• Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film  “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” garnered four nominations at the 2020 Golden Globes, including best actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, best supporting actor for Brad Pitt and best screenplay and director for Tarantino.  Many, including the director, consider this film a love letter to the end of Hollywood’s golden age told through the eyes of an actor, an actress and a stunt man.  As the Golden Globes

  • I think cinema, I love cinema, I see a great number of films during the year and always have. If asked to list great director names, I would reply, Fellini, Bergman, Fassbinder, Kurosawa and Kubrick. Though a hundred names would barely begin to cover it. But… and oh, yes, Tarentino. Despite not much enjoying his movies—too much violence, albeit often humorous, rivers of blood, and a permanent agitation—I believe I’ve seen all his films since “Reservoir Dogs.”

  • This year, there was a before- and an after-Tarantino Cannes Festival. Quentin Tarantino's new film “Once upon a time in Hollywood” was the marker. And it was also the most anticipated film of the 2019 festival. What a party! There is no other American auteur who can command the kinds of huge crowds like the ones seen yesterday in Cannes, when he and the cast walked the red carpet. The Croisette was on fire! (and the day after

  • The work of Quentin Tarantino could be said to fall into categories: firearms and explosion/fire. That’s what this new infographic (see below) created by Vanity Fair seems to tell us, anyway, in its surveying the number of dead and the cause of death throughout Tarantino's opus. According to this graphic there are relatively few deaths in his first three feature films and people are killed with firearms. “Kill Bill” comes packed with a higher

  • A trailer for the Quentin Tarantino-produced “The Man with the […]

  • New stills from Quentin Tarantino's upcoming film "Django Unchained" have been released. This ode to the spaghetti western genre Tarantino held dear is the first Tarantino project since his "Inglourious Basterds" (2009). In the South, some time before the Civil War, a former German doctor (played by Christoph Waltz) turned bounty hunter frees the slaveDjango (Jamie Foxx) and trains him into a warrior. Django will then be able to

  • In a noted moment of chutzpah the Italian press, led by Paolo Mereghetti (pictured), has been up in arms about the American raid on the most consequential awards at the Venice Biennale with Sofia Coppola winning for “Somewhere” and Monte Hellman for “Road to nowhere.”

    I admit, I knew that neither film was a shoo-in for the top nods, especially with the wealth of prime cinema on the Lido this year. Coppola, who was previously in a relationship with jury president Quentin Tarantino, makes watchable movies but is often afraid of scratching beyond the surface; characters sometimes appear smaller under her microscope. Monte Hellman was an early mentor of Tarantino's (video store geekdom oblige) whose place in cinema history next to Roger Corman is secure--as a cult-movies director.