The feature debut of Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is a magnificent mix of fantasy and horror, an alchemic twist on vampire lore and the costs of eternal life.
Luis Buñuel is best known for his witty, surreal comedies that satirized society, religion, politics, and sexual mores in the 1960s and 1970s, but he had a long career before his breakthrough as an internationally celebrated satirist. Robinson Crusoe (1954), his first English language movie and his first color feature, was produced not as a […]
Santa Sangre (Mexico, 1989) – A student of Marcel Marceau in Paris, a founder of the surrealist theater Panic Movement in Mexico City, a Zen Buddhist, playwright and comic strip author, the Chilean-born Alejandro Jodorowsky made his fame as a cult film director with his sprawling, symbolic, surreal films El Topo and The Holy Mountain, […]
Time to play catch up with Criterion releases of the past couple of months. I confess that I had never heard of Canoa: A Shameful Memory (Mexico, 1976) before Criterion announced it. Having now seen, I wonder how that could have been. While not on my radar, this is celebrated as a landmark of Mexican […]
Y Tu Mamá También (Mexico, 2001), Alfonso Cuaron’s return to Mexico after his initial sojourn in Hollywood, recharged his ambitions and his creative juices. Ostensibly a coming of age drama by way of a sex comedy, it’s vivid, thoughtful, political and unapologetically raw. Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna star as best friends, a pair […]