The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

10 Spike Lee Joints to See

In honor of the newly released Spike Lee joint Da 5 Bloods, here are ten other unique Spike Lee Joints, you should see. 10. Jungle Fever (1991) A tale of how an interracial relationship built on heat, A.K.A. “jungle fever”, affects not only the couple but everyone around them.  Flip (Wesley Snipes), a married black man, begins an […]

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“I Am No Gentleman”: Five Pre-Code Films

When it comes to classical Hollywood films (“old” films, if you will), we might have a tendency to think of them as proper or even chaste, at least compared to today’s films. However, this is not necessarily the case. Before major Hollywood studios began self-censoring in 1934 under the Motion Picture Production Code, it wasn’t […]

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Stand Up For Pride Month

As June winds down, it’s clear how important and unique this season of pride has been. With the current state of the world, it has been hard to celebrate in traditional ways. However, as the month comes to a close, we can still keep the celebration alive without a Pride festival. In addition to the […]

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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. 10. Kissing Jessica Stein (2001) Based on the Off-Broadway play, […]

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Review: Da 5 Bloods

After winning his first Oscar for Blackkklansman, Spike Lee teams up with Netflix for his new joint, Da 5 Bloods. The film follows a group of four black Vietnam War veterans who return to Vietnam to find the remains of a fallen comrade and the gold they left behind. Right off the bat, the movie […]

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Review: The Vast of Night

Science Fiction movies tend to be grandiose and filled with expensive special effects in an attempt to bring their fantastical stories to life. Yet, Andrew Patterson was able to create a Sci Fi experience on a budget of less than $1 million. His cinematic debut, The Vast of Night, follows a young radio host and switchboard […]

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The V/H/S Trilogy: The Power of Found Footage

Part 1: Horror Horror has always been deeply entwined with the human experience. Ever since humanity became more civilized, we have been seeking to recapture that rush of danger our primitive ancestors dealt with on a regular basis. Because of this, Horror has been a staple of popular culture, never far behind any new form […]

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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, […]

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Kason Clark: The Films That Influenced Me

Hey everyone! My name is Kason Clark, an intern here at The Frida. Just like you, I am a passionate cinephile. I love all kinds of movies: action, thrillers, dramas, westerns, foreign, or indies. You name it, I love it. It was hard to decide what my favorite movies are since I have seen so […]

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