Pulp Fiction (1994)

Day  18: 21/12/18

Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino

I decided to do something different before I re-watched this film. I read the script first and then saw the movie.

=> the first scene of the story is also the last scene. The whole plot goes around like a circle and ends where it begins. I loved that.

=> 3 entangled crime stories – the protagonist of one dies in another’s story unexpectedly.

=> One of the most tense scenes I saw in my life: Butch comes to his house expecting people to be after him, finds no one, relaxes and goes to the kitchen to toast some bread, the house is completely silent, suddenly he realizes that there is a gun on the kitchen counter, at the same time hears the flush – someone actually came to kill him and he entered the house when he was in the bathroom and left his gun in the kitchen.

=> When I saw Mia chilling in that house drinking whiskey I wanted to do the exact same thing with a Q. Tarantino soundtrack.

=> That dance scene ❤

=> At first when Vincent and Jules goes to kill the three guys in the house, one of them holds cereals that explode all over the place once a gun explodes, Butch toasts bread in the house that explodes with gunfire, in Kill Bill the same happens to the cereals. Classic Tarantino. Shows the effect of the explosion with the most naive thing, he uses opposites. Just like the soundtrack of his movies – sometimes so opposite to the scene that it matches it perfectly.

=> The color palette => bold red, bold blue, bold yellow: reminds me of Kill Bill Vol. 1’s palette a lot. Also a lot of black and white used on the clothes. With Kill Bill Vol.2 his palette starts to alter.

READ: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2013/03/making-of-pulp-fiction-oral-history

 

Django Unchained (2012)

Day 17: 19/12/18

Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino

The most realistic movie I have ever watched about racism, a movie that really shows me the meaning of slavery. It is interesting to watch this film, because, as Tarantino tells in an interview, it is a genre story. There is crime and action with a background of history. That’s actually what I really want to do in my movies. It’s not a historical biography, not a movie you know will mentally be rough, but a story you actually want to watch.

Great use of negation of negation. Worse of the worse. Leonardo di Caprio was disturbed to play his role and wanted to soften the character, but they told him that that wouldn’t tell the whole story, that wouldn’t do justice in terms of history.

Stephen: as a character of worst of the worst. Enemy from within. It’s bad to be attacked by an enemy, an opposite, it’s worse to be attacked by someone from the same place as you are.

From the first scene an amazing use of music signals you that this is going to be an insanely dynamic movie. Some songs are made like a musical – but in a very very different, darker, more Western genre than the Broadway way (obviously).

Funny scenes humiliating the behavior of white people, like the night scene with the KKK members. Adds to the flavor of the story.

Love the chemistry between Dr. King and Django. Both are very developed characters.

READ: Django Unchained Comic Book ❤

Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)

Day 16: 03/12/18

Kill Bill Vol.1, Quentin Tarantino

=> Every scene of this movie is an art form in itself. Every scene. If anybody would give me pictures of shots in this movie I can easily put them in order – that’s how memorable and impactful this movie is on me. Every scene is very thought through and designed intricately.

=> So many tools are used to tell the story and they are always used purposefully. Such as the ceiling view in the first fight scene between Bea and Vernita in the kitchen. When Bea enters the kitchen you see it from above and it is completely clean, nothing extraordinary. When she leaves the kitchen, it’s all a mess, there is cereal all over the floor and a dead body. It’s just the beginning for this movie. When O-ren Ishii’s backstory is told, it is done so with an anime – because she is Chinese-Japanese. Such a fitting and fun way of introducing a character.

=> Color communication on point. Bold red. Bold yellow. And bold night blue in just one scene, memorable enough.

=> Insanely good rhythm. Like a heartbeat. Always keeps you on your toes.

=> OMG THE MUSIC CHOICES. Blows my mind.

=> Takes the characters and the action to the fullest. Are you surprised or impressed by something? The next scene will take it to a higher level.

=> Last scene: reverses the whole premise of the story. What Bea thought she lost, what she had been revenging for, is actually not lost. That’s like the last hit of that rhythm. Movie ends on such a high note, you know there is a sequel full of story.

=> Loved re-watching this so much that declared this week Tarantino month for myself. Tarantino movies, interviews, inspiration, video analyses, music…everything.

180° South (2010)

Day 9: 14/01/2018

180° South, Chris Malloy

A beautiful travel movie with very chill music and narration all along – about surfing, mountain climbing and ecology. I love how this movie combines all these in one place. It is really relaxing as we see them move around the South American continent and even get to the Eastern Island due to a problem with their boat in a storm – but then this chill docu-drama shows young people caring about our environment and teaching us to reconnect with the nature – because that’s where we belong, but if we can’t understand the nature, we will fail to love it too.  I love the commentary along with the movie and the beautiful visuals. Loved the modest 2D animations. Also the analog looking footage and how they connected their story today to Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins’ trip back in the 60s. It is a unique narrative style.  180 South is a movie composed of good music mostly by the Ugly Casanova, nature sports and a care for ecological problems – all these taking place in South America. How better could it be?