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The X Files: Travelers (1998)
X Files set in the Forties with guest appearance by Kolchak
In a brilliant season of The X Files, this episode stands out because of the guest appearance of Darren McGavin, who might be one of the biggest cult TV stars ever, because of his role as Kolchak. In the 1970s, McGavin starred as Kolchak in The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler, a role which he later reprised for a short lived TV series, which was not really of the same quality as the previous TV movies, but became a fan favorite nonetheless. McGavin played the charismatic newspaper journalist Kolchak, who faced supernatural threats, and of course skepticism of everybody. Shades of Fox Mulder. Therefore it was a brilliant touch to have Darren McGavin play Arthur Dales, the FBI agent who actually initiated the X Files. Only complaint is that McGavin has too little screen time as most of the episode is a flashback. But the flashback story is eerie and disturbing, featuring appearances by Fox Mulder's father, and by the infamous Roy Cohn. The young Dales is ably played by Fredric Lane. The creepy Alien like story is gory and grotesque, and made more so by the glossy and picturesque 50s setting of suburban America. Great X Files origin story and a well deserved homage to McGavin, a very fine actor.
The X Files: Kill Switch (1998)
Great X Files written by star cult sci fi novelist William Gibson
This is actually an amazing episode of The X Files, and quite ahead of its time. Seeing as how the other reviewers find it just an average or slightly above average episode, wanted to take the time to recommend this great story. A fascinating story involving the just emerging cyberworld, this stand alone chapter manages to tie together a gang shoot out in a dilapidated dinner, a sinister digital intelligence inhabiting an unassuming trailer, a cyber punk rebel chic by the name of Invisigoth and dreams of eternal love to become eternal in cyberspace (years ahead of Second Life). That the chapter manages to convey the crazy, infinite, menacing, and liberating aspects of the cyberspace world is quite a triumph, while at the same time including the usually great Mulder and Scully interplay, as well as the indispensable Lone Gunmen. While different in subject than other episodes, this one is quite a threat, courtesy of guest writer William Gibson of "Neuromancer" fame. A great episode of a season full of brilliant episodes.
Hasta el viento tiene miedo (1968)
The best Mexican horror film
"Hasta el Viento tiene Miedo", the original version, is the best Mexican horror film ever. No discussions.
But it's not the only great movie by Carlos Enrique Taboada. If you liked this, there are other great movies by him, including the horror movie "El Libro de Piedra", the extremely underrated and little know "Rapina", what many consider to be his major work "La Guerra Santa". Others worth watching, but less successful "El Deseo en Otono", "El Arte de Enganar", "Un Vagabundo en la Lluvia" and "Mas Negro que la Noche" (another horror film). With the exception of "El Libro de Piedra", all of the aforementioned films are available in DVD in Mexico. In addition to his very good stories, Taboada should be admired for giving great roles to some of Mexico greatest actors including Ignacio Lopez Tarso, Marga Lopez, German Robles, Norma Lazareno, and especially two of our most intriguing actresses, Maricruz Olivier and Sonia Furio.
El tejedor de milagros (1962)
One of the best Mexican films of all time
This is an underrated movie which deals with religious fanaticism through black comedy and a building sense of indignation, trademarks of the major Mexican playwright of the 20th Century, Hugo Arguelles, who wrote the story. According to Arguelles, after Ingmar Bergman saw the movie in the Berlin Film Festival, the Swedish master told him that he would have liked to direct the film. It is a story about a couple in a poor Mexican town, in Christmas Eve, who try to turn the birth of the child of a miserable pair of peasants, literally into the second coming of Jesus. All of this, to make a profit of course. The cinematography is by the legendary Gabriel Figueroa, it is perfectly directed by Francisco del Villar, and it features major performances by Mexican film greats (and Emilio Fernandez regulars) Pedro Armendariz (as a priest)and Columba Dominguez, among others. It is shown once or twice a year in Mexican television, it is well worth looking out for it, as well as for another couple of Del Villar and Arguelles collaborations, Las piranas aman en cuaresma, and La primavera de los Escorpiones.
Great unknown Mexican movie from the Seventies
Great Mexican movie from the Seventies. Carlos Enrique Taboada is to this day an underrated writer/director. He made some of the most interesting films of the Sixties and the Seventies. Some of them are failures, and some of them are great.
He is best known for his horror movies including the classic "Hasta el Viento Tiene Miedo", and the not so good "Mas Negro Que la Noche" and "El Libro De Piedra".
"Rapina" is a history about the tragic consequences of greed, after a plane crashes nearby a small Mexican town.
Great performances by Ignacio Lopez Tarso, German Robles, Norma Lazareno and Rosenda Monteros. The movie is available in DVD in Mexico.