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Jack Rico

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2017/03/05 at 11:56am

Episode 22 – Jose Diaz-Balart on Trump, Hispanic Media and Immigration, Singer Tommy Torres on Latino Crossovers, ‘Logan’ Movie Review

03.5.2017 | By |

Thank you for downloading episode 22 of the Highly Relevant Podcast! This week, I interview Tommy Torres, a former Ricky Martin producer turned singer, who for the first-time ever, revealed to me why he and other Latin musicians fear crossing-over into the English-language mainstream. We also chat with the premiere Hispanic news anchor in our country – Telemundo and NBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart – who was invited to the private Donald Trump meeting with network anchors and reveals to us never-before heard details on the meeting and what he said to Trump himself. That plus my film review of Marvel’s new Wolverine film…LOGAN. Read More

Jack Rico

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2009/02/25 at 12:00am

Crossing Over

02.25.2009 | By |

Rated: R for pervasive language, some strong violence and sexuality/nudity.
Release Date: 2009-02-27
Starring: Wayne Kramer
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Country: USA
Official Website: Not available.

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Crossing Over

“Crossing Over” had the potential to be one of the better films of the new year. It possesses some strong acting by a talented cast led by Harrison Ford and a socially relevant story line, but unfortunately it was all squandered away in the hands of helmer Wayne Kramer (The Cooler). Ultimately, the film feels like a counterfeit version of ‘Crash’ and ‘Babel’ from mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu. There are some commendable and engaging moments, but not enough to ignore the defects of its second hour.

Here’s the plot – ‘Crossing Over’ is a multi-character canvas about immigrants of different nationalities struggling to achieve legal status in Los Angeles. The film, seen from the perspective of the INS, deals with the border, document fraud, the asylum and green card process, work-site enforcement, naturalization, the office of counter terrorism and the clash of cultures. There are several stories that eventually intertwine at the very end.

A noteworthy mention should be given to Kramer’s implementation of immigrants as not just poor, working class Mexicans, but as a distinct representation of classes and nationalities. Also, perhaps the best acting scenes of the film came from Summer Bishil, who is part Mexican, playing Taslima Jahangir, an Iranian teenager who approves of the motives behind the 9/11 attacks. Just in case you’re looking to see Brazilian Alice Braga, she is scarcely seen. It was all working out nicely as a dramatic and enticing piece of film until it suddenly became an action thriller, giving way to Ford summoning President James Marshall from ‘Air Force One’. Where did that come from?

In an effort to not reveal too much, I’m limiting myself to saying this – Kramer would like us to believe that the lives of these characters are crisscrossed and interwoven by accident or fate, but halfway thru the end, you can sense the manipulative machinations and moralistic intent of the calculated plot. There goes Hollywood again trying to insult our intelligence.

A remake of this film in the hands of director Alejandro González Iñárritu would be interesting to see, but I highly doubt that idea is an option. At best, ‘Crossing Over’ is halfway engaging, but not worth the ticket or the time. Wait for it on Netflix.

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