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  • Invasion

    Invasion

    ★★★★

    Plugging again FREE THE CINEMA! for those who missed the launch. Encourage you to follow us on social media and also my dear co-editor and comrade Evan. If you subscribe this week you'll get programs on selected works of Palestinian non-fiction, a look at activist documentarian work in the US, and a piece written by me on Jorge Luis Borges and his impactful involvement in the Argentinian film industry. Here's a teaser for those interested:

    "In the fullness of the…

  • Calixto the Landlord

    Calixto the Landlord

    ★★★★

    ¡Estamos de vuelta! Tuvimos una conversación muy bonita sobre los orígenes del cine en Centroamérica en nuestro nuevo episodio. Hay mucho cine y mucha historia que abarcar así que nuestra conversación quedo limitada a tan solo unas cuantas cintas representativas que cada país, entere ellas: El retorno (A.F. Bertoni, 1930) de Costa Rica, Cuatro vidas (José Giaccardi, 1949) de Guatemala, No hay tierra sin dueño (Sami Kafati, 2003) de Honduras, Los peces fuera del agua (José David Calderón, 1971) de…

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  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ½

    McDormand playing make-believe while also reveling in the righteous lifestyles of others would be the funniest thing imaginable were it not for the fact that it's also the most sinister idea ever conceived. Finds the most painfully obvious disconnect between the Academy and current day subject matter and doubles down without shame. Deeply unpleasant, a film of our times indeed.

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ½

    Ok FINE I’ll bite: a whiny movie made by a whiny little baby whose main goal was to sneak in one last cry for attention before being washed away by time. A film for people (but mostly film people) who believe cinema was born in America and will die in its hands; more egregiously takes the easy way out by inserting the Manson family as a last-minute punching bag. So passive in its conversation that it almost becomes offensive—scratch that,…