In 1992, Reservoir Dogs introduced Quentin Tarantino and his brand of cinematic violence to the world. Now, 25 years later, Big Star Games and Lionsgate are bringing a video game prequel to PC. Though video game tie-ins haven't exactly set the world on fire since... well, ever... Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days is hoping to be as memorable as Mr. Blonde, and not nearly as forgettable as Mr. Brown.
Of course, no individual could be fairly credited with having singlehandedly invented the modern understanding of what it means to be cool, but Japanese filmmaker Seijun Suzuki is as good a place as any to start. With such films as Branded to Kill and Tokyo Drifter, he reimagined the gangster figure as an icon of bold sartorial style, unflappable stoicism, and casual Zenlike profundity. A few years later, these films would go on to inspire French New Wave classic Le Samouraï, which would later trickle down to the cinema of Quentin Tarantino and Jim Jarmusch. But to ascribe Suzuki’s importance to his influence on others would be an insult; his films map an entire engrossing world unto themselves.
Sundance isn’t always about the new stuff. Every year, the Sundance Institute picks a few films to screen as special events, and this year, among the choices are Amir Bar-Lev’s Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip and Quentin Tarantino’s classic Reservoir Dogs.
Given how much space physical media takes up, it’s hard for movie buffs to say no to the great promise of “cloud storage,” and the idea that we could summon anything we want to watch with just a couple of clicks. But so far, reality hasn’t matched the hype. Streaming services have been focused on exclusives and original programming, to the extent that the only way to have access to everything available is to spend hundreds of dollars a month on subscription fees. Meanwhile, older films keep disappearing from the digital archives; and even items that cinephiles “own” sometimes become inaccessible whenever software updates or a site shutters.
Might as well call it quits while you’re on top, right? That’s what Quentin Tarantino is thinking. The 53-year-old filmmaker has eight films under his belt and only plans to make two more. After that, he says he’s retiring.
When Tim Miller exited Deadpool 2 over creative differences (with Ryan Reynolds, of all people!) we were pretty shocked. The first Deadpool was great, an R-rated, funny, and blood-soaked respite from the formula we’ve come to expect from Marvel, and the prospect of a sequel was equally as exciting. But with Miller’s exit, Deadpool’s future has become a little more uncertain — so uncertain, that fans have set up their own petition to get Quentin Tarantino for the sequel instead.
In many ways, Quentin Tarantino is a film lover first, a filmmaker second. It’s his deep knowledge of cinema that’s made his films do distinct. Whether you’re a fan of Tarantino’s appropriation or not, you can’t deny how much his profound love of the medium defines his work. But instead of just plucking his favorite bits and pieces to make another genre film, Tarantino’s next project will literally be inspired by film history.
Anyone who made it through the entirety of Luke Cage knows that the Marvel Netflix series paid homage to the character’s 1970s roots where possible, but primarily focused on more topical implications of a bulletproof black superhero. At least some think the character was most effective in the original blaxploitation context, as Quentin Tarantino claims of his prior idea for a Luke Cage movie.
Last we heard, Kevin Smith’s TV take on The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension was still shaping up for an Amazon order, but the Mallrats director is already thinking big. Not only does Smith have hopes for Quentin Tarantino to direct an episode, so too do we know what unused portions of the 1984 film will end up explored.
In case you had any faith in Hollywood’s treatment of women, you’re about to be very let down and very disgusted.