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In Reply to: RE: Violence and Tarantino posted by RGA on April 18, 2020 at 20:59:11
"Saving Private Ryan" showed immense amounts of it with no outrcries on that point that I remember. Rather, gratuitous violence in films is the issue: is it appropriate to the story, i.e. is it a slasher film? Specific to Tarantino: he often has stated his fondness for violent genres. To attend his films and be upset at the explicit violence seems clearly self-defeating.
When younger, I enjoyed them. Now, I find the more violent scenes disgusting, unnecessary. Tarantino was hailed a a wunderkind when younger; his many-genre influenced style was new, exciting. Now, it seems tawdry, repetitious, and cynical.
The violence in 'Reservoir Dogs' was the only time I felt queasy in one of his violent scenes. Outside of that, it's just business, nothing personal.
Take the hypo plunge into Uma. "Quease" instantly erased by her reaction. He has, to me, always had a way to balance the equation. Take Sam's endless, oft obnoxious monologs offset by violence. Violence is actually a relief from his dialog.
reelsmith's axiom: Its going to be used equipment when I sell it, so it may as well be used equipment when I buy it.
QT was a repetitive three trick pony up until OUATIH where he altered a trick.
IF he makes another movie (OMG! A TENTH Quentin Tarantino movie!?! STOP the presses!!!)
it will be interesting to see if OUATIH was actual growth from the celebrated puer aeternus
"Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination" -Michael McClure
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