Machete: I so dearly love Robert Rodriguez for actually taking a fake trailer from Grindhouse and turning it into a full-length movie. I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing this one yet, but honestly, how can a film starring Danny Trejo as an ex-Federale seeking revenge by anything less than awesome? Plus: ROBERT DE NIRO, Stephen Segal, Michelle Rodriguez, Cheech Marin AND Tom Savini!!! PS: I think I saw The Crazy Babysitter Twins somewhere in there too…
(Also out today: An El Mariachi/Desperado double feature and Once Upon a Time in Mexico on Blu-ray. All three are great, but Desperado holds a special place in my heart for introducing me to Salma Hayek. Time to upgrade my collection!)
The Last Exorcism: I skipped out on this during its theater run because I was afraid the buzz would color my viewing, and I’d go in expecting too much. Now that it’s out on DVD, I’ll definitely give it a shot. I’m interested in how the “documentary” angle plays out, and I’m always curious about posession flicks (even if none of them have ever been as great as The Exorcism).
Howl: I’m sure at this point, most people would be happy to just watch James Franco read the phonebook. So it follows that most people would also then want to see him play beat poet Allen Ginsberg in a film that’s partly about his life and partly about the obscenity trial that focused on his most pivotal work. And I will too, because it’s true: That Franco guy is kind of an amazing actor (/writer/comedian/director/painter/< insert whatever artistic thing you can think of here).
Catfish: Whether or not you believe this is a documentary or a fabricated screenplay meant to seem like a documentary, this film about a relationship created solely via Facebook contact serves as both a cautionary tale about stalking and a reminder that face-to-face interaction is more than important…you know, especially when you’re falling in love with someone. I dug it regardless of its “official” genre label, and recommend it highly.