Pulp Fiction is a profanity-laden crime drama with drugs, sodomy, and exploding brains, but when it hit theaters in mid-October 1994, it was technically a Disney movie. After Disney acquired the independent film studio Miramax in 1993, Pulp Fiction was the first project to receive a greenlight. The 2010s would commence with Disney shuttering Miramax, then selling it as it shifted focus to more lucrative in-house brands with theme park and merchandise potential, like Pixar and Marvel. Now, we’re reaching the end of the decade and the end of a peak-geek year when, among other things, Disney has set a new studio box office record, with five of its tentpole features grossing over a billion dollars worldwide.
Meanwhile, at a ‘50s-themed restaurant in L.A. called Jack Rabbit Slim’s, two people dominate the dance floor. It’s a human moment, no special effects involved, just twisting legs, scissored fingers, and movie magic. When Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace (John Travolta and Uma Thurman) accept their dance trophy for the night, there’s a part of them that might stand in for the whole ‘90s film scene, with its upswell of great indie dramas from new and exciting young filmmakers. Amid the current flood of remakes, reboots, sequels, and spin-offs, even the brain of an avowed comic book movie fan like yours truly might go hurtling back to the time when writer-director Quentin Tarantino and his contemporaries emerged on the scene in Hollywood. Back then, mid-budget dramas targeting adult theatergoers still seemed like the norm, as opposed to the exception.
Quotable dialogue and memorable characters come in all forms, including quippy, world-saving superheroes (which, again, I like more than Martin Scorsese); but with its down-to-earth lowlives and street-based plot turns, Pulp Fiction is a reminder of an all but bygone cinema era. Indelible music, cineliterate stylings, and a novelistic format help round out the perfection that is Tarantino’s sophomore feature. A quarter-century ago, Pulp Fiction shook up what critic Gene Siskel called “the ossification of American movies.” For its sheer innovation and cultural impact, this remains the most important American film of the last twenty-five years.
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Quentin Tarantino is retiring from filmmaking (maybe), but that doesn’t mean he’s going to stop creating art. The director has said in the past he might take up novel writing – and even that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood originally started out as a book before he turned it into a film. In a new interview with a young up-and-coming filmmaker named Martin Scorsese, Tarantino reveals he’s currently in the midst of writing a book about a subject near and dear to his heart: movies. Bet you didn’t see that one coming! In Tarantino’s novel, a WWII vet has grown to loathe the junk being pumped out by Hollywood but has his interest in cinema rekindled once he discovers the wonderful world of foreign films.
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Old and busted: Director’s cuts. New hotness: Miniseries extended cuts.
That seems to be the mentality that writer/director Quentin Tarantino now has when it comes to fleshing out his movies. Just recently, Tarantino released a new miniseries cut of his western The Hateful Eight on Netflix. It was different from the extended roadshow cut that toured the United States, and it was the first time any alternate cut of the movie had been made available to stream. And it sounds like there’s a chance he may be working on a Once Upon a Time in Hollywood miniseries extended cut. Read More »
Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson recently sat down and had an almost 35-minute discussion about Tarantino’s latest, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Do I really need to say anything more? The prospect of two filmmaking masters shooting the breeze for over a half-hour is enough to get most movie fans excited. Hear the conversation below.
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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has already crossed a few box office milestones for an original film this year, but it may be soon getting some repeat business. At the Los Angeles-based New Beverly Cinema, viewers of Quentin Tarantino’s latest film will get treated to a Once Upon a Time in Hollywood short directed by Tarantino himself.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, watch as the cast of Stranger Things surprises some unsuspecting fans on a tour with some Scoops Ahoy treats and more. Plus, get a rundown of the various movie references and other pop culture Easter eggs from Kill Bill Vol. 1, and listen as John Goodman breaks down some of his most memorable characters from his long career in film and television. Read More »
Who would have thought that in a film which ostensibly involved the Manson murders, one of the biggest talking points weeks later would center on Bruce Lee? Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood features Lee in a small role (played by actor Mike Moh), and after the film was released, Lee’s daughter objected to the way her father was depicted on screen.
There’s been a lot of discussion about that character’s portrayal in the film, and at a recent press conference in Moscow, Tarantino himself weighed in on the Bruce Lee controversy – but he may have just dug himself a slightly deeper hole. Read More »
Quentin Tarantino has long said that his 10th film would be his final film. But with the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director looking beyond to Star Trek, it’s become less clear what kind of movie this all-important 10th film will be. But Tarantino has an inkling, and it’s in a genre he’s never fully explored before: horror.
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As far as I can tell, writer/director Quentin Tarantino‘s films have thus far never been available to watch in IMAX Theatres – but there’s a first time for everything.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Tarantino’s 1960s hang-out movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, is now available to watch in the world’s most immersive film exhibition experience. Find out where it’s playing near you at the link below. Read More »
On the August 2, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson, and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to have a spoiler discussion about the latest Quentin Tarantino film, Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood.
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