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The 20 Most Badass Women From Tarantino Movies

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One thing you never have to worry about with Quentin Tarantino movies is having all the female characters in typical “damsel in distress” scenarios, desperately hoping a man comes in and saves them. They take care of themselves and have no problem roughing up a guy or two along the way. In preparation of Pulp Fiction airing this Friday at 7:30 on IFC, we’re counting down the 20 most bad ass women from the man’s filmography.

20. Broomhilda von Shaft, Django Unchained

While she’s definitely not the most independent character on the list, Kerry Washington is such a tremendous actress she somehow finds a way to exude strength and determination out of a character that seemingly doesn’t have much depth. Most of the females in Tarantino’s movies are celebrated for their willingness to attack; she showed strength in his determination to survive.

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19. Arlene, Death Proof

If we’re being honest, the women of Death Proof are some of the most intimidating we’ve ever seen. They’re strong, smart, and attractive, and they definitely realize it. Arlene may not be at the top of their pyramid of power, but she’s willing to step up whenever deemed necessary and won’t back down, even if it involves giving a stranger a lap dance.

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18. Jungle Julia, Death Proof

She’s the type of woman that would tell you to buy her a drink and you’d thank her for it. She’s a local DJ on the radio so everyone knows her, but that doesn’t stop her from doing whatever she wants whenever she wants. TMZ would love churning out story after story on her, but she wouldn’t give them a second thought.

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17. Abernathy, Death Proof 

Besides being a hell of a dancer, Abernathy earns her place on this list by delivering the head-smashing kick of death to creepy ol’ Stuntman Mike.

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16. Kim Mathis, Death Proof

She’s blunt and abrasive, but what separates her from the rest of the group is that her stunt driving abilities rival those of any male counterpart. She knows how to take charge and, as Stuntman Mike found out, never backs down from a fight.

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15. Bridget von Hammersmark, Inglorious Basterds

As a German film star Bridget von Hammersmark could have sat back and let World War II pass her by. Instead, she became a double agent for the Allies and was a major part in taking down the Nazis. Every moment was full of danger because one wrong move and her cover would be blown. It took Hans Landa himself to finally bring her down, but by that point her work had already been completed.

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14. Vernita Green, Kill Bill Vol. 1

You don’t become a member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad for nothing. The assassin, who worked under the codename Copperhead, is the lowest member on the list simply because she retired from the business and took on the role of a civilian. Still though, she may not have been in the game anymore, but that didn’t make her any less deadly.

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13. Kate Fuller, From Dusk Till Dawn

She didn’t have any catchphrases or cool tattoos like Clooney’s character, but in one night Kate went from an innocent girl on a road trip with her family, to a vampire slayer on the run with a fugitive. Talk about street cred.

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12. Alabama Whitman, True Romance

You could look at the fact that she’s a prostitute that decides to change her life trajectory in an instant by eliminating her pimp and getting out of the state and that would be impressive enough. However, the moment when she faces off against Virgil, one of the toughest mafia henchmen in the movie, and comes out victorious moves her from inspiring to borderline action star. We’d love to see Patricia Arquette reprise this role. Get on it, Tarantino.

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11. Mia Wallace, Pulp Fiction

She’s the wife of Marsellus Wallace, one of the most power crime bosses in the city, so she’s definitely seen a thing or two that would ruin most of our lives forever. She’s stylized and sleek, but the only thing preventing her from being higher on the list is that, on her first night out, she overdosed and almost died. Other than her endurance, she’s one of the most iconic characters Tarantino has ever imagined. Plus, she knows her way around a corny joke.

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10. Honey Bunny/Yolanda, Pulp Fiction

If there’s one woman in Pulp Fiction who knows what she wants and will do anything to get it, it’s definitely Yolanda, aka Honey Bunny. She may be insane, but that seems to only fuel her as she pokes and prods at Pumpkin’s psyche, driving him towards acts of spontaneous danger with no regard to consequences or repercussions. She’s a human wrecking ball.

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11. Zoe Bell, Death Proof

Not only does the stuntwoman, who’s playing herself in the role, strap herself to the front of a muscle car and let her friends drive as erratic as possible, she does it for no other reason than because it’ll be fun. She endures a horrendous car crash that would have left most others maimed, then finds the strength to, not just survive it, but to hunt down the one responsible for it and beat him to death.

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8. Santanico Pandemonium, From Dusk Till Dawn

No one could have played this role better than the snake-wrapped Salma Hayek. She delivered the perfect amount of sexuality, mystery, and intimidation that turned what could have been a small, forgettable role into an unforgettable scene. She goes from giving Richard a shot out of her mouth one minute, to devouring souls the next.

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7. O-Ren Ishii, Kill Bill Vol. 1

O-Ren worked her way up from a poor girl whose parents were murdered to the leader of one of Tokyo’s biggest crime organizations. She single-handedly exacted revenge on Matsumoto, her mother and father’s killer, by executing him herself. On top of all that she led the Crazy 88, was one of the deadliest assassins in the world, and gave Beatrix one of the most epic battles in the Kill Bill duology.

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6. Mallory Knox, Natural Born Killers

Unlike most female characters that are partnered with a psychotic killer, Mallory isn’t innocent, a victim, or simply someone along for the ride; she’s just as dangerous as Micky, if not more sinister because of her seemingly harmless demeanor. She was probably the first serial killer you wanted to dress up as for Halloween.

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5. Gogo Yubari, Kill Bill Vol. 1

Do you think Tarantino had any idea how much Gogo was going to steal the show in Kill Bill Vol. 1? Her battle with Beatrix was one of the most exciting ones in the film simply because you felt like she had finally met a foe that matched her in talent and skill. Unfortunately she didn’t last long, but if Tarantino ever decides to do a spinoff film about Gogo’s life, no one would be complaining.

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4. Elle Driver, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2

What made Elle so terrifying is that she possessed all the knowledge and training that Beatrix had obtained, as well as a Hanzo sword, but the difference with Elle is that she seemingly had no conscious and was willing to color outside the lines to reach her goal, while Beatrix was still governed by her morals and honor. Since, technically, we never saw Elle die, there’s still hope for her to return if the constantly rumored Kill Bill Vol. 3 ever comes to fruition.

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3. Jackie Brown, Jackie Brown

The most impressive part of Pam Grier’s amazing comeback performance is that, out of all of her legendary roles, this may be her most iconic. The poise and charisma that Grier exudes every time she appears onscreen feels almost tangible. This was a much more subdued film for Tarantino, but Jackie Brown is one of the sharpest characters he’s ever penned.

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2. Shosanna, Inglorious Basterds

After watching her family be brutally murdered by the Nazis and barely escaping with her life, Shosanna refused to become a victim and slowly planned out a path to revenge. Not only did she get justice for her family, she brought down the entire Nazi party. She locked in Hitler and their leadership, then burned it to the ground as they were forced to stare at a giant projection of her face, laughing, knowing a single Jewish woman was responsible for their demise.

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1. Beatrix Kiddo aka The Bride, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

Beatrix is arguably the most iconic character in the Tarantino filmography, and rightfully so. If you need further evidence why she’d be considered at the top spot, simply look back at the number of fantastic characters on the list she battled against in Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2. But what made her so great was that she was a polished killing machine in one instance, and a loving mother in the next. Her ability to compartmentalize her life and turn on assassin mode when necessary makes her the most cunning and dangerous of all. The scariest foes are the ones you trust until it’s too late.

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Catch Pulp Fiction on IFC this Saturday 4:30p.

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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.