April 14, 2013 |
Django Unchained Weinstein/Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday Typical of Quentin Tarantino, this Deep South "western" is strong stuff, telling the epic story of an escaped slave (played by Jamie Foxx) on a quest for over-the-top bloody revenge on his wife's owner (Leonardo DiCaprio), with the help of a gentlemanly bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz, in a role that won him his second Oscar). Atypical of Tarantino, "Django" stumbles down the stretch, as the filmmaker who usually excels at endings settles into one apocalyptic shootout after another, with numbing results.
April 11, 2013 |
Executives at Sony Pictures Entertainment are working to get “Django Unchained” back into theaters in China after the film was abruptly pulled on its opening day. Some screenings were halted after they were already underway. It wasn't immediately clear why the action was taken. "We regret that 'Django Unchained' has been removed from theaters and are working with the Chinese authorities to determine whether the film can be rescheduled," said Sony Pictures Entertainment spokesman Steve Elzer on Thursday.
February 15, 2013 |
I abhor violence. As a rookie police reporter years ago I saw the damage guns, knives, broken bottles, metal pipes, hands - humans - can inflict. From the terrifyingly premeditated to the unfortunately accidental, those images still have the power to shake me to the core. They will never leave me. I don't, however, believe the movies are to blame for these acts. As good as Hollywood is at reimagining the intrinsic brutality that roams our streets, burrows into twisted minds, plays havoc with our world, nothing I've seen in movies comes close to what I witnessed firsthand.
February 12, 2013 |
At the recent Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Oscar nominee Quentin Tarantino was the recipient of the American Riviera Award for his screenwriting. The event included a conversation in front of 2,000 festival guests and clips of his films throughout his career. Here is the transcript of that Jan. 30 conversation with L.A. Times writer John Horn; it has been edited for length and language: OSCARS 2013: Full coverage John Horn: Thank you very much. Great reception.
February 7, 2013 |
Here are some things you need to know about Quentin Tarantino. He pens his screenplays longhand, not on a word processor. "I can't write poetry on a computer, man," he says. If you're an actor, don't expect to improvise. Ever. "You hire an actor to learn the lines and say them," Tarantino says. Unless you're Samuel L. Jackson, who can wing it. OSCAR WATCH: 'Django Unchained' And if you're with the filmmaker and he stumbles upon one of his movies on cable TV, don't expect to go anywhere.
February 2, 2013 |
B-movies, those low-budget, low-prestige genre films that were fan favorites for decades, have an enduring place in Hollywood history. Some of the screen's greatest actors and directors cut their teeth on B-westerns (John Wayne, for example) or B-horror flicks (director Robert Wise among many others. And B-movie serials such as "Flash Gordon" or films such as "Cat People" and "I Walked With a Zombie" from the 1940s were a major influence on such filmmakers as George Lucas and Martin Scorsese.