Happy Good Friday, one and all! What's so good about it, you ask? Well, it's Friday, for one thing. Honestly, isn't that enough? Seriously, there's lots to look forward to this weekend: Easter, The Sopranos, Entourage (yes, I'll admit it, I'm something of an HBO whore), and one of the most hotly anticipated movies of this young spring ...
What It's About: Best buds Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino team up for a double feature paying homage to an era when the movies were trashy, the women were ... uh, trashy, and the gore was cheesily over-the-top. Rodriguez's Planet Terror is a terrifically bad ("bad" meaning "awesome") zombie flick starring Rose McGowan as an go-go dancer with a machine gun for a leg and Freddy Rodriguez as her gunslinging ex-boyfriend; Tarantino's Death Proof is about a stunt man (Kurt Russell) who stalks women with his muscle car and then -- well, let's just say his car has a skull and crossbones on it, and leave it at that. Oh, and don't forget the fake slasher-film trailers contributed by Rodriguez, Eli Roth, Rob Zombie and Edgar Wright.
Why It Might Do Well: The release of this film, with its two powerhouse directors, is definitely an event. When's the last time a movie (or movies) dropped all pretense and just reveled in being fun? All the fanboys who've seen 300 four times have something else to salivate about now.
Why It Might Not Do Well: At 180 minutes long, Grindhouse can only have so many showings a day. And let's face it, not everyone's a fan of Tarantino or Rodriguez -- ultimately you're either dying to see this film, or you wouldn't go see it if Tarantino himself showed up at your door and begged.
Prediction: $26 million
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