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Ena Alvarado
Ena Alvarado hails from the boisterous city of Caracas, Venezuela. She is a hopelessly undecided freshman who enjoys reading literature and watching films as much as understanding science and studying math. Someday, Ena aspires to learn how to whistle, improve her current juggling skills, and compose a full-length music album. In the meantime, she finds solace in books and nutella crepes. Writing about documentaries and foreign cinema never hurts either.

Director Alfonso Gómez-Rejón talks ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’

Winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic and the Audience Award, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” is director Alfonso Gómez-Rejón’s second feature, and, according to the Stanford Daily’s Ena Alvarado, a certified coming-of-age millennial classic.  The Stanford Daily’s Ena Alvarado sat down with these Gómez-Rejón to talk everything from adaptation to influences. The…

‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ is an instant coming-of-age classic

Director Alfonso Gómez-Rejón’s second feature, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to rapturous praise, is both masterful and heartwarming in its depiction of American adolescence. “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” shines as a result of its stellar performances, clever use of dialogue and quirky style. The film displays such originality and…

Drone drama ‘Good Kill’ misses target

In director Andrew Niccol’s  “Good Kill,” military officers dispassionately utter the word “splash” every time an enemy target is successfully shot. The indifference and stodginess consistently attached to this catchphrase — following the murders of alleged terrorists or innocent victims in deadly zones of the Middle East by the U.S. army — adequately mirrors the…

Hollywood and the sequel complex

On a deliciously sunny L.A. afternoon nearly four weeks ago, I stumbled upon a baffling billboard. “Insurgent! In Cinemas Now.” Wait — hadn’t “Divergent” come out only a few months before? After a speedy Internet search, I realized my notions of time hadn’t actually been all that accurate. “Divergent” had been released March 21, 2014;…

It’s man versus animal in Kornél Mundruczó’s allegorical ‘White God’

In the introductory scene of Kornél Mundruczó’s fantastical thriller, “White God,” a moving epigraph reminds viewers of the need for human compassion: “Everything terrible is something that needs our love.” This controversial statement — credited to influential poet Rainer Maria Rilke — motivates the entirety of Mundruczó’s latest directorial endeavor. Awarded the Prize Un Certain…
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