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The Buzz:

     With their combined love of pop culture and just plain love
for the cinema, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino team up to make Grindhouse.  Some people consider it two films, Planet Terror and Death Proof, but to anyone who saw the theatrical release, we know it as the Grindhouse experience.  The film is made like it was a 70’s grindhouse theatre show complete with fake trailers directed by the likes of Edgar Wright, Rob Zombie, and Eli Roth.  The films were released individually without the trailers and cleaned up the picture, but for the real experience go for the combo.  For real fans of cinema it will be an amazing time, and for fans of horror and B movies, just sit back and fall in love.

 

 

 

The Life of the Party:

     This film experience was made by people who you can tell love the cinematic experience, and it translates directly into what we see in the final product.   The manic pace of Planet Horror, which centers on a zombie outbreak, is the opening act and is just crazy enough to work.  The cast is a treasure trove of “who’s thats?” including Jeff Fahey, Josh Brolin, and the best police force ever (Michael Biehn, Tom Savini and “El Mariachi” himself Carlos Gallardo.  The whole thing is a wonderful mess of horror and comedy that plants tongue firmly in cheek.  The film does a few things to make it feel grindhousey, for instance at one point the film says missing reel during Freddy Rodriquez and Rose McGowan’s sex scene and when we come back the building is on fire.  Also in a nod to classic 70’s grindhouse Bruce Willis shows up uncredited as the bad guy.  This was used a lot back in those days, an A-List actor would shoot five minutes in a film and they would put their picture on the poster, like they were the star.  This was thought to be a way to bolster ticket sales for a sub-par film.  Overall, Planet Horror is a very fun and satisfying experience for any fan of the cinema.

    

     The second feature in this project has Kurt Russell as Stuntman Mike who only can get off sexually through violence involving the only thing he has ever loved, cars.  This installment is night and day different from the first film; Death Proof relies on the spoken word so much more than action and exploding heads.  For fans of Tarantino they will feel right at home listening to the discussions between the main female characters and Mike.  But then the film departs into a homage to classic car chase films such as Vanishing Point and Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry, and then, just as abruptly, it ends.  Tarantino believes that this is the worst film that he has ever made and I would have to agree.  Now I know that there was a gasp when I said that, but keep in mind a bad Tarantino film is still better than many other films.  To put it into Kevin Smith perspective, Death Proof isn’t Jersey Girl but more of a Mallrats, not great, but still good enough to watch more than once. 

 

Vulva Controlled Guns!!

 

Possible Hangovers:

     The problem with a film experience like this is that it simply is not for everyone, it takes an evening to watch this in its entirety and some will have an issue with that on its own.  Planet Terror is light on plot and heavy on action so when you ask why something happened the film just shrugs at you and moves along.  Death Proof does not do a very good job of catching the Grindhouse feel and leaves you wishing that it was just a little more than it was.  Overall the experience is not for everyone, but for those happy few it can be a night of fun.

 

Well I'm Horny Just Watching This!

 

The Vibe: Casual Gathering:

     Straight up this film is only really suited for the proper friends and an evening of fun.  If any of your friends have a home theater than that makes for an even better evening.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ Planet Terror

+/- Death Proof

+ Faux Trailers

+ Washed Up Actors

+ Machine Gun Leg

 

Drinking Games:

~ Drink when you laugh

~ Drink when something explodes or catches on fire

~ Drink when Mike talks about his car

~ Extreme: Drink when somebody curses

 

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Everyone knows "The Godfather" is a great movie, but is it as great to drink with as "Roadhouse?" We can appreciate "Citizen Kane" as a masterpiece of cinema, but is it as good a centerpiece for your party as "Santa Clause Conquers the Martians?"

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