Tag Archives: Robert Rodriguez

Alita: Battle Angel

HER TIME IS NOW. In 2563, Earth has been devastated; scientist Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) finds a female cyborg in the junkyard, gives her a new body and learns that she has great powers. This 3D adaptation of the Japanese manga series was long in the making, but the final result is worth a look. … Continue reading Alita: Battle Angel

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

This sequel took nine years to make and once again Robert Rodriguez collaborated closely with Frank Miller to create a nightmarish comic-book visual style – but neither critics nor audiences seemed to care. Just as episodic as the original, with Miller contributing two fresh stories, but several of the old characters return. Josh Brolin replaces … Continue reading Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Machete

HE KNOWS THE SCORE. HE GETS THE WOMEN. AND HE KILLS THE BAD GUYS! A Texas businessman (Jeff Fahey) hires a Mexican worker, Machete, (Danny Trejo) to kill a corrupt State Senator (Robert De Niro), but he doesn’t know that Machete is a former federal agent with a violent past… Robert Rodriguez developed one of … Continue reading Machete

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

LITTLE SPIES. BIG ATTITUDES. Carmen and Juni (Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara), now fully trained agents, face competition from two other spy kids as well as their father who is secretly plotting to steal the Transmooker, a powerful device. Families flocked to the first one, and they liked the sequel too. Robert Rodriguez has a huge … Continue reading Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

Spy Kids

REAL SPIES… ONLY SMALLER. Two retired spies (Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino), who are now married and raising two kids (Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara), are suddenly called back to action – and the children end up in danger. A surprisingly family-friendly adventure from Robert Rodriguez who gets a lot of help in the charm department by … Continue reading Spy Kids

Planet Terror

FULLY LOADED. A deadly biochemical agent is released into the air, turning its victims into zombies; a group of survivors in Texas try to save themselves. Director Robert Rodriguez’s homage to old 1970s sleaze flicks certainly looks like one (there’s even a reel “missing”!) and goes very nicely together with Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof. This film may … Continue reading Planet Terror

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

THE TIME HAS COME. The third part of the trilogy that began with El Mariachi (1992) sees the guitar-playing desperado (Antonio Banderas) lured out of retirement to stop a Mexican general from overthrowing the President after his decision to destroy a drug cartel. Director Robert Rodriguez does his best to entertain us in lieu of … Continue reading Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Sin City

THERE IS NO JUSTICE WITHOUT SIN. This adaptation of a graphic novel is a first in the way that the creator actively worked with the director on the visual style of the film. There are four stories, all set in the rainy, dark and unforgiving place called Basin City. Everything is so grim-looking, so noir, … Continue reading Sin City

Four Rooms

TWELVE OUTRAGEOUS GUESTS. FOUR SCANDALOUS REQUESTS. AND ONE LONE BELLHOP, IN HIS FIRST DAY ON THE JOB, WHO’S IN FOR THE WILDEST NEW YEAR’S EVE OF HIS LIFE.  Bellboy Ted (Tim Roth) works on New Year’s Eve and has to deal with a bunch of witches, an odd married couple, two young troublemakers and, lastly, … Continue reading Four Rooms

From Dusk Till Dawn

VAMPIRES. NO INTERVIEWS.  Bank-robbing brothers Seth and Richie Gecko (George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino) are trying to make it to Mexico, taking preacher Jacob Fuller’s (Harvey Keitel) family hostage in the process; what they’re not counting on though is vampires. It sounds like a great idea, and some of Robert Rodriguez/Tarantino’s fans ate it up, but … Continue reading From Dusk Till Dawn