B movie and brew pairing: Machete and an ice cold Tecate

*Spoiler alerts* The movie begins with with our hero Federale Machete (Trejo) going against the head of a drug cartel (Steven Segal) who beheads his wife and murders his only child. This gives the viewer enough back story of where he comes from and for the viewer to be be with him all the way. It continues with Trejo being hired for a job only to be betrayed by his employers and vows revenge against all his enemies.

This film has some of the most over-the-top fighting scenes: people being hacked to bits and heads literally rolling, to motorcycle  riding, Gatling gun mayhem. Rodriguez put every campy action cliche he could in this film -- from our underdog hero, the overly evil villains and never ending bullets -- which all help make this movie exciting and just plain fun. The casting alone on Machete was just spot on perfect Robert De Niro as the corrupt Southern politician (who really is from New York) and Lindsay Lohan as the rich party girl who eventually dawns a nun habit and becomes the peacemaker. Don Johnson also is in this star-studded film as the leader of a radical Pro-American militia.

[image-1]Now amidst all the bloody massacres and "sexy" love scenes, one does get a bit parched. The only problem I had was picking the right brew for this viewing. I  battled between Modelo Especial, Pacifico and even Corona. The only one that came out on top was the old school, never let you down, corn tasting Tecate. This beer, brewed by Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V., is a typical American adjunct lager. It pours with a classic light gold color, the right amount of carbonation and has a surprisingly mild taste. Having had this beer many times it's always great to go back and realize how large my palate for beer has grown,  but this brew is still one of the few I's turn to on a hot day.

So to recap, if you come home from work tired, not wanting to think and just watch an explosive and fun , violent, mindless film while drinking a cold beer, then this pairing is for you. It truly was one of the best tributes to a genre I have seen in a very long time -- which is very reassuring to see come out of the "lets remake and ruin every good film" Hollywood machine. Hopefully you will enjoy the film and brew pairing as much as I did and remember to always unwind and have a little fun now and again, both with your movie and beer choices.


Thomas Barris

The Wild Cicerone

Guilty pleasures for some can range from a hidden candy bar at work, listening to the Backstreet Boys or using a Snuggie. For me it usually involves cheap beer and a good 'B' movie. From old sci-fi movies to shoot 'em up gore flicks both hold a special place in my heart. Usually, I am an avid film and beer snob watching anything Herzog makes, or is hinted to be apart of, and drinking limited release rare brews from the smallest of breweries. Sometimes it's just good to zone out and have some fun. This is was definitely the case this past week when I watched the action-packed, shoot 'em up film Machete and drank an ice cold Tecate straight out of the can.

Directed by Robert Rodriquez and Ethan Maniquis, Machete is an epic homage to B action movies from the '70s and early '80s. This film stars as its hero none other than the sixty-six year old, blade slinging, tequila drinking Danny Trejo. He is known for his early films such as Desperado, Heat, From Dusk til Dawn and, of course, Spy Kids. Trejo has had an amazing career throughout the years and has been typically cast as some mysterious gun for hire. This being one of the only movies where he plays the main character was why I most wanted to watch the film.


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