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  • Place without Limits

    Place without Limits

    ★★★★½

    The unforgettable Jaibo from Luis Buñuel's Los olvidados, Roberto Cobo almost makes you forget that honestly vicious performance with his equally true one in this excellent adaptation of José Donoso's El lugar sin límites, the most disquietingly classic novella ever written by the author of El obsceno pájaro de la noche.

    El lugar sin límites stars Cobo as la Manuela, a loca or homosexual character who is a flamboyant transvestite and owns a decaying whorehouse in a very impoverished Mexican…

  • The Little Prince

    The Little Prince

    ★★★

    It is quite possible that I had seen this as a child, way before reading Saint-Exupéry's novella. Anyway, we are talking one of the very first adaptations of the book on film here, and as such it is a treat to be able to watch it nowadays; some of the versions that preceded it seem to be currently unavailable.

    This one, the first straight take in the English language as the previous British-American movie (from 1974) was a musical, is…

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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…