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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.

People Lost It When They Saw Michael B. Jordan Eating Tacos At A Truck In Miami

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People Lost It When They Saw Michael B. Jordan Eating Tacos At A Truck In Miami

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Here at mitú, we love our tacos. They’re pretty much the perfect food. A soft corn or flour tortilla filled with your choice of chicken, carnitas, beef, veggies and pretty much anything else you can imagine topped with pico de gallo, salsa, cilantro, and avocado? Um, excuse us while we drool. We aren’t the only ones who crave a good taco though.

Celebrities aren’t immune to their siren’s call. The only difference is, they usually look a lot hotter while eating them than we do. 

Take, for example, Michael B Jordan. The “Black Panther” star was spotted getting some late-night tacos over the weekend and we can totally relate to his need for a midnight snack. 

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According to PAGE SIX, Jordan rolled up on Saturday night at Keith Menin’s Bodega Taqueria y Tequila in Miami, Florida. Dressed casually in shorts and a T-shirt, the actor arrived at the taqueria around 1 am in a black SUV with his bodyguard and four friends. Jordan enjoyed tacos, burritos, guacamole, and frozen margaritas as he chilled out with his friend group. TBH, It sounds like a pretty great Saturday night to us. 

Sources say that Jordan was friendly with other restaurant-goers, flashing his signature smile at the many girls who walked by his table to get a sneak peek of the star. 

“He was being friendly, smiling back saying hi,” said the PAGE SIX informant. “Very low key. Very nice all around.” 

This Jordan taco sighting got us thinking about other celebrities out there, chowing down on tacos while looking amazing. 

So, we decided to compile a list of some of our favorite photos of celebrities taking down one of our most beloved foods. Be warned: this list is sure to make you hungry in more ways than one. 

1. Kylie Jenner

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We don’t usually require a cowgirl hat when enjoying some Tex-Mex food, but it does make for a nice photo op. In this pic, Kylie Jenner wears a sparkly, silver cowgirl costume as she takes down a four-count of tacos. Get your grub on, girl. 

2. Karlie Kloss

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Some people don’t worry about getting messy when eating while others take a more dainty approach. Model Karlie Kloss seems to be one of those delicate types. Still, we have to admit it’s a cuter look than being covered in guacamole. 

3. Chrissy Teigen

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On the contrary, there’s something really attractive about someone who isn’t afraid to go for it. That’s Chrissy Tiegen all the way. We aren’t even going to touch on how suggestive that taco’s filling looks but we’re all thinking the same thing. 

4. Justin Timberlake

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What did Justin Timberlake do when he won a 2014 People’s Choice Award? He went to Taco Bell to celebrate. While we wouldn’t call the fast-food chain our favorite place to grab a taco, we do have to appreciate JT for keeping it real. There’s definitely something sexy about that. 

5. Michelle Obama

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We didn’t realize it was possible to be elegant while stuffing one’s face with tacos, but former First Lady Michelle Obama has proved us wrong. We have to acknowledge the beauty and grace she has while tasting this treat. We could never be this composed mid-munch so we’ve got to give her props. 

6. Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez isn’t afraid to eat and there’s something appealing about that. For a past birthday, the singer and actress opted for a non-traditional cake to show off her taco appreciation. Instead of icing, she went in on a taco cake made up of Jake In The Box’s vegan tacos. 

7. Jared Leto

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Next time Jared Leto digs into some scrumptious tacos, we’re going to need him to pull his luxurious locks back into a bun. Still, we appreciate the gusto he’s snacking with. 

We may be divided by differences in customs, beliefs and social standing, but one thing in universal: tacos are delicious. 

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An Instagram User Tried To Shame Adrienne Houghton For Not Having Children And Latinas (And Her Husband) Rose To The Occasion

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An Instagram User Tried To Shame Adrienne Houghton For Not Having Children And Latinas (And Her Husband) Rose To The Occasion

Adrienne Houghton is being shamed for not having children, and her husband is not having it. On Sunday, The Real co-host posted a boomerang on Instagram of her and partner Israel Houghton sharing a sweet kiss on their wedding day three years ago during a Seine River boat ride in Paris. 

Houghton’s post quickly generated a discussion about mom-shaming after one user made a comment.

“The best yes. 11:11. I love you more than ever,” the 35-year-old actress captioned the post. “Best decision I’ve ever made. There will never be another. You and me. Eternally,” Houghton, 48, responded in a comment.

The charming visual, which showed the Eiffel Tower in the background, mostly received kind, congratulatory remarks. However, because someone always has to rain on happy people’s parade, there was one troll who questioned why after three years of marriage Houghton hasn’t yet had a baby.

“3 years and no kids,” commenter @tysonleelee wrote, adding a few sad emojis.

There’s so much wrong with the unsolicited statement. To start, it’s intrusive. Just because the Puerto Rican-Ecuadorian celebrity is in the public eye doesn’t mean her private life is open for comment or questions. Even more, it’s insensitive. The commenter has no idea if Houghton and Houghton have been trying to have children, and remarks like such could feel like jabs during their struggle to reproduce. Finally, it’s sexist. Womanhood isn’t tied to motherhood. Houghton, who is a stepmother to Houghton’s four kids from a previous marriage, doesn’t need to bear children simply because she is in a relationship. Women’s autonomy means making our own reproductive choices, which includes deciding whether we, not observers, want to get pregnant or carry pregnancies to term. 

As can be imagined, most people came to Houghton’s defense.

“Can you believe it? People actually get married bc they want to be together and spend as much time enjoying each other’s company,” one commenter responded, suggesting that not all couples get together to form larger families. “There is no time limit on kids and marriage. They are happy and in love. That’s all that matters,” another replied.

Still, no answer was as comprehensive or potent as hubby Houghton’s clap back.

“Tyson, my brother. Do you really want this smoke right now,” the Christian musician started his rant. “I’m gonna let you go and find something worth worrying about. In the meantime, and in-between time: May I suggest perhaps an online etiquette class? Couple things you don’t inquire about — women’s age, women’s weight and as someone eloquently put it in these comments — unless invited STAY OUT of a women’s uterus.”

Houghton, who also noted that people never know a couple’s private struggles with starting or expanding families, politely told the commenter to worry about his own life and be kinder and gentler to people.

“Maybe find a girlfriend or a wife and worry yourself to your heart’s content about her pregnancy journey and plans,” he said. “By the way, when we do announce a pregnancy, I expect nothing but polite well wishes from you. If you’re planning anything other than that, thou shalt be blocked life. May the Lord God bless you real good as you go find a good thing/wife. Thanks.”

Houghton, who also compassionately responded saying she and her man are madly in love and are in no rush to have children together, has in the past spoken out about her troubles conceiving. In a September 2018 segment of her talk show, the “Cheetah Girls” star discussed how difficult it has been for her to get pregnant, how insensitive people could be about it and why she remains faithfully trusting in her God.

“I think as an audience, we should be sensitive to the fact that everybody doesn’t get pregnant right away,” she told co-host Loni Love. “I think, for myself, I thought it would happen so easily for me, and it just hasn’t happened that way.”

Despite the difficulty and haters, though, the Latina said she is hopeful that she will birth a child of her own one day.

“I’ve had to come to peace that it will happen when it’s God’s timing,” she said. “I believe in that and I have faith in all of that, but it can be really discouraging and it can be really frustrating. I would love nothing more than to be a mom, but I want it when God wants it for me.”

Houghton and her husband aren’t new to fans dissecting and criticizing their relationship. The pair started dating soon after the singer-songwriter divorced his ex-wife of 21 years. Together for just under a year, the two wed in a small and charming ceremony in Paris in November 2016.

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