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[the following is a translation of this older article]
The more I see movies by Robert Rodriguez, the more I believe that his work is not “original”, but the constant tribute of a fan to his favorite genres and directors. Rodriguez the fan, the passionate movie maker who searches for the emotions of his dreaming young self; I may be wrong, but an example, from my point of view, is recognizable in Predators, third installment of the saga started in 1987 with that milestone of the action genre by John McTiernann, starring Schwarzenegger, and a good sequel in 1993, starring Glover. Rodriguez, who was going to be the director, is actually “just” the producer, but many elements of the movie are clearly an homage to the first movie: the jungle set, the prey building traps, even the end titles on Little Richard’s Long Tall Sally.
A more accurate example is the interesting experiment of Sin City. Rodrigue himself stated that he do not wanted to make a cinematic adaptation of the comic books by Miller, transporting instead the comic on the screen as it is. The complete title is in fact Frank Miller’s Sin City, not a “version” made by Rodriguez; the effort to translate almost every scene in the same visual aspect of the comic book, with strong black-and-white contrast and use of lights and shadows to express not only the atmosphere of noir movies of the Forties, but also the turbulent emotions of the characters, is a worth effort. Rodriguez knew it was the only way to make a movie out of a comic where the story is told by graphic even more than by text.
In the latter years, many movies are reprising the B-movie style, mostly due to the contribution of Rodriguez with his Planet Terror and Machete, combining the visual imperfections of exploitation movies from the Seventies and the Eighties with modern day special effects. Rodriguez’s cooperation with Tarantino on the “double feature” Grindhouse (filming Death Proof in the same manner) boosted the renewed interest for this genre; their collaboration, dating back to Desperado, is now a simbiosis: Machete itself came out of a series of fake trailers they made for Grindhouse.
From this point of view, maybe the most original movie filmed by Rodriguez is his first one, El Mariachi. This is not a negative point, indeed it confirms how early he setted the basis for his own cinema, a very personal interpretation of his passions. Because the first glimpse of Rodriguez’s career dates back to a 12-year-old boy who, watching John Carpenter’s Escape from New York, said to a friend “I will do that. I’m gonna make movies” (source: IMDB). By the way, did I mention the fact that Robert Rodriguez plays his own music in his movies, just like Carpenter?
The following text is the introduction to the game “Hexen”, in the PS1 version (see the video above). I listened to it so many times, I tried to write it down. Then I found the correct text on the internet and checked it. Here are my draft and the actual text, with my errors and voids in evidence.
«Suspended within the fabric of Time and Space lies the Realm of the Chaos Sphere. […] the Serpent Riders, masters of the Sphere, have traveled the dimensions sowing (?) destruction. D’Sparil is dead. Korax, the second Rider, traveled to another world: the world of Hexen. Hexen, a world where […] has spawned corruption. Three powers rule as one in unholy trinity […]: the warlord Zedek, high captain of the Legion, he was judge and jury to all the people of Hexen; Traductus of the Church, holds their souls in captivity; and Menelkir, the sacrum master of the Arcanum, […] to spread fear and weakness among all their subjects. […] Today they will trade their […] powers with Korax […]. From the ranks of corruption, three heroes emerged […]: the destruction of the masters they once served. Their names will become a thing of legend. Baratus, Daedolon and Parias, must heal the world of Hexen for all time. […]».
«Suspended within the fabric of time and space lies the realm of the Chaos Sphere. For eons the Serpent Riders, masters of the sphere, have travelled the dimensions sowing destruction. D’Sparil is dead. Korax, the second rider, threatens another world: the world of Hexen. Hexen, a world where magic’s legacy has spawned corruption. Three powers rule as one unholy trinity, each led by a single man. The warlord Zedek, High Captain of the Legion is both judge and jury to all the peoples of Hexen. Traductus of the Church holds their souls in captivity… and Menelkir, the subtle master of the arcane, weaves his unholy magic to spread fear and weakness amongst all of their subjects. Restless in an uneasy alliance, these twisted leaders rule a twisted land, crushing absolutely all who would dare to oppose them. Today they will trade their worldly power with Korak for the dark gift of un-life and a mastery of forces more terrible than even their depraved minds could ever imagine. From the ranks of corruption, three heroes emerged, fighting for a single course: the destruction of the masters they once served. Their names will become a thing of legend. Baratus, Daedolon and Parias must heal the world of Hexen, for all time. The world must undergo a testing. A journey must begin.»
Ian Fraser Kilmister was born today in 1945. So now he is SEVENTY. And still roaring through the world. Happy birthday, god!
And one dirty joke:
Uaoh, li ho appena visti sfrecciare fuori dalla mia finestra! 😀
Io comunque sto ancora aspettando le auto volanti. Vero è che mio padre mi disse che non ci sarebbero state, ma sapete com’è, la speranza è l’ultima a morire 😀
I’m still waiting for flying cars. My father told me that would not be possible, but you know, hope is the last to die 😀
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