Review: THE NIGHT OF THE VIRGIN Drags On, Then Barely Delivers As WTF Genre Cinema
Roberto San Sebastián’s The Night of the Virgin (aka La noche del virgen) is one of those genre films that, since early on, you know it’ll be all about the execution of its climax. The basic setting goes like this: nerdy young man Nico (played by Javier Bódalo, one of the child actors from The Devil’s Backbone) is visibly the only one of a group of friends who’s not having a blast during a New Year’s Eve party, though his luck changes when older lady Medea (Miriam Martín) puts her eyes on him and eventually invites him over to her house to continue with the celebration. The objective of Nico is to (finally) get laid, yet the creepiness of Medea’s attitude and apartment is evident...
Review: ERES MI PASIÓN, Another Mediocre Mexican Rom-Com/Soccer Movie
Anwar Safa's Eres mi pasión opened in Mexico after Tuya, mía… Te la apuesto and Campeones, becoming the third and (hopefully) last Mexican movie about soccer released in the year of the Russia World Cup. This one in particular is derived from Argentina's El fútbol o yo, though at its core it has the same notion of Tuya, mía… Te la apuesto as well. Both Mexican films -- I haven’t seen the Argentinean one, by the way -- are about a hardcore soccer aficionado whose personal life is being affected by his fanaticism. To expose this, Eres mi pasión, just like Tuya, mía… Te la apuesto, features, for example, a scene set during a funeral, in which the main character is secretly trying to follow the...
Review: ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS (1993), one of Mel Brooks' more underrated endeavours
I can’t say I grew up enjoying Mel Brooks’ movies; I actually watched his classics, such as “Young Frankenstein” and “Blazing Saddles”, when I was at university. But there’s one picture that I actually remember from my childhood, one comedy that has always managed to make me laugh, despite (or maybe because of) its childish antics: “Robin Hood: Men in Tights”. The first time I watched it I was about eight or nine; I was at a friend’s house, and I remember we both laughed our little butts off at pretty much ever gag, every satirical jab and every juvenile joke. And now, twenty years and many lousy Hollywood parodies later, it is still pretty funny. Maybe not as hilarious as when I was a...
Fox Accepts Disney’s $71.3 Billion Bid for 21st Century Fox, Topping Comcast’s Latest Offer [Updated]
Update 6/20/2018: Bloomberg reports that Fox has accepted a $71.3 billion bid from Disney, which tops Comcast’s previous offer of $65 billion. Disney’s new offer “gives Fox shareholders the option to take their payment in the form of cash or stock, up to a 50-50 level”, and the company will also “take on about $13.8 […]
‘The Meg’ International Trailer Sinks Its Jaws Into New Footage
The only thing that can save the summer at this point is Jason Statham fighting a big-ass prehistoric shark. Thankfully, a new The Meg international trailer just swam online, bringing with it a ton of new footage. The Meg International Trailer Ah, summer. A time of sandy beaches, sunlight glinting off the sea, and of course, […]
‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Review: A Desperate Struggle to Capture That ‘Jurassic’ Magic
When the film he was reviewing would demand it, the late Roger Ebert would retell an old story he’d once heard. It was about a child prodigy, gifted at playing the piano, who was lucky enough to meet one of the old masters to perform. And so he did, skillfully getting every part of a […]