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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

trailer break: ‘Machete’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…


Well, take that, Arizona.

I’m counting down till some right-wing hothead takes this movie as “evidence” that Arizona is right to crack down on all those dangerous criminals picking vegetables and mowing lawns. Because, look: They’re killing our innocent politicians and rich white folk! And stealing all the racially and ethnically ambiguous hot chicks we can pretend aren’t Hispanic!

Still, this trailer’s probably more exciting than the movie itself, right?

And I’m stilling waiting for the other films we were promised in trailers in the Grindhouse double feature — I particularly want to see Edgar Wright’s Don’t.

Machete opens in the U.S. and Canada on September 3; no U.K. release date has been announced.



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  • JoshDM

    Introducing Don Johnson FTW.

    Film needs more Jorge Garcia for that added ethnicity factor.

  • wooster182

    This film is really getting made? I can’t express how awesome and surreal that is.

  • Andrew

    About two seconds after the trailer came out, free republic and pretty much every other right-wing website went apeshit with taking the movie for evidence that the mexicans want a race war and hollywood is helping them, so Arizona was right and kill a mexican for freedom today.

    So yeah, you can not hope to get out in front of republican stupidity. You can only predict it, because they are stupid people and easily predicted.

  • About two seconds after the trailer came out, free republic and pretty much every other right-wing website went apeshit with taking the movie for evidence that the mexicans want a race war and hollywood is helping them, so Arizona was right and kill a mexican for freedom today.

    Considering that the Machete trailer was a RESPONSE to the Arizona law getting passed in the first place, this is like blaming the Super Bowl 2009-10 New Orleans Saints for the damage caused by hurricane Katrina. Cause and effect doesn’t mean anything to those wingnut bozos.

  • And I wanna see Nicolas Cage as FU MANCHU. It could totally work.

  • This? Is exploitawesome.

  • Oops! I meant my last post to look more like this. Please delete the previous post.

    Still, this trailer’s probably more exciting than the movie itself, right?

    It may well be. Then again you never know.

    After all, Robert Rodriguez is the same director whose work on Sin City managed to elicit a “wow!” from the not-easily-wowed film critic Jill Cozzi so maybe we’ll be equally lucky this time.

    If nothing else, the surreal casting (Don Johnson as a racist cop, Cheech Marin as a gun-toting priest, Jessica Alba as what appears to be a former Border Patrol employee turned immigrant activist) is almost worth the price of a ticket as far as I’m concerned. Plus it would be nice to see if Michelle Rodriguez’s character actually survives the movie this time out.

    About two seconds after the trailer came out, free republic and pretty much every other right-wing website went apeshit with taking the movie for evidence that the mexicans want a race war and hollywood is helping them, so Arizona was right and kill a mexican for freedom today.

    Actually you can make an argument that this movie appears to be as much a parody of Mexican exploitation movies as it is serious social commentary. Plus I doubt the right-wingers were making such a fuss if the Danny Trejo character was killing Mexican drug-dealers a la Desperado or Mexican vampires a la From Dusk to Dawn. Or just plain Mexicans.

    Then again, people see what they want to see and the more right-wingers use this trailer as an excuse to tell anti-Mexican jokes, the better Rodriguez looks by comparison.

    Though I must admit I never thought I’d see the day in which John Nolte would come against a movie whose hero is advertised as a person who “kills the bad guys.” Does this mean John Nolte and all the other right-wingers out there are pro-bad-guy? Because ya gotta wonder…

  • According to the IMDB trivia for Machete, apparently they’re making a Thankgiving movie as well. *snicker*

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