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Here’s the deal, most of the movies made since the end of the 1990s indie wave of films, aren’t worth your time & money. I used to love movies. I used to love going to the theater. I haven’t gone to the theater in a long time, I haven’t watched a new movie in a long time. My old fascination with movies is dead & gone & I am morning it with gusto.

You can vote with your dollar, you know. If you stop watching the shit that Hollywood throws at you, than Hollywood would stop making shit. Or, possibly, go bankrupt & that won’t be a very bad prospect. I’m tired of listening to students talk about how great the new Fast & the Furious was.

When I was in high school, we were talking about how great Pulp Fiction was. You might not like Pulp Fiction, but even if you don’t you still have to admit that it was a movie. Fast & The Furious isn’t a movie, it’s crap.

I feel like an old man saying this. My father used to talk about how great the movies that came out in his generation were & how shitty the movies in the 1990s were. I feel sort of like my father even as I write this, but then, when I was a teenager & heard my father say that, I didn’t try to defend modern movies. My father was in high school in the late 1960s, he was a young adult in the 1970s. My father has every right to stand by those movies, the ’60s & ’70s put out some of the best movies that I have ever seen.

The biggest complaint I have isn’t car & heist movies like Fast & Furious, it’s the new horror movies. I don’t know what happened there, but when I was in high school & college horror movies were great. They were either campy fun or fairly scary. Today they are just torture porn. I could care less about torture porn.

I’ve seen a couple of them on dates & now I can tell you the basic plot of every single horror movie made in the past decade. A few attractive people that you could care less about & have no character development get killed off in a series of increasingly gruesome ways. I tuned out of horror movies after I saw Saw II on a date. They aren’t worth my time & I’m unemployed with nothing but time.

I just read a review in the paper. It appears that The Evil Dead was remade & is now being praised as the scariest horror movie of the year. That hit me as a shock. Evil Dead was campy fun. Sure, Evil Dead 2 was funnier, but in either case, they aren’t intended to be scary movies.

The original Evil Dead was Bruce Campbell hamming it up as he took on the undead. I haven’t seen the remake, but I’m pretty sure that it involves some attractive people getting killed off in a series of increasingly gruesome ways with no character development. Again I haven’t seen it, but I’m pretty sure you won’t see a character getting the shit kicked out of him with his own severed hand only eventually outsmart it & to trap it under a copy of Fair Well to Arms. That doesn’t seem like the type of thing that would be in “The Scariest Horror Movie of the Year.” But I’m sure the infamous tree rape is probably still in it, but void of the ridiculous intent that the original had.

I haven’t watched a new horror movie in a very long time. I am not going to watch the remake of Evil Dead, at least not now. If they remade it as a comedy, like it was intended, I might give it a shot.

All in all, it’s better if we all boycott horror movies at the moment, at least the ones coming out of America.

When I was in Spain, I saw one about Bigfoot. At least I think it was Bigfoot. It was campy fun, sort of, but had no English subtitles & my Spanish wasn’t good enough to follow it.

Spain, as a country, seems to still know how to make campy horror movies. One of the last times I was there I saw Day of the Beast. It was about a priest that enlisted an acid head heavy metal fan & a celebrity psychic to take on the anti-Christ. I saw a dubbed English version in a sleazy theater that catered to ex-pats. It wasn’t what I would call a classic horror movie, or even a good movie, but it did make me laugh more than a few times & I have the sneaky suspicion that the people that made that flick wanted me to laugh when I was watching it.

Now we still have old QT, my father rented Django Unchained last weekend. I normally slink off into my basement when mom & dad rent a movie. I prefer to sit in my unemployment hell with a book rather than in a comfortable & furnished living room to watch what I’m sure will be a waste of my time.

Last time he rented a film it was Taken 2 & I declined the invitation to watch it with him. Sorry dad, not going to waste my time on that, but I’ll ruin it for you & tell you the plot before I go downstairs & read a trash novel. I ruined Taken for everyone over Christmas when I was in a situation where I didn’t have my own room to hide in while the family watched that train wreck. I was actually shocked by how well I had the movie pegged, I was fairly certain I had forced to watch it before, a few holidays ago, when it stared Denzel Washington & it was set in Mexico.

Django wasn’t one of his best films, but it was still better than all the other movies out there today. What gets me about Tarantino films is the amount of outrage that comes with them.

His films are too violent & because of that people get all in a huff. And yet no one seems to care about the crap torture porn that is constantly on the big screen these days.

Tarantino films have too much foul language. And yet no one seems to care about the crap torture porn that is constantly on the big screen these days.

Spike Lee & Washington complain about the use of “nigger” in his movies. They peg Tarantino as a racist. That’s shocking to me, given that one of the best parts of Tarantino movies is fact that Samuel L. Jackson is in just about all of them in one role or another.

I’ll admit to sitting through Back Snake Moan & that Snakes movie just because Jackson was in them. I’ve sat through some real bad movies like XXX because Jackson was in them. But I give him the Christopher Walken waiver. I get the impression that they just likes making movies & that’s fine because I just like watching them. If Sam Jackson of Walken were in the remake of Evil Dead, I’d probably watch it.

And then there was Jackie Brown, one of my favorites of his, that featured a strong Black woman as the protagonist. If Spike Lee is right, old QT is the least racist “racist” in Hollywood.

Sam Jackson came to his defense when Spike Lee first attacked him for being racist. He said simply “At least Tarantino has made a good movie this decade.” And that is why I think so many people attack his movies & ignore the torture porn. He’s actually making good movies, movies that go above & beyond to entertain people & that, I think, is what is rubbing everyone the wrong way.

I have nothing against violent movies. I love violent movies, but I want to watch a violent movie that is entertaining. I’m not going to sit down & watch violence just because it is violence.

I think that says something about our culture. I don’t watch horror movies any more because they are all torture porn. Torture porn is just violence for the sake of violence & there is absolutely nothing entertaining about that. People seem to be OK with that. They don’t raise as big a fit about torture porn because they accept that violence for the sake of violence is fine. Our culture supports violence for no reason whatsoever.

But old QT, he makes violent movies for the sake of entertainment. Society & culture don’t like that. They don’t want you to sit through a good movie with violence in it. They don’t want you to be entertained in that manner.

The objections to his movies breaks down to what is entertaining you. The movie, plot, dialogue, & characters along with the violence is what is entertaining you when you enjoy a movie like Pulp Fiction. There is more to it than just violence & because there is something else there, people want you to object to it. They don’t want you to laugh at the circumstances that lead to someone being accidentally shot in the head.

They don’t want you to be entertained by the circumstances that led to the man being shot in the head.

Conversely, if a man gets shot in the head & the entertainment was taken only from watching the man get shot in the head, than society has less of a complaint against it. That’s fine, because you are entertained BY the violence. But it is bad if you are entertained by the situation that led up & resulted from the violence. It’s bad if you are entertained by the character’s reaction to the violence.

We need to change gears as a society. Violence for violence sake is not entertainment, it’s sick & sadistic & we should not be watching it, we shouldn’t be entertained by it. We should be boycotting movies that are violent for the sake of violence. However, we should be encouraging movies that are violent for the sake of entertainment.

Violence for the sake of violence as a means of entertainment only encourages sadism & more violence. It’s really just wrong. Now violence for the sake of entertainment, that just encourages entertainment.

It might sound like a small difference, but when you stop to think about it, that little nuance makes all the difference in the world & our society. It makes a big difference in culture as well, if we boycott torture porn, if we boycott violence for the sake of violence we will start having entertaining movies again. We won’t have to wait years between Tarantino movies before we see a violent movie that is also entertaining.

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7 thoughts on “Tarantino v Torture Porn

  1. Tarantino is frustrating at times. Does he squander his talent? Inglorious Basterds had such good scenes (the opening for example) that you felt there a brilliant film was struggling to get out an entertaining exploitation one. Jackie Brown under-rated – thought it was excellent.

    Agree with you though that a good Tarantino film is far superior to Fast and Furious fodder. Good films are always being made – they are not the blockbusters (although I must admit I enjoyed the recent Star Trek film)

    • Shit Alex, you’re making me step up & defend Basterds. I loved that movie.

      If your complaint is historical, give him a pass. He’s American, he doesn’t know the difference between a Jacobite, a Jacobin, & a Jack-O-Lantern.

      Now to completely contradict that. Now for something completely different:

      You KNOW your history. Or at least you know it enough to know that Hitler killed himself in a bunker years after the film took place. Therein lies the brilliance of Basterds.

      Tarantino changes history so much that he forces you to wonder “How is Hitler going to get out of this one?” It’s a sick & utterly perverse movie that makes you almost, sort of want Hitler to escape.

      Basterds was perfect, it set up a movie that made the viewer focus on how they were going to rescue the worst person on earth.

  2. Good points but my argument is not based on history. It is a good highly enjoyable film. I don’t mind directors playing around with history at all. It’s just that there were some taut coherent set piece scenes in there.

    But the movie itself just gets overblown by the end and you feel he should have delivered a better film.

    • Well it certainly wasn’t his best, Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, & True Romance were all much better. I’ll agree with that, but Basterds was still violent & funny, But ultimately, anything that makes you catch yourself rooting for Hitler’s escape is just brilliant.

      • Oh agree – still violent and funny, still a good film.

        Have you seen Downfall? Brilliant film about last days of Hitler.

        Anyway – funnily enough off to Bavaria early tomorrow and hopefully Eagle’s Nest so watch my blog for a feature on that if I get there.

        So over and out from me as I need to pack!!

  3. Downfall? Of course, historian.

    Have fun out there, man, the German’s are great people, doubly so while intoxicated.

    It would be the perfect country if they only embraced the British way of making beer.

    I’ll keep an eye out

  4. Ha ha ha. Thanks mate.

    Was going to be my last comment but can’t not salute someone who knows how to flatter Brits by complimenting our tea, beer or humour. Germans are great, their beer is very good, but not as good as British beer. To even it up they are much better at football and economics.

    Really is my last comment.

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