Next month marks the 70th anniversary of the gripping film noir, Anthony Mann’s BORDER INCIDENT (1949). It’s a violent, intense, shocking, and visually stunning peek into the slave labor conditions of the braceros who work farming along the American/Mexican border. Here it is 70 years later, and I cannot think of anything more topically relevant. Don’t let the arid, sweltering heat of the Imperial valley … Continue reading BORDER INCIDENT (1949)

VOLVER (2006)

Pedro Almodovar’s VOLVER (2006) is a vibrantly colorful film that explodes on the screen with a wealth of flavor. The variety of spices this cinematic dish delivers include a nicely paced story with a rich balance of plot and sub-plots, a sublimely acted cast, a heavy dose of themes, and dash of a heart-soaring musical score. The themes are served in plentiful. Love, forgiveness, death, … Continue reading VOLVER (2006)