Movie Review
Grindhouse

By: Patrick McKay
2007-04-10



Posted 04/10/2007 - 10:44:04 AM by PlatypusQuest:
 WOW. I couldn't disagree more. I felt Planet Terror was a wonderful homage to exploitation cinema, whereas Tarantino's pic was a little too full of itself and didn't really fit the bill. I don't think I'm alone either. Lots of people left during the second film.
 
Posted 04/10/2007 - 11:10:17 AM by allison1:
 Yes. Tarantino's dialogue was more groan-inducing than any zombie ooze. I preferred watching Freddy Rodriguez and Rose McGowan doing "love in the middle of a firefight" to the strident caricatures in Death Proof. Kurt Russel, however, looked like he was enjoying the hell out of himself
 
Posted 04/10/2007 - 12:55:43 PM by scooper:
 yeah sorry, i'm afraid your review is just too party line for me. having finally seen the film, i'm actually bewildered now by the number of writups i'd read that favored tarantino's homage over rodriguez's. i found both segments equally enjoyable, but if i had to grade down either it would tarantino's, which in spots seemed as if its director had lost the nerve to do a bad film badly. one example: the endless tracking shot of the girls at breakfast, which felt like he just really needed to get some *craft* into his film. it was a pretty shot, and conspicuously misplaced in a film filled with deliberately terrible dialog, bad acting, and uneven pacing. it brought me out of the mood of the film and into a kind of meta-critic mode, which i'm sure is where both directors were as they were putting their segments together, but which tarantino did a worse job of reining in. all of that said, i enjoyed both films thoroughly, and the trailers just as much (what, no grade for those?). i give the entire experience a B+.
 
Posted 04/10/2007 - 02:59:35 PM by super_are:
 I felt Planet Terror was a wonderful homage to exploitation cinema, whereas Tarantino's pic was a little too full of itself and didn't really fit the bill. -------------------------- never seen much in the way of true exploitation fare then, i take it?
 
Posted 04/10/2007 - 03:23:15 PM by remission_:
 I'm going to go along with the crowd and say that i also enjoyed Planet Terror a little more, but not much more. I thought the entire experience was absolutely fantastic, and i hope that the rumors of a Grindhouse 2 (with Machete as one of the features) already being in the works are true. But no use criticizing opinions.
 
Posted 04/11/2007 - 12:38:07 AM by MonsterKids:
 Weirdly enough, I found "Death Proof" to be the most infuriating, most masturbatory ode-to-self I've seen... ever, maybe. Especially the second half, where Tarantino gets to explain what "Vanishing Point" is and gives Tracie Thoms's character faux-Samuel L. lines that make her seem like Wanda Sykes's living abortion. I get it; she's just so sassy! Rather than write actual dialogue, Tarantino instead opts to either bludgeon us with empty profanity or endless, pointless table-chatter. Jesus, there's more droning in that god-forsaken diner scene than on the last SunnO))) record. If this is an exploitation homage, what's his idea of an exploitation movie? Fucking "Claire's Knee"? Luckily, these hyper-annoying characters get to somehow prevail over Kurt Russell (The ass-to-mouthier from, oy, "Clerks 2" takes down Jack Burton??) at the film's end, which just makes me feel so much better. Though the scene where Kurt rocks the girls' car was way sweet, it was clearly the only part of "Death Proof" that came close to the amazing carnage of "Planet Terror". Rodriguez's film was really done a disservice by having "Death Proof" follow it, as the sheer boringness of Tarantino's latest shitswell erased almost all of the goodwill and fist-pumping engendered by the first movie and the trailers. FFF it, just walk out after the "Thanksgiving" trailer. I can't even try to remember "Planet Terror" without the anger I felt revolving around "Death Proof" coming up again. Nuts!
 
Posted 04/11/2007 - 09:55:00 AM by pmckay:
 Call the law! The exploitation film fans are rioting!
 
Posted 04/11/2007 - 06:35:41 PM by SadParadise:
 That's what I think is great about Grindhouse... The dissension it creates between the groups of people who see it. When three friends and I went to see it, two of us preferred Planet Terror and two liked Death Proof. I fell into the latter category but I only liked it slightly more. One thing about the review that I do agree with is the performance of Zoe Bell. I hope we get to see her in more films... I totally fell in love with her...
 
Posted 04/11/2007 - 07:37:51 PM by KeithKawaii:
 The fact that this movie even happened is glorious
 
Posted 04/11/2007 - 10:32:51 PM by agnamaracs:
 From your review: "As for the aforementioned trailers, one overdoes it, one doesn’t get it, and one is genius." Okay... which is which?
 
Posted 04/20/2007 - 01:28:09 AM by superliminal:
 Yes! I now feel vindicated... I walked out on this movie after part one because it was so bad. I really wanted to see Tarantino's, but the first was so bad I couldn't take any more. All I gotta say is Evil Dead 2 did it better.