Does The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day frighten you? Is it its scar?
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
Quentin Tarantino and Kurt Russell, two of the coolest cats to happen to film, are in today’s behind the scenes pic. Of course, it’s from Death Proof, which I am a big fan of. Especially the original Grindhouse cut. I think the longer cut is fun, but overstays its welcome a bit.
I particularly like the character of Stuntman Mike. Not just because Kurt Russell did such a good job with him, but because of the switcheroo of that character. He’s a creepy despicable murderer that seems to be the cock of the walk until someone actually puts up a real fight and I love how quickly they spin the character 180 degrees.
So, below you have Quentin and Stuntman Mike himself. Click to embiggen!
Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic doesn’t want this anymore! It wants to call this off!
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Jan. 22, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST
Though Stuntman Mike is just a cool. I agree the Grindhouse cut for Death Proof is better.
Jan. 22, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST
Jan. 22, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST
He's a stuntman.
Jan. 22, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST
by The Bear
I have to admit that I think this is one of Quentin Tarantino's least successful efforts. It's waaaaaaaaaay too talky. Yes, I know he's in love with his own dialogue, and usually it's pretty cool, but everytime those girls would sit down to talk some more, the entire audience I saw it with blew out a collective sigh of, "Oh, God, get back to Kurt Russell!" The dialogue is not that interesting, and it really cuts into the tension. I'm a big Tarantino fan (especially love "Inglourious Basterds"), but this one was a bit failure for me.
Jan. 22, 2011, 2:25 p.m. CST
It's not as hip as Pulp Fiction, not as clever as Reservoir Dogs, or as classy as Jackie Brown. <br><p> That's what I love about it. While Planet Terror felt like a parody of exploitation movies, Death Proof motherfucking IS an exploitation movie, to a T, right down to the sad fact that every grindhouse flick in the history of the "genre" is slow as hell getting to the good bits. To me, if you slipped Death Proof into the middle of a marathon consisting of Death Race and Vanishing Point, you'd barely notice they're separated by thirty years. <br><p> It was a fascinating experiment, and I think it's one of the coolest things Quentin's ever done, just because with all his success and critical praise, it'd be incredibly easy to think you're too good for something like this. I desperately hope the low box office didn't kill his willingness to experiment. Mind you, I loved Basterds to death, so I'm not complaining. This may be sacrilege around these parts, but I honestly think he came back a better filmmaker after that six year break after Jackie Brown. Can't wait to see what's next.
I thought even the original abbreviated cut was too long and overstayed it's welcome by about 20 minutes, so I can't imagine how tiresome much of the dialogue got in the extended cut. Odd to think that what was once considered Tarintino's chief asset (that is, his ear for interesting speech and clever dialogue) turned to tin in the first act of this flick. Agreed on Kurt Russell's performance however - the best I'd seen out of him in a long time. Pumped full of charismatic menace that is blown to smithereens. If it wasn't for what's her name's incredible bedonk, he'd be the best thing about the movie.
Jan. 22, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST
But then he plays the part of a cocky asshole, so is it acting? So then, I guess it's BRILLIANT! Naw. What bothers me most about Death Proof was watching Tarantino on all the talk shows hyping, in his crack addict style, the concluding car chase. About how authentic it would be. There'd be no digital, and it would be the best car chase of all time. Sorry. Friedkin and Yates beat you left and right. I found the chase actually boring.
Jan. 22, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST
Tarantino actually made a perfect grindhouse film (a little too perfect). Clearly nobody understands that though.
Jan. 22, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST
Inglorious Basterds was fantastic (easily his best) but he is definitely not one of the coolest cats to happen to film. However, he tries desperately to be so and his effort is visible.
Jan. 22, 2011, 3:13 p.m. CST
Both Tarantino and Rodriguez's (even though RR's was a bit silly) contributions to Grindhouse were perfect homages to the gouble-feature films from back in the day. The problem was (other than the poor marketing campaign) that the majority of modern movie-going audiences have no connection/experience/understanding of that genre of films, and therefore did not get what Grindhouse was trying to do. That's because most modern moviegoers are 17 and under. Anybody older than that, for the most part, tends to wait til something's on video if it got good word of mouth, rather than have to deal with the (mostly) teenage audiences that can't lay off their effin cell phones for more than 20 minutes at a time, like little technocrackheads. My point is that QT/RR made the movie 15-20 years too late for audiences to understand. Those of us that remember fondly catching a double feature back then (or have since sought out the films) got it and loved it. Unfortunately, it's a wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide divide between us and them.
Jan. 22, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST
with the difference that they are made by a very talented guy with a big budget.it's this reason why IB were trashed in the Oscars and why Q is never going to get his golden statues unless he grows up and leave his grindhouse influences/passion rest and be a bit more serious with his films. I know that this is not what his fans want from him,thats why his most serious and also best film Jackie Brown,happens to be the least favorite among them but at some point you must ignore them and focus on your career and give a big challenge to yourself as an artist. who knows maybe that dream project of his,his western epic, might turn out to be his magnum opus and give him all the oscars he wants,but until then we will have to suffer a new KB flick...sigh...
Jan. 22, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST
but he is very talented and he knows how to make good flicks.and for someone who was taught to do that by himself,well thats a big compliment.
Jan. 22, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST
There, I said it.
Jan. 22, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST
EFE = ESCAPE FROM EARTH
Jan. 22, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST
So the Oscars don't mean much in the long run. Pretty much everybody I know, of any given age, has seen Hitchcock movies... but I don't know anyone who has seen or remembers The English Patient. I also agree Jackie Brown is fantastic (and arguably his best). And Basterds was the most original film of its year... but Hurt Locker was the safe choice. But people will still be watching Basterds in ten years... so it's the true winner.
Jan. 22, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST
Jan. 22, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST
rather angry after the ending of last year's Oscars ceremony.and it is a know fact that Hitchcock in reality was very sad that he never got one.Kubrick probably naver gave any shit but thats Kubrick for you. yes i agree swe the fans know that Oscar mean shit but the artist himself is a person and sometimes as a person he has his own goals and desires to achieve.no problem with that. and yeah i do want QT to win a best oscar for his movie,only to see what he is going to say in his speech in front of all those "serious" celebs. heh.
Jan. 22, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST
Totally forgot about that line in Death Proof. Coolio.
Jan. 22, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST
In the first act, anyway. All that talky bullshit with the girls in the beginning built tension. You got to know them, even if you didn't like them, so that ten seconds of grotesque brutality that caps the first act felt genuinely shocking. I didn't expect it to be so languorous off the hop so I spent the whole time wondering when something was going to happen, and there's enough silence and creep to it that it kept me mostly on edge -- but just when I got comfortable with that BLAM, leg goes flying, face smeared off, barf, wretch. The rest of it was okay, but I really think that first act was awesome.
Jan. 22, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST
Pam Grier is compelling, and it was a smart twist on the standard Q formula. And yes, very talky and therefore easily dismissed by the masses.
Jan. 22, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST
can someone explain what makes his movies so good? I frankly haven't enjoyed a single one of them. The dialogue sucks, the action is overstylized, they are hyperviolent, the plot is usually pretty simple, and the characters 2D. I didn't even watch IB after Kill Bill....I was built up for that and I didn't like it. Then I found out Kill Bill was just a mish mash of scenes from other movies...so it was basically a cut and paste job. Thats just my POV, I'd love an actual explanation of why I am wrong. Maybe he's just not my style?
Jan. 22, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST
mutual understanding eh braindrain?.ROFL.
Jan. 22, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST
the guy is as annoying as shit in his interviews. He talks but doesn't speak.
Jan. 22, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST
His Charlie Rose interviews, specifically the one about Basterds, are very insightful.
Jan. 22, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST
Jan. 22, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST
I only liked about the last 15 minutes of Death Proof.
Jan. 22, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST
Jan. 22, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST
Very misleading and disappointing.
Jan. 22, 2011, 7:45 p.m. CST
on his earlier reputation. Taken at its time, RESERVOIR DOGS was pretty striking. That style of looping, banal, intense dialogue has now been done and re-done, but in the early 90's it was very different and cool. And RD's excessive violence was considered bracing, not lurid or creepy. I don't necessarily agree with that, but it's where a lot of peole thought, and I can see where they're coming from. PULP FICTION was recieved in much the same way, for basically the same reasons. JACKIE BROWN tried to (somewhat) break that mold, with more human characters and less violence, but it didn't really measure up to its predecessors' success. I don't know if QT retreated thereafter or if it's just coincidence, but all of his movies since have retained, to varying degrees, the strengths and weaknesses of his first two movies. And people have responded failry enthusiastically. He's sort of a brand now, audiences know what to expect, and he delivers. So I think it comes down to the fact that he was considered revolutionary 15-20 years ago, he still does the same kind of thing, and people still like it. I don't know if that explains anything.
Jan. 22, 2011, 8:07 p.m. CST
extremely bored with Planet Terror and really entertained with Death Proof, and was so extremely impressed with Tarrantino's action skills with the car stuff. What kind of guys are you all?
Jan. 22, 2011, 8:39 p.m. CST
by My friends call me Killjoy
And who are you to say I'm wrong? He has a vibe and point of view which distinguish his films that are engaging to many viewers. His films are not serious, they're pulp, so I wouldn't place him in the same category as Kubrick (as an artist), but you could compare the two in many ways. I would also go on record as saying that he proved himself as a master of suspense with Inglorious Basterds. Both the opening scene and the bar room scene are as suspenseful as anything Hitchcock ever did. He was able to wring the tension out of every spoken word. If you don't like Quentin's movies, that's fine. Me? I'll be at the midnight show for his next feature, no matter what it is.
Jan. 22, 2011, 9:08 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
So it's automatically better than the Grindhouse cut. ;) I actually think Death Proof is terribly underrated (I don't see how hot chicks sitting around talking about banal shit for ten minutes is any worse than ugly guys sitting around for ten minutes talking about tipping etiquette and Madonna songs), and it's noteworthy as Tarantino's first film told in a strict chronological order (a trend Tarantino continued in Inglourious Basterds). And Kurt Russell screaming like a pussy after getting shot ALWAYS makes me laugh my ass off. How many times have you seen movie characters react that realistically when getting shot, instead of just grabbing their arm and manfully gritting their teeth?
Jan. 22, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST
Why DEATH PROOF -- and, subsequently, GRINDHOUSE as a whole -- fails so badly is directly due to the fact that Tarantino forgot the joke and began taking himself a wee bit too seriously. Rodriguez's PLANET TERROR and most of the trailers more than held up their end of the bargain, but all Tarantino did was a) showcase why stunt-women are stunt-women and not actresses with lines and b) remind us of what a great Seventies' flick VANISHING POINT was. In fact, I'm very glad they were released in extended cuts, because I bought PT immediately and didn't have to suffer owning any cut of Tarantino's worst effort to date. Maybe I'd have enjoyed it more if I had a foot fetish, thought Zoe Bell was mildly fuckable or could understand why Tarantino lost his mind at some point and decided to drop in a cut from CRUISING on the soundtrack (which changes the complexion of the movie substantially, if you think about it ...).
Jan. 22, 2011, 10:34 p.m. CST
Saw the long (much too long) version. Hated, hated, HATED the first 90 minutes. Loved, loved LOVED the last 20+. Bullitt and French Connection are top of the heap as far as best car chases in movie history go. Well, the one in Death Proof had me on the edge of my seat; I'd say it joins them. Just a shame about everything that comes before it!
Jan. 22, 2011, 10:56 p.m. CST
I have a rare cut of Death Proof, in it QT has a cameo in which hei nserts a VHS tape of Escape From New York in the rectum of a yorkshire terrier. True story! It happens right after the credits. And two scenes after that Robert Rodriguez is sitting in the background with the pubic hair of George Clooney in his milkshake. He almost chokes on it but Nicole Kidman flashes Joel Osmont so he forgets about he pubic hair and retires to the bathroom. Even truer story!
Jan. 23, 2011, 12:03 a.m. CST
Yeah, I really am willing to believe that the entire Nazi leadership would gather in a theater without any security in the lobby so that a black guy could freely walk around chaining up the doors. That's called LAZY WRITING.
Jan. 23, 2011, 12:11 a.m. CST
by Tigger Tales
Jan. 23, 2011, 1:47 a.m. CST
by Levon Swift
Quentin Tarantino might be my favorite filmmaker. I don't know what you're all smoking, but in my mind he's currently batting 1000 as a movie director. He always knows exactly how to give you something that is actually better than what you thought you wanted from it. Sometimes it takes multiple viewings for this to sink in, but I would almost say that, so far, every new QT movie is the new best QT movie.
Jan. 23, 2011, 2:13 a.m. CST
Jan. 23, 2011, 5:05 a.m. CST
by Motoko Kusanagi
Seriously, I mean it.
Jan. 23, 2011, 6:40 p.m. CST
...because it's obvious the danger could end many times if they would just stop the car at any number of points and let the stunt lady off. If there's a guy along side of you bumping your car, you stop and he goes past. Hell, if Tom Cruise can figure out the "brake and he'll fly right past us" strategy in the 80's, you'd think these women could latch onto it 20 years later.
Jan. 23, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST
Jackie Brown is a wonderful film.
Jan. 23, 2011, 8:27 p.m. CST
by JAMES S. LIAR
kurt russel was good too with the escape from new york bit,he good at certain roles and stuntman mike was good too,very nasty character.
Jan. 24, 2011, 8:51 a.m. CST
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