Cite Your Sources: The Quentin Tarantino Episode

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During our last episode discussing Quentin Tarantino, we threw around a slew of articles without giving any proper reference. Pulling out the MLA handbook might have slowed down the momentum of the podcast, but we like to give credit where its due.

So, in the spirit of proper research I’ve decided to put together this works cited list. Use these if you care to do some fact-checking on anything we claimed in the episode, or if you simply want to dive deeper into the Tarantino criticism and reflection circulating around the Internet. Here it is in no particular order:

Fresh Air w/ Quentin Tarantino– Here is a link to the full Terry Gross interview from January 2013. Its a fun interview done around the release of Django Unchained, so its highly recommended for fans of that particular film.

Quentin’s World– This New York Times interview from December 2012 was referenced several times throughout our podcast episode. Its a valuable resource because Tarantino reflects upon his entire work and we get an intriguing glimpse into how he sizes up his own films.

Everything Quentin Tarantino Really Thinks About Violence and the Movies– After the infamous Tarantino interview with British journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy, in which he refused (in some not so well chosen language) to answer questions about violence, The Wire went through the trouble of collecting everything Tarantino has said publicly about violence in film.

Pulp Fiction: 20 Years on– Nicholas Barber from The Independent runs through a list of ways in which Pulp Fiction influenced cinema. He then asks whether Pulp Fiction’s influence has been a positive or negative boost for the movies.

Pulp Fiction still breathtaking after 20 years- The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw gives an updated review of Pulp Fiction while also reflecting on what it felt like to watch the movie for the first time in 1990s Britain.

Edgar Wright- How To Do Visual Comedy – This short video by Tony Zhou argues many of America’s most popular comedies are nothing more than “lightly edited improv” and there are few filmmakers still using the camera and “frame” to provide laughs. Tarantino is briefly demonstrated, which Tim mentioned in the podcast.

Episode 8: Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the release of Pulp Fiction, Nate and Ryan invite their good friend Tim Yoder in to point guns at one another while screaming about the polarizing figure that is writer/director Quentin Tarantino.  Pulp Fiction is a brilliant film that marked a change in American film, especially American independent film.  Spawning several imitators and even more debates, Pulp Fiction solidified Quentin Tarantino as an important filmmaker. It also left many questioning whether he was a genius or just a provocateur.

Nate, Ryan, and Tim discuss Tarantino’s full catalogue as a way of better understanding who he is and how we might receive his work.  If you haven’t seen all his movies, or haven’t seen them in a while, we suggest watching and re-watching them.  It’s an interesting exercise and you’ll probably find that the films aren’t quite what you remember, for good and bad.  However, we’d suggest spacing your viewings out a bit.  Too much Quentin Tarantino can be quite Tarantiring.

In the episode, Tim mentions a video by Tony Zhou that analyzes the visual comedy of Edgar Wright, but also mentions Tarantino and is a fantastic, interesting video nonetheless.  Zhou does an amazing job explaining quickly and simply why Edgar Wright is on another level when it comes to comedy film-making.  A must see for fans of Edgar Wright.  And if you aren’t a fan of Edgar Wright, what is wrong with you?

Episode 7: Gremlins

gremlinsAs a way of ringing in summer blockbuster season and celebrating the 30th anniversary of a great year in movies (see our list of 5 great ones from 1984), Nate and Ryan watched Gremlins, a film that, for some reason, neither of them had seen.  Though this episode didn’t start out as a traditional “Nate vs. Ryan” episode, they couldn’t help but draw battle lines and square off about the value of Gremlins.

After listening, tell us your thoughts on movies from 1984, blockbusters, movies that are “so bad, they’re good,” and movies that maybe shouldn’t have been marketed towards kids.

While you’re at it, read this great piece on Gremlins (by the great Noel Murray) from The Dissolve, one of our favorite film websites.

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