Spectre (James Bond 24) (2015)

I have a lot of thoughts on this film, and I find it easiest to split them up into what I loved, what I liked, what I disliked, and what I hated. Note that this will contain spoilers. What I loved about Spectre: *Daniel Craig was as good as ever, and had more comic moments…

The Hateful Eight (2015)

The Hateful Eight, Tarantino’s eighth outing, is a difficult film. Slower than nearly all his other films, particularly his recent efforts, the film plays on the ultraviolence we expect from a Tarantino film by being a slow burn for the majority of the runtime. Like Basterds and Django, The Hateful Eight has other things on…

Django Unchained (2012)

Like Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained sees Tarantino make a violent revenge film set substantially in the past. Django lacks the typical structural cleverness most Tarantino films, including Basterds, have (while flashbacks are peppered throughout the film, it is for the most part linear). And, while this is arguable, I think the protagonist’s violence in Django…

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

My favourite Tarantino film; I find more depth in Basterds than any of his other films. Taraninto’s ability to build tension has never been better, the cast is one of Tarantino’s best (Waltz’ performance is a marvel), the interwoven structure works brilliantly, but it’s the meta-commentary on films and film-making that really excites me. Note,…

Day of the Outlaw (1959)

An unusual, unique western. I watched this, along with The Great Silence, as “snow westerns” in preparation for The Hateful Eight, and while I found The Great Silence to be a masterpiece of a western, Day of the Outlaw didn’t reach the same sort of greatness. They’re not really similar films at all beyond the…

Grindhouse (Planet Terror and Death Proof) (2007)

PLANET TERROR REVIEW: Rodriguez is indisputably a very talented, very important filmmaker, but this sort of film is absolutely not for me. I watched it as part of the full Grindhouse feature (which I was watching for Tarantino’s Death Proof) and while I like plenty of the actors in the cast, I just personally am…