Recommended All

Note: In order to hopefully keep this list interesting, I'll try to maintain most of my recommendations towards more independent productions, nothing too mainstream, without necessarily having to be something too obscure either. Within these boundaries, I'm going to be very selective. The intent is to communicate the most with the least, sort of following the words of well-known film editor and sound designer, Walter Murch, from his book "In the Blink of an Eye".

Animated Feature Film

Tekkonkinkreet (2006)

Japanese animation directed by an American, it has a very unique visual style with a beautifully told story and a really cool soundtrack by Plaid. The Minotaur sequence is one of the best animated sequences I've seen.

Animated Mini-Series

Samurai Champloo (2004-2005)

From Shinichiro Watanabe, who enjoys making unlikely combinations and ends up creating something with a lot of personality. This series seems less popular than his other very cool miniseries Cowboy Bebop but I personally enjoyed this one way more. Here he combines medieval Japanese and hip hop cultures. It has a fantastic sense of humor, of drama, action and mystery, with distinctive and complex characters and stories. It's very balanced and fresh, never going down the obvious path but without getting too convoluted. Definitely not your typical anime.

Animated Short

Un vistazo al futuro (A glance into the future, 2011)

[Spanish with English subtitles]
This is a little tale with a retro style that glances into the future in order to poke fun at and criticize the present. I find it very spot on, genuinely funny and quite sarcastic.

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Video Games

The Swapper (2013)

A sci-fi puzzle platformer designed by just four dudes. What is the mind, what is death, these are the kind of things that preoccupy this video game. It is one of the most well designed, engaging, deep and unsettling games I have ever played. It's bloody brilliant I tell you! 

Botanicula (2012)

A point-and-click adventure game developed by Amanita Design (a small Czech studio). At first I thought it was just cute but as I got into it I became enthralled with it's beautiful, immense little world. It's sound and visual design is one-of-a-kind, it has a lot of humor, it's puzzles ask of you to be imaginative and creative, to give way to non-linear thinking. It's just a very cool experience and one of few video games that I would also highly recommend for children.

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines (2004)

[I had a flawless playthrough with Wesp5's basic patch and HD tool within]
A big budget action RPG (role-playing game) that was a failure commercially and then developed a cult following. It's an awesome game that got a bad rap for being rushed into sales unpolished, but was embraced by a community of modders (noticeably Wesp5), who saw its utter genius and continued fixing it, so now we can play it properly. In this video game you submerge yourself into a dark supernatural universe that is both seductive and utterly disturbing. At its core there is this sadness and decay (of modern society? of power structures?) But you'll find no heroes here; some well-placed rebelliousness maybe... It has its technical limitations and its game design kinda falls flat during the second half, but it's still totally worth it. There is no other RPG video game like it.


Pyanek's Pictures and Music

He thinks about music audio-visually, resulting in a fascinating dialogue between his musical compositions and his visual creations.    

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Gabriela Pereyra's Artwork

She finds a lot of inspiration in native South American myths and legends, developing a very warm style that handles shapes and colors in a dance of their own.   

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Virtual Interactive Reconstruction of Clandestine Detention Centers During Argentina's 1976 to 1983 Dictatorship 

[available in Spanish only]
This is an audiovisual document of actual events that involved the forced disappearance and murder of tens of thousands of Argentinian citizens, many of them young people. While you explore the virtual 3D reconstruction of these clandestine detention centers, you get text and audio information about how these facilities, controlled by the military government, functioned as very well organized places of torture, murder, child abduction, slave labor and many forms of dehumanizing treatment against the people illegally detained there. No violence is shown explicitly, the reconstruction is meant to be educational, specially for younger people who have a good grasp of new digital interactive media but who may not be fully aware of this really perverse period in Argentina's recent history. Above all it's about keeping the memory of these events alive so that they are understood and never forgotten and thus hopefully never repeated.

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