Saturday Double Feature: Machete Kills (2013) and…

machete-kills-poster-fullSaturday on the blog means Saturday Double Feature, right? Remember, the basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.

Instead of trying to pair something up with the literally nausea-inducing Captains Phillips this week (and no, I’m not facetiously talking about Tom Hanks‘ performance, I’m talking about the combination of the motion of the ocean and the use of shaky cam techniques causing people who are inclined to motion sickness to actually vomit in the theater – we had three such cases last night just at the theater I work at), I’m going instead to go with a film that I’m actually looking forward to seeing – Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills.

402px-spook_who_sat_by_the_door_19731So what do we pair that up with for a double feature? Well, obviously there are a couple of different ways to go, but in this case I thought I’d take on the 70s feel with a film that is nowhere near as over the top, but still goes for that “maybe we shouldn’t have trained this guy so well” theme, and also is probably far less better known than it really should be, even in the realm of so-called “blaxploitation” movies, possibly at least in part because it is more serious than some of its contemporary counterparts.

The Spook Who Sat By The Door was based on a novel by Sam Greenlee and directed by Ivan Dixon. It stars Lawrence Cook as the titular “spook” who is hired by the CIA to be their “token black”, but eventually winds up turning the tables on them.

So  there you go. And how about you? Any other ideas for pairing films with Machete Kills? if so, let me know below. And also let me know of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.

Until next time, Happy Viewing!


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