In the mid-90's, a slew of amazing independent directors stormed Hollywood: Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino, Abel Ferrara, Bryan Singer, and Robert Rodriguez were all catapulted into stardom with their brash language and iconoclastic concepts. Robert Rodriguez, in particular, took his $7,000 movie El Mariachi and turned it into a cult trilogy worth over $125,000,000. The second film in the series, Desperado, is probably the best of the bunch with its cast of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, Steve Buscemi, Quentin Tarantino, and Danny Trejo. In Desperado, the character of El Mariachi totes around a guitar case filled with guns as he seeks revenge on the man responsible for killing his lover. The film is romantic, brutal, funny, and intense. The gunfights are unrealistic and yet top notch, and the storytelling throughout the movie is vivid and memorable. Also watch the finale of El's story, Once Upon A Time In Mexico.