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9:00 PM on 04.03.2014

Quentin Tarantino live reading 'Hateful Eight' script in Los Angeles

Quentin Tarantino, understandably upset when the script to Hateful Eight leaked out in January, decided to shelve the project indefinitely. Fans were upset, taking to the streets with torches and pitchforks.. nah, just kiddin...

Jonathan Wray


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9:19 AM on 02.04.2014

Green band trailer for A Million Ways to Die in the West

Was the red band trailer for A Million Ways to Die in the West just too much for you? Then you're probably not going to want to see the movie because it's Seth McFarlane and that's what he's all about, but if you're sti...

Matthew Razak



First trailer for A Million Ways to Die in the West photo
First trailer for A Million Ways to Die in the West
by Nick Valdez

I'm not sure how I feel about the first (Red Band) trailer for Seth MacFarlane's Ted follow up, A Million Ways to Die in the West. While Ted surprisingly bent buddy movie tropes and reveled in nostalgia, A Million Ways at first sounds like an episode of Family Guy. Maybe it's just the way the trailer is cut together, but jokes are presented at such a fast and unrelenting pace that much of it fails to land. Much like an episode of Family Guy, the writing sounds like several darts thrown at a wall and only a few manage to hit a bullseye. 

At the same time, the jokes that do land are pretty good. Not great, but good. I guess we'll have to wait and see more. A Million Ways to Die in the West rides into theaters May 30th. 

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1:00 PM on 01.29.2014

8 new posters for A Million Ways to Die in the West

A Million Ways to Die in the West, Seth MacFarlane's Western comedy follow up to Ted, is busy putting the finishing touches on itself (sexual pun intended) for its May 30 release, and then means promotions are starting. No tr...

Matthew Razak

9:00 AM on 01.28.2014

Quentin Tarantino Sues Gawker Media

Recently, Quentin Tarantino filed a contributory copyright infringement lawsuit against Gawker Media, famous for publications like Kotaku, Vallywag, and (of course) Gawker. The suit claims that, by linking to a download of Ta...

Mike Cosimano

11:00 AM on 01.14.2014

New Django Film Announced

According to a press release from Point Blank Pictures, Franco Nero will reprise his famous role as the gunslinger Django in Django Lives: the canonical third installment in the Django trilogy. (Man, Django is a weird-lo...

Mike Cosimano

2:00 PM on 01.02.2014

First look at A Million Ways to Die in the West

Here's a picture from A Million Ways to Die in the West, which is Seth MacFarlane's second directorial effort. It has many qualities such as people, hats and mustaches. You can discern some things from it such as it take...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 11.27.2013

Quentin Tarantino is doing another Western, apparently

On the Tonight Show last night, Quentin Tarantino apparently announced that his next film would be a Western. That's great! I loved Django Unchained, it's no Inglorious Basterds, but it's an instant classic. Top two Tarantino...

Mike Cosimano

8:00 AM on 08.06.2013

Depp & Bruckheimer blame critics for Lone Ranger flopping

The Lone Ranger is a box office flop that will lose Disney a lot of money. According to Johnny Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the reason the movie flopped wasn't its tonal shifts, poor screenplay, problematic depictions...

Hubert Vigilla



Epic full trailer for the Japanese remake of Unforgiven photo
Epic full trailer for the Japanese remake of Unforgiven
by Hubert Vigilla

A full trailer has arrived for Yurusarezaru mono, the Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven starring Ken Watanabe and directed by Sang-il Lee. And man is it incredible. While the teaser trailer last year was very promising, this full trailer is downright epic.

Sure, there aren't any subtitles on this, but the mood and the imagery are extremely compelling. I hope that this remake brings a new perspective to the story of the Eastwood film, and also some twists that distinguish the underpinnings of the chambara movie from the Western.

Yurusarezaru mono comes out in Japan on September 13th. No word on international release yet, but we'll keep you posted.

[via Twitch]

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The Battle For A More Conscientious Tonto photo
The Battle For A More Conscientious Tonto
by Liz Rugg

The portrayal of Native Americans in film has been problematic for a long time. Going back as far as John Ford's 1939 western Stagecoach, the Native American has been stereotyped, truncated and even vilified by traditional Hollywood cinema. The newest movie to add to this discussion is Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger, which opened in theaters this week. The Lone Ranger is an adaptation of a 1940s television series that was itself a followup to a radio drama serial of the same name. In Verbinski's The Lone Ranger, Johnny Depp stars as Tonto, a Comanche Indian who helps John Reid, played by Armie Hammer, on his journey of becoming the Lone Ranger.

The character of Tonto in previous iterations has been criticized over the years as being essentially a talking prop, merely a sidekick for the Lone Ranger, barely able to speak English and never a driving force of the television show or radio dramas. Verbinski, Disney and Depp have made a lot of efforts during the production of The Lone Ranger to emphasize that they wanted to portray a different kind of Tonto -- from having Comanche advisers on set to receiving the permission of the Navajo Nation to film on their lands to explicitly stating that they wanted to right the past wrongs of Native Americans in cinema -- but does The Lone Ranger actually live up to any of that? Does Depp's Tonto actually right the film industry's previous wrongs?

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2:00 PM on 06.19.2013

See the Lone Ranger early and free

How do you spell hi ho? Is it like that? Hi ho Siliver, away! Or is it one word or hyphenated? I bet I could Google this and find out, but instead I'll just live in ignorance. While I'm pondering deep questions of the univers...

Matthew Razak

9:00 AM on 05.15.2013

Will Smith to star and produce The Wild Bunch remake

After turning down Django Unchained because he felt his character wouldn't be the hero, Will Smith now sets his eyes on another violent Western. This time it's a remake of The Wild Bunch, a film about a group of men who ...

Nick Valdez

8:00 PM on 04.17.2013

Trailer: The Lone Ranger

The final trailer paints The Lone Ranger as Pirates of the Caribbean (given all the Bruckheimer vibe) with a Jonah Hex skin. It's got the Ranger's origin story and how he meets Tonto (as a man who has been to the other ...

Nick Valdez



Review: Bloody Fight in Iron Rock Valley photo
Review: Bloody Fight in Iron Rock Valley
by Hubert Vigilla

[This review was originally posted as part of our coverage of the 2012 New York Asian Film Festival. It is being reposted as a reminder that the film will be screening for free tomorrow evening at the Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. More information can be found here.]

Tales of revenge are often driven by a sense of moral outrage or a sense of emotional investment, sometimes a sense of mystery as well. There's something that drives people, that keep them going, that makes the final moment of confrontation cathartic (or, in some revenge films that question the nature of vengeance, absolutely empty).

What's important is that these kinds of films make you feel something, even if it's just revulsion or rage. Maybe it's just film festival fatigue talking, but Bloody Fight in Iron Rock Valley didn't make me feel much of anything. That's not for lack of trying, though.

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11:00 AM on 03.14.2013

Trailer: The Lone Ranger (Japanese)

This new trailer for Disney's The Lone Ranger (starring Armie "Arm & Hammer" Hammer and Johnny "I'm always Jack Sparrow" Depp) may be turning Japanese-a, but it still has a bit of English dialogue and quite a l...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 02.22.2013

Trailer: Gallowwalkers

Back after a lengthy...um...hiatus, Wesley Snipes is back in an awesome clash of the Western and low budget Horror genres. While he's...um...currently away, he managed to film Gallowwalkers outside of the United States for t...

Nick Valdez

8:00 PM on 02.12.2013

Amanda Seyfried does it cowgirl with Seth MacFarlane

Everybody's second favorite Mean Girl (behind Lacey Chabert, of course) has kept herself busy since she was last seen predicting rain. Besides making an appearance in last year's Les Miserables, she showed off her storm detec...

Geoff Henao

9:30 AM on 02.04.2013

Super Bowl TV spot for The Lone Ranger

Now if memory serves, this TV spot for The Lone Ranger marked the transition from normal commercials to Super Bowl commercials. It was a long spot, essentially a trailer for people watching on TV, and you know what? It doesn...

Hubert Vigilla

3:00 PM on 01.21.2013

Flix for Short: Malaria

Malaria, by Edson Oda, is a motion comic that tells its story with absolutely no animation whatsoever. It goes panel to panel through beautifully done craftsmanship and ingenuity that's just meant to be stared at. It follows...

Nick Valdez



Review: The Last Stand photo
Review: The Last Stand
by Matthew Razak

Despite Arnold Schwarzenegger's plethora of cameos throughout the past decade or so (most recently in The Expendables 2) the action superstar hasn't headlined a film in quite some time. Now he's back (sorry) with The Last Stand and the trumpets are sounding the return of the master of big, dumb action flicks. And why shouldn't they?

The Last Stand has all the right parts to be a great action vehicle for Arnold. It's part western and part action movie and is directed by balls out awesome Korean director Kim Jee-Woon. It's not too big to be a disappointment, but not too small to seem like he's slumming it. This should be a movie that's just plain enjoyable. 

Read on to find out if it succeeds, and I promise no more "I'll be back." references.

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Deep Analysis: Django Unchained  photo
Deep Analysis: Django Unchained
by Nick Valdez

Django Unchained is a peculiar film. It tip toes along a fine line between vigorous exploitation and gentle subtly. At times, it feels like it is fighting itself to decide what kind of film it wants to be. Does it want to be a homage to the antebellum south and classic western films or would it prefer to steep itself in modernity and pop culture references like in most Tarantino films? 

As the two tones of the film collide and try to reach an equilibrium, the roles of characters are thrown into flux. Who is the main character? Whose story is given more importance, Schultz or Django?

Turns out, the film is about both of the heroes and manages to fit two hero's journeys within its narrative. And before you read on, I'd like to point out there is some major spoilage going on in this article. So if you'd like, and if you've seen Django Unchained, please read on for an examination of Schultz and Django's stories. And boy, this is a long one. 

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