robert rodriguez


by mr sparkle on September 3, 2010 · 1 comment

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Hollywood’s gotten a little ironic as of late. With throwbacks to the cheese of yesteryear – The Expendibles, Piranha 3D and Predators, just in the past two months – the studios have been willing to play with low-brow entertainment while winking at the audience. But like Snakes on a Plane proved, making a bad movie good isn’t as easy as it seems, and those aforementioned aforementioned movies worked to varying degrees (godsend Piranha 3D aside).

So how does Machete, a movie with the unpublicized catchphrase “You just fucked with the wrong Mexican,” fulfill fanboy dreams of silly cinema? Pretty well, it turns out.
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by mr sparkle on July 9, 2010 · 4 comments

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I’ll be honest:  I don’t like the original Predator film.  No one thinks this is more ridiculous than I, but after a recent binge of 80s Ahnold movies, I found Predator the least entertaining.  The creature itself is fairly uninspired as far as I’m concerned – just a tall creature that has a few random abilities without any interesting motivation or character.  That it’s never been in a movie I like very much just adds to my total disinterest in the creature.

Predators, a relaunch for the franchise, fails to get me too excited about the creature either; but I walked away satisfied.  Briefly touching upon sci-fi, horror, action and even a little bit of slasher, Predators never dwells on any aspect of its story long enough to do much of anything endearing or interesting; but it’s clear to see that a lot more thought went into this film than you would expect from another film of its type (or maybe I’m just saying that because I’m still dumbfounded by the offensively mindless Alien vs. Predator: Requiem.)  It doesn’t achieve everything it tries to do; but considering what we normally get from this brand of action film, it’s certainly above par.

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