Review: Viaje inesperado

Bathos extraordinaire.

by Benjamín Harguindey

Juan José Jusid is a venerable Argentine filmmaker who made some wonderful cult films in the 70’s and 80’s but only aced the local box office in the late 90’s and early 2000’s with folksy screwball comedies starring TV humorists and “it” couples. Viaje inesperado (“Unexpected Journey”) marks his return following an eight-year hiatus, but the movie is less than opportune.

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Review: Venom

Needs an antidote.

by Benjamín Harguindey

Venom (2018) joins the ranks of the likes of Suicide Squad (2016) and Deadpool 2 (2018) as the kind of movie that wants to be both an edgy answer to Marvel’s all-too-cozy EU and a relief to the superhero fatigue, yet amounts to precisely the same thing it’s supposedly riffing on. It’s a sorry, disappointing result.

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Review: The Predator

A comedy of predators.

by Benjamín Harguindey

The most surprising aspect of this sorta-sequel, sorta-reboot to Predator is that it forsakes the series’ signature horror – a dreadful sense  of primal vulnerability and cosmic indifference much like Alien‘s – for camp comedy. If John McTiernan’s seminal 1987 film elevated itself out of the B-horror depths, Shane Black’s version crawls right back and gleefully wallows in it.

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Review: Piazzolla, the Years of the Shark

Fishing for sharks and music.

by Iñaki Oñate

Piazzolla, los años del tiburón (Piazzolla, the Years of the Shark, 2018) starts with the moving image of the  Mar del Plata sea and the sound of an old recorded interview in which we listen to the voice of master musician Astor Piazolla. He explains the parallelism between playing his music live and fishing for sharks, his two favorite activities, saying they both demand immense physical exertion but offer an intense feeling of life and bliss.

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