Tag: Quentin Tarantino

Ronin

Ronin

| August 24, 2017

John Frankenheimer established himself as a director of considerable note early on with films like Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) and the classic thriller The Manchurian Candidate (1962). Unfortunately, prominent titles in the later part of his career were met with understandable derision, including the epic disaster The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) and the meandering […]

Fargo: 20th Anniversary Edition Steelbook

Fargo: 20th Anniversary Edition Steelbook

| August 3, 2017

I vividly remember the first time I saw Joel and Ethan Coen’s Fargo (1996). I gasped—actually, literally gasped—when Carter Burwell’s iconic, haunting score swelled as Jerry Lundegaard’s (William H. Macy) car appeared over a hill outside Fargo, ND in a snowstorm. From that moment on I was entranced, unable to process what I was seeing […]

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The Countdown: Top Ten Movies From The Past

The Countdown: Top Ten Movies From The Past

| August 22, 2016

This week on The Countdown: Movie and TV Reviews podcast, Paul and Wayne are talking about their top ten movies set before the 20th century, so I naturally tweeted them that the best one was Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.  It takes place a long LONG time ago after all and I […]

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The Countdown:  Top Ten Ensemble Films

The Countdown: Top Ten Ensemble Films

| August 15, 2016

The Countdown: Top Ten Ensemble Movies Often on The Countdown: Movie and TV Reviews Podcast, Paul and Wayne discuss what they’re criteria for assembling a given list might be.  Seems fair. Ensemble movies cover a ton of different movies in all genres, time periods, styles, etc, so I wanted to put together a list that […]

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The Hateful Eight – Blu-Ray Review

The Hateful Eight – Blu-Ray Review

| March 29, 2016

After watching The Hateful Eight twice now, once in the 70mm roadshow and another on home video, I feel confident enough to say that it’s not only my least favorite Quentin Tarantino film, but also one of the major cinematic disappointments of 2015. Set a few years after the American Civil War, the film follows […]

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Mandingo

Mandingo

| December 4, 2015

In the canon of 70s exploitation cinema, there may be no category of films more uncomfortable to watch for modern viewers than “slavesploitation.” Hardly anyone in the audience at a 2015 Fantastic Fest screening of Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi’s notorious “mondo” slavery film Farewell Uncle Tom had seen it before, which was shocking in […]

4GOT10

4GOT10

| October 6, 2015

Most small time directors have delusions of grandeur. Some are lucky enough to have the talent and vision to bring their aspirations to life. Others are content with just stealing the best ideas from better directors and attempt to pass them off as their own. Sadly, this is the case with Timothy Woodward Jr’s straight-to-home-media […]

Dziga Vertov: The Man with the Movie Camera and Other Newly Restored Works

Dziga Vertov: The Man with the Movie Camera and Other Newly Restored Works

| June 2, 2015

Humans understand time through narrative. Our ability to organize events into a logical cause/effect order allows us to view time as moving ever forward with purpose. Our penchant for narrativization doesn’t end there though. We look at the motionless image of a painting and we narrativize it. We find an old photograph of someone we’ve […]

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Tusk: Kevin Smith’s Metamorphosis

Tusk: Kevin Smith’s Metamorphosis

| December 31, 2014

Tusk is the first movie of its kind. Starting as a discussion piece on Kevin Smith’s podcast Smodcast, the writer/director/podcaster spun a hypothetical yarn after reading an internet ad that captured his imagination. This ad was from a person seeking a roommate, but on the condition that this roommate don a makeshift walrus costume once […]

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Nightmare City

Nightmare City

| December 23, 2013

Zombies didn’t always run, and yet, it’s hardly a new development. Forget the 2004 Dawn of the Dead. Never mind 28 Days Later. In 1980, Umberto Lenzi’s Nightmare City (Incubo sulla Città Contaminata) started it all. While also released under the title, City of the Walking Dead, these are not your average walking dead, I […]

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