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20 Facts About ‘Mi Vida Loca’ You Probably Missed

Over twenty years have passed since Allison Anders’ movie “Mi Vida Loca” gave life to the Echo Park homegirls Mona and Maribel, known as “Sad Girl” and “Mousie.” Still, all of the years later, fans love the film at a cult status. Here’s a look at 20 facts about the movie you didn’t know!

1. The director drew on real experiences for her story.

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The director, Allison Anders, created the script for the film with stories from real girl gangs. In an interview with Wonderland Magazine the director explained that she got the idea for the film after talking to her daughter. “My daughter came home from school and told me this story about two girls: ‘Christina had a baby with Ernesto and then Marta had a baby with Ernesto and now they don’t get along,’ she said. I was like, ‘Who is this Ernesto? I gotta meet this stud’, and when I saw him he was just this tiny kid.”

2. And cast real gangsters in the film.

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Marlena and Monica AKA “N-owl” and “Smokey,” were active gang members in Echo Park when “Mi Vida Loca” was filmed.

3. The director adopted one of the cast member’s children.

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A few months after shooting for the film was completed, one of the cast members died and left behind a two-year-old son. The film’s director Allison Anders subsequently adopted him.

4. When the film was shot in the mid nineties, gang violence in Los Angeles was at an all time high.

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Anders shot her cult chola girl-gang movie in the no-go neighborhood of Echo Park. In an interview with Wonderland Magazine the director said “The girls I was working with, they were getting shot at and standing alongside people getting killed. It was a gnarly time, but I kept all the violence off-screen because I wasn’t interested in that. I was interested in the girls, the subculture as a pop culture, the music, the clothes, and how they interacted with one another.”

5. Sad Girl’s look was crated in order to express her overcompensation.

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The film’s wardrobe designer, Susan Bertram, decided that Sad Girl’s look had to be extreme. “I wantedher lips darker and sharper than everyone else, to have both her hands and her face tattooed. The first time I came out of hair and makeup everyone was like, ‘That’s legit.’”

6. People have criticized Lana Del Rey for trying to appropriate looks from the film.

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When Lana Del Rey released “Tropico” five years ago not too many were pleased to find the white artist dressed as a chola ( she even had teardrop tattoos!). Even the director of the film pointed out that she missed a few things about the look she was stealing saying “What she might not notice are the little chola bracelets that were made from car parts, or that you had your hair high so you could conceal a weapon in it if you needed to.”

7. Salma Hayek starred in the film.

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The film marked her film debut.  It was also the film debut for Danny Trejo.

8. Roger Ebert gave it a pretty stellar review.

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The movie critic famed for his four star review policy, gave the HBO film three stars when he first saw it. “The storytelling is not very well organized; the movie is more anecdotal than involving. But what we do get is a vivid impression of these young women and their world, and an understanding of how the gang performs a social function that otherwise would be missing,” he wrote.

9. The writer and director, Allison Anders, moved into the neighborhood to research the film.

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Anders worked to get to know the Latina women who were her neighbors and drew on their personal lives.

10. Seidy Lopez blew up after the movie.

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The Mexican-American actress appeared in Solo, Selena and an episode of ER directed by Quentin Tarantino.

11. The film has a pretty great Rotten Tomatoes rating.

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The film has an 80% approval rating.

12. Jason Lee also appeared in the movie.

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The film also marked Jason Lee’s film debut. He has a credit in the film as a Teenage Drug Customer.

13.  La Whisper still ives in LA.

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She keeps a pretty low profile, but according to a blogpost made by Angel Aviles the Latina is a happy mom.

14. Julian Reyes appeared in Mi Vida Loca as Big Sleepy and is now a cop.

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That’s right Papi Chulo, “Big Sleepy” runs the streets of LA as a cop.

15. Gabriel Gonzalez AKA  Gabrielito is a singer.

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The actor is a singer/songwriter, performance artist, production consultant. He also teaches Spanish around LA.

16.  Teen Angels magazine inspired the director too.

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In an interview with Screenslate Anders said that  “For us [filmmaker Kurt Voss and me], these magazines reminded us of punk rock fanzines in that they were an insight into an LA subculture.”

17. The film crew often ran into gang problems while shooting.

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“My producers and I involved the Echo Park members every step of the way to know which neighborhoods were safe for us to shoot in, Anders told Screenslate. “We literally took them in the car location scouting to check out the safety. Sometimes the borders were block to block: “We can shoot down here—but not across the street.”

18. Anders used multiple narrations in “Mi Vida Loca “to avoid a colonialist point of view.

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“It was really important to me to have these characters speak from their interior space,” Anders told Screenslate. “And while every film I make I approach like a documentarian to a certain extent, this one was perhaps more than any of my others. Even though there are storylines which are personal to me.”

19. Jacob Vargas appeared in the film.

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The “Cesar Chavez,” “Psych,” and “Marvel’s Luke Cage” actor took in the role of Ernesto!

20. Mousie and Sadgirl are still friends.

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Yep, Angel Aviles and Seidy Lopez are still gal pals. They even interviewed together for FIERCE!


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This Quietly Posted IMDB Page Could Mean ‘Coco 2’

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This Quietly Posted IMDB Page Could Mean ‘Coco 2’

To say our worlds were rocked when Pixar finally gave us a touching film about la cultura a few years ago would be the biggest understatement of the century. ‘Coco,’ the 2017 American 3D computer-animated fantasy starring Gael García Bernal and Benjamin Bratt filled our hearts and also brought us to tears. Still, as satisfying as the film was, there’s no doubt it left us craving more. And it looks like we might just get it.

An IMDB page for Coco 2 has been created and I’m sorry but I can’t stop freaking out!!

According to IMDB user anthandsoc-95189 who appears to have long had the inside scoop on upcoming films, ‘Coco 2: Return To the Land Of the Living’ is in the works! Some digging around has also revealed that another sight might have information on the plot and characters of the sequel film. Of course, this information has yet to be confirmed and might be purely a wish, but if it is we’ll dream big!

According to IMDB ‘Coco 2’ will take place 6 years after the first film

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The IMDB page says “It’s been 6 years since the events happened for Miguel. But when Hector, Imelda, and his great grand-abuelos need Miguel’s help to come back to the Land of the Living because some mysterious sinister masked skeleton is haunting and rules their world with an iron fist and sword and hates music.”

Which means, if IMDB is correct, we haven’t seen the last of Mama Coco!

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Sweet Coco could have a really big role in the new film!!

Of course, other sites have other insights into the could-be sequel…

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Because of course everyone has an opinion!

According to Fandom.com ‘Coco 2’ will take place six years after the first film.

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We’ll see Miguel’s family attempt to throw him a fiesta, but sadly Miguel, still upset about Mama Coco’s death, will be upset.

When Miguel meets a sophisticated, ghostly and well-bred skeletal spirit Miguel will attempt to return to The Land Of The Dead for a vacation.

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Now that’s an insane idea for a spring break.

In this version of the sequel, Miguel will a dark black hole to go back to The Land Of The Dead, to see Papa Hector and Mamma Imelda.

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Of course, Miguel will be astonished when he sees his old family members for another time and finally gets to see Mama Coco.

Soon enough, Miguel is racing against time, once again, to avoid being a skeleton.

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But this time, Marcel might not be so bothered by the idea of living amongst the dead for forever.

Of course, all of this is speculative. Who knows if Pixar has plans for a sequel in the works, but as one fan points out this clip by Pixar on the DVD release has some great hints!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VplFL0KS75s

Fingers crossed!

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Video Dug Up From Cardi B’s Past Shows Her Saying She Used To Drug And Rob Men

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Video Dug Up From Cardi B’s Past Shows Her Saying She Used To Drug And Rob Men

Stay grateful you did not grow up in the era of Snapchat/ Instagram/ Facebook kids because you can delete but your recorded actions can still come back to bite. Cardi B knows the story. While the Afro-Latina queen of Trap isn’ making any apologies, the latest video to be dug up from her past is requiring her to give some answers.

Video of the singer, recalling a time in her life in which she felt forced to drug and rob men while seducing them has resurfaced.

Over the weekend, video of the “Money” rapper recalling how she used to drug and rob men resurfaced.

The video, which was recorded during an Instagram live broadcast, sees Cardi as she goes on a tearful verbal tirade about her past. This after, someone apparently questioned her success and accused her of not “putting in no fucking work.”

“I had to go ‘oh yeah, you wanna fuck me? Yeah yeah yeah let’s go to this hotel.’ And then I’d drug [expletivie] up and I’d rob them. That’s what I used to do.”

Users online were quick to comment.

“The fact that cardi b admitted to drugging and robbing men she would take back to a hotel for sex blows my mind,” wrote Twitter user @itsangelaa. “That’s not ‘keeping it real.’ that’s a crime.”

“I wonder what woulda happened if it were the other way round,” @BTSisthecauseo5 commented.

At the onset of the backlash, the rapper seemed to take the comments rather lightly.

The following day she also tweeted “IM THAT BITCH THEY LOVE TO HATE, IM THAT BITCH THEY HATE TO LOVE and I love it.”

On Tuesday, however, after users on Instagram and Twitter continued to simmer, she was forced to issue comment.

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In a post to her Instagram, the rapper responded to the comments about the video by saying: “I’m a part of a hip hop culture where you can talk about where you come from talk about the wrong things you had to do to get where you are.”


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