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)

Review: 6 donne per l’assassino {Blood and Black Lace} (1964)

British novelist Edgar Wallace was such a successful writer that his books and screenplays were adapted to the screen numerous time and helped establish a film style of its own. German producers, particularly, found in Wallace’s work a great source material, and used it for decades to come as part of the “Krimi” movement. These “whodunnit” stories included vicious murder sequences but mostly focused on … Continue reading Review: 6 donne per l’assassino {Blood and Black Lace} (1964)

Review: Cat People (1942)

Most of the folkloric tales we know today came from an era when superstition and the belief in the unseen dominated cultural discourse. Often created as an attempt to control people, these tales relied on creatures whose powers were way beyond human – and how to fight something that’s beyond you? Today, most of these stories would quickly be brushed aside. No women I know … Continue reading Review: Cat People (1942)

Berlinale Review: El Bar {The Bar} (2017)

In the center of Madrid, different people go about their day. A few regular customers are already inside Amparo’s (Terele Pávez) bar: Trini (Carmen Machi) believes she can hide her gambling addiction from others, homeless man Israel (Jaime Ordóñez) is given food, others sit and drink something. The beautiful and fashion-savvy Elena (Blanca Suárez) decides to stop by for a coffee, just minutes after being cursed … Continue reading Berlinale Review: El Bar {The Bar} (2017)

Review: The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Unless you have been living under a rock over the past few weeks, chances are you’ve heard countless times about the US election, email hackings and Russia’s role in all of it. While some question the nature of US President elect Donald Trump’s relationship with President Putin and his country, the many conflicts of interest that can arise due to Trump’s life as a business … Continue reading Review: The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Review: Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Opening with a music score that instantly transports us to a noir universe, “Nocturnal Animals” is a film that has a lot to say. Like most noir films, it tells a story within a story, two tales that eventually find their way together – in certain ways better than in others. Memory, reality and fabrication are interwoven, and, being full of hidden meaning, is a … Continue reading Review: Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Review: Dead End (2003)

What can catapult something into cult classic status? While there is no existing formula to do so, many people attempt to lay down and understand the factors that create a loving group of followers and admirers of a particular manifestation of art. Cult audiences tend to gravitate towards everything they see and understand as different, as off the curve of what mainstream culture produces and … Continue reading Review: Dead End (2003)