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El Callejón de Los Milagros

13 Sep

“Chava se fue. Se largo a los Estados Unidos Rutilio!”

Chava’s gone. He ran away to the United States!

El Callejon de los Milagros

Things don’t always turn out the way they are supposed to. I was supposed to major in international relations and work for the U.N. After the bailout, the economy was supposed to recover. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were supposed to live happily ever after.  In El Callejón de los Milagros (Midaq Alley), Alma and Abel were supposed to get rich, get married, and get out of the slum. Continue reading

La Ley de Herodes (Herod’s Law)

22 Aug

“¡El Que No Tranza, No Avanza!”

“He Who Doesn’t Scheme, Doesn’t Get Ahead!”

As a former political science major, I expected this movie to be right up my alley. A political satire of the infamous Mexican PRI party? Count me in. I’m fascinated already. But, very unexpectedly, I found myself yawning a little- was I bored? I guess that’s why I’m a former political science major. Continue reading

Sexo, Pudor, y Lágrimas (Sex, Shame, and Tears)

18 Jul

Maria: La mujer perfecta debe ser un dama en la mesa y una puta en la cama.
Ana: Pues, yo siempre he sido una dama en la cama y una puta en la mesa. 

Maria: Men look for a woman that is a lady at the table and a slut in bed. 
Ana: Well, I’ve always been a lady in bed and a slut at the table.

I’m not sure whether to think that Sexo, Pudor, Y Lágrimas was a triumphant representation of the battle of the sexes or just an overly exaggerated Mexican telenovela brought to the big screen. But, I don’t really care, because I was hooked from start to finish. Continue reading

Cooking with Roses and Tears

2 Jul

“Lo malo de llorar cuando uno pica la cebolla no es el simple hecho de llorar, sino que a veces uno empieza y ya no puede parar”

“The trouble with crying over an onion is that once the chopping gets you started and the tears begin to well up, the next thing you know you just can’t stop” 

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