Review: Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood

Director: Quentin Tarantino Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margaret Qualley Quentin Tarantino is a fan of stories. Tall ones. Stories with a shade of truth but... embellished, stretched out, shaggy 'round the edges. Anyone who's seen his Inglorious Basterds can attest to that. He prefers a romanticised version of history; one he can reshape. In … Continue reading Review: Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood

Minutiae: The Smile in Death Proof

This week Ennio Morricone was reported to have taken potshots at Quentin Tarantino in an interview with claims that he called the director a 'cretin' whose movies are 'trash'; something Morricone has since vehemently denied. Whether he did or not, it seemed like a viable time to take a look back at my favourite moment … Continue reading Minutiae: The Smile in Death Proof

Review: Bad Times At The El Royale

Director: Drew Goddard Stars: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Jon Hamm And lo, Drew Goddard, director of The Cabin In The Woods, finished watching Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight and thought to himself, "Well, I could do better than that." That's probably not what happened, but it certainly comes close to capturing a little of what Bad Times At The … Continue reading Review: Bad Times At The El Royale

Review: The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight appears, upfront, to be a western. Quentin Tarantino's 8th feature film (as he takes great pride in advising us right out of the gate) takes place several years after the end of the Civil War in the coldest wastes of wintry Wyoming. It begins, as Django Unchained before it, with a bounty hunter stopping … Continue reading Review: The Hateful Eight

Review: Django Unchained

Much as Wes Anderson's films increasingly resemble elaborate and extended versions of Max Fischer's plays from Rushmore, so Quentin Tarantino's post-millennial output bring to mind the kind of trashy screenplays Pulp Fiction's Mia Wallace might've auditioned for. Hell, Kill Bill was essentially the Fox Force Five show mentioned in the Jack Rabbit Slims sequence. Anyone waiting for Tarantino … Continue reading Review: Django Unchained

Why I Love… #17: Death Proof

Year: 2007 Director: Quentin Tarantino Stars: Kurt Russell (Stuntman Mike), Rosario Dawson (Abernathy), Vanessa Ferlito (Butterfly), Zoe Bell (Herself), Sydney Poitier (Jungle Julia), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Lee), Rose McGowan (Pam), Tracie Thoms (Kim), Jordan Ladd (Shanna) Genre: Exploitation / Thriller Something tells me this is going to be a hard one to justify for a … Continue reading Why I Love… #17: Death Proof

Review: Inglourious Basterds

***originally written 16 August 2009*** Quentin Tarantino's latest cartoon is a wicked and idiosyncratic romp through Nazi-occupied France. I say cartoon because that's the mindset of the piece. It's colourful, silly, frequently aiming for laughs, mocks realism (and history) at every turn, and - as some cartoons are able of being - occasionally unexpectedly poignant. … Continue reading Review: Inglourious Basterds