Quentin Tarantino

The Most Frightening Gangsters on Film

You’d be hard pressed to find a movie tough guy with a more diverse filmography than Bob Hoskins. The English actor passed away earlier this week. With a burly silhouette, an aura of cockney cool, and a glimmer of menace in his eyes, the versatile performer charmed audiences as a sympathetic everyman and heroic detective (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), but was startling as a vicious gangster in films like The Long Good Friday. The straight-talking star played a number of cinema toughies during his colorful career. In honor of Hoskins’ reign of terror, we revisited some of cinema’s most frightening film gangsters. … Read More

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10 Times Oscar Got It (Unexpectedly) Right

The Academy Awards telecast is one week away, and we’re already cynical about it. Maybe it’s just the prolonged nomination season, extended by a couple of weeks due to the Winter Olympics; maybe it’s our annual memories of the organization’s voluminous poor choices, snubs, and awkward ceremonies; maybe it’s that recent, horrifying peek into the voting process. At times like this, it’s worth remembering that for all the times they got it wrong, the Oscars occasionally get it very right — even when it’s least expected. And in that spirit, we’ve collected ten occasions when the Academy Award went, surprisingly and delightfully, the right way. … Read More

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12 Abandoned Movies by Famous Screenwriters

Hollywood, this is why you can’t have nice things. A couple of weeks back, word broke that Quentin Tarantino had finished a new screenplay called The Hateful Eight, described as a Western with plum roles for recent Best Actor nominee (and Django Unchained bit player) Bruce Dern and Tarantino fave Christoph Waltz, and there was much rejoicing. That celebration ended earlier this week, when Tarantino discovered that the script had been leaked and pulled the plug on the entire project. But his unproduced script is in good company; here are a few other famous abandoned screenplays we’d love to have… Read More

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Quentin Tarantino’s Retaliation Against Perpetrators of Script-Leakage

Quentin Tarantino’s script for the would-have-been-upcoming film The Hateful Eight has become ingloriously unchained: after giving it to six… Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in January

Every January, it’s the same bait-and-switch; just when we’ve been lulled by the onslaught of awards-season prestige pictures into enjoying a trip to the movies again, the calendar shifts and there we are in January, traditionally the worst month of the year for new movies. It’s the dumping ground for studio releases that aren’t good or commercial enough for the holiday season, and not worth holding till spring. And thus, the studios give us yet another excuse to reject their wares and head to the art house, where the choices are a little bit more interesting. … Read More

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