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USA - 56 years old
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.



El Mariachi 2
1995 / 104m - USA
Action, Thriller
Desperado poster

Planet Terror

2007 / 105m - USA
Comedy, Action, Horror
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.

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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.


2023 / 92m - USA
Mystery, Thriller
Hypnotic poster

Robert Rodriguez returns with his first "adult" film in years. Rodriguez' oeuvre has been pretty messy of late, with docs, music projects, and children's films fighting for attention. Hypnotic, a seemingly prestigious A-lister project landed with very little fanfare, watching the film it's obvious to see why it didn't receive a bigger welcome.

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Hypnotics are people who can control the minds of others to make them see and do whatever they want. Danny is a police detective who comes into contact with them. The loss of his daughter protects him from their talent, even so, staying alive in a world where everybody can be controlled by someone who wants you dead is tougher than expected.

While the setup is fun, it's also a trap for lazy writing and twists, and there's plenty of that here. Rodriguez also has a lot of trouble finding the right tone. He obviously wanted to make a very serious film, but his attempts to do so just made things cheesier. It's amusing genre fluff for sure, but a premise like this deserved a way better film than Hypnotic.


2010 / 105m - USA
Action, Thriller, Crime
Machete poster

The Faculty

1998 / 104m - USA
Sci-fi, Horror
The Faculty poster


1994 / 95m - USA
Comedy, Crime
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.

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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.

Alita: Battle Angel

2019 / 122m - USA
Sci-fi, Action
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

2013 / 107m - USA
Action, Crime
Machete Kills poster


2007 / 191m - USA
Action, Horror, Thriller - Anthology
Grindhouse poster

El Mariachi

1992 / 81m - Mexico
Action, Thriller, Crime
El Mariachi poster

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

2014 / 102m - USA
Thriller, Crime
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.

Spy Kids 3: Game Over

2003 / 84m - USA
Fantasy, Adventure
Spy Kids 3: Game Over poster

Some movies feel like playing a video game, this movie about a video game had me questioning if the writers ever one. This is clearly a film for a younger audience, which is still a bit weird considering Robert Rodriguez directed it, but I feel more could've been done with it to up the quality a little.

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Juni has separated from the OSS, but when he hears his sister is trapped inside a video game, he has no choice but to help them out once again. Juni needs to enter the game and reach the final level, but there are many traps along the way and some of the other players he meets don't necessarily want to work with him.

The CG is horrendous, the game mechanics make no sense and the performances are pretty crummy too. But the sense of adventure is present and the film is properly paced and doesn't overstay its welcome. I don't think I would've been a big fan of this when I was younger, but it's also not the worst of its kind.

Four Rooms poster

We Can Be Heroes

2020 / 100m - USA
Comedy, Fantasy
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?

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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

2005 / 124m - USA
Thriller, Crime
Sin City poster

Once upon a Time in Mexico

2003 / 102m - USA
Action, Thriller
Once upon a Time in Mexico poster

Spy Kids

2001 / 88m - USA
Comedy, Adventure
Spy Kids poster

From Dusk till Dawn

1996 / 108m - USA
Action, Horror, Crime
From Dusk till Dawn poster

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D

2005 / 93m - USA
Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D poster