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Quentin Tarantino Lists Top Films of 2013, Including 'The Lone Ranger' and 'This is the End'

Quentin Tarantino sat out the ten best lists last year because he was in fevered production on "Django Unchained." This year he has already posted his alphabetical ten best list of 2013 so far on his site. While the Oscar-winner is an Academy member, don't look for his taste to be replicated by the Academy at large.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 6, 2013 10:48 PM
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R.I.P. Elmore Leonard: 1925-2013

When the late Elmore Leonard began writing fiction in the early Nineteen-Fifties, Westerns ruled the roost, so most of his early heroes wore cowboy hats. When this great American writer, who died today at 87, went with the flow in 1969, and switched to writing urban thrillers (with the twice-filmed "The Big Bounce"), the change wasn't a wrenching one. He didn't ask his characteristically watchful and laconic heroes to change much more than their hats when they relocated from the deserts of the Southwest to the mean streets of Detroit and Miami.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 20, 2013 2:04 PM
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10 Filmmakers' Top 10 Films Lists: Scorsese, Kubrick, Allen, Tarantino, Nolan and More

Flavorwire has compiled 10 filmmakers' Top 10 Films lists. Included are Martin Scorsese (who lists Powell and Pressburger's "The Red Shoes" and Renoir's "The River," among others ), Stanley Kubrick (who singles out Chaplin's "City Lights" and Antonioni's "La notte"), and Woody Allen (a fan of Bergman's "Seventh Seal" and Kurosawa's "Rashomon").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2013 1:16 PM
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IMDb Releases Top Ten List of Most Popular Cannes Competition Films, Quentin Tarantino Dominates

As the Cannes Film Festival gets underway today, IMDb has released its list of the 10 most popular films to have been screened in competition for the Palme d'Or, based on user votes. Unsurprisingly, Quentin Tarantino makes a good showing on the list, dominating in the top three spots with 1994's "Pulp Fiction" 2009's "Inglourious Basterds" and 2005's "Sin City" (for which he's credited as "special guest director" following Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 15, 2013 12:23 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Brian Trenchard-Smith on Tarantino's Spaghetti Southern 'Django Unchained'

Bullets Don't Argue! week kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing Quentin Tarantino's Spaghetti Southern "Django Unchained," which won the Oscars for Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz) and Best Original Screenplay.
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  • May 13, 2013 11:23 AM
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Filmmaker Top Ten Lists, from Fassbinder, Haneke and Almodovar to Scorsese, Tarantino and More

Excerpted are lists from Rainer Maria Fassbinder and Michael Haneke, as well as Pedro Almodovar, whose list offers an interesting counterpart to Fassbinder's. Both he and Almodovar have sought to consider the queer experience via cinephilia, formal style and colorful, socially-conscious melodrama.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 1, 2013 2:30 PM
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'Django Unchained' Will Show in China: Tarantino Agrees to SARFT Demand for More Cuts

Hollywood sees dollar signs when they look at China. It's the land of new opportunity. But navigating with this burgeoning market has its hazards. The main issue is one that will never be resolved, not on the creative co-production side and not at the distribution end either. And that is SARFT, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, the government censorship entity which is set up to protect its citizens.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 26, 2013 2:45 PM
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Quentin Tarantino Obsessions, from Food to Toes (VIDEO)

Quentin Tarantino loves to shoot his characters eating. More than a few film students have likely written a thesis paper on the way Bill cuts the crusts off a sandwich in "Kill Bill: Volume 2."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 1, 2013 6:14 PM
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Tarantino Will Present Star of Texas Award for Linklater's 'Dazed and Confused'

Quentin Tarantino will present the Star of Texas Award to Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused" at the Texas Film Hall of Fame on March 7, celebrating the film's 20th anniversary. A screening of the film with the cast will take place on March 6.  Tarantino includes the film on his 2002 Sight and Sound list of his top ten films of all time.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 28, 2013 1:41 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Robert Richardson Unchains 'Django'

Nearly lost in all the controversy surrounding the pop cultural deconstruction of slavery in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," is what a liberating experience it was for the director and his fellow filmmakers. For Tarantino, it was a chance to improvise more than usual, but for cinematographer Robert Richardson...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 31, 2012 1:54 PM
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