Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sofia Vergara Shoots Up the Screen With a Brassiere/Machine Gun in MACHETE KILLS (Robert Rodriguez's Upcoming Sequel to Machete | September 2013)

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Robert Rodriguez has opened the flood gates of info for his September 2013 sequel to Machete, MACHETE KILLS (both, sequels in a way to the "fake trailer" masque that was part of Rodriguez's and Quentin Tarantino's GRINDHOUSE collaboration from 2007). For the purposes of the Tex[t]-Mex Galleryblog (sequel itself to Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the 'Mexican' in America) ever-curious about the figuration of "Mexicans" in America, most striking amidst the optical treasure trove of released materials to date is the most recent visual bonbon to emerge, the clickable image opposite of Colombiana Sofia Vergara, née Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara.  Most vividly documented online in the staid and reserved the UK's Daily Mail, Rodriguez's poster captures the representational zeitgeist of Tex[t]-Mex, rendering the book obsolete in one fell swoop. If one of the purposes of said tome was to explore how Latina/o figuration (in a U.S. context) is always being fused (and suffused) with an illicit, dark, always-already violent form of promiscuous, tantalizing sexuality, then Rodriguez's poster ups the ante--mesmerizing with its over-the-top fusing of archetypal opposites: breasts (or at the very least, brassieres, via synecdoche) symbolizing (literally) the mother's milk of nurturing amalgamated here with machine guns, perhaps the utter semiotic avatar of mayhem, murder and death. Something to mull (or *symbolically speaking* suck on) this fine Sunday morning. More on this to come!  Here's an IGN news brief on the Vergara poster and Rodriguez's upcoming opus:

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