Amongst even the most fervent Quentin Tarantino fans, the subject of Death Proof is touchy — is it a good film, or not? I love the movie, seeing it as precisely the sort of grindhouse movie that it hoped to replicate, with a layer of commentary thrown in for good measure. But Tarantino stirred up new conversation about the film today with comments in a long interview about the fact that he hopes Death Proof ends up judged as the least of his films.

The beginning of awards season each year sees THR assembling talent in one room for great roundtables, and this year the director roundtable features Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, Ben Affleck, David O. Russell, Gus Van Sant, and the dominating presence of Tarantino.

The comment about Death Proof may have been the most attention-getting thing Tarantino said, but he had a lot more to offer, from a breakdown of his own writing and directing process, to plans to write books (novels and film criticism) after he stops actively directing. And the end of his directorial career seems prompted by technological change, as the move to digital projection leaves him cold.

And there’s a lot more, too — while Tarantino tends to dominate the conversation, each of the participants has great stuff to add about the business of directing. It’s worth an hour of your time to watch the whole thing. Read More »

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Lionsgate and Miramax are teaming up to celebrate the first 20 years of Quentin Tarantino‘s career with an ten-disc blu-ray box set featuring Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, True Romance, the two Kill Bill films, Death ProofInglourious Basterds, and new supplemental material.

The bad news is that, with the exception of the two discs of supplemental material, it looks like this is a collection of the existing catalog releases of each film. So if you’ve already got all or most of these Blu releases, there’s not much incentive to buy. The good news is that if you don’t have those releases, this is a great one-stop way to get Tarantino’s major work on disc. Read More »

Opening next week at the Bold Hype Gallery in New York, Spoke Art‘s Quentin vs. Coens art show is shaping up nicely. We’re already showed you one batch of images and premiered an awesome Pulp Fiction poster but now we’ve got an exclusive set of seven images by one of our favorite artists, Tim Doyle. He’s recreated an iconic image from each of Tarantino’s films and, today, we reveal the first four. Tomorrow, you can see the full set.

Plus, as an added bonus, Doyle took us through his thought process for each and every one of these images. This is an awesome read for fans of poster art, Quentin Tarantino and more. Check out Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill Volume 1 and Volume 2 as well as Death Proof after the jump. Read More »

Full Grindhouse DVD/Blu-Ray Details/Art Revealed

Earlier this month a suspicious tweet filed by filmmaker Edgar Wright led us to speculate that a Blu-ray release of Grindhouse was in the works. As you probably know, when Grindhouse was released in theaters, it was a double feature featuring Robert Rodriguez‘s Planet Terror, Quentin Tarantino‘s Death Proof, and a few faux trailers at the beginning and in between. When the films were released on DVD, they were distributed as separate movies, with the trailers omitted from both releases (with the exception of Machete). Last month it was finally revealed that the full Grindhouse release would hit stores on October 5th 2010. Now we have the full details, including the DVD/Blu-Ray cover art.

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Earlier this month a suspicious tweet filed by filmmaker Edgar Wright led us to speculate that a Blu-ray release of Grindhouse was in the works. As you probably know, when Grindhouse was released in theaters, it was a double feature featuring Robert Rodriguez‘s Planet Terror, Quentin Tarantino‘s Death Proof, and a few faux trailers at the beginning and in between. When the films were released on DVD, they were distributed as separate movies, with the trailers omitted from both releases (with the exception of Machete). We now have confirmation of a full Blu-ray release, details after the jump.

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Complete Grindhouse DVD/Blu-Ray Coming Soon?

As you probably know, when Grindhouse was released in theaters, it was a double feature featuring Robert Rodriguez‘s Planet Terror, Quentin Tarantino‘s Death Proof, and a few faux trailers at the beginning and in between. When the films were released on DVD, they were distributed as separate movies, with the trailers omitted from both releases (with the exception of Machete). It looks like a complete Grindhouse release is finally being prepped for DVD/Blu-ray.

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LOL: Quentin Tarantino’s Trunk Shot

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If you’ve seen more than one movie by Quentin Tarantino, then you’ve surely noticed his signature POV trunk shot. The shot even has its own wikipedia page (take that Scorsese Squeeze!). Here is the background from wiki:

The Trunk shot is a camera angle used in cinema when one or more characters need to retrieve something or someone from the trunk of a car. …  This camera angle is often noted to be the trademark of film maker Quentin Tarantino who disputes that he puts the shot in his films as a trademark and simply asks “Where would you put the camera?” Although he did not invent it, Tarantino popularized the trunk shot, which is featured in Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, and Kill Bill. In Death Proof, Tarantino’s traditional shot looking up at the actors from the trunk of a car is replaced by one looking up from under the hood. In Inglourious Basterds a “trunk shot” is used two times when Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) crouches over a captured Nazi with one of his soldiers, cutting a swastika into their victim’s forehead (the shot is supposed to be the victim’s point of view).

After the jump you can see an image that collects all of Tarantino’s Trunk Shots. It first appeared on Reddit but has been making its way around the interwebs yesterday.

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