films seen
17
average score
1.85*
nationality
USA - 53 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Rodriguez' oeuvre is all over the place, sporting decent action flicks, noteworthy cult films, mediocre blockbusters and a surprising amount of films aimed at kids. More misses than hits if you ask me, but never dull.

The good stuff

Desperado

by Robert Rodriguez
Also known as
El Mariachi 2
Specifics
1995 / 104m - USA
Genre
Action, Thriller
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Desperado poster

Solid pieces

Planet Terror

by Robert Rodriguez
Specifics
2007 / 105m - USA
Genre
Comedy, Action, Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Planet Terror poster

A slightly disappointing rewatch. I wasn't a very big grindhouse revival fan to begin with, but Planet Terror stood out because it was still batshit crazy even without all the grindhouse nods. That was back in 2007 though, before we got to the big 80s revival and before Japan unleashed its Sushi Typhoon madness onto the world. By that measure, Planet Terror just isn't zany enough anymore.

That isn't to say it's not a fun film. Rodriguez delivers more than just an ode to the grindhouse scene and combines crazy violence with over-the-top horror, keeping it light at all times and topping it off with some lovely randomness. Seeing McGowan with her machine gun leg is still good fun, just not as mind-blowing as it was the first time around.

The performances are fun, the nods to the grindhouse scene are pleasant (though the grain/dirt filter gets a little old after a while) and the pacing is perfect. Planet Terror is solid entertainment, but it aged a bit faster than I'd hoped. No doubt hardcore grindhouse fans will still eat it up, for me, it lacked that little extra.

Worthy but flawed

Machete

by Ethan Maniquis, Robert Rodriguez
Specifics
2010 / 105m - USA
Genre
Action, Thriller, Crime
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Machete poster

The Faculty

by Robert Rodriguez
Specifics
1998 / 104m - USA
Genre
Sci-fi, Horror
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
The Faculty poster

Roadracers

by Robert Rodriguez
Specifics
1994 / 95m - USA
Genre
Comedy, Crime
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Roadracers poster

Before Robert Rodriguez' career would take off with Desperado, he made a little-seen crime comedy called Roadracers. Its TV origins may be a little too obvious, but it made clear that Rodriguez could accomplish a lot on a tiny budget. It's certainly not his most remarkable film, even so it was better than I expected it to be.

Rock and roll in the 50s. Dude's a rebel with just one mission: find a way to leave the crummy little town he grew up in. Music's Dude's only passion, but rock isn't seen as a viable career. The crooked sheriff's on his tail and his feud with Teddy isn't dying down either. An ultimate showdown seems unavoidable. If you like 50s cool, then this is your film.

The characters are pretty typical, so is the plot and the setting. Rodriguez tries to set the film apart with slick cinematography, but the result's a bit middling. At least the pacing is good, performances are decent and the ending is surprisingly violent. It's solid filler, but the whole 50s vibe just didn't really do it for me.

Dubious filler

Alita: Battle Angel

by Robert Rodriguez
Specifics
2019 / 122m - USA
Genre
Sci-fi, Action
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Alita: Battle Angel poster

Mediocre adaptation of a superior manga/anime. Rodriguez has plenty of money to play around with, but safe some pretty vistas and decent CG little remains but a silly, somewhat cheesy Hollywood production. The acting is rather terrible, Alita herself looks goofy and the severity of the world never really translates to the screen.

Machete Kills

by Robert Rodriguez
Specifics
2013 / 107m - USA
Genre
Action, Crime
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Machete Kills poster

Grindhouse

by Robert Rodriguez, Eli Roth, Quentin Tarantino, Edgar Wright, Rob Zombie
Specifics
2007 / 191m - USA
Genre
Action, Horror, Thriller
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Grindhouse poster

El Mariachi

by Robert Rodriguez
Specifics
1992 / 81m - Mexico
Genre
Action, Thriller, Crime
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
El Mariachi poster

Plain forgettable

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

by Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez
Specifics
2014 / 102m - USA
Genre
Thriller, Crime
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For poster

Something is just wrong. The weird mix of CG, cartoon visuals and live actors never really comes into its own. And it's not that I think something is inherently wrong with it, I for one loved Volckman's Renaissance. Sin City just isn't cool, harsh, kick-ass or edgy enough to pull this off.

Four Rooms

by Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino
Specifics
1995 / 98m - USA
Genre
Comedy
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Four Rooms poster

Big nopes

We Can Be Heroes

by Robert Rodriguez
Specifics
2020 / 100m - USA
Genre
Comedy, Fantasy
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
We Can Be Heroes poster

Yes, I know, I'm not really the target audience of this film. Still, it's fair to wonder if we really need more superhero nonsense to feed kids until they're old enough to get into Marvel. And even then, shouldn't we aspire to make these films just a bit better than this depressing mess?

Aliens are attacking our planet and the grown-up superheroes have been taken hostage. It seems Earth is doomed, but the aliens forgot about one thing: the superheroes' kids. They have powers of their own and even though they're not really trained to use them, together they'll take on the fight to free Earth from the aliens.

Cringy comedy, flaky special effects, cheap decors and costumes, bland life lessons and the dumbest ending you can imagine. I'm sure Rodriguez had his fun making these films, but they're absolutely unsightly. I don't have kids myself, but I'd sure think twice about showing them this type of crap.

Sin City

by Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino
Specifics
2005 / 124m - USA
Genre
Thriller, Crime
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Sin City poster

Once upon a Time in Mexico

by Robert Rodriguez
Specifics
2003 / 102m - USA
Genre
Action, Thriller
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Once upon a Time in Mexico poster

Spy Kids

by Robert Rodriguez
Specifics
2001 / 88m - USA
Genre
Comedy, Adventure
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Spy Kids poster

From Dusk till Dawn

by Robert Rodriguez
Specifics
1996 / 108m - USA
Genre
Action, Horror, Crime
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
From Dusk till Dawn poster

Irritation overload

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D

by Robert Rodriguez
Specifics
2005 / 93m - USA
Genre
Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
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rating
0.5*/5.0*
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D poster