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Death Proof – Minute Movie Review

Montag, Oktober 11th, 2010


A group of attractive young woman meets the mysterious and creepy Stuntman Mike, whose fetish is deadly car crashes. Naturally, things don’t end well for the girls, but luckily Mike meets some more formidable opponents as his next targets. Quentin Tarantino’s homage to the grindhouse thrillers, cheap exploitation flicks designed to entertained and titillate, is far too sophisticated for its own good. The fake scratches in the picture can not disguise the polished design. Tarantino made an entertaining film – even his worst efforts, such as this one, are that – but it works neither as a homage nor a spoof of a genre that is probably best forgotten. Simply put: a bad script and bad acting do not make a so-bad-it’s-good film, you also need a bad director for that. Undone by his own vanity, Tarantino luckily went on to make the far superior Inglourious Basterds.

Random Observations:

Death Proof at the IMDb

I first saw the film in an open-air cinema back in 2007, the only showing of the original Grindhouse double bill (combined with Robert Rodriguez’ Planet Terror) in Germany. It started to really rain after the first thirty minutes, so I left early. And while the rest of the film is slightly better than the beginning, it’s not any better than I hoped or expected.

When you desperately need bad actors, it’s not such a bold move to cast a stuntwoman (Zoe Bell) in a lead role. Surprisingly, her acting doesn’t really stand out from the crowd.

The female dialogue Tarantino writes is so annoying that you can’t help but root for bad guy Kurt Russell, who while not cool or scare, at least is not annoying. At least until his inevitable breakdown into a crying baby.

I really should have put spoiler tags on that last paragraph. My bad.

Inglourious Basterds – Minute Movie Review

Samstag, September 12th, 2009


Quentin Tarantino’s newest film is a violent revenge fantasy taking place during World War II and envisioning a Jewish-American squad striking fear into the Nazis’ hearts and ending the war earlier. The film is strongest in its surrealist scenes that are often outrageously funny, but suffers from more plot holes than elements and a teenager’s world view that posits vengeance as a solution. The film is very entertaining as long as you don’t stop to think about it, but it is not the return to form for Tarantino. But sure, it’s better than anything he has done since Pulp Fiction – something quite easily achieved.

Random Observations:

Inglourious Basterds at the IMDb

This is the first Tarantino film that wasn’t worse than the previous one. Good for him.

Christoph Waltz, who won the Best Actor award at Cannes for the film, is the stand-out in a decent cast.

Funniest scene: Brad Pitt, Eli Roth and Omar Doom pretending to be Italian.

The cast list reads a bit like a who-is-who of German film. In addition to Waltz, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger, Gedeon Burkhard and August Diehl star.

I’m not sure this was intended, but the “basterds” are all rather stupid, while most of the Nazi protagonists, namely Waltz and Brühl, are eloquent and intelligent.