Rod-Tino Tuesday Preparation!

Hello everyone!  Well, MC Tuesday is going on hiatus until the next major MCU movie.  MC Tuesday is fun, but I do not feel the need to talk it into the ground.  I want to explore other interests.  I’m nerdy about so many things, why limit myself?  So after pondering over a few ideas, I decided to discuss two of my favorite writers/directors/producers.  So ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to Rod-Tino Tuesdays.

What’s Rod-Tino Tuesday?


I’m glad you asked.  Every Tuesday, I will discuss a movie directed by Quentin Tarantino or Robert Rodriguez.  They have written and produced many films that will not be on this list.  The director duty made it easier for me to narrow down a list of movies.  So, each week, I will alternate between the directors, discussing their movies.  I will list the movies later in this post.  Instead of going in chronological order, I will choose a movie using a random number generator.

Grindhouse Homage


Tarantino and Rodriguez often put a modern spin on movies from the Grindhouse era.  If you do not know, Grindhouse movies are movies that are exploitative in nature.  They were extremely popular in the 1970s and get their name for the grindhouse theatres, converted burlesque establishments where the movies were featured.  These movies are usually considered “offensive”.  They are overly sexualized and violent movies.  Some examples from that era include Night of the Living Dead, I Spit on Your Grave, Blacula, and Pink Flamingos.

Why these two?


I often sing the praises of JJ Abrams and Joss Whedon.  But it’s Tarantino and Rodriguez who are responsible for many of my favorite movies.  They have taken the spirit and look of Grindhouse and brought it to a modern audience who may have never seen Coffy or the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  The way they shoot, direct, and edit the movies gives them a gritty, unapologetic feel (although, Tarantino goes too far in some of his later work.  I will explain that when we watch those films).

The List

Below is the list of movies I will watch.  Shorts, TV movies, television episodes, documentaries, and kiddy movies are not included (Rodriguez directed the Spy Kids movies and Sharkboy and Lava Girl).  What’s left is below:


  1. El Mariachi
  2. Desperado
  3. Four Rooms-The Misbehaviors
  4. From Dusk til Dawn
  5. The Faculty
  6. Once Upon a Time in Mexico
  7. Sin City
  8. Planet Terror
  9. Machete
  10. Machete Kills
  11. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For


  1. Reservoir Dogs
  2. Pulp Fiction
  3. Four Rooms-The Man From Hollywood
  4. Jackie Brown
  5. Kill Bill vol. 1
  6. Kill Bill vol. 2
  7. Death Proof
  8. Inglorious Bastards
  9. Django Unchained
  10. The Hateful Eight

Four Rooms is on the list twice because of they both directed a segment.  I almost eliminated it from the list, but the segments are so good that I’m keeping them.

Up First


We are starting out with a bang!  The first movie is 1996’s From Dusk til Dawn.  Though Tarantino has a hand in writing the movie (not to mention he’s a co-star), it is directed by Robert Rodriguez.  I cannot wait!

Wrapping it up

Well, I hope you’re ready for Rod-Tino Tuesday!  I’m excited to re-live every moment of these movies.  I hope you will join me on this journey.  It’s going to be a fun ride!

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