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  • Death Proof

    Death Proof

    ★★★★½

    Tarantino Challenge (His Work and The Work That Inspired It)

    letterboxd.com/hellofidelio/list/tarantino-ranked-1/

    This might seem like a short and somewhat lazy review but I really have a hard time explaining why I adore this film so much. It’s my second favorite Tarantino right behind Pulp Fiction. Maybe it’s the visual aesthetic, the beautiful women and the great music. I don’t really know, but it’s always worked for me on many levels that I feel I can’t truly identify fully. What it does better than most of his work is make the hyper realism feel naturalistic through language and pacing. Also it has daddy Eli Roth in it.

  • Dirty Mary Crazy Larry

    Dirty Mary Crazy Larry

    ★★★★

    Tarantino Challenge (His Work and The Work That Inspired It)

    letterboxd.com/hellofidelio/list/tarantino-challenge-his-work-and-the-work/

    Three films come to mind when I think pure grindhouse - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Rolling Thunder, and this underrated gem. The simplicity of this premise and the smooth pace at which it takes advantage of it is great. In terms of car chase flicks, this should be essential viewing. Sure the stunts aren’t like mind blowing or anything but the action overall is solid and the characters are non stop entertaining. Other grindhouse films were probably larger influences on Tarantino’s Death Proof, but I think this is definitely in its DNA.

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  • Dragged Across Concrete

    Dragged Across Concrete

    ★★★★½

    Zahler’s Best Yet

    The compulsion to engage with someone’s work and find the most vile, malicious, and as negative as possible interpretations of its text is just something I’ll never understand.

    If you want more detailed thoughts on why I loved it, others have already said it better. Check out the reviews from Eli Hayes, he’s a good boy.

  • Zombi 3

    Zombi 3

    ★★★★

    A Train Wreck...but like a glorious train wreck where no one is on it to get hurt and the train explodes into fireworks that spell out “ITALY, FUCK YEAH!”.

    Truly an end of an era for Italian genre filmmaking as well as a cap off to much of 70’s and 80’s zombie flicks. Outside of the previous Zombi’s like Dawn of The Dead (Zombi in Italy) and Zombie (Zombi 2 in Italy), there’s also obvious influences from Return of The…