|Another great thing about Grindhouse movies |
are the movie posters. They are silly, corny and
completely over the top. This one is a great
homage to those films.
...anyway, when Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez did "Grindhouse" a few years ago, it was your typical grindhouse-like double feature... Rodriguez's part of the film, "Planet Terror", was awesome. It was funny, it was ridiculous, and it was a great tribute to those old kind of movies. Even right in the middle of it, there is a "missing" scene that, one the front end had two characters at odds, and when the film cut out and came back, those two characters were discussing how they were father and son. Plus, there is Rose McGowen who has a machine gun for a leg. Bizarre premise, like I said.
Tarantino's part, "Death Proof", was less than so. It was long winded, it was trying to do too much, trying to be too much, and except for an awesome use of Kurt Russell, it was a disappointment after watching "Planet Terror". The main character introductory scene right in the middle of the film, using an old style camera shot of just going around the table, seamlessly, from person to person, was enjoyable for, oh, the first ten minutes, but it just kept going on and on and on until it was just completely boring. Even the last scene was a total letdown, save for a car chase that was sorta, kinda fun for again, the first ten minutes. Eh.
There are hundreds of grindhouse movies out there--this Top 10 list alone has titles like "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" and "Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS" and "Please Don't Eat My Mother" and one of my favorite movie titles ever, "Sweet Sweetback's Badasssss Song"--and includes one that I actually have seen, that being "Vanishing Point".
SIDEBAR... Speaking of "Sweet Sweetback's Badasssss Song", when Wookiee and I went to see the Troy Trojans play football, we made sure we stuck around for the band, the Sound of the South. Best band in the South, and that includes you, The Million Dollar Band of Alabama. Anyway, when the Colorguard came out, we noticed someone of color with a flag. Not unusual, right? Well, this someone was a guy. And he pranced, and twirled and did his thing better than most of them. We immediately dubbed him "Sweet Sweetback". He was there the next two games we went to, but not the last time we went. We miss Sweet Sweetback.
"Vanishing Point" really is nothing but a 90 minute car chase and features lots of gunfire and explosions and a blind DJ named Super Soul and an awesome white 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T with a 440/375 horsepower engine. Not a whole lot of plot, but I liked it because it was so ridiculously simple, yet cool.
Another film that came out in 2010 was the Robert Rodriguez/Ethan Maniquis film "Machete", which was just about the ultimate "grindhouse" film. It was absolutely stunning in how ridiculous, over the top yet tongue-in-cheek it was, and yet, the main character, Machete (played by Danny Trejo, who, along with Luiz Guzman, is part of a Mexican That Guy Mafia), is still hilarious. Honestly, this movie has no social redeeming value, has no purpose on this earth and this is so far removed from being Emmy Turnbow Safe, it makes "The Hangover" look like a Pixar movie. As a Christ Follower, I cannot in good faith, along with a desire to be encouraging and not a stumbling block, recommend you see this movie. That being said, its a hoot.
|Here's Rutger Hauer. He plays a Hobo. And that Hobo has|
a shotgun. It doesn't get much deeper than that.