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The Musings of an Eccentric Diva

Welcome to the Musings of an Eccentric Diva. My motto is: Giving Hollyweird movies the finger one movie at a time. Enter at your own risk (insert evil Vincent Price laughter here).
 

MOVIE REVIEW: Grindhouse 2007

Hey there folks! Since this was a double feature, I must do two reviews so bear with a sista lol.


First Film: Planet Terror (Story by Robert Rodriguez)
After leaving work, go-go dancer Cherry Darling (Rose McGowan) accepts a ride from her estranged ex-boyfriend Wray (Freddie Rodriguez). In route their truck is hijacked by bloodthirsty zombies who snatch off Cherry's leg before her Wray can fight them off. A hospitalized Cherry is rescued again kung fu fighting Wray but discovers that she does not have a leg to stand on (enter drumroll here) to run from the zombies that have taken over the hospital. Wray creates a makeshift leg for her and together they flee. They meet up with other survivors in the town and prepare to square off with the undead. Coming along for the ride is bisexual doctor Dakota Block (Marley Shelton), who is fleeing from running from her undead psycho hubby, a couple of sheriffs, J. T., the owner of a gross bar-b-que joint (Jeff Fahey), and a set of crazy ass Mexican baby-sitters. After Cherry breaks her new makeshift leg, Wray hooks an AK-47 to her stump and she becomes a one-woman killing machine, complete with Matrix-style moves and blows some zombie ass to pieces. Will the motley crew survive the attack of the undead or will they all be eaten alive? No more spoiler's from me y'all!

Second Film: Death Proof (Story by Quentin Tarantino)
Three young ladies get together for an evening of fun and drinks. They are celebrating Jungle Julia's *hee hee* (Sydney Poitier) birthday. While in the bar, they are being observed by Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell), a Hollywood stuntman (duh) who has a taste for killing pretty girls in groups. Instead of a gun or a knife, his weapon of choice is a 1969 Dodge Charger which is virtually indestructible. The ladies leave the club and become Mike's latest road kill. Enter a new group of ladies whom Stuntman Mike has his eye on. Abernathy (Rosario Dawson) and her crew are celebrating the wrapping up of a film they were working on. Lanna (Monica Staggs) has her eye on buying a 1970 Dodge Challenger and asks the ladies to come along with her to check out an ad for a car she spotted in the paper. After viewing the vehicle, she convinces three ladies out of the group to help her coax the owner into letting her test-drive the vehicle but the real purpose is joyriding. Lanna is having a ball riding on the hood of the car until Stuntman Mike sees his marks and smashes his car into theirs over and over again. Will these ladies meet the same fate as the previous group or will they end Stuntman Mike's reign of terror? No more spoilers from me y'all!

What a rollercoaster ride!!! I had the pleasure of viewing this film in a theater in New York City, and let me tell you, NYC folks are wild and crazy! It was the most fun I had at the movies in quite a while, I did not even mind the talking, it felt right at home with the sheer madness of these films. I think my date got a little bored after the second movie though *sorry luv*...in all fairness, this movie does clock in at 3 hours long! I didn't even mind the old dude snoring in the seat behind us, I was a little worried about the item he had in his mouth though, it looked like a ping-pong ball or something...a bitch was not in the mood to administer CPR at 1am! The first film, Planet Terror was a slam-bang, in your face style gore fest. Rose McGowan is almost unrecognizable from her "Charmed" days.... further proof that plastic surgery is the devil but she looked cute for a chick with a machine gun leg. Freddy Rodriguez as her vertically challenged ass-kicking ex-boyfriend was the hotness!!! Bruce Willis' cameo as the Zombie Leader was totally unexpected and he was not billed in the credits as appearing in this film. The action was nonstop and there was no room for boredom. Enter the second film, Death Proof. Let me start by saying that Kurt Russell looks fantastic for his age and he did a great job as psycho killer Stuntman Mike. The first group of ladies led by Sidney Poitier's daughter, Sydney Poitier *tres orginal* were very dull and I truly could have cared less about their fate. The second set of ladies were more interesting but the amount of useless dialogue made the movie drag. When the action heated up, it was worth the wait. Those chicks were badass! Besides the two films, there were hilarious fake movie trailers thrown in between films that were spoofs of 70's Grindhouse films such as Ilsa The Shewolf and Don't Look In The Basement...great touch! One of the trailers even had UDO KIER in it..my man! The setup was supposed to make the viewer feel like they were revisiting a sleazy 70's movie theater all over again. This opus was an ode to the fanboy or fangirl who has a love and appreciation of 70's schlock films....I'm sure a lot of people did not "get it" because they didn't understand. I got the message loud and clear because I'm a 70's sleaze fanatic, as you can see by some of the shit I review on this blog. I had a kick-ass time viewing this film and I will be purchasing this when it is released. This is without a doubt not for the kiddies so keep them at home and rent Happy Feet for them or something. This is Jungle Julia, the Eccentric Diva, signing off for now lol.

VERDICT: 4 Soul Claps!

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