Sebastián Valencia

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Favorite films

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Moonlight
  • Blow Out
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

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  • Blood Simple

    ★★★★½

  • Drive-Away Dolls

    ★★★★

  • The Taste of Things

    ★★★★½

  • A Serious Man

    ★★★★½

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  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★★★★

    Lots of films can be seen as “being about films”, but few are this rich, this entertaining, and this self-referential. Nope is about the dilemma of chasing spectacle or chasing fulfilment, and realizing how –specially in this industry– sometimes both are connected. Just ask Spielberg. Spectacle will fuck you up, but when it’s on your side… the world gets Jaws. Nope is Jaws if Jaws was about how hard it was to make Jaws. It’s metamodernism fully realized: deconstruction with sincerity.

  • TÁR

    TÁR

    ★★★★★

    I get it now. 

    TÁR’s rewatch is essential because, in context, the movie reveals meaning. It opens with Lydia through the perspective of a cell phone, a live stream, shot from our point of view. We, the audience of TÁR, describe her as “haunted”. We know her ghosts, so we call her out immediately, we see her for what she really is. 

    “haunted” 

    On our first watch, the word had no hidden meaning. It’s not until we know the character that…

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  • Drive-Away Dolls

    Drive-Away Dolls

    ★★★★

    A horny, trippy B-movie with a deep bench of incredible character actors. The name Ethan Coen might set some people up for failure, since it’s much lighter and simpler than the average Coen brothers film. The movie is very consistent with the trashy tone though, it tells you exactly what to expect from the first moment a ridiculous transition occurs. Either you vibe with it or you don’t.

  • The Taste of Things

    The Taste of Things

    ★★★★½

    A movie where its beautiful craft is the whole point. The magic of loving through one’s work, be it food or film.

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  • Love Never Dies

    Love Never Dies

    ★½

    me: mom, can we have Phantom of the Opera?

    mom: no, we have Phantom of the Opera at home

    Phantom of the Opera at home:

  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder

    ★★★★½

    The Zodiac comparison is inevitable; they are both crime dramas about obsession. But whereas Fincher talks about the fixation with the truth, Joon-Ho focuses on the fixation with being right, even in opposition to the truth. The characters won’t escape their subjectivity because it’s easier to believe our falsehoods than to face ourselves.