Watching Tarantino Movies - The First Three

Yesterday, I watched Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown. That adds up to six and a half hours of watching movies and a lot of time on the couch. I'm definitely not used to sitting around so much, for such long stretches of time. 

I'd seen Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction before, although I'd forgotten all about Reservoir Dogs. I find the near-constant violence in the film distracting. Or maybe a better way to say it is that I want to be distracted from the violence, which makes it difficult to pay attention to the film. It's not that I'm opposed to violence in films; I just have a problem focusing on it. So in the case of a film like Reservoir Dogs, I probably miss a lot trying not to see the violence, and therefore forget about the movie. 

On the other hand, I'd also forgotten how much I like Pulp Fiction. I first saw the film when I was in college, on campus at Truman State University (although back then it was Northeast Missouri State). I loved it then and yesterday I was happy to see that I still like it.

20 years can change one's opinions quite a bit, but not mine about this film. I find my opinions of books sometimes, maybe even usually, change dramatically over time, so I half-expected the same from movies, but maybe that's not as common. The only movie I can think of that I've watched repeatedly over time is Woody Allen's Love and Death, and it doesn't change for me, either. I guess that makes sense when you consider how much of yourself you have to put in a novel, where all the images and "live action" are only suggested by the words, but created in your head, whereas film does everything for you. I know this statement could start arguments, but I believe it's true. You put more of yourself into a novel. 

I watched Jackie Brown with Eric, in bed last night. I enjoyed trying to figure out Jackie Brown's strategy. That's probably my favorite part of crime movies - how the criminals do their thing. That's probably everyone's favorite part, but I'm okay with that. I liked the sets, too, in all three movies, but especially in this one, with the kitschy seventies interiors and wood paneling, and the boxy cars and trucks. 

The lack of cell phones is interesting. So much of what happens in these films would be very different recreated in our modern world. The characters in these films, with the exception of Travolta's character in Pulp Fiction, can't call each other every time they need something. And when Travolta does call his dealer, with a car phone the size of a regular cordless phone, it doesn't necessarily help. After watching Jackie Brown, I did a little reading about blaxploitation. I'd heard the term before but didn't really know what it was. It's definitely something that deserves more consideration. 

The thing is, because I don't watch very many movies, I probably don't have much to add. This challenge is really just about expanding my world through entertainment.

PS - One phenomena I find interesting is how people like to quote movies. Mention Pulp Fiction and people start firing off quotes from the film. I don't have the kind of memory movie quotes or jokes requires, so I'm kind of impressed and simultaneously lost when other people do. It always makes me wonder - what exactly is my mind doing instead of remembering dialogue? I really don't know. Maybe it's something you have to put in some effort to do, and I'm just not trying. But it seems like it comes naturally to others. 

Week Twenty-three: Something Creative - Watch 6 Tarantino Movies

  1. The First 3
  2. Tarantino Movies Part 2