Imagine a world of movies without Tarantino
BY MATT GLEASON World Scene Writer
Thursday, August 20, 2009
8/20/09 at 8:18 AM
Quentin Tarantino was never born. There is no "Pulp Fiction" or "Reservoir Dogs." The Bride never slashed her way to a happy ending in "Kill Bill," and the celluloid Hitler of "Inglourious Basterds" doesn't get to take the easy way out. So what would a Tarantino-less Hollywood be like?
1. To pay the bills in the mid-’90s,
John Travolta is forced to make a
fourth “Look Who’s Talking” and
once again becomes pitchman for
2. Stealers Wheel can play
“Stuck in the Middle with You” at
state fairs without fans choking on
their hotdogs as they’re reminded
of severed ears.
3. A writer/
thinks to have a
in the most
personal of personal
frat parties do not include discussion of what was glowing
inside a briefcase, which is only unlocked with the number
of the beast.
5. A gruesome WWII revenge picture, complete with Nazi scalpings, never gets the green light.
6. It still seems incredible that the F-word could be uttered 265 times in the same movie that also includes "the gimp."
7. A jumpled-narrative craze
never strikes Hollywood in the mid-
’90s. “2 Days in the Valley” is never
8. Black suits with black ties are
only seen on AMC and in “Men in
9. No one director has the mettle
to steal from an array of genres
— spaghetti westerns, kung-fu,
gangster, blaxploitation — to create a vision all his
10. Americans have no
idea what Parisians call
a Quarter Pounder with
Quentin Tarantino has brought a style all his own to the cineplex for more than a decade. Photo courtesy