cinema

Antioch College student Cristian Perez-Lopez put together this cool short video for a history of film class. How many of these films have you seen? [Mas…]


“A Mexican standoff,” according to Wikipedia, “is a confrontation among two or more parties in which no participant can proceed or retreat without being exposed to danger.” ¡Orale! Let’s get some of those cinema standoff scenes and mash them up! [POCHO only presents this video after receiving assurances from responsible parties that “no actual Mexicans were harmed in the making of this mashup.” Your mileage may vary.]

The mashup highlights the “trio scene” from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, a classic example of film editing. The 1966 Western was directed by Sergio Leone, and starred Clint Eastwood before he lost his mind, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach. Check the scene out here: [Mas…]


Here’s the most famous (infamous?) scene from K. Gordon Murray’s English dub of the low-budget live-action Mexican classic Santa Claus vs Satan.

In this scene (4:24), which has been giving kids nightmares for years, Lupita’s dreams are interrupted by the Devil. Santa is able to peep the action from his cloud in outer space thanks to the dream-scope, created by Merlin the Magician.

Here’s the full movie: [Mas…]


Thrills, chills, tetas, monsters, suspense, and more tetas are back from the dead and live on screen in Mexican Kitsch, a mashup by 3 centavos & 2 botones. How many of these cinematic classics do you recognize? [NSFW brief nip slips.]

karategirlNow that poor Turkey, the sick man of Europe, is under the control of an egomaniacal historically ignorant Ottoman wannabe, it’s comforting to look back on the glory days of Turkish cinema with 1974’s Karate Girl.

We love Karate Girl’s film making genius since we discovered this excerpt — the “best death scene ever”: [Mas…]


Here’s maybe the most famous scene from K. Gordon Murray’s English dub of the low-budget live-action Mexican classic Santa Claus vs Satan. In this scene, which has given kids nightmares for years, Lupita’s dreams are interrupted by the Devil. Santa is able to peep the action from his cloud in outer space thanks to the dream-scope, created by Merlin the Magician.

Here’s the full movie AND the MST3K TV version: [Mas…]

Just 8% of SF/fantasy stars are pochos but Zoe Saldaña will save us

by María Purísima August 4, 2014 Cultura
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Almost no science fiction and fantasy movies feature protagonists of color — not to mention women of color — but thankfully we have Zoe Saldaña! Check out this study and awful infographic from Lee & Low Books:

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From Mexican ‘Santa Claus’ (1959): Lupita’s Devil Dream (video)

by CISCO YBERRA December 14, 2012 Cultura
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Here’s maybe the most famous scene from K. Gordon Murray’s English dub of the low-budget live-action Mexican classic Santa Claus. In this scene, which has given kids nightmares for years, Lupita’s dreams are interrupted by the Devil. Santa is able to see it (from his cloud in outer space) thanks to the dream-scope, created by […]

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Hollywood Spaniards, Puerto Ricans plan ‘ultimate’ Chicano film

by CISCO YBERRA May 15, 2012 Cultura
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  (PNS reporting from HOLLYWOOD) Following the warm reception to the upcoming César Chávez biopic, producers in Hollywood have mounted an international effort to produce the “most extensive Chicano film in history.” The production not only features an all-star cast from the United States and Latin America but also includes both factual and fictitious events in […]

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Laurel and Hardy are El Gordo y El Flaco in ‘El Flaco Va Al Dentista’

by CISCO N. IBER March 30, 2012 Cultura
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Is Will Ferrell — currently starring in Casa de Mi Padre — the first Anglo comic actor to make a Spanish-language comedy without knowing a word of Spanish? No guey! As you can see in this old movie clip, black and white jailbirds Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel AKA El Gordo y El Flaco visited […]

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My Bottom Line: ‘Casa De Mi Padre’ is (1) Funny and (2) Not racist

by Sara Inés Calderón March 29, 2012 Cultura
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Over the weekend I went with two guys to see Will Ferrell’s latest film, Casa De Mi Padre. The film stars several Mexican actors and was produced by a Latino production house. If you want the bottom line, here it is: I went into the movie with low expectations, but was surprised that it was funny, not […]

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Will Ferrell sings? In Spanish? ‘Yo no se’ from ‘Casa de Mi Padre’

by Manila Envelopé March 9, 2012 Cultura
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Of course he sings in Spanish! The movie is IN Spanish! Wikipedia: Casa de Mi Padre (English: My Father’s House) is an upcoming Spanish-language American comedy film. The film stars Will Ferrell, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna and Génesis Rodríguez with Matt Piedmont directing a screenplay written by Andrew Steele. The film has been described […]

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The Adventures of MR. POCHO: A movie for my people

by Lalo Alcaraz February 26, 2012 Cartoons
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MR. POCHO has a dream: One day Hollywood will make a movie that reflects the struggle of my people, and it goes something like this… Here’s a close up of his dream:

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Badges? Badges? Steenkin’ badges you don’t need IRL!

by Comic Saenz January 23, 2012 Cultura
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“We don’t need no steenkin’ badges,” actor Alfonso Bedoya told Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Well, sorta. Although his line is one of the most-often quoted and parodied lines of cinema dialog, almost everyone has it wrong. Click to peep some badges you definitely don’t need to see In Real Life.

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