Spectre is the twenty-fourth James Bond film and Daniel Craig’s fourth (and quite possibly, final) outing as Ian Fleming’s 007. Once again directed by Sam Mendes (returning after the huge success of Skyfall), the plot features the global criminal organisation Spectre – their first appearance in an Eon Productions film, due to years of legal wrangling, since Diamonds Are Forever in 1971. When a cryptic message from beyond the grave sets Bond into unsanctioned action, a chain reaction is triggered that will propel him around the world and eventually bring him face to face with the author of all his pain…
By Marty Mulrooney
Django Unchained is a Western directed by Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds). Set in America’s pre-Civil War Deep South – positioning the film as more of a ‘Southern’ – the film stars Jamie Foxx (Ray) as Django Freeman, a freed black slave who sets out to rescue his enslaved wife (Kerry Washington) from a cruel and deranged plantation owner named Calvin J. Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Teaming up with German bounty hunter and ex-dentist Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), Django embarks upon an epic journey frequently punctuated by Tarantinos’ trademark cartoon violence and dark humour.
I have often lamented Tarantino’s fixation on violence when he is such a fantastic writer and storyteller. Pulp Fiction is perhaps so fondly remembered because it seldom felt gratuitous in it’s gore and blood-spilling. Later offerings such as the ultra-violent Kill-Bill and the hyper-reality of Death Proof always felt like experiments rather than fully rounded films. Tarantino had no problem with bending the rules so Uma Thurman could get on an aeroplane with her katana sword, and here he does the same with Hitler and the Nazis. Continue reading