Cute Latin Boys, Not Enough Substance
Luis Hernandez | New York, New York, USA | 04/27/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Filmed on a shoestring budget throughout New York City, "Latin Boys Go To Hell" is the story of Justin, a young gay Mexican photo assistant (Irwin Ossa) residing in Brooklyn. Justin, who dreams of finding the perfect man hasn't had much looking for the right man at clubs. While there is a hot Latin model (played by the hot Mike Ruiz who appears on the cover) who is trying to get have a quick fling with him, Justin still doesn't know what he is looking for until he discovers the his cousin from Chicago (John Bryant Davila) is moving in for a while. During his stay, Justin begins to develop feelings for his cousin, however his cousin has his eyes set on Andrea (Jenifer Lee Simard).The film, which is a good short film, really doesn't capture the essence that makes many independent films successes at festivals such as Sundance. The quality of the film is really dark, sometimes grainy, and the acting is average. While the cast is pretty good, the standout performance in this film was by Alexis Artiles, who plays the jealous, possessive, crazy boyfriend of Carlos, the hot Latin model who is after Justin. His performance as a "telenovela" (Spanish-language soap operas) addicted boyfriend who revolves his life around the events that occur on "Dos Vidas," a telenovela that he is hooked on.The film, which is unrated, has some pretty strong imagery and scenes that should not be viewed by minors and/or people uncomfortable with gay sexuality, male nudity, and gore. Director Troyano does an okay job of telling this tale of gay Latin males living in the Big Apple, however I don't know why she decided to have this story revolve around a Mexican character living in New York, when in reality the Mexican community in New York is very small when compared to the city's Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Colombian communities. The club scenes don't appear that authentic, and it looks like most of the scenes where filmed at such night clubs as Krash and La Nueva Escuelita during the day. The film has elements of Pedro Almodovar's style, however due to its limited budget, the film's quality loses the elements that made Almodovar's films unique (e.g., color, sound, music, designs, etc..). Overall, I give this film three stars due to my respect for independent filmmakers and especially for the burgeoning Latin boom in recent films."
I've Seen Better Home Movies!
T. Halkin | Munich, Germany | 06/13/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Low budget is one thing, but I have truly seen home movies made with hand-held camcorders that looked better than this film. It is so dark and grainy that it's at times difficult to see what's going on. I had to turn the sound way up to even understand what was being said.Other than that, a few good-looking, young Mexican men stumble through this awkward, melodramatic soap-opera ditty, never really touching on anything that rings true. It's neither moving, nor funny (though it tries at both). Banality would have been refreshing in comparison. If someone lends this to you, you might want to take a look at Mike Ruiz and Irwin Ossa. Then again, why not just look at pictures of them in the internet; it would be infinitely more satisfying."
Porfie Medina | Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA | 04/01/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Cheerfully cheesy fun is guaranteed in this sexy, melodramatic soap opera about what happens to a Latino pretty Boy whose hormones go in to overdrive, when his goodlooking cousin Angel arrives for an extended stay. Not the best movie, but it does have some great laughs, and at times it seems a bit crazy, it makes up with the great story that seems to captivate you, and dares to go where those few movies are willing to take you. Check it out it, you will have a good time!"
Film showing the influence of TV, the church and culture
Porfie Medina | 08/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Not the best acting or photography, but a very gritty look at Latino [homosexual]culture. Some humor, but mostly a soap-opera view of love, Latino culture, the influence of the church, and sexual identity through the eyes of two characters."