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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…
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.…
Robert Rodriguez isn't Quentin Tarantino's best mate for nothing. They both seem to be chipped from the same piece of film-making gold. Both it seems love a bit of violence, a bit of revenge, and plenty of bloodshed.
Desperado was the follow-up to El Mariachi written and directed by Rodriguez himself. Back came Antonio Banderas and was this time joined by Salma Hayek and cameos from Steve Buscemi and Danny (I'm in every movie where there's even a hint of a Mexican) Trejo for another blood-soaked extravaganza. The plot is pretty pointless really. A revenge flick is almost all you need to know as people get offed left right and center in a hail of gunfire and the odd ceiling-fan.…
It doesn't seem to have much on it's mind, but the first 45 minutes of this might be about the most exciting, inventive, and delightful bit of action cinema of it's time. The bar shootout is easily in the top ten movie gunfights of all time. Cast, dialogue, music, and
Unfortunately it can't quite sustain the momentum and it starts running out of juice towards the middle of the second act. Which is insane seeing as how the finale of this movie involves a guitar case that shoots rockets. In fact this is a problem I feel like a lot of Rodriquez's later work has.
If he had been able to sustain the increases in quality we see from El…
This was really fun to see at the New Beverly on a double bill with El Mariachi. It really puts the film into perspective.
I'm so impressed with Robert Rodriguez, what he's capable of doing. He's like the MacGyver of film, figuring out how to maximize the resources he has to make incredible movies.
Really fun, worth watching again, holds up surprisingly well.
"You know, it's easier to pull the trigger than play guitar. Easier to destroy than to create."-El Mariachi
This film may still be my favorite from Robert Rodriguez and he has made some great stuff. I love the modern western feel of this film and it's sense of humor is great, it's not a parody but it's very funny and knows when it's time to take itself a little more serious. Antonio Banderas is fantastic here as the lead, he comes off as bad ass and human at the same time, a true myth that comes from town to town exacting justice. The opening with Steve Buscemi telling the tall tale is a great opening and really sets the tone of whats to come. Quentin Tarantino's cameo sums up everything I love about QT as a personality. The violence is harsh and comes often, lots of squibs and bloody madness.
(oops, forgot to post this earlier, lol… I napped when I intended to finish up the trilogy - I'll watch the third tomorrow…)
"What the fuck is going on?"
"…is that going on right now?"
You know what? Aside from Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek this isn't that much hotter in the casting department than El Mariachi - a couple of years later I'm sure Tarantino (who cameos - one of his best performances, in fact) could've facilitated the casting of someone in the villain role that would've lifted it to near classic status. But the cinematography, production design and especially the music (a soundtrack that truly sits alongside Tarantino's own classics) more than make up for that.
El Mariachi and Desperado make for a fantastic double bill, with Desperado besting El Mariachi's admirable low budget aesthetics with much more assured direction and writing. The plot is still ridiculously simple and even maybe pedestrian, but that is made up by legitimately great action scenes, memorable characters, and even a tangible and compelling character arc for our hero. Casting is spot on across the board (except for tarantino, who mercifully only shows up for a couple of scenes before being killed off. In those few minutes, he continues to display his complete ineptitude as a actor). The movie flies by and never drags and has a killer soundtrack and a distinct Mexican flavour.
It's just gunfighting,
But this is all about the
Style over substance.
cried when i saw steve. cried when i saw quentin. cried when i saw salma. my only problem with this movie is the fact that antonio is playing the mariachi
a slicker hollywoodized retread of el mariachi elevated by newly cast leads antonio banderas and salma hayek, a few exciting fight sequences, and a red hot sex scene
Released 20 years and a day ago.
A good film to end the summer.
With several bangs.
In pretty accurate order, this is my ever-changing list of films that I love and can watch over and over…
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