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Review: A.W. Strouse’s “BBC – The Black Boyfriend Compendium”

Review: A.W. Strouse’s “BBC – The Black Boyfriend Compendium”

Jan 30, 2017

A new memoir by occasional IMPACT contributor A.W. Strouse, B.B.C. (The Black Boyfriend Compendium), examines the various (14) black lovers he has had in his life. It was an entertaining read that left me wanting more, in more ways than one. The narrative recalls some of the negative experiences the writer has had with men, and was partly inspired by Oscar...

Review: “Merlí”

Review: “Merlí”

Jan 11, 2017

Spanish television, in general, is not that great. Sure, La que se avecina is entertaining, and Polonia from Catalunya and Vaya Semanita from the Basque Country are actually much funnier than Saturday Night Live usually is. In fact, until now, I’ve only been able to get into one Spanish series, the horrible yet wonderful Física o química (Physics or Chemistry),...

“Talk to Her” (Hable con elle). Another film from Almodóvar’s “A” list.

“Talk to Her” (Hable con elle). Another film from Almodóvar’s “A” list.

May 26, 2016

Pedro Almodóvar’s work is notorious for depicting strong women, gays, transsexuals, prostitutes, drug addicts and people on society’s margins. Pablo Allen Haker takes a look at some of the films by this internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker. This post is part of Pablo’s series, The Almodóvar Project. Talk to Her, the 2002 film from Spanish director Pedro...

“Bad Education” (La mala educación). One of Pedro Almodóvar’s more popular films.

“Bad Education” (La mala educación). One of Pedro Almodóvar’s more popular films.

May 6, 2016

Pedro Almodóvar’s work is famous for depicting strong women, gays, transsexuals, prostitutes, drug addicts and people on society’s margins. Pablo Allen Haker takes a look at some of the films by this internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker. This post is part of Pablo’s series, The Almodóvar Project. Bad Education, the 2004 film from Spanish director Pedro...

Pedro Almodóvar’s “All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre)”

Pedro Almodóvar’s “All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre)”

Apr 29, 2016

Pedro Almodóvar’s work is famous for depicting strong women, gays, transsexuals, prostitutes, drug addicts and people on society’s margins. Pablo Allen Haker takes a look at some of the films by this internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker. This is part 2 of Pablo’s series, The Almodóvar Project. Winner of both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for...

The Almodóvar Project

The Almodóvar Project

Apr 8, 2016

In celebration of the release of Pedro Almodóvar’s 20th film,  Julieta (2016), Pablo Allen Haker takes a look at this internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker whose work is famous for depicting strong women, gays, transsexuals, prostitutes, drug addicts and people on society’s margins. This is part 1 of Pablo’s series, The Almodóvar...

Review: Almodóvar’s “¡Átame!” (“Tie me Up! Tie me Down!”, 1990)

Review: Almodóvar’s “¡Átame!” (“Tie me Up! Tie me Down!”, 1990)

Dec 24, 2015

Leave it to Pedro Almodóvar to direct a film that would lead to a change in the American movie rating system. In his 1990 film Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (the name is improved in translation from the plain Spanish “Tie me!”), things got so hot that the MPAA wanted to give the film a “X” rating. As the film is far from pornography, the studio handling the...

How Not to Do Ireland in Style

How Not to Do Ireland in Style

May 21, 2014

For years now, I’ve been told by the Spanish that Ireland was an incredible place, amazingly green with friendly people. On a recent trip, I somehow missed this Ireland that had been advertised, but I don’t regret my journey there. Part of the problem was a lack of time to truly get to know the island, and trying to cram in too much in a short visit. I started...

Basque in the Rain

Basque in the Rain

Mar 12, 2014

Ten years ago, while reading an article about the Basque independent terrorist group ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, or Basque Country Freedom), I thought to myself, “If I ever go to Spain, I’ll never visit the Basque Country. Terrorists groups and rain. Who would want to go there?” Ten years later, I’m eating my words as I happen to call this enchanting,...

Body Combat: Stay with the Fight

Body Combat: Stay with the Fight

Jan 28, 2014

“Keep it real. Stay with the fight.” The first time I heard these words was close to two years after I had already finally quit procrastinating and joined the gym. They were almost two years after I had found the class that had changed my life. And they describe Les Mills Body Combat perfectly. Body Combat is an aerobic fitness class based on mixed martial...