Top 10 Films Starring Gael García Bernal

I spent a lot of November and December 2016 getting into Gael García Bernal’s filmography. What started as a random choice to watch A Little Bit of Heaven (2011) began a quest to finish as much of his work as I could. It didn’t help that Amazon had such a good deal on his films at the time, and it was fairly easy to acquire even the most bizarre ones.

So over those two months, I watched thirty films starring García Bernal. He has now become my most-watched actor of all time, clocking in at thirty-four films total. And I’ve never felt better about myself as a movie lover because he is very, very talented. None of his performances have left me wishing he’d done something else. That’s not to say that all of his films are gems. I’ve found that many of them are only okay at best, and some are outright terrible, despite the fact that he’s either worked with a director I admire or his own acting isn’t the thing to blame (it is oftentimes the best part of those bad movies).

I’ve decided then to compile a list of my favourites. Some of it is probably expected, yet others feel vastly underrated. Also, I just want to point out that I haven’t seen Neruda (2016) yet, but I’m expecting that the moment I do, one of these films will probably be bumped off the list.

Continue reading “Top 10 Films Starring Gael García Bernal”

Superheroes reimagined

Trying to not make this a pretentious post defending superhero movies is going to be a little difficult, considering what I’m actually about to say, but please bear with it. I don’t pretend to know a lot about comic lore either, and can thus only talk about these adaptations from how I feel they work as movies. But since seeing Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice twice over the past two days, and coming to terms with my enjoyment of it, I’ve been thinking a lot about how people receive these sorts of movies in the canon of filmmaking. There’s always going to be a lot of talk about whether movies of any genre “deserve” to be praised for one reason or another, but that all comes from the same place.

(Don’t you worry, this won’t be a spoiler-y post about BvS re: plot.)

Continue reading “Superheroes reimagined”