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SUBTE-POLSKA: memory, vitality and loves from the past

Here’s a wonderful movie (with an off-putting title) that you can ONLY see Sunday in Palo Alto or Wednesday in San Francisco. Subte-Polska is an Argentine gem about a nonagenarian chess master addressing his own memory, vitality and the need … Continue reading

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SUBTE-POLSKA: memory, vitality and loves from the past

Subte-Polska is an Argentine gem about a nonagenarian chess master addressing his own memory, vitality and the need to find closure with his past.  A promising first feature for writer-director Alejandro Magnone, Subte Polska is the sleeper Must See at … Continue reading

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TRUMAN: how people say goodbye

This may be the best movie I’ve seen this year.  In the deeply emotionally affecting and humane Spanish film Truman, Tomás (Javier Cámara) leaves Montreal to pay a surprise four-day visit to his longtime friend Julián (Ricardo Darin) in Madrid. … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: THE AURA – smart enough to plan the perfect crime, but is that enough?

The Aura is a brilliant 2005 neo-noir from Argentina that I wasn’t familiar with until the Czar of Noir Eddie Muller programmed into the 2017 Noir City film festival. The Aura is about a taxidermist who leads a boring life, … Continue reading

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THE AURA: smart enough to plan the perfect crime, but is that enough?

The Aura is a brilliant 2005 neo-noir from Argentina, that I wasn’t familiar with until the Czar of Noir Eddie Muller programmed it into the 2017 Noir City film festival. The Aura is about a taxidermist who leads a boring … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: WILD TALES

Okay, here’s the hilariously dark Argentine comedy Wild Tales. Writer-director Damián Szifron presents a series of individual stories about revenge. It’s still high my list of Best Movies of 2015 – So Far. We all feel aggrieved, and Wild Tales … Continue reading

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SFIFF: LEAF BLOWER

Leaf Blower is an amiable Mexican slice-of-life comedy.  Three young guys are drifting rudderless though their adolescences, doing what teenage males do – wasting time, busting each others balls and achieving new heights of social awkwardness and sexual frustration.  Its … Continue reading

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Cinequest: MAN UNDERGROUND

The sci-fi comedy Man Underground is centered around the entirely humorless Willem (George Basil), who is emotionally scarred by a failed relationship and an occurrence that he believes was an encounter with space aliens.  Unburdened by any lack of confidence, … Continue reading

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Cinequest: MAGALLANES

The title character in the Peruvian psychological drama Magallanes is a loser, but is he a lovable loser?  Played by Damián Alcázar, Magallanes bounces around from odd job to odd job.  He can’t break even driving a borrowed outlaw taxi … Continue reading

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Cinequest: THE MEMORY OF WATER

The most masterful filmmaking achievement at Cinequest 2016 might just be the Chilean drama The Memory of Water by Matias Bize. The Memory of Water is an exploration of grief, its process and its impact. After all, the individuals who … Continue reading

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