My Chicago International Film Festival recap

In case you’re wondering why updates have been few and far between, it’s because I just ended my stint working for the Chicago International Film Festival.  For the past month I have been working roughly 60-hour weeks, and today is my first day off in about a month.  It’s been a lot of fun though, … Continue reading

Foreign Flicks: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Niels Arden Oplev, 2009) With Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is the first in the series of film adaptations based on the massively popular “Millenium Trilogy” of novels by Stieg Larsson, which unfortunately I have not yet read.  Judging the film based solely … Continue reading

Foreign Flicks: The 400 Blows

“Now, Doinel, go get some water and erase those insanities, or I’ll make you lick the wall, my friend.” The 400 Blows (Francois Truffaut, 1959) The 400 Blows is the story of a misguided youth who takes to life on the streets after a series of family problems and his expulsion from school.  Directed by … Continue reading

Foreign Flicks: Y tu mama tambien

Y tu mama tambien (Alfonso Cauron, 2001) With Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Maribel Verdu. I finally decided to check this one out after seeing it pop up on several “best of the decade” lists a few months ago.  It’s basically a road trip movie about two horny teenage boys and the more experienced … Continue reading

Foreign Flicks: All About My Mother

All About My Mother (Pedro Almodovar, 1999) With Cecilia Roth and Penelope Cruz. It looks like I’ve found myself a new favorite director.  This isn’t my favorite Almodovar movie, but it is still a fascinating work and an essential part of his oeuvre.  The 2000 “Best Foreign Language Film” Oscar-winner follows a mother who watches … Continue reading