Quentin Tarantino

The All-Time Greatest Grindhouse Films

We have genre-loving filmmakers Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez to thank for bringing grindhouse cinema to the mainstream. Their collaborative double feature, Grindhouse, has since spawned two full-length films based on the fake trailers in the movie: Machete and Hobo with a Shotgun (and Eli Roth is still entertaining a Thanksgiving movie). This weekend, Rodriguez’s sequel to his Mexploitation action flick, Machete Kills — starring Danny Trejo as an ex-Federale, this time fighting crime for the U.S. government — opens in theaters. We’ve selected some of the greatest grindhouse features to get you in the mood for machine gun bras and eccentric billionaire terrorists (played by… Mel Gibson). Travel back in time to sleazy 42nd Street for a 15-film bill of grindhouse’s greatest. … Read More

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Charming Watercolor Portraits of Pop Culture’s Greatest Showdowns

Artist Scott Campbell (aka “Scott C.”) has a unique stock-in-trade: he creates downright winsome, child-like watercolors dramatizing the “great showdowns” in pop culture. In his collection Great Showdowns: The Return (out next Tuesday, with a foreword by Edgar Wright), he presents an all-new assortment of movie confrontations, drawing on everything from Hot Fuzz and Pulp Fiction to Teen Wolf and Nosferatu. And he was kind enough to share a selection of them with us; check them out after the jump. … Read More

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The 50 Best Directorial Debuts in Movie History

The Toronto Film Festival, which came to a close recently, wasn’t just the starter pistol for We’re-Not-Saying-It-Yet Season; the long-term value of the festival may well be its place as a launching pad for first-time filmmakers. Twenty-eight films screened in its “Discovery” section, and while we won’t know for some time how many soon-to-be-immortal filmmakers were among its ranks, it’s a good excuse to peruse the history of film and pluck out the debut feature efforts of great directors who knocked us out from their first… Read More

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10 Bizarre Movie Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy theories: they’re as fascinating as they are maddening. For every ridiculous idea that the stoner in your life insists on telling you about every time you see him/her, there’s another theory that sounds like it could just be true. Here at Flavorwire this week, we’re investigating conspiracy theories in pop culture: yes, it’s Conspiracy Theory Week! Don’t tell the Illuminati.

The most intriguing of today’s DVD and Blu-ray releases is Room 237, director Rodney Ascher’s ingenious montage documentary showcasing the wildest fan theories about Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining. Among them: that the film is an apology for the genocide of the Native American, that it is an examination of the crimes of the Holocaust, and (best of all) that Kubrick helped fake the Apollo moon landings while making 2001, and though he could never tell the truth about that job, he inserted various clues and explanations into The Shining as an apology/confession. Sounds crazy, huh? Well, there’s plenty more, even stranger movie theories floating around the Internet, and since we know how much you love this sort of thing, here’s a few of the odder ones. … Read More

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Famous Directors Who Never Went to Film School

It’s an exciting time to be a filmmaker. The Internet has extended the reach of budding directors, and the best technology is at our fingertips, inspiring people to carve their own path in the film world. Still, come September, many people wonder: “Should I go to film school?” Surprisingly, there are many famous directors who ditched the classroom and found their footing in Hollywood a different way. Here are ten filmmakers that took an alternative route to the big screen. … Read More

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The Best Elmore Leonard Movie Adaptations

Legendary writer Elmore “Dutch” Leonard died this morning, surrounded by friends and family. He was 87 years old, and was one of America’s most distinctive and influential genre novelists, penning over 40 books and numerous short stories. Yet he wasn’t just known to bookworms; his work inspired television shows (including the current Justified) and several excellent films. Our favorite Leonard movies are assembled after the jump, along with links to those currently available for streaming. … Read More

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50 Great Director Cameos in Other Directors’ Movies

Film fans love a good director cameo. Hitchcock made a trademark of them; viewers are regularly delighted by the sly appearances of Martin Scorsese, John Waters, Sydney Pollack, and many more (M. Night Shyamalan, not so much) in their own movies. But the real sport for true cinephiles is spotting the occasions in which chummy directors pop in for cameo appearances in the pictures of their filmmaking pals. It happens, well, all the time. Click through for our handy… Read More

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10 Great Filmmakers’ Top 10 Favorite Movies

It’s a big week for finding out the movies that your favorite moviemakers love. First, the fine folks at the BFI unearthed the only known list Stanley Kubrick ever made of his favorite films; it dates to 1963, so it was by no means definitive, but it’s still fascinating. Meanwhile, to help boost interest in his Kickstarter project, Spike Lee released his list of the 25 films he considers essential for young filmmakers. And on top of all that, the Criterion Collection put out its latest list of film fans’ favorite Criterion titles — this time from the notorious Roger Corman. Between Criterion’s lists and the BFI’s Sight & Sound polls, it’s not hard to find out what films are most prized by both the revered masters of films and the most exciting up and comers; check out some of their recommendations after the jump. … Read More

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