Some conservative bloggers go nuts over "Machete"

I should add that there solid performances by actresses Michelle Alba and Michelle Rodriguez, and Lindsey Lohan is very active in limited screen time (including a scene where her and her screen mother " get busy" with Machete).  Other actors in the mix include Steven Seagal and Cheech Marin.

But there are some conservatives who are outraged at the film.  Subtle, it ain't.  Essentially, the anti illegal-immigrant characters in the movie are depicted as racist.  And some conservative bloggers who have been following the story of this film getting made are extremely upset, and want to insure that the state of Texas does not grant Machete any tax credits, saying that Robert Rodriguez and his producer lied about the content of the film.

(Many states now give tax breaks of between 20%-30% for productions that film in their states.  As CL reported earlier this year, the state of Florida this past legislative session will now provide $242 million in transferable tax credits over the next five years).

But some conservative bloggers say the film, such as's Alex Jones says the film, with its anti-Texas, pro immigrant theme, should not qualify for those credits.

Also in San Francisco this weekend, a far right group claimed it was going to protest the opening of the film, with demonstrators carrying machetes themselves.

On Friday evening September 3rd, we will be protesting the release of the film Machete. This film is an explicitly anti-white blood-bath that encourages Latinos to attack, maim, and kill whites with impunity.

We feel that this is an explicit threat to white folks and that it is necessary to send a message to moviegoers and the producers of this film that threatening people because they happen to be white is unacceptable.

Over the Labor Day weekend, the new Robert Rodriguez B-movie illegal immigration satire, Machete, reached the #3 spot on the box office charts in the U.S.  The film, dubbed as a 70's era "Mexploitation" flick,  carries a very deliberate pro Latino stance as the topic of illegal immigration continues to stay in the headlines.

If you're familiar with some of Rodriguez' ouevre ("Desperado" and "From Dusk 'Til Dawn" are two of his better known films)   you're aware that that there's always going to be a lot of bloodshed involved, and hopefully the other elements (such as its edgy humor) make it at least entertaining, and not too dumb.

The plot in Machete goes something like this:  66-year-old actor Danny Trejo  (who actually served time in prison in real life in the 1970's) is a supreme bad ass and former Federale named Machete who is now an illegal immigrant working in Texas as a day laborer when he is approached by a smooth talking businessman named Booth (played by Jeff Fahey, who is usually seen in straight to video thrillers). Booth offers $150,000 to Machete to kill a racist Texas state Senator, John McLaughlin (played by Robert DeNiro).  Senator McLaughlin as played by DeNiro is walking parody of many politicians in America in 2010 who seemingly can't go far enough in trying to show their bona fides to the voters on how tough they are on illegal immigration.  In one scene, McLaughlin guns down an illegal immigrant woman who's pregnant;  but a would be Minuteman with him played by Don Johnson praises the senator, since that's one less anchor baby to worry about.

We'll refrain from offering any other plot details, allowing them to unfold in front of you if you opt to see Machete. Needless to say, many heads literally roll, and the machete is used in all types of creative ways to bring down the bad guys.

As far as the production goes, I thought the first half of the film was a hoot, but the energy seriously fades in the second half, before leading into its predictable violent denouement.

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