"...Kids films are a tricky business for the adults who direct them, and never more so than in the live-action arena. For every Babe there's a Baby Geniuses, and for every The Wizard of Oz there's a The Wiz..."
"...Nine years after Robert Rodriguez first tagged Danny Trejo with the Machete moniker in Spy Kids and three years since the actual character made his outlandishly kickass debut in a Grindhouse faux film trailer, Machete – about a Mexican federale-turned-vendetta-happy avenger – is finally arriving to blow minds and burn down theatres for real. Co-directed with longtime Troublemaker editor Ethan Maniquis, Rodriguez's incendiary nod to his self-created "Mexploitation" genre is bristling with blacker-than-hell gallows humor (check out that gutsy "red band" rated-R trailer!), enough edged weaponry to restage the conquistadors' entire bloody history, and, yep, Robert De Niro as the senator..."
"...Obvious when it could have been clever, and shrill when it had a shot at being charming, Snow Dogs is pre-packaged dog crap, a dumb movie made by dull-witted adults who clearly believe that just because some viewers currently reside at the lower end of the age spectrum, they don't deserve better. Talk to the paw, Goofy, because that isn't likely to cut it in the town that birthed Spy Kids..."
"...My Dad Can Blow Up Your Dad Dept.: Just because SXSW 2001 is over doesn't mean anyone is going to get more than a couple of days' breathing room before Austin's film scene dives back into its normal, manic operating mode. A case in point is local hero Robert Rodriguez's newest film Spy Kids, which will have its regional premiere this Saturday, March 24, 5pm, at the Paramount Theatre (713 Congress)..."
"...Pixar’s new animated feature, Cars 2, vrooms onto the screen with turbocharged energy that never lets up until it reaches the finish line. The film, which posits a world where automobiles of every stripe are the only sentient life-forms, appears to have the same effect on little kids, whose eyes and ears will open to full throttle from the barrage of stimuli..."
"...With the Austin-shot Machete Kills, as always with a Rodriguez joint, there's an air of familial familiarity going on. After all, Trejo played Uncle Machete to Vega when she was still Carmen in Rodriguez's Spy Kids franchise..."
"...Rodriguez Eyes Fourth 'Spy Kids'..."
"...The series launches on July 4 with flag-waving, alien-punching, end-of-the-world classic Independence Day (natch) before taking a deep dip into the best of Texas cinema. Local heroes get their turn, with screenings for Mike Judge (Office Space), Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused plus a double header of School of Rock and Waking Life) and Robert Rodriguez (Planet Terror for the grown-ups and the original Spy Kids for the family)..."
"...For registration info and all else, check out www.austinfilmfestival.com... Last but very, very far from least, Robert Rodriguez has pulled something of a hat trick with the release of Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over -- the final installment of the Spy Kids series took in a whopping $32.5 million on its opening weekend, $6 million more than the first Spy Kids and fully double that of the second..."
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"...The company, which now boasts an in-house staff of five people, has developed titles for the Game Boy like Frogger 2 and Nascar Heat. A new game, Spy Kids: Challenger, was approved by Nintendo on June 25 and is now in manufacturing...."
"...How unsurprising to see Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids receive a four-star review from the Chronicle. Unsurprising not because the McDonald's-pimping kiddie flick is a classic on par with Citizen Kane, but because the director is a hometown boy..."
"...With two major Hollywood productions shooting downtown this summer -- Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids and Donald Petrie's Miss Congeniality with Sandra Bullock -- both foot and automobile traffic have been occasionally disrupted. Pile that on top of the general air of perpetual construction and street closings brought on by Austin's downtown boom, and you've got the ingredients for some short fuses and frazzled shoppers..."
"...When Lance discovers his son dead from an act of autoerotic asphyxiation, he impulsively pens an eloquent suicide note and rearranges the body to look as though Kyle had hanged himself. The note ends up getting published in the school newspaper, and all the kids who had formerly regarded Kyle as a “douche bag” now beat their breasts with outpourings of sorrow and belated expressions of friendship..."
"...The most intriguing conflict is in fact the tug-of-war between the two mothers (something Cusack quite neatly boils down to, "no matter how old you get, you still hate the prom queen"). Parents, at least, will enjoy that element of the story, but kids will be glad that it’s Casey who takes center stage..."
"...More on this at www.aintitcoolnews.com... Finally, congratulations are in order for Elizabeth Avellán and Robert Rodriguez, who announced the impending arrival of Spy Kid Numero 4 (in addition to Rocket, Racer, and Rebel Rodriguez) at this past Sunday's premiere of Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, which, of course, sent us running to the "R" section of our American Heritage Dictionary: Radical? Hi-Res? Revolution? (Or maybe, on the Obst tip, Reefer!) Inquiring minds want to know...."
"...Now, your typical, garden-variety, everyday movie fan might look at such an occasion as a time to screen some of the commonly acknowledged benchmarks of Texas cinema – The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas or Dazed and Confused, definitely something by Robert Rodriguez – and that's exactly what the Paramount Theatre is doing. In honor of the commission's 40th anniversary, tonight and tomorrow night (Thursday and Friday, May 26 and 27) the Paramount will screen Whorehouse as a double feature with Steven Spielberg's Sugarland Express, and Saturday and Sunday it will screen Spy Kids, the True Grit remake, and Dazed and Confused – all shot in Texas with assistance from the commission...."
"...Not to be outdone, Tim soon ends up with the hideous wooden thing on his own puss, which results in a newfound skill at his job and a nightmarish romantic evening with wife Tonya (Howard) that nets – wait for it! – a mask-borne offspring. Christened Alvey (Liam and Ryan Falconer), the pint-sized hellion takes his cues from Cartoon Network and, in particular, Chuck Jones’ far-superior short "One Froggy Evening." Did I mention Norse gods Odin (Hoskins) and Loki (Cumming, still apparently on his Spy Kids Fegan Floop-high) are also along for the ride and out to get their missing mask back? It’s somehow comforting to know that kids will come out of this film with a very, very rudimentary understanding of Norse mythology, but something tells me that’s not what they’ll recall in the long run..."
"...It's like waking up on sleepy Sunday morning and discovering you have a 500 lb. gorilla in your back yard -- and he wants to help you do the dishes.The Big Idea Most people interviewed for this article credit the husband-and-wife director/producer team of Robert Rodriguez and Elizabeth Avellan (El Mariachi, Desperado, The Faculty) with taking the initiative in late 1999, when they rented out a hangar at the old Robert Mueller International Airport as a sound stage for their children's action caper Spy Kids (due out in March 2001) By all accounts the Mueller shoot went perfectly and saved the production a bundle..."
"...Effects. His fingerprints are on some of the era's most famous effects sequences and monster designs, including Austin productions like Spy Kids, Texas Chainsaw 3D, and The Faculty..."