In the beginning, The Fast and the Furious was basically Point Break for street racers. But just like how the original Nightmare on Elm Street series became more about Freddy Krueger the crude jester than Feddy the monster, the Fast & Furious movies have more to do with everything else you can do in a car besides race them. Things like driving them off a plane, or ride them between buildings, or outrunning a drone. You know, regular bad ass spy stuff. Furious 7 continues the bizarre 14 year evolution of this franchise, an evolution that makes this seventh film in the series look only superficially like film that started it all in 2001. (more…)
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If you unscrew your head from your neck, Machete Kills comes off as a surprisingly deft and explosively cheesy action film with more comedy than you would expect. On top of that, I think I’ve forfeited my chance to be buried in a Jewish cemetery, because I once again LOVE Mel Gibson. Also, there is a 21% chance that there may have been fucking during my showing.
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With it’s release date looming (October 11), it’s nice to see the people behind Machete Killsaren’t going to mess around and leave anything to our collective imaginations. Oh sure, some movies rely on things like teasers and trailers and little featurettes to slowly build hype before hitting theatres, but not Robert Rodriguez et al. Nope, so far they have released so many clips from this Grindhouse inspired sequel that I am guessing only about five minutes remains unseen.
Why tease and titillate a film audience when you can let it all hang out like it’s last call at a Tijuana saloon and the donkey has already left…
Up after the jump we get treated to Charlie Sheen with the absolute best presidential campaign ad featuring a machine gun (sorry John McCain), Michelle Rodriguez sports an eye-patch and shows us how when one sense is lost another grows stronger, and finally, a wonderful re-enactment of grandmas old saying ‘don’t get distracted by cleavage and hairspray.’
By now you’ve seen the insane trailer for MACHETE KILLS, continuing the tradition of whacked out visuals from director Robert Rodriguez. With so much buzz surrounding the once parody trailer turned film franchise Fantastic Fest, the largest film festival in the U.S., will feature the film as the festival opener. Perfect time to release a new picture of Danny Trejo as Machete and Michelle Rodriguez as sidekick Luz.
Taking place September 19th -26th in Austin, Texas at the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline location, MACHETE KILLS will have its world premiere weeks ahead of the planned October 4th release date. Stars Danny Trejo, Alexa Vega and director Robert Rodriguez will be in attendance at the premiere with additional talent to be confirmed closer to festival. Here is a snippet of the announcement from the official press release:
“Every year we compile our dream targets for opening night film; MACHETE KILLS was at the top of that list,” said Fantastic Fest Co-founder & Creative Director Tim League. “We are going to pull out all the stops to ensure Robert’s world premiere red carpet experience is literally blood-red.”
“Fantastic Fest has quickly become the best place for fans to first experience the newest and coolest genre movies and blockbusters,” said director Robert Rodriguez. “I am honored and extremely excited for MACHETE KILLS to have its world premiere right here in Austin and kick off Fantastic Fest.”
What do you think? Does MACHETE KILLS fire you up for more guns, blades and babes or is this just another accident waiting to happen?
MACHETE KILLS is in theaters everywhere October 4th.
Honestly, if 12 years ago when The Fast and the Furious released you’d have told me there would be a sixth movie in the franchise, I would have scoffed. Then I would have followed with some comments about studios cashing in on a string of sequels no one wants or asked for. But had that happened all those years ago, I would have been dead wrong. As of now, I haven’t seen Fast & Furious 6, but everything I’ve been reading lately makes me want to fix that. Pronto.
First, there was Angie Han’s wonderful article on /Film outlining what Star Trek Into Darkness could learn about creating strong, believable female characters from Fast & Furious 6. It was an eye-opening and welcomed analysis in light of the whole Alice Eve in her skivvies debacle. Today, MTV’s Splash Page has another interesting article discussing recent comments from Fast & Furious 6 star, Michelle Rodriguez. In the article Brett White describes a fight scene between Rodriguez and Gina Carano that, “puts nearly every other fight in the movie to shame.” Right there, these two articles have sold me on seeing Fast & Furious 6. A film from a franchise I assumed was all about fast cars, loose women, and the men who lust after both. And while that’s probably all still true, the careful consideration put into creating their female characters blows me away.
All of this is just back story, really, bringing me to this point: Why can’t we get these kinds of well-developed, kick-ass women characters starring in a superhero flick? Both Rodriguez and Carano’s names have been floated around before as potential big screen super heroines, but so far, nothing’s happened. While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Rodriguez enthused she’s a big comics fan,
A few months back I wrote a piece lamenting the lack of action movies starring kick-ass ladies. It was an article brought on by comments made claiming there could never be a successful superhero movie with a female lead because there isn’t, one, an iconic enough female superhero and, two, an actress capable of making such a movie work. Of course, reasonable people understand this is utter bullshit.
Women aren’t only capable of making successful “chick flicks”, period dramas, and mother/daughter coming of age stories. Look at the success of the outrageous and at times downright crude comedy, Bridesmaids. How about The Hurt Locker directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who then went on to be the first lady to ever win a Best Director Academy Award. And, how can I not mention the staggering success of The Hunger Games which not only catapulted Jennifer Lawrence into mega-stardom but proved action movies starring women can make bank just as easily as those starring men. In fact, if we really want to start comparing figures, The Hunger Games’ opening weekend gross was $152 million while The Expendables 2, which opened this past weekend, raked in only $28.6 million. Obviously there are more factors at work here than one starred a woman and the other starred a whole slate of burly, beefcake men, but it’s hard to argue with that dough.
Women make up a larger percent of the population in the U.S. In many families, it’s the women who are in charge of expenditures. Businesses, and in particular studios, should be bustin’ their asses to market to the ladies and not this glorified demographic of men 18-35.
Which brings me to the news that broke over the weekend. It’s been confirmed an Expendables 3is on its way, only difference is this time they’re looking to drop the macho men and instead cast a league of lady ass-kickers! It’s like Christmas came early! Adi Shankar, producer of The Grey as well as the upcoming Dredd, is spearheading the project of an all female Expendables and will back it with his production company, 1984 Private Defense Contractors. Tapped to write the script is Dutch Southern, to me a relative unknown, and Variety reports they’re already in talks with, “several prominent actresses affiliated with the action genre.”
Hells yea. The news has spurred dozens upon dozens of lists casting potentials for packing heat in an all female Expendables, and not to be left out, I’ve compiled my own list of ladies prominent in the action genre who I think should get a call. I’ve included some of the obvious and necessary choices but hopefully there’s a few surprises in here, too.
Resident Evil: Retribution, starring Milla Jovovic‘s ass, is the 5th and final movie in the Resident Evil franchise. And thank god for that. If Paul W.S. Anderson made another one of these gawd awful movies, I’d, well, I dunno what I’d do. All I know is I would be very mad about it.
It’s rant time…
The popularity of these films is beyond me. I mean come on, they don’t even honor the video game series from which they’re based. Anderson took the names of characters and a few recognizable monstrosities and did whatever the hell he wanted. It’s like “oh, lets make Alice a super hero and make hundreds of leather-clad clones of her. And, lets shoot a whole bunch of slow-mo scenes in the rain. Yeah, fans will love that!” Also, IMO, Anderson didn’t even make movie. Every flick in the franchise, so far, has been nothing but a hyper stylized music video, with dazzling fight scenes timed with some butt-rock anthem. I’m not asking for a Oscar-worthy screen play or anything, but give me a decent story with characters and motivations I actually care about. Amirite?
OK, enough of my gibber-jabber. For those that care, Screen Gems has released two new TV spots for Resident Evil: Retribution.
The movie stars Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Kevin Durand, Shawn Roberts, Colin Salmon, Johann Urb, Boris Kodjoe and Li Bingbing.
The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, ALICE (Milla Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.
At the end of Machete, the credits sequence told audiences that they could expect two sequels to the film called Machete Kills and Machete Kills Again.
One might have written that promise off because Machete failed to do any real damage at the box office pulling in only $26 million during its domestic run (although it made money on it’s $10.5 million budget). While director Rodriguez could have written off his credits sequence promise as a joke, he continued to insist that the sequels would get made. Now he’s actually a step closer to getting that done.
According to Deadline, Rodriguez has teamed up with producer Alexander Rodnyansky to develop a sequel to the 2010 summer film. The plan includes a third film to complete the trilogy, and Rodnyansky will both be producing and financing the first sequel. Rodriguez says,
“The fan response to the Machete character has been fanatical since his first appearance. Machete is truly a super hero and Machete Kills will be bigger and more ambitious than the first time.”
The plan is to start production in April and Danny Trejo is in talks to once again play the title character. Kyle Ward is currently scripting the sequel, which will see Machete get hired by the U.S. government to take down the runner of a dangerous drug cartel in Mexico. The bad guy plans on spreading “war across the planet with a weapon in space” and Machete and his team must team up to stop him. In addition to Trejo, it’s expected that the cast members that didn’t die in the first movie will return as well, such as Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, and Lindsey Lohan.
Resident Evil: Retribution, staring Milla Jovovich’s ass, is the 5th film in the RE film franchise. Oi! 5 horrible, light your genitals on fire, bad films.I really don’t get why this franchise has succeeded beyond two films. The last flick, Resident Evil Afterlife, was by far the worst. All style and no substance. Awful dialogue, and embarrassingly simplistic storytelling. Retards shot out of a canon with paint brushes in hand could paint a better picture than director Paul W.S. Anderson. Suffice to say, these movies blow and are nothing like the games they are based on.
Regardless, Resident Evil: Retribution is on it’s way. Sony’s Screen Gems has released the official synopsis for film. Enjoy.
The wildly successful film franchise adaptation that has grossed nearly $700 million worldwide to the popular video game series, “Resident Evil,” returns in its highly anticipated fifth installment, “Resident Evil: Retribution” in state-of-the art 3D.
The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice (Milla Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.
Opening in theaters on September 14, the fifth installment stars Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Kevin Durand, Shawn Roberts, Colin Salmon, Johann Urb, Boris Kodjoe and Li Bingbing.