Berlinale Review: Black 47 (2018)

What alternative do people have to fight oppression when it is so normalized within our systems? Structural violence, namely the institutions and structures that are put in place by those in power and prevent others from meeting their basic needs, has for so long relied on our acquiescence, that we often are led to accept certain things as “simply how life is”. Director Lance Daly’s latest … Continue reading Berlinale Review: Black 47 (2018)

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: Jibril (2018)

The good thing about first love and teenage years is that this phase is supposed to help us better cope with what’s to come later in life. By learning how to deal with rejection, loneliness, and heartbreak, we’re supposed to build healthier relationships in the future, connections whose sole purpose isn’t simply to fill a void. But well, that’s theory. Life, as we know it, doesn’t … Continue reading Berlinale Review: Jibril (2018)

Berlinale Review: “Las Herederas” (2018) {The Heiresses}

Most countries in Latin America were heavily built based on the concept of stratified classes. But if in decay elsewhere, classicism, one of the many long-lasting consequences of economies based on slavery and worker’s exploitation, is still alive and well in the region. Paraguayan director Marcelo Martinessi’s first feature film, « Las Herederas » – literally translated into English as « The Heiresses » and currently part of this … Continue reading Berlinale Review: “Las Herederas” (2018) {The Heiresses}

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)