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These Latino-Directed Movies Prove That Latinos Have Some Of The Most Imaginative Minds

Let me clarify: this list will make you laugh, cry and half of it will make you scream en horror latino. Put on your sweatpants, grab the popcorn and your boo, because we threw in some rom-coms as well. And not just for straight people.

Here goes your weekend:

1. “Mosquita Y Mari” (2012)

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This is a must-see: Two “young Chicanas [who] contemplate life when they stir unexpected desires in each other.” Aurora Guerrero, the writer and director, crafted something truly incredible and special, touching on what it’s like to be a queer woman of color.

2. “Confissões de Adolescente” (2014)

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If you’ve never had a sister (ME), get your fill of the alternate reality with this movie. This 2014 film is based off the diaries of Maria Mariana, who also stars in the film!

3. “Wild Tales” (Relatos Salvajes) (2014)

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This incredible film is actually a collection of six short films connected by themes of violence and revenge. Oh and it’s beautifully shot in Argentina.

4. “The Witch’s Mirror” (El espejo de la bruja) (1962)

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Pro tip: Never murder your wife in front of a witch’s mirror. Pro trip, part II: Stay away from witch’s mirrors altogether. Because then your dead wife might come back, and she’s going to be pretty pissed. Exciting, witchy story aside, this black and white film features some pretty gorgeous use of lighting and cinematography, as well as one of the most iconic uses of bandages ever.

5. Sin Nombre (2009)

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“Sin Nombre” is a 2009 Mexican thriller produced by Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna that tells us a story of immigration that will rock your soul. It follows Sayra, a Honduran teenager migrating to the U.S. with her father and uncle, as well as Casper, a Mexican gang member.

6. Real Women Have Curves (2002)

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In 2002, this was a pioneering movie for us Latinas who don’t fit the stereotypes that Sofia Vergara and Jennifer Lopez helped pave for us. Not that I would ever talk smack about them, but thank you, America Ferrera, for this gift for the rest of us.

7. The Book of Stone (El libro de piedra) (1969)

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The Book of Stone tells the story we all feel as kids: adults don’t understand us or listen to us. Oh except, the ending will leave you delightfully creeped out.

8. “The Devil’s Backbone” (2001)

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After 12-year-old Carlos arrives at a boys’ orphanage, he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover. Talk about a creep fest.

9. “Desierto” (2015)

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“Desierto,” starring Gael García Bernal, is a 2015 film that is essentially a political horror. While a group of immigrants journey through the desert in an attempt to make it to the U.S., a gun-toting man driving his truck along the border, is about to hunt them.

10. “From Dusk Till Dawn” (1996)

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Vampires, as it turns out, can take on all sorts of day jobs, like dancing at the infamous “Titty Twister” strip club. Robert Rodriguez’s pulpy take on vampires takes place in a small town in Mexico and includes plenty of bikers, truck drivers, fugitives, and the site of an ancient Aztec temple. Also, obviously and famously, Salma Hayek dancing with a snake.

11. “The Perez Family” (1995)

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This is an oldie but a goodie, following two Cubans who meet in Miami and discover they have the same last name and pretend to be married to make their entrance easier.

P.S. this is a comedy turned romantic.

12. “Esteros (2016)

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Here’s another recent LGBT classic brought to us by Argentinian Director Papu Curotto. This follows the story about two teenage boys who grew up together, and discover their attraction to each other. But not without facing homophobia from Matías’ family.

13. “The Mansion of Madness” (Dr. Tarr’s Torture Dungeon) (1973)

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This film, also by Juan López Moctezuma, is a personal favorite of mine. As in, I own it on DVD and watch it over and over. Very loosely based on Edgar Allen Poe’s “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether,” the story shows what happens when lunatics take over the asylum. It also happens to be a GORGEOUS movie, with every shot, costume, look and line carefully staged for maximum impact and weirdness. Take the scene, for instance, where two characters are walking down a long path as some of the asylum’s inhabitants playfully, and somewhat unnervingly, weave in and out of shot. You can take a look at it, and enjoy an in-depth synopsis, at Cinema de Merde.

14. “The Curse of the Crying Woman” (La maldición de la llorona) (1961)

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We’re all familiar with the legend of La Llorona, right? It’s a classic horror story, replete with loss, gut-churning guilt, and the need for sweet, sweet vengeance. It’s a wonder there haven’t been more (and, you know, better) movies based on the mother of all ghosts. This film, for instance, isn’t so much about La Llorona herself (although her scenes are truly, gorgeously frightening), but about a family grappling with witchcraft and curses. Relatable!

15. “Santa Sangre” (1989)

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No one does avant-garde psychedelic weirdness like Jodorowsky. Santa Sangre is no exception, following the story of Fenix, a former circus performer, and his relationship to his parents, particularly to the mother who keeps a literal and figurative hold on him through much of his development. Roger Ebert praised Jodorowsky for expanding the horror genre by reminding viewers that “true psychic horror is possible on the screen–horror, poetry, surrealism, psychological pain and wicked humor, all at once.”

16. “Under the Same Moon” (2007)

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We grew up crying to this. Released in 2007, “Under The Same Moon (Bajo La Misma Luna)” stars Mexican actors Kate del Castillo and Eugenio Derbez. It follows a mother in the U.S. whose young son lives in Mexico with his grandmother and the journey the young boy has to endure to make it from Mexico across the border to be reunited with his mother.

17. “Martin” (1978)

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Director George Romero is known for his zombie movies, but introduces a strange one for the vampire genre. This would be the last time you see him drink blood without a syringe. Lots of syringes.

18. “Night of the Living Dead” (1968)

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That’s more like it! This is Director Romero’s zombie movie that changes everything. This is how we know that zombies aren’t just corpses controlled by spells, but are real undead people that walk jerkishly and slowly to you.

19. “We Are What We Are” (Somos lo que hay) (2010)

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The family that eats together, stays together, for better or for worse. In this film, which was remade for U.S. audiences in 2013, follows a family struggling with maintaining an ancient, bloody ritual and the impact it has both on their bodies and souls. You’ll never look at family dinners the same way again.

20. “At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul” (À meia-noite levarei sua alma) (1964)

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Meet Coffin Joe (Zé do Caixão). Joe is the definition of girl-crazy. More like an utterly depraved maniac set on settling down with whichever girl survives his mass murders.

21. “Alucarda” (1978)

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Being a teen girl is hard enough, never mind being an orphan in a Catholic convent. Add demonic possession into the mix and you have a recipe for disaster / a truly fantastic horror movie with stunning visuals (just take a look at the nuns’ super stylized and highly evocative habits and robes, for instance). The film’s emphasis on a close emotional and physical relationship between two young girls has drawn comparisons to the classic vampire tale, Carmilla, made all the more apparent when you notice that “Alucarda” is simply “Dracula” with the letters rearranged. SpoooOoOooky!

22. “Cronos” (1993)

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Here’s our other del Toro entry: Cronos! Because who doesn’t love a good, inventive twist on a vampire story that also serves as a metaphor for society’s obsession with youth and virility? Cronos beat out Crimson Peak because, while the latter is truly a beautiful, visually stunning work, Cronos‘ story of love, loss and sacrifice simply holds up better throughout the film.

23. “Entre nos” (2009)

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True story alert! This is about a woman, longing to be reunited with her husband, by making the trek from Colombia to Queens with her two children in tow. Spoiler alert: the guy abandons the family with absolutely nothing. Spoiler (2) alert: this film will make you think twice about denying refugees safety.

24. “The Way He Looks” (2014)

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You guys need to watch this. This is about a blind teenager from São Paulo who breaks out from his overbearing mother bind as he studies abroad. And then, he begins to develop feelings for Gabriel.

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Cardi B’s First Leading Movie Role Will Thrill ‘Sister Act’ And ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Fans

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Cardi B’s First Leading Movie Role Will Thrill ‘Sister Act’ And ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Fans

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For one of her upcoming projects, fans of Cardi B can expect a throwback to her older days. That’s right, Cardi B is stepping into a familiar role before the screen. The former “Love & Hip Hop: New York” star has proven herself capable of making music bangers and in Hustlers she showed that she can hold her own when it comes to the big screen.

Now, the rapper is playing the lead in Paramount’s upcoming film Assisted Living.

Cardi was recently cast in the “raucous comedy” called Assisted Living.

According to Variety, the upcoming film “is being described as a ‘raucous comedy’ with ‘tremendous heart.’ Fans of Cardi can expect a film that looks quite a bit like Tootsie, Sister Act, and Mrs. Doubtfire.

The upcoming film follows Cardi B as Amber a small-time crook who gets herself into trouble when a heist goes wrong. “On the run from the cops and her former crew, she struggles to find anywhere to hide, reports Variety. “Running out of options, Amber disguises herself as an elderly woman and hides out in the one place no one will look — her estranged grandmother’s nursing home.”

Of course, this isn’t the first time Cardi B has been in a major film.

In 2019 she appeared the blockbuster film Hustlers starring Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo, and Keke Palmer.

And of course, for some time fans were hopeful that Cardi would take on the titular role of a reboot of the ’90s sitcom “The Nanny.”

According to CNN, the reality star-turned-rapper has been in talks to play Fran Drescher’s daughter in a potential reboot of the ‘90s sitcom.

Speaking about a potential reboot in 2018, Fran Drescher told Extra in an interview “[I’m] talking to her representation. It’s really getting me excited. It’s fresh and it could be super fun.” Here’s hoping we get more Cardi B on screen!

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Maluma And J Balvin React To The Loss Of Armando Manzanero, Who Lost His Battle Against COVID-19

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Maluma And J Balvin React To The Loss Of Armando Manzanero, Who Lost His Battle Against COVID-19

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As if 2020 and Coronavirus haven’t taken enough from us, just days before we usher in a new year, the world is forced to say goodbye to Armando Manzanero.

The famed Mexican-Mayan artist lost his battle against COVID-19 and as news of his death began to circulate, reactions from stars all around the world have started to pour in.

Manzanero died like so many in 2020 – fighting the dangerous Coronavirus.

One of Mexico’s most iconic and beloved artists has passed at the age of 85 from complications related to COVID-19. Armando Manzanero had tested positive for the virus on December 17 and put into critical care just a few days later.

The Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico (SACM), of which Manzanero was president, announced his death, saying: “The romantic soul of Mexico and the world is in mourning.”

His family told Mexican newspaper El Universal that he was set to be extubated in the coming days, after his lung health had improved, but he then died by cardiac arrest.

Maluma took to social media to share his sadness over the immense loss.

Losing a man who is considered a symbol of Latin American music has left many artists shocked and in mourning. Reactions and memories from around the world quickly poured in to remember the man who helped put his country and culture on the global map.

Maluma shared to Instagram an emotional post, where he expressed his sadness for the departure of maestro Manzanero, “💔😭 RIP MASTER,” the post reads.

In the description, Maluma said “one of my greatest inspirations” had died but that he’d forever treasure the memory of having met Manzanero. The video shows when Maluma, visibly moved, meets Armando Manzanero for the first time. “A pleasure to meet you,” says the reggaetonero; Immediately afterwards, the Mexican singer hugs him while patting him on the back.

J Balvin also shared his condolences while also condemning COVID-19.

Another of the many celebs who showed their sadness over the death of the star was J Balvin. In his Instagram stories, Balvin posted a photo of Manzanero and wrote “Rest in peace, Armando Manzanero.” In addition, he wrote what so many of us are feeling after such a devastating year: “FUCK COVID.”

And Mexico’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, addressed Manzanero’s death during a press conference, per CNN. “Armando Manzanero was a sensitive man, a man of the people. That’s why I lament his death,” he said. “He was also a great composer.”

Manzanero was a famed Mexican-Mayan artist who helped bring visibility to his culture and community.

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Manzanero was a romantic crooner who was often covered by artists from around the world. In fact, many of his tracks were translated into English and performed byartists including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Perry Como, and he was awarded a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2014.

He has since written more than 400 songs and released more than 30 albums, including nine since 2001, as Manzanero collaborated with a younger generation of Spanish-language romantic pop singers such as Alejandro Sanz, Luis Miguel and Lucero.

Manzanero’s impact on Latin music, especially romantic “bolero” songs, was widely recognized during his lifetime. He received Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the Latin Grammys in 2010 and the Grammys in 2014. Earlier this year, the Billboard Latin Music Awards recognized him with a Lifetime Achievement Award, with musicians including Luis Fonsi and Pablo Alborán performing a medley of hits as Manzanero accompanied on piano.

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