Quick Cuts Presents: BEST TARANTINO MOMENTS
QUICK CUTS: Quentin Tarantino’s Finest Moments
With MICHAEL ARRUDA, L.L. SOARES, and COLLEEN WANGLUND
MICHAEL ARRUDA: With the release of Quentin Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED (2012) on December 25, we’re asking our panel of Cinema Knife Fighters to name their favorite Quentin Tarantino moment.
Is it a specific scene? A line of dialogue? A scene he appeared in? Or an entire movie? In other words, when you think of Tarantino, what image/scene/linecomes to mind?
Okay Cinema Knife Fighters, what’s your favorite Quentin Tarantino moment(s)?
COLLEEN WANGLUND: I love Quentin Tarantino’s films, even if they are outright remakes.
My favorite scenes both come from KILL BILL VOL 1 (2003). The first is the awesome fight scene between The Bride (Uma Thurman) and the Crazy Eighty-Eights in the nightclub in Japan. The extreme nature of the fighting and blood spray is glorious in its recreation of fights from Hong Kong martial arts and Japanese chanbara films of the 1960s and 70s.
The second is the final battle between The Bride and O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu) on the roof in the snow. The music is incredible and the fight between the two ladies and their katanas is a beautiful homage (or an outright copy?) of the Japanese chanbara/rape revenge film LADY SNOWBLOOD (1973) directed by Toshiya Fujita.
ARRUDA: It’s pretty straightforward for me. Whenever I think of Tarantino, I always think of PULP FICTION (1994) which was the first film of his I saw. I don’t know if it’s my favorite, but since it was the first one I saw, it’s the one I always think of when I think of Tarantino.
But whenever I picture him, I see him as the weirdo rapist bank robber Richard Gecko in the Robert Rodriquez vampire flick FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (1996). Sure, this is a vampire movie, but it’s Tarantino’s performance as George Clooney’s insane brother that always stays with me after watching it. He gets under my skin, far deeper than any of the vampires in this one.
L.L. SOARES: Tarantino wrote the screenplay to FROM DUST TILL DAWN as well.
For me, every Tarantino movie has a “punch to the gut” moment. Many movies have more than one. Usually, these include some killer dialogue, as well. Here are just some of my favorite Tarantino moments, but I could list a few from each of his movies:
RESERVOIR DOGS (1992):The discussion of Madonna’s song “Like a Virgin: at the beginning of the movie, and of course the “Stuck in the Middle with You” scene with Michael Madsen cutting off a cop’s ear.
PULP FICTION (1994): The scene towards the end where Sam Jackson gives a long speech that revolves around a quote from the Bible. Also, the scene where they have to plunge a needle of adrenaline into Uma Thurman’s heart to save her from an overdose, and of course the “Gimp” sequence.
KILL BILL VOLUME 2 (2004): The scene where David Carradine gives his explanation why he believes Superman despised mankind. Brilliant dialogue!
INGLORIOUS BASTERDS (2009): The beginning sequence where Christoph Waltz, as a Nazi officer, interrogates a family in a farmhouse.
DJANGO UNCHAINED (2012) The scene where Leonardo DiCaprio, as Calvin Candie, gives a scary speech involving a skull and a hammer.
ARRUDA: And that wraps things up for another edition of QUICK CUTS. Thanks for joining us everybody! Good night!
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