Grindhouse (Grindhouse: Double Feature) (Grind House) Reviews
planet terror - to over the top with stupid ways of killing people (leg gun)
death proof - the better of the 2, but so boring its unbelievable. the car chase scenes dragged to much.
The first "feature," "Planet Terror," is a quintessential zombies vs. the world short flick. The humor (if you call it that, I do) is pitch black. Even the sex scene has its moments e.g. the "stump" rising in the air. Tarentino, in his cameo, has gets some of the great lines, of which this one is representative: "I've seen me a lot of weird sh*t in my day, but I ain't never seen a one-legged stripper. I seen me a stripper with one breast. And I seen me a stripper with twelve toes. I've even seen me a stripper with no brains at all, but I ain't never seen a one-legged stripper. And I've been to Morocco." The character to watch in this first segment is Cherry (Rose McGowan from "Charmed").
After another great round of short previews (how'd he get Nicholas Cage to do that?) it's time for the second feature, "Death Proof," a tale of a psychotic, road-based killer of women. It's a cat and mouse story. And, eventually, some of the mice get pissed off.
One of the treats in watching a Tarentino flick is in the multitudinous number of homage elements to other movies in general, and Tarentino films in particular. For example, in the second part of "Death Proof" when the women are sitting around the table talking about Zoe's superior physical skills, it's interesting because the Zoe character is played by the actress who was the stuntwoman for Uma Thurman in the "Kill Bill" films. (She does her own very good stunts in this flick too.) This gives the film great rewatch value for movie buffs. Kirt Russell's sweet smile to the camera before he gets in his car (as main character "Stuntman Mike") and goes about the business of what he does is just another genius moment in marrying great direction and wise casting. Another aspect of the superior writing is the way this second feature is inserted into the first in the hospital scenes, but at an earlier time in the first story's timeline. Finally, one of Tarentino's great writing strengths is in generating quirky, quick, and interesting dialogue between two characters. The second feature has less splatter and more chatter, and it's good stuff.
And, as always with Tarentino/Rodriguez films, the music is excellent.
I hope Robert Rodriguez and Quintin Tarantino will do another double feature full of action and hardcore thrills like the Grindhouse.
PS I heart Bruce Willis!