Movie Moxie covers SDLFF 2012 — Frontera Filmmakers

Reviewed by Alicia Glass 

No Way Home

Director: Brian Garcia

Review Rating: 8

An out in the open lesbian has to make the choice of confronting her abusive Uncle and being ostracized by her father, or not. The end, which sadly yes I am going to spoil here, where the Uncle dies and the girl is standing there with a knife in one hand and a 911 phone call in the other, debating which to use; was something I really enjoyed. I think it’s what I would’ve done.

The Modern Divide

Director: Robert Knauf

Review Rating: 6 

San Diego Futures Foundation helps Trelena Thomas, inner city single mother of three kids, with her first computer. It struck me as a giant infomercial about things I had no interest in, but it was watchable at least.

La Llorona (Weeping Woman)

Director: Alberto Rodriguez

Review Rating: 8

There are apparently a lot of these Mexican legends, about a weeping supernatural woman come back from the dead to wreak vengeance on the living for whatever reason. And this one appears more or less the same, other than what Maria does when she discovers her husband has left their family for another woman. A fairly fine portrayal of shockng storytelling, the woman who played the Weeping Woman delivers a gut-wrenching performance.

 

Comics Are Everywhere

Director: Niel Kendricks

Review Rating: 7

The director apparently cobbled together some great fan footage of Gilbert and Jamie Hernandez’s Love and Rockets, from last years’ Comic-Con, specifically because the Hernandez brothers and their comic happens to (apparently) be Spanish. It’s not a bad little bit, I always enjoy shots of Comic-Con.

 

Fatal Fetish

Director: Dexter Gareau

Review Rating: 7

An interesting piece, about fetishes and the trouble they can wreak in our lives. A little foot fetish may get your wife annoyed; a little boy fetish will apparently get your brother in a killing mood.

 

El Abuelo

Director: Stephen Crutchfield

Review Rating: 7

Nick is an autistic child who hasn’t spoken for some time, and only re-finds his voice when he wanders from his comfortable middle-class home to the camp in the forest of the some Mexican migrant workers and is taken under the wing of El Abuelo, or Grandfather.

 

Meetchu in Matchu Picchu

Director: Gabriel Soto

Review Rating: 8

A song and dance number inspired by the romantic letter a young man receives fromSouth America. It’s snappy, the dancing is wonderful, and even the tune is relatively catchy. Plus it takes serious nerve to do that no matter who you are, so good for them.

 

Fausta Cheats Death

Director: Magdalena Ramirez

Review Rating: 7

Fausta is this girl who really really wants to go to a concert, but she has homework and one other small problem – Death, specifically the female Mexican version, Santa Muerte, has shown up to take Fausta away. It’s a little jumbled for a short, like too many conflicting ideas or desires to toss in, but in the end I thought it was cute. It’s good to see anyone drink Death under the table.

 

Taxi Love

Director: Liliana Osuna

Review Rating: 6

A lonely lady and a taxi driver meet after a rough night, and spend a beautiful night together building a relationship. I didn’t quite understand the short, but the style was at least watchable.

 

Upgrade

Director: Izacalli Productions

Review Rating: 7

An older Latino man makes an upgrade to his cellphone, but apparently can only take the single phone available in that style, which happens to be – purple. And somehow, I wasn’t aware of this, purple cellphones mean you’re gay. Done in a strange black and white style that emphasizes the purple cellphone, the short struck me as an odd poster for being against prejudice and violence against gays.

 

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