Discontent and Instant Gratification (and Why I Enjoyed RED and Machete)

I had intimated to a friend that I had lost some bearing and actually ran out of ideas to blog about. While there are the usual runs of rants that flow through my head like the fizz out of cola when you first open the bottle, today was altogether different. Sure, there are still bouts of incoherence that come off as being cryptic to some; taken as a collective, all just amalgamated bullshit.

That sounds like one hell of an opening for a pointless rant about some random topic. It could be and it couldn’t.  Well, initially, I thought of just writing my usual rant piece.  However, I ended up realizing I had watched a lot of movies during my blogging lull.  Movies, I haven’t written anything about movies in a long time, so what the heck.

Here I go:

After sitting through all the minutes of “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” I think I should be entitled to shoot off a bit of how I didn’t find the whole ending to be as tight with the rest of the movie. Was it supposed to be a message that in the age of the big bad banks, financial institutions can really turn over a new leaf? Was it a message that in this age of distrust in institutions, justice can find a way to see light? I don’t know. Who am I to even try sound like I know my movies, stripped down to its creative elements? I don’t know how they throw together the pieces to make the magic happen but what I do know is that the feel-good ending of this movie sucked.  Overall, as late as my opinions of this movie may be, I sort of liked it.  Yeah, Stone, Michael Douglas and Shia LaBeouf pulled it off quite nicely…except for the ending.  I guess Oliver Stone didn’t want to leave anything too open-ended that might suggest another sequel.

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Pleasure and instant gratification, call me blood-thirsty but those were the feelings I got from watching Rodriguez‘s “Machete” and watching Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren on “RED.” Those were simple movies with enough action and well-timed injections of humor. The stories were not as entertainingly complex as the inner workings of the financial market, greed and the global financial meltdown but these movies were certainly easy on a tired individual’s brain cells.

In “Machete,” I thought Danny Trejo was awesome as a long-haired former Federale who prefers to get the bad guys with — what else — a machete.  He certainly hacked his way to the top…hehehe.  Like, it was too violent to the point that it was comical.  Deadpan — Machete don’t text — awesomeness.  Seagal was also hilarious in his constant delivery of “puneta” in his scenes with a phone call.

“RED,” although violent, had the gift of having great actors as part of the cast.  Willis, Freeman and Malkovich had their share of thrillers, Mirren, however, was pleasant as a retired MI-6 agent who made a successful transition into civilian life.  I thought it was entertaining to see Ms. Mirren lugging around that long rifle and firing a big machine gun.  I guess I got a kick out of seeing someone unlikely to be that type of character.

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