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So, here’s a movie trailer, for a movie called Desierto.
It’s being directed by Alfonso Cuarón, and stars Gael García Bernal as “a father crossing into the United States to reunite with his son.”
Now, I don’t yet know how to feel about it. Cuarón has previously directed Gravity, Y Tu Mamá También, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and though I wasn’t fully thrilled with Gravity (I believe when I watched it, and it probably exists in text messages between Brielle and me, I called it “the greatest, most expensive deodorant commercial ever made”), it was still visually striking and very well directed. The other two movies are also both amazing, for very different reasons, though the directing has been consistently top notch.
I’m also a big fan of García Bernal, and all of the awesome work he’s been a part of, including Amazon Prime’s Mozart in the Jungle, which got it’s second season released about a week ago. It’s wonderful to see people that looks like me, in a lot of ways, finding great success in the entertainment industry. But the concept of the movie is what I find a big unnerving?
So many people have opinions on the subject of immigration, and I don’t want a movie to be but a simple response to the opinions that differ from our own. I also feel that, though I personally don’t like the idea of minute men, this movie might seem to demonize them. It also seems like it’s taking a topic that’s very real, and very personal, and attempting to make a sort of horror/thriller out of it.
Of course, we’re talking about just a trailer, and this trailer is about as much as I actually know about the movie, but I guess I just don’t want this movie to get too caught up in the story telling, to the point that it doesn’t reflect a reality that many people experience, without at least giving us a sense that these are real issues. It’s very easy in comedy to push things to extremes, which is why satire can be a very useful tool to open up opportunities for dialogue. But horror/thrillers can be a trickier route to navigate.
I hope that Cuarón and García Bernal do a fantastic job, because I look up to both of them, and I especially appreciate them creating a story that speaks more so to my own experience than necessarily a Gravity, a Harry Potter, or even a Mozart in the Jungle. I hope that this movie opens up great opportunities for dialogue and social action, and also a route to more Latino Filmmakers and Actors and such making more films and television shows and such that speak to the experiences of Latinos in this country, more so than just a story about the border, though the Latino side of this story is definitely one that needs to be told.
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So, this will be a lame post. I’m not going to beat around the bush. If you want to stop reading here, I will leave that option open to you. If now, then I’m sorry. I just don’t have anything interesting to say. But, try and enjoy, I guess…
I’m at my parents house. I will be back for school tomorrow. I have a single day of class, and then three days of finals. And then I’m back again at my parents house. For two weeks or so? And then I have service projects! Oooooh, I’m working at a place with horses, where they are used for therapy for children with disabilities. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun, working with children, AND horses.
Also, Denver Zoo Lights. I have never been. I kind of want to go. I think it would be a blast. I want to take my girlfriend. I just don’t know when I could take her… But I want to go. Also, with some friends that also wanted to go. It just sounds like a lot of fun, with the animals, and the lights, and the night, and with fun people.
I guess the only thing I’m doing right now is stating things, and hoping for other things. And getting ready for finals week. Except I could really use some tea. And some sleep. But mostly some tea.
What am I doing here again? Oh, right, posting a nonsensical blog post.
Go to sleep, already. Peace!…