Eric Ortiz Garcia
Mexico City

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 »
  

Review: EL CRIMEN DEL CÁCARO GUMARO, A Collection Of Lazy, Juvenile Jokes

El Crimen del Cácaro Gumaro was, on paper, a much welcomed movie for Mexican cinema. In a period when "art films" are winning prestigious awards internationally (i.e. Post Tenebras Lux and Heli at Cannes) and the number of film festivals... More »
  

Cinema Global Presents The Films Of Cao Guimaraes In Mexico City

Cinema Global is a film event that in 2014, during its eighth edition, is part of Mexico City's biggest cultural celebration, Festival del Centro Histórico. The main Cinema Global event this year is a retrospective dedicated to Brazilian plastic artist... More »
  

FICUNAM 2014 Review: THE SEARCHES (LAS BÚSQUEDAS), A Small Black And White Drama With Depth

José Luis Valle's The Searches (Las Búsquedas) reveals at the end that it was filmed in seven days using real locations, without artificial lights, and costing only $1,500 dollars in total. It is indeed a very small film, with a... More »
  

Oscars 2014: List Of Winners, Including 12 YEARS A SLAVE And GRAVITY

Another year, another Academy Awards, and this time there were almost no surprises regarding the winners. As expected, Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave won the biggest prize of the night, Best Picture, but overall it was Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity... More »
  

Twitch Picks the 2014 Oscars

Love them -- for honoring the ostensible best-made movies -- or hate them -- for reducing an art form to an insufferably smug horse race -- the Academy Awards can inspire and provoke discussion about movies like nothing else. And... More »
  

MEXICO BARBARO Exclusive Interview: Six Directors, Including Lex Ortega And Isaac Ezban, Talk Horror Anthology

As our own Andrew Mack reported, México Bárbaro is an upcoming Mexican horror anthology featuring cinematic adaptations of traditional legends from this country. It was conceived by Lex Ortega (sound designer for Frankenstein's Army) and will be offering segments by... More »
  
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