Spanish-Language Films as a Tool to Instill Use of the Language

Hispanic Heritage Month is recognized annually in America from mid-September through mid-October. It is a month where recognition is given to all Hispanics living in this country, especially those who have made a positive impact and contribution to society while embracing their culture. With the increase of the Hispanic population in America and the generational growth we have seen that it has become difficult to keep our children grounded and maintain our traditions, values and cultures. Yet it is imperative for Hispanic families to instill in their children these traditions at an early age. As a proud Latina it is my diverse culture of which I am most proud of. It is this pride that I too will share with my children someday.

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So how do we effortlessly pass on and instill our customs and traditions to our children? There’s various ways, but one of the first places to start is to inculcate the use of our language. Speaking to our children in Spanish at a young age will not only give them a competitive advantage in the long run, but it will organically immerse them into our culture. Nowadays, there are many tools that can help us really inculcate the use of Spanish in our homes – from bilingual books, to educational videos, mobile apps, and even Hollywood films. When it comes to movies, those that are dubbed in Spanish are a great resource. Learning to listen is essential to comprehending another language and by viewing a film in Spanish our children will absorb not only our culture but the language.

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With that in mind, on October 14 Pantelion Films is releasing the animated film, La Leyenda Del Chupacabras. This film not only promises to entertain families from all over the United States, but also to be a good tool for our children in experiencing one of our culture’s well-known folktales in Spanish. The storyline follows the character of Leo and his friends as they embark on a new adventure and encounter the well-known mythical creature of El Chupacabras. Abandoned to their fate, Leo and the rebels must fight the El Chupacabras and escape the convent they are in. As Leo struggles to survive he will discover the secret behind El Chupacabras and will have to make the most difficult decision of his life. The film will be available in select cities with subtitles.

You can view the trailer here:

This film by Anima Studios is one of many animated series that focus on popular Latino folktales including La Leyenda De Las Momias and La Leyenda de la Llorona. These films are definitely a perfect tool to practice the use of Spanish language and also provide a look into our culture, plus they’re super cute!

What are other ways you instill the use of Spanish and your Hispanic background to your kids?

S3E5 / Talking The Strain: “Madness” Review [podcast]

 
 
It’s time for another recap show!!!
 
TALKING THE STRAIN is back – Jesus of ThisFunktional.com and I will review season 3 episode 5 “Madness.”
 
SYNOPSIS: New information from the Lumen forces Setrakian to seek help from his lifelong nemesis, Eldritch Palmer. Eph’s new experiments to understand strigoi communication seemingly take him to the brink of madness while Fet is on a mission to discover strigoi movements across New York City.
 
Talking The Strain
 
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New Trailer – DESIERTO starring Gael Garcia Bernal

desierto-posterFrom Jonás Cuarón and Alfonso Cuarón, the acclaimed filmmakers of Gravity, comes a unique, modern vision of terror.  Desierto is a visceral, heart-pounding suspense-thriller packed with tension and suspense from start to finish, starring Gael García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries and Y Tu Mamá También) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen).

What begins as a hopeful journey to seek a better life becomes a harrowing and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante chases a group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous U.S.-Mexican border.  In the harsh, unforgiving desert terrain, the odds are stacked firmly against them as they continuously discover there’s nowhere to hide from the unrelenting, merciless killer.

DESIERTO will represent Mexico during the 2017 Academy Awards for the Foreign Language category.

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De la mano de Jonás Cuarón y Alfonso Cuarón, los elogiados realizadores de Gravity, llega una visión singular y moderna del terror. Desierto es un thriller vibrante, lleno de tensión y suspenso de principio a fin, y cuenta con la actuación de Gael García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries, Y tu mamá también) y Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen).

Lo que comienza como un viaje lleno de esperanza en busca de una vida mejor se convierte en una lucha desgarradora y primordial por sobrevivir cuando un vigilante demente persigue con su rifle a un grupo de hombres y mujeres desarmados a lo largo de la traidora frontera entre México y Estados Unidos. En el áspero e inclemente desierto, los protagonistas verán que tienen todo en su contra al darse cuenta de que no hay lugar posible donde esconderse de este asesino implacable e inescrupuloso.

DESIERTO será la cinta que representara a México en los Oscars 2017 en la categoría de mejor película extranjera.

 

Must-See Spanish-Language Movies Available at No Additional Cost During Hispanic Heritage Month

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Comcast’s annual Xfinity FreePass Latino gives customers a two week all-access pass, at no additional cost, to discover and re-watch hundreds of Hispanic movies. From September 26 through October 9, 2016 FreePass Latino will be available across all Xfinity platforms including, Xfinity On Demand, Xfinity.com/Latino and via the Xfinity Go app.

This year, Comcast has partnered with Pantelion Films, Hollywood’s first Latino studio, and will make available several of the most popular movies at no additional cost during the two weeks of FreePass Latino. These titles include the highest-grossing Spanish-language film of all time,  Instructions Not Included; the first Spanish-language animated film to be widely released in the U.S., Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos; Casa de Mi Padre, featuring Gael Garcia Bernal and Will Ferrell; and Ladrones, starring telenovela superstars Fernando Colunga and Eduardo Yañez. And with the recent updates to Comcast’s state-of-the-art set-top box, the X1 platform, consumers can more easily navigate and access these films via the Voice Remote Control. This voice-activated feature allows consumers to simply say phrases in Spanish or English, like “Eugenio Derbez,” “Peliculas Mexicanas” or “Pantelion” and they will be taken to a screen with a list of all the appropriate titles associated with their request.

Don’t miss your chance at catching up with some of Pantelion Films’ best movies during this Hispanic Heritage Month. The following rental titles will be available to watch at no additional cost between September 26 and October 9 during Xfinity’s FreePass Latino. Find them under the “FreePass Tops Picks” folder.

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@Thisfunktional Talks with Alfonso Herrera THE EXORCIST on FOX

@Thisfunktional Talks with Alfonso Herrera THE EXORCIST on FOX

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Actor Alfonso Herrera, playing Father Tomas, talks with Jesus, @Thisfunktional of thisfunktional.com, about the supernatural FOX show “The Exorcist.”

Herrera talks about his belief in good and evil, working with a great cast and about the show giving small throwbacks to the film, but being more a re-telling of the story of the book.

THE EXORCIST
on FOX Friday 9/8 C

This Is Us – S1|E1: “Pilot” Review

Hey everyone! Sorry I’m posting a bit late. It’s been a crazy week between work, school AND my DIRECTV being out for a few days! In any case, here’s what I thought of NBC’s new Comedy Drama!

I. Loved. It. With weeks and weeks of buildup, this show was getting a ton of buzz and, from what I saw, it was all positive. The promos not only give viewers a glimpse of Milo Ventimiglia’a backside, but also the premise of the show…four characters that share the same birthday.

We’re introduced to Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and his wife, Rebecca (Mandy Moore). They’re a young couple who are about to be parents to triplets.

We also meet Kate (Chrissy Metz) who is a 36 year old woman struggling with her weight.

Randall (Sterling K. Brown) appears to be a very successful business man with a wife and two beautiful daughters. Apparently he’s been searching for his birth father, who left him as a newborn on the steps of a fire station.

Kevin (Justin Hartley) is the star of a TV series called The Man-ny and seems to be struggling with the fact that he’s turning 36.

How fabulous was Gerald McRaney playing Jack and Rebecca’s replacement doctor??

Now that the introductions are out of the way, let’s get to the episode! Jack, Kate, Randall and Kevin all share the same birthday and are all turning 36. The writing of this show is excellent and the cast is incredible. We now know the main characteristics of these characters and what will most likely drive their characters in the coming weeks. Randall will explore the relationship between himself and his father, Kate will try to lose weight and rediscover herself, Kevin will try to work through his existential crisis and Jack will learn how to father three children at once.

This show has promise and I definitely recommend it to TV watchers everywhere! I can’t wait to see where they take the character development in future episodes!

***If you haven’t seen the episode yet, please stop here because I want to talk about the plot twist at the end!***

Holy shish kabobs!! This is what we’ve been missing!! That plot twist at the end made my jaw drop…literally! They’re all related!!! I mean we were told that Kevin and Kate are twins, but Randall being their adopted brother & Jack being their father?!?! I’ve heard stories about people discovering the twist at different points, so I’m curious when you all did. I noticed it when the man offered Jack a cigarette in the hospital and lit one up in the hallway. Then the camera panned out to show people in 70s clothing. I mean how creative is that?? To show the past and the future on this parallel plane is an incredible concept and I can’t wait to see where they take it!

What did you all think of the episode? Are you hooked like I am? Let me know!

Fear the Walking Dead: “Pillar of Salt” Review

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Season 2 | Episode 12
 
Hey there #FTWD fans! The crew and I got together to talk about the latest episode of Fear the Walking Dead!
 
SYNOPSIS: At the Colonia, Alejandro reveals his darker side. A hotel resident becomes violent and Madison springs into action. 
 
Check out the podcast below and let us know what you thought of the episode!
 

 
 
We’re now available on #iTunes – just search: FEAR THE WALKING DEAD RECAP SHOW or (don’t have iTunes) visit: audioboom.com/channel/iwatchmike
 
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Blindspot – S2|E1: “In Night So Ransomed Rogue” Review [podcast]

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Season 2 | Episode 1 – “In Night So Ransomed Rogue”
 
Ahhhh!! Blindspot is back! Jesus & I got together to talk about the Season 2 premiere!
 
SYNOPSIS: After Jane endures three months of CIA torture, the FBI brings her back into the fold – this time as a double agent.
 

 
 
What did you think??
 
Tune in TONIGHT, September 21 at 9/8c on NBC for the newest episode!

MTV & ENDEMOL SHINE ANNOUNCE THE PREMIERE OF THE SERIES “THE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE GAME SHOW”

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Premiere to Air on Thursday, October 13 Beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT

MTV announced a new comedy block as part of the Fall schedule, which includes the premiere of the brand new series “The Almost Impossible Game Show” which will debut Thursday, October 13 at 10:00 p.m.

“The Almost Impossible Game Show” is an absurd comedy game show that’s so hard to beat, contestants are given 40 lives…and probably still won’t win! Brought to you by the producers of “Wipe Out,” “The Almost Impossible Game Show” is based on the popular UK series of the same name. Each episode of this outlandish new series features six neon-clad contestants taking on simple, yet hilariously difficult games. To win, these brave contestants must complete four of the six games, without running out of lives. If they fail a game, they’ve got to do it again… and again… and AGAIN. Contestants don’t compete against each other, but against the game itself. With challenges such as riding a tiny bike across a balance beam over a mud pit, putting on a pair of trousers while sprinting on a giant treadmill, and inflating a balloon to the point of popping using only the power of your buttocks, contestants will never know what’s next. Comedy duo The Rubber Bandits provide anarchic commentary and their own twisted take as the contestants try to make the almost-impossible possible!

“The Almost Impossible Game Show” is produced by Endemol Shine North America in association with Left Hook Media. Matt Odgers and Scott Teti serve as executive producers for Left Hook Media. Georgie Hurford-Jones and Rob Smith are executive producers for Endemol Shine North America.

To tune in to all things “Almost Impossible Game Show” please the Facebook page: at http://www.facebook.com/almostimpossiblemtv

“Masterminds” Screening Giveaway

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#Masterminds

Wednesday, September 28

7:30pm

LOS ANGELES – Regal LA Live Stadium 14 – CLICK HERE

NEW YORK – AMC Loews 34th Street 14 – CLICK HERE

MIAMI – Cobb Dolphin 24 – CLICK HERE

CHICAGO – AMC Showplace Cicero 14 – CLICK HERE

HOUSTON – AMC Gulf Pointe 30 – CLICK HERE

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While supplies last. Once all allotted passes are redeemed, the code will no longer be valid. Supplies are limited. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Limit up to two (2) passes per person. Seating is first-come, first-serve basis. Employees of all promotional partners and their agencies are not eligible. Void where prohibited. Refer to screening pass for further restrictions. SEATING IS LIMITED, SO ARRIVE EARLY. PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE A SEAT AT THE SCREENING.

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Masterminds will be released domestically on September 30th, 2016 by Relativity Studios.

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S3E4 / Talking The Strain: “Gone But Not Forgotten” Review [podcast]

 
It’s time for another recap show!!!
 
TALKING THE STRAIN is back – Jesus of ThisFunktional.com and I will review season 3 episode 4 “Gone But Not Forgotten.”
 
SYNOPSIS: Things have changed. The infection enters a new phase. Fet wants to celebrate, but Setrakian and Eph are worried there’s more work to be done. Justine conscripts a new, unwilling army in the fight while Eichhorst angrily lashes out with a plan to strike back.
 
Talking The Strain
 
You can find us on iTunes, just search: TALKING THE STRAIN.
 
If you don’t have iTunes – you can always find us on AudioBoom.com/channel/iwatchmike
 
Thanks for listening and sharing!
 
The Strain
Mike “The Movie Guy” Pierce
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S3E3 / Talking The Strain: “The First Born” Review [podcast]

 
It’s time for another recap show!!!
 
TALKING THE STRAIN is back – Jesus of ThisFunktional.com and I will review season 3 episode 3 “The First Born.”
 
SYNOPSIS: The Occido Lumen is gone. Stolen. Setrakian and Fet race to recover it. Gus and Angel try to hide a secret houseguest while avoiding a police sweep, and Quinlan’s thirst for vengeance is revealed. 
 
Talking The Strain
 
You can find us on iTunes, just search: TALKING THE STRAIN.
 
If you don’t have iTunes – you can always find us on AudioBoom.com/channel/iwatchmike
 
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The Strain
 
 

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Latino artist Jiovanny Lopez draws the world-famous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Young Latino artist, Jiovanny Lopez is conquering Hollywood once again with his illustration of some of the world’s most recognized characters: the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Jiovanny Lopez is making a name for himself through his portrait drawing of some of his favorite idols and celebrities with the goal to personally deliver these drawings to them. To date, he’s achieved this with Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Thalia, Eugenio Derbez, Canelo Alvarez and Frank Grillo, among others. Currently, he has teamed up with Paramount Home Media Distribution in anticipation of the Blu-ray/DVD release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Jiovanny shares his film-inspired artwork and invites everyone to follow their dreams and exercise their passion for art.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is now available on Digital HD and Blu-ray/DVD! #TMNT2

Below is a time lapse video of his drawing:

 

If you’d like to follow more of Jiovanny’s projects, below is his social media information:

Instagram: @AsDrawnByJio
Twitter: @AsDrawnByJio
Facebook: Facebook.com/AsDrawnbyJio

S3E2 / Talking The Strain “Bad White” Review [podcast]

 
 
It’s time for another recap show!!!
 
TALKING THE STRAIN is back – Jesus of ThisFunktional.com and I will review season 3 episode 2 “Bad White.”
 
SYNOPSIS: The Master’s offer to return Zack plagues Eph as he considers taking the deal. Dutch reunites with an old group of friends but begins to question if her safety is better with them or with Fet, Eph and Setrakian. Palmer strives for answers to Setrakian’s secret strigoi blood treatments and discovers he may have a way to acquire it.
 

 
Talking The Strain
You can find us on iTunes, just search: TALKING THE STRAIN.
 
If you don’t have iTunes – you can always find us on AudioBoom.com/channel/iwatchmike
 
Thanks for listening and sharing!
 
The Strain
 
 
 
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Enter to Win! Screening Passes to See ‘The Magnificent Seven’

The Magnificent Seven

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

#Mag7
Wednesday, September 21
7:30pm

BURBANK – AMC Burbank 16 – CLICK HERE
SAN ANOTNIO – Santikos Silverado 16 – CLICK HERE
NEW YORK – AMC Empire 25 – CLICK HERE
MIAMI – Cobb Dolphin 24 – CLICK HERE
CHICAGO – Regal Cinemas City North Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX – CLICK HERE
HOUSTON – Edwards Greenway Grand Palace Stadium 24 & RPX – CLICK HERE
DALLAS – Cinemark 17 and IMAX – CLICK HERE
MCALLEN – Cinemark Pharr Town Center – CLICK HERE
SAN JOSE – AMC Eastridge 15 – CLICK HERE
PHOENIX – AMC Westgate 20 – CLICK HERE
SACRAMENTO – Century 16 Greenback Lane and XD – CLICK HERE

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While supplies last. Once all allotted passes are redeemed, the code will no longer be valid. Supplies are limited. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Limit up to two (2) passes per person. Seating is first-come, first-serve basis. Employees of all promotional partners and their agencies are not eligible. Void where prohibited. Refer to screening pass for further restrictions. SEATING IS LIMITED, SO ARRIVE EARLY. PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE A SEAT AT THE SCREENING.

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