He had a saying — Quentin did — when we would do something ten times, and he would have it. It would be done and he would say, “Well, we’ve got it but we’re going to do one more. Why?” And then everybody would say, “Because we love making movies.” And, you know, you have someone who is leading the charge say that to you and remind you how lucky you are, how lucky you are to contribute to the legacy of this business, of storytelling, in this way. It’s pretty exciting and there’s no, you know, greater example of that in my book than Quentin.
- Walton Goggins, “Walton Goggins Talks Justified, Venus Van Dam and Veronica Mars”
The Wild Card
QT: Butch (Pulp Fiction)
Similarities: Both have major daddy issues due to absent and/or dead father’s (although Aquaman’s backstory has changed so much over the decades, it’s tough to keep track what’s currently up with his dad) who have left them a significant piece of their legacy — a gold watch for Butch and an undersea kingdom for the A-man. They’re also both scrappy fighters whose skills are regularly underestimated by their adversaries.
Differences: Butch can’t breathe underwater or carry on telepathic discussions with aquatic life, which is a shame, because fish are renowned for great conversationalists. Aquaman, meanwhile, will never know the simple joy of sitting in a car, singing along to “Flowers on the Wall.”
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Tarantino XX 8-Film Collection
Has it really only been twenty years since a video store clerk named Quentin Tarantino revolutionized independent film with his gangster picture, Reservoir Dogs? That modern classic leads off this comprehensive career box-set, which offers Blu-ray versions of every Tarantino feature (it’s a shame his Four Rooms segment wasn’t included) from Pulp Fiction to Inglourious Basterds. New extras include a 20-year retrospective documentary featuring interviews with some of the director’s key collaborators, a critic’s roundtable analyzing his importance and a collection of trailers for his latest movie, Django Unchained, due out in time for Christmas 2012.
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Django Unchained (December 28)
Starring: Jaime Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Logline: An escaped slave (Foxx) becomes a bounty hunter to free his wife from the clutches of the South’s biggest, baddest plantation tycoon (DiCaprio).
Oscar Pedigree: Voters adored Tarantino’s last historical epic Inglourious Basterds and this Civil War-era picture looks to be a heck of a lot more fun than Lincoln.
Why It Could Be an Also-Ran: The trailer suggests that this particular historical epic may be ridiculously over the top, even for Tarantino.
Click here to see the trailer
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