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  • The Remains of the Day

    The Remains of the Day

    ★★★½

    Without a doubt the best Merchant-Ivory production I have seen up to this point, which means I’ll give it a not-very-high 3.5 stars. Maybe it was because I went in with low expectations, or maybe Ishiguro is just easier to adapt to the screen than Forster is, but the first half was actually very enjoyable. Hopkins and Thompson are truly great, the themes are interesting and it looks really pretty. It is still a little dry at times, but that…

  • El Angel

    El Angel

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    In 1972 the 20 year old Carlos Robledo Puch, nicknamed The Angel of Death, was convicted for a life sentence after committing a total of seventeen robberies and eleven murders, all committed in a variety of sadistic ways. El Angel is a biopic about this man, the number one most dangerous serial killer in Argentinian history, that unfortunately forgets to explain one crucial detail: why was this criminal so incredibly dangerous?

    Lorenzo Ferro, whose entire performance can be summed up…

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  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    We crave mystery because there’s not enough.
    -Under the Silver Lake


    Under the Silver Lake is one of those films where the director decided to throw everything against the wall to see what would stick… only to watch in awe as somehow everything stayed glued to the wall. I see a lot of people calling this film overambitious and messy. Yes, it is ambitious – very, very ambitious. Mitchell has obviously put every crazy, LSD-induced idea that went through his…

  • In the Shadow of Women

    In the Shadow of Women

    ★★

    Come on... the first shot of the film is literally a guy staring in front of himself with a baguette in his hands. It is like L'Ombre des femmes is trying to confirm every cliché that people hold about French art house: the quasi-existential dialogues, the black and white photography, the moody piano music, the main characters who all cheat on their spouses, the unnecessary voice-over. The only thing missing was the characters collectively committing suicide at the end. Like a parody of French art house; only never did I feel like Philippe Garrel was actually in on the joke.