The View From Here

It seems Tarantino isn't Death Proof after all...

Michael Bonner

Coming in to work this morning and checking this weekend's US box office for Tarantino's Grindhouse made for a pretty grim start to the day.

It's down 63% on last week's takings, slipping from no 4 in the US box office charts to no 10.

It appears the UK distributor, Momentum, has now delayed the film from it's original June 1 release date, while the Weinstein Co figures out its response to what, in anyone's terms, is a box office disaster.

It seems most likely Weinstein will split Grindhouse into two seperate movies, padding each one out with deleted scenes, and premier Quentin's film Death Proof in May at the Cannes film Festival -- where QT's traditionally guaranteed a safe ride. Robert's film, Planet Terror, looks likely to come out later in the year.

It's kinda interesting that, in all this, Robert is getting sidelined -- it's all about Quentin! -- considering Rodriquez' BO is cumulatively better than QT's, thanks in no small part to the phenomenal success of the Spy Kids franchise.

I'm going to blog about this again later in the week, as news continues to break over the fate of Grindhouse.

Meantime, please let me know what you think about all this. Crudely speaking, is it over for QT? Should he have made a film like this, an homage/parody of an established if somewhat obscure movie genre, or should he be investing his energies in creating bespoke projects? What kind of project would you like to see him tackle next?


Editor's Letter

The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014

Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...