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When you make a gentle, understated love story set halfway around the world, you don’t expect to find a huge fan in the man responsible for the brutal likes of “Pulp Fiction,” “Django Unchained” and “Inglourious Basterds.” But that’s exactly what happened with “Un Plus Une,” a gloriously subtle romance from French director Claude Lelouch (“A Man and a Woman”). After the film screened in April at the Colcoa Film Festival in Los Angeles, star Elsa Zylberstein told TheWrap, it picked up a huge fan in Quentin Tarantino. “He just fell in love with it, and I was so thrilled that. »
- Steve Pond
Though Netflix has becoming a winning provider of original TV series, including “House of Cards,” “Orange Is the New Black,” and “BoJack Horseman,” it’s streaming library often lacks in the movie department, even for some of the most popular films in most recent years. Recently, the Streaming Observer ran an analysis on the content of Netflix’s movie library, specifically how many films it has off of the IMDb’s Top 250 list, and it turns out U.S. Netflix library only has 33 films off the top 250. But now, the Observer has cross-referenced the Netflix libraries across different countries and have found the United States and the United Kingdom libraries are the worst of the top markets.
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The study shows that the United Kingdom and the United States have only 28 and 33 films off the Top 250 list. On the other hand, »
- Vikram Murthi
One of the great joys of this column is investigating what happens when tech creations and companies run smack dab into (and over) long-established Hollywood business models, mores, and culture.
So, for me, this is a great time, because we’re seeing a wad of these collisions, particularly around who gets to participate in the long-term success of projects from Hollywood veterans that may be funded and distributed by tech firms.
Nowhere is that more obvious right now than in the strike that started at 12:01 this morning by Hollywood actors union SAG-aftra against 11 video game publishers. One big issue is “secondary compensation,” basically some form of bonus pay for voice actors who help make hit games.
The game business has long tapped top Hollywood voice talent for high-end titles such as Destiny, one of my current gamer jams, which has features Nathan Fillion, Peter Dinklage, Bill Nighy, Gina Torres, »
- David Bloom
Tom Cruise rattles through every trope in the book as the vigilante ex-soldier, this time fleeing corrupt bosses in a high-octane sequel that revels in its absurdity
Tom Cruise is back in the role of Jack Reacher, badass military cop turned maverick civilian engaged in freelance pro bono asskicking. He is suffused with pimpernel mystery. At the end of an adventure, Reacher will stick his thumb out and hitchhike his way into the night. (At the end of Pulp Fiction, John Travolta is derisive about Samuel L Jackson’s ambition to “walk the earth” like Caine from the TV show Kung Fu on the grounds that he would just be a bum. But maybe he would be like Jack Reacher.)
This is the second in Tom Cruise’s silly, entertaining Reacher franchise, and I was hoping he would marry a woman called Round and go for the double-barrelled surname. Instead, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Number of top titles including The Shawshank Redemption thought to be shrinking as company moves towards developing own content
Netflix’s commitment to streaming popular movies appears to be on the wane after a study showed that its Us service contained only 31 of the top 250 movies as voted by users of the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).
According to the Streaming Observer, the titles available include such well-known films as Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump and Trainspotting, but not the top IMDb title The Shawshank Redemption, or indeed any of its top five. The report also suggests the number of these movies available to Netflix users is shrinking. A previous study by a Reddit user in 2014 came up with 49 titles. (Those that appear to have disappeared include The Graduate, Annie Hall and Fargo.)
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- Andrew Pulver
To many cinephiles Quentin Tarantino is a god. He has made interesting film after interesting film, and had it not been for the smashing success of Pulp Fiction many indie directors like Paul Thomas Anderson and David O. Russell would’ve had a harder time getting their movies made. But even gods like Tarantino owe a lot of credit to those who came before him, and the director will make that the subject... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
Here's Jason reporting from the Nyff on Kelly Reichardt's latest.
Think of it as Pulp Fiction's second cousin, a wallflower who stands blushing at the side of the dance-floor - Kelly Reichardt's Certain Women does command swirling depths from its three interconnected stories; you've just got to take the time and have the patience to suss them out. But man, she dances if you do »
Once upon a time, Guy Ritchie was a British filmmaker knocking out gritty, funny little crime flicks that managed to hold their own in the post-“Pulp Fiction” world that spawned numerous Quentin Tarantino imitators, but few with a distinctive voice to call their own. But ever since he saw true blockbuster success with “Sherlock Holmes,” Ritchie has been quite comfortable in the mainstream/branded entertainment realm.
Continue reading Guy Ritchie Directing Disney’s Live Action ‘Aladdin’ at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
I don’t like rituals, period. Whether straitlaced (Christian) or darkly purposed (Satanic), I just find them creepy…and off. So while I won’t stand on ceremony, I will watch, with fascination, films that trot out such pageantry. One of my favorites is a two part TV mini-series, The Dark Secret of Harvest Home (1978). Oh, and its horror, but I’m sure you already guessed that.
Originally airing on NBC Monday, January 23rd (in the NBC Monday Night at the Movies slot) and Tuesday the 24th, 1978, Dark Secret was up against the CBS juggernaut of M*A*S*H/One Day at a Time/Lou Grant. But while many were watching Hawkeye, Schneider, et al crack wise, something insidious was brewing over at The Peacock.
Pull out your yellowed copy of TV Guide and let’s have a look shall we?
The Dark Secret Of Harvest Home (Monday-Tuesday, 9pm, »
- Scott Drebit
Get set for action! Bruce Willis is the face of the modern action genre with movies like “Die Hard,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “Looper” under his belt. His new movie “First Kill” is set to become one of the best action movies of the latter half of his career. He stars as a police chief who risks his life to save his son (Hayden Christensen) who is held as a hostage after a bank robbery has gone wrong. “First Kill” is directed by Steven C. Miller (“Silent Night“). The new movie stars Bruce Willis, who will also serve as the film executive producer, along with Steven Saxton, who also has executive [ Read More ]
- Rudie Obias
In 1979, Don Coscarelli was 23 years old when he made a haunting, off-beat tale of two brothers facing off against an inter-dimensional threat known as The Tall Man, who Angus Scrimm (Coscarelli’s best friend) played with psychopathic intensity. “Phantasm” became a cult phenomenon, spawning four sequels; the purported finale, “Phantasm: Ravager” (Well Go USA), opens this week. But Scrimm’s no longer around to help promote it, and Coscarelli’s left on his own to contemplate a rocky career.
Whether or not it’s truly the last, “Ravager” does mark Scrimm’s final performance. The actor died in January at the age of 89, not long after production wrapped. When “Phantasm: Ravager” premiered at Fantastic Fest in Austin, alongside a new 4k restoration of the original film (aided by Jj Abrams’ production studio, Bad Robot), the screenings had the air of a wake.
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- Eric Kohn
Pulp Fiction is more than just a red flag for any college student walking into a dorm room. It is arguably Quentin Tarantino’s most iconic film, spawned a legion of imitators in the ’90s, and took its rightful place on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 greatest American movies of all time. But of course, beyond all those accolades and signs of cultural influence, it’s a hotbed of swearing. Tarantino’s dialogue flows so smoothly, you don’t always notice it, but there’s an expletive in seemingly every other line in the film.
StorySaysCreations has taken on the task of providing an edit of the film that is nothing but the swears, all 258 of them, in under two minutes. (Really, almost 90 seconds, but in the interest of accuracy, we’ll keep the time limit allotted in the video.) What it reveals is ...
- Alex McCown-Levy
We all know that Quentin Tarantino has a penchent for naughty words, and his 1994 masterpiece Pulp Fiction is the naughtiest of them all. Some bright sparks on You Tube realised this and have scoured the footage from the movie and assembled every single swear word contained in the two-and-a-half-hour crime opus and whacked it on the video sharing website. The result is a near-two-minute masterpiece that begs your attention.
Okay, so, turn down you speakers if you’re already at work, or plug in your earphones if you’re still on the commute in (this is obviously very Nsfw – but very satisfying).
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- Paul Heath
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
One of my favorite films I had the opportunity to see during the 2016 Fantastic Fest was Ana Lily Amirpour’s The Bad Batch, her psychedelic Western-meets-dystopic-cannibal-love-story. Its dreamy desert setting was the perfect place to get lost in with the wonderfully weird characters brought to life by Jason Momoa, Keanu Reeves, Suki Waterhouse, Jim Carrey, and Giovanni Ribisi, and I felt like it was the perfect follow-up to her stunning debut, 2014’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.
While in Austin, Daily Dead had the chance to sit down with Amirpour for an interview, and we discussed how personal her creative process is, how she likes to challenge viewers as a filmmaker, working with her incredible cast on The Bad Batch, and more.
- Heather Wixson
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.
It’s rare we’d offer a recommendation of a film we didn’t love, but the mere fact that you won’t witness any other film like Swiss Army Man in this calendar year — or any other, for that matter — makes it worth a watch. Affectionally dubbed the “farting corpse drama” at Sundance this year, it finds Hank (Paul Dano) on a remote island by himself after a boating trip stranded him. Seconds »
- The Film Stage
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
Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Edward Albee (1928-2016) - Playwright. He's best known for writing the play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, which was turned into the classic 1966 movie. Other movies adapted from his plays include A Delicate Balance and The Ballad of Sad Cafe. He died on September 16. (Nyt) Alexis Arquette (1969-2016) - Transgender Actress. Her movies include Last Exit to Brooklyn, Pulp Fiction, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, The Wedding Singer (see...
- Christopher Campbell
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, »
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