I first saw reservoir dogs, on video, in 93, I was 15, but the violence didnÂ´t shock me.
Still after seeing films like Starwars, Indy, Topgun etc. growing up, films like True romance, Natural born killers, Trainspotting, Clerks were a mind blowing expansion to what was possible in movies, to me. From Pulp fiction onwards I saw everything in the cinema.
I never see the violence of QT films as acts of stupid violence, it puts a smile on my face but thatÂ´s also cuz of the great dialogue, themes and morality in many of the movies. If you donÂ´t get that or the dark humour the films are violent and messy.
I once saw a version of FDTD with most of the dialogue cut out (it was a cheap german video release) so all is left is violence and vampires, it makes no sense at all, isnÂ´t funny and is very stupid then.
But to answer the original question, first time I saw Marvin NashÂ´s ear cut off I laughed my ass off! I didnÂ´t see it as violence, I immediately saw the brilliance and dark humour through it I guess…