Death Proof

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Kurt Russell, Rosario Dawson, Zoë Bell, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Tracie Thoms, Rose McGowan, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

This homage to 1970s exploitation movies was originally screened as a double bill with Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror. When the 190 minute Grindhouse bombed, the two films were released separately. Tarantino readded 27 minutes of footage to his half to create this, his most self-indulgent work and one of the dullest movies in the living memory. The story is set in Texas where three young women drive to the bar and yabber on about nothing for 45 mind-numbing minutes. When they finally head home with the mysterious Stuntman Mike on their heels in his death proof car, you’re so glad to come out of the stupor that the following car stunts feel like the most energising five minutes ever put on film. Sadly, we’re only at the halfway point. 14 months later Mike stalks another group of women in Tennessee, and we must go through the same tedium for the second time.