Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse is a stunning pop epic, a film that is not only a love letter to 1970's drive-in cinema but a throwback to the studio era of the 1940's, when directors like Howard Hawks and Preston Sturges made movies that were simultaneously massively entertaining and intensely personal. The central conceit of the film is that it recreates the experience of going to a 1970's grindhouse theatre where one could see a double feature of exploitation films, most likely in the horror, action, or softcore genres. To that end, it contains two full-length features, Rodriguez's sci-fi zombie powerhouse Planet Terror, and Tarantino's Death Proof, a slasher film by way of Walter Hill and Sam Peckinpah. It also has some hilarious phony trailers both before and between the features, with guest directors Rob Zombie, Edgar Wright, and Eli Roth contributing short pieces so clever and entertaining that they would justify going to see Grindhouse even if it didn't already contain two exploitation masterpieces.
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