On this week’s show, Fernando talks about earthquake readiness in Tokyo, James reviews Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in San Andreas, before we get into a wide-ranging discussion about the disaster movie genre itself, & the cause of its enduring popularity…
00:00 – Theme Music
00:46 – Introduction
01:25 – Discussing last weekend’s tremblor in Japan & living with earthquakes
15:29 – Review Of San Andreas
30:52 – The State and hiistory of Disaster Films
58:09 – End Notes and Outro Music
Alexa Vega Daryl Sabara play Carmen and Juni Cortez, the children of retired spies Gregorio (Antonio Banderas) and Ingrid (Carla Gugino) in the film that launched a successful four-part franchise and gave us the film debut of Danny Trejo’s Machete character, who went on to appear in Grindhouse and two subsequent films, Machete and Machete Kills.
Spy Kids was a departure for director Robert Rodriguez, who up until this point was known for tougher fare, like El Mariachi (1992), Desperado (1995) and from From Dusk Till Dawn (1996). The performances are campy and fun with Alan Cumming, Tony Shalhoub, Teri Hatcher, Cheech Marin, Robert Patrick and George Clooney all doing well in the supporting roles.