Where can you find a movie bring strong political satire and make you laugh when people are killing each other? Well, Machete is your answer. Directed by blood and gore innovator Robert Rodriquez, Machete brings familiar immigration problems and seemed like a big middle finger toward the state of Arizona and their current laws against illegal aliens. The film is supremely self-aware and steeped in the aesthetics of a vintage “Mex”ploitation movie. There is a scene in the movie where Machete yanks out an enemies intestines and jumps out of a window, only to use said intestines as a rope to slingshot into a window one floor below. AN absolute all-star cast including Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriquez, Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro, Steven Segal, Don Johnson, Cheech Marin, and recently failed drug rehab blonde Lindsey Lohan. There are several heads being chopped off and blood spraying all over the place, so the movie is not for young kids and the faint of heart. This rated R movie has a run time of 105 minutes I give this movie a 3 ½ out of 4 Tibbs.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
Yet another comic book sensation has presented itself into movie form with the help of director Edgar Wright and actors Michael Cera and by giving this movie a quick cut atmosphere filled with scene transitions makes this movie visually pleasing. Director, Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shawn of the Dead) uses his ability to quickly cut mini montages through out this movie and it keeps the moviegoer satisfied and interested in the movie.
The movie soundtrack is another aspect that doesn’t disappoint with four-time platinum artist Beck. As we all know Michael Cera seems to play a socially frustrated teenager in every movie he is in, but the addiction of fighting-action to his role has helped him become a bit of a badass.
Throughout the movie Cera’s main objective is to defeat his new girlfriend’s (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) seven evil ex-boyfriends in order to win her heart. With a run time of an Hour and 53 Minutes the movie seems lengthy, but its is worth going to see if you can find it in theaters.
I give it 3½ out of 4 stars.
The Kids Are All Right
The struggle of an emotional hurricanes and drastic turns of fate that happens in this film that depicts the current struggles of gay families. Following a married couple (through the rigors of parenting teens, the struggle of intimacy issues, and the irritation of habits.
Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nic (Annette Bening) are a married couple struggling with household turmoil caused by their teenage kids, Joni (Mia Wasikowska, Alice in Wonderland) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson, Journey to the Center of the Earth). Curious about their history, the siblings locate Paul (Mark Ruffalo), an organic farmer-dude who long ago donated sperm to a clinic to make a few bucks ($30).
With the bold thematic element of a gay family and its “R” rating makes this movie not appropriate for children. The movie wasn’t released in the Santa Clarita Valley so if you can, take a movie day and venture out to the Archlight Theater in Sherman Oaks to see this compelling flick.
With a run time of an Hour and 44 minutes.
I give it 3 out of 4 Tibbs.
Overall, I have enjoyed George Clooney in some of his films, including The Oceans’ Trilogy and Burn After Reading, but in this film he doesn’t really give his Clooney Charm.
This movie was truly slow-paced and brutally detailed in non-sensical scene such as putting together a rifle and its accompanying flash suppressor. The only real action occurred during the beginning of the movie and at the very end, and everything else in-between seemed to bring the pace of the movie to almost a complete stop.
Clooney plays assassin Jack who completes his last job and retreats to the Italian countryside and takes a job to make a special weapon and falls in love with a girl who bring the romance, but takes away the danger out of his life. With a run time of an hour and 43 minutes.
I give this R rated movie a 1½ Tibbs out of 4
Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D
Its not the first zombie movie released in 3-Dimensions (Night of the Living Dead 3D), but it could be one of the best uses of 3D by having several weapon flailing and shooting your face off. As the fourth installment of the Resident Evil franchise it yet again takes Alice (Milla Jovovich) and continues her battle against zombie creation corporation the Umbrella Corp. Throughout the movie there are plenty of over-the-top fight sequences to keep the shoot first, ask questions later, action fans happy. Not the best 3D movie out there like Captain EO (yes, I am a goober), but there is great use of the new high price-ticketed 3D trend. Viewers who wait a few minutes after the credits start rolling will be treated to a taste of what’s to come in Resident Evil: Revelations (or whatever they decide to call the fifth film in the franchise). So far the creators of the movies have an excellent cast of characters including Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates and Wentworth Miller and they did a good job of playing the roles of zombie holocaust survivors. With a run time of an hour and 37 minutes.
I give this movie a 2 ½ out of 4 Tibbs.