Tarantino the Writer
My original thought was to watch all the main films Tarantino directed, but I got off track. It's so easy to get off track, isn't it? I ended up watching a film he partially wrote and directed, and two he wrote.
One day I only had about an hour and a half before I had to go to work, so I decided to watch Four Rooms. Tarantino and three other directors (Allison Anderson, Alexandre Rockwell, and Robert Rodriguez) each directed one segment of the film, which was loosely based on Ronald Dahl's short stories written for adults, which I've never read. Four Rooms was quite enjoyable. Tim Roth was hilarious as the bellhop, the character that ties the other four segments together. And I loved the scenery of the old hotel.
Then Eric and I watched True Romance, which Brian recommended. True Romance came out in 1993, back when I was still seeing movies, but I don't remember seeing it then. It was written by Tarantino and directed by Tony Scott, so it was not on my original list. Still, I'm glad I watched it. It had all the gore and all the humor of a Tarantino film, and a happy ending to boot. I think my favorite character in this one was Brad Pitt as Floyd, the stoner roommate of the friend Clarence visits in California. Watching Christian Slater as Clarence was fun, too, because I liked him when I was younger, but don't see much of him any more. It was like running into an old friend, except we're not friends.
Then we watched From Dusk to Dawn. This one was also written by Tarantino and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It's half crime spree, half vampire film, which is kinda weird. There's absolutely no indication in the first half that the second half will involve vampires - which I guess makes it the same for the viewer as it is for the characters.
That leaves four movies I intended to watch, but didn't. Both Kill Bills, Inglorious Bastards, and Django Unchained. I could watch something today, but it's supposed to be exceptionally nice out, and sunny. It's 7 AM and already 52 degrees, so you see my dilemma.
On-Screen Violence and Me
Generally I don't like to watch violence, and because I don't watch TV or many movies, when I do see something, I feel like it affects me more than it would if I was used to it. Watching all these movies one after another, I felt like I got used to it. It became less real and had less of an effect as the week went on. That being said, I don't exactly want to go back and watch Reservoir Dogs again.
I know I chose Tarantino. I knew what I was getting into. I'm not complaining. But it got me wondering about the effects of all the movie violence on others, something I don't really want to get into here. Suffice to say it's on my mind.
Week Twenty-three: Something Creative - Watch 6 Tarantino Movies