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Face-Off: The Gecko Brothers vs. The Vega Brothers

08.20.2014by: Dave Davis
In last week's Face-Off column, veteran actors and EXPENDABLES 3 co-stars Sylvester Stallone and Mel Gibson got in the ring, and most of you agreed that Mel was the winner by TKO.

This weekend has director Robert Rodriguez returning to Frank Miller's grimy town in SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. Let's look at a pair of Rodriguez's most iconic movie characters, the nefarious Gecko brothers of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN. How do they hold up against another set of criminal siblings, Vic and Vincent Vega from Quentin Tarantino's RESERVOIR DOGS and PULP FICTION?

(Please note: Face Off is an opinion column. We're not using any actual science to prove or disprove anything. It's just for fun.)
ACTORS
George Clooney as Seth Gecko

Quentin Tarantino as Richie Gecko
Michael Madsen as Vic Vega (aka Mr. Blonde)

John Travolta as Vincent Vega
PERSONALITY
Seth: Generally homicidal but occasionally cool-headed

Richie: Paranoid schizophrenic, enjoys rape and murder
Vic: Intermittently psychotic, enjoys shooting and torturing

Vincent: Laid-back, enjoys heroin and unhealthy food
CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR
The Geckos are professional thieves who rob a Texas bank and slaughter several people in the process. A bank teller is taken hostage, but in Seth's absence Richie rapes and kills her.

The brothers take a family hostage and use their Winnebago to cross into Mexico, where they are to meet a contact who’ll set them up South of the Border. The Geckos beat up an obnoxious doorman at a seedy drinking establishment, and ultimately kill everyone/everything inside.
During a diamond heist with several other color-coded criminals, Vic Vega/Mr. Blonde gunned down several civilians (apparently), and abducted a uniformed policeman on the way out

Upon returning from a three-year visit to Amsterdam, Vincent Vega goes back to work for crime boss Marsellus Wallace, starting with retrieving a stolen briefcase and delivering ballistic punishment to the thieves. Afterwards he purchases (and injects) some expensive heroin before taking Marsellus' wife Mia on a platonic dinner date
COMPLICATIONS
Unfortunately for the Gecko brothers, the meeting place in Mexico is the Titty Twister, a bar operated by ravenous (if squishy) vampires
After the heist goes wrong, Vic Vega heads to a secret hideout and tries to determine which of his partners ratted them to the cops

Vincent inadvertently shoots a guy in the face and needs to dispose of the body, has to revive Mia Wallace from an accidental drug overdose, and finds his breakfast interrupted by a diner stickup
AUTHORITY ISSUES
Richie blasts a hole in the back of a Texas Ranger’s head at point-blank range
Vic slices off the ear of a captured police officer and then dances to “Stuck in the Middle with You” while dousing him with gasoline and preparing to set him on fire
WEAPONS OF CHOICE
.44 Magnum revolver, gas-powered stake jackhammer (Seth)

Nickel-plated Colt .45 M1911 automatic pistol (Richie)
Smith & Wesson 9mm automatic pistol, straight razor, gasoline (Vic)

Chrome-plated Colt .45 M1911 automatic pistol (Vincent)
PREFERRED SNACKS
Beer and whiskey

Big Kahuna burger
Vanilla Coke and bloody-as-hell steak

pancakes and bacon
QUOTES
-Seth: "Everybody be cool. You. Be Cool."

-Seth: "If you try to run, I've got six little friends and they can all run faster than you can."

-Seth: "Rule number one: No noise, no question. You make a noise, Mr. 44 makes a noise. You ask a question, Mr. 44 answers it."

-Richie: "Shit, I started to get worried. Where the fuck you been?"
Seth: "Sightseeing."
Richie: "What'd ya see?"
Seth: "Cops."

-Seth: "We got a bunch of fucking vampires out there, trying to get in here and suck our fucking blood. And that's it, plain and simple. I don't want to hear anything about 'I don't believe in vampires', because I don't fucking believe in vampires. But I believe in my own two eyes, and what I saw is fucking vampires. Now, do we all agree that what we are dealing with is vampires?"

-Seth: "Psychos do not explode when sunlight hits them! I don't give a fuck how crazy they are!"
-Vic: "Eddie, if I was a butt cowboy, I wouldn't even throw you to the posse."

-Vic: "I might break you in, Nice Guy, but I'd make you my dog's bitch."

-Vic: " Listen kid, I'm not gonna bullshit you, all right? I don't give a good fuck what you know or don't know, but I'm gonna torture you anyway, regardless. Not to get information. It's amusing to me, to torture a cop. You can say anything you want 'cuz I've heard it all before. All you can do is pray for a quick death, which you ain't gonna get... You ever listen to K-Billy's Super Sounds of the Seventies weekend? It's my personal favorite."

-Vincent: "You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?"
Jules: "They don't call it a Quarter Pounder with cheese?"
Vincent: "No, man, they got the metric system. They wouldn't know what the fuck a Quarter Pounder is."
Jules: "Then what do they call it?"
Vincent: "They call it a Royale with Cheese."

-Vincent: "That's a pretty fucking good milkshake. I don't know if it's worth five dollars but it's pretty fucking good."

-Vincent: "You're saying a foot massage don't mean nothing, and I'm saying it does. Now look, I've given a million ladies a million foot massages, and they all meant something. We act like they don't, but they do, and that's what's so fucking cool about them. There's a sensuous thing going on where you don't talk about it, but you know it, she knows it, fucking Marsellus knew it, and Antwone should have fucking better known better. I mean, that's his fucking wife, man. He can't be expected to have a sense of humor about that shit. You know what I'm saying?"

-Vincent: "GET THE SHOT!"
FATE
Richie gets gnawed on by a voluptuous exotic dancer vampire and turns into a bloodsucker, and gets put down by his own brother

Seth escapes the Titty Twister and gets away with the cash
Vic gets blown away by a gut-shot undercover cop

Vincent gets gunned down in a bathroom with his own submachinegun by the guy he was sent to kill
VEGA BROTHERS
Okay, this was kind of a cheat, considering the Vega brothers never actually appeared together in a movie, nor was their relationship ever explicitly stated on screen (and Tarantino has apparently put his prequel idea for them back in the drawer). However, even separately they're more than a match for the Geckos together in the Tarantino-written Mexican vampire splatterfest.

FROM DUSK TILL DAWN was Clooney's first big post-"ER" role, and it was nice to see him play against type (he's certainly a more convincing convict than Tarantino's awkward perv). But RESERVOIR DOGS imprinted Michael Madsen forever as Mr. Blonde (not to mention conjuring specific ear-related imagery whenever Stealers Wheel's song gets airplay), and PULP FICTION resuscitated John Travolta's career and presented unforgettable movie moments from his iconic felon.

Agree? Disagree? Which do you prefer?
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1:50PM on 08/21/2014

The GECKOS, mainly because...

... they actually appear on-screen together. I mean, this poll is about the bros. as teams. SETH & RICHIE balance each other quite well. I just can't imagine the VEGAS working together. VINCENT is too laid back to have the will to control VIC/MR. BLONDE if he goes crazy. And he doesn't make the best decisions.
... they actually appear on-screen together. I mean, this poll is about the bros. as teams. SETH & RICHIE balance each other quite well. I just can't imagine the VEGAS working together. VINCENT is too laid back to have the will to control VIC/MR. BLONDE if he goes crazy. And he doesn't make the best decisions.
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1:37PM on 08/21/2014
Gotta go with the Geckos just because of Vega getting gunned down, with his own gun, when just getting off the shitter. Not a very bad-ass way to go.
Gotta go with the Geckos just because of Vega getting gunned down, with his own gun, when just getting off the shitter. Not a very bad-ass way to go.
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8:45AM on 08/21/2014
I like the idea for this face-off as you've basically got two criminal brothers, one of whom is the voice of reason and the other who's homicidally crazy.
Gotta go with The Geckos myself, even if Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction are superior movies to Dusk Til Dawn.
I don't really like Travolta as an actor, even though Vincent Vega is one of his best roles. I just feel that the fact we actually get to see Seth and Richie bounce off eachother as brothers makes them more interesting as a family
I like the idea for this face-off as you've basically got two criminal brothers, one of whom is the voice of reason and the other who's homicidally crazy.
Gotta go with The Geckos myself, even if Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction are superior movies to Dusk Til Dawn.
I don't really like Travolta as an actor, even though Vincent Vega is one of his best roles. I just feel that the fact we actually get to see Seth and Richie bounce off eachother as brothers makes them more interesting as a family unit. Having said that, if there's one standout character here, it's Madsen's Vega.
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6:56AM on 08/21/2014
...Sorry to double post, but someone should do a Gecko (movie) vs. Gecko (TV).
...Sorry to double post, but someone should do a Gecko (movie) vs. Gecko (TV).
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7:16AM on 08/21/2014
That's a great idea, man. Speaking of which, I haven't checked out the new From Dusk Till Dawn TV series yet.
That's a great idea, man. Speaking of which, I haven't checked out the new From Dusk Till Dawn TV series yet.
6:55AM on 08/21/2014
Gecko for me. As bad of an actor as Tarantino is, George Clooney is one of the best. Even in movies that aren't in my taste, he's still a great actor. Never really been a fan of Travolta as an actor. I like Pulp Fiction, just never really Travolta.
Gecko for me. As bad of an actor as Tarantino is, George Clooney is one of the best. Even in movies that aren't in my taste, he's still a great actor. Never really been a fan of Travolta as an actor. I like Pulp Fiction, just never really Travolta.
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6:41AM on 08/21/2014
Tough call but I'd go with The Gecko Brothers.
Tough call but I'd go with The Gecko Brothers.
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5:48AM on 08/21/2014

Gecko brothers

Great idea for a face-off and you have some good points, but, I've got to go with the Gecko brothers mainly because of Seth. Seth had the smarts that Vincent and Vic seemed to lack. Also, no matter how bad psycho Richie got, Seth always kept a cool demeanor with him and also proved no one should f*** with him. Seth could always figure out how to get out of any situation and was the epitome of a badass. I especially love the exchange between him and Trejo and the bouncer. "Get your hand
Great idea for a face-off and you have some good points, but, I've got to go with the Gecko brothers mainly because of Seth. Seth had the smarts that Vincent and Vic seemed to lack. Also, no matter how bad psycho Richie got, Seth always kept a cool demeanor with him and also proved no one should f*** with him. Seth could always figure out how to get out of any situation and was the epitome of a badass. I especially love the exchange between him and Trejo and the bouncer. "Get your hand off me" ...'I'm gonna count to three; one' ..."TWO" ... I was young when I first saw it and was very influenced by films back then... I still think to this day how relieved I am to not have gotten the tattoo Seth had. "I said like new, this is a '90." On another note, I really wish Tarantino had been able get The Vega Brothers film made.
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2:32AM on 08/21/2014

Nope....wrong!

Sorry but George Clooney's character from FROM DUSK TILL DAWN wins hands down. And yes, Tarantino is the better side character (brother) than Michael Madsen. Clooneys performance was hands-down probably one of the most badass acting jobs he's ever done and I'd watch a movie about his character any day of the week over the others. I think the Vega brothers win PREFERRED SNACKS and QUOTES but that's it. Gecko brothers all the way!!!
Sorry but George Clooney's character from FROM DUSK TILL DAWN wins hands down. And yes, Tarantino is the better side character (brother) than Michael Madsen. Clooneys performance was hands-down probably one of the most badass acting jobs he's ever done and I'd watch a movie about his character any day of the week over the others. I think the Vega brothers win PREFERRED SNACKS and QUOTES but that's it. Gecko brothers all the way!!!
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6:57AM on 08/21/2014
George Clooney's out takes in From Dusk 'til Dawn are fantastic. He never breaks character, unless he's just that frustrated when he acts all the time.
George Clooney's out takes in From Dusk 'til Dawn are fantastic. He never breaks character, unless he's just that frustrated when he acts all the time.
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12:42AM on 08/21/2014
Sorry Dave. Not a great one this week.
Sorry Dave. Not a great one this week.
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