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Sat, 18 Mar 1995 10:45:29 CST
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On Wed, 15 Mar 1995, chris wrote:
>Our perfect heroes no longer serve the same
>vital function they did in the national psyche.  Superman has given
>way to the Dark Knight and WOlverine.  Likewise, the flawless action
>hero has given way to the vastly flawed Tarantino non-heroes.  Note
>I didn't say ANTI-heroes 'cause those have been around forever.
>Tarantino gives us non-heroes and I think that, whatever you may think
>of his work, that has to be a big step.
Gee, did we see the same film?  Think about the Bruce Willis character.
 Think about how he gets the lecture about "pride," and how it is ultimately
pride that motivates him to turn around and go back down to the basement with
the bat.  Look, I *liked* this bit of hokey malarkey, but hokey (heroic)
malarkey it was.
IMHO, the one great thing about Tarantino is he puts the lie to all of those
screenwriting seminars that teach impressionable noodleheads about hitting
plot points.
Arn McConnell
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