Big question: Can all this homage justify spending three hours in the theater?
Skip it: If you can't enjoy a movie with so many moments of giddy, no-holds-barred entertainment that at one point someone in the theater yelled, "Rewind it!"
Bottom line: "Grindhouse" suffers slightly from its length, and "Planet Terror" works less than "Death Proof" to reinvent the cliches. But this is an epic dream-come-true for nostalgia-holics that can still delight anyone who wants their banter snappy, their death scenes squishy and their filmmakers to have as much fun as their audience.
Bonus: The ladies of "Death Proof" insist that a mix tape is far more romantic than a mix CD. Any love for an iTunes playlist?
Matt Pais is the metromix movies producer.
'Grindhouse: Planet Terror'
Written, directed and photographed by Robert Rodriguez; edited by Rodriguez and Sally Menke; production design by Steve Joyner and Caylah Eddleblute; produced by Rodriguez and Elizabeth Avellan. A Dimension Films release; opens Friday on a double bill with "Death Proof." MPAA rating: R (for strong graphic bloody violence and gore, pervasive language, some sexuality, nudity and drug use).
Cherry - Rose McGowan
Wray - Freddy Rodriguez
Block - Josh Brolin
Dakota - Marley Shelton
'Grindhouse: Death Proof'
Written, directed and photographed by Quentin Tarantino; edited by Sally Menke; production design by Steve Joyner and Caylah Eddleblute; produced by Tarantino and Erica Steinberg. A Dimension Films release; opens Friday on a double bill with "Planet Terror." MPAA rating: R (for strong graphic bloody violence and gore, pervasive language, some sexuality, nudity and drug use).
Stuntman Mike - Kurt Russell
Zoe - Zoe Bell
Abernathy - Rosario Dawson
Kim - Tracie Thoms