RARA-AVIS: Re: Torture Porn

From: GB ( mnc_fb@yahoo.com)
Date: 05 Jul 2007

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "uplandharmabooks"
<uplandharmabooks@...> wrote:
> Tarantino has readily admitted several times that he makes genre
> and he has never hidden his influences.
> I find it a bit ironic that some members of a group dedicated to a
> specific genre whose very name (hard-boiled) is indicative of
> violence, sex, darkness, and...well...hardness, are willing to
> complain not only about a genre filmmaker, but the characteristics
> that make up their favorite fiction genre.

Where did you get the idea that people were criticizing Tarantino for being a genre filmmaker? It doesn't really make sense that people on a list devoted to a specific genre would be prejudiced against genre fiction. My criticism against Tarantino was that his films are derivative and that, unlike you, I believe he doesn't really take them a step beyond the work of his predecessors. If anything, I think his pastiches are a step backwards in the sense that the characters are superficial and defined more than anything by their witticisms and pop culture references rather than human traits or any real motivation like you'd see in a Jim Thompson novel. I agree with you about Tarantino's talent for dialogue, but dialogue is not enough to tell a good story and I believe this was best illustrated in his episode on Grindhouse. I don't know about you, but after 30 minutes of those girls' inane chitchat I was ready to go home (and did).

You also find ironic that people here, of all places, are willing to complain about a genre filmmaker. Why should he be sheltered from criticism just because he's a "genre" creator? Is there some sort of solidarity we as people who enjoy noir should exhibit towards noir "creators"?


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