September 3, 2010, - 11:41 am

“Machete”: Open Borders Propaganda by Rupert Murdoch (Hannity, Beck, Malkin Silent)

By Debbie Schlussel

Months ago, I told you about “Machete,” the pro-illegal alien movie put out by Rupert Murdoch’s Twentieth Century Fox studio, starring Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, and Lindsay Lohan (as a glamorous drug addict who walks around naked–hey just like real life!).  The movie debuts in theaters today, and it is exactly what I warned you about in showing you the trailer:  a pro-amnesty, pro-illegal alien, pro-open borders piece of trash, which mocks those of us who want our borders secure.  It’s supposed to be a “Mex-ploitation”-style parody, but that’s really not what it is at all.  It’s propaganda dressed up as a cool, hip “parody.” In this movie, those of us who want the borders secured and immigration law enforced are bigots, racists, criminals, drug dealers, murderers, and have incestuous fantasies about sex with our children.

Pro-Illegal Alien Propaganda From Hannity’s/Beck’s/Malkin’s John

And don’t count on Murdoch employees Sean Vannity, Glenn Beck, Michelle Fraudkin and others–who make seven figures  (Fraudkin makes six figures) from Murdoch and pretends to be against open borders–to say a damned thing.  They know on which side their hypocrisy is buttered.  It’s the opposite of their usual motto, as in this case it’s “Dollah, No Hollah.”  (Fraudkin’s fill-in stooge mentioned the movie a while ago but wouldn’t dare mention the studio putting it out or who owns it.  Gee, I wonder why.) They’re silent on this, just as they were silent on their boss, Murdoch’s pimping for amnesty for illegal aliens.  Hypocrites and fakes.  Nothing more.

The movie, while it has scant few brief, funny moments, is mostly a crappy bore and a bloody, violent attack on sheriffs (like Joe Arpaio) and elected officials who campaign against amnesty for illegal aliens and want a fence and more border guards on our Southern border.  It paints the Minutemen (in this movie, headed by a racist murderer played by Don Johnson) and other border watch groups as bigoted evil murderers of illegal aliens for sport.  And it’s also an attack on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, with Jessica Alba playing a lawless Hispanic ICE agent, who abuses power, harasses fellow Hispanics, and eventually is won over by the illegal alien crowed, shouting to a gathering of illegal aliens, “We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us!”  Remember, Alba is the bimbo who got away with vandalizing a billboard and whined to the press that her uncle got sent to Iraq when he only enlisted in the U.S. military to get a free trip to Italy. We didn’t cross the airheads, the airheads crossed us.

The “story” in this Robert Rodriguez garbage:

Machete (Danny Trejo–who is a real life convict for armed robbery and drug offenses and a former longtime San Quentin inmate) is a former Mexican Federali who sees slaughter and is betrayed by a Mexican drug lord, Torrez (Steven Seagal).  He goes to Texas looking for work, like other Mexican illegal alien day laborers and is hired by Booth (Jeff Fahey), who offers Machete  $150,000 to kill State Senator McLaughlin (Robert De Niro–looking a lot like Sheriff Arpaio), who he says is the enemy of illegal aliens because he wants to crack down on the border, install a fence, and opposes amnesty.

But it’s all a set-up.  Booth actually just wants the Senator wounded at a rally, so it looks like an illegal alien tried to kill him and it sends the Senator’s poll numbers through the roof.  Throughout the movie, we’re “treated” to the over the top anti-illegal alien campaign ads from Senator McLaughlin, meant to mock all of us who oppose open borders.  That much is clear.  Also clear is that the Senator–in his private life–hangs out with the “Freedom Force” (clearly, the Minutemen) and hunts illegal aliens with them, shooting them in cold blood and recording it on video.

Machete wants revenge on Booth, the Senator, and Torrez.  First, he turns to his old friend, a Catholic priest, played by Cheech Marin, for help.  In a disgusting, graphic scene (as are most scenes in the movie), Marin is nailed to a cross by the anti-amnesty Booth.  Machete also works with ICE agent Alba, and an illegal alien smuggling network (“The Network,” who are just poor, nice, peaceful people bringing in poor, nice, peaceful illegal aliens looking for work) run by Michelle Rodriguez to get revenge on Booth and Senator McLaughlin.  Oh, and did I mention that anti-amnesty villain Booth has fantasies about his daughter, Lindsay Lohan.  Doesn’t every opponent of open borders  have incest fantasies?

And aren’t Hispanic v. Gringo ethnic wars great!  They’re glorified in this movie . . . so long as most Whities (who are all racists, villains, or dumb naked druggies, by the way) get theirs in the end.  Right? Of course, there’s no mention of the many Other Than Mexican (OTM) Muslim illegal aliens and terrorists who come over the Southern Border and the real danger they pose. ‘Cuz that only makes Murdoch money on FOX News, where blind idiots eat it up, instead of thinking: hey, why is he telling me one thing on FOX News, but then telling American moviegoers another in “Machete”?

Not worth your ten bucks.  Not worth your nearly two hours.  Bloody, violent propaganda with a couple of topless chicks (Lindsay Lohan and someone playing her mother) thrown in.

Thanks, Rupert Murdoch. To reiterate, that man is laughing all the way to the bank, as he makes billions from masses of clueless right-wing suckers watching his FOX News because they are against illegal aliens, while he promotes them on-screen in this movie.

And like I said, the sound coming from Murdoch employees/secure-the-borders fakes Hannity, Beck, Malkin about this movie . . . crickets chirping.  Don’t expect them to say a thing, either, about their boss’ plans for two sequels to the movie.  Hey, high-priced whores gotta do what they’re told to keep the money flowin’.

For the rest of us, get some principle and skip this fraud.  But if you keep watching the maker of this film’s network, FOX News,  you remain part of the problem. And you are nothing more than an enabler of garbage like this.


Watch the trailer (F-word alert). . .

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44 Responses

This DB Rodriguez is such a hack. His movies SUCK (he did a movie a few years back w/ Quentin Tarantino…and his part was suck-ass!) and he left his latina wife for Hollywood skank and discarded Marilyn Manson blow-up doll Rose McGowan. Yeah, if he is so pro-latino, why did he leave his wife for a gringa?

Lindsay Lohan playing herself. Yep, to try to salvage a career flushed down the toilet, the only thing do these days is to get naked. Like a phoenix rising from a flame!

I hope this movie bombs. Count on Hollywood for being the exact opposite of the truth. It’s a drug-addled hell-hole, and their movies show it!

Skunky on September 3, 2010 at 11:52 am

Thanks for the review Debbie as I would have gone to see it, otherwise.

I’m not a huge fan of Rodriguez’, but I do like some he’s done, such as the very gory Sin City and one or two others.

Keep telling it like it is, Debbie. That’s why I read your site.

Jeff_W on September 3, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Debbie, you have to understand the following:
1. Rupert Murdoch did not became a billionaire by financing movies people don’t want to see. I love my fellow conservatives and libertarians, but let’s face it, our crowd sucks when it comes to making films. We’re great with talk radio, great with books, great with news, great with commentary shows, but we don’t have enough conservatives going to film school.
2.Machete is a grindhouse film, they are notorious for exaggerating everything.
3. People are tired of chick flicks. I’m not a chick, I need films with plenty of ACTION, blood and guts.
4. Murdoch employees would look ridiculous if they attacked Machete. They’re better off attacking films like Rendition.
5. I will watch this film and judge for myself if its worthy. I loved Grindhouse, so this film seems right up my alley.

Bobby on September 3, 2010 at 12:29 pm

I’d very much like to see a movie about a) all the OTM’s crossing the border, meeting up with the b) PERFECTLY LEGAL “immigrants” and “students” and “refugees” from the countries that export their terrorists-in-waiting to infiltrate our country.

All our leaders and all our pundits and all our news sources are propagandists for the power and money it nets them.

Shame on us all for allowing it.

Cookielady on September 3, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Conservatives can’t and shouldn’t abide racist crap such as that delivered by Bob Porrazzo above.

I stopped watching Fox a long time ago. Notice that the Obami don’t seem to have a problem with Fox as they did in the past. Murdoch and leftists: BFF.

A: Agreed. His offensive comment has been removed. DS

adam on September 3, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Don’t forget also that Google has been in the race with their cpooetitmrs to ensure that they get a piece of the paid-content pie. Their recent submission to the Newspapers Assoc of America outlines their vision of using Google News as the mechanism for audience building and by proxy, the primary source of content… in addition to making Google Checkout the primary payment/transaction service for the American news industry.Perhaps the most telling line from their submission: “Google believes that an open web benefits all users and publishers. However, “open” need not mean free. We believe that content on the Internet can thrive supported by multiple business models — including content available only via subscription.”Let’s not forget that Google, like everyone, are in the business of making money as well. And as with all businesses it’s better to have friends than enemies and sometimes, enemies can be made friends if their common interests are important enough to put their differences aside… In a political and economic climate like this, Google still needs Murdoch’s support and influence, or at the very least they cannot afford for Murdoch to isolate them.

    Jun on November 19, 2012 at 7:20 am

While I have enjoyed Rodriguez’s films in the past for what they were, I think this film has a high chance of bombing and becoming more more of a cult hit on DVD. People are tired of the propaganda… especially when it ruins a potentially entertaining film.

soyphobia on September 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm

“I will watch this film and judge for myself if its worthy.”

One of the few intelligent not lurid sentences around here. And that’s exactly what I’ll do.

Yalla bye!

Jamal on September 3, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    @jamal, You’re shocking us all here! Why who would expect anything less than your giving your money to seditious anti American film making. Thankfully most of these sorts of offerings fail. Just as your libtardness is failing the country. I can’t think of a single Jamal I’ve ever met that wasn’t an unprincipled lib like you.

    samurai on September 3, 2010 at 8:04 pm


Not a conservative but I can pretend to be one and respond to you.

1. Go to the site owned by the repulsive Andrew Breitbart, Big Hollywood. Hollywood produces movies that no one wants to see all the time, and loses millions (billions) as a result. This summer, thanks to all the leftist junk, was the lowest movie attendance in five years. Had it not been for the sequels (Shrek 4, Toy Story 3, Iron Man 2) and remakes (Karate Kid), it would have been much, much worse. When was the last time Hollywood had a big hit that wasn’t a remake or adapted from a comic book or TV series?

2. If grindhouse movies exaggerate everything, then why don’t they exaggerate the other side? Why don’t they make a movie about kidnappings, drop houses, drug cartel war zones, and crimes committed by illegal immigrants? Ooops, I am sorry, that wouldn’t be an exaggeration. That is, you know, really happening. On another tactic, why not make a movie exaggerating the carnage that radical Muslims are inflicting on innocent, peaceful Africans, genocide, slavery, mutilation etc.? Ooops, I am sorry, that isn’t grindhouse exaggeration but something that is really happening. How come all of these movies JUST HAPPEN to make conservatives (then again, supporting immigration enforcement isn’t “conservative” at all, as polls show that most voters, including liberal constituencies such as black Obama voters, support enforcement!) look bad?

3. Now back when I was a deluded neo-conservative, I often read National Review. One of the good points that they made was how Hollywood has created a distorted view of masculinity that actually mocks positive male characteristics. “Guy movies” and this obsession with sports make it easy for the feminazis to make people forget that men created classical music, fine literature and art, and practically every breakthrough in medicine and science. The idea that masculinity is associated with sex and violence fantasies as opposed to the accomplishments of Louis Pasteur, Jonas Salk and George Washington Carver is nothing but a grand delusion.
4. Why, when Rendition and Machete have the same anti-American worldview? It is ridiculous for Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity to get on the air every night and talk about how the liberal Hollywood elites are destroying our culture and nation when they work for one of the main culprits. It makes one believe that all Al Sharpton and George Clooney need to do in order to stop the Fox people from attacking them is to join them on the Fox payroll.
5. Sorry, but you are being brainwashed into hating yourself and humanity by watching stuff like this. Whatever emotions that you have that require the violent and sexual imagery of movies like this for gratification need to be redirected into more positive, constructive endeavors. Consider woodworking or metallurgy as a hobby or something. Do something creative instead of absorbing Hollywood’s destructive messages. Don’t deceive yourself, movies like this are nothing but hatred channeled into politics. Because it is political or ideological, it makes hating people “OK.” It’s “OK” to hate these people and root for them to be killed because they are white conservatives. Well, today it is white conservatives. Who will it be “OK” for tomorrow?

G: AMEN! (Except about telling people to read the a-holes at Breitfraud’s sites and NRO, both of whom banned me–Breitphony for telling the truth about his butt-buddies Steven Crowder and Sean Vannity, and NRO for telling the truth about an Al-Qaeda fundraiser in the Bush White House. DS

Gerald on September 3, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Hey Gerald,

“1. Go to the site owned by the repulsive Andrew Breitbart, Big Hollywood. Hollywood produces movies that no one wants to see all the time, and loses millions (billions) as a result.”

—I like that site, but you forget that movie making is a form of gambling, it’s hard to know when a movie will be succesful and when it won’t be. “The Passion of the Christ” made a ton of money, but nobody wants to see movies like that years after year.

“When was the last time Hollywood had a big hit that wasn’t a remake or adapted from a comic book or TV series?”

—It’s Hollywood logic, “if at first you do succeed, try the same schtick until you stop succeeding.” Next summer they’ll do something different, I hope.

“2. If grindhouse movies exaggerate everything, then why don’t they exaggerate the other side? Why don’t they make a movie about kidnappings, drop houses, drug cartel war zones, and crimes committed by illegal immigrants? Ooops, I am sorry, that wouldn’t be an exaggeration. That is, you know, really happening.”

—Because people who work in the art world tend to be narrowminded and clueless. They’re the kind of people who read Newsweek and don’t understand why doesn’t everyone love Obama. However, every once in a while you’re going to find a movie that explores our side. The Expendables is one, so were the Rambo movies, and my favorite, Red Dawn.

“The idea that masculinity is associated with sex and violence fantasies as opposed to the accomplishments of Louis Pasteur, Jonas Salk and George Washington Carver is nothing but a grand delusion.”

—Look, once in a while I can watch a movie about Jonas Salk, Benjamin Frankling, etc. But for the most part, me and millions of other guys like Rambo, The Terminator, Superman, Vin Diesel films, Friday the 13th, etc. I don’t know why men like violence, but I do know that men play football and women serve as cheerleaders instead of the other way around.

“4. Why, when Rendition and Machete have the same anti-American worldview?”

—Because one film is being sold as a fantasy while another film is being sold as reality or “based on true events.”

“It is ridiculous for Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity to get on the air every night and talk about how the liberal Hollywood elites are destroying our culture and nation when they work for one of the main culprits.”

—-I don’t see the connection, if I work at GM should I be ashamed that the executives have ruined the company? If I work for a law-firm should I be ashamed because sometimes we defend drug dealers? Bill O and Sean are commentators, they have original shows on TV, they expose the truth, they have come out against Family Guy even though it runs on Fox.

“It makes one believe that all Al Sharpton and George Clooney need to do in order to stop the Fox people from attacking them is to join them on the Fox payroll.”

—It wouldn’t help, Fox people attack other Fox people all the time. It’s called “debate.”

“5. Sorry, but you are being brainwashed into hating yourself and humanity by watching stuff like this.”

—That’s ridiculous, movies like that are fun, just because you don’t enjoy them doesn’t mean they’re bad. You should watch it and see for yourself, I have friends who have never given the Saw films a chance when in reality they’re filled with morality. Yes, there are some disgusting scenes. So what? Life is filled with disgusting scenes, ever seen a baby being born? Ever used a bathroom at the airport? Ever worked at the ER and helped bleeding criminals? Grindhouse or horror films are nothing compared to real life horrors everyone endures.

“Don’t deceive yourself, movies like this are nothing but hatred channeled into politics. Because it is political or ideological, it makes hating people “OK.” It’s “OK” to hate these people and root for them to be killed because they are white conservatives. Well, today it is white conservatives. Who will it be “OK” for tomorrow?”

—Conservatives and libertarians stand for free speech, if we don’t like what you say, we say something else. I don’t know who it will be “ok” for tomorrow, but I know that if we preserve the first amendment we’ll always be able to respond.

Besides, Hollywood is not as influential as people think. Everyone in that town hated George W. Bush yet he managed to get elected twice. Now they all love Obama yet his ratings are falling fast.

B: Wow, someone is clearly clueless and he’s in your mirror. “The Expendables” is “our side”? Hilarious. It’s an anti-American movie. “Fox News people criticize Fox News people” all the time. Really? When? Wake up. They never criticize each other EVER. Never criticize Murdoch, won’t even mention Prince AlWaleed’s name and call him “the guy,” won’t criticize Palin, Huckabee, Hannity, Beck, O’Reilly, Greta, Malkin. Sorry, dude, you’re deluded. “Hollywood is not influential”???? Are you that clueless? Yes, you are. No more FOX News propaganda and blind PR on this site. It’s tiresome. DS

Bobby on September 3, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Bobby, you’re a well thought out alpha male.

    Movies can be very subjective. I won’t see Rodriguez’s junk ‘cuz I hate his dopey films. What a wannabe. I can’t stand Quentin Tarantino personally (he’s such a walking douche-chill!) but his films are so good. Even his ok films like “Jackie Brown” are above the Hollywood crap people get so excited for.

    I love all kinds of films (however, I don’t see a lot of Hollywood pap) violent, sweet, thought provoking, comedies, docos etc. I can even tolerate real depressing stuff the average bear doesn’t like (like the ORIGINAL “The Vanishing” and “Texas Chainhouse Massacre”) but I’ll tell you a movie I had no use for…because it was despicable propaganda that was very PC judgemental…”Funny Games”.

    What a disgrace that was. Oh, and that nasty “Swoon” by that lezzer-dope Christine Vachon. I was still a Liberal back in the early 90’s but I remember being outraged that a hairy she-male would try to glorify two gay guys who molested and killed children. To see the moonbats go to that movie and not judge it or the manly director, well, it was one of the first uncomfortable signs to me that Liberalism was not what it was suppose to be,

    S: Actually, he’s not “well thought out” at all. He actually claims “The Expendables”–an anti-American movie–shows “our side” and is making a million excuses for this pro-illegal alien movie. DS

    Skunky on September 3, 2010 at 3:32 pm

      Oops…sorry “texas chainsaw massacre”.

      Skunky on September 3, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I couldn’t stay interested in his rambling essay. I can’t waste that much of my life.

    samurai on September 4, 2010 at 10:15 am

Great call Debbie. Yes the fakes and the phonies on Fox will protect Daddy Murdoch. This trash ‘Mash*tty’ passing off as a movie will only instill more demented victimization of Hispanics in this country. One has to ask yourself a question if ‘Whitey’ or America is so bad to Mexicans coming to America why do they keep coming? The answer it isn’t bad. The lie liberals and La Raza are perpetuating is that illegals are victims of America. No the illegals are victims of a corrupted Socialist government in Mexico. Socialism doesn’t work.

Liberals won’t call out this trash because it supports the victimization of Latinos/Illegals. Fox and the ‘Conservative Clique’ won’t ever call out the hypocrisy of Murdoch. Hey maybe Sherif Joe will call out this trash and lets see if Fox reports it.

CaliforniaScreaming on September 3, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Well, Bobby, I don’t want to waste time guessing who is paying you to write this garbage, but the lack of interest in movies about Salk, etc. is a reflection of the dumbing down that has occurred, really at least since the 20s with a couple of minor interruptions.

Back in the golden age of film there were movies like this all the time, about Edison, Chopin, Gershwin, Pasteur, Dr. Ehrlich, and so on, and they did well, and are considered classics. They may have taken a few liberties, but they were basically uplifting. Another interesting aspect of old movies is that even though large sections of Hollywood were leftist, not all Hollywood was infested by Commie trash. For instance, there were movies about the French Revolution that showed the horrors of the Reign of Terror and the Guillotine, movies that could not be made today.

So all the discussion about what people want to see has to be seen in the context of the dumbing down of our country. Uplifting movies managed to do just fine.

And of course, the Fox nitwits are just reinforcing the dumbness and PC while occasionally taking positions on safe issues to preserve their right-wing veneer.

Little Al on September 3, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Gerald – he mentions the accomplishments of Salk, Pasteur and *G.W. Carver* in the same breath?

Gee. Didn’t realize that peanut butter was that important to mankind.

100: Actually GW Carver invented a ton of things, held a lot of patents. The guy was underrated. He was a genius. There is a museum here in Detroit (or was), and he actually developed a lot of important things. DS

100 proof American on September 3, 2010 at 3:34 pm

And the irony is that now Sheriff Joe is under attack from the socialist bureaucrats in Washington, and needs all the help he can get. So if this film attacks him, as one of the foremost advocates of immigration control, any true conservative needs to denounce this movie. Is it coincidence that it is coming out at the same time as the DoJ suite against Sheriff Joe? I wouldn’t be surprised if this was all orchestrated.

Little Al on September 3, 2010 at 3:37 pm

“Well, Bobby, I don’t want to waste time guessing who is paying you to write this garbage, but the lack of interest in movies about Salk, etc. is a reflection of the dumbing down that has occurred, really at least since the 20s with a couple of minor interruptions.”

—Nobody’s paying me to write anything. Or what? You think my writing can change public opinion? You think I have that power? Please.

Besides, let’s not be politically correct, the lack of interest in movies about Salk, etc, is not that different from the lack of interest in watching the Ballet, Opera or PBS. When people go to the movies they want to be entertained, Americans like me are not interested in some slow foreign film from Finland unless it’s really good.

Also, I find it ironic that people condemn violent movies while enjoying violent sports like Football, Boxing and NASCAR.

By the way, did anyone see Salt? At least that movie acknowledges that communism is evil and in a way justifies the red scare of the 1950s.

Bobby on September 3, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    I apoligize to everyone in advance for the language I’m about to use in this response to Bobby.

    “Also, I find it ironic that people condemn violent movies while enjoying violent sports like Football, Boxing and NASCAR.”

    Bobby, you seriously need to be bitch slapped like a 10 cent whore for making that comment. To even compare the violence in movies to what you see in Football, Boxing, and….what…NASCAR?? SINCE WHEN DID NASCAR EVER HAVE VIOLENCE??? You are the epitomy of stupidity and psychonutism. No one should ever take you seriously in this site again after making one of the dumbest most illogical statements I have ever read on this site.

    And in case you don’t know me, I’m a soon-to-be-28 year old black man (who has a huge legit crush on debbie) that only makes posts here when I’m forced to for crap like you just typed there. Did you ever finish high school? I’m serious.

    Squirrel3D on September 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Well, these comments show that the stable of Fox supporters (metaphor intended) is pretty close to the Muslim supporters. Of course none of them answer the substance of this post, i.e. that the Fox clowns do not attack the movie or identify it with Murdoch.

Really low-level arguments; the Fox polemicists try to defuse any comments hostile to them; lots of people read this post, including those who will post elsewhere. It’s like a big wave; they don’t want the wave to start.

All of a sudden “Bobby” emerges out of nowhere when his friends Hannity and Malkin are attacked. And his comments show real xenophobia, not the false xenophobia that Murdoch’s open borders crowd accuses American patriots of.

“slow film from Finland”?

These people are trash.

LA: Had to delete a lot of those anti-Semitic and disgusting comments. Thanks, DS

Little Al on September 3, 2010 at 7:28 pm

I actually liked the movies that Danny Trejo was in before. Desperado and Dusk til Dawn was a guilty pleasure with that sultry ho Selma Hayek. I wouldn’t watch it over again if it came out today due to the fact that Clooney is in it. I also saw pics in a tabloid of Hayek in a yacht with a rich arab and lost my appetite for her skankness. When you are choosey you save your money and time.
It’s kind of not ironic that they get Trejo to play a lead role in this. He’s an ex convict! Nice poster boy for illegals, nice.

samurai on September 3, 2010 at 8:10 pm

It’s too bad. I like Danny Trejo. He is an example of how you can turn your life around. He actually learned from his prison experience and got off drugs and reformed. He got into movies responding as a sponsor to an ex-addict like himself who happened to be working on a movie set. I don’t claim to know everything about him, but I’m saddened that his first starring role is something I will not see even on DVD.

Jessica Alba, sweet girl, charming girl, and yes, stupid girl. She’d lost all the capital she earned with me from “Dark Angel” a long time ago. I haven’t seen her in anything since that show except “Sin City”. “The border crossed us” indeed.

“The Network”? Are you kidding me? Border smugglers are not nice people. This was know LONG before those immigrants from south of Mexico were massacred for refusing to be drug muscle. No Mexican with a brain is going to believe that unless they are delusional.

This review confirms everything I already heard about this movie. It’s too bad. I was hoping for something like “Team America – World Police” where both sides get poked at. Ah well, better luck next time Danny.

DavidJ on September 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm

I’m a fan of Rodriguez and have liked his over-the-top style and self-ironic playfulness mixed with bloody action: From Dusk Till Dawn, Desperado, Terror Planet, Sin City and Once Upon a Time in Mexico are my favorites of his. I also like Danny Trejo. The trailers made me think Machete would be a fun jaunt. I got a VERY bad surprise! This is a loathsome, sophisticated, powerful hard-leftist propagandistic slam against white conservatives who oppose illegal immigration. It covers all bases: vigilantes who cold-bloodedly murder pregnant women trying to cross into the US; politicians who unethically sneak to build an electric fence in order to line their own pockets; a pretty, Hispanic border guard who becomes “enlightened” to the plight of illegal immigrants so becomes a leader of a populist revolution; speeches about how when there is a choice between “right” and “lawful,” it is better to abandon law and instead pursue hard-left social justice. And so on and so on. This film made me sick. I hated it more than Avatar because Cameron writes crudely like a 15-year-old who’s fighting with his dad, but this film is more slickly covert and will stir a lot of anger and resentment (against “whitey” and constitutionalists). If liberal ethnic minorities were unambiguously demonized the way conservative whites are demonized in this movie, it would cause a storm of fury by the liberal media that wouldn’t subside for years.

Burke on September 3, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    @Burke, sounds like the left is busy trying get everyone to fight each other for it’s own purpose. Hollywood is the drooling idiot that’s only to happy to oblige. To bad many immature teens and 20 somethings will flock to this trash. Hopefully enough of the smarter ones will get tired of the GUILT GUILT GUILT of the damn thing and demand their money back. I used to love to go to the movies but not anymore. There is also the general downward slide of societies manners as well to deter me from blowing top dollar on less than good movies. Home theater, and cage fights! They fill the void.

    samurai on September 3, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Why do you bother to review movies? I think going forward you should only review and then report on the movies you approve of.

sharon on September 3, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Debbie love your site. Your movie reviews are on point.

ceannrua on September 4, 2010 at 12:41 am

This movie has Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Alba in it. That’s all the reason I need to see it. I don’t really care about the rest of it.

MC on September 4, 2010 at 12:49 am


Agree 100% about the movie but I did want to give you a heads up. Pat and Stu both bashed this movie on the Glenn Beck radio show for the same reasons you did. While I would have liked to have heard Glenn do it himself (He was off on Friday), I think in the end their money comes from Murdoch too so it was impressive to hear them take a stand.

Keep up the good work.

J: Wow, you may “like my work,” but you’re really not comprehending it. Either you didn’t bother to read a thing I wrote above, or it just didn’t sink in. Glenn, Pat, and Stu (his producer) did NOT mention Murdoch or FOX (THE OWNER & STUDIO THAT MADE THE MOVIE POSSIBLE), so that they mentioned it at all or “bashed it” is a useless distinction without a difference, except that it’s even more of a fraud they put over on you, and you willingly bought it. They are frauds and hypocrites because they didn’t for a single second mention that the movie IS. PUT. OUT. BY. RUPERT. MURDOCH. You know, the guy who signs Beck’s paycheck and gives him a show on Fox News every evening? Hilarious that it didn’t occur to you to wonder, “well, gee, if they are so much against the movie, why don’t they rail against the studio and person in charge of putting the movie out–FOX NEWS OWNER RUPERT MURDOCH?”

Are you that easy to fool? They can give the perfunctory “denouncing,” while refusing to give you the whole picture b/c it might cut into their millions, and that’s good enough for you. Yup, you’re easy. They are the biggest phonies and hypocrites, “slamming” the movie, but not mentioning who made it. But they can get away with it b/c people like you eat it up and don’t give a second thought to the stink. That’s “impressive” to you?! PUH-LEEZE. That’s nothing. You are far too easily impressed. WAKE. UP. Get some critical thinking skills, fast! DS

Jonathan on September 4, 2010 at 11:01 am

Whoever said “When news and entertainment merge, you end up getting neither” some decades ago, sure sounds like a prophet before their time. Even putting aside this corporate incest with Glenn “Wreck,” Sean “Vannity,” Michelle “Fraudkin” et al. viz this “Machete” movie, prior to Murdoch’s purchasing the Metromedia TV stations in 1985-86 his newspapers (including and especially the New York Post) were known more for their tabloidal sensationalism that had about as much to do with conservatism as NAMBLA has to do with traditional family values. I wouldn’t consider such a headline as “HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR” to be a shining example of rock-ribbed conservative principles. Nor the bikini-clad “Page 3” spreads in the British rag The Sun.

ConcernedPatriot on September 5, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Guess the movie was racist enough to make Texas start to rethink the giving rodrigues $60 million in tax rebates for his films.


“Rodriguez & crew played everyone as fools, knowing full well what the film would contain. Does Texas want to subsidize the films of Robert Rodriguez and continue to give him a platform to spew divisive racially-tinted trash oriented at Hispanics and attempting to radicalize their views? Rodriguez is the face of the Texas Film Commission’s tax incentives program, and has been virtually guaranteed up to $60 millions in rebate funding for a package of films.”

ender on September 5, 2010 at 9:26 pm

As an ICE S/A who works in a human smuggling group, I can tell you that this movie didn’t bug me in the least. It was pretty damned awesome, in fact. It is what it is, and nothing beyond that. What is sad, not to mention, scary, is that you all take it waaaaay too seriously. I know the difference between the real world that I work in and the silliness that went on in that movie. I certainly don’t see it as propaganda or a threat, and it certainly didn’t offend me. It is soooooo far removed from reality and over the top, that I can’t believe anyone would see it as anything but what it is: Silly, stupid, over-the-top and downright fun. If you don’t like those kind of movies, then don’t review them!! A biased review is completely useless. I sure hope you didn’t like ROBOCOP, because that is no different. Should all cops be offended by that movie??

TP: If you truly believe that a movie is “just a movie” and doesn’t influence public opinion, you simply haven’t been paying attention. Sadly, movies and TV shows are far too influential with their propaganda and revisionist history (as with Oliver Stone’s BS conspiracy theory movie, “JFK,” which was a total lie but convinced a lot of people who saw it). That’s why we have to use critical thinking skills–which I know most ICE agents working human smuggling actually have a great deal of, contrary to your example. I don’t only review movies I like. That’s the point of a review–to say which ones I liked and why and which ones I did not. Just my (educated) opinion. To paraphrase your advice, if you don’t like my reviews, “then don’t read them!!”

Um, yes, I actually liked “Robocop,” which I saw while I was a summer staffer in Washington, DC during college (and saw with Newt Gingrich’s daughter, Jackie Sue, who was a friend at the time). Not sure why cops should be offended by that movie, as they–particularly, his female partner–were portrayed sympathetically and under attack by a vicious urban Detroit setting (hey, a lot like reality). But, if anyone should be offended, it’s Robocops. And since they–sadly–don’t exist, not sure what you’re saying. And he was portrayed sympathetically, too. Nice try, dude, but no Cuban cigar . . . or even Mexican Mary Jane. DS

The Predicament on September 6, 2010 at 4:45 am

@The Predicament: There are literally hundreds of film critics in this country who evaluate movies on the basis of their entertainment value (combined with their “artsy” and “good taste” value). If you haven’t been able to find these reviews, let me suggest you go to IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes or any number of other sites and you will find fifty or so collected for any particular film you want. Then, in contrast to all these others reviewers, there is one reviewer in the country who seriously analyzes the subtext in movies and explains and details what this is: Debbie Schlussel. What amazes me is that you would come to the one site in the country that looks at subtext, Debbie’s site, read the review, and then insist that it’s stupid to look at the subtext and to comment on the text’s importance in shaping social values: “La la la la (fingers in ears), Jessica Alba, boobies, lots of gore, I don’t see anything, do you? I’m a member of ICE and I don’t see anything, la la la la, hot babes in low-ride jeans, explosions, boom boom, la la la la, you’re stupid for commenting on subtext, why can’t you be like every other other critic in America and review on how fun the story is?– Robocop was fun too, la la la, this movie is so cleverly over the top and that’s why I go to the movies, to see Trejo slash people and then go to a quick scene with another topless hottie, la la la la la.”

Burke on September 6, 2010 at 12:19 pm

One of the most pretentious phrases in the English language is:

“as a”. I have read way too many nitwit letters to newspapers that begin “as a citizen”, “as a mother” as though some role in society gives one, automatically some type of special insight or credibility, assuming that this role is really accurate, and not make-believe for purposes of this blog.

If TP is really ICE S/A, we really have a big problem. Of course words and propaganda are a prelude to action, or in this case, inaction. TP’s agency certainly knows this.

The telling phrase is: ” I know the difference between the real world that I work in and the silliness that went on in that movie”. This is the problem — there is no difference. Open borders in the movie, and open borders in real life. Can someone who works for ICE really be so clueless?

Little Al on September 6, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Thank you for the excellent review. Both my adopted kids are hispanic, and they got in legally—it took a year roughly, to adopt each one. My feeling is that the wall needs to be up and patrolled by guys ready to “shoot to kill.” We deserve intact borders. Every other country has that option.

Occam's Tool on September 6, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Would it make you feel better if Sean Hannity and the others started ripping on Murdoch because he made the movie, then? Geez. So now you’re anti-Fox…the one network that actually presents something approaching a balanced perspective on the news of the day. Where the F are we supposed to get our news then, Debbie? Go crawling back to CNN?

C: Wow. You are a perfect example of why conservatives will always settle for crap and will always get it. Because FOX is a scant bit better than CNN or MSNBC, you’ll gush over it. That’s the definition of a mindless, slobbering lapdog. You will never get better because you defend FOX no matter what the network and its owners do, and they are laughing at you all the way to the bank. If liberals acted this way, they would never win. They demand more. Why won’t you? Because you’re desperate for sloppy seconds, so you will never get anything better. Morons like you are why we had a so-called “conservative” “counterterrorism” President for 8 years who spent like a liberal, acted like a liberal in growing govt, did nothing about illegal aliens/tried for amnesty, and pandered to Muslims and increased their immigration to the US. DS

Cylar on September 7, 2010 at 6:33 am

bTW, the Fox News team did have a story on this movie. It was spiked.

pat on September 7, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Oh, get off your high horse, Debs. I was louder than anyone in my criticism of Bush’s kid-gloves handling of the Mideast, his excessive spending, lack of border enforcement, and all the other things.

By the way, I’m not a moron. I’m probably better educated than you are, as evidenced by the fact that you couldn’t even answer my original question, “Where are we supposed to get our news?” I ask one simple question and you launch into a childish temper-tantrum. I am not here to “defend” FOX; I’m here to call you on your B.S. The network is supposed to be a bunch of raging hypocrites because it doesn’t spend every waking minute ripping up Murdoch? By the way, he doesn’t “own” FOX. He’s one of many stockholders. You are familiar with the concept of a publicly-traded corporation, correct?

I can’t believe anyone pays you to write this drivel. You seem to have an ax to grind, and it shows.

Not that it matters much…I won’t be returning to your site. I’ve about had a belly full of your cynical reviews of everything the theater has to offer. Admit it…you hate nearly everything. You’ve ripped plenty of movies up one side and down the other that were actually quite entertaining, well-written, original, and funny. Transformers 2, for instance. Outstanding film, and you hated it. What the hell is wrong with you?

It seems you go out of your way to find the subtle political messages (often no more than one spoken line in the entire film) and act all outraged, usually on behalf of Christians – of which I am one and you are not. I don’t pretend to know what offends Jews…would you care to extend the same courtesy to us? You could probably save yourself (and your readers) a LOT of time by simply writing, “Avoid the theater this summer. It’s all garbage. – DS” I can’t recall the last time I read so much jaded blather in one spot.

You’re pathetic, Schlussel. Pathetic, clueless, and bitter.

Cylar on September 8, 2010 at 3:33 am

    Where do we get our news? Hmmm…how about The Washington Times, The Weekly Standard, National Review, The American Spectator, The Claremont Review of Books, and Debbie’s blog? Myself, I like to read my news rather than watch the tube.

    One must understand, Debbie is a RELENTLESS crusader for truth, and will Tasmanian Devil anyone if necessary, without fear or favor. Including me. It’s impressive, and brilliant, and impressively brilliant. She approaches terrorist scum as the Plaintiff attorney for the American people, and slices them open with magnificent savagery. One of the things that distresses me about my people (American Jews) is how many abandon their thinking skills when politics comes up, voting Liberal like Pavlov’s dogs, without any understanding of the concept of Classical Liberalism, and how it differs from the Statist totalitarian crap that is liberalism today. Debbie’s different, precious, and rare.

    Occam's Tool on September 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm

I have to go with Debbie on this one. Just yesterday, Murdoch’s New York Post had an op-ed piece from one of their columnists claiming about how Bush (a.k.a. ‘Dubyah’) was many times better than Obama (i.e. Bush supposedly caring about America as opposed to Obama’s bowing and scraping to the UN and every tinpot dictator). Er, besides what Debbie wrote about Bush’s actual record, how about his persecution of two Border Patrol agents (Ramos and Campeon) who got into a shootout with a Mexican drug dealer? Or his attempt to sell our ports to Dubai? (The latter of which Bill “O’Hypocrite” supported, and accused those who opposed the deal of xenophobia, from what I seem to recall.) Not exactly the kind of things a rock-ribbed conservative who really cared about America would do.

But it is fair to judge a “news” outlet by what their affiliated entertainment entities produce – and Fox is indeed a prime example. Especially in the context of “Machete.”

ConcernedPatriot on September 8, 2010 at 7:04 am

Debbie should go be a an hero.

Someone on September 11, 2010 at 10:57 pm

I’ll be getting Machete on DVD as soon as it comes out over here. I found the final fight scene to be a bit weak, expected more there, but I guess that’s just B-Movie style.

Laine on September 13, 2010 at 12:52 pm

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