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The Rabbit Film Section, 2013
There’s a trend in films of directors getting the best from certain actors. Martin Scorsese had Robert De Niro, Tim Burton relishes working with Johnny Depp and Ben Affleck brings out the best in Ben Affleck. Most recently, Tarantino has found a new mouthpiece of choice in the wonderfully charismatic Christoph Waltz. The Austrian was barely known before 2009 and now, is the only actor to win an Oscar in a Tarantino film.
He owes a large part of his success, of course, to Tarantino. Waltz’s Col. Hans Landa stole every scene that he appears in Inglorious Basterds. His eerie calm, effortless mastery of linguistics and affluent charm all add to an air of seeming omnipotence. The part should be almost unplayable. Multiple languages, layer after layer of depth, the ability to charm while appearing sadistic, to calm you while at the same time inducing an anxious fear. Yet Waltz effortlessly gave us one of the most memorable villains Hollywood has produced.
Perhaps it is his lack of stereotypical eurovillain traits that we love him so. He isn’t the usual overplayed madness in the mould of Die Hard’s Hans Gruber, overacted to the point of parody. Waltz showed Landa as a person who didn’t think he was a villain, just a cog in a machine, doing its job. He wasn’t a megalomaniacal supervillain, just a detective.
And so to Django Unchained. He again delivered his lines with a musical flourish on them, bringing the English language to life like few others can, evoking sympathy and being a genuinely likable, merciless psychopath, with a liking for the theatric. There could be an argument for Django and Basterds being Tarantino’s best films. Perhaps this is a case, of the actor bringing out the best in the director?
Nowadays, it isn’t unusual to spend a hell of a lot when we go to the cinema, up to forty pounds. Along with the added extras of popcorn, pic and mix sweets and the Costa coffees, something which was once so cheap, has now risen in price, the question is, is this turning away film fans?
The Cinema is a special place, often places where couples go on first dates, second dates, places where you can immerse yourself in an Action movie, Comedy movie for a couple of hours, munching on salty popcorn.
But, despite this, a Blockbuster is still determined by the takings on its opening weekend, clearly, cinemas are still important, but is it a dying event?
Films are now avaliable to watch online illegally, for free. Of course, we don’t condone this, as it is taking money away from a business which so relies on its audience, and is of course, illegal. But, we can understand why fans are turning to this new wave of watching films.
What do you think, have cinemas changed? Are they too expensive?
Naomi Jeffreys, Film Editor