Of all the movies that Tarantino has had a hand in, it's True Romance that I hold as favourite.
It's such a powerful piece of cinema that, thanks to Tony Scott (he of Top Gun), has a very human glow to it.
As a bit of a gaming nerd I enjoyed playing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City back in the day as it appeared to mimic some of True Romance's later sequences.
But of all the scenes in the movie it's Clarence's dad's death at the hands of the Sicilian mafia that stands out.
Here we have two veteran actors; Dennis Hopper (Clifford Worley - about to be shot numerous times) and Christopher Walken (mobster about to do said shooting). Hopper is bound to a chair in his trailer home in Detroit. Walken demands to know where his son is as he has accidentally picked up a ton of his drugs in a suitcase that he believed to belong to his now wife.
Hopper lies. Walken doesn't believe him.
Hopper gets a nice clean knife wound to his hand that is topped off nicely with some bourbon for added sting.
Accepting his fate Hopper accepts a smoke from Walken and proceeds to relax into a story about how Sicilians are in fact 'niggers' thanks to the migrating Africans.
"So your great grandmother fucked a nigger..."
Walken laughs. They all laugh, nervously.
Hopper laughs, though he knows what's coming...
True Romance is perfect cinema for me. The acting is crisp and the settings are varied and beautiful whilst maintaining all the brutality of a well worked Tarantino storyline.
It feels like a pleasure to see Hopper and Walken for that short sequence doing what they do best.
If you have the same taste in movies as me you may find this site helpful when choosing something to watch.
|Interesting trailer for upcoming Godzilla Anime (Godzilla (Anime) 2017)|
|Pacific Rim: Uprising Trailer? (Pacific Rim: Uprising)|
|James Bond 25 (2019) 'Shatterhand'|
|Despicable Me 3|
|War for the Planet of the Apes|
|Cloverfield: God Particle|
|Pacific Rim: Uprising|
|Godzilla: King of Monsters|
|The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)|
|Godzilla (Anime) 2017|
|The Cloverfield monster reveal (Cloverfield)|
|The T-Rex attack (Jurassic Park)|
|Clifford Worley and the Sicilian Mafia (True Romance)|
|Discovery of Mina Harker in the mines (Dracula (1979))|
|Joker destroys Gotham Hospital (Dark Knight, The)|
|The blood test (Thing, The)|
|The Binary Sunset (Star Wars: A New Hope)|
|A Monster Calls|
|Legend of Tarzan, The|
|Ghost House (2017)|
|Lost in Translation|
|Saving Mr. Banks|
|Dead Poets Society|
|Truman Show, The|
|Godfather Part II, The|
|Godzilla (Anime) 2017|
|Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa|
|Big Hero 6|
|Star Wars: The Force Awakens|
|Star Wars: A New Hope|
|Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back|
|Rogue One: A Star Wars Story|
|Dark Knight, The|
|Game of Thrones|
|Jason and the Argonauts|
|Imitation Game, The|
|Midnight In Paris|
|Drag Me to Hell|
|10 Cloverfield Lane|
|Death Note (Netflix)|
|Pixar Story, The|
|Dark Star: H. R. Giger's World|
|Waking Sleeping Beauty|
|Elephant Man, The|
|A Fistful of Dollars|
|For a Few Dollars More|
|Ju-On: The Grudge|
|Lad: A Yorkshire Story|
|I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore|
|Only Lovers Left Alive|
|When You're Strange|