Hoping to find the same audience that made American Sniper a hit around this same time last year, Paramount Pictures is releasing 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi this weekend. And now a new international trailer has arrived, showing what director Michael Bay can do with action and drama that doesn’t have any transforming robots, but still has plenty of gunfire and explosions. Check out the new 13 Hours trailer after the jump! Read More »
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Hans Zimmer scoring Dunkirk for Christopher Nolan is probably the least surprising news you’ve read all week.
Although the never-not-ambitious director of The Dark Knight and Interstellar is venturing outside of his comfort zone for the upcoming World War II drama, he’s surrounding himself with familiar faces and frequent collaborators. Inception and The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy will act in the film. Editor Lee Smith, who has been cutting Nolan’s films since Batman Begins, is on board. Warner Bros. will foot the bill, just as they have for the majority of Nolan’s projects so far. So of course Zimmer, whose propulsive and bombastic music lent tension and urgency to five previous Nolan movies, is reporting for duty.
And yes, he’s certainly going to slip a dramatic “BRAAAHHM!” or two into this score.
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We’re a short week away from Michael Bay‘s Benghazi movie. The director, once again using his clout from the Transformers movies, tells a story about the dual 2012 attacks on American compounds in Libya. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, originally titled 13 Hours, should be a slight change of pace for Bay.
After the jump, watch a 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi featurette on Michael Bay’s work ethic.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
I’ve spent the past few weeks immersing myself in the world of Quentin Tarantino. To prepare for the release of his latest film, The Hateful Eight, I ranked each and every one of his characters. Then I wrote about The Hateful Eight itself, which I saw in its glorious “roadshow” version. Now, it’s time to close the book on this subject for a little while… or until Mr. Tarantino decides to get around to making another movie. It’s time to rank all of his movies. Because this is the internet and ranking things is what we do.
So how do you rank the work of a filmmaker whose worst movie is still an exceptional piece of cinema? With great difficulty. This kind of thing isn’t science. This isn’t definitive by any means. Consider this an opportunity to talk about Tarantino’s work, to debate and discuss his movies. You will most certainly disagree with this ranking and that’s kind of the point.
Now, let’s dive in.
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If you haven’t watched this weekend’s 40-minute chat with Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson with a big focus on the 70mm format, then you should take the time to do that. One part of the conversation has Tarantino and Anderson crediting Christopher Nolan with creating new interest in the large film format, and in their back and forth, Tarantino offhandedly mentions that Nolan’s next film will also be employing 70mm as well. At the time, we didn’t know what that movie may be, but now we may have some details.
A new report indicates that Nolan’s next film may be a World War II drama inspired by Operation Dynamo, which saw the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and other Allied troops from the French seaport of Dunkirk in May and June of 1940. Find out more details after the jump! Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, December 24th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Here we are: the grand finale of the ridiculous endeavor to rank all 122 significant characters in Quentin Tarantino‘s filmography. In case you missed them, you can find Part One and Part Two of every Quentin Tarantino character rankedby clicking on those links. And now it’s time to end this.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Welcome back. In part one of this series, we began counting down each and every single one of director Quentin Tarantino‘s 122 significant characters to celebrate the impending release of the The Hateful Eight. In today’s edition, the next batch of scoundrels and soldiers and thieves and the occasional innocent-caught-in-the-crossfire. Follow me after the jump…
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Posted on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Every single Quentin Tarantino character is full of life. Look to the fringes of his films and you’ll find supporting characters with more personality and spark than leading characters in other movies. Minor characters, who appear for a single scene and vanish forever, are given lines of dialogue that would be the highlight of other films. Few living filmmakers stack their films with so many memorable names and faces.
And with his new movie, The Hateful Eight, about to hit theaters, it’s time to something really, really dumb: rank every single Quentin Tarantino character of any significance from worst to best. Bear with me. This is going to take awhile.
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Next fall we’ll see Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch get mystical in Marvel Studios’ Phase Three project Doctor Strange, but after that, he’s going to get magical with a true story out of World War II.
Cumberbatch, who was just recently seen as a controversially androgynous model in Zoolander 2, has been attached to star in The War Magician, a thriller about a world famous magician who used his sleight-of-hand tricks and stunts to help the Allied forces defeat the Nazis. That sounds like something a writer would make up, but it’s actually true. Read More »