The New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, California is a world famous “revival houses”. Its legend is helped by the fact it is owned by Quentin Tarantino. He purchased the 1920’s building that includes the cinema in 2007 to save it from redevelopment but acted more as a landlord than proprietor, until now. The director had always vowed to show double features in 35mm, but has now taken it a stage further and has taken over programming and will be showing double features from his own 35mm private collection. I’m sure he will show some of his own movies from time to time, but what would he pair them with? Here are my ideas:
Reservoir Dogs (1992) and The Killing (1956)
Three films are often credited with influencing Reservoir Dogs: Ringo Lam’s City on Fire (1987) (undercover cop and the suits), Joseph Sargent’s The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) (the Mr [insert colour here] names) and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing (the overall plot). All great films but I am going with my favourite and possibly the least well know, The Killing.
Pulp Fiction (1994) and Go (1999)
There are so many films I could pair with Pulp fiction, I am going with Doug Liman’s Go. The narrative structure is different to the one used in Pulp Fiction but does use a group of intertwined stories in a similar way. For all the films that have influenced Tarantino, it is nice to include a film that is most probably influenced by him.
Jackie Brown (1997) and Nikita (1990)
The obvious choice, Out of Sight (1998), both are based on Elmore Leonard novels and even feature a shared character Ray Nicolette (Michael Keaton). However I am going for Nikita, a very different film but with a similar thread, both films are about woman who get drawn into worlds that they don’t want to be in.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
Death Proof (2007) and Doomsday (2008)
Death Proof started life out as part of the Grindhouse project and therefore already has a paired film, Planet Terror. My first thought for a paired film was the movie it most directly references Vanishing Point (1971), but I went a different way, of recent films Neil Marshall’s Doomsday is the film that best captures the exploitation cinema vibe that Tarantino was looking for in Grindhouse.
Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Casablanca (1942)
I considered various movies: resistance films, Flame and Citron (2008) or Black Book (2006), WWII behind enemy lines story Saving Private Ryan (1998) or ludicrous comedy Tropic Thunder (2008), however I went with Casablanca (1942) for no particular reason, I could just see these very different WWII movies working together.
Django Unchained (2012) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
The obvious choice Django (1966) (original Django, Franco Nero has a cameo in unchained) but when you strip away the themes of Django Unchained you are left with a buddy movie disguised as a western and the best buddy movie disguised as a western has to be Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.