I thought it would be useful to pool the Letterboxd community's extensive film knowledge to create a series of lists…
When the smoke clears, it just means he's reloading.
A gunslinger is embroiled in a war with a local drug runner.
Way before Rodriguez only made silly cartoons, he made slightly less silly cartoons that were fun because of fun not because of an obsession with his own style.
Two things though:
- Tarantino telling that joke.
- Salma Hayek crossing the street.
Two very legitimate reasons to rewatch this when you get the chance.
El Mariachi, marked by fate and destiny, carries a guitar case full of guns, sinking into the dark world of crime. Following the bloody trail that leads him down to the infamous Bucho, responsible for the death of his wife and for the shot at his hand that prevents him from playing guitar, he unfolds a tremendous clash of gunpowder, blood and nonstop action. Desperado is the second film from the Mariachi trilogy, Mexico trilogy or whatever you want to call it, and, to be frank, most of the time I felt I was watching a more expensive remake of the first film, and, even though there were no big differences in the storyline or in the style of the…
Gratuitous revenge taking, ass-kicking, bullet spraying, knife flicking, rocket launching guitars, outbursts of pyromania!
Pick this film and you are in serious danger of having a good time! It's Licensed to Thrill! And Thrill Again!
The body count is high, so are the testosterone levels!
Antonio Banderas hot and sultry level is at a defcon 1 status!
Film #56 of Project 90
”It's easier to pull the trigger than play guitar.”
Desperado is a typical B-Movie, it puts a a kick-ass mysterious hero in the middle of a revenge story, the action is fine, there is blood everywhere, Salma Hayek handles the “feminine” side of the story (and she brings lots of “exciting” moments with herself) and finally we have a pretty bad-ass villain who is massacring everyone. Babe. Blood. Bullet. What else do you need? Sadly That’s all you can say about Robert Rodriguez’s film. It is a pop corn movie that tries to entertain you, nothing more, nothing less. It doesn't take itself seriously (and we don’t make that mistake either) so criticizing the film…
This was my first Rodriguez and I remember really liking his energy. Exploring his filmography over the years has always been fun, but with the exception of perhaps one or two films, revisiting them hasn't.
Desperado's first half hour or so is absolutely fantastic. It shows Rodriguez's sense of style and his ability to shoot action really well. He sets the scene perfectly, giving his audience no doubt as to what we're going to watch. A Mexican western, with loads of over the top violence, sweat and blood.
The problem is, however, that Rodriguez doesn't keep his promises. For the better part of Desperado, Rodriguez seems to be stuck on repeat, a trait often present in his films. It almost…
Many will call this a silly action film and I can't say that they're wrong. I still love it despite its age and somewhat outdated effects. This always seemed like a hybrid of action and western films which made it more entertaining. When I first saw this in the 90s I loved its style and effects. It wasn't slow crawling like an Eastwood flick or overblown like Die Hard. For me it was something very different so I was immediately infatuated by this film and Salma Hayek's good looks. You didn't think I liked it for the plot did you?
Antonio Banderas was made for this role even if the addition of Steve Buscemi was more than a little odd.…
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Definitely an upgrade from Rodriguez? ?El Mariachi? for me. I?m not usually a big fan of gun fights, but I have to say, this film added an entertainment quality to it.
Slick, entertaining, sexy and stylish.
"Let's play" is the quote from the beginning of the trailer then on its just guns guns and guns. Very accurate for the tone of the film. I have seen this many times. And I love it from a nostalgic point of view as it is a film of its time great action set pieces story is a little weak. But the great characters help it along including tarentino's cameo. I remember buying the soundtrack to this film and playing it non stop. It's a little cheeses but great fun.
In the same vein as Evil Dead II or even The Road Warrior, this is a hybrid sequel/remake of a smaller budgeted movie from earlier in the director's career. I wish it reached the heights of either of those two movies though. Despite having some bigger action, it wasn't necessarily better than El Mariachi. I actually think I like El Mariachi more than this. I wish this lived up to the promise that El Mariachi's ending holds - of the Motorcycle ridin', gun slingin', dog side-kick havin', El Marichi that roams Mexico as a myth. It only kind of puts that into play. But it is fun, and cool, and sexy, ya gotta give it that.
I thought all the bad guys in El Mariachi died in the first movie, but NOPE. There's a villain even higher up the Mexican crimeworld ladder whom our sensitive mariachi still needs to kill. It's the bullet-strewn big studio sequel to the low-budget independent hit, Antonio Banderas takes over the lead role, and writer/director/editor Robert Rodriguez shamelessly recycles most of the previous film's ultra-simple story. It's alright, though. It's campy and it knows it. It reaches the peak of its ridiculousness in the scene where a guitar case turns out to be a full-fledged bazooka. More importantly, it co-stars a young and goddess-like Salma Hayek (this is the film that made her a star) as the put-upon bookstore proprietress whom…
LOVED this movie. The casting, music, screenplay, everything! It looked like bloody, moving artwork. Rodriguez always brings passion and intensity and thrills to every movie he makes.
What a film! Seriously, Desperado is a film that reminds me that film is not just entertainment but it is art! A gorgeous fun movie where every scene just takes your breathe away. The fight choreography is fantastic, the music was making my tap my foot or hand throughout the film, the acting is great (except by Tarantino, who's trademark awesome bad acting only makes the movie even better), I'm surprised it's taken me this long to have seen it but I'm glad I finally got around to it!
A bulletfest film that follows in the origins of hardboiled and the killer, this one? Comes from down south of the border, great storyline of a loner that seeks revenge, a guitar case full of weapons and let the mariachi play. With an essentric music that makes you feel you're in mexico, a film I adore when i was a teenager and i love it even more now.
- The Hidden
- Stone Cold
- Samurai Fiction
- The Hunger
- Fright Night
- Near Dark
- The Lost Boys
If you owned your very own movie theater and got to program the films it exhibited as you desired, what…
- Boogie Nights
- Pulp Fiction
In pretty accurate order, this is my ever-changing list of films that I love and can watch over and over…