Despite the fact that there are more films available for home viewing than ever before, there is a significant crop of films that never hit DVD. One of the most serious omissions on the format has been Rolling Thunder. The 1977 film casts William Devane as a Vietnam vet who is out for revenge against a crew of seriously bad guys, enlisting Tommy Lee Jones in the process. It is an understated and magnificent film, and for too long has been difficult to see. It got a bit of exposure in the ’90s when Quentin Tarantino borrowed the title to name his distribution company, but has since fallen back into movie geek obscurity.
Luckily, if you live in Atlanta you can see a projected print on Friday, November 5 at the Plaza Theater. For everyone else, be happy that the film is streaming online and will finally hit DVD (hooray!), albeit not quite in the way you probably want. Details are after the break. Read More »
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Yesterday we posted a video of Quentin Tarantino talking about the top 20 films that have been released since he became a filmmaker. Today we offer a follow-up, thanks to Entertainment Weekly, in which Tarantino lists 20 movies, and posters, that you’ve got to see.
It’s a weird list, as there isn’t an exact explanation of what he’s rating – the films or the posters. One thing is for sure, he likes the movies, he loves the posters, and chances are, you haven’t seen ’em (which gives you a good excuse to seek them out). Of course, some classics are included, like It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and Vanishing Point.
But for the most part, the list consists mostly of 1960’s and 1970’s horror and blaxploitation films. EW lists the movies, along with the posters, in one of those annoying one movie per page slideshows. I’ve compiled a list of the films Tarantino talks about after the jump, but you’ll have to click your way through the EW slideshow to read his thoughts on each film.
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Weekend Update: Due to the amazing bitch-session in the comments: the following article is a combination free-form essay/review on the genius, relevance, and influences of writer/director Jody Hill and his works including The Foot Fist Way, Eastbound & Down, and his latest, Observe and Report. It also deals with the growing trend of incredibly dark and conflicted American male anti-heroes in movies and TV. Oh yeah, it’s also really, really, really long and I didn’t see a need to begin the piece with “If you were expecting Paul Blart, get ready for a crazy rollercoaster not suitable for the kiddies.” Because fuck Paul Blart. No one will remember that movie in five years, until the sequel is released and makes $200 million. My bad?
Let me preface this by saying that I now anticipate Jody Hill’s films more than any other working filmmaker with the exception of Paul Thomas Anderson. And on a particularly excruciating Monday, maybe Tommy Wiseau’s.
“You suck this gun like a dick and then this dick goin’ cum in your mouth and blow your brains all over the street!” – Danny McBride in Observe and Report, um, protecting his legacy
Generally speaking, there are two types of people, and as it lies, two types of moviegoers: Those who go to malls without a second thought and those who go into them only on the rarest of occasions, sucking on an imaginary Klonopin, those who walk around wondering how the fuck this and they and that sign came to be, pregnant with the speeding notion that a loon might as well destroy the entire fucking building or at least high-jack the “raffle car,” peel out through the entrance doors, and drive on to a fabled body of water.
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