Jose Gallegos, Author at Next Projection's Posts

Only Lovers Left Alive Review – NP Approved

Only Lovers Left Alive Review – NP Approved

I have a confession to make: I have never seen a Jim Jarmusch film. Many have told me that Jarmusch caters to my cinephilic tastes, yet in spite of these recommendations, I have eluded his entire filmography. I took a small step to rectify this injustice by watching his recent fi... Read More »

The Raid 2 Review

The Raid 2 Review

Have you ever been hit by a bus? No, I can’t say that I have either, but I feel that my experience with Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2: Berandal is similar in many ways. It is a two hour and twenty minute visual attack, one that many of Evans’ masochistic fans (like myself) will thorou... Read More »

The Missing Picture Review

The Missing Picture Review

Documentaries attempt to capture reality...or something close to it. These films want to be mirrors that project the flaws and blemishes of its subjects. Instead of constructing hegemonic narratives through fabricated images, documentaries weave stories out of “real” images and c... Read More »

TIFF’s Pier Paolo Pasolini: The Poet of Contamination Review: Teorema (1968) – NP Approved

TIFF’s Pier Paolo Pasolini: The Poet of Contamination Review: Teorema (1968) – NP Approved

There is something so sublime about subversion. It takes you away from the monotony of the ordinary and forces you to view reality (or whatever you would like to call it) from a different perspective. It forces you to think, to underthink, and to overthink. And it turns absurdity... Read More »

Home Entertainment Review: G.B.F (2013)

Home Entertainment Review: G.B.F (2013)

I have two personal problems: I am a masochist when it comes to watching terrible gay movies, and I have a tendency to compare every gay film to Andrew Haigh’s brilliant Weekend (2011). Unfortunately the latter informs the former since I am under the firm belief that no gay film ... Read More »

Review: Omar (2013)

Review: Omar (2013)

Most of my favorite films are able to explore (and in some cases exacerbate) the confines of cinematic space: Michelangelo Antonioni looked at the bourgeois ennui of L’Avventura (1960) by studying the spatial divisions between his characters; Chantal Akerman used an immobile came... Read More »

Brian De Palma Retrospective: Murder a la Mod (1968)

Brian De Palma Retrospective: Murder a la Mod (1968)

Analyzing a debut feature is often times like finding an old photo of an acne-ridden and brace-faced friend: both images may be embarrassing relics of the past, but they still manage to reveal a developmental stage of unrealized potential. In looking at Brian De Palma’s first fea... Read More »

Brian De Palma Retrospective: An Introduction

Brian De Palma Retrospective: An Introduction

While growing up, my mother always warned me to “never judge a book by its cover.” In spite of this clichéd mantra, I grew up learning that people will always have preconceived judgments. Even in film, the name of an actor, writer, or director can add a lot of connotations to a m... Read More »

TIFF’s Bitter/Sweet The Joyous Cinema of Jacques Demy Review:A Slightly Pregnant Man (1973)

TIFF’s Bitter/Sweet The Joyous Cinema of Jacques Demy Review:A Slightly Pregnant Man (1973)

Failure is a necessary part of life. It helps you determine where your strengths and weaknesses lie, as well as allowing you to improve wherever you may be lacking. Unfortunately, when those failures are projected in 35mm and on a big screen, they become less a means of improveme... Read More »

Review: I’m So Excited (2013)

Review: I’m So Excited (2013)

Idolatry can transform an obscure director into a deified artist, making everything that he/she touches turn into gold. Unfortunately, this transformation can also place impossible expectations on top of a director’s shoulders. For example, Pedro Almodóvar’s consistent output of ... Read More »

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