Friday, February 1, 2013


He's scary, and brilliant. And dangerous -- he does whatever he feels like doing, following his instinct, bypassing logical thought.

He has a powerful sense of who we are and what will shock us.

He likes, loves, trusts, admires, and is amused by himself. All those things that make a man successful are in his pocket, and he takes them out and uses them.

At the moment, he doeS NOT have a new, block bustering hit on his hands,  though he expected his latest film, "Django Unchained," would knock people out and they'd flock to the theater.

How does he handle this?

He steam-rollers over the thought. Money, ground into the mud, doesn't seem to affect him. He told an interviewer confidently, (with his moving-making partner present). "I gave them a scene they will never forget." Tarantino was talking about the horrifying, upsetting, disturbing, footage of a man, a slave, being beaten. He has pooh-poohed "Roots," the Alex Haley television show about blacks in America, a series that's been praised throughout the world. Tarantino's I don't care attitude conveys his delight in giving us, the audience, a vision that will shock us, maybe forever.

Okay, Tarantino -- you certainly gave us visions, great entertainment -- shocks, spice, and laughter -- in "Pulp Fiction."  (Bits of my favorite scenes are in this video.)

The fact is, I'm inspired and exhilarated when I perceive that a creative person is hell bent committed to doing what he sees, feels, wants to say, show, reveal. Yes, I really do think he's dangerous -- though I perceive something in him that enjoys, delights in life -- a seed in him  reaching up to the sun. Even so, he seems to be a destroyer.

Also, I think Tarantino's strangely fragile.  (His girlfriends apparently include -- Mira Sorvino, Sofia Coppola,  actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kathy Griffin and Margaret Cho -- maybe Uma  Thurman -- strong, famous women who are known for trusting themselves. Birds of a feather?) His love-life makes me like him. I get a sense that  his iron "love myself" ego has tender spots. 

Nevertheless, I sense that he could go off in a deadly wrong, self-destructive direction -- that his lust for shock could overpower his personal need to survive. Anyhow, Tarantino's films are part of a deck of cards I deal out and play, and replay for stimulating diversion, (like those sex scenes in "Monster's Ball" -- Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry). I've seen "Pulp Fiction," and "Reservoir Dogs." more than a few times and each time I see them, it involves me 

I actually think Quentin Tarantino's a genius.

GENIUS? Yep. He's in tune with his inner voice, and knows things I don't know about the world today, his generation, not mine -- he understands, and shows me, explains to me -- the violence of now. 

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