It’s not surprising perhaps that we are in a film nerd supercut golden age. After all, all film students have access to video editing software, almost all movies are available digitally, and websites, like this one, are perpetually hungry for new content. Great supercuts reveal something new or unnoticed about a great director, like how Yasujiro Ozu uses hallways or Kubrick favors one-point perspective. Editor Jacob T. Swinney, who won the internet last month with his video “First and Final Frames,” just released the third out of a promised four-part supercut on Quentin Tarantino.
The director of Pulp Fiction and Death Proof is, of course, known for his dialogue – razor-sharp, obscenity-laden repartee crammed with references to pop culture or obscure movies. What is a Tarantino movie without a rant about the true meaning of "Like a Virgin," say, or a lengthy discourse on the difference between McDonald’s menus in American and in Europe? Swinney strips away all that dialogue to explore some of the recurring visual and audial motifs that lard Tarantino’s films. What you realize after watching these is just how stylized his movies are. Tarantino loves expressionistic sound effects, flashy insert shots, generally aping the look and feel of his cinematic heroes like Sergio Leone or King Hu. You can watch the first film above and the next two below.
The first film called “Hearing Tarantino” is about all the pungent, stylized sounds the QT has used. As you can imagine, there are lots of gurgling of blood and clanking of swords. What you might not have noticed is how many cartoony whooshes and zings he has folded into the sound mix.
The second vid, “Tarantino’s Extreme Close Ups,” shows lots of eyes bearing expressions somewhere along the terrified-pissed off spectrum.
And the third piece, “Tarantino: Driving Shots,” shows just how much of his movies take place in cars.
The fourth film has yet to come out, but I hope it’s on Tarantino’s not-at-all creepy obsession with women’s feet. You can probably fill a couple minutes just on Uma Thurman’s alone.
Jonathan Crow is a Los Angeles-based writer and filmmaker whose work has appeared in Yahoo!, The Hollywood Reporter, and other publications. You can follow him at @jonccrow. And check out his blog Veeptopus, featuring lots of pictures of badgers and even more pictures of vice presidents with octopuses on their heads. The Veeptopus store is here.