The Harsh Reality of Slums in Luis Buñuel’s “Los Olvidados”

“The great modern cities: New York, Paris, London, hide behind their magnificent building homes of misery that shelter malnourished children without hygiene, without schools, a harvest of future delinquency. The society tries to correct this evil, but the success of its effort is very limited. Only in a future where children’s and adolescent’s rights areContinue reading “The Harsh Reality of Slums in Luis Buñuel’s “Los Olvidados””

The Odyssey in Theo Angelopoulos’ “Landscape in the Mist”

In Theo Angelopoulos’ “Landscape in the Mist”, two kids run away from their home in Athens in search for their father whom they were told lives in Germany; but beneath the surface this film is about so much more. The journey they embark on is a metaphor of life itself. We all travel through timeContinue reading “The Odyssey in Theo Angelopoulos’ “Landscape in the Mist””

The Vital Importance of Lukas Moodysson’s “Lilya 4-ever”

Lukas Moodysson’s “Lilya 4-ever” chronicles the life of a sixteen year old girl after she gets abandoned by her mother who flees to America to escape poverty in Sweden. The viewer is quickly plunged into a downward spiral of human trafficking, Scandinavian sex slavery and betrayal. Based on the true story of a Lithuanian girl,Continue reading “The Vital Importance of Lukas Moodysson’s “Lilya 4-ever””

The Improbable Death of “The Cinema”

As the means of how we attain movies evolves, enthusiasts busy themselves with various concerns about the bleak future of cinema. Studio executives, theater owners, filmmakers, and film critics distress about new emerging threats that menace the foundations of the way we consume cinema. The “death of cinema” drumbeat erupts every few decades, but theContinue reading “The Improbable Death of “The Cinema””

Film Analysis: “Knight of Cups” ★★★★★ (5/5)

There’s enough spiritual clarity in “Knight of Cups” to make viewers blinded by sorrow or depression see beauty in life. Oscar Wilde once wrote, “Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not the sitter… It is not the sitter who is revealed by the painter; it is rather theContinue reading “Film Analysis: “Knight of Cups” ★★★★★ (5/5)”

Tribeca Talks: Christopher Nolan and Bennett Miller

On a Monday evening in a packed house at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the crowd erupted in applause as critically acclaimed directors Christopher Nolan and Bennett Miller took the stage. “Just to make things clear…how much of that was for him and how much of it was for me?” joked the two-time Academy AwardContinue reading “Tribeca Talks: Christopher Nolan and Bennett Miller”

Great Scenes: “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”

Andrew Dominik’s “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” is one of the greatest films ever made and it may just be the most breathtaking film of the past two decades. Who could’ve imagined that the simple arrival of a doomed train could look so cinematically beautiful. This is quite possible theContinue reading “Great Scenes: “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford””