The other Tom (2021) TIFF 2021

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

He was not the model child of the place. The model boy he knew well enough and hated him with all his heart.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Director Rodrigo Plá cannot imagine Tom Sawyer living in this era. Twain would surely not have been able to capture his adventures because with a hasty diagnosis of hyperactivity or another syndrome they would have filled him with pills to calm him down. How good that Tom could live in another time and what a pity that the new Tom had to live in this one. The other Tom (2021) began to make noise with his nomination at the Venice Film Festival and from there he went on to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). It was at this stop where I was able to coincide with the film. Its circuit of festivals has not stopped and along the way it has been collecting various awards.

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A Cop Movie (2021)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

There are two ways to shoot a scene and one of them is wrong.

David Fincher

Director Alonso Ruizpalacios could have approached his documentary A Cop Movie in multiple ways. The result brings us closer to the idea of ​​the man from Seven (1995), there was only one correct way to approach this issue. The only thing that makes more headlines than corruption in Mexico is drug trafficking. We can argue that the two things are so closely linked that it is impossible to define where one begins and the other ends. Corruption was the yeast that fermented this idea of ​​Ruizpalacios that in the end ended up focusing on a single institution within the entire political fabric.

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The Humans (2021) TIFF 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Humans can’t handle too much reality.

Thomas Stearns Elliot

First, we hear some noises, we cannot distinguish anything. Then some voices become more and more recognizable, and humans appear. An air of mystery covers that introduction, and we are disoriented for a few minutes. Stephen Karam’s The Humans (2021) takes very little to achieve much. Minimalist in his staging and in the resources that accompany the narrative. From there he tackles with great rigor an analysis of characters that set the stage for an intense drama.

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Val (2021)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

We digest actors through the lens. We read them from the narrative that their characters dictate, and we think we understand them when they throw away their avatars to grant and interview. But the reality is that there is always a filter or an ulterior motive that prevents us from seeing beyond what they choose to show. Val (2021) demolishes paradigms and shows us an unadorned Val Kilmer, seeking to find his own voice by putting his life in perspective and building a retrospective of his career. Almost 40 years of career and more than 100 titles accompany the former Iceman, Doc Holliday, Simon Templar, Batman and even Jim Morrison himself.

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Three Minutes: A Lengthening (2021) TIFF 2021

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Time is an illusion.

Albert Einstein.

It was one day in 1938. David Kurtz began shooting everyday scenes with his camera in the town of Nasielsk in Poland. Just a memory to keep from a long-awaited vacation and a trivial reminiscence of his hometown is what Kurtz imagined. Impossible to envision that those minutes of film would be immortalized by that thing that Einstein defined as an illusion. It was time that was responsible for those celluloid rolls becoming the only testament of the Nasielsk inhabitants after the Holocaust. Three Minutes: A Lengthening (2021) by Bianca Stigter combines the narration with a masterful editing to deliver a film of 1 hour and 9 minutes using only David Kurtz’s original recording as a visual resource, from which only three minutes could be rescued.

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