Stuffed animals inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Reservoir Dogs’

The team of Re-Cyco Dogs has been fully assemble and ready to rock their first movie trailer parody.

As you all know, S is an aspiring film maker and his favorite director is Quentin Tarantino. I started making these little guys and popped a collar and tie on one and bang, an idea was born. I asked him to recreate one of the official “Reservoir Dogs” movie trailers using these cute guys.

But of course there are more than just Mr. Pink, Mr. Blonde, Mr. Orange, Mr. Brown, Mr. White and Mr. Blue in the trailer so other characters were needed.

Joe and Nice Guy Eddie put the team together in the movie, but Sam thought they should be Bulldogs rather than Scotty Dogs. I decided to use a left over log cabin quilt block of blues and purples to make Nice Dog Eddie to sort of match the windbreaker worn by Nice Guy Eddie played by Chris Penn in the movie.

Speaking of left overs. All the stuffed animals are hand sewn using recycled materials. That’s why I call them the Re-Cyco Dogs.

There is a scene with Mr. Pink, played by Steve Buscemi, pulling a woman out of a car when he was running away from the cops. This scene was used in all the movie trailers. Below is a still shot from the movie. Below that is a photo of my version of Mr. Pink and a very surprised cat.

There is a scene with Mr. Pink, played by Steve Buscemi, pulling a woman out of a car when he was running away from the cops. This scene was used in all the movie trailers. Below is a still shot from the movie. Below that is a photo of my version of Mr. Pink and a very surprised cat.
We also needed four police officers to complete the trailer. Three that chase Mr. Pink when he makes his getaway and the one officer, Marvin Nash, who is kidnapped by Michael Madsen‘s character, Mr. Blonde.
Given we were making a spoof on a Tarantino movie where the criminals have zero respect for the cops, we made the cops pigs.
 Here’s my little handmade version of Mr. Blonde and police officer Marvin Nash with a quote from that iconic scene where he cuts his ear off. I stitched long strands of red thread for the blood where that little pig’s ear should be. Now I’ve got “Stuck in the Middle with You” stuck in my head.

Thank you Quentin Tarantino for all you do.

Super Secret Undercover Scotty Dog

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As most of our readers know, my son Sam is an aspiring movie writer/director and a HUGE movie fanatic. In fact, he writes most of the movie reviews on our blog. Quentin Tarantino is his all time favorite director so I decided to make Sam a set of Reservoir Dogs.

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I think they turned out pretty cute. So, I made a few, slightly bigger ones, for sale.

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Mr. Orange, the Super Secret Undercover Scotty Dog loves Tarantino movies starring his favorite actor Tim Roth. He’s a handsome fellow with an engaging smile and luscious locks. This little dog can tell the truth from a lie in the blink of an eye, is always dressed to impress and will have your back in a zombie invasion.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

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This handsome puppy is completely handmade from recycled materials.

Measurements:

7 inches tall from the tips of his ears to his paws

9.25 inches long from nose to tail

10.25 inches around his middle

Love the look of Mr. Orange but want him in a different color? How about a different size? We can do that. Just send along an email to coordinate.

I love experimenting with fabric and coming up with new designs. Click here to visit the Green Carbon 2112 shop and see what other animals are looking for a good home.

Jumping Off Point Review for Django Unchained

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English: Director Quentin Tarantino at the pre...
English: Director Quentin Tarantino at the premiere of Grindhouse, Austin, Texas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s no secret that we here at Green Carbon 2112 are HUGE fans of Quentin Tarantino. We can only wish, hope and pray that Sam will get to work with him some day. (Sorry, that’s my inner Dr. Seuss poking out.)

Sam did a really in-depth written movie review of Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” when it was out in theaters. Click Here to read the full review.

Not only does Sam write reviews for our site, Furious Cinema, and The Grindhouse Database but he also sits down with different members of The Newfound Film Making Club for live “Jumping Off Point” reviews.

Where does the “Jumping Off Point” show get its name? Well, these guys start talking about one movie, then springboard off a character to other roles the actor has played, on to different movies, to who knows what else and back again to their main topic of discussion. Sometimes they know what they’re talking about, other times, they have no clue. But, all in all, it’s a good time had by all. You’ll laugh and might even learn a few things in the process.

The review below is for Tarantino’s “Django Unchained“. Emmett takes issue with the use of the “N” word but has no problem saying M***er F***er repeatedly.

WARNING: Emmett uses profanity. If our viewers haven’t noticed by now, Sam never swears.

Django Unchained (2012)

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*Very light spoilers (nothing large, just a few scenes discussed in depth)*

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I’m going to say right away that this movie is FREAKING FANTASTIC!! Go see it while it’s still in theaters. I intend on watching it again in the theater and then again, as soon as it comes out on DVD.

Django Unchained is Quentin Tarantino’s newest film. It’s no secret that Tarantino is my favorite film maker of all time. This was definitely my most anticipated movie of the year. Actually I think it might be my most anticipated movie of all time. The first Tarantino movie to come out since I discovered how great he is. I did see Inglorious Basterds in the theater and that is an amazing movie, but I wasn’t as hyped going into it, because I hadn’t yet discovered who Tarantino really was. Now that I’ve seen all Tarantino movies multiple times and seen this new one I can say that Django Unchained is amazing just like all his other works. He has never made a bad movie. Grindhouse, which he made with fellow film maker Robert Rodriguez was not well received, but most people who did not like the  movie, did not understand it. Grindhouse is my favorite movie, with all the other Tarantino movies right behind it.

Django Unchained is Tarantino’s tribute to the spaghetti western genre. 

Tarantino can do any genre of film and make an amazing movie. He is a huge film fan himself and he has such a knowledge of all genres that he can tap into that wealth of knowledge and conquer them all. Tarantino’s filmography looks like he’s trying to make the best film in each genre. I would say he’s doing so quite successfully. All of his movies are a melting pot of different genres. They all share elements of comedy and other various genres, but each of his films seems to be based in a  particular genre, then it reaches out to the other ones.

Reservoir Dogs is a heist film. One in which the actual heist is never seen. Pulp fiction is a crime gangster story. Death Proof is a horror film, Inglorious Basterds is a war film and Django Unchained is a western.

Let me start with the cast. The title character is played by Jamie Foxx who is an actor that I was not too familiar with. After seeing this I’m now interested to see his future works. This is one of those movies that can make me a fan of an actor. Falling Down made me a fan of Michael Douglas and Django Unchained made me a fan of Jamie Foxx. Many other actors were talked about for the role of Django, names like Will Smith were tossed around regarding the role, but I think they made the right decision. Jamie Foxx plays a great Django. His character has a very good progression, from the soft spoken and feeble slave, to the tough,

smooth talking, bad*ss he is by the end.  Django is a name that has been used in many spaghetti westerns throughout the years. Christoph Waltz is from Austria and he says that when growing up “Django” was a synonym for “cool”. Tarantino is making a spaghetti western send off so it’s perfectly fitting that he uses an infamous name for the title character.

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Christoph Waltz is such an amazing actor. At a point in this movie I forgot he was an actor. I’m not exaggerating, he’s really that good. I was aware that all the other characters were being played by actors, but Christoph Waltz is just so natural that it seems like his character is a real person among fictional characters. That’s not to say that the other actors are bad, quite the opposite, they are fantastic, but I think Christoph Waltz was the strongest of the strong. He deserves to win best actor.

After leaving Django Unchained I tried to think about his role in the previous Tarantino movie Inglorious Basterds. I honestly could not think of him as the same guy. It’s so hard to imagine that these two characters are played by the same person. That’s the mark of a truly great actor. If you can think about his characters as stand alone entities, then that speaks volumes about the actors portrayal of the characters. Also when I tried to think of the Jew hunter character, I realized how different Waltz looks in Django. In Django Unchained he has an awesome beard, and I had a hard time imagining him without it after seeing Django Unchained.

Leonardo DiCaprio plays Calvin Candie the antagonist plantation owner of Candie Land. This is the first time that Leonardo has played a hardcore villain. He does a great job. He has a couple of monologues that are just ridiculously good. When he starts talking about fernology you’re on the edge of your seat. He has a lot

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of high energy yelling and commits a lot of devious actions.

There are a few verbal battles between DiCaprio and Waltz. These are some of the highest caliber conversations to ever be committed to film. You have amazing actors delivering Tarantino’s masterful dialogue. Quentin Tarantino has a real talent for bringing out the best performances from actors. Actors in his movies always seem to be having so much fun on screen, without detracting at all from the film, and in fact the exact opposite. The fun that is put into the performances makes the movie all the more enjoyable.

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Samuel L. Jackson is in the film as he is most Tarantino movies. He wanted to play Django but was too old, so he plays the evil house slave that challenges DiCaprio for the title of big bad wolf of the film. His performance is great. He delivers Tarantino’s dialogue so well, and his character is such a bad person, but he is so damn funny. His mouth hangs open due to being absolutely flabbergasted, and his eyes are always watery and shiny for some reason. He’s so great. the cast is fantastic.

The main cast is great! There are many cameo roles from Tom Savini, to Zoe Bell, to Franko Nero (An actor who previously played Django) Even Quentin Tarantino himself has a cameo. He often cameo’s in his movies and it’s always great to see. When he first speaks it’s very off putting. He’s going for an Australian accent and doesn’t quite nail it, but it’s great nonetheless, and the payoff to his cameo makes this one of my favorite cameo’s to be in any movie.

django big daddyDon Johnson has a pretty large role as big daddy. Don Johnson was previously “Introduced” in Machete by Robert Rodriguez A good friend of Quentin Tarantino.

James Remar who is currently best known as the father of Dexter has a large supporting role. 2 actually. Jonah Hill has a completely pointless role as Baghead #2. Let me rephrase that. The role wasn’t pointless, but having Jonah Hill play it was. He does an okay job, but really anybody could have played him. He is in one scene which is one of the funniest scenes I’ve seen in a long time. It involves a bunch of wannabe KKK members bitching about their faulty hoods. Tarantino’s clever writing makes this scene along with the entire movie funny. Tarantino mixes emotions really well. He can make you laugh then shock you and make you feel bad for laughing, then make you laugh again right after that.

In the trailer they show Waltz shoot those 2 guys when he’s freeing Django. What they don’t show in the trailer is the guy’s head exploding from the very first gun shot in the movie, followed by a horse almost being cut in half by a bullet. The movie is incredibly gory in the most enjoyable way possible.

There are buckets and buckets of blood being used and I love it. The effects are done practically, which means they weren’t done on a computer, which is always a plus for me. The violence in this movie is so brutal. It’s one of the goriest action movie of all time. It even surpasses most horror movies in terms of blood and gore. The only other action movies that I can think of that would be even slightly comparable would by the 4th Rambo movie, and Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror which was part of Grindhouse.

The action in this movie is superb. I’m talking real top shelf stuff. There is a big shootout towards the false end of the movie that is amazingly good. I honestly think it might be one of the greatest shootouts from any movie. I need to see it again to be certain, but what I am certain of is that is was incredible good. It’s done in the over the top stylized of John Woo movies like the Killer, which has been referenced countless times in Tarantino movies. There is action throughout the movie, but anyone who’s seen the movie will know what I’m talking about when I say the shootout. The definitive extended shootout. Tarantino has proven that he can do the action. He doesn’t do straight up action movies. He sometimes does action sequences but only if it is crucial to the plot. Tarantino’s had great action pieces, like the bar shootout in Inglorious Basterds and the street chase in Reservoir dogs, but I think he’s only done 3 real extended action sequences. 1 chase. 1 sword fight. 1 shootout. The car chase is from Death Proof which I say is the single greatest car chase of all time. Not one of the best. The best. The sword fight from Kill Bill vol. 1 which is one of the greatest sword fights, and now the shootout from Django Unchained which is one of the greatest shootouts of all time. Tarantino may not do action very often, but when he does it’s at the very top tier of it’s type.

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The soundtrack is classic Tarantino. His films always have a great soundtrack. This one has some odd choices, like a rap song playing in the middle of the movie, but hey, it works.

There has been a lot of controversy around the use of the N word in Django Unchained. People can’t really get mad, because it’s just being historically accurate. Slavery is a topic that is constantly being avoided, including in cinema. Not many people would be willing to take on such a controversial topic, but Tarantino does it completely unabashedly and he doesn’t shy away from showing the real horrors of the time period. If it makes you uncomfortable, then it’s not a movie for you. You can go ahead and get uncomfortable, but you can’t justifiably get offended. Django may have the record for most N words in a movie, but there’s no way it’s said more in the movie than it was in the south during that time period.

Tarantino has many great references to old classics, as well as twists on old cliches. Tarantino takes the old cliche “Cool guys don’t look at explosions” and completely turns it around on itself. He has Django stare at a an explosion through sunglasses and makes it awesome. Turning a cliche around like that successfully is wonderful to see.

This is a fantastic movie. I can easily say it is my favorite western of all time. Out of the 4 that I’ve seen, and the 2 that I actually liked. But still a great accomplishment nonetheless. The western genre was one that I never had a great deal of interest towards, but after seeing Django, it makes me want to become a little more familiar with the genre.

Well here comes the end of the review. I know it was a long one, but I had a lot to say, and wanted to make sure I said it all. Hell I still probably didn’t say everything I could about this movie. I know I could say more, I could talk about it all day.

That’s why I haven’t reviewed other Tarantino movies. I’m worried I wouldn’t do them justice. I have so much to say and have a hard time getting all my love for his movies out in a coherent manner.

Django Unchained is a fantastic movie. Go watch it now!

From Dusk Till Dawn review ~ Part 3

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) Part 2

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From Dusk till Dawn (soundtrack) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t like this poster as much as the other ones, but it is the one that I see more often. Salma Hayek‘s role is much smaller than you would imagine, judging from the posters and trailers.  She does however bridge the two sections together. Her dance in the middle connects the thriller to the horror. You also sort of get the feeling that she is the leader of the vampires.

Juliette Lewis play’s a large role in the movie. She is also in another movie that Tarantino wrote but did not direct; “Natural Born Killers.”

I don’t really like Juliette Lewis,and I can’t stand her voice, but in this movie she does a good job. Her character goes through an age regression, in my eyes anyway. When I saw her for the first time in the diner I thought that she was Jacob’s young wife. Obviously that isn’t the case. As the movie goes on she looks younger and younger, until the end where she looks like just a little girl.  Just my opinion though. Usually you would expect someone going around killing vampires to look older in doing so, not younger. Not a literal regression of course.

Her character is completely screwed at the end of the movie. Her whole family is dead, she is in Mexico, and the only other person she knows leaves her at the bar alone. Sucks for her.

Harvey Kietel is great. This is the third time he has worked with Tarantino. His character has a good story arc, and he’s awesome when he starts killing the vampires with his cross shotgun.

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Cover of From Dusk Till Dawn

“From Dusk Till Dawn” is a great cult favorite horror movie, that everyone should see.

 

Four Rooms Review of Rodriguez and Tarantino Sections

Four Rooms Review of Rodriguez and Tarantino Sections

“Four Rooms” is an anthology of four stories each one by a different writer/director, but all starring the same main character.

Tim Roth stars as Ted the Bellhop, the character that connects the stories together. Each story takes place in a different room of the hotel that Ted works at. The time is New Year’s Eve and everybody is celebrating. Ted is practically alone at the hotel, and has to rush around to the rooms. The movie is mainly a comedy.

Robert Rodriguez does the third  section of the movie. His section is called The Misbehaviors. Antonio Banderas is in the part and he plays some kind of gangster or tough guy, it’s not very clear. He and his girlfriend, or wife (not very clear again) are bored and want to do something exciting, so Banderas takes charge. He makes Ted take care of the kids while him and the woman go out and see the fireworks, and do “other stuff”.

There are two kids, a little girl and a little boy. The boy looks like Banderas and the girl looks like the woman. This leads me to believe that the two adults both are single parents meeting up, because the kids look so different. There are little funny bits sprinkled throughout, but nothing really that funny…until the end. When you get to the end you see how the rest of the segment is all leading up to the hilarious climax. Everything just erupts at once, at the moment that Antonia Banderas walks back in.

Spoiler Alert: At the end the room is on fire, there is vomit everywhere, the paintings are ruined, there is dead hooker in the bed, and there is a giant syringe plummeting towards his child and the kid is smoking a cigarette, and more chaos. Everything comes full circle, and all the little things that seemed random before now make perfect sense. Throughout the segment they are always complaining about the smell, and think that it is someone;s feet. Turns out they were smelling a dead body rotting in the bed the whole time. Everything works out with perfect comedic timing.

The acting is good, but nothing special from the parents, and the kids, are really awkward, but I think they’re supposed to be that way. Selma Hayek is in the movie. She just plays a stripper who dances on the TV, and you never see her head.

This segment works, because of the fantastic ending.

Quentin Tarantino’s  section is called “The Man From Hollywood. Tarantino is the man and stars in this section. Bruce Willis also stars in this part, working with Tarantino again after Pulp Fiction”.

Tarantino has the ending segment, and the credits play while his part ends. This segment fits perfectly at the end. I think that this segment is the best. Best, does not mean funniest. This segment is the best speaking in terms of acting, and writing. Personally I think it is funnier throughout than any other segment, but the ending of the Rodriguez segment is arguably the funniest part of the movie.

This section can be summarized as: Ted the Bellhop goes into the penthouse suite, and is talked into refereeing a bet between Tarantino’s character and Paul Calderon’s (also from Pulp Fiction) character.

Bruce Willis‘ character spends the majority of the segment fighting with his wife over the phone. A character from the second segment , played by Jennifer Beals comes back for Tarantino’s segment, she doesn’t do too much though. Tarantino plays a big shot, Hollywood movie director who is staying at the hotel, spending New Year’s Eve partying with his friends.

The bet is over a Zippo lighter and is inspired by a 1960 Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode, “Man From the South” starring Peter Lorre and Steve McQueen.

Paul Calderon‘s character has to light his lighter 10 times in a row. If he wins he gets Tarantino’s brand new expensive car, but if he loses, his pinky finger gets cut off.

Most of the segment is Tarantino trying to convince Ted to cut off his finger if he losses the bet. Ted finally accepts. When the time comes, the comedic timing is so perfectly hilarious.

 “Four Rooms” is a good movie. But it’s a great one if you skip the first half.  

 

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) Part 2

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Cheech Marin is in the movie, so is Cheech Marin, and Cheech Marin is in the movie too. Cheech Marin plays 3 roles in the movie.

Cheech Marin first appears as a border patrol cop, then as the bar greeter, and then he shows up again as Carlos, the guy that they were meeting in Mexico. Cheech Marin is in other Robert Rodriguez movies, such as “Desperado”, “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”, and “Machete“.

On a side note about Cheech’s role’s in the Mexico trilogy: sometimes people think that Cheech is playing the same character in both movies. I believe he is not though.

Cheech play’s a bartender in both movies but they are different characters. The evidence is that they are different bars which doesn’t really prove anything. But, in the credits of “Desperado” he is listed as “short bartender” and in Once Upon a Time in Mexico he is listed as “Belini”. The most compelling evidence is that Cheech was killed in “Desperado”, but in “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” his character has an eye-patch. In “Machete” a character gets shot in the eye and then comes back with an eye-patch. But Cheech from “Desperado” wasn’t shot in the eye, he was shot in the middle of the head. So it is not the same character. That tangent should probably belong in a “Desperado” review but, whatever.

Tom Savini does the Special Gore effects. He is the same guy that has done the effects for the George Romero movies such as “Dawn of the Dead.” He also does the makeup even for himself. All of the special effects look great, and this is the kind of movie where bad special effects could really hurt the second half of the movie.

Tom Savini also plays a role in the movie, the character of Sex Machine. This character is awesome he uses a whip and a dick gun. The same cod-piece weapon is seen in the guitar case in “Desperado” although it is never used. Tom Savini ends up changing into a vampire, which is disappointing that you can’t see him kill anymore vampires, but as a vampire he does the most damage. He also transforms into a weird baby bat, which looks like a rat.

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Fred “The Hammer” Williams is in “From Dusk Till Dawn”. Fred was in a lot of grindhouse movies, which is why they picked him for the role. Danny Trejo play’s the bartender, and is good as he always is, he is in almost all Rodriguez movies.

 After the first wave of attacks there is a group of survivors that make an awesome team, the team is eventually killed off until there are only 2 of them left. There is a great part in the break that is a clear tribute to classic horror movies, where the group  are discussing how to kill vampires.

Now the vampires do not look like traditional vampires, not even close. They look more like demons, lizards, and rats. Sometimes they actually look like bats, but they don’t look like the classic Bela Lugosi, with slicked hair and a black cape. I have heard people defend “Twilight” saying that it is a new take on vampires, and that people don’t like it because they don’t like change. That is not true. If you want to see vampires done differently than the classic archetype, then watch from “Dusk Till Dawn”.

“Twilight” is not a new take on vampires, it is a disgrace to vampires. I hate when people, especially younger people, think that the vampires in “Twilight” are how vampires should be, or supposed to be.

There is a particular vampire in the movie that has a mouth for a stomach, and uses it to eat people’s head’s. You probably didn’t see it because it was removed from the movie for going too far. It is rumored that Quentin Tarantino puked when he saw the effect happen. The scene where it ate the head was removed but the creature itself stayed. You can see the vampire with the mouth stomach walking around still, just without the gory payoff.

part 3 coming soon