Archive for October 11th, 2013

11th October
2013
written by Adam

Upon the threat of a stolen weapon being launched into space, the U.S. Government/President (Charlie Sheen/Carlos Estevez) hires the unkillable, unflappable, and downright deadly Machete (Danny Trejo) to put a stop to the madness. To take on the job Machete will need assistance from several friends old and new, Luz and Miss San Antonio (Michelle Rodriguez and Amber Heard). But not everything is as it seems in this bloody gambit of mayhem, weaponry and chaos. Also on the trail is the deadly assassin known as El Camaleon portrayed by Walt Goggins, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lady Gaga, and Antonio Banderas. It’s a star studded massacre, but will Machete get his man, or will we find a setup to Machete Kills Again…In Space?MacheteKills Thinly plotted, written and directed by grindhouse lover Robert Rodriguez, Machete Kills delivers exactly what sploitation audiences are looking for and expecting. Tacky jokes, irreverent action, ridiculous setups, gallons of blood, explosions o plenty, and heaving cleavage. What? You were expecting Pulitzer prize writing or Tolstoy level drama? I’m sorry…no I’m not, This is Machete, a story about a badass with a machete that avenges evil doers and fights for justice no matter what flag he’s under. Albeit, runtime could have been cut a little shorter but Rodriguez keeps chopping for the jugular as if to say “you can’t control Machete, Machete takes NO direction!” It’s just plain nutty, and mildly worth sitting through the credits for, just go with it. Machete Kills is rated R.

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11th October
2013
written by Adam

Based on the events of the 2009 Somali pirate attack against the MV Maersk cargo ship off the coast of Africa, this is amazing but true tale of the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. Taken hostage on his own ship Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) and crew would need to every ounce of cunning and wit to stay one step ahead of their captors; whose fate has been sealed and when exactly will things be “all right?”captainphillipsDirected by Paul Greengrass and based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea, Greengrass clearly brings his Bourne sensibilities to the party with immersive hand held and shakey camera usage, signature work that leads to claustrophobic but effective story telling, painting in fast chaotic strokes. Acting from Hanks is nothing shy of top notch but even more amazing and mesmerizing is the work of the new found actors playing the pirates, of note Barkhad Abdi’s portrayal of Muse, the lead pirate, is commanding, terrifying, and indelible. Even if you recall how history played out for all involved, a compelling unpeeling of the narrative onion reveals each thrilling detail pulling the audience along in a life raft of its own. Totally worth your 134 minutes, Captain Phillips is rated PG-13.

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