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Author: Justina Bonilla

A film enthusiast, with a passion for classic, musical, cult, and horror films. Justina is also a freelance writer and blogger.
Film Criticism

10 Must Watch LGBT+ Comedies

Celebrating Pride 2020 safely at home, we take a look at 10 LGBT+ comedy films that are as diverse as the community itself. A special thanks to Frida Board Member Atalia Lopez and Frida volunteer Dina Bdaiwi for their advising contributions for the films on this list.

Film Criticism

7 Popular Films that are Surprisingly Rated PG

When many of us think of PG-rated movies, we tend to think of more family-oriented films; your E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Star Wars, and Hook-type fare that appeal to adults and children alike. However, before the introduction of the PG-13 rating on July 1, 1984, many films were surprisingly labeled with a PG rating, including films with killer animals, infidelity, child slavery, and even suicide.

Events

The Frida Cinema 10 Hour Social Distancing Stream-a-Thon Fundraiser: Part Deux!

With the success of the maiden voyage of our Frida Cinema 10 Hour Social Distancing Stream-a-Thon Fundraiser on March 28, 2020, we hosted our sequel Stream-a-Thon on Tuesday, May 5th, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., for #givingtuesdaynow!

Lists

10 Movies Filmed in Orange County

Since the silent film era, Orange County has been used to film a variety of movies from Beaches to Iron Man. With so many movies filmed in our beloved Orange County, I picked ten movies that represent the diversity of the OC from the beaches of Dana Point, to the small town feel of Old Town Orange.

Film Criticism

10 Offbeat Musicals to See

Musicals have been a major part of the world of film since the invention of sound in film in 1929. For every standard classic musical from Singing in the Rain to Sound of Music, there’s a treasure trove of underground cult offbeat classics.

Hereditary
Film Criticism

It Came From Salt Lake City: The 10 Best Sundance Horror Films

In honor of HorrorBuzz’s special screening of A24’s Hereditary, I’d like to take a look at 10 other Sundance horror favorites that have shaped the boundaries of 21st century horror.

Singin In The Rain
Film Criticism

10 Must-See Movies About Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino’s critically acclaimed Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is hitting The Frida Cinema this month! A critical yet longing homage to vintage film and TV, it’s only appropriate that we take a look at other films that feature or deal with Tinseltown.

Black Christmas
Film Criticism

The Writer’s Room: Favorite Christmas Films

The writers of The Frida Cinema have put together a list of our favorite Christmas films, including movies that deal directly with the holiday or ones that are simply set during Christmas. Regardless of which category they fall into, they make our holiday season that much merrier!

Gremlins Gizmo
Film Criticism

Top 5 Christmas Horror Films

In honor of the 45th anniversary of the slasher horror classic Black Christmas, I’d like to take a look at five Christmas-themed films that every horror fan should see!

The Irishman
Film Criticism

The Irishman: A Modern Scorsese Masterpiece

De Niro himself described The Irishman as “…a classic story about loyalty, about brotherhood and betrayal. But a betrayal for a reason that people can understand.” Said story is based on the nonfiction book I Heard you Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, a former criminal investigator. It chronicles the life of Frank Sheeran, a union driver turned hitman for the Bufalino crime family who also, supposedly, played a key role in the disappearance of teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa.

John Waters
Film Criticism

Director of the Month: John Waters

From a young age Waters was attracted to the strange and macabre. His desire to be in show business started following a guest appearance in the “peanut gallery” on the classic children’s television show Howdy Doody. While most children might become disillusioned when seeing how their favorite television show functions, Waters saw this and wanted it to be his life.

Events

Hola Mexico Film Festival

The Frida Cinema is proud to be the Orange County host for this year’s Hola Mexico Film Festival, running November 15 through 21! A festival dedicated …

Martin Scorsese
Film Criticism

The Films of Martin Scorsese

As a child, Scorsese suffered from debilitating asthma, with the only activity accessible to him being watching movies at the local movie theatre. In that darkened theatre, the four-year-old Scorsese became mesmerized by the images, sounds, and words emanating from the giant silver screen. This became his “unintentional film school”, feeding his desire to learn everything about movies.

Film Criticism

10 Mexican Horror Films Every Horror Fan Should See

Mexican horror is one of the most unique and distinctive voices in international horror cinema. Initially inspired by early American horror and German Expressionist films, Mexican horror filmmakers combined these foreign influences with their Catholic traditions and indigenous folklore, resulting in a veritable treasure trove of gothic and fantasy stories.

Latin America's Trailblazers
Film Criticism

Hispanic Heritage in Film: Latin America’s Trailblazing Directors

Concluding our Hispanic Heritage Blog series, we look at three directors from Latin America, each in a special class of their own. Alejandro Jodorowsky, Jorge Gutiérrez, and Issa López are trailblazing directors whose respective styles are immediately recognizable.