On Saturday, PJ and I saw Grindhouse, the new double feature directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. Here’s the trailer:

The two films that make up Grindhouse, Planet Terror and Death Proof, are fun, roller-coaster-of-a-ride movies. Part camp, part slasher pic, part just about every other B genre you can think of, these movies are a great way to spend 3 hours during an unseasonably cold April afternoon in the Midwest! I don’t have time to write a full review this week, so I’ll just hit the highlights.

Planet Terror stars Rose McGowan and Freddy Rodriguez. This feature is kind of like a zombie movie, but instead of zombies we have people suffering from a toxic chemical disaster. McGowan is amazing — she’s totally hot and does a great job in her role as Cherry, the go-go dancer with a heart of steel. And Rodriguez is as sexy as ever — I always thought his character in Six Feet Under was hot. Considering his height, he does a wonderful job as the mysterious action hero of the film. His character Wray definitely deserves an action figure!

Death Proof takes its name from Stuntman Mike’s stunt car, which is specially geared so that it’s driver is safe during movie stunts. Unfortunately, Stuntman Mike uses his death proof car as a homicidal weapon in his quest to prey upon beautiful young women. This is Tarantino’s contribution to the double feature and I like it the best. Zoe Bell‘s stunts in this movie are great, and I think Rosario Dawson is enjoyable in just about everything she’s in. Kurt Russell is also good as the grizzly and grizzled Stuntman Mike.

These movies aren’t the best ones I’ve seen, but they are fun in a extremely violent, gory, and ultimately feminist kind of way. How often can you say that?

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