Recommended: ‘Blue Is the Warmest Colour’ tops Gillian Orr's list as film of the year

Listless abandon: In defence of our obsession with the end-of-year list

The annual deluge of December lists is upon us - and readers can’t get enough of them

Director Quentin Tarentino is planning to make a new western after the success of Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino: I had so much fun with Django, my next film will be a western

The filmmaker plans to continue adding his own twist to the cowboy genre

Padgett Powell

Paperback review: You & I, By Padgett Powell

Godot misses another appointment

Christoph Waltz (left) bagged the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Django Unchained

DVD & Blu-ray review: Django Unchained (18)

Quentin Tarantino, DVD/Blu-ray (165mins)

Christolph Waltz gives his acceptance speech for best supporting actor (Django Unchained)

Oscars 2013: Christoph Waltz's acceptance speech for best supporting actor in full

Thank you. Thank you so much, Mr. De Niro, Mr. Arkin, Mr. Hoffman and Mr. Jones, my respect. My… my unlimited gratitude goes to Dr. King Schultz. That is, of course, to the creator and the creator of his awe-inspiring world – Quentin Tarentino.

Dolls from Quentin Tarantino's latest film, Django Unchained

Django unboxed: Doll tie-ins from Tarantino movie Django Unchained pulled from sale

If there was ever a set of toys worthy of the tag "not suitable for children" then it would have to be the official merchandise produced in conjunction with Quentin Tarantino's much-lauded spaghetti Western-meets-blaxploitation epic Django Unchained.

Silent running: Jamie Foxx is oddly quiet in Django Unchained

Jonathan Romney on Django Unchained: It's good, then it's bad. Well, it is Tarantino

Never mind the Western, or black experience – this tale is all about how white people love to talk

Slaves to passion: Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington in ‘Django Unchained’
Spurlock says: 'At 41, I finally see a man that's handsome'

My Secret Life: Morgan Spurlock, filmmaker, 41

My parents were... incredibly supportive in spite of my shortcomings.

Album: Chromeo, Business Casual (Back Yard)

Toronto funkateers Chromeo, self-billed as "the only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture", certainly make an odd couple.

Screen Talk: Repeat performance

Hollywood insiders are arguing among themselves over a change in date for the town's biggest love-in party, the Oscars.

DVD: Law-Abiding Citizen, For retail & rental

When Gerard Butler's wife and daughter are murdered, he vows revenge, not just on the killers, and not just on the prosecutor (Jamie Foxx) who plea-bargained on their behalf, but on the whole of Philadelphia's legal system.

Law Abiding Citizen, F Gary Gray, 108 mins, (18)<br/>Nativity! Debbie Isitt, 106 mins, (U)

Bereaved Everyman goes bonkers, and how to ruin the greatest story ever told

Law Abiding Citizen (18)

Gerard Butler, having seen his wife and sick-makingly cute daughter knifed to death, is distressed to be told that the murderer has plea-bargained his way to a slap-on-the-wrist sentence.

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