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Author: Catherine Gonzales and Rosa Parra

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Two proud Latinas discuss Latinx representation in film and television through their lens.
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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.  Please Rate, Review & Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts! And make sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @LatinxLens Follow Catherine on Twitter @thingscatloves & @shuffleonline Follow Rosa on Twitter and Instagram @rosasreviews Latinx Lens is part of the ShuffleOnline.net Podcast network Theme Music by David Rosen.
In this episode, Rosa and Cat predict the 2021 Oscar winners in all 23 categories! Who will win? We'll find out on Sunday, April 25th.  Please Rate, Review & Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts! And make sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @LatinxLens Follow Catherine on Twitter @thingscatloves & @shuffleonline Follow Rosa on Twitter and Instagram @rosasreviews Latinx Lens is part of the ShuffleOnline.net Podcast network Theme Music by David Rosen.      
In this episode, Cat and Rosa review Yes Day, Raya and the Last Dragon, Godzilla vs. Kong and Howard Original from Natalie Rodriguez.  Please Rate, Review & Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts! And make sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @LatinxLens Follow Catherine on Twitter @thingscatloves & @shuffleonline Follow Rosa on Twitter and Instagram @rosasreviews Latinx Lens is part of the ShuffleOnline.net Podcast network Theme Music by David Rosen.  
21. Gael García Bernal

21. Gael García Bernal

2021-04-0701:23:05

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).  Please Rate, Review & Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts! And make sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @LatinxLens Follow Catherine on Twitter @thingscatloves & @shuffleonline Follow Rosa on Twitter and Instagram @rosasreviews Latinx Lens is part of the ShuffleOnline.net Podcast network Theme Music by David Rosen.
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."       Please Rate, Review & Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts! And make sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @LatinxLens Follow Catherine on Twitter @thingscatloves & @shuffleonline Follow Rosa on Twitter and Instagram @rosasreviews Latinx Lens is part of the ShuffleOnline.net Podcast network Theme Music by David Rosen.
19. Alfonso Cuarón

19. Alfonso Cuarón

2021-03-2501:30:55

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 También (2001) Cuarón decides to return to his native country following the unfortunate experience he had filming Great Expectations. The film puts on full display Cuarón's abilities as a well-rounded filmmaker. Not only does he direct this film, but he also writes it. This film would be responsible for making Cuarón a household name. "Children of Men" (2006) Perhaps Cuarón's best film yet, this movie cements his Cuarón as one of the best directors currently working. Bending established genre's, this film challenges the definition of a disaster film by bending it with Sci-fi elements and breaking some elements from both genres. This isn't only Cuarón's best film yet, but one of the best films of all time. The Latinx Lens recommends for this episode is "Like Water for Chocolate" (1992). Directed by Alfonso Arau (this is the episode of the Alfonso's), this film would become the go to film representing Mexico to the world. It has a unique yet memorable story highlighting the importance of tradition, food, family relationships and forbidden love. Please Rate, Review & Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts! And make sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @LatinxLens Follow Catherine on Twitter @thingscatloves & @shuffleonline Follow Rosa on Twitter and Instagram @rosasreviews Latinx Lens is part of the ShuffleOnline.net Podcast network Theme Music by David Rosen.
18. Latinx Lens Reviews TV

18. Latinx Lens Reviews TV

2021-03-1101:16:47

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 years of rock and roll in Latin America, through dictatorships, disasters and dissent. "Julie and the Phantoms" (2020) Teenager Julie finds her passion for music and life while helping the Phantoms, a trio of ghostly guys, become the band they were never able to be. "Gentefied" (2020) In Los Angeles, three Mexican-American cousins chase the American Dream, even while that dream threatens the things they hold most dear, including their neighborhood, their immigrant grandfather and the family-owned taco shop. Follow us on social media:  @LatinxLens  Visit www.latinxlens.com for more!  Theme music by David Rosen
17. Tessa Thompson

17. Tessa Thompson

2021-03-0401:33:44

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 into a universe of greed. Thompson portrays Detroit, Cassius' romantic interest.  Annihilation (2018) A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don’t apply. Lena, a biologist and former soldier, joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband inside area X, a sinister and mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline. Once inside, the expedition discovers a world of mutated landscapes and creatures, as dangerous as it is beautiful, that threatens both their lives and sanity. Tessa plays Josie, a physicist, and although her role isn’t grand her performance certainly is memorable.    Sylvie’s Love (2020) When a young woman meets an aspiring saxophonist in her father’s record shop in 1950s Harlem, their love ignites a sweeping romance that transcends changing times, geography, and professional success. Thompson stars alongside Nnamdi Asomugha as the delightful Sylvie.   For Latinx Lens Recommends we look at La Historia Oficial “The Official Story” (1985). An upper-class Argentinian woman begins to suspect that the daughter she and her husband have adopted may be one of the children of the purged political of the ruling junta. The first Latin American film to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign picture.    Please Rate, Review & Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts! And make sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @LatinxLens Follow Catherine on Twitter @thingscatloves & @shuffleonline Follow Rosa on Twitter and Instagram @rosasreviews Latinx Lens is part of the ShuffleOnline.net Podcast network Theme Music by David Rosen
In this episode Cat & Rosa talk about their virtual experience at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.  Coda Judas and the Black Messiah Playing with Sharks Eight for Silver Son of Monarchs Rita Moreno documentary Homeroom Mass Writing with Fire Summer of Soul Please Rate, Review & Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts! And make sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @LatinxLens Follow Catherine on Twitter @thingscatloves & @shuffleonline Follow Rosa on Twitter and Instagram @rosasreviews Latinx Lens is part of the ShuffleOnline.net Podcast network Theme Music by David Rosen
15. Latinx Lens Reviews

15. Latinx Lens Reviews

2021-02-0501:44:40

In this episode Catherine and Rosa review six Latin American films, five are selected from their respective country for the International category for this year’s Academy Awards. The sixth film depicts an important message through a unique narrative.  Bacurau - This Brazilian film sadly isn’t its country selection to compete for a spot at the Academy Awards, but it doesn’t make any less of an impactful film. Following a group of residents at the hidden city of Bacurau and their response to a series of unusual events that have been unfolding as of late. -- Available on VOD The Sleepwalkers - Argentina’s selection is a raw and difficult look into a family who are sleepwalkers. At the front of the film is a mother & wife who is on the verge of dedicating her time to becoming a writer. A fracture familial foundation decides otherwise and she’s placed in a position of picking between her in-laws or her daughter. --   Once Upon a Time in Venezuela is Venezuela’s selection to compete in the category. A documentary filmed in a period of 7 years shining a light on a community that’s in danger of existence due to sedimentation. Politics, cultural festivities, daily routines, socioeconomic status and more are explored as time runs out for this community. -- Available on VOD  I’m No Longer Here Is Mexico’s selection and it’s endorsed by Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro. If that doesn’t spark an interest, I don’t know what will. Following a young man who’s forced to immigrate to New York after a misunderstanding with a local gang, this film explores community, culture, alienation, familial relationships, identity, culture shock and more. -- Available on Netflix  The Mole Agent is Chile’s representative and it follows an 80 year old man who’s hired to investigate a possible elders abuse situation in a home. A film that starts as an investigative narrative evolves into a harsh reminder to value our elders and to give them the attention and care they need. A sweet, moving, heartwarming and eye opening documentary. -- Available on Hulu La Llorona is Guatemala’s entry and this is a new (and improved) interpretation of the well known myth. Incorporating into a social narrative, Bustamante’s approach is a smart and a heartbreaking look into an Indigenous genocide thats often never talked about. -- Available on Shudder     La Llorona L.A Times Article by Carlos Aguilar referenced in the episode https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2020-08-19/la-llorona-rigoberta-menchu-guatemala?_amp=true   Please Rate, Review & Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts! And make sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @LatinxLens Follow Catherine on Twitter @thingscatloves & @shuffleonline Follow Rosa on Twitter and Instagram @rosasreviews Latinx Lens is part of the ShuffleOnline.net Podcast network Theme Music by David Rosen
14. Guillermo del Toro

14. Guillermo del Toro

2021-01-2801:52:01

In this episode of Latinx Lens Catherine and Rosa look into the filmography of Guillermo del Toro. One of the most acclaimed directors currently working in Hollywood, del Toro is responsible for the existence of many beloved films. In this episode they take a look at his first three directed feature films. CRONOS (1993) Guillermo del Toro’s directorial debut is a strong introduction into the imagination of this Oscar winning director. Follows a man who becomes obsessed with an ancient scarab that gives him youth. It’s an intriguing look of familial relationships, religious symbolism, and a bold interpretation of a monster.  THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE (2001) This second film visits a historical time in Spain. Taking place in an orphanage, this film depicts the spoils of war. A group of children who become orphans as a result of the war become frightened with the presence of a ghost roaming the area. Again, an intriguing depiction of monsters. PAN'S LABYRINTH (2006) Perhaps his most well known film that’s also critically acclaimed. Follows Ofelia post Spanish Civil war and her discovery of a fantastical magical labyrinth.  Latinx Lens Recommends: MACARIO (1960) The first Mexican film to be nominated for an Academy Award in the Foreign (International) category. Macario is a peasant who’s faced with a difficult decision when 3 deities ask him to share his food.   Please Rate, Review & Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts! And make sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @LatinxLens Follow Catherine on Twitter @thingscatloves & @shuffleonline Follow Rosa on Twitter and Instagram @rosasreviews Latinx Lens is part of the ShuffleOnline.net Podcast network Theme Music by David Rosen
In this episode Catherine and Rosa about The Crown season 4. How they became interested in the show and their overall thoughts of the newest season. They also answer questions from the listeners. The Crown season 4 is now streaming on Netflix.    Please Rate, Review & Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts! And make sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @LatinxLens Follow Catherine on Twitter @thingscatloves & @shuffleonline Follow Rosa on Twitter and Instagram @rosasreviews Latinx Lens is part of the ShuffleOnline.net Podcast network Theme Music by David Rosen.
12. Raúl Juliá

12. Raúl Juliá

2020-11-2201:31:54

In this episode Rosa & Cat take an in-depth look at the career of Raúl Juliá. The man who’s known as Gomez Addams had a long challenging journey before that role. Analyzing three films with his documentary functioning as reference, this episode takes a look at Juliá’s unfortunate short-lived career.  KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (1985) A gay man and a political leader are together in a prison. The gay man narrates the stories of two fake movies of his own life. Juliá portrays Valentin alongside William Hurt's Luis Molina. This film is the first to earn an actor an academy award (Hurt) for depicting an openly gay man in film. This may be the film that catapulted Raúl Juliá into the spotlight. Kiss of the Spider Woman is available in its entirety on YouTube. THE ADDAMS FAMILY (1991) In the film that would immortalize Juliá as Gomez Addams, this beloved film follows the Addams family in their search for their long lost uncle Fester (Lloyd). This family comedy showcases the uniqueness and importance of family. The Addams Family is available for rental on any rental platform. THE BURNING SEASON (1994) is based on the true story of Brazilian rubber tapper, Chico Mendes who leads his people in protest against the government and developers who want to cut down their part of the rainforest for a new road and ranch land. The rich and the powerful will stop at nothing, and frequently resort to murder. This would be the last film that Raúl Juliá would star in. Filming while fighting the disease that would eventually take his life, he was honored posthumously with a Golden Globe and Emmy award for his portrayal as Mendes.  The Burning Season is available in its entirety on YouTube. RAÚL JULIÁ: THE WORLD’S A STAGE (2019) is the documentary highlighting the Juliá's extraordinary career from his beginnings in his beloved Puerto Rico to his last films in Hollywood. Narrated by family members, former coworkers, and current noticeable Latinx actors, who were influenced by Juliá’s work, this film is bound to open many viewers to the versatility and well rounded talent Raúl Juliá was. This documentary isn’t discussed in depth, but it’s utilized as a resource by our hosts. Watch on PBS or on Amazon Prime for purchase/rental.  Latinx Lens Recommends: EL SANTO VS LOS ZOMBIES(1961) Lastly, the duo give their thoughts on this week's Latinx Lens recommends. Followed by the next Latinx Lens recommends. Available in its entirety on YouTube.  Please Rate, Review & Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts! And make sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @LatinxLens Follow Catherine on Twitter @thingscatloves & @shuffleonline Follow Rosa on Twitter and Instagram @rosasreviews Latinx Lens is part of the ShuffleOnline.net Podcast network Theme Music by David Rosen  
In this episode, Rosa and Cat review four films.  - "Habla Now" (2020) gathers a group a people from various backgrounds to discuss issues the Latinx community faces in the United States. - "Vampires vs The Bronx" (2020) follows a group of friends fighting the invasion of vampires in their community. Now streaming on Netflix. - "Millennium Bugs" (2021) follows two friends navigating their individual lives all within the Y2K chaotic environment.  - "Enola Holmes" (2020) looks at Sherlock's younger sister, Enola, and her adventure in search of her mother. Now streaming on Netflix. Please Rate, Review & Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts! And make sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @LatinxLens! Follow Catherine on Twitter and Instagram at @thingscatloves and @shuffleonline. Follow Rosa on Twitter and Instagram at @rosasreviews. Latinx Lens is part of the ShuffleOnline.net Podcast network. Theme Music by David Rosen.
10. Patricia Riggen

10. Patricia Riggen

2020-09-2001:33:34

In this episode, Rosa and Cat highlight the groundbreaking Mexican director, Patricia Riggen. In January 2019, the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative released a report analyzing the gender, race and age of directors across 1,200 top films from 2007 to 2018. Out of 1,200 films, only one film was directed by a Latina director, Patricia Riggen.  We examine three of her films:  UNDER THE SAME MOON (LA MISMA LUNA) (2007) Single mother Rosario (Kate del Castillo) leaves her young son Carlitos (Adrian Alonso) in the care of his grandmother and illegally crosses the border into the U.S. She hopes to eventually make a better life for herself and her son but toils in a dead-end job as a cleaning lady in Los Angeles. When Carlitos' grandmother passes away some years later, he begins a difficult and dangerous journey to join her.  GIRL IN PROGRESS (2012) Grace (Eva Mendes) is a single mom who is often too busy juggling her job, bills and two love interests (Matthew Modine, Eugenio Derbez) to pay much attention to her daughter, Ansiedad (Cierra Ramirez). Inspired by the coming-of-age stories her English teacher (Patricia Arquette) introduces in class, Ansiedad decides to skip adolescence and jump-start her life without her mother. But, when the misguided plan unravels, Ansiedad and Grace must both learn that growing up means acting your age. THE 33 (2015) Disaster strikes on Aug. 5, 2010, as a copper and gold mine collapses in Chile, trapping 33 men underground. With more than 2,000 feet of rock in their way, members of a rescue team work tirelessly for 69 days to save the seemingly doomed crew. Beneath the rubble, the miners begin an epic quest to survive, contending with suffocating heat and the need for food and water. With family, friends and the rest of the world watching, it becomes a race against time and a true test of the human spirit. _________ LATINX LENS RECOMMEND REVIEW BLACK GOD, WHITE DEVIL (1964) During yet another drought-blighted year in the sertão, the arid hinterland of the north-east Brazil, ranch hand Manoel kills his boss after a dispute over money. Manoel and his wife Rosa flee, but instead of finding freedom and happiness, or at least expiation, the pair fall prey in succession to the whims of a black preacher who operates far outside the orbit of the Catholic Church. Written and directed by Glauber Rocha Please rate, review and subscribe!  Follow us on:  Twitter: @LatinxLens, @rosasreviews,@thingscatloves  Instagram: @LatinxLens, @rosaparra2018, @thingscatloves Latinx Lens is part of the ShuffleOnline.net Podcast Network.  Original theme music by David Rosen  
Rosa and Cat are reviewing the latest movie releases through their Latinx Lens.  They discuss BILL AND TED FACE THE MUSIC, Christopher Nolan's TENET, Charlie Kaufman's I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS and Disney's MULAN.  Latinx Lens Recommend Film:  CYRANO DE BERGERAC (1950) starring the only Latinx actor to win the Oscar in a leading role, José Ferrer.  Follow us on social media Twitter: @LatinxLens, @rosasreviews,@thingscatloves  Instagram: @LatinxLens, @rosaparra2018, @thingscatloves Latinx Lens is part of the ShuffleOnline.net Podcast Network.  Theme Music by David Rosen      
8. Rita Moreno

8. Rita Moreno

2020-08-2201:39:482

In this episode, we highlight Rita Moreno, living legend and ground breaker for the Latinx community. She's one of 16 people to have achieved the prestigious EGOT distinction: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award winner.  We discuss her Oscar-winning role Anita in WEST SIDE STORY (1961), THE RITZ (1976) where she reprised her Tony award-winning role as Googie Gomez, and her TV roles in GOLDEN GIRLS (Season 2, Episode 26) and ONE DAY AT A TIME (Season 1, Ep 1 and Ep 2).  Our Latinx Recommend Film Review: MARIA CANDELARIA (1944) starring Dolores del Río and Pedro Armendáriz and recommend our next film. Follow us on social media Twitter: @LatinxLens, @rosasreviews,@thingscatloves  Instagram: @LatinxLens, @rosaparra2018, @thingscatloves Latinx Lens is part of the ShuffleOnline.net Podcast Network.  Theme Music by David Rosen
In this episode, Rosa and Cat are reviewing three latest releases from streaming and VOD.  DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD (2019) is now available on streaming platforms like Hulu and Amazon Prime.  THE TAX COLLECTOR (2020) is out on VOD and was controversial when the first trailer was released. How did it fare?  SONG WITHOUT A NAME (2020) is a Peruvian film from director Melina León.  Latinx Lens Recommends: THE FUGITIVE (1947) starring Henry Fonda, Dolores del Río and Pedro Armendáriz  Please Rate, Review & Subscribe where ever you listen to podcasts!  Make sure to "Follow" us on Twitter @LatinxLens Add us on Instagram at @LatinxLens Follow Rosa on Twitter @rosasreviews  Follow Catherine on Twitter @thingscatloves & @shuffleonline  Latinx Lens is part of the ShuffleOnline.net Podcast Network.  Theme Music by David Rosen
6. Robert Rodriguez

6. Robert Rodriguez

2020-08-0601:25:38

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 Recommend Film:  THE RING (1952) Please Rate, Review & Subscribe where ever you listen to podcasts!  Make sure to "Follow" us on Twitter @LatinxLens Add us on Instagram at @LatinxLens Follow Rosa on Twitter @rosasreviews  Follow Catherine on Twitter @thingscatloves & @shuffleonline  Latinx Lens is part of the ShuffleOnline.net Podcast Network.  Theme Music by David Rosen
In this episode, Rosa and Cat tackle and discuss 1952's Viva Zapata! starring Marlon Brando and Anthony Quinn. Is it problematic to have a non-Latino actor portray a Mexican revolutionary? Latinx Lens reviews two newly released documentaries, Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado and Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo.  Listen to Rosa's personal story of growing up watching Walter Mercado and their feelings on Danny Trejo's inspirational story.  Please Rate, Review & Subscribe where ever you listen to podcasts!  Make sure to "Follow" us on Twitter @LatinxLens Add us on Instagram at @LatinxLens Follow Rosa on Twitter @rosasreviews  Follow Catherine on Twitter @thingscatloves & @shuffleonline  Latinx Lens is part of the ShuffleOnline.net Podcast Network.  Theme Music by David Rosen
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tank man

fucking retarded ass bullshit

Oct 15th
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M.C. Sundeen

Great show! had to rewind a bit to get the name of the film you were talking about.. might want to mention that again.

Aug 4th
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