Thursday, April 06, 2017

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Death Proof (2007)

Dov: So is it Shawna and the girls
at the lake house this weekend?
Shanna: Shawna?
Dov: Awww fuck, I didn...
Shanna: No. Now there is one thing every girl
in the whole world whose name is Shanna
has in common with each other -
we all hate the name Shawna.
And we really hate when people call us Shawna.
Remember it's Shanna banana not Shawna banawna.

 ... or you can learn from:

Cherry Darling: You're a doctor? 
Dr. Dakota Block: Hmm. I was earlier tonight. 
Cherry Darling: I always wanted to be a doctor,.
Instead, I can do this. [Cherry arches her body up 
in a bridge position] Useless talent number 66. 
I'm very pliable. 
Dr. Dakota Block: You know, my girlfriend had a theory. 
She said at some point in your life, you find a use 
for every useless talent you ever had. 
It's like connecting the dots. 
Cherry Darling: I'm not that optimistic. 
I feel like I'm sinking down a drain and I can't get out. 
Dr. Dakota Block: She'd say, "when you're stuck 
in that spiral, you reach up". 
Cherry Darling: What if there's nothing up there? 
Dr. Dakota Block: Just reach up. 

Grindhouse, the full loaded double fucking feature from Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez featuring both of these movies with fake trailers by Eli Roth and Rob Zombie and Edgar Wright and Rodriguez himself bracketing them, was released ten years ago today on April 6th 2007. And it was a great big belly-flop, box-office-wise. 

Did any of you get to go see the films this way? Harvey Weinstein was a dick about the release so I know it ended up tough to find; they were released separately not long after. Anyway I did get to see the double-feature myself and I loved the hell out of it. Planet Terror is a lot of fun but I'm really glad the critical consensus seems to have finally come around on Death Proof, which is Top 3 Tarantino for me, and which I re-watch every six months or so, never getting tired of it.

I can't believe Eli Roth
never made Thanksgiving though.


Anonymous said...

Amen to that (Top3Tarantino) and many other of your words. THX for being you and coincidentally corresponding with my views ever so often. You must have good taste...

Keelay! said...

I got to see the double feature and it was great fun. Super disappointed it didn't perform better. I tell people all the time that Death Proof is probably my second favorite Tarantino and they look at me like I'm nuts. Glad others seem to agree!

Rob91316 said...

One of my all-time faves. Mind-boggling it's been 10 years already. And, yes, I did get to see it opening weekend. Tarantino and Rodriguez NAILED it. (I'm old enough to have experienced the grindhouse days first-hand.)

Anonymous said...

Got to see them both together in the theaters. The trailers for the other films were great. My bf and I still quote "Don't!" to each other, like, "if you're thinking of taking the last cookie...don't!"