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Movie Night: Celebrating Mexico

As Cinco de Mayo approaches, I figured now would be a good opportunity to plan a movie night with some of my favorite movies having to do with Mexico. I left off Quinceanera because I've already recommended it, but that is one of my favorite films in this genre. Rent it!

Salma Hayek's performance as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo is astounding. The film follows Kahlo's very turbulent life: from a debilitating accident, to her troubled relationship with Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), to her reputation as a communist and lesbian, to her untimely death. The film beautifully captures the great passions and terrible pains that influenced Kahlo's artwork.

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My Family
Admittedly I didn't take into account Jennifer Lopez's performance in My Family when I recently questioned her acting talent. The film is a heartwarming portrayal of Jose and Maria (Lopez plays a young Maria), first-generation Mexican-Americans who build a life together in California in the 1930s. As time moves steadily onward, they face discrimination, police corruption and deportation, yet they also watch as their family expands and they raise six children. The focus shifts to their son Jimmy (Jimmy Smits) who marries a Salvadoran woman to help her stay in the country. By the 1980s, the third generation in the family is struggling to assimilate to modern American youth culture. There is rarely a dull or empty moment in this film about a family's unconditional love for one another.

Y Tu Mama Tambien
This film is in Spanish with English subtitles, and it is well worth the "read." Children of Men director Alfonso Cuaron wrote and directed the riveting, sensual tale about what happens when you take two strapping young men and an older woman on a road trip near Mexico City. Let me give you a hint at the answer: some sex, jealousy, fighting — all the good stuff. Gael Garcia Bernal plays one of the young men and he is unbelievably good-looking. The film provides an excellent — if often difficult — look at Mexico in all its beauty and heartache.

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thehabra thehabra 9 years
I never saw Frida, I wish I had though.I might rent it this weekend.Didn't salma recieve an oscar nomination for Frida?
rani85 rani85 9 years
I don't like Frida, me being a mexican I think the way the story is telled it's not even close to the reality. It's a lghter version of the real story of Frida Kahlo. There's a movie called Frida, a mexican actress Ofeli Medina is in the role, this point of view of the life of Frida Kahlo is nearest to the true story. The other movie I don't know anything about it. And y tu mama tambien i think is a realistic portrait of the way of being of the youth in Mexico, the way we talk, how we think, maybe the story is not so common but sure it's fun. I recomend como agua para chocolate, amores perros, maybe if you want something funny por la libre or el segundo aire.
caitlinp86 caitlinp86 9 years
Frida was fabulous. You can't help but just root for her. She wins you over pretty quickly, and I felt so inspired watching her fight the way she did.
chancleta chancleta 9 years
I love My Family/Mi Familia.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 9 years
Frida is a fantastic movie! She has so much passion inside and stands up for what she wants and when she wants it - you end up falling in love with her. does make you want to go out and paint everywhere! :)
andaman andaman 9 years
Man I love Frida. Cool choices here buzz!
calibabi calibabi 9 years
another fantastic movie is tortilla good!! everyone should see it!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
Oops, I went italic crazy. :oops:
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I LOVE Y Tu Mama Tambien, it's one of my favorites.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Great recommendations. Thanks, Buzz.
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