5 items from 2013
The House of Seven Corpses: Hollywood legends John Ireland (Red River, Satan’s Cheerleaders), John Carradine (The Grapes of Wrath, Vampire Hookers) and Howard Hughes paramour Faith Domergue (Cult of the Cobra, This Island Earth) star in this much-loved 70s shocker about a film crew shooting an occult drama in a sinister manor (actually the former Utah Governor’s Mansion with its own grisly history of family bloodshed). Newly transferred in HD from original vault materials and featuring an exclusive archive interview with the legendary horror icon John Carradine as well as a revealing new audio commentary.
- Jonathan James
Today, March 27, 2013, Quentin Tarantino turns 50-years-old. To celebrate, I figured why not take a look back at the eight films he's given us over the last 21 years, from Reservoir Dogs to Django Unchained, and do a quick ranking of the lot. I actually did this four years ago, just prior to the release of Inglourious Basterds and the ranking has changed a bit, though I have to say right now, there isn't a single Tarantino film I do not enjoy. The man has a way of tapping into exactly the kind of stories I find immensely entertaining and his visual style, use of music and affection for dialogue (as long-winded as he may be) is something I can't help but love and look forward to whatever it is he may deliver next. That said, let's dive in and see what's left on the other end... #8 Death Proof Photo: Dimension Films »
- Brad Brevet
The man who gave us Steve Buscemi, a 2Pac-James Brown mash-up and a dubious Australian accent is anything but dull
He has gone from being a video-store attendant to the guy who gave Leonardo DiCaprio his first role as a villain. He still appears in each of his movies, and once impersonated Elvis in an episode of Golden Girls. And now Quentin Tarantino is 50.
While Tarantino may walk an uncomfortable line between empowering auteur and blowhard copycat, nobody could argue that his career has been dull. To mark the half-century since he entered the world in Knoxville, Tennessee, here are just a few things we should thank him for:
Bang, Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
Tarantino remains one of the kings of modern mainstream film soundtracks, with musical stylings that are similar to, but funkier and more fun than, those from Wes Anderson. A little less 60s British rock, »
- Amanda Holpuch
Quentin Tarantino has always borrowed things from other films for inclusion in his own movies – from riffing on Ringo Lam’s City on Fire for Reservoir Dogs, to using things found in Lady Snowblood as part of Kill Bill. Part of the fun of watching Qt’s films is spotting the influences, homages and other nods to great cinema and pop culture. Today we share the inspiration behind one of the most famous scenes in Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, which actually was lifted almost directly from Martin Scorsese’s American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince. During Pulp Fiction, Travolta and Eric Stoltz have to stab an adrenaline shot directly into the heart of an Od’ing Uma Thurman. They argue over who has to do it, consult a medical dictionary for guidance...
- Mike Bracken
Since I started writing for Sound on Sight during Fantasia 2011, 2012 was my first full year of writing for the site. I started the year by joining Josh on the Mousterpiece Cinema Podcast. During the year I attended Fantasia for the 15th time in 16 festivals and I attended Ridm (Québec’s only Documentary Film Festival) for the first time.
The following is an expanded version of my Sound on Sight ballot for the best feature films of 2012. I should probably explain that I see fewer feature films every year than say Ricky or Josh. On the other side of that, as the Festival Director of the YoungCuts Film Festival, I watch more short films than most (over 1,000 short films per year). It is entirely possible that I didn’t see your favourite feature film this year. On the other hand, I also probably watch some feature films that you never saw. »
- Michael Ryan
5 items from 2013
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