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Robert Rodriguez to direct Jonny Quest

What is a "Jonny Quest" then?
May 26
// Jackson Tyler
I have never seen Jonny Quest. I can only assume it is about a boy, named Jonny, who embarks upon some sort of quest. From the two images I saw on google, I thought "ah, this looks like The Mummy: The Animated Series" so that...
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Dame to Green For

Here's what Sin City: A Dame to Kill For looks like without the effects

Aug 25
// Nick Valdez
Although Sean seemed to enjoy Sin City: A Dame to Green For, nothing about its trailers, concept, or its existence really jumps out at me. It all just looks so hollow, with Rodriguez and Miller fully committing to style rath...
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Sin City 2 Trailer

Comic-Con trailer for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Aug 01
// Nick Valdez
Robert Rodriguez's recent work has been criticized for being more style over substance, and this trailer for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For showed off during San Diego Comic-Con isn't helping matters. While it plays like an ex...

Machete Kills Again... in Space trailer features space

In space no one can hear you machete
Nov 19
// Matthew Razak
If you were one of the few people who actually went out to a theater to see Machete Kills than you already know what the above video is. See, director Robert Rodiguez had a trilogy in mind for his grindhouse character a...

Trick or Treat: The Faculty

Oct 29 // Sean Walsh
It's like The Breakfast Club vs. Pod People. With Usher!
Hey guys, it's October! You know what that means: Halloween is right around the corner! As such, we will be bringing you some of our favorite horror film suggestions, in the hopes that they will lead to some sleepless nights...

Review: Machete Kills

Oct 11 // Nick Valdez
[embed]216615:40773:0[/embed] Machete Kills is the story of Machete (Danny Trejo), an ex-federale who gets roped into a mission into Mexico by United States President Rathcock (Charlie Sheen Carlos Estevez ), as he tries to get over the loss of a loved one by killing lots of bad guys. As Mendez (Demian Bichir) and Voz (Mel Gibson) threaten both the United States and Mexico with a fleet of nuclear warheads, Machete has to put aside himself and fight for justice.  As you can most likely tell from the summary (and by the first few minutes of the film itself), this film is not meant to be taken seriously. But at the same time, a lot of effort put into the film can be mistakenly brushed off to the side as "exploitative schlock." It's important to decide on the kind of film Machete Kills wants to be. Is Machete Kills an intentional Grade B Movie or an unintentional one? The difference between the two is that when a film is intentionally trying to be as goofy and Grade B as possible, there is a greater potential to fall flat on its face as neither its humor or seriousness hits the mark. Thankfully, that isn't a problem here. Machete Kills joyously shreds through convention and becomes a wonderful parody of exploitation and send-up to fans of Robert Rodriguez's line of films. Robert Rodriguez has mastered the art of goofy grit. Through his years of experience in the "Mexploitation" genre, he's found the perfect balance of violence and hilarity. Think using an intestine to rappel through a hospital window was the best kill you'd see in the Machete series? Machete Kills upps that ante tenfold. There're helicopters, boat motors, space rifles, and even triple bladed, electrified machetes. If none of that sounds interesting to you in any way, you're not going to like this movie. In fact, that's Machete Kills's main problem. It carves such a niche for itself, it's nearly impossible to reach in from the outside (especially if you're a woman). At times Machete Kills has so much going on, its convoluted story struggles to make sense. Sure you can write off its story problems or bad dialogue as part of its intentional Grade B charm, but unfortunately so much of the film is spent setting up a sequel that may never happen or ogling women's breasts (In retrospect, Machete Kills will be far better as a Grade B film if Machete Kills Space never comes to be), it tends to forget to explain what's going on at any moment.  While the story can get confusing and goes on about 20 minutes too long, thankfully everyone involved with the film knows exactly what kind of film they're in. Amber Heard (as Miss San Antonio) and Demian Bichir (as Mendez) deliciously chew through the scenery and own their personas. Bichir's Mendez wields multiple personalities and is the main reason the rough second act (where Machete has to take Mendez to America for reasons I won't spoil here) is bearable. Heard's Miss San Antonio is deadly sexy and has some of the best lines (and Planet Terror paralleled sequences) in the entire film. Sofia Vergara gets some points as well as she uses her horribly sexist caricature to its full potential, elevating her terrible, terrible lines. Honestly, her character wouldn't have worked ("man-eating dominatrix") if it were anyone else.  As for Danny Trejo? Unfortunately, he still can't anchor a movie. He's certainly gotten better in the past few years thanks to starring in whatever Grade B or C film that offered him money, but there's only so much a stone faced man could do when confronted by folks who can actually act. It's a big strike against the exploitation genre when you're boring big hero is upstaged by the villains.  Speaking of villains, Mel Gibson is such an excellent exploitative villain (and a cut above Steven Seagal's goofiness from Machete) I'm sad he hasn't been used this way before. He just gels into the role and becomes such a wonderfully despicable, yet humorous person who loves Star Wars. Every other cast member in the film brings their B-game to the script and Kills's use of stunt casting will certainly get both laughs and eyebrow raises (there's one cast member who wasn't spoiled through the advertising that's just wonderful in her bit part). Don't like how Sofia Vergara or Lady Gaga acts? Don't like Alexa Vega's gratuitous outfit? Don't worry, they'll be gone after a few minutes. It's a brilliant use of their famous names.  All in all, Machete Kills certainly kills it. Sure it's not all gummi bears and rainbows (rougher than rough plot, overbearing sexualization of women and cleavage despite its attempts at strong female characters, intentionally bad dialogue falls flat a lot of the time), but Machete Kills somehow holds it together and manages to accomplish quite a bit for what it is. A sequel to a movie branched off of a joke trailer.  If you enjoyed the first Machete, if you've ever enjoyed anything made by Robert Rodriguez (and love the idea of a Sex Machine shout out), and if you understand what kind of film it is trying to be, you're going to have so much fun with Machete Kills. For everyone else, maybe a rental. 
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Bigger budget, bigger kills...bigger boobs.
It's a miracle Machete Kills even exists. It's a sequel to a film originally based on a joke trailer before Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse. With that in mind, it was easy to forgive potential flaws i...


New red band trailer for Machete Kills gets bloody

Let's just say he uses a helicopter...
Sep 17
// Liz Rugg
Disclaimer: If you want to save some of the more dramatic killing action in Robert Rodriguez's sequel to Machete; Machete Kills, you may want to not watch this trailer. Disclaimer 2: This trailer is very red band, and basica...
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Machete Kills

Machete Kills poster and huge batch of images are killer

Featuring sexy Michelle Rodriguez, sexy Amber Heard, sexy Mel Gibson and Sex Machine (!!!!)
Sep 09
// Nick Valdez
I'm stupidly hyped for Machete Kills. Sure the last trailer had some wonkiness which tempered my expectations a bit, but I'm on the edge of my seat nonetheless. In the gallery you'll find the poster for Machete Kills (which j...
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Machete Kills Trailer

Second Machete Kills trailer certainly kills

"Machete don't Tweet"
Aug 05
// Nick Valdez
Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills is gearing up to be a splendidly cheesetastic sequel to 2010's Machete. It amps up the Mexican pride, hilarious deaths, and number of beautiful women. With this second trailer, we get more of...

Sin City 2 release date pushed back

Robert Rodriguez's ripcage rippingtacular now for 2014
Jun 18
// Nathan Hardisty
Huh. This is quite a shame. It seems Robert Rodriquez's tactic of trying to push two films into his busy schedule, Sin City 2 and Machete Kills, doesn't seem to be paying off. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, once slat...
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Machete Kills Trailer

Trailer: Machete Kills

First trailer for Machete Kills, um, kills.
May 30
// Nick Valdez
Update: An English version of this trailer was released. You can watch that below. Despite the narration and most of the trailer being in Spanish (well, because Machete), there's plenty of stuff to hook you to the first trai...

Images released of surly Josh Brolin in Sin City 2

Feb 16
// Nathan Hardisty
Robert Rodriquez tweeted two new stills of Josh Brolin looking surly and holding a plastic steering wheel today. Allegedly this has something to do with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (October 2) sequel to, you guessed it,...

The Cult Club: El Mariachi (1992)

Feb 11 // Nick Valdez
Now I'm now the most aware "cult movie" guy, so I'm not really sure what qualifies a film as a "cult" film. As far as I've known, a film achieves cult status when it turns out to be really good, but is widely ignored for some reason or another. Whether or not that definition holds true, it's what I'm going to reference with Mariachi. Robert Rodriguez's El Mariachi is a Western film through and through. It just happens to have a few Mexican herbs and spices. It starts off with a man with no name, simply referred to as "Mariachi" (Carlos Gallardo, who has sadly become a member of "I'm here too you guys!" club) who wanders into the small town of Acuña, Mexico and quickly finds himself caught inbetween a rivalry between a drug lord, Moco (which hilariously translates to "Booger" in English), and Azul, the hitman with a guitar case full of weapons. With that synopsis, the film should sound familiar. Guitar case full of weapons? Where else has that happened?  If you're unaware of El Mariachi, you might at least know its spiritual successors Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Those two feature the same Mariachi character, but greatly differ from the original film. For one, the Mariachi is played by Antonio Banderas (probably because money), and the tones for the two films greatly emphasized absurdity over Mariachi's mysterious, subdued characterization. And it's important to note that before Rodriguez became obsessed with fantastical levels of gore and camp (leading to lines like, "Are you a Mexi-can or a Mexi-can't?"), he wanted to tell a great story with as much heart as possible. It's like Mariachi's low budget forced it to get the greatest return from as little investment as possible.  El Mariachi is deceptively simple, with its simplicity ultimately becoming its greatest asset. To once again get back to the "Western" thing, no one in the story has a last name or "true" name. Each character, from Mariachi to his love interest Domino, has a nickname that's meant to give them the tabula rasa characterization. This works most of the time (someone like "Domino" could have both a light and dark side), but ultimately serves a greater purpose. To be a truly great legend and form a mythic hero, a story that bypasses concrete definitions in any media, you have to be able to retell it. It's much more interesting to say "some Mariachi came in and shot some dudes" than "Fred shot some dudes." Now which one of the two sounds like a better story? The one with the mariachi (and if you answered with "Fred's" I hate you).  Beyond the names, the film evokes a Western image. Nameless man with a single characteristic (the Mariachi/the Cowboy/the Fastest Gun in the West) wanders into a town run by a single corrupt White man (which is odd in a Mexican inspired film, but says a lot when the White man's abuse of the Spanish language is far more noticeable than it should be), is mistaken for another due to his visual characteristics (there is a mix-up when "a man in black" is all the bad guys define him by), and then leaves the town at the end of the film as both the town and the hero change in its wake. And most of all, the Mariachi himself is a genuine badass.  As I've mentioned earlier, El Mariachi helped re-inspire me. It's ultimately what set me on my academic path. El Mariachi is a traditional hero's journey though and through. But the difference is that it's not an average man who becomes a hero, it's the hero who becomes a myth. Even though the Mariachi equates himself to a turtle in the beginning of the story, he possesses certain skills. Despite fighting for his life in a haphazard fashion, he manages to kill four of Moco's men. He demonstrates a hero's skill, and since we know so little about him (and because of the initial confusion that likened him to the hitman Azul), there's no true way to define him one way or the other. When he finally drives off into the sunset, with  nothing but a bulldog, the memory of his love, and his guitar to keep him company, he becomes a legend.  El Mariachi's hero's journey, and it's deceptively simple mythic quality, motivated my once dead dream. I wanted to tell a story just like this. I wanted a character that could inspire others, I wanted to use a low budget to my advantage, I wanted to make a film that isn't an embarrassment to Mexican culture, and I wanted my own El Mariachi.  It's a shame that no one else did.  Next Month... Are you a marijuano? Do you like to partake in the occasional herb brownie every now and then? Alec Kubas-Meyer tells you why that's a bad idea with Reefer Madness (1936). PREVIOUSLY SHOWING AT THE CULT CLUB January: Six-String Samurai (1998) December: The Warriors (1979) November: Funky Forest: First Contact (2005) October: Casino Royale (1967) September: The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
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"Lo que quería era solamente ser un mariachi como mis antepasados..."
[The Cult Club is where Flixist's writers expound the virtues of their favourite underground classics, spanning all nations and genres. It is a monthly series of articles looking at what made those films stand out from the pa...


Stacy Keach is A Dame to Kill For

...wait, Stacy Keach is a guy?
Feb 06
// Geoff Henao
Hot on the heels of Eva Green's formal casting in the upcoming Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, /Film has reported that Stacy Keach (American History X) will play a major villain known as Wallenquist. Wallenquist is the head of ...

Eva Green is Sin City's dame to kill for

Whether or not she'll smell like angels oughta smell remains to be seen
Jan 30
// Sean Walsh
Ava Lord is a bad woman. What do you expect dealing with dames in Sin City? The titular dame to kill for in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has finally been cast, and I have to say I approve. Eva Green, who broke hearts and...

Joseph Gordon-Levitt cast in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

But he's out for Guardians of the Galaxy
Jan 08
// Thor Latham
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has quickly risen to be one of Hollywood's best and brightest. He continues to score roles in huge films and his performance never disappoints. It's good to hear, then, that he has officially joined the c...

New photo of Alexa Vega spices up Machete Kills

Nov 08
// Nick Valdez
Right now, I'm not sure how to feel. While the first Machete was amazingly badass, Machete Kills looks to take what was great about the first and put the "exploit" in exploitation. I hope I didn't make it sound like that's a ...

New Machete Kills image shows off Miss San Antonio

Also a nice release window.
Oct 19
// Nick Valdez
The first Machete had a lot going for it. A suitably badass Trejo, a cavalcade of Lowrider driving Latinos, Michelle Rodriguez didn't die, and it was just made of pure Latin hotness. Thankfully Rodriguez is shooting for the m...

Lady Gaga is a smokin' hot Machete Kills movie monster

Jul 27
// Xander Markham
She wants your love and she wants your revenge, making Lady Gaga a perfect fit for the trash-pulp world of Robert Rodriguez's upcoming sequel, Machete Kills, where she will make her acting debut alongside other distinguished ...

Watch Sofia Vergara get sexy on the set of Machete Kills

Jul 06
// Liz Rugg
Sofia Vergara is one of numerous sexy ladies who will be starring alongside Danny Trejo in Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills, which is the sequel to 2010's Machete. Vergara's son Manolo hosts his own online reality series cal...

Amber Heard joins Machete Kills, Rodriguez, Alba return

May 04
// Liz Rugg
Machete Kills, the anticipated sequel to Robert Rodriguez's 2010 gun-slinging thrill ride Machete, has added some new boob star power to its ranks. Both Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Alba will be returning to the franchise a...

Sin City 2 goes into production with A Dame To Kill For

Apr 13
// Xander Markham
Robert Rodriguez has been talking up a sequel to his 2005 adaptation of co-director Frank Miller's Sin City for years now, to the extent of the project becoming a joke amongst fans who never expected to see it on-screen. Rodr...

Machete Kills poster has Danny Trejo looking ferocious

Feb 09
// Liz Rugg
Ferocious and bloody. Just the other day it was announced that Robert Rodriguez's fake-trailer spinoff Machete would be getting a sequel - Machete Kills. Now we already have a promo poster for the movie! Machete is an amazing...

Machete Kills is on the way

Feb 07
// Xander Markham
Since Robert Rodriguez's fake-trailer-done-gone Machete managed to pull in roughly four times its $10m budget at the box office, the promise at the end of the movie of a sequel called Machete Kills is now being fulfilled. Sho...

William Monahan will polish Sin City 2 script

Aug 29
// Xander Markham
Robert Rodriguez has been talking for over five years about making a sequel to Sin City, his acclaimed adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel, but has proven himself in recent years to be more Mexican't than Mexican on th...

Back when the first Sin City came out, I was a senior in high school. I needed to see a film to dissect for my Film as Art class, so I of course went to see the movie with half-naked Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke in a prostheti...


Concept art for Robert Rodriguez Fire and Ice remake

Jul 28
// Tom Fronczak
Last week we brought you news from SDCC that Robert Rodriguez had partnered with Frazetta Productions to remake the famous animated film Fire and Ice. When asked about his vision for the live action remake of the Frank Frazet...

SDCC 11: Robert Rodriguez teams with Frazetta Productions

Jul 21
// Alex Katz
Robert Rodriguez announced a partnership between his studio and Frazetta Productions, a company built around the works of acclaimed artist Frank Frazetta. Rodrogiez announced a number of projects across many different media, ...

Robert Rodriguez' new studio Quick Draw are in possession of the Heavy Metal license and are quite anxious to take advantage of it. In the teaser video to announce the obtaining of the license was a panning of metal lette...


SDCC 11: Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For

Jul 21
// Adam Dork
Robert Rodriguez began his San Diego Comic Con panel by mentioning the great sales of Machete on home video and expressing his love of Comic Con. He then went on to say that he has no problem with the lack of movie presence a...

Spy Kids 4 to feature "Aromascope"

Jun 24
// Alex Katz
And that's exactly what it sounds like, too. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World will also offend your sense of smell when you're force to go with a younger family member this August. Every ticket, whether you see t...

Rumor: Anne Hathaway interested in Barbarella project

Dec 10
// Tom Fronczak
What a mess. Back in 2008, Rose McGowan was assuring the world that she was confirmed for a Barbarella movie and that Robert Rodriguez was signed on as the director and that it was definitely happening. Years later the proje...

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