Trailer: Machete Kills (Again)


Sporting a Latino narrator, a great opening gag and more washed up former “A”-Listers than you can shake a stick at, here comes Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills. Having seen the first film in a cinema in Barcelona dubbed into Spanish – by different actors, despite most of the principles speaking Spanish as their first tongue – I recommend that way to watch all these films (there’s a third one probably in production as you read this.) Of course, nothing matters except for the hammy acting and overall excess on screen. Machete Kills promises a fair bit more of that.

Look for the introduction to Carlos Estevez, along with assorted villians Mel Gibson, Cuba Gooding Jr. and William Sadler.

Cinecast Episode 311 – As The Furious Turns

A the fifth Fast and Furious sequel speeds into the multiplex, Kurt and Andrew go deep into the nuance and complex character interactions that have defined the last 12 years of this franchise. OK, not so much. Instead we ask questions about Spanish airport design, what becomes of the 100 commuter funerals after the credits roll, and just how well one can control London surveillance cameras these days. It’s easy to pick on the story inanities of the Furious Franchise, but we do take time to admire the 2nd unit elements of the film, and the editing of parallel action which are excellent. Andrew talks the new Arrested Development season up on Netflix, Kurt is all over the map in trying to parse the motivation and execution of Ridley Scott’s Director’s Cut of Kingdom of Heaven. Frank Capra gets some show time with Arsenic & Old Lace and the cultural impact of It’s A Wonderful Life.

As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!

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Battle: Los Angeles [Trailer]

We’ve seen the Monsters on the Skyline. Now it seems Los Angeles must face the onslaught for a third time in six months – though in the trailer it clearly shows that this is a world wide phenomenon.

How the film (Battle: Los Angeles; directed by Jonathan Liebesman) will turn out remains to be seen, but this is a pretty awesome looking trailer. No sound effects or dialogue, just a haunting, robotic-sounding musical queue and imagery of world wide devastation and interplanetary war. It gives off a really great vibe and gets my excitement brewing. I’m not holding my breath for cinematic mastery here, but as of now, this looks pretty killer. It’s also got a cast full of recognizable faces, including Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Aaron Eckhart, Noel Fisher and Michael Peña.

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Mark Your Calendars: “Machete” Hits Screens September 3rd

Ever since Grindhouse was released over two years ago now, fans (myself included) have been itching to see some of the faux trailers made into a true feature films. Right out of the gate, Robert Rodriguez’ Machete was one of the first titles to be considered. While “Thanksgiving” is still my favorite of the fake trailers, I’d still like to see Rob Zombie’s “Werewolf Women of the SS” (with Udo Kier and Nicolas Cage!) or “Hobo with a Shotgun” get made. But I guess beggars can’t be choosers and I have to admit I’m always fine with seeing a little Trejo ass-kickery.

So the film is nearly complete and will hit theaters on September 3rd (finally!) according to some sites. An interesting release date to be sure. Perfect if you think about it: just as summer blockbuster season is winding down but before all the Oscar bait movies start rolling into theaters.

The film boasts an interesting if eclectic cast. Beyond Danny Trejo, we’ve also got Michelle Rodriguez, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Steven Seagal, Cheech Marin, Don Johnson, Elise Avellan, Electra Avellan, Tom Savini and maybe best of all, Lapidus! (Jeff Fahey).

Check out the trailer below the seats and be sure to mark your calendars. While I have to admit that after 2 years my interest in this, which has been in some state of production or another for a good chuck of that time, has started to wane a little bit, make no mistake, this will be a quite the guilty pleasure for many of us around here.

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R3view: Fast and Furious

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Director: Justin Lin (Better Luck Tomorrow, Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Annapolis)
Writer: Chris Morgan (Cellular, Wanted, Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift)
Producers:Vin Diesel, Michael Fottrell, Neal H. Moritz
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, John Ortiz, Gal Gadot, Michelle Rodriguez
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running time: 107 min

Not a true R3view as only two of us were actually brave enough to head out to the multi-plex to see the fourth installment in the F&F franchise. While most consider this series to be one step up from cow dung, we (Andrew and Marina) admit to the first film being quite a fun guilty pleasure. Bringing back the original cast for this most recent segment of the thread was enough for us to get out, buckle up and prepare for one helluva ride… maybe.

Dom (Diesel) and crew are still up their old tricks; hijacking rigs for their valuable contents. Now on the run from the law however, they’re forced to work their racket in smaller countries such as the Dominican Republic. When an unexpected plot twist forces Dom to return to The States (Los Angeles), he knows the law will be breathing down his neck the second he crosses the border. Luckily for him he’s got a friend on the inside (Paul Walker). Together they work on the inside of a major crime syndicate; one of them out for justice, the other out for revenge. Fast cars and general mayhem ensue.

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