June 27, 2013 |
The feature debut from the Australian sibling writer-director team of Colin and Cameron Cairnes, "100 Bloody Acres" somehow manages to be both retro and up to date with its giddy, delightful gross-out horror-comedy mash-up storytelling. In the story, two brothers - draw your own connections there - are struggling to keep their organic fertilizer business going. The overbearing Lindsay (Angus Sampson) and meek Reg (Damon Herriman) have been using human bodies in the formula and are running out of their secret ingredient.
March 28, 2013 |
In "Family Weekend," onetime "High School Musical" cast member Olesya Rulin plays a competitive high-school jump-roper who takes her parents hostage after they miss one meet too many. Aided by her younger brother and sister, the teen's plan is to hold them in their house long enough to take them all with her to the state finals. The hostage comedy can be tricky business, done successfully in films such as "The Ref" or "Swimming With Sharks," and director Benjamin Epps and screenwriter Matt K. Turner just about pull it off. Such films must manage a fine balancing act between the victims (where an audience's sympathy naturally goes)
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.
October 24, 2012 |
Quentin Tarantino is still cutting “Django Unchained” ahead of its Dec. 25 release, a point he noted with a mixture of relish and nervousness at the Hollywood Film Awards Monday night. But fans who want a little Tarantino fix at the multiplex before “Django” hits will get their chance. Two of the filmmaker's most beloved works, “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction,” are getting the one-night-only theatrical treatment. “Reservoir Dogs” will play nationally Dec. 4 and “Pulp Fiction” will play Dec. 6 in events being dubbed “Tarantino XX,” a group of companies that includes Miramax (which owns rights to the films)
March 28, 2011
Charles McGraw The gravely voiced actor, who died in 1980 at age 66, played a hit man in the 1946 noir classic "The Killers" and went on to appear in such noir hits as 1950's "Armored Car Robbery, 1951's "Roadblock" and the 1952 classic "The Narrow Margin. " Audrey Totter Totter, now 92, made her film debut in 1945's "Main Street After Dark" and excelled in numerous film noirs, including Robert Montgomery's 1947 version of "Lady in the Lake" and "High Wall," which opens the "Noir City" festival.
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January 5, 2011 |
Gerry Rafferty, a Scottish singer and songwriter who had pop hits in the 1970s with "Baker Street" and "Stuck in the Middle With You," which years later gained pop culture status after director Quentin Tarantino included it in the soundtrack for his 1992 film "Reservoir Dogs," died Tuesday. He was 63. Rafferty's death was confirmed by his agent, Paul Charles, who told the Associated Press that Rafferty died after a long illness. The Guardian newspaper said he died at home in England with his daughter by his side.