Are you a Mexican or a Mexi-can’t? Robert Rodriguez has taken flack in recent years for churning out some cheap and lacklustre sequels, but he was once one of the hottest young directors in Hollywood. We decided it was time to take a trip back to the early ’90s and the revisit his role in the independent film revolution. On this episode we cover his directorial debut El Mariachi and the acclaimed follow-up Desperado as well as the horror films From Dusk Till Dawn and The Faculty, before ending with the conclusion to the Mariachi trilogy, Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Discussion topics include the charms and limitations of low budget filmmaking, the influence and partnership of Quentin Tarantino, Rodriguez’s struggles with Hollywood unions, and Frank’s special relationship with several of these films. Is Desperado a remake or a sequel? Does El Mariachi end with the reveal of a mechanical hand? Did the digital revolution kill Robert Rodriguez’s career? Download this month’s premium podcast below… it’s guaranteed to jack you up!
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