Monthly Archives: September 2009

Jesse & Joy Love Their Superhéroes

This is for spending way too much time singing in alleys

This is for spending way too much time singing in alleys

Jesse & Joy is a duo of twenty-something siblings, singers and songwriters that exploded onto Latin America’s radar in 2006 with their first single, Espacio Sideral (Outer Space). They won the Latin Grammy for Best New Artist in 2007.

Espacio Sideral is a spot-on combination of sweet love song and superhero fantasy, and it is still one of my favorites. It’s a favorite on YouTube too as many have made videos and slideshows for their geeky significant others using Espacio Sideral. I wanted to share it with you if you’ve never heard of it.

I translated their song. Unfortunately the rhyme gets lost in translation but I found their music video for you to enjoy. In it you’ll see the duo being repeatedly attacked by comic book type baddies. Have a happy weekend!

Wish I could give you the whole world

The moon, the sky, the sun and sea

And give you the stars in a crystal box.

Take you to outer space

And fly like Superman does.

Wish I was a super hero

And could protect you from evil

Give you the Milky Way in a bowl of cereal

Take you to outer space

And fly like Superman

You’ve weakened me so

All my strength leaves if you’re not here

And my powers are for naught

I feel so normal, so fragile, so real

You take me to outer space

Just like Superman does

Want to write you an epic poem

And use the sky for paper

Use the clouds as cream

And bake you a super cake

Take you to outer space

Just like Superman

Fleeing from bad guys (and gals)

Fleeing from bad guys (and gals)

Click here for video!

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Women on Top: “The Future of Women (El futuro de ellas)”

Movie Poster: El futuro de ellas (2011 film)

Poster: El futuro de ellas (2011 film)

Set to premiere in the winter of 2011, The Future of Women (my translation, not official) is a film set in a world where women rule.  It follows two police officers, Lara Cabel and Mila Brieros, in their dangerous mission of stopping world-renown assassin Michaela Tomasi. A mysterious organization has put out a contract on the President of Europe; looks like political conspiracy permeates the government and the movie.

Poster for 2038: El futuro de ellas (2008 short)

Poster for 2038: El futuro de ellas (2008 short)

The feature length film is a reimagining of last year’s short “2038: El futuro de ellas” which had the same director- the young, geeky, and Spanish Rubén Arnaiz. I have not had the chance to see the short, but the concept is an interesting one. In what ways will the world be different if women are in charge? How did they come to power so soon (if it’s also 2038 in this film)? It is post World War III in the original short- is that what changes things? The short’s description said that in the future there are no men, but the full length film only says that women are the government leaders so we’ll see if this changes.

The film’s official blog (in Spanish) is mostly about the short production, and just started with news of the full-length film. Here’s hoping that we’ll actually get to see it on this side of the pond…

UPDATE 8/1/2010: The producer updated the official blog today with the bad news that El Futuro de Ellas will take longer than expected because they’re working on another movie called Doble Sesión. Director Rubén Arnaiz will continue researching for the script however, inspired by sci-fi novels such as 1984, Children of Men and Icon. They will start writing the script in early 2011 and film in spring of 2012. The movie is now expected to premiere in late 2013.

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All Souls is All Cheese with a Streak of Blood

All Souls cast, with Adam Rodríguez on far right
All Souls cast, with Adam Rodríguez on far right

All Souls, a creepy supernatural UPN Series from 2001 (still replays on SyFy) will make you afraid of old-timey hospitals forever if you weren’t already.   It lasted six episodes before it was cancelled, and that might not have been such a bad thing.  Here’s the plot: All Souls Hospital is a 300-year-old Boston institution with a dark history- insane asylum and dungeons included. Super-smart doctor Mitchell Grace (played by Grayson McCouch) arrives at All Souls after rejecting jobs at prestigious institutions. His father had mysteriously passed away while working as a janitor at All Souls, and this haunting memory became some kind of freaky incentive to work there. All Souls Hospital is well-known for its cutting edge research, and during the course of the series Mitch finds that this research is a tad bit… well, crazy unethical. But he must stay, because he is The Chosen One. Of course he is. He has two male friends, Patrick Fortado (Adam Rodríguez; CSI Miami, Roswell) and Dr. Brad Sterling (Daniel Cosgrove). Both of these actors are as handsome as McCouch but they get uglified with extremely bad haircuts to make Chosen One shine. Shame, because Adam Rodríguez is a deliciously handsome Puerto Rican and Cuban mix (raised in New York).

Rodríguez does a great job playing Patrick Fortado, a computer whiz. He’s the kind that can hack into anything *but* the hospital’s computers so you know somethin’ shady’s going on. Patrick is a paraplegic, recently confined to a wheelchair, and his spinal injury is one of the show’s plot points. He is a support character, the lead’s best friend, and appears in most episodes. Patrick lives in a trailer with his computers. Not sure how he actually can move around comfortably in a trailer, but whatever. Mitch and Patrick share 21 years of friendship, since Patrick’s parents “adopted” Mitch after he was orphaned.  They didn’t have time to develop a true bromance, but I believe they were well on their way. Adding to the mix, two Magical Negroes: a physic nurse and an American Civil War orderly ghost that hang out at the hospital dispensing cryptic advice and bossiness. This adds to the cheesiness in a good way.

It would have been nice to get some resolution to the series’ conflict, but it was short-lived for a reason.  My personal theory is that the hospital was a gateway to evil a la Sunnydale but instead of Buffy humor we get a weak The Shining. Still, if you see an All Souls marathon on TV, it is worth a watch, especially the pilot, episode two, Spineless, where Rodríguez really shines, and episode four, Bad Blood.

Bonus: Bad Blood has more latinos! So I’ll talk briefly about this particular episode. Dr. Márquez, played by Miguel Sandoval (Medium) flies to the hospital on the All Souls private jet (uh huh) for treatment of a mysterious ailment.  He is a world famous environmentalist, the “Nelson Mandela of the rainforest” since he was imprisoned many years for his efforts. Márquez also is a potential future president of a random Latin American country with dictators and torture who seemingly isn’t as saintly as he appears. You’ll notice Spanish guitar and South American pan flute music throughout the whole episode. I TOLD you it was cheesy!

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Welcome to my blog! ¡Bienvenidos!

SCIFI LATINO came about because of my love for science fiction and fantasy. Why focus on Latinos and Latinas?  Because it gives me a thrill to see people like me in my favorite genre, and I want to celebrate each and every one of them. The blog will review current television series, cancelled shows, movies, books and anything else that I consider genre-worthy and where we see a Latino participating in a significant capacity. He or she may be an actor, a director, a producer- I want to reach out and get to know as many as I can. SCIFI LATINO will cover English and Spanish language media from the U.S. and abroad. Once in a while I’ll cover Spanish (from Spain) projects too because of the obvious Latino/Spanish connection. As I mentioned, I do love fantasy too so this blog will cover that as well.

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I welcome any suggestions or recommendations of your favorite Latinos working in the genre. I’m making a list!  ¡Gracias!

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