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R&B singer Miguel and beloved Mexican icon Natalia Lafourcade join forces on Coco’s signature song Remember Me.

casablancaThe Nazis are all, “Hey let’s sing our Nazi song!” but the freedom-loving Frenchies hanging out at Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca are all, like, “Non. Non! NON!”
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“Industry boom in America. Twelve in a room in America. Lots of new housing with more space. Lots of doors slamming in our face,” they sing in West Side Story (1961.) Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose?

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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…]

janeinthemoviesrossputmanFilm producer Ross Putman’s new Twitter feed @FemScriptIntros shares the lines from film scripts where female characters are introduced. To protect the innocent(?), Putman has changed all their names to JANE. The excerpts speak volumes about how “The Industry” thinks about women. Unlike all the women, it’s not a pretty picture.

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2 Videos: ‘Santa Claus vs Satan,’ Devil’s Dream Scene version

by CISCO YBERRA December 24, 2015 Cultura
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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 […]

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The horror! Movie mashup remixes ‘Mexican Kitsch’ (NSFW video)

by CALLE D. CINEMA November 3, 2015 Cultura
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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.]

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Out of the night, when the full moon is bright! America’s first superhero

by Barney Asada May 26, 2015 Audio
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“The Zorro story, invented in 1919 by pulp fiction author Johnston McCulley, tells the tale of an aristocrat in Spanish California who dons a mask to fight against corrupt colonial officials on behalf of the oppressed,” writes Marlon Bishop of Latino USA.

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My report and photos from the set of Adam Sandler’s ‘Ridiculous Six’

by RICARDO CATÉ April 29, 2015 Cultura

I had to post this after reading that the actors who walked off Adam Sandler’s Ridiculous Six set get tagged as heroes and those who stayed, like me, get belittled. My photograph (above) shows two of the men who walked off and the lady who stayed. They’re discussing the film’s infamous script, just after they […]

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Latinos, at least according to the mainstream media (video)

by Lucida Grandé April 14, 2015 Cultura
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Mainstream media is full of Latinos — Latino criminals, Latina maids and exotic Latino sex machines. Ordinary people just like you? Not so much. [Video by David Viramontes.]

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Watch: Rita Hayworth, JLo dance in ‘They’re Bringing Sexy Back?’

by Verdana Bold March 13, 2015 Cultura
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They’re bringing sexy back?? Director Liz Bar does not like the way these damn kids today dance. It’s not like the old days, she writes:

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‘Santa Claus vs Satan,’ devil dream scene, MST3K version (videos)

by CISCO YBERRA December 25, 2014 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 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 […]

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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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Opening Friday: The Latino superhero film you asked for! (toon)

by ALEX GARCIA DE AZTLAN April 10, 2014 Cartoons
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Stephen Colbert, John Malkovich: ‘Cesar Chavez’ hates America (video)

by Lucida Grandé April 3, 2014 Cultura
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Stephen Colbert praises Cesar Chavez’s villainous co-star, John Malkovich, for his work in trying to stop greedy farmworkers from stealing our lettuce and letting our table grapes rot on the vine. PREVIOUSLY ON STEPHEN COLBERT:

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Everyone’s a critic (toon)

by Santino J. Rivera April 2, 2014 Cartoons
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Know your cultural history? What’s wrong with these pictures?

by THE MYSTERY DETECTIVE January 13, 2014 Cartoons
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Ladies and gentlemen, give it up! On vocals, Mountain Chief of the Blackfoot.

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Latino filmmaker claims Zach Braff stole his Kickstarter funding

by Lalo Alcaraz April 29, 2013 El Now
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(PNS reporting from HOLLYWOOD) Actor and film director Zach Braff has raised $2 million in three days to fund a follow-up to his 2004 film, Garden State. Over 30,000 Kickstarter backers pledged $2.1-plus million to Braff’s Wish I Was Here, with 25 days left in the campaign. Not everyone is pleased with the results of […]

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RIP: POCHO remembers our film critic, Cisco Yberra

by CALLE DU CINEMA April 8, 2013 Cultura
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As many of you may have read, POCHO’s beloved film critic, Cisco Yberra, passed away last week.  We’ll miss him so much, and so will you when you check out some of the cinematic gems he brought to our attention when he was not dead: Michael J. Fox is Martinez McFly in ‘Back to the […]

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When ‘The Hobbit’ took back Aztlán: A Latino nerd reads Tolkien

by EresNerd December 14, 2012 Cultura
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Today the names Smaug and Thorin Oakenshield will enter American pop culture. Dwarves rambling on a reconquista while Gollum plays riddles will reach a new audience because Peter Jackson filmed the nerd classic, The Hobbit — prequel to Lord of the Rings. Film has more impact than the written word in today’s society and this […]

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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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Pocho Rico shout out: I Like To Be in America! (West Side Story)

by Officer Krupke November 9, 2012 Cultura
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“Industry boom in America. Twelve in a room in America. Lots of new housing with more space. Lots of doors slamming in our face,” they sing in West Side Story (1961.) Pocho Rico referendum shout out! We’ve got all the lyrics, too:

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Happy July 4? ‘I Like To Be in America!’ (‘West Side Story’ 1961)

by Officer Krupke July 3, 2012 Cultura
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“Industry boom in America. Twelve in a room in America. Lots of new housing with more space. Lots of doors slamming in our face,” they sing in West Side Story (1961.) Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose? We’ve got all the lyrics, too:

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