Predators

  • Directors:
  • Producers: Robert Rodriguez, Elizabeth Avellan
  • Writers: Michael Finch, Alex Litvak
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Laurence Fishburne, Danny Trejo, Walton Goggins, Oleg Taktarov, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Louis Ozawa Changchien

The film follows a mercenary named Royce who is abducted by alien creatures known as the Predators. He is released onto an alien planet—which acts as a game reserve—along with seven other humans, who with the exception of a disgraced physician, are all cold-blooded killers consisting of mercenaries and convicts. Royce reluctantly leads the group of elite warriors as they come to realize they have been brought together to this planet as prey for a new breed of Predator.[3] While battling to survive against these creatures, they come across an American soldier known as Noland who was brought to the planet years ago as game, but has managed to survive by hiding from the Predators in a cave. Noland reveals that the Predators have been hunting humans by dropping them on this planet for many years. [4]

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

  • Directors: Robert Rodriguez
  • Producers: Robert Rodriguez, Elizabeth Avellan, Carlos Gallardo
  • Writers: Robert Rodriguez
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Western
  • Actors: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp, Mickey Rourke, Eva Mendes, Danny Trejo, Enrique Iglesias, Marco Leonardi, Cheech Marin, Julio Oscar Mechoso, Tito Larriva, and Willem Dafoe

The plot centers on El Mariachi (Banderas), who is recruited by CIA Agent Sands (Depp) to kill General Marquez. Marquez had murdered El Mariachi’s wife Carolina (Hayek) and child and has been hired by Mexican drug lord Armando Barillo to assassinate the Mexican President. Sands wants El Mariachi to kill Marquez after Marquez has killed the President. Sands recruits retired FBI Agent Jorge Ramirez to kill Barillo, as Barillo had been responsible for the death of Ramirez’s partner, Agent Archuleta. Sands also hires AFN Agent Ajedrez to tail Barillo.

As the plot unfolds, Cucuy and informants begin to turn on El Mariachi and Sands. On the day of the coup against the President, Sands is captured, tortured, and blinded; his eyes having been drilled out by his captors after Ajedrez reveals herself to be Barillo’s daughter. With the help of a young gum-selling boy, however, he manages to exact his revenge. Meanwhile, El Mariachi recruits his two friends, Lorenzo and Fideo, to assist him in rescuing the President. Much like Quino and Campa from Desperado, Lorenzo and Fideo also wield weapon guitar cases; in this case, Lorenzo wields a flame thrower, while Fideo has an RC Remote Bomb, which are able to destroy heavy armored vehicles. El Mariachi kills Marquez by shooting both his kneecaps and then shooting him in the head, avenging his lost wife and daughter, and goes on to assist Ramirez in killing Barillo – who falls off a balcony when El Mariachi shoots him with a lupara.

The movie ends with El Mariachi walking on a desert road into the sunset.

Shorts

  • Directors: Robert Rodriguez
  • Producers: Robert Rodriguez
  • Writers: Robert Rodriguez
  • Genres: Family
  • Actors: Jimmy Bennett, Kat Dennings, Trevor Gagnon, Jon Cryer, Leslie Mann, William H Macy, James Spader

Chaos hits a uniformly “perfect” family neighborhood when an 11-year-old boy finds a rainbow-colored rock that grants wishes to anyone who holds it.[2]

From Dusk Till Dawn

  • Directors: Robert Rodriguez
  • Producers: Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, Lawrence Bender
  • Writers: Story, Robert Kurtzman, Screenplay, Quentin Tarantino
  • Genres: Action, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Quentin Tarantino, Juliette Lewis, Ernest Liu, Fred Williamson, Tom Savini, Cheech Marin, Salma Hayek

Fugitive bank robbers and brothers Seth (George Clooney) and Richie Gecko (Quentin Tarantino) are fleeing the F.B.I. and Texas police. During the first few minutes of the film, they hold up and then destroy a liquor store and kill the clerk, a cop and a witness. They then take a hostage, whom Richie later rapes and murders (offscreen).

The Fuller family — Jacob (Harvey Keitel), the father and a pastor who is experiencing a crisis of faith; his son Scott (Ernest Liu); and daughter Kate (Juliette Lewis) — are on a vacation in their RV. They stop at a motel and are promptly kidnapped by the Geckos, who force the Fullers to smuggle them past the Mexican border. Seth and Jacob make an uneasy truce: if the Geckos can make it past the border, Jacob and his family will come out of the ordeal unharmed. They succeed and arrive at the “Titty Twister”, a strip club in the middle of a desolate part of Mexico, where the Geckos will be met by their contact Carlos (Cheech Marin) at dawn. The Geckos demand that the Fullers have a drink with them before leaving, despite Kate’s obvious discomfort.

Soon after entering the club, chaos ensues as the employees and strippers are all revealed to be vampires. Most of the patrons are quickly killed, and Richie is bitten by the star stripper, Santanico Pandemonium (Salma Hayek), and bleeds to death. Only Seth, Jacob, Kate, Scott, a biker named Sex Machine (Tom Savini) and Frost (Fred Williamson), a Vietnam War veteran, survive the attack. The slain patrons — including Richie — then come back to life as vampires, forcing Seth to kill his own brother.

Kate asks Seth if she can go with him, but he rebuffs her. She (in the RV) and Seth (with Carlos) go their separate ways after Seth gives Kate some cash. As they leave, the camera pans back to reveal that the “Titty Twister” was actually the top of a buried ancient Aztec temple, presumably the home of vampires for centuries, and that hundreds of trucks and bikes have been toppled down the side of the cliff.

Spy Kids 3 D Game Over

  • Directors: Robert Rodriguez
  • Producers: Robert Rodriguez, Elizabeth Avellan, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein
  • Writers: Robert Rodriguez
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Sylvester Stallone, George Clooney, Selena Gomez

Before the movie begins, Fegan Floop (Alan Cumming) reminds the audience the safety of the movie in 3-D and urges them to take off their 3-D glasses immediately and put them on when instructed, and the movie begins.

Juni Cortez, ex-agent for the O.S.S., gets called in to help when his sister, Carmen, is in trouble. She had gone into the new video game, Game Over, to shut it down before the Toymaker, creator of the game, could use it to control the minds of the kids who played it. When he arrives in the game, Juni has a rough time of it, losing most of the precious time he needed to shut down the game. He meets three beta-testers – Rez, Francis, and Arnold – who, when asked to help him get to Level 2, send him instead to the moon, and Robo Con, where they believe he’ll get a “Game Over”.

Once on the moon, Juni receives a life line from the O.S.S. He gets to pick someone to come into the game to help him. Eagerly, he chooses his grandfather, who had been hunting the Toymaker. After receiving “Mega Legs”, his grandfather disappears, saying he’ll catch up to Juni later. Meanwhile, it is revealed that the Toymaker was the one holding Carmen hostage in the game.

Back in the real world, Rez, Francis and Arnold are tracked down, and turn out to be nothing like they were in the game. Juni’s grandfather admits to letting the Toymaker out of the game, and he wreaks havoc with monsters from his game that can only be seen with the glasses used to enter the game. Everyone arrives to help take down the monsters. Juni’s grandfather confronts the Toymaker, and reveals that he had only been looking for him so he could forgive him for putting him in the wheelchair. The Toymaker surrenders, and becomes part of the Cortez Clan.

Spy Kids

  • Directors: Robert Rodriguez
  • Producers: Elizabeth Avellan, Robert Rodriguez
  • Writers: Robert Rodriguez
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alan Cumming, Teri Hatcher, Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, with Robert Patrick, and Tony Shalhoub, Alexa Vega, as Carmen, Daryl Sabara, as Juni, George Clooney

Carmen and Juni Cortez live with what they think are boring parents. One night, Carmen asks her mother Ingrid to tell her a story, and with Juni listening, Ingrid recounts the tale of two spies, who though they are on opposing sides and originally supposed to kill each other, end up falling in love and getting married instead. What Carmen and Juni don’t know is that this is the true story of their parents Gregorio and Ingrid. The newly married couple makes a big decision. They retire from the OSS (Official Strategic Service), the spy organization they were working for, to raise their family.

Ten years later, the family is facing some problems. Carmen enjoys tormenting her younger brother, who does not have many friends. In fact, the only enjoyment in his life comes from watching “Floop’s Fooglies”, a children’s TV show starring a man named Fegan Floop, his sidekick Alexander Minion, and strange, humanoid Fooglies that speak in gibberish. Ingrid longs to return to spy work, while Gregorio just wants everyone to be happy.

Trouble begins when Gregorio is called in on a mission to locate some OSS Agents that have gone missing. The latest disappearance was that of Donnagon Giggles, an old fellow agent. The next morning, as Juni watches Floop’s show, the strange host introduces a new Fooglie character- “Donnamight.” Gregorio and Ingrid become suspicious when they realize that the strange character resembles Donnagon. The camera reveals that Floop is actually working for a villain named Mr. Lisp, and was paid quite a lot of money to develop an army to take over the world. Lisp is unhappy with the Fooglies, and is prepared to cut all funding for the project. Floop and Minion quickly present their latest idea – the Spy Kids, child-sized robots that have the athletic prowess and intelligence of the world’s best spies. Unfortunately, the robots are currently brainless- but Floop does have a plan…

Floop realizes that the Third Brain has already been copied and ingrained into every Spy Kid’s head, and runs off to try to reverse the process before they can leave the castle. The Cortez’s team up in the main room and prepare to fight Lisp, Gradenko (with burnt hair from the last encounter with Juni and Carmen), and even Minion, who now has four heads and three hands on each arm. Minion summons the Spy Kids, and the family prepares to fight, even Machete, who appears at the last minute to provide support. Floop is suddenly struck with inspiration thanks to Juni’s words. The Spy Kids are programmed to do only evil deeds… so he changes their understanding of right and wrong. The newly happy robots play by tossing Minion, Lisp, and unfortunately Gradenko into the air, and, after watching, the whole family returns home. In the end, Floop uses the Carmen and Juni robots on his show, which prove to be just what it needs, and the chief of the OSS, Devlin (George Clooney in an obvious cameo), summons Carmen and Juni to another mission. The final quote of the story is “Spywork, that’s easy. Keeping a family together, that’s difficult. And that’s the mission worth fighting for.”

Sin City

  • Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Special Guest Director, Quentin Tarantino
  • Producers: Elizabeth Avellan, Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez
  • Writers: Frank Miller
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Jessica Alba, Benicio del Toro, Brittany Murphy, Elijah Wood, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Michael Clarke Duncan, Alexis Bledel, Powers Boothe, Michael Madsen, Josh Hartnett, Devon Aoki, Carla Gugino, Rutger Hauer, Marley Shelton

In a penthouse on the roof of a skyscraper overlooking Basin City, a fancy party is in progress. A woman (Marley Shelton), dressed in a red evening gown, is alone on the balcony. A man (Josh Hartnett), who is narrating, walks up behind her and offers her a cigarette. They exchange some small talk, he tells her that he sees in her eyes a “crazy calm”, of someone who is tired of running, but doesn’t want to face her problems alone. He tells her that he will save her, and take her far away. They kiss, then he shoots her. She dies in his arms. He says that he does not know who she was running from, but will “cash her check in the morning.”

In the DVD commentary, Frank Miller explains that the victim in this story (the Customer of the title) is actually committing suicide. The unnamed woman had dated a mobster, and when she tried to break it off, he said that he would kill her in the most terrible way possible. She then used her connections to hire a hitman (known as the Salesman) to provide her with a quick death.

On the docks of Sin City, aging police officer John Hartigan (Bruce Willis) is attempting to stop serial child murderer Roark Junior (Nick Stahl) from raping and killing 11-year-old Nancy Callahan (Makenzie Vega). Junior is the son of the powerful Senator Roark (Powers Boothe), who has paid off many police to cover up his son’s crimes, including Hartigan’s partner Bob (Michael Madsen). Bob tries to convince Hartigan to walk away, and appears to succeed, but Hartigan sucker-punches him, knocking him out cold. Hartigan then makes his way into a warehouse, knocking unconscious two local criminals. Junior is inside with the frightened Nancy and two armed henchmen, who are making sure that Junior and Nancy “get along” before leaving them alone. Hartigan shoots and kills the henchmen, but Junior shoots Hartigan in the shoulder, grabs Nancy and runs out to the docks. Hartigan catches up to Junior and shoots off his ear, causing him to drop Nancy. He then shoots off Junior’s hand and genitals, before being shot in the back several times by Bob, who has recovered. Bob tells Hartigan to stay down, but Hartigan knows he must buy time for backup to arrive (as Bob will kill Nancy if they are alone) so he tries to pull his reserve gun, causing Bob to shoot him several more times. As the sirens approach, Hartigan lapses into unconsciousness knowing that Nancy is safe, justifying himself with the words “An old man dies, a little girl lives; fair trade.”

An injured Becky departs from a hospital, talking on a cell phone with her mother. While riding in the elevator, she is met by the Salesman. Stunned, Becky hangs up the phone. The Salesman offers Becky a cigarette, implying that he was going to kill her, since he also offered the customer from Act 1 a cigarette, but it cuts to black before anything is done.