Pedro Almodóvar doesn't often get compared to the likes of Quentin Tarantino, but he should. The reason he should is because just like Tarantino he is a director who loves to pay homage, can be quite self referential, and is a fan of pastiche, blending genres and daring to do some quite inventive things with his camera and scripts. The reason he is not is because unlike Tarantino's spaghetti western and kung fu movie influences, the Spanish auteur is influenced…
I am a gigantic Pedro Almodóvar fan, in fact when asked I always say that he is my favorite director of all time. I love his stories, his way of highlighting women and giving them rich emotional lives full of joy, tragedy, complexity, and agency. The colors in his films are transcendent and every single detail, from the wallpaper to the food, are meticulously chosen and vividly depicted. He is a master in every sense of the word.
I feel awkward rating this 20 minute short doc so low, but it is indicative of the film, not the story told within.
This mostly amounts to an interview with someone we never see, with some animation and "lyrical" shot footage of a young woman in fields and in water. It's trying to use artsiness to hide a thin concept.
Latasha's story and death, one of the catalysts for the 1992 LA riots, deserves to be told and to be heard, I just don't know if this was the best way to tell it.
Believe it or not, even I get tired of myself and my constant complaining about superhero movies. I would love, for once, to watch one of these films and feel completely transported, enraptured by the story, characters, and visuals and feel as enthusiastic as so many others do about the viewing experience. I don't want to hate them, but something about them feels so forbidding and baffling to me, I just cannot access them in any way, and while I…