CASA DE MI PADRE Blu-ray Review

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There are few performers as consistently funny and interesting as Will Ferrell. Sure, he’ll take a gig in a studio paycheck film, but often those are often weird and interesting too (say what you will about Land of the Lost, that’s not a boring choice), and so it’s no surprise that Ferrell would appear in a movie in which he spends the entire movie speaking Spanish. He stars in Casa de mi Padre as a rancher stuck in the middle of a drug war. He’s between his brother (Diego Luna) and the town’s vicious drug lord (Gael Garcia Bernal), and all three have interest in his brother’s fiancée (Genesis Rodriguez). Our review of the Blu-ray of Casa de mi Padre follows after the jump.

Weekend Box Office – 21 JUMP STREET Nabs $35 Million Opening

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After the high drama of last weekend’s John Carter opening, this morning’s box office is a bit anti-climactic: a comedy that was expected to take first place took first place.  From 3,121 locations 21 Jump Street earned an estimated $35 million.  But, as the only wide release of the frame, Jump Street could not keep 2012 in the black by itself.  For the first time this year the overall box office came in slightly below 2011 levels. But hey, it was nice while it lasted.

Title Weekend Total
1 21 Jump Street $35,000,000 $35
2 The Lorax $22,820,000 $158.4
3 John Carter $13,515,000 $53.1
4 Project X $4,005,000 $48.1
5 A Thousand Words $3,750,000 $12.1
6 Act of Valor $3,678,000 $62.3
7 Safe House $2,755,000 $120.2
8 Journey 2 $2,460,000 $95
9 Casa De Mi Padre $2,200,000 $2.2
10 This Means War $2,125,000 $50.5

TOP 5: 21 JUMP STREET, THE AVENGERS, CASA DE MI PADRE, DARK SHADOWS Trailer, SXSW 2012 Coverage

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From here on out, when I see a movie and can’t quit thinking about it one week after my initial viewing I’m going to refer to it as the Martha Marcy May Marlene effect. I was uncertain how I felt about it while watching. Flash-forward one week later and I’m still uncertain. Combine some great performances from Elizabeth Olsen and John Hawkes, reserved but effective cinematography, sparse dialogue and even fewer musical cues and what I got was one of the most paranoia-filled movie experiences I’ve ever had. While that may sound like a backhanded compliment, if writer/director Sean Durkin was trying to evoke the type of emotions I think he was with Martha, it may be the highest compliment I can pay him.

In this, the St. Patty’s edition of the “Top 5″, you can find 21 Jump Street interviews with Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube and more, The Avengers bits in which Joss Whedon discusses the pic, its current runtime, The Avengers 2, etc., Casa de mi Padre interviews with Will Ferrell, Nick Offerman and more, the first trailer and poster for Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows, and all of our SXSW 2012 coverage. A brief recap and link to each ensue after the jump.

Diego Luna CASA DE MI PADRE Interview

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Opening this weekend is Will Ferrell’s Spanish language comedy Casa de mi Padre.  The film centers on Ferrell as Armando Alvarez, a Mexican rancher who must save his family’s farm while simultaneously fending off the drug lord, Onza, played by Gael Garcia Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries) and winning the hand of the lovely Sonia, played by Genesis Rodriguez (Man on a Ledge).  As Dave said, to sum it up in just a few words: passion, adventure, intrigue, betrayal, sex, danger, romance, guns, cigarettes, special effects and slaps.  The film also stars Diego Luna, Efren Ramirez and Nick Offerman.  For more on the film, here’s fourteen clips and a fifteen-minute making of featurette.

Recently, I got to speak with Diego Luna.  During the interview he talked about how he got cast, how he always wanted to work with Will Ferrell, his favorite director, movie and actor, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Will Ferrell Talks CASA DE MI PADRE, ANCHORMAN 2, STEP BROTHERS 2, and THE CAMPAIGN with Zach Galifianakis

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Opening this weekend is Will Ferrell’s Spanish language comedy Casa de mi Padre.  The film centers on Ferrell as Armando Alvarez, a Mexican rancher who must save his family’s farm while simultaneously fending off the drug lord, Onza, played by Gael Garcia Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries) and winning the hand of the lovely Sonia, played by Genesis Rodriguez (Man on a Ledge).  As Dave said, to sum it up in just a few words: passion, adventure, intrigue, betrayal, sex, danger, romance, guns, cigarettes, special effects and slaps.  The film also stars Diego Luna, Efren Ramirez and Nick Offerman.  For more on the film, here’s fourteen clips, Matt’s review, and a fifteen-minute making of featurette.

Recently, I got to speak with Will Ferrell.  During the interview he talked about the genesis of the project and why he decided to do a Spanish-language film, how the Spanish affected his improv process, karaoke, and future projects like Step Brothers 2 (they’re going to start writing a script really soon with the hope of filming it in the fall), Anchorman 2 (it’s still dead), and The Campaign with Zach Galifianakis.  Hit the jump to watch.

SXSW 2012: CASA DE MI PADRE Review

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Casa De Mi Padre is at its best when it’s at its silliest.  Before the movie even begins, it’s built on a novelty since Will Ferrell spends the entire film speaking Spanish.  Ferrell’s comic talent means he doesn’t simply coast on “Yo soy habla Español!”  He knows how to play the melodrama, the faux-dramatic pauses, and other comic skills we’ve come to expect from a pro like Ferrell.  Director Matt Piedmont and writer Andrew Steele want to milk the cheesy 70s mexsploitation/peliculanovela for every ounce of comedy, but the biggest laughs come not from the concept but from the goofy little moments scattered throughout the movie.

Nick Offerman Talks CASA DE MI PADRE, Duke Silver, How Often Fans Offer Him Bacon, 21 JUMP STREET and SMASHED

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Opening this weekend is Will Ferrell’s Spanish language comedy Casa de mi Padre.  The film centers on Ferrell as Armando Alvarez, a Mexican rancher who must save his family’s farm while simultaneously fending off the drug lord, Onza, played by Gael Garcia Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries) and winning the hand of the lovely Sonia, played by Genesis Rodriguez (Man on a Ledge).  As Dave said, to sum it up in just a few words: passion, adventure, intrigue, betrayal, sex, danger, romance, guns, cigarettes, special effects and slaps.  The film also stars Diego Luna, Efren Ramirez and Nick Offerman.  For more on the film, here’s fourteen clips and a fifteen-minute making of featurette.

Recently, I got to speak with Nick Offerman.  As a huge fan of his work on Parks and Recreation (he plays Ron Swanson), I decided to use the beginning of the interview to talk about Duke Silver, and how often fans offer him steak, hamburgers and bacon.   Of course we also talked about how he got involved in Casa de mi Padre, improv, and his work in 21 Jump Street and Smashed.  Hit the jump to read or watch.

Genesis Rodriguez Talks Will Ferrell’s CASA DE MI PADRE and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s LAST STAND

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Opening next weekend is Will Ferrell’s Spanish language comedy Casa de mi Padre.  The film centers on Ferrell as Armando Alvarez, a Mexican rancher who must save his family’s farm while simultaneously fending off the drug lord, Onza, played by Gael Garcia Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries) and winning the hand of the lovely Sonia, played by Genesis Rodriguez (Man on a Ledge).  As Dave said, to sum it up in just a few words: passion, adventure, intrigue, betrayal, sex, danger, romance, guns, cigarettes, special effects and slaps.  The film also stars Diego Luna, Efren Ramirez and Nick Offerman.  For more on the film, here’s fourteen clips and a fifteen-minute making of featurette.

The other day I got to speak with Genesis Rodriguez.  We talked about how she got involved in the project, the audition, improvising in Spanish, and the telenovella aspect of the film.  In addition, with Rodriguez just having working with Arnold Schwarzenegger in director Kim Ji-woon‘s Last Stand, she talked about who she played and promises Schwarzenegger “is doing it all again, the stunts, the taglines. You’re gonna get a lot more of those [taglines].”  Hit the jump to watch.

Win Tickets to the Los Angeles Premiere of CASA DE MI PADRE Starring Will Ferrell

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One of the more interesting comedies set for release this year is Casa de mi Padre.  The pic is a Spanish-language comedy, but it stars Will Ferrell as a Mexican rancher who must save his family’s farm while defeating notorious drug lord and winning the hand of the lovely Sonia.  All the previous trailers and clips look absolutely ridiculous in the very best way.  Ferrell is in his element here, and it looks to be a highly entertaining comedy that’s full of action and hilarity.  Furthermore, Ferrell’s supporting cast is excellent, with Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Nick Offerman rounding out the ensemble.

We’ve been provided with 8 tickets (4 pairs) to the Los Angeles premiere of the film on March 14th to give away to some lucky readers. Hit the jump to find out how you can win.

15 Minute Featurette on the Making of Will Ferrell’s CASA DE MI PADRE

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Earlier today we posted 14 clips that gave us a look at Will Ferrell’s foreign language comedy, Casa de mi Padre. When I first heard about the project being done completely in Spanish, I thought to myself, “How the hell are they going to do that?” Well, my questions have been answered by this new 15-minute “making of” featurette. Yes, you read that right: 15 minutes! Normally these things are two or three minutes, but perhaps this is the new norm (considering this making of The Raid: Redemption we recently posted). If the full movie is as funny as this featurette, then it’s destined to be another big hit for Ferrell. Casa de mi Padre, which opens March 16th, also stars Genesis Rodriguez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Nick Offerman, who all shine in the featurette. Hit the jump to check out the video, which features wolves, horses and bandanas (or lobos, caballos y bandanas).

14 Clips from CASA DE MI PADRE Starring Will Ferrell

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Will Ferrell is set to make his Spanish-language debut with the upcoming comedy Casa de mi Padre, and today we’ve got 14 clips from the film to share with our readers.  The story centers on a Mexican rancher (Ferrell) who must save his family’s farm while defeating a notorious drug lord and winning the hand of the lovely Sonia.  All the previous trailers we’ve seen have been absolutely ridiculous in a very, very good way, and these clips are no different.  Ferrell is surrounded by a fantastic supporting cast (Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, and Nick Offerman), and I can’t wait to see the full film.

Hit the jump to watch the clips (which is almost nine minutes of footage!). The film also stars Genesis Rodriguez and Efren Ramirez. Casa de mi Padre opens March 16th.

New Images from ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, SAFE, AFTERSHOCK, CASA DE MI PADRE, BYZANTIUM, THE CROODS and THE LORDS OF SALEM

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We’ve got a bunch of new images for you from the following projects:

Hit the jump to check them out.

South By Southwest 2012 Lineup Includes 21 JUMP STREET, CASA DE MI PADRE, THE RAID, and More

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The full lineup for South By Southwest 2012 has been announced and for those of you not attending the festival, prepare to seethe with jealousy. The Austin, Texas festival will host screenings of the Will Ferrell Spanish-language comedy Casa de mi Padre, festival favorite The Raid, Bobcat Goldthwait’s God Bless America, and the world premiere of 21 Jump Street, which recently screened to press to overwhelmingly positive praise. Add these films to the previously announced festival opener Cabin in the Woods (from Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard), and I’m sufficiently envious of those making the trek to Austin.

Other highlights from the full lineup include the documentary The Imposter, Killer Joe, The Hunter, Lena Dunham’s Girls, and Kevin Macdonald’s doc Marley. Hit the jump to see the full list, but keep in mind that the midnight selections have yet to be announced. Collider’s own Matt Goldberg will be covering all the shenanigans from the festival, so keep an eye out for our coverage on the site. South by Southwest 2012 takes place March 9 – 17.

Jamie Bell and Genesis Rodriguez MAN ON A LEDGE Interview

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With director Asger Leth’s (Ghosts of Cité Soleil) Man on a Ledge opening this weekend, I recently got to speak with most of the cast about making the movie.  The film centers on an ex-cop (Sam Worthington) convicted of a crime he didn’t commit who stands on the ledge of a Manhattan building, threatening to kill himself.  However, what appears to be a suicide attempt is something else altogether.  The film also stars Jamie Bell, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Banks, Ed Burns, Titus Welliver, Genesis Rodriguez, Kyra Sedgwick, and Ed Harris.

During my interview with Bell and Rodriguez they talked about how they got involved in the project, the audition process, and karaoke.  In addition, Bell talked about the Tintin sequel and Rodriguez talked about Casa de mi Padre.  Hit the jump to watch.

Diego Luna Talks MISS BALA, CASA DE MI PADRE, Neill Blomkamp’s ELYSIUM, and CONTRABAND

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Miss Bala, Mexico’s official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film, chronicles three terrifying days in the life of Laura Guerrero (Stephanie Sigman), a beautiful young woman whose humble effort to escape a life of grim poverty goes diabolically wrong when it delivers her into the hands of a gang that’s terrorizing northern Mexico led by drug boss Lino (Noé Hernández). Although she wins the beauty queen crown she aspires to, her experiences as an unwilling participant in Mexico’s violent war leave her shaken and transformed.

In an exclusive interview at the press day for Miss Bala, we sat down with the film’s executive producer, Diego Luna, to talk about the acclaimed crime drama which opens in New York and Los Angeles on January 20th. Luna told us about his longtime collaboration with director Gerardo Naranjo, how the character of Laura is really a metaphor for what’s happening today in Mexico, and why he believes film has the ability to bring about social change by raising awareness. He also discussed his upcoming projects, Contraband which opens this weekend, Casa de mi Padre with Will Ferrell and Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium. Hit the jump for the full interview.

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