Review: Darkest Hour (2017)

Biopics and historical dramas are tricky stories to bring to the screen. One needs to find a good way to stay true to the facts and yet highlight emotional elements that become good entertainment. It’s important to create a clear picture of an era and its main subjects, what was relevant to them, and why they became who they became, without detailing every single aspect … Continue reading Review: Darkest Hour (2017)

Review: Lady Bird (2017)

Coming-of-age stories manage to be, at the same time, both unique and universal. Although concrete experiences may differ depending on the era, country, culture, and economic background of its subjects, some elements, needs, and desires are shared by most of us and form part of what we understand as of being human. We long to find our own space in this world, to connect with … Continue reading Review: Lady Bird (2017)

Review: The Shape of Water (2017)

Some of the first stories most of us ever heard were fairy tales. From the 17-century ones written in Neapolitan dialect by¬†Giambattista Basile to the stories created by the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault, tales became quintessential to our way of telling and understanding stories, and also serve as proof of our common humanity. Although many are filled with violent themes – murder, loss, and … Continue reading Review: The Shape of Water (2017)

Review: Call Me by Your Name (2017)

Some stories keep you hooked from the minute they start. They are instantly thrilling, electric, and set a high tone that makes it impossible for us to look away. Others, however, gradually grow on us before we’re even aware of what’s happening. They may start as a fling, as a calm cool breeze that although pleasant, is also apparently harmless, only to completely take you … Continue reading Review: Call Me by Your Name (2017)

Review: Phantom Thread (2017)

We need to talk about art’s obsession with the tormented genius. When did we start accepting the idea that in order for one to be a great artist, they also have to mentally and physically suffer, all the while torturing the ones around them? The link between mental health and talent has been explored since the writings of Aristotle and gained steam in the 18th-century … Continue reading Review: Phantom Thread (2017)

Review: The Servant (1963)

British sociologist Richard Hoggart once wrote that “class distinctions do not die; they merely learn new ways of expressing themselves.” Although stratified social classes are not exclusive to the Brits, in the United Kingdom, social class divisions are understood as an essential element of life, an intricate and elaborate structure that finds in the concepts of royalty and nobility its main symbols.¬† How possible is … Continue reading Review: The Servant (1963)