Tarantino sucks

by jexmas on January 28, 2013

I just saw Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie, Django Unchained, and I will never see another Tarantino movie again. The story was solid and sound and, for someone like me who despises racism and bigotry, it was a great revenge fantasy.

But as I sat there in the movie theater with my friend, CJ (who later told me he was watching me through all of the violent scenes), I was assaulted by scene after scene of the most horrific gratuitous violence I have seen in a movie since Pulp Fiction. Back then, I swore I would never see any of his films again, but here I was yesterday being reminded again of my reactions.

I am all for wiping cruel, self-important, bigoted, racist white men off the face of the earth, but to sit in a movie theater for two hours with surround sound and feel like I am being shot at and am in amongst bodies of people exploding in fountains of ripped, dismembered guts and blood just reminded me too much of the actual massacre in the movie theater in Aurora, of the actual massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the actual massacre happening on the streets of Oakland every single day. My friend told me he watched me recoil and he mimicked my flinching and jumping and squirming in every scene where someone died in the most horrific way.

I left the movie theater and my heart was pounding. I felt sick. I already have my own propensity to be triggered by violent events and now I can’t tell if it is from my troubled emotionally violent history or from the repeated assault from movies (amongst other media) such as Tarantino’s film. There is an irony in the flashbacks suffered by one of the main characters to the scene of a man being ripped to bloody pieces by dogs. He was an actor playing the part of someone traumatized. I actually was traumatized and that was not even the worst scene, not by a long shot.

I got home and tried to eat something and thought I was going to throw up. What is wrong with this country? How is such violence sanctioned as good entertainment? It makes me feel Americans are the most traumatized, paranoid, angry people on Earth with no real capacity to talk about it.

The next day, I am still recovering and trying to gather my thoughts.

You suck, Quentin Tarantino. No wonder impressionable, vulnerable, angry, sick and sad little boys think the way to glory is to pick up a gun and spray the brains, flesh and blood of their perceived enemies all over the walls of the ordinary, necessary, innocent structures of our community. So indulgent and so completely a waste.

We talk about guns, but we do not talk about rage and how to survive it. I feel so angry right now and the best way I know how to deal with it is by writing about it. Today, I hate you, Quentin Tarantino. You hurt me more than you could ever know. And even if you now made a movie about Miss Muffet (which is already violent in its own way), I would not go and see it.

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Lisa Pineau May 7, 2013 at 11:53 am

…because of war and other elements of culture, it is certainly hard to deny we have a problem with violence!

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jexmas May 7, 2013 at 11:58 am

According to Bill Moyers, two thousand, two hundred and eighty people have been shot to death in this country since the Sandy Hook tragedy. It led me to wondering how many of those deaths, if any, were legally defensible.

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