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November 3, 2021

Galder Gaztelu-Urruti’s Platform

The Platform is a metaphor in the tradition of Animal Farm or Lord of The Flies. It very clearly focuses on capitalist ideology and has a secondary biblical theme […]
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October 30, 2021

La Cienaga is Masterful

La Cienaga is a beautifully, and meticulously constructed film. Each facet, each scene reflects the entirety of the film. It begins as the sound of crickets fades […]
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October 29, 2021

The Headless Woman

The most salient feature of Lucrecia Martel’s 2004 film, The Headless Woman, is the insightful and meticulous observations she finds in mundane moments. The way droplets of […]
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October 15, 2021

Embrujada: Sometimes Making A Movie Badly Makes It Better

Embrujada answers the question what would a Buñuel film look like if Buñuel had no money, no talent, and very little skill. However, it is Embrujada’s […]
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October 15, 2021

Carlos Reygadas’s Japón

Carlos Reygadas’s 2002 movie Japón uses the three core ingredients from Ingmar Bergman’s cookbook, death, sex, and god. Death, and its attendant fear, provides the engine that […]
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October 11, 2021

La Loba, A Mexican Werewolf Movie

Set the fog machine to maximum fog, cue the spooky music, pan across the graveyard. Now get a close-up of the coffin opening as a […]
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October 11, 2021

The Swamp Of Lost Souls: The Gothic, Cowboy, Monster, Mystery Movie!

Let’s go south of the border and picture us a little scene. It’s a sweltering hot day in the Mexican countryside. The buzzards glide low […]
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October 10, 2021

Superzan And The Space Boy

Carmen and her father are going for stroll in the hills when they see a cheaply made flying saucer land in a field. A gold-colored […]
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October 9, 2021

Álex de la Iglesia’s The Last Circus

The Last Circus is a rough ride. The pacing is fast, but what makes it truly disorienting is the sudden sharp turns. The plot and mood […]
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October 5, 2021

The Whip vs. Satan

The film opens with footage of The Whip cracking his trademark weapon on the steps of an Aztec pyramid. As he gives the air around […]
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September 28, 2021

Issa Lopez’s Tigers Are Not Afraid

Issa Lopez’s 2019 film Tigers Are Not Afraid has a strange relationship to Tarkovsky’s Stalker. It has too many Stalker like elements to be a coincidence. Tigers Are Not Afraid is set […]
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September 12, 2021

Niles Atallah’s Rey

Niles Atallah’s 2017 film Rey is a cascade of associations and references. The premise and plot are simple. It is a decent into madness, road […]
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