The Directors Series: Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight Sometime after the runaway success of 2012’s DJANGO UNCHAINED, director Quentin Tarantino was taking in a viewing of John Carpenter’s horror classic, THE THING (1982).  He came away from this particular screening with complicated feelings– an impression that compelled him to take to his writing as a…

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The Directors Series: Quentin Tarantino’s Four Rooms (The Man From Hollywood) Sponsored by: Special.tv – Stream Independent  Every director experiences a misfire at some point in his/her career.  Even Stanley Kubrick, widely considered to be one of the greatest directors that ever lived, felt the bitter string of failure once or twice.  It’s as inevitable as the…

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Directors Series: Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk Along with the mass devastation and the loss of millions of lives, World War 2 brought about something positive: a recognition of the innate heroism in every person.  It wasn’t just a conflict fought by unseen general and soldiers on some distant field by– it was a harrowing ordeal that…

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Directors Series: Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner As I sit here writing this essay, it is the year 2018, in the city of Los Angeles, California.  It’s a sunny, slightly chilly morning.  When I look out my window, I see the stubby trees, freshly-watered green lawns, and the stately bungalows of Larchmont— a sleepy residential neighborhood…

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Directors Series: Ridley Scott’s Thelma and Louise A good friend once likened a director’s cultural relevance to a tuning fork— after so many strikes, the fork can begin straying from perfect pitch.  Similarly, a director can deliver a number of films that strike a chord with audiences before finding him or herself eclipsed by their…

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Directors Series: The Coen Brother’s The Big Lebowski When the Coens made their debut with ., they managed to develop a personal friendship with their sales rep, Jeff Dowd. The brothers were fascinated by Dowd’s eccentric character, known throughout LA as a good-­natured stoner/slacker nicknamed “The Dude”. Around the time of Barton Fink, they started…

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