Josh Olson is an American screenwriter and director. Olson began his career working as a production assistant in the art department on the 1987 film Masters of the Universe. In 2006, he was nominated for the British Academy Award, the Writer's Guild Award, the USC Scripter Award and the Academy Award for his adapted screenplay for A History of Violence. In 2006, Olson was invited by author Harlan Ellison to collaborate with Ellison on an adaptation of the author's short story "The Discarded" for ABC's series, "Masters of Science Fiction." The episode stars Brian Dennehy and John Hurt, was directed by Jonathan Frakes, was the highest rated episode of the series. Olson is one of the writers of a segment of the six-story "Batmanime," Gotham Knight, along with David Goyer, Brian Azzarello and others, contributing the script for "Have I Got A Story For You." He and D. B. Weiss worked on Peter Jackson's film based on the Halo video game series, but the project was cancelled. In 2007, Olson wrote an article called "The Life And Death Of Jesse James: An internet love mystery" about the alleged dating fraud activities of a woman named Janna St. James Priggie.
The story is real and a civil action was filed by the victim. He was the first writer on Jack Reacher, for Paramount Pictures, part of the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child; the film starred Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall, Werner Herzog. The film was written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. In 2009, he wrote an article called "I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script" on the blog of The Village Voice. Olson wrote the script "Tabloid" for Mick Jagger, his adaptation of Dennis Lehane's short story Until Gwen was on the Black List. He has written all ten episodes of the hit audio drama, produced by and stars Laurence Fishburne and Larenz Tate. In 2016, Thunder Road purchased "Trigger Warning," a spec script. Olson hosts the podcast, The Movies That Made Me, a spinoff of the website Trailers From Hell. Josh Olson on IMDb
The United States of America known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U. S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D. C. and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico; the State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean; the U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The diverse geography and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
Paleo-Indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 12,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century; the United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies established along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the colonies following the French and Indian War led to the American Revolution, which began in 1775, the subsequent Declaration of Independence in 1776; the war ended in 1783 with the United States becoming the first country to gain independence from a European power. The current constitution was adopted in 1788, with the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, being ratified in 1791 to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties; the United States embarked on a vigorous expansion across North America throughout the 19th century, acquiring new territories, displacing Native American tribes, admitting new states until it spanned the continent by 1848. During the second half of the 19th century, the Civil War led to the abolition of slavery.
By the end of the century, the United States had extended into the Pacific Ocean, its economy, driven in large part by the Industrial Revolution, began to soar. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the country's status as a global military power; the United States emerged from World War II as a global superpower, the first country to develop nuclear weapons, the only country to use them in warfare, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Sweeping civil rights legislation, notably the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, outlawed discrimination based on race or color. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union competed in the Space Race, culminating with the 1969 U. S. Moon landing; the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the world's sole superpower. The United States is the world's oldest surviving federation, it is a representative democracy.
The United States is a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States, other international organizations. The United States is a developed country, with the world's largest economy by nominal GDP and second-largest economy by PPP, accounting for a quarter of global GDP; the U. S. economy is post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge-based activities, although the manufacturing sector remains the second-largest in the world. The United States is the world's largest importer and the second largest exporter of goods, by value. Although its population is only 4.3% of the world total, the U. S. holds 31% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share of global wealth concentrated in a single country. Despite wide income and wealth disparities, the United States continues to rank high in measures of socioeconomic performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP, worker productivity.
The United States is the foremost military power in the world, making up a third of global military spending, is a leading political and scientific force internationally. In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America in honor of the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci; the first documentary evidence of the phrase "United States of America" is from a letter dated January 2, 1776, written by Stephen Moylan, Esq. to George Washington's aide-de-camp and Muster-Master General of the Continental Army, Lt. Col. Joseph Reed. Moylan expressed his wish to go "with full and ample powers from the United States of America to Spain" to seek assistance in the revolutionary war effort; the first known publication of the phrase "United States of America" was in an anonymous essay in The Virginia Gazette newspaper in Williamsburg, Virginia, on April 6, 1776. The second draft of the Articles of Confederation, prepared by John Dickinson and completed by June 17, 1776, at the latest, declared "The name of this Confederation shall be the'United States of America'".
The final version of the Articles sent to the states for ratification in late 1777 contains the sentence "The Stile of this Confederacy shall be'The United States of America'". In June 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the phrase "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" in all capitalized letters in the headline of his "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence; this draft of the document did not surface unti
Kill Bill: Volume 1
Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It stars Uma Thurman as the Bride, who swears revenge on a team of assassins and their leader Bill after they try to kill her and her unborn child, her journey takes her to Japan. Tarantino conceived Kill Bill as an homage to grindhouse cinema including martial arts films, samurai cinema, blaxploitation films, spaghetti westerns, it features an anime sequence animated by Production I. G, it is the first of two Kill Bill films made in a single production. Volume 1 became Tarantino's highest-grossing film up to that point, earning over $180 million at the box office. Kill Bill: Volume 2 was released on April 16, 2004. A woman in a wedding dress, the Bride, lies wounded in a chapel in El Paso, having been attacked by the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, she tells their leader, that she is pregnant with his baby before he shoots her in the head. Four years having survived the attack, the Bride goes to the home of Vernita Green, planning to kill her.
Both women were members of the assassination squad. They are interrupted by the arrival of Vernita's young daughter, Nikki; the Bride agrees to meet Vernita at night to settle the matter, but when Vernita tries to surprise the Bride with a pistol hidden in a box of cereal, the Bride dodges the shot and throws a knife into Vernita's chest, killing her. Four years earlier, police investigate the massacre at the wedding chapel; the sheriff discovers the Bride is comatose. In the hospital, Deadly Viper Elle Driver prepares to assassinate the Bride via lethal injection, but Bill aborts the mission at the last moment, considering it dishonorable to kill the Bride when she cannot defend herself; the Bride awakens from her four-year coma and is horrified to find she is no longer pregnant. She kills a hospital worker and a man, selling her body while she was comatose, takes his truck, teaches herself to walk again. Resolving to kill Bill and all four members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, she picks her first target: O-Ren Ishii, now the leader of the Tokyo yakuza.
O-Ren's parents were murdered by the yakuza. The Bride travels to Okinawa, Japan, to obtain a sword from legendary swordsmith Hattori Hanzō, who has sworn never to forge a sword again. After learning that her target is Bill, his former student, he relents and crafts his finest sword for her; the Bride tracks down O-Ren at a Tokyo restaurant, the House of Blue Leaves and killing her entire yakuza army, including the elite Crazy 88 and O-Ren's bodyguard, schoolgirl Gogo Yubari. She duels with O-Ren in the restaurant's Japanese garden before gaining the upper hand and slicing the top of her head off with a sword stroke, she tortures Sofie Fatale, O-Ren's assistant, for information about Bill, leaves her alive as a threat. Bill asks Sofie if the Bride knows her daughter is alive. Uma Thurman as the Bride, a former member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, described as "the deadliest woman in the world", she seeks revenge on the Deadly Vipers after they try to kill her and her unborn child in a wedding chapel.
Her real name is not revealed until Kill Bill: Volume 2. Lucy Liu as O-Ren Ishii, a former Deadly Viper who has become the leader of the Japanese yakuza, she and the Bride once had a close friendship. She is the Bride's first target. David Carradine as Bill, the former leader of the Deadly Vipers, the Bride's former lover, the father of her daughter, he is the final target of the Bride's revenge. He is an unseen character. Vivica A. Fox as Vernita Green, a former Deadly Viper and now a mother and homemaker, living under the name Jeannie Bell, she is the Bride's second target. Michael Madsen as Budd, a former Deadly Viper, now working as a bouncer and living in a trailer, he is the Bride's third target. Daryl Hannah as a former Deadly Viper and the Bride's fourth target. Julie Dreyfus as Sofie Fatale, O-Ren's lawyer and second lieutenant, she is a former protégée of Bill's, was present at the wedding chapel massacre. Sonny Chiba as Hattori Hanzo, master swordsmith who, although long retired, agrees to craft a sword for the Bride.
Chiaki Kuriyama as Gogo Yubari, O-Ren's sadistic Japanese schoolgirl bodyguard. Gordon Liu as Johnny Mo, head of O-Ren's personal army, the Crazy 88. Liu would appear in Volume 2 as Martial Arts Master Pai Mei. Michael Parks as Earl McGraw, a Texas Ranger who investigates the wedding chapel massacre. Parks originated McGraw in the Robert Rodriguez film From Dusk Till Dawn, in which Tarantino started, he would go on to reprise the role in both segments of the Rodriguez/Tarantino collaboration Grindhouse. Parks appeared in Volume 2 as a separate character, Esteban Vihaio. Michael Bowen as Buck, an orderly at the hospital, raping the Bride while she lay comatose. Jun Kunimura as Boss Tanaka, a yakuza whom O-Ren executes after he ridicules her ethnicity and gender. Kenji Ohba as Shiro, Hattori Hanzo's employee. James Parks as Edgar McGraw, a Texas Ranger and son of Earl McGraw. Jonathan Loughran as Buck's trucker client, killed by the Bride. Yuki Kazamatsuri as the Proprietress of the House of Blue Leaves
"Grave Danger" is the fifth season finale of the American crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, set in Las Vegas, Nevada. This two-parter was directed by Quentin Tarantino and was aired on May 19, 2005; the episode features veteran actors Tony Curtis and Frank Gorshin as long-time friends of character Sam Braun. Gorshin died two days; the episode was dedicated to his memory. The separated graveyard-shift team join together after one of their own is kidnapped from a crime scene and held for a million dollar ransom by a mysterious and vengeful assailant. However, it soon appears; the show opens with Nick Stokes driving down The Strip at night, listening to Bob Neuwirth's Lucky Too on the radio. He pulls over at a car park and a uniformed officer leads him to the "body": a set of intestines coiled in an alley; when the officer walks off to be sick, Nick wanders down the alley and spots a styrofoam coffee cup in an evidence bag. As he crouches down to photograph it, he is snatched from behind and a cloth is clamped over his face.
Twenty-five minutes police officers and CSIs swarm the scene. Conrad Ecklie, Assistant Director of the Crime Lab and assures Grissom and Catherine that "the crime lab only has one case tonight." As they search the scene, they find Nick's stab vest and kit lying on the ground. They realize that Nick did not bag it; the scene cuts to earlier that night: Grissom and Sara are reviewing a past homicide case and Hodges are playing a Dukes of Hazzard board game and Nick and Warrick toss a coin to choose assignments: an assault at a strip club or a "trash run" at the cross of Flamingo and Koval. Nick loses and Warrick leaves for the club, gloating. Back to the present, police scent dogs track the smell of Nick's vest to an empty parking space on a side street. Warrick takes measurements. With the help of the lab technicians and a dispatch officer, Warrick determines the getaway vehicle to be a Ford Expedition and tracks its escape route on the traffic camera video tapes. Doc Robbins determines. A cut scene shows the kidnapper placing an unconscious Nick in a Plexiglas coffin, throwing in his loaded service pistol, a set of glow sticks—one lit—and a dictaphone.
The coffin lid closes and earth is shovelled on top of it. Grissom and the team review: there was no trace on the coffee cup or the evidence bag, although there was ether on a white fiber present on Nick's stab vest. In the corridor, Hodges grapples with a delivery man, who had just delivered a package marked "RE: Stokes." Grissom hurries into the layout room. The scene cuts to the coffin. Nick knocks his head on the coffin lid, he cocks it. He listens to the dictaphone tape. A taunting voice speaks:"Hi, CSI guy. You wondering why you're here? Because you followed the evidence; because that's what CSIs do. So breathe quick, breathe slow, put your gun in your mouth and pull the trigger. Any way you like, you're going to die here." The voice says "okay?" and another voice says "perfect". Nick panics, hammering on the coffin lid and starts to scream. At the crime lab, Grissom opens the package, which contains an audio tape, which mockingly plays Outside Chance by The Turtles, a USB key that links to a website.
Drop-off instructions to follow. And now for your viewing pleasure...you can only WATCH." There is a link on the page which opens a webcam viewer and activates a light in the coffin, broadcasting from the coffin. They determine that it is a live feed and Warrick resolves to "keep the light on". Brass interviews the delivery man, obtains the address which the package was picked up from: 625 Viking Circle, he and a SWAT team storm the house, but find only an overweight drunk lying on the couch. Back at the lab, Nick's parents, Judge Bill Stokes and his wife Jillian, meet with Grissom, who shows them the webcam link. Meanwhile, Ecklie briefs the staff: the City will not finance the ransom, despite his pleading with his boss, Undersheriff McKeen. In desperation, Catherine asks her father, casino mogul Sam Braun to donate the money for the ransom. After some hesitation, Braun does turn over $1 million; when Catherine returns to the lab, Grissom is angry that she received the money from a former murder suspect.
However, in the absence of other plans, he agrees to deliver the money. Soon afterwards, a message appears on the webcam site, giving an address — 4672 Carney Lane, Boulder Highway — and a deadline: "Be there in 20 minutes, or don't bother coming." Grissom goes alone to Carney Lane. Inside, he sees the corpse of a dog and a white Ford Expedition matching the description of the getaway vehicle, he meets the kidnapper, Walter Gordon. Gordon is skeptical that the money is not booby-trapped, he taunts Grissom. When he is pressed for Nick's location, he asks:"What does Nick Stokes mean to you? How do you feel when you see him in that coffin? Does your soul die every time you push that button? How do you feel, knowing that there's nothing you can do to get him out of that hell? Helpless? Useless? Impotent? Good. Welcome to my world." Gordon opens his jacket, revea
Quentin Jerome Tarantino is an American filmmaker and actor. His films are characterized by nonlinear storylines, satirical subject matter, an aestheticization of violence, extended scenes of dialogue, ensemble casts consisting of established and lesser-known performers, references to popular culture and a wide variety of other films, soundtracks containing songs and score pieces from the 1960s to the 1980s, features of neo-noir film, his career began in the late 1980s when he wrote and directed My Best Friend's Birthday, the screenplay of which formed the basis for True Romance. In the early 1990s, he began his career as an independent filmmaker with the release of Reservoir Dogs in 1992, funded by money from the sale of his script Natural Born Killers to Oliver Stone. Empire deemed Reservoir Dogs the "Greatest Independent Film of All Time", its popularity was boosted by his second film, Pulp Fiction, a black comedy crime film, a major success both among critics and audiences. For his next effort, Tarantino paid homage to the blaxploitation films of the 1970s with Jackie Brown, an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel Rum Punch.
Kill Bill, a stylized "revenge flick" in the cinematic traditions of Kung fu films, Japanese martial arts, Spaghetti Westerns and Italian horror, followed six years and was released as two films: Volume 1 in 2003 and Volume 2 in 2004. Tarantino next directed Death Proof in 2007, as part of a double feature with Robert Rodriguez, under the collective title Grindhouse, his long-postponed Inglourious Basterds, which tells an alternate history of Nazi Germany, was released in 2009 to positive reviews. After that came critically acclaimed Django Unchained, a Western film set in the Antebellum South, his eighth film, The Hateful Eight, was released in its roadshow version in 70 mm film format, with opening "overture" and halfway-point intermission. His ninth film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is scheduled to be released in 2019; the film, set in Los Angeles in 1969, is his first based on true events. Tarantino's films have garnered both commercial success, he has received many industry awards, including two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two BAFTA Awards and the Palme d'Or, has been nominated for an Emmy and a Grammy.
In 2005, he was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. Filmmaker and historian Peter Bogdanovich has called him "the single most influential director of his generation". In December 2015, Tarantino received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the film industry. Tarantino was born on March 27, 1963, in Knoxville, the only child of Connie McHugh and Tony Tarantino, an actor and producer, his father is of Italian descent, his mother has Irish and Cherokee ancestry. Quentin was named for Burt Reynolds' character in the CBS series Gunsmoke. Tarantino's mother met his father during a trip to Los Angeles, where Tony was a law student and would-be entertainer, she married him soon after, to gain independence from her parents. After the divorce, Connie Tarantino left Los Angeles and moved to Knoxville, where her parents lived. In 1966, Tarantino and his mother moved back to Los Angeles. Tarantino's mother married musician Curtis Zastoupil soon after arriving in Los Angeles, the family moved to Torrance, a city in Los Angeles County's South Bay area.
Zastoupil encouraged Tarantino's love of movies, accompanied him to numerous film screenings. Tarantino's mother allowed him to see movies with adult content, such as Carnal Knowledge and Deliverance. After his mother divorced Zastoupil in 1973, received a misdiagnosis of Hodgkin's lymphoma, Tarantino was sent to live with his grandparents in Tennessee, he remained there less than a year before returning to California. At 14 years old, Tarantino wrote one of his earliest works, a screenplay called Captain Peachfuzz and the Anchovy Bandit, based on Hal Needham's 1977 film Smokey and the Bandit starring Burt Reynolds; the summer after his 15th birthday, Tarantino was grounded by his mother for shoplifting Elmore Leonard's novel The Switch from Kmart. He was allowed to leave only to attend the Torrance Community Theater, where he participated in such plays as Two Plus Two Makes Sex and Romeo and Juliet. At about 15, Tarantino dropped out of Narbonne High School in Los Angeles, he worked as an usher at a porn theater in Torrance, called the Pussycat Theatre.
Tarantino attended acting classes at the James Best Theatre Company, where he met several of his eventual collaborators. While at James Best, Tarantino met Craig Hamann, with whom he collaborated to produce My Best Friend's Birthday. Throughout the 1980s, Tarantino worked a number of jobs, he spent time as a recruiter in the aerospace industry, for five years, he worked at Video Archives, a video store in Manhattan Beach, California. Former Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor Danny Strong described Tarantino as "such a movie buff, he had so much knowledge of films that he would try to get people to watch cool movies."After Tarantino met Lawrence Bender at a Hollywood party, Bender encouraged him to write a screenplay. His first attempted script, which he described as a "straight 70s exploitation action movie" was never published and was abandoned soon after. Tarantino co-wrote and directed his first movie, My Best Friend's Birthday, in 1987; the final reel of the film was completely destroyed in a lab fire that occurred during editing, but its screenplay formed the basis for True Romance.
In 1986, Tarantino got his first Hollywood job, working with Roger Avary as production assistants on Dolph Lundgren's exercise video, Maximum Potentia
From Dusk till Dawn
From Dusk till Dawn is a 1996 American action horror film directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino. It stars Harvey Keitel, George Clooney and Juliette Lewis. After enjoying modest success at the box office, it has since become a cult film. Fugitive bank robbers Seth and Richie Gecko hold up a liquor store, killing clerk Pete Bottoms and Texas Ranger Earl McGraw, in the process, they inadvertently destroy the building. At the motel room where they are hiding out, Seth returns to find Richie has raped and murdered a bank clerk they had taken hostage. Jacob Fuller, a pastor experiencing a crisis of faith, is on vacation with his teenage children Scott and Kate in their RV, they stop at the motel and are kidnapped by the Geckos, who force the Fullers to smuggle them over the Mexican border. In Mexico, they arrive at the Titty Twister, a strip club in the desert, where the Geckos will be met by their contact, Carlos, at dawn. Carlos will escort them to sanctuary at "El Rey", a place of safety for fugitives from justice whose admission fee is 30 percent of everything they have.
When Richie complains to Seth that this too high, Seth tells him it is non-negotiable. The bar employees kill most of the patrons. Richie dies; the others are reborn as vampires, including Richie, forcing the survivors to kill them all. When an army of vampires, in bat form, assembles outside, the survivors lock themselves in, but Sex Machine is bitten, becomes a vampire, bites Frost and Jacob. Frost throws Sex Machine through the door, allowing the vampires to enter while Frost turns into a vampire. Seth and Scott escape to a storeroom, followed shortly by an injured but still alive Jacob, brandishing a shotgun. In the storeroom, they fashion weapons from truck cargo the vampires have looted from past victims, including a stake mounted on a pneumatic drill, a crossbow, holy water, which requires Jacob to recover his faith to bless. Jacob, knowing he will soon become a vampire, makes Scott and Kate promise to kill him when he changes; the group make their final assault on the undead. Sex Machine is killed.
Jacob becomes a vampire. Scott shoots him. Scott is overwhelmed by vampires; as vampires surround Kate and Seth, streams of morning light enter through bullet holes in the building, making the vampires back away. Carlos arrives and his bodyguards blast the door open, letting in the sunlight and killing the vampires. Seth chastises Carlos for his poor choice of meeting place and negotiates a smaller tribute for his admission to El Rey. Kate asks Seth if she can go with him to El Rey, but he refuses as a kindness, leaving her with some cash. Kate drives away in the RV, leaving the Titty Twister — revealed to be the top of a buried Aztec temple — behind. From Dusk till Dawn was conceived by Robert Kurtzman who hired Tarantino to write the script as his first paid writing assignment. Universal Pictures considered Tarantino's screenplay for From Dusk till Dawn as the follow-up to Demon Knight and the second in a proposed Tales from the Crypt film trilogy, but produced another vampire film, Bordello of Blood, instead.
Earl McGraw became a recurring character in Rodriguez and Tarantino's works appearing in Kill Bill, Planet Terror and Death Proof. Chango Beer and Sex Machine's codpiece gun are references to Rodriguez's 1995 film Desperado. Seth returns to the hotel with Big Kahuna Burgers, which were used in Pulp Fiction and mentioned in Death Proof. Seth Gecko says the line "All right, Ramblers. Let's get ramblin'!", a quote from Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. Scott's T-shirt decoration reads "Precinct 13", a reference to John Carpenter's 1976 film, Assault on Precinct 13. El Rey is a reference to the 1958 Noir crime novel The Getaway, by Jim Thompson. From Dusk till Dawn employed a non-union production crew, unusual for a production with a budget above $15 million. From Dusk till Dawn had its world premiere on January 17, 1996. On its first week, the film grossed $10,240,805 in the United States making it the highest-grossing film of the week; the next week, the film fell to third highest in the box office where it grossed $4,851,921 being beaten by Mr. Holland's Opus and Bed of Roses.
From Dusk till Dawn earned a total of $25,836,616 on its theatrical release. Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 63% of 48 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the site's consensus reads: "A pulpy crime drama/vampire film hybrid, From Dusk till Dawn is an uneven but deliriously enjoyable B-movie." Metacritic rated it 52/100 based on 14 reviews. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B-" on an A+ to F scale. Roger Ebert gave it three out of four stars and described it as "a skillful meat-and-potatoes action extravaganza with some added neat touches". In her review for The New York Times, Janet Maslin wrote, "The latter part of From Dusk till Dawn is so relentless that it's as if a spigot has been turned on and broken. Though some of the tricks are entertainingly staged, the film loses its clever edge when its action heats up so gruesomely and exploitatively that there's no time for talk". Entertainment Weekly gave the film a "B" rating and Owen Gleiberman wrote, "Rodriguez and Tarantino have taken the let-'em-eat-trash cynicism of modern corporate moviemaking and repackaged it as junk-conscious'attitude.'
In From Dusk till Dawn, they put on such a show
Death Proof is a 2007 American exploitation horror film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It stars Kurt Russell as a stuntman who murders young women in staged car accidents using his "death-proof" stunt car, it co-stars Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Rose McGowan, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Tracie Thoms and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, with stuntwoman Zoë Bell as herself. The film pays homage to the slasher and muscle car films of the 1970s. Death Proof was released theatrically in the United States as part of a double feature with Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror under the collective title Grindhouse, to recreate the experience of viewing exploitation film double features in a "grindhouse" theater; the films were released separately outside the United States and on DVD, with Death Proof going on sale in the U. S. on September 18, 2007. The film was in the main competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. Three friends, Arlene and radio DJ "Jungle" Julia Lucai, drive down Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas on their way to celebrate Julia's birthday.
In a bar, Julia reveals that she made a radio announcement offering a free lap dance from Arlene in return for addressing her as "Butterfly", buying her a drink, reciting a segment of the poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening". Aging Hollywood stunt double "Stuntman" Mike claims the lap dance. Arlene is suspicious, having seen Mike's car earlier that day, but he convinces her to give him the lap dance; the women prepare to depart with another friend. Pam, Julia's old classmate, accepts Mike's offer of a ride home. Mike takes Pam to his Hollywood stunt car rigged with a roll cage and tells her the car is "death proof", but only for the driver, he slams on the brakes, smashing Pam's skull on the dashboard, killing her. He drives into it at high speed, killing them. Mike survives with no serious injury. Sheriff McGraw believes Mike killed the women intentionally, but because Mike was sober while the women were intoxicated, he cannot be charged. Fourteen months three young women, Abernathy Ross, Kim Mathis and Lee Montgomery, are driving through Lebanon, Tennessee.
They stop at a convenience store. The women pick up their friend, stuntwoman Zoë Bell, from the airport while Mike photographs them unawares. Zoë tells them she wants to test-drive a 1970 Dodge Challenger, the same type of car from the 1971 film Vanishing Point, for sale nearby; the owner lets them test-drive it unsupervised after Abernathy tells him Lee is a porn star and will stay behind. Zoë tells Abernathy and Kim that she wants to play a game they call "Ship's Mast", whereby she rides the hood holding belts fastened to the car while Kim drives at speed. Kim agrees; the three enjoy the stunt, unaware. He rear-ends them in his car, causing Zoë to accidentally drop Abernathy's belts. After several more collisions, he T-bones them. Kim shoots Mike's left shoulder and he flees in his car. Abernathy and Kim cry over the loss of their friend; the three agree to kill him. Mike has stopped in a narrow road to treat his wound with whiskey; the women rear-end him at speed. Zoë gets out and beats him with a pipe.
After a long chase, the women push Mike's car off the road. They beat him to death. Kurt Russell as Stuntman Mike McKay Zoë Bell as Herself Rosario Dawson as Abernathy Ross Vanessa Ferlito as Arlene/Butterfly Sydney Tamiia Poitier as Jungle Julia Lucai Tracie Thoms as Kim Mathis Jordan Ladd as Shanna Rose McGowan as Pam Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Lee Montgomery Quentin Tarantino as Warren Marcy Harriell as Marcy Eli Roth as Dov Omar Doom as Nate Michael Bacall as Omar Monica Staggs as Lanna Frank Jonathan Loughran as Jasper Michael Parks as Texas Ranger Earl McGraw James Parks as Ranger Edgar McGraw Marley Shelton as Dr. Dakota Block The story for Death Proof developed from Quentin Tarantino's fascination for the way stuntmen would “death-proof” stunt cars so a driver could survive horrific, high-speed crashes and collisions; this inspired Tarantino to create a slasher film featuring a deranged stuntman who stalks and murders sexy young women with his “death-proof” car. Tarantino remembers, “I realized I couldn't do a straight slasher film, because with the exception of women-in-prison films, there is no other genre quite as rigid.
And if you break that up, you aren't doing it anymore. It's inorganic, so I realized—let me take the structure of a slasher film and just do what I do. My version is going to be fucked up and disjointed, but it uses the structure of a slasher film against you.”According to Robert Rodriguez, “ had an idea and a complete vision for it right away when he first talked about it. He started to tell me the story and said, ‘It’s got this death-proof car in it.’ I said, ‘You have to call it Death Proof.’ I helped title the movie, but that's it.” Of the car chases, Tarantino stated: “CGI for car stunts doesn't make any sense to me—how is that supposed to be impressive? I don't think there have been any good car chases since I started making films in ’92—to me, the last terrific car chase was in Terminator 2, and Final Destination 2 had a magnificent car action piece. In between that, not a lot; every time a stunt happens, there’s twelve cameras and they use every angle for Avid editing, but I don’t feel it in my stomach.
It’s just action." Death Proof marked Tarantino's first credit as a cinematographer. Tarantino attempted to cast John Travolta, Willem Dafoe, John Malkovich, Mickey Rourke, Ron Perlman, Bruce Willis, Kal Penn and