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Danny Trejo, who is one of those actors who seems to exude an air of badassery, hits our screens again today with Bullet, a tale of a tough-as-nails cop hunting down the villains who kidnapped his grandson.
In everything from Desperado, through Con Air and Machete, Trejo’s characters seem to very much be those one would be ill-advised to mess with and Bullet’s tagline “this time they messed with the wrong guy” promises more of the same. Which segues quite nicely into this Top Ten of cinemas Badasses – those characters you just need to steer clear of, lest they decide to turn on you.
Most are notional protagonists, with a smattering of anti-heroes and the odd “bad guy” to round off the set – but none are to be trifled with. Here we go…………. (Spoilers Abound)
10. Snake Plissken – Escape from New York
An eye patch, a surly attitude and a general disregard for authority. »
- Dave Roper
Austin - Robert Rodriguez dug into a film of his past for his new television show, but he's already looking forward to its future with more seasons. "From Dusk Till Dawn," which premieres on the filmmakers' newly founded El Rey cable network on March 11, is getting a launch at SXSW, and Rodriguez was on hand to talk about how the 10-episode TV show differs from the film of the same name. Check out what the "Sin City," "El Mariachi" and "Machete" director has to say about entertainment for the Latino market. And if you're in the Texas capitol tonight (March 8), you can come say hi in person: HitFix is throwing a dusk-y party with El Rey and "From Dusk Till Dawn" from 11:30pm to 2 a.m. RSVP at email@example.com. »
- Katie Hasty
You wonder how long Anderson can keep accumulating star actors and creating ever more elaborate microcosms but, judging by this, he's a long way from running out of steam. It's a witty caper-within-a-reminiscence-within-a-flashback set in interwar Europe, through which Fiennes's debonair concierge must flee, protege lobby boy in tow, after an heiress's murder. It's breathlessly paced and breathtakingly designed, but with a solid core – like a fancy cake with an iron file concealed inside.
300: Rise Of An Empire (15)
With the bar for violent historical silliness raised by Game Of Thrones, this sequel pitches recklessly into another orgy of fetishised classical warfare with comic-book effects. »
- Steve Rose
Seasoned actor Danny Trejo has reinvented himself as the titular role in the Machete franchise, a series of films that ridicule B-movie, action flicks. However, despite evidently aware of the flaws and limitations of the genre, he’s now turned up in Nick Lyon’s Bullet, a film that is identical to those of which are being mocked in the aforementioned parody series.
When a dangerous criminal is on the verge of being executed by the death penalty, his father Carlito Kane (Jonathan Banks) is determined to put a stop to it – and so sets his sights on the law enforcer who arrested his son in the first place, which happens to be Frank Marasco (Trejo), a tough, uncompromising cop affectionately known as Bullet. With his trusty henchman Kruger (Torsten Voges) by his side, Kane kidnaps Bullet’s grandson, in the attempt to blackmail the cop – who has other plans up his sleeve. »
- Stefan Pape
There's nothing to be vain about in this Danny Trejo vanity project with no laughs, no interest and no surprises
Granite-faced tough-guy actor Danny Trejo got a new lease of life with the tongue-in-cheek grindhouse movies Machete and Machete Kills. Those at least had a bit of inventive bad taste. This is probably closer to the truth about grindhouse, without the patina of hipness and irony – it's just a terrible, lazy, cheapo-looking film with no laughs and no interest. Trejo plays a guy nicknamed "Bullet", an undercover La cop who gets things done by bending the rules and ignoring the red tape and the bullshit. He doesn't get violent unless it's warranted. But a bad guy kidnapping his grandson? That's warranted, my friend.
- Peter Bradshaw
it's kind of hard to believe, but Robert Rodriguez' feature film adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel series Sin City was released nine years ago, way back in 2005. Though a sequel has been talked about since the moment the film hit theaters, various delays resulted in the project being put on the back burner, with Rodriguez instead directing his attention to films like Planet Terror and Machete.
Now, nearly a full decade later, that long-awaited sequel is finally on its way into our lives, and the very first trailer has just hit the net.
Titled Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and again directed by both Rodriguez and Miller, the flick serves as a prequel and a sequel to the 2005 film, telling four different interlinking stories. Though two of the stories were a part of Miller's original series, the other two were written specifically for the film, »
- John Squires
Over the course of a career that has spanned over two decades, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez has garnered a number of fans, with a filmography that includes El Mariachi and its subsequent sequels, From Dusk Till Dawn, Spy Kids and its subsequent sequels, and Machete. Many were thus excited to hear that the next film from Rodriguez would be a follow-up to his 2004 film Sin City. Titled Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Rodriguez once again takes on directing duties, as well as co-writing with William Monahan and Frank Miller. Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Josh Brolin join the returning cast of Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, and Mickey Rourke, and the first trailer for the film has now been released. The trailer can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Danny Trejo (Machete) and Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon) star in the action-packed follow-up to the 2012 cult hit Bad Ass with Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses, sucker punching its way onto Digital HD March 25 and on Blu-ray and DVD April 8 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Returning writer and director Craig Moss (Breaking Wind, 30 Nights of Paranormal Activity with the Devil Inside the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) brings our two unlikely heroes together to deliver the most hard-hitting, butt-kicking movie experience to hit home entertainment this year.
Vietnam vet Frank Vega (Trejo) now runs an East L.A. community center where he trains young boxers to survive in and out of the ring. But when his prize student falls in with the wrong crowd and turns up dead, Frank teams up with his pal Bernie (Glover) to take matters into their own fists and prove that justice never gets old. »
The results are in, the envelopes have been opened, and the "winners" of the 34th Razzie Awards have been unveiled in ceremonies held at Hollywood's coolest new venue - just down the street from Sunday night's Oscars - IgnitedSpaces. The hour long show handed out at least one statuette to four of the five Worst Picture nominees, but Adam Sandler and his unfunny follow up Grown Ups 2 went home empty-handed.
Taking three of the top awards was the star-studded, snicker-free sketch comedy Movie 43, which "won" for Worst Screenplay (written by at least 19 people), Worst Director ("credited" to 13 people), and Worst Picture. Tying with 43, and also "winning" 3 gold spray-painted trophies, was the Will Smith and Jaden Smith sci-fi fiasco After Earth. Dad Will Smith took Worst Supporting Actor, son Jaden Smith was named Worst Lead Actor, and the combination of father & son, described in the ceremony as being "stranded »
News Simon Brew 26 Feb 2014 - 09:24
With Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (as it's now officially called) finally arriving in cinemas later this year, the near decade-long wait for a follow-up to Sin City is nearly over. But it seems as though we might not have a decade to wait for the next big screen Sin City outing after that.
Rogriguez teased that Miller "watched Part 2 - he watched it last night with me and then at the end he said, he didn’t have any comments, he was very happy with it. And he said, now about part three… »
I wrote four separate intros to this review, each of them detailing the highs of Robert Rodriguez’s career. But if you’re reading Collider, you already know. The $7,000 Spanish language action flick funded with money earned while working as a medical test subject that turned an ambitious young outsider with no connections into a commercial juggernaut so successful and prolific that he launched five franchises - all in different genres - built his own backlot, and now is about to launch his very own television station, The El Ray Network. And while the Horatio Alger story of Troublemaker Studios and Rodriguez’s D.i.Y. enthusiasm still inspires, the films have long since gone limp. If you already know Rodriguez’s story, you probably already know everything that Machete Kills has to offer. And just like most of the z-grade schlock it aspires to, it’s more fun in »
- Hunter Daniels
★☆☆☆☆The somewhat mixed response to Robert Rodriguez's 2010 spoof trailer turned feature, Machete, was an indication that audiences were tiring of seeing him draw from his overused bag of visual tricks to deliver yet another cartoonish, Latino-flavoured actioner. His retort? Machete Kills (2013) - a sequel which not only wastes the talents of an interesting ensemble, but also amplifies everything which was wrong with the cynical and egregiously self-indulgent original. This time around, hulking ex-federale Machete Cortez (Danny Trejo) is offered American citizenship and a clean state by the Us Prez (Charlie Sheen).
- CineVue UK
To mark the release of Machete Kills on 17th February, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
In this sequel to Machete, Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federal agent Machete, who is recruited by the President of the United States (introducing Carlos Estevez) for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man – he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer (Mel Gibson) who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet.
Machete Kills stars Amber Heard, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Jessica Alba, Sofía Vergara, Mel Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Lady Gaga, Danny Trejo, Charlie Sheen, Antonio Banderas, Demián Bichir, Cuba Gooding Jr., Walton Goggins and is directed by Robert Rodriguez.
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Anchor Bay Films and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment today debuted the trailer for their upcoming action thriller In the Blood , starring former Mma Fighter/Action Star Gina Carano ( Fast and the Furious 6 , Haywire ). Check it out in the player below, courtesy of iTunes Movie Trailers ! Set for release in theaters, On Demand and on iTunes on April 4, In the Blood also stars Cam Gigandet ( The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn . Part 2 ), Luis Guzmán ( We.re the Millers , The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 ), Amaury Nolasco ( The Rum Diary , .Prison Break.), Ismael Cruz Cordoba (.The Good Wife.), Treat Williams (.Chicago Fire.), Stephen Lang ( Avatar ) and Danny Trejo ( Machete ). It was directed by John Stockwell ( Blue Crush , Into the Blue ) and was written by Bennett »
Review Duncan Bowles 21 Feb 2014 - 08:17
Robert Rodriguez's sequel to the movie that began life as a fake trailer makes its way to DVD and Blu-ray...
Machete Kills is a rare beast indeed, a sequel that manages to surpass its predecessor in pretty much every way. When the rather superb Robert Rodriguez announced that we’d be getting a sequel to his grindhouse-trailer-turned-movie, Machete, I have to say that my heart sank a little. It wasn’t just because the first film had left me a little disappointed after all it promised, but because it seemed like a terrible shame that Rodriguez would choose to make a franchise out of his least impressive feature, while the much yearned for Sin City 2 (and even Predators if you count his hands on approach to producing) was left languishing on the shelf.
So it was with absolute apprehension that I approached Machete Kills, »
Around these parts we're really looking forward to the upcoming flick L.A. Slasher. If you're wondering why, then brothers and sisters, you haven't been paying attention. Read on for details and some new artwork.
Our own Sean Decker co-produced, and the film features cameos by Ashlynn Yennie (The Human Centipede), Barbara Nedeljakova (Hostel), Carlee Baker (Lucky McKee's The Woman), and Allison Kyler (Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2).
From the Press Release
Post-production on the independent feature film L.A. Slasher, directed by Martin Owen and produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger (Girls Against Boys, The Alphabet Killer), has been completed.
It stars Danny Trejo (Machete), Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”), Dave Bautista (Riddick), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Drake Bell (“Drake & Josh”), Brooke Hogan (“Hogan Knows Best”), Tori Black (Not Another Celebrity Movie), and the voice of Andy Dick (“NewsRadio”).
A biting, social satire about reality TV and the glorification »
- Uncle Creepy
Anchor Bay Films, in a joint distribution with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, will release In the Blood simultaneously in theaters, On Demand and on iTunes on April 4. They've also released a poster and a number of new stills from the action thriller, which you can check out in the gallery viewer at the bottom of this page. In the Blood stars former Mma Fighter/Action Star Gina Carano ( Fast and the Furious 6 , Haywire ) along with an ensemble cast that includes Cam Gigandet ( The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn . Part 2 ), Luis Guzmán ( We.re the Millers , The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 ), Amaury Nolasco ( The Rum Diary , .Prison Break.), Ismael Cruz Cordoba (.The Good Wife.), Treat Williams (.Chicago Fire.), Stephen Lang ( Avatar ) and Danny Trejo ( Machete ). The film »
A few weeks ago, we got an exclusive look at L.A. Slasher, a new horror flick that is an indictment on reality television. Now, we get our first look at the poster:
L.A. Slasher, directed by Martin Owen (his feature directorial debut) offers a "biting social satire of reality TV." The L.A. Slasher abducts reality stars and kills them publicly, leading the public to wonder if they are better off without these non-celebrities. The film stars Danny Trejo (Machete), Mischa Barton (The O.C.), Dave Bautista (Riddick), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), and Drake Bell (Superhero Movie), along with porn actress Tori Black and reality "stars" Brooke Hogan and Andy Dick.
- Alyse Wax
Kind of a good news/bad news situation this week. Bad news for those of us who like to watch sitcoms of 30 minutes in length whilst we eat dinner during the week, Channel 4 has decided to remove most of its good content including Peep Show, The It Crowd and Black Books from Netflix and Lovefilm as of February 15th. You can still watch these online but you have to go through their frankly useless 4Od app which I have never managed to watch a full episode of anything on without it crashing at the bloody adverts. Whilst its admirable that Channel 4 are taking things back in-house, they really need to improve their software first, or maybe they already have because I gave up on it back in 2012 and never finished season two of The Killing.
The good news is that Netflix have debuted season two of political drama House of Cards, »
- Chris Holt
Machete Kills, 2013.
Directed by Robert Rodriguez.
Starring Danny Trejo, Alexa Vega, Mel Gibson, Carlos Estevez, Amber Heard, Vanessa Hudgens, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Alba, Lady Gaga, Michelle Rodriguez, Cuba Gooding Jr., Demián Bichir, Zoe Saldana, Edward James Olmos, William Sadler, Antonio Banderas, Tom Savini, and Walton Goggins.
Machete is recruited by the U.S. President to take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet.
While the original Machete trailer was one of the highlights of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's 2007 double feature Grindhouse, containing more entertainment value in its two minutes than the entirety of Death Proof, the 2010 feature version failed to live up to the promise of the faux trailer. Personally, I thought it played things a little too straight, if you can say that about a film that has its protagonist abseiling from a »
- Gary Collinson
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