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Guilty Pleasures: Escape To Athena

USOnly Live Twice Yes I know Roger Moore wasn’t in the James Bond film whose title I’m playing on here, but the bad joke fits the melting pot of moussaka that is Lew Grade’s Escape To Athena, a comedic WWII caper in the Greek islands, with a cavalcade of slumming B-list stars, clearly only in it […]

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Scene Is Believing: Inglorious Basterds

Death Laughs At 24 Frames Per Second Inglorious Basterds is Quentin Tarantino’s most playfully cinephilic, meta-textual wish fulfillment fantasy – cinema as world changer. Quite literally, despite the bumbling “Basterds” independent addition to the night’s entertainment. It is Shosanna / Emmanuelle (Mélanie Laurent) who’s will shall triumph over those of the higher echelon Nazis, including Hitler […]

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Moving Pictures: Reservoir Dogs

Moving Pictures was  a BBC TV show devoted to film that ran from 1991 to 1996. Presented by Rock Follies screenwriter Howard Schuman, each program was composed of several short films on different cinematic subjects. Recently an excerpt devoted to the then recently released Reservoir Dogs, featuring Quentin Tarantino eagerly discuss his background, influences and […]

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Scene Of The Crime: Pulp Fiction

I know what you’re thinking: “What can possibly be wrong with any scene in Pulp Fiction? It’s a modern classic!” True, but a recent interview The Root conducted with Quentin Tarantino left me a little disappointed with the director, and the wise words of killer Jules (Samuel L Jackson) at the very end of Pulp Fiction made me think that QT […]

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Sympathy For The Devil? Inglorious Basterds’ Hans Landa

Hans Landa, the loquacious, charming, calculating nemesis of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds is the villain we can’t help admiring for his chutzpah. Ironic, for someone who’s nickname is “The Jew Hunter”. WARNING: This piece contains major spoilers Rarely can a film have depended so much on the successful casting of a supporting role. At one […]

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Entitled: Jackie Brown

Jackie Brown, Quentin Tarantino’s first adaptation of another writer’s work (crime novel Rum Punch, Elmore Leonard) nevertheless has that unmistakeable QT vibe, even within the opening titles. Jackie is a flight attendant, played by Pam Grier. A mature,still striking woman, yet wearying of the her gruelling schedule, she bolsters her retirement fund by smuggling currency for […]

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