Montreal Film Journal


Bedhead 60
[ An amusing B&W short about a young girl who's always at odds with her older brother. When a hard hit on the head gives her telekinetic powers, she uses them to get back at him and his damn "bed-head"! Written, directed, shot, edited and scored by Rodriguex, with his siblings playing all the characters, this is a cute little home movie as well as a teaser for all the future RR trademarks: daredevil camerawork, irreverent humor and boundless energy. ]

El Mariachi 69
[ This is basically "A Fistful of Dollars" with machine guns, with Carlos Gallardo starring as a down-on-his-luck Mariachi With No Name who finds himself stuck in the middle of an all-out gang war in Mexico. With only 7000$ and 14 days to shoot, Rodriguez put together a fast and furious urban Western, with unexpected poetically brutal dream sequences and genuinely exciting chases and shoot-outs. Rodriguez is a virtuoso with the camera and he knows how to edit and score action for maximum effect, and this cheap little flick in Spanish is as good as a lot of expensive Hollywood blockbusters. ]

Desperado 67
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The Misbehavers 65
( Rodriguez' contribution to Four Rooms)
[ Bellhop Ted has to baby-sit the children of a Latino macho stud and his charming wife. The thing is, those kids are trouble-makers and let's just say that all hell breaks loose. This is hilarious, fast-paced and totally entertaining. Tim Roth is at his best, Antonio Banderas is extremely cool as the father and we get to see Salma Hayek dancing in a leopard bikini! This is like a Looney Tunes cartoon brought to life. ]

From Dusk Till Dawn 91
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The Faculty 56
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Spy Kids 66
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Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 63
[ A few minutes into this second film of the all-ages franchise I thought, whoa, this looks damn cool for a kiddie flick! Well of course it does, it's directed by Rodriguez, he who can craft wonders with little money and almost all by himself! Think about it, his film is as impressive and action-packed as George Lucas' "Attack of the Clones" yet it cost five times less! "Spy Kids 2" is all over the place and the plot makes absolutely no sense, multiplying characters, extravagant locations and goofy creatures into one big colorful mess, but it's all in harmless fun and in the midst of all the craziness, Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara manage to hold the film together as the adorably badass Carmen and Juni. ]

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 34
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Once Upon a Time in Mexico 71
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Frank Miller's Sin City 92
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The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl in 3-D
[ I reckon the title says it all. Maybe I'll check it out on DVD. Or not. ]

Planet Terror 49
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[ Another one for the kids. Maybe I'll check it out on DVD. Or not. ]

Machete 72
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NEXT: SPY KIDS 4 (2011)