Palm Springs Palm Springs
by Cody Villafana

Palm Springs is a delight, and as enjoyable of a respite as the film’s getaway location promises.

 Grade: B+
The Nightingale The Nightingale
by Kiko Martinez

“Dismisses archetypes and relies on brutal history lessons to expose man’s perpetually destructive nature.”

 Grade: B+
After the Wedding After the Wedding
by Kiko Martinez

“There’s talent in front of the camera, but very little in the firm rings true – even as a glorified soap opera.”

 Grade: C-
Them That Follow Them That Follow
by Kiko Martinez

“Unable to find the emotional hook needed to express extremely personal issues.”

 Grade: C+
Light of My Life Light of My Life
by Kiko Martinez

“Casey Affleck’s ability to keep the nervous, albeit silent, energy consistent is an impressive feat.”

 Grade: B+
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Danny Trejo – Inmate #1 Danny Trejo – Inmate #1
by Kiko Martinez

“If I retire, I’ll die. But what’s to retire from? People say, ‘Aren’t you going on vacation?’ My life’s a vacation!”

Aisling Franciosi – The Nightingale Aisling Franciosi – The Nightingale
by Kiko Martinez

“From an actor’s point of view, I just thought, ‘Wow. This is a once-in-a-lifetime role.'”

Gregory Nava – El Norte (35th Anniversary) Gregory Nava – El Norte (35th Anniversary)
by Kiko Martinez

“The message of ‘El Norte’ is more relevant than when we originally made it.”

Marc Maron – Sword of Trust Marc Maron – Sword of Trust
by Kiko Martinez

“I’ve always learned stuff from smart people who have the ability to be honest.”

Feliz Ramirez – Grand Hotel (TV) Feliz Ramirez – Grand Hotel (TV)
by Kiko Martinez

“Carolina is such a fun character even though she’s not the nicest person.”

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Best of the (Would Be) Fest – SXSW 2020 Best of the (Would Be) Fest – SXSW 2020

On March 6th, 2020, the City of Austin decided that for the first time in 34 years, SXSW would be cancelled and shut down due to concerns and impending threat of Coronavirus. Though absolutely, unquestionably and 100% the right call, there was a lot of debate, concern and unrest amongst many attendees and those who had films set to premiere. When March... [Read more]

Top 10 Films of the Decade (2010-2019) Top 10 Films of the Decade (2010-2019)

KIKO MARTINEZ Editor and Founder 1. The Social Network (2010) Director David Fincher’s internet epic is an incisively written biopic where legal drama meets toxic ambition. It’s a story of greed, envy and the ruthless means one young man uses to rise to power in social media. Call it There Will Be Blood for the tech generation. 2. The Master (2012) This... [Read more]

Top 10 Films of 2019 Top 10 Films of 2019

KIKO MARTINEZ Editor and Founder After watching 228 films in 2019, here is a list of my 10 favorites, plus and a few honorable mentions. 1. Marriage Story Director and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Noah Baumbach knows divorce well — personally and, in turn, cinematically. His 2005 independent, dark comedy The Squid and the Whale was a semi-autobiographical... [Read more]

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