Song of the Day #4,079: ‘I Got a Name’ – Jim Croce

Continuing my countdown of the films of Quentin Tarantino:

#8 – Django Unchained

Maybe it says more about my opinion of Westerns than about the films of Quentin Tarantino, but I just realized the bottom of my list is made up of QT’s explorations of Western tropes.

Django Unchained looks at American slavery through the lens of a Black bounty hunter on a quest to win back his wife from a plantation owner. And for most of its nearly three hour running time it is one of Tarantino’s best films.

Continue reading

Finally, some movies I actually want to see!

The year in movies has thus far been rather disappointing. Apart from a trio of solid comic book movies (The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises) and Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, I hadn’t had a really memorable experience at the movies through the first nine months of 2012.

But I’m hopeful that things are about to change.

Last weekend I saw Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest, The Master (more below), and it was preceded by seven trailers — yes, seven! — all of which were at least mildly promising. I can’t remember the last time that happened.

Here are the eleven upcoming movies I’m most anticipating (in order of my excitement):

Continue reading