Machete Kills: Oops, He Did It Again

by Ethan Alter October 11, 2013 6:00 am
<i>Machete Kills</i>: Oops, He Did It Again

If Robert Rodriguez decides to stop helming features -- and, based on Machete Kills, he really should -- he's got a big future ahead of him as a director of trailers. The guy is truly gifted at cutting two-minute assemblies of bad-ass money shots and surprise superstar cameos that get you supremely pumped for the movies, which almost inevitably disappoint by comparison. In fact, pretty much every film he's ever made (with the exception of the first two Spy Kids outings as well as his underrated high school teens vs. alien teachers flick The Faculty) plays best as a coming attraction, a format that allows him to fully indulge what he does best (cool action beats, gonzo one-shot gags and gorgeous actresses striking pin-up girl poses) without having to sweat the stuff he has little to no interest in, like storytelling or world-building.

What Would Jesus Sue?

by Odie Henderson July 16, 2008 1:44 pm
What Would Jesus Sue? Let us pray. Dear Lord, please forgive me for laughing about this Passion of the Christ screenplay lawsuit. I know it is in sinfully bad taste for me to conjure up images of Mel Gibson as defendant and New Testament writer John as plantiff on Judge David Young, but I cannot help myself. The flesh is weak, but my will power over parody is far weaker.

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