Okay, having seen El Mariachi and become thoroughly familiar with the story of its making, I felt like it was time to rewatch Desperado. I guess it's technically a sequel, although it's a lot closer to a remake. It's not quite Evil Dead 2, but it's in the neighborhood. Like, the first scene takes place in the same bar that got shot up in El Mariachi, except that there's a lot more money for lighting, special effects, squibs, and actors.
The actors make the main difference. It turns out that putting Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek in a movie dramatically raises the attractiveness level of a movie. Also, I strongly suspect Robert Rodriguez of having watched a couple of John Woo films right before choreographing the gunfights. Naturally, I approve of this.