‘The Wolves’: A Stunning Story About Sacrifices

Samuel Kishi crafts a remarkable film that reflects on the immigrant experience and the sacrifices they must make to survive.

I am a son of an immigrant, my father had to make the toughest decision to come over to a country he knew nothing about to be able to be with my mother. My mother is a daughter of immigrants, her parents made a tough decision to cross the border and provide a better life to their children than the one they had in Mexico. My family is filled with a history of being immigrants and we carry that with us every day of our lives. We are reminded every time we look around of the countless struggles and obstacles we crossed to be able to stand comfortably in this land we still don’t know a lot about. These are not easy decisions to make but sometimes they are the only viable ones. You have to leave your life back home and start from zero in a new place where you know nothing of the customs, language, and culture that you find yourself in now. There are many like you around but even then you still don’t entirely feel like you belong over here but you remember that in this life you have to sacrifice a lot. The Wolves is a film that follows these exact beats and speaks on this very experience.

The Wolves is directed by Samuel Kishi and stars Martha Reyes Arias, Maximiliano Nájar Márquez, and Leonardo Nájar Márquez as a family that immigrates to the United States from Mexico. The boys stay in their apartment that does not have a proper bed to sleep on while their mother works long shifts for multiple jobs while trying to make ends meet. The boys spend their days hanging out with each other and listening to tapes that their mother has left them with stories of the past and English lessons. The boys are given a set of rules they must follow but as their stay prolongs things get harder and harder to understand. All while they are told that one day they will get to go to Disneyland. These boys befriend their landlords while staying at this complex and get to know the neighborhood children who pose problems for them.

The film is expertly directed with a beautiful screenplay to accompany it. There was not a single moment here where my attention was somewhere else. I was emotional throughout this whole ordeal watching as these boys try to understand how much their mom is sacrificing for them. Maybe it is because I relate a lot to what these boys feel because I grew up a lot like them with not a lot as times were very tight with money. The film also is crafted with some exquisite and powerful cinematography by Octavio Arauz. Our main cast also give wonderful performances that creep right into your heart even when there is not a lot of words being spoken. The Wolves enriches your experience with empathy and beauty in understanding the immigrant experience. What is not being said directly is discussed through its moments of tenderness in the story.

We are following this journey with these children as viewers to understand the sacrifices someone must make to provide a good life to those they love. We understand everything must be given up when we have to leave all we know. We sympathize with the feeling of being lost and not knowing how to ask for the help when we really need it. We learn to be patient because we don’t always understand the severity of the situations we find ourselves in. Most importantly, we learn to just keep moving forward because at the end of the day we are all a culmination of the sacrifices that those who came before us made.

The Wolves is available to watch on HBO Max.

The Nerd Corps #446: ‘Malignant’ Review

The nerds are joined for another Saturday Morning Review as we look at the newest James Wan horror film, Malignant. Fellow writer for The Nerd Corps, Luis Angel Garcia, joins us for the review as we talk about this film. I have no idea how to tell y’all that you should listen to this but this was quite the film. Listen to find out about our thoughts on the film along with what people on Letterboxd are saying. Go check this one out!

IMDb Synopsis: “Madison is paralyzed by shocking visions of grisly murders, and her torment worsens as she discovers that these waking dreams are in fact terrifying realities.”

‘The Suicide Squad’: The Violently Weird Gem From DC

The newest installment from the DC Universe brings out one of its best films from the “horribly beautiful mind” of director James Gunn.

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We have a new DC film in cinemas and on HBO Max and it is the highly anticipated Suicide Squad film from director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Super). The bad guys are back to save the world from other bad guys. We are introduced to some new faces and are greeted with the return of some familiar faces. Of course, we all remember the last Suicide Squad film and all that went down during that production. Not to get stuck in the past, but James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is the definitive film about the rag tag group of bad guys!

The Suicide Squad stars a huge ensemble cast of Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, and Peter Capaldi. We have new faces like Peacemaker (Cena), Bloodsport (Elba), Ratcatcher 2 (Daniela Melchior), King Shark (Stallone), and Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian). While we have new faces we are also treated to some familiar ones from the prior Suicide Squad film like Kinnaman’s Rick Flag, Harley Quinn (Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Courtney), and Amanda Waller played by the incredible Viola Davis. This time the group is being sent to fight the villain Starro as it plans to terrorize a fictional Latin American country from the control of Peter Capaldi’s The Thinker.

James Gunn constructs one of the most entertaining and thematically interesting interpretations of comic book characters. I loved our new heroes but I especially liked the care and development they had like Polka-Dot Man and Ratcatcher 2. The film never stops being unapologetically a James Gunn film from the beginning. It is filled with incredible soundtrack choices, witty comedy, and some strong gorey visuals. Nearly everyone stands out with their performances with my personal favorites being David Dastmalchian and Viola Davis. Everything just works out so well to create an entertaining and weird film from the creative body of work of James Gunn. One would hope that Gunn will return for another installment after he gets done with his work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 but for now we have an HBO Max Peacemaker series to look forward to. Whatever we get after this, I am sure it will be just as good or better than this film. DC has found itself another gem in this movie!

Watch The Suicide Squad in cinemas or on HBO Max right now.