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20 Years of PULP FICTION: The Briefcase & The Band-Aid; Theories Behind the Movie

Friday, May 30th, 2014

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In his own movies, Quentin Tarantino has created a world of coincidence, connections, Easter Eggs, and unanswered questions. People love to ponder about the theories and intertwining universes in a QT movie; it’s great entertainment. He places these things liberally throughout his screenplays, challenging the observant.

He has left a lot of scenes from Pulp Fiction up for interpretation and for people to theorize over. Let’s take a look at a few.

The mysterious 666 briefcase

The mystery of the contents of Marcellus Wallace’s briefcase has raged for years. Some say it’s Elvis’ gold suit from True Romance, others the diamonds from Reservoir Dogs. The most popular theory is that it’s Marcellus Wallace’s soul, hence the case’s glow, the Band-Aid on the back of Wallace’s head (where the soul is removed) and the combination – 666.

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Quentin Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT to Start Shooting This November

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

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Quentin Tarantino has calmed down and is ready to make his Western The Hateful Eight. In short: Tarantino was planning another Western after Django Unchained, a film called The Hateful Eight that may have starred Bruce Dern and Christoph Waltz. Tarantino’s script was leaked and published online rightfully pissing him off to the point of packing it all in. A few days ago at Cannes he admitted that he had “calmed down” and that he was finishing the second draft and intended to do a third draft.

Well now it looks like Hateful Eight is set to start production this fall according to Showbiz 411. The report adds that all of the actors who participated in a recent live read of the script like Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins, and Zoe Bell will star in the film, but sadly Christoph Waltz will not be a part of the cast. Tim Roth also participated in the live read, but he is not mentioned in the report so no word yet on his status.

The story of The Hateful Eight takes place in post-Civil War Wyoming and tells the story of a small group of stagecoach passengers who are stranded during a blizzard. A large chunk of the film takes place in a bar, and the characters include a couple of bounty hunters (Jackson and Russell), a Confederate general (Dern), a cowboy (Madsen), a transplanted Englishman (Roth), a soldier (Goggins), and a female prisoner (Tamblyn).

I for one welcome a QT return to the West; this great cast and the dialogue driven script should supply the director with another winner. We will keep you posted on all Hateful Eight news.

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20 Years of PULP FICTION: Prologue

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

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It was 20 years ago this month when Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie cost $8M to produce and would go on to gross over $200M worldwide. To further solidify the hit, at the 1995 Oscars Tarantino and his co-writer Roger Avary won for their screenplay and the film earned a Best Picture nomination. It also revitalized the career of John Travolta, who received an Academy Award nomination, as did costars Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman.

The first U.S. review of the film was published on May 23 in the trade magazine Variety. Todd McCarthy called Pulp Fiction a “spectacularly entertaining piece of pop culture…a startling, massive success.”

I’ve seen Pulp Fiction well over a dozen times and each viewing is no less special than the last. As you may know by now, the non-linear anthology of three stories, with an additional prologue and epilogue, contained high doses of violence and comedy. The movie, regarded by some as a black comedy, has a wide range of criminal characters each with their own brand of banter to stand out equally among the cast ensemble. It’s ones of the most talked about movies and has the most replay value of any movie.

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FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES Has a Trailer

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

From Dusk Till Dawn The Series

Remember From Dusk Till Dawn?  A fairly fun and bizarre film written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Robert Rodriguez?  Admittedly it’s been a while since I watched it but…nothing about it really screamed TV SERIES to me.  Although I suppose if they can make TV shows based on Twitter accounts…they can do anything.

Robert Rodriguez launched the El Rey Network just last month, it’s a 24 hour English-language channel targeted at a Latino audience.  The first scripted series to air on the new channel will be none other than From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.

The series will last 10 episodes, I’m not sure if that will be it or if another season will follow.  I suppose it depends on what the reaction is.  The series stars Robert Patrick, Madison Davenport, Don Johnson, Wilmer Valderrama, with D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz as the Gecko Brothers.

You can check out the trailer for yourself right after the jump!

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Quentin Tarantino’s Next Film Will Be a Western

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

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Quentin Tarantino is sticking to the Western genre it seems, and there isn’t anything wrong with that.  During an interview on The Tonight Show, Tarantino said:

“I haven’t told anyone this publicly, but I will say the genre: It’s a western,” but wouldn’t go into any more details other than to say, it wouldn’t be a sequel to Django Unchained. Tarantino explained, “I had so much fun doing Django, and I love westerns so much that after I taught myself how to make one, it’s like ‘OK! Let me make another one now that I know what I’m doing.”

That’s about as chatty QT can get on his movies isn’t it?  Watch the clip below:

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What I’ve Been Watching – Mostly Good Television!

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

What I've Been Watching

Well it’s been a long time since I have confessed to you all what I have been watching. It’s probably because what’s been on my TV lately has been a mixture of reality TV and losing sports teams. After giving it a little bit of thought, I came to the realization that I have been watching a lot of really good television lately. Am I missing any good movies and/or TV? Probably. Post a comment on the website or Facebook and let me know what I should check out!

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Reel: SNL’s Tarantino Parody DJESUS UNCROSSED Starring Christoph Waltz

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

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The video below might not be up for long (NBC doesn’t care to be liked) but it’s worth finding if you have to.  Saturday Night Live had a parody this past weekend titled Djesus Uncrossed.  You get it right?

2013 Oscar Nominations Announced; Ben Affleck Snubbed for Best Director

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

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That’s really all I have to say about the nominations, Ben Affleck got snubbed.  Argo was one of the best movies of the year and he didn’t get nominated for directing (although it’s up for Best Picture).  Don’t take this year’s nominations seriously; Flight got a nomination for writing.

The 85th Academy Awards will take place on February 24th, check out the nominations below:

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The City of Films Show – Series 2 Episode 5: A Little QT

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

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The City of Films Show is a series of podcasts that you can listen to on the site or download to your computer. Hosted by Graham McMorrow, Ryan Heinrichs and Kevin Fraser; the show features entertainment news, movie reviews, and just random twaddle.

Series 2 Episode 5: A Little QT
December 19, 2012

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CONTEST WINNER: Jimmy D. won our last contest [see here] so he gets a copy of Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion [read review], he answered the skill question ‘How many Halloween movies did Jamie Lee Curtis appear in?’ with the number 4.  Good job sir.

THE SHOW: Welcome to the CoF Show Quentin Tarantino Special, we chat about the films and career of one of the most influenced and influential directors of our time just before his recent film Django Unchained hits theaters on Christmas day.  Below you can watch THR‘s director’s roundtable that involves Quentin Tarantino, Ben Affleck, Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, David O. Russell, and Gus Van Sant.  Also, check out the 20th Anniversary QT site Miramax put up.

THE NEXT SHOW: Graham explain this:

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Final Trailer for DJANGO UNCHAINED Goes Out with A Bang

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

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Here is the final trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, there isn’t a lot of new footage you haven’t seen from the previous trailers, but it’s still fun to watch.  I’ll be checking this movie out his holiday season if for no other reason than DiCaprio’s crazy performance.

The movie also stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Django Unchained opens on December 25th.

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