We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I'm a Tarantino half-fan.
Gotta disagree on Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. Felt both were groundbreaking in both story-telling, acting and overall editing.
His other stuff since then has been middling to not very good. Hateful Eight actually was OK, but I think aligns with the author's description of Tarantino.
He's actually rather boring, though my son loves his stuff. I'm still not sure why, but he does have good taste. I'm just not sure why he's all-in on Tarantino. It could be a generational thing.
But the one thing that comes to mind is Baudrillard, because Tarantino is trying to be something he's not and it's very clear to those of us who know, but not clear to those who don't. His acolytes, generally, have a disdain for everything that came before, and from which Tarantino draws his inspiration.
He delivers a 'close enough' image. He is like Cronenberg, but not as interesting. Cronenberg explored the depths of imagery and psyche. Tarantino is a surface dweller.
He started strong, and fell flat. It's hard to match what you've done, when your first few set such a high bar, and he's failed to match his own start.
Tarantino doesn't create films, he builds them, piece by piece, out of parts of other, better films.
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Didn't say otherwise. But most people do that. It's hardly a crime and it doesn't make others less talented - so why is it a problem with Tarantino?
I studied Eisenstein in college. Today, I love pointing out all the aspects of his work that keep cropping up. Some aren't even trying to hide it (like the baby carriage down the stairs in The Untouchables). People steal stories, shots, dialogue...the old rule there's nothing original holds.
Tarantino's two best remain the ones I mentioned. They really were groundbreaking. Even my wife, typically repulsed by violence, found Pulp Fiction to be a 'film that needed to be made'. It, like RD, was just so different from what was around at that time.
All his other stuff? Generally derivative and boring. My wife, for some reason, enjoyed Django Unchained. I was pretty ambivalent about it.
Tarantino, to his credit, doesn't even pretend to be original. He discusses his love for the Grindhouse genre, blaxploitation, and 70's cop shows.
He doesn't talk about what a genius he is. He talks about paying homage to films he loved.
He just takes them in a different direction than they went way back when.
Still, I have yet to see a director or screenwriter who doesn't use other, better, films as building blocks.
I was in the Navy during Vietnam on a destroyer. It used to become really congested on Yankee station with carriers, cruisers, oilers, destroyers etc. all over the place. The captain used to give us our instructions, "mill around smartly and don't hit anything" and we did that. We used to joke that a collision could ruin your whole day and would get you a bad fitness report. Evidently you can't issue simple instructions like that to the bridge watch anymore expect them to comply.
Boston Police Dept Apologizes For Tweet Honoring Celtics Coach Red Auerbach During Black History Month.
This is the "offensive" tweet from the BPD:
"In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth we pay tribute to @celtics legend #RedAuerbach for being the 1st @NBA coach to draft a black player in 1950, field an all African-American starting five in 1964 and hire the league's 1st African-American head coach (Bill Russell) in 1966."
What are we coming to, when this is considered "offensive" to blacks?
Kirsten Gillibrand is a liar. Either she lied before or she is lying now. I think when an elected representative does a 180 on what got her/him elected that they should be recalled. The voters and all citizens deserve better.