In the first in an ongoing series, we examine five things we love (in no particular order) about movies where people shoot each other. To kick us off, Quentin Tarantino’s classic…
1. Christopher Walken’s “watch” speech.
As someone who’s spent many long, painful years as a teacher, I’ve spent hours thinking of ways to make kids feel uncomfortable. Christopher Walken telling young Butch about carrying his father’s watch up his ass inside a Vietnamese POW camp did the job better than I could ever have dreamed. Especially funny was using the words ‘gook’ and ‘slopehead’ in front of a kid.**
**Racism is bad.
2. The return of John Travolta.
The glory days of Welcome Back, Kotter and Saturday Night Fever were over, and Travolta’s career was slowly sinking into a Look Who’s Talking hell. Because of Quentin Tarantino, Travolta went on to give us Swordfish, Battlefield: Earth (oh how I cried when I saw that one) and Wild Hogs, which would undoubtedly be one of the best movies of 2007 if the opposite weren’t true. Mad props for A Civil Action, though, and for driving an airplane to work.
3. The Wolf.
We’re not exactly sure what the Wolf was doing in a tuxedo, at a party at 8:30 in the morning, and we didn’t ask questions, either. He got rid of the body AND took Julia Sweeney out for breakfast and looked cool doing it. After the movie, we all started saying things like “brass tacks” and asking our friends if they could keep their spurs from jingling and jangling.
4. Ezekiel 25:17.
What is it about these long build-ups to somebody getting blown away that brings us back to the theater over and over again? Second only to Travolta’s “Big Mac in Paris” speech, this scene put the movie on the (movie) map. If the actual lines weren’t scary enough, Samuel L. Jackson’s crazy black man’s eyes certainly were.
In a twisted sort of way, the Butch/Marsellus sodomy scene was painfully funny, and judging from Ving Rhames’ muffled grunting, painfully painful. It wasn’t all bad though. Marsellus’ perfectly-delivered, “Step aside, Butch,” right before he exacts shotgun-revenge on his would be rapist had us all pumping our fists in victory. What exactly did the Gimp do?
We hoped you enjoyed this first edition of 5 Things We Love About Movies With Guns. Something not our list? Movies you’d like to see reviewed? Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.