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John Ary Takes A Look At GET THE GRINGO!

John Ary here with a quick look at the Get the Gringo screening here in Austin Wednesday night. Mel Gibson was at the Alamo on South Lamar to answer questions about his new film. Here's a short video with my review, takes from three different audience members, and Mel's reaction to a fan's question about a future Lethal Weapon sequel:

The movie will be available on DirecTV's Video on Demand service starting May 1, with Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download releases planned for later in the year.

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  • April 19, 2012, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Wanna see it

    by chuffsterUK

    That is all

  • April 19, 2012, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Gringo is probably the last slur Gibson has yet to use.

    by Cletus Van Damme

    But fuck it, I like him and I'll see this.

  • April 19, 2012, 9:22 a.m. CST

    I wonder...

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    ...if it's as exciting as that new tape Esterhaus's son just released of Gibson blowing a fuse.

  • April 19, 2012, 9:24 a.m. CST

    CHOPPAH GOT THE GRINGO

    by Robert Evans

    It will be really hard to avoid the comparison to PAYBACK given the circumstances and such. And in that light, it does come off as an unofficial sequel. The pacing, the twists, the narration (which was grating and overbearing at times) all lend to the earlier Gibson film. Just think Porter in Mexican prison and you'll know what yer getting yourself into. I also saw a hint of Bring me the Head of Alfredo Garcia in there, with all the twists and turns. There were times when i felt some subplots wrapped up a little too early and neat, just when we were introduced to them. The film comes fast and hard, but also explains every little step (through that narration, which in the first act I was ready to write it off as Deckard-esque) I really dont want to say too much about the plot, which is pretty inconsequential, with one exception. Mel has to get from point A to point B and fuck some people up along the way. Oh yeah..and get his money back too. All in all, I had a good time and was glad I saw it. I think the film is a good throwback to earlier Gibson actioners and will be a nice companion piece with PAYBACK, both resembling the heyday of gritty hard boiled films the studio used to crank out. I'd say a good rental from the RedBox. Or if you have a group over and a shit load of tequila, toss in $10 and watch it on demand.

  • April 19, 2012, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Choppah

    by John Ary

    I totally agree.

  • After the fifth or sixth time, I was getting annoyed that I just saw a montage of all the good parts.

  • After the fifth or sixth time, I was getting annoyed that I just saw a montage of the best parts.

  • April 19, 2012, 9:36 a.m. CST

    It's getting harder and harder to defend Gibson

    by syn_flood

    I truly hope he stops being an asshole and redeems himself, although I'm not sure what kind of miraculous feat he would have to perform to negate all the racist and misogynist bullshit that he has spouted these last few years, not to mention beating his wife.

  • April 19, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST

    I've never seen a Mel Gibson movie that I didn't like so I'm in...

    by Coughlins Laws

    As far as Joe Esterhauz and that tape, I think it makes him look worse than Mel. What was the point of making that tape when you're the guest at someone's house? And why didn't he have a script done? He really is a useless piece of shit who hasn't written anything worthwhile in over a decade. For him and his son to do this, simply to try to humiliate Mel, it really shows pretty slimy character. Maybe he should just write Showgirls 2...

  • April 19, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST

    love Payback

    by barnaby jones

    Want to see this too

  • April 19, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST

    I like Mel Gibson

    by Afzal

    His views are his own. His movies are solid pieces of entertainment.

  • April 19, 2012, 9:43 a.m. CST

    The guy is Max Rockatansky and Martin Riggs….

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    Gibson is an asshole and a religious nutjob, fine. It doesn’t make me appreciate him any less as an actor. The Road Warrior and the first two Lethal Weapons are among the greatest action films ever made (throw in Gallipoli and Braveheart and that's already a fairly solid resume). I’ll never pretend I’d want him as a member of my family, but he can continue to make entertaining movies for as long as he wants, I’ll keep watching the ones I’m interested in.

  • April 19, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST

    He made APOCALYPTO..dude gets a lifetime pass from the Chop

    by Robert Evans

    Until he starts prancing around in Nazi regalia and fucking dead babies that is.. Choppah has to draw the line somewhere.

  • April 19, 2012, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Thoughts about the screening

    by Chippy Fon Toast

    I thought the movie was quite forgettable. There wasn't really anything COMPELLING about the characters or the story. Still, it was cool to see Mad Mel in the house...sort of... Which brings me to the point that only about 20 people who wrote into the AICN contest actually got to be IN the theater where the Q&A took place. The rest of us were taken to another auditorium where we watched the live feed from the other theater, just like everyone else around the country. I knew that they were going to be playing the movie in two theaters, but it sure would have been nice to let more fans into the main screening room, instead of the (literally) hundreds of press, staff, and VIPs that walked casually into the theater, rather than waited in line for a few hours like so many others. Yes, I know I am being a whiny internet baby, but it was a bit of a bummer.

  • You sure thats where you want to draw the line?

  • April 19, 2012, 10:06 a.m. CST

    D.Vader

    by Robert Evans

    I dont want to get into a semantic argument about it-- I just want the protein.

  • April 19, 2012, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Gibson, to me is is somewhat comparahble to Cruise...

    by Johannes Kääpä

    They're both still very likable and charismatic on screen and generally make very entertaining films. Don't really care what they do or have done in their personal lives as long as they still bring their A-game and keep making good and entertaining films ( it just seems to be a lot harder for Gibson to get roles he really deserves, and sadly quite understandably so). Cruise just made his most profitable film to date so it seems people have kind of forgotten or just don't care anymore about his past and present believes and endeavours ( and Cruise is wisely starting to mix his stuff by taking on a few comedic roles and showing another rarely seen side of him and being quite successful doing so. But Gibson's crazy stuff in his personal life is still rather fresh on people's minds so it's understandable that he's having more difficult time getting stuff greenlit and getting the roles he deserves. Still I'm glad to see him back making (and starring) in a film which seems a lot of fun and judging from the trailers and clips I've seen so far, I'll definitely check this out. I'd still like to see Gibson getting behind the camera as well as he in my opinion is one of the best actor/directors out there and the films he has directed are mostly very well made and directed. Too bad his Viking epic with DiCaprio got cancelled as that was something I was really looking forward to seeing.

  • April 19, 2012, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Errol Flynn was supposedly a Nazi sympathizer.

    by Robert Evans

    It didn't stop me from buying THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD.

  • April 19, 2012, 10:13 a.m. CST

    *Comparable is what i meant to say

    by Johannes Kääpä

    These comments sections really need an edit button...

  • April 19, 2012, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Roman Polanski is child-raping creep.

    by Robert Evans

    But that doesn't change the fact that CHINATOWN is one of the greatest things ever committed to celluloid.

  • April 19, 2012, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Polanski is *a* child-raping creep.

    by Robert Evans

    Sorry, I didn't want to be on the record sounding like Boris, Natasha and Ivan Drago.

  • April 19, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Pee Wee Herman likes to jerk off while watching films...

    by Robert Evans

    That doesnt stop me from enjoying Flight of the Navigator.

  • April 19, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Fh

    by UltraTron

  • April 19, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Fh

    by UltraTron

  • April 19, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Fhuckin cocksucker!!!!

    by UltraTron

  • April 19, 2012, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Ultratron has gone bye-bye Egon.

    by Robert Evans

  • April 19, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    I look forward to the blu-ray commentary by Mel...

    by kravmaguffin

    Where he screams about his ex, now there's something I'd pay extra for. I really think Joe EsterASS is a major dick for recording him unknowingly. We all say shit we don't mean when we're mad and or drunk. Jeez give the guy a break. We forgave Tom Cruise for going all Xenu crazy... I'm just saying. GFY

  • As for hangover cast et al. Okay to work with convicted rapist then eh?

  • April 19, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Set the white balance on your camera correctly...

    by robertdee

    Schoolboy error!

  • April 19, 2012, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Can't stand Joe Esterhause but.....

    by drewlicious

    If I were anywhere near Mel Gibson when he was screaming like on those tapes I would have been afraid for my life. That man sounded seriously freaky. Esterhause might not be working anymore after this because who wants to work with the guy who has spy tapes of his employers? Not that he would have been working much in the first place. His early success still baffles me. Also, if you think Mel Gibson is a crazy Anti Semite check out his dad's writing. A whole different level creepy.

  • April 19, 2012, 12:04 p.m. CST

    bi-polar much?

    by m

    I don't even play a doctor on TV but IMHO Mel needs to be on meds. It's a shame. 10-15 years ago he used to be so likeable and you never heard the stories about him like you do now.

  • April 19, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST

    F

    by adeceasedfan

  • April 19, 2012, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Oops...fat fingers. Good review John & Chop...

    by adeceasedfan

    I love Mel and Payback. Chop, you speak a language that I totally understand. Shit negro, Redbox is all you had to say. Hopefully they'll Get the Gringo soon.

  • April 19, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Your ears really do keep growing!

    by twogunjames

    Gibson's ears are massive. No wonder he's pissed off and screaming FUCK all the time. His classic good looks have been replaced by a face scared with the deep lines of a crazed old man. He can't look in the mirror without nostalgia kicking him in the nuts.

  • April 19, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST

    And he looks crazy all the time

    by twogunjames

    Now that we know he's a fruit loop, even answering a simple question you can see how crazy he really is.

  • the guy looks 10 years older than his actual age. His ears are about the size of small dinner plates.

  • Wow, anything for a headline eh Harry?

  • April 19, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST

    It was AWKWARD as hell

    by Fritzlorrerains

  • April 19, 2012, 1:19 p.m. CST

    korus..the jewish segue was pretty tactless.

    by Robert Evans

    there are easier ways to approach the subject...

  • So one war equals all wars? See this is the problem with prejudice, that's how it works. It never comes from nowhere, it comes from somewhere. But then it's implied that one incident suddenly speaks for an entire group of people for all of eternity. It's absurd. No single culture or country or group of people in all of human history is even "close" to good because humans do terrible things to each other, and then use prejudice to make it seem like some group is worse than others. I mean in 2006, America was still deep in ITS illegal war in Iraq. So are Americans responsible for all the wars in the world? Whenever some celeb says some stupid shit, I'm never bothered by the celebrity; usually they were drunk and likely trying to get a rise out of someone. What annoys me are all the idiots online who suddenly act like drunk ramblings actually are a coherent argument and should be taken seriously.

  • April 19, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    If my wife was a crazy bitch trying to wipe me out...

    by garagons

    I'd probably get drunk; get arrested and say stupid stuff. He is a famous person and if there's something America loves is to see a celebrity fall from grace. It's the only reason Linsday Lohan is relevant. So he has a temper and his comments are un-PC. Back in the day that's what men were made of. Opinions and the balls to back them up MEL RULES

  • April 19, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST

    ALSO, the movie was good. Better than your average release

    by garagons

    And they used real mexican actors, with real Mexican dialogue. Not like most movies ( Colombiana) where they think all Hispanics speak like in "Scarface".

  • April 19, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Mel Gibson for Budweiser:

    by UltraTron

    Fuck! God! Who wants to eat?! Who the fuck wants to eat?! Go have something to eat! Hurrrrraaaaayyyyyy! (Screaming) Fuck! Fuck! Fuck! Fuckin' hate! Fucking cunt cocksucker whore! (Very hoarse) Fuck! (Screaming as he runs toward the driveway, gets into his car and drives away)

  • April 19, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Crazy Mel is still the best

    by Patrick Pettay

    So at anytime during the movie does he paint half his face blue and run naked through the prison yelling, "K'Plah!, K'Plah!"

  • April 19, 2012, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Hurry up with the blu ray please

    by Fritzlorrerains

  • April 19, 2012, 2:07 p.m. CST

    All you really need to know before viewing GET THE GRINGO...

    by fathergeek

    More about Gibson's "GET THE GRINGO"... all you need to know before viewing. Do you like Sam Peckinpah's motion pictures? Did you like "Bonnie & Clyde" or Mel's "Porter/Parker" revenge flick? Do you prefer practical special effects, bullet hits, & car crashes? Then... you'll have NO problem with this great grimy gritty Mexican prison/escape pic. It was filmed in a real Veracruz family prison recently raided & closed by the mexican government... the 100's of extras were actually former prisoners (men, women & children) of the failed experimental prison. Mel's tough talk'n kid co-star kicks ass. This movie is well worth seeing/ owning.

  • So collectively we are all guilty in a way. But it makes you think. All mel gibson did was rant and rave. Our goveenment on the other hand has done so much worse. So who is guilty and who is innocent.

  • April 19, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Why Harry? Why?

    by darthvedder81

    Was at the screening in Minneapolis last night and had a really good time. The Q&A was kind of mess though. The mics kept feeding back and whoever was running the cameras didn't know what they were doing. Harry's "any trouble working with Jews" question was pretty mortifying as well. Still, the movie was great and Mel seemed to be in a good mood. Ezterhas is the man responsible for "Basic Instinct", "Jade" and "Showgirls" so he has about the same moral high ground as a child pornographer. Mel has a short fuse and gets angry when you waste a bunch of his time and money and turn in a crappy script? Who cares?

  • April 19, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Choppah, nice Grosse Point Blank reference

    by murray_hamilton

    might have to throw that in the DVD player tonight

  • April 19, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST

    You will blow me

    by Joe Jones

    -Mel, to his mail-order, blushing whore Russian bride, over and over and over again between the rage barrages of racism and insults. I love him for remembering to tell her this, but think he's a pretty despicable man outside of that. Don't know if I could go see this in theaters. It wuz fun while it lasted, Riggs. I can not see him anymore w/out laughing theez days. He's so fucking crazy and angry. He'll always have 1/2 ounce of my respect for remembering to demand head while threatening his mail-order Russian hooker/wife, tho. But no more than that. 1/2 ounce, like what I'll smoke tomorrow on 4/20.

  • April 19, 2012, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Who wants some food? Who wants some FUCKING FOOD? HOOOORAAAAAAY!!!

    by Ray_Tango

    FUCK! FUUUUUUCK! HATE! COCKSUCKING WHORE! http://youtu.be/kEAO9j4MWH4

  • April 19, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST

    P.S. Can't wait to see this Get The Gringo. It looks great.

    by Ray_Tango

  • The congress voted to go to war in Iraq, (resolution of force) therefore it was legal. It may have been immoral, but since liberals say you can't legislate morality you have little ground to stand on. In my opinion, the government should never send Americans to defend or attack a country where there is no real protection of, or benefit to the USA. That being said, most Americans were for the war until it dragged on too long and got tough. We are an easily bored people. Nation building is another symptom of an out of control big government. If you are going to go to war you do it the way we defeated the Japanese or the Germans. If you are not willing to do that, don't go to war.

  • April 20, 2012, 12:58 a.m. CST

    I was the LA screening and had a blast! Thanks guys for the passes!

    by Onin Solstice

    I knew Mel had struck gold once I saw Harry's review, sequel to Payback? Count this nerd in! But it was even better than what I thought, and one of the best shootouts ever, I always wanted to see a shootout in a large crowd of people to see what would happen. Now I know. Great film, thanks guys!

  • He never tried to do a western or a sci fi movie. W. Allen is fucking usseless!!! Gives me the creeps. Hate him as a person, and gets me bouring as an "artist".

  • April 20, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Quimbarcelona has point regarding Woody Allen

    by Scottie Richardson

  • April 20, 2012, 8:02 p.m. CST

    ackman

    by Mattyboy122

    So if a war is approved by the legislative body of the aggressor nation (or, hell, by its general population), it is legal? If that's the case, bud, Hitler's war in Europe was legal. Japan's war in Asia, too. That's why we have this thing called international law. And in it, wars of aggression are explicitly outlawed. Try stepping out of your precious American womb and into the world (and, before you start, I'm American, born and raised, still live here; I just know the world doesn't revolve around us).