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Spoiler
1. El astuto mono Pinochet contra la moneda de los cerdos (2004) 8/10 Chile
2. El agente topo (2020) 7/10 Chile
3. Bonsái (2011) 4/10 Chile
4. ¡Qué hacer! (1972) 7/10 Chile
5. Niña errante (2018) 4/10 Colombia
6. Ukamau (1966) 5/10 Bolivia
7. Verano (2011) 7/10 Chile
8. La llorona (2019) 6/10 Guatemala
9. La muerte del maestro (2018) 4/10 Ecuador
10. Postales de Leningrado (2007) 7/10 Venezuela
11. Le cas Pinochet (2001) 8/10 Chile
12. Fuego sobre el Marmara (2011) 7/10 Venezuela
13. Ya no basta con rezar (1973) 8/10 Chile
14. Soy Mucho Mejor Que Voh (2013) 7/10 Chile
15. Viejo Calavera (2016) 4/10 Bolivia
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06. Valparaíso mi amor (1969) (Chile)
07. Diálogos de exiliados (1975) (Chile)
08. La Buena Vida (2008) (Chile)
09. La Frontera (1991) (Chile)

10. Monos (2019) (Colombia) (l) (l) (l)
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ororama wrote: January 3rd, 2021, 8:09 pm 3. Natalia Valdebenito: El Especial (2018) * 69 min.

Not many laughs for me, but I think my problem is that it is different having a very general idea of the culture that she is reacting to, as I do, and living in that culture, as her very enthusiastic audience does. I don't watch much stand-up comedy, but wanted to see her show after seeing her in Mujeres Arriba, which also explores romantic relationships in a non-traditional (for Chile) way.
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1. Mujeres ArribaWomen on Top (2020) * 98 min. (Chile)
2. Juego siniestroSinister Circle (2016) * 87 min. (Peru)
*First time viewing.
Can you add the country on this one? I assume it's Chile but wanted to make sure.
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max-scl wrote: January 3rd, 2021, 7:34 pm And made this list for this chllenge which contains all the elegible titles from both Cinema Tropical lists:

https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/cine ... e/max-scl/
Awesome, thanks! I've added it to the OP.
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1. Viaje (2015) Costa Rica
2. Ixcanul (2015) Guatemala
3. Eugenia (2017) Bolivia

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This feels very aimless early on as the title character sits and has coffee, engages in meaningless chitchat and the like. An acting gig she lands is intriguing though, particularly given how much she begins to identify with the guerilla character; there are even a handful of points in the film where reality and scenes being shot blur, with only a gradually changing aspect ratio clueing us into the difference. The overall film though still feels full of filler though.
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flavo5000 wrote: January 4th, 2021, 1:36 pm
ororama wrote: January 3rd, 2021, 8:09 pm 3. Natalia Valdebenito: El Especial (2018) * 69 min.

Not many laughs for me, but I think my problem is that it is different having a very general idea of the culture that she is reacting to, as I do, and living in that culture, as her very enthusiastic audience does. I don't watch much stand-up comedy, but wanted to see her show after seeing her in Mujeres Arriba, which also explores romantic relationships in a non-traditional (for Chile) way.
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1. Mujeres ArribaWomen on Top (2020) * 98 min. (Chile)
2. Juego siniestroSinister Circle (2016) * 87 min. (Peru)
*First time viewing.
Can you add the country on this one? I assume it's Chile but wanted to make sure.
Sorry. Yes, it's Chile.
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Time for another update! Lu-chin is out to a strong lead with jeroeno close behind! On the Bonus Challenge, no one has completed a run yet but Mario is the closest so far.

Also one quick update on the Bonus Challenge. I decided to remove French Guiana from just the Bonus Challenge since very few films were even produced there which would make the Complete Runs much more difficult to do (particularly if you intend to do more than one). It still counts for the main challenge though if you happen to watch one.

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11. Tarde Para Morir Joven (2018) (Chile)
12. Palomita Blanca (1973) (Chile)
13. El bosque de Karadima (2015) (Chile)
14. Taxi para tres (2001) (Chile)

The official list from Chile is actually pretty good. Now we need an official list from Colombia just like it.
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1. El astuto mono Pinochet contra la moneda de los cerdos (2004) 8/10 Chile
2. El agente topo (2020) 7/10 Chile
3. Bonsái (2011) 4/10 Chile
4. ¡Qué hacer! (1972) 7/10 Chile
5. Niña errante (2018) 4/10 Colombia
6. Ukamau (1966) 5/10 Bolivia
7. Verano (2011) 7/10 Chile
8. La llorona (2019) 6/10 Guatemala
9. La muerte del maestro (2018) 4/10 Ecuador
10. Postales de Leningrado (2007) 7/10 Venezuela
11. Le cas Pinochet (2001) 8/10 Chile
12. Fuego sobre el Marmara (2011) 7/10 Venezuela
13. Ya no basta con rezar (1973) 8/10 Chile
14. Soy Mucho Mejor Que Voh (2013) 7/10 Chile
15. Viejo Calavera (2016) 4/10 Bolivia
16. Confesión a Laura (1990) 5/10 Colombia
17. Pacto de Fuga (2020) 7/10 Chile
18. Araya (1959) 6/10 Venezuela
19. Caño Mánamo (1983) 6/10 Venezuela
20. Jesús (2016) 6/10 Chile
21. La cordillère des songes (2019) 8/10 Chile
22. Araña (2019) 5/10 Chile
23. El Príncipe (2019) 7/10 Chile
24. Las marimbas del infierno (2010) 6/10 Guatemala
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1. One Hundred Children Waiting for a Train (1988, Chile) 6/10

Neat documentary about a teacher teaching the history of filmmaking to a bunch of kids in Chile with limited exposure to film. Kinda neat to see how she gets them excited about the old techniques and the old silent films from the earliest days of cinema.
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1. Viaje (2015) Costa Rica
2. Ixcanul (2015) Guatemala
3. Eugenia (2017) Bolivia
4. Sol negro (2016) Colombia

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Just because a film has your name in the title and is available in Mubi's library is not a reason to watch it. :( I suppose I didn't totally hate this; it's well acted and packed full of emotion, but the non-linear, anti-exposition approach made it impossible for me to get any grasp on the story. Is it about angry therapy patients speaking out or an older woman learning to use Facebook? According to the IMDb plot summary, it's about something else entirely. :shrug:
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07. Awaiting Her (2010) + Todos Bailaban (2016) + Negra soy (2017) - Honduras

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01. Zachrisson (2016) + De hermano a hermano (2017) + Inesperado (2018) + Paladins vs Overwatch (2018) - Panama
02. La muerte del maestro (2018) - Ecuador
03. La Yuma (2009) - Nicaragua
04. La ciudad y los perros (1985) - Peru
05. El camino (2008) - Costa Rica
06. Temblores (2019) - Guatemala
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Thank you for hosting, flavo!

(Screenshots from 'Amérika, terra incógnita' & 'La ascensión al Chimborazo'),

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1. Der Aufstand/La insurrección (The Uprising, Peter Lilienthal, 1980) 7.5/10 (Costa Rica)
2. La rosa de los vientos (The Compass Rose, Patricio Guzmán, 1983) 6.5/10 (Venezuela)
3. La oveja negra (The Black Sheep, Román Chalbaud, 1987) 7.5/10 (Venezuela)
4. Crime Zone/Calles peligrosas (Luis Llosa, 1988) 6/10 (Peru)
5. Amérika, terra incógnita (Amerika, Terra Incognita, Diego Rísquez, 1988) 8/10 (Venezuela)
6. Die Besteigung des Chimborazo/La ascensión al Chimborazo (The Ascent of Chimborazo, Rainer Simon, 1989) 8/10 (Ecuador)

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15. Matar a un hombre (2014) Chile
16. El Club (2015) Chile

Another two great movies from the Chile list.
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08. El cuento de lo que quiero y no quiero (2005) + Paravolar (2008) + Cinema Libertad (2010) + Hacedores de Paz (2016) + Cafe Salvador (2017) - El Salvador

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01. Zachrisson (2016) + De hermano a hermano (2017) + Inesperado (2018) + Paladins vs Overwatch (2018) - Panama
02. La muerte del maestro (2018) - Ecuador
03. La Yuma (2009) - Nicaragua
04. La ciudad y los perros (1985) - Peru
05. El camino (2008) - Costa Rica
06. Temblores (2019) - Guatemala
07. Awaiting Her (2010) + Todos Bailaban (2016) + Negra soy (2017) - Honduras
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1. Viaje (2015) Costa Rica
2. Ixcanul (2015) Guatemala
3. Eugenia (2017) Bolivia
4. Sol negro (2016) Colombia
5. The Maid (2009) Chile

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While the maid's actions are reprehensible here (antagonising a daughter who dislikes her; making life hard for other servants), the lead actress always makes her character feel down-to-earth and human. She is not the most likeable person in the world, but her loneliness/uncertainties are easy to relate to. The film also generates some surprising humour from the misery she causes others, with locking out the other servants making for a great running gag.
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09. La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin armas - Primera parte: La insurrección de la burguesía (1975) - Venezuela
10. La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin armas - Segunda parte: El golpe de estado (1976) - Chile
11. La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin armas - Tercera parte: El poder popular (1979) - Chile
12. Una mujer fantástica (2017) - Chile

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01. Wata (2010) + Los cuatro reyes (2016) + Zachrisson (2016) + De hermano a hermano (2017) + Inesperado (2018) + Paladins vs Overwatch (2018) - Panama
02. La muerte del maestro (2018) - Ecuador
03. La Yuma (2009) - Nicaragua
04. La ciudad y los perros (1985) - Peru
05. El camino (2008) - Costa Rica
06. Temblores (2019) - Guatemala
07. Awaiting Her (2010) + Todos Bailaban (2016) + Berta Didn't Die, She Multiplied! (2017) + Negra soy (2017) - Honduras
08. El cuento de lo que quiero y no quiero (2005) + Paravolar (2008) + Cinema Libertad (2010) + Hacedores de Paz (2016) + Lost (2016) + Nada (2016) + Cafe Salvador (2017) + 31.8.2018 (2018) - El Salvador
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Mario Gaborović wrote: January 6th, 2021, 4:23 pm 07. Awaiting Her (2010) + Todos Bailaban (2016) + Negra soy (2017) - Honduras

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01. Zachrisson (2016) + De hermano a hermano (2017) + Inesperado (2018) + Paladins vs Overwatch (2018) - Panama
02. La muerte del maestro (2018) - Ecuador
03. La Yuma (2009) - Nicaragua
04. La ciudad y los perros (1985) - Peru
05. El camino (2008) - Costa Rica
06. Temblores (2019) - Guatemala
Hey, hate to annoying again, but on the shorts, for all challenges in 2021, they require 80 min. to make up a point rather than the previous 60 (honestly I'm not super jazzed about that but that was the consensus). So you'll need another 20-ish minutes to get the point.
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1. La cara oculta a.k.a. The Hidden Face (Colombia, 2011)
I quite liked this intriguingly strange thriller. The first half is pretty straightforward and not terribly original, but that's actually by design. The second half spins the events of what's going in a completely different way and makes it much more interesting to watch. The premise is more than a little ridiculous, but I had fun with it.

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2. Mirageman (Chile, 2007)
Very low budget with a lot of handheld camera work, Mirageman comes across less as a gritty satire or hyper silly pastiche like Super or Kick Ass and more of an earnest story of a guy who wants to do some good and has some real fighting skill to back up his aspirations. It's not a perfect movie by any means, but it has some solid fight sequences and a fairly relatable main character.
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1. La cara oculta a.k.a. The Hidden Face (Colombia, 2011)
2. Mirageman (Chile, 2007)
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Hey, hate to annoying again, but on the shorts, for all challenges in 2021, they require 80 min. to make up a point rather than the previous 60 (honestly I'm not super jazzed about that but that was the consensus). So you'll need another 20-ish minutes to get the point.
No problem. I'll just watch additional shorts and add them in the spoiler section.
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13. La cara oculta (2011) - Colombia
14. Chuquiago (1977) - Bolivia

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01. Wata (2010) + Los cuatro reyes (2016) + Zachrisson (2016) + De hermano a hermano (2017) + Inesperado (2018) + Paladins vs Overwatch (2018) - Panama
02. La muerte del maestro (2018) - Ecuador
03. La Yuma (2009) - Nicaragua
04. La ciudad y los perros (1985) - Peru
05. El camino (2008) - Costa Rica
06. Temblores (2019) - Guatemala
07. Awaiting Her (2010) + Todos Bailaban (2016) + Berta Didn't Die, She Multiplied! (2017) + Negra soy (2017) - Honduras
08. El cuento de lo que quiero y no quiero (2005) + Paravolar (2008) + Cinema Libertad (2010) + Hacedores de Paz (2016) + Lost (2016) + Nada (2016) + Cafe Salvador (2017) + 31.8.2018 (2018) - El Salvador
09. La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin armas - Primera parte: La insurrección de la burguesía (1975) - Venezuela
10. La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin armas - Segunda parte: El golpe de estado (1976) - Chile
11. La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin armas - Tercera parte: El poder popular (1979) - Chile
12. Una mujer fantástica (2017) - Chile
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17. Machuca (2004) (Chile)
18. La Telenovela Errante (2017) (Chile)
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OP has been updated again! Folks, please check your tallies to make sure I didn't miss anything.

Lu-chin is still holding onto the lead but Jeroeno and Mario are both creeping up behind them!

Also congrats to Mario for the first complete run! Think you've got it in you to do another one? :D

Also, here's the ol' pie chart:
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Not surprisingly Chile still comprises nearly half the views but now Colombia and Venezuela are eating into Guatemala's piece of the pie.
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I know I'm not helping with the whole Chilean dominance thing here but oh well. I do have a bunch of Colombian stuff lined up for later.
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2. Ixcanul (2015) Guatemala
3. Eugenia (2017) Bolivia
4. Sol negro (2016) Colombia
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6. Endless Poetry (2016) Chile

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A semiautobiographical film with a difference. As the movie opens, we see Jodorowsky watching black-and-white cut-out sets being propped up and talking to the actor playing him as a youth. As the film progresses, he continues to pop up to mentor the younger version of himself. If a tad self-indulgent, the whole notion of Jodorowsky interacting with his past memories is incredibly dynamic and his slightly surreal take on his upbringing is quirky and engaging.
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1. Southern District (Juan Carlos Valdivia - 2009) 7.5
country: Bolivia

With a low budget and cheap lighting, Valdivia nonetheless stakes his claim as a hugely talented director to watch with this arthouse domestic slice-of-life drama. Focusing on the daily interactions of a rich, shallow family and their Aymara servants, Zona sur has an unusual (but in my opinion, successful) gimmick in that the camera is constantly slowly panning or moving in some way. Thanks to expert staging and choreography it works, and is at times entrancingly beautiful. With characters as shallow as these, the type of distancing effect this gimmick has works in the film's favor, as we glide above their petty squabbles with indifference and instead find ourselves focusing on the smallest yet most meaningful details.

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1. Ema (Pablo Larraín, 2019) [Chile] 7
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Previously on...
1. Southern District (Juan Carlos Valdivia - 2009) 7.5
country: Bolivia
2. Black Butterfly (Francisco J. Lombardi - 2006) 6
country: Peru

A political thriller that takes an out-of-field left turn into melodrama in its second half, but is ultimately capped by a chilling and effective conclusion. The beautiful Melania Urbina is a schoolteacher who teams up with a hard-drinking tabloid journalist Angela (Magdyel Ugaz) to find those responsible for the death of her fiancee, an incorruptible judge.

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Previously on...
1. Southern District (Juan Carlos Valdivia - 2009) 7.5
country: Bolivia
2. Black Butterfly (Francisco J. Lombardi - 2006) 6
country: Peru
3. Crónicas (Sebastián Cordero - 2004) 9
country: Ecuador
(note: on IMDb, the only country listed is Mexico, likely because the producers were Mexican. The film is set in Ecuador, filmed there, and is written and directed by an Ecuadorian. It was also Ecuador's official submission to the Oscars)

A visually stunning and impeccably acted thriller, Crónicas joins films like Ace in the Hole, Network, and Nightcrawler as one of the darkest and most cynical takes on the media in film history. John Leguizamo plays a Miami-based celebrity reporter in rural Ecuador covering the case of a serial killer/rapist at large, who stumbles on what could be the biggest story of his career when an inmate briefly in prison for an unrelated crime (Damián Alcázar, incredible) claims to have knowledge on the whereabouts of the killer. Produced by Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo del Toro, the former of whom may have inspired the film's restless and striking cinematography, the film achieves instant classic status among dark thrillers even as much of the film consists merely of conversations between Leguizamo and Alcázar. Yet they are so, so chilling.

Alcázar is a Mexican actor - his accent might have been lampshaded in the film's script by having him be a travelling foreigner of mysterious origin - who according to Wikipedia has won Mexico's equivalent of the Oscar 8 times, which I believe is the record for actors?

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15. Zona sur (2009) - Bolivia
16. La nación clandestina (1989) - Bolivia
17. El coraje del pueblo (1971) - Bolivia

Spoiler
01. Wata (2010) + Los cuatro reyes (2016) + Zachrisson (2016) + De hermano a hermano (2017) + Inesperado (2018) + Paladins vs Overwatch (2018) - Panama
02. La muerte del maestro (2018) - Ecuador
03. La Yuma (2009) - Nicaragua
04. La ciudad y los perros (1985) - Peru
05. El camino (2008) - Costa Rica
06. Temblores (2019) - Guatemala
07. Awaiting Her (2010) + Todos Bailaban (2016) + Berta Didn't Die, She Multiplied! (2017) + Negra soy (2017) - Honduras
08. El cuento de lo que quiero y no quiero (2005) + Paravolar (2008) + Cinema Libertad (2010) + Hacedores de Paz (2016) + Lost (2016) + Nada (2016) + Cafe Salvador (2017) + 31.8.2018 (2018) - El Salvador
09. La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin armas - Primera parte: La insurrección de la burguesía (1975) - Venezuela
10. La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin armas - Segunda parte: El golpe de estado (1976) - Chile
11. La batalla de Chile: La lucha de un pueblo sin armas - Tercera parte: El poder popular (1979) - Chile
12. Una mujer fantástica (2017) - Chile
13. La cara oculta (2011) - Colombia
14. Chuquiago (1977) - Bolivia
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1. El astuto mono Pinochet contra la moneda de los cerdos (2004) 8/10 Chile
2. El agente topo (2020) 7/10 Chile
3. Bonsái (2011) 4/10 Chile
4. ¡Qué hacer! (1972) 7/10 Chile
5. Niña errante (2018) 4/10 Colombia
6. Ukamau (1966) 5/10 Bolivia
7. Verano (2011) 7/10 Chile
8. La llorona (2019) 6/10 Guatemala
9. La muerte del maestro (2018) 4/10 Ecuador
10. Postales de Leningrado (2007) 7/10 Venezuela
11. Le cas Pinochet (2001) 8/10 Chile
12. Fuego sobre el Marmara (2011) 7/10 Venezuela
13. Ya no basta con rezar (1973) 8/10 Chile
14. Soy Mucho Mejor Que Voh (2013) 7/10 Chile
15. Viejo Calavera (2016) 4/10 Bolivia
16. Confesión a Laura (1990) 5/10 Colombia
17. Pacto de Fuga (2020) 7/10 Chile
18. Araya (1959) 6/10 Venezuela
19. Caño Mánamo (1983) 6/10 Venezuela
20. Jesús (2016) 6/10 Chile
21. La cordillère des songes (2019) 8/10 Chile
22. Araña (2019) 5/10 Chile
23. El Príncipe (2019) 7/10 Chile
24. Las marimbas del infierno (2010) 6/10 Guatemala
25. El circuito de Román (2011) 5/10 Chile
26. Poesía sin fin (2016) 8/10 Chile
27. El tigre y el venado (2013) 5/10 El Salvador
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4. Gloria (2013) * 109 min. (Chile)
5-7. Siempre Bruja: Alguien como yo/ Always a Witch: Someone Like Me (2020) * 39 min.
Siempre Bruja: Sangüijuelas/ Always a Witch: Leeches (2020) * 38 min.
Siempre Bruja: Antares (2020) * 36 min.
Siempre Bruja: Mr. Hyde (2020) * 34 min.
Siempre Bruja: Una grieta en el tiempo/ Always a Witch: A Crack in Time (2020) * 36 min.
Siempre Bruja: De alumna a maestra/ Always a Witch: From Student to Teacher (2020) * 37 min.
Siempre Bruja: El último deseoAlways a Witch: Last Wish (2020) * 34 min.
Siempre Bruja: Un imposible/ Always a Witch: Impossible (2020) * 32 min. (Colombia)

A great performance by Paulina García in Gloria. Always a Witch has too much college romance and pop music and not enough witchcraft, and this seemed even more true of the second season than the first.
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1. Mujeres ArribaWomen on Top (2020) * 98 min. (Chile)
2. Juego siniestroSinister Circle (2016) * 87 min. (Peru)
3. Natalia Valdebenito: El Especial (2018) * 69 min.
*First time viewing.
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Latin America Minus Minus Minus
1. Viaje (2015) Costa Rica
2. Ixcanul (2015) Guatemala
3. Eugenia (2017) Bolivia
4. Sol negro (2016) Colombia
5. The Maid (2009) Chile
6. Endless Poetry (2016) Chile
7. Sister of Mine (2017) Colombia

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A boundary-pushing drama. Without revealing too much, it can be said that the film explores perversion, what perversion means to different individuals and the harshness of a society that looks down upon those who do not conform. Both leads deliver well and the movie has a neat camera/screen dynamic going on. While it tackles some intriguing ideas, the film nevertheless peters out as it goes along and ultimately concludes without any sense of resolution.
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19. Niña errante (2018) (Colombia)
20. Atrás hay relámpagos (2017) (Costa Rica)
21. Retablo (2017) (Peru)
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Previously on...
1. Southern District (Juan Carlos Valdivia - 2009) 7.5
country: Bolivia
2. Black Butterfly (Francisco J. Lombardi - 2006) 6
country: Peru
3. Crónicas (Sebastián Cordero - 2004) 9
country: Ecuador
4. Monos (Alejandro Landes - 2019) 9.5
country: Colombia

Holy shit.

Instead of a mini review, how about a teaser trailer instead?

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Since I always get stuck when trying to decide what to watch, I'm doing this challenge geographically, from roughly north to south.

1. GUA - El silencio de Neto [The Silence of Neto] (1994) - 6.8
2. SLV - Los peces fuera del agua [Fish Out of Water] (1969) - 6.0
3. HON - El Xendra [The Xendra] (2012) - 6.5ish

Not off to a great start, frankly, but those were the only films from each country I had on hand. Looking forward to some of the others, though.
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(Screenshot from 'Cola de Mono'),

7. Retablo (Alvaro Delgado Aparicio, 2017) 7.5/10 (Peru)
8. Cola de Mono (Alberto Fuguet, 2018) 7/10 (Chile)
9. Monos (Alejandro Landes, 2019) 7.5/10 (Colombia)
10. La llorona (Jayro Bustamante, 2019) 7/10 (Guatemala)

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1. Der Aufstand/La insurrección (The Uprising, Peter Lilienthal, 1980) 7.5/10 (Costa Rica)
2. La rosa de los vientos (The Compass Rose, Patricio Guzmán, 1983) 6.5/10 (Venezuela)
3. La oveja negra (The Black Sheep, Román Chalbaud, 1987) 7.5/10 (Venezuela)
4. Crime Zone/Calles peligrosas (Luis Llosa, 1988) 6/10 (Peru)
5. Amérika, terra incógnita (Amerika, Terra Incognita, Diego Rísquez, 1988) 8/10 (Venezuela)
6. Die Besteigung des Chimborazo/La ascensión al Chimborazo (The Ascent of Chimborazo, Rainer Simon, 1989) 8/10 (Ecuador)
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Previously on...
1. Southern District (Juan Carlos Valdivia - 2009) 7.5
country: Bolivia
2. Black Butterfly (Francisco J. Lombardi - 2006) 6
country: Peru
3. Crónicas (Sebastián Cordero - 2004) 9
country: Ecuador
4. Monos (Alejandro Landes - 2019) 9.5
country: Colombia
5. Sicario (Joseph Novoa - 1994) 3.5
country: Venezuela

A 3.5 on the quality scale, but at least a '7' on the so-bad-it's-good scale, Sicario has the writing, acting, and music of an '80s after-school special. The film establishes it's bizarre internal logic early on when the teen protagonist Jairo, mad that his mother has a new boyfriend, leaves home, is peer pressured into his first joint, is peer pressured into his first drink, and is peer pressured into robbing and killing a random stranger--all in the space of 2 minutes (it has to be seen to be believed). Soon - like, 'the next day' soon - he's a heartless, confident killer. The tagline of the film should be, "Well, that escalated quickly." Also, for some reason, this Venezuelan production is set in Colombia.

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Andean? The Toy Story kid?
1. One Hundred Children Waiting for a Train (1988, Chile)
2. Natalia Valdebenito: El especial (2018, Chile) 7/10

She's a Chilean stand-up/activist talking about feminism in Chile and making it funny. Solid watch - available on Netflix.
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Latin America Minus Minus Minus
1. Viaje (2015) Costa Rica
2. Ixcanul (2015) Guatemala
3. Eugenia (2017) Bolivia
4. Sol negro (2016) Colombia
5. The Maid (2009) Chile
6. Endless Poetry (2016) Chile
7. Sister of Mine (2017) Colombia
8. The Engineer (2013) El Salvador

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What starts off as a look at El Salvador's sole forensic criminologist (and his grueling work digging up shallow graves) gradually morphs into a look at gang violence and the cause of the cadavers in this crime documentary. The film also manages to interview a few anonymous gang assassins - one who rejects the notion that he is a serial killer. The execution though is less impressive here than the content with montages set to inappropriately upbeat tunes, etc.
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22. Viejo Calavera (2016) (Bolivia)
23. Los Ofendidos (2016) (El Salvador)
24. Alba (2016) (Ecuador)
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