Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Not the Son of God.

The Waco siege of 1993 shocked everyone in the United States because so many innocent lives were taken away and the one at fault was a sick & delusional man.

After it happened, some Mexican movie producers decided to make a movie adaption of that tragic day. It was easy stuff to write about after all since David Koresh & his actions were well-known by then. So, a movie was made and it was called Sucedio En Monte Carmel: La Tragedia De Waco Texas (aka "It Happened in Mount Carmel: The Waco Texas Tragedy").

David Coleman (David Koresh's last name changed) (portrayed by Jorge Ortin) has just been kicked out of a church because he was calling himself the new son of God. Calling himself the real Messiah basically. After being kicked out, he begins to preach on his own and gains a small following. Soon after, he is taken in at a new church where he and a couple of tough goons decide to take it over by pushing over the current leader off of a deep cave lake. From there, David Coleman has gained more followers and has them working in Mount Carmel. Coleman, being a perv, gets women to marry him and has uneasy sex with them after the 'ceremony'. He tends to beat them and make them feel like shit, but its all done for the sake of God (I guess). All the followers that mistrust Coleman end up getting tortured somehow. Either starved in the fake-looking cave or their hands cut off in front of everyone. David Coleman is one sick son of a bitch clearly.

When the ATF come down to Mount Carmel for Coleman, Coleman and his followers decide to fight them rather than surrender. Coleman acquired lots of firearms and even a bomb to set off when the fighting gets too hard. He wants himself and his followers to die together.

La Tragedia De Waco Texas sounds tragic just as the real thing happened, but its actually terribly exaggerated and hilarious. The David Koresh portrayal was hilarious as well. They got the look right, but everything else was just so bad. I couldn't stop laughing every time he preached about God or whatever. It was just funny to me. The funniest thing of the entire movie however was the ending. The movie ends with an explosion of Mount Carmel. Rather than using stock footage of some random building exploding or even have their own building explode; the producers of the movie instead built a miniature version of Mount Carmel and blew it up with some fireworks. That scene is supposed to be serious and sad, but its just fucking hilarious. I couldn't stop laughing when I first saw that scene. Even now I laugh just thinking about it. It's just soo fucking bad.

I gotta give the movie some credit on some things though. Like I mentioned before, they got the David Koresh look right. It was somewhat believable despite a Mexican actor playing Koresh. I also liked the scenes near the end with all the followers and Koresh holding firearms. The hand-cutting scene was amusing as well since it is done so weird. Also, the music in the movie was pretty eerie & cheesy sounding. I dug it.

David Koresh aficionados will not like this movie since it is a terrible portrayal of the real event, but fans of videohomes like myself will enjoy it for sure. I liked it for sure but only because it was funny to me. I also admired the cast. Jorge Reynoso playing a David Koresh partner? It is a dream come true. Well for me anyway. 4/10.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lamberto Quintero's January 28th.

In the mid 1970's in Culiacan, Sinaloa, there was a man by the name of Lamberto Quintero who was quite powerful. He was a drug boss who was well-respected by all of Culiacan. After Lamberto Quintero was murdered, he became a legend throughout Mexico thanks to a song that was written about him. It was written by Paulino Vargas and the song was covered by many musicians. One musician made the song very popular and his name was Antonio Aguilar. Aguilar's song was so successful that he also being a movie producer/actor, decided to turn the song into a movie.

Lamberto Quintero starts off just like the song does, Lamberto (Antonio Aguilar) and his gatilleros (gunmen) are just driving around in their van, drinking, laughing and just having a good time. One of the gunmen notices a car following them, they try losing the car, but they then pull over, get out of the van and shoot everyone inside the car with their AR-15's. The men inside the car are gatilleros of Lamberto's rival Don Oscar Valderama. Oscar Valderama and his family despise Lamberto and try to murder him several times. Lamberto of course continues to live despite the assassination attempts. He even shows the Valderama's to not underestimate him by sending severed heads to weddings of theirs and blow up their vehicles with bombs that were intended for him. That's pretty much how the movie goes. One person shoots the other and dead people pile up. Lamberto of course ends up dead like the song says so, but his death is avenged perfectly. Also can't forget Lamberto's love interests. He seems to have plenty of those through the entire movie. The real Lamberto was apparently a ladies man, so naturally they had to portray that in the movie.

Antonio Aguilar's Lamberto Quintero is a pretty good movie. Now the movie does break out in music a lot since Antonio Aguilar is a singer, but the songs he sings are not bad at all. They're famous songs of his and to this day they're still played by many of his fans everywhere. Next to a lot of music, the movie surprisingly has a lot of action too. Some of it is pretty bloody. Like I mentioned before, Lamberto Quintero sends a severed head to a wedding of the Valderma's and one of the Valderama's sons (played by a young Sebastian Ligarde) brutally stabs a girlfriend of Lamberto's to death. I also can't forget the guns firing. That happens a lot of course. So many bullets firing & blood splattering. Nice.

I liked Lamberto Quintero. It was a fun watch for sure. If you like Mexican crime movies like myself, then this one will whet your appetite for sure.

Check out Lamberto Quintero sometime. Either on DVD, VHS or online streaming. The movie is on Hulu for free, so maybe watch it there? 5/10.

Since the song is an important part of the movie (duh), I translated the lyrics in English. Not 100% perfect, but it is enough to understand what exactly is said in the song and how more or less the movie goes. Hope it helps!

Lyrics (Translated):
It was January 28th, oh how this day hurts me.

A van was chasing Don Lamberto Quintero. They were going to El Salado just for a drive... 

They passed the reedbeds, they were drinking some beer... 

His partner told him, "A van is following us". Lamberto said smiling, "What are the machine guns for?" .

Close to El Salado, two AR-15’s fired. They left one dead, an enemy of Lamberto's. 

Wish this was only a story, but my friends it is all true.

A man who was happy and in love, was talking to his girlfriend. 

He was off guard when the bullets fired. His life was taken away.

Santa Maria Clinic you are my witness.

Two days after his death, bullets fired again. 10 were left dead, for the same reasons.

The bridge that goes to Tierra Blanca, the one that saw it all.

Remember that Lamberto can never be forgotten.

For my part I assure, he's still needed in Culiacan...