POCHO OVAL OFFICE THEATER TRIPLE FEATURE: Blood In, Blood Out; El Norte; y Mi Vida Loca; PLUS Our Hero, Speedy Gonzales, in Mexicali Shmoes

by Comic Saenz on January 8, 2019 in Cultura, El Now, Video

Anything good on tonight? Why yes there is, and thank you for asking:


Campesinos escaping mindless labor and a murderous Guatemalan government head to America in hopes for a better life.


Mousie and Sad Girl are childhood best friends in a contemporary Los Angeles poor Hispanic neighborhood. But when Sad Girl becomes pregnant by Mousie’s boyfriend, a drug dealer named Ernesto, the two become bitter enemies. While their dispute escalates towards violence, the violence of the world around them soon also impacts their lives.


Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on step-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members of an East L.A. gang known as the “Vatos Locos”, and the story focuses on how a violent crime and the influence of narcotics alter their lives. Miklo is incarcerated and sent to San Quentin, where he makes a “home” for himself. Cruz becomes an exceptional artist, but a heroin addiction overcomes him with tragic results. Paco becomes a cop and an enemy to his “carnal”, Miklo.


In Mexicali Shmoes, a 1959 Looney Tunes cartoon, our hero Speedy Gonzales must outrun singing gatos Jose and Manuel. Speedy’s primo, Slowpoke Gonzales, has a cameo.

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