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He hasn’t even shot a foot of film on “The Hateful Eight” and we still can’t stop talking about Quentin Tarantino. Earlier this week, we showed you a supercut of every death and kill in Tarantino’s filmography, and yesterday brought a look at the teaser for the director’s latest. Today we traverse into the past again, but this time with a less violent result. Yesterday, editor Javier Virto posted a short supercut on Vimeo that shines a spotlight on some of the iconic sequences in Tarantino’s films which memorably used music. All the heavy hitter are accounted for: the Jack Rabbit Slims dance, the Mr. Blonde and cop interrogation, the lapdance scene in the extended cut of “Death Proof” and many others. While you’ll have to play the songs originally used in the scenes in your head —the video cuts all the scenes into »
- Cain Rodriguez
Everyone seems to be talking about a solo female superhero movie lately. And sure, I think it has a lot of potential, but there is one sentiment that makes me cringe every time it gets mentioned. People keep saying how we, as a society, are finally ready for a solo female superhero film. Guess what! We aren’t finally ready for a solo female on the big screen. We’ve been ready for a good, long while now, and the reason we haven’t had a successful female superhero flick has nothing to do with the gender of the hero.
Now, prepare yourselves. Take some deep breaths. Count to ten. Whatever you need... Because we're going to look at some history.
There is no doubt that women, both real and fictional, have not always been treated as well as they should have been. It’s been a long road to »
- Douglass Poulsen
Here's an entertainingly blood-filled supercut of every death from the films of Quentin Tarantino. It was edited together by Jaume R. Lloret, and here are the list of films included in the video:
- Reservoir Dogs (1992)
- Pulp Fiction (1994)
- Jackie Brown (1997)
- Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)
- Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)
- Death Proof (2007)
- Inglorious Basterds (2009)
- Django Unchained (2012)
- Joey Paur
I don't think it's a spoiler to say people die in Quentin Tarantino movies. I think it's pretty safe to assume people will die in his next movie, The Hateful Eight. Hell, people might even die in the upcoming teaser trailer for the film set to play in front of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For this weekend even though filming on the movie has yet to begin. That's how often people die in Tarantino movies and Vimeo user Jaume R. Lloret has taken upon himself to pore over Tarantino's filmography -- Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Kill: Bill Vol. 2 (2004), Death Proof (2007), Inglourious Basterds (2009), Django Unchained (2012) -- and presents every death from a Tarantino film in the following four-minute supercut. Previously, Vanity Fair charted every death in Tarantino's movies can came up with approximately 560 total on-screen deaths (see the chart below the video »
- Brad Brevet
How do you rank perfection? Duncan has a go, as he lists the top 25 Jason Statham films...
For regular Den Of Geek readers, it will come as little surprise to see this list come round. We've chosen our favourite Statham films before, but such is the productivity of the great man, it was decided that a mere top ten was no longer large enough to contain his ever growing body of work. Last time I mentioned updating this piece to the man himself back in 2012 due to his insane workload, he cracked up and responded, “My productivity is overwhelming! 'Have a fucking day off!'”
Since this list has now expanded to encompass 25 of his movies, it seemed only right to include multiple sequels, with his big trio of action franchises all spawning some thoroughly entertaining fare worthy of mention, though I’ve tried to exclude the personal bias that »
One of the complaints many people have about the pop culture poster scene is that the same handful of movies keep getting posters. It’s a valid argument. Massively popular films like Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, The Big Lebowski and Kill Bill do have infinitely more posters than their smaller counterparts. The reasons, though, […]
- Germain Lussier
The world already knew Iggy Azalea could sing, dance and rap, but now we know she also could kick serious butt. See video: President Obama Raps Iggy Azalea's ‘Fancy,’ Music Fans Rejoice The Australian rapper dressed up like a sword-wielding Quentin Tarantino heroine in the video for her new single “Black Widow.” She collaborates with British musician Rita Ora on the song and in the colorful and interestingly choreographed video, which sees the fierce females teaming up to take down “Kill Bill” star Michael Madsen. Madsen isn't the only big-name guest star they brought on. “Black Widow,” which has swords, »
- Travis Reilly
The use of a Steadicam took filmmaking to a new level. It has become quite an effective tool for filmmakers in helping tell their stories. Refocused Media created a fantastic video supercut featuring some of the best Steadicam tracking shots ever put on film and TV. It's called "The Art of Steadicam," and here's the note that came along with it:
These sequences are accomplished using a Steadicam, which is essentially a balanced stabilizer that allows for smoother and more easily controlled handheld camera operation. Invented by Garrett Brown in the early 70?s, the steadicam shot — or ‘steadishot’ — has become one of the most dynamic and exciting forms of cinematography and is one of the most engaging visual techniques in a filmmaker’s storytelling arsenal. I was inspired to make this homage to the art of steadicam cinematography when browsing the database of “top” clips over at steadishots.org, which are rated by the community. »
- Joey Paur
Iggy Azalea today (Aug. 13). released her big production video for “Black Widow,” featuring UK Singer Rita Ora, and it pretty much follows the script of earlier reports. Its a take off on Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” movies. The opening scene is set in a diner with Iggy working behind the counter and Rita on the arm of actor Michael Madsen. He’s a loud-mouthed gangster type, more or less reprising his role as Budd, aka Sidewinder from the movie. Bud is a former Deadly Viper Assassin. He is targeted to die by the Bride, played by Uma Thurman, as part of her revenge killing spree. ...Read More »
The clip has racked up nearly 205 million YouTube views and earned Iggy four Video Music Awards nominations (she's also nominated for assisting on Ariana Grande's "Problem").
Video: Watch President Obama Rap 'Fancy'
Now the 24-year-old is drawing inspiration from another iconic film for her "Black Widow" video, featuring Rita Ora.
The rapper unveiled her undeniably Kill Bill-esque video on Tuesday, co-starring Michael Madsen in a very "Michael Madsen" role and Ora as his lady love-turned-black widow. Azalea's mentor T.I. also makes an appearance -- watch below!
News: Which Song Will Iggy Perform at the VMAs?
What do you think of Azalea's latest video? Fun fact: You can thank Katy Perry for that catchy hook -- she co-wrote the song!
The music video for Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora's catchy duet "Black Widow" is finally here! The two ladies look like they stepped right off the set of Kill Bill in the action-packed video and team up against Ora's on-screen boyfriend, Michael Madsen. Azalea and Ora are seen in matching skintight suits and showing off their killer sword-fighting skills throughout the song. But aside from new music, Ora's been making headlines lately due to the ever-unfolding drama with her famous ex Calvin Harris. The "I Will Never Let You Down" singer confirmed that the DJ prevented her from performing her hit track at the Teen Choice Awards this past weekend. "For »
Iggy Azalea dropped the video for her new single, "Black Widow," on Wednesday, and in it, she and Rita Ora - who lends vocals to the song - don their best skintight bodysuits to take down an evil, abusive boyfriend played expertly by Michael Madsen. Iggy takes on the role of Uma Thurman's character in Kill Bill and wields a giant sword while hunting down Madsen's villain. The video also features cameos from T.I. and Hollywood heavyweight Paul Sorvino. Iggy Azalea has already proven that she can pull off the music-video movie spinoff (like she did with the Clueless-inspired video for "Fancy" earlier this year), but what do you think of her latest? Watch the "Black Widow" video below and let us know. »
First, Clueless; now, Kill Bill: Iggy Azalea is all about remaking your favorite movies, isn't she? The video for "Black Widow" even has Michael Madsen playing an asshole! And he's going down, thanks to some samurai training, the help of Rita Ora, and a black widow spider. One (possibly the only) advantage it has over the original? T.I. playing cards. »
- Lindsey Weber
Sin City director Robert Rodriguez recently launched the El Rey Network, a channel aimed at cinema-loving, English-speaking Latinos. In addition to airing classic TV shows like The X-Files and Starsky & Hutch, El Rey also provides original programming, like a TV series based on Rodriguez's own From Dusk Till Dawn and a Q&A program called The Director's Chair where Rodriguez talks movies with some of the biggest directors in the game. Sitting down in The Director's Chair in August: The helmer's good buddy Quentin Tarantino.
In this exclusive clip from the upcoming episode, »
The good news is that now that all the singing and the farting around is done in Hobbiton and the story has kicked in good and proper, the majority of this second in Peter Jackson’s portrayal of a slim Tolkien story overblown to epic proportions is mostly action with a minimum of plot. It’s still got various story beats it has to hit of course and is very much a middle chapter, but this has a momentum which was really missing from An Unexpected Journey.
In this second Hobbit film you can start to see the stuff that was added in to pad out the two films into a trilogy with characters who do not appear in the books introduced and a weird elf/dwarf romance along with a more angsty and badass Legolas, strangely enough it doesn’t feel out-of-place. Once »
- Chris Holt
We've seen movies like Kill Bill and Blade Runner turned into 8-bit video games, but YouTube user and San Francisco State University student Phillip Raupach has decided to do something different inspired by old school video games. Instead of taking The Matrix Reloaded and turning it into an 8-bit video game, he merely took footage from the film, a fight scene with Neo and thugs in the house of the Merovingian, and replaced all of the music and sounds with those you would find in these early video games. The result is funny and impressive, as his work won him Best Sound Design at Sfsu's BECAfest last year. Watch below! Here's Phillip Raupach's 8-bit version of The Matrix Reloaded (via Movies.com): For those who don't know, BECAfest 2014 is the annual showcase of student work produced in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts. It's pretty clear why this won Best »
- Ethan Anderton
The calls have been heard loud and clear, both on stage and off at the Oscars or in the annals of the web and at the box office: the world demands more movies with women, about women, by women and for women.
Every week a movie seems to be failing the Bechdel test, and every week a separate movie ends up walking away with the lion’s share at the box office. From hits like Maleficent, The Fault in Our Stars and Lucy to monster franchises like The Hunger Games, the old notion that teenage boys are the ones driving the demand at the movies is rapidly eroding. The Hollywood Reporter pointed out that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy opened to a 44 percent female audience on the film’s opening weekend, the highest share for any Marvel movie to date.
And although they’ve taken their sweet time, Hollywood »
- Brian Welk
Critic Ken Dancyger, when reviewing hotshot new director Quentin Tarantino’s second feature Pulp Fiction, called it “a new phenomenon, the movie whose style is created from the context of movie life rather than real life. The consequence is twofold—the presumption of deep knowledge on the part of the audience of those forms such as the gangster films or Westerns, horror films or adventure films. And that the parody or alteration of that film creates a new form, a different experience for the audience.”
Tarantino himself has agreed with this assessment, splitting his films up further into the “realer than real” and “movie movies”. The “realer than real” – Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown – are still pretty divorced from reality, but they’re still more grounded than the “movie movies” like Kill Bill and Death Proof. As over the top as his characters can be, though, and »
- Tom Baker
Another Marvel Press Tour, another unsatisfactory answer to the question of when Marvel will make a movie about a female superhero. In a recent interview with Scott Huver of Comic Book Resources, Kevin Feige once again punted on the question of when fans will see a female-led Marvel movie. Feige is asked this in basically every interview he ever gives because people are really interested in seeing Black Widow or Captain Marvel take the lead/make it to the screen at all. So you’d think he would have come up with a satisfactory answer by now. He hasn’t. This is what he told Huver:
“I think you're right about that, and I think it comes down to timing, which is what I've sort of always said, and it comes down to us being able to tell the right story. I very much believe in doing it. I very »
- Mily Dunbar
Welcome To Issue 58!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! I bet you really liked Guardians of the Galaxy. This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation to the detriment of no one. It usually has spoilers.
This Week: Keep yelling: It's no longer acceptable that Marvel doesn't have a female or minority lead superhero movie amongst it's announced releases.
When I was making notes about what I wanted to write about this week, I was circling something like: Marvel, now that you have a massive hit with the 10th movie in your inter-connected cinematic universe, and you of all people should know that “with great power comes great responsibility” so where are my movies with female superheroes or minority leads?
As the week progressed, there was some great reporting on both fronts and I thought: “Oh good, now I can talk »
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