Monday, December 14, 2015

Dead Kansas (2013) Review

SYNOPSIS: In a post-apocalyptic land consumed by "Rottens", a simple farmer and his teenage daughter struggle to survive. Meanwhile, an unruly gang make a plan to kidnap and sell the daughter for their own selfish profit. With the farmer/gang confrontation, a wicked tornado approaching, and "Rottens" everywhere - who will get out alive?

Dead Kansas is a post-apocalyptic film that has a 1970's throw back look, with a twist of excellent writing and witty dialogue.

Although there are "Rottens", don't expect to see too much of the guts and gore of zombies that you might expect. Instead of special effects makeup and CGI, Dead Kansas mostly uses old school black and white point of view camera work to give the impression of the walking dead.

Starring: Erin Miracle, Alexandria Lightford, Aaron Guerrero, Michael Camp, Kevin Beardsley, Joe McQueen, and special cameos by Irwin Keyes & Ben Woolf. Dead Kansas can be found on Amazon Video

Friday, December 11, 2015

Trespass Into Terror (2015) Review

Trespass Into Terror is a fun little adventure into the backwoods, where the rednecks run rampart, and the reckless acts of carelessness can carry a hefty toll.

I'll just start off by saying, the camera work in this film is phenomenal. So very many different angles and shots that you would not expect from a low budget Indie Film. The main cast does a great job in acting, which is good, but also sort of brings to light some of the supporting casts inexperience. While it may take a little more imagination than normal to watch as a fan, it can also add to the atmosphere of the film itself.

It wasn't only the inexperienced actors that had a rough go though. From Shaun Piccinino leaning around the back seat of a car to make sure his face is always in frame or twisting off a missing beer cap with sound effects, to Jared Rice breaking up "coke" on a mirror with a once folded over dollar bill. At one point I had tears in my eyes watching Rickey Bird Jr. try to navigate through a loosely strung barbed wire fence with a rifle as if he were poking a hornets nest with a boombox playing Slayer at max volume.

Now I know what you're thinking, "Jesus is this guy just going to nit-pick every little tiny thing in a film?" Well, yes and no. See, for myself it was an added layer of fun in watching Trespass Into Terror simply because, I have met some of these actors before. So any time I can give them an elbow to the ribs in a loving fashion, I gotta take it.

The film itself is a great little Indie Flick, with some tricky camera work, a beautiful location, and good direction. The only real criticism of the film is that a couple of the supporting cast sound like they are reading off of que cards, but that just comes with the territory when as an Indie Filmmaker, you are kind of stuck with what you have to work with.

I must say, it is great to see D.T Carney in his natural element. The angry redneck, chasing people through the woods. There is no one that does it better!

Trespass Into Terror can be rented or purchased on Amazon Video right now! 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

I Was There (2015) Review

I Was There is a short about one mans strange encounter that put his suicidal plans on hold.

Michael Voight plays Charlie, a man whom is at the end of his chosen journey in life, until he finds a mysterious box under an overpass, the contents of which can not be explained. Charlie decides to continue his journey in life and we see him progress throughout the years, happily and content.

There are some major issues that I as a viewer had while watching the short. The major one was that I had to go back and read the description of the film to figure out what it was about. The acting is great, the chosen locations, beautiful. Where the film stumbles is in it's narrative, or lack there of.

Now don't get me wrong, I am a huge supporter of film that doesn't hand feed you the plot with a rubber tipped spoon, but even this one left me scratching my head in bewilderment after the first view.

Does this mean that it is a bad film that you should steer clear of? Absolutely not! In fact, now that you know the plot, watching it will free you up to enjoy the amazing acting, gorgeous locations, as well as the artistic design of the mysterious box and the creature within.

I Was There is a beautifully captured emotionally artistic journey for the viewer that any fan of film should dive into without hesitation. Not only is it a master silent class on acting, but it also has some great cinematography lessons to teach us as well.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Border Brothers (2015) Illegal Scene Screening Review

I was recently granted a limited time, secret knock code, that allowed me access to some scenes from the upcoming Hectic Films movie Border Brothers. I couldn't be more excited to see this film, but this wasn't necessarily the case before I made my way to that shady motel door, mentally repeating the knock code to myself, and trying to watch for movement out of the corners of my eyes. Maybe I was just brought out here to be robbed and have my body dumped in a dark alley? Hectic Films is legit... right?!

Before I was nervously toeing dirty syringes out of the way, and slowly shuffling up to that motel doorway, I was a bit apprehensive about a comedy that deals with illegal immigrants, drugs, and a white pool boy. I was worried that as an Indie Film, it would walk up to the line of decency and then just giggle and jump off the side of the moral mountain and leave us with something so offensive you just wanted to take a shower after watching it. I can happily report that that is not the case at all!

One of the first clips I saw showed me just how perfectly balanced the film is. That white knight pool boy who has the lead role? He's not the brightest bulb in the bundle. Those illegal immigrants who are so easily dropped into an obscure land of language barrier and ignorance that you see portrayed throughout Hollywood and television? They aren't in this film either. The illegal immigrants in Border Brothers are probably one of the greatest things about the film, as they are not the ones being judged, but instead, are doing the judging, in hilarious fashion!

Now, don't be scared off by the lack of offensive material, I assure you there is plenty here. It just manages to stay offensively safe, and never just completely runs off the rails. From a law enforcement officer telling his assaulter that he "Hits like a transgender", to the clueless ranting of a confused and out of his element white guy who never quite grasps that his racist remarks are not just being heard, but also understood.

Border Brothers has a little something for everyone, and I am excited to say, I will be one of the first in line to see it when it premiers!

You can see the trailer as well as help to get this movie finished by checking out the link below:

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Mable (2015) Review

Mable Ain't No Mail-Order Cowboy Movie!

Hectic Films has done it again! Taking the world of Indie Film Making by the reigns and spurring fast and hard with it's latest short film, Mable.

The film finds a gang of ranch hands turned thieves pushing hard West with a few items stolen from Mr. Bedford, who had hired them on to work the fields. Among those items, is Mr. Bedford's daughter, Mable (Coryn McBride). 

The story picks up with us meeting Tom Landry (Shaun Piccinino) who meets with Mr. Bedford and company to hear of what has happened. Offering one item of his choosing from what the gang stole, Tom accepts and sets out on his sparrow catching mission. He soon tracks down the gang making camp for the night, and bullets fly. 

From the period clothing, to the grime and dirty dental neglect of the gang, this film pulls no punches and hits hard and fast. Delivering the action you want from a western, without all the ballyhoo you get from films twice as long.

Mable is a fun little whap of Western, that shouldn't be missed!

As The Man Drives (2015) Review

Disturbingly Awe Inspiring!

As The Man Drives is the kind of short film that stays with you, haunting your thoughts, and following you home. It takes a shot of dark noir and blends a little cigar smoke into the way you view the world, if only for a short while. Completely transporting you into the film experience in ways traditional Hollywood films can only dream about with future technology and the biggest record breaking budgets imaginable.

The score is nothing short of mesmerizing and hypnotic. It sets not only the tone and pace of the film, but also grabs you from the start and submerges you so deeply, you might just find yourself drowning in the cinematic experience, and not at all worried about coming back up for air!

D.T. Carney gives a spine chilling performance as the broken Detective Hank, struggling to make sense of just how far he has fallen. His partner, David (Rickey Bird Jr) struggles to give counsel as they make their way out of the city, into the night, where the truth waits with a finger on the trigger.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Volumes of Blood (2015) Review

Volumes of Blood is a horror film centered around the community of Owensboro, KY, or more directly, the library in Owensboro, KY. While this may seem insignificant from a review point of view, I assure you, it isn't. But more about that in a minute.

This film had me tossing my hands in the air and giving up in frustration after just watching the first three minutes of it. I sat here thinking, "This guy is playing a high school senior? He has a receding hairline and a bald spot for f***s sake!" Just as I was reaching for the off button and dreading the email I would have to send to my boss stating, "This is worse than some YouTube posted fan fiction of crayon colored Anime Vs. Brony in motion stuff." I hit the 3:20 mark in the film, and caught my first glimpse of true indie film making genius!

The writing in this film is good, the dialogue is pure genius, and the cinematography is nothing short of amazing.

The story centers around a group of four friends inside the library who have to come up with urban legends off the top of their heads. Each story is unique in plot as well as feel. D.P. Bonnell is credited with the cinematography, and just from this film alone, I can not heap enough praise their way. Taking a singular location and making it feel different for each of four urban legend stories, as well as the original plot takes a lot of skill, talent, and hard work, and every bit of it shows here.

The dialogue itself, while sometimes a little over the top, has it's own fair share of genius. The urban legends of the film may not make it into youthful circulation, but I assure you, some of the jokes and one liners surely will.

Now, let's talk Owensboro for a second. It is clear from just watching the film that the community itself plays a major role in supporting the film as well as becoming part of it, and as a film maker, that is always refreshing to see.

I feel like there is so much more to praise about this film, but it really can't be done without spoiling the movie itself, so I'm sorry for that, but rest assured, this film is 100% Indie Film Group approved! There are plenty of mediocre indie films in circulation out there, but Verite Cinema's Volumes of Blood is definitely not one of them. This is a great film for both film makers, as well as those who just enjoy a good horror film with a twist!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Sound in Film

To start off on the right foot, let’s name 3 movies: Jaws, Singing In The Rain, Star Wars. The list could be more elaborated and thought through, it could contain more titles, and different ones. For the Indie films lovers, the list could have been: C.R.A.Z.Y, Boyhood, and Trainspotting. Point is, anyone who has seen some of these six movies knows where they all meet: music. By the way, let it be said here before we go further: if you haven’t seen any of these films, elevate your week and take some time to do so.   

Now, I went to film school. Throughout these years, one thing kept coming back, from professor to professor, book to book and essay to essay. Being French, I always used sources from both American writers and French writers to conduct any type of research. The point is that every filmmaker agrees: the real difference between a good and a bad production is the sound. Let's skip through the details of sound recording, editing or mixing, even if this is what makes the real difference. Let's focus on what any viewer notices: music.

Two schools of filmmakers battle whether soundtrack should be completely original or, a contrario, be a mix of existing songs. If we go back to the early part of the 20th century, the battle even included a third category: the filmmakers who thought films should be completely silent. Back definitions for a minute. It is said that: “motion picture music falls into three basic categories: underscore (James Horner's score to Titanic); the pre-existing song or song and original master recording (the Guess Who's "American Woman" in American Beauty); and the song written for the film (Harold Arlen's and E.Y. Harburg's "Over The Rainbow" for The Wizard Of Oz)”. Sometimes, the choice relies only on money considerations, as music can get very expensive (cf the article referenced above).  
If, in the making of Inglorious Basterds in 2009, Tarantino said that he would “rather work with an editor and already existing titles rather than with a composer” and that “the idea of giving that much power to somebody else for his pieces was unconceivable” , he changed his mind when hiring Ennio Morricone to write an orginal score for Django Unchained. Does that prove that there is no more effective way to create a soundtrack? (Or just that Tarantino can get over his ego to make a better film?). I do have an easier time remembering and humming to “Djaaaango, have you always been alone” than to the Inglorious Basterds soundtrack. I am now exercising with the 6 initial films. Jaws' famous violins, Singing in The Rain's obvious eponymous song, Star Wars's grand trumpets. But then come CRAZY, Boyhood and Trainspotting. I want to do is to listen to their famous tracks on my Ipod, and create my own scenes as I’m listening to them. Let’s be real, when a good song comes on our Ipods, don’t we all pretend that we’re in a movie? But I want to believe that Tarantino didn’t change his mind on a whim, and I have hence come to  a realisation. Original soundtracks serve the purpose of the movie in an almost exclusive way.  However, using existing songs feeds the viewer beyond the purpose of the film. The director is throwing extra culture at them, on top of the piece they have created, for you. In that regard, I applaud both schools. On the one hand, I value the team work of certain directors and the tandem they often make with music composers. To name a few: J. J. Abrams and Michael Giacchino, Paul Thomas Anderson and Jon Brion, Wes Anderson and Alexandre Desplat, the Coen Brothers and Carter Burwell or Sam Mendes and Thomas Newman. But I also applaud directors who pick the right song at the right time. See for example Cedric Klapisch, the Nakache Brothers or Jean Marc Vallée.  
All in all, one thing is for sure, my teachers were right: there is no movie without good sound. There is no good movie without a good soundtrack.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Blue Is The Warmest Color

Blue Is The Warmest Color, 
by Abdellatif Kechiche

Palme D’Or at the Festival De Cannes, Blue is The Warmest Color is a real master piece that delivers, through the power of emotions, extraordinary performances by its two main actresses. A truly mind blowing piece. 

The story line: At age 15, Adele doesn’t really question her sexuality. To her, girls go with boys. Her life turns the opposite way the day she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who helps her discover the joys of desire and allows her to become both a woman and an adult. The film tells the story of that journey (very French new wave-y).

Blue Is The Warmest Color dares to be long (put yourself in a European context here: movies standard length is one and half hour to two hours) and hence offers its characters the opportunity to express their complexity and the evolution of such over the course of a few years. Adele starts off as a high school girl, Emma as a student at Les Beaux Arts, a prestigious art school in the heart of Paris. They run into each other on the crosswalk and although they don’t stop, the two girls notice each other, in contemplation. I have heard about that scene that it was the hardest one to shoot. Kechiche was apparently very particular and precise in the way it should happen. The girls meet randomly later at a lesbian bar where Adèle finds herself. Right then the motor starts rolling and love, through gazes that need no explanation, has hit the two females (the girl and the woman). From that point on, events just keep coming (in a very organic way, for that matter) and snapping the viewers through natural and lively dialogues, as well as grasping situations. In that way, Blue Is The Warmest Color very much knows how to make ordinary situations come across as extraordinary moments of life _which seems to be a recurring theme in today’s indie cinema, cf Boyhood.

Now, is it possible to write about the movie without talking about the most famous scenes of it all, the ones that made the director Abdellatif Kechiche so controversed? In the middle of the movie arrives a very intense sexual scene between the two women (at that point, it seems to me like Adele has crossed that step). The graphics were indeed very intense and, once again, daring but it seemed to me that, through the subtlety of the montage (almost invisible: no music, etc), the scene gave the story the power of great romance stories. It is even said that when shown at Cannes for the first time, the audience would have applauded during the 7 
minutes scene. 

At first, I found it hard to write words about that scene. In the theatre itself, my first reaction was to be shocked and trying to avoid as much as possible everyone sitting around me, but I then embraced the moment and remembered something: it’s a movie. I reopened my eyes to these fictional characters and took it all in. I discovered that the scene describes without making up the bodies and the ecstasy of the mind: it’s completely true and, once again, organic. The two actresses, sublime and fusionnel, give into their characters’ pulsions, guided by passion only. It is simply impossible to come out of there cold or indifferent. The scene scars in a way or another (and if it does that effect to the viewer, imagine being the actress!).

There is so much to say about what ends up not being so much: the feature merely is a representation of life has best to offer (love, obviously) and worst, the death of feelings and fatality. Blue is The Warmest Color remains hence, before and foremost, a terrible but wonderful love story, that ends on an interesting open note. If Adele and Emma’s story are over, Adele’s life isn’t. And there is no such thing as a sad ending to her story.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Tarantino: Vengeance & Women


By definition, vengeance is an actor attack from one actor to another, motivated by a previous
action. Vengeance is hence issued by a feeling of grudge holding from a person A to a person B. However, if the representation of vengeance has grown with the history of cinema, vengeance and women is a far more recent topic. Prior to the 50’s, women characters were always secondary. They were used as a “support” for a main male character. It is only after the 50’s that women start to become a principal part of the intrigue, of the narrative. In 1955, Henri-Georges Clouzot makes Les Diaboliques and gives a whole new vision for women: two female teachers ally to kill one of their husbands. While women’s characters were up until then defined in relation to men, in this film, Clouzot succeeds at giving women the major parts of the plot. The woman becomes more independent, reactive and cynical. The same way, Truffaut, in 1968, makes La Mariée Etait En Noir and presents the image of a vindictive woman who finds in a vengeance the very reason for life. That woman almost scares the audience because elf how cynical and fixed on her goal she is, because she is a woman that does not fear death or to end her life in prison for that matter, after she killed the last man on her “death wish list”. That list is also found in Tarantino’s Kill Bill.
Tarantino is the director who gave most of his leads to women characters. It is the case in Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill, Death Boulevard and Inglorious Basterds. The theme of vengeance is present in all four movies, although each time treated in a different way. The problem here is to wonder what these differences are. Who are the characters taking revenge on? How is revenge executed? What’s feminine about these acts of revenge? What vision of women comes out of it? It is thus a matter of analysing the ways in which Tarantino directs these feminine acts of vengeance and what impression of women that gives the audience.

In the four movies that we will analyse, revenge is undertaken in different ways, through different methods. In Kill Bill, Beatrix Kiddo is a woman who belonged to a secret team of murderers. The head of this team is Bill, with whom she used to have a relationship. However she decides to change life and flee to El Paso, TX, where she marries another man. During the ceremony, Bill and his team interrupt and slaughter everyone attending, including the bride’s husband. The latter, who was pregnant, miraculously survives and enters a coma. When she wakes up from it, she realises that she’s not pregnant anymore and believes that Bill murdered her baby: she then decides to get revenge. She writes a “death wish list” that involved the four members of the murder team, one man and three women, and Bill. Revenge becomes her only reason for living and analogies with Truffaut’s La Mariée Etait en Noir are obvious: the two women become “killing machines” and their only goal is to get revenge on the people on her lists. If in Truffaut’s movie, that list is only made of male names, there is sexual distinction in Tarantino’s piece. However, the bride’s vengeance is not the only one in the movie. A whole chapter is dedicated to O-Ren Ishii, member of Bill’s special team and dreaded murderer. At 9 years old, She witnesses the murder of her parents by the Japanese criminal Matsumoto. She then decides to get her revenge and eventually kills Matsumoto the same way that he killed her parents. In Jackie Brown, revenge is taken against two men. Jackie Brown is a stewardess who, to make a little extra money, decides to take money abroad, money that belongs to Ordell, an illegal arms dealer. One night, police officer Ray Nicolette surprises her and uses her to find and arrest Ordell. Jackie finds herself stuck between Ordell and Ray Nicolette, but smartly cheats them both by stealing $5,000 from Ordell and fleeing. It is the revenge of a woman over men, an answer to men violence. We see that vengeance from women against men in Death Boulevard as well. Stuntman Mike is a man who takes pleasure in killing women with the help oh his car. In the first part, we witness him slaughter a group of women whereas the second part is dedicated to women looking for the psychopath to murder him, relentlessly. However, Death Boulevard is a special case. At the end of the movie (Stuntman’s death), the audience gets their revenge. Indeed, women who end up killing him don’t commit real vengeance. They don’t really get it because they don’t know the other girls who died: they don’t really want that revenge; what they want is to hit him, to make him react. However, it still remains revenge for the audience, who had spent the whole movie witnessing Mike’s acts of slaughter and had built up despise toward the man. The audience almost feels relieved and they see the women beat Stuntman to death. Finally, Inglorious Basterds: here, the woman gets her revenge on many men. Shoshana Dreyfus is a young Jewish woman who saw her family slaughtered by the German colonel Hans Landa. She finds shelter in Paris, under a fake identity (Emmanuelle Mimieux), with her aunt and uncle. When the latter die, she inherits their movie theatre: the Gamaar., where she works there alone with her boyfriend Marcel. A private showing of a movie where all the German crème de la crème is gathered is organised there and Shoshana choses that moment to avenge her family.

In the four movies, women get their revenge using different methods. In Kill Bill, the bride creates a death list. Her revenge is hanse a physical act. Her husband and daughter were murdered, thus her mission is to kill everyone involved in these murders; which follows the talion law, which states that who killed should be killed. At the end of the first volume, this reciprocity is accentuated by a sentence said by Bull: “This woman has the right to get revenge. And we... deserve to die". Vengeance here is bloody, rough, merciless, just like O-ren Isii’s. Beatrix Kiddo is a woman who doesn’t see obstacles and lives only to get her revenge. Tarantino stresses that aspect in the beginning: after getting shot in the head, Beatrix enters a coma from which she ‘resuscitates’ only to avenge her family. She cannot die without having terminated her mission. Tarantino shows this when the com an est buried alive and resuscitates a second time, putting to life master Pai Mei’s lesson: she manages to dig a hole in the coffin and exit. Beatrix Kiddo has to give up all of her feelings during the mission. However, once her mission done, she can throw her weapons away, she can allow herself to cry in the bathroom. Because she has not lost her identity as a woman, as a mother; In Death Boulevard, vengeance is also a physical act although, like before, we can’t really talk about a real vengeance! The group of women is chased down by Stuntman Mike, risking to die. They survive and manage to shoot him in the head. In Jackie Brown, it is a very different type of revenge. It is the victory of ruse over violence, the victory of women over men, of intelligence over strength. Jackie is a forty-four years old woman who can’t do anything against violent men like Ordell or the police. However, if she seems like a fragile woman, she can unleash a stronger personality than her male partners. With the wit and will to change her life, she’ll succeed at deceiving Ordell and Ray Nicolette, and steal $500.000. In Inglorious Basterds, vengeance is once again a physical act. And just like Jackie, Shoshana, Dreyfus is defenceless against German officers, but still has a personality and a courage that many men would be jealous of. With her intelligence and Marcel’s help (as well as the Basterds’ help), she elaborates an evil plan as soon as she learns that the projection will happen in her theatre. knowing that she’ll have to die herself, she avenges the Jews and her family, all killed by the German army.

Now that we have seen the different types of vengeance, what differentiates the acts themselves, the moment in which they’re accomplished? The act is different in each four films. Through the analysis of three scenes, we’ll study these differences. In Kill Bill, vengeance is shown though the mantra “one against all”, in Jackie Brown through the face to face, in Death Boulevard through the mantra “all against one” and in Inglorious Basterds through ‘one against all”.
The scene is roughly halfway in the first volume of Kill Bill. The bride, whose name we still don’t know at that point of the movie, arrives in Japan to get revenge on O-ren Ishii. She goes to the night club where she finds O-ren. The latter sends her escort, muderers armed with katanas, the Japanese sword. Our analysis starts when the 88 crazies find themselves face to face with the bride. In the first scene, the camera focuses on Johnny Mo’s sword, the head of the gang. There is a panoramic movement: the camera focuses on a object and rotates, obliquely. The camera captures the tip of the sword and operates an oblique movement along the sword, from the bottom left to the top right, up until we see the character’s masked face, a movement that’s continued from the actor’s face to his chest. The fact that shot is reversed underlines a will to lay stress on that character. At the same time, an oriental sound effect starts. the second scene begins with a half thigh shot of the bride. We notice that the woman is holding her sword in her hands. In the background, a group of ennemies is ready to attack the heroin. We notice three grounds: first one is the heroine looking at the camera (she is almost provoking the audience), the second one is the group of ennemies and the third one is the room and its design, the scenario. The camera starts a panoramic movement once again, vertically this time. It gradually goes up and seems to be stitched to the ceiling, turning the shot into a bird’s eye view. This allows us to see the scene more fully. Indeed, we see the bride circled by way more soldiers than we could see before. The camera seems to be dancing, un aesthetic effect that drives us away from the fight. At that point, the “one against all” becomes obvious: only one yellow dot, Beatrix’ clothes, faces a ocean of black, the ennemies’ suits, who slowly come and go, making the fight seem like a ballet. 

In Jackie Brown, the extract we will study is in the first hour of the movie. Jackie is barely out of prison and goes back home. Ordell knocks on her door. He has a gun and will probably kill the woman should he find out that she gave him up to the cops. The face to face dialogue scene is entirely shot in darkness. We only see the faces of the two characters and this accentuates the tension in the living room. The shot is rather close and the actors are filmed chest up. All of a sudden, a split screen appears and interrupts the scene’s continuity. Through the left screen, we learn that Jackie stole the gun in Max Cherry’s car while we see on the right screen Ordell putting his hands around Jackie’s neck and asking her if she’s scared. She denies with her head and we hear the sound of gun being armed. The split screen disappears and we go back to the scene in normal dimensions. Ordell asks the woman if it is really a gun that he’s feeling being pointed at him and Jackie pushes him to the window and calls him ‘negro’, which lays stress on her strong and rough personality. The situation is reversed. Ordell doesn’t have the upper hand anymore: he is now submitted to the woman’s will, the latter who took advantage of the dark to to hide the gun. Indeed Ordell would’ve never though that a woman like her could own a gun, especially right pout of prison. She takes the gun and points it to his head. For some moment, we see an extreme close up of the gun pointed at the criminal’s head, to then go back to a wider shot. We remain in the darkness: it is a dialogue face to face, a way for jackie to impose her character and succeeding at overwhelming him. Suddenly Jackie turns on the light again and dictates her wills to Ordell, who sees himself forced to accept. This part of the dialogue is composed of shots and reverse shots, opposing Jackie and Ordell.

In Death Boulevard, the scene is at the end of the movie. The three women finally meet Stuntman Mike after the car chase. They pull him out of his car and start hitting him, one after the other. We notice an alternation between medium shots and close ups. There are many hits and shots are cut very rapidly, which demonstrates a real fury on the girls’ end. If the image sometimes slows down, it is only to get better idea of Mike’s suffering. These fast cuts create a sort of effect that’s both funny and ridiculous and may even have the audience smile. One of the three women then kicks him and Mike falls on the ground, dead. As the women literally jubilate and the words “the end” appear on the screen, a happy 1964 French song starts playing, which translates as “Let go of women, one day you’ll be the one crying”. The audience then gets their revenge, because Mike’s death was expected and Tarantino has him die in a funny way.

The scene that we’ll study from Inglorious Batserds is at the end of chapter 5. At the beginning of this chapter, we hear the David Bowie song Cat People, which perfecto sums up Shoshana’s intentions when she gets ready for the big finale. Once the projection has started, Marcel blocks all the exits in order for the Germans to be able to escape. Shoshanna pasted her filmed message to the actual film being projected for the Germans to all hear it and hence create an effect of
surprise. Indeed the germans are all surprised. Plus Shoshanna places her clips in the right place, right when the here Frederick Zoller says “who wants to address Germany”: we then see Shoshanna appear on screen and say “I have a message for Germany”. That moment is very well chosen since Shoshanna explains they are all oing to be killed by a Jew. Marcel then follows Shoshana’s orders to burn everything down and throws his cigarette on the film, which leads to Shoshana’s face appearing in flames on screen and makes her look like the devil. The theatre becomes a gigantic blaze and we see the Germans running to the exits, which are all blocked.

To conclude, in each of these four movies, Tarantino conveys a different image of the woman. In Kill Bill, she is a violent and cynical woman. The great pleasure of being a mother was taken away from her, which leads to transform into a killing machine trying to get her revenge on her daughter’s murderers. Vengeance becomes her reason for living. However, once her revenge fulfilled and reunited with her daughter, she breaks down in tears, proving that she still has feelings. The woman in Jackie Brown is manipulative and smart, and prefers to bamboozle her ennemies rather to be physically confronted with them. She is however a strong woman who isn’t afraid to of a face to face with a criminal capable of killing and even succeeds at overpowering him. The women of Death Boulevard refuse to be submitted to men: they may act as normal women but become harsher then men when in need, and answer violence with violence. In Inglorious Batserds, the woman is smart and also refuses to be submitted to men. Four years before she saw her family being killed by German soldiers. She also behaves as though a normal woman but doesn’t hesitate to use intelligence and violence to sacrifice herself and get what she wants, i.e., avenge the Jews and her family.