On "El Mariachi's" defense, it's a 90 minute action film, shot on color film stock, and with sound.....FOR 7,000 DOLLARS! I went to school with film students that spent at least 3 times as much on 10 minute short films that were hardly memorable. I think that El Mariachi gained most of it's attention on how little it cost to make it. People thought that if Robert Rodriguez can make El Mariachi with 7 grand, imagine what he can do with 7 million....and that's where "Desperado" comes in. When I see film students spending crazy money on short films, it's easy for me to be inspired by a movie like El Mariachi. However, it wouldn't make my top 10 movies of the 90's.