Big Hollywood Blog Archive ‘Machete’ Review: Dull, Convoluted, Racist and Anti-American Which is why I had no interest in seeing the film. Asside from the politics, there is a reason why grindhouse faltered and faded away. It's like Godzilla films. They were cool for the times, and they are great nostagia but that's it and no more. You can't recreate what has passed. Believe me, sometimes, I wish that wasn't true. I miss Drive in theaters, but I know they aren't coming back. Neither is Grindhouse. But, the tone deafness of Rodriguez comes to light again. It wasn't enough that the Rodriguez/Tarintino "Grindhouse" was released on HOLY WEEK (one of the things I think contributed to it being a box office bomb, asside from the fact neither Planet Terror or Deathproof are great films). Now, when most of the country is AGAINST illegal immigration, he's going to release a filmt that berates and calls most of the country racist. Which proves you can't recreate what's past. THAT REAL GRINDHOUSE DID NOT DO. It did NOT call most of the country racist. the makers of grindhouse were not trying to deliver a message movie. They were trying to make a cheap action flicks that would bring in audiences. They left the message films for others who could afford bigger budgets. But, alas Rodriguez is a creature of Hollywood. In his attempt to recreate what will never return, he proved it by injecting a message from his contemporary bigotry against most of the country, proving you can't recreate what's past. I knew Machete would not make number one. I'll just go see the Expendables.