Sunday, August 2, 2009

August 1, 2009

Grindhouse (2007)
Thank God for Netflix! This movie, originally one three hour theatrical event, was split into its two parts - Planet Terror and Death Proof - for its DVD release, thus negating the entire point of the movie. But Netflix, in its infinite wisdom, offers the original theatrical double-feature version through its watch instantly feature, so I was able to see it as it was intended. I feel like this was an experiment that failed because it was misunderstood. People complained that the movies were bad. Of course they were bad! That was the point. Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino were paying an homage to the grisly, graphic films that used to show in "grindhouse" movie theaters back in the day, doing so by making grisly, graphic, poorly edited films. One's about zombies (my favorite of the two) and the other's about a stuntman gone psycho who runs down unsuspecting women with his jacked-up car. They're both bloody and vicious and hold nothing back, but it's all part of the fun. Also, the made up trailers are fantastic and add the perfect shudder/cringe element to the whole overall experience.
My Netflix rating: 4 stars

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