by Rob Vaux Posted: November 27th, 2012 at 3:17 pm
I first discovered him in college twenty years ago, getting my first real taste of what cinema was all about. We delved into deep esoteric films, the sort that never showed up at your friendly neighborhood Blockbuster. They were directed by men with complex Eastern European names and featured content designed to alternately expand and confound our expectations. Class after class, semester after semester, we studied them with all the seriousness our young minds could muster. They were Important. They were Art. We needed to understand them if we hoped to grasp the secrets that this medium held. Then, in the middle of it all, my friend Shanan knock on my door, gripped me by the coat lapels and spoke in the soft, serious tones one normally associates with rooftop snipers. “We went to this movie called Reservoir Dogs. You have to see it. Right. Fucking. Now.” Hit the jump for my full review.
Quentin Tarantino has been on the block for twenty years now, so Lionsgate has collected all of the director’s films, and thrown them into one giant box set. Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection will include Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, and Inglourious Basterds as well as True Romance (which Tarantino wrote), and his half of Grindhouse, Death Proof. The 10-disc box set also includes a critics discussions piece exploring Tarantino’s work, a retrospective of Tarantino’s career, and a tribute to Tarantino’s late editor Sally Menke.
While all of the movie have been released on Blu-ray before and these discs will have all the same special features, it’s still nice to have them all in one place. Hit the jump for the press release, and to check out the Mondo-designed box art. Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection is due out November 20th. Tarantino’s new film, Django Unchained, is due out December 25th.
By now, most Quentin Tarantino fans are aware of the connections interlaced throughout all of his films. John Travolta’s Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction is the brother of Michael Madsen’s Vic Vega in Reservoir Dogs, Harvey Keitel’s Mr. White worked with Alabama from True Romance, the plot basis for Kill Bill is described as the synopsis for a TV series in Pulp Fiction, etc.
Now the epiphany that Eli Roth’s character of Donny Donowitz aka “The Bear Jew” in Inglourious Basterds is the father of the movie producer Lee Donowitz in True Romance has inspired a truly mind-blowing theory that the rest of the films (chronologically speaking) in Tarantino’s filmography take place in a world where [Inglorious Basterds spoiler] World War II came to an end when Adolf Hitler was brutally murdered in a movie theater by the Basterds. Hit the jump for more.
Saoirse Ronan is in talks to star in Order of Seven, an action adventure tale based loosely on Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. If you’re a fan of Snow White, you’ll have your pick between Relativity Media’s frivolous take Mirror Mirror directed by Tarsem Singh and Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, directed by Rupert Sanders. Disney, oddly enough, is late to the game with their submission even though the project began development ten years ago.
In other casting news, Ty Burrell has joined the cast of the Jackie Brown prequel, Switch along with John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey. Hit the jump for much more on Ronan and Burrell’s roles and respective projects.
The well-received performance by John Hawkes in Sundance’s audience award-winner, The Surrogate, has helped to land the star a role in Switch, the Jackie Brown prequel. Starring opposite Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), the duo will portray younger versions of Louis Gara and Ordell Robbie. The same characters were respectively played by Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson in Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 film, Jackie Brown. From writer/director Dan Schechter (Goodbye Baby), Switch is an adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel, “The Switch,” which is scheduled to start production in May. Hit the jump for more.
Last August, we showed you some incredible posters Olly Moss did for the Alamo Drafthouse’s Rolling Roadshow. The posters were only available at the screening event…until now. Tomorrow, February 3rd at a random time, Mondo will be selling Moss’ posters for There Will Be Blood, Rocky, Jackie Brown, Convoy, The Godfather: Part II, and On the Waterfront. Like all of Moss’ work, these posters are stunning and I imagine competition will be fierce to pick one up. All of the posters measure 18″ x 24″ but editions and pricing vary.
Hit the jump to check out the posters and be sure you’re following @MondoNews for the announcement.
The Alamo Drafthouse’s 2010 Rolling Roadshow Tour is something very cool for movie lovers. The tour goes across the country showing free screenings of classic movies outdoors in the places they were filmed and/or where they take place. So this year, for example, you’ll be able to catch Dirty Harry at San Francisco’s Washington Square Park or The Blues Brothers at Chicago’s Joliet Prison. Oh, and each screening usually features special guests, merchandise, and more. How freaking cool is that?
It’s about as cool as these posters artist Olly Moss drew up for each film on the tour. If these posters are on sale at the event and you don’t pick one up, then there’s something wrong with your brain. I cannot stress how gorgeous these posters are so just hit the jump to check them out. I’ve also included the tour schedule after the jump as well. Rolling Roadshow 2010 kicks off this Friday at Los Angeles’ Del Amo Fashion Mall with Jackie Brown.
This summer, you’ll have the chance to watch Rocky right on the famous steps in Philadelphia, Robocop in the heart of Detroit’s Industrial Center, or Jackie Brown at the Los Angeles mall where the finale takes place.
After a few years off, the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow is back this summer beginning on August 6. Organized by the awesome Texas movie theater chain that hosts South by Southwest, Fantastic Fest, Butt Numb-a-Thon and more, the Rolling Roadshow features free screenings of classic movies, outdoors, in the exact places either where they were filmed or where they take place.
Is the Rolling Roadshow coming to your town? Hit the jump to find out.
More homes would have movie posters on their walls if studios made them as eye-catching as what artist Ibraheem Youssef has done with the films of Quentin Tarantino. They remind me of the “I Can Read Movies” series with their minimal designs that cause fans to grin and make the uninitiated want to get in on the joke. I’ve seen all of Tarantino’s movies, but I can’t seem to grasp the reference Youssef’s making for Inglourious Basterds even though I’ve seen that movie twice and recently. Help me out in our comments section.
Check out all the posters after the jump. You can purchase them as 12×18 prints or 24×36 posters at shop.ibraheemyoussef.com. All prints and posters are limited editions, hand-signed, and numbered.