Monthly Archives: June 2013

Enzo Castellari Making New Western! “Enzo G. Castellari Interview”

Castellari discussing his movies and his upcoming western film!

For more info: “The film, to be called Badlanders, will also include a small role for Franco Nero, whose 1966 portrayal of the brooding protagonist in Sergio Corbucci’s Spaghetti Western classic Django was the inspiration for Tarantino’s blockbuster Django Unchained.”


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Reviews From Around The Internet: “Django Unimproved: Four Movies and One Comic That Did It Better”

Another nice review of Django Unchained:

“Still, the air of novelty with which his conceits are adorned are dubious. As Aisha Harris pointed out in “When Blaxploitation went West,” not only was the avenging slave narrative already given the spaghetti treatment, but also in far more radical fashion. Now, Tarantino is probably the only A-list filmmaker to have watched/cared about every single Black Western that came out in the ’70s, and he’s open about his passion for exploitation cinema; so it’s not a secret. But that doesn’t mean that Fred Williamson’s Boss Trilogy will be coming out on Rolling Thunder home video any time soon. While this list is by no means comprehensive or revelatory, it’s worth it to look at the ways in which the not-bad Django Unchained is still somehow less than the sum of its parts.”

Django Unchained: how not to cook a Spaghetti Western

Another excellent reaction to Django Unchained . . .

London, Hollywood

ImageIt pains me to say it, but Django Unchained is a mess. Now I love Tarantino. I’ve seen every film he’s made or written, and made sure I ran the first UK cover on Pulp Fiction (shot by Rankin, left). But I’m baffled as to why Django is currently ranked on as the 39th best film of all time.

Where is the narrative economy of Reservoir Dogs? The quotable dialogue of Pulp Fiction? The intricacy of Jackie Brown? The visual panache of Kill Bill? The sheer chutzpah of Inglorious Basterds, with its ending that dares defy history itself?

I’ll steer clear of describing Django’s plot, for the sake of those who haven’t yet seen it. But I will say that, to its detriment, Django is two separate films: one starring Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington, the other starring Christoph Waltz, Leonardo…

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‘Django Unchained’: Messy, unfocused but always entertaining and never boring

Very good review fo Django Unchained . . .similar to my own feelings and thoughts about the movie.

Unsolicited Criticism

I have a strange opinion about Quentin Tarantino’s body of work. I wouldn’t consider myself a fan of his, but there are movies he’s done that I absolutely love. Jackie Brown and Inglorious Basterds tie for my favorite, and the Kill Bill movies are great, too. Resevoir DogsPulp Fiction, and Death Proof? I mean, they all have their moments. The car chase in Death Proof makes the whole movie worth it, in the end, but it’s not one I revisit. But the Tarantino movies I enjoy, I love. Though I’m positive there’s some childhood nostalgia with the Kill Bill movies, they’re truly just a lot of fun, but Jackie Brown and Inglorious Basterds are two of the best American movies ever made. Sometimes Tarantino really hits the mark for me, other times I’m just ambivalent. Django, unfortunately, didn’t really hit my mark. It’s one…

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