Quentin Tarantino’s Visual References

It is a well known fact that Quentin Tarantino is a self-proclaimed cinephile. But the writer/director’s love for cinema is most obviously expressed through his own films. In addition to showing his characters spending a great deal of time discussing cinema, Tarantino’s films are jam-packed with homages and visual references to the movies that have intrigued him throughout his life.


Actors on Actors: Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Keaton

Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Keaton have shared the screen several times, in comedies like “The Other Guys” or dramas such as Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown.” Jackson is reunited with Tarantino for “The Hateful Eight,” in which he plays a bounty hunter in post-Civil War Wyoming. Keaton leads an impressive ensemble in “Spotlight,” Tom McCarthy’s drama about Boston Globe reporters who broke the story of the Catholic Church’s cover-up of child molestation by priests.

Keaton and Jackson

An Analysis The T-Rex Attack in “Jurassic Park” (1993)

 analyzes the first T-Rex attack in “Jurassic Park” (1993), but frame the discussion around the following quote from Steven Soderbergh:

“I was studying the work of certain directors that I felt knew how to lay things out. I was watching Fincher. I was watching McTiernan. And I was watching Spielberg stuff. Those three guys, when they’re shooting physical sequences, are just impossible to beat. Their gift for creating chronological imagery is really pronounced.


The New Force Behind Star Wars

J.J. Abrams, the director of the latest “Star Wars” installment takes Bill Whitaker behind the scenes

This week, the curtain goes up on the most anticipated movie of the year — “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” It’s the first new Star Wars in a decade and the first to be made without creator George Lucas. Three years ago, Lucas sold his empire to The Walt Disney Company for $4 billion. Enter J.J. Abrams, the director hand-picked to re-ignite the fan fervor — and who is under tremendous pressure to make sure Disney’s big bet pays off. He’s been called the Steven Spielberg of his generation and we learned Spielberg helped get him the job. When Abrams took us behind the scenes, we found a 49-year-old man fueled by a childlike enthusiasm for the magic of movies and a movie that’s going to hit some classic Star Wars notes.

Six weeks before the premiere, we dropped in on a Hollywood scoring session for “The Force Awakens.”

Composer John Williams, who won an Academy Award for the first Star Wars film, was back — along with the iconic refrain he wrote 38 years ago.

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