Screen Junkies » michelle rodriguez http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Sun, 30 Nov 2014 23:54:52 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Michelle Rodriguez Probably Headed To ‘The Home’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michelle-rodriguez-probably-headed-to-the-home/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michelle-rodriguez-probably-headed-to-the-home/#comments Mon, 14 Mar 2011 12:15:18 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=201440 Michelle Rodriguez is cashing in on her talent for terrifying the elderly.

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Michelle Rodriguez is cashing in on her talent for terrifying the elderly.

The retirement community horror thriller, The Home, is headed into production this summer and Rodriguez confirms she’ll probably take a part, revealing that her involvement is “more likely than not.”

A Murderer’s Row of old codgers — Brian Cox, Cloris Leachman, Ed Asner — have been rumored to be attached to the film but no official confirmations have been announced yet. The Home tells the story of an assisted living facility where the residents are terrorized by supernatural forces. The events are dismissed as the ramblings of elderly minds until an injured firefighter moves into the home and witnesses them firsthand.

Robert Rodriguez is producing the script written by movie blogger Eric Vespe. Wow. Really? There’s hope for me yet. Time to put the finishing touches on my spec script about outer space ninjas rising up against a Galactus-like eater of worlds. I promise there’s a role for Danny Trejo. (The Playlist)

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Review: Battle: Los Angeles http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-battle-los-angeles/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-battle-los-angeles/#comments Thu, 10 Mar 2011 04:54:36 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=198814 Exactly what you expect it to be and it delivers on that: Team of marines all with their personal issues, some civilians for the heart, rah rah patriotism and big explosions.

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Battle: Los Angeles is exactly what you expect it to be and it delivers on that: Team of marines all with their personal issues, some civilians for the heart, rah rah patriotism and big explosions.

Staff Sgt. Nantz (Aaron Eckhart) is too old for this shit. He’s about to retire and has one last troop to train. He’s notorious because his last squad didn’t make it. He had to make a tough call and he’s living with it. We meet the gang. Lt. Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez) has a pregnant wife. Cpl. Harris (Ne-Yo) is planning a wedding. Everyone gets a defining prologue.

Then aliens land. Seeing an invasion of Santa Monica beach via news cameras is pretty cool. Then Martinez has to take the unit into battle on the streets of Santa Monica. They should call it Battle: Santa Monica. The military has a blockade at Lincoln Ave. and they’ve got three hours to evacuate civilians before an air strike.

The war zone effects look really good. It actually does look like the streets of Los Angeles are burning (downtown in wide shots, but mostly close up rubble.) There are some great shots of decimated freeways. The action escalates well. The finale really is the biggest battle, and there are plenty of thrilling sequences before. Nantz’s decoy mission with the walkie talkies incorporates tactics with alien drone ships.

The camera could shake less but it’s okay. At least the excuse could be it’s Black Hawk Down style, with brief glimpses of the aliens at first and disorienting perspective. It’s honest though. They teach you the geography and identify locations with on screen text. You can mostly tell who is who. Everyone has enough visible distinctions, including war paint, so you know it’s “that guy” even if you don’t remember his name.

Midway into the operation they run into civilians Michele (Bridget Moynahan) and Joe (Michael Pena) and his kid. There’s no juicy civilian drama. Nobody’s a reprehensible convict or anything. Just a veterinarian who can get her hands dirty on an alien carcass, and a family man with kids. Other military stragglers like Tech Sgt. Santos (Michelle Rodriguez) join up to explain how the alien ships work.

Somehow you do care about these characters. You want Lt. Martinez to make it back to his wife so no one has to deliver the letter he wrote to her. You can see that Nantz is visibly shaken by his alien encounter. You can totally tell who’s going to make it and who’s not by movie rules, but it works.

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Michelle Rodriguez On Playing Women Who Can Kick Your Ass http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michelle-rodriguez-on-playing-women-who-can-kick-your-ass/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michelle-rodriguez-on-playing-women-who-can-kick-your-ass/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2011 18:58:28 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=102576 The 'Battle: Los Angeles' star has masculine and feminine in the same body.

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I got deep with Michelle Rodriguez. I read a lot of spiritual books, so I’m sort of qualified to go there. Rodriguez has given a lot of interviews where she talks about having the masculine and feminine in the same body. Most people probably thinks she means a woman who can kick ass like a man, but I can take it further than that.

Her latest role is as a Tech Sergeant in Battle: Los Angeles. A squad of Marines battling aliens runs into her, so she can explain some of the electromagnetic details that will be important to the plot later. She gave me a hug when we met up again, so that got the interview off to a good start.

Q: You always talk about the masculine and feminine in the same body. Does that have to be either a female body or a male body?

MR: No, that’s the beauty of it. It’s universally human that way.

Q: When did you start thinking about this concept?

MR: When I started researching more esoteric stuff about five years ago. I started diving into alchemy and the history of alchemy and Manly P Hall books, and I kept seeing this recurring theme in mythology. The recurring theme was this embodiment of masculinity and femininity throughout all these gods that were talked about in the esoteric books that I’d read. Being born you have your chromosomes and what not. I just feel like really a human’s journey is really about both factors to be complete as a human. Ultimately I think that’s the goal is just finding the balance. I just think that more people should be exploring that in scripts.

Q: How do you balance it in real life?

MR: You know, I’m still working on that, buddy. Obviously I got some issues because I’m such a tomboy, yeah, eventually I’ll find the right guy and hopefully I’ll be able to explore it more but for now, I’m just researching as much as possible.

Q: You are hot though. Wouldn’t you want to play it up just once as a sultry seductress role?

MR: You know, I’m not so interested in exploring the sexual aspects of myself but definitely I would like to be in something other than what I’ve done for the last 10 years for sure. I’m open to exploring it but I’d need the genius to see behind the veil of masculine butchiness if you will. If a really good director comes up to me and says I want you to embody this, and it’s not anything that you’ve ever done before and I want you to really go to your femininity and dive into your estrogen and bring this out, girl, because I know you’ve got it in you, I will give 150,000% to that director.

Q: Who will carry on the torch you’re passing?

MR: I don’t know. At the end of the day, I really do hope that there’s more of an exploitation of Angelina type characters, where there is this embodiment, this balance between the two worlds. I don’t want to perpetuate the idea that in order to be strong, you need to be an alpha male, a physical alpha male. I just feel like that’s a farce and I don’t want to perpetuate that. But then there are women who really enjoy being tomboys and it is within their nature to just naturally be this way and they enjoy it. If that’s your path, then that’s great. I just don’t want to perpetuate the idea that in order to be strong, you need to be like a man because that’s not true. That’s the biggest lie on the planet, you know. My whole thing is if that’s the torch I’m passing, I’m not so sure if I’d like to pass it.

Q: For Battle: Los Angeles, did you ever bring up the possibility of addressing real issues women in the military might face?

MR: We tried to do that. The original script attacked that, like gnarly, and we took it all out because I feel like the only solution to issues like that is showing the alternative. I’m with Mother Teresa on that. You guys are rallying for peace, you’r fighting against war but it defeats the purpose. Right there, you’re fighting for peace. Well, when you have a celebration of peace you can call Mother Teresa. It’s the same thing with anything. I feel like you need to offer a solution and when you offer the solution that is the best that a human being can do at fixing a problem. Addressing a problem, you’re adding more fire to the flame, honey. I feel the same way about everything, like protesting. Create the solution. But it’s awesome. Everything has its role. If it weren’t for protesters, people wouldn’t know there are issues so everything’s got a place in the world. I’m just not so sure if I want a part of everything.

Q: You’re the only female officer in the movie, and the only other female character is a civilian. You seem to fit in with the guys, but do men have more problems fitting in with female casts?

MR: Depends. Depends on his charm factor. Ultimately that’s anything in life in social situations depends on your charm factor. So it depends on the guy. If he’s a dick, he’s going to have a hard time. If he’s a nice guy and he’s charming, he’s going to have it easy being surrounded by women. As a matter of fact, he’d probably find it incredibly easy.

Q: In Fast & Furious, did you ever think Letty was the mastermind and faking her death to set Dom up?

MR: Oh my God. There’s no body, man. That’s all I gotta say. There’s no body, so.

Q: I thought that had to be the twist. Not that I wanted you to be a villain, but at least you’d still be in the game.

MR: I don’t know where that’s going to go. We’ll see. I guess it also depends how this one does and I think it’s going to do incredibly well because there aren’t a lot of people like Vin Diesel and Dwayne. Just to see those two go at it, I’d pay the ticket just to see them go at it.

Q: In real life, are you into boxing, cars and surfing, like the movies you’ve gotten to do?

MR: I’m into cars. I love jumping out of planes, haven’t done that in movies. I love adrenaline. I do. It’s nice but I don’t race. I don’t race anymore. I used to, got too many tickets. Now I’m like one point away from losing my license. I’m like nah, maybe I should chill out, buy a Prius, give up the Beamer. I miss it. I miss racing. I think it’s fun. Going to the track is awesome. I think I might go to Arizona and just take a course just for the hell of it. That stuff is fun. I like shooting. I like going to the range and shooting. I’m an awful shot. Anybody can beat me in the gun range but I can unload a cli faster than anybody.

Battle: Los Angeles invades theaters Friday.

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Battle: Los Angeles http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/battle-los-angeles/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/battle-los-angeles/#comments Wed, 02 Mar 2011 23:33:10 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=8466 Director: Jonathan Liebesman Cast: Michelle Rodriguez, Aaron Eckhart, Bridget Moynahan Synopsis: A Marine platoon faces off against an alien invasion in Los Angeles. Release Date: March 11, 2011

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Director: Jonathan Liebesman

Cast: Michelle Rodriguez, Aaron Eckhart, Bridget Moynahan

Synopsis: A Marine platoon faces off against an alien invasion in Los Angeles.

Release Date: March 11, 2011

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‘Battle: Los Angeles’ Has a Teaser Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/battle-los-angeles-has-a-teaser-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/battle-los-angeles-has-a-teaser-trailer/#comments Fri, 12 Nov 2010 13:00:36 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=8077 Battle: Los Angeles has a teaser trailer, and you're going to watch it. After all, I'm assuming you love Aaron Eckhart as much as I do. If not, you're insane, but I'm sure you can at least enjoy the stunning special effects and eerie music.

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Battle: Los Angeles has a teaser trailer, and you’re going to watch it. After all, I’m assuming you love Aaron Eckhart as much as I do. If not, you’re insane, but I’m sure you can at least enjoy the stunning special effects and eerie music. It’s the perfect compliment to Aaron Eckhart’s soulful eyes. Magnificent. (/Film)

Whe unknown forces suddenly and mercilessly attack the City of Angels out of nowhere, it’s up to a local Marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and a new platoon of unseasoned soldiers to meet the threat. As the invasion hits the streets of LA, these Marines become our first and last line of defense in an intense battle against an enemy unlike any they’ve ever encountered before.

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Michelle Rodriguez’s ‘Machete’ Fail http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michelle-rodriguezs-machete-fail/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michelle-rodriguezs-machete-fail/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Last week, Screen Junkies and Break scored some sweet, sweet hangin' time with Machete stars Danny Trejo and Michelle Rodriguez, and director Robert Rodriguez, at an international press junket. FX guru and filmmaker Freddie W. put together a scene that starts out simple enough with everyone taking some bad-ass pics for the cameras, but then quickly takes a dark turn once Michelle's strength is brought into question. In my opinion, this is the way all press junkets should end. Although, I'm sure the hotel staff would vehemently disagree. Check out the video below...

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Last week, Screen Junkies and Break scored some sweet, sweet hangin’ time with Machete stars Danny Trejo and Michelle Rodriguez, and director Robert Rodriguez, at an international press junket. FX guru and filmmaker Freddie W. put together a scene that starts out simple enough with everyone taking some bad-ass pics for the cameras, but then quickly takes a dark turn once Michelle’s strength is brought into question. In my opinion, this is the way all press junkets should end. Although, I’m sure the hotel staff would vehemently disagree.

Check out the video below…

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Review: ‘Machete’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-machete/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-machete/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Machete R, 105 min., 2010 Cast: Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Jeff Fahey, Cheech Marin with Don Johnson, Lindsay Lohan, Steven Seagal, and Robert DeNiro Directed by Robert Rodriguez...

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Machete
R, 105 min., 2010
Cast: Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Jeff Fahey, Cheech Marin with Don Johnson, Lindsay Lohan, Steven Seagal, and Robert DeNiro
Directed by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis
Screenplay by Robert Rodriguez and Alvero Rodriguez

While Machete is one hilarious, madcap, blood-filled pinata party, it’s also one of the most politically charged action movies to come along this year.

The iconic big screen bad-ass Danny Trejo gets his much needed day in the sun at Machete, an ex- Mexican cop turned Texas day laborer who finds himself in the middle of the battle between borders, with double crossing politicians, vigilantes, cops, and cartels. All the while he’s becoming another legendary folk hero from the endless mind of Robert Rodriguez and the Troublemaker studio family.

Machete is joined by a cast that can slap and slice the face off of The Expendables – they can be labeled  like Sergio Leone‘s The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.  The Good: the ultimate female revolution fighter from a taco truck Luz/She (Michelle Rodriguez in another one of her kick butt and still look sexy performances), INS agent sexpot Santana (Jessica Alba), and Priest (Cheech Marin showing up in his best Rodriguez movie cameo to date). The Bad: evil vigilante Texan Lt. Stillman (Don Johnson, at his sleazy cigar slinging best, carrying echoes of Henry Fonda’s villainous performance in Once Upon a Time in the West), racist tea bagger Senator McLaughlin (Robert DeNiro having fun as the guy you love to hate), scheming political assistant Booth (Jeff Fahey making us wonder why he isn’t cast in more movies as a screen villain), and Mexican drug lord Torrez (Steven Seagal taking everything so seriously and with hilarious end results). And The Ugly: drugged up bad girl turned religious savior April (Lindsay Lohan always down to satirize her own persona) and the famous worn and pockmarked face of Danny Trejo as Machete.

All these wacky characters and more face off in a blood-filled cannon of showdowns and confetti that will you have kicking, wincing, howling, whistling, and clapping for more.

Rodriguez, sharing his writer/director/cinematographer/editor/score chair with co-director Ethan Maniquis, script writer Alveno Rodriguez, editor Rebecca Rodriguez, and cinematographer Jimmy Lindsey. It’s a block party of filmmakers that bring a lot of energy and color to the creative table, creating an environment that is part grindhouse fun and part family affair.

As the idea of Machete came out of Rodriguez’s head 15 years ago during Desperado, we now see another possible tough character actor, Michelle Rodriguez, becoming another one of his modern day folk hero characters of SHE — a legendary Mexican freedom fighter or quasi female counter part to iconic Che Guevera. You know he is onto something here when Rodriguez’s character gets the audience roar of approval next to a bland Alba applause. It’s something to look forward to in the Troublemaker future of cartoon movies.

The movie itself is more fun watching than really talking about with all its beheading and rocket-filled low riders. The first part is the most uninhibited fun, with the mixture of grindhouse type violence with political undertones that include a running gag of xenophobic political ads, not unlike something Sarah Palin would pay for.

By the time the climax hits, there are so many characters and elements played out that they all collide in a Looney Tunes-type carnival ride of guns and cars that doesn’t come to a solid conclusion. It even seems that Machete is lost at times in the battle between characters and screen time.
Yet Rodriguez and crew give us a something to chew on as we face a time of terrible racism and actions, all the while punching it with one-of-a-kind performances and action moments.

Grade: B +

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New ‘Machete’ Red Band Trailer Delivers Serious Head Trauma http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-machete-red-band-trailer-delivers-serious-head-trauma/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-machete-red-band-trailer-delivers-serious-head-trauma/#comments Tue, 31 Aug 2010 23:37:56 +0000 Reza F. If this new red band trailer for Machete doesn’t convince you to see the film this Friday then I’m afraid there’s nothing more I can do. My goodness gracious, the...

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If this new red band trailer for Machete doesn’t convince you to see the film this Friday then I’m afraid there’s nothing more I can do. My goodness gracious, the violence. It exploits more head trauma than Break fail video. Have you ever seen a man’s head get cut off and then split in half before it even hits the ground? Well now you can mark that morbid desire off of your bucket list.

Check out the trailer after the jump…


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‘Machete’ Actress Michelle Rodriguez http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/machete-actress-michelle-rodriguez/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/machete-actress-michelle-rodriguez/#comments Fri, 27 Aug 2010 17:58:00 +0000 Defy Media The image of the ultimate bad-ass chick pops up every time the name Michelle Rodriguez is mentioned. Either when she's stealing cars in Fast & Furious, shooting zombies in Resident Evil, playing an Apache air pilot in Avatar, or getting arrested for punching someone's lights out, she is part legend, part actress and all tough babe. With Machete opening next Friday, M. Rod gets to send another kapow! to the kisser as the mysterious revolutionary fighter known as SHE. A word from Michelle: "My favorite part of my body is my brain. I think no matter what my body looks like I won't be satisfied unless I know how to use it." Sounds like an answer for a job interview. Congratulations! You're hired! More pics of Michelle after the jump...

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The image of the ultimate bad-ass chick pops up every time the name Michelle Rodriguez is mentioned. Either when she’s stealing cars in Fast & Furious, shooting zombies in Resident Evil, playing an Apache air pilot in Avatar, or getting arrested for punching someone’s lights out, she is part legend, part actress and all tough babe. With Machete opening next Friday, M. Rod gets to send another kapow! to the kisser as the mysterious revolutionary fighter known as SHE.

A word from Michelle: “My favorite part of my body is my brain. I think no matter what my body looks like I won’t be satisfied unless I know how to use it.”

Sounds like an answer for a job interview. Congratulations! You’re hired!

More pics of Michelle after the jump…

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‘Machete’ Trailer Pretty Much Kicks All Ass http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/machete-trailer-pretty-much-kicks-all-ass/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/machete-trailer-pretty-much-kicks-all-ass/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The new Machete trailer has slashed its way onto the Internetz. We last saw an "illegal" trailer released on Cinco de Mayo which got me amped, but this new one makes me want to punch a cinder block just so I can feel like a man. It's like producer Robert Rodriquez and director Ethan Maniquis took all the things that zip through a male's brain on a daily basis and cramed them into one movie with Jeff Fahey. Not that I don't like Jeff Fahey, I just can't say he's on my mind that often. At least you'll never get me to admit it here... Machete rips theaters a new asshole Labor Day Weekend, September 3rd. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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The new Machete trailer has slashed its way onto the Internetz. We last saw an "illegal" trailer released on Cinco de Mayo which got me amped, but this new one makes me want to punch a cinder block just so I can feel like a man. It’s like producer Robert Rodriquez and director Ethan Maniquis took all the things that zip through a male’s brain on a daily basis and cramed them into one movie with Jeff Fahey. Not that I don’t like Jeff Fahey, I just can’t say he’s on my mind that often. At least you’ll never get me to admit it here…

Machete rips theaters a new asshole Labor Day Weekend, September 3rd.

Check out the trailer after the jump.

 

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