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

From: Patrick King (
Date: 14 Nov 2007

--- Terrill Lankford <> wrote:
> Um, have you seen THE KILLING? (Just for starters.)
> Tarantino certainly has.

Umm, ya mean Kubrick's first film? Umm, yeah, I think I've seen it five or six times. But it doesn't quite do the same thing to the audience that MYSTERY TRAIN and PULP FICTION do: that is show the ending in the middle, then telegraph it from another point of view at the end. That was a unique idea of Jarmusch's, used very effectively by Tarantino.

THE KILLING starts at the end, brings you back through the events but it doesn't completely change perspective the way the other two movies do. While I'm sure Kubrick was an influence on both of these directors, the technique I'm talking about was not one I've seen him use in any of his films. And, ummm, yes, I think I've seen them all.

Patrick King

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