Regular readers won’t be surprised to hear that Because loves film. Because also isn’t shy to make grand, sweeping statements, so we can say with confidence that Quentin Tarantino is the most important filmmaker to have emerged in the past twenty years. His films are the perfect postmodern mash-up of pop culture reference and classic cinema history. Because would also be ashamed to admit that we haven’t yet seen Django Unchained, but it’s because we’ve been waiting for this.
The W Film Club is one of most luxurious cinematic experiences you can have in town. For their current series (which kicked off a couple of weeks ago with a screening of The Life of Pi 3D and continues next month with screenings of Hitchcock, starring Sienna Miller, and the all-star cast comedy Movie 43), they are showing Tarantino’s spaghetti western revenge drama at their 39-seater, state of the art HD auditorium. With tickets at £15 (with free popcorn) and £20 for VIP tickets, that include popcorn and drink from the W Lounge Bar, Because was surprised to see that it's actually the cheapest cinema in Leicester Square.
And what can we hope for the movie? The polymathic Jamie Foxx continuing an incredible run of form that includes movies such as Collateral and Ray, for which he won a Best Actor Oscar. Christophe Waltz continues a collaboration with Tarantino (the last of which, Inglorious Basterds netted him an Oscar, too). Did we mention that it also stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson? Frankly, it’s an embarrassment of riches. It promises to be an epic, gun-slinging drawl through the American West with comic-book patter and lashings of…well, lashings. It’s received five Oscar nominations already (including Best Picture, another nod for Waltz and another for Tarantino’s screenplay -- the latter two have been awarded at the recent Golden Globes). The week that it’s been on release here has already been too long to wait. Bring on Tuesday.
Django Unchained screens as part of the W Film Club at The W Hotel on Tuesday 29 January. Tickets are available here.