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The Lost World, Jurassic Parks and Latin America

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s serially published novel The Lost World (1912) takes place in the far off plateaus of the Brazilian Amazon, where a group of English explorers, naturalists, and geographers follow up the egotistical, burly-yet-brilliant Professor Challenger’s claims that prehistoric creatures exist virtually untouched. After crossing oceans, rivers, and

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Brazilian Filmmaker Gabriel Mascaro visits Austin

Celebrated Brazilian Filmmaker Gabriel Mascaro will be visiting Austin, Texas for three exciting events this week. On Monday at 7:30, the Austin Film Society will present a screening of Ventos de Agosto (2014), Mascaro’s first feature narrative film, followed by a Q&A with the director, mediated by UT professor Jason Borge. The

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Building films into a syllabus

I’ve been thinking recently about the process of writing syllabi. Inspired by great writing about films on this site by Valeria and Nat , I wanted to look particularly at what it would mean to read Spanish-language literature and film in tandem. Here are two examples of how I think it might

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A Dispatch from Fantastic Fest

Fantastic Fest, Austin’s very own genre-movie film festival, wrapped up yesterday, and Latin America and Spain were all very well-represented in this year’s offerings— 10 films by my count (if you include the international co-productions Autómata and Necrofobia 3D, a film I skipped on). (I saw half of these.) What

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Too much of a good thing

Right now it’s the middle of summer, and in Ithaca, New York, it’s raining. Having lived in Austin for the last several years, the idea of frequent, day-long rainstorms in summer is not only alien, it’s a big bummer. To while away the time inside, I’ve been checking out the

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El Chapo No Tiene Quien Le Escriba

And so the show began.  No stacks of cash, no confiscated drugs, no high-caliber weapons…at least none belonging to El Chapo.  Following a preamble from Mexico’s Attorney General, applauding the planning, inter-agency coordination, and transnational cooperation that went into executing the “megaoperativo,” Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, better known as El

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Killing Me Softly

          I recently had the good fortune to contemplate and enjoy The Act of Killing, the groundbreaking documentary from director Joshua Oppenheimer, when Drafthouse Films exhibited this work during a brief Austin run. The Act of Killing is a fascinating work of metaliterary documentary filmmaking that

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La ambigüedad sexual y (sub)desarrollo de Gus Fring en «Breaking Bad» – Guest Post by Ruth Rubio Rodríguez

Hace unos días, por costumbre, me puse a ver el nuevo episodio de “Breaking Bad” en casa. El antepenúltimo episodio me dejó en suspenso porque Hank, el cuñado de Walter “Walt” White, finalmente tiene suficiente evidencia contra el protagonista para arrestarlo. Sus arreglos luego fallan al llegar Todd (ahora también

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