“Right now, the sheer gusto that Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino take in hot-wiring tired cliches and overly familiar archetypes is highly entertaining, if not downright addictive. But even while [their current collaboration] is most exciting, most deliriously kinetic, it is hard to shake the impression that, sooner or later, these filmmakers really should seek inspiration in something other than other people’s films.”
So said MovingPictureBlog’s Joe Leydon 11 years ago, in a review of From Dusk to Dawn, which Rodriguez directed from a script by Tarantino.
“The appetite for √É¬¢√¢‚Äö¬¨√ã≈ì70s recycling has greatly diminished during the past decade, [and] audiences have moved on to other things,” Leydon now says, obviously referring to Grindhouse and its box-office failure last weekend. “Maybe it√É¬¢√¢‚Äö¬¨√¢‚Äû¬¢s time for Tarantino and Rodriguez to do likewise. Maybe long past time.”