The American, Going The Distance & Machete

In new releases this week we have an assassin flick called The American. The film is based on the 1990 novel, “A Very Private Gentleman”, by Martin Booth, and actually opened this last Wednesday, September 1 to over 2,700 screens and grossed an estimated $1.6 million. The American is directed by Anton Corbijn, who was behind the criminally under-rated 2007 film, Control, about the short life and career of the Joy Division front man, Ian Curtis. It seems that Corbijn stuck with a lot of the same team to make The American that he worked with on Control. Martin Ruhe, the cinematographer on Control, will be doing the same for The American as well. Andrew Hulme was the editor for Control and also one of my favorite films, Lucky Number Slevin. If Corbijn and his team bring their same style that we saw in Control, then The American should be a very cool film, indeed. The American stars George Clooney. I can’t help but recall Clooney’s last thriller, Michael Clayton, and how that might have been the best performance of his career to date. If we can anticipate Clooney’s performance in The American to be comparable to his in Michael Clayton, then we have a possible Acting Nomination on our hands.

Going the Distance opens this Friday, September 3 to over 3,000 screens. Starring real life couple Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, Going the Distance is about a couple that try to power through a long distance relationship. It’s pretty cut-and-dry so I don’t feel it necessary to drone on any longer here except that it’s directed by Nanette Brustein (American Teen) and also stars the loveable Christina Applegate.

If you’re like me, then Machete is the film excites you the most. We’ve been waiting for this since early 2007 when you first saw a glimpse of the trailer. Only then it was a fake trailer and advertised an imaginary movie with no plans of ever getting made. Fortunately for us, Robert Rodriguez thought it prudent to make a film based on this fake trailer. Machete has the makings of an instant cult classic. The film is jam-packed with an all-star cast including: Danny Trejo as Machete, himself, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Steven Seagal, Cheech Marin and Don Johnson. Machete is an ex-Federale and takes revenge out on his former boss. Judging from the sundry resume of Robert Rodriguez, which includes films like Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, The Faculty, Spy Kids, Sin City & Planet Terror, this film promises to be, at the very least, entertaining. Machete opens in 2,670 screens this Friday.

All three movies are playing in several theatres in the Nashville area.

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