Rosa Parra

Rosa Parra
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T-Meter Title | Year
4.5/5 96% I Carry You with Me (2021) "I Carry you with Me" is a beautiful depiction of dreams, love, sacrifice, humanity, and hope. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
4.5/5 94% Plan B (2021) An authentic representation of being a young woman in this society. It advocates for female reproductive rights in a contemporary manner. It's funny, moving, and highlights various themes like friendship, self-acceptance, and familial relationship. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2021
3/5 70% Blue Miracle (2021) A formulaic story that may have been sacrificed for its gorgeous visuals. The different shades of blue are incredible and the overall cinematography is beautiful. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2021
4/5 90% Luca (2021) A simple story about friendship and self-acceptance that's delightful and a tearjerker. Another strong Pixar entry to its already strong array of films. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2021
2.5/5 25% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) The Latina spitfire is still depicted in 2021, the jokes don't land, and this whole movie is ten years too late. Banderas/Hayek reunion was the only thing worth seeing. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2021
4/5 81% Black Widow (2021) Brings a much-needed complexity to Natasha Romanoff giving her a well-deserved farewell. Pugh stands out as Yelena & provides a promising future for this franchise. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2021
3/5 88% Zola (2021) Superbly directed by Janicza Bravo, Zola will be the template for this type of adaptation from social media. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2021
4/5 91% No Sudden Move (2020) One of my favorite cast ensembles of 2021. Loved the homage to 50s film noir with its production, and costume design. Superb performances all around with a great direction & a script that deliver a thrilling suspensful story. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2021
2.5/5 53% The Tomorrow War (2021) Cool creature design, an intriguing premise that doesn't reach its full potential due to its horrible dialogue, and Pratt's lack of dramatical acting skills. An average-level sci-fi action movie, sadly. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2021
3.5/5 93% Lawrence of Arabia (1962) An undeniable technical achievement with its breathtaking scenery, epic score & gorgeous cinematography. The story isn't its strongest suit, but it can be overlooked by its visuals. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2021
4/5 92% Lust for Life (1956) A visually gorgeous telling of Van Gogh's story told by two extraordinary performances from Quinn and Douglas. Successfully balances the chaotic mentally unstable circumstances from Van Gogh with its peaceful scenery. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2021
4.5/5 82% Zorba the Greek (1964) A magnetic charismatic performance from Anthony Quinn as Zorba. Exploring various outlooks on life with a memorable score and an iconic ending. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2021
4/5 49% The Forever Purge (2021) An intriguing social commentary. Two Mexicans leading a Hollywood film!? Sold! Both Ana de la Reguera & Tenoch Huerta are incredible. The Latino lens from the director is evident & what's horrific is that these events are in the realm of possibility. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2021
5/5 79% Summertime (2021) A beautiful poetic love letter to Los Angeles and its residents. A lovely reminder of the power of words & their usage to describe different outlooks of life. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2021
2/5 63% Gunpowder Milkshake (2021) The film had all the ingredients to be great, but the cast was underutilized & the dialogue wasn't the best. Aesthetically didn't work for me & the fight sequences felt too rehearsed. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet The Ring (1952) A simple story worth watching for its depiction of prejudice and discrimination Mexican Americans experienced in Los Angeles. Not a perfect film, but a movie worth your time for the simple fact that in the 1950s these stories were being told. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2021
4/5 93% Spy Kids (2001) A fun, entertaining spy movie that feels universal in terms of action-adventure but yet manages to feel relatable to a specific demographic. Still holds up years after its release. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2021
3/5 55% The Faculty (1998) A stylish sci-fi, horror, thrilling movie with a great cast that still holds up. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2021
3/5 64% Desperado (1995) Filled with action thrilling sequences, "Desperado" goes to show what Robert Rodriguez can do with a decent budget. With stylish and inventive weapons, this film will keep audiences entertained. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2021
5/5 100% Salt of the Earth (1954) A progressive look at the Mexican American experience focusing on the zinc miners in New Mexico. Based on true events, this feminist narrative feels relatable. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2021
2/5 61% Viva Zapata! (1952) When a film about the Mexican revolution focuses on Zapata's illiteracy instead of his actions to confront a dictatorship goes to show how Hollywood wants to depict Mexicans. Brando as Zapata, no thank you. Quinn makes this film slightly tolerable. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2021
4/5 65% Selena (1997) A formulaic biopic that sets itself apart with its depiction of the Mexican American and Tejano cultural experience. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2021
4.5/5 83% Stand and Deliver (1988) The story about Bolivian professor, Jaime Escalante, who didn't allow prejudice to dictate the intellectual capabilities of his students. A motivational movie that'll inspire many young students to not let others determine their potential. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2021
8/10 73% American Me (1992) Olmos's directorial debut provides a window to the experiences a gang member faces. Giving a rare complexity to its protagonist gives a layered in-depth look into why this vicious cycle continues & perhaps a possibility to break this wheel. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2021
7/10 60% Zoot Suit (1981) A must-watch film highlighting the Sleepy Lagoon trial as a result of the Zoot Suit Riots in the 1940s. An important Mexican American part of U.S history told through the Chicano lens via a musical theatrical format. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2021
2.5/5 51% Yes Day (2021) A fun film that could've benefited from more eventful activities. Appreciated this depiction of parenting and their family dynamic was engaging. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2021
4.5/5 88% Mosquita Y Mari (2012) A rare representation of U.S Latinos in an area that isn't often spotlighted in film, Huntington Park (CA). Looks into various challenges often faced by this community, homophobia, social expectations, and financial hardships. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2021
4/5 78% The Revenant (2015) Visually gorgeous with superb acting. Shooting on location engrosses viewers into this environment. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2021
4/5 69% Babel (2006) A look at the interconnectedness between human beings internationally. How our actions and decisions can affect/impact people around us and even in other countries. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2021
4.5/5 93% Amores Perros (2001) It's mindboggling to realize this film is Inarritu's directorial debut. A well-constructed non-linear story that unfolds effectively highlighting social-political narratives. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2021
4/5 98% The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021) An emotionally moving, funny, visually appealing, and fun road trip movie. Loved the family dynamic and its relatability. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2021
2.5/5 45% Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) An average story with underwhelming acting. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2021
3.5/5 55% Mortal Kombat (2021) Highly entertained by the gory fatalities, fighting sequences, and hitting the nostalgic buttons. Overall an entertaining movie. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2021
4.5/5 100% Retablo (2017) A visually gorgeous movie that follows a family who lives in a conservative village. Impeccable acting all around with a heartbreaking last 20 minutes. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2021
4/5 79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) A fun, stylish, and female-empowering comic book adaptation. I loved the colorful atmosphere, fight choreography, and costumes! But it's the details acknowledging the female existence that stays with me. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2021
3.5/5 50% Twenty-Four Hour Woman (1999) This film accurately depicts social norms, double standards, and how mothers are often perceived and treated at the workplace. Also takes a hit at television and the extent they're willing to go for ratings. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2021
4/5 85% Fearless (1993) An exploration of grief, PTSD, and how near-death experiences impact survivors. Rosie Perez deserves her acting nomination giving a raw heartbreaking performance. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2021
4/5 95% In the Heights (2021) A celebration of heritage, family, community, dreams. Beautifully shot. Deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible. - Latinx Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
5/5 99% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) Saddened I saw this at home on a small screen, but happy this footage has finally been out of the basement after 50 years. The archival footage is crisp and Questlove crafted a superb film, my favorite film of Sundance 2021. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
5/5 86% Son of Monarchs (2020) This film blew my entire existence away. Touching on social topics on both macro & micro levels through the usage of butterflies as well as genetics is brilliant and fascinating. I've never seen myself accurately represented in any film until now. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
4.5/5 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Its various perspectives give these characters a complexity that adds substance to the story. And the awards-worthy performances captivate & keep its viewers engaged. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
4.5/5 93% Mass (2021) An emotionally gripping movie that explores grief as a result of a mass shooting. A thought-provoking premise that shines a light on individuals who don't normally get any consideration in this situation. An unforgettable movie. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
4.5/5 96% Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) This documentary shines the light on the resilient, fearless, inspirational, and most decorated Latina actress of all time, Rita Moreno. A living legend who paved the way for Latinas today. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
4.5/5 86% Passing (2021) Gorgeously shot in exquisite black and white cinematography. It's tough to believe this is a directorial debut. Memorable performances from Thompson and Negga, this is a must-watch. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
4.5/5 88% Homeroom (2021) A documentary exploring youth activism in an Oakland high school amidst social unrest and the current pandemic. If the future of politics depends on these students then our future looks bright. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
4.5/5 100% Writing with Fire (2021) An inspirational documentary of a group of female reporters who risk their safety daily to report injustices within their community. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
4.5/5 100% Hive (2021) Based on true events, this film is a character-driven story with a raw look of being a woman in a patriarchal society. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
4.5/5 100% My Name Is Pauli Murray (2021) A documentary highlighting the incredible life & legacy of Pauli Murray. A trailblazer in human rights who inspired many women including RBG. Everyone should know the name, Pauli Murray. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
3.5/5 56% Mayday (2021) Beautiful cinematography, memorable score, and a stand-out performance from Mia Goth make this film worth a watch. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
3.5/5 100% The Pink Cloud (2021) An accurate depiction of the psychological evolution this couple undergoes during this extreme global catastrophic event. Made me grateful the current pandemic isn't this extreme. - In Their Own League EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021