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A seedy Los Angeles-set crime caper filtered through an Elmore Leonard novel is where you might find Dennis Hauck’s debut feature film Too Late. Presented out of sequence as five unbroken twenty minute shots, the film has an undeniable theatrical quality, with each scene feeling like an act of a play being performed out of order. And it’s all shot on 35mm film, giving it that unique grainy texture, all while giving credence to the fact that Hauck is paying tribute to the vintage era of cinema. A bit reminiscent of John Herzfeld’s Two Days in the Valley, the tale is woven from several different perspectives of an ensemble cast that all come nicely together at the end to complete a compelling puzzle. While there is a definite fetishization of Tarantino-style dialogue, characters and even plotting, Too Late does an admirable job of paying homage to this »
- Raffi Asdourian
In news that is sure to disappoint a lot of longtime Twin Peaks fans, it is being reported today that one of the actors behind a major character has declined to reprise his role for this Showtime revival. When Twin Peaks returns in summer 2017, there will be a new Sheriff in town. But it sounds like his replacement might not be too shabby.
According to TVLine, Michael Ontkean has decided to sit this latest incarnation of the cult series out completely. In the original Twin Peaks, which ran for only two seasons on ABC between April, 1990 and June, 1991, the actor appeared in the beloved role of Sheriff Harry S. Truman. The character might not get retired, though.
Rumor has it that iconic cult actor Robert Forster is being courted to step into the very large shoes of Sheriff Truman. Though, there is some speculation that he may actually be playing »
There is a small group of people, myself among them, who argue that "Jackie Brown" is Quentin Tarantino's best film. While it's probably wise to put aside that debate for another day, most people can agree that the film's soundtrack is top shelf stuff. If you've lately found yourself part of the resurgent vinyl craze, or if you're long-time LP collector, you can soon cop the official soundtrack on brand new wax. Read More: Quentin Tarantino Teases Science Fiction Film Idea And Suggests One More Western To Come That's right, "Jackie Brown" is being freshly pressed on vinyl for release this fall. From Bobbie Womack to Johnny Cash to The Delfonics and more, as per usual, Tarantino's crate-digging provides some real sonic pleasure. For those of you for this kind of information really matters, yes, it will be pressed on 180 gram vinyl. "Jackie Brown" hits the street on October 8th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The pick-ups ahead of Venice and Toronto are gathering pace. Content Media has acquired international sales rights to Dennis Hauck's neo-noir detective thriller Too Late, starring John Hawkes (Everest), Crystal Reed (Crazy, Stupid, Love), Dichen Lachman (Neighbors), Natalie Zea (The Following), Jeff Fahey (The Lawnmower Man) and Robert Forster (Jackie Brown). Described as being in the vein of Pulp Fiction and Short Cuts, Too Late is set in L.A. and unfolds in non-linear… »
A while back, when we released the 400th episode of the Sound On Sight podcast, a few close friends and longtime listeners requested we compile a list of our favorite shows we recorded over the years. Now that the podcast has officially come to an end, I decided to finally set aside some time in my schedule and give them what they want. Initially, I set out to pick ten, but after 500 recordings and 8 long years, it was simply too hard to choose so few, so I opted for 20 instead. In selecting these episodes, I tried to show the wide range of genres we covered over the years, including Spaghetti Westerns, Italian Horror, Southern Gothic, underground cult, family friendly, foreign language and even Hollywood classics. We’ve been blessed with several guest hosts and interviews with many filmmakers including genre legends George A. Romero and John Landis, to name a few. »
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this magnificent Monday? The Peanuts Movie gets a new remix, the San Francisco Giants recreate the Full House opening credits scene and Trainwreck's Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow crash a wedding. But first, we have an awesome Quentin Tarantino super cut, and a father creates a wonderful Star Wars baby rocker for his daughter's first birthday! So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Quentin Tarantino Supercut
Ollie Paxton has put together a wonderful supercut that showcases the gorgeous cinematography of Quentin Tarantino's films. What's interesting is the filmmaker has only used three Dp's throughout his illustrious career, with Andrzej Sekula shooting Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, Guillermo Navarro shooting »
"One of them fellas is not what he says he is." The Weinstein Company has debuted the first full-length teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, his latest western following Django Unchained. This time, Tarantino wrangles up eight different bounty-hunter badasses under one roof in the middle of a blizzard. The film features quite an impressive cast: Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Madsen, Zoe Bell, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, Demian Bichir, Walton Goggins and Channing Tatum, in some kind of role. This looks even better than I was hoping, with a chill in the air, Tarantino's patented dialogue, and a cast that's going to blow us all out of the water. Fire this up and enjoy! Here's the first official teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, direct from YouTube: The Hateful Eight is written and directed by Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, »
- Alex Billington
Among one of the most recognisable names with film fans around the world is filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. Nuerous Tarantino films, including Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction, and Inglourious Basterds, have been critically and commercially acclaimed, with many excited by the news that Tarantino would soon be working on a new feature. The film, however, soon reached a roadblock, as the script was leaked, leading to Tarantino publicly calling off the project.
The project’s death was short-lived, however, and Tarantino resumed work on the film following a public script read. Titled The Hateful Eight, the synopsis is as follows.
In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive?
- Deepayan Sengupta
The 2nd annual Scares That Care event and festival just happened on July 24th-26th in Williamsburg, Virginia, with quite the turnout and an even more impressive feat: the appearance by film legend Piper Laurie (The Hustler, Carrie). Laurie’s appearance was not only there to help the charity foundation, but also to screen actor-turned-director Michael Lee Stever’s entertaining documentary, Resurrecting Carrie. Stever is no stranger to filmmaking, with past films such as Saturday Nightmares; The Ultimate Horror Expo, featuring George Romero, Tom Savini & Adrienne Barbeau, Jan Broberg’s Guide To Thespians, Sociopaths & Scream Queens featuring Elijah Wood, and most recently Heather’s Freddy Cut Nightmare featuring iconic A Nightmare On Elm Street heroine, Heather Langenkamp.
“Scares That Care is changing the face of the American film festival, and you can bet things are starting to heat up in a major way. With hundreds of film festivals and genre »
- Jerry Smith
The trunk shot (and reverse trunk shot), blood-stained flowers, the ubiquitous dance scene, the god’s-eye Pov, the foot fetish (“Wiggle Your Big Toe!”), the lip close-up (an homage to “The Warriors,” I’d bet), these are all undeniably Quentin Tarantino. A savvy, brilliant auteur in his own right, Tarantino is an instantly recognizable director –– and an unforgettably shrewd student of film. His admiration for the craft and encyclopedic knowledge of practically every genre aid in that notoriety and keep us longing for whatever he’s going to grace us with next. Read More: The 5 Best Films Of Quentin Tarantino Ollie Paxton has created this stunning mashup of Tarantino’s arresting films, featuring the cinematography of Andrzej Sekula (“Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction”), Guillermo Navarro (“Jackie Brown”), Robert Richardson (“Kill Bill: Vol. 1,” “Kill Bill: Vol. 2,” “Inglorious Basterds,” and “Django Unchained”), and Tarantino’s own turn (“Death Proof”). Watch the video. »
- Samantha Vacca
M Night Shyamalan admits that Unbreakable 2 may hold some relevance, as Samuel L Jackson says he'd love to do the film.
Off the back of his huge success with The Sixth Sense, M Night Shyamalan followed it up by writing and producing Unbreakable. Unbreakable was and is an intriguing film, one with a few problems, but still very much worth watching. It brought Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson back together again, and after it hit, there had been talk of making a sequel. But, to date, a sequel has never materialised.
However, in a new interview at Entertainment Weekly, M Night Shyamalan holds out the possibility that it may yet happen. "Maybe there's an interest right now in the underlying struggles and fantasies that are being fulfilled in comic books and not being fulfilled in the real world", he argued.
Shyamalan at one stage had a trilogy planned, yet »
Netflix has released the first poster and trailer for Chris Tucker's impending stand-up special, Chris Tucker Live, the first live stand-up special to feature the Rush Hour alumn. Following a scene-stealing supporting role in David O. Russell's largely disposable Silver Lining Playbook, Tucker has been slowly been creeping back into the spotlight, following a long absence from film and television starting in the mid-late aughts. Before that, he was best known, of course, as the animated partner of Jackie Chan's hard-nosed cop in the Rush Hour trilogy, as well as excellent supporting turns in Quentin Tarantino's sublime Jackie Brown, the classic comedy Friday, and the less-than-sufferable Money Talks, in which he co-starred with noted inebriant fanatic Charlie Sheen. [caption id="attachment_184880" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via New Line[/caption] From the little evidence gleaned by the fleet trailer, Tucker's stand-up swings wildly from the personal to the professional, and the clash between the two. »
- Chris Cabin
Jurassic World is shattering box office records across the globe, but what happened to the stars of the movie that kick-started it all? Steven Spielberg's 1993 classic Jurassic Park was flawlessly cast, mixing well-known stars and fresh faces in a perfect blockbuster thrill-ride.
A one-time contender to play James Bond, Neill's early credits include espionage series Reilly: Ace of Spies, Dead Calm and The Hunt for Red October. In the years after Jurassic Park he notched up roles in Event Horizon, The Tudors and Peaky Blinders. Neill »
Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis continues his weekly look at what treats are in-store this week on Blu-ray in the Us in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, hit teen-comedy The Duff, time-travelling with Project Almanac and Brian Yuzna’s Society…
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Both a critical and public darling, Matthew Vaughn’s hugely exciting spy adventure has been a massive success across the globe as well as in the UK and Us. Colin Firth, Taron Edgerton, Mark Strong and Michael Caine are part of an elite British espionage team trying to track down the evil Samuel L. Jackson.
See Also: Read our review of Kingsman: The Secret Service here
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- Scott J. Davis
It may be true that Quentin Tarantino is in love with his own dialogue. Make that shamelessly, deliriously, high-school-stalker in love. But hey, if you were the twisted junk-culture poet who created characters as iconic as Mr. Pink, Vincent Vega, Jackie Brown, and Colonel Hans Landa, then you’d feel pretty good about yourself too. There’s a reason we here at The Playlist are constantly re-visiting the films in Tarantino’s filmography: he’s one of the best writers of pure movie dialogue working today, and his seemingly effortless ability to create memorable and original screen characters is hard to beat. We find ourselves caring deeply about the chatty low-lifes, death merchants, and wacko movie mavens who populate Mr. Tarantino’s blood-speckled cinematic landscape, and the reason for this is simple: in many ways, they’re just like us. They may tote big guns and speak in impeccably eloquent movie-nerd slang, »
- Nicholas Laskin
Stars: Pam Grier, Booker Bradshaw, Robert DoQui, William Elliott, Allan Arbus, Sid Haig, Barry Cahill, Lee de Broux, Ruben Moreno, Lisa Farringer, Carol Locatell, Linda Haynes, John Perak | Written and Directed by Jack Hill
If there is one thing about Quentin Tarantino we can be sure of, it’s that he loves movies. For film fans who don’t know too much about the “Blaxploitation” genre they may not have picked up the importance of Jackie Brown, or the fact that the movie was built around one actress, Pam Grier… To look at the reason for this, all you have to do is look no further than Arrow Video’s latest release Coffy.
Seen as one of the best films of the genre, Coffy (Pam Grier) is a nurse pushed to finding vengeance against the pimps, junkies and drug dealers who led to the hospitalisation of her sister. Playing out »
- Paul Metcalf
Directed by Jack Hill.
A nurse takes matters into her own hands after her sister is given some bad junk by local drug dealers.
Having released Jack Hill’s 1974 blaxploitation classic Foxy Brown on Blu-ray a couple of years back, it’s taken Arrow Films a while to get to Hill’s previous – and arguably better – Pam Grier-starring thriller Coffy. Has it been worth the wait? You betcha jive ass!
Coffy (Grier) is a nurse by day but during her off hours she takes local hoodlums to task in a variety of ways as she seeks revenge for her younger sister being hospitalised after taking a stash of bad drugs, as well as her other siblings having fallen by the wayside due to keeping bad company. The opening 10 minutes »
- Gary Collinson
While we're all excited about the forthcoming new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens arriving shortly, let's not forget that there's a new Quentin Tarantino film coming later this year as well. The Hateful Eight is another western from the director of Django Unchained and Pulp Fiction, and now the teaser trailer that was attached to Sin City: A Dame to Kill For last year has officially surfaced online. Again, there's no film footage on display, but just a bunch of stylish title cards running through the title characters in the film. It'll have to do for now as we wait for any kind of first look from Tarantino's anticipated project. Here's the teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight (via The Film Stage): The Hateful Eight is written and directed by Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds, »
- Ethan Anderton
In the beginning, and to the very end, Justified was about two guys who once dug coal together.
The FX drama on Tuesday night wrapped its six-season run with, of course, much gunplay, a couple more deaths, a few happy (or happy-ish) endings, a significant time jump and a wee surprise.
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In summary: Desperate to get his dollars back, Markham took Ava hostage, until Boyd came in guns a-blazing, felling the venerable player. That set the stage for a Boyd/Raylan face-off, but the former knew better than to draw a (lent! »
Edging towards some sort of record for the most eclectic cast ever assembled, director Ang Lee has just added two more names to his roster for Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. Vin Diesel and Chris Tucker have signed up to join Steve Martin, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart and newcomer Joe Alwyn.There's no indication of who either will be playing yet, but it's the first time Diesel has turned out for anything other than an action role (Groot nothwithstanding) since Find Me Guilty in 2006. On that occasion he was working for Sidney Lumet, so clearly he's amenable to taking a risk for the right director.Tucker, meanwhile, has been quiet since Silver Linings Playbook in 2012, partly thanks to a lifestyle change since his Jackie Brown / Rush Hour heyday. But it's an interesting footnote that he was previously part of another unusually varied cast in Luc Besson's The Fifth Element. »
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