BUILDING ON THE PAST
Every once in a while one runs into a non-mainstream piece of entertainment that just clamors for your attention, even if only for a short moment.
The New York Times reviews a movie called "Sukiyaki Western Django" with one compelling title: "Sergio Leone meets Reservoir Dog in Japanese Pastiche". Here's how they whet the appetite of any fan of those old Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns:
"“Sukiyaki Western Django,” the latest offering from the protean and prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike, is a feast for genre fetishists, a loving and lurid pastiche of the spaghetti westerns that were themselves lurid pastiches of classic Hollywood cowboy pictures."
Of course, Quentin Tarantino is involved with the project, as the review describes:
"It is fitting that the honorary master of ceremonies at this film-geek orgy is Quentin Tarantino, dean of the international film-geek fraternity, who elegantly disembowels a snake in the opening scene and who appears later to fill in some plot holes and speak in bizarrely accented English."
It goes on later to add:
"An acknowledged source is Sergio Corbucci’s “Django,” a raw, ripe 1966 Italian western, but there are also references to Shakespeare’s “Henry VI,” Rambo and plenty of other high- and low-cultural touchstones.
The run-down local saloon, you may notice, is called Eastwood’s..."
They had me at Sergio Leone.
I've already added it to my list of off-beat movies to see at the first opportunity.