I'm Distinguished Professor in the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Program in the Graduate Center of City University of New York and a specialist film reviewer.
On this site I will be placing the full text of my reviews of Spanish and Latin American films that they have appeared in Sight and Sound magazine most of which are unavailable on the magazine's website or the links to it on my university home page: http://web.gc.cuny.edu/hispanic/faculty/paul_julian_smith.html
My review texts begin with a full plot synopsis and are 1000 words long; occasional feature articles have no synopsis but run for 3000 words. The original text posted here may vary slightly from the published versions, which were copyedited by the magazine. The dates given in brackets after the titles correspond to the issue of Sight and Sound in which the piece was published, which is normally the same month in which the film was first shown theatrically in the UK.
You can browse all titles alphabetically (click on 'sitemap' and 'list view' at left; or click 'view all' at the bottom of this page). Or just search the whole site for titles, names of directors, actors, or keywords etc. in the box at the top right corner of the screen.
Read my feature on Gerardo Naranjo's slow motion thriller Miss Bala here
Read my feature on Almodóvar's La piel que habito/The Skin I Live in here
Read my review of Mexican erotic psycho-drama Año bisiesto/Leap Year (pic below) here:
Read my review of Jorge Michel Grau's Mexico City-set cannibal movie Somos lo que hay/We Are What We Are (2010) (pic below) here:
The image at left is from Almodóvar's Los abrazos rotos/Broken Embraces. Click here for my feature length article on it, the first in English.