“Me gusta mucho to cuerpo, ¿sabes? ¿Cuanto cuesta?”
Anne, a jet-setting French woman, meets Noeli, a young Dominicana who wanders around her town finding ways to make money from tourists. Anne falls deeply in love with Noeli and the feeling may be mutual.
But love is not easy. Not only is there an age gap, there’s a wealth gap that puts a strain on Noeli’s relationships at home.
Written and directed by husband-and-wife team Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán, “Dólares de Arena” was the Dominican Republic’s official entry at this year’s Academy Awards. Even though it didn’t get the Academy’s nod, it’s a must-see.
Quick disclaimer: These are not holiday movies but they will take you back as we all make it through the rest of the holiday season.
These are different holidays than we’ve ever seen. It is a good thing not to see your family and stay where you are as we brace for the rest of Covid’s second wave. To get through it, we collected some ’90s movies to help you make the best of your holidays.
1. “To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar”
“To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar” is truly a classic. Three New York City drag queens set off for a national drag competition in Los Angeles. Along the way there are lessons in being the best drag queen you can be. Of course the lesson translate into real life experiences when the queens face a homophobic sheriff in a tiny town in Nebraska. John Leguizamo is Chi Chi Rodriguez, the youngest and newest drag queen of the bunch. You have to watch Leguizamo’s incredible glow up from beginning to end.
“Jawbreaker” is a classic teen murder film. What starts as a birthday prank takes a horrible and fatal turn for one high school student on her 17th birthday. The worst part is it happened because of her best friends. To hide their crime, three girls give a less fortunate classmate a makeover and make her one of the popular ones. However, not everything goes to plan. Tatyana Ali is part of the cast of high school students as Brenda living in a movie as the mystery of Elizabeth Purr’s death unfolds.
We all know “Clueless.” The wildly successful movie gives people a peek into the lives of the rich and spoiled teenagers of Beverly Hills. Stacey Dash plays Dionne, Cher’s best friend, and is there for her bestie through it all. There are makeovers, complicated love stories, one terrifying freeway drive, and a mugging deep in The Valley. Combined, they make one of the greatest movies created in the ’90s and you’re better for watching it.
4. “The Sandlot”
Boys everywhere know “The Sandlot” like it was their own childhood. A group of neighborhood boys spend the coming-of-age summer living the All American boy dream. There is baseball, fake drowning in a public swimming pool, and a legendary junk yard monster play out before our eyes. If you haven’t seen this, or just want a walk down memory lane, give this a watch. Mike Vitar plays Benjamin Franklin “Benny the Jet” Rodriguez and his friends have the most epic summer and grow significantly by the end.
5. “10 Things I Hate About You”
Andrew Keegan plays a less than desirable man in “10 Things I Hate About You.” Desperate to be the coolest, Keegan’s character Joey offers someone money to date his crush’s sister in a bid to date his crush. The plan quickly unravels, as one would expect, and Joey gets his comeuppance.
6. “Romy And Michele’s High School Reunion”
Jacob Vargas plays Ramon in “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.” If it wasn’t for Ramon, Romy and Michele would have never made it to Tucson for their 10-year high school reunion. The two women are not successful in making up their lies to impress people but the adventure is incredible to watch unfold.
7. “The Blair Witch Project”
“The Blair Witch Project” terrified little millennials everywhere. The movie shot as if it is found footage of a horrific event struck fear into the hearts of all of us. We can thank Cuban director Eduardo Sánchez for making this a crucial point in our fear development. The director created this gem in 1999 and he went on to work on other horror films, including multiple sequels of “The Blair Witch Project.”
Whether it feels like the release of Disney’s Lilo & Stitch happened just years ago, or was a lifetime away, you’re in for a real treat! The 2002 American animated science fiction comedy-drama movie which was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards is getting the remake treatment. This time, with a pretty human, pretty live-action ohana.
Including perhaps, the Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu.
The new film is being produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback. Both producers worked on the live-action version of Aladdin which starred Will Smith. Currently, Disney has a draft of the film which was written by Mike Van Waes. However, the entertainment company is looking for another writer to help Chu to develop the draft further.
It is unknown whether the new film will be released in theaters or on Disney +.
The original animated film was written and directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois and narrates the story of a lonely Hawaiian girl named Lilo. After mistaking an alien who actually is a genetic experiment for a dog, Lilo adopts him as her new friend and member of her “ohana” which only includes Lilo and her older sister Nani.
Chu might just be the perfect pick for Disney’s latest live-action remake.
Earlier this year, Chu was tapped to direct and executive produce the Willow series. This past year, he directed In The Heights, the movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical, which will see its debut in 2021.
Of course, the new remake is hardly anything new for Disney. The studio is going full-steam ahead when it comes to remaking its classic animated films in live-action. Earlier this year, fans saw the release of Mulan. This summer, scheduled to be released May 28, 2021, the studio will debut the film Cruela, a remake of the 101 Dalmatians classic. The film will focus on the early years of the dalmatian-wearing villain Cruella de Vil. Emma Stone will star as the title character and the film is set in the punk rock era of 1970s London.
Earlier this year, Disney announced that it would remake The Little Mermaid, which was originally based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale. The announcement stirred up quite a bit of excitement when it was revealed that she would star Halle Bailey as Ariel, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, and Awkwafina as Scuttle.