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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Retro Reviews. Four Rooms.

Four Rooms.
Cast: Tim Roth,Jennifer Beals.

Writers & Directors. Allison Anders,Alexndre Rockwell,Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino


** and a 1/2*s out of four.























After the success of "Pulp Fiction" and "Desperado".  Tarantino and Rodriguez teamed up with fellow indie directors; Anders and Rockwell to create an anthology of short films and call it "Four Rooms" The only link between all of these stories is a bellboy named Ted(Tim Roth) on his first day at an exclusive Hotel.



The night begins when a convent of witches want a certain ingredient from Ted that their sister Eva(Ione Sky) accidentally ingested from a previous male. Ted is than mistaken for a man who had an affair with Angela(Jennifer Beals). Who then deals with her jealous husband Sigfried(David Proval). The next adventure put Ted in a difficult situation with two bratty kids of suave mobster(Antonio Banderas) with a surprisingly shocking and very funny ending. Ted's adventures conclude with a visit to the penthouse. Were he becomes an unwilling pawn in the actions of the very drunk and the very rich Hollywood elite. They have asked our hapless bellboy to assist them with a bet that will leave him a good tip but cause physical harm to another.

Since this film was marketed as being written and directed by four different individuals I was expecting four very different shorts. However the first two segments from Allison Anders and Alexandre Rockwell,albeit enjoyable, felt more like one scene in a long movie compared to just being a short. The last two sections were from Robert Rodrigeuz and Quentin Tarantino, These portions are the best because they could stand alone and I could find a real distinction in style between the two that I could not find in the previous ones. These styles will work well again in thier second anthology "Grindhouse".


****Note**** Both Allison Anders and Alexandre Rockwell had succsess with their previous movies at Sundance. "Four Rooms" would be their first and last movie released to a wide audience.

3 comments:

  1. LOVE Four Rooms. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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