Both on Hulu and Netflix OnDemand,plus NF OnDemand has Jackie Brown(QT’s masterpiece) and From Dusk till Dawn(not so much a masterpiece…) http://bit.ly/lDnfk4
Only one of this those is worth the time to watch
Reservoir Dogs and allow me to amend, and one scene from From Dusk til Dawn, Hayek is hot
Reservoir Dogs is great,I agree. Probably the best out of the 4. Yeah the scene with Hayek is awesome, convenient casting for QT there don’t you think ; )
Check out Pulp Fiction again, it’s probably better than you remember. I just watched it and found it held up over time, his characters are great in PF.
Pulp Fiction has moments and Samuel L. is amazing, he is the only good thing about the film. And I have never been a fan of PF, my friends couldn’t believe I didn’t like, but I just wasn’t sold on it. I have seen it a number of times since 94 and aside from Sam, I just don’t a shit about it.
The most overrated film in the history of film, and that is saying a lot considering some of teh crap that is considered masterpieces on this website.
(am I picking a fight? not in general, and not with you , Son, but I may be with some zealots out there in Mubiland)
What didn’t you like about Pulp Fiction’s other characters? Mia/Marsellus Wallace, Pumpkin, The Wolf I thought were memorable characters. I think a lot of the film hinges on language so if you speak English as a 2nd language/didn’t grow up in the US you may miss out.
Ask David Mamet about dialogue.
A film needs to be able to stand up without it’s words, and Tarantino, while fine with dialogue, it’s snappy and you can dance to it, continually fails to deliver a strong visual piece (Kill Bill’s are his best visual films). But also, there was no new territory revealed in PF that wasn’t in RD, he’s too repetitive and he’s has no balls to move out of his comfort zone.
Let’s see a film without the over-the-top violence (though he can do that well), and the profanity. But he can’t do that because he cannot feel that, he is as utterly useless as his films, he has chosen to be a stereotype rather than a human being, and his films reflect that.
Pulp Fiction is the greatest movie ever made.
I think the difference in material in PF was the introduction of women. Reservoir Dogs is a film concerned with masculine identity and the phallogocentric heist team it focuses on. Mr.White and Mr.Orange’s relationship takes on typical film noir archetypes, Mr.Orange being the femme fatale, Mr.White playing the fool whose trusting behavior speaks volumes because we accept it w/o question(despite being totally over the top). Had the film replaced Mr.Orange with a real femme fatale the gullibility of White would simply been too unbelievable. Looking at the scenes of Mr.Orange’s deah, I see an unique trait of QT’s, and that is the ability to tow the line between what will come off as acceptable within the film world and what is over the line and humorous. This is because especially in the beginning of his career, he understood how films were being perceived by audiences much more than most filmmakers.
It also implied that Nice Guy Eddie has a crush on Vic Vega who plays a sociopathic hyper masculine cool guy who calls to mind Elvis,James Dean, and Rock Hudson(who turned out to be gay). This relationship coupled with the White/Orange relationship triggers the tragedy in this film, which in the film noir/gangster genre is usually caused by the betrayal of a woman.
PF introduces femininity into this fantasy gangster world . The film isn’t about simply violence or irony,it is a film concerned with the dynamics of power and how it relates masculine identity and how men and women interact with each other.
The film has numerous situations which examine how the power dynamics of the male world come into play when women are involved,with the wives/girlfriends of Marsellus,Lance,Butch,Pumpkin and Jimmie all playing a strong part in exploring this.
Tarntino obviously has a lot more booing for him than just violence and filmic references, he primarily is an artist concerned with gender identity. People who complained that Death Proof had a lot of “girl talk” have ignored QT’s entire oeuvre which has played an important part in pop culture depictions of changing gender norms, with Pulp Fiction the definitive final bullet in the corpse of the hyper masculine hero which has deep roots cinema culture ,going back to the Soviets and their portrayal of idealized masculinity in the form of the worker,Samurai flicks from the beginnings of Japanese cinema, and John Wayne and American western.
Quentin knows cinema and is doing work which will be looked upon as the creator of some of the most important work of the late 90s.
I respectfully and wholeheartedly disagree
That his films are good or that the films are more than violence and snappy dialogue?
I don’t see how you could argue that both RD and PF aren’t about gender & masculinity.
>>Let’s see a film without the over-the-top violence (though he can do that well), and the profanity. But he can’t do that because he cannot feel that, he is as utterly useless as his films, he has chosen to be a stereotype rather than a human being, and his films reflect that.<<
Do we ask this of Brian DePalma, Dario Argento, George Romero or John Carpenter? No, because they are genre directors who have, like Tarantino, reached a level of excellence in their chosen genre. Why should he be expected to make the kind of films he’s so far shown no interest in? I’d agree that Tarantino cannot make films like Terrence Malick, but I’d also propose that Malick would be unable to make the kind of films QT does.
Thinking Pulp Fiction isn’t a masterpiece and one of the greatest films of the 90s.
^ I hope you guys don’t do this.
Brad, I agree and I’m not big on genre directors. And the problem is so-called genre directors is when they try and step out of the hole they have been circled into, they are said to have failed.
And Son, anyone can argue something, that doesn’t make it fucking so, to borrow slightly from Nice Guy Eddie.
And if you want to argue the gender and masculinity angle, Scorsese has done it better and yet still gone out and changed things up a little in the kinds of stories he tells.
I’m not saying I’m right, but until things change that’s my opinion. And I was a big proponent of Tarantino after Reservoir Dogs, I loved it, but in the two from RD and PF, I feel, he did nothing to grow as an “artist” and has remained stagnant since then.
@Uli Cain I get that you dislike the film. But you must admit that especially Pulp Fiction is more than cartoon violence and snappy punchlines-you seem to have admitted this in your post.
As for Scorsese, Tarantino’s take on gender is more fun and playful while at the same time containing good points and a consciousness about how Hollywood has reflected contemporary masculinity and how this has changed over time: just look at Stuntman Mike and Butch.
I think Scorsese allows for greater performances: the boxer is a great vehicle for exploring masculinity and DeNiro’s La Motte is a great performance,as well as Pesci’s Joey,it’s an iconic performance. Scosese’s filmmaking is completely solid and well crafted on all counts ,much more so than Tarantino’s work.
However, I appreciate the way Tarantino the director employed Bruce as Butch because it is timely,refers to recent cinema, changes that were happening in media and general culture, and the kind of not completely serious performance he elicits from Mr,WillIs is one I find fun.
There isn’t any over-the-top violence in Jackie Brown and it’s far less profane than a dozen Scorsese films. The complaint that someone doesn’t branch out into 15 different things is still somewhere in the most asinine complaints that can be levied against any artist.
I disagree, Malik, a true artist can move from one genre to another, one style to another. It’s about discipline and personal growth. The greats in any art form were/are great in more than one style.
I don’t think Tarantino’s work is wholly without value, but he hasn’t struck me as anything more than a two note director.
I think he can grow, if he chooses. I think he learned a great deal from Sally Menke, and I think we may see more maturity in his work from here on out. It just remains to be seen.
Reservoir Dogs is the best along with Pulp Fiction and then of course the vampire movie From Dusk Till Dawn such a great movie the acting is so great and George Clooney is one of my favorites after Harvey Keitel as he is my favorite actor!!!!! :)