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  Desperado (1995): Reviews
Instead, view Desperado as it's meant to be seen - a comedy - and you're in for an unalloyed treat; heck, you're in for one of the funniest flicks of the year.
Desperado is best when Rodriguez lets his playful side cut through the blare of a born filmmaker indulging his first chance at high-end Hollywood fireworks.
Desperado also has some entertaining twists, some sexy goings-on, but on the whole, watching the film is about as much fun as sitting on a cactus.
www.metacritic.com /video/titles/desperado   (878 words)

 Desperado: Muy Bueno
Desperado, directed by Robert Rodriguez, is the second in a trilogy about a mariachi (loosely translated, that's a guitarist) who finds himself sucked into a violent, weapon filled life after being mistaken for someone else.
Desperado, being from Rodriguez, a colleague of Quentin Tarantino (who has a bit part in the film), is of course very violent.
Desperado is not often remembered as a great film these days, but it truly is. The highest praise I can give this film is that it kept me awake at 4 in the morning because I simply had to see how it ended.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/modern_day_classics/100127   (459 words)

 DVD Review:Director's Double Feature:El Mariachi/Desperado:Special Edition
"Desperado" brings Rodriguez's visual style to a seven million dollar budget and it doesn't quite work; in "Mariachi", the visual style helped to bring the film over the smallish holes in the plot and to bring the viewer further into the film.
In "Desperado", although the story is supposed to be a fantasy tale, the visual style begins to feel excessive and rather than grounding the story in a gritty reality, the shots of bodies flying through the air starts to make the film feel quite cartoonish.
The film was shot in 1.66:1, but the disc is letterboxed at 1.85:1, making for a few scenes where images look a little too cropped.
www.currentfilm.com /desperadospecialdvd.html   (2287 words)

 DVD365.net - El Mariachi/Desperado DVD Review
The film basically centres around the El Mariachi as he is forced to fight for his life as various lowlifes attempt to kill him.
With Robert Rodriguez's film being on a low budget of $10,000 you can't expect a demo style picture or a soundtrack to rattle the picture frames.
The film was initially created for the Spanish video market so there's no English soundtrack, although rather bizarrely there's a German one, so you'll need the subtitles active.
www.dvd365.net /desperado.htm   (577 words)

 desperado tonic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
He is preparing an open-air film projection in the main square, and a television crew is making a documentary about this event.
Desperado Tonic is an omnibus project by four young Slovenian film directors.
He is a representative of the generation who just leaped into the water, later watched partisan films, lived to see the invasion of the television and ended up among vampires.
www.emotionfilm.si /desperado/index_en.html   (248 words)

 'Desperado' - Laserdisc Review [SMR]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
'Desperado' is the story of a mysterious stranger, played by Antonio Banderos, seeking revenge for the murder of his girlfriend.
There is a bit of grain visible in a number of scenes and the image is a little softer than I like but, generally, this transfer is a good one.
Los Lobos has perfectly captured the style and attitude of this film with their music and done it in such a way that many will remember the music long after the pictures.
easyweb.easynet.co.uk /~robinson/Reviews/Desperado-Review.htm   (364 words)

 MetroActive Movies | Desperado
In 1992's El Mariachi, to which Desperado is the sort-of sequel, the Mariachi character (played by Carlos Gallardo) had to watch his girlfriend get killed in front of him and took a bullet in the hand.
Desperado offers the same delirious musician-on-the-warpath story, only bigger and crazier and with a little bit of stop-the violence message--a young boy who has to be rescued from the gunman's way.
Desperado also certainly isn't as profound and beautiful a film as John Boorman's Beyond Rangoon, and watching it, your better nature nags you, wishing there were more new Lubitschs to go around with all of the new Peckinpahs.
www.metroactive.com /movies/reviews/desperado.html   (1168 words)

 Bob the Angry Flower
I mention Desperado, Robert Rodriguez's 1995 awesome action movie featuring Antonio Banderas as a pistol-packin' mariachi, just in case anybody hadn't heard that Once Upon a Time in Mexico was the sequel.
Desperado is a great movie, itself a sequel/remake of Robert Rodriguez's first DIY $7000 movie, 1993's El Mariachi.
But as a total anti-hero at the center of the film, Depp is like the sun in a solar system where gravity pushes instead of pulls; that is, all the other characters are driven into the furthest reaches of the film.
angryflower.com /mexico.html   (808 words)

 DESPERADO + EL MARIACHI + DESPERADO - SPECIAL EDITION DVDs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Both El Mariachi and Desperado arrive on DVD in separate Special Edition reissues, their joint release sandwiched between the theatrical debuts of Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over and the third chapter in the El Mariachi saga, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, whose title finally puts Rodriguez's Sergio Leone fetish centre stage.
The film begins well enough, as a stranger (Steve Buscemi) strolls into a Mexican dive and recounts the tale of a mysterious, guitar-toting gunman who slaughtered the patrons of a bar in a nearby town.
Among the films depicted is Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which presently seems unlikely to appear on DVD anytime soon due to its maker's reluctance to support the fledgling format.
www.filmfreakcentral.net /dvdreviews/desperado.htm   (1130 words)

 Amazon.ca: Desperado: Video: Robert Rodriguez,Antonio Banderas,Salma Hayek,Joaquim de Almeida,Cheech Marin,Steve ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Desperado is a cross between the spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone and the action styles of say John Woo or even Tarantino himself.
Desperado will both blow you away and delight you if you like this sort of film.
Without a doubt, Desperado is the coolest movie there is. It has everything: style, substance, great characters, amazing soundtrack, and not a single boring part in the movie.
www.amazon.ca /Desperado-Robert-Rodriguez/dp/6304436394   (1478 words)

 From Dusk Till Dawn With Quentin Tarantino
It's hard to say whether Rodriguez's follow-up, Desperado, is better or worse than its predecessor, but the film's stylish swagger keeps you riveted.
But as comic-book ludicrous as it is, the film still has the structure of a spiritual journey.
Desperado has plenty of blood and flame, but it's short on brains and soul.
tarantino.m4d.com /Filmography/desperado.shtml   (613 words)

 Amazon.com: Desperado: DVD: Antonio Banderas,Salma Hayek,Joaquim de Almeida,Cheech Marin,Steve Buscemi,Carlos Gómez ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
With a bigger film budget and a well-known cast, Robert Rodriguez's "Desperado" continues the tale of the Mariachi who was forced into a life of violence.
This film from Robert Rodriguez is a non-stop thrill ride and even though it has some cheesy moments you wouldn't mind since it is a lot of fun to watch.
So the film is basicely like a modern spaghetti western with some great characters, watch out for those two desperado guys with a guitar-case machine gun and a guitar-case bazooka in a very funny scene overall I highly recommend this film to both western and action fans.
www.amazon.com /Desperado-Antonio-Banderas/dp/0800129903   (2079 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: El Mariachi / Desperado [1996]: DVD: Antonio Banderas,Salma Hayek,Joaquim de Almeida,Cheech Marin,Steve ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Desperado has been described as a 'south of the border Pulp Fiction', but this is rather misleading, as Tarantino's masterpiece should really stand alone from any other (in a direct comparison, Pulp Fiction would have to be the better film) and Desperado is in many ways unique in its style.
Desperado has to be the better one, though, being newer and having a bigger budget, and I would recommend watching the second movie before El Mariachi.
Desperados isn't a bad film, but it relies too much on slow-motion leaps through the air firing 2 guns at the same time, and all that sort of stuff.
www.amazon.co.uk /El-Mariachi-Desperado-Antonio-Banderas/dp/B00004D00H   (1846 words)

 EI > DVD > El Mariachi/Desperado Director's Double Feature (1992/1995)
Both films were made in the same town and on many of the same locations.
It seems that he is after the badguy from the first film, but that can't be, and Bucho was nowhere to be seen in the first film.
While "Desperado" lacks some of the coherence and character development of "El Mariachi" it is still a good film.
www.einsiders.com /reviews/dvd/elmariachi-desperado.php   (787 words)

 The Elmore Leonard Website   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Desperado was alright TV but the movie didn’t have the Elmore Leonard western feel of his original script.
In “Desperado outlaw wars” to dodge the prison, he tries to negotiate with the sheriff; in “Desperado badlands justice” at a mining town, fighting to some swindlers’ intrigues he’s able to establish the respect of law.
Desperado album has pleasant country ballads, vocal chorus, instrumental introductions of guitars, harmonica, banjo, characterized in the legendary western frontier with stage coaches, caravans, prairies, horses, affraies among outlaws,sheriff, cowboys.
www.elmoreleonard.com /index.php?/filmandtv/fullrecord/desperado   (1797 words)

 Desperado (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hayek's role in the film is the first starring role for a Mexican actress in a Hollywood film since Dolores del Rio in the 1940s
Desperado is actually not intended to be an official sequel, but instead the movie Rodriguez wanted to shoot had he had the budget for El Mariachi.
Due to her discomfort, when Salma Hayek's love scene was shot, all the crew members were ordered to exit from the set while only Robert (the director) and his wife shot the whole scene, even though the crewmembers were anxiously awaiting that day.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Desperado_(film)   (567 words)

 Desperado is great! A worthy Sequel
There will be no Desperado spoilers here, but I intend to speak of plot points of the previous entry into this series, El Mariachi, the events of which lead directly into this sequel.
It's high production values make it a better looking film than El Mariachi, but the gaps in story, and over dependence on violence and gore take away from what is essentially a wonderful film.
Desperado (1995) Reviewed by J.C. Maçek III who is solely responsible for his own views and for his innate desire to wear leather pants and play the maracas in Antonio's band!
www.worldsgreatestcritic.com /desperado.html   (1520 words)

 DVD.net : Desperado/El Mariachi - DVD Review
Both films are presented in anamorphic widescreen, as are the majority of Columbia transfers.
When the image does appear a little bleak or washed-out, it can be attributed to the original photography, as the film was shot very quickly (according to Rodriguez, about five times faster than a conventional action film) with a minimal crew, and weather was not always in their favour.
It's full of interesting exposition, and you won't be able to view the film the same way once you find out that two people talking to each other actually weren't even on set in the same week as the rapid shooting schedule and narrow time frames for some actors prevented it.
www.dvd.net.au /review.cgi?review_id=177   (1108 words)

 Desperado: Special Edition (1995)
Desperado appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions.
Mostly the film looked gorgeous, but it lost a few points that kept it from being absolutely top-notch.
Bass response was deep and firm throughout the film.
www.dvdmg.com /desperadose.shtml   (1736 words)

Desperado, young director Robert Rodriguez’s reworking of his very fresh, on the cheap, feature debut, El Mariachi is a two edged sword.
His technical explanations are interesting and once again as on the audio track of E l Mariachi, he explains how he made the most of his budgetary constraints, though this time at least he was in the big leagues.
This instance is especially unusual since the films were made by the same director almost immediately after one another.
www.filmsondisc.com /dvdpages/desperado.htm   (647 words)

 SELF DEFENSE FORUMS: For A Fighting Chance
A film a friend of mine once referred to as "The Adventures of the Mexican Punisher." A film that features Antonio Banderas doing what Antonio Banderas does best: staring into the camera with his smoky eyes, brushing his unkempt yet feminine locks from those eyes, passionately embracing female leads, and shooting people in the face.
That's all the motivation Antonio really needs, and all the average action film fan is going to care about, especially when the scenes that don't involve shooting are filled with lingering slow-motion shots of Salma Hyek's breasts walking down the street in front of Ms.
The film ends to the strains of the excellent Desperado soundtrack, as Antonio leaves his guitar case full of illegal automatic weaponry on the side of the road for the neighborhood children to play with.
www.selfdefenseforums.com /forums/showthread.php?t=242   (1332 words)

 BBC - h2g2 - 'El Mariachi/Desperado' on DVD
If you're interested in film-making documentaries that take a sneaky look 'behind the scenes', then you'll be interested in some of the latest films that have been released on DVD.
So in the case of film director Robert Rodriguez's El Mariachi and Desperado, now available in a DVD formatted, two-movie pack, you get the director's voice providing a retrospective commentary over the top of the actual films themselves.
Endearingly, halfway through the commentary for Desperado he confesses that he hadn't had time to complete his notes for the commentary, so the last part of the commentary is improvised, but it's none the worse for that.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/actionnetwork/A280766   (591 words)

 Heat (1995)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Don't be fooled by this though - although there is possibly the most awesome shooting scene in recent times (not including Desperado) this film is about the lives of the two main characters who remain apart for most of the film.
This film is excellent and both De Niro and Pacino act superbly in different ways.
Admittedly it is the skill in which Mann takes characters and builds them up that is the reason for seeing this film, but, if so, why are some of the female characters so flat and stereotypical.
www.film.u-net.com /Movies/Reviews/Heat2.html   (435 words)

 Once Upon A Time In Mexico
This last film is a true sequel, following the man known to his friends only as "El" (Banderas) as he seeks revenge for the death of his beloved (Hayek, seen in flashback).
Perhaps it's not an accident that this film uses the title of a famous Hong Kong film; Once Upon A Time In China and it's many sequels is one of the highest grossing series of films in that small country.
Of course, it's not a Robert Rodriquez film unless Cheech Marin and Danny Trejo are in it.
www.toto.net /kcfilms/ouatim.html   (975 words)

 SFJFF Guide - DESPERADO SQUARE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
DESPERADO SQUARE takes place in the atmosphere of a Mediterranean community of Greek Jews living in a dusty village somewhere outside of Tel Aviv, totally removed from big-city culture.
The cinema is the center for the town where various characters, all well known in the village, gather for love, fantasies, and family drama.
Inspired by a dream, the theater reopens unfolding a romantic mystery between Avram and the sultry Signora, the wife of his now-deceased brother.
www.sfjff.org /cgi-bin/sfjff_resource.pl?titleID=1832   (221 words)

 SPLICEDwire | "Desperado" review (1995) Robert Rodriguez, Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek
He does talk about casting Salma Hayek and the film's other notable stars, but he finishes up with the story of an original ending -- cut to avoid having to nitpick for censors -- that didn't fade to white just before the final shootout.
Although not every idea in the film is his own -- some action sequences owe a lot to Hong Kong martial arts king Jackie Chan, and Quentin Tarantino (who has a bit part in the film) clearly influenced the tight, bitingly clever dialogue -- Rodriguez has a complete grasp of what keeps an audience enraptured.
The camera is focused on faces for much of "Desperado." Antonio Banderas, who plays the nameless mariachi seeking revenge for the death of his lover, is so submerged in the part that the audience can read in his eyes all his character's thoughts, passion and emotion.
www.splicedonline.com /95andbefore/desperado.html   (939 words)

 The Austin Chronicle Film Listings
During its opening moments, Desperado announces itself as an action picture that demands to be watched, if not for its hyperkinetic staging and riveting fusillade of superhuman physical feats, then for its stunning choreographic vortex that sweeps all action and drama into its ever-escalating cyclone of forward progression.
By the time Desperado's opening action sequence concludes prior to the opening credits, the viewer has already lost count of all the fatalities and the film has adopted a kind of comic-book logic, humor, and vitality.
Desperado is a bust-a-gut film experience that reveals Rodriguez as both a stylist versed in the mechanics of popular storytelling and a maverick whose ingenuity guides him along a singular path.
www.austinchronicle.com /gbase/Calendar/Film?Film=oid:142643   (752 words)

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