Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Torture Porn

From: Brian Thornton (
Date: 06 Jul 2007

Amy wrote a few things, a couple of which I'll highlight:

"But I have a soft spot for the underdog and seemingly have an almost compulsive need to jump and defend him/her."

I find the notion of Quentin Tarantino as "underdog" these days laugh-out-loud funny. No doubt he'd like to be.

And then:

"I'm quite naive and tend to see people through the cliched rose-colored glasses so maybe I did expect a certain sense of solidarity among those of us who enjoy noir, but not a solidarity that is blind allegiance and complete agreement; more like a sympathetic understanding of what noir creators are trying to do."

Were you around for the Great Spillane Debate of 2006? How about our extended symposium on the relative merits of Altman's screen version (some say "adaptation," others "terrific revision," and still others "base betrayal that likely left Chandler spinning in his grave") of THE LONG GOODBYE?

We can't even agree on any sort of comprehensive definition of "hb/noir."

And that enthusiastic diversity of opinion is what makes this list so enjoyable.

All the Best-


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