Monday, April 9, 2007

4/9/07- Welcome to the Grindhouse...

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This weekend I went to see the new gorey, bloody, zombie-filled, car chase, explosion fest known as "Grindhouse". And let me just state right now that it did not disappoint at all. Let me give you the rundown of all three parts of the movie experience.

First of all. The whole movie looks like it was made in the 70's(on purpose) with film pops, scratches, and all sorts of little nuances that make you feel as if you were watching a real grindhouse picture. The first movie you see is Robert Rodriguez's "Planet Terror". This movie stars Freddy Rodriguez and Rose McGowan as two former lovers trying to escape to Mexico from a town slowly being overrun by zombies created by an infectious gas leak at a local military base. The first half of this movie is quite possibly one of the grossest times you will ever have out at the cinema. I saw things in "Planet Terror" that Vietnam veterans wouldn't be able to relate to(trust me, you'll know what I mean when you see it). Then about 3/4 of the way into the movie, Rose McGowan finally gets her gun leg that everyone has seen from the trailers. While she gets the leg fairly late into the movie, it is still put to some very good use: blowing up zombies and military personnel with machine gun and rocket launcher capabilities. So bottom line: Great action movie, cool gun leg, really gross, five minutes into the movie a guy gets his balls ripped out by a big metal claw-like device. GO SEE THIS MOVIE!

Next up after "Planet Terror" are the fake trailers directed by Rob Zombie, Eli Roth, and the makers of Shaun of the Dead. These are all hilarious, and quite frankly are so funny and well made that I would have paid $6.50 just to see them again. Now I don't want to ruin some of the humor and cool surprises that are in them so I'll shut up now and move on to "Death Proof".

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"Death Proof" was directed by Quentin Tarantino, and stars Kurt Russell and a cast of beautiful women in a new, unique spin on the slasher genre. Kurt plays a serial killer named "Stuntman Mike". Why? Because he's a stuntman. And he basically picks up women and drives them home in his "Death Proof" car, where if you are in the driver's seat you cannot get the passenger's seat is a whole different story, and I'll leave it at that so as not to give too much away. There are some cool death scenes near the beginning of the movie, but the whole middle is just one big buffet of Tarantino inspired dialogue that, while good, really slows down the action(a few times to the point of boredom). But then the last 20 minutes is really where you get your money's worth with one of the best car chases ever caught on film(again, I'll just leave it at that as to not reveal too much). The bottom line: hot girls, cool car chases, slowed up in the middle but really delivered the goods in the end. GO SEE THIS MOVIE!

Bottom line on the movie as a whole: one price, two awesome films, hilarious fake trailers, nostalgic grindhouse presentation and ambience, hot chick with a fucking gun for a leg, zombies, car chases, explosions, GO SEE THIS FUCKING MOVIE!!!