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Here’s All the Ways Quentin Tarantino’s Movies Are Connected

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Shared universes are the big thing in Hollywood nowadays thanks to a little studio called Marvel. But Quentin Tarantino was already connecting all his movies long before the MCU dominated the industry and made all the money in world. He was just way more subtle about it. Here’s your map to navigating through the weird, violent, and sometimes funny Tarantinoverse. Pay attention, because this bounces back and forth in true Tarantino fashion.

Reservoir Dogs and Natural Born Killers

Tarantino first broke into the scene with 1992’s Reservoir Dogs, a film about a jewelry heist gone way wrong. The team of colorful criminals hired to pull of this job all go by code names, with audiences never really knowing most of their true identities. But we do learn the name of one of them: everyone’s favorite ear-slicing, milkshake sipping psychopath Mr. Blonde aka Vic Vega, brother to Pulp Fiction‘s Vincent Vega, who happens to be quite the dancer himself.

When we first really meet Vic, we find out that he’s fresh out of jail and has no love for his parole officer Seymour Scagnetti.

Turns out Scagnetti’s got a sadistic brother too, Det. Jack Scagnetti. The other Scagnetti brother became famous for tracking down and catching a pair of star-crossed, serial killing lovers named Micky and Mallory Knox in the Tarantino-scripted Natural Born Killers.


True Romance has a connection to Inglorious Basterds

We also learn in Reservoir Dogs that Mr. White was once mentoring a call girl named Alabama who, as it turns out, is now all loved up with an Elvis super-fan named Clarence in True Romance.

But before those two ride off into the sunset, they have to kill Alabama’s pimp, which leads to them accidentally grabbing a bag of cocaine that they decide to sell to some big shot producer named Lee Donowitz.

But way before Lee was making hit movies and involved in Mexican standoffs, his dad. Sgt. Donny Donowitz, was a super bad-ass that fought in World War II as part of the Inglorious Basterds. But back then people knew him by his cuddly codename, “The Bear Jew.”


Pulp Fiction hinted to Kill Bill 

Hold on! Now we need to jump back and semi-confuse you because, well, it’s a Tarantino list so screw chronological order. In Pulp Fiction, Vincent Vega is tasked with taking Marsellus Wallace’s wife out. Over dinner, she tells Vincent about her short lived acting career which included a pilot for a show called Fox Force Five. Which…

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Mind = blown, right? I know.

The Bride’s connection to Django

Speaking of Kill Bill, one of the many times someone tried to kill The Bride, aka Beatrix Kiddo, included a scene where Budd buries her alive in the lonely grave of Paula Schultz.

Paula’s husband is a former dentist turned bounty hunter by the name of Dr. King Schultz (played by Christoph Waltz), who ends up freeing Django and helping him find his wife in Django Unchained.


That is a tasty burger…

Got all that? Good. Now pay attention again, because we need to jump all over the place. Since I can practically hear you calling out the Tarantino movies I haven’t listed yet, let’s tie up some loose ends with these Easter eggs, shall we?

Everyone remembers the scene in Pulp Fiction when Jules helps himself to Brett’s tasty burger breakfast, right? Here’s a refresher:

Well, the fictional chain of Big Kahuna Burger is mentioned in Pulp Fiction, From Dusk til Dawn, Death Proof, Reservoir Dogs and Four Rooms, proving that all these films exist in the same world.

From Dusk Til Dawn also connects to the Tarantino-produced movie Curdled when the Gecko brothers show up on this TV show. (Pushing the connection even further, Curdled starred Angela Jones who played morbid cab driver Esmeralda Villalobos in Pulp Fiction.)

Also, Earl and Ed McGraw play two Texas Rangers in From Dusk til Dawn, Kill Bill, and Grindhouse.

In addition to Son Number One, Edgar has a daughter named Dakota, who we meet in Planet Terror.

The only movie that doesn’t fit into the Tarantino shared universe is Jackie Brown which was an adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel. I guess now we get to wait and see how The Hateful Eight fits into this insane puzzle.

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.