Saturday, February 17, 2007


The gears are starting to grind as the buzz revs up for the hotly anticipated or dismissively loathed (your pick) premiere of Quentin Tarantino and Richard Rodriguez's Grindhouse, scheduled to open nationally April 6.

The Twitch team is, of course, all over it. They started reporting on the project back in May 2005 and have continued right on putting up Troublemaking Studio's teaser posters, The New York Times preview article, the latest trailer and some recent Grindhouse art.

Not only that, they've got the YouTube trailer of Hobo With A Shotgun, one of the popular leads in the South By Southwest's "Make Your Own Grindhouse Trailer" competition. They also focus on another entry in that competition, Too Dead To Die. Tarantino and Rodriguez will handpick their favorite fanmade Grindhouse trailers to screen at the SXSW panel discussion on the film. Ain't It Cool News has rounded up several of the entries that are already up and "splattered" on YouTube.

Tarantino and Rodriguez promote their interest in this sticky four-minute Yahoo clip.

Meanwhile, over at IMdb's profile on the flick, there aren't any external reviews up, of course, because the film hasn't opened; but, check out their miscellaneous offerings!

If you're craving some historical context on grindhouse films, Wikipedia has about as succinct a summation as you're going to find but over at Greencine Eddie Muller's online republished installment's of his study Grindhouse rubs your nose in it. So far there's an intro and (count 'em!) one, two, three, four, five installments!

Cross-published in a slightly-condensed version at Twitch.


Anonymous said...

I'm already concerned about people thinking Grindhouse will be an accurate reproduction of the grindhouse experience. I was actually going to see movies, both exploitation and mainstream fare, in the mid-Seventies at 42nd Street theaters. Films never had missing reels as it would have put the projectionist's life in danger. I don't know where Tarantino got that idea, as he and his collaborators were too young to have seen any of these films in their initial theatrical runs. I did enjoy what I read from Eddie Muller though.

Michael Guillen said...

I, on the other hand, don't for a moment truly believe that the Tarantino/Rodriguez vehicle will be an accurate reproduction of the grindhouse experience; I think it will be a glamorized homage whose ultimate benefit might be that it generates interest in these exploitation films.

Also the concept of the missing reels has something to do I think with an aversion to just how slick films have become; so slick they deny entrance.

I recently spoke with Herschell Gordon Lewis and it seemed clear to me that what he created, the mindset he was in, the creative space he was in, the audience he targeted, the level of his production values, all were intimately tethered to the times. That can be paid homage to, but, I don't think it can be effectively re-created. Case in point: at this year's IndieFEST Anna Biller brought VIVA, her homage to Gordon's SUBURBAN MAYHEM. Its homage was so riddled through and through with self-reflective irony that halfway through I said, "Enough!" and backed out.

Anonymous said...

"All spirit is present spirit."--Hegel

No one can make a movie, whether a homage or not, that doesn't reflect on the times we live in now. If Tarantino and others are making homages of grindhouse movies, they are necessarily going to contain today's values, aesthetics, and intentions, whether as accidental traces or on purpose or whatever.

A note to Maya: The word out there is that Anna Biller's movies are so much like the originals that often people think they're watching a 60s movie, and they're shocked when they see her come out for the Q and A. And they are like, "Whoa, you look so young!" This apparently happens all the time. I wonder if you didn't know the movie was from now if you would think it was so ironic? She is apparently amazing for NOT having that type of irony, so I'm surprised to hear you say that.