Death Proof (2007) - A Retrospective Review
"It's better than safe, it's Death Proof." — In 2007, filmmakers and longtime friends Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez embarked on an experiment that would look to pay homage to the double feature Grind House B-movies of the '70s with their trashy, exploitation driven themes and low production values. The project, aptly titled Grindhouse, would comprise of two main features shown back-to-back. Rodriguez's film, Planet Terror would be a schlocky, violent '80s style science fiction romp. Tarantino's segment, Death Proof, would pay homage to car films of the '70s such as Vanishing Point (1970), Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) and White Lightning (1973) but with a good dose of the slasher flick thrown in for good measure.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) - Review
Spider-Man solidifies his homecoming to the MCU. — Following the creation of two separate Spider-Man film series, the Sam Raimi trilogy staring Tobey Maguire that ran from 2002 - 2007 and the two Amazing Spider-Man films starring Andrew Garfield from 2012 and 2014, Sony Pictures struck a deal in early 2015 with Marvel Studios to co-produce a new iteration of the iconic Marvel Comics character following the less than stellar critical success of the Garfield films. Sony have owned the film rights to Spider-Man since the late '90s after they passed between various studios and production companies. Whilst the first two Raimi films were a huge success, the third film was something of an overstuffed mess and although financially successful, Raimi and Maguire wanted nothing more to do with the series and it was left dead in the water. Sony tried to successfully create a wider Spider-Man universe with other planned spin-off films branching off the two that formed the Andrew Garfield reboot but the poor critical and fan reception they received, especially the second one, put paid to this.