June 22, 2010 |
Carlos Reygadas admits that when he first heard the concept behind the new movie "Revolución" — a compilation of 10 short films by 10 different Mexican directors — he felt "a little reluctant" to join in. Omnibus movies, he knew, often add up to less than the sum of their parts. And the theme of this particular film came spring-loaded with significance: the legacy of the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1920. Furthermore, the movie's release would be timed to coincide with this year's heavily hyped centennial celebrations taking place on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
June 14, 2009
"Rudo y Cursi": A May 10 Calendar article about the film "Rudo y Cursi" and its stars, Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal, misidentified their Canana Films partner, Pablo Cruz, as Pancho Cruz.
May 10, 2009 |
Oversexed, underfed, overgrown adolescents. That's how Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal appeared when they hit the road together in "Y Tu Mama Tambien," the 2002 coming-of-age story that gave the young Mexican actors a following in global cinema and remains possibly their best-known work.
May 8, 2009 |
Mexico has had its share of debilitating transnational news lately, but the arrival of the puckishly entertaining, fleet-of-foot drama-comedy "Rudo y Cursi" deserves a hearty welcome. The story of close-but-competitive brothers seeking personal glory in professional soccer, it marks the directorial debut of Alfonso Cuaron's younger brother Carlos -- the pair wrote (and Alfonso directed) the nimbly sexy "Y Tu Mama Tambien" -- and reveals a family steeped in filmmaking talent.
November 3, 2007 |
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- There's a sudden pregnant pause, a moment of anticipation. Gael Garcia Bernal, omnipresent Mexican actor and first-time movie director, is about to make an auteur-like suggestion. Turning to a reporter, he asks politely, almost apologetically: Um, could we move to another table so we can watch the rugby match? It's a guy thing. It's also a Gael thing. The scene: a hotel bar in South America's largest city.
December 31, 2006 |
THERE ought to be a name for them, "Gael's Groupies" or "Bernal's Babes" -- something like that. Pleasant, seemingly respectable women who turn into starry-eyed teeny-boppers in the presence of Gael Garcia Bernal. Women, for instance, like Win Beaumont and her daughter, Christine. "He's so young, and he's done so much," the elder Beaumont gushes about the man who, according to Google, is the most famous Mexican this side of Frida Kahlo or Pancho Villa. "If he can get me going -- and I'm 80!