If there is ever a reason to start a podcast, it is to force a bunch of people to watch a movie they won’t like. Just kidding. Or am I?
Seriously though, I honestly created The Uncut Gems Podcast with the expressed desire to talk about movies like Death Proof. Even though it has recently gained some appreciation (as evidenced by the improving reviews found on Letterboxd), it is still considered a bit left-handed (to borrow a phrase from Tarantino himself). But at least in my opinion it is an absolute misunderstood masterpiece of action and suspense and – most of all – a love letter to men and women who put their lives on the line to bring the magic of cinema to life. Therefore, I was really looking forward to having this conversation and to see how others (whose tastes in cinema are quite eclectic too) read this movie. Suffice it to say, it almost came to blows… But seriously, I think we dug quite deep trying to interrogate Death Proof as we talked about Tarantino himself, projected a handful of social commentaries on the film, and tried to identify what makes this movie click for some (here!) while it disgusts others.
Interestingly, our recording happened just a few short days before Tarantino’s appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast (you can read my thoughts on it here) and a few other places, which makes this episode looks almost too perfect, especially because Death Proof featured prominently in that discussion as well and – at the risk of looking crass – I think my reading of his work does not fall too far from what I believe is its intended reading; but as we know, the true magic of cinema is in two people watching the same movie and seeing two completely different things in it. In any case, I hope you enjoy listening to this episode (even though it got hairy for a second there) at least half as much as I enjoyed recording it. And to add to the now growing list of articles I promised myself to put together, I think it’s time I reduced to practice that old idea of ranking all Tarantino movies, especially since it seems to be the thing to do, judging by my Twitter timeline. But if you expect a listicle, you might end up slightly disappointed.
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