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24 January 2017 @ 12:26 am
Blue Man group of one...  
Last week, I mentioned Z Nation, and how I was confused about some of the plot points of Season 3. I read some episode summaries, and it turns out that I did see the "pre-season" episode that was supposed to have taken place in the middle of Season 2... but it was one of the reasons parts of S3 weren't making sense. This is kind of like Season 4 of Fringe, where they ran a flash-forward episode showing the setting and characters of Season 5 (maybe to prepare viewers for the upcoming time jump?). It just left you feeling like, "Wait, what? Who are these people? Did I miss an episode?"

Saturday night, we watched Reservoir Dogs with our son, who has been seeing other Tarentino films (not that I fully approve). It was more violent than I remembered (or am comfortable with), and I had completely forgotten about the random racism that rears up several times during the movie. I remembered it being in Pulp Fiction (and it was one of the reasons I hated it), but argh... Does Tarentino somehow think it makes his characters more "authentic" if the white men just veer off into throwing the N-word around and spouting off stereotypes every now and then? Like the sexism and the trash-talking with each other wasn't enough (and yes, those did seem realistic for that bunch)?

I still liked the movie overall, though I found myself waiting for the "Keyser Soze" thing to come up, which means I ran it together in my head with The Usual Suspects. *Ahem* It reminded me of why I once had a thing for Tim Roth, who was adorable back in those days. There was also the seemingly epic love story of Mr. Orange and Mr. White. The decision to make Mr. White so compassionate was one of the things that made the story more interesting-- you don't expect it. That portrayal got me hooked on Harvey Keitel, and with Bad Lieutenant and The Piano coming out within about 18 months of that movie, I became a solid fan of his work. I just looked at his imdb.com page. Holy crap! He really gets very steady work. That list is longer than most character actors.

HalfshellHusband and I saw the S4 premiere of Sleepy Hollow, too. I'm really caught between hating that the stupidity of the show's producers caused the actress who played Abbie to leave (the Ichabod & Abbie chemistry was the heart of the show) while also having to admit that I adore Tom Mison as Ichabod. I want to punish the show, and probably will, but I am weak where Ichabod's charms are concerned and HSH is no better. *groan* We'll see.

So, it's past midnight on a Monday night, which means I need to get to bed before another work day starts. Here's hoping you're all doing well.

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passing_throughpassing_through on January 26th, 2017 01:58 am (UTC)
I watched Reservoir Dogs with Alicia over the holidays and she liked it and I do agree with you about the level of violence. But, considering it's a Tarantino movie, violence is to be expected.

I absolutely despise the N-word and I've never heard it used so many times in a movie as it was in Django Unchained (another Tarantino movie). I also watched that with Alicia at the theater and she loved it but by the time it was over I was so angry because it seemed like every other word was the N-word and I felt like I had wasted my money on a movie that I hated.

I never saw Bad Lieutenant but I did see The Paino and I enjoyed it. Harvey Keitel was very good in that.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 26th, 2017 07:39 am (UTC)
I hate graphic violence, so my limit is about the PG-13 level, and all of Tarentino's stuff is R-level violence. Ugh.

In typing this entry, I realized that while I refer to the "F-word" euphemistically to avoid randomly offending people, I go around the edges of the N-word (and the F-word for gay men) because they also offend me. They're toxic and unnecessary, and in Reservoir Dogs, it just felt assaultive. :(
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on January 27th, 2017 06:34 am (UTC)
Not a Tarantino fan myself, and can't bring myself to watch Reservoir Dogs.

But your mention of The Usual Suspects made me want to watch that again...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 27th, 2017 07:22 am (UTC)
By and large, I really don't like Tarentino (or gangster movies, which have similar levels of violence), and god-- the racism.

That said, the character interaction in Reservoir Dogs IS pretty interesting. And yes, now I want to see The Usual Suspects again... it's on Netflix streaming, so I've put it in my queue. :D