1991-2000

Paul Thomas Anderson – Boogie Nights (1997)

Synopsis
The story of a young man’s adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the 1970s and 1980s. Read More »

Juan José Campanella – El mismo amor, la misma lluvia AKA Same Love, Same Rain (1999)

In 1980, Jorge Pellegrini (Ricardo Darín), a young and talented Argentinian writer, upon returning from a trip to Europe, is forced to write short love stories for “Cosas”, a local, light-themed magazine, to aid his dire financial situation. His boss and best friend, Roberto (Eduardo Blando), constantly censors Jorge’s stories, by deciding which parts to take out or which stories not to print. Jorge’s friend and mentor, Mastronardi, often visits the magazine HQ asking Roberto for work, but due to his history of struggling against the military government in Argentina, finds himself in a black list and cannot find work. Read More »

Fabián Bielinsky – Nueve Reinas AKA Nine Queens (2000)

Synopsis:
Early one morning, Marcos observes Juan successfully pulling off a bill-changing scam on a cashier, and then getting caught as he attempts to pull the same trick on the next shift. Marcos steps in, claiming to be a policeman, and drags Juan out of the store. Once they are back on the street, Marcos reveals himself to be a fellow swindler with a game of much higher stakes in mind, and he invites Juan to be his partner in crime. A once-in-a-lifetime scheme seemingly falls into their laps – an old-time con man enlists them to sell a forged set of extremely valuable rare stamps, The Nine Queens. The tricky negotiations that ensue bring into the picture a cast of suspicious characters, including Marcos’ sister Valeria, their younger brother Federico and a slew of thieves, conmen and pickpockets. As the deceptions mount, it becomes more and more difficult to figure out who is conning whom. Read More »

Jason Alexander – For Better or Worse (1995)

A romantic comedy about Michael (Jason Alexander TV’s “Seinfeld”), a loser whose recent girlfriend dumped him and to make matters worse, he discovers that his recently married brother Reggie (James Woods “John Q,” “Scary Movie 2”) is planning to knock over the credit union where their own mother (Bea Arthur TV’s “The Golden Girls”) works. When it’s discovered that the security codes needed to pull off the heist are in the suitcase of the recent bride (Lolita Davidovitch “Play It to the Bone,” “Mystery, Alaska”), Michael helps her escape and the chase is on! Also starring Oscar-nominee Rob Reiner Read More »

Stole Popov – Gypsy Magic AKA Gipsy Magic (1997)

Quote:
In a Macedonian gypsy village local man meets an Indian UNPROFOR physician whom he sees as solution to all his troubles. Read More »

Lav Diaz – Burger Boys (1999)

Description:
“There’s not much written about this film online, there are interviews in which Lav actually mentions this film, but that’s it, perhaps, no one has taken actual interest on this. I have written a paper about this for a film theory class, but I’m afraid its something that I can’t have posted online, haha, reading back, its kind of shitty. Read More »

Carl Colpaert – Delusion (1991)

Brief Synopsis:
On the road from Southern California to Nevada, an embezzler crosses paths with a hired killer and his enigmatic moll….

Quote:
In this fast-paced, noirish road movie, a computer expert embezzles half a million dollars and races off to Reno to start anew. Unfortunately, en route, he picks up a pair of hitchers and ends up entangled with a crazed couple who commandeer his car and leave him alone in the desert to die. As soon as he can, he hits the road to get revenge and to find his money before they do. — Sandra Brennan Read More »