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Thursday, April 19, 2007

GREENLIGHT #129: Grindhouse (with "D.O.A." and "Dead Man Don't Wear Plaid")

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Ann and Les don't want to put their nose anywhere near Grindhouse (2007) but they enjoyed it all the same. It's really two films in one and they both are satires of the old-fashioned B-horror flick. Robert Rodriguez wrote and directed the first one called "Planet Terror" and manages to make newcomer Rose McGowan a wonderfuly comic character with a machine gun for a leg. Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed the second one called "Death Proof" and he gets the performance of a lifetime from Kurt Russell who plays a psychotic race car driver who challenges an incredible group of women to an ultimate race. They're not films for the light-of-heart but they do have their entertainment value. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends his favorite B-film of all time called D.O.A. (1950.) In this classic film noir, Edmond O'Brien gets to try to solve his own murder. Ann emphasizes the satire of the day by recommending Steve Martin in a send-up of detective film noirs. The fun of the movie is that it's spliced with clips from those very films so Martin interacts with the likes of Humphrey Bogary , Cary Grant , and Ingrid Bergman . It must have been a pure work of joy for Carl Reiner to create Dead Man Don't Wear Plaid (1982.)

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