[[image:090526_true.jpg:True Romance:right:0]]True Romance is my favorite Tarantino movie. Sure, he didn’t direct it. In fact, is one of only two screenplays he’s ever written that he hasn’t also directed — the other being the execrable Oliver Stone-directed Natural Born Killers — and Tony Scott’s direction adds a glossy sheen that sometimes seems out of place for the material, especially knowing what we know now about Tarantino’s style.
Certainly, True Romance would have had more shots of lady’s feet if Tarantino had been able to direct his own script.
The movie, for the uninitiated, is about Christian Slater’s character, Clarence Worley. Worley is the Tarantino analogue in this piece: he works in a comic book store and is obsessed with kung fu movies. For his birthday, his boss at the comic shop hires Alabama Whitman, an escort, to show him a good time, and they promptly fall in love with each other. When Worley goes to tell Alabama’s pimp (an unrecognizable Gary Oldman) that she is quitting the business, it starts a sequence of events that ends with the young couple in possession of a large amount of cocaine and on the run from both the cops and the mob.
Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer and Brad Pitt also contribute short but memorable roles, and quite a bit of Tarantino’s trademark dialog is very much present in the film. True Romance was my introduction to Tarantino, and the wish-fulfillment that is the character of Clarence Worley (comic and film geek who gets the girl and stands up to the mob) made a big impression on my 14-year-old self.
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Children of Men is a fantastic film, and well worth your time. I remember really hating Falling Down when I saw it, although I barely remember the film now. I clearly recall the main character flipping out on some food service workers, which is probably what soured me on the movie. I worked in food service for most of my teenage years, and I can’t stand it when people are rude to their servers. If you can’t be nice just because it’s the right thing to do, keep in mind that these people are preparing your food! Oh, the things I have seen…
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