A tribute to Quentin Tarantino

This post was long due ever since I finally got to see Django Unchained – the latest in the series of colorful, dramatic, picturesque and bloody movies that are hallmark of Quentin Tarantino. Can’t say he is the best director since that spot is taken by Christopher Nolan but he comes close when we talk about cinema with a style.

I came up with so many original quotes when I saw DU and one was ‘no one spills blood more deliciously than Tarantino‘. His bloodshed scenes are a state of art. He takes violence to a whole new level.

He has a knack for picking up the subject matter, stories and characters. And he adds so much more to them by his vision. I think his last two movies were incredible. Particularly, he has a genius for building up a tension in the scenes that eventually explodes into something that makes you feel ‘wow’. The Uma Thurman scene in Pulp Fiction, Shosanna-Christophe Waltz (what a magnificent actor discovery for QT) and Charades scenes in Inglorious Basterds and Di Caprio’s confrontation scene in DU make me want to leave everything and go into film making.

And despite all the frills, his subjects remain profound and a mirror of society’s hidden personality. So, to sum up, I think he is fabulous.

Here’s the funniest scene from DU, I don’t remember the last time I laughed so loud in a movie-

And I think his best scene so far would be from IB – Cat People (Putting out the fire). I luv the soundtrack, colors and the intensity-

The awesome lyrics from above-
See these tears so blue
An ageless heart
that can never mend
These tears can never dry
A judgement made
can never bend
See these eyes so green
I can stare for a thousand years
Just be still with me
You wouldn’t believe what I’ve been through

Zero Dark Thirty and Bigelow

I like it when a woman does badass (not a fan of this slang but hard to find an effective alternative) stuff. Happened to see Zero Dark Thirty and I love Kathryn Bigelow‘s no non-sense direction in there. Some may accuse her of documentary making but who cares. I would rather see actual tensions of real human nature than a love story between CIA officials in hunt for Bin Laden. I also love the realism without trying to go overboard – something which Mira Nair should learn.

Btw, Zero Dark Thirty title comes from a military term for a non-specific hour when it is still dark outside.

On topic of movies, I have to catch up on so many missed ones from 2012 esp. Argo, Lincoln and Django Unchained.

P.S. No surprise that Kathryn is the only woman to have been awarded an Academy for Best Direction.


Frost-Nixon 2008

I love political dramas and happened to see Frost-Nixon(2008) recently. It’s one of the finest in its genre and as expected from Broadway adaptations, the leading performances are top-notch (too bad Frank Langella did not win an Oscar for his Presidential role). The last political drama that left an impression on me was The Queen. Coincidentally Michael Sheen played significant roles in both. Also, not surprisingly, such movies are questioned over facts and distortions. I am not going into the supposed authenticity of the movie and its best to take it as its director’s interpretation.

Quite often, my liking for a movie stems from the strength of its script and dialogues. Frost-Nixon has a handful of intelligent punches. Of course, I wouldn’t give away the climactic punchline, so here’s another-

Richard Nixon: [Watching Frost head for his car] You mean to say he just paid me two hundred grand for a visit?
Jack Brennan: Yeah.
Richard Nixon: Huh. If I’d known that I would invited him for tea.

Happy Women’s Day

First Female Director to win Oscar (mirror.co.uk)

Glad to see the highest recognition going to a Woman (although I have not seen the movie and can’t comment on the validity but am glad it wasn’t Avatar).

Let me also mention Janet Robinson, CEO of NYTimes, who is trying to steer NYTimes in the most challenging times in history and seems to be doing a good job so far.