Sandra Oh, who plays Um, she gave everything.
Jokey reviews aside, I was rooting for UMMA to stick the landing, but I’m not entirely sure it even left the ground to begin with.
But hey, at least they tried. 🤷🏻♂️
When I was in high school, the edgy kids in my grade got me into Takashi Miike. I was more of a Miramax kind of guy (it was the mid-2000's and I was a gay theatre kid, of course The Hours was my jam), but was interested in expanding my horizons.
The most groundbreaking aspect of this 1978 film is how absolutely boring and unapologetically mundane is the life of the lead character. That’s it, that’s the film. A boring queer life of night clubs and casual sex, and a day job with clueless straight coworkers.
There’s even time for a frank discussion about gay loneliness, about giving yourself up to the emptiness of being single and gay in a big city. The best thing about this particular discussion (shot almost…
Here’s the thing: at this point, we all know the tropes, twists, turns, and turmoils of a standard queer love story. So, in order for your movie to stand out from the rest, it needs to at least have characters that are interesting enough for us to care about their by-the-numbers romance.
And that’s why I loved Esteros: sure, we’ve seen this exact same movie a thousand times before, but Jero and Matías intrigued me, I wanted to spend time with…