La Cubana movies through the ages

The date is 2/17/19 tonight I’m interviewing Xiomara Perez age 50, her relationship to me is,well she’s my mother she’s female and Cuban she currently lives in Kings Mountain NC originally born in Siego De Avila, Cuba. This interview will be in the form of a Q&A session.

Q:What were some of the first films you remember watching in a theatre?

A: “well in my day I didnt have time not money to go to the theater either way I have a very vague memory of the theaters back then in my early youth most of everything was in black and white Cuba being in the state it was at the time it was a luxury to go.”

Q:Did you watch many films growing up in theatres (or at home)? If so, what films were you drawn to?

A: “in my adolescence I did watch films at home I really couldn’t have much of a preference I watched what the government allowed which were mostly Cuban made movies some comedies some romances like Un Rey en la Habana but by the time I saw this movie I had already came to the US I believe i was in my thirties or forties and you were just two years old.”

A king in Havana

M:“No need for those details mom..”

Q:When HBO, Showtime, VCRs or DVDs were readily available, did that change how you went to see movies? Or which ones you went to see in a theatre?

A: “No not really cause I never went out to see movies I always stayed at home but, my taste in movies really developed i began to realize that I love movies that were whimsical and all about fantasy like the Harry Potter movies as well as the twilight series.”

Q:What’s the last film you watched in a movie theatre? Did you enjoy the experience?

A: “The last film I watched in an actual movie theater was Despicable Me I enjoyed the experience very much even though I did fall asleep. About half way through the movie old age does things to you but I mostly went for your sake Melanie you wouldn’t shut up about going to see it in 3D.”

Q:What kinds of films do you watch now?

A: “Melanie you know I don’t watch movies anymore I can hardly stay awake through one but the most recent ones I’ve seen are The Theory of everything, Venom, as well as Hurricane Bianca my movie interest has downgraded I just watch anything really just to help me fall asleep. Good Bad it doesn’t matter to me anymore honestly but, I will say that some films I watch are mostly ones that have a lesson to be learned in them like That movie we watch last year um what was it called ah yes A Quiet place the movie was good and it shows the value of a family with pain love and sacrifice.”

Q:Any other comments about your movie going experience/history that you think is important, or that you’d like to share?

A: “Of course I would just like to say that in my life time I have been lucky to be able to see such great movies even if in my youth I didn’t have much of an opportunity to see what the world had to offer me on a big screen I’m still thankful and I know there will be even bigger stars and productions yet to come.”

M: “Thank you so much for your time mom”

X: “you’re very welcome Melanie”

In conclusion no matter how old or young you are you’ll always develop a history with the movies you’ve seen throughout your lifetime they almost become a part of you, Well see you next time everyone goodnight.

-Melanie degree


What Film Baggage means to me and why

Film Baggage is basically the experiences that you have collected over time either good or bad it doesn’t matter. Film baggage can influence your opinion on a film not just that how it impacts or affects you for example you could hate every romance film out there cause you’re just that single, but you fall in love with every movie that Ryan Gosling stars in I mean seriously he was in The Notebook people!

I will just say film baggage is something you really have to let go to be able to explore of enjoy new films don’t just hold yourself back cause you hate a certain genre or actor.

I was that person that swore she would hate ANY SUPERHERO FRANCHISE IN EXISTENCE!! i just hated them for one reason or another i would get invited to go watch the latest DC or MARVEL film I would decline faster than Deadpool can cut through 14 bad guys (which is the only superhero character I tolerated/liked at the time cause of Ryan Reynolds)


At the same time i had finally brought myself to watch a movie that came out two years before Deadpool and that was Guardians of The Galaxy I instantly regretted being so stubborn refusing to watch the movie the cast and storyline was amazing it was hilarious I couldn’t stop myself from laughing not to mention the soundtrack was amazing…..WAIT A SECOND WASN’T I SUPPOSED TO HATE THINGS LIKE THIS I NEED A MALLET A COUPLE GOOD WACKS TO HEAD WILL SET ME STRAIGHT!

ok then ehem aside from those dramatic the actual functioning side of my brain thought wow I should stop being so stubborn and open up to watching more films it’ll do me some good in the long run.

This leaves a lesson to be learned and that is QUIT BEING SO DARN STUBBORN AND OPEN UP A LITTLE EVEN IF YOU END UP NOT LIKING THE MOVIE IT ISN’T GONNA KILL YA!…well then that’s all for today folks see ya!

What film means to me

Annyeong!! the names Melanie I am a freshman going to CECHS (Cleveland Early College High School). I was born and raised in Shelby. Nc but in reality I am Cuban and African American not to mention multilingual

Movies have been a huge part of my life actors like Charlie Chaplin all the way up to Rami Malek being my inspirations. And directors as well as animators like John Waters and Hayao Miyazaki giving me the possibility of seeing great films come to life some of my favorite films are but not limited to- To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything Julie Newmar, Belle, Howl’s Moving Castle, As well as Bohemian Rhapsody, and Train to Busan. By the way I heavily quote To wong Foo that movie was too iconic to forget.

To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything Julie Newmar
released September, 8, 1995

watching movies is the only family pastime I have where we do not argue with each other and try to bite each others heads off!!. Of course not everyone in my family has the same taste in films like me for example I love dark humor or comedies that are not exactly recommended for your average three year old and horror movies that will even make grown men pee their pants. I have always admired how an actors performance can make or break a movie as well as the directors decisions the movie can either have 95% rotten tomatoes like the movie A Quiet Place,which was really well directed the silence building suspense and tension the climaxes and plot making you want to jump out of your seat or hide under the couch not to mention the struggle that the protagonist family faced and how well executed the performance was on behalf of the actors. Unlike the movie Max Steel that got the minimum of 0% on rotten tomatoes due to it being a random super hero franchise that is going absolutely nowhere, as well as having a very bland origin story that was pretty anti climactic.

I really hope that I learn so many new things from this course how to even become a critic myself to tell the good from the bad, to tell if the acting was moving and impressive or just a total and complete flop I will be able to share my own ideas and opinions I can’t wait for this journey to begin but for now I will have to bid you farewell for now……