Eric Ortiz Garcia
Mexico City

Cannes 2014 Review: THE INCIDENT (EL INCIDENTE) Is One Of The Most Intriguing Mexican Films Of The Year

In what it feels like the scene with the most personal dialog during the first half of Isaac Ezban's The Incident (El Incidente), the agonizing character of Amores Perros' Humberto Busto shares his thoughts about life in general. "Life is... More »
  

ANT-MAN: Edgar Wright Is No Longer The Director

This is terrible, terrible news. Edgar Wright won't direct Ant-Man after all. While he had put together an amazing cast for his big Marvel film, including Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, he is now out of the project due to creative... More »
  

Fantaspoa 2014: Frank Henenlotter And Gabe Bartalos Recall BRAIN DAMAGE

Fantaspoa programmed Frank Henenlotter's entire filmography in order to pay homage to this cult American director. Henenlotter himself was in Porto Alegre for a couple of days, presenting both Bad Biology and Brain Damage. I attended the screening of the latter,... More »
  

Fantaspoa 2014 Interview: Till Kleinert On DER SAMURAI

Till Kleinert's Der Samurai was definitely one of the best and weirdest films I watched during Fantaspoa 2014. Since our own Joshua Chaplinsky wrote a great review for it, I decided to complement our coverage by talking with the German director.... More »
  

Fantaspoa 2014 Review: CHAMELEON (BUQÄLÄMUN), A Minimalist Azerbaijani Drama

I never expected to watch a film like Chameleon (Buqälämun) at Fantaspoa. This is not fantasy cinema at all but rather a minimalist drama and the very first Azerbaijani film I've ever seen. It is about people who are only... More »
  

Fantaspoa 2014 Review: RABBIT WOMAN (MUJER CONEJO) Is Part Thriller, Part B-Movie, And Always Pretty Damn Good

Ana Yang is the name of the lead character in Rabbit Woman (Mujer Conejo), a live-action film from Argentina that features some animated sequences as well. The name of its director is Veronica Chen, so we can indeed deduce the... More »
  

Fantaspoa 2014 Review: DEVIL IN MY RIDE, An Amusing Road/Buddy/Exorcism Movie

If The Battery approached the zombie movie with a very low budget but lots of fun and ingenuity, Devil in My Ride tries to do the same with the exorcism film. Gary Michael Schultz's first feature-length effort centers on more... More »
  

Fantaspoa 2014 Review: DARKNESS BY DAY (EL DÍA TRAJO LA OSCURIDAD), Solid Atmospheric Horror From Argentina

The countryside of Argentina is the setting for Martín Desalvo's Darkness by Day (El Día Trajo la Oscuridad), a little horror film that rests almost entirely on its two main actresses, Mora Recalde and Romina Paula. They play Virginia and Anabel,... More »
  

Fantaspoa 2014 Interview: Bruce LaBruce Talks GERONTOPHILIA And Names His Favorite Filmmakers

Bruce LaBruce presented at Fantaspoa what is, in his own words, the most accessible and mainstream effort he has made so far. I'm talking about Gerontophilia, a film about an 18-year-old boy with a fetish for old men. I watched... More »
  

Latin Beat: Mexico's Feratum Announces First Details, Peru's A LOS 40 Breaks Records, Chile's Festival Darling

Our writers in Latin America update us on what's happening in their respective territories in this edition of Latin Beat: A genre festival in Mexico announces its first details, a new local film is breaking records in Peru, and a... More »
  

Fantaspoa 2014 Interview: Lloyd Kaufman Talks RETURN TO NUKE 'EM HIGH, Motörhead's Lemmy, And More

While the Troma retrospective is not over yet at Fantaspoa, Lloyd Kaufman leaved the city of Porto Alegre today in order to make of Cannes a Troma-occupied territory once more. During the night of the Brazilian premiere of Return to... More »
  

Fantaspoa 2014: Five Lessons From Lloyd Kaufman's Masterclass

The Fantaspoa film festival dedicated the first two days of its tenth edition to the living legend Lloyd Kaufman and Troma, the company he founded together with Michael Herz back in 1974. It has been so far a wild and... More »
  

Fantaspoa 2014 Lineup: Tromasterpieces, JORGE AND ALBERTO VS THE NEOLIBERAL DEMONS, THE DIRTIES, & More!

From May 9 to 25, the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre is going to be the place to be for the genre cinema aficionado. The reason is Fantaspoa, the largest fantastic film festival in Latin America, which in 2014 is... More »
  

Latin Beat: Chile's SOY MUCHO MEJOR QUE VOS, Mexico's EL INCIDENTE

Welcome to the first edition of Latin Beat! I'll be your host, spearheading a collection of news, notes, and other sundry items of interest to our worldwide readership, featuring contributions from our team of writers located throughout Latin America. We... More »
  

Review: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Is A Serviceable Sequel

The sequel to the Spider-Man reboot sees Marc Webb returning to the director's chair and, ultimately, using the same tone and a very similar structure to that of the original, even though there are more subplots to deal with in... More »
  

Cineteca Nacional's Muestra 56 Lineup: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, THE WIND RISES, NYMPHOMANIAC, And More

Cineteca Nacional announced the rather surprising decision of returning to a former format for its most important film event, the Muestra International de Cine (International Showing of Cinema). Now we will have two Muestras in the year, one in spring... More »
  

Review: ILUSIÓN NACIONAL, Little More Than A Recap Of Mexico's History In The World Cup

The professional Mexican football (soccer) league had one of its darkest chapters just last weekend, because of an extremely violent confrontation between members of a firm and the police inside a stadium in Guadalajara. In this country, as in many... More »
  

Crowdfund This: Badass Luchador EL GIGANTE Needs Your Help

México Bárbaro's Gigi Saul Guerrero has just launched, together with the company LuchaGore Productions, a crowdfunding campaign for her new short film, which promises luchador action, blood, guts and, like any great horror film, social commentary. El Gigante is "The... More »
  

Review: NOAH, Good Vs. Evil Is Not As Simple As It Sounds

With a length of little more than two hours, Darren Aronofsky's Noah is many things. It is an exploration of some of the themes the director already touched on in The Fountain, but it also functions as new territory for Aronofsky,... More »
  

Hey, Mexico City! Win A Double Pass To The ALL IS LOST Premiere

All is Lost, starring Robert Redford, is finally hitting Mexican cinemas this Friday (3/21) and to celebrate that, Twitch takes you to the Mexico City premiere of this Oscar-nominated film! Thanks to Canana, we have five double passes to see... More »
  
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