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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Norm Macdonald Has a Show: Season 1 (Netflix)

The alchemy of a true artist.

by Iñaki Oñate

If you wanna see a perfect rendition of a classic joke garnished with Dostoevsky and an odd beat to it that somehow hypnotizes your cynical 21st century mind check out “The Moth Joke” on YouTube as told by comedian legend Norm Macdonald. His masterful storytelling and particular style has made every human being who enjoys North American comedy a little less miserable and forget their troubles through laughter for the last 30 years.

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Review: El Ángel

A dark, intriguing character study.

by Benjamín Harguindey

El Ángel (“The Angel”), which made its acclaimed debut earlier this year at the Cannes film festival and now rises to the coveted million-spectator mark in its native Argentina, is loosely inspired in the year-long crime spree of Carlos Robledo Puch, one of Argentina’s most infamous serial killers and to date its longest-serving prisoner. He was only 20 when he was sentenced in 1973. Smug, vicious, coquettish and graced with the face of an angel, Puch remains one of the most alluring and puzzling criminal cases.

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Review: Luis Miguel: La Serie (S01)

Don’t blame it on the moonlight, blame it on the good writing.

by Iñaki Oñate

Surprise, surprise. The most successful Latin American Netflix series
to date is not a rip off of Breaking Bad or some drug cartel action-drama
with moustachio’d druglords  and yellowish cinematography. Nope, the biggest hit in the history of Latin American Netflix is a biopic and has pop superstar Luis Miguel as its protagonist: Luis Miguel: La Serie.

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