Latinx (or ‘Hispanic’) Heritage Month and LGBTQ History Month intersect (June is Pride Month; October focuses on history) and that brings to mind ten films that prominently feature queer Latinx history.

I Carry You with Me (Te Llevo Conmigo)

This film feels both intimate and epic, covering a time…


Steven Soderbergh’s Oscar production immediately looked like it knew how to take the awards ceremony into the contemporary era, freshening up the ceremony with a dynamic opening tracking shot following Regina King as she carried an Oscar through Union Station. It felt like one of his caper movies was starting…


At one point, towards the end of “Tina”, the beautiful and stirring new documentary about Tina Turner, her longtime partner Erwin Bach attempts to describe something ineffable: the depth of love, the charge of love he carries with him from his wife, the superstar who so often was described in…


What will the history books say we watched at the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021? That period when some among us gave no heed to travel warnings and indulged in international vacations and reunions, while the majority stayed home and with various levels of cheer, fear and…


Sophia Loren is as evocative a name as we’ve ever had in film. Immediately you can picture those eyes which, in a single scene, can invite you, pierce you, warn you, restore you. That deeply resolute, honeyed voice. Cheekbones that enter the room first. A husky, conspiratorial laugh. A body…


The new doc ‘The Go-Gos’, much like the band’s music, is brisk, well-paced, and full of sudden depth charges. Getting to hear the entire band reflect from a position of hard-won sanity and sobriety adds a layer of calm to a frenetic burst of a story. …


I was much older than the target demographic for ‘Glee’, but I watched it semi-faithfully for these reasons: A) the intentionally diverse casting and primetime representation of many marginalized groups B) the clever reinvention and integration of pop songs and C) Naya Rivera.

Truth be told, since the show could…


‘They just don’t make them like that anymore’ seems an odd moviegoing cliché to apply to the newly released “Miss Juneteenth.” …


Recently a 15 year-old student in my class said that he yearned for more education to help him understand the signs of the times. “I look at social media, but after a while all I start seeing is box after box after box.” …


One of my students told me recently he grieves the many losses he’s facing as the last part of his senior year is spent isolated from his friends. In the next moment he said: “I have to admit I’m enjoying spending more time with my family.” …

The Couch Tamale

Film, Music, Peak TV, Diversity— Tom Cendejas is sitting on a sofa and unwrapping Pop Culture with a Latino eye, one husk at a time. tomcend@gmail.com

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