Film #1: El Mariachi
"What is this? Mariachi Day?"
Better than I remembered, and arguably the best movie Robert Rodriguez has ever made. The writing and direction are terrific, and the cinematography and editing (also by Rodriguez) are particularly prodigious - insanely kinetic, consistently innovative, and frequently hilarious in their creativity. It's got a nice cast as well: the villainous gringo overacts a little towards the end, but everyone else is very charming, notably Carlos Gallardo as the Mariachi and Consuelo Gómez as Dominó.
My only criticism the first time I saw this was the climax, which I have warmed to. It's mean-spirited, but it does complement the movie's message about how the central character becomes slowly shaped into a killer by the violence around him. So on the whole, El Mariachi holds up as one of the most impressive film debuts of all time, especially considering it was initially produced on a budget of just $7000.