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Author: Reggie Peralta

Reggie Peralta is a man of many interests. A native of Santa Ana, he graduated from UCLA with a BA in Political Science and also holds a certificate in Radio and Television/Video Production from Fullerton College. His film and book criticism has appeared in such outlets as The Grindhouse Cinema Database and LibroMobile, and he has done live readings of his fiction and poetry for Makara Center for the Arts and Writers & Readers of Fullerton College. In addition to helping out as Content Editor for the Frida, he also works as Blog Editor for the Libertarian Party of Orange County.
Featured / Highlight

Coming In From The Cold: A Continued Foray into Russian Film

Frida Content Editor Reggie Peralta picks up where our Soviet September series leaves off with an examination of 5 more movies from Russia and the former USSR.

Comedy

The Weird Shall Inherit: A Tour Through 5 Misfit Musicals

A tour through the weird world of alternative and offbeat musicals.

Animation

A Different Kind of Magic: Revisiting 4 Offbeat Disney Classics

A look back at The Jungle Book and other offbeat Disney classics.

Films of the Past

Dinosaurs, Dragons, and Aliens, Oh My! 5 Selections from Godzilla’s Showa Era

Longtime writer Reggie Peralta selects 5 films from the legendary Showa-Era Godzilla films.

Twilight
Films of the Past

Volunteer of the Month Sydney Dayan on Twilight

Yet it’s a movie we’re playing next week that YA fiction fans and glitter enthusiasts are ready to sink their teeth into: Twilight, the beloved vampire romance from Thirteen director Catherine Hardwicke!

A Serious Man
Comedy

Serious Movies for Serious Men: The 4 Most Underrated Coen Brothers Films

He has risen! After some 20 years of rumors and false starts, Jesus Quintana, the unofficial breakout star of The Big Lebowski, has finally got a movie of his own! As much a remake of the French dramedy Going Places as it is a Big Lebowski spin-off, The Jesus Rolls sees John Turturro not only step back into the infamous purple bowling gear but into the director’s chair as well.

Call Me By Your Name
Drama

Volunteer of the Month Joey Barrera on Call Me by Your Name

A film we’ve had the pleasure of playing before, Frida guests will get to see it again thanks to our February Volunteer of the Month, Joey Barrera!

Altered States
Comedy

Sensory Overload: The Fantastical Films of Ken Russell

Love is in the air, but so is something else this month at the Frida! Our second WTF Wednesday screening commemorates the 40th anniversary of Altered States with a vibrant new 4K restoration of the film!

Annihilation
Films of the Past

Unspeakable Cinema: The 5 Most Lovecraftian Horror Films

It’s hard to believe that the first month of 2020 is already almost over, but we’re ending January at the Frida with a bang! Alongside Bong Joon-Ho’s monster hit Parasite, we’re presenting a weeklong run of Richard Stanley’s Color Out of Space! Starring Nicolas Cage, it’s looking to be his wildest movie since Mandy, which blew Frida guests away with its gritty story and kaleidoscopic color scheme when it played here a little over a year ago.

The Assassination of Jesse James Brad Pitt
Drama

Volunteer of the Month Sam Feldstein on The Assassination of Jesse James by The Coward Robert Ford

Released a little over 10 years ago, it’s perhaps fitting that we’re screening Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford as we enter the new decade. An epic drama that puts a revisionist spin on the classic Western legend, the film garnered praise for its cinematography and performances by Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck but underperformed at the box office.

Santa Claus
Comedy

The Devil & Father Christmas: Twisted Christmas Triple Feature

Keep an out for monsters though as they’ll be lurking in the pine trees and doing their best to give you a holiday fright. If you stay strong and brave the scares, you’ll get to see three of the most off-the-wall movies to ever grace the holiday season.

The Color Purple
Drama

Volunteer of the Month Leonardo Ostergren on The Color Purple

A smash hit upon its release in 1985, The Color Purple raked in a staggering $142 million against a $15 million budget and earned 11 Academy Award nominations.

The Last Temptation of Christ
Comedy

The King of Cinema: 5 Great Non-Gangster Scorsese Films

Whether it’s about the long-awaited debut of The Irishman or controversial comments he made about the Marvel movie franchise, it seems impossible for Martin Scorsese to stay out of the news cycle.

Animation

Volunteer of the Month Paul Hernandez on Paprika

The last feature film to be made by the anime innovator before his death, it’s as thought-provoking as it is mind-bending, with many citing its heady sci-fi story as an antecedent (or, as others contend, an uncredited inspiration) for Christopher Nolan’s Inception.

Comedy

Outta Sight Like Dolemite: A Beginner’s Guide to Blaxploitation

Activist groups charged the movies with feeding into racist stereotypes about African-Americans, with the National Urban League, the NAACP, and Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference even going as far as to organize a coalition to combat what they saw as the films’ malign influence.