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Tomas Hachard

Tomas Hachard is currently completing a Journalism MA in Cultural Reporting and Criticism at New York University. Though he writes mainly on film, he is also greatly interested in, and often writes about music, TV, and dance. He has written numerous pieces for The Toronto Standard and been published on The Millions and Steel Bananas. He, of course, also blogs. Follow him on Twitter


Sunday, February 19 2012

'Miss Bala' Explores the Mexican Drug War by Focusing on the Victims

Based loosely on a real event, Gerardo Naranjo’s latest leaves the drugs, guns, and money at the periphery in telling the story of an aspiring beauty queen kidnapped by a northern Mexican gang.

Monday, January 2 2012

'Circumstance' Shows Just How Desolate the View Can Be from the Ground

The debut feature from Iranian-American director Maryam Keshavarz gives a powerful account of sexual repression in Iran, even as it offers little hope for change.

Sunday, December 4 2011

'Life, Above All' Confronts the South African AIDS Pandemic with Care and Honesty

Oliver Schmitz's film casts an unblinking eye on the social stigma surrounding AIDS in his home country.

Thursday, August 4 2011

Pull a Thread to Find a String and Get the Rope: 'Kiss Me Deadly'

One of the all-time great film noirs, a must-see classic on its own, Kiss Me Deadly only gets better with a wonderful slew of extras.

Thursday, July 28 2011

'The Makioka Sisters': The Art of Balancing Personal Aspirations with Familial Obligations

This understated film follows the spats and tensions in the Makioka family as they try to find husbands for the two remaining single sisters.


Thursday, August 4 2011

100 Essential Directors - Bernardo Bertolucci

100 Essential Directors celebrates directors of distinct vision, who have honed their respective crafts, who have brought something new and exciting to the medium, and who continue to push the boundaries of the form.

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