Film Friday: A Place Beyond the Pines, Starring Actress Eva Mendes

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At a time when we are still asking ourselves, if and when Latinas will ever be offered better acting roles, Eva Mendes has us believing Sí, Se Puede! in the film A Place Beyond the Pines (rated R). Mendes captivates as a woman conflicted by love and motherly duty in this film directed by Derek Cianfrance, delivering her best performance yet. Click below […]

Bless Me, Última Brings Chicano Literature and History to Film

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Rudolfo Anaya‘s Bless Me, Última is now a film. Click here to watch the movie trailer. The big screen version of this celebrated coming of age novel received a big endorsement from film critic Roger Ebert who gave Bless Me, Última four out of five stars. For us to appreciate the film we must understand the book’s place in American literature and history. The American Chicano Movement of the 1960s, an extension […]

¿Oscar de la Renta: One of the Few Latinos at the Oscars?

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Earlier in February, the title of an article in the New York Times seduced me: “Hollywood’s White Out” declared that the 2011 Academy Awards were so white, they were “blinding” (a similar article in the UK.’s The Independent “The Oscars Are All White” appeared one week before, and cleverly played off of the movie title […]