12 items from 2009
Actor Tim Roth might be best known for playing quirky characters like Mr. Orange in "Reservoir Dogs" or Ted the Bellhop in "Four Rooms," but these days he's playing a different sort of character in the Fox television series "Lie To Me."
Now in its second season and the recent recipient of a full season pickup by Fox, "Lie To Me" features Roth as Dr. Cal Lightman, a psychologist and human lie detector of sorts who -- along with his team -- assists various clients in getting to the truth of investigations, business negotiations and, well... anything a knack for the truth can fix. With reviews trending positively for the series and a new batch of episodes on the way, I spoke to Roth about making the jump to television and what truths "Lie To Me" fans can expect to uncover as the season progresses.
"I've never seen a television »
- Rick Marshall
Top Ten Working American Directors
A list like this is tricky to the point of madness. However, I'm going to save you the trouble by saying it right here, right now: Most of the choices on this list are obvious. There's a reason why certain names continually pop up whenever conversation drifts toward great American films. So there. I said it.
Yet, how do you weigh the likes of Francis Ford Coppola, a genius who delivered some of the all-time greatest films, but fizzled out 25 or so years ago, against a filmmaker like Woody Allen who has worked consistently for decades churning out both brilliant gems and disposable time wasters? How do you compare either of these directors against an auteur such as Spike Jonze who has only opened two films so far, but both are masterpieces?
In the end I just went with my gut. I knew there were »
- David Frank
Aug 20, 2009 Critics are often praising the incredible ear for dialogue of writer/director Quentin Tarantino (and his new film, Inglourious Basterds, is certainly one of the best screenplays of the year to date) but his body of directorial work is just as notable for the amazing performances he has guided in the last twenty years in only six (and-a-half if you count Four Rooms) films. His characters have become so iconic that their names have become cultural reference points – Mr. Blonde, Vincent Vega, Jackie Brown, Marsellus Wallace, The Bride, and Stuntman Mike to ...Read more at MovieRetriever.com »
(from left to right) Cast of Pulp Fiction with Bruce Willis, Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta Top 10 Quentin Tarantino Characters This was not an easy list by any stretch. As I went through Quentino Tarantino's films and jot down my favorite characters from each, my list continued to grow and grow... well beyond ten names. At one point I thought I would do a top 15, but that would have meant leaving off a couple of characters I didn't want to see left out and I didn't want to have to go up to 20 because at that point it just becomes excessive and sort of ruins the fun of narrowing things down to ten and taking a stand. So I ended with ten, but made sure to list my honorable mentions at the end, a list that still left a couple of names out of the »
- Brad Brevet
When Jackie Brown was released twelve years ago expectations were off the charts. It had been three and a half long years since Quentin Tarantino had rocked the movie world with the one-two punch of Reservoir Dogs (1992) and Pulp Fiction (1994). Since then he had laid relatively low, directing a segment of the anthology Four Rooms, writing the vampire hybrid From Dusk Til Dawn, and performing several forgettable “acting” roles (remember Destiny Turns On The Radio? ……didn’t think so.) I remember my own expectations and anticipation for Jackie Brown when I first heard that Tarantino had cast ebony action icon Pam Grier in the lead. I assumed that he was going to take a crack at the Blaxploitation genre that he was a such a fan of and was honestly expecting afros, pimps, and bell-bottoms but, with the exception of it’s lead and some funky music from those films, »
Photo: The Weinstein Co. After my not-to-difficult-to-figure-out clues in my What I Watched column yesterday here we have my personal ranking of Quentin Tarantino's first six films. I am excluding his 1987 feature My Best Friend's Birthday for lack of availability and I am not including this weekend's release of Inglourious Basterds because I am not yet ready to weigh in with an official opinion on that one just yet and plan on catching a midnight screening this Thursday before even writing my review. Also, since you guys haven't seen it yet what fun is it really in including it? So, after re-watching all of Tarantino's movies this weekend, here we have my personal ranking of his films with a favorite clip or two from each for your enjoyment. Hope you enjoy and hope you are ready for a week that will »
- Brad Brevet
Back again with my weekly wrap-up of what I watched that wasn't an upcoming theatrical release, although I will admit this isn't the complete list. There is one old school film I am prepping a review of and there are six others that have something in common with the final title on this list that will be part of a feature article on Monday so I decided not to mention them here. However, I do have four titles for you to chew on. The first two are definite must-sees and the third one I am assuming many of you have already seen, but may have something to say about my comments. As always, after checking out what I watched, add your thoughts in the comments as well as share some of the films you watched recently and suggest future titles for myself and others to add to our Netflix queues, »
- Brad Brevet
For cinephiles (pronounced “movie nerds”), the works of Quentin Tarantino aren’t just fun on their own terms: They’re packed with nods, winks, and say-no-mores to other movies, genre clichés, and Tarantino’s own conventions. His characters are no exception, though some of them may pop us for saying so.
When Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds rides a pile of Nazi corpses into a theater near you, it’s a pretty safe bet that some of the writer-director’s favorite stock characters will be along for the genoride. And yes, many of them will be movie buffs. Here are the ones to watch for with your one good eye through a hail of bullets, sleet of blood, and freezing rain of gore.
Check out the Top 10 Tarantino Character Types.
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With his seventh feature, Inglourious Basterds, due out from The Weinstein Company on August 21, this seemed like a good time to genuflect on the films of writer/director Quentin Tarantino. From humble beginnings as a video store clerk in Los Angeles, Tarantino developed into one of the more influential filmmakers of the past two decades, his name becoming synonymous with a style that features violence, black humor, and pop culture references in abundance.
His oeuvre of past films are all interesting, even if some weren’t as big commercial successes as others, and they frequently pay homage to obscure or forgotten genres—among them, blaxploitation, kung fu and samurai films, and B-grade slasher movies. This has fueled debate for years over whether Tarantino is a true artist who practices appropriating, or is merely a copycat.
Either way, I would argue that every film he has made is noteworthy in some way, »
- Before last week came to a close, a small blurb within a larger article revealed a name that I had been completely erased from thought. She was part of a clan of Sundance filmmakers who were involved in independent film when it had yet to meet big paydays and box office expectations. The name Allison Anders may not have been active in indie filmmaking as of late, the second half of her career has been mostly television work (Sex in the City), but she claimed the top prize at Sundance with Gas, Food Lodging (which beat out Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs) and her follow up films Mi vida loca, the Sundance kids crappy collaboration Four Rooms (1995) and Grace of My Heart (1996) showed the promise ...and then she vanished (some of her backstory is well documented in Peter Biskind's Down & Dirty Pictures). Well actually, with the exception of »
Variety reports that Robert Rodriguez is set to reteam with Dimension for his next film, the futuristic thriller "Nerverackers." The multihyphenate will write and direct the pic, which already has a release date of April 16, 2010.
Set in 2085, the story centers on a character named Joe Tezca who is part of an elite unit dispatched to quell a crime wave in a theoretically perfect future society.
Most of Rodriguez's filmography has borne the Dimension label, including "Sin City," the "Planet Terror" half of "Grindhouse" and the "Spy Kids" franchise, which grossed $310 million domestically. Dimension topper and Weinstein Co. co-chief Bob Weinstein noted his ties with Rodriguez date back to the 1996 release of "From Dusk Till Dawn."
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Tuesday (Feb. 10) night's episode of "American Idol" is the hour I like to call The Dance of the Four Rooms or the "Alias" episode. The first nickname is self-explanatory. It's the episode where the remaining Hollywood contestants are divided into several rooms and everybody in the rooms looks around and freaks out because they're grouped with that girl who forgot the lyrics or that guy who swore at Simon, or they get cocky because they're in the same room as the 16-year-old homeless girl with the golden pipes or the that pretty boy who keeps making Paula giggle like an »
- Daniel Fienberg
12 items from 2009
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