I miss going to the movies and buying a ticket for a Tony Scott movie. There’s no voice and style like his in the theaters these days. When big-budget movies come across as interchangeable sometimes, a commercial director who polarized and told stories with aggression and grit is missed. Talk about a director who knew how to create momentum and atmosphere!
Scott also knew how to make some grimy worlds visually appealing and immersive without glossing up unpleasant subject matter. During Scott’s best commentary track, for the thriller Man on Fire, he said, “I want to touch these worlds.” Whatever world Scott was depicting, he tried to stay honest to it. His eye for attention-to-detail is impressive in every track.
Like Scott’s brother Ridley, he not only directed landmark and influential films, he also kindly recorded many exceedingly high-quality commentaries for our pleasure throughout his rich and varied career. If you want a nice dose of honesty, humor, and passion, look no further than these tracks, which are sometimes bittersweet to hear now that he is no longer with us.
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If you’re a Quentin Tarantino fan, then you know that there are tiny connections that link all of his movies together so that they all exist in the same universe. Tarantino actually clarified how these connections work earlier this year after The Hateful Eight was in wide release:
“There are actually two separate universes. There’s the realer than real universe, and all the characters inhabit that one. Then there’s this “movie” universe, so From Dusk Till Dawn and Kill Bill take place in this special movie universe. Basically, when the characters from Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction go to the movies, Kill Bill and From Dusk Till Dawn is what they go see.”
Now a stylish new video illustrates perfectly and entertainingly how all these movies are connected by jumping back and forth between them. There are even some of the more subtle references that you may have never picked up on, including some stuff from one of Tarantino’s “lost” movies.
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Odd City Entertainment is making the best of their True Romance license, releasing a second poster from the iconic 1993 Tony Scott film. We’re proud to exclusively debut this poster by rising Polish star Gabz, which shows many of the film’s signature characters and moments wrapped in the true symbol of romance: Cupid. Plus, in a fun twist on poster standards, it’ll be available in two editions, Detroit and Los Angeles, representing the film’s two major locales. Check out the full images and info below. Read More »
When people talk about their favorite Quentin Tarantino movies, some ask “Does True Romance count?” Directed by Tony Scott, True Romance was one of Tarantino’s earliest screenplays and though he didn’t direct it, it totally feels like him. The tale of a slacker named Clarence (Christian Slater) and the love of his life Alabama (Patricia Arquette), is exciting, surprising, violent and hilarious. It’s filled with passion, pop culture, realism and an almost unbelievable cast of supporting characters.
The film celebrated its 20th anniversary last year but as that milestone seemed to slip by many people, this year it’s having a bit of a renaissance. There’s a huge celebration happening in Los Angeles and Odd City Entertainment has an officially licensed poster coming online Friday. Check it out below. Read More »
This is so cool. The Quentin Tarantino-written, Tony Scott-directed film True Romance celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. Though it’s a bit late, a huge celebration of the film is set for May 2-3 in Burbank, CA. The event will take place at the Safari Inn Motel, the same place Clarence (Christian Slater) and Alabama (Patricia Arquette) go before their wild adventure comes to an end. Bronson Pinchot is hosting the two day event which includes signings, meet and greets, parties, karaoke, prop displays, never before seen behind the scenes photos and, of course, a sunset outdoor screening of the film with costume contest. 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 Proof, Inglourious 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 »
What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 21 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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The New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles is one of those movie theaters that film fans must visit at some point in their life. Maybe it’s not the prettiest theater in the world, but the tickets are cheap, the popcorn is cheap, and it regularly has some of the best, if not the best, repertory screenings imaginable, mostly in double features. Now, for their 2011 season, they’ve decided to kick it off the Wright way. The Edgar Wright way.
The New Bev will play host to over two weeks of films programmed by director Edgar Wright. They did it three years ago and now, the director of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (which will screen as one marathon) is back for The Wright Stuff II. Wright has chosen twenty films to play over 18 days beginning January 14 and most of the films are specially themed double features. Want to know what’s playing when, with what and whom? Then hit the jump. Read More »
Pajiba has edited another wonderful montage of movie clips, this time compiling the 100 greatest movie insults of all time in under 10 minutes. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.
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