MOVIE REVIEW: M. Night Shyamalan’s “OLD”

There seems to be a wave of hatred against the films of M. Night Shyamalan. Armchair internet wannabe critics love to trash his work these days. This is completely unfair. While it may seem that his ability to make a great film is behind him, Shyamalan has only truly stumbled once or twice. Save for his two director-for-hire studio films “The Last Airbender” and “After Earth," I believe the ... more >


The revolution will be marketed
Gael Garcia Bernal
Directed by Pablo Larrain

Augusto Pinochet, the benevolent-looking Chilean general who overthrew Allende in 1973—putting an end to a long spell of democracy--and oversaw seventeen years of terror, responsible for thousands dead and tens of thousands arrested, tortured and “disappeared” died in his bed (though under house arrest) in 2006. Wrangling over extradition procedures while he was holed up in London before being ... more >


Pinochet politics and rebellion

In 1988 Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency owing to international pressure. The country will vote "yes" or "no" to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. Opposition leaders for the "No" persuade a brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra (played by Gael Garcia Bernal), to lead the campaign. Against all expectations, with scant ... more >

Letters to Juliet

What if you had a second chance to find true love?
Amanda Seyfried, Marcia DeBonis and Gael Garcia Bernal
Directed by Gary Winick

So, yes, obviously, as a man, I can sit here and warn you that "Letters to Juliet" is an estrogen crucifixion of the bloodiest magnitude. But that would be ignoring the most interesting (and appalling) thing about it – what in the world is Gael Garcia Bernal doing in this? Four or five years ago, he was the hottest thing in international cinema, the biggest star of the Mexican New Wave, a ... more >