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Top 10 Movie Crimes of All-Time

It’s been too long since we had a great CineFix list, so today’s special is their take on the Top 10 Move Crimes of All-Time.  CineFix, for those of you who aren’t aware, is a fantastic YouTube channel devoted to extremely smart and clever movie lists, and you should be subscribing.  What they do so well with their lists is they don’t just list 10 crimes; they take the subject (here “crime”) and break it down into 10 component parts and then rank each rung on the ladder accordingly.  You have the best motive, the best assembling of the team, the best loot, the best planning of the crime, the crime itself, the aftermath, etc.  Ten films chosen for being the best at their particular part of the stages of a crime from beginning to end.  They may not always pick what I would have, but they always entertain, and this is a brilliant way to examine movie crimes throughout cinematic history.
Reservoir Dogs

Top 10: Movie Shootouts of All-Time

CineFix is, again, for film lovers, one of the best content producers on YouTube, constantly throwing up thought-provoking lists that are unique that each entry on it tends to summarize an entire category.  For example, for this Top 10 Shootouts List, there’s battles, international films, science fiction films, westerns, etc.  While their lists don’t always line up with what mine would be, I often learn a lot, and at least four from their list would undoubtedly make mine including their #1.  First, as a content warning, this is a top ten list about gun violence so it is obviously violent and thus fair warning is given. Continue reading Top 10: Movie Shootouts of All-Time

Trailer Time: The Hateful Eight Trailer #1 (2015) *Go West, Tarantino!*

In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive?

It’s a cryptic plot summary, but those who know Tarantino know it’s going to get a whole lot more complicated…..and then a lot of people will get shot.  This is Tarantino’s second Western in a row.  I thought Django Unchained was a brilliant nod to past spaghetti Westerns with unbelievable performances from Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio.

I also thought the last half-hour of the film went totally off the rails and the climactic shoot-out was so over-the -top as to be almost laughable.  However, the film did continue to show a progression in maturity in Tarantino’s writing, something that’s continued to improve as he’s aged.  The Hateful Eight has a fantastic cast and will be sure to figure into Oscar talk when it debuts on Christmas Day 2015 (this would be a very weird Christmas choice).

The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino

Trailer Time: Hateful Eight (2015) *Tarantino Returns to the West* PLUS Production Stills

The last time Quentin Tarantino went west we got Django Unchained and that seemed to work out pretty well, so this fall we’ll see another all star cast and blood squibs the size of watermelons in The Hateful Eight.  Trailer Above, full synopsis and stills from the film below.  No definite release date, but I’d be sometime around awards season. Continue reading Trailer Time: Hateful Eight (2015) *Tarantino Returns to the West* PLUS Production Stills

Top 5: Scenes from Pulp Fiction

Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Pulp Fiction

 

We started this last year and then got a bit off-track, but I’d like to pick up our monthly examination of the Top 250 films on IMDB.  To review, so far we’ve looked at:
1. Shawshank Redemption
2. The Godfather
3. The Godfather Part 2
4. The Dark Knight

Which brings us to #5: Pulp Fiction.  Now, the first four films in the IMDB 250, I revere.  I, quite frankly, don’t think Pulp Fiction is even the fifth best film from 1994, let alone of all-time.  I think it’s incredibly overrated.  To me, it’s a good film that showed the promise Tarantino would fulfill later with Inglorious Bastards, but not the apex of his career.  I think the film has a great beginning and a great end, but the 90 minutes inbetween are largely forgettable (or memorable only for being REALLY disturbing).  I think the writing is lazy.  Scripts that drop the F-bomb every other word bore me.  I don’t hate the film.  Whenever we’re with Jules and Vincent, I fricking love it, but again that’s pretty much the first half-hour and last half-hour.  I know this is a Holy Grail movie to some people, so I’m going to stop my criticism and single out my favorite scenes .  It goes without saying (yet I’m still going to warn) that there is an extreme violence and potty mouth warning on this column.

1. Ezekiel 25:17

Easily the movie’s best scene is Samuel L. Jackson’s hamburger tasting/Bible quoting show of force.  This six minutes is worth watching the whole movie.  Whatever issues I have with the film as a whole, I could watch this piece a million times and never get bored.

2. Poor Marvin

How big are the squibs Tarantino uses?  I have to think they’re like nine times the size of a normal squib.  The shoot-out in Django Unchained is like people are sacks of raspberry jam bulging at the seams.  This is a shocker the first time you see it and darkly hilarious in subsequent watchings.  Poor Marvin, really.

3.  Divine Intervention

Jump to the end of the film when Jules and Vincent get stuck in volleyball clothes following Marvin’s…explosion.  Jules ponders the meaning behind their survival and concludes it was a case of Divine Intervention.

4. The Gold Watch

This is how good Christopher Walken is.  He has, literally, one scene in the entire film and it’s a monologue about how he’s kept a watch up his butt for years and it is MESMERIZING.  Definitely a case of tell being better than show.  If only that could’ve held true in the pawn shop basement….yeesh.

5.  Royale With Cheese

Probably the two most iconic scenes from the film are this one and the dance contest, likely because they’re the easiest scenes in the film to edit for broadcast television.  Your introduction to Jules and Vincent, the scene is memorable for a reason even if it’s been repeated and mocked to death.