Monday, April 09, 2007

Girl Power

Tarantino does it again. He continues to write some of the strongest uncompromising characters for women.

Now, these ain't ladies who are looking Mr. Right, or trying to break through the glass ceiling at work, trace the meaning of family roots by worrying if we are like our mothers or not, or fight corporate America...the women of Grindhouse might just be completely unlikeable. They don't care if we like them or not. Nice? Nice is for the dead.

That's what makes them such powerful and complimetary portrayals and creations. Tarantino doesn't see women as needing a lift up from a guy to be strong. He already knows women are the strongest motherfuckers on the planet. They can kick your ass, watch your back and save the world.

There no endless soulsearching rap about how women are people too. There isn't time for that shit. We've got zombies and homicidal maniacs to fight. And we look damn fine while fightin' em.

We don't need no stinking love stories.

A review and backdrop


Gardenia said...

Hear ye! Hear ye! I'm looking forward to seeing this. I've always loved Angelia Jolie for some of the strong characters she plays - and for the strong character she is....and watching the women in this movie I think will be maybe even a better experience! Did you ever see the LaFemme Nikita TV series? Maybe around the late 90's...?

Candy Minx said...

Oh yes good example, I loved both the Femme Nikita movies...watched the tv show just a little. You're right Angelina Jolie does usually play strong characters with unusual dialogue or twists.

It's the dialogue epecially in the second movie by Tarantino that really was cool and tight and challenging...simple almost like Mamet only hip and different kind of snack bracket?

Candy Minx said...

All kinds of tidbits in this movie, which makes it a movie for movie lovers. The women on the second from right in pink Uma Thurmans stunt woman. The great make-up artist Tom Seveigny plays a finger bitten cop in zombie half of movie.

Unknown said...

mithras and grindhouse? i think i've found a kindred spirit. wicked blog, m'lady

Candy Minx said...

Hey thanks werebrock, nice to meet kindred spirits.

Unknown said...

I can't wait to see this! Though I think I'll end up renting it. :(

I can never seem to find a babysitter when I need one. :)

* (asterisk) said...

Can you believe they are splitting the Grindhouse double bill into two separately released pictures over here, completely missing the whole premise! I'm super-pissed and so will wait for the DVD. Even tho' I'm a little over QT, I can't get enough of that crazy Robert Rodriguez!

* (asterisk) said...

And check out this great 7-page round-table discussion with QT, RR, and a bunch of other filmmakers, including the late Bob Clark.

Candy Minx said...

Wow, what an interview!!!

" The great thing about that scene is that you really get to know the characters and begin to like them. The camerawork is terrific, but what really interested me was how you got the performances. The girls are amazing."

Check that out...

You know what I can kind of imagine why the films are broken up for other markets. There was a marketing strategy, just like service stations "save more gas" in america that drove these exploitation movies.

Other markets do care about a different kind of quality and dialogue so I cans ee the difference.

The good news? Red can skip the Rodriguez film and see the Tarantino's the one with the especially amazing and compelling women characters.

I am so humbled readign god...I think I know mivies and have seena lot. I've seen many of the ones they were talking about, but still, his memory for directors, for various tidbits is overwhelming.

I just fell in love with him all over again, thanks * !


Lookin forward to seein it. Caz wants a gun in her leg.

* (asterisk) said...

Candy, I was saying the (almost) exact same thing about QT to Red. His ability to recall the tiniest details about the most obscure movies and their stars/producers/directors is astonishing.

I'm like you, in that I think I know movies and I have a pretty eclectic taste, but this guy takes it to a whole new level. Actually very humbling. Even Bob Clark (I think, in that interview) says something like, "I have no idea what you guys are talking about!"

Anonymous said...

Rock on, tough gals who kick mega ass! Sounds like a marvelous movie.

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