Look! An April Shower of Distractions – Six Intriguing Links

Just in case you missed them, here's a list of six distractions from the past few days. It's a parade of bizarre attractions starring...- Quentin Tarantino - Steve Taylor - Donald Miller - Roman Coppola and Wes Anderson - Andrew Sullivan - Steve Martin - Edie Brickell - and a feast served by somebody named... Babette.If you have work to do, avoid the following links at all costs... … [Read more...]

Quentin Tarantino, America’s Competition Addiction, and Movies That the Oscars Overlooked

Strange territory. That's where I found myself this week.In four new articles, I wrote things that made me feel a little lonely. I was writing from a foreign country, far away from the preferences of the general moviegoing audience. And yet, I wasn't feeling much kinship with other film critics either.Art will do that to you. If you're paying attention, it'll lead you to new ways of thinking that make your friends look at you with concern.This story stars a gunslinging hero, some … [Read more...]

Django Unchained (2012)

Whenever I’m asked about the work of Quentin Tarantino, I am reminded of a book that loved when I was a child.The book was called Fortunately…It illustrated the adventures of a boy who took very little action at all. He was carried along from good news to bad news in such a relentless cycle that readers were likely to become dizzy. I don’t remember it very clearly, but it went something like this: “Fortunately… the boy had a parachute. Unfortunately… the parachute had a hole in it. Fortun … [Read more...]

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

I've turned in my my thoughts on Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds for publication at Image.They're included in "Volume Two" of my commentary on Tarantino's work and style. You can read Volume One here. … [Read more...]

Reconsidering Basterds, and Catching Up with Rightwing Film Geek

Is it wise for me to tell you that my opinion of Inglourious Basterds has changed dramatically over the past few weeks?I don't have a review yet to back up that claim. I keep starting to write one, and then my thoughts and feelings continue to evolve. … [Read more...]

My Pitch for the Next Tarantino movie

I've been told more than once now that because the Scriptures contain stories of violent revenge and conquest, and since Christ is going to come again to unleash bloody justice upon unbelievers, that perhaps I should question my objections to a movie that invites us to find pleasure in the onscreen disfigurement, dismemberment, and destruction of Nazis.So, here's my pitch for Tarantino's next movie: … [Read more...]

Must-read movie review: Daniel Mendelsohn, “Inglourious Basterds: When Jews Attack”

You must read Daniel Mendelsohn - ‘Inglourious Basterds’: When Jews AttackI've read a lot of writing about Quentin Tarantino's new film. Some folks seem to be having a lot of fun at the movie. I wish I'd had fun. Mendelsohn sounds like he saw the same movie I saw - the film that made me feel sad and a little sick - and not the joyride that so many other people seem to have enjoyed.I'd encourage you to read it... read all of it... before you go any farther in this post.Okay... … [Read more...]

Is This Appealing?

WARNING: This trailer pertains to a Quentin Tarantino film. That is to say, it's not for the squeamish.It is a marketer's job to make a product appealing, to cultivate an appetite for what they're selling.This leads me to some questions... … [Read more...]

Looking Closer’s Film Forum: Grindhouse

Grindhouse Before we join the rush of religious-press reviewers who are condemning Grindhouse outright, let's understand what it is first.Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez have a particular nostalgia for films like those they watched growing up. Many of those films were cheap, exploitative, spectacularly bad, and filled with gratuitous violence, graphic nudity, and characters who flaunted their way with profanity. They were populated with strippers, zombies, monsters, and muscular … [Read more...]

"Sin City" – Peter Chattaway has seen it.

And he's "still processing it."If this is how he "processes," I can't wait to read the final review. … [Read more...]