Guns, Sex, Drug Cartels, Narco Cinema!

Julian Aguilar, New York Times, March 28, 2013

After the arrest in 2010 of Edgar Valdez Villarreal, who the authorities said was the head of a violent Mexican drug cartel, customers at Video Mexico in Austin told Eduardo Betancourt, the owner, something he should have known: the man’s life was already the subject of a low-budget movie.

Mr. Betancourt’s video-store customers are part of a legion of aficionados of Mexican narco cinema, hastily made films that are inspired by the cartels. The films usually skip theaters, going directly to home video.

“Wherever the news is, that’s when they’ll start making movies,” Mr. Betancourt said. “They may not put them out two or three weeks after the news broke. But six or seven weeks down the line, somebody will have eventually made a movie. The customers are the ones that let me know.”

The films tell violent tales of regional drug lords, complete with portrayals of gunfights, sex, betrayal and corruption. Austin is a growing market for the genre, partly because of the increasing population of Hispanic immigrants and Texas’ proximity to Mexico, where the movies are made.

The movies’ production costs are less than $10,000 each, Mr. Betancourt said. {snip}

Mr. Betancourt began his rental business 12 years ago with videocassette tapes. While he does not rely solely on narco movies to attract customers, they make up a significant portion of his business.

Customers regularly check in to look for new movies that help them feel closer to home.

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  • Puggg

    Speaking of, does anyone else here think that those recent prosecutor murders in Texas is linked to that shooting of the Colorado prison system chief, and the whole thing is Hispanic drug cartel? The reason I think that is the media keeps buzzing about “white supremacists.”

    • freddy_hills

      It’s hard to say without any real facts. But cartels seem a much more likely culprit.

      • The__Bobster

        http://www.kusi.com/story/21845303/cartels-dispatch-agents-deep-inside-us

        Mexican drug cartels whose operatives once rarely ventured beyond the U.S. border are dispatching some of their most trusted agents to live and work deep inside the United States – an emboldened presence that experts believe is meant to tighten their grip on the world’s most lucrative narcotics market and maximize profits.

        If left unchecked, authorities say, the cartels’ move into the American interior could render the syndicates harder than ever to dislodge and pave the way for them to expand into other criminal enterprises such as prostitution, kidnapping-and-extortion rackets and money laundering.

        • KingKenton

          I wonder how long before the Hell’s Angles are forced to leave California. Either that or they will have to work for the Mexican Cartels.

        • Michael_C_Scott

          I read an article some years ago about Mexican methamphetamines dealers traveling to Indian reservations in Wyoming and the Dakotas for the sole purpose of getting the residents there hooked. They’d pick up young women and start with them.

          This must have been 7 or 8 years ago; a long way from the border even then.

    • The__Bobster

      The MSM would love to place a white hood on every criminal. It’s easier than identifying them as those wonderful illegal aliens..

    • The Colorado Prison chief refused to release a Saudi who has been imprisoned for keeping a slave This could be revenge. Then again, has a moslem ever committed violence on Americans? LOL

    • dhs

      Exactly! if the perps are white men (and non-liberal), it will be headline news for weeks and weeks, with unending in depth analyses. If not, the story will very quickly attenuate.

  • Bobby

    Yep, and just think, OUR TRAITOROUS SENATORS AND CONGRESSPEOPLE, are going to allow Mexico to do the same here, in spades. AMERIKA is RIPE FOR THE PICKIN. The reaction of millions of European-Americans? DUHHHH…….

  • bigone4u

    Most white Americans think of Mexicans as friendly folks bringing to America their sombreros, pleasantly melodic salsa and ranchero music played by romantic strolling mariachis, and tasty tacos, enchiladas, and spanish rice. All true, but there is another truth. As the other truth has come out the last few years, we see a dark side to the Mexican lifestyle. These movies celebrating the culture of drugs and violence are corrupting to the soul. They encourage that lifestyle, just as black rap encourages evil. I prefer the culture of listening to classical music, reading history, watching movies from Hollywood’s golden age, and observing nature. People like me are essentially extinct in today’s world, but back in the 60s in high school a lot of my pals were just like me–thinkers and creators. Given the way of the world today, it’s a bit surprising that more of us older whites don’t flip out and go ballestic. But that’s not part of our culture either.

    • Bobby

      I grew up and live in California. Anyone who believes Mexicans are in the main, largely about mariachi music, salsa, and tacos or burritos, hasn’t lived in Southern California, or wherever a large population of Mexicans live. Just telling it like I’ve seen it every single day for years and years. Having graffitti on thousands of freeway signs, going from Los Angeles to Mexico, is a “light hearted” example of life with Mexicans.

      • bigone4u

        It;s almost too funny that the San Antonio tourist board advertises the city by promoting it’s Mexicanness, with happy smiling tourists interacting with big Sombrero Mariachis. Of course, while the tourists are chowing down their tacos, their cars are being broken into and the stereos ripped out. Of course, if those tourists actually continue south across the border, their cars may be the least of their worries.

        • Bobby

          Yes. Same here in Southern California. Always has been. Over the years, I’ve had my, car, CD Player, tape deck, car hood, bike, stolen. I’ve had my car windows spit on, broken, etc. Of course, now, here in California, the welfare state for everyone in the world, the theft has gone down–a tiny bit. Oh, in case people come to California as tourists and happen to not see the grafitti on the freeway signs, it’s just timing. The state,(read taxpayers) pay millions of dollars to constantly remove it, only for it to reappear soon. It’s a pure expression of disrespect and hatred from these lovers of Amerika. That’s all it is.

      • Felix_M

        Just remember that 500 years ago the ancestors of these people were sacrificing humans to their brutal pantheon.

        • jambi19

          ……and conquered by 500 white men in 24 hours.

    • mobilebay

      I don’t think we’re innocent any longer, big. We’ve had our eyes opened to the fact that Mexicans are born with criminal mindsets, and intended to import their actions and beliefs into this country along with their violence. This push for amnesty is insane. Does Washington really believe that they can put background checks on every illegal here? If they could, why didn’t they do it before and get rid of them? No, they want everyone who’s here and as many more as they can crowd in. Does anyone else notice how none of the politicians stress the importance of jobs for the millions of unemployed Americans? They only seem to show concern for the lawbreakers.

      • bigone4u

        Amnesty is truly insane. So is calling anyone against it a racist.

      • Felix_M

        When Mexico breaks out into civil war, I hope the people who worked so hard to keep our southern border unguarded are tried and punished as traitors.

    • Jason

      You described myself as well. We’re not extinct, we just don’t get the media attention from Bravo and MTVoid. Rap music and its (un)culture pollute the soul. I’ve seen the effect it has on people just seeing some of my former adolescent friends whose personalities changed after they get real deep into underground rap and the lifestyle it inspires. I see a lot of black people also read F.E.D.S (Finally Every Dimension of the Streets) that has been chronicling the lives of (mostly black) drug dealers for years now. They love this stuff. And Scarface and Murder Dog magazine. They got a whole culture that worships violence and ape-behavior. It shows you what their intellectual capacity is. I prefer reading and watching classic movies too. Listening to music like King Crimson, playing solo or 2-4 person sports (never watching others play sports on tv).

  • Greg Thomas

    “Customers regularly check in to look for new movies that help them feel closer to home.”
    This is that vibrant culture that our so called “leaders” are falling all over themselves to give amnesty to.

  • Jss

    I have to admit that if forced to choose between a Spielburg or other standard Hollywood marathon or the narco marathon I would go with the narco.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      How about “(C) None of the above”?

      The “choice” you mention is akin to having to decide whether to drink warm Coors or instant coffee.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    “Customers regularly check in to look for new movies that help them feel closer to home.”

    Home sweet home…POW POW POW!

  • Shattered

    I saw a neat documentary on this recently. The “Mexicans” in the U.S. are the largest buyer of this trash.

  • Unperson

    “While he does not rely solely on narco movies to attract customers, they make up a significant portion of his business”

    The Mextizos’ wretched taste in filmed entertainment isn’t limited to worship of “narcotraficante” culture. Back when I lived in the East LA barrio, the windows of the small, crummy-looking “peliculas en espanol” shops also prominently featured cockfighting videos. Close to half the boxes on display had pictures of chickens being torn apart by other chickens. (And this is in a state where cockfighting is illegal.) The old vacquero in the house across the street from me, however, didn’t need those videos: he had his own fighting cock, which I would sometimes see him proudly showing-off to his easily-impressed cronies.

    Mindless, sickening, one-on-one bloodshed — whether of man or beast — is apparently an essential component of La Raza’s viewing requirements. Without bodies getting hacked (or pecked) to bits every five minutes, their dull brown eyes will just glaze over and they’ll change the channel in search of something more stimulating.

  • Felix_M

    Celebrate Diversity!

    *gag*

    When we’re a 3rd world country, no one had better say he didn’t see it coming.

  • Token Finn

    I’ve had two middle-aged male spanish language teachers. The other spanish white, the other mixed mexican. The white guy was pretty reserved, although he had that little bit of party in him. We never talked about politics with him. He seemed pragmatic. The mexican? He could be quite nice and he engaged people a bit more liberally and seemingly made some feel more easy. He was also a bit more flirty with young white women, more physical and he would often laugh about torture and murders taking place in Mexico and say that he’s glad to be away. I never saw him make the connection between race and the brutality that he admitted to and he always had this almost passionate and amused attitude regarding the savagery of his fellows. Sometimes made me wonder if he’s just containing his own impulses to do the same.