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  • Tequila

    Tequila

    ★★★★½

    A lyrical assault on the senses.

    Updating his 60's classic "La fórmula secreta" for the 90's he follows through on its initial diagnosis: Mexico's path to modernity is beset on al sides by many pitfalls, the post-revolutionary is a stumble into changes that leave many behind.

    Here, Ruben Gamez comes through with a bitter denunciation: as much as 90's Mexico prides itself on technological and economical development, it remains stuck in many cultural vices, outstanding among these is Machismo.

    As…

  • Viva Villa!

    Viva Villa!

    ★★

    A fantasia on the Mexican Revolution, based upon a gringo caricature of Pancho Villa, this film proves how little importance Hollywood gives to history.

    A mostly fabricated storyline that emphasizes constantly through narration, that this fiction is truth.

    Wallace Beery clowns as a poor peasant in over his head, with a facile moral center, and a completely made up redemption and revenge story.

    Of course no film has an obligation to be fastidiously accurate in what it portrays, but the…

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  • I'm No Longer Here

    I'm No Longer Here

    ★★★★½

    A very hotly-hyped film that seemed very much worth its accolades.

    A very honest expression of minority culture, societal problems and the politics of hopelessness. An earnest look at a dark time in the history of the war on drugs, through its effects on the day to day lives of marginalized youth.

    It offers a welcome contrast to troubled perspectives on the "lower classes", that in mexican films are usually rife with prejudices and stereotypes. Here it seeks to reflect…

  • Beanpole

    Beanpole

    ★★★½

    A bleak and sober film about the pain of survival.

    It's probably tough subject matter and requires a healthy state of mind to get through.

    It features beautiful cinematography, which serves to amplify emotional suffering rather than aesthetizing the post-war setting.

    It's pace might turn off some, and the patience doesn't yield very rich rewards. It's good enough if you're up for it.