Latin Beat: Mexican Film Community United For Ayotzinapa's 43 Missing Students

As I write this, the aftershock of a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer for shooting and killing a man in Ferguson, Missouri, is dominating the news here in the U.S. Of course, angry protests are not... More »
  

Brazil's Urban Legends Come To Life With THE FOSTERING (O DIABO MORA AQUI)

We first came across Brazilian directing duo Dante Vescio and Rodrigo Gasparini in these parts when the talented pair submitted their short M Is For Mailbox as part of the ABCs Of Death 2 26th director contest. And now there... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Morbido Fest 2014 Review: TEKUANI THE GOLDEN GOD, A Psychological Drama With Supernatural Overtones

In the Mexican film Tekuani: The Golden God (aka Tekuani, The Guardian) three friends who work together as independent rescue workers are having a rough go of it. They help people who are trapped underground or in remote regions of... More »
  

Cairo 2014 Review: SAND DOLLARS, Bodies in Tempetuous Love

Most people would probably like to think that, when it comes to love, we get wiser as we get older, more able to tell who truly loves us and who is using us. But sometimes that chemical reaction takes over,... More »
  

Morbido Fest 2014 Dispatch 2: [REC] 4, THE GREEN INFERNO, THE STRANGER And More Stir The Senses

What a fantastic day at the Morbido Film Fest! I got to spend time walking around the zocalo (town square), just a minute from the hotel where I'm staying here in Puebla, Mexico, visiting a bookstore and milling along with... More »
  

Cairo 2014 Review: THE BOY AND THE WORLD, Wonderous Animation and Storytelling

Within the first few frames, it's easy to see why The Boy and The World won both Best Feature and the audience award at Annecy International Animated Film Festival, considered to be the most important of its kind. This is... More »
  

Morbido Fest 2014, Dispatch 1: FEED THE LIGHT, EL INCIDENTE, And TEKUANI Explore Limits Of The Human Psyche

"We're under the volcano," said filmmaker Richard Stanley, referring to the novel by Malcolm Lowry, adapted for the screen by John Huston in 1984, and the location of the Morbido Film Festival in 2014. The tops of volcanoes were enshrouded... More »
  

Los Cabos 2014 Review: FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK: THE STORY OF RODRIGO Y GABRIELA Salutes The Mexican Guitar Duo

For Those About to Rock: The Story of Rodrigo y Gabriela is a straight celebration of Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo and Gabriela, going from their origins in Mexico City to their eventual worldwide success. Mexican journalist and the documentary's director... More »
  

Morbido 2014 Dispatch 0: How To Establish A Macabre And Playful Tone For Your Festival

I've been in Puebla, Mexico less than 12 hours and already it seems like the Morbido Film Festival owns this bustling city. That would be quite a remarkable feat, considering that the metropolitan area contains more than two and a half... More »
  

Hey, Mexico City! Win Tickets For The TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE 40th Anniversary Version Premiere

The new remastered version of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre that celebrates its 40th anniversary is set to open at Mexican cinemas on Thursday, November 20. Cine Caníbal is the company handling the distribution and they are having a very... More »
  

Los Cabos 2014: Twitch Picks 10 Must See Films

Kicking off tonight with the Latin American premiere of Wild, the latest from Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée, the third edition of Mexico's Los Cabos International Film Festival (CIFF) promises to be a fantastic way to end the year... More »
  

Latin Beat: A BAND CALLED DEATH In Mexico, ALLENDE EN SU LABERINTO In Chile

This week's edition of Latin Beat gets right to the point, as Eric Ortiz Garcia reports on music doc A Band Called Death opening in Mexico -- I agree, it's a sharply-made documentary, worth seeking out -- and Jaime Grijalba... More »
  

Marko Zaror Will Kick That Face And That Face And All The Faces In First REDEEMER Teaser!

Good news for fans of Chilean martial artist Marko Zaror on a pair of fronts. Up first, word is out from the American Film Market that US rights for his latest pairing with writer-director Ernesto Diaz Espinoza, Redeemer, has been... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: LA LEYENDA DE LAS MOMIAS, An Animation Ruined By Its Poor Writing

La Leyenda de las Momias (The Legend of the Mummies) is the third entry of a popular series of animated movies - for little kids - created by Mexico's Ánima Estudios. The main concept behind these films is to showcase... More »
  

Watch The Orozco Brothers' Colombian SciFi Short SINGULAR

Juan Felipe and Carlos Esteban Orozco are familiar names around these parts, the Colombian brother duo responsible for the dark thriller Saluda Al Diablo De Mi Parte a few years back. Blessed with a phenomenal visual style it's really just... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Crowdfund This: ATROCIOUS, Lex Ortega's First Feature Film

Young Mexican horror filmmaker Lex Ortega has made a name for himself within the festival circuit, with several gory short films such as T is for Tamales and Mother's Blessing. He's also a recognized sound designer, and has worked for... More »
  

Los Cabos 2014 To Screen BOYHOOD, LIFE ITSELF, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, And More

The third edition of the Los Cabos film festival looks really, really great. During five days (November 12-16), the festival will be premiering in Mexico Richard Linklater's 12-years-in-the-making-epic, the acclaimed documentary on the late film critic Roger Ebert, the latest... More »
  

The Surf Flows Red In Cult Throwback TERRITORIAL PISSINGS

A fifty year storm, post apocalyptic gangs and surfing ... that's the template for Juancho Otalvaro's Territorial Pissings, a deliberate throwback to the cult movies of the 80s.Sometime during the 1980s a storm began, and for 50 years it did... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Mórbido 2014: Final Wave Of Films Includes SPRING, THE BABADOOK, WOLFCOP, And DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD

During a press conference in Mexico City, the Mórbido film fest confirmed the final details regarding its upcoming seventh edition (and first in Puebla). From November 13 to 16, Mórbido will be presenting for the first time in Mexico lots of... More »
  

Meet The Characters Of Colombian Super Hero Film ZAMBO DENDE

It was just a couple weeks ago that Twitch caught wind of Chilean martial artist Marko Zaror joining the cast of Zambo Dende - an adaptation of a Colombian super hero comic book being backed by Disney - and we've... More »
By Todd Brown   
  
 
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