Re: RARA-AVIS: Before the Devil Knoiws You're Dead (was Re: No Country for Old Men [the movie])

From: Patrick King (
Date: 13 Nov 2007

--- wrote:
> I love Pulp Fiction, but do you really think it's as
> timeless as Chinatown?
> these two films vary widely in tone and scope.
> Before the Devil Knows
> You're Dead isn't epic like Chinatown, but the film
> is about its story. Pulp
> Fiction, like all of Tarantino's work, is a
> cinematic regurgitation. completely
> self-conscious

I Love PULP FICTION, but the debt it owes to Jim Jarmusche's MYSTERY TRAIN has never been even partially paid. The most innovative techniques in PULP FICTION were borrowed without a backward look, from Jarmusch's film, while the story, dialogue and characters are pure Elmore Leonard. For a film that knocked everyone's head around, it is not really a very original work.

Patrick King

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