This movie, beyond everything else is an important homage to the STUNT people who seem to still not be recognized or given their fair due. Incredibly dangerous REAL dangerous stunts were accomplished to create this film. I certainly really want to call it a masterpiece, but I hesitate simply because I question the gratuitous violence of the the Grindhouse Genre. I attempted to watch this movie years ago, and bailed on it for those reasons... but this time, I purchased it via Amazon Prime and stuck it out to the end. I am glad I did! In a sense, I now understand that this is an IMPORTANT film in the catalogue of Quentin Tarantino. I believe it was/is necessary for his process to make this film. I understand it therefore in THAT context. It is obvious, by now, that Tarantino has created more than a few masterpieces. That list would not be complete without one of these. I do not give plot overviews in my reviews. I do not understand the reason to give plot details. In my world, a film should be viewed pristine and clean without any expectation of how it will unfold, that's how I enjoy films. Once I have a sense that a movie is going to be important as a viewing experience, I step away from any of the promotional interviews, I simply shut off such things until I have experienced the film. This one is deceptive, it creeps up on you. Like many of Tarantino's films it seems to be going in a certain direction, then veers off to another, and sometimes even further and you get the surprise. This is the case, with this one. I can say for certain that it is an incredible work of art, yet I cannot give it 5 stars because I just can't give Grindhouse films 5 stars. Where I am headed, after a night of sleep is to watch my all time favorite, Jacki Brown. The depth of "Jackie Brown" and it's subtlety of character moved me in a very deep way many years ago, and I need to view it again so that I can be refreshed in memory of all his work; then go back and finish the documentary on Tarantino "QT8" . "QT8" is a must-see documentary for all filmmakers and movie fans, and I also highly recommend the documentary on "From Dusk til Dawn" filmed by a crew of women shining a light on the ensemble filmmaking experience of Tarantino/Rodriquez et-al (cast, crew, craft service, production crew). I am a filmmaker, but never completed the journey into dramatic work simply because I question the arrogance I feel I have about filmmaking, I just don't want to take up other people's precious time. Now that I am re-visiting the life work of Tarantino, perhaps I will finalize a few of my scripts and maybe I understand the escapism of movies again. Lord knows I have gotten through many a hard time by viewing numerous films in a row. I think Tarantino is demonstrating the importance of this pastime for me again. 30 years ago, I would have gotten a big kick out of "DEATHProof", this evening, I enjoyed it MORE than I expected to, but for reasons that I didn't expect... Especially, as I say, in the context of Grindhouse cinema which was/is an important phase of movie-making history. When I was a kid, I worked at a small movie theater in a small midwestern town, I projected the films, sold pop-corn, sold tickets, cleaned the place... did it all over a period of two years. I was super jazzed doing that job... and upon reflection, I guess I didn't realize that every so often a Grindhouse movie would sneak into the roster, but many of the films were so cheezey/simplistic with the "hero savior" being a male and I sometimes felt embarrassed by the simple plots, and sorry for the female actors. This one gives the women a good shot of shining and I enjoy that aspect of this film especially for this reason. Obviously it was a major reason that Tarantino made it. .... AND ALSO especially the stunt people who helped create this, they certainly risked their lives... I am amazed no one died making this.