Imagine a world where everyone tells the truth all the time. It sounds fantastic doesn't it? Well... not quite... Keep in mind that this means that there are no filters, no flattery, no fiction and no soft landings. Are you Ok with your date letting you know what she will be doing while getting ready... Continue Reading →
Big Fish (2003)
This is another one of Tim Burton's masterpieces. I really appreciate his eye for detail and the way he invites viewers to immerse themselves into his vision. The cinematography in this movie has magical qualities. I found myself thinking about metaphorical imagery used by Tim Burton to depict how our recollection of personal experiences seem... Continue Reading →
Kick Ass (2010)
Before I proceed, I must warn you that this review contains some spoilers. I absolutely loved this movie because it was unexpectedly funny, dynamic and surprisingly good. The story centers around Dave, a regular dorky comic book geek turned super hero. Dave is a high school student whose only super power is being invisible to... Continue Reading →
The Producers (1967- Original)
This film was Mel Brook's first movie, which was ironically sort of a flop when released, forgotten and later rediscovered by accident. It is hard to imagine that someone from Jewish ancestry would make fun of Nazi Germany only 20 years after the end of WWII, but this is the tip of the iceberg in... Continue Reading →
This movie is definitely a masterpiece sprinkled with darkly playful intelligence that can't be pinned to one genera. Bong Joon-ho (the director) does a fantastic job keeping an air of uncertainty while slowly revealing the true colors of the characters. Vertical space is the key element used to reference class and lifestyle. The film centers... Continue Reading →
Enola Holmes (2020)
Self-reliance. Wit. Intelligence. Bravery. Just a few words to describe Enola of Netflix’s recently released film Enola Holmes. We follow this dynamic character as she tries to uncover the mystery of her mother’s disappearance. She is Sherlock Holmes's younger sister but is dead set on finding her mother with or without his support. While the... Continue Reading →
I bet $100 dollars you did not know that some of the 1970's classic movies theme scores from internationally famous films was composed by an Argentinian. Three of his most widely known tunes are the classic 1970's Jaws, James Bond and Mission Impossible theme songs. He is famous for being able to blend the sound of the big orchestra with that of improvisational jazz. Every song is carefully crafted to transport the listener through time and space. He can tell a story by solely using a melody. Click on the title to read the full review and see my top picks.
The Danish Girl (2015)
In my view this is a true love story, of a love so great that was able to evolve with the individuals as they grew into their true selves. This is a tale of a love that transcends genders, relationship labels and it lasted a lifetime despite the constant pain and disappointment. Click on the title to read the full review.
V for Vendetta (2005)
Quarantine, curfews, economic turmoil and compliance with health laws. Does it sound familiar? "Imagine a virus so deadly and that only you have the cure, how much power can that afford you?". Meet V, a different kind of super hero! Click on the title to read the full review.
Inception is another masterpiece from Christopher Nolan and it is considered cinematography at its finest. This movie is so layered that it is hard to keep this review brief. The plot centers on dreams within dreams if that were possible. The imagery switches between time and setting using cinematography as a guiding point to keep the story together. Sit tight and prepare to feast your eyes and your imagination, this is going to be a wild ride. Click on the title to read the full article.
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
The story balances on a tight rope between mental illness and an amazing capacity for creativity, reminding us of the link between deep trauma and an active imagination. Perhaps this is why some of the greatest artists in history were also often tortured by demons. Click on the title to read the full article.
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Although the book is considered literary nonsense, I think that Charles Dodgson conveys the very familiar feeling of disconcert that we all experience while going through different life stages. The book was written in 1865 but somehow managed to remain timeless when it comes to describing the struggle between societal pressures and a coming of age. Click on the title to read the full article.
Fight Club (1999)
Cornelius (the protagonist) lives a relative stable but very lonely life. The film employs many metaphors to describe the journey of a man dealing with onset depression. The denial of his own need for deeper connections pushes him to exchange one addiction for another. Toxic masculinity is the glue that keeps the story together and moves it forward. Click on the title to read the full article.
An amazing performance by Joaquin Phoenix. The most troublesome part of the movie is the parasocial interaction between the protagonist and his avatar GF. While he thinks there is a real connection, the relationship is very one sided. She is programmed to learn about him and become the perfect GF. Thus influencing his perspective of what a real life relationship should be like, all about him. Click on the title to read the full article.