Robert Bush 6:31 p.m., May 18
Spring Breakers: Korine's homage to Tarantino?
Today, I am not attending the screening for Spring Breakers, Harmony Korine's film about Disney starlets in bikinis. That duty fell to Mr. Marks.
Okay, I'm sure it's about more than just Disney starlets in bikinis, but there is no questioning the fact that Disney starlets in bikinis are one of its principal attractions - at least, if the marketing is to be believed. "Guys are gonna love this," I thought to myself. "I'll bet somebody at the studio is saying right now, 'People, we have to start thinking about putting Disney starlets in bikinis in all of our movies. There is no movie on earth that cannot be improved by the addition of Disney starlets in bikinis.'"
And once that thought entered my mind, I couldn't help but start seeing connections...
Quentin Tarantino broke out with the crime drama Reservoir Dogs, a film in which the various crooks took on various color-based names: Mr. White, Mr. Pink, Mr. Brown, etc.
Is it just me, or is there some echo of those color-based distinctions going on here?
Next, Tarantino made his first masterpiece, Pulp Fiction. The poster for that film featured a sultry Uma Thurman on a bed, surrounded by an intriguing array of items that promise both excitement and danger...
Spring Breakers offers something remarkably similar.
Jackie Brown, Tarantino's next feature, was less visceral, more character-driven. Here's a poster: a moody composition focusing just on Jackie and what she's got in her hand.
Here's something equally moody, and equally focused, from Spring Breakers.
After Jackie Brown, Tarantino went all-out on both style and content for Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. Who can forget that poster?
Not Harmony Korine.
Kill Bill was an exhausting adventure for Tarantino, and his next effort, Death Proof, felt more like an interesting exercise than a fully realized film.
Did Korine do it better? You tell me:
But Tarantino came roaring back with his Nazi revenge pic, Inglourious Basterds. Such a compelling, complicated scene in the woods!
Just imagine it with Disney starlets in bikinis! No wait, you don't have to imagine!
Astonishingly, Tarantino notched an even bigger triumph with his most recent effort, Django Unchained.
Those handcuffs...so evocative.