Multcolib Picks: While you wait for...Django Unchained
Annotation:Epic story of a mysterious stranger with a harmonica who joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad. A Sergio Leone's classic, and listed by Quentin Tarantino as one of the top 20 Spaghetti Westerns.
Annotation:During the American Civil War, three men seek hidden loot. With greed as their sole motivation, they overcome anything that gets in their way--including each other. The last, and arguably the best, movie in Sergio Leone's The Man With No Name Trilogy.
Annotation:The man with no name is back, and the man in black is waiting. Two bounty hunters with the same intentions, team up to track down a Western outlaw. A Sergio Leone's classic, and listed by Quentin Tarantino as one of the top 20 Spaghetti Westerns.
Annotation:Clint Eastwood as a wandering gunfighter who plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge. A Sergio Leone's classic, and listed by Quentin Tarantino as one of the top 20 Spaghetti Westerns.
Annotation:An orphan raised from youth to be an assassin. When he rejects his killer life, he is ruthlessly hunted by his former clan members. Teaming up with a mysterious wanderer with his own score to settle, together they battle the murderous clan, culminating in a legendary fight scene against the Iron Claws of gang leader Yoh.
Annotation:A movie by Shaw Brothers Studio, a tremendous influence on Quentin Tarantino. In one of the most savage stories of retribution ever filmed, a tough and beautiful factory girl is attacked by a gang of thugs. Learning that she only has a limited time to live due to a contracted disease, she vows to kill the men responsible.
Annotation:After an unknown nemesis sets up a martial arts tournament to lure rival martial artists into a trap, the one-armed swordsman comes out of retirement to save the day.
Annotation:This Shaw Brothers production is often cited as Hong Kong's first real martial arts film, with emphasis on martial techniques, styles and training rather than on clan politics, corrupt officials, and court intrigue. The One-Armed Swordsman is the original tale of swordplay and honor that influenced generations of martial arts films.
Annotation:Cheng is the Lady Hermit: a paragon of poise and stealth, in hiding for years and plotting revenge ever since her injurious run-in with the sinister Black Knight.
Annotation:Documentary of the early 70s and the explosion of blaxploitation films, today one of American cinema's most beloved cult genres. The original guilty pleasure, these fun and energetic films had all the action, comedy, sex and groovy music you could want in two hours worth of entertainment.
Annotation:Inspired by the original Django, this movie surrounds an afflicted but gifted samurai cowboy who crosses paths with two warring clans on the hunt for a hidden treasure in a remote western town. Knowing his services are valuable to either side, he offers himself to the clan who will offer up the largest share of the wealth.
Annotation:The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of. Striking, violent and action-packed, Quentin Tarantino knows just how revenge is a dish best served cold.
Annotation:In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same. A Quentin Tarantino's inglorious, uproarious thrill-ride of vengeance.
Annotation:Historical fiction set in pre-Civil War Maryland and focuses on young runaway slave Liz Spocott, who after surviving brutal violence, is keeping one step ahead of slave catchers, invoking prison breaks and dreaming of the far off, distant future of the black race. The book is all at once, haunting, violent, lyrical and beautiful.
Annotation:The reader is brought into the lives of four slaves - Mawu, Reenie, Sweet, and Lizzie- thrown together by chance and circumstances and the ties that bind them to each other and those that keep them always apart. Wench is a heart-breaking and beautiful story of a turbulent time in history, which brings the struggle between slavery and freedom to light through these women as each struggles within herself.
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Django Unchained combines many familiar themes to come up with a unique story. While you wait to borrow the movie, take a look at these movies and books that feature themes including slave narratives, the wild west, triumphant underdogs, and heroes who overcome adversity, not to mention spaghetti westerns and martial arts action - all influences in Tarantino's work.