Posted on Friday, January 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
Although Quentin Tarantino‘s works aren’t overtly linked like, say, the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are, his devoted fans know they’re all connected in smaller, subtler ways. Perhaps the most famous association is between Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction — Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta) are brothers — but there’s also the offhand mention of True Romance‘s Alabama (Patricia Arquette) in Reservoir Dogs, the familial relationship between Ingourious Basterds‘ Donnie Donowitz (Eli Roth) and True Romance‘s Lee Donowitz (Saul Rubinek), and so on.
Tarantino’s latest, Django Unchained, takes place a century before all those other films, making it a little more difficult to connect it to the rest of his oeuvre. But fear not, Tarantino lovers — the master filmmaker has found a way. Hit the jump to find out what it is.
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For the 70th year, the Hollywood Foreign Press handed out their Golden Globe Awards Sunday night. Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler entertained an audience of TV and movie fans there to bestow awards to shows like Girls, Modern Family, Smash, Breaking Bad, Homeland and Downton Abbey and films like Lincoln, Argo, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Yes, I said Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.
That’s just one example of surprise nominees that make the Globes such a wild card each and every year. Check out all the winners below along with live commentary.
UPDATE: We’ve embedded a lot of the special moments from the show below. Read More »
When many of us speak in casual conversation, we drop in references to things that we like and that we know other people will appreciate, but that’s not how movies were always written. Quentin Tarantino is one of the people who helped make pop-culture reference a constant element of movie dialogue, and he’s become known for peppering his movies with explicit verbal references to his own favorite stuff.
Now you can see a cut of all his pop-culture references from twenty years of movies in just six minutes. And his Four Rooms segment is even included! Read More »
Quentin Tarantino always has the best answers for movie related questions, especially when they’re questions that don’t relate to his own movies. Two examples happened recently on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson as the host asked the director of Django Unchained about his moviegoing during 2012 and whether he’d be interested in making a kids movie.
Tarantino took the first question as the opportunity to wax poetic about his favorite, and least favorite, things in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. As for the second, the director surprisingly said he’s be very interested in directing a kids movies and used a story about D2: The Mighty Ducks to illustrate why. He also talked about loving Hatfields & McCoys and talked about the mini-series as a filmmaking outlet. Check out the full interview below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
The Alamo Drafthouse brand is beloved among moviegoers for their plush theaters, but it’s revered for their impeccable taste in movies. Whether programming a film festival or picking up indies for distribution, they’ve demonstrated an eye for films that aren’t just good, but unique.
With 2012 on its way out, the company has just released its list of their ten favorite movies from the year. Some of the titles were as successful at the box office as they were with critics, while others are more off the beaten track, but all are well worth checking out. Read their picks after the jump.
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Quentin Tarantino‘s two most recent films, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, play with a blend of established history and fantasy in ways unlike the stories told in his previous movies. Basterds warps history by killing Hitler and most of the Nazi command long before the real end of the war, and Django allows one freed American slave the sort of vengeance that was never won by slaves in reality.
Tarantino has suggested in the recent past that there might be a third film to complete his loose trilogy of films that toy with history. He has also spoken of a storyline cut from Basterds, without going into too much detail. Now, a new interview has very specific statements about a movie that could be “the third of the trilogy.” This one could be called Killer Crow, and it “would be [connected to] Inglourious Basterds, too, because Inglourious Basterds are in it,” but it would follow a squad of black US soldiers in 1944. Read More »
It’s been three and a half years since the Cannes debut of Inglourious Basterds, and now Quentin Tarantino has returned with Django Unchained. The film might be the unlikeliest Christmas Day release ever, as it stars Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz as a freed slave and his bounty hunting benefactor who are seeking to free Django’s wife (Kerry Washington) from the man (Leonardo DiCaprio) who owns her.
The film is a screed against slavery — with Tarantino’s penchant for violence and exaggerated depictions of history, this vision of America’s most awful historical institution can’t be seen as anything but horror. But as this is a Quentin Tarantino movie, it is a movie first and foremost, with vivid, energetic violence punctuating long verbal encounters between the characters as the director riffs on westerns and revenge movies in his own unique style.
Django Unchained is hitting top ten lists and creating some heated conversation thanks to the nature of the story, but now we want to hear what you thought of the film. Speak up in the comments below, where spoilers are encouraged. Read More »
Seeing a slave blast away a bunch of white slavers for money might not seem like your ideal family Christmas movie, but Quentin Tarantino is gonna show it to you anyway. Django Unchained opens next week and it’s a brutal, violent and tense tale of a slave (Jamie Foxx) who teams up with a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to save the woman he loves (Kerry Washington) from an sly slave owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). Only from the mind of Tarantino could something so devilish sound so delightful.
Once you see the film, odds are you’ll be wondering about the mood on set for such an intense, polarizing film. Well, look no further. Twelve minutes of behind the scenes B-roll has popped online that shows the making of the film including the master, Tarantino himself, directing his cast.
(Update from Russ: After Germain filed this, a final trailer dropped for the film, and the song that Frank Ocean cut for the film, but which Tarantino couldn’t find a place for, went online. There’s also a full stream of the soundtrack with song introductions from Tarantino. I’ve added all these below at the end of Germain’s original post.)
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