The Pastor, an upcoming film Primer Impacto is calling “the first-ever Hispanic Christian movie” — which I’m sure is a huge overstatement — is a film by British director Deborah Goodwin, and the Salvadorian producer and actor Arturo Muyshondt, who’s also the star of the film.
But unlike the boring Christian and Catholic films my grandmother used to force me to watch, The Pastor has some spiffy production values, looks fairly gritty, and everyone in it is hot. Here’s the plot summary off IMDB:
While serving 8 years in prison, a former gang leader discovers his faith in God after a brutal knife attack. Pursuing his newfound faith, a prison pastor mentors and ordains the once violent man. After being released back into his community, the new pastor vows to protect and serve his community. By rebuilding a church in the middle of a multi-cultural, Hispanic gang territory in Brooklyn, the Pastor seeks neutral territory where the underprivileged youth of the community may find an alternative to the dangerous gang lifestyle so rampant around them.
So what does this all mean? That all those priests who keep getting caught having cybersex with men are about to have some new poster boys, and that Mel Gibson might have to make a second, way sexier version of The Passion of the Christ — already one of the best snuff films out there — if he’s planning to step up his game.
Also, if you actually see The Pastor in a theater — and you can because it came out last Monday — be careful not to sit next to this pastor because he’s probably going to blow his load on your lap.
Here’s the trailer:
That time Penélope Cruz accidentally asked for a “blow job”
Penélope Cruz appeared on The Graham Norton Show to promote her participation on the upcoming Zoolander 2 movie. During the interview, Cruz told a funny anecdote concerning her beginnings in Hollywood — the actress says she knew very little English because she studied French as a second language — which once lead her to ask a hairstylist for head instead of a dry head:
“I spoke so little [English]. Basically, I just knew my lines. Once I went to a hairdresser and asked for a blow job.”
Of course, what Penélope really wanted is a blowout, I assume.
Elton John happened to also be a guest on the show, and the funny man took almost too long to quip “I’ve done that, too.”
That’s some good show banter.
Here’s a clip:
The merits of cultural appropriation? Guitar sales have spiked in Mexico post-Coco
Recently Gustavo Arellano Miranda, a well-known writer for Pocho and the LA Times, penned a very interesting column on the success of Disney-Pixar’s Coco. Gustavo essentially defended Lalo Alcaraz, the Mexican-American cartoonist who worked on Coco as a consultant, from a group of Chicanos who accused Lalo of selling out. Part of the argument stemmed from the fact that Disney was appropriating Mexican culture to make a buck while giving very little back.
The merits or demerits of cultural appropriation can be deeply examined some other time — or here, in the comments, go for it — but as of today we’ll be able to argue that Disney-Pixar’s culling of our culture has, whether naysayers like it or not, brought economic benefit to some Mexican residents, specifically, Paracho’s guitar makers.
According to El País, guitar makers from the little Mexican town, which is located in the Mexican state of Michoacán, and is renowned for its guitarreros, has seen an huge spike in its guitar sales post-Coco. Many of the local guitar makers have begun modeling their instruments after the movie’s white, skull-inspired design, and people are loving them:
“Guitarists and merchants can not keep up with the demand for the peculiar instrument. Behind the sideboard of her shop, María Eugenia Gómez says she was not ready for ‘Coco fever.’ ‘If I had 1,000 guitars, I would sell them all,’ says the 76-year-old woman, who loved the film and predicts that sales will continue for a long time.”
There’s some eerie similarities between Coco, who’s main protagonist works together with his family to make shoes — or is supposed to — and one Paracho guitarrero named Salvador Meza:
“Of the 50 guitars he used to produced weekly, he’s now up to 100. ‘Normally, I work in my house with my wife and a friend, but now we added my comadre, my nephew, and a cousin… ¡Todos quedamos locos con el Coco!'”
I really hate to sound like a Disney-appropriation-alt-right-tons-of-other-millennial-academic-terms apologist, but besides making our peoples some good dough, the Coco craze is also getting a new generation of Mexicans into playing music — so, you know, an actual art form.
As I argued before, Disney was going to make the damn movie with or sans the outrage, so Mexicans are making the most out of a no-win situation.
Now, trivia time: Apparently the Coco guitar was designed by a michocanano name of Germán Vázquez. The guitar maker moved to Los Angeles 25 years ago, where he manged to set up his own shop. At 64, Vázquez said he identified with Miguel, Coco‘s protagonist:
“[Miguel] wanted to be a musician and found a way to become one. He fought and struggled until he succeeded. I am also like Miguelito: A fascinated guitarist.”
You still haven’t seen Coco? Here’s what I think of the movie — but it has spoilers, so read at your own risk.
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