Sound On Sight Radio #226: Director Robert Rodriguez

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Mexican-American filmmaker Robert Rodriguez burst upon the independent scene with a $7000 action film geared for the Mexican Spanish-language video market. Labelled the cheapest film ever released by a studio, El Mariachi was a fun send-up of Mexican action films, American Westerns and tough anti-hero movies informed by such auteurs as Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah. Ever since the director hasn’t stopped unleashing us with some of the best genre films of the past two decades. Today we will discuss three of the filmmakers works, Desperado, Planet Terror and his latest opus Machete.

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Playlist:

Robert Rodriguez – Planet Terror Theme Song

The Coasters – Down In Mexico

Link Wray – Jack The Ripper


4 Comments
  1. Drew says

    Thanks for the track guys. One thing I wanted to add to your conversation on Desperado, that about this era with Desperado in ’95, Broken Arrow and The Rock in ’96, that these three films, probabley more than any other in recent memory, changed the way cinema looked, with the glossy sexy cinematography, constantly moving cameras and over-the-top action sequences. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that with Desperado Rodriguez helped define the way movies looked for the next decade.

  2. Jason says

    Rodriguez has always been into films for kids. His popular short film he made in college, Bedhead, won numerous awards in film festivals and was a short film geared towards kids. It’s not going out of his comfort zone. It’s his two favorite genres, Action and family films.

  3. Dan says

    If only the guy would stop his strange affection for children’s movies (because the ones he makes aren’t very good) and concentrate on his intepretation of A-budget B-pictures, I’d be very happy indeed. He’s made some of the my favourite films of all time and remains one of my most favoured directors to listen to when they’re talking about films.

    1. Chris says

      IDK, I find something special about a director going out of his comfort zone. In previous interviews, Rodriquez made it known that he loves his kids and explored a lot of his creativity as a kid. So making movies such as Spy Kids and Shorts doesn’t seem like a stretch for him. Seems like he wanted his kids apart of the movie process, and wanted to make movies for kids. Your kids are young only for a short while, so I can see him wanting to make these films more recently. I don’t know the guy, but I could relate in a way. It’s cool to explore new genres as an artist. Just as long as he does keep creating those A-budget B films, I’m cool with it.

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