Eric Ortiz Garcia
Mexico City, Mexico

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 »
By Peter Martin   
  

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Werner Herzog

After a couple of months off, Full Disclosure is back, with an exploration of the work of a true cinematic maverick, Werner Herzog. In a career spanning 50 years, the uniquely accented German filmmaker has gifted us dozens of feature... More »
By James Marsh   
  

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 »
  

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 »
  

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 »
  

Cineteca Nacional's Muestra 57 Lineup: Ceylan, Dolan, Godard, Cronenberg, Jarmusch, And More

Cineteca Nacional has announced the 14 films that conform the 57th edition of the Muestra International, which kicks off on Friday, November 7. It looks like a recreation of this year's Morelia, which is certainly good news for cinephiles in... More »
  

Latin Beat: MALDITO AMOR, VOLANTIN CORTAO, And More In Chile, Award-Winning Films In Mexico

In this edition of our bi-weekly Latin Beat, we focus on Chile and Mexico. First, two films of interest open in Chile today, and two more next week, running the gamut from "quite intriguing" to, er, much less so. We've... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Morelia 2014: Fernando Eimbcke Celebrates 10 Years Of DUCK SEASON

Yes, it's been 10 years since Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo was part of the Real Madrid team, Xbox's Halo dominated the videogame world, and Fernando Eimbcke premiered his first feature length effort Duck Season (Temporada de Patos). It was on October... More »
  

Morelia 2014: The Best Of The Festival Goes To Mexico City

From October 29 to November 9, the Morelia International Film Festival will have a selection of its 2014 programming playing at several venues in Mexico City. Titled "The best of Morelia in Mexico City", this brief showing is premiering in... More »
  

Check The Mexican Poster And Trailer For THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE 40th Anniversary Re-Release

Terrific news for Mexican fans of great horror and independent cinema: distribution company Cine Caníbal is bringing to the big screen the 40th anniversary digitally remastered version of Tobe Hooper's classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre! Sure, the American Blu-ray... More »
  

Morelia 2014 Interview: MATRIA Director Fernando Llanos

Fernando Llanos' Matria was one of the most talked about Mexican documentaries at this year's Morelia. It went on to win the jury award for best Mexican documentary, thanks to Llanos' mixture of a very personal story with the sociopolitical... More »
  

Morelia 2014: Film Awards Go To CARMÍN TROPICAL, GÜEROS, MATRIA, And More

While Morelia will continue to have normal activities during the weekend, the closing ceremony was already celebrated yesterday (Friday, October 24). Rigoberto Perezcano's Carmín Tropical was the film that took home the top award, by winning best Mexican feature. Carmín Tropical... More »
  

Morelia 2014 Interview: WHITE GOD Director Kornél Mundruczó

On Thursday, October 23, Morelia hosted the Mexican premiere of the Cannes selection White God, a terrific Hungarian film about a little girl and her lost dog Hagen. Directed by Kornél Mundruczó, White God shows the rotten side of humanity, with... More »
  

Morelia 2014 Review: MATRIA, A Documentary That Offers Little Beyond The Anecdote

It's not strange that if a documentary begins as a very personal journey, the audience wonders why they should care for it. I wondered that myself while watching Matria, a doc in which its director Fernando Llanos is trying to... More »
  

Morelia 2014 Review: THE BEGINNING OF TIME (EL COMIENZO DEL TIEMPO), An Overlong Portrait Of Aging

The famous Bette Davis quote "old age ain't no place for sissies" comes to mind when watching Bernardo Arellano's The Beginning of Time (El Comienzo del Tiempo), one of the Mexican titles in competition at this year's Morelia International Film... More »
  

Morelia 2014: Iñárritu Talks BIRDMAN

Alejandro González Iñárritu took some days off from the filming of The Revenant - which is happening in Calgary, Canada - to present Birdman in Morelia. Unfortunately, none of the actors could make the trip due to several compromises, including... More »
  

Morelia 2014: Twitch Picks 10 Must See Films

The 12th edition of the Morelia International Film Festival kicked off this past Friday, with the Mexican premiere of Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman. For the second year in a row, I'm in Morelia covering the fest for Twitch, so expect... More »
  

Mórbido 2014: First Wave Of Films Includes REDEEMER, LATE PHASES, MÉXICO BÁRBARO, And More

After confirming that Puebla, Mexico is their new home, Mórbido has now unleashed the first wave of programming for its upcoming seventh edition (November 13-16). 18 international films and five Mexican titles have been confirmed, and it's a really exciting... More »
  

Latin Beat: Grotesco, New Mexican Horror Exhibition; Chile's PARTIR TO LIVE; Hollywood In Argentina

Producer Guillermo del Toro brings Mexican "Day of the Dead" culture to movie screens in the animated adventure The Book of Life, which opens wide across much of Latin America on Thursday (and North America on Friday). I'm a bit... More »
By Peter Martin   
  
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