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The Top Ten Quentin Tarantino Collaborators – Part 2

Much like Tarantino with his current Kill Bill films, I thought I’d make this a two-part article.

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Unlike Tarantino, I won’t be getting twice as much money for doing it.

Sally Menke

sally menkeSadly, Long-time Tarantino collaborator Sally Menke passed away in 2010. As Tarantino’s loyal and exceptionally talented Editor, Menke worked on all of his feature films until her death, starting with Reservoir Dogs and ending with Inglourious Basterds.

Yes, Tarantino often gets credited for being the auteur of a generation, but without Menke, his films would undoubtedly have lacked much of the precision, tempo and grit, which only Menke could apply to a roll of celluloid.

Her exceptional contributions didn’t go unnoticed though. She received Academy Award nominations for both Inglourious Basterds and Pulp Fiction.

No doubt if she was still with us Menke would have continued her editing career with Django Unchained. The film is most comparable in tone and style to Inglourious Basterds, and new Editor Fred Raskin (Assistant Editor on the Kill Bill films) does her proud.

But Tarantino’s latest did feel like it lacked the complete sharpness and clarity felt in his previous films, and maybe, this was partly due to Menke’s absence.

(A Band) Apart of: 7 Films

Collaborative influence: 9/10 Continue reading

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The Top Ten Quentin Tarantino Collaborators – Part 1

He is the Director of a generation. He makes films no other filmmaker would dare to, and he does it in style.

He’s killed Bill, he’s killed Hitler, and he’s even shot the Devil. He’s also revived countless careers and he’s done all of this while tip-toeing along a very fine line between homage and plagiarism.tarantino

Quentin Tarantino is a visionary Director who has given us unparalleled levels of entertainment. But he didn’t do it by himself. Here are ten of his collaborators who have helped him along his filmmaking journey.

Zoë Bell

zoe bellUma who? You could say Zoë Bell was Tarantino’s second infatuation, the first being the more famed relationship with Ms. Uma Thurman.

Zoë Bell is an Australian stunt performer whose first big gig was in TV series Xena: Warrior Princess. Tarantino must have seen something he liked, because he soon recruited her to do all of the dangerous stunts for his Bride in both Kill Bill films.

Renowned for favouring a hands-on approach himself (actually strangling Diane Kruger for maximum effect in Inglourious Basterds being one example of many incidents), I can only assume Tarantino appreciated Bell’s rough and ready style.

After the Kill Bill saga and the end of the (professional collaborative) relationship between QT and UT, the excitable director gave his new muse the opportunity to step out from the shadows and take a lead acting role in his next project, Death Proof (albeit playing herself – with her real name to boot).

After Death Proof, Zoë Bell performed stunts for Tarantino in Inglourious Basterds (for both Mélanie Laurent and Diane Kruger’s characters – Shosanna and Bridget von Hammersmark respectively) and she even stars in Django Unchained with a blink and you’ll miss her cameo role.

What she lacks in acting talent she covers in charisma and gusto, so I am confident Zoë Bell will be a staple of many of Tarantino’s future films, even if it is as a bit-part character. Continue reading


Oscars 2013: 10 Films That Could Surprise You – Part 1

In less than a month the most prestigious and recognised film award ceremony in the world will return for the 85th time.

The Academy Awards are not exactly famous for delivering shocks or surprises, and in recent years this has become especially apparent. Last year, we all already knew The Artist would win Best Picture, and The King’s Speech the year before was almost a dead-cert as well.

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This year may provide a few more surprises though as many of the categories are shared by numerous films and filmmakers genuinely deserving of recognition and celebration. There will always be front-runners when it comes to the Oscars, especially as the big day nears, but surely this year there will be a few surprises.

Let’s have a look at the films which could provide an upset: Continue reading