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Y Tu Mamá También Review


Extraordinary
When a film opens with a handheld shot of two teens humping under a Harold and Maude poster, one can assume the movie is different. Y Tu Mamá También is certainly that - an original, harsh, funny slant on the traditional road movie, as experienced by two Mexican teens and their gorgeous 28-year-old tagalong. Filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón (Great Expectations) strips the familiar genre to its core, exposing the trailblazing characters at their barest, figuratively and literally.

As go the minds of most 17-year-olds, Tenoch and Julio think about sex. A lot. They talk about sex a lot. They quickly screw their girlfriends before the girls depart for a European summer vacation, they simultaneously masturbate while hollering out their thoughts (Salma Hayek!), and they make fun of their respective, uh, members. Tenoch, the wealthy son of a politician, and Julio, living with his lower-class mother and activist sister, plan to spend the summer getting high and getting laid.

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Y Tu Mamá También Review


Extraordinary
When a film opens with a handheld shot of two teens humping under a Harold and Maude poster, one can assume the movie is different. Y Tu Mamá También is certainly that - an original, harsh, funny slant on the traditional road movie, as experienced by two Mexican teens and their gorgeous 28-year-old tagalong. Filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón (Great Expectations) strips the familiar genre to its core, exposing the trailblazing characters at their barest, figuratively and literally.

As go the minds of most 17-year-olds, Tenoch and Julio think about sex. A lot. They talk about sex a lot. They quickly screw their girlfriends before the girls depart for a European summer vacation, they simultaneously masturbate while hollering out their thoughts (Salma Hayek!), and they make fun of their respective, uh, members. Tenoch, the wealthy son of a politician, and Julio, living with his lower-class mother and activist sister, plan to spend the summer getting high and getting laid.

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Amores Perros Review


Good
Painted in the colors of rust, Alejandro González Iñarritu's Amores Perros is a hard-edged epic of interconnected lives in the mean streets of Mexico City. This has become a popular trend in independent films such as Wonderland and The Five Senses, not to mention big-budget blockbusters like Traffic. By blending different scenarios, there's the hope of creating a mass collage. It's not as easy to pull off as you might think -- consider the rhythm of your standard daytime soap opera.

The concept of three juxtaposed narratives, at least in the "flavor of the month" sense, can be traced to Quentin Tarantino, as can the gunslinging desperados and pop music that have become the humdrum trademark of Pulp Fiction imitators. Iñarritu is content to simply rehash those familiar elements. Perhaps that's why so much of this Academy Award nominated foreign film comes off like a movie you've seen more than once, translated a Español.

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The Alamo Review


OK

If you want to remember the Alamo, the latest feature film version of the Texas fort's famous last stand may not be much help.

A beautifully produced but relatively bloodless (literally and figuratively) Hollywood rendering of the 1836 siege on San Antonio by tyrannical General Santa Anna, who was determined to recapture the territory for Mexico, it's a movie more concerned with details like Jim Bowie's terminal case of consumption than it is with the historical context of its story and its legendary characters.

In this movie, Bowie (Jason Patric) the frontier adventurer and volunteer army colonel is presented as little more than an infamous "knife fighter" haunted by his wife's death. Newspaper publisher, lawyer and militiaman Lt. Col. William B. Travis (Patrick Wilson) is just a determined dandy with questioned military skills (questioned mostly by Bowie) who rises to the occasion as temporary commander of these now-fortified grounds surrounding an unfinished mission. David "Davey" Crockett (Billy Bob Thornton) is a fiddle-playing former senator made famous by a stage play written about something he once did while wearing a coonskin hat -- and why he's even at the Alamo isn't entirely clear.

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Amores Perros Review


Very Good

First-time director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu diplays an impressive range of moods in "Amores Perros."

The film opens in the middle of a kinetic, pulse-quickening, panic-driven car chase/gunfight through the congested streets of Mexico City. It features disturbingly realistic underground dog fights from the city's extremely ugly underbelly. Yet there is tenderness and emotionally authentic sorrow in the stories that go along with these brusque and disturbing scenes.

Even more impressive is Inarritu's cinema verite sense of over-the-shoulder storytelling and his ability to seamlessly weave together a "Pulp Fiction"-like reciprocal timeline tapestry of three harsh yet appealing tales, all of which evolve from the violent crash that ends that opening chase.

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Y Tu Mamá También Movie Review

Y Tu Mamá También Movie Review

When a film opens with a handheld shot of two teens humping under a Harold...

Y Tu Mamá También Movie Review

Y Tu Mamá También Movie Review

When a film opens with a handheld shot of two teens humping under a Harold...

Amores Perros Movie Review

Amores Perros Movie Review

Painted in the colors of rust, Alejandro González Iñarritu's Amores Perros is a hard-edged epic...

The Alamo Movie Review

The Alamo Movie Review

If you want to remember the Alamo, the latest feature film version of the Texas...

Amores Perros Movie Review

Amores Perros Movie Review

First-time director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu diplays an impressive range of moods in "Amores Perros."The film...

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