Do You Expect Us To Talk returns with part 2 of Kill Bill. Taking a more experimental approach this time around, Volume 2 continues the tale of revenge that sees the Bride kill her way through to Bill, although Bill is the only person she kills in this film (Spoiler alert, fun fact). We also see a flashback to her training with a kung fu master.
Join Becca, Chris and Dave as we discuss is this the weakest Tarantino film, can one dig out of a grave, Micheal Madsen being a Bullseye contestant, disappointing endings, some Spanish guy and how Tarantino really doesn’t understand Superman.
Finally, we truly return to Tarantino with the first of the Kill Bill films. What was once one movie that got split into two, Kill Bill Vol 1 sees Una Thurman as the avenging bride, killing her way through her list of her former peers of assassins all the way to the leader…. Bill. This half the tale focus on the first two that builds up to the battle of the blue leaves.
Join Becca, Chris and Dave as we discuss who was the original Bill, how viewings can change over time, why The Matrix Reloaded was shit and what is Tom Cruise running away from in his movies.
Do You Expect Us To Talk returns back to Tarantino with a Commentary of a Robert Rodriguez film. ..Well… kinda love child of Tarantino and Rodriguez road vampire movie. Starring George Clooney and Quinten himself as two criminal brothers who are on the run to Mexico. Kidnapping a preacher (Harvey Keitel) and his family to cross the border, their destination is a bar in the middle of nowhere called The Titty Twister. Of course, hilarity ensues.
Join Becca, Dave and Chris as we sit and watch through the film on Netflix and talk about Becca’s dislike of the film tho struggles to remember anything about it, Quintens best acting role, Dave’s cinema experiences, what if Hugh Grant was in this film, Titty Twisters false advertising and the acting might of Ernest Liu.
Following on from our Quentin Tarantino series, we continue with his third film, Jackie Brown. Based on a novel Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard, starring Pam Grier is an air stewardess who’s down on her luck, running money from Mexico for a gun dealer Ordell. When the authorities catch her, she finds herself in a dangerous situation that could see her facing prison or being murdered. Using the help of a bail bondsman Max Cherry, Jackie plans break free from Ordell and walk away without jail time.
Join Becca, Chris and Dave as we try not to say the word “mature”, the real reason Chris has chosen his career, Dave calls out Chris Heigh to sort out his podcasts, Dave loves the soundtrack, Dave hates Bon Jovi, Dave’s criminal past as a child and Becca being terrified.
Do You Expect Us To Talk follows on from Resivior Dogs with Tarantino’s second film Pulp Fiction. Telling three comedic crime noir stories centred around gangsters, drugs, boxing and dead bodies, Pulp Fiction made Samul L Jackson a star as well was giving John Travolta a second wind in his career.
Listen to Becca, Chris and Dave as we talk about doing our best material preshow, what does one of the best films of the 90’s have to say, Dave love for Bruce Willis, what was in the briefcase, the role Steve Buscemi should have had, Travolta, being great and pop tarts.
It’s a new year and it’s new series of Do You Expect Us To Talk? This time we cover the work of a director rather than a series of films, so what better director that the king of movie pip culture, Mr Quentin Tarantino. Starting with his debut film, Reservoir Dogs about of a group of criminals who plan a heist that goes wrong with plenty of mistrust, shouting, blood and bullets. Starring Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth and Chris Penn, we go back and forth with the timeline to talk our way through the film.
Join Becca, Chris and Dave as we discuss Micheal Madson’s acting ability, on-screen violence, Tim Roths acting through a bad accent, Chris Penn tripping up, is Foo Fighters better than Nirvana and Chris bores everyone with his Steven Wright impression.
After a long hiatus after just being too busy to run two podcasts.. one had to give. However the opportunity presented itself to record off the cuff in a pub in Manchester aptly called Pub.
So after watching the new Quinten Tarantino film The Hateful Eight, Sarah Boulton, Curt Milner, Sean Luby and myself all took shelter from the rain to record a few spoiler filled podcast with indie rock music playing in the background.
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I have mixed thoughts on Django Unchained. On on hand Quentin Tarantino’s take at a spaghetti western (although set in the south of America making a southern) Opening up to the theme from the 1966 Italian western Django by Roberto Fia, it nods at the source witch inspired it while tuckering the issue of slavery. As you’d expect with a new Tarantino movie, it is largely enjoyable with its snappy dialogue, over the top violence, larger than life characters and a soundtrack made up of old school and contemporary records. One the other hand however, it is way too long and is a key example of a film maker in love with his own work. Set in 1852, two years before the American civil war when slavery was legal, Jamie Foxx plays Django, a slave who’s been separated from his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). Christoph Waltz’s Dr King Schultz, a bounty hunter who needs Django to identify three brothers wanted for murder, frees him and in return he will help find and reunite him with Broomhilda, who is at a plantation called Candyland owned by Calvin Candie (leonardo Dicaprio), a slave owner who forces his male slaves to fight to the death for money in a Mandingo fighting ring. The due hatch a convoluted plan and pose as potential buyers of a fighter wile offering to purchase Broomhilda in the process.
There are lots to like about Django Unchained, for one, it’s littered with great performances. Jamie Foxx is great as the title character, playing it cool as what is essentially a black Clint Eastwood. Decaprio relishes in a King Louis XIV role, ruling is fiefdom as a spoilt prince that is so bigoted and pompous. Waltz is his charismatic self keeping to the same performance he did in Inglorious Bastards as the unorthodox bounty hunter Schultz. He is charming, sophisticated and polite while deadly at the same time. Washington is solid but isn’t given much to do as does Walton Goggins as one of Candie’s cronies Billy Crash. Which in a 2 hour 45 minute movie is not given much screen time and feels like a wast of what could have been a great villein role, and that’s a shame. Samuel L. Jackson however walks away with the film as Candie’s head slave Stephen, who has nothing but love for his master and is the brains behind Candyland. It is most fully rounded complex character that Tarantino has ever written, paralleling the relationship between Django and Schultz with Stephen and Clavin. While being at Calvin’s servant, in private Stephen is more of a father figure to him and Jackson is fantastically intimating as him. The action is gloriously cartoonish and is full of fun and blood and the usage of songs from 2pac to Johnny Cash borrowing past movie scores from Morricone and Goldsmith works well. However as enjoyable these aspects are, it would be nice for Tarantino to move away from avenues he has been down before
The fIlms running length is an issue, as the story does feel stretched out with its own ideas (do we really need the german legend of Brunhilde/Broomhilda explained to us) Particularly in the middle section where our heroes take the journey to Candyland. This is mainly down to the script as it does seem that some trimming needed doing in the writing process. As the peace fits together as a whole but takes too long to do so as there are scenes that justifies one plot point at a time which bogs the film down from what it could have been an easy 2 hour flick. The use Despite the length and the pacing issues, Django Unchained is an enjoyable experience, just a drawn out one..