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    CHILDREN’S SAFETY, INTERNET MONSTERS, FEMINIST EMPOWERMENT Lat week I went to a theater to see John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place (2018) so I could have that communal experience Peele talks about and because it was doing so well critically and financially. Also, because after Puerto Rico experienced a post-Apocalyptic situation during the 2017 hurricane season, ...
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    TO EXPERIENCE SOMETHING TOGETHER I recently experienced how watching a film together turns on the “communing” and “empathy” and “fun” factor when I improvised an “otherness” double feature for my film students at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. First we watched Night of the Living Dead and throughout the show in one class section there was ...
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    Jordan Peele has called his recent Oscar winner, Get Out (2017), a “social thriller,” but what does he mean by that? Let’s see… In a recent CNN interview, Peele states that as a child he told a scary story around a campfire (an iconic storytelling image!), and seeing his classmates’ spellbound reaction, he realized that: ...
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    CRONOS (1993) Guillermo del Toro wrote and directed his first feature, Cronos, when he was only 28 years old. With a budget of $2 million, del Toro shot this unforgettable film in about 8 weeks and it went on to win 9 Ariel Awards in Mexico, the Critic’s Prize at France’s Cannes Film Festival, and ...
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    When I heard that Coco would be screened at the Excélsior theater in the town of Cabo Rojo in Puerto Rico last December, I quickly added the event to my calendar. In the 19th C., the Excélsior began its life as a traditional theater, opening its doors with the premiere of Salvador Brau y Asencio’s ...
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    On November 1st, 1946, A Matter of Life and Death premiered in London, England. It had been written, directed and produced by The Archers creative duo, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. It was shot in Technicolor and the DP had been Jack Cardiff who in 2001 was awarded an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement as Master ...
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    Philip K. Dick’s Organic Androids In the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) Philip K. Dick describes an Earth that has undergone a human-made cataclysm,“World War Terminus,” and no one remembers why it began or if any side had won. The specific enemy is left unnamed but the author mentions the Pentagon and ...
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    Hurricanes make great disaster films. It’s hard to look away as people battle the elements. Often many people die in these films, but we don’t really care, or at least don’t care for long, because we are focused on the heroes, and we know they will make it to the end.   Precisely 80 years ...
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    One of the courses I will be teaching this semester at UPRM’s English Department/Minor in Film Program  is all about archetypal supernatural characters. I’ve been teaching this course for some time now and it’s become a favorite among students. But it’s still surprising to me that I now make a living in part thinking, reading ...
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    Late summer’s intense heat often brings with it stormy downpours. Sadly this August has also brought with it scenes that, frankly, seem straight out of the dark middle ages: Inquisitorial hooded men with fire and anger in their ready-to-pummel fists and indifferent icy hearts.   As a Hispanic writer and woman and compassionate human being, ...