him to the creation of a real state business.

"The Founder" real message is a 50's america innocent and naive represented by the Mc Donald's brothers, willing to make more money share their idea to Ray thinking this will make them richer. Ray is the america of the 60's changing constantly, not so innocent, more interested in make america proud by stepping on everyone's to succeed.

I cannot deny that Ray Kroc had a vision to make Mc Donald's a profitable company, that's America, everything it's business, nothing about human aspect. In fact the biggest irony of Ray speech to the Mc Donald's brothers is making the restaurant with the golden arches the new church, but sacrificing the real values of life. Destroying the hard working lives of people who give all to make a good family restaurant, now in this day in age a filly burger fast food chain only making frozen burgers and fries. I finished watching "The Founder" upset about what Ray did to the Mc Donald's brothers, but learning about protecting your ideas and not sharing them with people who seems to eager to help you to achieve your dreams but with a price.

Hacksaw Ridge

Mel Gibson filmography is filled with gruesome acts of violence, but also so many heroic acts. When you think about a direct relationship between The Passion of Christ, Braveheart and Apocalypto is not only about the violence itself, but about the connection between faith, freedom, will during extreme circumtances.

Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) grown in Lynchburg, Virginia becomes a pacifist after a traumatic event which almost make his brother kill. The experience drive him to believe in a non violence attitude, after years witnessing the abuse of his father Tom Doss (Hugo Weaving) against his mother he consider that he is the right path to follow.

Later he decided to enlist inn the army, brining this controversial beliefs causing hate, disrespect and also court martial from his colleagues in the Army. The case was dismiss after his father prove that Doss is protected by an Act of Congress by been a pacifist.

Doss goes to Okinawa with the 77th Infantry Division without a weapon, just to help in the medical area.

"Hacksaw Ridge" is Mel Gibson's most recent film about the life Desmond Doss, the movie contains one of the most impressive actions scenes, but also the most brutal and gory. The film explores the irony of war and violence while you having the most peaceful person in it. Every time you see a major character been hurt or killed Gibson sends you a message that nothing is for granted, when it comes to the act of war. The violence in "Hacksaw Ridge" borderline in Quentin Tarantino, where caricatures-cue blood and action becomes an ode to thirsty audience who just want to see everyone been blown away or hurt really bad. Gibson explore those acts of violence and make you understand about the ramifications of defend your honor besides your beliefs. The movie also borderline into the corny from Desmond love story to his relationship with his family.

The cast do a formidable job and the film is visually stunning, with amazing technical achievements in sound, cinematography and post production


Paul Verhoeven is filled with two major ingredients. Sex and Violence, starting in Netherlands and the to Hollywood where he made big important films such as Basic Instinct, Robocop, Total Recall and Starship Troopers, he vanished after some failures returning to make movies in Europe for the sake of his well filmmaking style and talent.

The award winning film "Elle" directed Verhoeven is a solid exploration to power, sexuality and lack of emotions. Michèle Leblanc (Isabelle Huppert) is a businesswoman who owns a video games company, they are developing a game that already is 6 months behind schedule. This is causing friction with the team. At the beginning of the movie she is raped by a masked men, the act is violent and very dramatic.

Michèle decided not to report the incident to the police, but continues with her life. She even went to get STD test after the attack. During a dinner with friends and her ex husband she confess the happening. This is the first evidence that Michèle becomes interested in the masked men, but also i the experience of been rape by a unknown person. Michèle is a ruthless woman who loves to be in control, from her son, to her employees she feels entitled to do so. One day 3D video of a monster raping a character with Michèle leak in the office, proving that not everyone likes Michèle, but also grow suspicion that the attacker is between them.

Michèle is obsessed with the attacker, leading to second attack and the revelation of the masked man...

"Elle" is perhaps one of the most simple and disturbing films by Verhoeven He express in this movie what ever he wasn't unable to do before. May be because he is no longer tied to Hollywood. He wants to make a film his own way. In a recent interview he expressed his happiness of making the movie outside the Hollywood system. Elle is not a movie about Michèle revenge to her attack, is about her disturbing deviations, her lack of emotions and how unstable she is. Isabelle Huppert delivers a powerful performance, she deserve so many awards for this character.

American Honey

The modern society, the youngster, the America inheriting this mess, the great one, is represented in some films as kids without direction, looking for the easy life, bored to real work, nomads by nature, hip hop lovers, attracted to guns and bling.

Star (Sasha Lane) a teenager living in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She takes care of two kids, their poor, they're playground is the closes dumpster, where they dive and find today's meal. She lives with the kids father, who constantly grope her. One day trying to get a ride home, she makes eye contact with one of the boys Jake (Shia LeBeouf) in a van passing by, she following them to a K-Mart. That first interaction is a mix of flirt and manipulation. He is a businessman who offer her a possibility to change her life.

This group of teenagers sell door to door magazines in neighborhoods. Star seems oblivious to the idea, may be he wants to pick up girls on the road. Probably his attire says it all. A conversation about fancy pants who kind of look like Donald Trump-ish (an actual dialogue from the movie), or gangster or it is the sparkling phone case.

Star decided to say yes to the opportunity leaving behind the kids with the real mother who seems uninterested in taking care of them. The road trip will be a full of business opportunities, choices and unusual consequences. Her ride a white van full with kids from all over the country, a true American melting pot.

"American Honey" is written and directed by Andrea Arnold. The film explores the life in poor neighborhoods in US south. Poverty is a reality, the redneck culture surround everyone. Life is hard, everything shinny is attractive. This is the kind of people who politicians loves, make them strong and powerful.

Wealthy people are nice, respectful and courteous, but at the bottom have real issues and dark needs. You can see it in Star first business attempt to sell magazines with Jake. Both are invited to a rich house, after knocking door. Destiny a rich teenager is having her birthday sleepover. The house is full of impressive things for Star, including the ultimate item: Kim Kardashian book of selfies. During the that short stay Jake keeps pitching the mom for the magazines., but Star is not friendly. She she how Destiny and friends dance outside getting wet and dancing very suggestive. While inside mom is lecturing Jake about been a good Christian: "but I can see the devil has a hold of the two of you" Star reply: I think the devil has a hold of your daughter. A strong message of hypocrisy in this day and age.
Class is not define by the color of your skin of the money on your bank account.

This is the kind of messages we see in American Honey. A film that might be in the same universe of stories about nomads and frenetic style of life in films like "Spring Breakers", "The Beach" and Kids. Star trip from Oklahoma to South Dakota is filled with experiences of the real America. Is not sugar coded, is just what it is. America is a country where you make business no mater how, you just need to find the way.

The beauty of seen thru the windows of that van where the kids coming from other the places share alcohol, drugs, stories, relationships and sing songs together about love, explicit sex, choices and violence. Oil workers and Cowboys are the Shangri-La for this kids. Full money and needy for some company. Easy cash in the back of a pick up truck or drinking Mescal by the pool eating a very expensive stake. But at the end their life is making money and expanding it in the closest "7 Eleven", buy gigantic Slurpees, one dollar pizza and chocolate cookies.


Camera: An optical instrument for recording or capturing images...
Camera: person. A professional operator of a film or video camera...

Once you get this two concepts clear, you will be able to understand what this documentary is about. Kirsten Johnson, a NY documentary, filmmaker and cinematographer, who's life is portrayed in the film "Cameraperson"

The concept of this documentary is very simple and interesting. For the audience or viewers, you only able to see the best choices between the director and editor when a documentary is been edited, but in reality, you never be able to understand the complexity of a film until you see what a camera person have to do in order to the shot right. The risks, the prep before an interview, the framing and the simplicity of the art the documentary.

From a boxing match in Brooklyn, postwar life in Bosnia and Herzegovina, her intimate life with her kids, and a Nigerian midwife and other moments. Experience the documentary 'Camera person' is been exposed to the moment when you dig into someone's collection of footage from a long career of 25 years. Unused takes, moments kept in the editing room that never make it to the big scree or perhaps Johnson's life that is just for her own audience, her family.

Manchester by the Sea

One of the biggest subject is Hollywood is "redemption". From wrongfully accused of murder in "The Shawshank Redemption", a hitman who end up saving a child from the crocked DEA in "Leon: The Professional", to a math prodigy who can't find his path in live in "Goodwill Hunting" most of these examples represents a wide range of actions connected to a single goal, forgiveness from terrible acts from the past.

Kenneth Lonergan (Margaret, You can Count on Me)directs "Manchester By The Sea" is his third film with a powerful story about another kind of redemption. Lee Chandler ( Casey Afleck) a quiet and reserve handyman with a simple life, hiding a disturbed past. Suddenly he received a call that his brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) had a heart attack, and died before Lee arrived. He seems to be distant and emotionally detached from the situation. He is responsible to spread the news to his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). He lives in Manchester by the sea. A few years before Joe make arrangements to have Lee as Patrick legal guardian until he reach 18, making Lee to go back to the town that he swear to never come back.

Throughout the story we been exposed to back and forth scenes showing the difficult lives of Lee and Joe. Lee have a very tormented past thanks to some actions with terrible consequences, causing his separation and divorce from Randi (Michelle Williams) Joe's wife Elise (Gretchen Moi) an alcoholic cause so much pain to Patrick's childhood memories and Joe itself.

In essence "Manchester By The Sea" represents a story of a tormented family facing consequences of mistakes, with irreparable damages. Alcoholism and drug addiction are some of the subjects cover in this film. Lee hold a grudge in his life, so unbearable making him hate the world and everyone around it. Lonergan pace of the film, helps the audience to get their priorities in place. No big shocking revelation, just the truth down and dirty until the end.


When I first saw the trailer of LION is said to myself that this could be a very melodramatic and over the top film about a kid lost by mistake in the middle of the streets of India.

I was wrong. Director Garth Davis (directorial debut) presents a powerful story of Saroo Brierley (Dev Patel - Sunny Pawar Young Saroo) a 5 year old kid living with his mother, old brother and a sister. All of them living in poverty in the small town of Khandwa, in India

Saroo always follow his brother Guddu, but one night he wanted to help him on some extra work. Saroo end up getting into a train droping him about 1600km from his small home town. He is now in the heart of Calcutta, lost, with no food and without his family. Saroo is taken to an orphanage, where a few months later, is adopted by an Australian couple Sue (Nichole Kidman) and John (David Wenham) Now he will live his life in Austrailia till the age of 25 years old. Now adult his memories haunt him about his mother and brothers, forcing him to search for them...

Garth Davis with just experience in short films and the TV show "Top of The Lake" masterfully capture the drama of 5 year old Saroo lost in the streets of india looking for his family. Visually you see how alone is he and how terrible is the experience for him. The camera travels with Saroo and capture his journey. The use of computer screens is perfectly balance, when Saroo is digging in the constant search of Google maps to find every trace of his journey when he got missing. Davis is great directing actors, from Sunny (young Saroo) to Dev Patel and Nichole Kidman, everyone deliver powerful performances. The cinematography, editing and original score are spot on.

The big message of the film is not only Saroo success in the search of his family, but the intention of filmmakers and producers to make the audience understand that this is a big problem in this day an age. Missing children's from his parents around the world end up in the wrong hands, from child labor to other terrible things.

Under The Shadow

War, one of the most brutal act of all. Responsible of so many deaths around the world, and also life changing experience for everyone who live it. Cinema have represented in so many ways. In the battlefield, returning home after the war, the people who have to continue their lives while a family member is drafted and last but not least the technology behind the war.

In essence war, could considered metaphorically speaking a horror tale. But what about if you put those two elements on screen. A horror film about the war?

Under the Shadow is the British Iranian film directed by Babak Anvari about a woman who lives the horror of war inside her own apartment.

During the years 1980- 1988 The Iran-Iraq war took place, a conflict compared to many as World War I. Teheran and Bagdad were constantly bombing, most of the citizens have to live this reality for almost a decade. In the mist of the war Shideh (Narges Rashidi) a married woman who is attending to medical school, but later expel for be attached to leftist groups. Her husband Iraj (Bobby Naderi) a doctor for the military is traveling most of the time leaving her daughter Dorsa (Avin Manshadi) staying with mom. They live in a building with other families, their typical days will be shelling in the basement in the basement building to protect themselves from the attacks of the Iraqi government.

In one the attacks a missile get's stuck in the living room of one of the neighbors, causing him a heart attack and later die. For Shideh as a medical student becomes mysterious when the daughter of the neighbor insist that he saw a ghost which causing him a emotional distress. During one of the shelling Dorsa meets a new boy who is staying with one of the neighbors which was telling her ghost stories. Shied is very skpectical about the whole stories.

To me the main idea of Under The Shadow is to create a metaphor about the horror of war represented in the presence of a ghost living a building. This families are in constant attacks with common missile strikes, they are unexpected and unpredictable, just like a ghost will be. People are living in fear and they cannot control what ever is around them.

Making a horror movie about the Iran-Iraq war is a risky move, but it pays off, because it not only shows the absurd act of war, but it enhance it with political and social criticism. Shideh loves to do aerobics and she do it by watching Jane Fonda tapes which are consider illegal in that time. Another time she and Dorsa are trying to scape the building from the ghost and end up in jail, because Shideh wasn't wearing her proper attire. Doesn't matter if you are trying to scape the horror of war, something worst is waiting for you, perhaps the law...

Under the Shadow is a great discovering from the typical horror films that you see everyday in Hollywood, is a movie with a inner meaning.


Since the beginning of television, viewers have change their ability to perceive actual events, based on the level of information, the veracity and mostly what kind of content they see. In the past it was impossible to see events live, because of technology. The viewers adapt to the idea that someone, called newscaster will tell you about the events, explained and sugar coded.

On the other hand, society tendency is to be obsessed with the most dramatic events and that's what sells. Most of the audience is not interested in information, they want to be entertain, as long is something contain blood, violence and drama you will be glued to the TV set.

A large group of films have analyze this phenomenon. Natural Born Killers, To Die For, Nightcrawler, Control Room and Network as among those movies exploring media as the vehicle to exploit the lower of human society, just for ratings. Mass killers, political scandals and personal life drama.

Christine directed by Antonio Campos is the biographical drama about Christine Chubbuck (Rebecca Hall) a television reporter from Sarasota. She is a very talented reporter, with a great eye in news pieces. Unfortunately, the station and her boss Michael (Tracy Letts) thinks that what really sells and generate ratings is, sensational content of human tragedies.

Christine is a very particular woman, lonely personality, No boyfriend, no sexual experience, depression, suicidal tendencies. She have a crush with George Peter Ryan ( Michael C Hall) the lead anchors of the station, she feels the emptiness of not having a boyfriend or experience love.

A sudden visit of Steve Turner ( Timothy Simons) owner of the station scare everyone, with the possibility of the station full closure. Which in reality is the promotion of two reporters to the new acquire Baltimore station. Christine realized that she needs to be on the top of their game to get that promotion pushing her limits and fighting with her boss. She will do what ever it takes to get that opportunity.

Rebecca Hall masterfully perform the late reporter Christine Chubbuck, she is practically unrecognizable doing this role, specially because we are use to see her as dame in distress in actions like The Town or The Gift. In this movie you see that she lives thru Christine Chubbuck personality. Another fantastic performance is by Tracy Letts playing Christine boss. Letts and Hall interaction is perfect. My favorite part of the film is the pace. The editing is impeccable and capture the essence of those days when technology was very limited and people was doing the news nail biting.
This cast deserve awards, specially Miss Hall


The expression of love is one of me most sublime and powerful in any human being. Is what makes everyone alive, take chances or risk everything, it's what change the world around us.
But also is a message against the UN-justice, the hate and the division.

The world of cinema have express in so many ways how love can help to overcome the illness of the world, their politicians and certain state of mind.

In 1958 the year where Fidel Castro begins broadcasting on the Radio Rebelde, NASA is created and is the beginning of the Cold War between Iceland and the UK. Among all these events a young guy name Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton) from Caroline County, Virginia, falls in love with a local black woman Mildred Jeter (Ruth Negga). Upon Mildred discovering that she is pregnant, they decided to get married. In that time in the state of Virginia interracial marriages violates the state anti-segregation law. So they decided to marry in Washington DC.

After their return their house is raid by sheriff's deputies, later putting both in prison. Mildred already pregnant is treated with no respect in jail, while Richard is release the next day. Their life will turn upside down when they been offer by the judge to leave the state for 25 years to avoid been sentence to one year in prison.

"Loving" directed by Jeff Nichols (Midnight Special, Mud, Take a Shelter) is a powerful story about the real life events of an American couple who were prohibited to be married by the color of their skin. Their struggle to fit in another city apart from their family force them to take risks, because the believe in something beyond what's society in 1958 believe was a crime impose by ignorance and intolerance, but later overcome with the presence of more open minded and progressive politicians, like Robert Kennedy and ACLU, an organization very relevant these days with a movement to protect citizens from several countries for their religious beliefs.

The subtle film making style and pace drives the audience into a family who just want to live a normal life, but they're constantly running from the law, knowing that their feelings are sincere. Adam Stone gives the film a beautiful look, and David Wingo score an emotional tunes to support the story. Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga are fantastic and deserve a big recognition for their work

20th Century Women

The year 1979 represents a year with outstanding movement of women and LGBT, on May 4th Margaret Thatcher become UK first female prime minister, Los Angeles pass it's gay and lesbian civil rights bill. But also it a dramatic year, with the civil war in Salvador, the beginning of the Iranian revolution and the debacle of US president Jimmy Carter.

But it was also the year when an mother realized that the only way that she can continues raising her son is with help of other women, for the lack of a father figure. This is the story of "20th Century Women" Mike Mills (Beginners) create a intimate world in the life of Dorothea ( Annette Bening) Abbie (Greta Gerwing) Julie (Elle Fanning) and Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann)

Dorothea a drafter for Continental Can Company met Jamie's dad then a few years later divorced. Abbie is a photographer who went to art school in NYC, Julie the daughter of a therapist, is very liberal girl, avid reader and feminist. Jamie a teenager who becomes more aware of the world what he is living, filled with sex, drugs, the punk scene.

It's a very interesting film stye, it's when you been introduced to a new friend and as the relationship develops you start discovering more about that person. The power of every character is their background, some like Dorothea have heavy influence in the cultural aspects of USA. She was born in 1924, with no money and TV, during her teenager years World War II broke. Jamie was born in 1964 during Viet Nam War, Nixon, computers, drugs and boredom. This is the style developed by Mills, the soundtrack of 20th Century Women is layered with powerful songs about anti establishment views and promotion of individual freedom.

The real conflict is how Dorothea needs to embrace Jamie manhood, basically surrounded by woman, in a very limited man environment. She ask Abbie and Julie to help her. This becomes Jamie right time to know about women's empowerment, sexuality, men's way of seen women, when to talk, when to shut up, but also his big encounter with mortality. In a way this is a very progressive message and could be metaphorical speaking, like when a same sex marriage adopt and child and needs to raise it. "Sometimes" your values goes beyond the traditional status quo, is more about the message and you can influence your love ones to be a person of good.

"20th Century Women" is a powerful film which show you a a glimpse of what could be life after the 20th century, technology, politics, no matter what's going on in the world. Anette Beining is fabulous as well Greta Gerwig.


Cities and people represents a certain duality in life. Emotions and happenings connect them with intensity like searching meaning to destiny.
Bigas Lunas explored in the film Bilbao, a film about a prostitute name Bilbao, Woddy Allen discovered with Vicky Cristina Barcelona about two friends who engage a game of love with an Spaniard artist, and more recently Jim Warmish with the film Paterson about a character name like the city Paterson in New Jersey.

The film "Paterson" tells the story of a bus driver name Paterson (Adam Driver) , like the New Jersey town.
He is a aspiring poet who live with his girlfriend Laura (Golshftheh Farahani) a lovely girl, who is constantly soul searching, looking for what to do with her life, both live with a bulldog name Marvin.

Patterson story takes place in a week, Patterson is a methodical person who follow a very mathematical routine of waking up around 6:45, takes breakfast and go a drive his bus. During breaks he writes poems, which are kept in a journal. The poem follow Paterson journey till he gets home. He walk the dog, goes to a bar have a bar and comes back. This is the life of this poet bus driver, living with a girl that one day is a fashion designer and other day is a aspirin country singer.

In a way this movie follow the path of Jim Warmish movies, a lone character who is looking for something in life, from the macro to the micro. A samurai in Ghost Dog, a don Juan in Broken Flowers, a lone man killer in The Limits of Control. But for Patterson is very clear that he could be a more than just a bus driver in Paterson NJ. His life is like a repetitive poem, about his life in this town, his trips to a bar where he meets a bar owner who never ends his chess games with himself, a guy in love with a woman who cannot fulfill his wishes and a NJ transit manager who don't wants to talk about his life every day.

In Patterson film we see regular people riding the bus and that's what Warmish ants you to see, nothing is sugar coded to over the top, is just regular people, living life.


The story of Chile is mostly filled with political turmoils, important personalities and great food. Is a country with so much richness with is represented the words of writers, sounds from their musicians, and visuals from their visual artist.

During the late 40's the government of Gabriel González Videla he started a witch hunt against communist, a new breed of politicians who solely believe in the common ownership of the means of production and the absence of social class. One of the members was the poet Pablo Neruda. This is the premise of the film Neruda by Pablo Larrain (Jackie, NO)

The film starts with the petition of Chilean president Videla (Alfredo Castro) to capture the poet Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) for his role the antagonism between the senate and the communist party. This was becoming a politic conflict started in the US in the McCarty era and the cold war>

Neruda is forced to escape and hide in several houses, but he is closely chased by Óscar Peluchonneau (Gael Garcia Bernal.

The concept of the film is pretty interesting. Since Neruda was a fan of cop stories, the movie set the tone of a classic film noir. Peluchonneau is the narrator of the story, guiding us and taking us to the scenes, the emotions, the moments but also the the characters conflicts. But there is a twist instead of borrowing the narration style of films like The Maltese Falcon, Larrain give a poetic voice to Peluchonneau.

Some scenes is like reading a chapter of a book, several times in different locations, the style is complex and effective, altering time and space but not the story arch.

Federicu Juis music is engaging and repetitive the right way, Sergio Armstrong cinematography is beautiful capturing the silhouettes of clandestinity or the vast countryside of Chile and Argentina when Neruda try to escape.

Neruda is a great document about Chilean history, but with heavy influences of American culture. Gnecco and Bernal deliver great roles as the main characters of this poetic film noir drama set in Latin America.


Everyday society is wondering when the aliens will come, it's an idea reflected in short stories, novels and movies. Just the fact of receving the visit of people from other space constitute a scientific breakthrough. The implications of communication, etiquette and approach goes down to a single question: are you come in peace?

Several directors have portray aliens like friendly, mysterious or a real threat to humanity. James Cameron "The Abyss", Steven Spielberg "Close Encounter of The Third Kind" Robert Zemeckis "Contact" are to me the most influential movies of Dennis Villeneuve "Arrival"

Linguistic Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is been introduced in the movie as a mother and wife, she holds her baby, when she start talking, walking and becomes a teenager, until she passed away. She seems to be alone, even visually. Perhaps as a linguistic she knows how the world communicate, but she is unable to communicate emotionally with her love ones. During the emotional scene you can hear her voice over "But now I'm not so sure I believe in beginnings and endings. There are days that define your story beyond your life. Like the day they arrive..." Her nihilistic words are the vehicle to the arrival of a large group of extra terrestrial.

12 spaceships appear across the planet (China, Greenland, Siberia and Black Sea in Russia, Japan, United States, Sudan, Venezuela, Sierra Leone, Wales, Pakistan and the Indian Ocean. All the government of these countries are looking for answers. So they decided to bring specialists in several areas to obtain information about the aliens as well their intentions. Jeremy Renner plays physics professor who also works with Louise to find ways to communicate with the aliens.

Villeneuve develops an impressive environment, where atmospheric sounds are very important for the movie. The story encapsulate Louise character, close ups where she is with her daughter and open spaces when she is alone, in fact when she is in a group her position is always ahead differentiate herself from the rest. To me Louise connects perfectly with Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) in Gravity a smart professional who is grieving the lost of a love one, in the middle of a situation require her to develop a new set of skills and abilities to reach a goal.

The political tone of "Arrival" express how divided are nations in peril, but also able to work together when you take risk on your own. Governments set rules that meant to be broken just to make things right. Like in the The Abyss the government secret agenda presents them as the real enemy, not the aliens, which for the audience are friends.

The film is powerful and keeps you thinking about the timeline of the story, specifically when are we located. The experimental music by Jóhan Jóhannsson is a masterpiece, Bradford Young cinematography is engaging as well Joe Walker film editing.


The idea of making movies based on plays is very common in Hollywood, great plays been successfully adapted to the screen. A Streetcar Named Desire, Amadeus, Glengarry Glen Ross, Hamlet are among them. But when a filmmaker take the risk of literally turn a film into a play on film. The director needs to bring a good cast to attract the audience and help them justify this risk.

Denzel Washington embarks in the director's chair making the film "Fences" The story takes place in a neighborhood in Pittsburg in the 50's Troy Marxon (Washington) lives with his wife Rose (Viola Davis) and his son Cory (Jovan Adepo). Troy works as a waste collector his life is surrounded by constant reminders of mistakes from the past. His brother Gabe Maxson (Mykelti Williamson) suffered from a head injury in World War II wich generates 3000 dollars in payout from the government used by Troy to buy a house also, his son from a previous relationship Lyons Maxson (Russell Hornsby) frequently stop by the house to ask for money. Troy is hunted by a major task which is install a fence around the house, Rose always remind him about it and Troy needs Cory to help him.

The film takes place close locations where the actors develop for long scenes of almost 20 min, kind of like the experience of been in a play, is a nice experiment, but for some audience member could be a very tedious. Fences it's a metaphor of how in life we surround ourselves with the idea of keep everyone around us and not letting anyone set free, it constitute our mental and emotional cage. We are blind enough of stop everyone for been successful, because we know that we fail as a human being. The fact that Troy builds the fence as a task that never ends, is an act of procrastination that always has excuses.

Your lack of success cannot be justify by limit others to succeed. Your failure is your own responsibility and you are the only one who can do something about it.

La La Land
La La Land(2016)

A noisy, not so hot and sunny traffic jam in Los Angeles major highway welcome group of people, who just decided to start singing and dancing in the middle of the whole thing. It's "Another Day of Sun" a title song written for the opening credits of the film La La Land, a very energetic and big band style of song, just like those musical from the 50's and 60's at the end we introduced our star cross lovers, Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling)

La La Land is the film directed by Damien Chazelle (Wihiplash) is the story of Mia a Barista who works at a coffee shop in the Warner Brothers lot, her dream is become and actress, a very typical story in the city of Los Angeles. Sebastian is a talented pianist who works in bar just playing what is required for the job, but his dream is to own a jazz club and play the music he likes. The film presents a gorgeous and colorful life in the city where everyone is a dreamer to become successful, in the industry of movies, music or fashion. Thorough the first half and hour of the film Mia and Sebastian characters bump into each other in a very comedic situations defining their roles and presenting them to the audience as mean to be together.

Chazelle pays perfect tribute to films like Singing in the Rain, American in Paris and West Side Story. On the other hand the plot in La La Land explore stories about dreams, aspirations and how we put them aside just for the purpose of make money, sacrificing the true essence of us. Mia represents the dreamers; the people are just willing to leave everything behind to fulfill your goals. Sebastian represents the traditional, the classic. He wants to preserve jazz knowing that is dying, like film which metaphorically speaking is portrayed in the movie theater "Rialto" when Mia and Sebastian goes to see Rebel Without a Cause and later is closed, may be out of business.

La La Land is divided in seasons, a reminder that some times are better than other, no matter how's the weather. This movie is a revelation to Hollywood who just left musicals behind just by the sake of explosions and car chases. The film is a true work of art, in cinematography, costume deigns, editing and art direction.

I Saw the Light

It's safe to say that 2016 was one the years where Hollywood was extremely devoted to biopics about musicians. Miles Ahead - directed by Don Cheadle about Miles Davis, Born to Be Blue - Directed by Robert Budreau, about Chet Baker and I Saw the Light directed by Marc Abraham about Hank Williams.

Tom Hiddleston starts as the famous musician Hank Williams and his wife Audrey Williams (Elizabeth Olsen) the film revolves around Williams life, his music success, his trouble relationship with his mom and his wife and also the alcohol abuse and the multiple affairs.

I have to say that this film is pretty flat, because it try to hard to develop drama based on connection with the characters and the audience. Unfortunately it never reach any level, the film structure is vague and you never know what's the point of jumping the story from past to present.

Hiddleston doesn't do justice to Williams character, his singing abilities and his accent is not good enough to hold the movie.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

In the real world the story of a galaxy far away talk about the race of the rebellion fighting an evil empire who just want to conquer the world. But in the world that we living, this story constitute a propaganda anti-politicians.

It's been almost 40 years since the original film Star Wars was premiered and the story about a boy and the universe captivating everyone around the world. An evil government with tendency anti democracy and conservative, rule the galaxy destroying everything that opposed them.

Now the story it's been relived in a chapter that might be a few days or a few hours prior the events of A New Hope. "Rogue One" is the story of the group of rebels who went on a mission to steal the secret plans of the Death Star. The events are defined by the spirit of a diverse group of people, by their ethnics and their way of thinking. The leadership is by a woman. Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) the daughter of a scientist in charge of building this space station Galen Erso ( Mads Mikkelsen) who scape from the empire and later is captured again, been forced to finish the job.

The Rebels find Jyn as the connection to her father and need her to lead a team with the help of Cassian Andor (Diego Luna). Thought the film they will travel to other planes where the Empire invade for the sake of their resources.

No matter how many times you want to detach this movie from the actual events it becomes perfectly clear. that is not just about what's going on the America, its about the world itself. War is a big industry on both sides of the spectrum, good or bad collided with their ideals, their agendas just for the sake of a sort off greater good. In this movie you will see this two groups, but also a third one who is more a separatist group, like guerrilla who don't believe in the institution, just want to take the law in the own hands. "Save the Rebellion, Save the Dream"

The role of the women's in this film is very important and I find that great, because women's are leaders, they can create powerful strategies as well they own ideas to change the world.

Most of the planets seen in "Rogue One" reminds me to places that you know in real life, but with big differences. One planet in particular, I can tell the screenwriter was trying to do a connection with the devastated city of Aleppo or Damascus. Powerful governments destroying vulnerable locations to benefit mercenaries or improve their economic ventures.

The force is there in the story, but is more like a nuance of the power of your own mind and how with the positive attitude you can change things and overcome difficulties, sometimes you can go beyond your comfort zone, but sacrifices pays off.

To me the movie deliver, I'm not trying to compare to Star Wars: The Forces Awakes, but I like better Rogue One, because is a dark an aggressive film about a group of warriors, who will do what ever it takes to fulfill the mission. Nothing is sugar coded, It is what it is.

Hell or High Water

2008 market crash brought one of the major crisis in the real state market. The so called bubble, make home owners unaware of the major treat of banks taking advantage of their costumers and scamming to the point of foreclosure. Is hard to say how many families were hurt by this, but the idea of someone taking the law in their own hands is another story.

Toby and Tanner Howard brothers living in a rural town in Texas, are holding a big plan to rob several branches of Texas Midland Banks in the early morning. Toby (Chris Pine) a divorced father and Tanner (Ben Forster) an ex-con mother passed away recently, leaving their ranch in a debt due to a reverse mortgage,Toby thinks this is the best way to find the money to pay the debt.

Texas Rangers Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) and Alrberto Parker (Gil Birmingham) are assigned to the case. Hamilton is close to retire, he figure out the plan of the brothers Howard set in motion a plan to catch them with the help of Arlberto Parker.

"Hell or Highwater" is considered by a neo-western film, because all the elements used to tale the story as well of the esthetics and look of the cowboy movies. After careful analysis you can tell the director David Mackenzie and writer Taylor Sheridan dig deeper into western movies to metaphorically represents two cowboys robbing banks looking for poetic justice, been chased by the sherif who is sure from the very beginning who is the mastermind in this crime. "Hell or Highwater" have several connotations of the struggle of the good vs evil, bringing the enigma of who is the real bad guy, like in Clint Eastwood "Unforgiven" as well social criticism to private institutions who sometimes are not the good guys, but the bad guys, just ripping people off, as a consequence there is a quest for full revenge.

The all star cast deliver a great performance and Nick Cave & Warren Ellis presents one of the finest original score on screen.

Where to Invade Next

The basic idea of taking something that is not yours is consider a felony, a crime or even a subversive action against the law. But when you take an idea that is not yours and make it better or worse is not condone. It could be enforce in court if the system works for you to fight idea stealer.

Michael Moore, director of films like Sicko, Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11 embarks in one of the biggest mission of all, find what is missing in the USA that doesn't make it the best country of the whole world.

"Where to Invade Next", have Michael Moore traveling to countries mostly in Europe and Africa discovering all the great things that this nations offer to their people, comparing to what Americans have to suffer constantly to make a living. Moore have always been a spokesman of USA lack of prospects. The documentary focus in a comedic way, but at the end of the day the content is pure sarcasm against America that some people who think is the best country of all.

The tour takes you from Italy, France, Finland, Germany, Portugal, Norway, Tunisia and Iceland. Most of these countries, give groundbreaking benefits which for US citizens is just dreams and illusions that will never have. From Paid, honeymoon, two hour lunch break, paid parental leave, real and healthy school meals, no homework, no standardized testing, debt free education, special women's rights, and prosecution of bankers.

It's sound depressing when you read it on this list, but when you see it in on film, comparing it to real situations in the US, you ask yourself, why our politicians are not doing anything about it?, why Michael Moore have to subversively be the invader in countries which have better quality of life, showing us right in our face, that our system is really broken?

The biggest achievement of this film is an eye opening view of what us, are missing, but perhaps are not letting our peers to enjoy. You cannot make a country better or greater, but just promising great things, without looking other nations who have chosen to work for their people, and not for the politicians.

Like Hollywood do with their productions when there is a lack of creativity, they acquire ideas and products from the other countries to make it their own, why the US government don't do that too?


On January 14th 2016, the nominations for the 88th Academy Awards were announced. With this list a very controversial list which not including african americans in the main categories sparks a series of complaints to the academy for not including big actors like Will Smith, Michael B Jordan or director Ryan Cooler or even consider them for the awards.

The origin of Oscar So White generates a dramatic change in the foundations of the Academy promising more diversity for the years to come. The film industry have always put minorities in the second place, sometimes cataloging their movies in sub genres. Powerful film from directors like Ava Duvernay, Spike Lee, John Singleton, Lee Daniels, Don Cheadle. Tyler Perry and Antonie Fuqua have created masterful movies about the struggle of african americans in this country. Boyz in the Hood, Malcom X, The Buttler, Selma, Do the Right Thing. Have given lessons to the audience about their culture and way of life.

The last film to portray masterfully the hard life in the black community is "Moonlight", well crafted by director Barry Jenkins which tells the story of Chiron a african american kid who lives with his mother Paula (Naomi Harris) an abusive and controlling drug addict. The film is divided in three chapters i.Little: about Chiron (Alex Hibbert) childhood, when he meet Juan (Mahersala Ali) a crack dealer who discover him hiding from bullies from school, his only comfort is his friendship with Kevin. Chiron

ii.Chiron This time Chiron (Ashton Sanders) is a teenager, who is harassed threaten ad bullied in school and outside school by his peers. His mother Paula is now addicted to crack, solicit herself and coerce Chiron to get her money. His friend Kevin, becomes closer to him (Chiron) which end up kissing him and giving some sexual interaction. On this chapter the audience discover all the rage that Chiron is been holding for so long. During an episode in the school, Kevin is forced to fight Chiron by Terrel a troublemaker from the school, this concludes in a brutal beaten of Chiron, later taking revenge on Terrel.

iii. Black: Chiron is am adult a drug dealer living in Atlanta, following the footsteps of his father figure Juan, even driving his car. Paula's calls him constantly to be visited by him. Kevin reappears looking for Chrion to pay him a visit at a restaurant where he cooks in Miami.

Moonlight explore a world a person that could be anyone of us, the same problems, the same aspirations, the same dreams. In this case the film is not trying to reminds you that Chiron lives in a certain neighborhood, is just a though life to live. Is hard to say if this movie is the direct consequence in the search of a film for the "So white" Oscar voters. But what I'm certain this movie is powerful drama, made with such a poetic images, fill with metaphors about the life and how cyclic is our existence, following the same paths.

In times where been a minority in this country is consider a threat, this film is the response of how societies can survive by been tolerant, overcome our difficulties but mostly stay close to your roots.

Miss Sloane
Miss Sloane(2016)

The director John Madden english director with a strong pedigree from film like "Shakespeare in Love", "Captain Corelliu's Mandolin", "The Debt" and "The Best Marigold Hotel", one and two embark in a new territory with the film "Miss Sloane"

A political thriller starring Jessica Chastain, which already worked with Madden in movie, "The Debt"
Elizabeth Sloane is one of the most powerful and hated lobbyist in Washington DC, she represents "la creme de la creme" in the power of negotiation among high rank politicians. She is rustless, competitive and a real piece of work. There is nothing that she cannot do, but her ambition will bring take her to compete against the wrong people.

She don't have a side in the political arena, no Democrat or Republican. Miss Sloane, will fight the cause of the company who hire her. At the begging of the movie, she works on a firm who is helping some politicians to support a female initiative for the Second Amendment in the case of the use of guns in America. A project brought by her boss (Sam Waterson) Miss Sloane, quickly declined to work with them. Later abandoning the firm for a better client Rodolfo Schmidt (Mark Strong), bringing her best sailors to a new firm who is fight against the Second Amendment initiative. Very clever plan, fighting against what you are supporting in the first place, it's a game of what's best for you as a lobbyst. The first act reveals how Elizabeth Sloane can manipulate, destroy and control her surrounding making enemies across the board, using everything that she can, even espionage techniques.

The following act is how the web of dirty tricks cover Washington DC destroying careers, choosing sides just for better opportunities in the political business. The audience also discover some weakness in Elizabeth, meds and sex. But most importantly you get a sense of all the players in the game, which makes you doubt about almost everyone, who is the bad guy, or who is the good one.

In essence, Miss Sloane could be a perfect film for this troubling political time in America. The only way to get rid of politicians is not bringing other politicians who promises big shake ups in Washington DC, is destroying the foundations of corruption between politicians and lobbyist who are just working to protect their seat, instead of working hard for the people who voted for them. Besides been a very political thriller, this movie could relate easily to so many scandals in nation's capital to teach some lessons to politicians, but end up as just "a pat in the back"

You need to pay attention to every detail in the movie, you might surprise you.

Miss Chastain is fabulous as a Miss Sloane, as well the rest of the cast. On the technical side Alexander Berner is pretty good and Max Ritcher original score is very powerful.


One of the biggest challenges for Hollywood these days is the lack of stories. Most of the time movies are made based on TV shows, recycle old films, franchise and now the most common subject is true events that just happen pretty recent. I have a big problem when Hollywood make this kind of movies, specially because the stories are hard to develop may be some events needs to breathe for years, it also needs research to find how the events evolves, which help to understand the reason and consequences. Several films have attempted to do that. Snowden, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Deepwater Horizon and Rosewater. Probably United 93 was consider by critics a success portraying the events of the 9/11 terrorist attack.

A new film about a true life event is "Sully" director Clint Eastwood, decided to continue making another biographical story about an American heroe. Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) is the pilot of flight US Airways 1594, which departing from La Guardia airport strike a group of Canadian geese, forcing them to make an emergency landing on the Hudson River, this events happened on January 15 2009.

Clint Eastwood play with the order of the story, making sure that the audience feel the personal struggle of Capt. "Sully" meeting the National Transportation Safety Board, their accusations about his wrongful decisions in during the emergency landing and his past as a pilot. The film goes back in forth introducing several key characters into the story, bringing situations that apparently will help to define them

Tom Hanks do a marvelous job as Capt. Chesley "Sully" as well Aaron Eckhart as Jeffrey Skiles. The problem with the film is the lack of development. Eastwood presents the passengers, the flight attendant hoping that the audience connect with them, it never happen, even Laura Linney playing Sully's wife vanished as a character. To me "Sully" is just a collection of vignettes in the events of "The Miracle in the Hudson" the main way to connecting them back is with Sully's visions or flashbacks. I don't feel the click, trying to make it a powerful drama.

It's been 7 years since the miracle in the hudson happen and for some people there is no sense of mystery, but in this movie you see a troubling person who was an instant hero in the right time and the right moment. Sully as a human being is beyond that, is a father, a husband, a friend and a great professional. Unfortunately I don't see that in this movie, the film spent more time questioning him rather than honoring the right way. At the end of the day, is a director point of view.

The Neon Demon

Hollywood portrayal of fashion is a sugar coded reality of luxurious trips to Europe, outstanding Pret-a-porter and the opulence of the best restaurants in town. But showing the real skin of this kind of life is considered pure controversy. Films like "Devils Wear Prada", "Zealander" "Ready to Wear" Sex and The City" are among those productions who just show you the most appealing side of fashion.

In Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) he show a very dark and bizarre side of the industry who only shows you beauty and perfection. "The Neon Demon" tales the story of Jesse (Elle Fanning) a sixteen year old aspiring model who just moved to Los Angeles from a small town in Georgia. During the course of the first half and hour of film Jesse meets a make up artist Ruby (Jena Malone) a photographer Dean ( Karl Giusman) she is signed by Roberta Hoffman (Christina Hendricks) and becomes the object of jealousy by model competitors Gigi (Bella Heathcote) and Sarah (Abbey Lee).

Mr Refn filming portrayal of Los Angeles is far behind the film Drive, which also takes place in the same city but perhaps other universe. Most of the characters seems to have dark agendas. Hank (Keanu Reeves) the motel owner where Jesse is staying, Jack (Desmond Harrington) prestigious photographer who do a test photoshoot to create a portfolio of Jesse, and fashion designer Robert Sarno ( Alessandro Nivola) who seems completely obsesses with the a new model name Jesse and oblivious to the rest of pack of models who are just the same.

"The Neon Demon" is filled with powerful metaphors like Jesse finding a real life cougar which represents how the evolution of her from a teenager to a real woman in the fashion industry, with the release of a best within. Another is the conversation with model competitors who seems surprise that Jesse haven't been touch by a surgeon knife to improve her beauty, while these girls been manipulate so many times in order to meet the fashion industry standard. The world where they live if just an illusion, is fake and is intended to be that way, natural beauty is impossible, as well innocence.

The story borderline in the bizarre world of David Cronenberg, the poetry of Alejandro Jodorowsy and the darkness of Gaspar Noe. The controversial last act of the film is the perfect example of how reality challenge fantasy of events that if your open enough to think, it might be true. The best who drive models can reach levels to eliminate competitors in the most obscure ways.

Cliff Martinez score mimic sometimes Vangelis, but also create an environment sad, somber and unique. The cinematography by Natasha Braier is powerful and create this world perfectly.

The Dressmaker

Have you ever heard the expression latino expression "Small town, big hell" that's is basically synopsis for the film that I'm about to review.

"The Dressmaker" is a comedy drama about Myrtle Dunnage (Kate Winslet) a dressmaker who used to live in the outback, in the small town of Dungatar. About 25 years ago, Myrtle was wrongfully accused of the murder of a schoolboy name Stewart Pettyman and that forced her to exile for this happening.

Her return disturbed the peace of this little town. But also charm the ladies, because of Myrtle accomplishment in the art of dressmaking. Her abilities of a city girl, will put the wheels in motion for a sweet and sour revenge to everyone accomplice who accuse her of the murder of Stewart.

The film start with a powerful opening, setting the tone of the story, but also confuse you just defining the whole style of it. The audience see constant flashbacks of Myrtle childhood and how she's been bully by Stewart, making her as the main suspect of Stewart death. But also shows other protagonist and possible responsible as well.

"The Dressmaker" have caricature characters, people that you might know in real life. So many emotions round in this town: Envy, Lust, Lies, Pride and Greed are some of it. Dungatar is no different from townns around the world, where a vortex will suck in their habitants stoping them to succeed, but also wrapping them in a large numbers of gossips and intrigues.

This film might surprise you because the trailer shown you a different movie that you will see. Is a comedy drama, but when the audience witness the revenge in place it will think that they are watching a dark comedy, in the style of Raising Arizona or Trow Momma from the Train. In fact it follows the footsteps of Barry Sonnenfeld and the Coeh Brothers.

Besides the divide critics I feel the film is very entertaining, but you won't remember it with all the great films that we seen this year.


Short stories on film is considered a unique storytelling genre, because appeal to the concept of a compilation of separate events that sometimes are related to the entire plot or may be just trying to look a common subject or a "leitmotif". Films like "Paris je t'aime", "NY I Love you" are connected by a simple subject a city. In "Wild Tales" the subject is how a simple situation can become completely unexpected to explore the wildest part of human nature.

A special case is the film "Wiener Dog". Is important to mention that this film is not a series of stories, but a collection of vignettes with a peculiar element of connection: A dachshund puppy.

This comedy tales the story of a dog who is been shuffled from owner to owner in a singular ride for every character. The first story brings a surviving kid of cancer who is been brought to the dog to help him to heal. But the real people who needs to heal is the entire family. The second story is a nurse who is taking care of the dog and have a guilty conciseness and decided to scape from the vet hospital in order to save the dog. The third story a screenwriter profesor who owns Wiener dog who is trying to sell one of his stories to Hollywood, getting caught in the superficial world of entertainment agents and the film studios. He feels miserable and his millennial students consider him a dinosaur who don't know anything about the business. The last story is an elderly woman who lives with her caregiver and the Wiener dog. Her granddaughter is one of those young brats spoiled by the family who visit grandma every time she needs money. This time is for her boyfriend a conceptual artist and his art project for a gallery.

In essence, this comedy is filled with black humor who mock life situations such as unhappiness, dissatisfaction, frustration and unfulfillment among others. The destiny of every character is driven in part by Wiener dog, but their decisions are solely based on their own lame lifestyle and how the question the life that their living.


Everything it's been said about the life of the Kennedy's sometime called Camelot. The assassination, the affairs, the missile crisis and even the nepotism in the family to govern the United States. But perhaps one of the most complex and intrigue characters is the first lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

Pablo Larrain (El Club, No) directs this poetic tale of the most significant passages in the life of Jackie. Natalie Portman perform the main role with a group of well know stars. Greta Gerwing, Peter Sarsgaard, Bill Crudup and John Hurt.

The film focus from a female point of view of the life in the White House, the assassination of JFX and the early retirement as a fist lady. The main arc is the conversation between Jackie and political journalist Theodore H. White. driving the story into a flashback style without the typical gimmick, just down and dirty facts as well haunting memories.

The audience is able to dig deeper into her personality, her biggest fears but also her darkest feelings, like been married to the most power in the world. But also discover how one of the most glamorous first ladies is also a human being, a person who deal with the establishment, showing that doesn't matter how much a president is loved, his dignity after he dies is disrespected by any member of the government.

Larrrain brings his documentary styles with a touch of drama to a film that seems to me like a poetry rather than a biopic. His point of view leaves Jackie as the main protagonist, a metaphor that could be read one of the scenes where Jackie and the audience are trying to understand what is her real legacy for America and the world. Fashion may be?

Natalie Portman is amazing as Jackie, but honestly her accent annoys me, but that's the way she perform. Overall, Larrain film style haunts him in this production, because he leaves his political critique and turn Jackie story into a sort of poetic biopic borderline Terrence Malick films.


Young FBI agent Nate Foster (Daniel Radcliffe) works undercover in terrorist plot. He is recruted by agent Angela Zamparo ( Toni Collette) after in a recent operation discover a imported cargo of caesium-137, this is a very radioactive component that could be extremely dangerous. Nate's mission is to get undercover into a white supremacist group who allegedly are interesting on using caesium for a possible attack.

This is the main plot of the film "Imperium" directed by Dianiel Ragussis explore the dark worlds of white supremacist in America, their threat to the people and the ramifications of their acts.

Nate is forced into this world of extremist making him accomplice of attack against minorities and provoking disturbance in rallies.

The big problem of this film is by first time director Dianiel Ragussis deliver an unemotional film, with a great cast. His undefined style create a movie made for TV, rather than a movie going experience. The story is flat, you understand the motives but never have the chance to connect with any character.

This film was trying to follow the footsteps of films like American History X which presents an dark America that we know and we are afraid to accept. "Imperium" is a reminder that not all our enemies are overseas, but in our backyard.

Swiss Army Man

Existentialism a philosophical theory or approach that emphasizes the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent determining their own development through acts of the will.

With that mind all I can say is the movie "Swiss Army Man" is a physiological drama, about a character who wants to ends his life finding someone who already lost his, but his will is to keep going, no matter the obstacles.

Hank (Paul Dano) is a depress man in a desert island, who is about to commit suicided. After some unsuccessful attempts he discover the body (Daniel Radcliffe) washed ashore. The person is dead but "very gassy" Hank decided to see if he can revive him, later discovering the body have the ability to propel using just gasses coming out of his ass. Hank ride the body like a jet sky bringing them into another place, like a forest (Redwood forest I believe) the rest is bonding time between the new two friends discovering Existentialism in the most mundane things.

The film explore conversation between the two characters making them talk about life, love and dreams. Is like you are watching a complete mashup of so many films and music videos. Terrence Mallick meet Spike Jonze, Meet David Lynch. An eschatological tale of two strangers who meet and decided to solve their biggest problem in life. A wacky friendship based on flatulences, Cheetos and the search for the lost love on the bus.


Politics on film is always been a very tricky subject for Hollywood, the dramatization of events and biography of well know politicians is what the movie machine feed us. In the case of documentaries you have a more objective point of view of events and personalities. "Wiener" is the documentary directed Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg following he events of congressman Anthony Weiner success and demised as a politician in 2011 when is forced to quit because of a sex scandal. The story continues with his comeback in the race for mayor of NYC with his wife Huma Abedin by his side throughout the campaign. The directors explored several sides of Anthony Weiner using on camera interviews, cameramen following him all the way as well a collection of material from several TV networks. The documentary is dramatic and sometimes very ironic about what politicians do to be likable and also manipulate voters just by pretend to care about their issues.

"Weiner" documents a conflicted man who was trying to do so much good for the people for NY but have demons who keep haunting him for years, still today. This documentary serve as a metaphor of this day and age in politics. The goal is to find the weakness in the most obscure places on humanity, because to serve this country or state you really need to be the cleanest person you can be. Dirty laundry is the best weapon against your opponents, but media is the best tool to expose your elements of destruction. Americans love a scandal but also love second chances. No matter on which field: sports, entertainment, politics. It happens all the time, from Ryan Lotche, Bill Clinton, Dominic Strauss, Lance Amstrong...

But the real victims in this scandals are people next to kin who become the punch ball. For Anthony Weiner is Huma Abedin, a woman who was capable to tolerate some much media pressure and also the shame of been the wife of a person who cannot stop his obsessions.

Queen of Katwe

Chess is a game of strategy, of carefully planning every move, but also figure out what your opponent will do. Hollywood always have engage in the art of portraying famous or smart people who are capable to pay chess like a pro. Most of this films have something in common. An specific ethnic background. I'm not trying to say that Hollywood have not been diverse in this subject, but in a way the film "Queen of Katwe" is a pure metaphor of diversity playing a game that is consider just for aristocrats and wealthy people.

"Queen of Katwe" directed by Mira Nair is the sports film about Phiona Mutes (Madina Nalwanga) a Uganda player who became a prodigy in the art of chess. Raised in the slums of Katwe by her mom Nakku Harriet (Lupita Wyong'o), because her father died of Aids, she helped her mom selling made in the street market. One day she and her brother discover the project name Sports Outreach Institute. In a after school project she started paying chess with the rest of the kids, Robert Katende (David Oyelowo) see in her potential to become a good chess player.

Phone life is rough, a poor family, who can barely afford to eat and live in a proper house, but she is a bright star and Katende will invest everything he got to push her to be the best.

Director Mira Nair famous for her movies, Kama Sutra, Mississippi Masala, Salam Bombay. create a very emotional tale for Phiona Mutes, filled with the colors of Africa. The story is strong and engage with the audience just a few minutes as the movie started, showing one of the most vulnerable moments of Mutes ready to play one of her ultimate tournaments sending you back to her early days in the slums of Katwe. Besides a 124 running time the film flows masterfully. Madina Nalwanga is great discovery for this movie, Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo are spot on.

"Queen of Katwe" is a powerful film with a great lessons about life, tolerance, respect, perseverance and success against all odds.

London Town
London Town(2016)

Music is the vehicle for emotions, throughout the years films keep telling stories about rock bands, the people behind those bands, the music fans and people who just admire music in general and live their live thru music. In particular when you see a film that takes place in the late 70's and 80's about music, the story center in working classes who are trying to achieve something greater, they live in rough neighbor and the political environment is total anarchy.

In the film "London Town" director Derrick Borte tales the story of Shay (Daniel Huttlestone) a kid who is looking for his way in the early stages of puberty. He is been raised with his sister by his dad Nick (Doughy Scott) who is a cab driver by night and manage a piano store by day. Shay's mother Sandrine (Natascha McElhnorne) is stranded in London living in a sort of hippie community. Shay becomes interested The Clash thanks to a instant connection with a girl on the train Vivian (Neil Williams) who encourage him to go with her in a live show which is filled with aggressive and violent youngster who just want to change everything in the world. This how the world was during the times of the clash.

Vivian and Shay adventures in the city guide them to meet Joe Strummer (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) lead of the band. During the first half and hour of the film you see how Shay's character evolve from a innocent child to a true punk youngster. He experience the life in the city of London, but he also forced him to manage his house and his little sister due Shay's dad work accident.

"London Town" is a interesting film that use the point of view of a kid to cover a chapter in the life of the band The Clash, where the main protagonist is Shay, the music delivers and help you experience the road evolving as a kid to a teenager. This film present similarities with "Sing Street", "Almost Famous" which also have stories concentrate in music and kids growing thru music and their experiences.

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers shines as Joe Strummer, the kids are also great. My biggest problem is the lack of connection between Nick (Doughy Scott) and their kids, you can see how from act 1, 2, 3 the relationship evolve perhaps by the director influence or the development of the actual production.

Money Monster

Movies about journalism have very complicated task to achieve. No only create a message that engage with the audience explaing everything about moral, values and the idea to inform the public as a civic duty, but also tales a story of the the reporters, investigators, the victims etc. Many films explored this messages in the past: Network, Spotlight, All Presidents Men, Shattered Glass, Good Night and Good Luck, Frost/Nixon.

In the film "Money Monster" directed by Jodie Foster, tales the story of a TV personality/guru Lee Gates (George Clooney) who stars in a TV show about commerce in Wall Street, "Money Monster" The director of the TV show is Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) a strong woman who is basically tired of Lee's facade as a person in and out of the TV spectrum. Lee is arrogant and never goes by the book, for Patty is always a problem to deal with him, he do whatever he wants and get away with it As a consequence of Lee's actions, that goes from been risky advising the audience what he consider is the best investments to make fun of the market itself. During the production of one of the shows it's aggressively hijacked by Kyle Budwell (Jack O'Connell) a viewer who lost his money thanks to Lee's recommendations.

The film "Money Monster" is a well done thriller with a weak story. When you start watching it, you understand the pieces of the puzzle in a predictable way, but felt flat because some of the characters are been introduced in a dynamic TV style (Dominic West and Catriona Balfe), the development of the story seems to be self explanatory but you're never fully aware of their actions and how they end up in the first place.

In a way the film "Money Monster" criticized the mayor social and economical issues in America, but also how mass media is becoming a mayor circus just for the purpose of money without caring about the importance of content these days. A reflection of that is how Lee make a variety TV show that also is focus mostly in the Wall Street market. The problem in the film is you try to tell the story of three mayor characters, criticism to the media and also explain how the stock market works, problem that cannot been avoid if you compare it to the films like "The Big Short" or "Margin Call".

At the end Money Monster is a good thriller but with a story that confuse the audience and ends as a nice attempt to be added to the list of fantastic films about journalism.


The search for truth and justice always come with consequences. We live in a world where liberties are at risk, but also there is an illusion of liberties in general. The invasion of privacy for the greater good is the price that civilians have tho pay in order to catch groups who are trying to hurt our people in the most unimaginable ways.

Our laws have so many gray areas and people feel that the government is not trusted just for a simple reason. In order to find mayor threats we need to break the law.

This is the mayor focus of Oliver Stone's movie "Snowden" Edward Joseph Snowden (Joseph Gordon Levitt) born in Elizabeth, NC. is a computer professional who worked for the CIA and also was a former contractor for the NSA. The film starts the story when he is training in the Army Reserve suddenly he breaks his legs in an accident and later discharged. Hi interest in computers leads him to apply into a position at the CIA, where he meets Corbin O'Brien (Rhyys Ifans) who hire him as one of his top computer wizard.

The film use as main arc Laura Poitras (Melisa Leo) Glenn Greenwald (Zachary Quinto) and Ewen MacAskill (Tom Wilkinson) famous interview in China after Snowden leaves the USA and bringing a collection of secret classify documents from NSA servers. This sub scenes allow the audience to connects with Snowden personal conflicts about the secret programs from the US government spying their people, but also his political view during the Irak war, his commitment to a job that not only was his passion, sometimes was his own obsession. During his relationship scenes with Lindsay Mills (Shailene Woodley) he experiences happy moments in his life, but also makes him doubt about the work that he is doing for the government looking for a more mundane life.

Olive Stone drives the movie with a film structure which develops between the years 2003 to 2014, but specifically pays attention to the crucial days where Ed Snowden is hidden in a Chinese hotel with the group of journalist. Joseph Gordon Levitt is excellent playing the famous whistleblower, sometimes his physique and posture tricks you, which is very scary. One my favorite performance is by Nicolas Cage playing Hank Forrester.

The films excessive drama, specially of Ed and Lindsey relationship ruin part of the experience. At the beginning of the movie we been warned with opening titles: This film is a dramatization, which prepare the audience for a not be very accurate story. But according to a media personality Alex Jones, he talks about the scariness of what the film portrays and how the government collects data from their citizens, from social media to constant communication.

Snowden is a great film representation of what's happening in the world of hacking, invasion of privacy but also the conflicts between serve your country and respect the liberties of every citizen.

From Afar (Desde Allá)

A noisy Caracas street shows a 50's year old men Armando a dental prosthetic. He is a serious, formal man searching for a prey. He approached to a teenager on the bus, offer him a stack on money, in exchanges of company. For him seems to be his hobby.

One day he noticed a 17th year old kid name Elder who works in a junkyard where he repair old cars. He is also a member of a gang who steal auto parts Suddenly a relationship of love and hate develops between them, as well a dramatic revelation for both and the consequences of drastic actions.

Lorenzo Vigas directs "Desde Allá/From Afar" the first Venezuelan film to win the major price at last year Venice Film Festival. The movie explore homosexuality as a taboo in Latin American countries, but also the roughness of life in opposite places like United States where the capitalism has take over. The film shot in the neighborhood of Catia in Caracas, presents a place that can easily be confused with Bogotá, Lima, La Paz or even Quito. "From Afar", separate the establishment of a country and concentrate in the intimacy and loneliness of the characters.

Armando and Elder both works in a place where they constantly fix and hide the traces of the damage of time, either in someone's mouth or a vehicle. Their life center of solving the problem of fixing part of a life, while their life itself is tortured by abuse, wealth and in-satisfaction. Elder always wear a jersey with the number 10, a sign of success but also demise for soccer players who become the best in the world, while in the end they become none hero.

In a recent interview Mr Vigas seems to be influence by the style from Robert Bresson's "Pickpocket" his shots are long and force the audience to look around and discover what the actors are thinking without telling everyone. The actions goes out of focus, or the main roles separate from each other in a foreground background dance. I'ts visual style borrow from europeans like Luc Besson, Michael Haneke, Igmar Bergman and even Mathieu Kassovitz.

The film is powerful and delivers an intense story with no music at all, that cause a big conflict in the audience who are expecting a cheap solution from drama. Vegas plays with the audience looking or there reactions.

The Light Between Oceans

Tom (Michael Fassbender) is a war veteran who get's the offer to become lighthouse keeper in the remote shore of Australia, since his arrival, Isabel (Alicia Vikander) show interest in him, but due the social aspects of a small town she cannot live with him, unless she marry him. Their love grows with the distance, long distance communication help them to stay connected and share their dreams. The new married couple live in solitude trying to procreate but with several unsuccessful attempts cause cracks in this perfect loving couple. Until one day, they rescue a baby girl who has washed up on a adrift rowboat with a dead body. This happening will be the beginning of a happy life as family the also the beginning of their demise.

Dereck Cianfrance directs "The Light Between the Oceans: a tragic story of love and deception that teach us the real value of making the right choices in life. Cianfrance is not a rookie in the subject of tragic love stories. His previous films Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines represents parts of his body of work. This time he explore a period drama with two strong actors: Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender.

There is something unique about this couple on film, is because they are a real life couple and the chemistry for them is perfect, most their scenes are strong and the addition of Rachel Weisz make the film powerful enough.

One of the problems of this movie is the length, the story develops but it gets sunk in one point trying to make the audience understand what's the real problem. For me it's pretty simple to understand. A couple living in solitude who are trying to have a baby, she suffer two miscarriages and then they found a baby girl in the shore. Against all rules and regulations they keep the baby without permission just to feed their grief for their lost babies. The story is about love, commitment but is also the difference between right or wrong.

The film is nicely done, with beautiful cinematography by Adam Arkpaw and a masterful score by Alexandre Desplat.

Café Society

Woody Allen is always been surrounded by the nostalgic 30's and 40's Film like Midnight in Paris, Bullets over Broadway, Radio Days. The emotional aspects of this period, the glamour and fashion, represents the essence of a time that most of grandparents remember as magical.

Many film stars and musicians became legends for the audience who went to see them perform or play in the local clubs or movie theaters. There was also a very dark period during the 30's and 40's, it was called the organized crime, where gangster will use their power to control licor, gambling and also sophisticated clubs where everyone wanted to be.

This is the story of the Dorfman family. A jewish family who live modestly in NYC. Marty and Rose are the parents of Bobby (Jesse Eisenberg), Evelyn (Sari Lennick) and Ben (Corey Stoll). Bobby wants to go to Hollywood and find fame, Evelyn is married school teacher, who's husband have socialist ideas and Ben who is gangster.

Rose's brother Phill (Steve Carell) works a powerful talent agent. Who received Bobby with the intention to help him to find his way into Hollywood. That's when he introduce to his secretary Veronica ( Kristen Stewart) who have the task to help Bobby to get settle in California showing him around.

After a few days Bobby confess his love to Veronica claiming that she is different to any other girl in Hollywood. She rejects him claiming a relationship with a journalist...

Café Society is Woddy Allen's latest film and explore the charming time of Hollywood in the 30's using as an excuse a young kid who is looking for meaning to his life in the glamours setting of film stars and fancy clubs and restaurants. The story explore the twist and turns of several characters and their choices. It's a comedy like any other Woody Allen's comedy but more predictable than his previous work. The film is colorful thanks to the masterful cinematography by Vittorio Storaro and beautiful designed by Santo Loquasto.

The stronger characters in the movie are Jeannine Eisenberg, Cory Stoll and Ken Slott who portray Bobby's parents and brother.

Captain Fantastic

United States of America is considered for some experts as one worst education system in the world, that's been said when you put your kids to school in America, you're facing big challenges to make your kids to learn and been inspired to become a better persons. In America people face challenges in a healthcare system too, with so many loophole, lobbyist, pharma companies who care about the product more than the people and insurance companies who do their best to collect all the money they want a filled patients with financial burden.

What it takes to a person to give up the confort of the modern world and decided to embark on a mission to isolate from society in order to say goodbye to live a better life?

In the forest of the Pacific Northwest Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) he's been rising his six children by himself after his wife Leslie (Trin Miller) was hospitalized for bipolar disorder. Ben kids been living in the woods for quite sometime completely isolated from modern society, but well educated by their parents who made them to follow several routines: Exercise, reading, gardening and hunting. From the very beginning you see this independent kids dealing with life in the woods using limited resources and enjoying learning. This routine is broken when Ben received the news that his wife kill herself. Convinced by his kids and the pressure of the funeral honoring his wife, the Chash family embark in a a road trip to discover America and the wonders of capitalism.

Actor and Director Matt Ross creates this wonderful story of a human being questioned by society on why he and his wife confined in the woods a bunch of kids and isolate them from the world. In way the film explain the main reason. Guide them as a smart human beings who are capable to hunt their food and use resources to their benefit. But also offers the challenge of this decision by showing them what they been missing. Nothing is good in excess, that's the motto. Overall you cannot isolate so easily from the society. but you can manage the information that you get and how to control your life.

We live in a world where people act like zombies looking down to their phones, instead of looking front or up to the sky. Several key scenes in the movie shows you the peculiarities of life. When Ben bring the kids to meet his cousins in the city, the culture crash in big. City kids are unable to explain and quote the "Bill of Rights" but they are able to know what is the most popular game of playstation, but the youngest of the Cash family is able to recite all the bill of rights.

Viggo Mortensen is excellent as a father of this kids as well a very troubling father who is coping with the loss of his beloved wife. Is considered an outlaw and villain for his wife family, but simply said that he is totally against the status quo and he wanted to make his kids brighter.

The film explore parenthood from a independent director point of view, there is a distant conection with Hollywood parents, like Steve Martin in Fatther of the Bride and Spencer Tracy, George Clooney in the Descendants, Lamberto Maggiorani in the Bicycle Thieres, Brad Pitt in The Tree of Life,

George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks and Charlie Shotwell as the Cash kids is an outstanding cast. A notable mention is Frank Langella as Jack Leslie's father.

Florence Foster Jenkins

Rise and fall of celebrities always come with so many theories related to their relationship, wealth and lastly their health.

In are daily basis, we see celebrities become successful in a heartbeat, perhaps thanks to technologies. Social media is able to create an aura of fame in people who just do something mildly meaningful for the rest of the world, but still consider important from large group of people who make fame based on controversial actions not for the sake of art.

In the 1940's a infamous singer became famous, no for been a good singer, but for beed a terrible one. That's the story of Florence Foster Jenkins. An amateur soprano and american socialite was able to cross the NY elite and been coach by the most famous people in the music industry.

Stephen Frears directs Meryl Streep playing the main role, supported by Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg.
The film explores her life and dreams to become the famous singer, as well her pivot performance at the Carnegie Hall.

The film is fun and is another great performance to Mr Streep, but also is a great acting achievement for Mr Grant and Mr Helberg. The film is is not a over the top exploration of society but representation of the constant facade of wealth in NYC from the 40's
The film explore how powerful people can diminish your aspirations, not matter your social background, but ability to inspire others and succeed.


A tune performed Juice Newton named "Angel in the Morning" by opens a tasty circus of slow images, who seems to be frozen in time. The opening credits make fun of everything that is normal for the audience, a famous name or a well known director. Suddenly you're asking yourself, what a hell I'm watching?

This is Deadpool one of the first R-rate superhero movie. Starring Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool a mercenary who is diagnosed with cancer. His only hope is to be subject of a regenerative experiment which gives him accelerated healing powers. His girlfriend is Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) an escort who have a one night stand with him, becoming a year relationship. After the controversial experiment to cure him, Wade decided to abandon her in order to do the treatment. At the lab he met Francis Freeman/Ajax (Ed Skrein) who injects him with a mutant substance, unfortunately the process is causes disfiguration on his body, but also cure his cancer.

Tim Miller first time director with this movie use CGI as it best, he is able to manipulate the audience with so many unusual filmmaking techniques developing a great experience for the audience. Deadpan break the fourth wall (The space that separates the performer from the audience) speaking to the viewers allow him to engage better. Is hard to analyze a movie which is not taking seriously anything that you see. At the end of the day this movie is pretty entertaining and deliver perfectly what the director, producers and stars wanted to do. A super hero movie with heart and soul. There is no gimmicks here. In a world where movies are just made to make money, but without substance this one really understand that we are living in a different kind of world.

Me Before You

The term rom com is the abbreviation of Romatic comedy film. The terms refers to movies with a aromatic ideals with humorous plot-lines and lighthearted content. Apparently "Girl Shy" (1924) is consider the first one on this genre.

Thought the years so many movies are been made and new subplots been created. USA and UK are the countries producing most of these films, sharing success and failures. The genre drive women and men to the movie theaters with the promise of make them laugh and cry. But the big mystery lives on, what makes this movies so important, who is a good actor for this kind of role?

"Me Before You" is the film adaptation of the famous book written by Jojo Moyes. it tells the story of Louise Clarke (Emilia Clarke) a young girl who lives with her family in a small town outside London. She just been laid off from her job in a coffee shop. After a intensive job searching she is offered to work as a caregiver for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin) a successful banker who had been paralyzed by a motorcycle accident.

Will vision of life is sad and depressing and Louise personality is silly, bright and happy. For her everything is pleasant, she always smile and dress very colorful dresses. At the very begging for Louise is hard to connect with Will, but thanks to a film Louise discover a different world with him.

This romcom presents the most important aspect of the genre. Comedy, colorful characters and conflict. Emilia Clarke performance is good and seems that she fits perfectly for this kind of role, perhaps better than playing Sarah Connors in Terminator Genisys, for Sam Claflin his performance is pretty flat, his not very expressive and seems that his role wasn't as demanding.

Overall "Me Before You" is film that do what it does right, tale a love story, but is forgettable.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi

Hollywood devotion for patriotism on film have brought us great films exploring the lives of heroes who protect the liberties of Americans. Movies such as The Hurt Locker, Black Hawk Down, Lone Survivor presents a powerful stories where soldiers have a basic task, which is protect civilians and stop the enemy.

In Michael Bay's 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Bengazi he tales the tale of the attack in 2012 of the US embassy in Benghazi Libya. The city is named one of the most dangerous cities in the world, but still the center of operations of for CIA and the US government on Libya's soil. The arrival of Navy seal Jack Silva (John Krasinski) brings two friends together Silva and James Badge Dale (Tyrone Woods), along with the rest of the marines are there for the protection of the ambassador in a non so secure compound where the operations takes place. At the same time a private military contractors are protecting "The Annex" a not-so-secret CIA outpost a team of private contractors.

The film focus on a single point of view of the story, but is not focusing of understand what really happen on this attack. Michael Bay do what he does best, deliver action and energetic scenes of conflict were the only common element is entertain.

When you first start watching this movie you noticed that the characters are weak, there is no real connection with the audience and the intention of critiquing the controversial events parallel to the attack were the US government failure to support their forces in Benghazi is just a glimpse of a few seconds scene.

The film intend to be like other more powerful films like Black Hawk Down and Lone Survivor but fail miserably but just presenting a action film with a sad turn of events. Biopic films require not only require good cinematography, good camera work, energetic editing but a good researched script.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

In the last sixty years DC comics is been presenting stories of several superheroes but the most iconic of are Batman and Superman. Visual and metaporic expressions of America, on one side heroism caring the the human kind and the other the law by all means.

Batman vs Superman: The Dawn of Justice by Zack Snyder is the new exploration of the stories that the filmmaker Zack Snyder left after the events of The Man of Steel. The film starts eighteen months after the climatic battle between General Zod and Superman (Henry Cavill) that nearly destroyed Metropolis, and led to dramatic ramifications in the life of several people, including Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) an image America devastated by the destruction of NYC in the attacks of 9/11.

Clark Kent is now living with Lois Lane (Amy Adams) and she is one of the most successful journalist of the Daily Planet. Bruce Way is not longer living in Wayne Mansion but perhaps living in a most stylized house, paying tribute to Phillip Johnson "Glass House" still Alfred Pennyworth (Jeremy Irons) take care of him as well is his substitute to Robin, besides a butler he make sure that Batman equipment runs pristine, a more badass Alfred.

The story of Batman vs Superman explore the conflict of this two powerful and conflicted super heroes, metaphors surround the plot presenting these characters as gods, but with fears and weakness on the inside, the big establishment want them out of the picture, questioning their methods to solve crimes and protect the liberty of human beings. As an audience you feel that government cannot longer protects you, because constantly are trying to stop alternate forms of protection to citizen of Gotham and Metropolis. An illegal alien like Superman is perhaps the cause of the unprotected immigrants, great and iconic image where he saves a few people in a factory and later is surrounded by a group of latinos with painted faces like in the Day of the Death, but also Superman is affected by plots against him, perfectly articulated by people connected to big corporations and the government with the idea of shut him down. Superman is a threat to the country, but also a blessing for the people.

For Batman is the same problem, is juror and executioner. Police is afraid of him, because he represents the law. In a way there is a connection of the recent events involve cops and protest agains them. Batman is not an alien, but his image represents fear, control and lawless. He is no longer the superhero that everyone wants, he is the medicine for a chaotic Metropolis, similar to Detroit.

One of the biggest metaphor is Lex Luthor, a powerful millionaire who inherit his fortune thanks to his dad, he is a force of evilness who is able to drive Batman and superman into a climatic battle. He is bad mouth, egocentric and ignorant but ambitious, perhaps his similarities with certain real life politician is not far from the truth.

What lacks Batman vs Superman: The Dawn of Justice is the proper screenplay, the film have an interesting plot that brings all this stories together but the problem is trying to make this movie the device launch for a franchise that was never intended to make. The film get to the point that doesn't make sense and falls terribly in the arms of impactful visual imagery to fill the void of a real plot development, some solutions to conflicts in the story are solved in a very elementary way.

If you watch Batman vs Superman: The Dawn of Justice the Ultimate Edition, you understand some of the confusing moments from the shorter version making a more complete explanation, but it will never erase the level of problems that this film have. The studio wanted to introduce all the characters of Justice League, but they never intended to fix the story of Batman vs Superman, a tribute that they deserve.


Hollywood is always been obsessed with the idea of remaking, repackage and reinterpret a film. Histories that been told by a filmmaker been reimagine by other filmmaker with the intention of make money and appeal to new generations. The experiment have worked and sometimes fail miserable creating a vortex of forgettable products. Films such as "Havana" a remake or reinterpretation of "Casablanca", "Oldboy" adaptation of a successful Korean film, "Criminal" a American version of a popular Argentinean film is part of a long list but also there are remakes which includes "Planet of The Apes", "Conan The Barbarian" to name a few represents that collection of films that none wants to remember. But on the other hand, filmmakers like Martin Scorsese have been successful remaking "Cape Fear" and also reinterpret the Chinese film "Internal Affairs" into "The Departed".

The concept of telling stories is to express emotions empowering people making them dream, the audience wants that. It's hard to remake and reinterpret a old film and make it successful, but attempts keep going.

Paul Feig decided to step in and reinterpret "Ghostbuster" with a female cast proving that is possible, only if you're able to get a good cast and also develop a good story that perhaps is not going to make forget the classic film from 1984, but help you understand that we are ready for a new generation of this ghost chasers.

Dr Erin Gillbert (Kristen Wiig) physics professor of Columbia university is been approach by the grandson Ed Mulgrave (Ed Begley) of the owner of a mansion that seems to be hunted. She seems skeptical, because her early days she was involved in publication of a book that she and her co author Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) about the study of the paranormal, Erin wants this book to be buried. But later she discovered that the book still available after Abby keep selling it as a source of money. Erin find that Abby continues her studies for the paranormal along with Dr Killian Holtzman (Kate McKinnon) where they developing technologies to find and catch ghost. Erin seems to be interested in going back to that field after all of them have a real encounter in a hunted Mulgrave mansion.

The real treat of this new Ghostbusters is the new cast which is presented with great chemistry in addition of Leslie Jones who is a scene stealer every time she appears. The script wrote by Paul Feig and Katie Depplod quickly gather this four women and Chris Hemsworth as their secretary into a down and dirty ghost chase and energetic encounter with the unknown as well the main villain of the film.

Paul Feig plays with NYC geography which for a real Newyorker like me bothers me a lot, you know where things are in NY but after you see the films annoys you. His approach to the Ghostbusters is fast, which is the same problem that you see in other reboots of films, you never take the time to breathe, everything needs to be so quick. Seen the partial original cast as a cameo is fantastic and that feeds the frenzy of longtime fans.

But unfortunately there is things that cannot be replace, Fall Out Boy song will never reach the level of Ray Parker Jr Ghostbusters, as well the visual tone developed by Ivan Reitman of the original film is not there, this new Ghostbusters is colorful, less scary, but very funny.

Creative Control

In the near future advertising still looking for get the attention of consumer, using state of the art gimmicks. No matter the consequences of what the products do, company owners and advertisers have the need to engage in the general audience to get the products at any cost.

Creative Control is the film directed by Benjamin Dickinson, tells the story of David (Benjamin Dickinson) a creative director of a prestigious ad agency, with the responsibility to create a campaign to release a new pair glasses, in the same vibe as the google glass, but simpler. David is recommended to test the product in order to understand how to create a more effective promotion.

The new augmented reality technology allow the user to manage vast information of their surroundings, from voice recording and recognition, image capture personal data and eventually create vertical personas who interact with the user. David lives with Juliette (Nora Zehetner) a frustrated yoga instructor who left her job to find more mundane style of life. David and Juliette have a fine relationship, but David seems to be unsatisfied with her.

David's best friend is Wim (Dan Gill) a director and art innovator who is in a relationship with Sophie (Alexia Rasmussen) who is a costumer and fashion designer. Secretly David is attracted to Sophie who turns into his virtual reality experiment after receiving his pair of Augmenta.

Director Dickinson explore several issues with society: technology dependency which have similarities to the film Her by Spike Jonze. The substitution or replacement of real persona by a new wave of avatars of virtual reality.

David's character turn his obsession from love to sexual desires using Sophie's digital footprint to a real 3 D character which David interact.

Other subjects explore on this film are advertising as a dying medium of constant repetition of old ideas in the new digital age, enhancing it with fake representations of reality. In a scene David and his creative team are working in a pharmaceutical product where is been shooting on stage, but later will be enhanced digitally. The scene represents the inability of the clients to understand how of visual piece is created and the agency to perform properly and deliver it.

Creative Control express the anger of some millennials against other generations like generation X who are wiser and richer, but seems to be ignorance about new technologies, this seems to be reflected in a conference room scene when David's boss (Gavin Mclinne) is trying to use the new Augmenta glasses but he is unable until he is been help by David and finally figure out. He said to David: You are a fucking genius! and David replies: No, I'm not, I'm just younger than you...

Creative Control is a great sci fi film for the new digital ages and a great film for advertising people who wants to understand that in the near future, what matter is real ideas to sell products.


In the post modern future, society is confined into megastructures. These places gather different type of people. From wealthy to the poor, all group of people are practically forced to live in a symbiotic environment facing so many challenges. This concept is not new. In Snowpiercer society was forced to live in a train due a catastrophic climate experiment who cause the earth to freeze. Every train car contain every level of society.

"Where there is a state of capitalism, there can never be political freedom"
Margaret Tatcher

"High Rise" is the latest film directed by Ben Weathley and it tells the story of Dr Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston) the new resident in a luxury high rise in London. This building offers the state of the art amenities (swimming pool, gym, spa, supermarket and even a primary school) which make it very appealing to everyone. This place is been praised by his architect Anthony Royal (Jeremy Irons) as the epitome of chic, modern living.

Laing lives in the 25th floor perhaps a metaphor of middle class society, floors above is the rich and famous tenants who despise the residents from levels down.

At this point director Ben Wathley set the foundation of a story of social clash between rich and poor. The audience sort understand that, by using visual nuances as well some line of dialogues who make the story flow. After some of the services in the building start failing residents from level down start creating chaos, claiming sabotage from the upper levels who still receiving the best services no matter the problems within the High Rise.

In certain way this film presents a metaphor of countries like Venezuela, Zimbabwe or Yemen where wealthy people (government) on higher levels enjoy luxurious life, even if the rest of the population are suffering from shortage on supplies as well living conditions. The perfect example is a scene where the residents are experiencing riots on the supermarket and Dr Robert Laing fight for a bucket paint who later use on his apartment wall. This is what it means when there is total desperation and people fight for what ever resource is available, no matter if is really need it.

The big problem with "High Rise" is the film structure, sometimes I found the film confusing forcing me to give full attention and find meaning to everything what was happening, also the film lacks of connection with characters, this drawn me entirely from the experience. During those 2 hours I was trying to connect and I couldn't because I didn't know where most of this characters came from or going.

The Lobster
The Lobster(2016)

We see a woman driving a car over a land field, it's raining. Suddenly she stops where a group of donkeys gather to eat. She approach to one of them, she pulls a gun and shot it. Is a crime of passion.

Human beings pure nature is to love and hate, among other feelings. We confine ourselves into feelings for another person and when we do that, we compromise our own individuality. But who wants to be lonely? In the sci fi/dark comedy "The Lobster" single people living the city are taken to a hotel where they are given 45 days to fall in love and find a "soulmate" If the fail are turn into an animal of their choice and release to the wild. Seems like a Charles Bukowsky story right?

David (Colin Farrell) arrived to the hotel after been dump by his wife, who is on love to another man. David's brother is with him already turned into a dog. He is been greeted by Hotel Manager (Olivia Colman) and her husband, he is informed about the rules and regulations during his stay in the hotel and also provide with his animal choice in case who can't make it. David choose a Lobster. His explanation gives the spectator the kind of person who he is.

Next day during breakfast David meets with a limp man (Ben Wishaw) and a lisping man (John C. Reilly) the three of them develop a connection and talk about their strategies to find a mate.

During the first hour of "The Lobster" the film develops metaphorically speaking on was is like to find a partner in the real world, perhaps in a city like NY, London, Paris, Japan etc. You are confined in a hotel where you living under certain conditions and regulations, you meet people similar in a dating website or an app, you choose which one fits for you, but in order to find one, you compromise, you adapt or perhaps turn into that person to survive and not becoming an animal. Which for there society is the lowest level of humanity.

Love is a feeling but also a state of mind, is a method of survival, the film presented a very dark view of how people will do everything they can to not be alone, but the risk are high. You are presented to the society as a single and then as a couple, the hotel set the grounds as you develop your new relationship and also gives you options if the relationship don't work, they assigned you children's.

Director and co writer Yorgos Lanthimos presents a very twisted point of view of relationships, following the footsteps of films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and even Anomalisa. His directing is clever and he knows how to manage great actors like Colin Ferill, Rachel Weisz, Ben Wishaw, John C Reily and Olivia Colman.

The Nice Guys

Hollywood have always enjoy a good cops/detective story. From a lonely detective to the perfect partners combination films borrow from TV shows to movies and vice versa, looking for a good formula. Most of the time the solution two good actors working together to solve a crime. From the madman and the veteran in Lethal Weapon series, the american and the asian in "Rush Hour" and the two african americans partners one married with children and the other a playboy in "Bad Boys" similar to the by the book cop, the two wanna be cops who are conquering high school in "21 Jump Street" and break the rules cop in "Tango & Cash"

All this films have a very simple point in common, you need two characters with different perspectives in life, experiences and background to create a symbiotic environment in order to make the crime investigation a true experience. In Shane Black "The Nice Guys" another cop story presents two very particular detectives. Russell Crowe is the enforcer Jackson Healey and Ryan Gosling is private detective Holland March both live in Los Angeles in 1977 a political time with energy problems and social conflicts, with particular problems.

The story starts when a porn star named Misty Mountains die in a car crash, March (Gosling) is approached by Misty's aunt claiming that she have seen her nice alive, March accept the job completely skeptical, later finding that a girl named Amelia Kutner is connected to Misty. Amelia not wish to be found so she hired enforcer Healey (Crowe) to intimidate March and stay away from her. The case keeps getting complicated after two guys are searching for Amelia which leads March and Healey to a series of characters and situations.

The combination Crowe and Gosling and perfect. Their first encounter shows who is in charge, but also knows what's it's doing. Both bring a breeze of fresh air to the two cop combination. Gosling clumsiness and unorthodox method of investigations turns him into the comedic relief while Crowe presents the veteran experience on the field as well the strength within the team
The big surprise in the film is Holly (Angourie Rice) March's daughter. She is the brain in this team of two. Her revelations and braveness expedite investigation or perhaps her intelligence leads her at the right time at the right moment.

The Nice Guys is a very entertaining film, which revitalize the genre of 70's cop films, following the footsteps of Starsky and Hutch with a twist 21 Jump Street and Bad Boys.

Midnight Special

Breaking news alert on the TV announced the abduction of a 8 year old boy in Texas, there is no photos available. An amber alert is issued for the child, Roy (Michael Shannon) and his accomplice Lucas (Joel Edgerrton) are taking the kid out of the state.

At the same time the FBI raid a religious cult compound in the search for the same kid.

"Midnight Special" is the most recent film by Jeff Nichols (Take a Shelter) it tales the story of Alton (Jaeden Leiberther) a child with special powers and his biological father who are been chased by the FBI and Texas cult where they escape.

The film borrow the best of the most important sci-fi films about special powers and alien encounters, from Close of Encounter of the Third Kind, The Abyss, THX-1138, Cocoon to ET. Jeff Nichols develops his own visual style creating a film which presents a religious cult idolizing a kid with special powers while mocking the US government for trying to use this child as their personal possession or weapon. The story explore several aspects of human condition, from a fathers love for his son, his faith on this kid visions, the danger of so called new religions who just manipulate families and the idea of a better future based on extreme sacrifice.

Midnight Special represents another achievement in independent sic fi movies, like Alex Garland "Ex Machina" the film is not trying explode the genre, but filling the the story with visual effects or secret mysteries like J.J. Abrams does. It creates a good story with meaning and a message.

Faith and conviction is the main engine in this movie.

Green Room
Green Room(2016)

An early morning in the pacific northwest, a young punk band are parked in the middle of a cornfield tired of a long tour. Pat (Anton Yeltchin), Sam (Alia Poots), Reece (Joe Cole) and Tiger (Callum Turner) are the members of the band "The Ain't Rights" This kids are perfect representation of a true millennials: broke, full of energy, with no future in place and ready to take over the world.

After meeting a radio host Tad he arrange a gig for them, they end up in a bar own by neo-Nazi skinhead. The environment is heavy and the band "The Ain't Rights" feel that, you can sense the hate of the audience, which react aggressively to their first song: Dead Kennedys cover of "Nazi Punks Fuck Off". After their gig Sam forget her cellphone at the Green Room and Pat decided to retrieve it, inside he finds a dead body next to some club regulars. Suddenly Pat grabs the phone trying to call 911, but is stopped by Gabe who manage the bar.

Is time for the club owner to make an appearance and try to do "damage control" Darcy Banker (Patrick Stewart) bring several options to the table in order to clean up this mess, the rest is history...

Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin) brings the perfect thriller, a movie filled with violence and unexpected situations, none is safe in the Green Room, I mean none. It also bring a great political metaphor about the America we are living.

A group of millennial's a punk band bringing messages about them who are trying to survive in a world where the establishment the bar owner and their associates send messages of hate and destruction. The confederate flag, swastikas and the skin head culture are trying to hide their criminal activities drugs and murders. Is clear that Saulnier connects this story with the recent events in "Oregon's Standoff" leads by Anti-Government militias.

One of the strongest message in the film is Pat story about him and his friend fighting a group of Iraq veterans in a paintball tournament, he suggest how is possible for them to win against this highly trained people? We you just have bring everything you got. Is like trying to escape the green room from an army of neo-Nazi skinheads...

The film directing is outstanding, as well the editing, cinematography and sound design.

Miles Ahead
Miles Ahead(2016)

The set up of an interview reveal a pretentious and stubborn Miles Davis (Don Cheadle) footage of Miles performing in a TV set behind him, the voice of Dave Brill (Ewan McGregor) set the foundation of a not so pleasant interaction. Miles looks tired and annoyed about everything. Specially the way that his music is called: Jazz. It should be called social music. He rectify Dave, and Miles grab his trumpet and before he start playing we cut aggressively to a car chase, we can hear and see the threat, Dave and Miles trying to escape with Miles Davis latest recorded tapes.

"Miles Ahead" tales the story of the musician who became famous for his powerful interpretation of the trumpet, becoming one of Columbia Records biggest success next to Bob Dylan. The plot divides two events in Miles Davis life. After so-called retired for five years, due drugs and alcohol, a missing tape sessions is been haunted by so many people in the music industry. Everyone wants something from that. Including reporter from Rolling Stone Dave Brill (McGregor). This part of the story explore Miles volatile behavior as well his addition. Parallel the film explores his trouble relationship with wife Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi) Miles was a ladies man and the film reflects that in a very suggestive way.

Cheadle's directorial debut is giving us a very surreal life of the famous musician, with a fabulous film editing and a well produced score inspired by Miles Davis itself. The film lack of production value is my biggest complain. This is the kind of movie were I really want to see a real NY from 1979' instead of Cincinnati pretending to be NYC. You need that roughness and genuineness of the city of NY to support the aggressiveness and frenzies in style and rhythm of Miles Ahead. That was Miles city and his gasp voice as well his music comes with it.

The film is a great testament of part of his life work, but the conclusion honoring him in is not that powerful, If you not include the final musical act, the film will end flat.

Perhaps Cheadle just deliver the film the way that he wanted, just like Miles Davis did with his music: If you gotta tell a story, come with some attitude

Eye In The Sky

This day and age, modern warfare is manage over the sky. New devices called: Drones deal with the responsibility of observe, provide information for analysis and also attack. The last one is the most questionable, due the amount of crimes made by several countries who launch operations to eliminate certain targets, with the price of killing civilians.

"Eye in the Sky" is the British thriller directed by Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) tales the story of a operation by the UK government to capture a terrorist group (visually similar to Al Qaeda or ISIS) who are hiding in the city of Nairobi, Kenya. The film focus on several locations. A war room in the UK, a government building also in the UK, a military base in Nevada, Singapore, China and of course Nairobi.

Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) leads the operation in the war room, while in the government building we have Lieutenant General Frank Benson (Alan Rickman) the Attorney General and some members of the UK cabinet, in Nevada we have 2nd Lieutenant Steve Watts, a USAF drone pilot (Aaron Paul) and Carrie Gershon USAF (Phoebe Fox).

Something that makes this film a true thriller is the tension created between all the locations involved. In fact the audience will not experience true action after the first hour of film, but the plot and performances are powerful. The plot seems simple, but it gets complicated when every decision needs to be careful reviewed by some members of the government, from the legal ramifications, the political ramifications and even the cost of lives from collateral damages.

This movie satire how a minister or another member of the government could be in the most obscure situation (toilet seat) superficial (playing ping-pong with a Chinese counterpart) and even Lieutenant unable to decide which doll model was requested by his daughter but is able to decide when to shoot a missile. But the real heart of the film is how a child's life is the real element of discussion between the military and the government. The challenges of been responsible of a crime, as price to avoid serious terrorist attacks. The subject is well putt it when 2nd Lieutenant Steve Watts, a USAF drone pilot (Aaron Paul) reject superiors orders when he is aware that a little girl is near the target of the attack and the range of the attack will include her as a casualty.

Eye in the Sky follow the footsteps of films like Dr Stranglelove by showing the vulnerabilities of the governments secret operations, lack of sensitivity loosing innocent lives and the cost of the war of terror for the greater good.

The Clan (El Clan)

In the mist of the Argentinian dictatorship and Falklands War in 1982 Arquimedes Puccio (Guillermo Francella) patriarch of the family and worker of the state intelligence service, becomes unemployed. During this period he decided to start criminal activities by kidnapping wealthy families. Alejandro Puccio (Peter Lanzani) eldest son and the star player of a rugby club is one of the most important collaborators of the gang, by helping identify the targets, using his fame and popularity as an alibi.

"El Clan" is directed Pablo Trapper and produced in part by the Almodovar brothers. The story of the El Clan start with a very dramatic revelation, the rescue of one of the victims from the Puccio's kidnaps, then moving back to an interesting film structure, a parallel between father and son showing them separated and then reunite by this common mission. Their first victim, Ricardo Monukian friend of Alejandro.

The film explore several aspects of the crimes as well how family values becomes part of the kidnapping process. Arquimedes is a sort of Walter White who needs to commit this crimes to provide for the family. Money to send his kids to New Zealand to play Rugby, help Alejandro to get one of his biggest dreams, a surf store. The family are all accomplices, some more indirect than others. The audience feel their kids suffering when they hear the kidnapping victims crying for help next to their bedrooms while their doing homework, Alejandro's guilt by been responsible of helping to kidnap his wealthy friends. For Arquimedes everything is for the family, he is a true psychopath, nothing can't stop him, except one thing: democracy.

During the fall of Argentina dictatorship and the rise of a democratic government by Raúl Alfonsín who started to cleaning all the government mess, raise the flag over Puccio's family operations, which were protected and covered in part by the past government.

The film "El Clan" is a powerful story that never stop to impress about the happenings of this horrible crimes while the Puccio family continue their daily lives using their ransom money to live a good life in Argentina.
With great performances and great film-making El Clan is one of the best films of 2016 so far.

Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente)

The film open with a great vista of the jungle in Colombia. The sounds set the scene, helping the audience to immerse themselves into this mysterious journey. The black and white is powerful, but also intrigue us. Seen a jungle like this without appreciate their true colors make you want more. Now the sound surround us as well the language spoken which is one of the multiple indigenous languages.

"Embrace of The Serpent" is a film directed by Ciro Guerra, and tells two parallel stories of German scientist Theodor Koch-Grunberg and American scientist Richard Evans Schultes. Set in 1909 and 1940. Both of them experienced their journey thru the jungle with Karamakate an Amazonian shaman who is the guide in the search for the rare yakuza, a secret plant. In this journey the audience experience the critical evolution of society in the amazon shape their future. You see human interaction with technology as a way of creating new experiences but also a way of affecting traditions and traditional learning process and heritage.

In a scene you see Grunber showing an indigenous tribe how to use a compass, later the compass disappear. This cause a commotion between the leader of the tribe and Gurnber who is upset about this. His point is not about who stole it and why. Is the fact that indigenous tribe use stars to guide themselves thru the jungle, with a compass will loose that ability. Is the effect of using technology as a tool to make your life easier, but also to ruin your traditional learning. This also journey thru the unknown, how religion pretends to shape indigenous by destroying their essence.

"Embrace of The Serpent" is clever because show in two parallel universe the journey of Grunberg in 1909 and Schultes in 1940. The audience experience the progression of time, how society in part ruin the life of this people, by imposing new traditions and knowledge. Forcing them to change their ability to continue developing what they know, how they live, only killing what make them unique.

At the end this journey is experience first hand by one person in both periods of time. Karamakate. He understand how important is his life in the jungle, the respect and consideration of his heritage and how the presence of external characters can destroy it. He also face big challenges living there: Memories, learned traditions which can be lost if you don't share it with future generations. He cannot be corrupt, even Schltes offer him, a single dollar for his help, a true evidence of capitalism.

Ciro Guerra borrow from great films about journeys in the jungle. Apocalypse Now and Fitzcarraldo. Both films show a trip into a jungle filled with challenges in the hunt for one thing. In Apocalypse Now is a mission to eliminate Colonel Walker Kurtz a renegade against the establishment of the US Army. In Fitzcarraldo the search for rubber an element that is destroying indigenous people in Perú, because it's constitute a new source of income, better than the life in the jungle. For "Embrace of The Serpent" the journey shows the power of rubber and how destroy the minds and life of indigenous people till their death.

"Embrace of The Serpent" is a powerful film that can leave you breathless by the power of the message, but also by the connection with Werner Herzog and Francis Copola style of filming and editing.

The Big Short

Stories about finance institution, personalities and crisis always been split in two: Big strong dramas and also documentaries. From Margin Call, Wall Street, The Wolf of Wall Street to Inside Job, Enron The Smartest Guys in the Room and Capitalism: A love Story. Hollywood focus their energy in appealing stories.

Adam McKay directs "The Big Short" a comedy drama about the very beginning of the financial crisis of 2008. Michael Burry (Christian Bale) a hedge fund manager discovers flaws in the housing market and consider that is pretty unstable. After strong analysis he predicts that the market will collapse in the second quarter of 2007. With this idea in mind, he find a way to make profit from this by betting against the housing market. A trader Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling) heard about Burry's action from several clients and he decided to get into the same game, investing into the same idea. Mar Baum (Steve Carell) Hedge fund manager get a tip about the same plan.

When you start watching "The Big Short" you can get lost so easily about the financial lingo, but Adam McKay directing approach makes the information so easy to follow by making fun of it. With guest appearances in strange scenarios, they explain several information fun, but also ironic to the viewer. "The Big Short" is masterfully edited by Hank Corwin using skillful techniques to connects with multiple character and situations in a period of 4 years, also the use of archival footage and a well elaborated soundtrack makes the pace of this film, slow sometimes and then hectic in the other.

Christian Bale is fantastic as Michael Burry, Ryan Gosling is fun and hateful as Jared Vennett, Steve Carell is excellent as Mark Baum. But one supporting role that steals the show is Brad Pitt playing Ben Rickert. The Big Short will join the list of well made and outstanding films about finance.

The Revenant
The Revenant(2015)

When I first read that the team behind Birdman were intended to do The Revenant, I thought, how they will pitch this project to the studio. If you think of this using Hollywood lingo, I will say that the idea will be Dances With Wolves meets Man vs Wild meet Gladiator. Sounds crazy right?. But in a way is what this film is about: Empowering native Americans, by putting the whites as the bad guys, then having the main character survive a pretty traumatic experience in the wilderness in order to avenge the death of a love one and finally succeed.

Everything sounds pretty cool in paper, but if you have a director like Alejandro Gonzales Iñarritu behind, is probably less simple and more elaborated tale. The Revenant is the story of a group of trappers that are hunting in the Louisiana Purchase territory under the command of Captain Andrew Henry (Domhnall Gleeson). Suddenly they been ambush by the Arikara tribe, which cost the lives of part of Captain Henry team. In the group they have a very experience guide Hugh Glass (Leonardo Di Caprio) which is traveling with his son Hawk (Forrest Goodluck) half white, half Native America thanks to Glass relationship with a woman from a tribe. The trappers leader is John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy) who seems to be antagonist of the whole expedition.

After the group escape from the Arikara ambush, they decided to leave their boat behind and continue by foot in order to escape from the tribe. The trip becomes more complicated when Glass is attached brutally by a grizzly bear, who is trying to protect her cubs. The group decided to carry Glass with them, until Fitzgerald pressure Henry to leave him behind and sacrifice him.

Alejandro Gonzales Iñarritu directs this masterful film with a very strong vision, the film was shot chronologically allowing the actors and the team create a powerful story. Emmanuel Lubezki cinematography is beautiful and is so intimate, perhaps because he use natural light most of the time, in order to keep the film uniqueness. Leonardo Di Caprio and Tom Hardy delivers a great performances which I believe deserve to be rewarded. Ryuichi Nakamoto, Alva Noto and Bryce Dessner original score is a work of art that blend perfectly in the film visuals.

The Revenant is a stunning film that is not only the tale of sacrifice, journey and struggle, it's also a film that represents rawness of life and beauty and the same time. Life is like that: rough and beautiful. You just have to find a way to live with both.


The beginning of a ritual where two women are involved. A girls transition to a full women? A couple's union? or perhaps the departure of innocence?. This is the first scene that we see in the Guatemala's film submission for the Academy Awards "Ixcanul" directed by Jayro Bustamante

Maria (Maria Mercedes Coroy) is a seventeen year old girl who lives with her parents on the slopes of an active volcano en Guatemala. Maria's dad Manuel (Manuel Antún) works in a coffee plantation with his wife Juana (María Telón). Maria is a curious girl and of course she is interested in boys, among the farmers is Pepe, her love interested and the one who will take her most sacred possession for a girl, her virginity. At the same time Maria's parents have arranged a wedding with Ignacio one of the managers of the plantation, a sort of powerful guy to them. This will assure some future for Manuel, Juana and Maria, the idea of keep their land and a house.

In a chain of events Maria get pregnant of Pepe, who ran away from to the United States, looking for a better life. This situation complicates Juana and Manuel's plan of getting Maria married to Ignacio. They are naive and Ignacio knows how to manipulate them. He is the representation of change, how dirty is society and how can control weak people, using mean tricks, like ignorance.

Ixcanul is spoken in Mayan for most of the film, which makes the movie more mysterious for the audience. In a tradition of films spoken in more friendly languages, the risk pays off. Like Apocalypto or The Passion of Christ spoken in unused languages brings life to the movie and create a sense of more down and dirty experience.

The film explore family values, traditions, Mayan myths and also how modern society is responsible of Indian cultural demise. Ixcanul tales the tale in a cyclical way getting into a full closure helping the audience to see Maria starting as a seventeen year old girl, becoming a woman right thru our eyes, just for the sake of her familiy future.

The Danish Girl

Every human being encounter a moment of identification, to their profession, surroundings and mostly their sexuality. The independent community, Hollywood and the several countries around the world have challenge the status quo presenting stories about people who are looking for acceptance to their sexuality, personal habits and their expressions. Most of the people with lifelong identification, have challenges on how society see them, but specially understand them.

Films like Tim Burton's "Ed Wood", Kimberly Pierce "Boys Don't Cry", Duncan Tucker "Transamerica", Neil Jordan "The Crying Game", Stephan Elliott "The Adventures Priscilla Queen of The Desert", Almodovar's "Todo Sobre Mi Madre", David Cronenberg "M. Butterfly" and Alain Berliner "Ma Vie en Rose" tells the story of women, men and even kids who are not identified with their sexuality, they are also filled with personal conflicts as human beings. The movies present dramatic situations, comedic situations and sometimes crazy dream sequences to explain the audience what is happening in their minds.

In Tom Hooper "The Danish Girl" he presents a very dramatic tale of Einar Wegner (Eddie Redmayne) a popular landscape painter in the mid 1920's and Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) a portrait artist. The couple lives in Copenhagen, enjoying Elinar successful career with the typical marriage, ups and downs and also having challenges trying to sell Gerda's work and their efforts to get pregnant.

Looking for different ideas and ways of express her work differently in order to find representation in different countries, Gerda's ask Elinar to pose for her, wearing female gowns and using silk stockings. Elinar see himself identify with this. In a beautifully shot, edited and performed scene, the audience understand in a few seconds his struggle on wanted to be a woman, but also his excitement and mental transformation. This becomes a epiphany for him. Unaware of this Gerda thinks is a game, so she plays along discovering the shocking truth, right thru her eyes.

The Danish Girl is a powerful film who tries to tell the story of Elinar Wegner in the best way possible. Sometimes going from the dramatic to the brotherliness of been corny. Tom Hooper delivers his well used wide lenses view of several spaces to create a emotional landscape which is very rich thanks to Danny Cohen cinematography, Eve Stewart Production Design and Art Direction by Grant Armstrong and Tom Weaving. The scenes are alive and look like the paintings created Gerda and Elinar. This 3 artistic aspect of the film makes the film very sensitive and specially unique. I hope this four talented people get rewarded. Another aspect of the movie is the beautiful film score by Alexander Desplat.

Eddie Redmayne delivers a powerful role, with a very intense transformation, but sometimes have the nuance of previous performances. Alicia Vikander shows a promising performance that could be improved with other roles. Finally someone who steal the show in their scenes is Gerda and Elinar's dog Jack Rusell Teddy (Pixie)


In the very beginning of time women were consider the weak spot, the runner of the household and the caretaker of our kids. But women were never consider capable of been entrepreneurs, capable of develop ideas or capable to run companies. It took time to get the idea and been able to respect them from what they are and capable to do. First was the vote and their rights and later show that men can be weak too and run a house without them. Movies showed that in the past decades. From "Nine to Five", "A League of Their Own", "All About Eve", "Channeling", "Bend it Like Beckham", "Funny Girl", "Thelma and Louise" "The First Wives Club" and "Erin Brockovich"

In the film Joy directed by David O Russell, he tells the true story of Joy Mangano a divorced woman living with her two kids, father, ex husband, mother and grandmother under one roof. The story is been told from the grandmother point of view played by Diane Ladd and develops in a very strange structure that makes the film complicated to follow. The film start with Joy already divorce living with her family and the arrival of his dad who is been kicked out from his home. The ex husband an aspiring singer from Venezuela played by Edgar Ramirez, Joy's mom Virginia Madsen an obsessed person who loves to spent time in bed watching soap opera, Joy half sister Elisabeth Röhm and overachiever who constantly humiliates Joy in front of her kids and finally Joy's dad played by Robert De Niro who never believed in Joy and her creativity to come up with ideas for inventions. Joy is creative and wants to achieve better quality of life for her kids and their family. Her grandmother supports her, but her parents don't understand her, until she come up with a great invention that will change the market forever.

This foundation was set on the first minutes of the film, finally the movie goes back to Joy childhood, explaining who is she and her family and continues in a chronological order. This starting point of a movie filled with chaos for the audiences, who needs to understand why the characters are there and where they going. Opposite other movies, like Goodfellas who start in the middle in the movie, it justify why they do that and is done with so much style thinking on developing the characters in just a few minutes. Joy starts as a mess and continues as a mess. The film is about Joy - Jennifer Lawrence but is been told from her grandmother point view, which appears on screen soon enough to tell what ever is necessary about her, but you never understand things like dream sequences or several motives of the characters. You laugh in some situations but others you are lost, because you are hoping to see the story of a woman who create this empire and you end up seen a story of a destructive family and the invention a mop.

Don't get me wrong Joy life could be something better, probably like Erin Brockvich, but is not compelling enough to do that. David O Russell waste actors like Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd and Virginia Madsen and weak characters who barely said something meaningful, they are just puppets surrounding Jennifer Lawrence who is the start of the movie, besides her outstanding performance, Joy can be a film easy to forget.

The Hateful Eight

The lights go dark and a red and black screen with the illustration of a stagecoach and the title Overture appears. The music by Ennio Morricone starts and you know that you are witnessing movie history here.

This is the 8th film by Quentin Tarantino. "The Hateful Eight" a film shot in 70mm ultra panavision by the renown cinematographer Robert Richardson and the intention is to create the experience that we lost over digital in the late 60's.

"The Hateful Eight" is divided by six chapters which introduce a very peculiar cast of outlaws who don't have any remorse of kill everyone to achieve their goal. A trip on a stagecoach carrying The Hangman (Kurt Russell) and The Prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) it's been stopped by a unwelcome passenger "The Bounty Hunter" who is carrying a 3 dead bodies who needs to bring into town. Then another unwelcome passenger shows up, but this time of chapter 2, "The Sheriff" (Walton Goggins) who needs to get into town for his assignment, the new sheriff of Red Rock. During the stagecoach ride the story unveils showing every character true colors and real intention of their journey to town, including one of the movies let motive "The Lincoln Letter"

Finally they arrive to Minnie's Haberdashery where they meet with the rest of the characters "The Mexican" (Demián Bichir), "Little Man" (Tim Roth) "The Cow Puncher" (Michael Madsen) "The Confederate" (Bruce Dern) where the story take shape into a major conflict that involves: racism, US north and south, justice and poison.

Tarantino creates a theatrical experience never seen on his films, probably because his movies moves all over the place and tells the stories by so many points of views, which involves several narrators and locations. This time the film explore a single place where the conflict start and ends. The film is bloody like we used with him, violent and satirical. The dialogues are witty, sarcastic and filled with profanity. The story develops in a linear way until a point where Tarantino brings his magic touch.

"The Hateful Eight" is a great film that brings back the essence of westerns with a twist of pop culture.

If you really want to experience this movie in glorious 70mm try to catch up in their special engagement roadshow. Overture, Intermission and a nice program as a souvenir.


Journalism in films is a great subject because the movies explore the process of a investigation, the main characters, ethics and also the power of the system. So many movies have done great work: Michael Man's "The Insider", Alan Pakula's "All the President's Men", George Clooney "Good Night and Good Luck" Ron Howards' "Frost/Nixon" James L Brooks "Broadcast News", Roland Joffé "The Killing Fields are among those films.

In Spotlight directed by Tom McCarthy journalist is questioned on his core. In 2001 The Boston Globe hires a new editor Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber) with the promise of searching for better stories and more solid journalism work. Walter Robinson (Michael Keaton) is the head of "Spotlight" team a group of journalist of the Globe whose articles are investigative nature, but can take up to a year to publish. The film start with an incident of a priest who is be taking a police precinct in Boston for allegedly molesting a kid from the parish in the 70's the case seems to go under the table when the archdioceses gets involved to solve the problem. Tom McCarthy set the foundation of the story by proving that this is lawless crimes that can be hide so easily in front of the police. Back to 2001 Baron reads a small article that talks about a pedophile priest John Geoghan and how the archbishop of Boston knew about it and did nothing to stop it. The spotlight team is been asked to start an investigation about the peophile cases in the church of Boston.

The spotlight team start to work Michael Resends (Mark Ruffalo) Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) and Matt Carroll (Brian d'Arcy James) with a lot of skepticism but quickly revealing shocking information about the victims, their abusers, and how the elite was forced to hide the truth to keep an image of a perfect clerical society in Boston.

The film is powerful with strong performances by all the cast, Thomas Newman deliver a compelling original score, Tom McArdle gives the film the perfect pace on a outstanding editing.

Spotlight is not about journalist who becomes heroes, is about the power of ethics and the search for the truth, it's also about mistakes made and when you search for that truth you have to risk so many things in your life.


It's a cold and a beautiful beginning of the winter in 1952. The workers of a major department store are getting ready to welcome shoppers during their Christmas holidays. Among them we see a shy girl Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) a temporary shop girl in the toy department and aspiring photographer.

A stunning woman walk into the store, Carol looking for the perfect gift for her daughter. Therese sees her and get interested in her, probably is mutual. After a very simple conversation Therese is able to sell to Carol a train set and thanks to a lost gloves will be the very beginning of a intense relationship.

Carol (Cate Blanchett) is a sophisticated woman of the New York society, who enjoy a good life, she is unhappy. She is going to an awful divorce with her ex husband Harge (Kyle Chandler) which appears to be a manipulative business man, a possessive person and also misogynist who put

Todd Haynes directs a story of two women are looking for happiness. For Haynes this is not a virgin territory. In 2002 he directed "Far From Heaven" where a housewife Cathy Whitaker (Julianne Moore) discover her husband is secretly gay and subsequently falls in love with Raymond (Dennis Haysbvert) her African American gardener.

In the film Carol love is forbidden, because is between two women who cannot find themselves around the arms of another man. Is 1952 is a time of innocence, but also is a conservative time where family structure it;s very traditional and formal. Homosexuality was a disease and in fact was treated with doctors.

Carol is blackmailed with her little girl to be the model housewife in order to quit her relationship with other women. The film explore unhappiness in the most happy time of all Christmas, men Misogyny's and also lack of women empower in a time where america was interested in keeping their women's in the kitchen.

This film is stunning when it comes to cinematography art direction and costume design. Blanchet and Mara have a perfect chemistry, but also are powerful in their roles.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

This review for Star Wars: The Force Awakens represents my personal impressions of the film, is not intended to ruin everyone experience of the movie. Is my honest opinion of a a series of movies that I been cherish for years. This review might contain mild spoilers - read at your own risk

Finally the dark screen reveals the Lucasfilm, LTD logo, then the most famous title "A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away" then the Star Wars logo and finally a three paragraph prologue which tells you the back story of what about to see. Means a lot because they need to explain 30 years of what happened after the events of the Battle of Endor. It tells you the engine of the whole story, what it's happening with our heroes and villains and then where are we heading. Pretty simple and straight forward.

What happen later, specifically in the first act of Episode VII is quick and "sort of in your face" the situations develop in a J.J. Abrams pace, which sometimes is not that necessary, we need to slow down a little bit, it's been 30 years. To me is like you are going to a middle eastern market and you been harassed by street vendors who are trying to sell you something and is very hard to process. you wanted to focus in a single thing and analyze it, but the first half and hour is rather fast.

New audiences are been introduced to 4 main characters, a new generation of actors who have the difficult task to continue the footsteps of Mark Hammill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, the original cast of our beloved Star Wars trilogy.
Rey (Daisy Ridley) a scavenger in a desert planet Jakku, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) a dark warrior commander of the first order, Finn (John Boyega) a redeemed First Order stormtrooper and Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) a resistance X wing fighter.

The plot develops quickly and again in your face, there is mission to find Luke Skywalker and of course there is a map hidden in a droid (sound familiar right?), the droid gets lost in the desert and been found by someone who is dreaming of leaving that place ( again, something pretty familiar) and then there is planet converted into a weapon to destroy other planets (please another familiar thing?) To me seems that already know what's happening and where I'm going, but what makes the film special is you leave behind a that horrendous prequels that everyday you want to forget about the origin of Darth Vader and there is still live for new films. Every new character is a mash up of at least two famous characters Poe Dameron feels like Luke, but also like Han Solo, Ray have similarities of Obi Wan Kenobi and Luke, Finn have similarities from Luke and Han Solo and even Kylo Ren who to me is a Darth Vader wanna be with bad temper, but he also becomes Star Trek's Khan from J.J. Abrams, a mystery guy that almost everyone knows who he is.

The true genuine character in the movie is called: BB-8 so much life and personality

But, don't get me wrong, the film delivers, very well. J.J. Abrams with writer Lawrence Kasdan create a very powerful mash-up of the original trilogy, filled with nuances and easter eggs that you really enjoy and reminds you that finally a movie who pays tribute to 3 films that George Lucas made with so much passion.

Star Wars The Force Awakens is a instant classic of the Star Wars universe, but is difficult to surpass the originals, the mission was accomplished. The fans are engage, they are going to make tons of money and they are revamping the story for a new generations. Overall the film is well crafted with the best of the best, but the real anticipation will be Star Wars: Episode VIII directed by Rian Johnson who will make a risky film with a different of point of view...


A melodic rock band start with a delicious female voice leading to a very energetic guitar unveiling a powerful lyric. You Got The Love by The Retrosettes Sister Band. The song glorify trust, strength and of course the best feeling of all "Love" This is the very beginning of the film "Youth" directed by Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty)

This film follow up another story of a frustrated artist living his septuagenarian life on earth. Fred Ballinger a retired composer who enjoy the success of his work, specially the one that he really hates, "Simple Songs" For every artist their finest work is not the one that was made with love and care, sometimes is the one that appeals the audience. Ballinger is similar to another frustrated artist on film, Riggan Thompson (Michael Keaton) in the movie Birdman, which is haunted by this demon, success with the less meaningful piece of art.

Sorrentino Italian director winner of the Academy Award for The Great Beauty presents similar characters from his previous work in this movie. Ballinger is a composer and Jep Gambardella is a novel writer. Both of them very successful in their art, are haunted by a woman in their past. But they also have a woman in the present, For Ballinger is his daughter Lena (Rachel Weisz) and for Gambardella is his editor Dadina, which constitute their conscience.

The film "Youth" takes place in a very peculiar place, a luxury resort in the Swiss Alps, a home to rejuvenate with hot springs, massage and healthy food. Of course this place is filled with millionaires, aristocrats, artists and celebrities. Ballinger best friend is Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel) who also stayed with him at the resort is a successful filmmaker who is completely attached to his past work as well his main inspiration actress Brenda Morel, another character in the story is Jimmy Tree (Paul Dano) an actor which to me mirrors Ballinger as another frustrated artist who enjoy more artsy work, but is haunted by his lest meaningful role, a robot in a sci-fi

Michael Cain is perfect for the role as well Harvey Keitel, the chemistry between them is pure magic. Dano and Weisz are excellent on screen. Some additional roles Roly Serrano playing the soccer player Maradona, Luna Zimic paying a Young masseuse and Madalina Diana Ghenea as Miss Universe represents those quirk characters that director Paul Sorrentino always like to introduce in his movies.

The director Sorrentino, continues amaze audiences with his style and subtle film making. He presents vignettes with the actors in beautiful locations and sublime stages, but also engage with the audiences with a powerful soundtrack that is not just sound, is a visual definition by bringing the musician who perform on screen with a elegant vision. He follow the roots of Fellini with magical scenes in a very symmetrical way.

"Youth" is a story about love, remembering missing time, mistakes made and the realization that nothing is overrated in this life, is more about what we have and what we can enjoy. Is a philosophical exploration of human beings who attend to place to find the fountain of youth, with just illusions discovering that is a just a place to understand what life is...


Human exploration of people captive in films is a very interesting subject that Hollywood and independent studios produce.

Movies such as Shawshank Redemption (1994) The Green Mile (1999), Papillon (1973), Rescue Dawn (2006) Empire of The Sun (1987), Unbroken (2014) Misery (1990) and Buried (2010) represents a wide variety of sub plots that goes from: Jails, prisoners of war and actual abduction.

In the film "Room" Director Lenny Abrahmson explore the life of Ma (Brie Larson) and his son Jack (Jacob Tremblay) who are confined in this small room, which contain a rudimentary kitchen, a bed, a toilet, a sink and a skylight. The film starts when Jack is turning 5 and her mom is doing her best effort to celebrate this landmark, by baking a cake. Throughout the film develops, the audience discover that they are locked in this room by a guy called Old Nick (Sean Bridges) who bring them supplies every night and also for sex with Ma. Ma was abducted about eight years ago in the film plot. Jack is living in a reality that is only portrayed in his personal window to the world, the television. Ironically the real window of the world for Ma is the skylight in this room, she can see the seasons and the time of the day, but for Jack is nothing. He don't know how the real world is and his sense of space is limited but the fact that Ma is the only person that he ever interacted. For Jack the room is a confined world but is a world of fantasies, sounds, smells and strange voices ( Old Nick paying a visit to Ma every night for sex)

Ma tries to give Jack some education by making him read books like Alice and Wonderland, but Ma also wants to escape and give Jack the life that he deserve. The process won't be easy...The escape is a beautiful and poetic moment which is also the biggest revelation for Jack been free for the first time.

The film Room is a very difficult film to watch, is a movie about the love of a mother for his child, the wounds of a person been abducted for years, the adaptation of a little boy to the real world, but also is a movie about justice and human and family values.

Brie Larson is outstanding in this role as well Jacob Tremblay, the film, is really well edited and well directed who carefully crafted with the art direction team the perfect space to make the audience feel locked in that Room.

One of the lack in this movie is the development of Ma's dad Robert Newsome (Willam H Macy) his character become important when a pivotal moment happen in the movie and later vanished from everyone's mind.


Charlie Kaufman is always been considered a visionary and groundbreaking screenwriter. Winner of several awards his reputation always related to twisted stories with a very personal and human quality. Adaptation, Synecdote New York, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Eternal of The Spotless Mind, represents a bod of work, where the main character is the human emotions, most of his characters are empty and they are looking for a way to escape from the reality.


In Anomalisa, directed by Kaufman and Duke Johnson a truly visionary stop motion animated film we been introduce to Michael Stone (David Thewlis) a book author traveling to Cincinnati for a conference where he will be the speaker. His book is a exploration of how costumer service can fix the struggles of connect with people. From the very beginning Michael is the victim of what he been trying to achieve in his book. He is a very introspective person who cannot relate to people, he is a jerk and you notice every time he opens his mouth. Michael is not interested in the weather, if the Cincinati Zoo is the best, he seems to be a practical person who is not interested in explanations or engagements, he just wants things done.

In a way I relate to him, because the world is now immerse in banalities that could be pretty normal for some, but for me its superficiality. The masterful script by Kaufman reveals a very strange phenomenon to Michael and the audience seems to be confused about it. Every single character have the same voice (Tom Noonan) This adds up to the routine that Michael live every day, is a constant reminder of the daily routine that he lives or some people live. All the sounds are the same and for Michael even his wife and kid sounds the same.

To me is a metaphor of a routine life in America, you drink the same juice, you walk the same steps, you take the same train and you work the same work every day without challenges or variations.

After a sudden events that involves Michael meeting with his lost love, he meet Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and fan of his book and also a very introspective and shy girl who loves Cyndi Lauper. Lisa is different from the very beginning not because she have the only female voice is because she is different and her behavior raise interest in Michael. Is not aiming for a beautiful or sexy girl, his obsession with her is about her voice and her ability of be different from the sea of people who are just the same.

Kaufman and Johnson exploration of life, loneliness, human connection represents in a way a very eccentric story, but the meaning is powerful. I wish that the movie was trimmed at least 10 min just to make it perfect. Overall is a great movie. With two confusing parts in the story.


After the huge success of Skyfall the new chapter of James Bond story comes with the film Spectre.
The story continues were was left off. James Bond (Daniel Craig) continues his erratically behavior by disobeying M orders of not travel to other countries and operate on his own. Previous M (Judi Dench) leaves a posthumous message to kill two men plotting a terrorist attack and also eliminate Marco Sciarra.

The operation turns deadly. After Bond returns to London is suspended by current M (Ralph Fiennes) which is dealing with more delicate problems. MI6 is going to be dismantle by "so called" new espionage technology company name lead by C (Andrew Scott) the idea is to get rid of the 00 agents and the program and continue operations with computer surveillance and drones. None in Mi6 are happy about it.

Bond continues follow previous M messages with the help of Q (Ben Whishaw) and Moneypenny (Naomi Harris)
traveling to Rome where he meets Lucia Sciarra ( Monica Belluci) at Marco's funeral. In Rome he will have the biggest revelation of all. He will encounter Spectre organization, lead by Ernst Stavro Blofeld

At this point the audience understand who are the crucial roles here. But unfortunately you are able to predict in which direction the story goes. Spectre film directed by Sam Mendes, pretends to continue the footsteps of Skyfall and felt flat. Spectre is a very predictable film with amazing actions scene, that sometimes can be compared to Pierce Brosnan movies. Try to connect all the villans from previous James Bond/Daniel Craig films, it's just a easy set up to give closure for this Bond to a new Bond and a new director who will definitely needs a new wave for the agent 007

Christoph Waltz character is basically a caricature of villains that I ever seen in other not so good Bond films or even other movies. I was so annoyed by his character that I was expecting after certain events, he will reappear in a wheelchair, caressing a cat, with his head bold and with scars on his face, to connect directly with For Your Eyes Only movie

I feel that if I have to give a comparison to this movie, this film is the Star Was Episode III: Revenge of The Sith of the James Bond movies. Were you reveal a villain origin. More than seen the origin of Blofeld, I wanted to see the origin of Goldfinger or even Dr No.

The film is beautiful shot, with amazing landscapes in Rome, Austria, Morocco and London,The opening scene in Mexico is a masterpiece and clearly was influence by the Academy Award winner Bridman. That's probably my favorite thing, overall I wasn't impress.


When I was suggested to see Brooklyn a few weeks ago, my expectations were very low. Not because all the artistic values, but because I felt that this movie wasn't for me, the plot lean towards a female story just for women. I was pleasantly surprise and also wrong about my assumption.

Brooklyn tells the story of Ellis (Saoirse Ronan) a young woman living in a small town of Ireland. She lives with her sister, Ellis works in a small shop where the owner Mrs Kelly bully most of her employees. When you discover this character Ellis you noticed a very quiet and humble person, but also naive and innocent. Ellis sister Rose arrange to send Ellis to America where she can find better opportunities. The moment of revelation comes when she is onboard and stumble a female traveler who is just returning back to the USA after visiting her family in Ireland. This woman traveler is experienced which help Ellis thru her difficult journey to America. From how to behave on board, what to wear and how to react when you meet immigration officers in the USA

Ellis arrive to the US and everything is new and interesting, she start living in a Irish boarding house, she get a job in a department store. All her support come from Father Flood (Jim Broadbent) which quickly realized that Elllis is home sick and heavily depressed. Ellis also express her sadness in letters sent to Rose, Father Flood is informed and make sure to do something about it. Ellis is enrolled in bookkeeping classes where the audience noticed how her life improves and also is able to meet her new love Antonio Fiorello (Emory Cohen) Ellis story continues with ups and downs throughout the movie...

John Crowley directs Brooklyn a film that touch most of everyone's heart. For an immigrant like me, I was able to connect with Ellis and understand what is like to be away from home in a new land, finding a way to fit, but also experience the sadness of loosing a love one and have to make my journey home without the option to say a proper goodbye. A phone call is that sudden message and you need the strength to go back and face that reality.

Brooklyn also represents a beautiful way of been an immigrant loving someone throughout the seasons, you start a relationship in the winter and develops thru spring and summer, but then becomes dramatic again in the fall and winter. The film is so colorful with the masterful art direction by François Séguin, Irene O Brien, Suzanne Cloutier and Robert Parle. The costume design by Odlie Dicks-Mireaux and cinematography by Yves Bélanger.

The story of Brooklyn is simple and very engaging, but also can be a little bit flat for easy and quick conclusion. Saoirse Ronan is a great and talented actress, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters are the most noticeable performance besides Ronan. The films grow and shows Saoirse Ronan evolution in a cyclical story where she departs vulnerable and returns home stronger than ever.

Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs(2015)

In the beginning of time, humans been expose to the greatest inventions: the wheel, automobile, celluloid, ink and computer, there is always one person name as the inventor, but the people behind it were never included as the creators or responsible. Perhaps the miss conceptions of true genius lays in the fact that the creator not necessary is the one who have the skills to do it, is the vision to create it, what is recognize by the society.

In the film "Steve Jobs", director Danny Boyle ( Slummdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) presents a very egocentric and arrogant leader of the Apple corporation in 3 major landmarks of his career. The film build as a 3 acts introduce the major characters, develop around the keynotes when a new product is been introduce, but also set the foundation of Steve Jobs persona.

The first act begins with the challenges for Apple presenting the Macintosh computer in 1983. We see a young Steve Jobs (Michael Fasbender) full of arrogance, treating his engineers as puppets forcing them to work as hard as a can to make the computer smile. While all this is happening his marketing executive Joanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet) is dealing the paternity dispute revealed in a Time Magazine, who brought Chrisann Brennan (Katherine Waterson) to the theater where the keynote is taking place so Steve can meet his allegedly daughter Lisa.

Danny Boyle presents this 3 long scenes with a outstanding film style showing the stages of every character. Jobs personalities develops with the success of Apple Macintosh, the failure of NeXT and the comeback with iMac.

Michael Fasbender is fascinating as Steve Jobs, you care for him for trying to be the father figure, but you also hate him, despise him for the person person that he was, with his colleagues, partners and his workers. But you also admire him for be the center of attention, the visionary who make Apple what it is, a true groundbreaking company that develops good looking products.

Ket Winslet is powerful as Joanna Hoffman, she is the voice of conscience for Steve Jobs. But the person who steal the scenes every time it appears is Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak. Besides of been a pain in the but to Jobs, he is also who is just fighting for the people who build, the Macintosh, the iMac, and other products who make Jobs the star of Apple.

Steve Jobs is a powerful film, that is considered more a failure than a success for Hollywood, but is a great example of how to make a biopic, without telling the whole story all over again.


Fade from black the film start with a legend, the true definition of Sicario.
latin term is a hitman, a person responsible killing by contract. But in Hebrew, Roman kill Zealots.

With this title we been presented a blue print of what about too see. FBI agents Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) and Reggie Wayne (Daniel Kaluuya) raid the house of a suspected kidnappers. The team finds more than dozen of bodies hidden on the walls of the house.

After this operation Kate's boos recommend her to Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) a CIA Special Activities Division to join the team. Matt is searching for a cartel boss who presumably was one of the responsible of the murders found by Kate and Reggie.

Kate character is a green agent who still learning the vicious cycle inside FBI and CIA. Throughout the film she start discovering the corruption, manipulation, abuse of power of this federals agencies, but she is unaware of who is the real enemy. Kate is a strong woman on the outside, vulnerable for been alone and also divorced, it's also supporter of ethics and respect in the force, one of her biggest enemies in this war against corruption.

Arriving to el Paso, Texas in a orchestrated operation lead by Matt Graver, Kate meet with Alejandro Gallic (Benicio del Toro) an advisor who seems to have ties with enemy. Alejandro is very sketchy person, and Kate figure out the first time she see him.

Besides all this red flags Matt use it as his primary connection to get the cartel people capture.

Sicario is a thriller but also a great film about the hard reality of drug traffic in US borders. Masterfully directed by Denis Villeneuve (Enemy, Prisoners) the movie immerse you in a harsh terrain where only the strongest succeed. Villeneuve engage with the audience with a rollercoaster of emotions by manipulating the senses. Sicario have constant moments of silence, also supported by the impactful original score by Jóhann Jóhannsson and the intense sound crafted for this film. The visual style is borrowed from films by Steven Sodergber in Traffic, also Jonathan Demme in Silence of The Lambs. The intense and long aerial shots are powerful and serve as another character for the movie

After carefully you finish the film you came to the conclusion who is the enemy and who are the zealots. You care for Kate's character but not so much for Matt and Alejandro. The true meaning of sicario is the search for fanatical and uncompromising pursuit of ideas, that could be religious or political, you just need to pick one.

3 Beauties (3 Bellezas)

The search for beauty or being recognize as the must beautiful is a social quest that every woman have. Sometimes can be with more intensity in countries devoted to make little girls transcend into beauty contestant.

In the USA are children beauty pageants, in Latin America are group dedicated to literally sculpt women to perfection, in order to become potentially contestants beauty pageants

In the film "3 Beauties" - Tres Bellezas Director Carlos Caridad breaks the "status quo" with a dark comedy about a mom, her two daughters and son in the obsession about beauty, perfection and success. Perla (Diana Peñalver) is a ex beauty queen, her plan is make one of the her daughters a beauty queen as well.

Carolina (Fabiola Arace) is her favorite. This is very noticeable from the very beginning of the story. Mom wants Carolina to be the special one, the potential is Venezuela, but on the other side Estefanía is putted away as the less beautiful.

Perla's son Salvador (Fabían Moreno) is probably the most important in the story, he is the man of the house, but thanks to this chaotic dramatic triangle of beauty queens he is none.

Carlos Caridad directs a story that connects the audience thanks to several cultural nuance of Venezuela, but also with very dry and smart humor, following the footsteps of films like Wild Tales, In Bruges, Bad Santa, Submarine and Art School Confidential. 3 Beauties appeal to this humor to show you how far a mother can go to fulfill her own dreams of to make one of her daughter a beauty contestant.

The film criticize the system of how beauty pageants works, Carlos Carded dare to compare it to an actual cult, but bringing the characters into actual cult when a sudden event in the story brings the family together The Universal Church - Stop Suffering.

The film is fun a pretty entertaining, and sometimes controversial.

Black Mass
Black Mass(2015)

Gangsters films represents one of the most popular genres in film history. Movies staring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G Robinson, James Cagney and Paul Mooney becomes the backbone of stories filled with violence and moral messages about family, honor and corruption. Later stories were inherited by Al Pacino, Robert Deniro, Joe Pesci, Denzel Washington, Matt Damon and Leonardo Di Caprio.

Now Johnny Depp have his chance of been a bad guy with the film Black Mass. This film is the true story of one of the most violent criminals of South Boston Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp) leader of the Iris-American Winter Hill Gang. The story develops when a FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Egerton) childhood friend of Bulger and William Bulger (Benedict Cumberbatch) Massachusetts state senator pressure the two bothers to help him to go after the Angiulo Brothers gang offer Whitey Bulger his chance of been an informant letting him operate his way.

Connolly is in control of the Bulger's but also of his FBI department manipulating his boss Charles McGuire (Kevin Bacon) and his close coworker John Morris (David Harbour)

Director Scott Cooper ( Crazy Heart) delivers an outstanding gangster movie filled with action, great performances and also with very interesting visual style. Johnny Depp playing Whitey Bulger is one of his best performances yet, since Edwood, Chocolate and Finding Neverland. His make up goes the borderline of creepy to very realistic gang leader Whitey Bulger.

Mistress America

Moving to NYC is probably one of the most complex and hard decision ever. Specially for college students, the pressure of been cool or trendy, also fit in the right groups is always the key. Tracy (Lora Kirke) comes to NY to study creative writing. Quickly she realize that she needs to be important in the school and also outside. Let's face it, she is in NY and she needs to own the city. Tracy's mom is getting married, her future husband have a daughter living successfully in the city. Brooke (Greta Gerwing) is a caricaturesque, pretentious, and egocentric New Yorker. After Tracy's mom insistence of meeting the two stepsisters to be, Tracy make the call...

Brooke meet with her (Tracy) in center of NYC, Time Square. After a long night where Tracy get completely impressed by Brooke success, the audience start discovering what kind of person she is. Everyone who lives in NY or any other major city meet someone who lives thru appearances and have so many projects going on like Brooke. On the other hand Tracy is another character that you meet in NY. The newbie who's trying to understand how the city works, how to deal with people the best way possible but also is the victim of self-assurance.

Noah Baumbah directs Mistress in America a story of two girls who discover thru each other their weakness, dreams and desires. The director satire city characters who are looking to be trendy and meaningful in this world, by using smoke and mirrors to impress their surroundings. Brooke is an entrepreneur/gym trainer/schemer who just simply impress Tracy who is a lonely girl who's looking for a reason to fit.

The film is witty and sometimes funny. But at the end could be a sad reality for some people who feel amused by the real representation of people around us.

Learning To Drive

Is another night in NYC, the wet streets after a scatter rain, yellow shapes of taxis passing by non stop, suddenly a man rush to get a cab, his wife is chasing him, she is in distress, after a back seat argument the driver accept to do two separate rides.

This is how the story of Wendy and Darwan starts. "Learning to Drive" is the most recent movie from the female director Isabel Coixet based on a short story from Katha Pollit and written to the screen by Sarah Kernochan.

Patricia Clarkson and Sir Ben Kingsley start in the tale of two lost souls in a very conflicted moment for them. Wendy (Clarkson) plays a book critic and radio interviewee recently dumped by her husband, and Darwan Singh Tur (Kingsley) is a driving instructor and also a moonlight cabbie who is soon to be married to an Indian woman in an arranged marriage.

Mrs Coixet approach to the story is to show a parallel life for both of them. The wealthy life of the Upper West side and a most mundane life in Queens. A manuscript from Wendy left in Darwan cab connects them, is like a divine intervention. Wendy is in her most vulnerable time while for her new cabbie friend Darwan security and strength he represents her light at the end of the tunnel, a way out for her.

Don't get confuse with the story, this is not a romantic story, is a story of friendship how two cultures collide, while one person is highly educated book critic, the other is a well manner immigrant, with aspirations and dreams, but relegated in America by racial discrimination.

Darwan offers Wendy to teach her how to drive, not just because she don't know how to, is because metaphorically speaking, Darwan is capable to put her on track in her life. "When you are cooking, how do you know if you put enough spices? By tasting, the same way is for driving, you have to taste the road" Wendy and Darwan grows deeper, they discover more of them, their fears and of course their aspirations.

Now that the road direction seems clear, a new detour comes. Jasleen (Sarita Choudhury) the arranged bride arrived to NYC, while the encounter is not the perfect one; Jasleen and Darwan have to adapt themselves to this new situation. The road needs some adjustments with a little bit of sacrifice.

I praise the simplicity and honesty of this film, which just try to describe an honest friendship that grows inside a car, by teaching one another that life can be very complicated if we hold ourselves to things and we are not capable of let go, let go anger, fears, sadness even some dreams.

Clarkson and Kingsley are perfect in their roles. The film is a real treat thanks to director Isabel Coixet. Beautiful edited by Thelma Scoonmaker and Keith Reamer.


Parents, the masterminds behind our first steps, our first experiences and our whole life of learning, the people responsible of shaping who we are, but also the one to blame if we end up been a mess.

This is the simple plot of the film "Trainwreck" directed by Judd Apatow the film focus on the little girl that been influenced by her father Gordon Townsend (Colin Quinn) with the message of monogamy isn't realistic. Gordon is an alcoholic and promiscuous guy who spent his last days at a nursing home.

Amy (Amy Schumer) a writer for a men's magazine is the mirror of her father, the resonance of the monogamy of dad's message, makes her a girl without commitments, afraid of the future with somebody, but also an alcoholic.

You see the opposite attitude in Amy's sister Kim (Brie Larson) a settled woman, with a husband and a step kid living the typical family life.

The film doesn't focus on that parallel, but just highlight moments with comedic situations, which ease the drama of that, dismembered family. Mom is no longer with them and the two girls live the pain of taking care of their dad and coping with his behavior, specially for Amy who get along with him, not so for Kim.

The conflict in Trainwreck is when Amy is assigned to write a piece about a sport surgeon Aaron Conners (Bill Hader). Her boss Dianna (Tilda Swinton) is a cheeky British woman who projects her feelings about men and their lifestyle in the magazine. She is ruthless and insensitive, but is the boss. After Amy begged Diana to no give her this story, she have to accept, just with the promise of a promotion.

Amy spent several occasions watching him work and do his job. Unfortunately for Amy, Aaron fell in love with her and feel attached to this messy woman. The conflict begins and the relationship goes deeper. She has to confront all her fears and is not easy.

Judd Apatow develops a story written by Schumer into a funny story of this conflicted woman. The film presents the characters as caricatures of the typical life in NYC, with the vignettes of the urban city. The guys who date Amy are those stereotypes, including
Steven (John Cena) a sensitive body builder, who enjoys artsy movies, walks in the park to name a few. My problem with "Trainwreck" is the story and the dialogues. I can swear that Amy talks in the same voice of Annie Walker (Kristin Wiig) in Bridesmaid, in fact are kind of the same character. Sometimes I feel that I seen this characters in other films, but also seems that the conflict in "Trainwreck" never reach its peaks, but neither the resolutions. Don't get me wrong some jokes are funny, other ones borderline into vulgar.

The movie is entertaining and fun, Amy Schumer and Bill Hader are great together.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

In the mist of Cold War for a secret organization is planning the use of a nuclear strike to create a conflict between the United States and USSR. The only solution is to bring the best secret agents from both countries and work together to stop this threat. Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and Illya Kurakin (Armie Hammer) antagonist to the very begging are forced to work together using their expertise and charm to transport Gabby Teller (Alicia Vikander) the daughter of a Nazi scientist who holds the key of a nuclear warhead.

Guy Ritchie directs The Man From U.N.C.L.E. the film adaptation of the TV show from 1960's the film a very entertaining movie, action packed and also very sophisticated looks of Italy, probably steal from famous traditional Italian movies from that period. Ritchie brings a lot of energy to this cast. Cavill and Hammer have great chemistry on screen and comedic timing brings life in the most hectic moments. Alicia Vikander complete this trio bringing more comic relief and also elegance with her style and beauty.

The film setting in East Germany 1963 start with a very energetic chase, well orchestrated a must say and ends with on a very funny circumstances. The rest of the film is pretty entertaining with witty humor, great soundtrack and fantastic film transitions,

Ricki And The Flash

A rock band playing "American Girl" in a decadent bar in Los Angeles, filled with a very hype bartender, a war veteran and some typical characters for this decadent setting is the very beginning of Ricki and The Flash. Directed by Jonathan Demme

Ricki (Meryl Streep) is the lead singer of this typica band, her partner in the band Greg (Ricky Springfield) is also her long time lover. Ricki is a cash register in a local supermarket with the bucolic images of new trends (produce, gluten tofu and etc) Ricki is tired of that life, always questioning the most recent establishment. She also joke about the current president with the keyboard player.

At this point we see a woman living a decadent world, she disapproved the life she is living but also who is ruling our institutions. A victim of 2008 financial crisis, she is disappointing of how we live.

To make matters worst, Ricki received the call from her ex husband Pete (Kevin Kline) who lives in Indianapolis with his new wife Maureen (Audra McDonald) and Ricki's tree kids who were raised by them when Ricki left for a more artistic life. Julie Mamie Gummer) suicide attempt after discover that her husband cheat on her and also divorcing her.

Pete and Maureen are presented as the opposite of Ricki's life in Los Angeles, well established family, a cookie cutter house and with a very wealthy lifestyle. Julie re encounter with mom is not the most pleasant, because everyone blame Ricki for abandoning the family to pursue her dream in music.

The biggest conflict comes when Ricki reunited with her two sons Joshua and Adam who despise her mom for not been there and also they exclude her from important landmarks in their life, a marriage and been gay. The discussion turns ugly and that's when we discover that Ricki represents the past in American way of living. She voted for George W Bush Twice, she is homophobic but also is not the perfect mom.

Ricki and The Flash develop slowly, but also with several bumpy transitions. The film seems flat sometimes, some crucial moments don't have proper conclusion or definitive progress. We see characters that comes and go and we look for emotive moments to give closure. Even a character so powerful like Greg (Ricky Springfield) who to me represents Ricki conscience helping her to understand the problems in her life is not enough on screen to make us understand why Ricki is a failure as a mom who make mistakes and the need for a second chance.

The conclusion of the film is sort of circle that close with the family together while Ricki and the Flash plays together one last tune. Ricki defeat the establishment, the people who judge her for not been the perfect mom, but also for not care abut a cookie cutter life.

Ricki and The Flash was written by the famous screenwriter Diablo Cody

Clouds of Sils Maria

I'm always fascinated when a film's subject is film itself. The actors conflicts, fame, the making a play, show business in general. In "Cloud Sils Maria" is a French movie by director Oliveier Assayas, about an actress Maria Enders (Julliete Binoche) and her relationship with her loyal American Assistant Valentine (Kristen Stewart)

At the beginning of the movie Maria and Valentine are traveling by train to Zurich for an event to honor a famous writer Wilhelm Melchoir who gave Maria her first opportunity in the industry, playing a young role in Maloha Snake. Maria received the news that Melchoir passed away, but the event will happen as plan. During the event a theater director approached Maria to play a role again in the play Maloja Snake, but this time the older character, Maria decided to spent the following months in Wilhelm Melchoir house in the mountain to prepare for the role, the house name Sils Maria

"Cloud Sils Maria" is a deep exploration of fame in the film industry as well the theater circuit. The film divided by chapters present a conflict, young vs old, from Mari to Valentine, they argue on how important celebrities are portrait themselves in the media to be relevant. This is when Jo-Ann Ellis (Chloë Grace Moretz) appears, which is the new younger antagonist she is a reflection of Maria at her younger years as an actress. Maria is famous but is not relevant as Jo-Ann is.

The film is powerful, with great performances and a very unusual structure that makes the audience question the reality of the characters and their actual presence on film.


The arrival of a plane in Hawaii brings a guy two women together in sort of love triangle. An ex wife and a potential love interest makes this conflicted man to decided what ever happen to me and where I'm going with my life.

Aloha is directed by Cameron Crowe the film starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams is a romantic comedy about Brian Gilchrest (Cooper) a contractor for the military after a messed up work in Kabul. Arriving to Hawaii he discovered that his ex girlfriend Tracy (McAdams) is now married. During his assignment Brian meet up with his Air Force liaison Allison Ng (Emma Stone).

All I can say is Aloha is a really flat film, the development of the story doesn't offer a real twist, besides passages of Brian and Allison relationship and Brian memories of missing time with Tracy. All this is happening in the setting of the beautiful Hawaii. The characters are weak and cannot hold longer in the duration of the movie.

There is no conflict so the story falls apart gradually.


Director Asif Kapadia (Senna) of the documentary Amy presents the very beginning a conflicted and troubled rising star that just want to write good songs and play the best music she ever can.

Kapadia's take on Amy is the use of archival footage, the same style that he used on his film Senna. A very risky technique that contains you into material that is controlled, but also is challenging, you don't have a way to ask the right or wrong questions the interviews are there and you need to use whatever you want and make it meaningful.

In contrast Amy a singer songwriter and Senna a race car driver both wanted to reach the higher level of their career but with a certain prize. Amy becomes successful easily for her personality and charisma, but also for her capacity of manipulate people around her. That was the beauty of her persona. Senna have a dream since he was a kid, be the best driver and win all the awards and fame that he can. His personality was charismatic, but competitive. The dream of going fast for both of these characters was the reason of their demise. Senna killed in 1994 in a F1 of San Marino, for Amy managing pressure to be the star that they want and not the one that Amy was looking for. She went faster and faster just please the people who were controlling her, dying in 2011.

Amy documentary feeds the audience with a very in depth dissection of her songs, connecting us with her most personal and crucial moments, giving a meaning of her sad and darkest lyrics. Her dad, her boyfriends, her problems with drugs and alcoholism are presented in on screen lyrics highlighting her life presented in music and images.

Kapadia style in Amy is similar to Senna, but with different pacing. The director and editor never tried to please the audience with musical intermissions to make a musical documentary, but besides a documentary about this true artist that we lost too soon.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

A film that talks about how films shape your life is one of the most appealing things I ever seen in recent years. Alfonso Gomex-Rejon, director of "Me , Earl and The Dying Girl" tells the story of Greg an awkward kid who play safe with everyone at school, by associate to the multiple cliques around them, an attitude that will teach him that life is not about protecting himself of the drama and emotional roller coaster of a normal teenager.

His escapism is movies, an early discover with his father (Nick Offerman) who loves art films like Werner Herzog, but also was a time when he met Earl ,(Ronald Cyler II) an African American kid who lives nearby in a rough neighborhood. Greg and Earl become associated and friends making wonderful but also awful versions of classical films. A sudden news come to Greg's parent's, a school friend Rachel Kushner ( Olivia Cooke) is diagnosed with Leukemia so Mr and Mrs Gaines (Greg's parents) ask him to develop a friendship with Rachel in order to give her moral support and also company.

The film will develop in a interesting story of love, friendship and movies.

Me, Earl and The Dying Girl is an ingenious film with a lof of film references and influences, from director Michell Gondry "Be Kind Rewind" to visual techniques like François Truffaut and Stanley Kucbrick.

The story is powerful with great performances, Alfonso Gomex-Rejon developed a great tools of storytelling techniques.


Los Angeles is always a great scenarios for personal stories of struggle and success, specially when the subject is an African American raised in rough neighborhoods. From John Singleton's "Boyz in the Hood", John N. Smith "Dangerous Mind" and Paul Haggis "Crash" these films explore African American trying to make it, but with a very shocking consequences.

In the film "Dope" director Famuyiwa presents a very simple story with very complex consequences. Malcolm Adekanbi (Shamik Moore) is a high school senior who lives with his mother. Malcom's dad left to Africa when he was a little kid. Malcolm's love 90's hip hop, from wearing the traditional clothing to hear the music and also been devoted to that cultural trend. His biggest dream is to go to Harvard, but as an African American his advisory is not to happy about it, he also demoralized Malcom to desist the idea.

Malcolm have two friends, Jib and Diggy,( Tony Revolori and Kersey Clemons) both are geek like him and they spent time in their bicycles going around the rough neighborhood of Inwood in Los Angeles. In a strange chain of events in a party Malcolm end up with his back pack fill with molly and a gun and that's when the real adventure of Dope start.

The film to me is like putting the essence of Pulp Fiction in a high school in Los Angeles. The story takes you from many intricate corners of Malcom's and the gang trying to get rid of the drug and doing things right. The film is funny, shocking but also have a good heart, because presents a great social statement about stereotypes of African American who wants to have the sames chances like everyone else.

Dope have the perfect soundtrack for the summer, curated by Pharrell. The film is produced by Forest Whitaker and Sean Combs.

Inside Out
Inside Out(2015)

The brain is one of the most complex organs from human beings. It have the ability to manage, memories, emotions, but also is capable to control the body and the proper functioning.

When we born, the brain is already working and developing. But when we are out of the whom, the brain is trying to keep up with the activity that surround us.

That's basically when the story of "Inside Out" start. A little girl was born, Riley Anderson but also the first emotion of this girl shows up Joy (Amy Poehler) who is responsible of taking care of the most happy and joyful feeling of Riley. Then the next one of the gang appears. Sadness (Phyllis Smith) Fear (Bill Hader) Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kailing).
Throughout the years of Riley childhood everything seems to run smoothly, until Riley's parents decide to move to San Francisco for a business opportunity. This is the moment when the world is crumbly around for the emotions and of course to Riley.

Inside Out is a film by Pete Docter. No strange from the genre of animation. He have written the story of films like Up, WALL-E and Toy Story 1 and 2 and the subjects that he covered are related to human connection, life and of course emotions. Probably in "Inside Out" Docter combined all this different elements from past film and merged into a very original and self explanatory story about a kids brain, how thoughts, emotions and the intricate aspects the human brain works. During a Q&A at the Museum of Moving images, he confessed that he create the story with the help of neurologist and physiologist, but also with his own personal experiences as a father.

This is a movie from a point of view from a kid, but told by adults. "Inside Out" is very original and groundbreaking film when it comes to storytelling, character development and fine performance by all the actors on this movie.

I highly recommend this movie, is funny, original and most of all compelling. In fact it brought me tears at the end.

Ex Machina
Ex Machina(2015)

Love in the modern world is probably one of the biggest mystery in our society. The lack of human interaction and the replacement of that personal and close interaction it's been replaced by electronic communication. From email, web chat, instant text messaging, internet dating and app based dating choices, people are more afraid of meet someone in person and rely on technology to develop the basic thing which is connection.

Hollywood have explore human interaction with artificial intelligence as part of the exploration of human nature and personality against a machine.

From Terminator (Human-robot bond friendship) 2001 (Human - A.I. Spaceship crew member) Her (Human - Robot companion) Blade Runner (Human - A.I. working, pleasure robot) A.I. Artificial intelligence (Human - A.I. family member replacement) Alien and Prometheus (Human - A.I. Spaceship crew member) all this films shows the different aspects of A.I. presence in the real world.

Alex Garland's "Ex Machina" tales the story of Caleb (Domhall Gleeson) a worker for the company Bluebook. At the beginning of the movie Caleb is chosen by the company lottery to visit the company CEO Nathan (Oscar Isaac) house in the mountains. Nathan house is a paradise, with all the amazing aspect of a technologic masterpiece as well the perfect location to learn and experiment.

Nathan is a very eccentric person, who lives only with his servant Kyoko a non English speaking assistant, Nathan idea is use Caleb to perform a Touring Test (Based on the work of Alan Touring) on his A.I. named AVA (Alicia Vikander). The idea is to understand how human AVA can be and discover if her behavior can be distinguished from human to A.I.

The relationship between AVA and Caleb develops into a romantic attachment.

Ex Machina becomes am instant classic for the nature of the subject, the film making techniques, as well sound and music but also the powerful story with a very nihilistic conclusion who will everyone wonder. Films like Blade Runner is immediately connected, because it creates a conflict between right or wrong and how science defies god by using technology to provide companionship to humans. Technology is develop to make life easier, not to replace life and turning life against us.

This film Ex Machina is a great movie with a powerful performance by Oscar Isaac, Alicia Viaknder and a great piece of film making by Alex Garland.

While We're Young

Midlife crisis, family and professional success are probably the biggest problem in modern society. This problem leads to jealousy, frustration, lack of personal fulfillment and sadly separation or divorce.

In the film "While we're Young" a middle aged couple Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts) lives in NY and work in the film industry, Josh as a director who is challenged to finish a film that have 8 years in the making and for Cornelia he work as a documentary producer, but also he dream to be a mom, after two previous miscarriages.

During a lecture Josh met Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried) who are this youngster couple who lives the life to the fullest, but also they call themselves fan of Josh work from his previous documentary. That night Josh and Cornelia end up having dinner with Jamie and Darby and this becomes a big revelation for all of them, specially for Josh and Cornelia.

The couple discover what they been missing in life and what's left to do becoming a race against aging, from dressing better or cooler clothing, new and interesting activities, but also a new way of life. For them Jamie and Darby is the answer to their unsatisfaction in life and the engine to relive again.

Jamie and Darby represents the youngsters who never experience some traditional things, like records, board games and less technologies. Perhaps they use this traditional or analog things to be cooler and appeal all generations. It's a culture of use the old to be the new cool.

The cast is perfect for this movie Stiller is the perfect neurotic middle age man, Watts represents the perfect woman in search of doing younger activities to have fun, Driver is perfect as a the young filmmaker who adore older filmmakers just to suck their energy and success just to take benefit for it.

The soundtrack reflects a perfect representation of songs that transition from older times to newer times as well devotion for retro music as an excuse to be cool again.

At the end of the day director Noah Baumbach shows you how life can be lived by focusing on your own personal success and not helping people who use you to become successful. Life is a constant struggle. You can be tired of doing the same things, but you have to keep fighting to find meaning to your relationships and career if not you are doom.

Matthew Seiner creator of the hit TV show Mad Man said in a interview: "Others people success should never stop you from be successful"


A very near future cities are submerge in high crime rate, from Chicago, Caracas, Rio de Janiero and Johannesburg. High cost of living, corruption and taxation are the biggest obstacles to make police effective in this cities. The corporation Tetraval offered a very easy solution, "Scouts" this police robot completely design to enforce and reduce crime rate is a big success for this corporation, but like any other company, there is struggle to succeed in the art of weapon and protection endeavor...

This is the setting of the film, Chappie directed Neil Blomkamp (District 9 and Elysium) is the story of Deon Wilson (Dev Patel) is the maker of the "Scouts" a very effective police robot, with the finest technology to solve Johannesburg crime rate, but also make Tetraval company millionaire. Like any other company, their employees compete to make their inventions come alive and be part of the corporation products. That's the case of Vincent Moore (Hugh Jackman) a ex military who design MOOSE a attack robot that is capable to self transportation and warfare attack. Moore is jealous of Deon and his success with the Scouts.
During a ambush a group of gang members who lost an important quantity of money on a sting, comes with the idea of kidnap Deon and force him to make a Scout a criminal. This comes as a coincidence while Deon steal a deactivated Scout and pretend to use it as a test with chip that creates to makes this robot more human, with a consciousness. Tetraval company don't believe in this project so Deon is just trying to achieve something beyond the corporation ideals of sells weapons. Chappie is the name of Deon's project, his mission, learn from life itself and become a less violent robot.

Chappie comes as a mash up of Paul Verhoeven 1987 Robocop, Disney's Pinocchio and Short Circuit. We have two robot projects so like in Robocop, one more human than the other and also one more lethal than the other. The similarities are so scary because the settings are basically the same. Detroit vs Johannesburg, which one is more violent? Scouts and MOOSE vs Robocop and ED-209 are similar weapons build with the promise of a better and more safer city, but also build with greed from one to another. Deon is the maker of Chappie, like Geppetto was the make of Pinocchio, a wooden toy who wants to be human, but it needs to learn the way of life like Chappie was forced to do the same in order to become a robot criminal. Like any other film robot Chappie learn from the American culture, from He-Man, to the bling-bling this robot learn the bad things of life and will discover that this world is not that beautiful.

Technology in Chappie is what it is vulnerable, limited by energy in a UN-replaceable battery, the human controlling and determine what is worth it, but also how the power of a maternal love and his maker will develop in a pseudo homage to Bjork's "All is Full of Love" music video.

Chappie bring back some of the interesting ideas from District 9, but also become a messy third act trying to justify the evilness of unprepared villains, like Vincent Moore.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Two guys on a British bar talking about someone they know. Then a bunch of street thugs walks in and that's when the fun start... Hollywood have done so many films about spies, but the blueprint of James bonds continues shaping some of this films. From the music, the gals, the costumes etc.

Actors like Leslie Nielsen, Bruce Willis, Mike Meyers, Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Matt Damon and others have played spies or secret agents. Their stories have drama, sacrifice and also rewards. In the breed of this actors Matthew Vaughn bring us Kingsman: The Secret Service.

The film presents Harry Hart (Colin Firth) a veteran Kingsman who lost his friend at the beginning of the year. Harry feel responsible for his death so he commit to take care of his friend son, when the time comes. Kingsman is a secret service agency using a high end tailoring shop as a cover. Chester King (Michael Caine) is the leader of the organization and Merlin (Mark Strong) is s Kingsman agent and trainer.

Seventeen years have pass and Eggsy Harry's friend son have is all grown up. Eggsy's life is really hard, his mom remarry to a abusive guy, connected to a band of thugs. Among that the kid is a mess, Eggsy is a robber and car stealer, but he have talents. After a recent car robbery Harry rescue him from jail with the commitment of become a Kingsman. Eggys accept.

Kingsman: The Secret Service is a great action pack film about a kid who follow the footsteps of his father to become a highly powerful secret agent. Matthew Vaughn delivers a entertaining and fun film with great performance. The film also introduce you to a new breed of young actors who probably will be in new Hollywood films. The scenes are well choreographed and amazingly edited.

Colin Firth, Michael Caine and Mark Strong are great. Newcomer Aron Egerton and Sophie Cookson are really good too. Dancer Sofie Boutella is perfect for her role. Probably my biggest disappointment was Samuel L Jackson character. I don't know, after seen so many apis films, you are hoping that the villain will be sinister and evil, not a technology mogul with speech impediment.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Since Slumdog Millionare in 2008 it seems like Hollywood might be in love with India. Life of Pi, The Million Dollar Arm, One Hundred Foot Journey and the First movie of Marigold Hotel. What is Hollywood looking with the Indian culture? The biggest value of those stories is the struggle of one person to overcome a obstacle, from love, sports, money, food and even second chances movies with Indian themes are powerful but fades because of the big industry just tell some stories about Indian people, but not as compelling as the films imported from India, like a recent film with a very compelling and simple story "The Lunchbox"

In The Second Best Marigold Hotel, directed by John Madden brings A group of elderly British who meet again in the hot and colorful India. This time we meet the same characters from the first film, but also have new ones who try to evolve the dynamic of relationships and new personal goals. Now Sonny (Dev Patel) is about to marry Sunaina (Tina Desai) his fiance and the Marigold Hotel is up and running, but needs more work, the arrangements for the wedding are also creating conflicts between the bride and groom.

Evelyn Greenslade (Judi Dench) is now a successful textile specialist, Magde (Celia Imrie) is a specialist in have several relationships with wealth Indian millionaires, Muriel (Maggie Smith) manages the hotel with Sonny, but also is his best advisory in personal life and Douglas still in love with Evelyn, like the rest of the cast they are still in soul searching.

The Second Best Marigold Hotel is a film about mortality, this what John Madden said in a recent Q&A about the film. We see the characters come and go, not only because this hotel is a transitioning place, is also a place to let things go...

Most of the characters are in the search for something, that can be a second chance, but also a way to rediscover their new age period with the colors and the happiness of the Indian people. Richard Gere character fit perfectly in this analogy. He went to review a project and he discover and new project to live or Magde who goes left and right for love, but may be the center is the best direction to go...

The film is fun and cheerful, everyone is pretty charming, probably my main concern is the film is long to tell so many stories...

The Theory of Everything

A vibrant day in Cambridge 1963 while two young guys riding bikes, chasing to reach the first place in a race of knowledge. This is the begging of "The Theory of Everything"

Stephen Hawkins (Eddie Redmayne) is a smart student who have all, great friends, professors who support them and praise their virtues of this astrophysics student. Suddenly in a party he meets Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones) a fellow student of literature. Their relationship develop pretty quickly. Jane is attracted to the corkiness of Stephen, but also his energetic passion about science. Over the course of the the school year he develop some neuron disease which make them loose his ability to move, but his brain will remain untouched. After all this happening Jane confess her love to Stephen and she is willing to be with him to even marry him.

In the upcoming years together they will have a son, but also Stephen disease get worse, when he is presenting his thesis obtaining a doctorate.

James Marsh direct this beautiful film about the life of Jane and Stephen Hawkins their struggled marriage, success and also their family. In essence this movie is not about Stephen Hawkins, is about Jane, how she sacrifice her career to take care of her husband. This is a story of how to overcome obstacles, but also how important is to let go when life choices are not the right ones and pursuing love with the right one.

The film is beautifully crafted, from directing, to editing, original score and cinematography. Redmayne and Jones are fantastic as the Hawkins couple.

In essence The Theory of Everything is a great biopic about the wonders of science and the people behind them.

A Most Violent Year

In the mist of the most dangerous and bloody year for the city of NYC 1981 Morales family are struggling to keep their Oil business alive. JC Chandor directs "A Most Violent Year" tells the story of Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) a business owner of Standard Oil a company that distribute heating to residential properties. His business is in jeopardy by constant hijacking of his trucks and attacks to the drivers. Abel is loosing money with the stole heating oil. He still believe that there is a non violent solution to the problem. But his wife Anna Morales (Jessica Chastain) thinks differently. Anna believes that there perpetrators are not the kind of people that you can negotiate to talk about the problem. Violence is the only who can solve this problem.

Abel have another problems to solve. Abel Morales and his company under investigation by Assistant of the District attorney (David Oyelowo) for tax evasion, and other illegal practice. Finally Abel is working for commercial independence by teaming up with his attorney Andrew Walsh (Albert Brooks) to struck a deal with a Jewsih group to own a fuel oil terminal on the NY East River.

This three events are the main arch of "A Most Violent Year" But with is the whole relationship with the main titles and these events. The film takes place like I mentioned earlier in 1981 which is considered the most violent year in city's history. The events shape the Morales family to the point that the most honest man will doubt about how many things you can achieve with the use of force in order to show everyone that your in charge. No matter what you do. Violence is the probably the last action to take. But Knowing that you are surrounded by violence why not use it?

Competition, Illegality and growth. These are the three elements that defines the main plot of "A Most Violent Year". Abel suffer by the constant attacks of his competitors while the law want Abel's head and his business while he just want to make a living. He is a family man, a good father, he cares about the employees, but most of all he wants to grow.

J.C. Chandor creates this Goodfellaseske world in the early 80's with less bloodiness like Scorsese does. But he does with style A Most Violent year is a tense drama with nuance of violence and action. The film develops with a excellent assemble cast. Oscar and Isaac and Jessica Chastain plays perfect as a marriage couple, but play excellent roles as a businessman and matriarch of the Morales family. Albert Brooks is excellent as well. While David Oyelowo perform a good supporting role that needs more time on screen. The film is beautifully shot by Bradford Young and perfectly edited by Ron Patane.

Wild Tales
Wild Tales(2015)

The daily lives of any person in this world is filled with failures, success good times, bad times, and crazy times. This could be the easy way to explain the film Damián Szifrón "Wild Tales". Following the footsteps of famous directors like Robert Altman with Short Cuts and Paris, je t'aime with the directors: Gus Van Sant, Joel and Ethan Coen, Walters Salles, Alfonzo Cuarón, Wes Crave and Alexander Payne.

Wild Tales is a collection of 6 short films compiled in a single film. Every stories doesn't have a particular connection from each other, but the relationship of success, failure, death, revenge, love and life, is present and should be the crucial link from each tale that you see on film.

With Argentinian all stars such as Ricardo Darín (The Secret in Their Eyes and Nine Queens) Darío Grandinetti ( The Dark side of the heart) Leonardo Sbaraglia (Cenizas del Paraiso) is just a few of the actors who bring to life the stories:

-Pasternak the story of a disappointed human being who finds the revenge by get rid of everyone who hurt him.
-The Rats The story of a waitress revenge against the responsible of her family demise.
-The Strongest The story of two drivers who clash till the end to see who is the bravest.
-Little Bomb the story of a explosive specialist haunting unfairness in the daily life system.
-The Proposal: A hit and run will turn into a greedy fight for money.
-Until death do us part a wedding turn into a bloody war

There is no much to say about this film, is masterful with a very dark humor and realistic situations that appeal to everyone who wanted to fight the system and find meaning to daily conflicts in daily life.

Pedro Almodovar produce this instant classic, Gustavo Santaloalla delivers a beautiful score and Javier Juliá create a wonderful cinematography inspired in the look of several films.

Song One
Song One(2015)

Music and relationships always comes together on film. The capacity of music to generate several emotions for people who fall in love, hate each other, laugh and end up relationships.
Films such as Once, Begin Again, The Bodyguard, Across The Universe, Mamma Mia and Pitch Perfect constitute a good number of films that use music as a vehicle for relationships of any kind, from friendship, love interest and artistically collaboration.

In the film Song One directed by Kate Barker-Froyland, Anne Hathaway plays Franny an archeology student who suddenly return to NYC after her brother Henry (Ben Rosenfield) was hit by a car and end up on coma. Franny decided to dig into Henry personal objects discovering a diary with places and sounds from the city as well his devotion to this folk artist name James Forrester (Johnny Flynn) Fanny attends to James Forester show, finally meeting him sharing the story of what happen to Henry.

The story continues with several situations where you discover Fanny's conflict with her mom play by Mary Steenburgen and born relationship with Fanny and James.

Song One is pretty interesting film, with beautiful music that sadly doesn't appeal the way that other films do. In fact the music can be forgettable in some point. The power of sound in this film overcome so much making it one of the main protagonist.

The story is flat and only reach some levels of the emotion in the conclusion of the film.
Anne Hatthaway and Johnny Flynn are good as a couple and have chemistry, but there love story can be slightly believable.

Song One is a great attempt from a first time director. The film as a whole doesn't work, is more about separate scenes that really work.

Inherent Vice

Film Noir is perhaps one of the most interesting movie genres ever made. Its combination of narrative technique with a visual style presents a powerful story against good and evil. It was originally created by been influenced from German expressionism, detective literature and Italian Neoralism. Hollywood made it popular with James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Edward G Robinson but later reinterpret for other generations, with directors like Jean Luc Godard (Breathless) John Houston (Chinatown) Robert Altman (The Long Goodbye) Blade Runner (Ridley Scott) Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller (Sin City)

Now Paul Thomas Anderson reinvent the genre of film noir bringing a version with steroids. That's the case of his new film "Inherent Vice" Sasha Fay Hepworth (Katherine Waterson) pay a visit to her ex-boyfriend Larry "Doc"Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) a private eye from Los Angeles. Sasha ask Doc to help her to protect her new boyfriend Mickey Wolfmann (Eric Roberts) a wealthy real state developer from a plot to abduct Mickey from his wife and wife's lover.

The film leads Doc to meet very colorful and particular characters like Hope (Jena Malone) Dr Rudy Blatnoyd (Martin Short) Coy Harlingen (Owen Wilson) including Doc biggest nemesis Det Christian F "Bigfoot" Bjornsen (Josh Brolin).

Is hard to explain what really happen in Inherent Vice. That's why I refer this film as film noir cop drama on steroids. The level of inconsistency, oddness and weirdness happening, tricks' you, you don't understand clearly what's happening, not even when the female narrator explain it to you. The film contain the basic elements of a cop drama from the 40's or the 70's The problem is what's the story about?

A detective with a ex-girlfriend who needs help, a cop who wants to see the detective down and a millionaire who is been chase by his wife and wife's lover. So the detective still in love of his ex-girlfriend, but still wants to help her. Also the detective wants to help other people at the same time... Phoenix and Brolin are outstanding.

Inherent Vice is a unusual film noir narrated by the singer and actress Joanna Newsom. Her voice will lead the audience to the intricate situations of this film while Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood compose the original score. The soundtrack is really good and the cinematography and costume design are well done.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Hollywood have always been obsessed with erotic movies and erotic thrillers. Not because are appealing to the audience, only because it makes money. From Basic Instinct, The Body of Evidence, 9 1/2 Weeks, Wild Orchid, The Lover, Body Heat, Henry & June, Sliver, Fatal Attraction, Eyes Wide Shut and Color of the Night. These movies contain heated sex scenes and a plot that justify those scenes. But also these movies were made thinking of breaking boundaries when it comes to that content.

Hollywood newest attempt is the movie "Fifty Shades of Grey" based on the famous novel. Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and starred by Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey) Dakota Johnson (Anastasia Steele). The film tells the story of Anastasia Steel a literature college student that is covering for her roommate to interview a famous Seattle millionaire Christian Grey. From the very beginning both have a strong connection that leads to numerous sexual encounters. The film use metaphoric images that might be a cheap directing or visual trick for the audience. After Anastasia finish the interview you will see her walking out the Grey building while is pouring rain that could also be assume is visual representation some sexual lubrication or intense sweating. The other scene represented by Anastasia playfully using a pencil with Mr Grey company logo in a phallic way. Throughout the movie Anastasia and Christian will grow a relationship of possession, intense sexual intercourse and also odd Sadomasochistic encounters.

"Fifty Shades of Grey" is not a good adaptation of the book, after carefully reviewed the content of the novel, I realized that this is a poor representation of the original, not necessary telling that this book is a Noble price material. Is just a steamy literature of sexually unsatisfied people. This adaptation look like "Fifthy Shades of Grey" for dummies, none of the characters have enough strength to just stand up by themselves, but only as an accessory like the fancy gifts that Mr Grey send to Anastasia during several scenes of the movie.

The acting is really flat, specially from someone as talented as Jamie Dorman who is amazing in the BBC TV show "The Fall". Dakota Johnson just play the beautiful virgin.

"Fifty Shades of Grey" doesn't have any artistically value, there is only one shot that can only be consider beautiful which is a scene were Anastasia and Christian sit across from each other in a conference room while discussing their famous agreement of sexual domination.

At the end this movie just helps to sell more books, Sadomasochistic props and perhaps the soundtrack

Still Alice
Still Alice(2015)

Alzheimer's is a terrible illness that affects millions of people. There is no treatment that can ease the pain and suffering from Alzheimer's from dementia, disorientation and language problems. Several movies have touch this subject, from On Golden Pond, The Notebook, Iris, Rise the Planet of The Apes.

In the film Still Alice directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland tales the story of Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) a successful Columbia University linguistic professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. She have a very supported family, from her husband John Howland (Alec Baldwin) and their daughters Lydia (Kristen Stewart) and Anna (Kate Bosworth). Is important to mention that her family have typical conflicts like any other family from Anna trying to conceive a baby to Lydia pursuing her career in acting in California. Alice keeps the early diagnoses of Alzheimer's disease secret from her family thinking that she can handle the situation. Until John and her decide on a family reunion to break the silence. Anna couldn't handle the news, but Lydia does, because her free spirit nature.

For Alice Alzheimer's disease is coming to fast to ruin her success and also her normal and happy life. Her life deteriorate day by day, from loosing the ability to figure out locations, remember events and appointments to finally inability to teach in college. Alice event take her decease in a positive way, even joking to John how she have Alzheimer's disease and she is allow to forget things

Alice decided to create her on personal way of remembering things, from creating notes on her phone to add her daughters names and birthdays and also important address and anniversaries. Unfortunately things starting becoming more problematic when Alice becomes more and more ill and also John gets an offer in Minnesota to run a medical department there. The family decides to take Alice to there summer house at The Hampton's so she can be away from the dangers of the city. There Alice reinforce relationships with John, but sometimes John is to busy to be with Alice. On the other hand Lydia develop new kind of ties with her mother because the book Angels in America.

One of the most interesting aspects of the film is the use of the butterfly as a element of rebirth and also how Angels in America play another significant role in the story. How the celestial concepts and renaissance connects with Alice character and her unfortunate situation and how she it what it is no mater how lost she is because of the Alzheimer's disease.

Julianne Moore perform a Oscar worthy role, perhaps one of her best.


Movies are use to explore politics, war and other subject matters as a metaphors. 1995 Emir Kusturika, masterfully create the film Underground to represents the conflict of Yugoslavia subsequently divided in three countries. Others film explore another subject matters, like Aliens and the Vietnam war and X-Men and Gay Right Movement.

Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev) is based on the Biblical story of Naboth's vineyard. Kolya owns a property up at the hill, he is married and have a teenager son. Kolya is also the town mechanic, sadly an alcoholic. Kolya property it's been on a trial against Vadim the town's mayor, who wants to own this piece of land no matter what. Dimitri (Vladimir Vdovichenkov) is Kolya old friend, but also his lawyer on the case against Vadim. No matter how law works in this town Vadim (Roman Madyanov) is able to win the case and also make sure to ruin everyone's life.

Lilya (Elena Lyadova) Kolya's wife have marital problems with him, they seem to be distant, besides Kolya's effort Lilya is no longer feeling anything from him, Surprisingly she is having an affair with Dimitri. On the other hand Roma (Sergey Pokhodaev) Kolya's son from the first marriage have problems accepting Lilya as his stepmother, which be reflected in problems of authority.

Vadim the town mayor, have a team of people who help him to cheat the system, hiding all his dirty laundry, which almost was released to the public by Dimitri, when he was trying to negotiate with Vadim using these documents as solution to win the case. Vadim is a very alcoholic person, also a very conflicted man who use the high priest as a confidant and also advisory for his none ethical political practice.

Leviathan explore a very controversial story about corrupt officials, corrupt church, money, power, laws that protect the perpetrators and not the victims and sadly the trust on the system.

There is so many images in Leviathan that represents metaphorically speaking the strong message against elected officials and corruption. Showing a bunch of friends celebrating a birthday by practicing shot and range with old Russian presidents pictures also how god explain in the scriptures that truth is absolute freedom by using the high priest giving the final sermon. Do not pay attention of actions of violence, destruction and hate, because are not god good intentions, these are lies pretending to be the truth. The church will protect people because the church is state also could be church institution.

After you leave the theater you are upset, not only for the conclusion, but the facts are not far from the truth. Leviathan takes place in Russia, but can takes place in U.S.A, Spain, Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico or even in a African Nation. You are not longer protected by the state. The laws protect the politicians, but not the citizens, even if you go against the state using the laws, you will never win.

Leviathan is a powerful film that deserves awards and recognition for the masterful film making work, from their actors and crew.


War movies been around in Hollywood for decades. From films about the actual conflict, the before and after the conflict and also coming home stories. As an spectator the most complex stories are the ones of people who end up prisoner of war and how the person prevail the tortures of their enemies and comes back as a hero.

Empire of the Sun, Schindler's List, The Rail Man, Rescue Dawn, The Bridge on The River Kwai shows diverse stories of soldiers coming to fight against the enemy and end up in a concentration camp been humiliated by the oppressors.

Unbroken (Angelina Jolie) presents the story of Lois "Louie" Zamperini (Jack O'Connell) a bombardier in World War II in a mission to attack the island of Nauru. The film takes place in several periods of the life of Louie, his childhood, teenage years and also his time as a runner for the Olympics in Berlin. The story focus on showing how Louie evolves from all this periods to become a successful athlete and his time during war. The tragic events that unfolds at the crashing of his aircraft in the ocean with only him and two others as survivors Mac and Phil.

After a long period of time Louie end up been transferred into a concentration camp where he is mentally and physically tortured.

I think Unbroken have a great premise as a world war film, but is becoming to sentimental and dramatic in a way that the audience becomes so affected with the film that stop realizing that the main focus on this film is how Louie Zamperini get back home after the horrors of war. The parallel stories make sense in a way that helps you to illustrate the bond between Louie and his brother Peter. But the story focus so much time during his 45 days stranded at sea without a solid reference of time which help the audience to understand the drama, besides just the cast away effect of finding food and surviving.

My problem with Unbroken it reminds me a mash up of movies all together Chariots of Fire, meet Life of Pi meet Rescue Dawn meet Empire of the Sun. The film is mushy (excessive sentimental) may be because of the nature of the story.

Overall the film have great technical achievements and delivers what is need it. solid war period drama.

Big Hero 6
Big Hero 6(2014)

Big Hero 6 tales the story of Hiro a an robotic genius who like to spend his spare time in back alley robot fights. Encouraged by his talented brother Tadashi, because he is so concerned on how Hiro waste his time on this kind of activities he brings him Hiro to his university. That's when he first meet Baymax, a personal care robot created by Tadashi.

The film setting is in a fusion of Tokyo and San Francisco named Fransokyo, a very interesting eclectic environment. Don Hall directs this animated film that goes in the roots of films about a person who is search of his own identity, after some tragic happening that force him to take the lead role and encounter evilness by fighting as a super hero.

Disney exploration of Big Hero 6 is a very flat story with some nuances of previous stories. Tragedies, fight between good and evil, revenge, but most the use of Joseph Campbell The Journey of a Hero.
The problem with Big Hero 6 is not about how writers didn't developed too many layers of this story, making it meaningful, is about people, you see that Hiro and Tadashi friends developed a bond but is not that deep, which makes the whole transition to be none to be superheroes so quick that audience just witnessed in a blink of an eye. Films about super heroes take the time to show how this people transition from one personality to the other, may be is because is a kids film, the story is not a well developed. But if you see Pixar The Incredibles the story is powerful and hit the core on superheroes mythology..


The most recent events of police brutally and violence against minority shake the emotions of communities around the country and perhaps the world. Seems that this a vicious circle that still present without any evident solution. Ava DuVernay explore this problem in the film Selma.

The historical drama Selma recount the events in 1965 of the voting rights marches led by James Hosea Williams and Martin Luther King Jr. The film's approach is raw in some moments highlighting perfectly the levels of hate and violence that people and authorities of the south have against African Americans, but also how people were able to overcome race discrimination marching as one.

Selma is not a biopic about MLK is about everyone who always wanted to be treated as an equal and the struggle civil right movement leaders, finding answers and searching for understanding.

Ava DuVernay do a formidable work as a director, capturing a MLK vulnerable, thoughtful and spiritual. Selma is filled with excellent visual nuances, supported by the beautiful cinematography from Bradford Young and editing by Spencer Averick. Music selection for the film is spot on and it capture the emotions of the scenes in SELMA.

Lastly David Oyelowo is outstanding as a MLK he gets deep into the character, specially when he is doing the most memorable speeches from Dr King.

SELMA makes you understand that nothing have change and the work to develop better understanding about race and equality is not even half away.


Pupil and teacher relationship it's always been covered in films as a very romantic, inspirational and emotional way of seen education.

From "Dead Poets Society", "Dangerous Minds", "Mr. Holland's Opus", "Monsieur Lazhar", "The School of Rock""Half Nelson", "A Single Man" these films presents the classroom as great space for different experiences. Students are encouraged to learn more and achieve greater things, so teachers to will give the most inspiring speeches and take relationships to the next level.

This is not the case in the film Whiplash. David Chazelle directs the story of Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) a 19 year old jazz drummer who is starting as a student in Shaffer Conservatory. This on of the best music school in the USA. He have a great and inspiring life, from love a relationship with Nicole (Melissa Benoist) a college student who works at a movie theater to the support of his dad Mr Neiman (Paul Reiser)

But for Andrew the most important things is becoming the next Buddy Rich considered the world best drummer. The big challenge in Shaffer school is win Terence Fletcher which is the most infamous conductor in school. Andrew put all his efforts to become the best and be for Fletcher his key drummer.

Andrew will encounter a hard road to reach a higher level, the destructive relationship with Fletcher will turn him into an obsessed person who painfully fight and fight to reach the best place. Fletcher demeanor attitude will focus of destroy Andrew moral, all this with a powerful jazz soundtrack

Miles Teller is great on the movie, but the show stealer is J.K. Simmons, he deserves an Oscar hands down.

Whiplash explore human tolerance, human will, the value of artistic careers versus other professional careers but mostly perseverance over an abuser. This film can be also a great piece of study for student been bully by their teachers.

Mr. Turner
Mr. Turner(2014)

The life of a artist, specially painters is surrounded by tragedies, unsatisfied loves, family conflicts but most of all great success. Hollywood had brought to the screen the life of so many talented painters. Fro Frida, Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Basquiat, Goya, Pollock to J.M.W. Turner.

Mr Turner is the story of this famous painter telling the story of a certain period of his life. Directed by Mike Leigh (Happy Go Lucky, Very Drake, Topsy Turvy) and masterfully acted my Timothy Spall (Harry Potter, The Last Samurai, The King Speech).

The film focus on his travels, his relationship with his father, as his servant as well his twisted relationship with his housekeeper. But also show J.M.W. Turner. techniques and methods of panting, from spitting over the finally work, with the idea of tweaking the painting and give more realism to the canvasses and also the exploration of several pigments in order to achieve real life like colors.

Spall represents Mr Turner strongly, with mannerism and nuances that leaves you amaze of how he was able to research a painter. The costume design by Jacqueline Durran is excellent as well the beautiful cinematography by Dick Pope.

Leigh style is slow and drives the film into a very intense and non dramatic movie, but music score by Gary Yershon set the tone to an intense ride where Spall take you from the country aristocracy, brothels and the Royal Academy of Arts.


Movies about media is probably on of the most interesting topics to talk about from films like Network, Broadcast News, All President Men, Citizen Kane, Good Night and Good Luck, The Insider, Natural Born Killers, Shattered Glass, Zodiac and To Die For. Is most of this film talk about an specific event that media covers or perhaps stories in the news frontline.

Nightcrawler I would say is the first film to talk about the new Citizen Journalism trend. Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a thief who make a living taking part from construction sites. After stumble a film crew shooting a footage of an accident on the highway, Lou become inspired into do this job. After finally geared up, he approach to a morning news anchor Nina (Rene Russo) who offer him buy his footage. The main goal of Lou is to find violent incidents in neighborhoods because this attract viewers.

After a successful career covering the most violent incidents in Los Angeles. Lou hired an assistant Rick (Riz Ahmed) but also becomes highly obsessed on making the best work possible, to the point he will alter the crime scenes and also sabotage competitors in order to get more money even treat hen Nina to end their business relationship if she doesn't have sex with him.

Dan Gilroy director of Nightcrawler make a masterful job creating a dark Los Angeles. This is a very neo-noir crime thriller this is not the brightest and cooller time to see the Hollywood mecca, this is a city that breathe evilness and is it's dark and scary. The films reminds to "Drive", Collateral, To Live and Die in L.A. and other movies that shown a very obscure L.A.

This films question the role of citizen journalism, what is right or wrong, what sells as a piece of news and what's and what newscaster, reporters and news network personel are capable to do, to provide with what they consider the best news

Jake Gyllenhaal is fantastic as Lou, you like him, you also hate him and scare of him. His mannerism and street talk make him a business charming man will to do what ever it takes to be the best. Cinematographer Robert Elswit and editor John Gilroy done a great job capturing the spirit of Los Angeles as well the darkness and tension of this seudo abandoned city.

Nightcrawler is a great achievement in filmmaking


Fighting war is about teamwork, you get all the talented people that you can get and then make them work together was one. In fact this one of the perfect metaphor when a group of soldiers are part of the crew on a tank.

This story is not new is been depicted on war film about flight crew (Memphis Belle) submarines (Das Boot and U571) and a tank too (Lebanon) but perhaps this last film is the perfect film to compare against David Ayers "Fury" Don Wardaddy Collier (Brad Pitt) is the staff sergeant of the 66th Armored Regiment who commands a Sherman tank. His crew: Boyd "Bible" Swan (Shia Lebouf) Trini "Gordo" Garcia (Michael Peña) Grady "Coon-Ass" Travis (Jon Bernthal) and the newcomer Norman "Machine" Ellison (Logan Lerman).

Fury tells the story of this crew fighting the Germans in the mist of the end of war. Visiting several villages where still are traces of SS officers. For Norman this experience is new and scary, he never experienced war the way that Don and the rest of the crew has. Ayer's film shows a very rough side of war, sometimes extremely violent, who in a way is a vivid reflection of Norman virginity to war. From combat to killing he feels completely vulnerable to the situation, and the crew knows that, specially sergeant Don Collier, which in several ovations force him to face the roughness of the work that they do, like killing Germans, not because they are evil, is because are Americans enemy in this conflict. For Don the real meaning of war is war itself, is a interesting contrast for war strategy, they don't care about what plan they do, their job is kill Nazis: Ideals are peaceful. History is violent.

The film depicts a very difficult relationship between the crew itself and their tiredness of been secluded in that little space with each other. But also embrace the pleasure of doing the kind the job the do, by always using the line: "Best job I ever had" and also referring to Fury as their home.

Fury is a good film about war, but is not pretentious. Avery is not giving you inner meaning to the story is just raw story for the audience and they have to digest it right there on screen. Michael Peña and Shia Lebouf are excellent on their roles. Steven Price creates a very particular sound for the film with his score composition.

The Imitation Game

Sometimes war were fought in a room filled with people instead of a war zone. Sometimes heroes are people who helped with strategy rather that the one who challenge the enemy until one of them just give up. This is the case of The Imitation Game a film by Morten Tydum (Buddy, Fallen Angels and Head Hunters) where Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) a mathematician, logician and pioneering of computer science his the key figure in cracking the Nazi German enigma code.

The films takes place in several years period where Turing is hired by MI6 to work with a team to crack the code. The story will have two different sets of flashbacks. one for Turing childhood and school time where he discovered his sexual orientation and also his early passion on cracking complex codes. the second flash back are the war time where the team and Turing work developing ways to analyze Nazi messages and the construction on the big computer who decipher the codes sent by the Germans.

Perhaps the problem with The Imitation Game is the film structure of those flashbacks. The film start in a specific time where Turing is talking to a police officer, then connect to the past, doing is back and forth scenes for a certain time. I assume that the idea of this scenes is connects the subsequent homosexuality charges with his work for MI6 and how people suspect about his behavior and how was consider a taboo for the British government and end up been his demise in late years.

On the other hand, the film won't disappoint. Is a inspiring film about a group of mathematicians and physics trying to win the war in a science lab and the early years of computers.

Benedict Cumberbatch is superb on this role, his performance is beyond extraordinary. Cumberbatch capture the essence of Turing. The rest of the cast is pretty good too, including Keira Knightley. The original score by Alexander Desplat is beautiful and the production design is well done.

St. Vincent
St. Vincent(2014)

Vincent McKenna (Bill Murray) lives in Bay Ridge NY. Is an angry fellow, misunderstood, without money. But on the inside he have a will to live. After the arrival of Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher) as Vincent new neighbor. Maggie is been forced due work related problems to have Oliver been take care by Vincent as nanny. The relationship turns into a special one. When Vincent teach Oliver how to fight, and bet on horse racing.

St Vincent is a funny story of the relationship of a kid and Vicent a sort of scoundrel trying to survive several circumstances like the pregnancy of his friend Daka (Naomi Watts) and the money debt with Zucko (Terrence Howard)

Bill Murray is amazing on this role as well Jaeden Lieberheras Oliver. The film is witty and funny.


A dystopian world where humans are facing extinction, by loosing there main resources under extreme conditions. A retired pilot Copper (Matthew McConaughey) lives with his kids Murph and Tom discover a secret mission that will guide space travelers to search a way help humanity to survive in another planet.

Interstellar is the visual stunning and groundbreaking film from Christopher Nolan (Dark Knight Trilogy, Memento and Inception) This film is about love, sacrifice, space travel, time, wormholes and the fifth dimension.

Nolan takes space travel to a whole different level, with a glimpse of images similar to 2001 Space Odyssey, The Right Stuff, Alien and Gravity. He used as many elements possible to take you to a trip to the unknown, achieving a masterful cinematic experience.

Interstellar is a film about space exploration focusing on saving the civilization, not necessary saving the actual one, but helping to make a new civilization in a different planet. Besides the complexity of the story about wormholes, black holes, time, space and relativity. Interstellar metaphorically speaking is about dying tradition of analog technologies that are loosing the battle with new technologies.

A handful of of elements, such as books, analog watches and black boards are present in the film been used by the actors. For Christopher Nolan artifacts are necessary in our lives, make us feel that the world is have a sense of unpredictability. The only computers available are TARS and CASE which are the state of the art robots who facilitate space travelers in driving the ship, working on the mission with a intensive database.

Code morse is perhaps one of the most groundbreaking element of communication in the film. Matthew McConaughey watch given to his daughter in the past turns out the key of communication with a message for a better future.

But the real connection between booth universe is held in the oldest carrier of information, books. Coopers home library contain the missing link and the reveal is gorgeous.

Hans Zimmer developed a singular score that simply skip his traditional sound, by creating one more human, less electronic with a nuances of Kubrick 2001.


Theater is one of the main resources to make films, a long list of plays based on books or plays based on plays been made throughout the film history. But make a film about the making of a play is pretty rare.

Birdman which tells the story of Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) an actor famous for portraying a action hero on hollywood films. Birdman a fictional character Batman type who haunts Riggan as a voice and alter ego. Riggan is struggling to become actor, director, writer from a theater play in NY escaping the blockbuster world and making real art on stage.

Alejandro Gonzales Iñarritu (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel) directs an stellar cast Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Emma Stone with groundbreaking film techniques by Director of Photography Oscar winner for Gravity Emmanuel Lubezki creating the illusion of a single shot instead of several editing cuts.

Replicating techniques like Alfred Hitchcock "The Rope" Gonzales Iñarritu and Lubezki use halls and passages as well dark rooms to transition between shots Douglas Crise and Stephen Mirrione edit the film masterfully.

Gonzales Iñarritu pay tribute to theater by using the single shot technique instead of several cuts a perfect fit for a theater goer who basically have to choose which angle to see and where to cut.

Michael Keaton is amazing, as well Edward Norton.
Antonio Sanchez score is masterful.

Gone Girl
Gone Girl(2014)

In the mist of the Amy (Rosamund Pike) and Nick (Ben Affleck) wedding anniversary the mysterious disappearance and potential murder of Amy, this happening shakes the traditional and conventional life of this small town in Missouri.

The character and attitude of Nick makes him the primal suspect of this crime. Who cannot hate him? David Fincher directs a film about marriage, domestic violence, media glorification of the good and bad.
Afflleck is perfect for the role. A lot of people dislike him as an actor or hollywood personality, but in this film all this hate is drain into a character how apparently is the main responsible of his wife gone missing.

With a witty language from most of the characters, the script encapsulate the biggest fears for a marriage couple, the death of a family member, in laws relationship, intimacy, hopes, dreams, aspirations, sacrifice for the greater good, fidelity and trust.

On the technical aspects the editing is well crafted, a very slow story, flow with an outstanding and out of place pace and rhythm, in a way seems to be in sync with the music score, made by the same team from Girl with The Drago Tattoo and Social Network (Trent Reznor Atticus Ross) The cinematography is pretty sharp and clean, the yellows and dark tones preserve the mystery of this thriller.

The most outstanding of this film is that you can see David Fincher at its best on every scene. From Zodiac, Social Network, Girl with The Drago Tattoo, The Game, Panic Room and even Seven.

This Is Where I Leave You

One of my least favorites genres on film is family reunion because of a death in the family. The case of This is Where I Leave is that compare to most of the movies such as The Family Stone, August: Osage County, Medea's Family Reunion and Home for Holidays, this movie is not taking place during the holidays. Perhaps the film have an excuse for a jewish ritual for the death.

This is Where I Leave you tell the story of Judd (Jason Bateman) a radio station producer who the day of his wife Quinn's (Abigail Spencer) birthday discover that the host of Judd radio show Wade (Dax Shepard) is been having an affair with Quinn.

After a period of time pass Wendy (Tina Fey) Judd's sister, call him to give him the news of his father passing. Finally during the funeral Wendy and Judd reunites with mom Hillary and the other two brothers Paul (Corey Soll) and Phillip (Adam Driver)

The story of the film is a constant reminder of how messed up the family is. Hillary telling their kids how sexual amazing their father was, Judd constant ignoring his Quinn phone calls and telling lies bout Quinn's absence during the mourning time. Phillip childish attitude to life, dating older and younger women at the same time and pretentious way of living as well Paul desperate search for having a baby with his wife Annie and finally Wendy marriage falling apart for a inconsiderate husband.

The film depicts another ordinary film family with nothing groundbreaking about it. The film have funny moments but is flat and the story fades away at the end.

Azul y no tan rosa (Blue and Not So Pink)

Blue and Not So Pink (Azul y no Tan Rosa) tells the story Diego (Guillermo García) a photographer living the best time of his life with his partner Fabrizio (Sócrates Serrano) a respected doctor. Diego have a turbulent past, when he was younger he had a kid Armando (Nacho Montes) with his high school sweetheart, Armando and his mother live in Spain.

After tragic events of an homophobic attack that ends Fabrizio in coma, Diego is forced to recover the lost time with Armando, this will become a intense relationship of discovering and learning. Diego's best friend is a drag queen by the name Delirio del Rio played by Hilda Abrahamz who bring sense to the story with gay jokes and spicing up some of the situations that happen on the film.

Miguel Ferrari directs this film about very important social issues: homophobic violence, homosexuality, transsexualism and domestic violence. "Blue and Not So Pink" becomes another great film about tolerance and respect of every human being no matter their sexual orientation.

In a way the film is powerful, but the story is not new. Some of the movie have reminiscence to the Australian film "Priscilla Queen of the Desert". Where a group of drag queens embarked themselves into a road trip to from Sidney to the great outback. Anthony Belrose (Hugo Weaving) have a lost child like in "Blue and Not So Pink" have a great friend drag queen as well, Adam Whitely/Felicia Jollygoodfellow (Guy Pierce) which also reminds me to Delirio del Rio played by Hilda Abrahamz. Besides "Blue and Not So Pink" film doesn't have a road trip as a main plot for the film, it offers one near the end of the movie. The besides this similarity both films offer strong messages about tolerance against homophobic practice.


Cantinflas was a famous director, actor, producer and comedian from Mexico. Mario Moreno creates this role in the 30's while he was working at a circus. This role becomes a emblem for his country of origin but also a mega star for Spanish speaking territories, because all the films.

The film Cantinflas directed by Sebastian del Amo, attempt to tell this story using two simple plots. The making of the film Around the World in 80 days and the early days of Mario Moreno before he was just finding a way to make it. Óscar Jaenada plays Cantinflas bringing him back to life with interesting nuances such as his movements, voice tone and facial expressions. Michael Imperioli plays Mike Todd producer of Around the World in 80 days.

Cantinflas lack of a proper film structure, the movie tries to connect the young Cantinflas to the old one with parallel situations that goes from 30's then the 50's and back and forth. Amo tries to connects this two situations, but we see two different Cantiflas struggling in completely different circumstances. I assume the film have budget constrains because there is also a lack of locations in Mexico.

Sadly the film was really bad reviewed in America, what I mean sadly is US critics don't understand or will never understand who was Cantinflas or how he influenced the spanish speaking audiences.

Cantinflas is a decent film about the life of this great performer, unfortunately this film not represent fully his success and legacy.

A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man is the most recent film of Aton Corbijn and probably the last film we ever see from Phillip Seymour Hoffman. The film plot covers a very powerful story about a half Chechen, half Russian arrived to Hamburg looking for help in a islamic community. He claims that his father owns a fortune in a bank. US and Germany government are interested in this character using wiretapping and other techniques to hunt this guy.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman plays Günther Bachmann the leader of the operation following the most wanted man. His team will hunt and blackmail everyone to get all the information about this person before the americans get him first.

Rachel McAdams plays a civil lawyer trying to get political asylum to the Chechen rebel and Willem Dafoe plays a the bank president intrigued by all the money involved in this situation.

The film is suspenseful and beautifully shot, Aton Corbijn delivers a powerful film with a great assemble cast.

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Lasse Hallström is a swedish director and screenwriter with a Lasse Hallström is a swedish director and screenwriter with a outstanding filmography. From My Life as a Dog, The Cider House Rules, Chocolat and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Hallström offers a very interesting and diverse collection of films. With this new movie he goes back to one of the essence of his craft, relationship thru food.

The Hundred Foot Journey tales the story of Hassan the oldest son of a indian family who loves to cook. He learned almost everything he knows thanks to his mom. A mob attack and firebombs over a election dispute the family restaurant is destroyed and Hassan mom is killed in the fire. The family seek asylum in Europe trying to find a better living. Finally they settle by accident in a small town in France. Papa decided to settle there by opening a indian restaurant across the street from a french restaurant owned Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren).

The film is a fun exploration of cultural clashes, family relationship and the values of working hard to be successful. Hallström delivers a great movie, with charming images of France as well the food.

The Hundred Foot Journey is entertaining.


A train travels over a snowy landscape, it goes a really high speed. Inside carry a very unusual shipment... People of several ethnicity's and several social levels. This is a basic premise of the film "Snowpierecer" directed by Bong Joon-ho (Mother, The Host). Snowpiercer is based on a french graphic novel Le Transperceniege. A group of people living in a dystopian world where the only way of survival is on a train (Snowpierecer). In 2014 an experiment to counteract global waning cause an ice age. The habitants of the tail of the train are people living in inhumane conditions, probably like slums. The train contain a very strict level of security and also provide food as protein blocks of food. Among the survivors in the tail of the train we have Curtis (Chris Evans)a rebel who is organizing a riot against the government of the Snowpiercer, specially Wilford the creator of the train. Curtis develop a plan for years and he is been helped by a group of angry people (Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, John Hurt) willing to sacrifice all for the well being, specially to recover dignity and what every citizen want as their own right.

The story contain a collection of metaphors and semiotic elements that makes the film a try masterpiece. The society is divided by train cars, and you need to go thru all the chain to make it to the top. In a way the quest of the tail society in the train is like The Wizard of Oz, the journey is filled with challenges and complications, but when you reach the destination, the reward is the journey not the destination. The tail represents how societies are facing problems this day and age. Revolts, drepravation of food and water supplies and crowded conditions. Weapons are make with rudimental elements, even a torch is more powerful than night vision goggles. The hierarchy from the top of societies, like corporations are represented by Wilford who controls everything, security and social alienation and manipulation. Kids follow the script and been taught to love Wilford and despise the members of the tail of the train, other cars are filled with superficial elements: drugs, sex, alcohol, luxury. The quest is so unique for the members of the tail that none of seems to care about any frivolous things in the train, they seem amuse or perhaps ignore those things for the lack of it.

Snowpiercer is a better approach to a dying societies like The Hunger Games or Divergent.

Begin Again
Begin Again(2014)

Love, the lack of it and the lost of it. Can be expressed in words, and expressions, but also in music. Composers and songwriters do it all the time. You can be in love with a song, feel sad about a lost love or even feel melancholy for not been in love.

The film "Begin Again" directed by John Carney (Once) is the story of two lost souls in the streets of NYC. Dan Mulligan (Mark Ruffalo) a struggling record label executive, divorced, unrelated to his teenager daughter and loosing his record label meet in a East Village bar Gretta (Kiera Knigthley) a young songwriter who travels with her boyfriend at the time Dave Kohl (Adam Levine) a big shot songwriter and singer who is brought to NY for a record deal, a few months later Dave break up with Gretta, after having an affair with an intern from the record label.

This two souls Dan and Gretta, connect each others to produce a record with songs written by Gretta and using NY sounds and places as a backdrop of the album. The whole experience will be a learning curve for Gretta and Dan.

Begin Again is a fun romantic comedy that makes you feel in love about NY with music and personal experiences.


Richard Linklater director of such Richard Linklater director of such films like Before Midnight, Before Sunset, Before Sunrise and Bernie. Explore the life of a kid till he is a grown up man in his new movie Boyhood. Starring Patricia Arquette and and Ethan Hawke. The film was shot in the period of 12 years and tells the story of Mason a curious kid, his sister Samantha and his divorced parents. During 166 minutes, we see this kid facing revelations like his mother wrong choices to find a proper man, but her work to go to college and make a living to raise her kids as great persons. Boyhood shows an important side of parenting and the word of circumstances surround a son and a daughter. How divorce parents are able to cope with confused kids, but also shows the value of family bonding and conversations between a father and his son.

The film is well articulated and not brag about interesting or groundbreaking techniques to tell the story of Mason, props in the film, social situations and political landmarks make you understand the changing time that this kids later adults face during 12 years of their life. The is no arrogance or pretentious style in the movie. The film is unique and simple. Simple cuts and music from that period helps you understand that time have pass, but also discovering Mason and Samantha and their friends reveal that a period of their life reached them make them a teenager or a your adult.

Boyhood is a beautiful film, powerful and educational experience for any father and mother struggling raise a kid.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

The world is facing probably its latest conflict and the mutants are in the brink of disappearance. Robots "Sentinels" are been created to destroy all mutants. The only solution is to travel thru time to the moment when sentinels were created in order to eliminate them. Professor X and Magneto join forces to send Wolverine to 1973 in order to fulfill this mission. During this period Wolverine will face the young Magneto and Professor X trying to convince them that they need to help each other in order to save themselves in the future.

Bryan Singer directs X-Men: Days of Future Past he brings back the true essence of the original X men, a true memorable scene like the rescue of young Magneto (Michael Fasbender) by Quicksilver (Evan Peters) make this movie unique. But the plot sometimes can be extremely confusing that you loose tracks of the situations or happenings, specially Young Magneto's actions. Probably the best role in the film is James McCavoy playing Young Professor X. Peter Dinklage was a waste, a great actor used for a really useless role.


Food is a great source of inspiration for several artist, painters, musicians, sculptures and filmmakers,
Specially movies about food, explore the success of the demise of a human being: Chefs and wannabe chefs discover thru food, love, passion, money and reconnection with love ones.

In the film Chef Jon Favreau (f Iron Man and Iron Man 2, but also the writer of the cult classic Swingers) explore most of the human aspects mentioned previously. The story of the film Chef is about a chef Carl Casper who is one of the best in Los Angeles, frustrated of the owner of the restaurant Riva (Dustin Hoffman) he decide to quit his job and do some soul searching with the help of his ex wife Inez (Sofia Vergara)

Carl Casper have a a few problems in his life, he is disconnected with his son, he wants to cook food that he loves and he feels empty without a partner. In the brink of all this situations Chef Casper become the social media sensation after been bad reviewed by a blogger, and later rant about this blogger on twitter and in a video of Chef Casper going viral. Ex wife Inez helped to focus on the wonders of traditional cuban food, exploring the possibility to own a food truck.

Favreau attract the audience with a light comedy, beautiful food footage, nice road trip across the US and great actors appearance from Robert Downey Jr, Scarlet Johanson, Oliver Platt.


Locke is the story of Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) a contraction foreman who is responsible of a massive concrete pour in Birmingham UK, departs from his work place for the night. His ride on the freeway is a revelation for the audience. He have a great family with two kids and a important job. But Locke have a secret. The story takes place inside Locke's car. Thru phone calls the story unfolds between Locke, his family, a co worker, his boss and a girl.

The GPS and the screens which shows the callers is the window for Ivan Lock to express his feelings, what's he going trough and where he is going. He wants to make things right this time, but a chain of problems and consequences haunt him. He wants to manage his life like he was dealing with concrete in a construction.

The film is a challenge from a filmmaker point of view. shot in less than a month during nighttime telling the story inside a vehicle.

Locke is a powerful film, beautiful shot and edited with a powerful performance by Tom Hardy.

Million Dollar Arm

Million Dollar Arm tells the true story of a US sport agent struggling to find an clients in their new company managing sports talent.

J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm) needs a big hit in order to keep the company alive. An asian businessman is willing to invents in asian players, after that conversation Bernstein realize that is hard to get good asian players, but none ever explore the possibility of getting indian players. This happen after watching a cricket game on TV noticing how fast these players pitch.

Bernstein embarks on a trip to find "A million dollar" a contest to bring cricket players across india to try the next big baseball player. Bernstein discover two great potential players Rinku played by Suraj Sharma ( Life of Pi) and Dinesh played by Madhur Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire) this kids comes from rural towns in India and they never seen America before. In the blink of an eye Bernstein bring Rinku and Disneh to Los Angeles to train as a baseball players, but been away from family and home will conflict with his talents. Bernstein is so focusing so much into business that he forgot what are the human aspects all about.

Million Dollar arm is a sort of a mix of Slummdog Millionaire and Jerry Maguire.
This is fun and emotional film about sports.

The Lunchbox
The Lunchbox(2014)

Movies always been obsessed Movies always been obsessed with food. Films that tale the tales of love, deception and success with the power of food use this element to create wonderful stories. From Like Water for Chocolate, Babette's Feast, Chocolat, Eat Drink Woman, these films tell stories of struggling families, passionate relationships and search for happiness.

In the Indian film The Lunchbox (Dabba) we have two major characters Saajan play by Irrfan Khan (Slumndog Millionaire, Life of Pi) a nearly retired from accountant office who is grieving the dead of his wife and Illa play Nimrat Kaur who is a unsatisfied wife who is trying to reconquer her husband with food. The idea from Illa with the help of her aunt is cook the most wonderful dishes and send it to her husband using the service of Dabbawalas a messenger service who deliver lunches right at her husband office. By mistake the lunchbox is received by Saajan who enjoyed the food so much. After the second lunch Illa realize that her husband is not receiving the food, but is other person, and she decided to send a not with the lunchbox in order to find out who is the mysterious person who is enjoying Illa's cooking skill.

The film The lunchbox is hopeful, funny and represents a single love story, where both characters share personal thoughts about life and dreams. Is a true gem of Indian cinema.

Bad Hair
Bad Hair(2014)

Life can be seen from the point of Life can be seen from the point of view of a kid as innocent, unique and special. Doesn't matter of how poor or rich a family can be, the kid will always dream and wish something out of the ordinary.

For Junior (Samuel Lange Zambrano) his long dream was to get his hair straight ready for his school picture. The story takes place in a poor area of Caracas during social turmoil, when a president is facing illness and the followers of the president are doing sacrifices for his health. This backdrop is a the social scenario of a Junior's mother Marta (Samantha Castillo) constant struggle to maintain a two kids from a murdered father at any cost, but also her homophobic feelings about Junior.

The film explore political messages and social problems about kids living in poor areas, who dream big, but those dreams are slashed out but broken promises and sad realities.

The story is powerful, with strong messages, about tolerance, respect and society morals about people who think different.

Nymphomaniac: Volume II

The best way to solve a problem is accept that there is one...
Traditionally you will go to therapy, talk about it and seek medical help if is need it.

But never go against your own will and explore new levels of that problem. Perhaps that's what happens to Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) in the volume 2 of Nymphomaniac. She lost her sexual appetite after feel disappointed to her love and partner Jeróme.

Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård) continues listening Joe's story about her sexual journey. Her new passages in life are more disturbing but also are more interesting. After the deteriorating relationship with Jerome, Joe continue feeding her sexual appetite that goes from sadomasochism with a real professional played by Jamie Bell. Joe experience pain mentally physically and psychologically, metaphorically speaking she sees her falling apart after this pain, but also her obsession with pain almost make her loose the one thing that keeps her together, her son.

Her obsession leads her to new sexual additions by having sexual innuendos with two African brothers, total strangers that she spy from her window. The episode turns into a comedic one, when the brothers cannot decide witch sexual position are going to share with Joe, while she stood in front to big erect penis.

The journey continues when she explore sex with a girl young protégé and also with L a character played by Willem Dafoe, a guy who owns a company responsible of provide pleasure to wealthy people.

The conclusion is a harsh as the viewer's relationship with Von Trier, is never passionate or emotional is cold and hard as it can be. We can love him for what he did, we just keep want more, more controversial and nonsense stories.

Nymphomaniac: Volume I

When you start a relationship based just on sex, there is no room for love or any other feeling than just lust. Is aggressive, immediate, carnal, insensitive and end abruptly.

To me thats the way to explain the first film Nymphomania Vol 1. The film start with Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård) a middle aged loner walking on a dark alley after buying groceries, he finds Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) laying on the floor totally beat up. After take care of her, Joe start telling him the story of her life, how she end up there and the origin of her sexual obsession.

During the course of this first volume Seligman hearing all the sexual chapters of Joe's life, that goes from her sexual discovery to her eminent relationship with Jerôme (Shia LeBeouf) the person who treasure the end of her virginity and also the end of her vaginal sensibility. While Seligman is listening Joe's stories, he provoke her by adding bizarre elements to they stories, thanks to his studies as a scholar, most of the references are related to fly fishing, which later becomes in metaphors of how Joe catching sexual partners from the early age.

Joe's relationship with her father was special, but at the end is represented with a twisted sexual reference by showing a corpse at the same angle of her open legs while Joe is lubricating.

Joe is a sinner Seligman is a sinner, everyone in this film are sinners in a way. Joe express her obsession with sex and lack of pleasure by switching patterns, lying to them in a articulated montage of images back to back.

This not Lars Von Trier finest work, but represents a very risky exploration of a hungry woman who is not socially accepted for her desires, more than her mistakes.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson "The Gran Budapest Hotel" represents the highest peak in this director style. The film outstanding art direction and cinematography is one of the biggest attraction, as well a powerful ensemble cast.

"The Gran Budapest Hotel" tales the story of Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes) a well known concierge in this hotel in the 1920's. Zero Mustafa (F. Murray Abraham/Tony Revolori) recounts the events from his own point of view as well his relationship with Gustave H. This legendary concierge was demanded by rich old ladies that visit the hotel for the luxury of the place as well how Gustave carter them in so many ways. One of the visitors Madame D (Tilda Swinton) was in love of the famous concierge, for a wide variety of reasons, she also offer Gustave all her fortune if she dies.

Suddenly after Madame D last visit, came the sad news that she die Gustave is included as part of the will which upset all the members of the family including her son Dmitri Desgoffe-und-Taxis.

The story will takes place in interesting passages of Gustave in jail as well well crafted actions scenes and chase.

"The Gran Budapest Hotel" is not a powerful story like older films from Wes Anderson, but is a delightful film paying tribute to the silent films era with cinematic techniques, beautiful art direction, costume design and a powerful assemble cast.

The Great Beauty

A choir sing in a italian square while a bunch of Japanese tourist listen an italian tourist guy, one of the tourist split from the group to snap some panoramic pictures of the city, suddenly he is dead... The life start in the afternoon for everyone

The Great Beauty start with a wild party on the rooftop of luxury apartment in Rome. You can identify the main character of this story, the selfish people with un reciprocated love, the heavy drinker with nothing left to live, midgets, dominatrix and horny fellows. The last person to reveal is the singular guy smoking and seems to having a blast on this party, this i Jep.

Jep is a writer, Jep is a playboy, Jep is the happiest guy in Italy. The Great Beauty tells the story of Jep Gambardella a well known writer with a single successful book, lives "La Dolce Vita" in this wonderful and amazing apartment with a terrace to the Coliseum, he lives the live to the fullest, with crazy parties with friends who share a common interest in writing and theater. But there empty, from the inside.

Jep search for love, real one, he spent hours by looking at the ceiling picturing the ocean, the sea that saw him grew and saw him been in love and passionated about things, but specially Elissa his lost love.

That's What triggers Jep emotions. He relived the first kiss, his first sexual encounter and how his life is been dedicated to enjoy the superficial pleasures of life, the drugs, the lust, the alcohol and the luxury.

The Great Beauty is surreal, is fantastic, is a pure joy a real movie buzz, he honored the great Federico Fellini with his iconic images, the religious symbols, but most importune how caricature characters travel from one extreme to the other, camouflaging their emotions using fancy clothes, fancy cars, erotic dance moves and elegant dinner parties with bishops and cardinals.

The film travels to the underground lives of instant botox, the Costa Concordia, unusual gifted kids painters who drain their hate, but mostly The Great Beauty is about a man who wanders the city and his life.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Making biopics is a big challenge, in fact could be a curse if are not make properly.
Director Justin Chadwick director of several TV series in the UK, was responsible of making Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom a film about the life of Nelson Mandela.

Idris Elba play the iconic character who change the destiny of South Africa by changing the country with his ideas. The film follow Mandela from childhood, his first years as a lawyer, his first marriage, then his relationship with Winnie, his trouble maker times till his incarceration and concluding on his presidency.

Mandela Long Walk to Freedom is looks like a TV film, of course it was well produced but probably do his director is hard to not compare the film to a made to TV movie biopic. Idris Elba is such a talented actor and deserve recognition. What annoys me is the make up add to to Mr Elba to make it look old. Is distracting and is not accurate. The screenplay by William Nicholson is strong but sometimes borderline of been corny,

I believe that after a long career for Mr Chadwick making movies, the transition to Hollywood will help him to define his style and also will create a better look for his films instead of looking more TV movie that actual film movie.


Who is Gloria?
Gloria is a middle age woman, recently divorce, lonely by missing her son and daughter, by wanted to be alive again. Not by just going to clubs and dance with every guy on the room. "Gloria" wants to be loved again.

Sebastián Leilo director of the film "Gloria" creates timeless story about a woman searching for what is missing for her. Pleasure, in the context of human beings the pleasure of been loved, been desire, been able to express yourself without judgment or dance with someone, enjoying good music. This kind of pleasures can been seen from the very beginning of the movie. Gloria singing in the car while she drives to work, then after hours heading to a club and dancing, meeting a older guy, here and there. That's when she meet Rodolfo a retired naval officer, who shows her at the very beginning pleasures that she wanted.

From fine dinner, learning of how to play paintball, to good and intense sex. Gloria discover that Rodolfo is a total jerk who support his early thirty daughters as well his wife who was separated a year ago.

The film presents a strong dilemma, been with someone or been alone. There is several vignettes in the film "Gloria" that semiotically represents Gloria demise and resurrection as a woman and human being. From facing a white peacock in a wedding, to accepting the presence of a bald cat who escape from his junky neighbor to a personal reflection after hearing the tune The Waters of March.

On the other hand the movie Gloria is filled with small details in the scenes, things that make it unique, Gloria and Rodolfo before having sex they start removing corset as a ritual by peeling the ages that both characters are facing.

Gloria is a very powerful film, with a slow pace, but with a fantastic actress Paulina Garcia.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

When Peter Jackson announced the making of the Hobbit I wasn't excited about the idea, at first make me feel that the prequel trend was continuing thanks to George Lucas revising Star Wars prequels. Now that I seen the second film I was right.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of the Smaug is the second installment of the book The Hobbit made by JRR Tolkien. The story on this movie continues the events that happened on the film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. This second film continues the quest of of Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and a group of dwarves in their quest to reclaim Erebor. Throughout the movie the main characters are facing several obstacles as well life changing decisions in order to achieve the main goal.

I have to say that this movie have several moment when is very entertaining. But Peter Jackson is making the terrible decision to doing this films so long. The Hobbit: The Desolation of the Smaug can be very boring sometimes and less entertaining than its predecessors. Even with the help of well known characters or new ones (Legolas play by Orlando Bloom and Tauriel played by Evangeline Lily) the films feels flat and predictable. The adventure is just simple and continuously endless.

Besides the great effort of amazing visual effects, sets and make up. The Hobbit: The Desolation of the Smaug is another adventure film with no big twist.


A guy sits by himself dictating a letter, sounds like a lover letter. It sounds personal, but at the same time seems to point out the impersonal that could be when this guy is trying to express his feelings by using a dictation software and then is reveal that is an anniversary letter. When the camera pulls back the audience discover a whole office that their solely business is to create this letters for someone.

The guy dictating the letter is Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) a lonely and introvert guy, like anyone that you bump on the street. A guy who loves technology, use it for everything , it fills his wishes and desires, from a game alone at home to the traditional online porn. We can see easily that Theodore needs company, at the moment he is dealing with a dramatic divorce with Catherine (Rooney Mara). Like anyone in in this period of time, he needs to occupy his mind with something. Theodore decide to get the new OS operating system, the most intuitive of all, basically it adapt to the user and grow with it. That's when Samantha (Voice of Scarlett Johansson) appears. She gives Theodore company, entertain him and give him something special and unique to live.

Spike Jonze (director) explore a surreal world when everyone who watch this movie will click. Computers metaphorically speaking rule our worlds and lives, give us solutions to our daily activities, but also make us dependable of the information, the pleasures, the entertainment, but sadly make us dumb.

One of the most particulars characters on the film is Olivia Wilde as a blind date. Some friends of Theodore fix a date with this girl just to fill the emptiness of Phoenix character. Throughout the date scene you discover how many people can meet using a online dating site a girls as needy and desperate like this one, a girl with conditions but also with so much necessities. That's how you realize that in the world of technology people find in front of the computer screen, love, pleasure, lust, entertainment, fun, but also the discovery of psychological illness.

Theodore and the rest of the characters shown their true skin when you see them interacting with their computers and the systems that sort of help our lives to make it "easy" but at the end of the day can destroy our ability to be just us, humans.

If you recall computers in movies and the effect, you can see Hal from 2001, T800 and T1000 The Terminator The Replicants in Blade Runner, Tron you will see that most of the computers, devices and operating systems come to the humans as a total novelty, but then you discover how so much bad can do to you, physically and mentally

Le passé (The Past)

A divorce is a very painful moment in your life and in fact a very experience that help you remember your past life. The confrontation of what's left behind is the main plot of the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi "The Past", the story takes place in France where Ahmad (Ali Mostafat) return from Theran to finish his divorce papers with soon to be ex-wife Marie (Bérenice Bejo) and also visit the daughters of Marie previous marriages. Ahmad discover that Marie is already in a new relationship with an Arab man name Samir who has a son whose wife is in coma.

From the very begging Fahardi established very interesting film making elements in order explain his point on why the film is called "The Past" Ahmad arrived at the airport meeting Marie both seen divided by a soundproof glass, their expressions consist into a vivid metaphor of was left, dissolved emotions, good and bad memories but perhaps the glass represents inability to communicate which results into a divorce, Ahmad and Marie arrived at the car in the airport parking totally wet from a unexpected rain, you see the last sparkle of that relationship, you see their faces as a reflection picking the pieces of what's left.

Later Ahmad and Marie drive to pick up Lucie at the school, the daughter of Marie in a previous marriage, which have problems with Marie, because she disapproved Samir relationship with her mother. Again, Fahardi use the glass metaphor with Ahmad and cop who is asking him to move the car while he parked on a unauthorized section, the conversation is presented mute as hidden message, is Ahmad ability to offer solutions, by avoiding conflicts or perhaps find ways around.

That's how you finally discover in just two scenes how the main characters are going to play in this complex film. The story is revealed like a cop drama, where every revelation is painful but necessary for the conclusion.

Asghar Farhadi create another powerful story about difficult characters who still love their Arab roots, are dealing with new territories and new relationships.

The Wolf of Wall Street

When I first read that "The Wolf of Wall Street" I was wondering how difficult and complicated will be to make this movie. From the length of the story to the cast and the esthetics behind the film.

After watching the film, which cause me a headache after I finished the long 3 hours I will say that this movie should be called: Gordon Gekko's Wall Street on Steroids. The story of Wolf of Wall Street, tell the story of Jordan Belfort a stockbroker who started woking in the business in 1987. During a stock crisis he lost his job and started working on a Long Island boiler room which deals with penny stocks. His pitching style earn him a fortune, after meeting Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill) they decide to open a their own firm. The story continues with the rise of Jordan's company, the lifestyle that goes from expensive prostitutes and drugs. Overall the film is intense, you can see Marty signature all over the place, from his typical filmmaking, Thelma Schoonmaker editing style and rhythm.

Unfortunately the problem of the movie is tell the tale in 3 hours, you can see how was cut and understand the lack of information in some characters as well the plot. Some nudity was necessary to show the excess of the stock brokers lifestyle, but to show the debauchery happening there you can use smarter tools.
The Wolf of Wall Street tried embrace the luxury, the excess and the pleasure of that lifestyle. Jordan Belfort and their team of con artist are heroes, their funny and they not representing any evil. But at the end of the day, they stole people money for their own pleasure. None is punished, comparing to Goodfellas, the last one, show you the good and the bad of been against the law.

Di Caprio is amazing and earn his reward as experienced actor, Jonah Hill is great, Matthew McConaughey is really good besides his limited screen time. I love Rob Reiner performance.

Overall the film is entertaining

Inside Llewyn Davis

Music in film is a true joy to watch. Stories of music bands, singers, composers or just creators of music, explore memorable moment when a tune came to life and the challenge pressing the dream of been famous. From Alan Parker "The Commitment", Olvier Stone "The Doors" Steve Kloves "The Fabulous Baker Boys and Luis Valdez "La Bamba" films that explore music artits and their life most of the time tell the tale from the beginning to the end, sometimes tragic, sometimes ironic and even unusual.

For Joel and Ethan Coen and their film "Inside Llewyn Davis" this is not an exception. The movie takes place in a folk scene in NY during 1961 and presents the life of Llewyn Davis in a week of calamities, successful encounters, unwanted babies, missing cats and cold road trips.
"Inside Llewyn Davis" is a musical film as it best, you enjoy every part of it, in a way reminds me the importance that Alan Parker gave to "The Commitments" music performances are important to the story, it helps to connect the audience with the artist itself. It allows you to feels the music, and find meaning to their lyrics where the singer came from and where is going. Perhaps is an expression of freedom but also the struggle of been a true spirit in the music scene of 1961. Oscar Issac is great, Carey Mulligan is stunning.
This is a movie for music fans.

Saving Mr. Banks

I'm always share fascination to movie about the making of a movie. Films like The Player, White Hunter Black Heart, Boogie Nights, Ed Wood and 8 1/2 explore the nature of a director, a producer or the actors during the production of a movie. Alternate stories of human suffering, personal approval, murder and turbulent pass represents this films and their characters.

In Saving Mr Banks Emma Thompson plays P.L. Travers writer for the famous book Mary Poppins, and tells her story of her trip to Hollywood to start the production of this famous Julie Andrews movie. Mrs Travers is trudging finically and her only solution is to sell the rights of Mary Poppins book to make the film via Disney Studios. She met Walt Disney play by Tom Hanks and the team behind the film Richard and Rober Sherman (Jason Schwartzman and BJ Novak) and Don DaGradi (Bradley Whitford)

Mrs Travers have a very difficult relationship with the team, she question everything on the film, from costume and set design, the use of singing on the movie and also the plot and how Banks senior play on the movie. The pre-production becomes an entire cathartic experience for Mrs Travers, bringing childhood memories make the audience understand that Mary Poppins is based on her life experience, her father alcoholism and how her aunt help the family to bring back their feet.

The film is sentimental and fun to watch, Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson are great, Paul Giamatti is my favorite on the movie. Is great to see a little bit of how the song were made and the involvement of Walt Disney into the production of Mary Poppins


Four years ago actor and writer Steve Coogan, made a TV show called the trip. The plot was a about a restaurant tour on the north of England. Coogan seems to be interest in a human exploration during a trip, could be like the American called: road trip, but mostly comedic.

In the movie "Philomena" by director Stephen Frears (The Queen, Dangerous Liaisons and The Grifters) brought Coogan to do another kind of trip.

Judi Dench (Skyfall, Shakespeare in Love, Iris) plays Philomena Lee a woman who 50 years ago gave birth to a baby in Ireland, but because she wasn't married she is forced to give him up for adoption. Philomena's daughter introduce to Journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) after she met him in a party while she works as a waitress. She tell Philomena story and ask Martin to help her to find her lost son. Martin comes from been fired from BBC after an scandal.

The film into a soul searching experience that happens to be a road trip that start in England, passing from Ireland and ends in Washington, DC. Philomena a very religious person who was confined to a convent where she lived there a pregnant woman. Her beliefs go beyond her ability to understand that some members of the church can be bad persons and disappearance from her son. While Martin not believe in the church or religion, he believe in his work and his ability to find information and clues. His life just focusing on bring his reputation back at an cost. Philomena story is the way to achieve a good reputation.

Both performances are great Dench and Coogan are great together. The film is really well directed and adapted from the book.

American Hustle

Scammers or con artist films have the particularity of make them heroes or perhaps generate love and compassion for them. Audiences feel some connection to the fact of enjoying their operations and how defeat the system.

Cath Me if You Can, Bowfinger, The Color of the Money, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Sting constitute a notable collections of films where scammers did their best earn recognition and get enormous quantity of money. Most of this films have an element of comedy, but never dig deep enough to their drama and their humanity.

In David O Russell "American Hustle" focus on one thing specifically, Humanity. The film tell the story of Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) a con artist and his partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams).

During one of their operations they meet FB agent Richie Di Masso (Bradley Cooper) and they end up cutting a under the table deal to get politicians using a wealthy Sheik as a decoy.

When you experience the movie, you think you are not watching something new, in fact, it looks like you put Martin Scorsese Goodfellas and Casino and Gregory Roy Hill "The Sting" in a blender. The result is American Hustle. What makes the movie different is the story and the characters. There is comedy in it, but in reality, what is comedy? Real life is comedy. Everyday situations are comedy? I took the film seriously, and I couldn't laugh to some situations like the rest of the audience.

There is seriousness of been a con artist. You live your life to the fullest, but you know that you can get caught, so your wealthy life might vanish in a blink of an eye. Every character in American Hustle suffer from a problem they need to understand that beyond the money and luxury, there is an end. You will love someone and you will loose someone, could be friendship or love.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

One of the most important element in political propaganda is the use of unsung heroes who become the representation of people who are controlled by the government. The tools of socialism or communism is generating illusions of success thru media and superficial events that serve as decoy to hide the reality/ This common in democratic governments who needs this to avoid crisis.

In the film Hunger Games: Catching Fire we see a stablished government ruthless to their people and eager to create this illusions buy using the winners of the latest Hunger Games Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) who comes from district 12. Most of this districts are poor and the use of this heroes are perfect to boost moral and excitement while the government keep enforcing and fighting rebellions. This film is stronger than the first one, you can feel better the message about rise against a ruthless President in order to get better quality of life, by fighting the real enemy, non democratic governments.

Hunger Games is entertaining and fun to watch.

12 Years a Slave

The Human suffering or struggle it's been depicted in so many ways by filmmakers. Perhaps the most chilling was developed by Steve Mcqueen in 12 Years of Slave.

The topic of slavery is represented in so many genres, like sic fi in Cloud Atlas, animated in The Prince of Egypt, Historical drama like Amistad and Glory or even black humor in Django Unchained.

No matter the connection about slavery in film, 12 Years of Slave is one the most difficult films that have seen this year. The story is about Solomon Northup free black man from New York, that is abducted and sold to slavery. He end up in several cotton plantation in Georgia. Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Solomon, with an all star cast from Michael Fasbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupia Nyong'o Sarah Paulson and Brad Pitt. The two and a half hours covers those 12 years on Solomon, his struggle to stay alive with dignity.

Ejiofor is fantastic on the movie, like the rest of the cast deliver a powerful film. Beautiful shoot and edited.

About Time
About Time(2013)

Time travel is one of the biggest mysteries in the whole world. Human beings keep searching for that powerful weapon to control destiny and be able to manipulate success and defeat failure.

Movies explore this phenomenon in so many ways, travel to the past with the intention to change the future and avoid world war against machines (Terminator, Terminator 2) Travel to the past and the future in order to create a better possibilities to a family and also avoid extinction (Back to The Future and their sequels) Time travel control to avoid criminals to manipulate or alter of the past (Timecop) and even time travel in the search for a better life in a better time period( Midnight in Paris)

In the film About Time (Richard Curtis) Time (Domhnall Gleeson) discover from his dad that the member of his family are capable to travel thru time. His father (Bill Nighty) warned him that the power to control time is delicate, also explain the consequences of doing so. Time move to London pursuing a career as a lawyer, and that's how he met Mary (Rachel McAdams) The attraction is instant. he collect her information to call her again. Back home his landlord, a playwright is depressed because his opening play was a disaster because his main actor forgot his lines. Time decide to go back in time to help him. Suddenly he released that he altered his future with Mary, because we never met her. After a whole series of time travels he finally was able to met Mary in the right moment and blend the present and potential future for him and Mary.

Tim, realize that you cannot change future constantly to make it perfect, without alter others destiny, from Tim sisters alcoholism, to some other family members future.

About Time is not a great film, is just a romantic comedy, with some tone of drama. The movie explore another side of time travel, the consequences of controlling this ability, the chaos if manipulating destiny and avoid living life day by day, expecting the unexpected. That's the real message of this film.
Life is simple, but also complex, you cannot make your life perfect, you have to enjoy it the best way possible.

Dallas Buyers Club

Every film that explores real life situations about AIDS patient are considered films about struggle and should searching, with a mesmerizing message. The film Dallas Buyer Club plays the opposite message telling the tale of a real life cowboy Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) consider himself homophobic and at the same time a promiscuous risky guy, who enjoy alcohol and drugs.
When the film start you see a semiotic message of a guy riding a bull, while you can see Matthew McConaughey character having sex right across the of the gates at the rodeo, looking at the action in the shadows. The paradox is two very dangerous activities with life treating conclusion.
That's what the film is all about, chasing danger while making life worth. Matthew McConaughey transform himself as skinny at could be with a Academy Award winning role, while Jared Leto perform as a transgender person who is also sick for the epidemic of Aids.
Dallas Buyer Club takes place in a very conflicted time for the US 1985, when Rock Hudson makes his announcement of AIDS decease and the beginning, a confusing time for people, deaths, sickness and no hope. Also a time for opportunism from pharmaceutical companies who look for make prophets with the decease.
The cast is strong, but the film is slow, the pace takes you to the miraculous life of Ron Woodroof on how he beat the odds of 30 days of life, and how he tricked the FDA and change the rule for AIDS patients.

Captain Phillips

The biggest challenge in portrait real events are a very difficult matter, specially if the story is pretty recent. Make films about true life events with a 3 to 10 year is controversial and risky. Wounds have not heal and facts are not completely accurate.
Perhaps in the case of the film Captain Phillips I can make an exception because the responsible in the director's chair is one of the most respected creators, Paul Greengrass with films such as The Borne Supremacy, and United 93. The last one nominated for two Academy Awards, one for Greengrass.
United 93 was a well reviewed film about of the events of the flight United Airlines flight 93 hijacked during the 9/11 events, with terrible consequences.
In the film Captain Phillips Paul Greengrass again, work in a real life events of the 2009 incident were Somali pirates hijacked a cargo ship Maersk Alabama in the coast of Africa. The story focus of the relationship of Captain Richard Phillips(Tom Hanks) and Muse the leader of the Somali pirates.
This is one of those films that keep you on the edge, Greengrass does pretty well. The cast is spot on staring Tom Hanks and the actors who work as the pirates, specially Barkhad Abdi who is scary and treating.
The problem in the film is accuracy, in the recent months the film is been surrounded by controversy because of suits against the cargo company who manage Maersk Alabama and the true events that happens during the hijack situation and Captain Phillips story
All the technical aspects of the film are very well done, sound design, editing, cinematography and directing. The movie is entertaining and a great achievement in filmmaking

The Spectacular Now

Spectacular now follow the tradition of indy films about love relationships with conflicted characters and misfortune situations.
Similar films like this one The Perks of Been a Wallflower, Submarine, 500 Days of the Summer. Spectacular Now tells the story of Sutter (Miles Teller) a popular kid from school, self possessed, charming and party lover who suddenly is been dumped by her popular girlfriend Cassidy(Brie Larson).
Suddenly after a long night of partying Sutter meets Aimee (Shailene Woodley) a not-so-typical "nice girl" who loves comic books and doesn't have a boyfriend.
The film explores several problem for youngsters in America. The search to fit in, by been popular, becomes a social drinker, potentially alcoholic, promiscuity, romantic rebounds, social goals and dreams about the future.
The cast is pretty good and delivers strong performance throughout the whole film.
The film is smart, sad and makes you think about life.


Alfonzo Cuarón always been consider an innovative director, with different approach to traditional stories, but also a very sharp technical influence in film production.
Gravity, seems to be a milestone for him. A few years in the making, multiple conflicts with the studio to make this film work. Finally the film comes to life with a impressive campaign focusing on the Academy Awards. Gravity tells the story of a medial engineer Dr Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and a veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) are working a routine space walk when a disaster happen leaving them alone in space.
The film premise is pretty good and makes you think about so many great films about space, like Solaris, 2001: Space Odyssey, Sunshine, the esthetics of a film about space and the dramatic images of loneliness. Suddenly the film is about a cathartic experience for Dr Ryan Stone, because she is grieving the lost of her child recently. It seems that most of the plot concentrate on survival and how is important to keep fighting no matter the circumstances.
Unfortunately the film becomes more like a Hollywood film at the end with unreliable situations that end up more like a fantasy to me. I didn't like the conclusion, and reminds me so much to films like Avatar.
Don't get me wrong the film is a technical achievement.


Ron Howard director of films like Apollo 13, Backdraft and Da Vinci Codes explore the world of Formula 1 in the film "RUSH" this is the story of the 70's race car drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda and they rivalry to earn the title.

The movie focus on the story of both drivers creating parallel plots and triumph and defeat. Their relationship with their family and romantic relationships.

But the real importance of the movie is the racing scenes. Ron Howard achieved an amazing look of the 70's races, amazing point of views that takes the spectator in the real eye of the storm during each race. The film is a master class of editing and sound design and visual effects.

Unfortunately the film is weak in performance, Chris Hemsworth doesn't deliver, as well Olivia Wilde. Perhaps Daniel Brühl is the one who gives a decent performance portraying Niki Lauda.

Rush is entertaining and fun and leaves you breathless witnessing the 1976 Formula 1 competition

Fruitvale Station

Usually when I'm going to see movies with true life events that leads into a tragic conclusion, I'm always go with a lot of stress and tension. Besides knowing the ending still want to know how the director will achieve the iconic images.

In the case of "Fruitvale Station" which tell the story of Oscar Grant a 22 year old Bay area resident who will face a tragic moment of 2008 New Years Eve.

Micheal B Jordan plays Oscar Grant, Octavia Spencer plays his mother. Ryan Cooler the director, use a hand held camera technique and very simplistic cinematic point of view in order to engage with Oscar and his life, as a son, boyfriend and a father, trying to leave a dark past behind.

The film is powerful with two different kind of pace, slow at the beginning showing his life and struggle and a fast pace the definitive moments of Oscar and his demise on the BART station. The story takes place on the last day of his life, with using traditional techniques of titles to represent the hours of the day or corny transitions.

Fruitvale Station represents a great attempt to show how life can be affected by a chain of events.

Lee Daniels' The Butler

Lee Daniel's The Butler, represents a very in depth exploration of social consensus, racial vindication and a message of perseverance.

Forest Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines an African American butler for the president of the United States. His roots comes from the cotton fields where he witness the inevitable when he loose his parents and later saved by one of the owners turning it into a private servant of the family.

The film with an all star cast, that goes, from Oprah Winfrey, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Robin Williams, John Cusak, Live Scheriber just to name a few represents an impressive work made by Lee Daniels director of the award winning "Precious".

The Butler is a great piece of American history and also a great film about the racial struggle among African American.

Star Trek Into Darkness

JJ Abrahams repeat his traditional formula for a epic and groundbreaking VFX feast in Star Trek: into the Darkness.

In this new adventure the crew of the Enterprise discover an unstoppable force that terrorize the London and then San Francisco headquarters played by Benedict Cumberbatch. After a serious of tragic events, Kirk decide to lead a manhunt to capture this evil guy and bring it back to justice, just to discover a plot of epic proportions.

The film is breathtaking, impressive and perfect for a summer treat. Start Trek is fun, a of course a technical achievement.

The Way Way Back

Since early 2000 independent films are establishing an interesting pattern of freshen up the summer with interesting stories, less epic and VFXless. In 2006 Little Miss Sunshine change the course of the summer and most of filmmakers saw a trend. Why not bring great stories, fun and human allowing them to get into theaters appealing audiences tired of visual effects and plot with meaning. Most of this films already successful coming from Sundance circuit.

This year the team winner of the Academy of Awards for best screenplay fro The Descendants, create a little film called :The Way, Way Back.

The Way, Way Back tell the story of a 14 year old kid name Duncan on a summer vacation with his mom played by Toni Collete and her overbearing boyfriend Steve Carell. Duncan is trying to fit in this world and well meeting with kids of his ages and appeal to girls. In this search he find himself meeting the manager of Water Wizz park Owen played by Sam Rockwell. Thanks to this experience he will grow as a human being and connects with the world, specially his mom.

The film is a true gem, Sam Rockewell and Allison Janney are fantastic in this film. Hope to see some Spirit Awards and Oscars here.

Man of Steel
Man of Steel(2013)

A legend and a remarkable superhero reborn in the Man of Steel, by the director Zack Snyder (Watchmen and 300) The film tell the story of the arrival of Jor-El to earth and how slowly becomes Superman.

The story is been told in a none chronological order, which is used as anchors to connect some aspects of Jor El / Clark Kent personality and how he discover and manage his unexplainable powers. His earth link parents played by Kevin Costner and Diane Lane raise the adoptive son well, but no parents are prepared to teach their son how to explain how supernaturals power can be used.

In a way Man of Steel is sort of similar to Jesus Christ days of pilgrim and and teachings, Everyone was afraid of this supernatural powers, the unexplainable and the new. How to manage something unknown? Heroes, sometimes are not loved by their savior, are afraid of this unusual character.

Overall the film is interesting and fun, but cannot surpass the first Richard Donner film. There is somethings about the 80's films that are too special and represents so much of a good film making collaboration.

Man of Steel represents and idea if create a dark Superman, a more human, with temptations, weakness and sociological traumas, which are a consequence of been raised on earth.

Don't get me wrong, the film is epic as can be. The all star cast bring a breed of fans to the comic book franchise. But the film can be forgettable after a few months.

The Great Gatsby

Making remakes is a big challenge for every filmmaker. The details, the story and the cast are the most important parts of this quest. In a way movie goers always refer to the previous or the original version where this film is based.

For Baz Lurham is been a long and difficult road to bring "The Great Gatsby" to the big screen. After a big failure with "Australia" Lurham, bring back one his most important actor as a major headline for this film Leonardo Di Caprio.

Gatsby is the story of Nick Carraway (Tobey Maquire) a yale graduate and a world war I veteran. Confined into a sanatorium for alcoholism.
During his meeting with doctors he always talk about Jay Gatsby (Leonardo Di Caprio) a mysterious business man and his extravagant parties.

The story of Gatsby is about a lost love from Gatsby for Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan) cousin of Nick and how Daisy's husband Tom (Joel Edgerton) have a mistress. Gatsby wants to recover Daisy trying to erase or repeating the past.

The film is extravagant, elegant and full excess. Sing of times in the 20's where none saw the crashing of set stocks and the depression coming to the US. In a way the film reminds me to "Mouline Rouge" but then turns into a tragic soap opera of epic proportions.

Di Caprio is always great, the soundtrack is fantastic. Unfortunately the film overuse VFX to the fullest.

Spring Breakers

Spring Breakers is the true story of four college students and friends Faith, Candy, Britt and Cotty (Selena Gomez Vanessa Hudgens Ashley Benson Rachel Korine) that start robbing stores in order to have money to enjoy their spring break in south of Florida.

During their crazy beach parties, drinking, and using drugs they were arrested by the police and later bail out by Alien (James Franco) a rapper and gangster from St Petersburg. Faith (Selena Gomez) feel extremely uncomfortable with Alien, probably for her education and family oriented education based on religion. After Faith departure Candy, Briit and Cotty get involved with Alien in the crime ring turning all into serious consequences for all.

The fink explore violence, serious youngsters decisions, drugs and excess during Spring Break.
Honestly the movie is hard to read, you never have serious performances from all the actresses. James Franco is great. The cinematography, and editing is very good. The soundtrack is a great compilation.


Director and actor Dustin Hoffman make his debut film with a tremendous cast of well know british actresses and actors.

The film takes place during the rehearsals and preparation for Verdi's birthday concert celebration disrupted by the arrival of Jean Horton a famous opera singer play by Maggie Smith which is the newest addition to this nursing home, Jean as a diva and former wife of one of the residents

Quartet is the story of a musician nursing home in England. In a way the film reminds a lot of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a group of retired fellows that get together, probably in Quartet the film is not exploring soul searching, is about what those musicians were in the past and now they are facing deception, all that stardust is gone and the only thing left are just fans.

Maggie Smith is wonderful as always, the rest of talented actors such as Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay and Billy Connolly are great too.

The Place Beyond The Pines

Derek Cianfrance is becoming a symbol for independent filmmaking, with a bold style explore elements of humanity like failure and happiness in a single structure.

With "Blue Valentine", he brought sadness to our hearts for a love story that started so beautiful and end up so bad, is like a the fireworks at end credits of this film. Love: Volatile at the beginning and then fades slowly.

With his new movie THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES explore two parallel worlds. crime and enforcement completely separated from each other, but then connected by destiny, fate and also karma.

Ryan Gosslin plays Luke a motorcycle stunt rider that decide to quit the circus and start robbing banks to help support his family and his newborn baby. Eva Mendes plays Romina, Luke love interest and mother of the baby. The collision between crime and enforcement takes Luke to been chase by a rookie cop played by Bradley Cooper, after robbed the last bank.

The rest of the story is a lesson of consequences of our actions and how good vs evil are always around the corner tempting us to choose the best one for us, not the right one.

The film is slow and tense, there is a lot of dramatic moments that deserve to be experience without spoil the whole plot.

Oz the Great and Powerful

The Wizard of OZ is a famous film of 1939, awarded and loved by the audience thought decades. So many want to explore this story and find alternatives to tell the tale creating parallel worlds, from sequels, spin off till prequels.

This is the story of OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL. Sam Raimi director of SPIDERMAN TRILOGY. Starring James Franco as OZ, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. The use a singular formula, the esthetics of the original film WIZARD OF OZ, black and white, 4;3 format and when the tornado hits change gradually to color with a impeccable colorful environment.

Doing some research I found out that the Robert Downey JR was asked to play OZ, so during the film I was trying to imagine him as the magician instead of Franco. I came to the conclusion that RDJr was better for this part. The cast is good, but sadly Mila Kunis is not good enough to play the evil witch, besides Rachel Weisz who is always marvelous playing any part.

To me the best thing of the movie are the visual effects, the music by Danny Elfman, the art direction, the well done 3D and last but not least Zach Braff.


After the success of a film like INCEPTION, everyone filmmaker would like to explore the possibility of make a film about subconsciousness, dreams within a dream and even hypnosis.

Perhaps this one of the fewest genres that Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionare, Trainspotting, Shallow Grave and 28 Days Later) haven't explore. With an amazing and diverse filmography. Boyle explore this subject in TRANCE. Simon play by James McAvoy a fine art auctioneer who get involved in a big hit. Steal a very famous painting. During the heist Simon is hit in the head by Franck play by Vincent Cassel. Suddenly he end up in the hospital with amnesia.

The painting get lost in the situation, the only place that the location of the piece can be found is in Simon mind. Franck and Simon look for answers with a psychiatrist Elizabeth play by Rosario Dawson.

The story of TRANCE have so many twist and turns, with sexual innuendos between Simon and Elizabeth and Franck and Elizabeth. The film is interesting and intriguing, with a beautiful cinematography and music by Underworld band member Rick Smith.

TRANCE find subplots in Alfred Hitchcock early films, David Lean and Nic Roeg.

Django Unchained

Django Unchained is the most recent film by director Quentin Tarantino. The film exploit the subject of slavery. With a dream cast and spaghetti western plot Django Unchained prove to be a film about violence, about races, but most of all about the search of nothing. The film is fun, entertaining, fill with irony and great performances. Like Tarantino is filled with violence and that's who his world is. I love the film, but I don't consider a masterpiece. The film delivers what Is been told.

I love that kind of movies and helps me to scape from all the drama in other movies.
Great soundtrack as always and perfect achievement in technical aspects of the film

Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Lining Playboy is a twisted romantic comedy about two very different disturbed people who are looking for answers. A man suffering a divorce and bipolar disorder and his equal a troubled widow.

This is the story a family united by football but divided by tragedies and destroyed relationships, the idea of a second chance, a dancing contest and the values human success no mater how small it is.

Great performances, Bradley Cooper did it, Jennifer Lawrence lovely and amazingly gorgeous as always. Robert De Niro is back in action and great Jacki Weaver. The big surprise is Chris Tucker part.

Zero Dark Thirty

The biggest human hunting in history took place for several years thanks to the a woman who believe, in her capabilities to follow everything, but not focusing on a very important thing, herself.

Zero Dark Thirty tells the story of Maya a CIA agent to follows all the steps to chase one of the biggest enemy of the US, Osama Bin Laden. The narrative of the film explore periods from September 11, July 2005 bombing in London and several attacks to the US citizen in Pakistan.

Kathryn Bigelow deliver an amazing directing job, making the film a tense and stressing 8 year story. Jessica Chastain is marvelous, her melancholic look from the very beginning of the film, to her dramatic performance during investigation and interrogation till the end hem she finally breakdown in tears when finally achieve here biggest mission ever.

The film is powerful and technical success.

The Master
The Master(2012)

There is no way to express my confusion to this movie. Explore the nature of Scientology in a film could be made as a documentary. But digging the idea of create a dramatic plot as "The Master".

"The Cause" is what it called the group where Freddie Quell, Joaquin Phoenix character discover a life after post war and alcoholism. The leader of the cause Lancaster Dodd and Sue Dodd played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams represents a transition to Freddie. A way to escape from the insanity within but no the solution to his problems.

This is a very complex film, with great performances.

Life of Pi
Life of Pi(2012)

Human beings usually face roads of happiness and suffering thought life, faith is one of those elements who keeps dreams alive, but also help us as a safety net to overcome obstacles, such as goals and losses.
This is the kind of elements that conform the story of "LIFE OF PI" a fantasy story based on a book under the same name. The film directed by Ang Lee Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) Pi which his full name is Piscine Molitor is an indian boy that live with his parents in India. Pi dad's owns a zoo, but due economic problems PI dad's choose to sell all the animals and move with the family to Canada on a ship.During a storm PI lost of his family on a shipwreck and end up stranded for 227 days in the middle of the ocean with a tiger "Richard Parker" which are the only animal survivor.
The film explore faith, the will to live and marvels of live under any circumstances. Ang Lee filming is beautiful, Claudio Miranda cinematography is fantastic, Tim Squyres editing is beautiful but one of the most amazing achievements in the film is the original score by Mychael Dana.
To experience Life of Pi, you have to see it in 3D, this way you can see the wonderful visual effects y such a marvelous filming.

Wreck-it Ralph

Since Disney bought Pixar I was always concern about the future of one of the most successful companies of animation in Hollywood. Pixar always write and conceptualize great films, great stories, great characters. But probably one of the most important legacies is teach other companies, how to make good 3D animated movies, finally Disney is learning how to do it.Wreck it Ralph is a film based on a famous video game from the 80's. The story is about Ralph who is responsible of wreck everything on the game "Wreck it Ralph" while at the same time Fix it Felix jr fix the destruction from Ralph.

Tired of doing the same typical destruction Ralph wants to be recognize as a very important part of the game. So he embarks into an adventure that take's him inside other games to win the prize and comes back successful. Due a serious of events Ralph cause problems with other game characters and put in risk the existence of his own game.

The film is fun, entertaining and well tough. Great cast voices by John C Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer.


Another Oceans Eleven wannabe. Great cast, nice story, but. pretty long


Behind the scenes are always been a treat for audience, but never are the actual information behind the creation of a piece of work. Film that explore the making of a movie represents an interesting documentation, that shows the creator and the collaborators. Many films have been made to show the story behind the story of a important film. Clint Eastwood made "White Hunter Black Heart", which tells the story of John Huston making of "The African Queen", Tim Burton made "Edwood" the story of the worst filmmaker in history and how he made Planet 9 of Out of Space, Elias Merhigue "Shadow of the Vampire" about the making of "Nosferatu" by F.W.Murnau even Federico Fellini made "8 1/2" about the filmmaker Guido Anselmi and his 8 and a half films.

Sacha Gervasi brings the film "Hitchock" the story of this famous filmmaker and the creation of his masterpiece "Psycho" Honestly the movie is Anthony Hopkins persona and character, perhaps Hellen Mirren as Alma Reville have a good performance, as Hitchcock wife. Gervasi creates a great environment for the film, but it doesn't bring something new to the table, even the amazing ensemble cast that goes from Scarlet Johannson playing Janet Leigh, Toni Collette playing Hitch secretary, Jessica Biel playing Viera Miles and James D'Arcy playing Anthony Perkins is enough to impress. This is the kind of experiment about the making of a film, that is entertaining but doesn't work all the time.

The movie entertain and show you interesting passage of the story behind Psycho, but is not strong enough to connects with all the audiences and become a great film, some scenes that doesn't make sense and you end up with strange flavor in your mouth.


The exploration of tales stories behind stories, so called Prequels it's been the new gimmick of Hollywood to continue producing franchise and keep them alive, but sometimes works as a perfect excuse to refine the tale of a hero in the process of becoming one. Sam Mendes perform a great job doing something out of the ordinary, making a sequel that literally ends to continue with the actual story. Skyfall is to me the last episode of the prequel created with the film Casino Royale in 2005. Daniel Craig star as James Bond setting the foundation of the most important secret service agent of our time. Skyfall is the story on another chapter of the agent 007 fighting again a evil character who is looking for destruction, chaos and most of all eliminate MI-6. This time the thread is beyond everyone expectation, including James Bond boss "M". The film Skyfall is one of the best ever made. Whithout been compared to films such as Dr No, Goldfinger, Moonraker or Live and Let Die. This new movie reshapes the franchise creating a new breed of characters and new stories that will continue as the ending credits of the film said: James Bond 50th Anniversary. James Bond will return.
I have to say that you end up totally breathless after the film concludes, Javier Bardem to a fantastic job as a Bond villain, Ben Whishaw is great as Q, another great treats for this film is Thomas Newman music score which explores new sounds for this movie, besides his traditional and melancholic tunes, Roger Deakins cinematography, which creates a fantastic environment in the China sequence and last but not least Adele singing the opening credits for the film.


Fall season is the perfect time to find the Oscar contenders in the race for the best picture. Usually the audience is been attracted by a try story drama about a personality, the struggle of a human being, but also about true life events with a political background.

Argo is the true story of a hostage situation in Teheran in 1980. An special agent is commissioned to rescue 6 american diplomats hiding inside Canadian ambassador after a violent attack the US embassy. The film takes place in Los Angeles, Virginia and Teheran, as special agent Tony Menedez creates a whole plan of the production of a fake science feature film to be shot in exotic location in the middle east.

The film features a great assemble cast: Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston. The story is powerful and leaves you breathless, is one of those movies that you need to see as a piece of American history. Besides been a historical drama, the films switch gears to a action movie at the last minute.

Seven Psychopaths

Killers and assassins are very interesting characters to present in films. Sometimes are too cliché, is a matter of writing, perhaps you can find them in films like Die Hard, Silence of the Lambs, Scarface, M or White Heat. But at the end of the day, they have a cause, something really meaningful to do in the story.

When I think about "Seven Psychopaths" I can only think in films by Guy Ritchie, like "Snatch" or "Lock Stock to Smoking Barrels". A story of a bunch of killers, psychos or wanna be who just want to get rid of the bad apples in this world.

"Seven Psychopaths" is the story or Marty (Colin Farrell) a struggling writer trying to find a good script to create. His friend Billy a dog kidnapper and his partner Hans (Christopher Walken) kidnap a Shih Tzu dog owned by a Mafia guy Charlie. Marty becomes entangled to the haunt for Charlie's dog and continue with killings of most of the characters on the film, all this is happening while Marty developed a screenplay for a film named : "Seven Psychopaths" The film is hilarious is cynical. The combination Rockwell, Walken Farrell is perfect. The film is absurd but full of entertainment.


So many movies about time travel have explore the possibility of time travel. Could be about stopping a tragic event in the present, that could affect human beings or just a single person. Back to The Future, TimeCop, Freejack, Primer, Bill and Ted, Twelve Monkeys are among some of the fewest exploring that, but Terminator is the one who took the experience to a whole different level. Nowadays is difficult to not been compared of been influence by this story. Besides that Ryan Johnson director of "Brick" create this futuristic tale about killers of the future who eliminate people from the past by paying in silver bars. in LOOPER Johnson bring back his main actor Joseph Gordon Levitt as the best in town to get rid of this people from the past. The film is interesting and fun, the fact of having Bruce Willis as Gordon Levitt old version creates this atmosphere with action, but reminds so much to any of Bruce Wills films. Ironically the fact of having yourself as a sidekick establishes an interesting combination and tension, who is going to be killed first or hurt, is this situation will hurt the one from the past or the future?

One of my favorite things of the film is the original score by Nathan Johnson, who works again with Ryan, after his fantastic work in the score of Brick

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Since the 80's is been really hard to find compelling stories about students who struggle to fit in into the system. Directors decided to focus on comedies and other approach about kids and their issues in the classroom. Finally after a long wait I witness something out of the ordinary, a film that look like a chick flick but end been something more like an statement of kids who not fit in.
"The Perks of Been a Wallflower" is the story of Charlie a kid who is facing the loss of his best friend who commit suicide, his mental illness and the finding of his first love.
The film explore most of the same issues about kids in school but also find it's own way describing characters and situations from the point of view of Charlie. Emma Watson is astonishing, she bright the screen all over with her acting and beauty. But the scene stealer is Ezra Miller as Patrick a gay teenager who is having a secret relationship with a popular kid.
What makes the film special to me is the reference of music and mix tapes, something that in the 80's and 90's was the best way to share music...


Jhon Hillcoat director of the "Road" and "The Proposition" explore the tough side of the depression in small town of America. Shia LeBouf, Tom Hardy and Jason Clarke are the brothers Bondurant. Owners of a bootlegging small industry in Virginia. They own the town and they control the police. But after the arrival of a crooked special deputy played by Guy Pierce things turn ugly and dangerous for them. Rakes wants a piece of the pie and he will take revenge against the brothers. When Lebouf it's a shadow for the brothers, he take control surprising everyone and becoming the most powerful gangster in town.

The film is slow and bloody. Great performance to the cast specially Guy Pierce and Jessica Chastain which is very sexy in this movie, a true gem

Robot & Frank

One of the most interesting ideas of human interactions, is with machines. Robot and Frank explore this idea in a very smart way. A retired thieve lives alone in his upstate house, totally abandoned. His sons, trying to help him and clean the mess. Offer him the possibility to have a personal robot that help him with groceries, cooking and cleaning. Frank hesitate to the idea and after struggling with the plan he have another. Robot suggest creating home gardening, but Frank choose to have personal robot to be his side kick on a new hobby. Stealing values objects in town. Frank Langella perform Frank in this movie, James Marsden and Liv Tyler their sons. Peter Sarsgaard do the voice of the robot.

The film is enjoyable and smart.


"No" is the fourth film of Pablo Larrain, on which explore another chapter of the complex political arena in Chile. The famous referendum that close the horrible dictatorship of Pinochet is shown there the eyes of a director of TV commercials. The premise is very smart. In a production company the owner president is called to make the campaign of "Yes" in the referendum is called to create the campaign for the "No" in the referendum. Gael Garcia Bernal plays, René Saavedra, responsible of this successful No campaign. Juggling between jobs, political meetings, shooting, editing and reviewing the competitor in this battle. We see people ready to stop Pinochet in this tragic time for Chile. But on the other hand. We face the duality of what's best. Dictatorship with better quality of living or a democracy filled with problems like Allende's presidency. See political ideals as concept or content vs seen the audience and costumer as the people who will vote is a smart and complex idea. That not only show how is the world where we living, doesn't matter it this happen 20 years ago, still an issue for most of all.
Gael plays really well this ad guy, his conversation about what's art, what sell, who is the client and who is the costumer shows how is the treatment of politicians about voters. We are the product but also the consumer. The best success of a product to be sold, is that a a candidate or a party wins.


Human society is challenged everyday when you question things such as trust, power, orders, but most of all there common sense. These are the most important elements in the film "Compliance" directed by Craig Zobel. The story takes place in a fast food restaurant, it could be in any town of the US, it doesn't matter. Sandra (Ann Dowd) the manager of this place is a person with complex issues, is important to mention that this kind of job create the illusion of authority and power, but also respect. She received a phone call from a apparent detective policeman who report stolen money from the costumer and the responsible is Beck (Dreama Walker) a cashier who works there and just have a manager employee relationship with Sandra.
Officer Daniels (Pat Healy) give directions to Sandra over the phone of how to handle the suspect while he "arrive' to the scene. The chain of events will show how human begins area capable to trust-accept-control-obey orders and finally accept the consequences of their act. The film presents a clear vision of a group of American citizen who blinded by apparent authority follow a protocol of sick directions without question their actions. The film is powerful and controversial and I think everyone should see it in order to protect themselves of been mistreated like so many Becky's in this country.


Samsara as the encyclopedia explains: is the meaning of continuous flow, a cycle of birth, death and rebirth. This is the name of the film under the same name by the same team behind Baraka and Chronos. After 20 years Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson reunited to tell another story, only without words. Besides Baraka, you can't compare both of them and try make a point, there are two different films, with different pace and style. Samsara try to explain human cycle as its best. Technology influence the wheel of life, it move us, from the creation, use and expiration date we can see how a useful object can be dangerous as waste. The force continuity animal cycle as the wheel turn to a chicken or a cow, that been forced to mass produce to feed the world. All this is happening while we still admire our world growing, changing, but also falling apart.

Divided by war, natural tragedies and religion. We coexist in a planet where all think different and we still connected by a constant cycle that bring together and separated later. The film is beautiful, the images captured are gorgeous and the music composed is a true gem

Ruby Sparks
Ruby Sparks(2012)

After "Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind", the way of making romantic films change dramatically. Now the story of a boy who meets a girl, is a matter of fantasy, complicated situation that could be a dream or reality, challenges in modern societies look for the essence of simple things such as girls with unusual or non trendy names, boys with peculiar jobs and cities where you never think that a love story could happen.

I can name "Beginners", "Submarine", "500 Days of Summer" and even Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" match to new way of seen the search of love. Travel there time, erasing a relationship from your brain, dancing with animals and writing a book abbot your possible love interest.

That's the plot of Ruby Sparks. Paul Dano, plays a famous writer who is facing a writers block, he find a way of write about this girl from his dreams, then she become a real person, who can be controlled and manipulate just with simple writing. This love story represents to me a great metaphor of love, you meet someone and you get drown into the situation, facing so many confusions and doubts, is like discover one day that your dream girls appears out of nowhere after you write about her is a revelation. Is facing true vs fantasy and how love can be something unexpected not a matter of manipulation, is act of improvisations and experience, when you force something never succeed.

The team behind Little Miss Sunshine, make a good movie out of Ruby Sparks, nice soundtrack and great assemble cast.

Killer Joe
Killer Joe(2012)

Killer Joe is a black comedy, well that's what most of important movie websites label this movie, but with touch of a criminal thriller.
Willam Friedkin director of "The Exorcist" and "The French Connection" directs a great ensemble cast. Matthew McConaugey star as Joe a Dallas police detective who also have a side job as a hit man. Emilie Hirsh, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church and Gina Gershon are the components of a very particular family who bring Joe to eliminate a family member in order to cash the insurance and pay some dangerous debts. Friedkin presents this story with very mysterious passages of the city of Dallas, the scum in the streets that only cares about who fail and how to enjoy while it happen.
McConaugey delivers one of his best performance, this actor is becoming better and better.
The film is surprising del done, well edited, with such a nice pace and with an amazing touch of film noir. But keep in mind that the film contain some sadistic and very violent scenes , a couple of unexpetected nudity and sexual situations, totally justified for this film. Probably that's why received a NC-17

To Rome with Love

Woody Allen, tells a great story, but unfortunately he get caught into the spider web of trying to tell so many stories. He fall in love of Barcelona, Paris, but Rome is more like a miss feeling of not achieving his romantic film innuendo. He try be brilliant as Midnight in Paris, but he can't. There is to many things going on, Italy is romantic, but not as passionate as France. There is no characters that can show you that. Roberto Benigni story is funny, the newlywed Italian couple with Penelope Cruz is entertaining and Woddy Alle and his new in law shower singer is funny as hell, but Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page is simply a whole mess, you end been confuse.


Oliver Stone pretension is to go back to his Natural Born Killer style. He pick a good cast, but none of them deliver enough to convince me that they own that role. Specially John Travolta. Blake Lively is miss cast, her character that can be played by any other actress, her narration is just simply an excuse to make the storyline easy for the audience. The film is sick violent and bloody, with a very bad ending, with no message at all, but visually is rich and colorful.
The film exploit violence in the middle of the Mexican Cartel war, with an additional plot of two indi drug dealers who live in Laguna Beach, CA

Magic Mike
Magic Mike(2012)

Steven Soderbergh impress me one more time. He can make a chick flick or any other film and show you how capable is to do a film with style.
The story takes place in Tampa, FL. Mike a thirty something guy who works as a stripper by night and by day works ins construction. His life is an illusion of success where is not. Is just a glimpse of a powerful lifestyle that is just falling apart.
You see his cinematic vision in this feature. He choose a good cast, but at the end he just entertain us, with a good film. Nice cinematography and nice editing.

The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises is the final chapter of the Christopher Nolan saga. The film brings all the cast from the previous two, adding some Inception talent. After spend 2 hours 45 minutes, you leave the theater breathless. The story follow eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, Batman is hiding and the Harvey Dent act bring apparent order to Gotham. The film is impressive and big. Anne Hataway is great as Selina Kyle/Catwoman. The ending is dramatic and emotional. The conclusion bring order but at the same time open new concepts for the studio, but let the director depart of this trilogy with style, as a gentleman. The experience is marvelous and I think the film is just epic.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

The characters are out of place, Steve Carrel is the same depressed guy as Little Miss Sunshine and Kiera Knightley could be replaced by any other actress with more appeal of Carrel. Tell the story of the end of the world in a indi film is not new but takes a lot of guts to try to tell us how difficult is the end of the world and not having the visual effects, as a block buster film to blow cities like dust. The movie is entertaining with great cameos and guest characters. Nice soundtrack!

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beast of the Southern Wild is fantasy drama that tales the story of a little girl named hushpuppy and her father "Wink. They live in the bathtub and delta community at the edge of the world. Potentially a story that develops in a pre o post Katrina and Oil spill time. The film follow a similar quest like Where the Wild Things Are.
The story was adapted from a play, so it contains anomalies from the adaptation which make the movie confusing, but on the other hand mysterious
I can say that the movie connects you in a special way because it mix sort of magic realism (very common in Latin American literature) mythical creatures, unexpected characters and emotional connections between beasts and Hushpuppy. This film is not for everyone, is a fable, is magical but also at the bottom hits you with social reality from regions and character from the south who struggle to survive and make a living in there utopic land.
Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry are powerful!

Your Sister's Sister

Love triangles in films are a very rich and entertaining piece of writing. Specially for a indie film like "Your Sister,Sister" is not an exception. Lynn Shelton, responsible of films like "Humpday", "We go Way Back" and "My Effortless Brilliance" bring this very unique and touching story about a guy, and two half sisters.

The story takes place in the Washington state, with marvelous views, which is the perfect scenario for the sorrow of brothers passing and also the break up of a 7 year lesbian relationship. With all this in mind we have Jack, who is struggling after one year of his brother passing. Her friend Iris, Jack best friend, who suggest him to stay in her parents cabin in Pacific Northwest. Once there he run into Hannah, Iris half sister, who is reeling after an abrupt a 7 year break up. After a night of drinks will lead into this love triangle with nothing that great performances for all of the cast. I smell some Spirit Awards nominations.
Emily Blunt and Romarie DeWitt are the perfect cast for this story and Mark Duplas is superb.


Pleasure still a great mystery for human race, but trying to please a woman is another story. In the late 1800's for the economic and social revolution woman left behind to do the normal task in household, but I say left behind because they never asked about what they want. In fact their crisis and conflicts were consider tabu and also mental illness.

Hysteria is the british film that explore the story of medical practitioners who have the difficult task to massage genital are of all the women's how suffer from this apparent "disease" The film treat the story as a comedy introducing characters and stablished the social context. Man are the head of the household, they are successful and are the one who have big titles. Women are in charge of the kitchen and other household task.

The film have such a great characters like Maggie Gyllenhaal, who plays the daughter of Dr Dalrymple played by Jonathan Pryce. This woman fight for the right of the poor and also the right for women to vote, go to college and also is one of the fewest american actress who know how to make proper british accent.
Another great characters are Hugh Dancy who plays Dr Mortimer Granville and Rupert Everett who plays Lord Edmund St John Smythe together they invent the first woman vibrator in the world and device that turns into the females biggest dream and responsible to help to cure Hysteria.
The movie Hysteria is a entertaining film with some historical facts and funny moments


The creation of time is always been a true mystery in science fiction. This is not exception for Ridley Scott and his film "Prometheus". Finally Scott decide to come back to one of the genres that make him a important director, of course using the world that surround his one of biggest creation"Alien".
Prometheus bring a couple in a near 2089 who end the missing link of humans and extra terrestrials, based on archeological discoveries. One of them played by Noomi Rapace. After convince Peter Weyland played by Guy Pierce as the famous millionaire who owns the famous corporation, that is the big nightmare for Lt Ripley in the Alien trilogy, a company who only care about the alien and the power of this enemy instead of care of the threat of this creature. The story presents characters like other Alien films, as scientist, corporate dummies, mercenaries and dreamers who are there for a reason. Unfortunately after discover so many elements on the planet and a very familiar spaceship seen on the first Alien film, a chain of events, such as attacks, strange substances and not so well known creatures. Every character started been shaped into the same tragic events and struggles like the Alien trilogy. Prometheus offer a interesting characters that are so similar one to the other in a way that we saw before. Ripley vs Meredith Vickers played by Charlize Theron. Weyland vs Carter Burke payed by Paul Reisser. Besides all this comparisons David the android played by Michael Fassbender, is not similar to Ash or Bishop, this character in some way remind us a replicant from Blade Runner, more intuitive, less machine, less pity, more interested in been useful to the Weyland Corporation.
If we look closely to the story we can find other Alien film similarities and connections, music, editing and even shots, but at the end presents a theirs about the beginning of the human race and the origin of one of the most compelling sci fi trilogy of all. Prometheus is full of details and needs a critic eye to discovered.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

In movies when young people face a crisis usually embarks into a adventurous trip that usually take them to a typical road trip, but when a British old person faces crisis goes to India and stay in a crappie hotel that is falling apart. That's in essence the plot of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The film starred by a amazing assemble cast: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson to name a few.

What all this characters have in common is the search of the unknown and look meaning the rests of their life of what left of it. The Marigold Hotel is a property that was partially inherits by Sonny (De Patel) the younger son of a family who originally own the hotel, but after the death of Sonny's dad the family decide to move one with another business.

Sonny want to badly to bring back the hotel, so he embarks into tricky idea of provide a retirement property for the elderly of United Kingdom, and he succeed, but thanks to the ignorance of the main characters to travel there thinking that this paradise, but is not...

The best phrase that described the states of most of the characters is say by Sonny:
Everything will be all right in the end... if it's not all right then it's not the end.

In fact this is quote is what define the movie, is a fresh film that not succeed, because we don't know when is right. The film is entertaining and funny and some of the characters are charming, especially Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson and the best is Bill Nighy.

Honestly that is not a dense story that needs to be pure drama, is just a story that you enjoy from start to finish.

Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom is perhaps one of the more mature films by Wes Anderson. Besides talking about such an innocent subject, the films depicts the style of isometric shots, particular and attractive art direction and cinematography and very interesting characters.

Wes Anderson always bring people that is emotionally disturbed, mostly for difficult relationship with parents and role models such as teachers or guidance. Like in Life Aquatic, Darjeeling and Royal Tenenbaums, the search to get the family together and fix the missing link is present in Moonrise Kingdom, perhaps in this movie the discovery of a partner and the metaphor of risk among adversity to succeed is the most important ingredient. These kids are not escaping to find each other, because they want to escapes from an adult world that is broken.

Moonrise Kingdom is magical with kids situations, so mature that give us a lessons, about what real love is, devotion, fidelity and aspirations. Like always Wes Anderson bring a terrific cast and wonderful soundtrack.

The Intouchables

The Intouchables is a french comedy about the relationship of a french handicap wealthy millionaire and Senegalese ex con caretaker. The film explore racism, wealth and love. Besides the popular reception in Europe the film it's been praised by the audience in America but not so loved for the critics.

My personal impression is the movie was good and touching, and any case long, this is one of this movies that I will enjoyed it was two and half hours of situations. The performances are powerful, the actors teach you a lesson of human spirit and hope. There is nothing that a human cannot experience if you don't try.

Besides the terrible comparisons or similarities with films like The Diving Bell and The Butterfly and other films about handicap the movie try to express with joy and fun the life of two different characters that connect just with one single word in the film "Pragmatique/Pragmatic".

The soundtrack is marvelous and create an environment for both scenarios, sometimes bring ambivalence to the Paris ghetto using Vivaldi to Earth Wind and Fire to a wealthy mansion on a elegant Parisian neighborhood .


When you choose to see a movie like this one, you have the missed conception that you are about to see a comedy film about Jack Black, been Jack Black, probably because there is not a lot of you can expect from him, besides been hyper, ironic, create an atmosphere of total craziness. Perhaps you are wrong. Bernie is a real story about an assistant funeral director, been loved by the ladies in that small town in Texas.

The film is a dark comedy about a murder, about a the town of Cathage, and a old widow Marjorie Nugnet. The movie explores feelings and the debate of how a person can be forced to kill another person, the motives and lastly how someone so nice and naive can be love by this town Cathage, Texas besides been a killer. One of the most impressive and funny performance is Matthew McConaughey

The collaboration of Linklater and Black can't be compared between Bernie and School of Rock, there are two different movies with different subjects, but perhaps the films presents two charters who look to be appreciated and do what they do best and what they love.

The Hunger Games

Hunger Games is a film based on the famous book, wrote by Suzanne Collins in 2008. The movie tells the story Katniss Everdeen a young girl who lives District 12 in a fictional country Panim controlled by a dictatorial government. This story looks like a bunch of stories from modern and past culture, been put it into a blender. References from 1984, V for Vendetta, A Whole New World, ancient Rome, and Christianity to name a few, build the story of a struggle of young boys and girls fighting to stay alive in a game, named Hunger Games.

The film is a interesting piece of filmmaking, but not impressive at all to be a classic, the movie is pure entertainment with some glimpse of cultural statements about the importance of hope and odds in life. From what I can see the movie depicts reality TV and the controlled destiny of the constants. You can see that thought the movie, when the contestants were killed or sacrifice for the enjoyment of the audience or I must say the government. When you reach the end of the movie, which is very lame, you can see The Bachelor ending, but with a violent twist you find love, but you have to fight to the end to reach your goal. Reminiscence of new way of survival, among the society, been famous, thanks to a TV show.

The Artist
The Artist(2011)

Besides all the love about this film, I have to say that The Artist was made with the most single intention to win awards. This movie is a collection of sources from classic films of all time. Like Citizen Kane, Chaplin films to name a few.Traditional film and nostalgia always been rewarded.

I love film nostalgia, but not someone who pretends to use it for the sake of been successful using it. Is like James Cameron offering a film in Cinerama, because there is no more films in that format.

Besides that The Artist is a pretty entertaining film that appeal audiences, could be Uggie, could be that is silent, or simply is a way to connect with old traditions that have passed. The movie is good, but the real question is how all this talents behind can they do better if is not silent. Malcolm McDowell and James Cromwell does, but we have to challenge this team to achieve something behind old traditions

Lesson learn, The Artist win everything in all the awards circuit, but the real artist is the one who defeats the test of time.

My Week with Marilyn

I think making a film about Marylyn is always a good idea, what's is difficult is find "the" actress to portrait Mr Monroe. The most fascinating thing about "My Week with Marylyn" is you believe that Marylyn Monroe is there. Michelle Williams did an amazing job and there is no doubt why she was nominated to an academy award and also win the Spirit. Another wonderful performance is by Kenneth Branagh, who plays Lawrence Olivier. The film is attractive, charming and entertaining. Beautiful cinematography, editing and costume design. Highly recommended.


Call me romantic or old fashion but this film hit the core on every level. I'm always been a passionate about George Melies and his work and this movie touch me deeply. Sometimes films do that if you are facing certain times. The fill was rewarded with 5 academy awards in the technical aspects. Kudos to that!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

When Sony and David Fincher announce that they are going to do a remake of the swedish most successful film of all time. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I sad to myself: Fincher is the master of thriller and prove it with Seven, Panic Room and Zodiac. Nothing could go wrong.

Well I was mistaken. Fincher didn't make the film better, he just revamped and make it a little cooler. Team up with part of the team from Social Network. The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo is a exploration of Mikael Bloomsky writer of Millennium and his search for Harriet Vager a woman who disappear 40 years ago.

The film takes whole different directions in the plot and change the behavior of the main characters. Some of these changes are dramatic, they soft Lisbeth Salander in so many ways that I think the movie now a warm story between two underdog heroes who use their intelligence to catch a killer.
Is hard to not compare things from the Swedish film vs the American version, from the sexual innuendo that is so Hollywood and less raw to a illogical moment of a Christmas card and tend to disagree with critics.

The movie explore and bring characters that were missing in the original but took out elements that were necessary to understand the nature of Lisbeth behavior and way of living. Don't get me wrong Roonet Mara did a superb job performing this character. What really still thinking is something that I saw in the film: Rapist wear condoms and killers use hand sanitizer

Fincher ruin the the movie, his biggest goals was to create an excellent environment for this movie,which he did. The cast was perfectly selected, beautiful photography, Articus and Trent always fantastic and the editing a masterpiece.

J. Edgar
J. Edgar(2011)

With high expectations I wanted to see this movie so badly. Clint Eastwood and Leonardo Di Caprio together and a biopic about J Edgar was enough to say "a must see".

I was wrong. The film about the life of a controversial character of the US history turns into a disappoint soap opera about Hoover devotion to his mom and the FBI. His obsessions about criminals and dangerous threats to America. and his homosexuality.

The estrange structure of this movie take us from his early childhood and how he escalate every step of power in order to reach the biggest position besides Justice Department.

Di Caprio give us a fine performance and no doubt that he will earn several awards and nominations. Eastwood do what he do best, but in this film is not as powerful as other movies that he done in the past. The film is flat and lack emotional moments, because the pace and structure of the movie.

All I can say the make it was not good


I never been a F1 follower of fan, but the reviews and the word of mouth of this movie drawn me to the theaters to see it.

Senna is a fantastic documentary about the life of success and glory the of the Brazilian race car driver Airton Senna.
The film focus of how Senna reach his momentum, his constant battle with Alain Prost and his demise in 1994 in the San Marino Grand Prix.

The film manage all the stock footage surprisingly well. You don't even noticed that you are watching archival footage from different times.

The film is unique as a historical investigation and a total gem for F1 fans who wants to know more of this race car driver. The sound design and editing are perfect.


When movies like this one comes to theaters, you realize that there still hope to have creative filming with strong message. Drive is a finest piece of movie made in 2011 and I have to say one of the best that I ever seen in recent years.

Ryan Gosling plays a stunt driver for Hollywood films that play inside jobs as a driver for robberies. After meeting Cary Mulingan, her neighbor, they start a subtle relationship that connects in so many ways to the past and present of their life, unfortunately too much. Mullingan husband release from prison drawn Gosling into a adventure with terrible consequences. The cast with finest performances such as Albert Brooks (Oscar Worthy) and Ron Pearlman makes this film a total delight.

Drive is a movie that hit you in your face, with glory violence and powerful soundtrack and beautiful cinematography. The directing and editing are real work of art


I have to confess that besides the length of the movie I did enjoy the story and how Assayas capture the essence of The Jackal in this movie.

Edgard Ramirez is getting a better actor each time that he works in movies like this one, the rest of the cast was pretty good. I feel that some of the passage of the film were lost because the amount of characters that needs to be introduced.

Interesting music selection and very seamless cinematography.

Life in a Day

I came to see this movie without any expectation. I knew about the project and from my editors point of view, I found it fascinating. You imagine that you get hired to edit a movie that contain 4500 hours of video that was shot by people all over the world on 24th of July 2010.

This is A Life in a Day, a Youtube project brought by Ridley and Tony Scott.

Movies like this one don't happen so easily, specially with magnitude like this one. You have to understand that even with a layout in mind for the making of this movie, you can't plan what you about to receive from any Youtube users.

From a experimental and unconventional point of view, the film works, but if you you're thinking to watch a drama, comedy or a political satire, you might find something there.

The Help
The Help(2011)

I was already prepare to see a movie like this one. A film that is Lifetime channel style, women struggle during the early 60's where society condemn women to be housewives only and color people be an object to segregation.

The film is about two type of women, white and black, one more privileged sort of speak than others. But with the same ambitions and wishes, be someone special and different and overcome the manipulative manhood that control their destiny.

The strongest performance in this movie are by Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer.
The rest of the cast are very typical and caricaturesque women of the 60's but don't get me wrong Emma Stone is a highlight of the film as a single woman trying to become a writer.

As a tearjerker movie it works perfectly.


Indy films are trying what big studios doesn't, and the is no exception with "Terri"

This movie explores a kid name Terri and his struggle to fit into his school as an oversize student. He is fill with a complex personality, wearing pajamas as a normal clothing , enjoying the killing of mice by eagles or simply mouse traps.
By definition Terri is a trouble boy, but on the other hand he is living with his tormented uncle that is under medication.

Categorize by the principal of his school, played by John C Reilly as a good hearted kid that need helps, Terri discover more about himself and how battle against his fears. The film is funny, witty and some point cruel, but that what makes it special.

Snow Flower And The Secret Fan

I been a huge fan of Asian films, specially when portrait the history of china from a female point of view.

I can mention films such as "The Scent of a Green Papaya", Raise the Red Lantern" or Three Times a beautiful Korean film that is going to be the perfect example to relate to Snow Flower and The Secret Fan.

The movie is about two woman who become friends/sisters in the ancient china, is called "Laotong" . This process takes place in a story inside the story. On the characters is an aspiring writer who suffer an accident, her laotong discover the manuscript of the book with the same film title, and decide to find out the origin of the crisis who leads to this accident. The inner story are the same actors playing ancient friends/sisters laotong.

Unfortunately the films lacks of connection. First of all the film is spoken in English and Cantonese. But You miss that Asian vibe when they don't speak on their native language. You end up thinking that the Chinese is an accessory language. Also the movie feels like an Asian soap opera, there is no power on the story, is very lame and flat. There is a lack of connection with every aspects of the character.

During the film they tried to use all this back and forth, from a historical point of view, from ancient early 20 century to our recent time similar on the film "Three Times" but with the manicurist that one of the characters is reading. It doesn't work and you get lost in details, missing the real idea of the plot.

Attack the Block

My attempt to see this movie finally comes to an end, and I have to say it worth the wait.

Attack of the Block is a film that I will call: "E.T. on steroids" Why is that?
First to all to create a proper connection we have to say that have similar elements. A first encounter with someone from other space, kids, bicycles and chasing.

On the other hand there is nothing sweet about Attack of the block or the aliens who decide to take this place. Of course we don't know their intention. What do you discover is powerful characters that have great personality, their own way of talking and behave.

The is no rocket science about this movie. You are not expecting a message or simply get a powerful message. Some critics call this film the District 9 of 2011, I tend not agree on that. Yes is another invasion instead of Los Angeles or NY is a sort of ghetto in London.

The film is funny, entertaining and scary.

Crazy, Stupid, Love.

I was pleasantly surprise with this film. I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of romantic comedies, but since the there is a good assemble cast I deduce to give it a shot.

Crazy, Stupid, Love is a film about deception in love or perhaps marriage. When Cal (Steve Carrell) discover from his Wife (Julianne Moore) that she cheated on him and wants the divorce his world tremble in so many directions, from jumping from a car in movement to become a total womanizer.

The film is well written fill with big twist and also a great assemble cast. The Combination Ryan Gosslin with Steve Carrel is amazing and funny and Gosslin steal the show Unfortunately you miss Julianne Moore and Emma Stone, because that guys combination.
On the other hand Marisa Tomei is fantastic in her part, like Carl said to her in the pick up line in the movie: "a combination of cute and sexy" I have to say that Emma Stone looks really gorgeous in the movie.

Overall you will enjoy this picture because of the message, some of the dialogues are funny, honest, witty and real, with twist in the story, music and look.

Cars 2
Cars 2(2011)

Pixar lost their touch. Cars 2 is the sequel of their famous first part that brought us two charismatics animated characters Lighting McQueen and Matter. This time involved in a worldwide conspiracy with spies and secret agents involved. The film bring really interesting things like having the voice of Michael Caine, Eddie Lizzard, John Tururro and Emily Mortimer as the new addition to the Cars world.

I recall several news articles about the film and tend to agree with them. The film is a pure merchandising piece, that unfortunately turns into money machine whore. I know is harsh to say this but having the character Matter sing the State Farm "jingle" hidden with different words, makes you feel disappointed.

The story is not engaging and is pure action and no foundation on the story like all the Pixar films, so what happen? what's wrong with this film? is Pixar lost the touch or Disney killed the touch?

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

After and intense debate and a very persuasive soft campaign from James Cameron about the best allegedly the best 3D on film yet, I decide to give a shot to the movie.

Everything works the way that Hollywood knows best. I'm very disappointing, this film is less than there predecessor and I have to confess that I never watched the 2nd film, why? because doesn't worth it and I knew that will be a waste of time.

Transformers The Dark Side of the Moon is the continuation on the same ridiculous plot from the other two films. With two new additional elements in mind, a new hotie, courtesy by Victoria Secrets and a few small parts from real stars.

So why I'm even mentioned that is a plot? well because there is one. A sketch of an incomplete idea , but for some studios and his arrogant director Michael Bay who thinks that this is a film, and also a blockbuster film. Good for them! they make their money and their really happy with that.

Well this pseudo called movie, have talents such as John Malkovich, Fances McDormand and Jhon Turturro, wasting their capabilities and also making money as it best!

A waste of 3D look that doesn't impress at all.

The only thing that really makes me keep this movie watching is none of other than Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

I thought that the critics were, well I was wrong too, this film is bad.


The trailer of this film attracts me so much, specially the premise and the cast. For some reason I decide to give a shot to this movie, without reading critics review.

In the tradition of films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adam, Science of Sleep. This movie focus in three main elements of a Dramedy ( Romance-Comedy) The revelation of of a father being gay, the death and the begging of a new life after meet a true and unique love. Ewan McGregor plays Oliver a sad cartoonist who witness the the death of his father play by Christopher Plummer, also he discover the truth of his father sexual preference and last the discovery of life, after falling in love of Anna play by the french actress M. Laurent.

The film is beautiful and very romantic, magical and fill with outstanding moments of pure emotion and laugh. All the cast is amazing, even Mary Page Keller who plays McGregor's mom when he was young. The connection and chemistry between all the actors is great, but who really steal the show is Arthur the dog owned by Plummer after he dies in the film and then McGregors character has to take care of him, this dog actor is Cosmo. The film gives you a great point of view of life in certain times of the US but using meaningfulness such as stars, the president, a kiss, beautiful.

Great soundtrack compilation.

X-Men: First Class

I'm not a huge fan of comic books films, but I have faith on X-Men, the reason is that it shows superheroes with a lot of complexity in their life's, being humans, and develop skills and powers that are sort of a curse that haunt them for life, and make them so vulnerable is what really attracts me.

One X Men first class you see new characters and young ones that suffer more than just turn into adults. The origin of this saga is pretty good film, very entertaining and fun. Fill with great special effects and a well done art direction that the producers of the film admit that helps to give this movie an added value, besides the limited budget.

The film takes places between world war II and the missile crisis USA vs Cuba. This hypothetical plot is the perfect excuse to bring the heroes to save the day.

James McCavoy and Michael Fassbender gives great performance, specially Fassbender that have very difficult shoes to fill (Ian Mackellen as Magneto) like Lost producer Damon Lindelof did mentioned about January Jones is really bad in this film, unfortunately Emma Frost old be played by anyone else and you never see the difference. Kevin Back steal the show as a villain.

A few general comments: why the black mutant die first in this movie, what kind of racism is that?, I know that make the character a martyr but why?. Nicolas Hoult is a miscast he will be perfect as young Cyclops vs been young beast? and lats but not least, Jennifer Lawrence is so gorgeous I can't stop watching her in this movie, lovely.

Great cameos by Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Romijm

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

When for the first time I read that Werner Herzog was doing a 3D movie, a lot of ideas comes to my mind. But on the second thought this genius cannot deliver something like Avatar, Green Hornet or even close to Clash of the Titans. So what is the real subject of Cave of Forgotten Dreams. Simple, Werner Herzog appeal to a basic principle that after three years we are missing in 3D films. Documentaries, unscripted adventure, a simple class of film making.

Besides a very intense and irrelevant subject for movie goers Cave of the Forgotten Dreams is a movie about the discover of oldest pictorial creations of human kind, the Chauvet caves of Southern France. Werner Herzog make this film with style, he is the narrator, director, writer and also one of the main characters of this film. This movie is not going to scare you or use gimmicks to catch you're attention is simply a movie about discovering the unknown.

Like I mentioned before the 3D phenomenon, IMAX or 3D films were only 1 hour documentaries that capture things like Space Station, NASCAR, or Underwater stories. Werner Herzog and Cave⦠brings back this essence and also deliver a powerful message.

The Tree of Life

Mind blowing the experience, is what I called "The Three of Life"

Is hard to talk about this movie and explain the plot, because there is so much ramifications of it. The story of a family from the 50's, the origin of life, from the big bang to dinosaurs and also the story of a disturbed kid that is haunted by the death of his brother. Seems a simple plot. But is not and Terrence Malick didn't do it easy for everyone. This film is a gem, but let me get this straight, is not for every audience, the film is intense, deep and hard to get in to it.

The intensity of the creation of the world, from a cosmic point of view to the intimate life's a family in Texas. This film is something that you never seen before.

Please don't think that you are going to see a family drama with Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, because you are wrong. I'm not trying to spoil this movie but I think that this movie might not be seen in several countries because of the complexity of the story.

The music is beautiful, credit by Alexander Desplat, edited amazingly breaking most of the rules but a team of award winning editors that have a filmography that goes from Beverly Hills Cop, Thin Red Line, Natural Born Killers and City of God, a cinematography so clean and perfect by Emmanuel Lubezki, crisp sound with fantastic details and the VFX supervision of Douglas Trumbull the guy behind the 2001: Space Odyssey Special Effects

Midnight in Paris

After a few movies not so interesting, such as Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which I hate so much. I decide to give a try to this film. I'm impressed.

This movie brings so many elements of the essence to the real Woody Allen. Annoying characters, nostalgia of a period in time and existentialist conversations.

Midnight in Paris tell the story of a young couple engage Gil and Inez that travel to Paris, played by Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams. Wilson is a screenplay writer that is in love of Paris as a city, as landmark as romantic place to be creative. In the course of events he discover the real magic of this city every midnight. Owen Wilson which is not my favorite actor, because all the time acts like the previous movie impress me in a way that translate Woody Allen conversations from his earlier films. The Nostalgia of Paris, the famous artist who live there, the music.
Marion Cotillard always stunning and gorgeous and some great appearances that I'm not going to spoil.

And at the end the annoying characters: McAdams, Michael Sheen and Wilson's soon to be in laws played by Mimi Kennedy and Kurt Fuller.


Directors are always looking to revamp or remake film that were successful. "Hanna" is a variation of films that famous filmmakers like Luc Besson made memorable. A Hollywood agent can baptize this movie as The Professional meets La Femme Nikita meets teenager film.

Hanna is the story of this girl trained to be the perfect assassin (Saoirse Rona), but of course there is a twist in the story. Is not only trained, is also genetically influence to know how. The movie develops from some flashbacks that allows to understand how she end up in this enigmatic location in Finland with her father (Eric Bana) and why is be chase by Marissa ( Cate Blanchett) that plays a magnificent job as a villain. This is a well action packed film that have a masterful editing class and a fantastic score by The Chemical Brothers. The film can be flat sometimes but I found it very entertaining. Overall is the big surprise of a director as Joe Wright specialist of period films as Atonement and Pride at Prejudice bring to life a movie like this one.

The Conspirator

After a long awaited return of Robert Redford to the screen, I have to say that I should still waiting for something better. Don't get me wrong, the film is not bad at all but disappointing. With strong cast such as James McCavoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kilne and Tom Wilkinson to name a few. The story focus on the moment where the divided and polarize USA end their war between the North and South and focus on rebuild the entire nation, but the task will not be as easy, with president Lincoln assassination.

The screenplay try to portray some of the characters as part of a similar war on terror movement after 9/11 but in the 1865 , specially Kevin Kline, so close to Dick Cheney. Also you will see scenes outside the fortress where the conspirators are detain where streets vendors are selling memorabilia of Lincoln as part of every marketing campaign similar of course to the WTC memorabilia of the tragedy. This are very direct statements about how American society lives under the same mentality after 200 years.

Overall the film is decent but not as strong as was expecting.

Love and Other Drugs

I was confused. I think the movies was a comedy, but then was a drama. Overall the film didn't have enough power in both genres, at the end was a romantic comedy with pretty good performances by Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal.

The idea to present the history behind Viagra and the influence in modern P.R. was a cool idea. But at the end I was drowned in the story of Gyllengaal's brother who is a poor loser that can't get laid and found comfort next to his big brother. I also I got lost in Anne Hathaway beauty and probably all her nude scenes, well that was the hidden gem of the movie, sorry about that.

At the end the film is entertaining.

The Fighter
The Fighter(2010)

Strong ensemble cast. The film is encouraging and mesmerizing.
I bet the supporting roles will win the academy awards, buy I wanted that Mark Wahlberg be nominated to.

Interesting use of video as a resource of film-making during the fights.

True Grit
True Grit(2010)

I love the film. The Coen brothers did such an amazing job making this remake. I'm always hesitate to see this type of films (I'm mean remakes), as a matter of fact is a sacrilege try to redo a film that already was a classic. In this case the film is a gem. The performances are a true piece of work, but I have to give credit to Hailee Steinfeld, this girl nailed and opace all he actors. She leads the film. On the other hand Jeff Bridges is fantastic. The film is beautifully shot, scored, edited just to name a few of the great things of the film.

The Green Hornet

I have to say that some critics really encourage me to see this film, and it was a big mistake. The movie was waste of time and specially in 3D. I knew that the movie will be bad, but my hunch really betrayed me. The movie is Seth Rogen. The famous director Michel Gondry is even less important that Cameron Diaz and the Green Hornet car. I believe that the movie only looks like Mr Gondry work, about 15 minutes. The rest is the stupidity of the Seth Rogen, probably he is a really good actor, playing a jackass like his character in the film. The story and dialogues are illogical and nonsense. The waste of supporting roles and cameos, such as Chirstopher Waltz, Edward James Olmos, Tom Wilkinson, James Franco and Ed Furlong makes the film even more sad.

I can stand Seth Rogen and his influence in this movie his performance and his control over a talented director like Michel Gondry. Unfortunately Gondry sold his talent for money to the studio and the star.
If you want to see Gondry to his best, check on Jimmy Kimmel live episode that he directs recently in honor to the Green Hornet opening in movie theaters.

Rabbit Hole
Rabbit Hole(2010)

I feel that Rabbit Hole exceed my expectations. Overall the film have a approach that I never expect it, pure abstraction. I think one of the plus values of the movie. Of course we have Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckard that both made a terrific job. The slow pace of the story and a plot absolutely base of abductions is what makes it unique. The emotions are controlled and manipulated in that way that everything that happen is moved in a precise way, like a symphony. You never aware of music and technical aspects, just two actors and some supporting roles, like Sandra Ho, which is great as well.

I couldn't find the humor in the film, despite everyone was laughing in the theater. I feel that the director of the film and the writer found a way to tell me what was happening in my subconscious and I found that so great.
Well done, bravo!

Tron Legacy
Tron Legacy(2010)

Tron Legacy is the sequel of one of the most important cult films of the 80's and brings back the main characters of the original film. I love the film from start to finish (from the Disney high tech logo to the credits) The movie really fill my expectation of what I was waiting for. Overall the story have some holes in the script, the plot is very interesting, a philosophical tale about past and present, the future of technology and the concept of creation. "Sometimes is good be out of the equation"
is on of my favorite dialogues. which means that the concept of be just one or trying to control the destiny is not be in front of you, is to find yourself around to achieve your goals. At the end is the power information, experience and data base what makes us unique.

The movie is a whole spectacle of special effects, art direction, and sound. Daft Punk did an amazing job with the music and I will never forget the IMAX 3Dexperience. Unfortunately for 90's generation of moviegoers this film seems odd and estrange for them. Because you have to live 80's, experience arcades and enjoy the time where technology was a pandora box.

Enter the Void (Soudain le vide)

I wanted to see this movie so badly and I have to say that was impressive, but I have to warn you.
This film is not for everyone. For the audience who ever experience Irreversible.
Caspar Noe, is not going to let you down. The film is visually amazing, a true masterpiece of postproduction.
But on the other hand, extremely disturbing. I think never achieve represent hallucination as a consequence of drugs like
this movie. The story is simple and not egocentric, probably because the lack of plot. I think nothing impress me like this visual trip.
Enter the Void is the equivalent of colorful ride such as Tron, but for adults.
I still have images in my mind, that probably I will never forget for ever...

The King's Speech

The King's Speech is one of those movies that leaves you with a good taste in your mouth. Why? you enjoy a good ensemble cast, which are powerful in the performance of real historical figures.
This year I wish and I hope that Colin Firth wins the Academy Awards, he deserve, but also is his chance to the claim what he must collect last year. Jeffrey Rush is stupendous he is one of those supporting character that you wanted to see over and over again. Helena Boham Carter, is great as well.The movie is dramatic, funny and also encouraging. In so many ways. How succeed when you are a person that is self taught, how two different status of the society can collide and become united and also how the power of the words can change the course of history. Nice piece of filmmaking, beautiful directing, editing and music. A true movie gem.

Morning Glory

This film is really underrated. You are going to the theater and you are wrong. This is the story of Becky Fuller and her struggle to become a successful producer of a Morning Show.

Rachel McAdams, always so charming and gorgeous, that I can't stopping looking at her... well sometimes lost in her instead of the movie. Well back to the movie. I feel that the best character of the movie, the one who brought me laughs was Harrison Ford. During the film is the one that I wanted to see more and more.

The silliness and wittiness of the script is what makes this picture entertainment. Making fun of the most superficial themes of morning shows and specially the pseudo inner meaning of nonsense concepts related to this piece of the TV that doesn't help society to be better. Just be more interested in gossips and ridiculous true events that are just news for a day.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

I was on the edge of the seat every single minute of it. Probably I'm completely drown into the commotion of the Millennium, but let;s say in my own personal way. Knowing the conclusion of this story and discover all the buzz about Lizbeth Salander faith attracts me enough to keep asking for more and more.

I can't believe it was two hours and a half, but it flows so great.
All the cast great. I'm still dreaming Noomi Rapace been nominated to the Oscars. May be the dream is real...

127 Hours
127 Hours(2010)

Danny Boyle come back after winning the Oscar, with this real life story. Great choice of James Franco as the main character. He is incredible, so many layers of performances, with a powerful visual editing, cinematography and directorial techniques, helps this almost one location entertaining.

The movie flows great, with split screens and nice soundtrack. My only problem is the lack of connection with other characters and appealing of the visual flashbacks and flash forwards, which sometimes could be consider drug trips instead of the ideal worlds for the main character.

Black Swan
Black Swan(2010)

From my experience Aronofsky delivers powerful films. So I was expecting something real. This time, he put the reality of the Wrestler, the cruelty of Requiem for a Dream and the weirdness of The Fountain and Pi, in this movie.

Magnificient performances from Natalie Portman, completely an Oscar worthy, Barbara Hershey as Portman mom, is fantastic. Aronofsky is a master of his craft. Hand held camera, jump cuts used a minimalistic transitions and great visual analogies across the board.

This movie is recommended, but not everyone.

Life as We Know It

This is the most decent of honest film made by Katherine Heigl. Definitely she needs costars like Josh Duhamel.

The chemistry was pretty good and the plot was pretty real and believable.

Probably one of the most miss cast was Christina Hendricks, but she is always a pleasure to see on screen.

The Social Network

The movie is define by two lines of the script:

-Mark you are as#$%le
-You are triying so hard to be an a#%$ole
The movie to me is not only about facebook, is about corporate America and way of living. See such a vivid young people in college that needs something to be the big thing, and this social media that gave them a way to be star of their own pages. The movie is dedicated to those sick bastards "preppies" who think that because mommy and daddy can pay everything and also use their influences can get away with that, well in fact yes, you can walk away with 65 million dollars, is a movie about nerds who needs to be something that they aren't and they wish to be in those ridiculous societies, it's also the movie for the friendship that in this world, needs lawyers to settle differences and make sure that what they get from each other.

But at the end is a movie about entrepreneurship, a word that describe someone who pretends to be someone, being none and how you play the cards well.

Nice selection of the cast, except Timberlake that I found the most annoying character of all. Sorkin wrote a nice script, but to me all the characters talk like in the West Wing. Beautiful score by Trent Reznor, but at the end I feel that the facebook phenomenon, was capture to soon on film.

The Town
The Town(2010)

This is the Departed of 2010. Nice try Affleck, but still needs more work as a director. Jeremy Renner was a waist as an actor in this movie, specially the ugly mustache, the gorgeous Blake Lively was a waste to, you can put Natalie Portman as the sick love of Ben Afflek's character and wouldn't be a difference. Jon Hamm plays a modern FBI Don Draper, sorry for the reference. Enjoyable as an action film.

The Kids Are All Right

Opposite to the critics I found the movie good, but not as impressive as I thought. Mark Ruffalo is the best character of the film.

I can't believe that Julianne Moore and Annette Bening are a couple, sorry I couldn't get it.

Nice story, good characters decent performances.

I guess the movie will hit good nominations at the Globes, don't know about the Oscars.


I enjoy the movie, only because is ridiculous funny. On the other hand, I'm also feel that the movie is telling us something, a very weird theory about what's going on in the border. Call me crazy on this one. Bloody funny, religiousness funny, politically funny. Nothing else to say, basically abusrbd, I just had a great time watching this glory blood bath of Texans, Mexicans and Chicanes?

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden)

The sequel of the famous Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, follow the steps of Lisbeth Salander as thought hacker girl. The film focus on new characters and and a new scandal that related past enemies and bring new friends into this complex story.

Finally there is meaning behind that brutal attack when Lisbeth was just a kid perform to her dad. The connections between her beloved caretaker and who is responsible to make this girl who she really is.

Unfortunately, the movie contains have a few confusing moments, a lack of development of the film adaptation, probably caused by time restriction.

Expect some "cliché", that overall enjoy it, the action and and treatment from the director is fantastic. Great camera work, cinematography and again performances.

Eat Pray Love

According to people who read the book, this movie cannot be compared to the piece of literature under the same name. The reason why? The deepness of the emotional and spiritual travel that Julia Roberts character is more intense. Been in a movie theater were you as a man is just the 10 % of the audience, gives you another perspective of what this film is all about. Besides the interesting technical aspect, such as beautiful cinematography by Robert Richardson and music by Dario Marianelli the film turns into a cute and funny trip of a woman who enjoy good pasta, try to learn how to meditate and connect to the world in a complete unsatisfactory perfect life.
What this movie is all about?


I can't even explain what I felt after watching this movie. From the beginning to the end the movie have me Huh? and Woaooo.
This was the redefinition of previous films for Christopher Nolan, such as Memento and Insomnia.

The first fifteen minutes are crucial to understand what's going on, and if you don't catch it or make the effort you will be lost thought the whole 150 mins of the film.

The ensemble cast is great, but on the other hand I feel that Ellen Page can be replaced by anyone else and wouldn't be so much difference. But her natural beauty attracts you in some way that I still wondering why?

The production values are amazing, is a true eye popping experience and the technical values as well, this is a well done film with so much to say that everyone will be talking for years to come.

I love the music the editing, cinematography and sound.

Sex and the City 2

I have to see it as a request, sometimes you have to please the ladies. For me make a first film was enough but the studio wanted to do another one, why?

Simple money. This time is not entertainment is a collection of unused sketches of the original series, perhaps the first movie.

Now that the story is be reestablished to your nerves the girls go to Abu dhabi, a good excuse to plans another series of movies, Sex and the city: The girls go to Belize or go to Zimbabwe, anyway a sort of Ernest style of films, the adventures and misadventures.

Nothing that I can say that impress me about the film, but if the girls like it, let's give one star for the benefit of the doubt.

The A-Team
The A-Team(2010)

I went to see if because I been fan of the show since start and I was hoping to get a good homage to the series.

The films is just entertainment, explosions, chasing, illogical acrobatic stunts, but it's a summer film as it best, I don't know if there a second part, but I still like what they did for the sake of money. But the original series, remains untouchable to me.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

I'm not consider myself a fan of this series but after watching the first two I have to give them a shot.
Probably I still feel the that first film is the best, the second movie, the most boring and this one, the most active, funnier (irony) and also the most cheesy.

The film is pure entertainment, but also a lesson of how to exploit the phenomenon of vampires and werewolves.

Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3(2010)

I wasn't prepare for this 3rd episode. Toy Story represents and decent and touching closure to the story of Andy and his toys in the search of survival after owners leaving for college.

The story is powerful and well written, so many funny and smart moments, development of great characters and perfect Pixar elements.

I see a few nominations, not only as a best movie. The short film Night and Day is excellent, overall the most experimental for the studio.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

This film was something that I was expecting to see, after long and boring summer films completely empty, the girl with the dragon tattoo, gave me action, suspense but on the other hand surprisingly twists.

I haven't read the the book, but I'm very interested in it, because is a trilogy that integrate true detective style novels, but not film noir.

The movie is dense and sometimes raw for traditional movie goers, they have to be ready to see unexplainable situations for the most important characters, the heroes must suffer and that's what's make them strong as they are.

Overall Is a great movie.


I don't know how to call this documentary a piece that is informative. The lack of narration and explanation leaves everything to my own toughs about what is going on.

Of course there is not rocket science in this movie, you know that there is four babies Namibia, Mongolia, Japan, and the USA and you understand the life of them, to me explain the multiple cultural breakthrough about raising a child is the only valuable thing.

Letters to Juliet

Another romantic film with the typical template that screenwriter have. In this case with the presence of the amazing Vanessa Redgrave.

This young girl from New York is about to get married. In a early honeymoon trip to Verona, after a lot of interesting experienced she end up realizing that love is not at home, instead is in the mythical Italy thanks to a missing love of an old lady, fifty years ago.
The plot is fresh but you know where everything is going.

One of the biggest waste in this film is Gael Garcia Bernal performance, you can put a completely new Italian young actor and will be the same.

I did enjoy the soundtrack.

Robin Hood
Robin Hood(2010)

I did enjoy this film, overall the lowest expectation ever. I can't compare this movie to Gladiator, but there is so many resembles to it.

Speaking of the script the film is weak, but there is glimpse of interesting moments, such as the creation of an outlaw, kind of "Dark Knight" style... On the other hand the movie is confusing and that makes Robin Hood not such a great film.

Cate Blanchett and Russell Crowe have a decent perfomance, the rest of the cast interesting.

Ridley Scott continues showing his style in this movie, the look is great, sound, cinematography, editing and original score.

The film is pure entertainment

Harry Brown
Harry Brown(2010)

Michael Caine, shows what he's made off in this movie. A very nice and calm elder that can rip every drug dealer head off, without even sweating.

The movies is well done, dense and sometimes sharp edge. Great performances, direction, original score and technical aspects. Still disturb me to think of some scenes. This is not a old man revenge is a war in a dangerous neighborhood in London.

Get ready to be surprised, this movie get complex and violent.

The Runaways
The Runaways(2010)

What really attracts me was Dakota Fanning transformation, I feel that Kristen Stewart is so flat as an actress and she cannot show emotion what so ever.

The story was well written but not impressive another music biopic that could end in that big list.

Michael Shannon, steal the show again like a maniac and egocentric record producer looking for the big great band.

Cool soundtrack

The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)

I went to see this movie without any expectation, I definitely think that was well written, well performed and also the structure was great. Probably my biggest surprise is this film win the academy award, because is tough.
I love how the screenplay fools our self using analogies of soccer and passion, to create this enigmatic story about search of justice.

Alice in Wonderland

Definitely this movie is a visual spectacle and another great collaboration, Burton, Deep, Elfman but at the end the movie didn't look what expecting to see as a 3D film, I can watch this film in 2D and could be almost the same. Just a few parts are interesting. The movie was fine to me. The best performance Helena Bonham Carter and the voices of Michael Sheen, Matt Lucas and Alan Rickman. Jhony Deep was good, but not impressive.

The real success on this movie is the visual world, make up, art direction, costume design and especial effects. Even Tim Burton's vision seems influenced by Disney to make him less creepy, which to me is wrong. I like ask Tarantino to make a movie without a single drop of blood.

The plot was fine and confusing.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

I was hoping that this will be a great homage to the later Heath Ledger. Weird in a good way, the story seems confusing and and leaves you thinking about some many holes in the script.

Beautiful, like other Terry Guilliam's movies, some trace of Baron Munchausen, Unfortunately I was expecting and end giving a great recognition to a great actor.

The Blind Side

Despite the hype and how it's been criticize, sort of label of a Hallmark movie, I really enjoy it, all the performance are great!
This is the Erin Brockvich of 2009. I think Sandra Bullock will win this.

Nice film structure, nothing risky regardless cinematography, etc.

I know how this movie will end, but overall leaves you happy, with hope

The Book of Eli

Put a western film and Mad Max and you get this film, second add a little bit of religious conflict to spicy it up.
Decent performances, but you can have anyone else performing as the hero and the villan and there is no difference to me.

Nice photography, editing and score.
Pleasantly surprise in terms of the plot.

A religious conflict that connects the actual times that we living and where suppose to lead at the end of our era.

Broken Embraces

This is one of those peculiar films by Almodovar. Not so twisted as other he made in the past. Penelope Cruz, great as always. But I think there is so unnecessary subplots, that you can take out.
I think the ending was weak to my point of view. Is a matter of taste.

But on the other hand the story behind the making of the film by Harry Caine and his love to her main actress still intriguing to me.

Crazy Heart
Crazy Heart(2009)

Excellent performance, songs and cinematography. The Wrestler of this year, this time Jeff Bridges doesn't play himself like Mickey Rourke did. A very strong performance and Oscar worthy. I really wish that he wins the Academy Awards. Nice acting for the rest of the cast.


Great performances, but unfortunately i think Clint Eastwood didn't do the job that I was hoping for. So used to his movies, with such an academic flavor and tradition, brings this movie, so slow and with so many scenes that leaves you, uncertain. I'm kind of Disappointed. Besides beautiful music and great production work.

Up in the Air

I think this movie represents an anthem for the horrible 2009. Perhaps only this film and Hurt Locker shows what was this past year, not Avatar.

So many people will feel connected to this movie. Great performances, Clooney, Farmiga and Kendrick, the last one the new young actress that Reitman discover and make famous after Ellen page got nominated for the big awards. Great cameos by J.K. Simmons and Cut Chemist, also appear in Juno. Beautiful edited, great soundtrack compilation and nice photography.

Sherlock Holmes

I very grateful that Guy Richie did such a fun film, the cast was well chosen and the cinematographic resources were well used. Despite the superficial script, some bad lines and holes in the plot I enjoy it.


Very impressive movie by James Cameron, tops the whole technology behind 3D, the enviorment, the art direction, the whole concept behind the creation is amazing. On the other hand a movie filled with so many cliché characters, dialoges and similar suplots like T2, The Abyss, Aliens. Samples of his previous movies corporate companies out of space, military and underdog heroes. Too much expectation for me, but I think the movie was fine.

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Powerful and sad, but with such a positive message of enlightenment and encouragement. Very peculiar filmaking and such a unusual style, I enjoy the characters. Truly recommended.

Capitalism: A Love Story

I enjoy it, I laugh and I found such a sad truth behind it. Michael Moore format, still works for me. Great documentary. I know that people hate him and doesn't like his manipulation, but if you want to see manipulation in media, watch Fox news for 20 minutes.

An Education
An Education(2009)

No clue about the buzz, I think the movie was nice, but not as impressive as I was hoping. Molina, Pike and Williams were the best. I know that all was about Carey Mulligan. But I still looking about what I like about this film

The Lovely Bones

This is a kids friendly version of "What Dreams May Come", Im very disappointed of this movie, I was hoping that Peter Jackson give me something that I remember, but honestly, there is a few shots and that's it.
Tucci, Sarandon and Ronan did a great job, but Wahlberg and Weisz miss cast.

The Young Victoria

More that I was hoping. I was hunting film to see, but all sold out I decide to give a shot to the beautiful Emily Blunt, which I have a crush on. She was amazing, the movie, was well done, the cinematography, costume, editing and art direction. The structure was strange but in a good way, I recommended.

The Hurt Locker

I love when you go to the movies, without expectations about a film. I was so impressed. Love this film, the story, the directing, the sound, the music, the actors, editing, production and cinematography. Great cameos out of the blue. I truly recommended.

None stop action and war drama, this is Black Hawk Down in Irak.

Big surprise from Kathryn Bigelow, director of films such as Strange Days and Point Break.

500 Days of Summer

Do not expect this movie have the ending that you are hopping, because you are wrong. At the very beginning you will be in love of Zoe Deschanel and you will realize that she represents that emotion that everyone have, is to get blind of someone that seems unique and special. But when you look back you know what is going to happen, the thing is you don't want to accept it. With some interesting situations that reminds me Amelie, a great soundtrack with screenplay is well written. Both actors Zoe and Joseph Gordon Levitt, did a pretty good job

Public Enemies

After all the movies that I been devoted to Michael Mann, I must consider that this film was more than I expected. Having all the elements of violence, dramatic changes on the rhythm of the film and outstanding use of music. "Public Enemies" represent a good portrait of Dillinger life. Jhonny Deep did another memorable performance proving that he is one of the best actors. Probably the most miscast is Christian Bale, you can use any other actor and you wont even noticed the difference. Love the style and the cinematic point of view, one of Michael Mann signatures. This a good example of how HD video is giving the chance to make cheaper films with good quality, but no way that can substitute real film.

Inglourious Basterds

I just love it!

After watch that really bad movie Grindehouse, Tarantino create this magnificent movie.

Is so him but with the in the world war II ambience, the sadistic and bloody killings that you enjoy and laugh... the unexpected situations and twist that makes Quentin Tarantino, what he is famous for. Christoph Waltz steal the show from the very beginning, Brad Pitt have a good performance.

My Sister's Keeper

Im not a crazy fan of watch this kind of films but, you know you have to follow your instinct and please the females. This movie was better than I expected. The plot was a surprise, all the cast was great and the interesting use of music and very warm and nice cinematography makes this movie a good drama. Probably editing-wise they use so much "fade to black" makes me think that the director of the editor doesn't have to much resources to go from scene or probably the story-line was like that.

The Hangover
The Hangover(2009)

I been hesitating about going to see this kind of film, but the only word that I can say that attract me is "different" and definitely The Hangover is a whole different film about all the cliché American movies about bachelors parties, road trips and and crazy guys going to Vegas.

Surpassingly reminds me to a spanish movies from 1997 called "Airbag" which is a movie about a group of friends that are going to a bachelor party and get caught in this drug trafficking world. But going back to The Hangover, what makes unique this movie, is a cast of not so well none actors, a smart storytelling, great soundtrack and probably no shame of use the most dirtiest jokes and situations ever.

Terminator Salvation

Beyond my expectation. At least this movie make me forget that big mistake of 2003 called "Terminator 3: rise of the machines" The script was decent and was well directed, the special effects are great. A surprise aperance and good glimpse of previous movies and dialogs. Love the fact that this movie apperantely is influence by other interesting sources, like Mad Max, Blade Runner and even the Holocaust, thats what I feel about the movie.

Love that Christian Bale is not in the film the whole time with his strange voice, like Dark Knight

Star Trek
Star Trek(2009)

I think the movie was pretty good, kind of long to me. Of course no Oscar material in terms of actors, great special effects, sound and music. the make up was awesome, Eric Bana unrecognizable.

The script was a little bit confusing to me, please Star Trek fans don't hate me, I'm just a moviegoer tired of the same old movies, love criticize when is not good enough.

Favorite scene: the one that define Kirk as a character, with music from Beastie Boys.

Zoe Saldana, Hot!

Angels & Demons

I must say that the movie was better than I expected. A little bit long. But kept me on the edge all the time. I didn't like the special effects in some point, it looks so CG. But I assume that Howard can't shoot in the actual Vatican City. Ewan McGregor did a pretty good performance.

The Girlfriend Experience

This is a very indy movie, very... I said that because is experimental. Despite the fact that some audience was drawn to the theaters just for Sasha Grey, the movie honor the Red One format, which looks beautiful. Soderbergh with other of his attempts to make a different kind of movie, will lead him to something unique in the future, with another real film. There is nothing about performance in this film, is about a high price escort, bail out plans, loyalty and NY

Rudo y Cursi
Rudo y Cursi(2009)

Love it! Great movie, can't be compared with Y tú Mamá¡ También, but I do think that is better. Funny as hell, great situations and good cast and plot.

The Limits of Control

Pointless, Pointless, Pointless... The movie was looking good but after everything single member of the cast repeat that line "do you speak Spanish" I was like WTF. Mr Bankol�´by miracle speak in some point of the film overall the movie was looking good.

After 30 min the movie was going nowhere

Nothing else to say


I'm so sorry but I'm not a comic book fan and since I loved the style of 300 (look, editing, etc) and at the same time was drowned for the same thing to go and
I found this film, boring, long and hard to follow. Probably I'm going to be judge for this comment, thing that I don't care at all. Good editing, Good soundtrack, great and amazing special effects. Big disappointment!

An Ode to sex, violence and American Culture

The Class
The Class(2008)

Good movie, good performance, but kind a long to me.

Gran Torino
Gran Torino(2009)

The trailer really trick me. I thought that I'm going to see Dirty Harry prequel or whatever sequel. But not! this is a great film with such a powerful message. I was so touch for the performances and Mr Eastwood filmaking technique.


What a great film. I love it. Editing, cinematography, screenwriting, All the cast was amazing. Michael Sheen ignored again by the critics.
I was on the edge the whole time


Good asemble cast, Meryl Streep can perform as a man, a dog or either a plant and she is dammed good, Amy Adams great! Philip Seymor Hoffman Amazing. I just think that the adaptation was great and the direction.


Brian Singer did a good thriller that's it! Kenneth Branagh was the biggest waste of talent in this movie. They have such a great cast and didn't take the advantage. Good art direction, sound and score.

Quantum of Solace

Don't want to compare, but this movie is not even close than Casino Royale


Pretty long, the technical aspects are good, but is a winter movie with some glimpse of comedy with strong fast pace at the 1st hour

Slumdog Millionaire

I love it! The movies was made by all talented people, the directing, script, editing, cinematography, original score and performance

Yes Man
Yes Man(2008)

Just another Jim Carrey movie, unfortunately the plot is so forced that is like a collage a previous movies, like Liar Liar, Shallow Hall to name a few

The Duchess
The Duchess(2008)

This movie was so well shot, some of the frames, look like actual paintings, of course can't be compare to "Barry Lyndon"
Ralph Fiennes and Keira Knightley deliver a very strong performance.
beautiful original score.


Excellent, I just love it. Very light documentary that makes you think in which direction the world is going. As a catholic, I'm not agree make me feel that I'm lost or I'm becoming a slave of religion. Is just facts and thoughts about what what should take as a the right information.

Nights in Rodanthe

Im not a huge fan of this type of film, but I do consider that the story was powerful, also the performance of all the cast. Great chemistry between Mrs Lane and Mr Gere. Bring the question of reach desires, dreams and hopes of people everyone who feel trapped in situations that they choose as the right ones and then realize that there not. Have you ever ask yourself, what happen to my dreams and the persons that I loved before I commit?


Ben Kingsley makes this film a good one, but Penelope Cruz steal the show. You wants to see her all the time, and Im talking about all. When she suddenly disappear from the movie, you think that she is the strongest character that makes this movie unique. Everyone who been in love, madly in love or who are unsure about love and the correspondence of that feeling will understand some of the moments of this movie. Great story

Burn After Reading

Really funny film, love it, In the tradition of the twisted stories from the Cohen Brothers. Great performance of all the cast specially Brad Pitt. May be George Clooney was too much, as a character, but I really love it.

Eagle Eye
Eagle Eye(2008)

Reminds me so much to Die Hard 4, It makes me feel what type of world are we living that a computer can commit a cup. Very entertaining. Nice actions sequences.

Miracle at St. Anna

Overall the film was long. I appreciate the greatest effort of Spike to do this film and make it happen. The movie could be 100 min and will be great. There is so many ways to tell the story and makes me think how powerful this film could be if you keep some characters alive, like the reporter and the cop. Watching this movie makes remember the experience to work with Spike and his personal style dealing with the editing process

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

I have mix feelings for this film. In essence I feel the nostalgia of Mr Allen for NYC in the vignettes. How those girls shows what Americans are vapid, even Rebeca Hall who seems to me the more complex character of the movie, was drowned in this innuendo. In the case or the Spaniards the whole sexual passionate shows their power of seduction. Interesting movie to watch.

Brideshead Revisited

I was expecting something more impressive. Emma Thompson and Matthew Goode are the movie. Great art direction, editing, cinematography and soundtrack. I still think that is not very strong film, I still have the feel of Atonement, really fresh.

Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia!(2008)

A girly movie that impress me more than I thought. Since Im not a fan of the play, now i wanted to see the origin behind this film, great performances, specially Mrs Streep, Mrs Seyfreid and Mrs Baranski. Well done, gorgeous cinematography, but the editing has a lot of continuity mistakes, sorry Its just me...

Get Smart
Get Smart(2008)

what a waste of money and time. Steve Carell trying to be his other characters...

Kung Fu Panda

Great film, funny and with so many technical assets (sound, editing and music). The story still like some other movies that i seen before. Great cast of voices.


One of the best movies i ever seen in my life, if The Incredible s was one my favorite Pixar movies, Wall-e is a new instant classic. The score, the story, the treatment and how they develop the personality of the robot was beyond my expectation.

Sex and the City

It wasn't to difficult to catch up the story. good soundtrack it was shot it very nice.
Nothing else to say. Pure entertainment.

Made of Honor

Im not a huge fan of girly movies, but sometimes you have a to give a shot, I think is a funny and entertaining. Good compilation soundtrack.


Predictable story, great soundtrack, nice editing, decent performance. Kate Bosworth absolutely gorgeous

Son of Rambow

Cute, i was expecting something more funnier, is good for kids, lovely brith humor. Great soundtrack

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Disappointed... I was expecting more, they story is not string enough for me, they try to explain to much and sadly nothing happen. Cate Blanchet character not strong as past Indy villains. The only good thing the truck chase...

My Blueberry Nights

I was engage for a few things, the art direction, the cinematography, is like you grab a frame of the film and is a photo of a postcard, Norah Jones did a pretty decent performance, the use of the music like always, i still not crazy about the screenplay, but i really like a it. Perfect film for a date

Funny Games
Funny Games(2008)

I have to give this movie all the stars, because give so much anxiety that i was so desperate to jump into the movie and kill Michael Pitt or stop the film. Sorry no spoilers here but after 15min i was already desperate when i saw the first big peak in the story... Still Irreversible my most disturbing ever!

Be Kind Rewind

Completely disagree about bad reviews about this film, i do like it, a lot, i must say that touch me in a very emotional way, may be is how i become filmmaker and learn everything from scratch and how i connect myself with my passion in movies... sorry but this is not Eternal Sunshine ,is something different, one is love to someone, this movie is how we love movies

U2 3D
U2 3D(2007)

A mind blowing experience, the take 3d to another level, they play with everything, is not just 3d is U23D hehehehe, the video layers are treated like a game, every member of the band is layer, the audience even the transitions, if there is nothing interesting to see in a music performance, you will see great GFX that will increase the level of virtual experience

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The first 20 min make me realize that i watching a great film, is a class of filmaking.


Beautiful animated film, to me deserve the Oscar, not "Ratatouille" hit my nerves a lot, great story, funny, and very ironic.


When i saw it, hit me very hard. It's all about the story, friendship, treason and love. One of the best soundtracks ever.

La Haine
La Haine(1996)

No words to describe... is just an amazing social critique well done and impressive in anyway

Night Watch
Night Watch(2006)

This film force me to see it in the theater 3 times in a row. thats enough proof. Great filmaking.

I'm Not There

The movie was awesome, a little bit bizarre in some points, love the style music and stetic of the picture, Bale and Blanchett are superb both!

No Country for Old Men

Great movie! very impressed for all the cast performance, what a locations, Bardem is so scary that when i got home back from the theater i thought that he is going to be waiting for me, sitting in my couch just ready to kill me (upps spoiler?) The ending is my least favorite part, don't ask why? no more spoilers

The Darjeeling Limited

This was beyond my expectations, simply beautiful! i was so touch and identify wiith all of the characters


I was surprise, i was expecting to see the typical period film and i was wrong. Such a beautiful score, great performance, i only have two comments, i was bothered to hear that line all over again, "Come back top me" any way was necessary, Why the haircut of Vanessa Redgrave has to be the same for all the times of her character?
Love the 5 1/2shot just beautiful


Witty! love the music, the assemble cast performance and great dialoges great movie

Across the Universe

My review is going to be on the edge, so watch out.

Literally i fetl that my eyes were on drugs when i saw this film, love the versions of the songs, knowing that this film is a musical, it doesn't matter that the story is flat or there is not enough twist and turns i still that this movie is powerfull and you are leaving the theater happy and satisfied

I Am Legend
I Am Legend(2007)

I was expecting something better, i think is a really flat story without twist and turns.

I think the 28 Days Later series is better in terms of zombies or monster or apocalyptic concept of just a few people living in a desert city.

Blade Runner
Blade Runner(1982)

I always amazing experienced this film all over again, i saw it at the Ziegfeld Theater, presenting the final cut, so clean and crisp, beautiful print, oustanding restauration.

Long Live this film forever.

Lust, Caution

This movie keep me on the edege the whole time, not only for the reavealing sex scenes, which reminds me "The Lover", it was the tension of the two characters, beautiful photography and editing

Eastern Promises

Great movie, but im not impressed like some other Cronenberg's best, the performance are incredible, some oscar worthy, and type of end that i would like to punch the director and writer , just because they make fun of us. hard to see like Cronenberg's previous.


I was moved for CNN and Entertainment Weekly reviews and they were right. A very independent film shot on video, that's how it looks like. Hand held camera so natural and pretty straight forward and so powerful and natural performance i give this movie all the stars. Amazing soundtrack i buy it right away.

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

IS kind of biographical, it hits me very, very hard...just a few months here in the state and i live almost everything from that movie.

This Is England

Powerfull, very powerfull...great set up 1983 during the Malvina's war, incredible performances that makes you believe that this happening, in fact... thats part of the director's childhood, is a great message fro societies who lives on segregation of minorities

Balls of Fury

Im disappointed, i was expecting something more funnier, but is to scatter in terms of the script, only a few thinks that i really like... Maggie Q hot and beautiful as always Mr Walken funnier as always and just some funny lines

Manda Bala (Send a Bullet)

The most interstesting concept building pararell stories, and a metaphor of the violence, the lack of lawenforcement and the secrets behind the kidnap industry in brazil, powerfull! If you have a hard stomach, please don't go.

Rescue Dawn
Rescue Dawn(2007)

Great film, i was move to see it for a couple of reasons
1. Werner Herzog comeback
2. Christian Bale performance, that has great reviews on any magazine possible, oscar buzz around.
3. Movies about Viet Nam conflict in a time for Iraq_desert storm films.

I was really suprised by Steve Zahn he gets messd up and he deserve been nominated for something, he's been doing to much crappy movies.
What really suprise me beyond some special efx shots, the film look like it was done in early 90's...really cool. Love a filmaker keep the escence of his kraft

Live Free or Die Hard

Well, this is a good one, i said 3 months ago, im not going to see this!!!! then i friend of mine said to me: is so absurd, that you will enjoy the action scenes and the plot. Yes i love it, not buy it of course... but real summer popcorn movie.
Long live John Mclane!

The Simpsons Movie

This movie was beyond my expectations, i truly recomended, to all, funny, great script. They did what are not allow to do on TV. Sorry but pixar has great competition for the academy awards


I seen most of all Pixar movies, and i think this goes beyond my expectations in terms of technology, the textures of the rats, skin, hair etc. But the only thing is that i felt that is the story it wasn´t strong enough as Cars, The incredibles or Nemo, i must say : there is something missing...


Well, again Danny Boyle do something out of the ordinary, he is taking the responsability to guys like Riddley Scott, James Cameron or David Fincher to achieve a Sci-Fi Film with the quality of this one, the script is kind of odd and you never know in whcih direction is going completly, but i was so entertain with the sets, special efx and the excelent soundtrack, i love the cast. Reminds me the new version of Solaris, but of course more understandable. Overall i love it!

La Vie en Rose (La Mome)

I must say that this is the best movie that i seen this year so far, Marion Cotillard impress me a lot incredible performances and great filmaking, totally recomended. Why america can't make movies like this one?


With 9/11 movie he shock the nation about our fearless leader, using the same concept finally hit a important nerve of the american society, it make me think why i have a insurance and why is more cheaper to go to a third world country to get better assistance. I hope people realize why is going on here, we are dying beacuse top people want our money and they have it, at the end, can i move to england, france or canada?


A lot of anticipation to see this film, i get caught on the whole campaign, well done guys! the movie looks amazing, sound, special effects, but the typical Clitches, characters, situations, just a few moments that i found very funny and smart, the first 30min boring, just when the autobots arrive on earth, movie start getting very interesting.


Visually amazing, but saddly really not well elaborated dialogues


I really enjoy it, specially the fact that was shot on video, amazing methaphor of the new societies