Choose one of the following and answer in a 5-6 page essay:
~1~ Discuss Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs as an homage to Ringo Lam's City on Fire. What are some of the similarities between the
two films, and how do they function as postmodern pastiche?
~2~ Compare Django Unchained with Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. How does the film exhibit the
characteristics of Leone's films, as identified by Marcia Landy (folklore, filmic tradition, space for action, critique of power)?
What are the greater implications of these parallels in terms of postmodernism and contemporary American culture?
~3~ What is the effect of the excessive violence in Kill Bill Vols. I & II? What is the allure of violence in Tarantino's films, and how
does this reflect postmodern cultural values?
~4~ How does Tarantino address the notion of history in his films? Discuss Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained as films
that re-write history to comment on the current postmodern condition. How do these two films actively question the “grand
narrative” of popular Hollywood cinema?
~5~ Discuss Pulp Fiction as an example of postmodern cinema. How does the film exhibit the characteristics of postmodernity?
Talk specifically about how the film ties to the postmodern in terms of its multiplicity, intertextuality, bricolage, reflexivity,
and the breakdown between high and low culture.
adam p. wadenius