Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Post Modernism - Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

Post modernism, what is post modernism? who knows, because i certainly don't (well just yet anyway). Hopefully by the end of the series of lectures created for us i will have a much greater understanding rather than a minor impression of its theories. For now i think its safe to say that post modernism lays down a set of theories which i widely misunderstood, which Phil did mention during the ending part of the lecture. It shall be quite interesting as we fall deeper into the trap of post modernism as i believe this subject theory has the most potential to influence me within my life in the CG/film realm. Whilst listening to the lecture i jotted down some key words, which in my opinion are quite hard to link together, so post modernism truly must be difficult. The words are as follows;

Political correctness gone mad
Stopped ability of expression
Self obsessed
Sell out
Socal Hoax

During the lecture we was told that to understand post modernism, you must first understand modernism. Which in descriptive terms sounds pretty much the same. The only difference i could see and understand was the modernism represents the whole and post modernism represents the individual. I'm not too sure whether this is true but at least its a start on my journey to understand post modernism.

After the lecture we then went on to watch Quentin Tarrantino's Kill Bill. A film which is jam packed full of post modernism references. It was only after the lecture and at the end of the film when i realised how the film related to the subject. Post modernism aside, Kill Bill is an amazing film from an amazing director who's films often get compared to Marmite 'you either love them or you hate them', in my case i love them. But once introduced to a slight bit of post modernism theory, it makes the film all the better. Some key examples which make Kill Bill a piece of post modernism art include his 'mash-up' of genres and his retrospect of paying homage to classic films. His mash-up of genres include, classic Western films, (note the opening scene), all the way through to classic Japanese films (the scene in which the main character takes on a deadly Japanese gang/samurai). A lot of people would say that Tarrantino has simply ripped of old films, other would say that he has used the genre of the old film, combined it with another and made something new and innovative, hence post modernism.

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