It’s been three years since we’ve been graced with a film from hyper director, Quentin Tarantino, but western throwback tale Django Unchained hits theaters on Christmas, and fans are brimming with anticipation. QT has only directed about 10 films (unless you don’t count the scene he shot in Sin City), but his filmography is loaded with graphic and stylish imagery that makes a lasting impression. The intensity and loyalty of Quentin Tarantino fandom ranks just about as high as Star Wars, which is why we’re not surprised to see his films etched across the flesh of adoring fans everywhere. We scouted high and low for amazing tattoos that were inspired by Tarantino’s movies — the ones he’s directed, written, and starred in. If you have your own QT-inspired tattoo, leave us a link so we can check it out! … Read More
With its surprise wins at the Producer’s Guild awards and the Director’s Guild awards, The King’s Speech has inched ahead of previous favorite The Social Network to become the new frontrunner for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards. But there’s one chink in Speech’s strong armor: Christopher Hitchens. The renowned author and raconteur’s strongly-worded rebuke of the film’s historical accuracy (“it perpetrates a gross falisification of history”) has been a pretty hot read in Hollywood circles since it first appeared on Slate a couple of weeks back. Now, since The King’s Speech is no longer the underdog, Hitchens’s takedown could be a problem for the filmmakers.
Or maybe not. The Academy’s motives for their choices are sometimes inexplicable, but Oscar voters have never worried too much about flaws in their history. Here’s just a few of the questionably-accurate movies that have won major awards over the past few decades. … Read More
Having undoubtedly seen thousands of movies in his time, Quentin Tarantino is no stranger to the art of the homage — in fact, certain detractors would say that he’s made a career out of it. To give credit where credit is due, Tarantino has proudly (or maybe brazenly) raised a well-exercised middle finger to his naysayers and divulged a handful of the cinematic influences at work in Inglourious Basterds. We suggest that you add these films to your queue. … Read More
With four of the Oscar nominees based on books that tell true tales, we can’t help but predict their fate come March 7th. We’ve done our fair share of calculations, and found that in the past ten years, only one book based on a true story has ever won Best… Read More
1. Kid Cudi is leaving Lady Gaga‘s Monster Ball Tour to focus on his next album and acting commitments. He will perform at scheduled dates through the end of January. [via Billboard]
2. Up in the Air, Inglourious Basterds, and Precious led the 16th annual SAG Award nominations. [via indieWIRE]
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To scalp or not to scalp? The critics have weighed in on this question, and the consensus is… decidedly mixed. Roger Ebert is hailing Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds as the best film of year, while the folks at The New Yorker have written it off as “pure sensation.” Not sure what to think? Are you, too, slightly puzzled by the grassroots, spray-painted advertising we found outside our office? Check out our review roundup and give us the verdict: Will you be seeing Inglourious Basterds tonight?
“Immediately after Pulp Fiction played at Cannes, QT asked me what I thought. ‘It’s either the best film of the year or the worst film,’ I said. I hardly knew what the hell had happened to me. The answer was: the best film. Tarantino films have a way of growing on you. It’s not enough to see them once.”
-Rogert Ebert [via Chicago Sun… Read More
1. House Majority Leader Tom Delay will be on the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars. [via Mediaite]
2. New Yorker critic David Denby says Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds is too silly to be enjoyed, even as a joke. [via The Daily Beast]
3. Peter Jackson-produced District 9 topped the… Read More
According to an article in the New York Times, film studios usually reserve August for difficult movies that might not do so well if they were released, say, a week after Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince or Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. However, because box office sales are down, some of these tricky August releases are shouldering more weight than anyone- the studios, producers, or directors- expected or hoped. Below, we preview five of August’s biggest releases and rank them according to buzz and box-office potential. There may still be some surprises, a la The Hangover, in store for us this… Read More
After the jump, find the trailer for Tarantino’s forthcoming World War II flick Inglourious Basterds, which was inspired a 1978 Italian war movie; what follows is a play by play of our extremely analytical first viewing. Let us know if you concur in the comments, and if anyone has the back story on the incorrect spelling in the title, do share.
00:12 – Splattered blood graphic in the titles. Uh-oh. This is going to be just as violent as Kill Bill, a film which we adore but were unable to watch in a movie theatre because it made us wig out.
00:16 – Brad Pitt! And he’s using his Southern Benjamin Button voice!
00:28 – We LOL when he says “thang.” Both times.
00:30 – Why does he say the word “Nazis” like that?
00:33 – It’s Ryan from The Office! … Read More