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Mindf**k Of The Day: Tarantino’s Film Are All Connected

September 11, 2012 | 2 Comments » | Topics: Awesomeness, Movies |

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By UOLATSC

It’s well known that all of Tarantino’s films take place in the same universe – this is established by the fact that Mr. Blonde and Vince Vega are brothers, everybody smokes Red Apple cigarettes, Mr. White worked with Alabama from True Romance, etc.

As it turns out, Donny Donowitz, ‘The Bear Jew’, is the father of movie producer Lee Donowitz from True Romance – which means that, in Tarantino’s universe, everybody grew up learning about how a bunch of commando Jews machine gunned Hitler to death in a burning movie theater, as opposed to quietly killing himself in a bunker.

Because World War 2 ended in a movie theater, everybody lends greater significance to pop culture, hence why seemingly everybody has Abed-level knowledge of movies and TV. Likewise, because America won World War 2 in one concentrated act of hyperviolent slaughter, Americans as a whole are more desensitized to that sort of thing. Hence why Butch is unfazed by killing two people, Mr. White and Mr. Pink take a pragmatic approach to killing in their line of work, Esmerelda the cab driver is obsessed with death, etc.

You can extrapolate this further when you realize that Tarantino’s movies are technically two universes – he’s gone on record as saying that Kill Bill and From Dusk ‘Til Dawn take place in a ‘movie movie universe’; that is, they’re movies that characters from the Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, and Death Proof universe would go to see in theaters. (Kill Bill, after all, is basically Fox Force Five, right on down to Mia Wallace playing the title role.)

What immediately springs to mind about Kill Bill and From Dusk ‘Til Dawn? That they’re crazy violent, even by Tarantino standards. These are the movies produced in a world where America’s crowning victory was locking a bunch of people in a movie theater and blowing it to bits – and keep in mind, Lee Donowitz, son of one of the people on the suicide mission to kill Hitler, is a very successful movie producer.

Basically, it turns every Tarantino movie into alternate reality sci fi. I love it so hard.

EDIT: Oh hai upvotes. Glad everybody liked this as much as I did! Let me address some things:

1) I don’t think the same actors necessarily correlate to the same characters – the bit about Mia Wallace in Kill Bill seemed like just an interesting detail or maybe an exception rather than the rule. Mr. White and The Wolf are two different people. That said, I remember Tarantino mentioning that Sheriff McGraw and The Wolf are the only characters that can jump between the regular movie and the movie movie universe. Proof.

2) I’m not implying that nuking scores of innocent people is less violent than anything else – I just think it would have a different effect on the American psyche. Growing up knowing our home country vaporized two whole cities has influenced our culture in its own ways; I feel like the movie theater plot would do the same. Also, since this is primarily a fan theory, I don’t think the psychology of it needs to be 100% irrefutable and airtight.

3) Yes, I initially saw this on Cracked and then extrapolated on it. Since it was a fan theory and it blew my mind, I posted it here.

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Documentary You Need To Watch: The Battle For Marjah

August 25, 2012 | No Comments » | Topics: Movies |

Here’s a pretty intense documentary that takes you to the front lines of the war in Afghanistan as a squad of Marines try to take control of a Taliban stronghold. Although we can sit back in the comforts of our home and distanced from the mayhem, this documentary does a good job of bringing us closer to the emotions felt by everyone affected by war.

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The Ending Of 2001 A Space Odyssey Explained By Stanley Kubrick

August 7, 2012 | 8 Comments » | Topics: Movies |

This one goes out to all the folks that love 2001 A Space Odyssey but still don’t know what the hell was going on at the end…

GELMIS: The final scenes of the film seemed more metaphorical than realistic. Will you discuss them — or would that be part of the “road map” you’re trying to avoid?

KUBRICK: No, I don’t mind discussing it, on the lowest level, that is, straightforward explanation of the plot. You begin with an artifact left on earth four million years ago by extraterrestrial explorers who observed the behavior of the man-apes of the time and decided to influence their evolutionary progression. Then you have a second artifact buried deep on the lunar surface and programmed to signal word of man’s first baby steps into the universe — a kind of cosmic burglar alarm. And finally there’s a third artifact placed in orbit around Jupiter and waiting for the time when man has reached the outer rim of his own solar system. When the surviving astronaut, Bowman, ultimately reaches Jupiter, this artifact sweeps him into a force field or star gate that hurls him on a journey through inner and outer space and finally transports him to another part of the galaxy, where he’s placed in a human zoo approximating a hospital terrestrial environment drawn out of his own dreams and imagination. In a timeless state, his life passes from middle age to senescence to death. He is reborn, an enhanced being, a star child, an angel, a superman, if you like, and returns to earth prepared for the next leap forward of man’s evolutionary destiny. That is what happens on the film’s simplest level. Since an encounter with an advanced interstellar intelligence would be incomprehensible within our present earthbound frames of reference, reactions to it will have elements of philosophy and metaphysics that have nothing to do with the bare plot outline itself.

GELMIS: What are those areas of meaning?

KUBRICK: They are the areas I prefer not to discuss because they are highly subjective and will differ from viewer to viewer. In this sense, the film becomes anything the viewer sees in it. If the film stirs the emotions and penetrates the subconscious of the viewer, if it stimulates, however inchoately, his mythological and religious yearnings and impulses, then it has succeeded. (Gelmis, The Film Director as Superstar, 1970, p. 304.)

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Documentary You Should Watch Of The Day: Louis Theroux’s Miami’s Mega-Jail

July 21, 2012 | No Comments » | Topics: Movies |

I’ve seen every episode of every single locked up reality show on TV and I thought another documentary about a jail in Miami wouldn’t phase me at all, but boy was I completely wrong. There’s something about this documentary that scares the crap out of me and making me think twice about ever committing a crime. This is a PSA for anyone who thinks jail is a walk in the park.

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6 Days To Air: The Making of South Park

July 16, 2012 | No Comments » | Topics: Movies |

Here’s a pretty awesome documentary which takes you behind the scenes of the geniuses of South Park and how they conceptualize, write, produce and air an episode in just 6 freaking days! If you wanted to see masters at work, this documentary chronicles every little step of the way. Enjoy!

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Documentary You Should Watch Of The Day: Jiro Dream Of Sushi

July 11, 2012 | 2 Comments » | Topics: Movies |

You might be wondering why I’m posting a documentary about a sushi chef and your concern is a valid point of contention, as I was wondering why I was even watching a documentary about a sushi chef in the first place. 10 minutes in, I knew exactly why I would spend the next hour and a half totally immersed in the world of Jiro Ono, arguably the world’s greatest sushi chef. Yes, you read right, THE greatest sushi chef in the world. This documentary is about more than sushi. At the core, its about being a master craftsmen. It is about the passion, the hard work, the meticulous attention to detail and it is about the patience required to attain the level of ‘Shokunin’. This documentary will inspire you to not settle with being great, but rather to be the greatest. Enjoy!

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A Random Collection Of Awesome Movie Scenes…Add Your Favorite Scene, If You Deem It Worthy

June 14, 2012 | 3 Comments » | Topics: Awesomeness, Movies, Submits |

Apocalypse Now – Kurtz Monologue

I’m putting together a compilation of awesome movie scenes. If you want to make a contribution, just post the link in the comment section below and the video will pop up for everyone’s viewing pleasure.

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An Anderson Silva Documentary For Your Viewing Pleasure

April 4, 2012 | No Comments » | Topics: Movies, Sports |

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Let’s start things off with a documentary entitled ‘Like Water’, which documents the life of a little known fighter, who goes by the name of Anderson Silva, as he trains to fight Chael Sonnen..  Like Water offers a unique perspective of the living legend as he trains with fellow fighters Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida, Junior Dos Santos, and Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira. This documentary goes beyond the octogon and delves into the complex life of a world champion fighter looking to redeem himself in the eyes of the public and his employer and the family man behind the fighter. Giving a good insight into the comradarie within the fighting community especially within specific fighting camps/gyms. Enjoy.

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The New Prometheus Trailer Is OFF THE CHIZAIN!

March 18, 2012 | No Comments » | Topics: Awesomeness, Movies |

Holy Fcuk! That was the only two words that I could come up with two describe how awesome the new trailer for Prometheus is. When watching this trailer, put that shiet in full screen HD and connect it to some bomb ass speakers or put in your Beats By Dre headphones and be prepared to be blown the fcuk away. Ridley Scott, you are a god!

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Bored? Got Nothing To Do On Saturday Morning? This Awesome Mike Tyson Documentary Will Pick Up The Slack

March 3, 2012 | No Comments » | Topics: Movies, Sports |

For anyone who likes boxing, this is a must-see. It’s an excellent narrative on Mike Tyson’s life from his point of view. Watching this movie you feel like you’re sitting in front of Mike Tyson asking him to tell you his life story. Throughout, the viewer is given access to a side of Tyson I doubt any but his closest friends and associates have ever witnessed. At many points he chokes up, fighting back tears – it’s an amazing thing to watch.

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