Remind me never to make Quentin Tarantino angry‒ With each movie he seems to up the ante on his fantastical revenge scenarios. In Django Unchained, many scenes are genuinely disturbing (I had to look away several times) and the carnage sensational. In Tarantino land, blood doesn’t just spurt, it leaps from bodies, at times ten feet into the air. I found myself saying more than once: Dude, really?
Tarantino’s usual recipe for movies is in place: Snappy dialogue, insane characters, three or four movie genres, all tossed into a blender, whirr!! In Inglourious Basterds, I found this pot o’ Tarantino stew to be a bit more satisfying and vividly realized. While Django is similarly captivating, it doesn’t quite mesh, the violence seeming jarring and overblown. Nevertheless, the movie is still better than 95% of anything else out there, and I will watch it again for the actors’ brilliant work.
As a tribute to Tarantino’s mash-up style, I created a little after-dinner game to play with friends and family. Below I have the rules, plus my own try at the game.
I picked: Figure Skater, Drug Lord, Action
Sparkly Vengeance, a romantic action-skatingsploitation flick
Ex-figure skater Tonya Harding is Oregon’s most feared drug lord. Still bitter about her fall from grace, she follows her sport and tries to topple prestigious skaters. At a “chance” encounter at a skating exhibition in Portland, she meets retired gold-medalist Anton, played by Christoph Waltz, and introduces him to a special type of crystal meth known as “Sparkle.” Anton is immediately hooked, and proceeds to sully his reputation, floundering from one bar to the next. He is fired from his job as a glib skating commentator, forever disgraced.
Anton’s husband, William (Samuel L. Jackson), is incensed by what Tonya Harding has done. Powerless to wrest Anton from Sparkle’s addictive grip, he decides to destroy the drug’s source: A trailer park compound owned by Harding. William gathers a band of bad-ass male figure skaters, who, with rippling thigh muscles, leotards, and various armaments, storm the trailer park. In the final confrontation, William finds Tonya in the big trailer, overseeing a fresh batch of meth; he triple lutzes her in the chest, sending her flying into her equipment. He tosses a match into the mess and escapes from the trailer, to sashay away in his now ripped and bloodied leotard while the trailer explodes in the background.
Anyone else want to take a swing?
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