Thursday, March 13, 2008

Death Proof

Some people asked me if I really liked ‘death proof’. I have to think for a while. Fuck!, YES!, just for the second part, but yes, it is increible!!

Death proof is the second film of 'Grindhouse', a project created by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. The idea was inspired in the double season, very popular in the 70’s and 80’s. Two films for the price of one. But in Europe this, didn't work. Why to sell one film if you earn twice selling 2 films? $$$$$

Anyway, my brother gave 'death proof' special edition to me. I went to the cinema with him 4 or 5 months ago and I really enjoyed the movie. Seriously. Although we watched it in spanish. Yes, that was the worse part.
But, we were there and it was like, is she(Zoë Bell) really over the hood of the car? Why I am seeing her face all the fucking time? Where is the stuntwoman? These 15 minutes of the film are really exicting. Yes, I really love this part.

The first story, it is a bit silly. 3 women, just talking about guys, sometimes funny, the majority of the times a little bored, because you are waiting for the action once you see Kurt Russell. So you are saying, come on girls, get out of the bar, someone wants to kill all of you... :-)

About the second story. Here, it is a lesson of how to write a script. It is very functional, sometimes too much. You know the film is built around the scene of the car. So Tarantino don't forget any of the elements he needs for that scene. The 3 women are apparently just talking, but from that conversations we know that Zoë is from New Zealand, she wants to test a car and she is the best stuntwoman you ever met. We know too that Kim is another stuntwoman who drive as you never seen before and has a gun. With all of this and a killer that use his car as a weapon, we have built the scene. Easy, or what?

Now let's talk about 'the scene'. Oh god!!!!!!!!! It is increible!!!! Another lesson of how to make an action scene without having the camera out of focus all the time.
Once you know Zoë Bell is a stuntwoman, you realize that Tarantino could work with complete freedom. Yes, but when the car goes 60 km/h, sorry Quentin I don't think the car go faster, how Zoë can keep herself on the hood of the car?,... just with the strength of her arms? too strong or what?... you know there is no place for a cable because the car is in movement.... I really need to know how they did this... oh god!!!!!

I can talk more about 'the scene', but more than one hundred of grammar mistakes per text is enough. So I will finish writing one of my favorite conversations of the film after the 'I'm ok' of Zoë.

Enjoy this!

- Stuntman Mike: Well, Pam, which way you going, left or right?
- Pam: Right
- S. Mike: That' too bad
- Pam: Why?
- S.Mike: it was 50/50 shot on whether you'd be going left or right. You see, we're both going left. You could have just as easily going left too, and if that was the case, it would have been awhile before you started getting scared. But since you're going the other way, I'm afraid you're gonna have to start getting scared immediately.

YES, this time I watched the film in english. :-) cheers!!!



moses said...

it is a tribute to a time period where many films were 50% talking and 50% action

tyxdan said...

You can't wrong with Planet Terror