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All week our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. It’s perhaps a little quaint to choose a year that I wasn’t even alive during to represent the best year of cinema. I was not there to observe how any of these films conversed with the culture around them when they were first screened. So, although I am choosing the glorious year of 1973, I am choosing not just due to a perusal of top ten lists that year—but because the films that were released that year greatly influenced how I engage with movies now, in 2015. Films speak to more than just the audiences that watch them—they speak to each other. Filmmakers inspire each other. Allusions are made. A patchwork begins. These are the movies of our lives. Having grown up with cinema in the 90s, »
- Brian Formo
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
A Quentin Tarantino film is unmistakable, and for good reason. The filmmaker has developed a signature style over the years that carries with it a number of tropes that are quintessentially Tarantino, including plenty of driving shots. With that in mind, Vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney has now taken it upon himself to put together a supercut of all the driving shots from Tarantino’s filmography, from Reservoir Dogs to Django Unchained (yes, there’s a driving shot in Django Unchained). It’s a fun video that serves to highlight Tarantino’s technique while also reinforcing his talent behind the camera, with some of the same shots being repurposed in multiple films and others serving as one-offs. It also reminds me that, while maybe not as great as the rest of his filmography, Death Proof is an underrated oddity that I must revisit soon. Watch the Quentin Tarantino supercut video below, »
- Adam Chitwood
Over the course of his career, Quentin Tarantino has not hurt for any critical/academic deconstruction of his work, but he’s only rarely celebrated for something so specific as his “driving shots.” The below supercut focuses solely on all the shots in Tarantino’s filmography that take place in or around modes of transportation. Running a breezy two-and-a-half minutes, “Tarantino: The Driving Shots” from Jacob T. Swinney covers everything from the rear projection driving shots in “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill” to the period stylings of “Inglorious Basterds” and “Django Unchained” (which, despite not containing a single motor vehicle, is still represented in the supercut). The video goes to show not only how simple driving shots can be but also how they can be fertile ground to continue implementing your aesthetic as a director. Watch “Tarantino: The Driving Shots” below, then do some driving afterward while listening to pop music from the 70s. »
- Cain Rodriguez
It’s been announced today that the rather excellent comic book series Mutafukaz is coming to Titan Comics. Ankama announced that the publishing rights in the Us, UK and Canada (and other English-speaking countries) of its hit series have been acquired by Titan.
Mutafukaz is one of the most famous comics in France. It is the story of Angelino, one of the thousand deadbeats living in Dark Meat City. However, after an unremarkable scooter accident, caused by a beautiful, mysterious stranger, Angelino’s life is about to be transformed… into a walking nightmare! He starts witnessing monstrous entities prowling all over the city… Is Angelino losing his mind, or is this the work of an otherworldly invasion from… the stars?
Chris Teather (Publisher Director, Titan Comics) said, “Titan are extremely excited and delighted to be releasing this unique piece of work into the English speaking market”,
The critically-acclaimed series has received several awards: “Postmodernist Virtuoso, »
On paper, it seemed like a done deal. Salma Hayek as a voluptuous prostitute fighting for a life against the cronies of her jilted ex-lover, a nefarious pimp who carries a samurai sword and cackles like a Bond villain? Sign me up. But for a fun-sounding exploitation flick – think Kill Bill meets Die Hard with a more bodacious lead – Everly is an astonishingly punishing watch, dragging Hayek through all kinds of uncomfortable tortures without offering much of anything else to pick up the narrative slack, be it humor, thrills or any semblance of depth.
As such, what’s left over is difficult to regard as anything other than a failure on the part of writer/director Joe Lynch and co-writer Yale Hannon, neither of whom are able to provide the adrenaline kick that a low-budget, pedal-to-the-metal action flick like Everly so intrinsically required. Without it, Hayek’s resilient sex slave »
- Isaac Feldberg
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
Uma Thurman's an ageless beauty! The actress was spotted soaking up the sun and swimming in the ocean while vacationing at the Standard Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida on Tuesday. The "Kill Bill" star put her fit physique on display in her black bikini as she hit the water with her 16-year-old daughter Maya-Thurman Hawke. The 44-year-old's reportedly dating hotel tycoon Andre Balazs, whose empire includes the Standard Hotel chain which can be found in major cities all across the U.S. It definitely looks like the actress is enjoying her time off! In October, Thurman and ex-hubby Ethan Hawke's daughter Maya made headlines while attending the premiere of the "Theory of Everything" with her famous momma. We can't believe how grown up she is now -- doesn't Maya look just like the "Pulp Fiction" star?! Thurman also shares a son with the "Boyhood" star, Levon Roan Hawke, »
- tooFab Staff
Congratulations WonderCon 2015 cosplayers, you impressed me. While I’ve attended many WonderCons and Comic-Cons, the amount of people dressed up this year might have been a record. No matter where I stood, I always saw someone doing cosplay and what was especially cool about the cosplay this year was the number of new costumes. If you look back on some of the previous years, you’ll see a few people wearing similar outfits, but this year I saw new things like Planet of the Apes, Batman, Captain Planet, Kill Bill, Star Wars, X-Men, Deadpool, Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Planet, Scott Pilgrim, Kill Bill, Tomb Raider, Doctor Who, Watchmen, Playboy bunnies, and more anime characters that I can mention here. Due to taking almost 450 cosplay pictures, I posted the first half the other day and here’s the second half. Some great stuff below. click on any »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
On Tuesday night, Jimmy Fallon welcomed back his panel of adorable puppies to predict the Ncaa Championship from among the Final Four. Who will be the national champs - Kentucky, Wisconsin, Michigan State or Duke? Cute puppies crawling over each other in their cutesness = win. Spoiler alert: They must've put something nasty in the Duke bowl 'cause no one went for it. No one. Ethan Hawke and Jimmy Fallon broke out their guitars for "Bob Dylan Lullabies." Willie and Korie Robertson of Duck Dynasty shared some "Tales From the Set," focusing on Willie's injuries: David Duchovny was on "Late Show with David Letterman" Tuesday night and talked about the »
- Gina Carbone
Rishi Kaneria has put together this excellent 44-second video that simply takes profile shots from Quentin Tarantino's movies, sticks 'em in a circle and sets the beat to the tune of "Snare Liftoff" from Whiplash. Kaneria notes that "certain shots have been scaled, rotated or mirrored from their original format to create the effect seen in this video", but I don't think any of us will have any problem with that. I can't say the video has any measure of educational value as much as it's a fun little watch as it covers much of Tarantino's oeuvre including Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained. Give it a watch below and if you're playing it on your speakers at work, there's a little eff-bomb at the end you may not want coming from your cubicle. via 35mm »
- Brad Brevet
No one likes making a list more than Quentin Tarantino. The beloved filmmaker annually updates his fans with his favorite movies of the past 12 months, while he also enjoys amassing lists of his most cherished films from throughout history as well. In fact, the Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and Kill Bill director has even gone as far as to list his favorites of the Spaghetti Western genre - and you probably won.t be surprised about what came out on top. Tarantino revealed his list to Spaghetti-Western.net, and you can have a gander at his choices below: 1. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1966) 2. For A Few Dollars More (Sergio Leone, 1965) 3. Django (Sergio Corbucci, 1966) 4. The Mercenary (Sergio Corbucci, 1968) 5. Once Upon A Time In The West (Sergio Leone, 1968) 6. A Fistful Of Dollars (Sergio Leone, 1964) 7. Day Of Anger (Tonino Valerii, 1967) 8. Death Rides A Horse (Giulio Petroni, 1967) 9. Navajo Joe (Sergio »
From the looks of it, there was no cooler place to be in the '90s or early 2000s then a premiere for a Quentin Tarantino movie. The iconic director turns 51 on March 27, so we decided we would take it back to some red carpet moments from screenings of films like "Pulp Fiction," "Reservoir Dogs," and "Kill Bill" for this week's #Tbt. Go back in time with some of Hollywood's hottest with these great throwback premiere pics.
- Alana Altmann
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People often turn to movies when a proper escape from reality is needed, but sometimes we’re taken to a place that’s anything but a “safe retreat.” The Corpse Of Anna Fritz is one such film that would rather prod about our moral makeup than offer a cheerful fantasy, but without exploring the darkness, we might never stumble upon the revealing stories that take a little more digging to find.
Now, to be fair, I’m not referring to director Hèctor Hernández Vicens and co-writer Isaac P. Creus’ statements about necrophilia – those are waters never to be traversed. I’m more interested in the dilemma that unfolds after a morgue is turned into a sexual playground, which, while sounding sickly disturbing, offers a horrifying admission of faults only brought upon by guilty convictions.
Vicens’ film follows three friends who start pre-gaming »
- Matt Donato
You may not think of Salma Hayek as a badass action star right off the bat, but director Joe Lynch's insanely crazy flick Everly just might change your mind. The film debuted in February, trumpeting a kind of Kill Bill vibe with its excessive action, brutality, and odd assortment of characters, making it a fun, bloody ride for those willing to take it. Today, we have an exclusive alternate poster for the film to share, which showcases the film's many attributes in artistic »
- Paul Shirey
Well, don't these two look cozy? Uma Thurman was spotted on vacation in St. Barts over the weekend, where the 44-year-old beauty was snapped cuddling up to ex-boyfriend Andre Balazs, the famous hotelier whom she dated for three years following her split from ex-husband Ethan Hawke. The Kill Bill star, who reportedly ended her engagement with French financier Arpad Busson in April 2014 after the two welcomed daughter Luna in July, splashed around with her ex in the water, flaunting her bikini bod in a red two piece while beaming from ear to ear. Proving the former flames aren't shy about packing on the Pda, Thurman was photographed warmly embracing the businessman as the pair »
Round two?! Uma Thurman and her ex-boyfriend Andre Balazs were spotted getting extra cozy while on vacation in St. Barts over the weekend. The Kill Bill actress, who split from her fiancé Arpad Busson in October 2014 after welcoming their 2-year-old daughter Luna in July 2012, nibbled on her ex’s ear while sipping wine and lounging on the Caribbean island. After frolicking in the ocean together, the 44-year-old actress covered up her bikini bod in a striped long sleeve top and black skirt. The pair, who split [...] »
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Watch a new video essay on Akira Kurosaw's composition of movement, with comparison to the same in The Avengers (via The Film Stage): The wonderful Anne Ramsay is profiled in the first episode of No Small Parts, a series on character actors (via Reddit): Scottish artist Demetria Skye likes to draw Baymax from Big Hero 6 as other Disney characters, like Snow White. See more at Bored Panda. Speaking of reworked Disney properties, here's a recut trailer to make Pixar's Up into a horror movie (via Geek Tyrant): This is actually a very fluid and quick supercut of fight scenes from movies like Kill Bill, The...
- Christopher Campbell
Editor Jacob T. Swinney has created a fascinating five minute video featuring the first and final shots from 55 different films. In some cases we can attempt to draw meaning from what we're seeing and in others there doesn't appear to be much rhyme or reason, but that in itself can offer a window into what the director was attempting to achieve. My only complaint with the video is the fact Swinney didn't include the film titles in the actual video, opting instead to list them in the film's description. While the majority of the images are recognizable enough, I did find myself looking at the descriptions here and there, taking me out of the video for a second and ultimately causing me to have to pause the video overall. Not a major complaint, just more a compliment in fact to the engrossing nature of what was created. I personally find the images of Birdman, »
- Brad Brevet
Uma Thurman still has a killer body! The "Kill Bill" actress enjoyed some quality time with her family as she soaked up the sun in beautiful St. Barts on Sunday. The 44-year-old star took full advantage of her vacation with her kids while on a break from filming her new series, "The Slap". Clad in a red bikini and minimal makeup, the ageless beauty flaunted her fit body on the beach, as she rolled in the sand and frolicked in the waves. She was even seen body surfing in the crystal clear water and at one point performed somersaults in the sand. Uma certainly proves that you can have fun at any age! The star has been vocal in the past about aging and why she chooses to enjoy the process instead of fight it. "I'm enjoying getting older because I feel I didn't appreciate being pretty when I was younger, »
- tooFab Staff
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