Saturday, March 27, 2010

This one's strictly on the QT

How to celebrate Quentin Tarantino's 47th birthday... this is going to be fun!

We've already queued up the opening scene to Inglourious Basterds, which we'll be blasting through our Paradigm speakers. That should eliminate the need for wake-up coffee (and chase out any neighbors in the apartment below who might be Jews).

We've got Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction ready to go at the drop of a bloody ear. And speaking of ears, where is the fake ear we received for our purchase of the 10th Anniversary Special Limited Edition DVD of Reservoir Dogs? We'd love to drop that on the bar today at Walters and see Michelle's reaction.

It goes without saying we'll be tooling around today with the Dogs soundtrack (after all it's on PSSST board). If only we could rent a '74 Nova like Jules drove in Pulp Fiction). Know where we can find Big Apple cigarettes? We'd smoke 'em if we could find 'em. Or a Big Kahuna burger? Hold the fries.

Tarantino has so much fun with his films and soundtracks it would be a shame not to join him at least one day of the year. Inglourious? Naturally born. Insensitive? Damn tootin' (with a special wink to Vincent and Mia in Pulp Fiction). We read somewhere that a huge fan of "Stuck in the Middle" could no longer listen to the Stealers Wheel song after QT used it in the ear-cutting scene. Seriously?

That's the problem for people who decry the violence and profanity in Tarantino's films. They're taking him seriously.

We've always respected Barbara Walters, but she may have met her match in an interview during which she tried to get at the violence in Kill Bill. Recalled Tarantino: "She was asking me about the blood and stuff, and I said, 'Well, you know, that's a staple of Japanese cinema.' And then she came back, 'But this is America.' And I go, 'I don't make movies for America. I make movies for planet Earth.'"

Join me today, fellow Earthlings, for a 47-candle salute to Quentin Tarantino. And if you find a fake ear, bring it by Walters this afternoon and ask for Mr. Pink. We'll be in the back planning our next caper.

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