Mr Toothpick here.
I havent seen Panic in Needle Park or American Boy. But I’ve heard about the Mia overdose sequence being inspired by Scorsese’s American Boy.
If your expecting me to flip out because QT took the idea from it, then your gonna be dissapointed. I KNOW QT steals ideas from other movies. But he brings something different to those ideas which is what makes the difference.
Its not a big deal, all artists steal ideas from their heroes. Its a common practice throughout history and its part of being an artist in any form, be it film, painting, music etc.
For example: Elvis took ideas from blacks and created his own sound.
Chuck Berry combined music he heard from others to create his own unique sound.
Scorsese took ideas from directors that came before him. Hes even said in many interviews that he always tells the younger directors just starting out to do what painters do, “look at the old masters, learn from them, emulate them but bring your own ideas to theirs and expand on them”.
Brian DePalma always takes things from Hitchcocks films and expands on them by bringing his own personality and ideas to them.
Its just good filmmaking really. It shows they recognize things that are great and they are imitating to pay tribute while being creative themselves.
As the old saying goes: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”
Ok, I needed to bump this topic up cause it pisses me off how stupid Toothpick has been lately.
I mean, right fucking there he says its OH FUCKING K to "steal" from other artists to make a better film. Now as some of you may know, there's been several topics where Toothpick has been calling films like MEmento, Lock STock & 2 Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and The Usual Suspects as
So that made me wonder, what the fuck is going on here? Its
for Tarantino to steal ideas from other "artists", but other "Artists" can't steal from him?
I smell contradiction. A LOT OF CONTRADICTION.
And it amazes me Toothpick NEVER responded to this topic (like a lot of topics, people ask him why he thinks these things and he NEVER gives mature, smart, intelligent, valid responses. He just goes about saying he is right, you are wrong, Tarantino is GOD.)
In my opinion, Tarantino is my favorite director, but jesus fucking christ....I know what he does and doesn't do. What he does do is steal from a fuck load of movies, is that ok? Sure, i could care less...as long as its not too blatantly a rip off.
But SOME things are huge blatantly obvious rip-offs, like the one stated above about some Al PAcino movie. That sounds way too similar to the scene in Pulp. Whether Pulp's scene is better is not the issue, the issue is, why does Toothpick feel its ok for Tarantino to do that, but other director's can't have a fucking gangster movie have gangsters doing a bunch of gangster shit?
HEre's the other topics where I site my references to Toothpick calling other director's HACKS;