by Javier Solórzano Casarin

“The Aura” (2005)

Fabián Bielinsky

Patagonia is almost like another continent. It isn’t just a portion of land of unimaginable size, it is also charted by a grand variety of ecosystems like few places in the world. There are glaciers, deserts, forests and a formidable abundance of vegetation and wildlife to such an extent that one would be surprised to find out that it is only a part of the country of Argentina. …


by Javier Solórzano Casarin

The Vietnam War or the invasion of Vietnam, however you want to see it, has unfolded into raw material for creating a great variety of American films. Some of them, became classics.

Today, the United States has again taken center stage in a war that appears to have no end in sight. The Iraq War has also inspired countless contemporary movies. A recent example that comes to mind in the category of well-conceived films is “In the Valley of Elah” by writer and director Paul Haggis. …


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by Javier Solórzano Casarin

“Amelie” (2001) * Original title “The Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain”

Jean-Pierre Jeunet

France is a country of and by the senses. One of those places on the map that provide us with an extraordinary variety of colors, sounds, tastes, smells and sensations. French culture possesses a vast and ancient history, certainly sometimes it coincides with an arrogance or snobbery that many people dislike, but the contribution they have made to culture and the arts is indisputable.

The center of this cosmos of the senses is Paris, the city of light. A city where every neighborhood…


by Javier Solórzano Casarin

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I consider myself a lucky person for many reasons but one of the most relevant reasons has to be, that my parents gave me a valuable education. Some of the foundations of that education were tolerance and respect for others. They taught me essential values like being able to share this life and this world with other human beings that surround us. Because for those who were different than me, they never attained a category of strangeness or inferiority.

The most relevant thing now that I reflect upon it, was that it never felt like a…


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by Javier Solórzano Casarin

“Drunken Angel” (1948)

Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa’s body of work is one of the great legacies of the history of cinema. Hollywood in the 1970’s was famous for its rebellious and groundbreaking filmmaking style. This unique era was greatly benefited by the legendary Japanese filmmaker. Many directors who began their careers at that time, have spoken of his undeniable influence.

There were many universal and socially critical themes that resonated in Kurosawa’s films, one of those themes, common on his filmography was the massive national depression that shattered Japan, right after World War II. As one…


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by Javier Solórzano Casarin

“Zodiac” (2007)

David Fincher

In 2007, the brilliant psychological thriller “Zodiac” — from one of the masters of modern suspense, David Fincher — hit theaters worldwide.

The story unfolds in the 70s and carries on until the late 90’s. It was this during this period of time that one of the longest and most meticulous manhunts took place in American contemporary history.

The San Francisco Police Department, local police from several counties of Southern California, the FBI and various intelligence agencies were entangled in the search for a serial killer who was seemingly always one step…


“The Drunken Angel” (1948)

Akira Kurosawa

by Javier Solórzano Casarin

Akira Kurosawa’s body of work is one of the great legacies of the history of cinema. Hollywood in the 70’s was famous for its rebellious and groundbreaking filmmaking style. This unique era was greatly benefited by the legendary Japanese filmmaker. Many directors who began their careers at that time, have spoken of his undeniable inspiration.

There were many universal and socially critical themes that resonated in Kurosawa’s films, however the element that was most frequently existent was the massive national depression that shattered Japan, right after World War II. As…


Japan

“The Drunken Angel” (1948)

Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa’s body of work is one of the great legacies of the history of cinema. Hollywood in the 70’s was famous for its rebellious and groundbreaking filmmaking style. This unique era was greatly benefited by the legendary Japanese filmmaker. Many directors who began their careers at that time, have spoken of his undeniable inspiration.

There were many universal and socially critical themes that resonated in Kurosawa’s films, however the element that was most frequently existent was the massive national depression that shattered Japan, right after World War II. As one of the…

Javier Solorzano Casarin

Javier is a film and television, writer and director. He’s written and directed several short and feature screenplays, and published film reviews and articles

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