Tarantino’s Grindhouse Fest celebrates cinematic cheese
If you want to know what made Quentin Tarantino the man he is today, look at the L.A. grindhouse life heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s loved.
By Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
March 1, 2007
Some kids love Disneyland, but for little Quentin Tarantino, the happiest place on Earth was always a scabby L.A. movie theater. That’s where he could sit in the dark with bloodied samurais, dangerous pimps and zombie brides. His search for the next matinee took him to every freeway and to distant neighborhoods, which is why Tarantino now knows the city like the back of an amputated hand.
Sometimes, it’s even hard for the filmmaker to say where the movie screen stops and the real Los Angeles begins.
"I was watching this blaxploitation movie called ‘Death Force’ at the World Theater, which used to be on Hollywood Boulevard just up from Gower. I’m there watching this movie about these two gangs fighting to take over L.A. They’re pulling a ‘Scarface,’ just killing everyone. Well, two gang members are walking down Hollywood Boulevard and a car pulls up and guns them down right in front of the theater that I’m sitting in! I was like 16, and it remains to this day one of the great moments for me."
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