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The UnPopular Opinion: Grindhouse - Planet Terror

Mar. 23, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!

In my experience, general opinion about the Tarantino/Rodriguez experiment known as GRINDHOUSE seems to be that PLANET TERROR is the good flick while DEATH PROOF is the bad flick, comparatively as well as in terms of filmmmaking in and of itself. But, as is the way with an UnPopular Opinion, I happen to think the exact opposite. I find PLANET TERROR to be the boring, pat, mostly uninspired movie and DEATH PROOF to be the interesting, well-made, exciting movie.

So consider this two-part review my own sort of GRINDHOUSE - last week was DEATH PROOF, and today is PLANET TERROR!

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I said it before and I'll gladly say it again. PLANET TERROR is a really f***ing boring movie. Considering how DESPERADO and ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO are two of my very favorite action movies I went in to PLANET TERROR expecting to have myself a really good time. But this was not to be. No, I was instead treated to an hour and forty five minutes of poor pacing and non-existent characters and a boring story and a super-serious tone that ruined any investment in the movie's potential fun I might have had. Yes, it's a throwback to the gory zombie movies of old. But that doesn't mean that everything that happens and everyone involved has to be empty of meaning, as they are in this movie.

DESPERADO/ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO work because of one extraordinary man in a very ordinary situation - betrayed, alone, his love lost, his friends dead, events spiraling out of his control or understanding - we care for El Mariachi's guitar and gunplay skills because we have very human and simple reasons to care about his character (Banderas being a great actor doesn't hurt). PLANET TERROR has none of that, skipping straight to an gory action wank-fest lacking anything to differentiate it from every other action scene in every other sub-par action movie.

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"I'm gonna eat your brains and gain your knowledge."

The fact of the matter is, Rodriguez just isn't skilled enough to maintain our interest while he juggles introducing all of the characters involved and the strange/horrific situation they find themselves embroiled in. So he instead opts to lose himself in the flashiness of his movie, ignoring the fact that the first thirty minutes drag like a motherf***er. There are plenty of horror movies that are able to define their characters in response to an extra-ordinary situation (see 28 DAYS LATER), while there are plenty of other horror movies that choose to define their characters first before embarking on their journey through the extra-ordinary situation (THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE).

But in PLANET TERROR Rodriguez tries to do both at once, and in the process fails to do either. What we are then left with are hollow stereotypes with artificially/arbitrarily created relationships in the midst of a f***ing crazy situation. The only halfway interesting character development was how Lt. Muldoon's men needed to be constantly exposed to DC2 in order to pause the effects of mutation, and then nothing much interesting was even done with this small snippet of character growth/motivation. And I don't even want to talk about how El Wray is such an indecipherable mystery that he actually becomes the least interesting part of the movie.

I know that people have observed that DEATH PROOF seems to drag a fair amount (see the comments on last week's UnPopular Opinion), and to that I would say this: if you think DEATH PROOF is slow, then PLANET TERROR is a cinematic sloth. Action scene after action scene does not an interesting movie make - seriously, I never once cared about whether these characters were in danger, or whether they would survive, or how they would escape, or what was going to happen next. And this is a movie with people being eaten alive, shot, burned, run over, overwhelmed, exploded, and literally ripped apart. But I just never gave a shit, because everything is just so. Damn. Slow.

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Looks like a no brainer. What does that mean? No brain.

This is obvious most of all in Cherry Darling and her machine gun leg. Yep, the main selling point of the movie, the main image that defined it - hell, from what I understand it's the image that sparked Rodriguez' passion for this project - the one cool thing that made PLANET TERROR different from every other zombie movie out there? It takes almost the entire movie to happen, which is why I believe that PLANET TERROR sorely mishandled the potential of Cherry Darling's character. We don't want to watch an origin story for Rose McGowan's Awesome Machine Gun Leg. This isn't MACHINE GUN LEG BEGINS. I'm not saying the slow burn leading up to her gunleg plot development is the only problem with the movie, but rather I'm saying that it exemplifies one of the fundamental problems with PLANET TERROR. It's just so damn slow and methodical and dragged out, with no organic energy or momentum or urgency driving the proceedings.

The other main problem with the movie is that it can't make up its mind as to the tone it wants to shoot for. This is supposed to be a no-holds-barred-gore-fest-action-packed-zombie-flick, yet there's so much seriousness amidst the absurdity of the situation that I can't help but tune out. I never thought I'd accuse Robert Rodriguez of being overly-serious but, well, I guess that's exactly what I'm doing. I laughed once and smile twice in an hour and forty five minutes, and that laugh came within the first ten minutes. Never once did an action moment or story beat take me by surprise or even impress me with the new way in which it was handled.

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I want your balls. Im really quite attached to them.

PLANET TERROR does have a few good things going for it - for one, I will not argue with the fact that several minutes of Rose McGowan dancing is an absolutely great way to start a movie. So well done there. PLANET TERROR also gave Naveen Andrews more work, and more Naveen Andrews is always a very good thing. Josh Brolin turns in a chillingly evil performance, and Jeff Fahey seems to be having fun in the way that all the characters could (and should) have been. The colors of the film itself are gorgeous, really popping in a way even DEATH PROOF can't match (and I praised DEATH PROOF's color/video quality plenty last week).

Planet Terror pic 4"Never did like that son of a bitch. About as useless as a pecker on a Pope."

This leads into the point that Rodriguez actually shoots - at least insofar as editing and camera angle and image-manipulation goes - a better Grindhouse throwback than Tarantino. If only the movie was good and/or interesting, both being aspects in which Tarantino's DEATH PROOF is much more successful. PLANET TERROR, while perhaps working better as the Grindhouse homage it was intended to be, becomes infinitely worse and more boring than it has the potential to be by the complete lack of anything that a normal and halfway decent movie should have. Despite the Tarantino/Rodriguez experiment being called GRINDHOUSE, I still say that making something a good Grindhouse-throwback is no excuse for allowing it to be a bad movie. All stories have certain needs and qualities which are inescapable, and when those are missing?

No matter how tarted up the final product is, at the end of the day it will still be as boring as watching an old-school zombie stand still until it has decayed away into a pile of dust.

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"I'm just Cherry."

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2:18PM on 03/15/2013
Loved how dumb and fun Planet Terror was. Death Proof was just a fucking bore. Now I love QT and his movies, but this one I just could not give a fuck. I really enjoy parts in his movies that are just conversations that really have nothing to do with the plot, but DP's were just boring as hell! The premise for a horror movie was pretty great, but it just didn't work at all with QT's kind of films.
Loved how dumb and fun Planet Terror was. Death Proof was just a fucking bore. Now I love QT and his movies, but this one I just could not give a fuck. I really enjoy parts in his movies that are just conversations that really have nothing to do with the plot, but DP's were just boring as hell! The premise for a horror movie was pretty great, but it just didn't work at all with QT's kind of films.
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4:00AM on 03/28/2012
I like these pieces. People bashing you are dumb. It's called "The UNPOPULAR OPINION". The point is to go against what everyone thinks.

That being said. I disagree. I like Grindhouse as a WHOLE experience. All of it. The BEST time I've had in a theater EVER.

Now, as for which I feel is the strongest film, I'd have to go with PT. It just simply works better than I think DP did, although DP worked for what QT was trying to do.

As for RR as a film maker, I respect him simply for the
I like these pieces. People bashing you are dumb. It's called "The UNPOPULAR OPINION". The point is to go against what everyone thinks.

That being said. I disagree. I like Grindhouse as a WHOLE experience. All of it. The BEST time I've had in a theater EVER.

Now, as for which I feel is the strongest film, I'd have to go with PT. It just simply works better than I think DP did, although DP worked for what QT was trying to do.

As for RR as a film maker, I respect him simply for the fact that he gets shit DONE as his movies make money while also being entertaining. His 10 minute film school features show his incredible ability to think outside the box and solve problems. El Mariachi for me is his strongest film, simply because he made it on a shoe string budget, used his noggin, and was able to make it look like he spent double what he actually did. He's a brilliant film maker not necessarily because of the content, but because of his technical abilities when it comes to shooting them. Add to that the fact that he writes and composes all of his own music, he edits them himself, AND gets behind the camera, and you've got yourself one hell of a film MAKER. He is self taught, no film school, and to me, that should be enough to gain anyone's respect.
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12:25PM on 03/24/2012

Not an unpopular opinion

While I appreciate this follow-up article, their still seems to be confusion on this site as to which has always been considered the better film. That would be Death Proof. It was a more fully realized vision in my opinion, and I could have sworn that the initial thinking was of course that Tarantino had mastered the format much more effectively. Perhaps I am wrong, but in my mind Death Proof is still the more worthwhile film to watch for what it is.
While I appreciate this follow-up article, their still seems to be confusion on this site as to which has always been considered the better film. That would be Death Proof. It was a more fully realized vision in my opinion, and I could have sworn that the initial thinking was of course that Tarantino had mastered the format much more effectively. Perhaps I am wrong, but in my mind Death Proof is still the more worthwhile film to watch for what it is.
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10:52PM on 03/23/2012
its all about preference when comparing the two movies. All depends on what type of flick you are more into. I dug planet terror for what it was. Parts of it didn't make a ton of sense to me, and parts were groaningly stupid, but who cares? it was a bloody gory mess which is what i wanted from it. Had no intentions on it being a thinking mans film, and I could care less about the characters, i just wanted them to die. and i had fun watching them do so. BUT if I had to choose one simply based on
its all about preference when comparing the two movies. All depends on what type of flick you are more into. I dug planet terror for what it was. Parts of it didn't make a ton of sense to me, and parts were groaningly stupid, but who cares? it was a bloody gory mess which is what i wanted from it. Had no intentions on it being a thinking mans film, and I could care less about the characters, i just wanted them to die. and i had fun watching them do so. BUT if I had to choose one simply based on story lines and plot points and character development, then Death Proof is easily the better film. But I don't think thats what it was gunning for. Ya cant take Planet Terror so seriously! its more fun that way.
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10:45PM on 03/23/2012
While last week I disagreed with you quite a bit (I enjoy DP, but it's not great), I did find that you laid out your case fairly well. Here, not so much! You talk at length that PT is poorly paced, but do not mention any scenes that you found to last too long. On top of, the only example you have of said pacing problems is the fact that the gun-leg doesn't come in until the end. As a 'grindhouse' movie, of course the big set-piece wouldn't happen until then! Moreover, sure, action scene after
While last week I disagreed with you quite a bit (I enjoy DP, but it's not great), I did find that you laid out your case fairly well. Here, not so much! You talk at length that PT is poorly paced, but do not mention any scenes that you found to last too long. On top of, the only example you have of said pacing problems is the fact that the gun-leg doesn't come in until the end. As a 'grindhouse' movie, of course the big set-piece wouldn't happen until then! Moreover, sure, action scene after action scene might not make a good movie, how is it poorly paced? Boring? Perhaps, that's a matter of opinion. But rushing to action scene to action scene does not make a movie poorly paced. Too quick, perhaps? One more note, when was this movie ever a comedy? OMFG! You didn't laugh at a movie that wasn't a comedy, the world is ending!
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8:13PM on 03/23/2012
You suck!
You suck!
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7:21PM on 03/23/2012
I understand that this column is about opinions, but yours is wrong.
I understand that this column is about opinions, but yours is wrong.
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5:17PM on 03/23/2012

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So not true!!!
So not true!!!
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5:05PM on 03/23/2012

Agreed...

Dull film, brings nothing new to the genre aside from better quality production. People were annoyed by DeathProof because it turns the genre on its head (and sure, those long convos might not be everyones cup of tea). PT is content with its cool feel and execution, but the story leaves me flat.
Dull film, brings nothing new to the genre aside from better quality production. People were annoyed by DeathProof because it turns the genre on its head (and sure, those long convos might not be everyones cup of tea). PT is content with its cool feel and execution, but the story leaves me flat.
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4:39PM on 03/23/2012

This Writer Should Be Banned!

You make not one, but two awful calls as a cinefile here, not only is PLANET TERROR far better a film than Death Proof, but also, Once Upon A Time In Mexico is Rodriguez's worst film, it is laughable compared to Desperado, its only redeeming factor was Depp, and Im not even a Depp fanboy like everyone else. I mostly agree with the Unpopular Opinion because they generally reflect the opinion of cult cinema aficionados, which in definition isn't loved by masses but still appreciated by film
You make not one, but two awful calls as a cinefile here, not only is PLANET TERROR far better a film than Death Proof, but also, Once Upon A Time In Mexico is Rodriguez's worst film, it is laughable compared to Desperado, its only redeeming factor was Depp, and Im not even a Depp fanboy like everyone else. I mostly agree with the Unpopular Opinion because they generally reflect the opinion of cult cinema aficionados, which in definition isn't loved by masses but still appreciated by film fanatics. But this latest Unpopular Opinion has diminished the credibility of this long running column.
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2:13PM on 03/23/2012
Rodriguez sucks. There, I said it- Sin City was the only thing he's done that I thought was cool, but even still had laugh-out-loud embarrasingly bad moments. He's an excellent film technician though, just kind of a shitty storyteller.
Rodriguez sucks. There, I said it- Sin City was the only thing he's done that I thought was cool, but even still had laugh-out-loud embarrasingly bad moments. He's an excellent film technician though, just kind of a shitty storyteller.
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2:08PM on 03/23/2012

Both Films

I immensely enjoyed both films and the trailers, but they're different grindhouse throwbacks. PT focuses on the cliche characters and actions; keeps it fast-paced to keep it interesting. DP uses the slow burn technique. Go on and hate the longwinded discussions, but I feel that you're witnessing the methodology of Stuntman Mike. The first half you're trying to find out what he's about. Everything from car on is TENSE. It's more tense because we have a taste of who these people are and
I immensely enjoyed both films and the trailers, but they're different grindhouse throwbacks. PT focuses on the cliche characters and actions; keeps it fast-paced to keep it interesting. DP uses the slow burn technique. Go on and hate the longwinded discussions, but I feel that you're witnessing the methodology of Stuntman Mike. The first half you're trying to find out what he's about. Everything from car on is TENSE. It's more tense because we have a taste of who these people are and we're seeing how menacing he can be. The second half focuses on a new set of girls, to build that tension that they can also die. Who are they makes the grande finale more interesting and also more tense. I love the car chase scene. I also love Stuntman Mike being shot and whining. I love the turn of events. I welcome the change, and I see the mask being ripped off as way more interesting. PT jumps right into these scenarios with little set-up. DP all but builds on set-ups. I believe they may have been shortened, but to lose them completely would take away from the high points of the film.
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12:50PM on 03/23/2012
I actually agree with you that Death Proof, if I must choose, is the better film. But you seem to either miss, or be unwelcome to the fact that this wasn't played for straight scares. The characters here are all larger-than-life, with "useless" talents that wind up saving their lives. El Wray is indeed damn boring, despite that I like Freddy Rodriguez in the part. I was really more disappointed at how little of Josh Brolin there was. His hair-trigger temper was hilarious and he was scarier than
I actually agree with you that Death Proof, if I must choose, is the better film. But you seem to either miss, or be unwelcome to the fact that this wasn't played for straight scares. The characters here are all larger-than-life, with "useless" talents that wind up saving their lives. El Wray is indeed damn boring, despite that I like Freddy Rodriguez in the part. I was really more disappointed at how little of Josh Brolin there was. His hair-trigger temper was hilarious and he was scarier than any of the zombies. But comparing this movie to 28 Days Later is like comparing Commando to Platoon. One is played for chuckles, the other is dead serious. And by the way, Rodriguez is pretty bad when it comes to character development anyway. He enjoys fun, on-the-fly action and insanity that just serves to move things along. He's actually kind of the opposite of Tarantino, who can't help but make really long movies full of people talking. And as TarantinoDork says, these are meant to be seen together. They can work as stand-alones, but they work better as compliments to one another.
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12:50PM on 03/23/2012
PT was awesome. I feel like Rodriguez, Wright, and Eli Roth (who I hate) really captured the grindhouse feel and Tarantino and Zombie (who I hate more) dropped the friggin' ball.
PT was awesome. I feel like Rodriguez, Wright, and Eli Roth (who I hate) really captured the grindhouse feel and Tarantino and Zombie (who I hate more) dropped the friggin' ball.
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11:30AM on 03/23/2012
I agree with what a lot of the strikes have said. I definitely do not find this to be his worse action movie (Once Upon A Time in Mexico is worse) than this and Death Proof just drags on forever. Its so boring! The sole reason for having the DVD is playing it on nights when I cannot sleep. Just the job just as much as nyquil. This movie was very funny, had entertaining action, and actually made me want to be in it. I agree Cherry's story with El Wray was weak but Josh Brolin and Michael Biehn's
I agree with what a lot of the strikes have said. I definitely do not find this to be his worse action movie (Once Upon A Time in Mexico is worse) than this and Death Proof just drags on forever. Its so boring! The sole reason for having the DVD is playing it on nights when I cannot sleep. Just the job just as much as nyquil. This movie was very funny, had entertaining action, and actually made me want to be in it. I agree Cherry's story with El Wray was weak but Josh Brolin and Michael Biehn's characters were awesome. Dakota Block's characters was fucking awesome as well. Just can't agree with your opinion here.
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10:02AM on 03/23/2012
Planet Terror = CRAPFEST. Glad to see this article on the site, hated this horrible movie. Typical RR flick
Planet Terror = CRAPFEST. Glad to see this article on the site, hated this horrible movie. Typical RR flick
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9:57AM on 03/23/2012
You might have had me if you went after Machete, which I found a bit tame (still dig it)...but not the absolutely gorgeous and hysterical genre mash-up Planet Terror. Love it more every time I see it. Its the 'Airplane!' of zombie movies.

And again, this column makes the mistake of splitting the two halves of Grindhouse. Its one movie. Both halves compliment each other correctly. Planet Terror brings the explosions and over-the-top whackiness...Death Proof brings the dialog, characters,
You might have had me if you went after Machete, which I found a bit tame (still dig it)...but not the absolutely gorgeous and hysterical genre mash-up Planet Terror. Love it more every time I see it. Its the 'Airplane!' of zombie movies.

And again, this column makes the mistake of splitting the two halves of Grindhouse. Its one movie. Both halves compliment each other correctly. Planet Terror brings the explosions and over-the-top whackiness...Death Proof brings the dialog, characters, music, and the greatest car chase ever filmed. Watch one but not the other, you're not
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9:48AM on 03/23/2012

"You killed Bin Laden?"

"I put two in his heart, one in his computer."

Great flick.
"I put two in his heart, one in his computer."

Great flick.
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8:52AM on 03/23/2012
I think you may have just gone into the film with a bad mood. I didn't find Planet Terror to be boring. I liked them both. I found bits of them funny and disturbing, always interesting and never boring.
I think you may have just gone into the film with a bad mood. I didn't find Planet Terror to be boring. I liked them both. I found bits of them funny and disturbing, always interesting and never boring.
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8:31AM on 03/23/2012
So you find Planet Terror the boring flick, while Death Proof is the interesting flick. ....This must be opposite month, or you just have bad taste.
So you find Planet Terror the boring flick, while Death Proof is the interesting flick. ....This must be opposite month, or you just have bad taste.
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10:03AM on 03/23/2012
Or YOU just have bad taste, ever think of that?
Or YOU just have bad taste, ever think of that?
11:26AM on 03/23/2012
No its ok man I feel the same way. Death Proof is boring as hell
No its ok man I feel the same way. Death Proof is boring as hell
1:01PM on 03/23/2012
Do I think of that?... Nope b/c I don't make assessments like, Planet Terror is boring while Death Proof is interesting.
Do I think of that?... Nope b/c I don't make assessments like, Planet Terror is boring while Death Proof is interesting.
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7:46AM on 03/23/2012
I actually enjoy Planet Terror more than Death Proof.
I actually enjoy Planet Terror more than Death Proof.
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7:43AM on 03/23/2012
Love this movie and it's the perfect homage to Grindhouse films in every detail.
Love this movie and it's the perfect homage to Grindhouse films in every detail.
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7:35AM on 03/23/2012
Yep, "DEATH PROOF" really grew on me, while "PLANET TERROR" just looks more silly and ridiculous with each viewing. Pocket bikes, machine gun legs? Rodriguez turned that whole thing into a parody (pretty much like he did with "Machete") rather than into a love letter to those kind of flicks. But his "Once upon a time..." was way worse!
Yep, "DEATH PROOF" really grew on me, while "PLANET TERROR" just looks more silly and ridiculous with each viewing. Pocket bikes, machine gun legs? Rodriguez turned that whole thing into a parody (pretty much like he did with "Machete") rather than into a love letter to those kind of flicks. But his "Once upon a time..." was way worse!
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7:17AM on 03/23/2012

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I think he just enjoys going against popular opinion for the fun of it. Planet Terror accomplished exactly what it set out to do. It was Labelled as a GRINDHOUSE Movie! and that's exactly what you got a Great Grindhouse! I dont go into Girl with the dragon tattoo expecting to laugh. Then call it a bad movie when I Dont.

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I think he just enjoys going against popular opinion for the fun of it. Planet Terror accomplished exactly what it set out to do. It was Labelled as a GRINDHOUSE Movie! and that's exactly what you got a Great Grindhouse! I dont go into Girl with the dragon tattoo expecting to laugh. Then call it a bad movie when I Dont.

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7:04AM on 03/23/2012

Nope

While I don't consider myself a fan of Rodriguez, I enjoyed Planet Terror a hell of lot more than Death Proof.
While I don't consider myself a fan of Rodriguez, I enjoyed Planet Terror a hell of lot more than Death Proof.
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6:49AM on 03/23/2012

Reading this article

was just so. Damn. slow.
By the way you know it's called Grindhouse, right?
was just so. Damn. slow.
By the way you know it's called Grindhouse, right?
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6:24AM on 03/23/2012

I had fun with it...

but I just cannot stand that little man Freddy Rodriguez, I don't buy him as a tough guy. Even in a film where actors are encouraged to ham it up he was terrible.
but I just cannot stand that little man Freddy Rodriguez, I don't buy him as a tough guy. Even in a film where actors are encouraged to ham it up he was terrible.
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5:27AM on 03/23/2012
Ugh, this really is the worst column on this site. Both Grindhouse flicks were shite but at least PT had something to it. Death Proof is right up there as one of the worst, most self indulgent, boring and worst directed curly turds ever put to screen. Buh, fuck this column and all who write it. Im right,youre wrong and if Im ever unsure Ill solicit the opinion of my grandma before I waste time on this again. *grammy's dead btw*
Ugh, this really is the worst column on this site. Both Grindhouse flicks were shite but at least PT had something to it. Death Proof is right up there as one of the worst, most self indulgent, boring and worst directed curly turds ever put to screen. Buh, fuck this column and all who write it. Im right,youre wrong and if Im ever unsure Ill solicit the opinion of my grandma before I waste time on this again. *grammy's dead btw*
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5:25AM on 03/23/2012

wow

Seriously alot of the problems you had with Planet Terror are the problems I had with Once upon A Time In Mexico which I consider to be Rodriguez weakest adult film.

I agree about El Ray, which just becomes annoying and boring. I also don't know what Robert saw in Freddy as a leading actor, he is the weakest part of the film.

What is best about the film is the excellent dialog, I easily know what scenes those quotes you put up came from. Can't do that with Death Proof.
Seriously alot of the problems you had with Planet Terror are the problems I had with Once upon A Time In Mexico which I consider to be Rodriguez weakest adult film.

I agree about El Ray, which just becomes annoying and boring. I also don't know what Robert saw in Freddy as a leading actor, he is the weakest part of the film.

What is best about the film is the excellent dialog, I easily know what scenes those quotes you put up came from. Can't do that with Death Proof.
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4:27AM on 03/23/2012
Based on this review, I don't think I'd trust this guy on any of his opinions. I guess "unpopular opinion" means "wrong opinion."
Based on this review, I don't think I'd trust this guy on any of his opinions. I guess "unpopular opinion" means "wrong opinion."
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4:16AM on 03/23/2012
Wow I expect a lot of red on this column. Bad form sir.
Wow I expect a lot of red on this column. Bad form sir.
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3:22AM on 03/23/2012

I believe you've missed the point.

It was supposed to be trashy, you weren't supposed to "connect to the characters" at all. You were just supposed to watch shit blow up, some cool zombie gore effects, and actors chewing scenery trying their best to take a ridiculous movie seriously.
The whole point of the film is to point out the absurdities of B-Movie Grindhouse films, and how they try so hard to take themselves seriously whilst delivering over-the-top gore. They are unintentionally hilarious. Planet Terror is trying,
It was supposed to be trashy, you weren't supposed to "connect to the characters" at all. You were just supposed to watch shit blow up, some cool zombie gore effects, and actors chewing scenery trying their best to take a ridiculous movie seriously.
The whole point of the film is to point out the absurdities of B-Movie Grindhouse films, and how they try so hard to take themselves seriously whilst delivering over-the-top gore. They are unintentionally hilarious. Planet Terror is trying, intentionally, to make something appear to be unintentionally hilarious.
Just because the characters act seriously, doesn't mean the film is taking itself seriously. There's machine gun legs, the removal of testicles, rapists whose balls melt off, an entire scene missing that's supposed to "advance" pivitol plot points, etc, etc. The only thing serious in this film is the delivery of lines, the point of which is to make you laugh at the straight faced delivery of such hilarious garbage.
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5:59AM on 03/23/2012
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