June 30, 2011 1 Comment
Movies are a labor of love, most of the time though, and we as movie lovers have to learn to appreciate the care that goes into making a movie. Some directors choose to create original movies and wow us with something we have never seen before. Other directors will take the route of retreading past movies as a directorial style. There are even certain directors that will pay homage to movies that influenced them in their film making. Homages in general are a tricky thing for directors to make, since we as a viewer will be familiar with the story and setting, so nothing can honestly take us by surprise. Homage movies run the risk of also seeming unoriginal to others. Tarantino has this criticism put on him many times as he takes story elements from numerous genre’s and places them into his movie. I mean Kill Bill had almost all the elements of Lady Snowblood, but the Tarantino was influenced by the story and added his typical dialogue and flair to the movie.
Homages try and toe this line between parody and send-up of the genre the film maker is wanting to portray. Often times they fall on the parody side and focus on the ridiculousness that the genre has to offer. There was a little known cult movie that came out in 2009 that was a loving send-up to the genre of Blaxploitation movies. You might be familiar with movies like Shaft, Super Fly, Foxy Brown, or maybe Blackula (Black Dracula). Those films were iconic in the 70s as they part of a slew of films that focused on the black community. They gave the African-Americans their own story, their own voice and their own heroes to root for when they went to the movies. Their characters are strong and independent. They don’t take shit from the man. Most were even about the political and social climate. So when a director wants to recreate the look and feel of the era, they will have to walk a fine line as to not upset those that love the genre.