Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, the fourth installment in Rodriguez’ franchise, hits theaters today. Why? I have no idea! Rodriguez has set up his own (Troublemaker) studio and put himself in a position to do whatever he wants in film. He enjoys his kids and likes making movies with and for them. But I prefer when he makes films for me… good films… films that kick ass.
So, in case any of you have forgotten how good this standout director from the 90′s Indie film movement is, I thought I’d break down his best work. Here they are (in order):
HONORABLE MENTION: 10 MINUTE FILM & COOKING SCHOOLS.
Rodriguez found fame in the 90′s for his debut feature action film: El Mariachi. He got this recognition for making the film for under 8,ooo dollars. He did this by using what he calls guerilla filmmaking. The greatest thing about owning a Rodriguez DVD is that the extras typically include a 10 Minute Film School, where RobRod breaks down how he still uses these cost saving techniques to achieve big budget results. If you don’t want to be a filmmaker, or have any interest in that sort of thing, check out his 10 Minute Cooking Schools where RobRod shows you how to make mouth watering Mexican dishes at home. Great stuff!!!
5. THE FACULTY.
People tend to love or hate this film. For me, it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure. RobRod steals from many Horror classics for this film which is probably best described as a modern interpretation of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
4. FOUR ROOMS.
This is what M.I.L.F.’s own Jason Soto likes to call an anthology film. It features four different stories, each written and directed by a different director, that are all set in hotel and tied together by a kooky bellboy played by Tim Roth. Normally, since it is a collective work, I would exclude it from a list like this. However, RobRod’s tale, The Misbehavers, is BY FAR the strongest of the group. For that, it earns a spot.
After finding success at Sundance with El Mariachi, Hollywood was quick to suggest a remake with real stars and a big budget. RobRod took the opportunity to make a quazi-sequel that also works as a stand alone film. This is one of my favorite shoot-em-ups you can find out there and cemented Antonio Banderas as an action star.
2. SIN CITY.
RobRod flipped the bird to the Directors Guild on this one and chose to co-direct the film with the writer of the source material: Frank Miller. A man who was skeptical about letting Hollywood get their grubby little hands on his work. The great thing about this film is that it proved a literal adaptation of a comic book could work as RobRod literally reproduced the book’s images on the big screen. No doubt having a large influence on films like The Watchmen. It’s greatest success though was the visual style which is still stunning. When am I going to get that long gestating sequel?
1. FROM DUSK TILL DAWN.
My favorite Vampire movie HANDS DOWN. An interesting film, that finds a lot of it’s success from coming out of the mind of Quenin Tarantino. Part Heist film, part Monster flick, this film is just plain fun to watch… it also gave us George Clooney in his first starring role in film!