Juan has written 12 reviews for films during 2020.

  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas

    Last 25~ mins hit me so hard I couldn't finish my Popeyes sandwhich. Beautiful film.

  • After Hours

    After Hours

    Great movie to watch when you’re down. This guy’s life sucks.

  • Seven Chances

    Seven Chances

    Funny and cute.

  • Fox and His Friends

    Fox and His Friends

    Pessimist and tragic film about naive love. I understand this film is controversial among LGTB circles, but the portrayal seemed natural and non-judgmental to me - it wasn't the point of the film at all which was unique. The focus is on the way the bourgeoisie play with and take advantage of a sweet but inexperienced working class man. They patronize him, lie to him, chastise him for being different, but make him dependent on them via affection and promises. Fassbinder shows us this transition from optimism to tragedy over two well-paced hours, without feeling rushed or too slow.

  • An Autumn's Tale

    An Autumn's Tale

    Charming romcom set in late 80s Chinatown. The film is carried by its charismatic leads (like any good romcom) but the sharp script and naturalistic style takes the viewer through a typical NYC immigrant experience.

  • Husbands


    Wish I could have a midlife crisis with the fellas.

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    An exploration of hopeless greed. While Aguirre himself is its leading example, the film focuses on the expedition in general - the haughty nobleman, the enslaved natives, uneasy soldiers - and how they reconcile that they're traveling to both their deaths and untold riches.

    The level of immersion this film provides, particularly in its beginning and end, is impressive considering the age of the film. The soundtrack is atmospheric, and often times it's not there at all. The camera movements…

  • Tokyo Family

    Tokyo Family

    Took me too long to watch this. Looking at the film independently, it is great. Calm, with an emotional undercurrent. Yamada has learned from his master the art of "show, don't tell". The way he updates the story doesn't feel forced nor does it feel by the numbers.

    But, to be honest, the film made me like Tokyo Story more. Ozu really hit upon universal themes that can be applied and performed in any decade.



    I love monkeys 😎

  • Cobra



  • Through the Olive Trees

    Through the Olive Trees

    Kiarostami's ability to mix meta-filmmaking, humanism, and a celebration of Iran and its people leaves me at a loss for words.

  • Where Is My Friend's House?

    Where Is My Friend's House?

    Kiarostami succeeds in showing us the everyday beauty of Koker, Iran and arguing against the effectiveness of authoritarian and corporal punishment in the span of ~90 mins through a very important errand that almost no one but the main character (who has almost no agency) takes seriously.

    The moral, Iranian answer to the first half of 400 Blows.