#18 Four Rooms

Dear Rache,

Today, I will tell you about Four Rooms (1995). Now there’s a quirky movie.

It’s New Years Eve and bellhop Ted Bishop (Tim Roth) is making his rounds through four rooms, each with its own assortment of eccentric inhabitants. In exchange for tips, he finds himself giving in to the guests’ scandalous requests.

Room #1: Ted meets a group of beautiful and sultry witches. They force him to have sex with one of them so that they may get his semen—the missing ingredient in their New Year’s Eve ritual.

Room #2: Next, he walks into a couple in the middle of a violent spat. He is soon forced to make love to the wife at gunpoint.

Room #3: Ted baby-sits for a macho Latino’s children in exchange for $500. The children look harmless enough, but, as the cliché goes, looks can be deceiving. He thinks he has finally gotten the kids in bed (by putting vapor rub on their eyelids), but then they scheme their way out, unearth a dead body under the mattress, and light the room on fire.

And, lastly:

Room #4: He meets the Man in the Penthouse, played by Quentin Tarantino himself. Tarantino invites Ted to gorge on champagne and, in exchange for money, chop someone’s finger off.

Four Rooms is by the same people who brought us the brilliant, critically acclaimed film Pulp Fiction: Anders, Rockwell, Rodriguez, and Tarantino. Like its predecessor, Four Rooms is fun and audacious in every way—cinematography, editing, production design, and script. On the surface, the film looks like it is all about outrageousness and nothing but. An asset of the film, after all, is that it looks as if its creators had a tremendous lot of fun making it, but I think Four Rooms is more than that. In a very real way, it tells us about the things people will do in exchange for a fistful of money. There is a Ted Bishop in all of us.

Rating: Four Rooms is for when you feel like watching something weird and over-the-top!

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About 500 Movies for Rache

Rache is one of our friends, who, though smart and wonderful in every way imaginable, is particularly deficient in terms of her film knowledge. Now no friend of ours can be allowed to go on believing that movies such as Batang X and Little Mermaid 2 represent the height of cinematic excellence. And so, it is with a mixture of compassion and messianic complex, that we've decided to watch and review 500 movies for Rache, until March 31, 2011. There are three of us behind this blog, and we have decided that there is only one way to go about the movie-picking and reviewing process: indiscriminately. We will sit through the campy and the compelling, the indie films and the blockbusters, the critics' darlings and the straight-to-video. This is how much we love you Rachel. This is also - let's face it - how much we love ourselves. By March of 2011, we hope to have a good cross-section of cinematic genres, traditions, cultures and periods. (But in all likelihood, it will be mostly Hollywood fare). So Rache, our dear, pretty, wonderful, cinematically-clueless friend, and the many others just like her, THIS BLOG IS FOR YOU.
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