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Film festival shows contrasts of Mexico’s drug war


Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu, left, and Spanish actor Javier Bardem pose for photographers at the Morelia International Film Festival in Morelia, Mexico, Saturday Oct. 16, 2010.

From afar it seems like Baghdad: car bombs, beheadings and corrupt politicians.
Up close, Mexico remains magical and picturesque in parts, feeling oddly safe even in the hardest-fought territories of the drug war.
The 8th annual International Film Festival opened Saturday in the drug-plagued state of Michoacan to its largest turnout ever, drawing the contrast that defines Mexico today.
Only blocks from the site where a 2008 grenade attack killed eight people, hundreds lined the red carpet to squeal at one of Hollywood’s leading men, Oscar-winning Spanish actor Javier Bardem. Unlike the Jonas Brothers in the drug-war-ravaged city of Monterrey, no one canceled – organizers say – for a festival that also features Hollywood blockbuster director Robert Rodriguez and Monty Python funnyman-turned-director Terry Gilliam.
“I’m waiting to see the bad side of Morelia,” Gilliam told reporters Sunday. “Since I’ve been in Morelia, I’ve been blown away by the architecture. It’s such a beautiful place.”
Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, whose film “Biutiful” starring Bardem opened the festival, acknowledged to a full auditorium in cocktail attire that his homeland is seeing a difficult time.
He told The Associated Press on Sunday that violence in Mexico appears to be out control. But culture and education are very powerful weapons in the war against it.
“These are very powerful acts of resistance. I think the seed or the root of what we’re experiencing is a (more…)

24/10/2010 at 4:28 pm Leave a comment

Robert Rodriguez Believes “Machete” Can Be a “Latin James Bond”

Director Robert Rodriguez has big plans for his Danny Trejo-led “Machete,” even calling it the “Latin James Bond.”
“This is the first Latin superhero in Hollywood cinema,” he said on Tuesday. “People were saying when they saw the trailer, how come no one has done this before?”
Indeed, it was Rodriguez’s fake trailer in “Grindhouse” which started the “Machete” ball rolling. Trejo’s tough guy character, a former Mexican federal agent turned killing machine, immediately came to life.
Rodriguez says the public simply demanded the movie be made after seeing the fake trailer.
The gore-fest is definitely building to tremendous buzz in advance of the Sept. 3 release. And, like Bond, there is plenty of room for more chapters.

Indeed, Rodriguez even hyped two sequels in overly-sensational style during “Machete.” He has every intention of making good on these movie-promises, even if they were an effective joke in the movie. (more…)

23/08/2010 at 4:00 am Leave a comment


Robert Rodriguez’s next directing project, the highly anticipated Machete, will have its trailer play before Predators, his latest producing venture which is theatres now.  The movie originated from a trailer that was featured in the 2007 movie Grindhouse and it follows the adventures of a bad-ass named “Machete Cortez” (Danny Trejo).  Rodriguez is really pumped up for his film, which has a tentative release of September, and one just hopes it’s more entertaining than his 2009 misfire, Shorts. (more…)

16/07/2010 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Robert Rodriguez unleashes his Predators at last

I'll be back: Predators reboot featuring Adrien Brody marks an unilkely return to frontline film-making for Robert Rodriguez. Photograph: Rico Torres/TM and © 2009 Twentieth Century

“Sometimes I feel like I’m in a dream world,” says director-producer Robert Rodriguez, “because it doesn’t always seem too logical how things work out.” Indeed, this year the film-maker is feeling a distinct case of deja vu. His first release this month will be a sequel to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1987 film Predator, helmed by Hungarian director Nimród Antal, produced at his Troublemaker Studios outfit in Texas, and based on a script Rodriguez wrote as a writer for hire during a brief production hiatus in the mid-90s. (more…)

05/07/2010 at 7:17 pm Leave a comment

Interview with Rober Rodriguez on the eve of his upcoming new film

Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez discusses the art of fear reborn with "Predators"

Why did Robert Rodriguez step into the realm of the reboot? Find out when Hollywood’s ‘rebel with a film crew’ reveals the secrets behind his engineering the rebirth of fearsome cool with ‘Predators.’ Settle in with the first in a series of Personalities Interviews on one of the summer’s most anticipated blockbusters.
Robert Rodriguez knows how to make an entrance. 

Standing tall at 6’2, he walks. Scratch that. He swaggers, into the mess hall in Buestrop, TX that feeds the cast and crew of his latest production, “Predators.” A self-avowed guerilla-style filmmaker, Rodriguez makes a point to live out his artistic manifesto. He shoots, cuts, writes, directs and composes each fiery frame of his work. Yet, despite his commanding physical presence, he possesses a curiously soft way of speaking. It is a striking contrast to the leather hat and sturdy biker boots he favors. But make no mistake, Rodriguez is the embodiment of his own cinematic aesthetic: Tough, honest, bold and blazing with innovation. He is a true rebelde of the art form.

05/07/2010 at 7:08 pm Leave a comment

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