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Feb. 18th, 2011 @ 07:54 pm #36 - American Grindhouse (2010)
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The mis-titled American Grindhouse is a decent, if unspectacular, documentary about exploitation films through the years, featuring John Landis and Joe Dante, among others. It more or less rehashes most of the other documentaries made about exploitation films in previous years, though some of the interview subjects are entertaining. The most interesting quote in the movie comes from John Landis (or Joe Dante, I forget which now and I watched it a few days ago). Discussing modern films, he suggests that the only true grindhouse film made in the last 30 years is The Passion of The Christ, to which I went, yeah, that makes sense.

Overall, it's not a bad documentary, but it should be called American Exploitation, and not Grindhouse. The problem is that they're suggesting that films like Reefer Madness or Mom and Dad are grindhouse movies, when they really aren't. Grindhouse (to an uneducated goober like me) refers to exploitation films made and shown in the 60's, 70's, and early 80's, before video took over, not to drive-in fare or the carny-style roadhouse flicks of the 30's and 40's. But for the uninitiated, it's a decent intro to exploitation, but it's no Mau Mau Sex Sex.
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