We all know that Quentin Tarantino is an audacious filmmaker. If there’s a genre of filmmaking that he loves, he will produce his take on it at some point – and he really, really loves spaghetti westerns. For his version of a spaghetti western, though, he doesn’t just explode the conventions of the genre – he does for slavery what he did for World War II in Inglourious Basterds. The result is seriously bloody fun.
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Lawless – John Hillcoat’s latest collaboration with Nick Cave – wants desperately to achieve a Bonnie and Clyde vibe but lacks the panache. Instead, we get a kind of ‘30s Drive with stretches of character punctuated with sudden, explosive violence.
Had Coriolanus been in wider release before New Year’s, it would likely have made my list of favorites for the year.
Hey, stranger things have happened and in a year where there are so many mediocre films (so far), Piranha 3D could be a contender. At least that’s what The Weinstein Company is hoping for. I’m assuming they are being tongue in cheek with their latest press release. Check out this hysterical take on the “For Your Consideration” campaign video on Funny or Die. I love it when a movie knows what it is and isn’t ashamed of it. Loved the line about “you have to have 10 nominations, what are you going to do nominate Inception 10 times?” Nice job Weinstein Company, I now want to see this movie.
While it might be fair to say that Quentin Tarantino never met a genre he didn’t like, there are some he loves more than the others. Inglourious Basterds is kind of a hybrid of two genres: the World War II movie and, to use his phrase, “men on a mission” movies. While Basterds is only loosely based on the B-movie, Inglorious Bastards, it does play with the tone of that movie and takes the basic premise to outlandish and highly entertaining extremes.
One of Tarantino’s favorite devices to tell a story by creating a series of timelines that proceed at different paces and in different tones – each beginning at a different time – and then coming together at just the right moment to provide the biggest impact. This is true of Basterds, though the movements through time aren’t nearly as obvious, or puzzling as, say, Pulp Fiction, which almost literally explodes when that moment arrives.
I’ve never understood the success and popularity of Cheech and Chong, but they are making comeback to the big screen. But then I’ve never been a fan of pot humor. The Weinstein Company (TWC) have partnered with Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, and their managers Ben Feigin and Josh Klein to produce a concert movie to memorialize the comic duo’s reunion and first tour together in 25 years. The announcement was made today by Barry Gordon, executive vice president of home entertainment at TWC. As part of the arrangement, TWC has worldwide theatrical, home video, digital and television rights. The feature-length program, which will portray a live concert experience of the “Cheech & Chong: Light Up America” tour, is expected to make a major TV premiere, followed by the DVD release. TWC International will handle foreign sales beginning at AFM this week. “The Cheech and Chong Concert Movie” will be an historic, must-experience event for the many fans that grew up listening to their recordings and watching their movies,” said Barry Gordon, EVP of Home Entertainment at TWC. “For the millions of new fans who have discovered Cheech and Chong over the years as cultural icons, this will be the first time many of them will be able to enjoy the artistry and one-of-kind magic that is Cheech and Chong live on stage. This is the comedy event of the decade." "It’s great to get a chance to cap a long career with a show of where we are now,” said Marin. Chong stated, "I really like Harvey because he picked up my dinner tab." Start of production and official release dates are to be announced. The “Cheech & Chong: Light Up America” reunion tour officially kicked off on September 26, 2008 and has been selling out across the country. Many of the dates have needed to add multiple shows each night to meet demand. The tour will continue through 2009, and will bring the duo overseas to multiple continents.