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Tuesday, February 11 2014

America, Slavery, and McQueen and Tarantino's Two Very Different Movies

12 Years a Slave is every bit as intense as one might imagine, though not completely depressing, whereas Django Unchained aestheticizes its extreme violence.


Wednesday, April 17 2013

Trouble Man: 'Django Unchained' and the Obliteration of Identity

In his latest work, Quentin Tarantino re-establishes his reputation as an experimental filmmaker, putting a revolver to the head of genre and gleefully pulling the trigger.


Thursday, January 31 2013

The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2012

From classics to contemporary television, the typical titles and the surprising outsider choices, the year in home video was just as divisive, and delightful, as the rest of our meaningful media.


Sunday, January 27 2013

The Best Films of 2012

From popcorn perfection to animation experimentation, foreign finesse and good old Hollywood hokum, 2012 delivered the shiny cinematic goods and then some. Here are our choices for the titles that took on the challenge, and won.


Tuesday, January 8 2013

The Best Male Film Performances of 2012

From diabolical tech terrorism to brutal slave ownership, the actors that make up this year's best traversed a wide canvas of creative and cinematic choices.


Columns

Sunday, April 21 2013

Django May Be Unchained, But America Is Never Unshackled from Its Racist Past

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained is at its strongest when it problematizes America's racist past.The destruction of Candyland not only vindicates Django’s revenge-fuelled quest, but also implies that slavery itself has been wiped off the face of the earth.


Wednesday, January 23 2013

Violence Unchained

There’s a fine line between showing violence and fetishizing it. Have we crossed it?


Tuesday, August 9 2011

Quentin Tarantino's Cinematic Reality

Quentin Tarantino is reliving his childhood cinema experiences, reinterpreting fractured moments of memory. Going to the movies is about an escape from our world, a mirror world at once familiar yet different.


Thursday, August 27 2009

Dear Mr. Denby: In Defense of Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino drives critics nuts because he loves movies. 'New Yorker' critic David Denby drives The Rockist nuts because he hates movies.


Reviews

Thursday, January 16 2014

Everything You Wanted to Know About 'Pulp Fiction' Can Be Found in This One Handsome Volume

Jason Bailey leaves virtually no stone unturned as he traces Tarantino’s path from being a fellow movie lover to one of the world’s leading directors and the co-creator of one the most influential films.


Friday, December 28 2012

'Django Unchained': Tarantino's Next Revision

As typical or archetypal as Samuel L. Jackson's Stephen may be, he is also and ever alone, for that is his definition, fearful and mean and produced by a fearful and mean system.


Tuesday, November 20 2012

Celebrating 20 Years of Quentin Tarantino's Irreverent Filmmaking: 'Tarantino XX'

His tributes to classic movies are stylish and entertaining but force us to ask ourselves: Is Quentin Tarantino a visionary? or a flat out plagiarist?


Thursday, December 8 2011

'Pulp Fiction' Takes Cinematic Conventions, Ties Them Up and Slices Off Their Ear

Pulp Fiction oozes with awesome characters, sumptuous dialogue and a crowd pleasing turn from Bruce Willis. Plus it's got Q.T.'s signature violence. What's not to like?


Wednesday, October 19 2011

'Jackie Brown': Is a Love Story, a Heist Film, an Offbeat Crime Story Set to a Great Soundtrack

The intriguing combination of Elmore Leonard's voice with Tarantino's unique dialogue leads to his best film.


Blogs

Tuesday, January 28 2014

Dear Internet, Welcome to the World You Created: Quentin Tarantino and the 'The Hateful Eight'

The situation with Quentin Tarantino and the script for his unproduced project The Hateful Eight shows just how precarious playing Messageboard Nation can be.


Wednesday, April 24 2013

Why Rob Zombie Is the Quentin Tarantino of Horror

The rocker turned filmmaker is just as genuine, and just as good, as his Oscar winning counterpart and for many of the same cinematic reasons.


Monday, January 21 2013

Award Season Rewind: 'Django Unchained'

As we continue with our look at some year end favorites, we stumble upon Quentin Tarantino's latest... and make no mistake about it, Django Unchained is a joy. It's fun and foolish, unhinged and unapologetic.


Wednesday, December 12 2012

Five Things About 'Django Unchained' You Need to Know

The standout Supporting Actor performance from Django belongs not to Leonardo DiCaprio...


Tuesday, March 27 2012

Ranking the Greats 2: The 10 Films of Quentin Tarantino

Genius or joker? Legitimate film icon or byproduct of the video age? Whatever the case, Quentin Tarantino has made some terrific films. In celebration of his birthday, here's our ranking of his career so far.


Why 'Jackie Brown' is Quentin Tarantino's Best Film (Short Ends and Leader) [12.Oct.11]
Bye, Sally - Sally Menke (1953 - 2010) (Short Ends and Leader) [29.Sep.10]
Serious Men, Inglourious Basterds (Short Ends and Leader) [12.Jul.10]
Inglourious Basterds (2009): Blu-ray (Short Ends and Leader) [12.Dec.09]
Inglourious Basterds: The Trouble with Tarantino (Short Ends and Leader) [20.Aug.09]
War Games: 'Bastards' vs. 'Basterds' (Short Ends and Leader) [18.Aug.09]

News

Friday, February 15 2013

Quentin Tarantino Lets It All Flow

LOS ANGELES — Here are some things you need to know about Quentin Tarantino. He pens his screenplays longhand, not on a word processor. “I can’


Wednesday, February 17 2010

Quentin Tarantino talks about the films that influenced 'Inglourious Basterds'

LOS ANGELES — Most writers, musicians and filmmakers are delighted to talk about the biggest influences on their work. After all, for artists, the influences from


Wednesday, January 13 2010

Vintage Tarantino

LOS ANGELES — With its aura of faux humility, dense saturation of "for your consideration" ads and humble-yet-effusive nominee posturing, awards season can be a long


Monday, December 14 2009

Tarantino doesn't cover himself in glory with his World War II fantasy

In the opening sequence of "Inglourious Basterds," Quentin Tarantino directs an emotionally shattering scene with brilliant camera work, delicate performances and almost-unbearable tension as a


Thursday, August 20 2009

Christoph Waltz makes one memorable Nazi in 'Inglourious Basterds'

It takes only the first scene in Quentin Tarantino's World War II film "Inglourious Basterds" to convince audiences that they're watching the birth of a


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