Sunday, December 5, 2010
AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE (2010)
Good documentary on the history of "grindhouse" and exploitation movies and movies in general. The film takes you from the sleaze in the very first motion pictures ever made, right up to that Tarantino/Rodriquez Hollywood flop(which turned the word "grindhouse" into a trendy thing for wannabee-hip assholes to say). This is probably the best and most comprehensive look at these types of movies as they hit on almost every sub-genre in some detail. Of course you could just buy a bunch of books on the subject and learn a whole lot more there but for the less literate-minded among us this is fairly informative. You get comments and stories from a bunch of folks involved in the world of outrageous cinema like Ted V. Mikels, Jack Hill, Joe Dante, Bill Lustig and narration by Robert Forster. It moves along quickly and is edited together well. I would definitely recommend this to anyone with an interest in the history of the types of movies that played on 42nd Street before it became just another Disney-fied shopping center.