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Hector Gonzalez

11 Posts
The Year of the Everlasting Storm Review

The Year of the Everlasting Storm Review

The Year of the Everlasting Storm is a pandemic-produced cinema passion project built by seven filmmakers that feels a bit futile as it doesn’t have much to say about our current situation.  As Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s short says “this is the year of the everlasting storm”, and it is indeed everlasting and the emotional drainage that it has caused feels as if a storm has been wreaking havoc in your mind, body, and soul. The first year felt like two and now, in 2021, things are starting to open up again (at least where I live), but there are still the…
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Cinderella Review (2021) | Eye Rolls & Cringe Abound

Cinderella Review (2021) | Eye Rolls & Cringe Abound

The tale of Cinderella has been told over and over, with many iterations throughout the years. In 2015, Kenneth Branagh surprised us all with his version and Lily James truly captured the princess’ essence and poise. Now, it’s Kay Cannon's turn to deliver the classic romance, however, it is eye-rollingly cringy, unnecessary, and has terribly nauseating song choices. Camilla Cabello stars in CINDERELLA Photo: Christopher Raphael Ella, better known as Cinderella (Camila Cabello), because she was burned by cinders as a child, as explained lightly in the film, is a young woman who dreams of a better life and wants…
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The Night House Review | OMG, Rebecca Hall!

The Night House Review | OMG, Rebecca Hall!

Although The Night House’s supernatural aspects might not develop great enticement, Rebecca Hall’s strong lead performance as well as the atmosphere make it into an effective ghost story about loss and transience.  Sarah Goldberg and Rebecca Hall in the film THE NIGHT HOUSE. Photo Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2021 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved After the unexpected death of her husband, Owen (Evan Jonigkeit), Beth (Rebecca Hall) is all alone in the lakeside home that he built just for her. She tries to keep herself together but spends most of her nights drunk. One night, she gets a…
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Ema Review | A Truly Visionary Experience

Ema Review | A Truly Visionary Experience

Ema uses the luscious aspects of music and dance to explore its core themes of self-destruction, politics, and family with a visionary style and great performances.  Pablo Larraín is a great Chilean filmmaker that devotes himself to doing dramas with staggering characters revolving around some form of pique or obsolescence. Most people will recognize him from Jackie (2016), underrated in my opinion, and No (2012). Larraín’s latest feature, Ema, takes a different stroll around the topics he is used to and transforms them into a story with more vibrancy and color by using the art forms of music and dance. …
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John and the Hole | So Much Potential

John and the Hole | So Much Potential

John and the Hole seems to have a good concept on paper, albeit it fails to provide any depth leaving you scratching your head with its weird mix of horror and dark comedy that makes it hard to take seriously.  Comedy and horror have been blended forever; it doesn’t always work, but when it does, it’s a great feeling because most end up disappointing you. Recent examples that have done it are The Cabin in the Woods (2011), Ready or Not (2019), and last year’s Freaky. Now, Pascual Sisto adapts The Water of Life to make John and the Hole,…
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The Green Knight Review | Spellbinding & Cerebral

The Green Knight Review | Spellbinding & Cerebral

David Lowery creates yet another visceral, cerebral, and spellbinding work in The Green Knight; a hero’s tale that takes its time and, with patience, delivers one of the best films of the year. Lowery always surprises with his works, whether it is a haunting existential piece like A Ghost Story (2017) or a live-action re-imagination of Pete’s Dragon (2016). He reunites with A24 to deliver an adaptation of the Chivalric Romance in one of the most anticipated films of 2021, The Green Knight. Not only was it worth the full year’s wait-- it is far better than we may have…
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Sweat Review | Social Media Commentary At It’s Finest

Sweat Review | Social Media Commentary At It’s Finest

Whether we like it or not, social media is running the world. The number of influencers is rising, causing filmmakers to become interested in the topic and try to tackle it in their movies. The problem is that it’s hard to make a film about influencers that feels out of touch with today’s social media culture, most being corny and annoying rather than engrossing. Some even go in the way of satire, but they fail to get their point across due to over-exaggeration like Gia Coppola’s Mainstream (2021), Assassination Nation (2018), and Spree (2020). On the other hand, Magnus von…
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Gunpowder Milkshake Review | Style Over Substance

Gunpowder Milkshake Review | Style Over Substance

Netflix may have some great films like Marriage Story (2019) and Roma (2018) under their belt, but they have a knack for delivering some very forgettable action flicks. Some examples of these are Michael Bay’s 6 Underground (2019), Bright (2017), and most recently, Army of the Dead (2021). They might pull big streaming numbers, however, that does not mean they are good; they are completely lackluster. Now, Netflix brings us Gunpowder Milkshake, which is an amazing title. On paper, it looked like it would be a grand time due to it having a talented cast that is used to the…
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Pig Review | A Surprisingly Hinged Nicolas Cage

Pig Review | A Surprisingly Hinged Nicolas Cage

Michael Sarnoski’s directorial debut, Pig, is quite misleading when you notice that Nicolas Cage is involved with it. You would think it is about a man seeking revenge for his lost swine in the style of John Wick or something like Mandy (2018), but it is a different movie than that. It is a character-driven drama about the little things that help remember people of their pasts. Even though it touches on emotional and all-embracing themes, it feels bland and incomplete in its first two acts.  Nicholas Cage in Pig The story is simple to follow; it centers around an…
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Till Death Review | A Fun Nail-bitting Horror Flick

Till Death Review | A Fun Nail-bitting Horror Flick

Making a home invasion thriller or a chamber piece horror flick is a hard task to tackle. It may look like it is a simple film because they do not need a big budget to craft, however, handling its structure and screenplay while keeping it tight, riveting, and captivating is tricky. Although S.K. Dale’s directorial debut Till Death is not the best example of this, he manages to construct a sustainable nail-biter. Emma (Megan Fox) is stuck in a self-drowning and decaying marriage to Mark (Eoin Macken). On their 10th anniversary, he surprises Emma by taking her to a private…
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