Y TU MAMÁ TAMBIÉN (Alfonso Cuarón, 2001)

Y tu mamá también (And Your Mother, Too) certifies the shallowness of Mexico’s Alfonso Cuarón, whose A Little Princess (1995) suggested promise. (I haven’t seen Cuarón’s 1998 Great Expectations or his 2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.) It is the kind of film I like least: a coarse, manipulative entertainment that is contemptuous […]

21 GRAMS (Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2003)

The Mexican film Amores perros (Love’s a Bitch, 2000) employed the gimmick of a horrible traffic accident to orchestrate three overlapping stories whose characters wander in and out of each other’s fractured narrative domain. A middling piece of work, the film nevertheless demanded some legitimate interest because of the riveting acting by heartthrob Gael García […]