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  • Wiñaypacha

    Wiñaypacha

    ★★★★

    A beautifully observed film that achieves simplicity through concise and unflinching tableaus of an elderly couple trying to survive in the harsh Andes terrain. The first film ever to be entirely spoken in Aymara, an indigenous language from the south of Peru and Bolivia, the two leads give performances that can barely be characterized as acting. Left me pondering the spiritual complexities of old age, companionship and the erasure of culture.

  • Ruben Blades Is Not My Name

    Ruben Blades Is Not My Name

    ★★★★½

    Very moved by this film! I wasn't aware of Ruben or his work, but he's clearly a powerhouse artist/genius on the level with the best of the best. There's a sequence that goes back to footage of a 1978 performance of 'Plastico' that just sweeps you off your feet and clues you right into his whole philosophy. What the film itself lacks in prowess it makes up in heart tenfold.

    Saw it at Festival de Lima in Peru opening night.…

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  • Frames

    Frames

    ★★★★

    Belongs in a trilogy with Benny's Video and Afterschool. Haunting, absorbing work from an exciting independent American filmmaker.

  • Green Room

    Green Room

    A film about nothing exploiting screen violence for entertainment and shock value. A clumsy script that thinks very highly of itself. A sack of shit.