July 15, 2019

Quentin Tarantino Comes to TV (Kind Of)

Quentin Tarantino is programming ten nights of movies that inspired "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood".

Ever want to know where Quentin Tarantino gets his ideas? Well, now Sony is going to give you a movie screen inside the director's brain...but on television. 

Sony, along with Tarantino, have announced Quentin Tarantino Presents the Swinging Sixties. It’s a series of 10 films personally curated by Tarantino, that all helped inspire his upcoming film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

All the films are from the Columbia film library, so that establishes why Sony is eager to get these titles back out into the world. 

According to Deadline, the series will premiere in the U.S. on Sony Movie Channel from July 21-25, with two films airing nightly leading up to the July 26 domestic theatrical release. 

Here are the 10 films in the series:

  1. Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969; director: Paul Mazursky)
  2. Cactus Flower (1969; director: Gene Saks)
  3. Easy Rider (1969; director: Dennis Hopper)
  4. Model Shop (1969; director: Jacques Demy)
  5. Battle of the Coral Sea (1959; director: Paul Wendkos)
  6. Getting Straight (1970; director: Richard Rush)
  7. The Wrecking Crew (1968; director: Phil Karlson)
  8. Hammerhead (1968; director: David Miller)
  9. Gunman’s Walk (1958; director: Phil Karlson)
  10. Arizona Raiders (1965; director: William Witney)
Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice (1969)

In a statement, Tarantino said, 

“Sony Pictures made their Columbia Pictures catalog available to me so that I could select a series of films representative of the era in which Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is set, The Swinging Sixties. I’m thrilled to host these movies so we can enjoy them together.”

We're usually waiting for interviews and breakdowns that come out after the movie to understand what inspired Tarantino. This is an interesting precursor to the main course. I wonder how it will color the movie if you watch all the films. Will it deepen your appreciation, or is it possible to skew your reading? 

I guess we have to watch to find out! 

I have to admit, the idea of watching movies along with Tarantino seems like a Hollywood dream come true. Since we lost FilmStruck, the Criterion collection was pretty much one of the only places to consistently get classic movies in your home. 

I'm a huge fan of some of the titles on this list, and there are a few others I have never seen before. 

Which movie are you most excited to see? 

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A movie like Inglourious Basterds doesn’t just pop into existence. It had to come from somewhere, and this new video from Behind The Curtain does a good job of showing us what the master director was thinking as he developed, write, and ultimately produced the project.

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