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Thursday, February 24, 2011

all about quentin tarantino


quentin tarantino. even his name is just pure awesome. what a fantastic, fantastic director. not only is he a director, but he screen writes his own films as well. and if any of you have had the pleasure of seeing a tarantino film, you already know he has such a way with words. so catchy, so hardcore, so stylish, so...tarantino. i have found most of his style and inspiration comes from spaghetti westerns, chinese martial arts & japanese drama (mainly in kill bill). some of them have an italian-mobster feel to them as well.

[all his movies have great examples for each category shown below but i'm just gonna use one or two each.]

CINEMATOGRAPHY
i loved the cinematography in reservoir dogs. i just thought it was so clever to have a huge chunk of the film in one place. in this case it was a broken down warehouse.

reservoir dogs






SCREENPLAY
i think what really makes him stand out would definitely be his talent in writing. yes, his directing is amazing, all the angles, lighting, all that. he never misses a detail. but his films thrive on his long, drawn-out dialogue between the characters.

inglourious basterds

COL LANDA
Monsieur LaPadite, are you aware of the
nickname the people of France have given
me?

PERRIER
I have no interest in such things.

COL LANDA
But you are aware of what they call me?

PERRIER
I'm aware.

COL LANDA
What are you aware of?

PERRIER
That they call you, "The Jew Hunter".

COL LANDA
Precisely! Now I understand your
trepidation in repeating it.
Before he was assassinated, Heydrich
apparently hated the moniker the good
people of Prague bestowed on him.
Actually why he would hate the name,
"The Hangman", is baffling to me
It would appear he did everything in
his power to earn it. But I, on the
other hand, love my unofficial title,
precisely because I've earned it.

COL LANDA
The feature that makes me such a effective
hunter of the Jews, is, as opposed to most
German soldiers, I can think like a jew.
where they can only think like a German,
or more precisely, a German soldier.
Now if one were to determine what attribute
the German people share with a beast, it
would be the cunning and predatory instinct
of a hawk.

COL LANDA
But, if one were to determine what attributes
the jews share with a beast, it would be
that of the rat.
Now the Fuhrer and Gobbles propaganda
have said pretty much the same thing.
Where our conclusions differ, is I don't
consider the comparison a insult.
Consider for a moment, the world a rat
lives in. It's a hostile world indeed.
If a rat were to scamper through your
front door right now, would you greet it
with hostility?

PERRIER
I suppose I would.

COL LANDA
Has a rat ever done anything to you to
create this animosity you feel toward
them?

PERRIER
Rat's spread disease, they bite people -

COL LANDA
Rats were the cause of the bubonic plague,
but that was some time ago. In all your
born days, has a rat ever caused you to
be sick a day in your life? I purpose to
you, any disease a rat could spread,
a squirrel could equally carry.
Yet I assume you don't share the same
animosity with squirrels that you do with
rats, do you?

PERRIER
No.

COL LANDA
Yet, they are both rodent's, are they
not? And except for the fact that one
has a big bushy tail, while the other
has a long repugnt tail of rodent skin,
they even rather look alike, don't they?

PERRIER
It is a interesting thought,
beer Colonel.

COL LANDA
However, interesting as the thought may
be, it makes not one bit of difference
to how you feel. If a rat were to scamper
through your door, this very minute,
would you offer it a saucer of your
delicious milk?

PERRIER
Probably not.

COL LANDA
I didn't think so. You don't like them.
You don't really know why you don't like
them. All you know is, you find them
repulsive.
Consequently, a German soldier, conducts
a search of a house suspected of hiding
jews. Where does the hawk look? He looks
in the barn, he looks in the attic,
he looks in the cellar - he looks
everywhere, he would hide. But there are
many places it would never occur to a
hawk to hide. However the reason the
Fuhrer brought me off my Alps in Austria,
and placed me in French cow country today,
is because it does occur to me. Because
I'm aware what tremendous feats human
beings are capable of once they abandon
dignity.
(Changing tone)
May I smoke my pipe as well?
The Farmer's cool facade is little by little eroding.

PERRIER
Please, Cononel, make yourself at home.


kill bill 2


BILL
As you know, l'm quite keen on comic books. Especially the ones about superheroes. I find the whole mythology surrounding superheroes fascinating. Take my favorite superhero, Superman. Not a great comic book. Not particularly well-drawn. But the mythology... The mythology is not only great, it's unique.

THE BRIDE
[who still has a needle in her leg] How long does this shit take to go into effect?

BILL
About two minutes, just long enough for me to finish my point. Now, a staple of the superhero mythology is, there's the superhero and there's the alter ego. Batman is actually Bruce Wayne, Spider-Man is actually Peter Parker. When that character wakes up in the morning, he's Peter Parker. He has to put on a costume to become Spider-Man. And it is in that characteristic Superman stands alone. Superman didn't become Superman. Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he's Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red "S", that's the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears - the glasses, the business suit - that's the costume. That's the costume Superman wears to blend in with us. Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent. He's weak... he's unsure of himself... he's a coward. Clark Kent is Superman's critique on the whole human race. Sorta like Beatrix Kiddo and Mrs. Tommy Plimpton.

THE BRIDE
Aso. The point emerges.

BILL
You would've worn the costume of Arlene Plimpton. But you were born Beatrix Kiddo. And every morning when you woke up, you'd still be Beatrix Kiddo. Oh, you can take the needle out.

THE BRIDE
[does so] Are you calling me a superhero?

BILL
I'm calling you a killer. A natural born killer. You always have been, and you always will be. Moving to El Paso, working in a used record store, goin' to the movies with Tommy, clipping coupons. That's you, trying to disguise yourself as a worker bee That's you tryin' to blend in with the hive. But you're not a worker bee. You're a renegade killer bee. And no matter how much beer you drank or barbecue you ate or how fat your ass got, nothing in the world would ever change that.


true romance

[INTRO TO MOVIE]
ALABAMA
I had to come all the way from the highway and byways of Tallahassee, Florida to MotorCity, Detroit to find my true love. If you gave me a million years to ponder, I would never have guessed that true romance and Detroit would ever go together. And til this day, the events that followed all still seems like a distant dream. But the dream was real and was to change our lives forever. I kept asking Clarence why our world seemed to be collapsing and things seemed to be getting so shitty. And he'd say, "that's the way it goes, but don't forget, it goes the other way too." That's the way romance is... Usually, that's the way it goes, but every once in awhile, it goes the other way too.

[END OF MOVIE]
ALABAMA
Amid the chaos of that day, when all I could hear was the thunder of gunshots, and all I could smell was the violence in the air, I look back and am amazed that my thoughts were so clear and true, that three words went through my mind endlessly, repeating themselves like a broken record: you're so cool, you're so cool, you're so cool. And sometimes Clarence asks me what I would have done if he had died, if that bullet had been two inches more to the left. To this, I always smile, as if I'm not going to satisfy him with a response. But I always do. I tell him of how I would want to die, but that the anguish and the want of death would fade like the stars at dawn, and that things would be much as they are now. Perhaps. Except maybe I wouldn't have named our son Elvis.


CASTING
i love directors who use a lot of the same actors in all of his films. he tends to use samuel jackson, uma thurman, tim roth, eli roth, and michael madsen a lot. a few other examples of other directors that do that are martin scorsese (dicaprio, day-lewis) and david fincher (brad pitt). i loved the cast tarantino chose in pulp fiction and jackie brown.

pulp fiction
john travolta & samuel l. jackson


uma thurman


bruce willis


tim roth


jackie brown
pam grier


robert di niro & samuel l. jackson


robert forster


michael keaton & michael bowen


DIRECTING (angles, details, etc.)
tarantino's trademark trunk-shot angle is found in almost all of his films:

death proof



reservoir dogs



pulp fiction


kill bill 1



SOUNDTRACK
quentin tarantino is known to use ennio morricone a lot. morricone's work is found mainly in kill bill 1 & 2, inglourious basterds, and sometimes in death proof.