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From Dusk Till Dawn—Robert Rodriguez—1996

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This year marks the 15th anniversary of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s cult artifact, From Dusk Till Dawn. Like everything Q.T. has put his hands on, it’s reception has been polarized, and predictably even those that have praised it couch their attaboys in meaningless platitudes about “fun” and “exploitation.” “…made to order for the stimulation […]

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Spotlight on—Gender Performativity in Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs

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There are traces in all of them of appropriation and pastiche, irony, as well as a reworking of history with social constructionism very much in mind. Definitively breaking with older humanist approaches and the films and tapes that accompanied identity politics, these works are irreverent, energetic, alternately minimalist and excessive. Above all, they’re full of […]

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Death Proof—Quentin Tarantino—2007

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Since Jackie Brown was released in 1997, Quentin Tarantino has steadily lost favor with the critics who originally anointed him the savior of cinema. They roasted Death Proof in particular, and it tanked at the box office. Although QT later said he was “proud of his flop,” I’m not satisfied with the lackluster critical reaction […]

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Spotlight on Two of Reservoir Dogs’ Deleted Scenes

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The first thing to notice about the deleted scenes included on the Reservoir Dogs special edition DVD is the picture quality. The picture is lined with scratches and pocks, slightly washed out, and full of Grindhouse appeal. It’s fun to think about what the film would’ve looked like with this deconstructed, self-consciously retro style. It […]