| Have you ever gone into a movie and wondered what is this all about? That is how I felt at the review for “Grindhouse”. I had to familiarize myself with what Grindhouse was. It is a double feature, both features full length that also have advertisements running during intermission. I arrived for this showing and was surprised to see a line a mile long for this film and a theatre only capable of holding maybe 100 people. I wondered what all the fuss was over. I mean I know it is a Quentin Tarantino show, one of the best in the film industry, but why so many people?? They all came in drowns to see a 10:30pm showing that let out at 2am. Given this feature was long it was well worth the 3 hours of watching.
The 1st of the double feature was “Planet or Terror” written & directed by Robert Rodriguez. This film starred Bruce Willis who portrayed Muldon, a general on an army base who has been infected by a deadly chemical and the only way to maintain life is to release it into the atmosphere. Muldon meets up with bio chemical scientist Abby, portrayed by Naveen Andrews, there is a shoot out and chemicals are released and slowly people living in the town are covered in suspicious sores. Quickly these sores spread and cause death, but it is not fatal for too long as these people come back as zombies and feed off of others to survive. Rose McGowan stars as Cherry Darling who is attacked by one of these creatures and looses her leg, which is later replaced with an automatic weapon by Wray who is portrayed by Freedy Rodriguez. All the survivors are set on trying to escape and will fight till the end. This show is packed with action, kung fu fighting, humor and a few missing reels. This feature is “out there”….but that is what it is meant to be. I really enjoyed this flick. I found the directing to be superb, as expected. The storyline was well written and kept my interest. The acting was average and over dramatic in places, but it suited the purpose of this film. Freddy Rodriguez was the highlight. His dramatic acting and comical kung fu fighting was hysterical. The Planet of Terror would rate 3.5 out of 4 stars.
The 2nd feature was “Death Proof” written & directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Kurt Russell, as Stuntman Mike, a crazed stalker who preys on woman to terrify & then kill them. He does all this while riding in his death proof vehicle. We meet Stuntman Mike at the local bar where he meets Pam, portrayed by Rose McGowan. He offers her a ride home, but we soon learn from the glaring look into the camera by Kurt that he is up to no good. He shows us how death proof his vehicle is when he gets Rose McGowan killed in an auto accident and escapes unharmed. That same night he attacks his next prey, local DJ Jungle Julia (Sydney Tamiia Poitier) and her friends Arlene and Shanna (Vanessa Ferlito & Jordan Ladd). After brutally attacking the three women with his vehicle and escaping unharmed with no charges filed against him he flees town to find his next victims. Among his new targets are actress Lee (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), makeup artist Abernathy (Rosario Dawson), and stuntwomen Kim (Tracie Thomas) and Zoe Bell (who plays herself in the film). Will Stuntman succeed with his next attempt?? Surprisingly, this is a girl power movie and has a lot of action and suspense. I found this movie a tad slower than Planet Terror, but still enjoyed all the action and entertainment this film offered. Directing of the film was wonderful, cinematography was perfect and this feature was worth sticking around for. I would rate Death proof 3 out of 4 stars.
Both features offered tons of action, kung fu fighting, comedy and over the top acting. I enjoyed the storylines of these films and found both features entertaining all the way through. The ads during intermission and faux movie previews shown were hilarious. “Werewolves of the SS” was the best!! I would recommend going to see the movie just to see the ads that ran. These films would not be recommended for children due to the overwhelming amount of graphic violence and some nudity. Judging both features I would rate Grindhouse in full 4 out of 4 stars. Go see this movie and laugh your butt off. I would further recommend you see this show at The Screenland Theatre where I saw it at. This theatre had the perfect ambience and even offers alcohol to the movie viewers. It would be a perfect way to start out the weekend by seeing this classic film in a classic place.
Review By: Jolene Mendez