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DJANGO UNCHAINED Is All Too Restrained

A plantation in the antebellum South is a perfect setting for a Quentin Tarantino film. His movies flip expectations, revealing gangsters as mundane chatterboxes and assassins as loving parents, transforming the would-be victims of murderous stalkers and World War II Nazis into forces of vengeance.
  • By Peter Labuza
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  • December 12, 2012 12:20 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: ON THE Q.T.: Chapter 2: PULP FICTION (The Cool)

Quentin Tarantino’s films treat talk as action; torrents of words spill out of his characters' mouths, defining and redefining them, in their own eyes and in the eyes of the world.
  • By Peter Labuza and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • October 19, 2012 11:14 AM
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EYE OPENERS: Peter Labuza's THE CINEPHILIACS, A New Podcast

“I’d like to think while I’m watching a film, I try and approach it on its own terms. I think to myself, ‘What is the review this movie wants? And what is the review this movie is going to get?’ But really it’s about asking, what is the ideal version of this movie? What is it trying to be and to what extent does it get there?”
  • By Peter Labuza
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  • September 10, 2012 10:51 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: DIAL K FOR KUROSAWA

The perfect crime, the wrong man, the speeding train, and the surprising MacGuffin. "High and Low" has all the best elements of a great Alfred Hitchcock film. But it isn’t Hitchcock—it’s Akira Kurosawa, the Japanese director better known for his samurai flicks and complex moral tales.
  • By Peter Labuza
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  • May 15, 2012 1:44 PM
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