Quentin Tarantino, the Master Remixer

I’ve enjoyed the “Everything is a Remix” video series. As an old-school hip-hop fan, I’ve always enjoyed figuring out the origin of samples used in any given track. I guess that’s why part 2 of the remix series, which covered remixing in movies, was so interesting to me. That video touches on some of Quentin Tarantino’s work and then directs viewers to check out another video which goes into depth on Tarantino’s considerable theft reuse of ideas from earlier movies. I had no idea that Quentin “remixed” so much material for Kill Bill. Check it out:

My Top 20+ Movies

In answer to Trader X’s question, here are some of my favorite movies. There’s no way I can rank them beyond maybe the first three. Nor could I stop at just twenty so with the help of my historical rankings on NetFlix I’ve gone 40 deep. Depending on my mood, any of these could be in the top 20:

  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • City of God (Cidade de Deus)
  • Trading Places
  • A Fish Called Wanda
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Clear and Present Danger
  • Friday
  • Malcolm X
  • The Matrix
  • The Devil’s Advocate
  • Rabbit-Proof Fence
  • Memento
  • Get Shorty
  • Rush Hour
  • Brown Sugar
  • The Sixth Sense
  • Austin Powers 1
  • There’s Something About Mary
  • Buena Vista Social Club
  • The Fifth Element
  • Desperado

Honorable Mention:

  • Training Day
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Misery
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Amistad
  • Analyze This
  • As Good as It Gets
  • Better Than Chocolate
  • Black Hawk Down
  • Blade
  • Casino
  • The Game
  • GoodFellas
  • Heat
  • Set it Off
  • Sling Blade
  • The Thomas Crown Affair
  • The Untouchables
  • Donnie Brasco

Lots of Extra Content in the ‘Ray’ DVD

Sounds like the DVD of ‘Ray’ is well worth checking out, even for peeps who saw the movie in the theater:

Too often the “extended editions” of popular films released to DVD seem to contain little more than a few minutes of filler scenes that didn’t work well enough to be included in the theatrical cut, or moments of sex, violence or crude humor that had to be softened to get the rating the studio wanted.

That’s not the case with “Ray,” Taylor Hackford’s account of the life and times of Ray Charles, played by Jamie Foxx in a performance that earned him an Oscar nomination last week. The Universal Home Video disc contains an option: push one button and the film unfolds in the 152-minute form in which it played in theaters; push another, and a substantially different movie appears, incorporating 24 more minutes of material that adds considerably to the film’s rhythm, dramatic depth and complex, ambivalent vision of its subject.

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Vh1’s Black in the 80s Series

I just finished watching the ‘film/movies’ episode of ‘Black in the 80s‘. It was an entertaining and informative trip back to the 80s. It made me realize that I need to add some (major) movies to my NetFlix queue that slipped by me. I also have to watch Hollywood Shuffle again! I’m looking forward to catching the Def Jams (music) and TV episodes over the next couple of days. It’s definitely worth checking out, especially for those of you who are too young to really remember/know what went down in the 80s.

Speaking of Documentaries…

A friend of mine just recommended ‘The Corporation‘.to me. After seeing the trailer its definitely on my list. Here’s what it’s about:

One hundred and fifty years ago, the corporation was a relatively insignificant entity. Today, it is a vivid, dramatic and pervasive presence in all our lives. Like the Church, the Monarchy and the Communist Party in other times and places, the corporation is today’s dominant institution. But history humbles dominant institutions. All have been crushed, belittled or absorbed into some new order. The corporation is unlikely to be the first to defy history. In this complex and highly entertaining documentary, Mark Achbar, co-director of the influential and inventive MANUFACTURING CONSENT: NOAM CHOMSKY AND THE MEDIA, teams up with co-director Jennifer Abbott and writer Joel Bakan to examine the far-reaching repercussions of the corporation’s increasing preeminence. Based on Bakan’s book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, the film is a timely, critical inquiry that invites CEOs, whistle-blowers, brokers, gurus, spies, players, pawns and pundits on a graphic and engaging quest to reveal the 4corporation’s inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures. Featuring illuminating interviews with Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Howard Zinn and many others, THE CORPORATION charts the spectacular rise of an institution aimed at achieving specific economic goals as it also recounts victories against this apparently invincible force.

Update: William at Abstract Dynamics has some thoughts on the movie. It doesn’t open in Atlanta until Friday so I’ll give my opinion on the flick sometime after that.

‘Fahrenheit’ Sets Record for Documentaries

Fahrenheit 9/11‘ just broke the $100 million mark, setting a new record for a documentary. I just heard a report on CNN’s ‘The Biz’ which said that Michael Moore pointed out that ‘Fahrenheit’ has now made more than any Disney release this year. I wonder how Michael Eisner is feeling about refusing to distribute ‘Fahrenheit’ now (a couple of weeks ago he had no regrets). That can’t be a good feeling, especially for such an embattled CEO.

Why Must I be Like That, Why Must I Chase the Cat?

Halle Berry's Catwoman Suit

Gothamist is hating on Halle’s Catwoman suit for the upcoming Catwoman movie. I understand their point when they say “This Catwoman get-up is so in-your-face it’s not sexy.” Sometimes less is more. Or in this case, more (material) is more. But I think the studio is banking on all that skin drawing a huge audience, so I doubt that the suit will get changed to something more conservative. (Here kitty, kitty…)