The art of motion picture is a relatively new one, where as paintings, sculpture and even architecture have been around for 100’s and in some cases 1000’s of years…Motion pictures have not even reached the century mark…The amount of legendary film makers can almost be counted on two hands… Kubrick, Spielberg, Welles, Hitchcock and Scorsese are not all of them but it’s a good chunk…However, 100’s of years from now those names may not be remembered, the films may live on but the names may fade….The one man whose name may live on forever and may be considered the greatest film maker of all time is probably not on that legendary list yet but will be one day…His name is…Quentin Tarantino…
Vincent: Have you ever given a foot massage?
Jules: Don’t be telling me about foot massages, I’m the foot fuckin’ master.
Vincent: Given a lot of them?
Jules: Shit, yeah. I got my technique down and everything, I don’t be tickling or nothing.
Vincent: Would you give a guy a foot massage?
Jules: Fuck you.
Vincent: You give them a lot?
Jules: Fuck you.
…From Pulp Fiction
I remember working in a video store in the mid nineties…A bunch of movie nerds who’d seen everything couldn’t stop talking about one movie…That movie was Reservoir Dogs…I was demanded to watch it, and I was amazed by the words and the attitude…A few months later Pulp Fiction came out and Tarantino was a household name…
Pulp Fiction is a piece of art that goes beyond the world of cinema…It’s not just a movie it’s a cultural phenomenon…it starts at the end, it’s violent, it’s funny and it has a gimp…What else do you need? It’s Citizen Kane for Generation X…The 70’s had Saturday Night Fever, the 80’s had Ferris Buellers Day off and the 90’s had Pulp Fiction…It redefined cinema as we know it…Everything changed after Pulp and the man behind the the phenomenon was Quentin Tarantino…
Unnamed Baghead: I think…. we ALL think that the bag was a nice idea. But not pointing any fingers, they could have been done better. So how about, no bags this time… but next time, we do the bags right and we go full ragallion.
…From Django Unchained
Since Pulp, Tarantino has not missed a beat…From the World War Two epic, Inglorious Bastards to the two movie revenge saga Kill Bill he is always making movies his way, but still seems to appeal to the masses…
He’s always taking chances and making movies that satisfy the viewer…He changes the narrative to whatever he feels will work for HIS movie…
For years, World War 2 films ended with good guys suffering a tough loss but in our hearts and minds we know the Nazis are defeated…At some point, beyond the end of the film…Tarantino says, Fuck that nonsense, in my movie we KILL HITLER and win the fricken war ON SCREEN…Slaves are happy just to be alive at the end of most civil war era movies…Tarantino wants his slave to get some revenge ON SCREEN…Kill some slave owners in front of our eyes, and look super fuckin cool doing it…Movies are not historical documents, they are entertainment…Escapism…And Tarantino believes he’s in charge, so whatever happens better be entertaining…And it is…
VIC: Listen, if I was a butt cowboy, I wouldn’t even throw you to the posse.
EDDIE: No, you wouldn’t. You’d keep me for yourself. Four years fuckin’ punks up the ass, you’d appreciate a piece of prime rib.
VIC: I might break you in, Nice Guy, but I’d make you my dog’s bitch.
EDDIE: Now ain’t that a sad sight, daddy, walks into jail a white man, walks out talkin like a nigger. It’s all that black semen been shootin up his butt. It’s backed up into his brain and comes out of his mouth.
…From Reservoir Dogs
We classify our film makers at different levels…The Kubrick’s and the Hitchcock’s only come around once a generation… The longevity of a Martin Scorsese is a mind boggling feat to consider or even think can be replicated…If Tarantino can stay even close to the level of filmmaking he is at now, and do it for 20 more years…His catalogue of films may squash all of the great directors of this generation and all others…He writes, directs, and creates movies that make us realize why we go to the movies…He is not trying to give us his agenda or fill our minds with high brow beliefs…He just wants us to have a good time at the theater…And when I sit down in a theater to watch a Django Unchained or Death Proof, I usually have the greatest time…That’s why we go to the movies…No one does it like Tarantino and quite possibly nobody ever will…Only time and awesome movies will tell…
Raine: Hear that? That’s Sgt. Donny Donowitz. But you might know him better by his nickname: the Bear Jew. Now, if you heard of Aldo the Apache, you gotta have heard of the Bear Jew.
Rachtmann: I’ve heard of the Bear Jew.
Raine: What did you hear?
Rachtmann: He beats German soldiers with a club.
Raine: He bashes their brains in with a baseball bat, is what he does. Now, Werner, I’m gonna ask you one last goddamn time, and if you still “respectfully refuse”, I’m callin’ the Bear Jew over, and he’s gonna take that big bat of his, and he’s gonna beat your ass to death with it. Now, take your wiener schnitzel-lickin’ finger and point out on this map what I want to know.
Rachtmann: Fuck you … and your Jew dogs!
Raine: Actually, Werner, we’re all real tickled to hear you say that. Frankly, watchin’ Donny beat Nazis to death is is the closest we ever get to goin’ to the movies.
…From Inglourious Basteros
Till next time…mm
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