Reviews written by sal
A True Survival StoryMay 25th, 2011
Paola Mendoza's extraordinarily beautiful film "Entre Nos" is more than just a story of survival. It is a moving tribute to her mother, who upon arriving in America for the very first time, was abandoned by her husband, and left alone to care for her two young children with no money, no work, and no place to call home.
As the story unfolds, each heartbreaking turn--eviction, sleeping on park benches, collecting cans to pay for food--pushes you closer to the edge. Will this family make it to the other side of such hardship?
The performances of Mendoza, who plays her mother, and her two children played by Laura Montana Cortez and Sebastian Villada Lopez drive this film. Words can say plenty, but it is the passion and chemistry of these three remarkable actors that make "Entre Nos" so triumphant.
A Film, And Some Important Lessons To Be LearnedApr 21st, 2011
The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina left no shortage of stories to tell. In Lucia Small & Ed Pincus' film, we get to experience not only the stories of the displaced survivors, but of the filmmakers themselves, as they embark on a 60 day road trip from New England to New Orleans to do their part for the victims. Sadly, the ethics of documentary filmmaking don't allow for much, so both Small and Pincus often seem confused and helpless.
What makes "The Axe In The Attic" work is its cast, real life people whose strength through the worst tragedy of their lives is beyond inspiring. The filmmakers at times seem overwhelmed, but they are smart enough to let the human element speak for itself. The personal triumphs, as well as the heartbreaking loss of these wonderful people will leave you spellbound.
Thou Shall Sort Of StealApr 21st, 2011
Thoroughly fascinating and consistently entertaining, Benjamin Franzen's "Copyright Criminals" is a strong argument for both sides of music sampling. The director's skillful merging of talking heads from media professors and entertainment lawyers to DJs, hip-hop stars and musicians, creates a sampling in itself that for just under an hour, shows the viewer the ups and downs of this wildly popular artform. Benjamin Franzen's "Copyright Criminals" is essential.