“I Carry You With Me” Movie Review

I never took the time to consider my mother’s enormous sacrifice leaving her country, her family, and her life until I saw “I Carry You With Me,” a film that gave me an additional layer of perception.  “I Carry You With Me” (2020), follows Ivan’s (Armando Espitia) journey from growing up in Mexico to immigrating…

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Episode 34: “Gunpowder Milkshake,” “Summertime,” “Fear Street Trilogy” and “The Forever Purge”

In this episode, Rosa and Cat review these films and series: GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE (2021) streaming on Netflix To protect an 8-year-old girl, a dangerous assassin reunites with her mother and her lethal associates, The Librarians, to take down The Firm, the ruthless crime syndicate that her mother worked for. These three generations of women must…

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Episode 33: Anthony Quinn

In this episode, Rosa and Cat discuss three films featuring Mexican-American actor and two-time Academy Award winner, Anthony Quinn: LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962) Lawrence, a lieutenant in the British Army, is asked by Colonel Brighton to moderately assess Faisal, their ally. Lawrence is impressed with Faisal and seeks his help to plan an attack on…

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Episode 32: “Zola,” “The Tomorrow War,” “No Sudden Move” and “Black Widow”

We’re back! Did you miss us? 🙂 In this episode, Rosa and Cat review these films: ZOLA (2021) in theatersBased on the viral Twitter thread, Zola, a Detroit waitress, strikes up a new friendship with a customer, Stefani, who seduces her to join a weekend of dancing and partying in Florida. What at first seems…

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Episode 31: “Luca,” “Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” and “Rita Moreno: A Girl Who Just Decided to Go For It”

In this episode, Rosa and Cat review three films:  LUCA (2021) now streaming on Disney+ Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, the original animated feature is a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD (2021) now in…

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Episode 30: LALIFF 2021 Recap, “The Conjuring 3,” “Blue Miracle,” and “Plan B”

In this episode, Rosa and Cat review three films: THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT (2021) streaming on HBO Max and in theaters BLUE MIRACLE (2021) streaming on Netflix PLAN B (2021) streaming on Hulu Before they dive into the reviews, Rosa talks about her experience attending the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival…

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Episode 29: Patricia Cardoso

In this episode of Latinx Lens, Rosa and Cat discuss three films from Colombian writer/director/producer Patricia Cardoso: Real Women Have Curves (2002), Meddling Mom (2013) and Lies in Plain Sight (2010). Latinx Lens Recommend film is Güeros (2014) by Mexican director Alonso Ruizpalacios.

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Episode 28: “Blast Beat,” “Cruella,” “Army of the Dead” and “A Quiet Place Part II”

In this episode of Latinx Lens, Rosa and Cat reviews the latest films: Blast Beat (on VOD), Cruella (in theaters & Disney+), Army of the Dead (on Netflix) and A Quiet Place Part II (in theaters now and Paramount+ on July 12) WARNING: There are spoilers!

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Episode 27: “In the Heights”

In this special episode of Latinx Lens, Rosa and Cat are joined by social media manager Sarah to discuss the upcoming film, In The Heights. The team brings their unique perspectives to share what they loved (and didn’t love) about the musical. WARNING: There are spoilers!

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Episode 26: Rosie Perez

In this episode, Rosa and Cat dive into three films from Oscar nominee and actress Rosie Perez: Fearless (1993), The 24 Hour Woman (1999) and Birds Of Prey (2020). Latinx Lens Recommend film is Retablo (2017), a Peruvian drama.

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“Selena the Series” TV Review Coverage

While we haven’t recorded dedicated episodes about the show, hosts Catherine and Rosa have both share their thoughts on Selena the Series for other publications. Luz Collective: Click on the image to read the review. Pod Clubhouse Love It or Leave It?: Click here to listen to Part 1. Click here to listen to Part…

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Episode 25: “For Rosa,” “Mortal Kombat,” “Without Remorse,” and “The Mitchells vs. the machines”

In this episode, Rosa and Cat review some new releases from HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.  They dive into HBO Max’s short film, “For Rosa” and the “Mortal Kombat” reboot. They chat about the newest Tom Clancy film “Without Remorse” featuring Michael B. Jordan and get emotional with Netflix’s animated family film, “The…

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Episode 24: Alejandro González Iñárritu

In this episode, Rosa and Cat dive three films from Academy Award-winning director, writer and producer Alejandro González Iñárritu. “Amores Perros” (2000), “Babel” (2006) and “The Revenant” (2015) and Latinx Lens Recommend film, “Mosquita y Mari” (2012) form director/writer, Aurora Guerrero. 

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Episode 22: “Yes Day,” “Raya and the Last Dragon,” “Godzilla vs. Kong,” and “Howard Original”

In this episode, Cat and Rosa review Yes Day, Raya and the Last Dragon, Godzilla vs. Kong and Howard Original from Natalie Rodriguez. 

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“Godzilla vs. Kong” Movie Review

Originally set to release last year, Godzilla vs. Kong became one of the most anticipated releases of 2021. This film was made for the big screen. Like all blockbusters, it has epic fights, extraordinary visuals, and incredible sound.  I was lucky to have seen it in theaters, which is the preferred way to watch it.…

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Episode 21: Gael García Bernal

In this episode, Rosa and Cat dive into Gael García Bernal’s select filmography. Gael is a Mexican actor and producer. We discuss three of his films including:  THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES (2004) THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP (2006) EVEN THE RAIN (2010) And this week’s Latinx Lens Recommends film is TORTILLA SOUP (2001). 

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Episode 20: Oscar Noms, SXSW 2021 and Zack Snyder’s “Justice League”

In this Latinx Lens review episode, Rosa and Cat share their thoughts on the 2021 Oscar nominations, Cat discusses her 2021 SXSW Virtual Film experience and both dive into Zack Snyder’s “Justice League.”

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Episode 19: Alfonso Cuarón

In this episode of Latinx Lens Catherine and Rosa look at three films directed by Alfonso Cuarón. “Great Expectations” (1998) This second Hollywood directed film is an adaptation of Charles Dicken’s classic story. Although it’s his least critically acclaimed film, there seems to be some early signs of his unique filmmaking style.  “Y Tu Mamá…

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Episode 18: Latinx representation in TV

In this episode, Rosa and Cat discuss three Netflix television shows that represent a variety of Latinx representation that is not only universal, but also hits  close to home.  “Rompan todo: La historia del rock en América Latina” (2020) Soda Stereo, Café Tacvba, Aterciopelados and other rock bands are featured in this chronicle of 50…

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Episode 17: Tessa Thompson

In this episode Cat and Rosa highlight the one and only Tessa Thompson. They discuss her work on three films and ending with our newly revamped Latinx Lens Recommends. Sorry to Bother You (2018) Set in an alternate present day version of Oakland, where telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him…

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“Wolfwalkers” Movie Review

“Wolfwalkers” has been accumulating momentum since screening in some festivals, many labeling it the best animated movie of 2020 while others claim it’s one of the best movies of the year.  In Ireland, an English hunter, Bill (Sean Bean), is ordered to get rid of the last group of wolves. His daughter, Robyn (Honor Kneafsey),…

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“Promising Young Woman” Movie Review

“Promising Young Woman” openly challenges society’s misogynistic and patriarchal mindset as it follows Cassandra (Carey Mulligan), a woman seeking revenge against those involved in her friend’s sexual assault. I’ve been reading and hearing an overwhelmingly positive reception about this film since its premiere at Sundance earlier this year. Does it live up to the hype?…

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“Hillbilly Elegy” Movie Review

Directed by Ron Howard, “Hillbilly Elegy” stars Amy Adams and Glenn Close as the mother and grandmother of a Yale law student who returns to his rural hometown to attend to a family crisis. Adapted from the book of the same name by J.D. Vance, the film begins with a teenage J.D., played as an…

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“Ammonite” Movie Review

As early as its trailer, “Ammonite” unavoidably gave off vibes similar to 2019’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire.” Both are period dramas with intense, secretive romances between women. Common threads in their stories, locations and time periods make it difficult for a viewer familiar with “Portrait” not to compare the two. In fact, there…

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Episode 6: Robert Rodriguez

Rosa and Cat talk about the trailblazing U.S. Latinx director Robert Rodriguez. He’s sought to make films his way, from his lens, that have been both universal and groundbreaking for Latinx representation on-screen and behind-the-scenes. Films discussed in the podcast: “Desperado” (1995) “The Faculty” (1998) “Spy Kids” (2001) Latinx Recommends: “The Ring” (1952) 

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