Today’s must-reads from around the Internet.
The latest in our ongoing coverage of the return of cinematic stylishness, we bring you the Django Unchained trailer. As you might remember, it was the leaked screenshot of DiCaprio’s red ascot in this movie that tipped us off to the rising tide of on-screen dapperness. But now that the trailer has arrived, we’re predicting Jamie Foxx’s Django will be the sartorial star. He goes from a rough-and-tumble shearling coat to a ruggedly refined green (what looks to be moleskin) suit, and then shows up late in the trailer in a cravat’d blue velvet leisure suit that might have been lifted from the Spy Who Shagged Me wardrobe department. Mr. Tarantino, first you had our curiosity, now you have our attention.
The first stills from Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated Django Unchained have hit the interwebs, and this shot of Leonardo DiCaprio playing the villainous plantation owner is a study in devilish handsomeness. The gist of the movie is “Spaghetti Western set in the Deep South during slavery,” so we can safely assume that the customary black hat has been swapped out for a red ascot. Add to that the hammer-wielding, the velvet lapels and the silk waistcoat, and you’ve got one sinister-looking rake.
Though we would have rather seen the ring on his pinkie.
If you caught a screening of Brothers this weekend—or even a trailer, really—you may be just about melodrama’d out. In which case, we’d suggest a pulpier take on the “soldier’s return” genre. With a side of hook-hand.
In the wake of our earlier etiquette lesson, you may still be wondering what in the world Google Wave actually does. Luckily, the internet’s tendency towards one-note regurgitated jokes has produced what may be the ultimate user’s guide to the ornate messaging tool. Instead of a dry tech demonstration, this video walks you through one of the most memorable scenes in Pulp Fiction via Google Wave, offering an effortless, Rosetta Stone-style explanation of embedded image searching and conversation replay and various other previously confusing gadgets. It’s everything you need to know…and it’s hilarious.
With the Weinstein kingdom resting on the success of Inglourious Basterds, it’s no surprise to see Quentin Tarantino hitting the press circuit as if his scalp depended on it. Knowing Harvey, it just might. But what’s bad news for the director’s sleep schedule is good news for connoisseurs of amusingly pompous movie rants.
We’re not sure how the Brits at Belstaff became Hollywood’s coat-makers of choice, but they’ve done a better job than anyone in California could have. This particular item was whipped up for Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, and we’d say the combination of the oversized fur collar and the European slant of the pockets place it above anything you might have seen in Benjamin Button.
In these media-saturated times, criticism can come in many forms. But the recontextualized dance mix is a new one on us.
The Brooklyn-based video group Eclectic Method chopped up Quentin Tarantino’s film work for this AV/DJ set, which boils down into a stew of kung fu, drug use, gunplay, blood spatters, female feet, and retro dancing.
In other words, it’s pretty much what Tarantino gave them to start with. But the set lays out Q’s obsessions better than a whole crowd of critics, with a few handclaps and sirens thrown in for appropriate emphasis.
Just imagine how it looks with a real sound system behind it.
*Bastards* is Tarantino’s take on war movies—specifically *The Dirty Dozen*, which deserves a post all its own—and rumors have been swirling around it since the script leaked onto the internet. Since then, there’s been a steady stream of casting rumors, including *The Office*’s B. J. Novak as “the little one,” torturey director Eli Roth as Donny Donowitz a.k.a. “the Bear Jew,” and, of course, Mr. Jolie playing Lt. Aldo Raine, the group’s leader. In other words, it’s classic Tarantino madness, with equal doses of ultra-violence, obscure filmic references and general profanity.
And anyone interested in army boots and coarse wool coats is about to get a big boost of inspiration…and maybe even sales.
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