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Exclusive: Millennium Films has set Adrien Brody, John Malkovich and Antonio Banderas to star in Unchained, a Reservoir Dogs-style thriller that begins production November 14 with Paul Solet (Grace) directing his script. They play career criminals who trap themselves in a warehouse with the law closing in, and run into the attack dog named DeNiro. The tale is told in an a series of intertwining narratives that explore the love, fear and conditioning and all the wrong… »
This was, to put it mildly, uncomfortable viewing: 45-plus minutes of torture porn courtesy of Negan’s shattering campaign of terror, mingled with something even more unpalatable
Spoiler alert: this blog is published after The Walking Dead airs in the Us on Sundays. Do not read unless you have watched season seven episode one, which airs in the UK on Fox on Mondays at 9pm
Bad guys talk too much. It’s their prerogative. Especially when, as temporary kings in a fallen world, they get to ritually humiliate a cowering bunch of humans who fear that they’re next to get clipped. Think Samuel L Jackson citing Ezekiel 25:17 in Pulp Fiction. Think Christoph Waltz waxing anti-Semitic in Inglourious Basterds. Think Dennis Hopper explaining the philosophical significance of his bus bomb in Speed.
And so it was with Negan, leader of the diabolical Saviours, blood dripping from Lucille, his prosthetic »
- Stuart Jeffries
In the last few years, there’s been a fantastic Renaissance in the Western genre with all sorts of new and more experienced filmmakers tackling the most American movie genre there is. With a name like “Ti West,” it was probably only a matter of time before the director of The Innkeepers and House of the Devil would try his hand at a Western.
The results are In A Valley of Violence, West’s gritty take on the “lone drifter comes to small town” Western subgenre. It stars Ethan Hawke as that drifter, who arrives in the ghost town of Denton and immediately falls afoul of Gilly (James Ransone from Tangerine), son of the town’s leader, Marshall, played by John Travolta. When Gilly and his men ambush Hawke’s character outside of town and commit a despicable act, it forces Hawke to return to Denton with his sole motivation being vengeance. »
- Edward Douglas
★★★☆☆ A field. A tower block. And now a disused warehouse. Over his last three films, Ben Wheatley has been perfecting the knack of a single-location drama. In the case of his new film Free Fire, Wheatley and co-writer Amy Jump have shawn away the wooly political commentary and psychedelic sojourns in favour of something far more lean and propulsive. The result is carnage; a dazzlingly choreographed 90-minute shoot-out that feels like a bloody, slapstick rework of Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs.
- CineVue UK
Throughout film history, there are the movies that might have been. These days, a lot of those are superhero movies that were almost made by other directors. In fact, there ought to be a new version of Marvel's comic book What If devoted to comic book movies. One of the issues would have to be devoted to Quentin Tarantino's Luke Cage. Last year, Tarantino told Yahoo Movies that he's a big fan of the Marvel character and had considered doing a Luke Cage movie following Reservoir Dogs. "But I ended up doing Pulp Fiction instead," he says in the interview. "So I think I might have made the right choice." At the time, he hadn't seen Netflix's Luke Cage series, which just debuted over the...
- Christopher Campbell
Seattle’s cultural scene may still linger in the shadow of grunge rock, but it’s also a moviegoing town, and hosts one of the biggest film festivals in the country. Now, the person responsible for that celebrated gathering has decided to move on.
Longtime Seattle International Film Festival head Carl Spence is leaving the festival after more than 20 years. He is transitioning out of his role as Chief Curator and Festival Director today and will continue to serve in an advisory capacity at Siff through spring 2017. During his time at Siff, Spence led the launch of its year-round film center, Siff Cinema, in addition to the programming and operations of two other theaters, the Siff Uptown and the Egyptian.
“I like creating things,” Spence told IndieWire in a phone conversation last week. »
- Eric Kohn
As the story has long been told, Quentin Tarantino once toyed with making a Luke Cage movie. After “Reservoir Dogs,” the writer/director spoke with producer Ed Pressman about the possibility, and he wanted Laurence Fishburne to play the Marvel character, but Tarantino made “Pulp Fiction” instead, and the rest is history. However, the filmmaker has said Luke Cage was his favorite comic book character, so if anyone is going to have an opinion about how the hero is portrayed, it’s Tarantino.
- Kevin Jagernauth
While Marvel and Netflix have made some positive critical waves with their latest series, Luke Cage, not everyone is satisfied with some of the creative choices made for the reimagining of Power Man, particularly director Quentin Tarantino. In an interview with Yahoo (prior to the series being released), Tarantino revealed that he almost made a film about the character, but later opted to make Pulp Fiction. “I’m a huge fan. I had even considered, after Reservoir Dogs, doing a Luke Cage movie. But I ended up doing Pulp Fiction instead. So I think I might have made the right choice.” In addition to being a huge fan, Tarantino stated that he would have kept the character rooted in the 70's (when the character was first created) as opposed to the contemporary setting the Netflix program has moved him to. Tarantino said he would have preferred to have seen the »
While Marvel and Netflix have made some positive critical waves with their latest series, Luke Cage, not everyone is satisfied with some of the creative choices made for the series, particularly director Quentin Tarantino. In an interview with Yahoo, Tarantino revealed that he almost made a film about the character, but later opted to make Pulp Fiction. “I’m a huge fan. I had even considered, after Reservoir Dogs, doing a Luke Cage movie. But I ended up doing Pulp Fiction instead. So I think I might have made the right choice.” Despite being a huge fan, Tarantino wasn't pleased that the show moved Luke to a contemporary setting instead of being rooted in the 70's (when the character was first created). Tarantino said he would have preferred to have seen the themes and story explored in that particular decade, specifically the "Hero For Hire" concept. “Well, frankly, to tell you the truth, »
It doubtless comes as little surprise to anyone that Quentin Tarantino is big on Luke Cage. Marvel’s answer to John Shaft—introduced in his own Hero For Hire series in 1972—would seem to land dead center of the Venn diagram of the filmmaker’s interests. What is somewhat shocking, though, is the news that Tarantino considered adapting the comic book character for the screen in the early ’90s. And as cool as that certainly would have been, it would likely have meant the non-existence of a kind of important film.
“I’m a huge fan,” Tarantino told Yahoo last year during a press junket for The Hateful Eight. “I had even considered, after Reservoir Dogs, doing a Luke Cage movie. But I ended up doing Pulp Fiction instead. So I think I might have made the right choice.”
Although Pulp Fiction was a great (and significant) follow-up, Tarantino ...
- Dennis DiClaudio
So many shows on the Top 100 list got axed before their time, from Deadwood to My So-Called Life, from Freaks and Geeks to Party Down. These also could have been contenders, had they a little more time to find the audience. We present the best of the gone-too-soon bunch that didn't make our list.
Josh Whedon goes into outer space with the crew of the Serenity in the year 2517, starring Nathan Fillion as the rebel captain. Fifteen years after Fox cut the Serenity loose, the Firefly fanbase keeps growing »
Everyone knows “Reservoir Dogs” is Quentin Tarantino’s first movie. What “My Best Friend’s Birthday” presupposes is…maybe it isn’t? Made in 1987 but now mostly lost due to the ravages of time (and, more accurately, a film-lab fire), the once-70-minute film can now only be seen in its incomplete, 36-minute form. Watch what remains of it below.
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Tarantino co-wrote, co-produced, directed, edited and starred in “My Best Friend’s Birthday,” which concerns a man (Tarantino) trying — and repeatedly failing — to pleasantly surprise a buddy on his birthday. He made the black-and-white comedy while working at Video Archives in Manhattan Beach, California. Roger Avary, who later went on to co-write “Pulp Fiction,” is one of four credited cinematographers.
Avary and those other »
- Michael Nordine
This is a reprint of our review from the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Tim Roth was one of the most exciting of a new generation of British actors. He worked with everyone from Robert Altman to Mike Leigh before playing Mr. Orange in Quentin Tarantino‘s breakout “Reservoir Dogs,” which brought him to the attention of an even wider audience, landing him parts in everything from major blockbusters to auteurist pictures like James Gray‘s “Little Odessa.
- Oliver Lyttelton
The folks at Obscure Movie Stats are at it once more, using data from Taste to compile a list of the 30 best micro-budget movies. By “best” they mean “highest-rated on Taste,” and by “micro-budget” they mean “produced for $3 million or less since 1990” — roughly the time when, thanks in part to Sundance, the independent film movement began taking on its current form.
Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs” takes the top spot, the only American movie to crack the top 10 — Europe in general and England in particular are especially well represented here. Full list below.
“Reservoir Dogs” “The Lives of Others” “This Is England” “The Raid” “Amores Perros” “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” “A Separation” “The Secret in Their Eyes” “Four Lions” “Son of Saul” “Primer” “Brick” “The Celebration” “It Follows” “Once” “Run Lola Run »
- Michael Nordine
Great character actors go unsung no longer. For the second year running the Carney Awards are recognizing the performers whose faces we know from well-remembered bit parts in films and television but who rarely get the awards recognition typically reserved for leads. This year will honor Steve Buscemi, known most recently for his work on “Park Bench With Steve Buscemi” and “Boardwalk Empire,” but who has played memorable character parts since the ’80s in films including the Coen Brothers’ original iteration of “Fargo,” their “The Big Lebowski,” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs.” Also on the list of honorees this year is 2016 Emmy nominee Jonathan Banks, who found mainstream fame after starring as Mike Ehrmantraut on “Breaking Bad” and now the spin-off of the acclaimed series, “Better Call Saul.” Apply: ‘The Binding’ Seeks Supporting Players Gary Cole, who in addition to his screen work, has a substantial voiceover career playing »
When a few hundred films stop by the 41st Toronto International Film Festival, it’s certainly impossible to cover everything, but we were able to catch over 120 features — and, with that, it’s time to conclude our experience, following the festival’s own award winners. We’ve rounded up our top 20 films seen during the festival, followed by a list of the complete coverage.
Stay tuned over the next months (or years) as we bring updates on films as they make their way to screens. Note that we didn’t include films screened at other festivals in our “best of” round-up, but you can see Venice, Cannes, Berlin, and Sundance wrap-ups at those links, which feature some of the most-praised films of the festival, including La La Land, Arrival, Manchester by the Sea, Certain Women, Elle, Things to Come, Nocturnal Animals, and many more.
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- The Film Stage
In 1994, Warner Bros. released Oliver Stone’s film “Natural Born Killers,” about two lovers (Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis) who embark on a murder spree and are subsequently glorified by the media. Though critically acclaimed, the film immediately garnered much controversy for its violent content, later inspiring copycat murders, and later inciting a denouncement by Presidential candidate Bob Dole.
Writer and critic Matt Zoller Seitz’s “The Oliver Stone Experience” takes readers through the arc of Stone’s varied, dynamic career with an in-depth, book-length discussion between the author and director. In the excerpt below, Stone discusses the reaction to “Natural Born Killers,” working with Tarantino’s script, his experience on the festival circuit, and more. Also included is a 1996 fundraising letter from Bob Dole who blames the film for corrupting society.
Read More: The Films of Oliver Stone, »
- Vikram Murthi
Tiff’s Colin Geddes was correct when introducing Ben Wheatley’s bottle episode of a film Free Fire with the words: “This will wake you up.” The gunfire alone risks perforating your eardrums as John Denver blares from a 1978-era van’s eight-track, but I think it’s the surprising wealth of comedy that ultimately gets the blood pumping and synapses triggering. Wheatley and wife/writer Amy Jump’s latest isn’t for everyone — fair warning to Hardcore Henry detractors, Sharlto Copley refuses to quit his shtick — but those willing to break free from a desire for plot complexity will undoubtedly be entertained. This is low-brow Reservoir Dogs, extreme genre action meant to energize you with an insane cast of characters hell-bent on killing each other on principle. Although that briefcase of money is appealing too.
- Jared Mobarak
The acclaimed director of Kill List and Sightseers attempts to appeal to a more mainstream audience with a noisy sub-Tarantino caper that fails to grab attention
After the one-two punch of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, the bottom shelves of everyone’s local video store were filled with desperate Tarantino knock-offs from directors hoping a similar formula of violence, wit and songs from the 60s would see them crowned the next film-making wunderkind. As they started to thin out, we then saw the Guy Ritchie effect take its place with laboured gangster comedies dominating British cinema for far too long.
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- Benjamin Lee
Once the guns start blazing in Ben Wheatley’s “Free Fire,” they don’t really stop. Prolific British director Ben Wheatley’s massively entertaining recovery from the messy J.G. Ballard adaptation “High-Rise” is a more controlled form of chaos, a chamber piece in which no chamber stays empty for long. Almost exclusively set in the confines of a small warehouse, Wheatley and screenwriter Amy Jump deliver the craziest movie shootout of all time by making an entire movie out of it. The cheeky dialogue and relentless violence leans heavily on the influences of Sam Peckinpah and “Reservoir Dogs,” although in this case the comic mayhem of the protracted battle amounts to little more than a lengthy gimmick. But a what fun gimmick: Less bullet ballet than bullet drum solo, Wheatley’s zany 90-minute set piece borrows the right ingredients to put on a good show.
Ever since his debut “Down Terrace, »
- Eric Kohn
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