Thursday, March 31, 2016


By Jose Alberto Hermosillo,

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2016 continues showcasing the best independent, bold, and visionary films made in India and in other places in the World, films from: India, Canada, England and the USA will be showing in Hollywood, California. 

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The Director of Programming Mike Dougherty is extremely excited to bring the premieres of those extraordinary Indian films to the Los Angeles' audience.

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Inclusion and diversity are the key elements for the success of the Indian Festival, women directors like Deepa Mehta's gangster drama “Beeba Boys” is among the festival favorites.

We only hope for the future that the IFFLA will continue growing by adding more shows in order to don’t overlap such a good films at once
by programming a second screening at different date and time.

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The line-up of Indian, Indian-American, and South East Asian films range from traditional drama, shorts, documentaries, and a Round Table with the filmmakers.


India/2015/115min/DCP/Hindi and English
Director: Pan Nalin.


India/2015/92min/DCP/Hindi and English.
Director: Anu Menon.




India/2015/114min/DCP/Hindi. Director: Hansal Mehta.

“Beeba Boys”   

Canada/2015/103min/DCP/Punjabi and English. Director: Deepa Mehta (Academy Award nominee for Water, she also directed: Earth, Fire, and Midnight Children which premiered at the IFFLA three years ago).


UK/2015/90min/DCP/English. Director: Q.


India/2016/108min/DCP/Hindi and English. Director: Kranti Kanade.


“For the Love of a Man”  
India/2015/82min/DCP/Tamil and English. Director: Rinku Kalsy. It's all about the devotion shared by South-Indian Superstar Rajinijanth's fans.


“Island City” India/2015/111min/DCP/Hindi. Director: Ruchika Oberoi.  Won Best Young Director Award of the Venice Days section at the 2015 Venice Film Festival.

“Kirumi (Virus)”India/2015/99min/DCP/Tamil. Director: Anucharan Murugaiyan.

“Kothanodi (The River of Fables)”
India/2015/117min/DCP/Assamese. Director: Bhaskar Hazarik. 


“Masaan (Fly Away Solo)”  

India, France/2015/109min/DCP/Hindi. Director: Neeraj Ghaywan. It won the Un Certain Regard’s prestigious FIPRESCI prize in Cannes and the Promising Future Award for director.

“Ottaal (The Trap)”  

India/2014/81min/DCP/Malayalam. Director: Jayaraj Rajasekharan Nair. Won Crystal Bear in the Generation Kplus section of the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival.


India/UK/USA/2015/117min/DCP/Hindi. Director: Leena Yadav. It won the Stockholm International Film Festival’s first-ever Impact Award.

“The Tiger Hunters” USA/2016/93min/English. Writer-director Lena Khan’s debut feature.


“Umrika”India/2015/102min/DCP/Hindi. Director: Prashant Nair, with Suraj Sharma (LIFE OF PI) and Tony Revolori (THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL).  Winner of the Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award.

“Visaaranai (Interrogation)”  

India/2015/108min/DCP/Tamil. Director: Vetri Maaran.



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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

You're Killing Me: Dating a Serial Killer with Humor

By Jose Alberto Hermosillo

Twisted and weird, naive, and wacky, “You’re Killing Me” is an absurd romance-slasher gay movie with a twist of dark humor. It is an authentic American Gay Horror Comedy. 

Joe (Matthew McKelligon) is a regular, insensitive guy who can’t open up to other guys.
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Quickly bored at the superficial gay gatherings, Joe turns to a killing spree, funny but honest.

Joe, the killer, stalks George (Jeffery Self), and they soon start dating. 

George is an excellent-looking narcissist and an Internet Star. He and his friend Barnes (Bryan Safi) have an online trendy, fun, flashy Drag Show. They report on who they see at the Target Store in West Hollywood and other banal topics that go viral on social media. 

George naively thinks Joe is hot and anything else.

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The relationship gets interesting when Joe, the killer, confesses all his crimes. 

George, the Internet Diva, doesn’t take things too seriously. Instead, he feels flattered and falls for the serial killer.

George is happy to have someone attractive near him, and Joe is content to finally meet someone who listens and understands him. 

For Joe, he can introduce George to his parents, no matter how awkward the situation.
When George’s friends get in the way, they disappear mysteriously, one by one. 

The ones still alive take a while to see the sign; they react when the danger is imminent.

The original dialogs are fascinating, from George’s greeting voicemail to the harsh lines of Joe: 

“Hi! Leave a message or text me like a normal person.” George.

“The killer is someone the victim always knows.” Friends.

“I don’t really joke.” Joe.

“I’m glad I got to be with you when you’re going wild.” George. 

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I genuinely love this director, Jim Hansen (from the viral smash series “The Chloe Videos”). 

Hansen can correctly show American society’s disconnection from real-world issues and how candid and self-centered most Americans can be. 

No matter how dramatic the situation turns, a “whatever” will immerse them in the tiny little bubbles of their fantasy world. 

After all, there is nothing wrong with living in “La-La Land.”

In “You’re Killing Me,” Hansen worked with actors he knew and trusted but missed a significant opportunity to show the diversity of the gay community by adding more characters from different backgrounds. Clearly, this movie was made before the #OscasSoWhite controversy.

Although the editing is wacky and out of rhythm, the thrilling moments are funny, which is good enough to provoke a nervous laugh.  
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“You’re Killing Me” is not the regular serial-killer type of movie, and indeed, Joe is not the kind of guy you want to go out with or fall in love with, but at least he is someone who pretends to listen when you have nothing valuable to say.

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“You’re Killing Me” was the most talked-about movie at OUTFEST 2015 - some hated it, and others, like me, loved it.


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