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)

Berlinale Review: Le Jeune Karl Marx {The Young Karl Marx} (2017)

From Brazil to Argentina, from the United States to France and the Netherlands, politics is moving to the right. As economies worsen in Latin America, after a short-lived period of euphoria and wealth distribution, neoliberal ideas that many thought to be gone found themselves strong again, starting a new wave of smaller governments, privatization and open markets. The left, while failing to deliver on some of … Continue reading Berlinale Review: Le Jeune Karl Marx {The Young Karl Marx} (2017)

Review: Hidden Figures (2016)

It is no news that women have been systematically erased from history. Are you familiar with Enheduanna, one of the world’s earliest poets and writers, believed to have contributed to the invention of literature itself? Or say, Bertha Lutz, the Brazilian diplomat who pushed for the UN to include women’s rights at its Charter? Mary Wollstonecraft, Ada Lovelace, Lise Meitner? Nothing? The people we learn about in school, … Continue reading Review: Hidden Figures (2016)

Review: The Act of Killing (2012)

It is often suggested films have the power to transform our lives, to increase our empathy by allowing us to see bits of the world through other people’s perspectives and that, ultimately, they make us better persons. But what if films also have a much more destructive power? During a certain point of director Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary “The Act of Killing“, Anwar Congo, one of the many gangsters … Continue reading Review: The Act of Killing (2012)

Review: Nema-ye Nazdik {Close-Up} (1990)

Kiarostami does it yet again. In “Close-Up” – original title Nema-ye Nazdik – he captures and builds yet another picture where he gradually accesses the core of our human emotions and leaves the viewer exposed and transformed in the end. Mohsen Makhmalbaf is a well-respected Iranian filmmaker. So when Hossain Sabzian – a simple man with many aspirations – who feels represented by the work … Continue reading Review: Nema-ye Nazdik {Close-Up} (1990)

Review: Jodorowsky’s Dune (2013)

The Museum of the Moving Image, located in Queens, NY, is one of the few dedicated to the art, history, technique and technology of film, television and digital media, hosting a series of artifacts of relevant significance to the appreciation of cinema. Until August this year, the museum holds an exhibition entitled “To the Moon and Beyond: Graphic Films and the Inception of 2001: A Space Odyssey“, … Continue reading Review: Jodorowsky’s Dune (2013)