‘Machete’ succeeds in B-movie glory
Some elitists used to think the ”B” in B-movie stood for bad. Well, they weren’t out to win Oscars. They were just lower-budgeted pictures without big stars and some of them were more fun than their more expensive brethren. Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez have made it their mission to bring back the Bs, bigger and better than ever. The results have been mixed but still reach a pinnacle of sorts with Machete, expanded by Rodriguez and company from a fake trailer in the 2007 release of Grindhouse which featured a classic double-bill of Death Proof by Tarantino and Planet Terror by Rodriguez.
Like Russ Meyer’s films Machete works on two levels. It has enough boobs and booms to please fans of cheap action movies, but others will see it as a hilarious spoof of that genre. Like Avatar, it has a liberal political message that may go over conservative heads.
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DEETS: Machete starring Robert DeNiro, Jessica Alba, Danny Trejo. Rated R. 105 minutes. Now playing in wide release.