|Apr. 8th, 2007 11:51 am "Grindhouse" is no "Sin City 2" and that is too bad!|
This is a good barometer to see if you will like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's **Grindhouse.** As a mother and son flee attacking zombies, she instructs her son to shoot anything that is not her. The son asks, "What about Daddy?"Leave a comment
The mother replies, "Especially Daddy!"
After she parks the car, the mother gives her son a loaded gun and tells him not to point the gun at his face. The mother walks away, the gunshot goes off and blood spatters on the windshield. The mother shrieks; "I told you NOT to point the gun at your face!!!"
Personal perception determines one's view of comedy or tragedy. If the accidental shooting of a child is too tragic for you, avoid **Grindhouse.** Yet if one could believe that Donald Trump was in danger of being shaved bald for **Wrestlemania 23** and can recite the B-movie schlock mantra - "IT IS ONLY A MOVIE, IT IS ONLY A MOVIE," then the double features of **Grindhouse** is the movie for you.
**Grindhouse** is a three hour double feature with scratchy film stock and exploitive trailers for movies starring Danny Trejo, Sybil Danning, Nicholas Cage and a doomed topless cheerleader on a trampoline. These faux trailers feature the funniest moments of the "Grindhouse."
The first feature is Robert Rodriquez's **Planet Terror.** The film opens with Rose McGowan perform Go Go dancing ala Betty Page. The woman will eventually have her leg amputated and replaced with a high powered machine gun. McGowan's surgery is performed at a hospital that is administered by the creepy husband and wife Doctors Block (Marley Shelton, Josh Brolin). The Doctors Block know the details of a military conspiracy involving biological weapons and zombies. Eventually all inferno breaks lose and subplots erupt with tales of sibling rivalry, BBQ recipes and hyperactive teenage babysitters. **Planet Terror** features pure manic action, loopy narratives and a cameo by Bruce Willis.
Quentin Tarantino's **Death Proof** slows things down considerably. The plot features eight woman and their death duel with serial killer, Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell). The final twenty minutes of this movie features a great car chase featuring Zoe Bell (a stunt woman who portrays herself) trapped on the hood of a car. While Rose McGowan has received the most publicity for **Grindhouse,** it is Zoe Bell's infectious charisma creates the most memorable and likeable character. Zoe Bell's final confrontation with the serial killer bully is fun to watch and redeems **Death Proof.**
The drawback to **Death Proof** is the Tarantino's reliance on dull dialogue scenes. If you need a bathroom break during this three hour presentation, take one during one of these long winded scenes in the restaurant. Both **Death Proof** and **Plant Terror** rely to heavily on Hollywood insider information to fully appreciate some of the inside jokes.
The parts of **Death Proof** and **Planet Terror** are better than the whole of **Grindhouse.**
The box office for this three hour double feature has been disappointing. Perhaps it is too much of a guilty pleasure for an Easter weekend. However, **Grindhouse** will be a hit as a DVD when it is taken home in a brown paper bag.