Jayro Bustamante’s ‘La Llorona’ is Quintessential Latinx Horror – Review

Guatemalan director and writer Jayro Bustamante has just delivered one of the most unique horror films of not only the decade, but of the 21st century so far. The tale of La Llorona is the most famous Latin urban legend on earth. By now, the female phantom who cries out for her drowned children needs … Continue reading Jayro Bustamante’s ‘La Llorona’ is Quintessential Latinx Horror – Review

Interview: Massoud Bakhshi Talks Creating ‘Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness’

Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival to thunderous applause. The film was among 11 other high caliber entries in the World Cinema Dramatic competition. Iranian filmmaker Massoud Bakhshi's sociopolitical tale of a woman's fight for survival is one of the most engaging experiences anyone can have in a theater … Continue reading Interview: Massoud Bakhshi Talks Creating ‘Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness’

Sundance 2020: ‘Summer White’ Breaks Down Toxic Latinx Habits – Review

"Mamitis" is not a term one hears every day. Those with Latin roots are more than likely familiar with the saying. The slang is meant to be taken as a negative connotation for a mother's boy. Summer White (Blanco de Verano) explores the idea of "mamitis" but takes it to personified toxic levels. Director and writer … Continue reading Sundance 2020: ‘Summer White’ Breaks Down Toxic Latinx Habits – Review

Sundance 2020: Mateo and Moisés Arias Put the American Dream to Test in ‘Blast Beat’ – Review

Colombian director and producer Esteban Arango plows through borders with his feature debut, Blast Beat. Named after a drumbeat style heavily associated with metal music and its derivatives, Blast Beat explores the trials and tribulations of the American dream through a Colombian family. Forced to leave Colombia due to political turmoil in 1999, tension rises between … Continue reading Sundance 2020: Mateo and Moisés Arias Put the American Dream to Test in ‘Blast Beat’ – Review

Sundance 2020: The Horrors of Being a Refugee Rise in ‘His House’ – Review

Director/screenwriter Remi Weekes gives Netflix a sure to be modern classic with His House. This being Weekes' first feature cements his name as one to look out for in the coming years. His House follows a married couple from South Sudan in desperate search of a better life in London. The two catch a glimmering break when … Continue reading Sundance 2020: The Horrors of Being a Refugee Rise in ‘His House’ – Review

Sundance 2020: Tradition and Empathy Stand Trial in ‘Yalda, A Night For Forgiveness’ – Review

Iranian filmmaker Massoud Bakhshi delivers an unparalleled gem at Sundance 2020 with Yalda, A Night for Forgiveness. Women who are found guilty of murdering their husbands are sentenced to death under Islamic law. On the contrary, Islamic law also allows those guilty to escape death if and only if they are forgiven by the victim's … Continue reading Sundance 2020: Tradition and Empathy Stand Trial in ‘Yalda, A Night For Forgiveness’ – Review

Sundance 2020: ‘Mucho Mucho Amor’ is the Beautiful and Worthy Reflection of Latinx Icon Walter Mercado We Need – Review

Walter Mercado needs no introduction to a Latinx audience. The Puerto Rican Astrologer first took Latin America by storm with his televised horoscopes in the 70s. If Mercado was decked out in capes reading horoscopes on TV, people would have no choice but to sit quietly and wait for their sign to be read. "¡Libra... … Continue reading Sundance 2020: ‘Mucho Mucho Amor’ is the Beautiful and Worthy Reflection of Latinx Icon Walter Mercado We Need – Review

Sundance 2020: The Coming-of-Age Story Breaks New Ground in ‘Cuties’ – Review

Out of all the films Netflix is premiering at Sundance this year, Cuties is among the more valiant. The French production is unconventional in comparison to the Hollywood standard. Cuties follows the maturing exploitations of Amy, a daughter of Senegalese immigrants newly moved into the low-class suburbs of France. Maïmouna Doucouré makes this her feature directorial … Continue reading Sundance 2020: The Coming-of-Age Story Breaks New Ground in ‘Cuties’ – Review

Sundance 2019: Kiersey Clemons Leads a Fresh and Riveting​ Creature Feature in ‘Sweetheart’ – Review

Blumhouse Productions have built themselves up as the masters of modern horror and to no one's surprise, they prove it again with director J.D Dillard's (Sleight) new film, Sweetheart. There can be no other way to describe it but as a true gem in this year's Sundance Film Festival. Kiersey Clemons (Dope) leads this horrific tale … Continue reading Sundance 2019: Kiersey Clemons Leads a Fresh and Riveting​ Creature Feature in ‘Sweetheart’ – Review

Sundance 2019: Lupita Nyong’o Plays the Ukulele While Saving Kids From Zombies in ‘Little Monsters’ – Review

What happens when a kindergarten field trip to the zoo just happens to be the site of a zombie outbreak? The brilliance in Litte Monsters is that the answer is more than one could ever guess. Abe Forsythe's Little Monsters is without a doubt the most raunchy comedy to premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival. … Continue reading Sundance 2019: Lupita Nyong’o Plays the Ukulele While Saving Kids From Zombies in ‘Little Monsters’ – Review