August 25th, 2012

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Tarantino/Rodriguez: Shorts

I am determined to have this project wrapped this weekend. Was having too much fun this past week to leave time for blogging.

Shorts. Another foray into family film by Robert Rodriguez. A few things in common with his other kid flicks: all star cast of adults (Jon Crier, Leslie Mann, James Spader, William H Macy), overly childish and fanciful storyline, very authentic kids. Oh and there's the little things like the Great White Bites cereal. On the spectrum of movies we've seen already, we're somewhere just behind Spy Kids 2. The idea is cute, but it's still a little too childish.

This time around, you have some kids who find a wishing rock. They wish for things. Shennannigans happen. Things go horribly wrong. Shorts has a double meaning. THe story is broken up into pieces, or shorts, focusing on different characters. And also, it's a kids movie. Kids are short.

As a result of this movie, I can't see any reference to Helvetica and NOT hear Helvetica Black's theme song. Yeah what?
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Tarantino/Rodriguez: Machete

When we talked about Grindhouse, I mentioned that one of the best things about it was the fake trailers. What's even better about the trailers is that one of them, Machete, got made for real. And the Grindhouse goodness goes on.

We're continuing with the same feel as before. Purposely low quality looking film, over the top, cheesey dialogue, gratutious gore, ridiculous screenplay, all around explosive entertainment. As per usual, Rodriguez brings all of his friends to play along: Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Jeff Fahey, Cheech Marin, Daryl Sabarra adding in Steven Segal, Robert DeNiro, Lindsay Lohan, and Michelle Rodriguez. Our boy RR gets the formula a little bit better this time. It's a bit higher quality, but still maintains the self aware low budget feel. And you've still got dialogue like "Machete don't text" and "We didn't cross the border, the border crossed us". Gold.

Yup, you know we're nearing the end of the project when I \m/ love a movie, but can't think of anything else concrete to say about it.