Eric Ortiz Garcia
Mexico City

Baja Film Festival 2013: Official Selection Revealed, Includes THE DIRTIES

The second edition of the Baja International Film Festival (BIFF), celebrated in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, is taking shape. Charlie Sheen is going south the border as festival guest, while the animated 3D movie Foosball (aka Metegol) is confirmed... More »

Feratum 2013: José Mojica Marins' Visit In Quotes And Exclusive Photos

The visit of Jose Mojica Marins (Ze do Caixao/Coffin Joe) was by far the best thing Feratum 2013 offered. It was incredible and I had the luck to stay close to him in Tlalpujahua first and later in my hometown Mexico... More »

Morelia 2013 Chingonized: Robert Rodriguez And Danny Trejo In Morelia To Present MACHETE KILLS!

Rumors turned out to be true and Robert Rodriguez is confirmed as special guest for this year's Morelia International Film Festival, kicking off on October 18. During his very first visit to a Mexican film festival, RR won't be alone... More »

Feratum 2013 Review: APIO VERDE, A Serious And Striking Pro-Choice Effort

Considering I watched Apio Verde at the International Festival of Fantastic, Terror and Science Fiction Films (Feratum), I expected something a bit different from what we got. I expected, yes, a brutal film about the abortion issue but with some... More »

Quentin Tarantino's Top Ten Films Of The Year: From GRAVITY To THE LONE RANGER

Quentin Tarantino sure loves making top lists. Aside of his contributions to the Sight & Sound polls, there's Tarantino's favorite films since Reservoir Dogs, spaghetti westerns, grindhouse films and even death scenes and killer movie moments. While his genre knowledge... More »

Feratum 2013 Dispatch, Day 3: Masters of Horror's Master Class And A Perfect Closing With BIG BAD WOLVES!

While the very last Feratum 2013 screening was scheduled at 7 PM on October 6, the film press returned to Mexico City that same day around 1:30 PM, hence day three of the festival (Saturday, October 5) was really my... More »


The award ceremony of Feratum 2013 took place at Teatro Obrero on Saturday, October 5, before the screening of closing film Big Bad Wolves. During the ceremony, Mexico's legendary el Santo was honored and guests José Mojica Marins, Gary Pullin... More »

Feratum 2013 Dispatch, Day 2: The Magic/Irony Of Seeing AT MIDNIGHT I'LL TAKE YOUR SOUL Inside A Church

Day two at the Feratum film festival was everything one could hope for at a festivity like this and then some. A couple of films I watched weren't great but José Mojica Marins made my day early in the morning,... More »

Feratum 2013 Dispatch, Day 1: Coffin Joe's Homage And How Technical Problems Ruined My Day

The first day of Feratum 2013 was definitely a mixed bag. The Coffin Joe homage was great but a series of technical problems ultimately ruined the movie-watching experience: I attended three screenings and each one of them marred bytruly annoying... More »

Feratum 2013 Preview: Images Of Coffin Joe And Gary Pullin With Mariachis And Tequila (Or Is It Mezcal?)!

Feratum 2013 kicks off tomorrow in the magic village of Tlalpujahua, Mexico, but guests José Mojica Marins (Coffin Joe/Zé do Caixão) and Gary Pullin (aka Ghoulish Gary) are already having a blast... or at least that's how it looks from... More »

Interview: Director Alejandro Solar Talks EL PACIENTE INTERNO (THE CONVICT PATIENT)

Today, October 2, is the 45th anniversary of one of the darkest chapters in the history of Mexico: the 1968 Tlatelolco student massacre. While Mexico "never forgets" October 2, few people know that less than two years after this tragedy,... More »

Interview: Director Rodrigo Ordoñez On DEPOSITARIES, Mexican Science Fiction, And The Possibility Of A Remake

Rodrigo Ordoñez's first feature film Depositaries (Depositarios) opened in Mexican cinemas last Friday after three years of struggle for proper distribution, a delay that's not unusual when it comes to Mexican movies. The film had its festival run back in... More »

Full Disclosure: Twitch's Lists Of Shame - September

September has been an incredibly busy month for the Twitch collective, with many of our writers travelling the Earth seeking out cinematic delights in as far-reaching corners as Venice, Toronto and Austin. As a result, this month's Full Disclosure is... More »


One of the reasons Morelia (FICM) is considered the very best Mexican film festival is its international lineup, always premiering in Mexico some of the most anticipated movies of the year (including the Palm d'Or winner). After rumors and predictions,... More »

Review: DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF GODS Lacks (Goku's) Power

Dragon Ball Z: Battle Of Gods is a really fun entry in Toriyama Akira's beloved universe that's just not up there with the most memorable ones. It manages to capture the absurdist essence of Dragon Ball very well, but disappoints... More »

Hey, Mexico City! Win Tickets To See The Documentary EL PACIENTE INTERNO (THE CONVICT PATIENT)!

Alejandro Solar's El Paciente Interno (The Convict Patient) is one of the best Mexican films I have seen this year. A documentary telling the little-known story of the man (Carlos Castañeda) who tried to kill former Mexico president Gustavo Díaz... More »

Review: Eugenio Derbez's INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED Recalls The Laziest And Sappiest Adam Sandler Movies

Eugenio Derbez was once an irreverent television comedian. At least that's how I recall him from the time I was growing up (the nineties), watching stuff like Televisa's coverage of the 1998 FIFA World Cup with Derbez mocking the serious... More »

Feratum 2013: Full Details On Mojica Marins' Visit And Second Wave Of Films, Which Includes BIG BAD WOLVES And EEGA!

Mexico City's Cineteca Nacional (the Cinematheque) hosted the final press conference of Feratum 2013, with the festival's director Miguel Angel Marín leading the panel that revealed the second wave of films (the out-of-competition selection) and full details on the visit... More »

Feratum 2013: José Mojica Marins (Zé do Caixão/Coffin Joe) Joins Ghoulish Gary As Festival Guest!

Feratum 2013, kicking off in Tlalpujahua, Michoacán on October 3, has an exciting new announcement: José Mojica Marins (aka Zé do Caixão/Coffin Joe) is the festival's guest of honor! The Brazilian cult filmmaker Mojica Marins made his comeback to cinema five... More »

HELI Is Mexico's Oscar Submission, While LA JAULA DE ORO (THE GOLDEN CAGE) Goes For The Goya

The Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences (AMACC) confirmed that Amat Escalante's Heli is Mexico's submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming Academy Awards. Heli was chosen over such films as Eugenio Derbez's Instructions Not Included, Claudia... More »
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