OR: Tarantino’s Leading Ladies: Jackie Brown, Beatrix Kiddo, & Women’s Empowerment On-screen Quentin Tarantino’s body of work – from his feature film debut Reservoir Dogs (1992), to his most recent epic The Hateful Eight (2015) – consists of films that are violent, highly stylized, dialogue-driven, oftentimes problematic, and always provocative. Though each film in Tarantino’s oeuvre is quite different from the one that came before it or followed, numerous qualities of his work remain consistent. In each of his films Tarantino celebrates popular culture by commemorating genres that were once relegated to the margins by Hollywood, such as martial arts cinema, Blaxploitation, and spaghetti westerns. While appropriating genres, Tarantino provides his own authorial stamp by writing dialogue-driven scripts which are benefited by episodic structures. A “Tarantino film,” one can almost always be assured, features revenge at the heart of the narrative and creates pleasure through the irreverent combination of humor and violence. And, with each of Tarantino’s films, the appropriateness of his representations of violence, race, gender, and revisionist history, come into question time and …
Little Miss Sunshine was released 10 years ago today, on July 26, 2006. Though a decade old, the film still resonates as a dark comedy about the complications of life at any age. Little Miss Sunshine seems to pinpoint, especially, the fact that going on a trip with your dysfunctional family can actually be therapeutic. As a film it’s funny, sad, and delightfully honest – much like life itself. I recently posted about six of my favorite road trip films, and of course Little Miss Sunshine made the list! So be sure to check out that post if you want to read a little more about why I love this film. Otherwise, to celebrate its 10th anniversary, here are a few stills from Little Miss Sunshine:
Clueless, the 90’s classic that inspired dozens of cultural references (and the 2004 hit, Mean Girls) turns 20 today! Although fashion trends have majorly changed, Clueless will remain forever cool. ❤
David Bowie – “Moonage Daydream”
The Breakfast Club opened on February 15th, 1985, making it 30 years old today. Written, directed, and produced by John Hughes and starring Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, and Ally Sheedy, The Breakfast Club remains one of the greatest high school films of all time. I first saw John Hughes’ classic when I was in high school, either my freshman or sophomore year, and discovering it felt like a weight had been lifted off of my shoulders. I had something to turn to. High school certainly wasn’t my favorite time; I was neither uncool, nor popular, and in retrospect I understand how difficult those years of self-discovery truly were. The Breakfast Club made it easier. I could see a piece of myself in each character, and it was a relief to know that everything was going to be okay. What were the most important lessons I learned from The Breakfast Club? We’re all human – we’re all misunderstood – and we all just want to be heard.
A few of my favorite stills from Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2 (1963).
Seinfeld, which debuted on July 5, 1989, turns 25 years old today. In honor of the series’ anniversary, here are 20 fun facts about the show about nothing: 1. The majority of the series was shot at the CBS Studio Center in Studio City, CA. 2. Jerry’s address is mentioned in the show as 129 W. 81st St., though in an error, his apartment building exterior says 757. 3. The character of George Costanza was based off of co-creator/producer, Larry David. 4. There was only one episode without George (season 3, episode 3, “The Pen”). 5. Larry David’s former neighbor Kenny Kramer was initially paid $1,000 to allow the use of his name. After the series ended, he began touring as the host of Kramer’s Reality Tour and Kramer’s Reality Road Show. 6. The name Costanza comes from Jerry’s former friend Mike Costanza, who sued Jerry, Larry David, and NBC for $100 million, citing defamation and invasion of privacy. Costanza lost the case, but has since written a book entitled “The Real Constanza” in which he claims that the character is based …