Grindhouse

Because of poor box-office returns and stupid cinema audiences walking out halfway through, Grindhouse was split up into separate features when it was originally released in the UK, but now is finally getting a limited tour of the UK in it’s original double-feature, fake trailer glory. I went to a local showing last night and it was everything I’d hoped for: bloody, tense, often hilarious and just incredibly entertaining. I refused to watch the original films when they were released, as I felt I’d somehow be condoning the cowardice of the distributors, and I also wanted to see them both as they were originally intended before watching an extended cut. I’m glad I waited. Of the two, I found Planet Terror more enjoyable than Death Proof, as it felt like Rodriguez was cutting loose and having more fun than Tarantino, whose effort didn’t seem too far removed from his normal films, but both parts were good.