Music And Film

September 29, 2013

Mexican Actors and Film Makers Impacting Hollywood This Year


Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born in 1961 in Mexico City, Mexico. From the time he was a child, he knew he wanted to be a movie director or an astronaut. He became a successful movie director whose new movie Gravity is about a precarious, to say the least, situation in outer space. The movie’s rave reviews have positioned  Cuarón as one of the best directors in Hollywood. Earlier successes include Children of Men (2006), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004); the film was the greatest box office success of his career. But it was the erotic, vulgarly-delightful film Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) that connected Cuarón with Mexican pop culture and international audiences. His film A Little Princess (1995) won him two Oscar nominations, and other awards. Gravity is coming to a theater near you this coming Friday, October 4th, 2013, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Experience a spacewalk on 3D courtesy of Warner Brothers here: -

Guillermo del Toro, director of the recently released movie Pacific Rim, was born in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico, in 1964.  From an early age, Del Toro also dreamed about filmmaking, a desire that led him to study makeup and effects from the legendary Dick Smith (the Exorcist, 1973) and worked on making his own short films. He produced his first feature at age 21, and spent almost 10 years as a makeup supervisor and formed his own company, Necropia in the early 1980s directing Mexican television programs and teaching about film. His success came with the movie Cronos (1993) winning him nine academy awards in Mexico and the International Critics Week Prize at Cannes. His Hollywood debut came with Mimic (1997) starring Mira Sorvino. After experiencing some problems with a Hollywood studio, del Toro returned to Mexico to form his own production company: The Tequila Gang.  During a recent interview with Jorge Ramos of Univision’s Al Punto TV Show, Del Toro said Pacific Rim was made with the knowledge of a 48 year old director and the heart of a 12 year old kid; the kid that refuses to leave his mind. “The movie is light and with a good heart,” he said. During this same interview he talked about how he never even considered leaving his hometown of Guadalajara, but he was “forced” by financial circumstances related to the lack of support from Mexican Film Industry for this type of genre – Fiction – because the focus seems to be on movies with heavy social content. “It is very hard to convince them that a fictional movie can be successful.” He briefly touched on how dangerous would be for him to direct in Mexico after the many threats that followed the kidnapping of his father in 1998.   Click here to watch his interview – in Spanish – with Jorge Ramos. Del Toro also directed the fantasy drama Pan’s Labyrinth in 2006.

Guillermo del Toro 









Eugenio Derbez directed and acted in his latest movie that surprised audiences all over the country: Instructions Not Included. The title of the movie does not literally translate from the Spanish title of the movie which is No Se Aceptan Devoluciones meaning no returns accepted which may be more fitting to the plot about a man who has made a new life for himself and the daughter left on his doorstep 6 years ago, and finds his family threatened when the birth mother resurfaces. The movie is done almost entirely in Spanish, but with a bit of English courtesy of the delightful young actress Loreto Peralta whose character is bilingual.

Eugenio Derbez and Loreto Peralta in Instructions Not Included

Jaime Camil, a Mexican telenovela heartthrob, stars in the new film Pulling Strings; a movie about a handsome mariachi singer whose visa application is denied by a “gringa” he decides to befriend in order to convince her he is worthy of obtaining a visa. It is a romantic bilingual comedy which according to Camil, is 60% in English and 40% in Spanish.  Camil also gave an interview to Jorge Ramos of Univision’s Al Punto where he talked about his role and how American directors are taking notice to real Mexican characters unlike traditional stereotypes he considers are “fabricated” by Hollywood. He mentioned how Univision is exceeding the ratings of traditional American networks, and Hispanics identify with real Hispanic actors they want to see on the big screen.  Watch today’s Spanish  interview with Jorge Ramos

Jaime Camil












 Diego Luna Alexander is another Mexican actor born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1979. He became well known after starring in Cuaron’s iconic movie Y Tu Mama Tambien with his friend Gael Garcia Bernal in 2001. This year Luna starred alongside Matt Damon and Jodie Foster in Elysiuma science fiction action-thriller film written, co-produced and directed by Neill Blomkamp.

Diego Luna







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A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.-Maya Angelou. La Vida Valle is where I write about "la vida" my life in the Rio Grande Valley. From this bi-cultural corner on the tip of Texas, I share my poems and my spiritual and travel experiences. I also blog about the arts, nature and my passion for historic preservation and architecture. But most importantly, let's talk about "la vida" - living our lives - in a vacation state of mind. Contributions and comments are always welcome .


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