Mi Vida Loca ★★★

Time has undeniably dated some of Mi Vida Locas visual style, as well as rendering elements of its narrative melodramatic to the point of distraction. But the spirit of the indies - as well as the full force of of its female cast, crew and demograph - still stands proud today.

The ensuing decades haven't been quite as kind to Mi Vida Loca as they have to other gang pictures such as Boyz N The Hood and Menace II Society, but it still features magnetic energy, entirely created, demonstrated, and owned by its fearless lead locas.