A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
He didn't come looking for trouble, but trouble came looking for him.
El Mariachi just wants to play his guitar and carry on the family tradition. Unfortunately, the town he tries to find work in has another visitor...a killer who carries his guns in a guitar case. The drug lord and his henchmen mistake El Mariachi for the killer, Azul, and chase him around town trying to kill him and get his guitar case.
A case of mistaken identity leads to a heap of trouble in Robert Rodriguez's shoestring budget directorial debut. High-tech air conditioning. Tippy toes. The opening jailhouse scene proves Robert Rodriguez spent many years at John Woo's VHS film school. Guitar case. Speedy turtle. Shoe shine. You know you're in a great town when you get free coconuts. Giant sombrero. Barroom fiesta. Teléfono rápida. Rolling head. Catching the bus. El Mariachi cost around $7000 to make. I think Robert spent $6500 hiring the cool as fuck pit bull doggie. Found on road dead truck. Freaky pussycat. Domino the sexy camarero. Moco's manicure. Bubble bath. Mariachi swag. Azul ain't no joke. Desperado-esque dreams. Real motherfuckers drink beer straight from the bottle. Switcheroo.…
A Spanish-language action film directed by a wet-behind the ears Robert Rodriguez, "El Mariachi" is a spare but engaging action film. Delivering its own south-of-the-border sense of cool despite its limited resources, the film hints at good tings to come for its director and provides a solid experience.
"El Mariachi" focuses on its titular musician, a guitar player who becomes mistaken for an assassin with a guitar case. An angry drug lord, targeting the real assassin, attempts to do away with the guitar player, and the musician winds up entangled in a plot bursting with guns and money. It is a crackling story.
Rodriguez, working with a small budget and burgeoning skills, puts together a simple and streamlined production. It…
Made on a shoestring budget of $7,000, Robert Rodriguez managed to get a lot of bang for his buck out of his feature debut, El Mariachi. The budget constraints are obvious, but it's a damn good film considering it would have cost Roriguez more money to buy a decent used car.
El Mariachi (Carlos Gallardo) is a kind-spirited guitar player who simply wants to do as his father and grandfather did, wander through life with his guitar in hand and a song in his heart. He wanders into a small town with his guitar case looking to make a little money as a Mariachi, but is soon mistaken for a viscious hitman named Azul (Reinol Martinez), who is known for…
My grandpa, like Rodriguez, was raised in San Antonio, Texas by Mexican-American parents. During my childhood summers, we would often cram a mini-van full of people and take long, sweaty, sprawling road trips to San Antonio for a couple of weeks. As an adult, I can't say I would ever consider going back as I've always found even the touristy parts of the city fairly boring. My fondest memories, however, are the 36-some hours of driving, often through empty deserts and the occasional ghost town, in temperatures that usually settle in the 90s.
Unexpectedly, El Mariachi took me back to these nostalgic reminiscences, if only through its atmosphere alone. Rodriguez's Tejano heritage shows its frame in the combination of sandy…
When you consider how little he had to work with, director Robert Rodriguez created something truly extraordinary in this, his feature film debut. It's got gun play and humor, a touch of romance, a wonderfully surreal recurring dream sequence, a suitable soundtrack and the set up for a big-budget, star-powered sequel. He also won the Audience Award at Sundance with this ... not bad at all for a rookie.
Basically, it's a film about mistaken identity. A guitarist referred to only as El Mariachi (Carlos Gallardo) hitchhikes into a small Mexican town, looking for work and to perfect his talent as a mariachi musician. Because he wears black and carries a guitar case, he is mistaken for a killer called…
There was once a guy who had a passion for films. He wanted to make a film, but he was basically broke. With the very few pesos he had in his pockets, got a cheap camera, and made a film that would change his career forever. His name was Robert. The film was about a mariachi player...
The film was made cheap as hell and it looks cheap as hell, but that's one of the reasons why I love this film. He took what little money he had (about $7,000 if I'm not mistaken) and he made quite an impression. Even as an inexperienced director, he provides some inventive shots that are quite impressive coming from a rookie director. He…
Is is possible for a film made for $7,000 to look like a million dollar production? Well, logic would say no, but after viewing Robert Rodriguez's "El Mariachi", it is impossible to say otherwise. The action sequences are thrilling, the acting is stellar and the score is amazing, but Robert Rodriguez's Auteur approach, use of iconic scenery and the genius of the script are the things that stand out in this next to no budget action thriller.
Now, i don't believe that anybody but Mr. Rodriguez himself could've written a script like "El Mariachi". I've never been to Mexico, but i have always loved the Mexican culture and landscape. And without having to go to a travel agency and hope…
I've had a rough relationship with a bit of Rodriguez' work. SPY KIDS 1+ 2 are fine, Planet Terror is what I claim as his finest work, and his later movies suffer from a lack of fine touch. This here freshman effort from him showcases what I love about seat-of-the-pants filmmaking.
The story opens with a bang and goes out like the coolest of neo-westerns. Our poor schmuck of a mariachi just happens to walk into town the same day as some badass who happens to dress similarly and kill all the people with his guns hidden in a guitar case. The shenanigans come to a head so many times, your head will spin and you might bust a gut laughing. Rodriguez perfectly balances humor, heartbreak, and ridiculous action in his debut feature.
Worth a watch, definitely.
El Mariachi is a 1992 American contemporary western action film and the first installment in the saga that came to be known as Robert Rodriguez's Mexico Trilogy.
It is a low budget movie......just 7000$....but executives at Columbia Pictures liked it so much that they bought the American distribution rights.
I think that some scenes are unnecessary.
Non professional actors were used.
I did not like the music so much but the story is original, so in wider terms it is a good low budget film.
Considering I loved DESPERADO so much back in the day, I never understood why I never watched this one for so many years. Well, now the trilogy has finally been watched.
This one is probably the worst of the three, just cause the filmmaking isn't quite up the level of the other two. Acting can be pretty poor at times and the violence seemed off. Like the squibs looked too fake.
I was also puzzled how this simple guitar player could be such an amazing shot, while the bad guys with the guns were so poor.
I did like Gallardo and the Rodriguez style, and of course how they set up the next film, but this is definitely a first time feature and it shows.
ESTA FUE LA PELÍCULA MÁS MEXICANA QUE HE VISTO EN TODA MI VIDA!
ORÇAMENTO DE 7 MIL DÓLARES, DIOS MIO!!!
Of course the making of El Mariachi has become more of a reason to watch the film that for enjoying the actual movie itself, so it's hard not to separate the two. It's impressive and cool that he got an action movie made at 23 for $7,000. I think the movie is fine, but as an inspirational 'You can make a movie too' piece, I love it. It's the same way I enjoy Clerks and Baghead. I do find some of the framing of shots particularly frustrating though, usually when he's cutting off the chins or mouths of the actors. Very distracting looking.
When you absolutely positively gots to make a film, except no substitutes.
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