Django is Like "Accidental Racist," Except Not Godawful.
Though they share a moniker with some other important Djangos (see: Reinhardt and Freeman a/k/a Unchained), the UK's Django Django carved their own letters into the pop culture lexicon in 2012. They had a sort of unimpeachably successful year: their eponymous debut was appropriately lauded by the mu ... More >>
A TV reporter asked Django Unchained creator Quentin Tarantino how he's so sure that there's no link between enjoying movie violence and enjoying real violence. Tarantino could have replied, "Because movies are illusion. Mine, especially, is a satirical riff, a romp, a ride, with some self-consciou ... More >>
What critics who attack the director's borrowings miss
A history of violence
The end of cinema? Hardly.
Basterd makes good
Ever vigilant for things to be outraged by, conservative internet precincts yesterday dropped the bombshell that there's gambling in Casablanca the word "nigger" is spoken in a Quentin Tarantino movie about American slavery. Since Drudge et al. haven't actually seen the movie, they just go with th ... More >>
RZA's bucket list must be down to a paltry few uncrossed items. Where does one begin when interviewing someone like RZA? Supreme Clientele, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Tical... The guy helmed some of the dustiest, grittiest, most timeless rap classics ever banged out on a drum machine. He's acted in Ju ... More >>
Just a couple of Cool-mericans.Have you heard of Badoo? It's "the world's largest social network," and though we don't talk about it too terribly much in America, because we are too cool for such things, it is talking about us! According to a recent online poll on Badoo.com, in which 30,000 p ... More >>
The Daily News says police are investigating a bizarre Harlem "fender-bender," in which the driver of a BMW slammed into the back of a cab this morning, jumped out of the car, and ran away. Cops later popped the trunk and found a man with no ID and a gunshot wound in his head. (The man was rushed ... More >>
Friars do Quentin Tarantino to a turn; Miami's pretty hot, too
CLICK HERE for my yuletide potpourri of a column which goes from movie premieres to Florida sun frolicking to free buffets to casino culture and back to the free buffets!
Film Forum shows off its criminal record
Back from the Lido, I learned that Somewhere, Sofia Coppola's slight, stringent, not-quite sentimental tale of a movie star on the edge of a nervous breakdown and the 11-year-old daughter that loves him, had won the Golden Lion at the 67th Venice Film Festival--the "unanimous choice" per jury ... More >>
From Meek's CutoffMidway through the Venice film festival, the competition is notable for a pair of features by American women: Sofia Coppola's Somewhere and Kelly Reichardt's Meek's Cutoff -- both minimalist, open-ended exercises in myths debunked and protagonists lost. Evidently inspired ... More >>
That's just one of many spicy items in this week's column, a smorgasboard of earthly delights, pink tights, and quick bites, all served sans remorse. CLICK HERE and you'll also be asked to wonder:
Years ago, Ella Taylor interviewed Quentin Tarantino at his favorite Denny's. She returns to the scene to ask about Inglourious Basterds and his career. Tarantino is charmng, but if you want to be pissed at him, he does say things like, "A case can be made that I re-created the gangster fil ... More >>
Two decades after the severed ear of Reservoir Dogs, Quentin Tarantino serves up Hitler's head on a plate
Our film critic J. Hoberman is filing regular dispatches from this year's Cannes Film Festival. It's time, finally, to hear about Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. Inglourious Basterds--a World War II spaghetti western even more drenched in film references than blood Wednesday dawned, Ingl ... More >>
At Sound of the City, our film critic J. Hoberman reports from the Cannes premiere of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds: "A sort of World War II spaghetti western, even more drenched in film references than blood." Also: Behind the scenes as Method Man and Redman snub The Roots! At La Daily ... More >>
Our longtime film critic J. Hoberman will be filing regular dispatches from this year's Cannes Film Festival. Day zero: Hoberman plans his schedule, looks for strawberries, equates Quentin Tarantino's proudly misspelled Inglourious Basterds to a bad T-shirt. Inglourious Basterds a/k/a I'M WITH STO ... More >>
Ray Mickshaw / Fox Something is oddly familiar this week, with a special appearance by that highest musicological expert in all the land, film director Quentin Tarantino. He's the guest for Movie Music theme night, something that also happened five years ago. I am not an obsessive cataloger of Amer ... More >>
A few weeks ago I bemoaned how pointless AMC's censored version of Pulp Fiction was, so I did not expect to discover over the holiday weekend a half-minute animated remake of Quentin Tarantino's 1994 hit movie that stars rabbits and is totally hilarious. The 30-Second Bunnies Theatre company--John ... More >>
Melissa Leo nails her role as a struggling mom.
Steel yourself for 2008 with a look back at the year's best scripts
Unconventional swordplay and vamping, plus blind items that will make you go blind
Match made in grindhouse: Rodriguez's undead meet Tarantino's psychopath stuntman in splatter-fest double-header
NYFF's 31-film ode to Janus a veritable Cinema 101
Better luck tomorrow: Bubbly cast and clever banter can't overcome blatant Tarantinoisms
Superior Education, feel-good agitprop, a hell-raising Moore dot the Cannes firmament
Ethereal yin to Vol. 1's visceral yang, Tarantino's epic ends in a breeze of sweet reason
How to get the public interested in campaign finance reform? Think Pam Grier.
What Tarantino missed (and Jarmusch got) about the Wu
After a six-year absence, Tarantino plunges once again into a cinematic hall of mirrors
Back from the dead with the new Kill Bill, Quentin Tarantino exposes the dick drive, movie ultraviolence, and his foot fetish
Will Quentin's Long-Awaited Kung Fu Gore-Super-Soak, Kill Bill, Inspire Moviegoing Fervor?
A Year (HeckA Decade, Even) of Pop Music at the Movies