I’m Jaime Rebanal. I’m here to voice my thoughts on film, ranging from the good to the bad, old to the new, nearby to the faraway, all I’m looking for is a means of sharing my voice. I generally write my reviews over on Letterboxd, and eventually I get them published over here so that I can get myself more widespread. My love of film started with a viewing of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho at the age of eleven as well as Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca and Ridley Scott’s Alien at twelve and I started getting around to watching more films outside of the English language thanks to Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves and Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. I was born on August 20, 1998. I may not be the most compelling individual, but I try.

On behalf of my own mental health, I was diagnosed with autism at a young age and I had only found out about my diagnosis as I was exiting elementary school. Even with the daily paranoia that I encounter in my life I still try my best to speak up to the best of my ability, in order to give others a sense of what the experience is like for myself.

Having grown up inside of a Catholic community it hasn’t always been easy trying to cope up with the environments around me, because I know I still feel somewhat alien to whatever else goes on – since I also don’t believe the same way, and I moved away from religion in my early teens but am not an atheist. Nevertheless, I stuck around because I made a number of valuable and supportive peers from the area, and now that I am a first-year college student – getting this out of the way to reaffirm my own independence was what I feel was a step forward.

It wasn’t until my final year of high school when I came out as a queer to many of my friends within the film community. It was difficult to accept it, but through my life in high school I had also sought romantic interests beyond males and females yet kept it nothing more than a mere suppressed thought. But now that I’ve become more open about it, it has also helped me with developing my own critical lens as a moviegoer – and it also allowed me to feel more truthful to my own self. With the binary perception of sexuality among the public it seems very difficult to explain how our gender identity can be perceived but nonetheless, it is the only way I know I can express the truth about my point of view.

A Few Favourites

Film: Ikiru or A Brighter Summer Day
TV shows:

  • Twin Peaks
  • Mad Men
  • Six Feet Under
  • Seinfeld
  • Community
  • Freaks and Geeks
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • South Park
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia


  • Akira Kurosawa
  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Edward Yang
  • Howard Hawks
  • Krzysztof Kieslowski
  • Yasujiro Ozu
  • Kenji Mizoguchi
  • Masaki Kobayashi
  • François Truffaut
  • Robert Altman
  • John Cassavetes
  • Federico Fellini
  • David Lynch
  • John Ford
  • Stanley Kubrick


  • Robert De Niro
  • Marlon Brando
  • Toshiro Mifune


  • Gena Rowlands
  • Julianne Moore
  • Liv Ullmann

Bands (plus album):

  • Sonic Youth (Daydream Nation)
  • Talking Heads (Remain in Light)
  • Joy Division (Closer)
  • The Velvet Underground (Velvet Underground & Nico)
  • Pink Floyd (Wish You Were Here)
  • R.E.M. (Murmur)
  • Mazzy Star (So Tonight That I Might See)
  • Swans (White Light from the Mouth of Infinity)
  • My Bloody Valentine (Loveless)
  • Cocteau Twins (Heaven or Las Vegas)
  • Radiohead (Kid A)
  • The Doors (Strange Days)
  • Wu-Tang Clan (Enter the Wu-Tang)
  • Pixies (Doolittle)
  • The Clash (London Calling)
  • Modest Mouse (The Lonesome Crowded West)
  • The Cure (Disintegration)
  • The Smiths (The Queen is Dead)
  • Tegan and Sara (The Con)
  • Sleater-Kinney (Dig Me Out)
  • The Who (Who’s Next)
  • Blur (13)
  • The Kinks (Lola Versus Powerman)
  • Iron Maiden (Seventh Son of a Seventh Son)
  • Weezer (Pinkerton)

Solo artists (plus album):

  • Bob Dylan (Blood on the TracksHighway 61 Revisited)
  • Leonard Cohen (Songs of Love and Hate)
  • Nick Drake (Pink Moon)
  • Françoise Hardy (La Question)
  • Joni Mitchell (Blue)
  • Paul Simon (Graceland)
  • PJ Harvey (Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea)
  • Sufjan Stevens (Illinois)
  • Patti Smith (Horses)
  • Tom Waits (Rain Dogs)
  • David Bowie (Hunky Dory)
  • Lou Reed (Street Hassle)
  • Grimes (Art Angels)
  • Björk (Homogenic)