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April 21, 2013 9:06 AM   Subscribe

Dan Goodbaum edits together selected excerpts from Elvis Mitchell's interview with Quentin Tarantino about the role of food as a indicator of power in his movies (full interview here). Grantland's 20 Best Tarantino Food Scenes
posted by The Whelk (13 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

 
With the inclusion of the nacho scene, I believe that gives us license to overthink a plate of beans.
posted by zippy at 9:22 AM on April 21, 2013 [6 favorites]


An alternate link on Vimeo, the youtube one is blocked in some countries.
posted by Lanark at 9:39 AM on April 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


You have to admit, if you put a handgun in a box of cereal, the box should be labeled "Kaboom".
posted by P.o.B. at 9:39 AM on April 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


anyone who used to play Unreal remembers you could have a sound trigger anytime you killed someone with a headshot. mine was "mm! this is a tasty burger!"

So I'm buying this metaphor.
posted by phaedon at 11:56 AM on April 21, 2013


They didn't even mention the reoccurring box of Fruit Brute in the 20 best? Although I naturally agree with mmmHMMM this IS a tasty burger! as the best.
posted by DecemberBoy at 11:56 AM on April 21, 2013


I personally consider Inglorious Basterds to be Tarantino's best work in general, but that strudel scene is just unbelievable. the utter menace beneath Hans Landa's enthusiastic courtesies is chilling and so brilliantly done. it has a subtlety that is not necessarily a big part of the Tarantino oeuvre.
posted by supermedusa at 12:15 PM on April 21, 2013 [7 favorites]


Let me come at this from a slightly slanted perspective:

Grantland, 2011: a high-toned writing-branded site "which will feature longer-form articles and a mix of sports and pop culture, with an impressive roster of contributors, including Malcolm Gladwell, Dave Eggers and Chuck Klosterman. The site takes its name from the legendary early-20th-century sportswriter Grantland Rice."

Grantland, 2013: "Tarantino's 20 Best Food Scenes" listicle.

I feel like I have seen a lot of sites launch, pitching themselves as places for real writing -- thoughtful essays or whatever -- by implicit or explicit contrast to the usual Internet linkbait, and then quickly adapt themselves into publishers of the usual Internet linkbait. Some other examples would be Killscreen and the Gameological Society. The "real writing" stuff is the brand strategy to drive a certain kind of consumer to the usual linkbait content.
posted by grobstein at 12:41 PM on April 21, 2013 [4 favorites]


That was some tasty linkbait, though.
posted by raysmj at 1:00 PM on April 21, 2013 [5 favorites]


Man, I'm so glad Bill's sandwich scene from Kill Bill Vol. 2 made the list.
What they don't mention in the piece is the fact that during this entire scene, which consists of a monologue in which he lovingly describes the lesson he teaches B.B. when she kills her goldfish, he's making the sandwich with a butcher knife, instead of a butter knife.
posted by Dr. Zira at 1:13 PM on April 21, 2013 [4 favorites]


The "real writing" stuff is the brand strategy to drive a certain kind of consumer to the usual linkbait content.

I'm going to be charitable and assume it's actually the result of noble artistic intent meeting crushing financial reality, rather than a cynical bait and switch.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 1:20 PM on April 21, 2013


Dunno, I feel like that degree of naivete is probably culpable.
posted by grobstein at 1:25 PM on April 21, 2013


I enjoyed hearing Tarantino talk about how he instructed Waltz to play the restaurant scene between Landa and Shoshanna in Inglourious Basterds. "I want you to do one thing and I want you to do one thing only. I want you to eat that streudel." I wish the interview was just a series of bits (bites?) like that. I wish they all were, come to think of it.
posted by iamkimiam at 1:53 PM on April 21, 2013 [2 favorites]



Grantland, 2011: a high-toned writing-branded site "which will feature longer-form articles and a mix of sports and pop culture, with an impressive roster of contributors, including Malcolm Gladwell, Dave Eggers and Chuck Klosterman. The site takes its name from the legendary early-20th-century sportswriter Grantland Rice."

Grantland, 2013: "Tarantino's 20 Best Food Scenes" listicle.


First, it would be a great day for the internet if every "listicle" was all on one page, and included substantial commentary.

Second, the existence of a mediocre article doesn't mean there can't be good stuff. In recent months, Grantland has run the excellent 25,000 word Winner's History of Rock and Roll, the great dissection of the Super Mario Brothers movie, and a series of interesting career retrospectives looking at people from Harrison Ford to The Strokes. And that's just on the pop culture side; go and read this 7300 word article about the socioeconomic and cultural factors behind the Nashville Predators fan base, and then come back and say there is no "real writing" stuff.
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 2:36 PM on April 21, 2013 [8 favorites]


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