Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Film Review

I generally try to keep my reviews spoiler-free but that is impossible to do for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood because so much of my opinion hinges on the ending. I won’t be going into too much detail, but consider yourself warned: SPOILERS.

[Read more…]

The Hateful Eight: Film Review

the-hateful-eight

The Hateful Eight leaked online ages ago, but I resisted temptation to watch it because I think Quentin Tarantino deserves my cinema money and this is so much better on the big screen. I also think it’s more enjoyable in the cinema, where you can fully concentrate on the long, dialogue-heavy Western and get wrapped up in it as events dramatically unfold like a play.

[Read more…]

Top Films for January

jan1

A new month and year is rapidly approaching and January brings with it an amazing selection of new films. The month always seems to be filled with stellar movies and Oscar bait and this one is no exception. We also have a lot of movies that have been out in the US for a while so I can’t wait to finally see them. Here are my picks:

[Read more…]

Oscars 2013: Behind-the-scenes pics

winners1

 

winners2

 

The four acting winners celebrate in the press room after the Oscars ceremony has finished. Goodness knows why, but Jennifer Lawrence took that opportunity to swear at the press! Bizarre, but I still love her.

jen

 

And while it seems like Anne Hathaway and Jen are just getting on for press purposes- here is proof that they get along just fine backstage. I love how happy they are!

BTS2

 

Anne seems to get on with everybody. Here she is backstage with Kristen Stewart, presumably asking her why the heck she is on crutches. That’s what all wanted to know. Apparently, she cut up her foot on some glass and is having trouble walking but she is capable to posing for the cameras without it.

BTS

 

There are some other great pictures of celebrities getting along backstage- including George Clooney, Ben Affleck and Jack Nicholson. What a cool crew.

BTS4

 

And Charlize Theron with Quentin Tarantino:

BTS3

 

Adele’s face coming off stage explains how shocked she is at picking up an Original Song Oscar. She’s so cool.

BTS5

 

Joseph Gordon-Levitt also posted some pictures to Facebook. One: him joking around with Daniel Radcliffe while they rehearse their opening musical number. Two: Sally Field helping Joe with his bow tie. These images are priceless!

jgl

 

jgl2

Django Unchained: Review

jang4

If you love Quentin Tarantino movies then you will love this- it has violence, ridiculous blood and witty dialogue. I wouldn’t say it is my favourite of his but I did really enjoy it. The subject matter can make you uncomfortable at times but what can you expect- the treatment of slaves wasn’t exactly pretty. It is headed up by a stellar cast who put in tremendous performances.

Jamie Foxx stars as Django, a slave who is freed by bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Django must help Schultz indentify some wanted men in return for his freedom. However, along the way, the pair bond and Schultz keeps him on so they become partners in the bounty hunting business. That doesn’t go down too well- it’s 1818 and black people are slaves so everyone is offended by Django riding a horse and acting like a white person.

jang5

Schultz learns of Django’swife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), and decides to help Django track her down. This leads him to the plantation of Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). The pair try to buy Broomhilda under false pretences and when Calvin’s butler Stephen (Samuel L Jackson) finds out about their romance, all hell breaks loose.

You know going into the movie that there will be hefty dialogue and unrealistic bloody violence. You know there will be swearing and some controversial topics. In the reviews, many critics complained about the use of “n-word”- I admit that it was used far too much. I didn’t find it offensive though because it is depicting a certain era in which black people were called that. To balance it out, there wasn’t much general swearing unlike Quentin’s other movies.

Django Unchained

The violence is always going to be rather ridiculous because he does like the blood. I didn’t find the blood in shoot-outs gruesome because they just looked so silly- particularly towards the end. However, there are certain bits of violence to do with slavery like Broomhilda being branded with a hot iron on the face, being whipped or a slave being pulled apart by dogs that were horrible. Again, it is true to how black people were treated back then so it is a brutally honest depiction.

The acting was quality and it is made easier by the dialogue. The script is fantastic and it is no surprise that Tarantino won Best Original Screenplay at the Golden Globes. I can say the same for Waltz and his Best Supporting Actor award because he is marvellous. Jamie Foxx was great but I thought Waltz stole the show. DiCaprio is always amazing and he doesn’t fail in this. There were some odd casting choices such as Jonah Hill as “Bag Head #2”- he was in the movie for less than ten minutes and it just seemed so odd. Amber Tamblyn was in it for one shot! Quentin made an appearance himself but I thought his cameo didn’t work as he didn’t look right for the movie.

jang6

You don’t need to like Westerns to like this. As long as you love Tarantino movies, you will enjoy this. I don’t think this is better than Kill Bill Vol 1 to be honest (that’s my favourite) but that’s also down to the running time. It just goes on and on and when you think it’s done, it keeps going on. It definitely could have been trimmed down.

Besides the running time, it was great- there was a good mix of action, violence, humour and witty dialogue. The actors were amazing and the script is fantastic. Kudos to Tarantino for taking on such a taboo subject- not many writers would touch a movie about slavery. It definitely deserves its Best Film Oscar nomination.

My Pics: Django Unchained UK Premiere

001

The cast of Quentin Tarantino’s latest smash came to party at the UK premiere in Leicester Square tonight to celebrate its Oscar nominations (although Quentin was missed out of a director nod!)

002

I braved the cold for hours so was disappointed when only Quentin and Christoph Waltz made an effort with the fans- they spend so much time on the red carpet and covered everybody.

The other cast members- Jamie Foxx, Samuel L Jackson and Kerry Washington- done a really half-arsed job of signing and greeting fans- they only did a small section away from me so I’m afraid I don’t have many decent pictures.

The most disappointing thing was that Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t come- I would have loved to meet him. However, the cast that came to us were lovely and it was obvious they got along with each other. They were laughing, hugging and hanging out together. The chemistry between them was fantastic. Jamie made me laugh by rapping along to the music and Quentin was joking around with the paparazzi.

Other celebrities included Hugo Taylor, Ashley Roberts and James Arthur.

 

Quentin Tarantino

015

016

Christoph Waltz 

005

007

Samuel L Jackson

010

Kerry Washington & Jamie Foxx

009

(I did say I couldn’t get up close!)

James Arthur

017

018

 

Video: Django Unchained trailer

Yes, the master that is Quentin Tarantino is back with his latest movie Django Unchained.

The movie is set in the Deep South where slave Django (Jamie Foxx) is freed by a German bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). He wants to kill plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) and wants Django’s help. The slave doesn’t need much persuasion considering Candie has his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). So the pair go on a mission to get past Candie’s band of ruthless slaves, kill Candie and rescue the girl.

This film was inspired by 1960s Spaghetti Western’s and you can definitely see that. Knowing Tarantino, this will be dialogue heavy and violent (but not mega-violent like Pulp Fiction).

I’m exciting about this purely because I love Tarantino’s movies but also because I think Leonardo DiCaprio is an outstanding actor. Plus the rest are the cast are just amazing! Did I mention that Samuel L Jackson is also in it?! I reckon this will be a great movie. It is still in post-production/ reshooting stages and will be released in the States around Christmas. It will hit UK shores at the end of January 2013. So still a long way off!