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  • Tabula rasa

    Tabula rasa

    ★★½

    I just randomly picked up this Transylvanian short film, and it was worth watching. Tabula rasa is no horror story, but the Dracula figure here is the already dead dictator Ceausescu, a ghoul which seemed to go on sucking the people's blood long after his execution in 1989.

    Nonetheless, the rather Romeo-and-Juliet-ish affair that unfolds within the limits of a small village contains an air of ancestral mystery given the natural location and the beautiful cinematography that renders it in all its cold impenetrability. Also, the editing is good, as is the acting, especially the lead by Emma Molnár-Szabó, a promise that shouldn't vanish into oblivion.

  • Going Down in Morocco

    Going Down in Morocco

    ★★★★

    This unforgettably endearing movie about a small group of drug dealers in downtown Madrid stars Verónica Forqué as la Chusa, a woman who, from time to time, goes down to Morocco in order to buy the hashish for her business. Her main associate is her cousin Jaimito (Juan Echanove), with whom she shares a modest appartment, while she keeps an on-and-off relationship with a police officer (Antonio Banderas). Things complicate when Chusa meets Elena (Aitana Sánchez-Gijón), a runaway she sooner…

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  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★★★★

    "The nigger in the stable has a letter from Abraham Lincoln?"

    And that is just but one quote. This is Tarantino's greatest screenplay since Pulp Fiction (1994). Every word from it is pure gold. I could picture in my mind the ominous snowy scenery suddenly getting blood-stained by reading this literary masterwork alone. Then even I could put Tim Roth or Michael Madsen in roles other than the ones they do, since I couldn't get enough of them --one of…

  • L.A. Confidential

    L.A. Confidential

    ★★★★★

    A bloody mess due to police corruption in 1950s' Los Angeles is handled expertly by director Curtis Hanson: both the ideal and the immoral, the gritty side and the Hollywood lights of lore unite to create a compelling picture that is neo-noir at its tightly exhuberant best.

    Based on James Ellroy's novel, it tells a grand epic but never loses its focus on the psychological motivations of its deeply faulty antiheroes, brilliantly played by Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe and Kevin…