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  • Los Cabos Film Festival Line Up (2017/11/09 19:52:28)


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    As we mentioned previously, the Los Cabos FIlm Festival is happening now. Movie screenings are running pretty much all day Friday and Saturday, and wraps up on Sunday. 

    And, unlike previous festivals that only showed Mexican films in Spanish, this year's line up actually includes some movies in English! Guess they finally remembered that whole "international" part of the festival.

    If you're looking for a screening schedule, click here. For a full list of movies playing and their synopses, keep on scrolling down the page.

    Jane Documentary. English. Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of JANE, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world.

    Beach Rats Drama. English. A Brooklyn teenager spends his days experimenting with drugs and looking online for older men to meet with.

    Una Mujer Fantastico (A Fantastic Woman) Drama. Spanish. A transgender singer faces scorn and discrimination after the sudden death of her older boyfriend.

    Give Me Future Documentary. English/Spanish. In the spring of 2016, global music sensation Major Lazer performed a free concert in Havana, Cuba for an unexpected audience of almost half a million people. A concert documentary evolves into an exploration of youth culture in a country on the precipice of change.

    Opus Zero Thriller. English. Paul, a composer, retreats to a remote village where his father recently passed away, looking for inspiration. A sudden obsession with the fate of a woman who disappeared 30 years ago will prove more dangerous than he ever imagined.

    Dina Documentary. English. Dina, an outspoken and eccentric 49-year-old in suburban Philadelphia, invites her fiancé Scott, a Walmart door greeter, to move in with her. A delicate story, deep and, at times, dark humor, about the love between two people on the spectrum of autism.

    Thank You For The Rain Documentary. English. Kisilu, a Kenyan farmer, uses his camera to capture the life of his family, his village and the damages of climate change.

    Angels Wear White Drama. Chinese. In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. Mia, a teenager who was working on reception that night, is the only witness. For fear of losing her job, she says nothing. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Wen, one of the victims, finds that her troubles have only just begun.

    I, Tonya Drama. English. Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

    Witkin & Witkin Documentary. English. An intimate story of identical twin artists who inhabit very different worlds: Joel-Peter, photographer & Jerome, painter.

    The Florida Project Drama. English. Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.

    Last Flag Flying Drama. English. Thirty years after serving together in the Vietnam War, Larry "Doc" Shepherd, Sal Nealon and the Rev. Richard Mueller reunite for a different type of mission: to bury Doc's son, a young Marine killed in Iraq.

    On Body And Soul Drama/Romance. Hungarian. When a man and woman who meet at work begin to know each other, they discover that they have the same dreams at night, and they decide to make them come true.

    The Darkest Days Of Us Drama. Spanish. Ana's recollection of the day when her sister Julia died, is a fragmented and foggy image that has haunted her since childhood. Now, Ana has returned to Tijuana, her hometown, where she has to face the pain and the darkness of her memories.

    Luk'Luk'I Documentary. English. A portrait of five Vancouverites living on society's fringes during the 2010 Winter Olympics, "Luk'Luk'I" takes us into uncharted territory, falling somewhere between a fiction we need to see and a documentary we wish didn't have to exist.

    Song Of Granite Biography. Irish/English. cclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins brings the dramatic life story of legendary seannós singer Joe Heaney to the screen. With an approach that marries traditional narrative episodes with documentary footage, the film will celebrate the music Joe Heaney created while painting an unflinching portrait of Heaney, the man.

    Mobile Homes Drama. English. A young mother drifts from one motel to the next with her intoxicating boyfriend and her 8-year-old son. The makeshift family scrapes by, living one hustle at a time, until the discovery of a mobile home community offers an alternative life.

    Thelma Thriller/Romance. Norwegian. A young woman falls in love for the first time, with the woman. At the same time, she starts having seizures and discovers that she has supernatural powers.

    Downsizing Comedy/Drama. English. A social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself.

    How To Talk To Girls At Parties Comedy. English. An alien touring the galaxy breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe: the London suburb of Croydon.

    Molly's Game Drama. English. The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.

    Western Drama. German/English. A group of German construction workers start a tough job at a remote site in the Bulgarian countryside. The stage is quickly set for a showdown when men begin to compete for recognition and favor from the local villagers.

    First Reformed Drama/Thriller. English. A former military chaplain is wracked by grief over the death of his son. Mary is a member of his church whose husband, a radical environmentalist, commits suicide, setting the plot in motion.

    Golden Exits Drama. English. An intersectional narrative of two families in Brooklyn and the unraveling of unspoken unhappiness that occurs when a young foreign girl spending time abroad upsets the balance on both sides.

    Foxtrot Drama. Hebrew. A troubled family face the facts when something goes terribly wrong at their son's desolate military post.

    A Ghost Story Fantasy/Romance. English. In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.

    Lean On Pete Drama. English. A teenager gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends the fading racehorse, Lean on Pete.

     

  • Los Cabos International Film Festival Finally Releases Schedule (2017/11/08 14:08:14)

    There's nothing like waiting until the last minute to create buzz for an event. The Los Cabos International Film Festival starts tonight and organizers have JUST released the schedule! (Scroll down to see each day's events.)

    Yes, we know it's hard to read, but it's all we got. Really, you should be happy there's a schedule at all. Now, whether or not they'll stick to this schedule is another story. And if you were hoping for ticket prices, well, that would be a miracle. 

    The film fest starts this evening at the cultural center in Cabo at 6:00 p.m. with a red carpet, followed by an opening night gala. The first film of the festival, Battles of the Sexes, will be shown at 8:00 p.m. There will be a full schedule of film screenings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with movies running for almost 12 hours, mostly at the Cinemex at Puerto Paraiso and it's VIP lounge, and a few at the cultural center. The film festival wraps up on Sunday, with about half as many films showing that day.

    While previous film festivals have focused primarily on Mexican films in Spanish (meaning most of you Gringos couldn't understand a thing), that's not the case this year. A new film festival board director, along with the return of the festival's original founders) means this year's festival includes plenty of films in English.

    For the full story on the film festival's chaotic history and the changes made to this year's festival, click here.

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  • Eeek! What's That Growing In Your Home? (2017/11/02 10:53:05)

    Jose Lima knows mold and mildew when he sees it. And he wants you to know a few things about it. The first is that mold spores are everywhere. Mold spores in general aren’t a problem, but they can become a problem very quickly given the right ambient conditions (heat and moisture).

    mold.jpgThe other thing he wants you to know is that if mold has infiltrated your home, it’s going to take more than the old home remedy of hitting it with bleach to get rid of it.

    Jose is a mold home inspector and ozone machine operator. Ozone is a gas that’s created when oxygen molecules are split into single atoms. These atoms combine with nearby oxygen to form a three-oxygen molecule. Ozone is good for killing mold and mildew because, at high levels, it deteriorates the mold’s cell structure and breaks down its ability to reproduce. According to Jose, ozone is 3,200 times more effective than bleach at killing mold. And because it’s a gas, it can kill the spores in the air that you can’t see.

    Jose’s company uses machines (which look like something out of a sci-fi movie), to pump ozone throughout the homes they treat. As the ozone fills the house, every interior surface - including floors, ceilings, closets and furniture - gets sanitized. While ozone isn’t able to go through solid walls, it goes where normal air can go, even down into cracks and

    crevices. In houses that have central air conditioning systems, Jose will put the ozone into the air ducts, so it goes throughout the system.

    “That’s when ozone is fantastic,” he says. “It’s one of the very few things that you can put inside the system that won’t damage the equipment.”

    The ozone machines take about 12 hours to kill the mold. No people or pets can be in the house at the time. Jose’s clients usually leave the house for the night while the machines work, but you can also choose to have them start early in the morning, so they’ll be finished by the evening.

    Jose’s inspection services start at $350, depending on the size of the house. And it’s not just a visual inspection; he also uses an endoscope camera to go inside different areas and behind walls.

    Ozone treatments start at $200, depending on the size of the house, and how many machines. For mansions, they have to go by sections. Jose says they can also treat boats and yachts. According to him, he is the qualified mold and mildew treatment provider in Los Cabos.

    For more information, contact Jose by calling (624) 141-6627 or emailing him at clients@lahuertadelsol.com. To see how you can tell if you have mold in your home, see our full article here.

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  • What's Happening For Day Of The Dead? (2017/11/01 16:26:04)

    Day of the Dead is a very festive, traditional Mexican holiday. Every November, on Day of the Dead, Mexican families wait for their deceased loved ones to pop back up so they can welcome and entertain them with the dishes and drinks they enjoyed in life. The Mexican tradition says that the deceased make a long journey every year to visit the living, and are welcomed with festivities, food and some elements before they go back to their resting place.

    The altar de muertos (altar of the dead) is the main attraction of this event, as its purpose is to help the souls find their way home. These are often huge, multi-tiered affairs, with lots of decorations, including candles, flowers, pictures of the deceased and their favorite foods and drinks.

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    They are truly a sight to see, and there are several places in Los Cabos where you can view them. At the Puerto Paraiso mall in Cabo, 10 hotels will each set up their own alter, vying for best. You can view them from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

    And going up on the marina now are 10 Day of the Dead altars, being set up by students from the state college here in Cabo. You can see them in front of Captain Tony’s and this rag’s local worldwide headquarters.

    Another alter (pictured left) is at Plaza Mariachi downtown Cabo, the plaza across from Giggling Marlin on the main drag. While you’re there have a cold one at Rip’s bar, and the American style BBQ ribs at Taco Loco.

    Over in San Jose, the organizers of the weekly Art Walk are hosting a Day of the Dead altar competition this evening, along with a La Catrina costume contest. She’s the skeleton lady all dressed up in a dress and hat that you see everywhere. You can find all this downtown in the art district, on Morelos and Obregon streets.

    Flora Farms, just outside of downtown San Jose, hosted its Day of the Dead altar contest on Halloween, but you can see all 15 of their entries now through November 6. 

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