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"Smokin' Aces," "Grindhouse" and "Black Snake Moan" Pay Homage to Exploitation Films

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"Psychotic baby-sitters, a mobbed-up magician, a kung fu-crazed preteen boy and one nymphomaniac — these are just a few of the beyond-the-pale characters coming to theaters this year in a trio of movies that openly (and gleefully) pay homage to the lowbrow "exploitation" films of the 1960s and '70s.

"Smokin' Aces, Grindhouse and Black Snake Moan all promise to be pure, outrageous pulp as they draw energy and inspiration from the kind of down-and-dirty movies that have thrived, in their own ways, outside the orbit of mainstream Hollywood. ..."

The LA Times offers a provocative interview with Memphis director Craig Brewer and two other young turk movie-makers, Joe Carnahan and Robert Rodriquez.

Our favorite Brewer quote: "All the producers were there, and all of my crew…. I'll just never forget the silence that came over the crew. And we were all thinking the same thing, 'Are we really making this movie?'"

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