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December is Tarantino Month here at Sos, and in the week leading up our January month-long theme of westerns, I thought it would be best to whip up an article spotlighting some films that influenced Tarantino’s long awaited take on the western, Django Unchained. For my money, all of the films listed below are essential viewing for fans of Django Unchained. I’ll be diving deeper into these films come January, but in the meantime, this should hopefully whet your appetite. Enjoy!
Note: This is the second of a three part article.
Directed by Sergio Corbucci
1968, Italy / Spain
Second only to Leone, Sergio Corbucci is the best when it comes to making spaghetti westerns. The man would never take a break, directing Django, The Great Silence, Navajo Joe and The Mercenary within a span of two years. »
"Revenge is never a straight line. It’s a forest. And like a forest it’s easy to lose your way… To get lost… To forget where you came in."
Enter a vast cinematic world that feels very much like our own, but hyperrealistic — groovy, violent, romantic, frightening and filled with characters so interesting that even the most dastardly of them can be relatable, even likeable. The only rule in this world is that revenge can and will be served, be it at the end of a legendary samurai's sword or in a hail of double-barreled justice.
Next Showing: Tarantino Xx 8-Film Collection dropped today
Death Proof - Trailer
Link | Posted 11/20/2012 by BrentJS
- BrentJS Sprecher
Miramax posted a batch of behind-the-scenes shots from Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Vol. 2 and the one above featuring David Carradine as Bill taking on Michael Jai White in a scene that was ultimately deleted from the two films after Kill Bill was separated into two parts. The scene was eventually featured on the DVD edition of Vol. 2 and can be watched below. To see some bloody pictures from behind-the-scenes of Kill Bill: Vol. 1 click here. Next up for Tarantino is Django Unchained, which hits theaters on December 25. »
- Brad Brevet
Quentin Tarantino is having quite a year. 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of his debut film, "Reservoir Dogs," and the release of his eighth feature, "Django Unchained." With two decades of quality film work under his belt -- Tarantino is, of course, responsible for some of the most imitated and quoted movies of the last 20 years -- many are even speculating that the former l'enfant terrible could earn some Oscar recognition for "Django." It's a banner time for Qt, which is why he might wind up going out on top.
“I just don’t want to be an old-man filmmaker. I want to stop at a certain point," Tarantino told Playboy. "Directors don’t get better as they get older. Usually the worst films in their filmography are those last four at the end. I am all about my filmography, and one bad film f--ks up three good ones."
In the new interview, »
- The Huffington Post
We're happy to bring you an exclusive clip from the upcoming Blu-ray set, Tarantino Xx 8-Film Collection (Pulp Fiction/Inglourious Basterds/Reservoir Dogs/Kill Bill Vol. 1/Kill Bill Vol. 2/Jackie Brown/Death Proof/True Romance). It features RZA talking candidly about asking Quentin Tarantino to be his teacher and mentor. That conversation led to RZA's visit to the set of Kill Bill to learn from Tarantino and, eventually, his own directorial debut in this weekend's The Man with the Iron Fists, presented by Tarantino himself. The 10-disc Blu-ray set includes all of Tarantino’s directorial films of the past twenty years— Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds—as well as True Romance, which he wrote. Check out the trailer here, and hit the jump to see the exclusive clip from the collection. Here's the exclusive clip »
- Dave Trumbore
Brian A. Metcalf’s new horror/drama, The Lost Tree, has gained four new cast members to join Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie, American Reunion, The Rules of Attraction), and we have all the details right here.
From the Press Release:
Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2), Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls, “Part of Five”), Scott Grimes (Robin Hood, “American Dad”), and Clare Kramer (Bring It On, The Rules of Attraction) will star alongside the previously announced Thomas Ian Nicholas in Brian A. Metcalf’s The Lost Tree.
Written, directed, and produced by Metcalf, The Lost Tree is centered around a man, Noah (Nicholas), who is guilt-ridden for the death of his wife, Emma (Kramer). He travels to an isolated cabin in search of peace and isolation. But he soon learns of the dangerous surroundings of the area.
Madsen is set to play the role of John, »
- The Woman In Black
It was announced today that Michael Madsen ( Reservoir Dogs , Kill Bill: Vol. 1 , Kill Bill: Vol. 2 ), Lacey Chabert ( Mean Girls , Part of Five ), Scott Grimes ( Robin Hood , American Dad ) and Clare Kramer ( Bring It On , The Rules of Attraction ) will star alongside Thomas Ian Nicholas ( American Pie , American Reunion , The Rules of Attraction ) in Brian A. Metcalf's new horror/drama The Lost Tree . Written, directed and produced by Metcalf, The Lost Tree is centered around a man, Noah (Nicholas), who is guilt-ridden for the death of his wife, Emma (Kramer). He travels to an isolated cabin in search of peace and isolation. But he soon learns of the dangerous surroundings of the area. Madsen is set to play the role of John, Noah's dad. Chabert will play Jenna, »
A couple of weeks ago, one of the must-haves of the upcoming holiday season was announced by way of Tarantino Xx: 8-Film Collection. The 10-disc Blu-ray set includes all of Tarantino’s directorial films of the past twenty years— Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds—as well as True Romance, which he wrote. Now a trailer for the Blu-ray collection has gone online, acting as a brief retrospective of the filmmaker’s work that’ll entice fans even further. Though I was a bit disappointed to hear that the box set won’t include the one-film epic Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair (when will this thing finally get a release?), the inclusion of a critics discussion piece exploring Tarantino’s work, a retrospective of Tarantino’s career, and a tribute to Tarantino’s late editor »
- Adam Chitwood
Quentin Tarantino has been on the block for twenty years now, so Lionsgate has collected all of the director's films, and thrown them into one giant box set. Tarantino Xx: 8-Film Collection will include Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, and Inglourious Basterds as well as True Romance (which Tarantino wrote), and his half of Grindhouse, Death Proof. The 10-disc box set also includes a critics discussions piece exploring Tarantino's work, a retrospective of Tarantino's career, and a tribute to Tarantino's late editor Sally Menke. While all of the movie have been released on Blu-ray before and these discs will have all the same special features, it's still nice to have them all in one place. Hit the jump for the press release, and to check out the Mondo-designed box art. Tarantino Xx: 8-Film Collection is due out November 20th. Tarantino's new film, »
- Matt Goldberg
Superlatives are part and parcel of the entertainment industry, particularly with regard to cinema. Words such as "extraordinary," "superb," "amazing," and "best" are tossed around so often that they lose their meaning when applied to film. And it is a given that award ceremonies – Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, Grammys, etc. -- are hopelessly arbitrary, and mostly a promotional tool. Even award ceremonies based on "peer" review (e.g., Screen Actors Guild awards) are largely promotional "mutual admiration society" events.
However, there are some aspects of filmdom for which there is "hard" evidence. One of these is the term "highest-grossing." Even if revenue numbers are not exact to the penny, they are usually close enough to determine which film is "highest-grossing" in a particular year.
But is that same standard applicable to actors, directors and other film personnel? What does it mean that someone is the "highest-grossing actor" in a particular year, »
- Ian Alterman
Total Film has taken a poll and assembled a list of the Top 50 most disappointing movies of all time - films for which there was a certain or even considerable amount of expectation and which, frankly, turned out to be fairly terrible.
Practically every household name filmmaker is on this list - Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola, David Fincher, Oliver Stone, Peter Jackson, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Mann, Steven Soderbergh, Tim Burton, Sam Raimi, the Wachowskis, M. Night Shyamalan, Ridley Scott, Cameron Crowe, Ang Lee, Zack Snyder, Roland Emmerich, Robert Rodriguez, Kevin Smith and many more.
Topping the list was Spielberg's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" with Lucas' "Star Wars: Episode One - The Phantom Menace" not far behind. Both were returns almost twenty years later to franchises that were the gold standard of many who grew up in the late 70's and 80's, »
- Garth Franklin
TotalFilm magazine put together a list of Top 50 most disappointing movies of all time, taking a look at films that were highly-anticipated, but turned out to be pretty awful. Topping the list is "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," with the magazine stating that it had all the ingredients in place, including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford. But in the end, the film was nothing more than some CGI, a nuclear fridge moment, and aliens. Also on the list are "Prometheus," "Star Wars: Episode One - The Phantom Menace," "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "Godfather Part 3." Take a look at all fifty choices below and let us know if you agree with the selection. 50. The Tourist (2010) 49. Congo (1995) 48. Shrek The Third (2007) 47. Speed Racer (2008) 46. The Lovely Bones (2009) 45. The Lady In The Water (2006) 44. The Avengers (1998) 43. Ghostbusters 2 (1989) 42. Alexander (2004) 41. Public Enemies (2009) 40. Jennifer's Body (2009) 39. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen »
Directed by Lo Lieh
Written by Tien Huang
Hong Kong, 1980
*This week’s film was recently viewed at the 2012 Fantasia International Film Festival on a 35mm print, hence its inclusion in both the Fantasia 2012 and Shaw Brothers Saturdays columns.
The old, evil martial arts master who can still pack a thunderous punch, often demolishing anyone who stands in his path with precise, near-effortless movements. He dresses in white, laughs a powerful laugh and frequently passes his hands on his white beard when in thought. The image is fond one among many a martial arts movie fan. For many, their first ever exposure to the character was in Quentin Tarantino’s 2004 feature, Kill Bill: Vol. 2. the truth of the matter is that the old kung fu master has made numerous appearances in much older action films. In fact, not »
- Edgar Chaput
We are now a week into the three week long Fantasia Film Festival, and while we admittedly have been a little behind due to some technical issues with our website, we still managed to get a dozen film reviews published. Keep coming back to our site as we promise twice the amount of articles by the end of week two. In the meantime, here is a round-up of what we’ve seen and written about so far.
Written by Will Sharpe
Comedy, in its nature and its presentation, has morphed dramatically over the past decade or so, both in North America and in Europe, in particular the United Kingdom. From the more overt, on the nose comedy of yesteryear we have now live in an era in which the comedy is delivered with a completely different version of wit. »
Directed by Lo Lieh
Written by Tien Huang
Hong Kong, 1980
*This week’s film was viewed at the 2012 Fantasia International film festival on a 35mm print, hence its inclusion in both the Shaw Brothers Saturdays and Fantasia 2012 columns.
The old, evil martial arts master who can still pack a thunderous punch, often demolishing anyone who stands in his path with precise, near-effortless movements. He dresses in white, laughs a powerful laugh and frequently strokes his white beard when in thought. The image is fond one among many a martial arts movie fan. For many, their first ever exposure to the character was in Quentin Tarantino’s 2004 feature, Kill Bill: Vol. 2. the truth of the matter is that the old kung fu master has made numerous appearances in much older action films. In fact, not so long ago in this very column, »
- Edgar Chaput
Everyone loves a bad boy. The snarling mustache twirlers get all of the fame and fortune -- the No. 1 spot on movie-geek lists, the Halloween costumes, the cool quotes -- and none of them have to worry about being called a witch.
But here at NextMovie, we're all about the bad girls. We love a lady who isn't afraid to embrace her nasty side in order to get what she wants.
In honor of "Savages" and Salma Hayek's role as a brutal drug cartel leader, we've gathered up the coolest and cruelest women to grace the silver screen. We're a little worried about ranking them, because if there's one thing we know about these vicious villainesses, it's that they don't like competition. But we did. Now, you read. We'll run.
Mystique's level of menace shifts with every new "X-Men" installment. »
- Elisabeth Rappe
And so, the war over The Weinstein Company’s provocative documentary, Bully, ends – to use an exhausted cliché – not with a bang, but with a whimper. Since its release at the end of March, the doc has grossed approximately $3 million; not bad for a reality piece, and, measured against the flick’s $1.1 million budget, it means TWC will go home with some money in its pocket. But considering the thundering opening bombardments which accompanied the film’s debut, it’s hard not to look at that sum as a bit of a disappointment. After all, Disney’s warm and cuddly and topically irrelevant doc Chimpanzee, released almost three weeks later to a lot less fuss, has earned over $27 million.
- Bill Mesce
He plays Admiral General Aladeen, deposed dictator of the (fictional) Republic of Wadiya, who flees to the U.S. when his country converts to democracy. As a dictator, he's used to ruling with an iron fist, an incorrigible sense of righteous cruelty, and a thick, bushy beard that could house several terrified baby sparrows.
Aladeen may feel like a fish out of water in New York City, but he'd feel right at home among Hollywood's most magnificent beards of all time. Here's our ode to the greatest facial hair in movies, in 15 parts.
Could there be a Zach Galifianakis without a beard? The offbeat comic's schtick entails a decided lack of shaving, a quality that came in handy when he »
- Laura Vogel
BlancBiehn Productions has announced their latest film, “Treachery.” The film is written and directed by Travis Romero (“White Collar,” “The Victim”) and stars Michael Biehn (“Aliens,” “The Divide”), Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (“The Divide,” “Party of Five”), Sarah Butler (“I Spit on Your Grave,” “The Philly Kid”) Caitlin Keats (“Kiss of the Damned,” “Kill Bill 2″), Chris Meyer (“Among Friends,” “Hard Breakers”) and Matthew Ziff (“Truck Stop,” “Little Kings”). The film is being produced by Blanc-Biehn, Paul Foley, Ryan Azevedo, Denny Kirkwood, Jason Sallee and Kate Rees Davies. Shooting will take place in Los Angeles this June. The film revolves around a broken father-son relationship: The film captures the controversy between Henry [ Read More ] »
Back in February, the formation of BlancBiehn Productions was announced. The initial plan is to produce three grindhouse-style movies starring Michael Biehn and the first project has just been revealed:
Los Angeles – BlancBiehn Productions announced today casting on their latest project entitled Treachery. Written and directed by Travis Romero (“White Collar”, The Victim), the film stars Michael Biehn (Aliens, The Divide) leading an ensemble cast of six including Jennifer Blanc Biehn (The Divide, “Party of Five”), Sarah Butler (I Spit on Your Grave, The Philly Kid) Caitlin Keats (Kiss of the Damned, Kill Bill 2), Chris Meyer (Among Friends, Hard Breakers) and Matthew Ziff (Truck Stop, Little Kings).
The film captures the controversy between Henry and his estranged son, Nathan. Reunited at a friend’s small wedding party, in a remote cabin, Henry and Nathan have their usual awkward interactions. Nathan, accompanied by his girlfriend Cecilia, seeks his father’s approval. »
- Jonathan James
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