Movie Review – Souvenir

Souvenir Mexico (2019) Dir. Armond Cohen “Mirrors and copulation are abominable, since they both multiply the numbers of men...” Parenthood is not as straightforward as it may seem. For a start, not everyone wants to have children, whilst not everyone can have children. Then they are those who do have children but end up separated … Continue reading Movie Review – Souvenir

Movie Review – Crazy For Change (Locas por el Cambio)

Crazy For Change (Locas por el Cambio) Mexico (2020) Dir. Ihtzi Hurtado Because of the class divide caused by an imbalance in how wealth is distributed, there is envy among some when they see how the other half live. They wonder what it would be like to live in a world of luxury, even if … Continue reading Movie Review – Crazy For Change (Locas por el Cambio)

Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven)

Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) Mexico (2017) Dir. Issa López Kids are ready to believe anything they are told, so thank god for fairy tales that gives them hope, strength, and nurture their sense of wonderment about the world. This just as well as life today is becoming increasingly unpleasant, even for us oldies. The … Continue reading Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven)

The Chambermaid (La camarista)

The Chambermaid (La camarista) Mexico (2018) Dir. Lila Avilés If there are any unsung heroes in this world devoid of recognition and respect, one could make a strong argument for people who clean up after the rest of us. It might seem like menial work by many but how different would our lives be if … Continue reading The Chambermaid (La camarista)

Hilda (Nunca he tenido una Hilda)

Hilda (Nunca he tenido una Hilda) Mexico (2014) Dir. Andres Clariond You know what they say about people with money - they might be able to buy a big house and flashy cars but they can’t buy class. It’s nice to have a healthy bank balance but being a decent human being should always be … Continue reading Hilda (Nunca he tenido una Hilda)

Roma

Roma Mexico (2018) Dir. Alfonso Cuarón What do you do for a follow up when your last film is a box office hit that wins seven Oscars - including Best Director - and numerous awards? If you are Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón, you team up with streaming service Netflix and release a 135-minute black and … Continue reading Roma

The Untamed (La región salvaje)

The Untamed (La región salvaje) Mexico (2016) Dir. Amat Escalante So you thought tentacle porn was an exclusive province of the Japanese? Mexican auteur Amat Escalante has news for you with a curious, beguiling film which, if it was presented by the long running kids TV show Sesame Street it would be brought to us … Continue reading The Untamed (La región salvaje)

Coco

Coco US (2017) Dirs. Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina Every year at the Oscars it is inevitable that either a Pixar or Disney film is going to win Best Animated Film regardless of whether it deserves it or not. In lieu of egregiously overlooking anime and other foreign language animated films, the 2018 winner Coco … Continue reading Coco

El crimen del Padre Amaro

El crimen del Padre Amaro Mexico (2002) Dir. Carlos Carrera They say there is no such thing as bad publicity and this scathing critique of corruption within the Mexican Catholic church goes some way to exemplifying this. After causing uproar with the church before it was even released El crimen del Padre Amaro went on … Continue reading El crimen del Padre Amaro

Blue Eyelids (Párpados azules)

Blue Eyelids (Párpados azules) Mexico (2007) Dir. Ernesto Contreras It’s handy when things come in pairs, like socks, shoes, trousers and the like, but there are occasions when having two of something can be an inconvenience. If you are a lonely singleton like me then getting a prize intended for two people is a like … Continue reading Blue Eyelids (Párpados azules)