The trailer for Machete originally featured between Planet Terror and Death Proof was one of the best parts of Quentin Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez‘s Grindhouse experience, further demonstrating how entertaining unabashed exploitation movies can be with tongue planted firmly in cheek, reveling in the finer points of the grindhouse flick while simultaneously making a good film. Unfortunately, all the feature-length version of Machete illustrates is that brevity is, indeed, the soul of wit.
So, if you haven’t already gathered from my reviews of The Expendables & Piranha 3D, I am a fan of over-the-top action movies and blood-soaked B-movies. I thoroughly enjoyed Grindhouse, and I was thrilled to hear that Machete (one of my favorite trailers from Grindhouse) was being made into a feature-length film. But quite frankly, I was very disappointed with Machete. Continue reading
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Most movie-goers are well aware of the biggest blockbusters being released this summer, but I’m guessing few have heard about (or even heard of) the most controversial movie released this summer. The Killer Inside Me, Michael Winterbottom’s (A Mighty Heart, 24-Hour Party People, Nine Songs) faithful adaptation of the notorious Jim Thompson 1952 noir novel, caused quite a ruckus on the festival circuit this year before its theatrical release. The film and the director were both confronted with outrage and accusations of misogyny from shocked audience members and critics. Winterbottom’s depictions of Thompson’s brutal descriptions of violence are not for the faint of heart. Casey Affleck stars as Lou Ford, a West Texas Deputy Sheriff who keeps his murderous rage masked behind a well-established image of a genteel southern gentlemen. Ford is a kind of forefather to Bret Easton Ellis’ Reagan-era psycho, Patrick Bateman. Jessica Alba plays his sadomasochistic mistress, Joyce. Kate Hudson plays faithful fiance, Amy. Ford leads them on a journey into the heart of darkness and depravity as his true nature begins to seep to the surface like the oil from the depths beneath their Texas boomtown, Central City. Thompson’s story is a disturbing examination of the mind of a psychopath, which Stanley Kubrick, who collaborated with Thompson on the screenplay for The Killers, called, “the most chilling and believable first–person story of a criminally warped mind I have ever encountered.” The film has prompted yet another discussion on the place of violence in films. So, Bryan and I decided to see what all the fuss is about. But, before I get to actual quibble, I’ll leave you with Winterbottom’s own words about the film from an interview with New York Magazine’s Vulture blog, “It’s all quite shocking; it’s supposed to be.” Continue reading