Ruminations of a Taco-Obsessed Philly Native

Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart are creative geniuses at what it is they execute inside of the circle of musical vocabulary and language. They speak volumes upon volumes of clear and distinct messages which penetrate the diffusion of social responsibility that permeate throughout the subject matter of social media and it’s hideous devices it plants inside of the human mind when it cones down to what their social profile pages look like and how many likes they will receive for their sense of personal self respect and worth. It’s importance is inflated much like a narcissist does to one’s sense of self. Like a narccisist constantly seeks the attention, approval, hatred, fear, adulation, and recognition of others around them in the real world, such is more than a parallel to those who seek much of the same resources from the masses who also misrepresent themselves with facades and false identifies, usually by only showing their best side possible or by eliciting fear from others through direct messenging like internet bullies do so often. This is the reservoir that fed Sick Boy. Sick boy did take a darker turn, but only because that is the identity of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. They teach in their music that even though the sickness in the online social community is discernibly bad, it is an ugly reality we must tolerate when wanting to use the online community sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The Chainsmokers are against the idea and it is something they encounter everyday inside the confines of the musical industry. Even when their music deviated from the normal and intimate music that they alchemized in Closer and Roses, the fans were taken aback in wonder and awe as they let the lyrical compositions sink in deeply into their spirits. Music is powerful, and Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart waste no efforts in injecting the emotions that rarely get broadcasted to the people through hip hop and electronic genres like theirs. The fact that they incorporate an aspect of humanness that other sounds are mostly void of is perhaps the one quality that makes Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers truly unique and beautiful afterall.

Legendary Hollywood producer Lawrence Bender has several groundbreaking films to his name, but my personal favorite, and perhaps his most pivotal, is 1992 crime thriller Reservoir Dogs.

Reservoir Dogs is the story of the aftermath of a jewelry store heist gone wrong and what happens to the crew of robbers as a result. While that may sound like a simple premise, Reservoir Dogs is anything but a straightforward tale. Instead, it is chock-full of twists and turns that even if you see them coming, you’ve never seen them executed quite like this before. That is because Reservoir Dogs is the directorial debut of Quentin Tarantino, a fact that is also the reason it’s my favorite Lawrence Bender film and the most important movie he has ever produced.

Before directing Reservoir Dogs, Quentin Tarantino broke into Hollywood as a screenwriter. A couple of Tarantino’s most notable writing credits during that time included the films True Romance and Natural Born Killers. However, while Tarantino’s writing opened the door form him, it was his ability to translate his words from page to screen as a director that ultimately led to him becoming a cinematic icon. Still, no one knew what to expect when Tarantino got behind the camera, so for Bender to take a chance on him as a producer took savvy and guts.

Fortunately, it was a gamble that paid off for Bender in a big way, with Reservoir Dogs being only the first of several films that Bender and Tarantino would team up on. While other films that the duo has collaborated on since Reservoir Dogs have arguably been even better, none would have been possible if Bender hadn’t taken a chance on Tarantino and Tarantino hadn’t delivered a masterpiece of a directorial debut.

That being said, for Lawrence Bender, his work with Tarantino has been only one of many highlights throughout a long and illustrious career. Born in 1957 and hailing from The Bronx, in addition to Reservoir Dogs, Bender made a name for himself producing several noteworthy films, including but not limited to Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, The Mexican, An Inconvenient Truth, Inglourious Basterds, Good Will Hunting, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2 and Hacksaw Ridge. He earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture for his work on Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting and Inglourious Basterds.