Re: RARA-AVIS: Grindhouse, anybody?

From: Kevin Burton Smith (
Date: 13 May 2007

On Apr 8, 2007, at 7:18 AM, wrote:

> John wrote;
> "[Rose MacGowan's machine gun leg] sounds to me like a riff on Carl
> Hiassen's weed whacker for an arm in one of his early books."
> Given that it's in a zombie movie, I'd tie its lineage to Ash's
> chainsaw
> arm in Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness.

Probably. I'm tempted to say Tartantino has never read a book in his life -- he's too busy watching movies -- except that JACKIE BROWN was such a great adaptation of Elmore Leonard.

It's certainly the most, um, mature and mainstream of his films (and on most days, my favourite of his films). I thought it was a logical artistic progression from RESERVOIR DOGS and PULP FICTION.

So, his subsequent output seems like a big step backwards to me. His first three films all seemed witty and smart and fresh (and were all, coincidentally, crime films) whereas both KILL BILLs and GRINDHOUSE seem like adolescent, self-indulgent wallow disguised as "homage". Fun, but still refried beans.

A lot of surface, but little real heart.

Maybe somebody should send Mr. Tarantino a box of crime paperbacks to get him out of that damn private screening room of his.

CASINO ROYALE would have been a good choice. Or one of Dan Simmon's Joe Kurtz books. And imagine what he could do with one of Ellroy's doorstoppers.


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