Berlinale Review: Damsel (2018)

For some good fifty to sixty years, Western films dominated Hollywood. With stories primarily set in the second half of the 19th century in what became known as the “American Wild West”, these were often tales that not only placed men against the harshness of their environment but also against one another. Be it Native Americans, bandits, bounty hunters, lawmen, mounted cavalry, settlers, or whatever … Continue reading Berlinale Review: Damsel (2018)

Berlinale Review: Isle of Dogs (2018)

I mean, let’s just put it out there: everybody loves dogs. Or at least they should. Dogs are better than people, and we don’t even deserve them but are lucky enough they became part of our lives. Inventive director Wes Anderson, the same guy who brought foxes to life in “The Fantastic Mr. Fox”, is a wise man who accepts this reality, and his newest … Continue reading Berlinale Review: Isle of Dogs (2018)

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: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

How do you create hope in a land of hopelessness? Don’t let the dazzling backdrop of the Missouri nature fool you: when it comes to cinema, it is usually the smaller towns that have the most curious and yet devastating stories to tell. In director Martin McDonagh’s new film, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” the always precise Frances McDormand plays Mildred Hayes, a divorced mother … Continue reading Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Review: Ninotchka (1939)

A recent study performed by a Washington, D.C. based foundation concluded that the millennial generation finds the idea of living in a socialist State – but also on a communist one – increasingly more attractive. While the study pointed out people oftentimes confuse the concepts of socialism and communism, this may also signal a growing dissatisfaction with the many inequalities derived from today’s capitalist system and … Continue reading Review: Ninotchka (1939)

Review: Paper Moon (1973)

Those of us living in an era dominated by social media, where images of beauty and success are promoted more openly and heavy-handed than ever, often wonder what are its consequences for children and teens. What about those growing up in the limelight? Drew Barrymore, Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson… The examples of those who struggled to cope with their fame and early exposure are too many. … Continue reading Review: Paper Moon (1973)

Review: Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie {The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie} (1972)

Simply hearing the term “bourgeoisie” evokes a series of memories from History lessons. With the French and English Revolutions, they became ever more prominent in society, taking power away from Absolutist regimes. Soon thereafter, Marx developed theories denouncing the conflict of interest between them and the proletariat, who lacked a fair share of society’s wealth and had no control over the means of production. Coming from … Continue reading Review: Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie {The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie} (1972)