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Well ladies and gentlemen, we have come to the end of the Tarantino Blu-ray and have thus completed the retrospective. I’m going to write a short final analysis for you as well as what I thought about some of the special features offered on the Blu-ray set, a favorites tier, and briefly what I thought about Django Unchained.
“Once Upon A Time In Nazi Occupied France…”
It is with that homage to “Once Upon A Time In The West” that Tarantino kicks off his World War II epic and sends us one the best movie experiences ever.
For me, this is the movie that got me hooked on QT’s films when I first saw it opening day back in August of 2009. I’m going to say it upfront that this is one of my favorite movies of all-time and that I love just about everything in it. Bearing that in mind, I’m going to just pick out a few of the major things that stood out to me, so that this article doesn’t turn into an essay.
A few weeks ago, Ellen Degeneres announced on The Ellen Show that Pixar would release a Finding Nemo sequel in 2015, titled Finding Dory. This is both great and grave news. Great because we all love Dory and Ellen and Director Andrew Stanton. Grave because it will be Pixar’s fifth sequel released in the five-year window of 2010-2015, confirming many people’s fears that Disney, which acquired Pixar in 2006, is using the beloved company to expand its empire of infinite franchises (in recent and highly publicized bids, Disney also acquired Marvel and Lucasfilm).
“I’ll take ya for a ride in my death proof car!”
Okay, that quote isn’t from Death Proof, but this movie doesn’t have a famous one, so I needed to make one up. Let’s start this off with a quote from Mr. QT himself:
Death Proof has got to be the worst movie I ever made. And for a left-handed movie, that wasn’t so bad, all right? — so if that’s the worst I ever get, I’m good.
“My baby shot me down…”
Time to get out your Hanzo Swords, ladies and gentlemen…
I may have told a little white lie in my first article when I said that Inglourious Basterds was the first Tarantino movie that I saw. While that statement was mostly true, I should have emphasized that it was the first full Tarantino movie that I saw. Back in my youth, my dad allowed me to watch the ending fight scene of Kill Bill with him, but the only thing that stuck with me after that viewing was the over the top bloody violence, which, if I recall correctly, I found more silly than intense. It was a few years later that I saw the movie in its entirety.
As was the case with True Romance, this was my first go around with Jackie Brown and also the last film by Quentin Tarantino I had yet to see. But saving the best for last certainly was not the case here. As a film on its own, Jackie Brown is fairly well written and very well shot, but for me, it didn’t live up to the standards set by past QT films, nor does it compare to his after this one. Allow me to break down why.
“The path of the righteous man…”
Pulp Fiction was that one Quentin Tarantino movie that took me forever to see — I only saw it for the first time a year ago. I was badgered and badgered for the longest time to see it, but I kept pushing it off mostly due to how grotesque people would describe the film to me. Eventually, one cold Friday night with nothing better to do (a situation that college students constantly find themselves in), I suggested we watch Pulp Fiction.
“You’re so cool”
This being the first time that I have ever seen True Romance I can’t draw from my initial experience to help me write my thoughts on this film, so I’m just going to dive right in.
As I mentioned in last weeks article, this film was written by Quentin Tarantino, but it was not directed by him due to him losing interest in the position and wanting to move forward with Pulp Fiction. Instead, Tony Scott (RIP) took on the role as director.
“Are you gonna bark all day little doggie… or are you gonna bite?”
I recently made one of the best purchases of my life – the complete works of Quentin Tarantino on Blu-ray. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the time to crack it open until now. I have decided to do a complete run through of his films and report my thoughts as my first project for The Movie Mash.
I tried not to post about this. There are so many constant rumors surrounding tentpole-fanyboy flicks that it would be exhausting to post all of them; especially ones surrounding Christopher Nolan’s future involvement with any DCU franchise films. But this one feels different (maybe I’m just in the desert hallucinating a mirage). Either way, along with this particular rumor, I’ll give you a breakdown on why I hope it’s true to add some fuel to the speculation fire. Latino Review veteran reporter El Mayimbe posted an “exclusive scoop” on Sunday night claiming that his sources were telling him Christopher Nolan would re-team with Christian Bale (for realz) in tandem with Henry Cavill’s Superman after Man of Steel for the uber-rumored Justice League movie. More after the break.