kisskissbangbang.jpg"The truth about mainstream movie audiences is that we say we don't like cliches, but we like cliches. We like to see the makeover, we like the spontaneous dance sequence, we like the two disparate bickering figures developing a grudging respect for each other. We just don't like it when the cliches feel like cliches."

That's Jonathan Bernstein, writing about Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang in The Guardian. This is something I've thought about a lot: over and over again, the biggest hits seem to strike a balance between the pleasant comfort of the familiar, and the exhilarating shock of the new. Pulp Fiction, of course, is the ultimate triumph of the old dressed up in shiny new clothes; Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang works the same game, only even more shamelessly. What do you think?
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