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Five Favorite Robert Rodriguez Movies


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Tonight at 8 and 10:30 p.m. ET we are showing “Sin City,” a film that Robert Rodriguez co-directed with Frank Miller, who created the graphic novel. After the two collaborators developed and shot the opening scene of the movie with a unique green-screen process meant to recreate the stark, black-and-white look of the books, the Director’s Guild refused to let Miller co-direct. So Rodriguez quit the Guild to work with Miller, a bold and also admirable move, which is one of the things we love about him. The other thing we love about him is that he’s a filmmaker whose highest aspiration seems to be to make violent trashy camp movies. And who doesn’t love that? Plus, have you seen the poster for “Machete Kills” There’s no way not to love a director who approves that idea. Bet you know where this is going, don’t you? That’s right, a list.

Here are five of our favorite Robert Rodriguez films:

1. “El Mariachi”

Shot for $7,000, with a mainly amateur cast, in a small Mexican bordertown, the film was destined for the Mexican DVD market, but instead introduced the young filmmaker Robert Rodriguez to the world. The film stars Carlos Gallardo as a young mariachi who kills four men in self defense, which sets off a series of unfortunate events that unleashes El Mariachi.

2. “Desperado”

Desperado is the sequel to “El Mariachi” and the third in the Mexico Trilogy (the third being “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”). The film stars Antonio Banderas as the former mariachi seeking revenge on Bucho, the drug lord who killed his lover, Salma Hayek as a new love interest, and Danny Trejos as the assassin Navajas.

3. “Sin City”

Ripped from the pages of Miller’s graphic novel, “Sin City” is the dark tale of a town with no pity, no mercy, and not much daylight. It’s one of those movies that leave you wanting more and finally there are rumors that more might be on its way. Yep, “Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For” is coming and we couldn’t be more excited.

4. “From Dusk Till Dawn”

It’s no secret that we love this vampire flick starring Quentin Tarantino, George Clooney, Harvey Keitel and, of course, Salma Hayek. In fact, we’re showing it on Sunday at 8:45 p.m. ET.

5. “Machete”

Fact: Danny Trejo is one scary mofo. Even though the “Machete” character originated in a so-called kids’ movie “Spy Kids” (which we also love, but, you know, choices) Trejo was still completely frighteningly awesome.That the film is an expansion of a fake trailer that was released together with Rodriguez’s and Quentin Tarantino’s 2007 “Grindhouse,” just makes it all some sort of meta in-joke, which makes us like it even more.

“Sin City” airs at 8 and 10:30 p.m. ET

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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