Tag Archives: Cheech Marin

The Lion King: Feeling the Love

THE CIRCLE OF LIFE.  In the early 1990s, during the production of the songs for Disney’s upcoming animated adventure The Lion King, West End legend Tim Rice had been hired to write the lyrics. When his attempts to get Benny Andersson as a composing partner fell through, he turned to Elton John. The pop star … Continue reading The Lion King: Feeling the Love

Coco: A Visit to the Land of the Dead

THE CELEBRATION OF A LIFETIME.  The world premiere of Coco took place in Morelia, Mexico, not Hollywood. During the making of the film, Pixar’s talents went south of the border to learn more about the culture and folk art, to find the right inspiration and local color for their tale about the Day of the … Continue reading Coco: A Visit to the Land of the Dead

Cars 3

FROM THIS MOMENT, EVERYTHING WILL CHANGE.  When Lightning McQueen crashes during a race with a cocky, younger talent, he starts fearing retirement but tries to find his way back at a new racing center, and with a new, annoyingly enthusiastic trainer. The third film reconnects with the original in several ways. Beautifully designed in 3D, … Continue reading Cars 3

Ghostbusters II

BE READY TO BELIEVE US.  Five years after the events in the first film, the Ghostbusters have been forced out of business… but a new supernatural threat against New York City catches their attention. The charm from Ghostbusters (1984) is still intact in this sequel thanks to the wonderful cast, with Peter MacNicol adding fun … Continue reading Ghostbusters II

Machete

HE KNOWS THE SCORE. HE GETS THE WOMEN. AND HE KILLS THE BAD GUYS! A Texas businessman (Jeff Fahey) hires a Mexican worker, Machete, (Danny Trejo) to kill a corrupt State Senator (Robert De Niro), but he doesn’t know that Machete is a former federal agent with a violent past… Robert Rodriguez developed one of … Continue reading Machete

Cars 2

Lightning McQueen returns to Radiator Springs to see his friends, but is soon drawn into another race… and Mater is hired by British spies who think that he’s also a spy. The first film is not one of Pixar’s strongest assets creatively, but turned into an extraordinary hit among kids. Unfortunately, the sequel became the … Continue reading Cars 2

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

LITTLE SPIES. BIG ATTITUDES. Carmen and Juni (Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara), now fully trained agents, face competition from two other spy kids as well as their father who is secretly plotting to steal the Transmooker, a powerful device. Families flocked to the first one, and they liked the sequel too. Robert Rodriguez has a huge … Continue reading Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

Spy Kids

REAL SPIES… ONLY SMALLER. Two retired spies (Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino), who are now married and raising two kids (Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara), are suddenly called back to action – and the children end up in danger. A surprisingly family-friendly adventure from Robert Rodriguez who gets a lot of help in the charm department by … Continue reading Spy Kids

Cars

KEEP IT WHEEL. In a world where vehicles populate Earth, a beloved race car finds himself detoured in Radiator Springs, a small town along Route 66, where he learns a few life lessons. Director John Lasseter’s interest in cars resulted in one of Pixar’s least interesting films in the era of Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. It is simply … Continue reading Cars

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

THE TIME HAS COME. The third part of the trilogy that began with El Mariachi (1992) sees the guitar-playing desperado (Antonio Banderas) lured out of retirement to stop a Mexican general from overthrowing the President after his decision to destroy a drug cartel. Director Robert Rodriguez does his best to entertain us in lieu of … Continue reading Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Christmas with the Kranks

NO! HO! HO! When their daughter can’t come home for Christmas, the Kranks (Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis) decide to go away on a cruise, to the dismay of their neighbors. What is it with Allen and Christmas? Well, much less successful than his Santa Clause franchise, this lousy comedy has a strange attitude where we’re supposed to … Continue reading Christmas with the Kranks

From Dusk Till Dawn

VAMPIRES. NO INTERVIEWS.  Bank-robbing brothers Seth and Richie Gecko (George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino) are trying to make it to Mexico, taking preacher Jacob Fuller’s (Harvey Keitel) family hostage in the process; what they’re not counting on though is vampires. It sounds like a great idea, and some of Robert Rodriguez/Tarantino’s fans ate it up, but … Continue reading From Dusk Till Dawn