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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…
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…
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!
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.…
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.
"You know, it's easier to pull the trigger than play guitar. Easier to destroy than to create." One of my all time favorites, shoot em' up style. Too bad "Once Upon a Time In Mexico" happened......
I can't remember ever watching a film so knowingly, deliberately ridiculous and yet having almost no fun watching it myself. It got off to a strong start with some great Buscemi action, but fell apart after that into a mess of muddled action sequences.
Here's the thing with Desperado, it's just ment to be fun. What Robert Rodriguez has done here is take a simple plot, add a fun character that we can root for, a sexy sidekick and unfinishable rounds of bullets, mix that with dark humour, a lot of blood and guts and no laws of physics and you've got Desperado. Does that mean that this is bad? No, it doesn't, it makes it really enjoyable, funny and almost like a live-action cartoon. Antonio has two identities in this film, you've got the nice pulled back hair Antonio and the bad-ass long flowing hair Antonio. When we see the first one you know that it's going to be a nice scene, maybe…
Endlessly entertaining, a hilarious cameo from Tarantino, and a great cast make this action comedy very fun.
No es lo que se puede decir respetuosa con la película original. El antiguo reparto queda relegado a pequeños cameos que se despachan en los primeros minutos, de la historia se hacen referencias, pero tampoco es que ambas enlacen demasiado bien. Por otro lado, Antonio Banderas ni se parece ni hacen que se parezca a Carlos Gallardo, y no solo en lo físico, tampoco en la personalidad. De hecho parecen personajes distintos.
Me ha decepcionado también el hecho de que la película haya abandonado el español y esté en el "spanglish" que desde entonces ha caracterizado a las películas de Rodriguez. Por último, la historia tiene menos chicha, y la verdad es que si no heredase algunos elementos de la…
"Desperado, oh, you ain't gettin' no younger! Your pain and your hunger, they're drivin' you home, and freedom, oh freedom, well, that's just some people talkin'; your prison is walking through this world all alone!" Oh, how that song moves me, but there's no time for crying, as the hombre with no nombre returns, with a vengeance, in "A Few Pesos More" (Inflation, you know?). Of course, this time, he's got a new, substantially more handsome face, because the predecessor was so successful that with this sequel, Robert Rodriguez can afford Zorro, now with much harsher weaponry (This film came out before "The Mask of Zorro", but I'm still proud of that allusion). I'm just amazed that Robert Rodriguez could…
- 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…
- Mulholland Drive
- 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…