Heartbreaking… Richard Donner’s films have been on repeat in my house for over the last three decades, his body of work have brought tears of laughter, smiles of joy and and you know something? they still seem as fresh today as they did back then… he was a Maverick of his time with movies such as Superman, The Goonies, the Lethal Weapon movies and so many more… he was loved by his peers, adored by his fans and although he’s no longer with us his legacy will continue to shine… “Hey, you guuuys!”
Like most I first came across the name Mel Gibson back in the 80’s whilst watching the classic movie Mad Max and Its sequel The Road Warrior – after two movies I was already in awe of this actor with his distinct chiseled features, his well formed action physique and his deep piercing blue eyes – you just knew that this actor with a swagger of a more seasoned pro would one day rule the acting boardwalks and that movie greatness was just around the corner. Combining star quality with actual talent is rare amongst the modern crop of Hollywood’s A-List stars but one thing for certain is that Mel Gibson has it in abundance – reminiscence of screen greats of yesteryear Steve McQueen, John Wayne and Kirk Douglas Mel Gibson always manages to fill the screen with this almighty presence, he approaches his work in a very cavalier manner and has this uncanny ability to captivate his audience, whether that be in the action arena or throwing it down on the comedy circuit Mel Gibson has the tools for any occasion.
With the Mad Max and Lethal Weapon film franchises, a Best Director & Best Picture Oscar for 1995’s Brave Heart and his lead starring role in countless other movies throughout the years to only pick 3 of his best most significant films for this post has been beyond difficult – to celebrate his 58th Birthday and my 100th post here’s the Essential Mel Gibson
A deserved mention to notable absentees that are also vintage Mel Gibson – Conspiracy Theory, Mad Max, Maverick, Ransom, Signs, Gallipoli, The Beaver and Tequila Sunrise (and for that matter anything else that Mel Gibson has had a starring role in)
MACHETE KILLS – (2013) – Movie Review ★★★¾
Cast – Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson, Amber Heard, Michelle Rodriguez, Alexa Vega, Demian Bichir, Jessica Alba, Charlie Sheen & Sofia Vergara – our hero Machete (Trejo) is hired by the President of the United States (Sheen) to bring down the evil Mendez (Bichir) who has a Rocket pointing at Washington VERDICT since Machete’s introduction in 2001’s Spy Kids, the character has made appearances in 5 other features, they include Spy Kids 2 + 3, Planet Terror, Machete and of course Machete Kills – I love these Grindhouse style movies and Rodriguez is the master of the format, his cocktail of insane over-the-top violence, exploding bodies with decapitation a high priority, plenty of cleavage shots and his knack of finding the most wacky but brilliant weapons ever seen on a movie screen are just some of the reasons that make a Rodriguez movie a must see – overall Machete Kills is an exciting sequel with so many superb tongue in cheek performances, Demian Bichir (The Bridge) demonstrates his acting madness, laughing wide eyed like a deranged Hyena playing the villainous Mendez, Charlie Sheen is winning again playing President Rathcock, whilst Lethal Weapon’s Mel Gibson is funny as hell camping it up playing Luther Voz, a Star Wars fan and master villain, whose aim is to rebuild society in space after helping to wipe out Earth – and it’s not just the boys who have all the fun one of the highlights of the film is a terrific showdown between Luz (Rodriguez) & Miss San Antonio (Heard) that’s hotter than hell and full of delicious one-liners & some great fisticuffs – Machete Kills is pure cinematic indulgence, a film that will leave you smiling like a Cheshire Cat and rubbing your hands in excitement for Machete’s next outing….