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The Most Memorable Quote From Each Quentin Tarantino Movie, Ranked

Besides maybe Aaron Sorkin, no writer is as famed for their dialogue as Quentin Tarantino. He has an uncanny way of making each line stand well on its own and also contribute to the ongoing narrative. His characters’ conversations flow so smoothly, and they are each defined primarily by the way they speak and the words they choose.

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A lot of this stems from Tarantino’s deep respect for language, something all good writers must have, and also his method of writing screenplays as novels without even considering how they’ll come out on-screen until he’s done writing them. Anyway, here is The Most Memorable Quote From Each Quentin Tarantino Movie, Ranked.

8 Death Proof: “Get ready to fly, b****!”

Quentin Tarantino has openly admitted that Death Proof is his worst movie, and he’s using it as the benchmark to make sure he never makes a movie that bad again. The slasher premise of the film actually had a lot of promise. Stuntman Mike is a menacing guy and he has an inventive way of killing his victims: crashing into them with his “death-proof” stunt car.

He even has quippy Freddy Krueger-esque lines like, “Get ready to fly, b****!” It’s just unfortunate that Tarantino eschewed the traditional slasher structure in favor of long, extended, drawn-out dialogue scenes that go nowhere, inspired by Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, a controversial cult Russ Meyers movie.

7 Kill Bill – “Do you find me sadistic?”

These are the movie’s haunting opening words. We open on a grainy black-and-white closeup shot of the Bride’s bruised and bloodied face and hear Bill speaking to her: “Do you find me sadistic? You know, I’ll bet I could fry an egg on your head right now if I wanted to. No, Kiddo, I’d like to believe you’re aware enough, even now, to know there’s nothing sadistic in my actions. Maybe towards those other jokers, but not you. No, Kiddo, this moment – this is me at my most…masochistic.”

And then she takes a bullet to the head and we burst into the opening titles set to the chilling twangs of Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).”

6 Jackie Brown – “AK-47. The very best there is.”

“When you absolutely, positively got to kill every motherf***** in the room, accept no substitutes.”

Samuel L. Jackson has said that Ordell Robbie in Jackie Brown is one of his favorite characters he’s ever played. And this is a guy with over 100 film credits to his name, so when he says he responded particularly well to a certain role, it actually means something.

Ordell is an arms dealer from the Elmore Leonard literary universe, who Tarantino brought to life on the big screen in his first (and so far only) adaptation of someone else’s story. Of all the guns he talks about, Ordell’s favorite is the AK-47, because it will “kill every motherf***** in the room.”

5 Inglourious Basterds – “I need me eight soldiers. Eight Jewish-American soldiers.”

This is the line that sets up Lt. Aldo Raine’s Apache warpath into Nazi-occupied Europe. But it also sets up Quentin Tarantino’s intentions with the movie. Inglourious Basterds is a historical movie, but not a historically accurate one – it’s a historical revenge fantasy that sees a platoon of Jewish-American soldiers exacting vengeance on Adolf Hitler and the whole Third Reich.

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The Apache element is summed up at the end of the monologue: “Each and every man under my command owes me one hundred Nazi scalps. And I want my scalps. And all y’all will git me one hundred Nazi scalps, taken from the heads of one hundred dead Nazis. Or you will die tryin’.”

4 Reservoir Dogs – “Are you gonna bark all day, li’l doggie, or are you gonna bite?”

Michael Madsen was the perfect actor to play Mr. Blonde in Quentin Tarantino’s indie directorial debut Reservoir Dogs, because he has the ice-cool demeanor and laid-back charm to make him a simultaneously intense and charismatic character. Even his delivery of this seemingly aggressive and threatening line is pretty casual.

As he drinks back a soda, he nonchalantly says, “Are you gonna bark all day, li’l doggie, or are you gonna bite?” Madsen doesn’t quite steal the movie, since the likes of Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, and Chris Penn provide strong performances amid the ensemble cast, but he does give a memorable turn – and some memorable lines.

3 The Hateful Eight – “When you get to Hell, John, tell them Daisy sent you.”

The Hateful Eight might not have been the instant classic that a lot of Quentin Tarantino’s other movies were, but there is a lot to enjoy in it – namely, Jennifer Jason Leigh’s powerful, Oscar-nominated, kind of controversial turn as the convicted murderer Daisy Domergue.

The movie’s treatment of women came under fire for its darkly comic and violent bent, but at the end of the day, Daisy is a vicious criminal. Courtney Bissonette of Bust put it best: “They don’t treat her like a fairy princess because she is a woman, they treat her like a killer because she is a killer.”

2 Pulp Fiction – “The path of the righteous man…”

Samuel L. Jackson’s Ezekiel 25:17 speech in Pulp Fiction proves that in the Tarantino-verse, not only was Hitler assassinated by Jewish soldiers – there’s a whole different Bible, too. This passage isn’t what you’ll find in our world’s version of the Bible. Tarantino actually paraphrased it from an old Sonny Chiba kung fu movie.

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Here’s the full version: “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness. For he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.”

1 Django Unchained – “The D is silent.”

In Django Unchained, when movie buffs noticed Franco Nero – who played Django in the original Italian spaghetti western series – sitting at a bar next to Jamie Foxx, they knew some cool reference was coming up.

Nero, technically playing a character named Amerigo Vessepi (but basically playing himself), asks, “What’s your name?” Django simply replies, “Django.” Nero asks, “Can you spell it?” “D-J-A-N-G-O. The D is silent.” And as if that last quip wasn’t cool enough – and the studio did deem it cool enough to be used as the film’s poster tagline – Nero then steals the scene by saying, “I know.”

NEXT: 10 Best Used Songs In Tarantino Movies


2019-04-15 09:04:12

Ben Sherlock

10 Things We Hope To See In Quentin Tarantino’s R-Rated Star Trek Movie

It was a curious little development in the film industry when it was announced that Quentin Tarantino had pitched an R-rated Star Trek movie to J.J. Abrams and Paramount – and they liked it.

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While Tarantino’s movie is said to be separate from the fourth movie in the reboot series, which may or may not still be happening, and The Revenant’s Mark L. Smith is working on a script, we know very little about the plot itself. But that just means we can have fun speculating. So, here are 10 Things We Hope To See In Quentin Tarantino’s R-Rated Star Trek Movie.

10 A nostalgic ‘60s feel

One of the greatest things about Quentin Tarantino’s filmography is that he homages old genres by immersing us in the same feeling we get from watching actual old movies from those genres. He does this by focusing on all the details: the camera angles, the editing, the music, the set design, the costume design.

J.J. Abrams gave the ‘60s Star Trek sets a modern makeover with his reboot series in the Kelvin Timeline, but it would be great to see Tarantino touch on our nostalgia by recreating the look and feel of the ‘60s TV series. He could do for Star Trek what he did for the blaxploitation genre with Jackie Brown, or the spaghetti western genre with Django Unchained.

9 Aestheticized gory violence

Everyone knows Tarantino movies for their violence. He makes the bloodiest movies around, with cartoonish spurts of blood and a glamorization of gun use. The critics of this kind of violence would be silenced if the guns were otherworldly phasers and not symptoms of a national issue and the blood was spattered across the Starship Enterprise and not the cotton fields of antebellum-era America.

Tarantino’s aestheticized violence usually takes us out of the reality of the movie when his movies are set in harrowing realities like Nazi Germany, but that kind of violence would be right at home in Star Trek, where we’re already taken out of reality anyway.

8 The use of an old Klingon proverb

Quentin Tarantino likes to keep all of his movies connected in a wider universe, using Easter eggs and crossovers and shared character names and fake corporate brands to link them all together. His Star Trek movie could still do that by tying into Kill Bill.

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Kill Bill begins with an epigraph (the fancy word for a quote at the beginning of a movie) that says, “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” The title card jokingly attributes this quote as an “old Klingon proverb.” Tarantino could subtly tie the two movies together if he has a Klingon saying, “Revenge is a dish best served cold,” at any point.

7 Nonlinear narrative structure

A lot of Quentin Tarantino’s movies have a nonlinear narrative structure, to the point that it’s become one of the defining hallmarks of his filmmaking style. But you can’t just shoehorn in a nonlinear narrative structure – it has to work for that individual narrative, and that’s why some Tarantino movies don’t adopt that kind of structure.

In the case of Star Trek, though, with the many conflicting and overlapping timelines, it would make perfect sense for the story. Tarantino has subtly toyed with this idea before, like when he changed a few lines of dialogue in the same scenes in Pulp Fiction when they were portrayed from a different perspective.

6 An appearance by Jean-Luc Picard

While Quentin Tarantino isn’t the kind of filmmaker who would be happy to toss in MCU-style setups, payoffs, and Easter eggs from other movies in his own films to keep them whole and complete, there must be some way to get Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard in his new movie.

We already know he’s returning to the role in a TV series and Stewart has said he’d be more than happy to do it: “One of my dreams is to work with Tarantino. I admire his work so much, and to be in a Tarantino film would give me so much satisfaction. So, if he is going to direct something to do with Star Trek and there was the possibility of dear old Jean-Luc showing up again and doing that for Mr. Tarantino, I would embrace it.” Tarantino could do a version of Star Trek Generations, which teamed up Picard and Kirk, that is actually good.

5 The death of Spock

Zachary Quinto has hinted that after the upcoming fourth Star Trek movie and the related/unrelated Tarantino movie, he’ll be leaving the role of Spock behind: “I’m really honored to be carrying the mantle of this character, so as long as we’re having fun and the stories feel interesting, I’m open to it. If we make a fourth one [in the main reboot series] and then we do a film with Quentin, that feels like an incredibly complete experience.”

We’ve seen Khan rebooted for the modern day as the evil villain of Star Trek Into Darkness. Now, let’s see the dark, gritty, bloody, R-rated version of Spock’s death.

4 Honoring the Star Trek traditions

Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek movie will mark the first time he’s ever dived into blockbuster territory or directed an entry in a big Hollywood franchise. He usually writes and directs his own original stories. He’s adapted one novel, which he bent and shaped until it worked for his filmmaking style, and other than that, his movies have been wholly original (well, full of homages and cinematic reference points, but still technically original).

But despite a new age rating and creative tone, Tarantino needs to stay true to the characters and stories of Star Trek in his new movie. Most fans’ issue with Star Trek Beyond is that it wasn’t very Star Trek-y in its attempts to appeal to a wider audience and it ended up actually having an adverse effect.

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So, Tarantino needs to stick to the traditions. There’s not much fear that he won’t, though. Despite his work’s fierce originality, Tarantino has often shown a great respect for the traditions of genres and different styles of storytelling, so there’s little doubt that he would stay true to the traditions of Star Trek. Still, it’s worth mentioning that this needs to be a part of the new movie.

3 The horrors of space

Karl Urban, who plays Bones McCoy in the reboot series, has explained a little bit about what’s going on with Tarantino’s Star Trek movie: “[Tarantino] went in to [producer] J.J. [Abrams]’s offices and pitched him an idea for a Star Trek movie. I know a little bit about what that is, and it’s bananas…He wants an R rating to really make those beats of consequence land. If it’s not PG, if someone gets sucked out into space, which we have all seen before, we might see them get disemboweled first…It allows some breadth…gives him some leeway to do that.”

He elaborated on why this is a great idea: “To me, that was always one of the things I loved about what DeForest Kelley [the first actor to play Bones] did. He would actually capture the horror of space. That look in his eyes of sheer terror always struck me when I was a kid.” The horror of space? Sounds cinematic!

2 Pushing the boundaries of the R rating

If Tarantino is going for an R rating with his Star Trek movie, then he needs to go all in for that R rating. Logan and Deadpool went all in as the only R-rated X-Men movies and it resulted in much more powerful movies (in very different ways). The Tarantino-helmed Star Trek movie can take cues from this. We need sex, violence, swearing – everything that gets a movie a hard R rating. Push the boundaries of the R rating. Barely avoid the NC-17 rating.

Zachary Quinto has already said that the mere concept of an R-rated Star Trek story excites him: “We’re waiting on specifics. I’m thrilled that we might have the opportunity to work with [Tarantino] and see what he would do with us in this universe. It’s going to be an R-rated version of Star Trek, which would be the first [in] the movies, and that’s exciting.”

1 Star Trek characters talking like Tarantino characters

Zachary Quinto has expressed his excitement over Quentin Tarantino joining the Star Trek franchise by pointing out how fun the blending of Tarantino-isms and the Trek universe could be: “I’ve been a fan of [Tarantino’s] for years, and I’m really inspired by his originality. Take that originality and mix it with this world full of incredible ideology and colorful characters, and the result could be pretty thrilling.”

The movie needs to have Star Trek characters talking like Tarantino characters. Just picture it – Kirk and Spock bantering like Jules and Vincent, Uhura making badass declarations like the Bride, Bones showing off his vocabulary and medical know-how in Christoph Waltz-esque monologues. It’ll be incredible!

NEXT: 10 Actors In The Cast Of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Ranked


2019-04-08 01:04:54

Ben Sherlock

10 Best Used Songs In Tarantino Movies

One of Quentin Tarantino’s hallmarks as a director is that his soundtracks are incredible. It’s not just that he picks great music; he picks great music that serves a purpose. All of his musical choices fit the scenes they’re in perfectly, whether that is through the use of jarring juxtaposition or simply because the feel of the song fits the feel of the scene. We can expect plenty more of these sumptuous musical moments in Tarantino’s next movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, when it’s released this summer.

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10 Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” in Kill Bill Vol. 1

The opening scene of Kill Bill, with the Bride lying on the church floor, dying, bleeding, being asked by Bill if she thinks he’s sadistic, is truly harrowing. And then after the piercing sound of a gunshot, we go into the haunting tones of Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” for the opening credits. The song is quiet and contemplative enough that it calms us down and keeps us on the edge of our seats at the same time. It was the most memorable way to see in the movie and also ensured Nancy Sinatra would forever be known for more than just “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’.”

9 The Brothers Johnson’s “Strawberry Letter 23” in Jackie Brown

The Brothers Johnson’s “Strawberry Letter 23” features heavily in a scene in Jackie Brown, and its soothing sounds set the tone of the scene perfectly. It lulls us into a relaxed state, and that’s the whole purpose of the scene. It’s one of those great, lengthy, unwieldy conversations written by Tarantino that keep you hooked despite not, seemingly, going anywhere. However, Tarantino won’t take credit for the terrific use of “Strawberry Letter 23” on his blaxploitation homage’s soundtrack: “That’s one of the few cues not chosen by me; that was actually chosen by Elmore Leonard in the original novel [Rum Punch].”

8 The George Baker Selection’s “Little Green Bag” in Reservoir Dogs

The opening credits of Reservoir Dogs, as a bunch of gangsters in black suits walk in slow motion on their way to rob a jewelry store, ushered a whole new wave of coolness into Hollywood. Quentin Tarantino was here, and he’d come to shake a few things up and ruffle some feathers.

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The George Baker Selection’s “Little Green Bag” sets that up beautifully: we’re looking ahead into the future by looking back into the past and recontextualizing some stuff. Comedian Steven Wright’s droll voice as the radio DJ leads us into “Little Green Bag” perfectly as it forces us to listen to the song as we would in our own lives.

7 James Brown and Tupac Shakur’s “Unchained (The Payback/Untouchable)” in Django Unchained

The final shootout at Calvin Candie’s plantation in Django Unchained was the best way to build the movie to a thrilling conclusion. To give the scene a really awesome soundtrack, Tarantino decided to combine one track each by two of the greatest black artists in the history of music – James Brown’s “The Payback” and Tupac Shakur’s “Untouchable” – to create one impeccable mashup called “Unchained.” The mashup brings the magic and soul of funk and hip-hop to the bloody spaghetti western vibe of the movie. In a weird way, the track has an inspirational sound that really has us rooting for Django.

6 Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell” in Pulp Fiction

John Travolta and Uma Thurman’s palpable chemistry is part of what makes Pulp Fiction work as well as it does. Tarantino has explained his use of Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell” in Pulp Fiction: “Now, and this scene is funny, because it’s…a situation is happening in the film where John Travolta and Uma Thurman are at this ‘50s restaurant and then all of a sudden, they have this twist contest. And the thing is, everybody thinks that I wrote this scene to have John Travolta dancing. But the scene existed before John Travolta was cast, but once he was cast, it was like, ‘Great. We get to see John dance.’”

5 Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” in Reservoir Dogs

As Quentin Tarantino guides his camera towards a car full of gangsters discussing popular culture, we hear the iconic “Ooga-Chaka-Ooga-Ooga” intro from Blue Swede’s version of “Hooked on a Feeling,” the only thing that made their version stand out. Before the best-known use of the song in a movie was Guardians of the Galaxy, it was Reservoir Dogs. Tarantino has spoken about his decision to use the song: “I don’t believe in putting in music as a Band-Aid to get you over some rough parts or bad film making. If it’s there, it’s got to add to it or take it to another level.”

4 The Human Beinz’s “Nobody But Me” in Kill Bill Vol. 1

The House of Blue Leaves sequence, in which the Bride fights her way through the Crazy 88 in a bloody spectacle, might be the greatest action scene Quentin Tarantino has ever filmed. It keeps the audience on their toes by constantly switching up the format. In the middle of the scene, he cuts from slick color to grainy black-and-white film stock. The soundtrack also changes to the Human Beinz’s “Nobody But Me,” a really upbeat rock ‘n’ roll track from the late ‘60s. The song doesn’t fit the scene at all, but somehow, that works better than if it did.

3 David Bowie’s “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)” in Inglourious Basterds

When Quentin Tarantino first announced his World War II epic Inglourious Basterds, he established that he would be playing around with the rules of historical movie soundtracks: “I won’t be period-specific about the movie. I’m not just gonna play a lot of Edith Piaf and Andrews Sisters. I can have rap, and I can do whatever I want. It’s about filling in the viscera.” In the end, he decided to fill in the viscera with David Bowie’s “Cat People (Putting Out Fire).” Bowie wrote the song as the title track for Paul Schrader’s erotic horror movie Cat People, and for whatever reason, it works really well with the imagery of burning Nazis to death.

2 Kool and the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie” in Pulp Fiction

Before Pulp Fiction, no movie had the foresight – or the balls – to stop the soundtrack dead halfway through the opening titles and segue into the middle of a different song with the sound of a radio being retuned. However, it sets us up brilliantly for the next scene.

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“Misirlou” establishes that this is way cooler and more inventive than your average movie. But after the opening credits, we’re no longer in the diner – we’re in the car with Jules and Vincent. How do you keep that flowing? If you’re Tarantino, you put a car radio on the soundtrack and switch to Kool and the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie.”

1 Stealers Wheel’s “Stuck in the Middle with You” in Reservoir Dogs

This one’s a no-brainer, right? Tarantino’s best musical moments work because of the mood the songs he’s chosen create in the film. “Stuck in the Middle with You” by Stealers Wheel is one of the lightest, breeziest songs ever written, and Tarantino selected it to score a torture scene in his directorial debut. The juxtaposition that creates only adds layers of fear to the scene. We’re in the cop’s shoes, terrified of this psychopath, Michael Madsen’s Mr. Blonde. If Mr. Blonde is dancing to a pop hit on the radio while he tortures someone, then he must be crazy. Plus, the fact the music fades out when Mr. Blonde leaves and fades back in when he re-enters the warehouse adds a new dimension to the reality of the film.

NEXT: 10 Unrealized Quentin Tarantino Projects We Want To See


2019-03-28 09:03:08

Ben Sherlock

Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Trailer Arriving Soon

The teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has been rated and is expected to arrive very soon. Tarantino, of course, made his name in the early 1990s with the films Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, and has evolved from the cool new kid on the indie movie block to a widely-celebrated Oscar winning filmmaker in the years since then. His last film, the dark western The Hateful Eight, hit theaters in late 2015, but Tarantino will be back this summer with a very different period piece in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt (who previously worked with Tarantino on Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds, respectively) will share the screen in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as former western TV show star Rick Dalton and his trusted stunt double, Cliff Booth. The movie follows the pair as they try and get ahead in Hollywood circa 1969, against the backdrop of L.A.’s ’60s counter-cultural revolution and the Charles Manson murders. Those who’re eager to get their first look at the film won’t have to wait much longer, either.

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According to Trailer Track, the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood teaser trailer has been rated and is expected to arrive as soon as next Monday, March 18. Sony, which is releasing in the film, presumably intends to attach the trailer to Jordan Peele’s Us – which is projected to be a big hit at the box office – when the anticipated horror movie begins playing in theaters on Thursday evening, March 21.

It was initially thought that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood would focus specifically on the Manson murders, before Tarantino explained that the film really deals with life and culture during the late ’60s in general. Nevertheless, Margot Robbie will play a substantial role in the movie as Sharon Tate, who just so happens to be Rick’s next door neighbor when the story picks up. The first images from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood suggest that Tarantino and his crew here – including, costume designer Arianne Phillips (Kingsman) and production designer Barbara Ling (The Lucky One) – are really going all out on recreating the look and feel of 1969, so it’ll be interesting to see whether that comes through equally strong in the teaser trailer.

With Once Upon a Time in Hollywood due to arrive in late July, now feels like the right time for Sony to really get its marketing for the film up and going. Tarantino’s films are typically a force to be reckoned with at the box office and that will almost certainly remain the case here, given the movie’s star-power alone. Indeed, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood‘s cast runs deep with big name talent and includes Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Margaret Qualley (among others) in supporting roles. On a tragic note though, the film will also mark the last big screen appearance by Luke Perry, following the actor’s passing back on March 4.

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Source: Trailer Track


2019-03-14 02:03:28

Sandy Schaefer

18 Best Sequels, According To Rotten Tomatoes (And 8 Stuck With 0%)

We live in an age where sequels are all the rage. Every major studio is chasing those franchises that can keep their cash flow healthy for years to come. Sometimes, they’re exhausting. Other times, they can be our most anticipated movies. Maybe we could do without more Transformers movies, but Marvel and Mission: Impossible sequels are event movies that drive us to the theater in droves.

Sequels are tricky and unpredictable, though. On one hand, they’re often necessary for expanding stories and the good ones continue sagas we want to see progress. On the other, some are soulless cash grabs that shouldn’t exist. In the worst cases, some of them completely derail promising franchises by failing to deliver the goods. Then again, in some instances, sequels can get a series back up and running after they’ve experienced setbacks.

This list will look at those rare sequels that are considered worthy — and even superior — follow-ups. Those rare beasts that make us grateful for multiple movies in a series. Furthermore, we’ll also be discussing the most maligned sequels that brought no critical good will to their respective franchises whatsoever. It’s more fun this way. In order to fully appreciate the best of the best, we also must acknowledge the worst of the worst. Without evil, we wouldn’t be able to understand all that’s good and pure. Without terrible movies, we wouldn’t be grateful for the good ones.

With this in mind, here are 18 Best Sequels According To Rotten Tomatoes (And 8 Stuck With 0%).

26 Best: Captain America: Civil War (91%)

The decision to keep the same team of writers for all three Captain America films paid off in the end. The trilogy just went from strength to strength with each passing entry, though some would argue that The Winter Soldier is equally as good — if not better — than Civil War. Either way, they’re both prime examples of how to do sequels right.

Civil War tackles the same themes you’d expect from a movie about a do-gooder like Cap, but where the film truly soars is during its wild third act. The airport showdown is the best action showdown in the MCU, and that’s saying something.

25 Worst: The Bad News Bears Go To Japan (0%)

If you didn’t know that sequels to The Bad News Bears exist then no one would think any less of you. While the first movie is a cult classic about an underdog baseball team, the sequels have faded from the collective memory with the passing of time, lost like tears in the rain. That’s for good reason.

None of the sequels are good, but The Bad News Bears Go To Japan is especially bad.

While the idea to relocate to Japan for a big game is good on paper, the sequel is just bland, forgettable, and was made to cash in on the brand name.

24 Best: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (93%)

Some fans argue that The Force Awakens is essentially a retread of A New Hope in many ways. However, clearly the critics and audiences didn’t necessarily agree, given its stellar Rotten Tomatoes score and its audience score of 87%, not to mention its impressive box office haul.

As far as Star Wars movies go, it hits the spot. The new characters are great, the return of some old faces is a trip down memory lane, and the story still made significant effort to push the franchise forward. In those regards, the film definitely succeeded.

23 Best: War for the Planet of the Apes (93%)

Anyone who has a problem with classics being rebooted needs to watch the most recent Planet of the Apes trilogy.  The finale pits the apes in a brutal battle against the humans, which leads to an epic confrontation between the Caesar the Ape and humanity’s ruthless colonel (played by an utterly wicked Woody Harrelson). As far as concluding trilogies goes, War for the Planet of the Apes has everything.

By no means is this a pleasant movie, but it is rewarding. And not only does it wrap up an epic story, but the film boasts some of the great CGI wizardry out there. The action is also ridiculously impressive and compelling, which is crazy considering it’s a movie about people versus monkeys.

22 Best: Logan (93%)

James Mangold’s Logan, the gloriously violent and heartbreaking farewell to Patrick Stewart’s Professor X and Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, is an all-timer. Taking cues from the Old Man Logan comics, the movie has just as much in common with neo-westerns as it does with superhero yarns, which makes for a gritty, character-driven elegy to characters many of us grew up with.

Logan deserves praise for going R-rated and taking some stylistic risks.

The movie is proof that audiences will still flock to see superhero movies with some edge. If you’re going to send off some icons, this is the way to do it.

21 Worst: Return to the Blue Lagoon (0%)

Considering that no one liked The Blue Lagoon (it currently holds a 9% rating on RT), why anyone would want to return to the franchise is beyond comprehension. Of course, every sequel is a perfect opportunity to right some old wrongs if handled with care. Unfortunately, this was not. The story follows two children who are marooned on a tropical island as the grow up and fall in love, etc. The characters don’t wear enough clothes either, which makes for some weird, uncomfortable viewing.

There are some unintentional laughs to be had at the poor script and performances.

Otherwise the Blue Lagoon isn’t a scenic cinematic paradise worth spending time in unless you want to punish yourself for some reason.

20 Best: The Dark Knight (94%)

Few superhero movies are ever regarded as anything more than popcorn fare. However, if there were ever a superhero movie that proved the genre could be prestige cinema, it would be The Dark Knight. Christopher Nolan’s take on Batman is an exploration of chaos and just how far people are willing to go to achieve their goal.

The Dark Knight — for better or worse when you consider how devoid of fun some DC movies have been since — also brought a gritty, realistic touch to the genre. The movie feels more like a Michael Mann crime saga than it does a story about superheroes versus their outlandishly evil counterparts.

19 Best: Finding Dory (94%)

In recent times, Pixar has been criticized for relying too heavily on sequels, but if it ain’t broke… Finding Dory was released 13 years after Finding Nemo, and it was a smash with critics and audiences alike.

Its 94% on Rotten Tomatoes is complemented by an 84% audience score.

Upon release Finding Dory was praised for being as funny and thought-provoking as the first movie, while also adding a new dimension to the story. As with any Pixar movie, Finding Dory can be appreciated by audiences of all ages. 

18 Worst: Staying Alive (0%)

No other actor on the planet has experienced a career of ups and downs like John Travolta has. When he broke out he had the world at his dancing feet. After that, his career experienced a downturn until it was resurrected briefly following Pulp Fiction until it ultimately plummeted when he started starring in movies like Battlefield Earth. Staying Alive was released in 1983 when Travolta was experiencing his first fall from grace. Following up a classic like Saturday Night Fever was never going to be easy, but it shouldn’t have been this difficult, either.

The sequel lacks the gritty realism of its predecessor, and instead tries to get by on dance sequences. What’s the point in dancing when we don’t care about who’s doing it?

17 Best: Creed (95%)

No franchise tends to remain compelling seven sequels in, but Creed is proof that the Rocky franchise is the rare exception. Granted, some Rocky movies aren’t exactly knockouts, but Creed got things back on track and showed that it’s game for a few more rounds.

By serving as both a sequel and a spin-off/soft reboot, Creed gave the franchise a breath of new life.

It passed the gloves on to Michael B. Jordan as the eponymous character.  Creed 2 is right around the corner. Let’s see if it can do what the original saga failed to do and deliver a second outing that’s as good as the inaugural entry.

16 Worst: Leprechaun 2 (0%)

The first Leprechaun movie doesn’t come close to being certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so it should come as no surprise that the sequels didn’t receive any critical acclaim. Especially not the second movie, which no critic seemed to enjoy at all.

Here, the infamous critter resurfaces in Los Angeles to find a bride, which leads to him abducting a young woman and trying to claim her as his own. This isn’t high art by any means, nor does it try to be.

15 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (96%)

The Harry Potter books were an emotional roller coaster that affected millions of readers worldwide. Reliving those adventures on the big screen was also a great time to be alive, and the grand finale lived up to expectations. In the final installment of the saga about the Boy Who Lived and his fight against the forces of darkness, the ultimate showdown finally happens as our hero and his pals face off against Voldemort in Hogwarts castle.

It’s a true epic in every sense of the word.

As far as wrapping up the story goes, Death Hallows: Part 2 delivered the goods and gave us cinematic closure in style.

14 Worst: Looking Who’s Talking Now (0%)

Look Who’s Talking is a perfectly serviceable comedy that should never have received any sequels. In a bid to end to the trilogy on a high following the disappointing previous sequel, Look Who’s Talking Too, someone thought it would be a good idea to introduce talking dogs to the mix for the series’ swan song. 

Needless to say, Look Who’s Talking Now wasn’t the glorious goodbye the series was looking for, but at least the film did cast some cute dogs.

13 Best: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (97%)

The third installment of Sergio Leone’s influential Dollars trilogy, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly is the creme de la creme of spaghetti westerns. 

The story centers around two men who form an uneasy alliance following a scam.

This leads them on a quest as it turns out there’s money buried in the desert and they want to find it. However, they have to compete against another who won’t hesitate to put a bullet in them to claim the prize. On top of being one of the most acclaimed movies out there, the film has been hailed as a major influence on directors like Quentin Tarantino.

12 Best: The Godfather: Part II (97%)

The continuation of Francis Ford Coppola’s Best Picture-winning 1972 crime saga, The Godfather: Part II chronicles Michael Corleone’s further ascendency in organized crime while simultaneously taking us back to the past to explore his dad’s humble beginnings.

Like its predecessor, the sequel also won Best Picture and is hailed by many a critic and film buff as one of the best movies ever made. Whether it’s better than the original is up for debate, but they’re like two sides of the same coin. These movies set the bar for mob pictures, and to this day, other directors are still trying to recreate the formula.

11 Mad Max: Fury Road (97%)

Director George Miller was in his seventies when he unleashed Mad Max: Fury Road, but the energy and madness imbued in every frame of this extravaganza suggest a man half his age.

Maybe we’ll never see another Mad Max movie, but the world needs a Furiosa spin-off eventually.

Fury Road is essentially one non-stop chase that barely lets up from the get-go all the way to the climactic ending. Furthermore, it’s a movie that defied expectation by taking the focus away from the titular character and making Charlize Theron’s Furiosa the real hero of the adventure. 

10 Worst: Jaws: The Revenge (0%)

Is Jaws: the Revenge a good movie? Definitely not. Is it an entertaining movie, though? Definitely yes.

How many other movies have sharks that make a conscious decision to get revenge on the humans that wronged them? Not only that, but the shark here followed its target to the Bahamas from Massachusetts. And why would someone who wants to avoid sharks go to an island surrounded by ocean? The movie is illogical, silly, nonsense, but it does offer sheer entertainment value for bad movie buffs.

9 Best: Aliens (98%)

Alien and Aliens are quite different in some regards, but they complement each other perfectly. The first is an exercise in pure suspense and terror. The sequel, on the other hand, retains the horror elements but adds a lot more action to proceedings.

Aliens shows how to make a successful sequel: acknowledge what came before but don’t be afraid to bring some fresh ideas to the table.

James Cameron was on fire in the ’80s and he wasn’t afraid to make Ridley Scott’s baby his own.

8 Best: Mad Max 2: Road Warrior (98%)

While George Miller’s inaugural Mad Max caper is a cult classic, most film buffs would agree that a couple of the sequels are slightly superior. Taking nothing away from the first movie, Road Warrior is a vast improvement when it comes to world building and sheer action spectacle. The story follows the eponymous character as he helps a group of people steal oil from a tyrannical madman and his band of goons.

As far as cinematic thrill rides go, few movies are on par with Road Warrior. Here, Miller turned up the volume significantly by making the post-apocalyptic terrains feel more dangerous and the action sequences more gung-ho and grander in scale.

7 Best: Evil Dead 2 (98%)

Sam Raimi’s first Evil Dead movie was a huge achievement for independent filmmaking when it was released back in 1981. The movie still holds up to this day with its innovative camera work, effective scares, and excellent cast as well.

The sequel is a triumph in its own right.

While the first movie contained moments of dark comedy, the sequel amps up the zaniness to become what is essentially the splatter flick equivalent of a Laurel and Hardy flick. For 90 minutes, Bruce Campbell is tormented by laughing ornaments and his own severed hand. As silly as that sounds, Evil Dead 2 still manages to pack more punch than your average MMA fighter.

6 Worst: Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (0%)

In the third installment of the Police Academy franchise, the cops are understaffed and in need of some help. Naturally, the force turns to America’s civilians to help aid in their mission. Things don’t go smoothly, for the characters in the film and the movie itself.

Rotten Tomatoes describes Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol as “Utterly, completely, thoroughly and astonishingly unfunny” and  a movie which sent “a once-innocuous franchise plummeting to agonizing new depths.” That sounds about right.

5 Toy Story 3 (99%)

Few franchises manage to strike three home runs in a row. Even The Godfather stuttered when it came to the third outing. Toy Story, on the other hand, never ceases to replicate the magic time and time again.

This emotional installment sees Andy get ready to leave for college and neglect his old toys.

He’s all grown up and has no use for them anymore, and what ensues is what is by far the most heartfelt movie in the series.

4 Worst: Highlander II: The Quickening (0%)

As far as pure entertaining action-fantasy goes, the first Highlander movie is a fun slice of popcorn entertainment that aficionados of cult cinema lose their head over. The sequel, meanwhile, is an incomprehensible mess.

Highlander II is too overplotted to explain, but the cusp of the story revolves around the hero from the first movie taking on a corporation after being led to believe that they don’t have the world’s best interests in mind. In this one, our hero is a defender of the ozone as well. What makes Highlander II so awful is that it completely retcons everything good about the original film and the mythology it introduced.

3 Best: The Bride of Frankenstein (100%)

We all desire to be loved by someone special– even bolt-head monsters made up of the remains of other people. But to find them a mate, one must dig up some more corpses and create a suitable partner that’s similar in genetic make-up. This is also the storyline behind James Whale’s 1935 masterpiece, Bride of Frankenstein.

There are too many Frankenstein movies to keep track of at this point, but this sequel remains the pinnacle of the original series.

The movie is a masterpiece that successfully blends campy fun with Gothic beauty and genuine chills that’s stood the test of time as a result.

2 Paddington 2 (100%)

No one expected the the first Paddington to be as good as it is. That movie is a bona fide classic in the making in its own right, but the sequel is some next-next level brilliance.

Paddington 2 sees the lovable bear go to prison and, unsurprisingly, all the mean criminals fall in love with him as well. Critics, like the fictional convicts, were also full of praise for the titular bear and his second big onscreen adventure as well. At one point, Paddington 2 was even the best reviewed movie in history.

1 Best: Toy Story 2 (100%)

Following up a movie like Toy Story was never going to be easy, but that didn’t stop Pixar from trying and succeeding. In this one, we find out that Woody is a collectible when he’s discovered and stolen by a greedy museum owner. Naturally this prompts Buzz Lightyear, Mr. Potato, and the rest of the gang into action and they set out to save their friend.

General consensus on Rotten Tomatoes states that Toy Story 2 is that rare sequel that improves upon its predecessor.

The sequel raises the stakes and ups the element of adventure while retaining the humor and heart that made audiences fall in love with the franchise in the first place.

What’s your favorite sequel? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-10 04:10:39 – Kieran Fisher

Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Casts Its Charles Manson



As the cast continues to fill out, Quentin Tarantino has found his Charles Manson for the upcoming film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film was once believed to revolve around the infamous Manson Family murders, but Tarantino has since clarified, saying that his next film is simply about Hollywood in 1969 and that Manson is only one element of the movie.

This month has seen a lot of casting announcements for Tarantino’s upcoming film. Earlier today it was announced that Rafal Zawierucha had been cast as a young Roman Polanski. Mike Moh was also recently revealed to be playing Bruce Lee, after being cast in an undisclosed role earlier this year. Both characters are likely to have significant screen time in the film, given Lee’s growing popularity in the late 60s, and the fact that Polanski was married to actress Sharon Tate prior to her being stabbed to death. Leonardo DiCaprio has also been cast as a fictional former TV star named Rick Dalton, who lives next to Tate, and Brad Pitt has been cast as Dalton’s former stunt double Cliff Booth. With this many important roles already filled by big named actors, it was only a matter of time until Manson was cast for the film.

Related: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Image Reveals Margot Robbie’s Sharon Tate

According to The Wrap, Damon Herriman has been cast as the notorious serial killer and cult leader, whose “family” helped him commit multiple crimes in the 1960s. Herriman is mostly known for his role of Dewey Crowe on FX’s Justified, but also appeared on the shows Incorporated and Quarry. The Wrap also reports that Rumer Willis will play real-life actress Joanna Pettet, Dreama Walker will portray actress and singer Connie Stevens, and Costa Ronin will play a victim of the Manson murders named Voytek Frykowski. Much like Dicaprio and Pitt, actresses Margaret Qualley, Madisen Beaty, and Victoria Pedretti will play fictional characters named Kitty Kat, Katie, and Lulu, respectively.

As made clear by the casting announcements, Tarantino’s ninth film will feature characters who represent real historical figures, as well as fictional ones. Even though Once Upon a Time in Hollywood isn’t specifically about the Manson murders, it’s possible Manson could be heavily featured since he is tied to Tate, who is being played by A-lister Margot Robbie.

Regardless of how big a role Manson plays in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the cast seems to be quickly growing each month. Along with the aforementioned cast members, other big named actors such as Burt Reynolds, Al Pacino, and Dakota Fanning have also previously been added to the cast. Tarantino usually doesn’t disappoint his fans, and with the ensemble cast that has already formed, any other casting announcements would just be icing on the cake.

More: Samuel L. Jackson WON’T Be In Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

Source: The Wrap



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Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time In Hollywood Casts Lena Dunham & More



Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has padded its already loaded ensemble, adding Lena Dunham, Austin Butler, Maya Hawke and Lorenza Izzo to the cast. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt headline the movie’s star-studded list of actors, together with Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, Burt Reynolds, and many many others. Recent set photos gave moviegoers their first taste of Tarantino’s take on the Los Angeles of 1969, the setting for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Plot-wise not a lot is known about the movie yet, but it’s been revealed that the story centers on DiCaprio’s washed-up TV actor Rick Dalton and Pitt’s stunt man Cliff Booth. Tarantino himself described the movie as being Pulp Fiction-esque, so it’s likely more of a tapestry than a single narrative. One piece of that tapestry involves actress Sharon Tate (Robbie), who infamously was murdered by members of Charles Manson’s “family.”

Related: Tarantino Casts Inhumans Star As Bruce Lee In Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

Tarantino’s portrait of Hollywood in the late 60s, with its mysterious Charles Manson/Sharon Tate connection, has already drawn a bevy of well-known actors to its cast, and now the movie has added even more names. As reported by Deadline, Lena Dunham is one of the latest stars to take a role in Tarantino’s newest opus. Dunham will be joined by Austin Butler, Maya Hawke and Lorenza Izzo. Dunham will reportedly play Catherine “Gypsy” Share, a one-time member of Manson’s family who served five years in prison for her involvement in various crimes. Butler meanwhile will play “Tex” Watson, one of the Manson Family members responsible for the murder of Sharon Tate.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will mark the major feature film debut of Dunham, who of course is best known for her HBO series Girls. Before Girls, Dunham made her mark in the indie world by writing, directing and starring in the low budget film Tiny Furniture. Dunham also can be seen in the upcoming HBO series Camping. Tarantino’s ensemble period film is certainly an interesting vehicle for Dunham to make her major movie debut.

In addition to Dunham, Tarantino’s film has added Maya Hawke, the actress daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke. This makes for an interesting casting move, as Thurman of course starred in several Tarantino movies produced by Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced mogul who earlier this year was accused by Thurman of sexual assault. In addition to her accusations against Weinstein, Thurman also revealed details of an on-set accident she suffered while being directed by Tarantino in Kill Bill, and accused Tarantino of forcing her to perform the dangerous stunt that resulted in her suffering life-altering injuries. In light of Tarantino’s obviously complicated relationship with Thurman, it’s at least very intriguing to see Thurman’s daughter jumping aboard a Tarantino movie.

Hawke previously starred as Jo March in a BBC miniseries version of Little Women, and can next be seen as the new character Robin on season 3 of Stranger Things. Butler meanwhile is best known for playing the lead in the MTV/Spike TV series The Shannara Chronicles. Lorenza Izzo is a Chilean actress, and the wife of prior Tarantino collaborator Eli Roth. Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is currently shooting.

More: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Cast: Who’s Who In Tarantino’s Latest

Source: Deadline



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