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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…
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…
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…
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.…
Grindhouse at its most visceral but utterly bonkers too.
Stumpfes, stylisches, unterhaltsames pengpeng!
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Such an inventive yet simple action film that was a head of it's time. Antonio Banderas has never topped how bad ass he was as El Mariachi. Robert Rodriguez brings humor to this very violent film that never takes itself too seriously but also never falls into parody, this film walks a fine line and does it very well.
This has to be one of my favourite films. It has blood and humour, Buscemi and Tarantino, and great guitar music.
It's probably the one film that has most influenced my own editing style. The editing in many places is exquisite, with the music working well with the cuts and with great focus on the eyes. Watch with the eyes in mind and you'll see what I mean. Now there are some things I'd cut tighter but when this came out the speed was faster than the norm and bordering on jump cuts.
It came out five years before I managed to get my first paid edit job yet I remember seeing techniques there and thinking I must do that myself. Re watching now many years later it's interesting to see how many of those techniques I have actually used.
N.B. Storyline wise you should probably watch El Mariachi first.
i wish i could shoot guns that coolly
I haven't seen this in years and it holds up pretty damn well. The gun battles are absolutely crazy and badass. Where else are you going to see a man shoot fucking rockets out of his guitar case? Antonio Banderas is still so damn cool in this film. It even has great scenes involving Quentin Tarantino and Steve Buscemi. Also, Salma Hayek is such a babe in this film. Such an enjoyable Robert Rodriquez flick.
some good ol' spicy & exaggerated comic book style fiction with a great cameo of Quentin Tarantino, his 'piss joke' to the bar tender is legendary.
And...Buscemi is dead, again.
I can categorize this movie as brainless action flick.
Trejo being Trejo.
I like the ridiculous guitar guns though and the soundtrack is enjoyable.
Ever since seeing this from the young age of 12, I have always felt 'Desperado' belonged within the same pedestal as other action classics in the vein of 'Die Hard' and 'Predator'. From start to finish, rebel director Robert Rodriguez crafts a flawless, quick paced and stunning looking action masterpiece complete with one of the most thrilling and excessive shoot em up sequences ever put to film. 'Desperado' also displays a stellar cast comprised of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi and even a classic cameo from Quentin Tarantino. 'Desperado' has such a high re-watch-ability factor that I almost don't trust anyone who doesn't enjoy it. A highly underrated action masterpiece with a beautiful soundtrack.
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