20 April 2009

Quentin Tarantino: This Dog Has No Reservoir

Quentin Tarantino: This Dog Has No Reservoir was originally published on NeoPolitique.com

There's a maxim in politics that says, "Attitudes shape policy." That small phrase also speaks volumes about film‐making. Whether it's Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, or Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, attitudes shape film. It seems obvious that such a statement is true. But, how many times do we leave a movie without thinking about the worldview of the film's creator, let alone the message of the film?

Today's movie audiences, although quite knowledgeable, seem intent on being entertained, not challenged. To critically examine one's viewing habits requires too much effort; euphemistically, we're cerebrally challenged; realistically, we're lazy. This article seeks to confront this laissez faire attitude and asks the question: are there significant worldview differences between the film‐makers of today and yesterday, and if so, what are the effects on society?

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