List (in chronological order) put together by Edgar Wright & Sam DiSalle - July 2016
NOTE: The original publishing…
A gunslinger is embroiled in a war with a local drug runner.
I had a paper route when I was 12 and this was the first movie I bought on VHS with my money. 12 year old Grooveman was a bad motherfucker.
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…
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.…
i just watched this twice back to back it's just so fucking good man
the fucking best honestly
i relate to the guy who crashed his car looking at salma hayek
"Bless me, Father, for I have just killed quite a few men."
Call me vulgar if you want, but I've always had a bit of a soft spot for Robert Rodriguez, especially when it comes to the Mariachi trilogy. This is easily the weakest installment (mainly because of a story that plays out like a lesser version of El Mariachi), but given just how entertaining this movie is, that comes off as more of a compliment. As a pure, goofy B-movie, this is all I could possibly ask for - the shootouts are wild, the music is kickass, and style drips from every Guillermo Navarro-composed frame - but it's the moments of downtime, like the Mariachi's impromptu guitar lesson or Salma Hayek's amateur surgery, that make this worthwhile. Well, that and a throwing knife-wielding Danny Trejo.
This was a solid and highly enjoyable take on the spaghetti western by Rodriguez that rightfully put the director on the map and provided star Antonio Banderas the breakthrough he needed in the American marketplace. Though I love his work on the Sin City films, particularly the first, his incredible earlier trilogy will always hold a special place in my cinephilic heart.
My recent project of coming to terms with classic Westerns has only further helped me enjoy these more recent contemporary releases.
a boosted sequel that amps up the carnage to delirious heights, rodriguez's editing and compositions benefit greatly from the budget increase, as do his bloody action setpieces even if they have been trimmed, visually sexy and stylish
Indudablemente mejor que la película que la originó, Desperado tiene a su favor un mejor presupuesto y a dos protagonistas en Antonio Banderas, apropiadamente intenso, y Salma Hayek, sex simbol total de los 90. Ella no tiene mucho que hacer, la verdad, salvo verse muy sexy y gritar y correr, pero no digamos que Banderas hace mucho tampoco. La gracia es que Rodríguez aprovecha a estos personajes de cartón y arma en torno a ellos una entretenida cinta de acción.
Just watching it, you can tell Desperado is a sexed-up, Hollywood version of the film it follows in the Mexico trilogy, El Mariachi.
The opening sequence with Steve Buscemi's monologue is entertaining, Tarantino's piss joke will probably be the stuff of legend in a couple of decades, and Banderas is intense as El Mariachi.
Other than being a revenge story however, there isn't a great deal that has changed or progressed, other than production value, from the original amateur film.
I want to watch a fun movie.
I love arthouse films, but sometimes I just want to have fun, so…
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