It seems like people all over the Web are exclaiming today about the final casting for Machete, Robert Rodriguez's feature-length expansion of the fake trailer he made for Grindhouse in 2007. Imagine all these people together in one room: Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Steven Seagal, Jessica Alba, Don Johnson, Lindsay Lohan and Cheech Marin, among others. It sounds a little crazy, doesn't it? Wouldn't you love to be invited to a dinner party with them all? Since they're shooting Machete here in Austin, I can daydream about walking into a local restaurant and finding that cast tucked away in a private dining room ... hmm ...

But the big-name Machete casting actually worries me a bit in that "too good to be true" way. Movies with wacky, high-profile ensemble casts often raise my expectations very high, and then it turns out that the filmmakers may have spent too much time casting and not enough on the script. Next thing I know, I'm watching a great group of talent that should be fabulous, but instead make me feel bored or annoyed, and ultimately disappointed.
categories Cinematical