Quentin Tarantino is well-known by fans as a guy who likes to construct inter-connected narratives. His characters and their relatives pass from one film to another, to the point where he’s got two “universes,” describing the real life of his general character set, and the films those people might go see. There are even a few characters (such as Harvey Keitel’s Winston Wolf, from Pulp Fiction) who can cross between universes.

So it isn’t a surprise to hear that Tarantino is thinking of his two most recent films, Inglourious Basterds and the upcoming Django Unchained, as two thirds of a loosely connected trilogy. But what does that mean for us? Read More »

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Just under a month from now, a big Blu-ray box set will hit shelves commemorating the first twenty years of work from writer/director and occasional actor Quentin Tarantino. The set includes Tarantino’s debut, Reservoir Dogs, as well as Pulp FictionJackie BrownTrue Romance (scripted by Tarantino, but directed by Tony Scott), the two Kill Bill films, Death ProofInglourious Basterds, and new supplemental material.

When putting together the set, LionsGate enlisted Mondo and artist Ken Taylor to create a new cover an interior artwork. You’ve probably seen the cover, but now we’re going to show you the first part of the interior art, which highlights Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) from Inglorious Basterds.

That’s a hint of the panel, above, and you can see the full image below. Over the rest of the week LionsGate will be publishing the rest of the interior panels across a few different sites until the full reveal on Friday. Read More »

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 »

Quentin Tarantino has been pretty vocal that many of his films are set in the same universe. Vincent Vega from Pulp Fiction is the documented brother of Vic Vega in Reservoir Dogs. Mr. White in Reservoir Dogs possibly worked with Alabama from True Romance. Brands such as Big Kahuna Burger and Red Apple Cigarettes appear in multiple films, the list goes on an on. A more recent development was when Tarantino said that Sgt. Donny Donowitz, the Bear Jew of Inglourious Basterds, was the father of Lee Donowitz, the sleazy movie producer of True Romance.

And that got one person thinking. If all these movies take place in the same universe, that means World War II ended how it ended in Inglourious Basterds and everyone would know about it. Which opens up a huge can of worms. Read the very entertaining theory below. Read More »

Reading this, you know you’re a film fan. You wouldn’t be on this site if you weren’t. Visiting movie themed websites is just one of many outlets film fans have to feed their passion. Going to the movies is another, writing about them fits too and then there are the select few who go above and beyond and make their own art based on their favorite films.

That’s what /Film reader Mahdi Chowdhury has done and his work is worthy of your time. He’s currently in the process of making some beautiful and thoughtful posters for some of his favorite films like Reservoir Dogs, Apocalypse Now, Leon, Lost in Translation, Taxi Driver and we’ve got a look after the jump. Read More »

Yesterday, artist Tim Doyle took you through his thought process for the first four in a series of seven prints he created for the Spoke Art Quentin vs. Coens show opening at the Bold Hype Gallery in New York next week. You can read his write ups for Reservoir Dogs, both Kill Bills and Death Proof by clicking here. Today, Doyle discusses Inglourious Basterds and exclusively reveals Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown. These prints will first be available April 7 at the opening of the show in New York. Get all the info and see full images after the jump. Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Hot Toys have announced the upcoming release of the 1/6th scale Col. Hans Landa Inglourious Basterds Collectible Figure, part of their Movie Masterpiece Series.

The highly detailed Col. Hans Landa collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Christoph Waltz in the movie, highlighting the newly sculpted head, movie-accurate facial expression, Germany army uniform and detailed accessories.

More information and photos, after the jump.
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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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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