New Mexican Cinema Films with Nail-Biting Plots

Source: Matt, Flickr

Whenever I think of Mexican movies, classics that feature Mexican icons like Maria Felix, Pedro Infante, and Mario Moreno "Cantinflas" always come to mind. While my dad is a huge fan of Cine de Oro (Golden Age of Mexican Cinema), I am not. Luckily I discovered Nuevo Cine Mexicano, which started in the early 1990s and features contemporary […]

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Ladies of Dagenham, Unite!


Rita O'Grady (Sally Hawkins) is nothing out of the ordinary, working at the Ford factory and raising her children with her husband in their blue-collar suburb of London in 1968.  O'Grady works in the all-female section of the plant sewing seat covers, along with 146 other women. What starts out as a dispute over job designation grows into […]

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Celebrate Labor Day with Great Movies about Workers

Source: Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Wikimedia Commons

Norma Rae contains one of the most iconic moments on film, and the lead actress, Sally Field, doesn't say a word. Instead, she hops on a table in a textile mill as machines clatter and whir around her and holds up a sign that says UNION. One by one, her co-workers shut down their machines in solidarity. […]

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Are You Prepared for Mayhem?

tornado funnel with clouds in background

What would you do if disaster strikes? Are you prepared to survive in a tornado, flood or blizzard? Some of my favorite movies deal with these topics, and usually the main characters do not fare very well when confronted with extreme weather conditions. They always choose to ignore warning signs and are astounded when they […]

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We’re Off to See the Wizard!

Wizard of Oz Poster

It's been 75 years since Dorothy stepped into the technicolor world of munchkins and flying monkeys in The Wizard of Oz, which still ranks as one of the most awesome movies of all time. The film is based on the book by Chicago native L. Frank Baum, with a few details changed. For example, did you know that Dorothy's shoes were […]

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Happy Birthday, Preston Sturges

The Palm Beach Story

Next week marks what would have been the 116th birthday of the director, playwright and screenwriter Preston Sturges (August 29, 1898-August 6, 1959). Born in Chicago as Edmund Preston Biden, Sturges began a life in the theater at a young age when he traveled with his eccentric actress mother to Europe to work with Isadora Duncan. Later, as […]

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Remembering Lauren Bacall

Source: Betty Turner via Wikimedia Commons

Hollywood seems less bright today, with the passing of one of its guiding stars. Lauren Bacall was one of the most recognizable actresses of the 1940s, the very definition of the noir leading lady. Her real-life romance with on-screen partner Humphrey Bogart created one of the first Hollywood power-couples, a match that would set the press ablaze […]

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GenreList VII: Heatwave

Red and Orange Sunrise over Chicago Skyline

This time, on GenreList: It might be mild in Chicago, but in Hollywood summer is always a searing season of drama, pressure and conflict. Join us as tensions build, the temperature rises and summer builds to an explosive conclusion!

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Baseball Hall of Fame movies

A record-tying six honorees will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 27th. Three of the inductees, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, and Tony La Russa have ties to Chicago teams. Greg Maddux pitched for the Cubs from 1986 to 1992 before signing with the Atlanta Braves. He had great success […]

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Beware a Dashing Man

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  England, 1961, is in a full post-colonial hangover. Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is sixteen and full of dreams of Paris and the wider world. She gets them for a brief time by becoming the girlfriend of an older man, David (Peter Sarsgaard). David is dashing, glamorous, good looking, and rich. How he gets his money is a bit unscrupulous, […]

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